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  • Same-sex common-law marriage a Texas first (more judicial activism)

    10/07/2015 5:08:05 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 31 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Posted: 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 | Chuck Lindell
    For the first time in Texas history, a same-sex relationship has been recognized as a common-law marriage. Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman signed a judgment acknowledging that Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath met the legal requirements to be considered married even though their eight-year relationship did not include a marriage license. Herman’s order, signed Monday but distributed Tuesday, ended Phrasavath’s quest to have her relationship with Powell, who died last year, recognized as a marriage after Powell’s siblings filed a probate suit stating that she had died single because she could not marry another woman under Texas law. The...
  • CO Attorney General Orders Boulder to Stop Issuing Fake Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    09/27/2015 6:29:57 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 1, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Update: Hall ignored the deadline and proceeded to issue unconstitutional marriage licenses. As reported by The Denver Post: "This was not a hard decision. I'm proud to do this for my community," Hall said Tuesday afternoon, adding, "it's not about politics. This is about people who love each other." Hall's office has issued 88 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since Wednesday, when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck Utah's ban on gay marriage.
  • Muslim abuser who 'didn't know' that sex with a girl of 13 was illegal is spared jail

    02/19/2015 10:19:13 AM PST · by Baynative · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/25/15 | Paul Bentley
    muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless. Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law. ~snip~ After his arrest, he told a psychologist that he did not know having sex with a 13-year-old was against the law. The court heard he found it was illegal only when he was informed by...
  • Obama's Federal Judges: Eleven Openly Gay Of His 305 District Court And Circuit Court Nominees

    December 19, 2014 JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS Recent Judicial Confirmations Put Obama Ahead of Predecessors This week, the Senate confirmed a dozen judicial nominees before the end of the “lame duck” session, reports Jennifer Bendery at The Huffington Post. “That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he'll wrap up his sixth year in office with a grand total of 305 district court and circuit court confirmations -- a tally that puts him well beyond where his predecessors were by this point in their presidencies.” Many of these new judges will add...
  • Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Charged with First Degree Murder: 'Not a Religious Act, Race-Related'

    09/30/2014 9:41:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 30, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Alton Nolen, the Muslim convert who recently beheaded an innocent coworker at a Vaughan's Food factory, was charged with three felony counts this morning at a Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, Oklahoma. Nolen faces one count of first degree murder, one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and a final count of assault with a deadly weapon. At a press conference this morning, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said that the gruesome attack was race-related and not a religious act, but he did admit that Nolen was infatuated with beheadings, which was evident from his facebook...
  • Seeking a Same-Sex Marriage Case Fit for History

    09/23/2014 7:01:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 22, 2014 | Adam Liptak
    The jockeying among the titans of the Supreme Court bar for a place at the lectern when the justices hear the next same-sex marriage case is as understated as it is unmistakable. In a half-dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, some of the best lawyers in the nation spent many pages arguing that their case was the right one in which to establish a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. They pointed out the attractive features of their own cases and the shortcomings of others. In legal jargon, streamlined cases without procedural pitfalls are said to be good vehicles. That made...
  • Judge Says Incest Okay Because Abortion Can Kill “Deformed” Babies Incest Produces

    07/11/2014 6:27:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    life news ^ | Carole Novielli
    An Australian Judge has implied that incest is okay ad to make matters worse he suggested legalized abortion can get rid of children that may be born deformed from the relationship. According to The Independent, District Court Judge Garry Neilson has been criticized for espousing the view that sexual contact between siblings or between adults and children should perhaps no longer be viewed as “unnatural” or “taboo”, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. australiajudgeNeilson drew parallels with widely changing attitudes towards gay sex. In the same way, he said, “a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother...
  • The Obama Admin Forces Okla.To Overturn Anti-Sharia Bill & To Pay $303,333 To Muslims

    07/06/2014 6:53:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 61 replies
    gopthedailydose.com ^ | Posted on 27 May, 2014 by AmyElizabeth
    The US government has forced the state of Oklahoma to overturn its anti-Sharia bill, after a Muslim man named Muneer Awad sued the state for supposed violations against “freedom of religion.” CAIR also played a role in subverting the bill. Adam Soltani of CAIR said: Sharia is the moral code of conduct for Muslims, and that includes certain aspects of laws, like marital laws, divorce, inheritance, wills…it encompasses part of that, but it’s also the moral code of conduct The state of Oklahoma must now pay $303,333 to Awad for legal fees, costs and nontaxable expenses. The money is going...
  • Wisconsin gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

    06/06/2014 2:44:04 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 113 replies
    WISN ^ | 6/6/14
    A United States District Court judge has ruled that Wisconsin's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Judge Barbara Crabb issued a motion of summary judgment for the paintiffs, stating that Article XIII of the Wisconsin Constitution "violates planitiffs' fundamental right to marry and their right to equal protection of laws under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution."
  • Oregon ruling marks 13th gay marriage win in a row

    05/19/2014 4:24:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2014 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER and BRADY McCOMBS, AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.
  • Liberal Supreme Court Justice Talks Candidly about Rewriting the Constitution

    04/29/2014 5:26:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | KenBlackwell
    Editor's Note: Column was coauthored by Ken Klukowski. Justice John Paul Stevens doesn’t believe anyone has the right to own a gun, and admits that you would need to rewrite the Constitution to make his preference a legal reality. And that’s exactly what he thinks should happen. Throughout his 35-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Stevens was a lion of the Legal Left. He was an unapologetic advocate of the “Living Constitution”— that judges should continually reinterpret the words of the Constitution in accordance with what they, and other elite members of society, decide is the evolving enlightenment of...
  • Court rules lesbian chef is owed $1.6M after boss prayed to 'cure her of her sexuality'

    04/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 69 replies
    upi ^ | March 31, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    A New York appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s 2012 ruling that a lesbian chef is owed $1.6 million for being forced to attend weekly prayer meetings where her boss would regularly warn that "gay people" were "going to go to hell." Mirella Salemi sued Gloria's Tribeca Inc., Gloria's Tribecamex and principal owner Edward Globokar for violations of the New York City Human Rights Law after a string of incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2007. Gloria's Tribeca is a Mexican restaurant. Salemi was awarded $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages in what her lawyer,...
  • 'Kangaroo court' in Brockton, Mass. convicts pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio on three charges.

    03/04/2014 1:07:05 PM PST · by massmike · 32 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 03/04/2014 | n/a
    On Wednesday, Feb. 12, pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio was convicted by a jury on three charges stemming from an incident when he held a pro-life sign in front of a school in Brockton, Mass. on March 21, 2012. After a two-day trial in Brockton District Court, the six-person jury found him guilty of disturbing a school, trespass, and resisting arrest. Those verdicts came despite the fact that Peter's lawyer (using testimony by the prosecution's own witnesses) clearly proved that he did not commit any of those crimes. This was a monumental miscarriage of justice. In the end, the facts and...
  • Redefining Marriage: Proponents of same-sex marriage insist they’re “on the right side of history.”

    02/23/2014 11:44:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 19, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    In 2006, 57 percent of Virginia’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Last week, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled the amendment unconstitutional. In 2004, 76 percent of Oklahoma’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. On January 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled the amendment unconstitutional. In 2004, 66 percent of Utah’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman....
  • Alliance sees more lack of diversity on bench--Wants broader backgrounds

    02/11/2014 6:33:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Not satisfied with President Obama for appointing record numbers of gay, female and minority judges, liberal groups and labor unions are now pressuring the president to nominate more jurists who have backgrounds working for unions and public-interest organizations. The Alliance for Justice, a coalition of more than 100 liberal groups, is lobbying the White House to “broaden the bench” with more judicial nominees who represent what it calls “professional diversity” — judges who are more likely to be aligned with the coalition’s liberal agenda. “We face a federal bench that has a striking lack of diversity,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts...
  • Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in Nation’s History and

    12/23/2013 9:20:08 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 12/21/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Judge Robert J. Shelby, whom President Barack Obama appointed to the U.S. District Court in Utah last year, issued an opinion on Friday declaring that a right to same-sex marriage is "deeply rooted in the nation’s history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty."
  • Disturbing background of federal judge who issued ruling against Pastor Scott Lively.

    12/21/2013 6:31:00 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 12/21/2013 | n/a
    The federal judge who recently issued a vitriolic 79-page ruling against Pastor Scott Lively has a disturbing background revealing prejudices and improprieties that under federal law should certainly have disqualified him from presiding over the case, MassResistance has discovered. Presiding Federal Judge Michael Ponsor issued the ruling back in August. The homosexual movement is infamous for its success at shrewd "judge shopping" to push their agenda in the US court system. Ponsor was clearly a perfect choice. Ponsor is openly liberal and a protégé of pro-homosexual Judge Joseph Tauro, who recently ruled to strike down DOMA in the federal court....
  • Illinois Same-Sex Couples Facing Death Can Marry Early

    12/17/2013 3:06:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | December 16, 2013 | Tony Merevick
    Starting Monday, Illinois same-sex couples facing terminal illness can marry — nearly six months ahead of the state’s new marriage equality law taking effect, a federal judge in Chicago ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman has ordered the Cook County Clerk’s office to immediately issue marriage licenses to all Illinois same-sex couples who can provide a doctor’s declaration stating that one or both of them has a life-threatening illness that would prevent them from marrying after the marriage equality law takes effect June 1. “When you have a terminal illness, every day is significant,” Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project...
  • Lesbian high school cheerleader offered plea deal on her 19th birthday to avoid jail....

    08/15/2013 3:37:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    FULL TITLE: Lesbian high school cheerleader offered plea deal on her 19th birthday to avoid jail for having sex with classmate, 14, after thousands sign petition to support her A high school cheerleader arrested on felony sexual assault charges for her relationship with a 14-year-old female classmate has been offered a plea deal on her 19th birthday. Kaitlyn Hunt is being urged to accept the new deal which would keep her out of jail and prevent her from being registered as a sex offender - if she pleads no contest to two misdemeanor battery counts and one felony count for...
  • Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend state in same-sex lawsuit

    07/11/2013 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend state in same-sex lawsuit Reuters By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused on Thursday to fight a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The lawsuit is believed to be the first federal case since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that the U.S. government must recognize same-sex marriages in states where it is legal. Kane, a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage, announced her decision at a press conference in the National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia. By declining...