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  • Houston's First Amendment Problem

    10/22/2014 5:57:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    The recent questionably unconstitutional moves by the Houston city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that...
  • Obama praises Supreme Court on gay marriage, has no plans to be a justice

    10/21/2014 9:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    The life of a Supreme Court justice would be “a little bit too monastic” for President Obama, according to an interview he gave the New Yorker about his legal legacy. Obama also praised the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to review lower-court rulings that struck down state prohibitions on same-sex marriage, saying he believes that the Constitution provides gays the right to marry. And he said that 81-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “gets to decide, not anybody else, when she chooses to go” into retirement. Obama made the remarks to the magazine’s legal correspondent, Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin noted that the...
  • The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/20/2014 9:22:19 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 16 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    While Francis I has nether denied not sought to change any doctrine, Cardinal Burke is correct. The pope has “done a lot of harm.” He has created confusion among the faithful and is soon going to have to speak with clarity on the unchanging truths of Catholicism. In his beatification of Paul VI on Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated change. “God is not afraid of new things,” he said, “we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods … to the changing conditions of society.” But among the social changes since Vatican II and Paul VI have been the West’s...
  • Why Republicans Could Have A Pro-Gay Marriage Presidential Candidate In 2016 ZOT!

    10/21/2014 8:11:17 AM PDT · by e-gadfly · 158 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2014-10-14 | Alex Lundry
    The Supreme Court’s recent decision not to take up challenges to state amendments banning same-sex marriage has had two significant effects – it has expanded marriage to 30 states and reignited the political conversation around marriage equality in the 2014 midterms. Since 2011, I have worked with Project Right Side to help Republican leaders navigate a radically changing electorate on the freedom to marry. While public acceptance of marriage equality has steadily increased, this moment may ultimately be looked upon as the point where Republican opposition to marriage equality began to fall in earnest. According to a recent poll of...
  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Church’s new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synod’s preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes “recognizing positive elements” in “imperfect”...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014
    Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance...
  • Obama praises Supreme Court’s gay marriage orders

    10/20/2014 10:18:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 20, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency. Obama told The New Yorker that the court’s Oct. 6 rejection of appeals from states seeking to preserve gay marriage bans is the best of his tenure. …
  • Mike Huckabee Asks Pastors Across the US to Send Sermons, Bibles to Houston Mayor

    10/20/2014 8:18:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/20/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said pastors from across the United States should send "thousands and thousands" of Bibles and sermons to the Houston mayor who demanded pastors turn over their sermons to the government due to their objection to an LGBT discrimination city ordinance. "I hope she gets thousands and thousands of sermons and Bibles," Huckabee said on his Fox News show Saturday, referring to Mayor Annise D. Parker. "It ought to make you mad that the mayor thinks she can turn in her pastors. And so I got an idea," Huckabee explained. "If she wants a sermon, here...
  • Gov to Ministers: Marry Gays or Go to Jail

    10/20/2014 8:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    …and the distinction between gay rights and religious persecution just vanished. It begins with equality and ends with everyone losing their freedom.But I love all these new freedoms we’re getting. We now have the freedom to do what various pressure groups want or go to jail. I hope we don’t get too many more new freedoms or we’ll run out of jail cells. Officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, are threatening an elderly couple who run a wedding chapel with jail time unless they perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples.Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban in Wyoming

    10/20/2014 7:00:02 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 36 replies
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | October 17, 2014 | Laura Hancock
    Gay couples in Wyoming will soon be allowed to marry after a federal judge on Friday struck down a state ban on same-sex nuptials and defendants in the case, including Gov. Matt Mead, announced they will not appeal. "I’ve never been prouder to be a Wyomingite," said Jeran Artery, who led the fight to legalize gay marriage through his work with Wyoming Unites for Marriage and Wyoming Equality. Gay couples are expected to start marrying in the next week. Some visited county clerk's offices Friday to begin the paperwork for marriage licenses. Other couples are relishing the thought that their...
  • New America: Ordained ministers threatened with jail unless they perform same sex marriages

    10/19/2014 4:13:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2014 | Rick Moran
    City officials in Coeur d'Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples. The Alliance for Defending Freedom has filed suit against the city and asked for temporary restraining order to prevent officials from carrying out their threat. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp...
  • John McCain’s daughter celebrates marriage equality in Arizona: ‘[expletive] yes!’

    10/19/2014 1:22:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Pink News Europe's Largest Gay News Servcie ^ | October 18, 2014 | Nick Duffy
    The daughter of former Republican presidential candidate John McCain has celebrated equal marriage arriving in the family’s home state of Arizona. A judge struck down the Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban yesterday, and the state’s attorney general declined to appeal – allowing marriages to begin immediately. Meghan McCain – the daughter of the 2008 Presidential candidate, who had anti-gay Sarah Palin as his running mate – was jubilant at the news. The rights activist – who sits on the board of rights charity GLAAD despite her father’s opposition to equal marriage – tweeted: “Marriage equality is now legal in my home...
  • David Harsanyi commentary: Unless you’re for polygamy, you’re not for marriage equality

    10/17/2014 8:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected gay-marriage appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, in essence allowing lower courts to legalize same-sex couples. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an institution that has vigorously opposed gay marriage for some time now, conceded that the political battle over marriage is over. “As far as the civil law is concerned,” the Mormon church admitted, “the courts have spoken.” Actually, nothing is over until God says it’s over. At least, this is my understanding of how religion operates. So though I don’t want to accuse Mormons of being a...
  • US to recognize gay marriage in seven more states

    10/17/2014 2:35:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The US government announced Friday it would recognize same-sex marriages in seven additional states, after the Supreme Court declined to take up the debate. A total of 26 of the 50 US states, and the capital Washington, now legally recognize gay and lesbian marriages, giving them the same legal rights and federal benefits as married heterosexual couples. "We will not delay in fulfilling our responsibility to afford every eligible couple, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, the full rights and responsibilities to which they are entitled," US Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message. "With their long-awaited unions, we are...
  • Open Up and Say ‘Aah.’ Here are the new rules governing gay “marriage” in NC

    10/15/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    The Daily Haymaker ^ | Brant Clifton
    Richard Burr’s favorite judge legalized gay “marriage” in North Carolina around 5:30 PM on Friday. By Tuesday, the Administrative Office of the Courts — the state agency overseeing all those guys and gals in the black robes – had published the ground rules for this brave new era:
  • October 13, 2014: The Day That Will Be Remembered for Starting the Catholic Schism?

    10/14/2014 9:10:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Two Hearts Press ^ | 10/13/14 | Dr. Kelly Bowring
    Will today be remembered as the first day that led to the Church’s prophesied schism? Quite likely yes. By many accounts people are waking up to see that the Family Synod of October 2014 is an officially Vatican-orchestrated work of manipulation. The mid-way report was released, October 13th, a day of great spiritual significance. This report has been called an “earthquake” by one Catholic reporter, and “one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history” by John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family. He went on to say: “We urge Catholics not to be complacent or give in...
  • The Secret Synod Does What We Expected: Evil

    10/14/2014 5:49:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/13/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As if we didn’t know it before, today we learned why the Secret Synod was conducted in secret, with the faithful not being permitted to see the texts of the participants’ addresses or even to know which bishop or cardinal was advancing which position. The Secret Synod was conducted in secret because evil advances in shadows. Many others, and not just traditionalists, have already expressed outrage over the disastrous “Relatio post disceptationem,” which appeared on the Vatican website today, October 13. This is the anniversary of Pope Leo’s vision of Satan’s attack on the Church (leading to his composition of...
  • Supreme Court Won't Back Stay On Idaho Gay Marriages

    10/14/2014 11:07:23 AM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 23 replies
    Law 360 ^ | October 10, 2014 | Kat Greene
    Law360, Los Angeles (October 10, 2014, 8:14 PM ET) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to grant an emergency stay preventing Idaho from issuing marriage licenses and recognizing same-sex nuptials from out of state, greenlighting the Ninth Circuit to enter an order allowing its ruling to go into effect. The short order included no reasoning for the decision, stating simply that the Idaho governor's application for a stay, which had been granted by Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday, was denied, and that Justice Kennedy's order was vacated.
  • Pam Bondi Asks Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage

    10/14/2014 4:26:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/14/14 | Allison Nielson
    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking the Florida Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State. On Monday, Bondi filed an appeal with the 3rd District Court of Appeal asking them to consider ruling on allowing gay couples to marry in Florida.... "Until recently, the issue was squarely before the United States Supreme Court, and it appeared that a definitive answer was coming," wrote Bondi. "Several certi-orari petitions from several states asked that court to take up the issue and rule. Even those who had prevailed below sought Supreme Court review. The United States Supreme Court...
  • What the 'gay marriage' debate is really about

    10/14/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 12, 2014 | J. Matt Barber
    It's called Pandora's Box. And the Supreme Court just opened it. Did you actually think the debate over "gay marriage" was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with "civil rights" or "equality"? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism – that it's a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause requires that newfangled "gay marriage," something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution's framers officially declared "the infamous crime against nature," be made law of...
  • Indiana Rep. Tim Wesco laments decision on same-sex marriage, warns of polygamy

    10/13/2014 5:14:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Elkhart Truth ^ | October 7, 2014 | Tim Vandenack
    There’s no wavering from Indiana Rep. Tim Wesco, a strong proponent of traditional marriage. He lobbied for the proposed state constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution 3 (HJR-3), to define marriage in Indiana as a heterosexual union. And following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that paved the way for same-sex marriage here, he isn’t backtracking in his views. In fact, he’s warning that the move could potentially create an in for legalized polygamy. “I personally can never change my view on that,” said Wesco, a Republican from Osceola who represents District 21, which covers much of western and southern Elkhart. “I’m...
  • Shocking Anti-Mikveh Video Provokes Anger (überliberals in Israel)

    10/13/2014 11:15:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 10/13/2014, 11:39 AM | Gil Ronen
    “New Family,” an organization that promotes civil unions, gay “marriage” and adoption, single-mother families, sperm donations and other halakhically (Jewish legal) problematic endeavors in the realm of family, has taken down a controversial Facebook video against women’s ritual immersion in mikveh pools, reported Channel 2. The video that provoked intensely negative reactions showed a woman being drowned in the mikveh by the female mikveh attendant, or balanit.The video begins with a bride-to-be waiting for the balanit and speaking on the phone, saying “I hope the water is clean, at least. You never know who was here before.” …
  • Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

    10/12/2014 8:17:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members. The church's stance toward gays has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind California's ban on gay marriage in 2008, but high-ranking leaders have reiterated time and again the faith's opposition to same-sex unions....
  • The Politics of Envy and Victimhood

    10/12/2014 3:28:14 PM PDT · by camarobob
    RedState ^ | Robert Lane
    By stoking these politics of envy and victimhood, it’s the politicians, at home and abroad, who grow powerful and wealthy. The disenfranchised languish as political pawns, never hearing the truth that life is about making correct personal choices in an imperfect world.The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the United States to do more by a lopsided margin of 51-17 percent. Over the past six months, the movement has been dramatic: Now the two groups are about evenly divided. And two-thirds of...
  • Chuck Todd: Should Conservatives 'Surrender in the Culture Wars'?

    10/12/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    News Busters ^ | 10/12/2014 (2:44 PM EDT) | Jeffrey Meyer
    Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court's decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this as a sign that social conservatism was declining and obnoxiously asked "it is time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?" After playing a pre-packaged segment on the evolution of social conservatism in the United States, the NBC host did his best to portray social conservatives as...
  • Are Gay-Marriage Bans a Form of Sexism?

    10/11/2014 5:17:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/11/2014 | ​ALEXANDRA BRODSKY AND ​ELIZABETH DEUTSCH
    Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear a collection of marriage-equality decisions and deferred for another term what seems now an inevitable ruling for marriage equality. The very next day, the Ninth Circuit handed down an opinion, Latta v. Otter, striking down a number of same-sex-marriage bans. In doing so, the appeals court provided the first of what will surely be many such decisions from which the Court can choose when the justices consider what cases they might hear in the future—and so offers potential rationales by which they might make marriage equality the law of the land. The...
  • David Brooks 'Applauds' GOP for Doing 'Absolutely the Right Thing' By Letting Go Gay Marriage Issue

    10/11/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 10/10/2014 | Staff
    Friday on PBS's "News Hour," syndicated columnist Mark Shields pointed out, "among young Republicans, 61 percent of Republicans -- young Republicans under the age of 30 are in favor of same sex marriage." New York Times columnist David Brooks "applauded," the GOP for "doing absolutely the right thing in withdrawing" and letting the country have its way. Brooks said "I sort of applaud the minimalism here. Sometimes you let the country have its way and you don't try to determine the shape of the country, you sort of modestly step back and let the country figure out what it believes....
  • What the 'gay marriage' debate is really about

    10/10/2014 10:29:10 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 66 replies
    WND ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Exclusive: Matt Barber warns, 'The courts are tossing around spiritual nitroglycerin' It’s called Pandora’s Box. And the Supreme Court just opened it. Did you actually think the debate over “gay marriage” was about marriage? Have you really come to believe that this cultural kerfuffle has anything to do with “civil rights” or “equality”? Have you bought into the popular premise that this is a legitimate discussion on federalism – that it’s a reasonable disagreement over whether the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that newfangled “gay marriage,” something rooted in same-sex sodomy, a deviant and disease-prone behavior our Constitution’s framers...
  • Supreme Court gives go-ahead to same-sex marriages in Idaho

    10/10/2014 3:12:09 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 109 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    <p>The Supreme Court on Friday night allowed same-sex marriages to begin in Idaho, ending a dramatic week in which the right of gay couples to marry expanded dramatically across the nation.</p> <p>In a one-sentence order, the justices denied a request from Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter (R) to delay the unions so the state could continue its appeals. The court gave no reason for the action nor were there recorded dissents.</p>
  • Gone Is the Girl Who Can't Say 'No'

    10/10/2014 7:07:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    Gay blades, weary of the indulgent life of easy gratification, want the courts to guarantee their right to marry. Stuffy straights demand that politicians legislate their partner's sexual intentions. The times, they are indeed a-changin'. The Supreme Court delays making gay marriage legal in every state, and its passive-aggressive approach enables a man to marry a man, and a woman to marry a woman in 30 states, and rising. Gays have succeeded in getting the state out of their bedrooms and into the maze of matrimony. Liaisons between men and women are more complicated. In California, which in the past...
  • POLL: Do you think state leaders should continue to fight gay marriage in NC?

    10/09/2014 6:59:50 PM PDT · by Newsprint_Core · 23 replies
    Now Open - WWAY News Poll on the question: Do you think state leaders should continue to fight gay marriage in NC?
  • Do People Think Cake Bakers Should Be Forced to Work Gay Weddings? Maybe, Maybe Not

    10/09/2014 4:59:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephanie Slade
    According to the Pew Research Center, half of Americans think business owners should be required to provide their services for same-sex weddings even if doing so violates their religious beliefs. In a September poll from the group, respondents split down the middle on the following question: If a business provides wedding services, such as catering or flowers, should it be allowed to refuse those services to a same-sex couple for religious reasons, or required to provide those services as it would to all other customers? The number saying businesses should be required to provide such services included a majority of...
  • Huckabee Vows to Leave GOP If It Doesn’t Fight Same-Sex Marriage

    10/09/2014 1:46:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 04:11 PM | Todd Beamon
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee threatened to leave the GOP and run for the White House in 2016 as an independent if Republicans “capitulate” and support same-sex marriage. “If the Republicans want to lose guys like me, and a whole bunch of still God-fearing, Bible-believing people, go ahead and just abdicate on this issue—and go ahead and say abortion doesn’t matter, either,” Huckabee told Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, on Wildmon’s “Today’s Issues” radio show. “Because at that point, you lose me; I’m gone.” “I’ll become an independent,” he vowed in an interview on Tuesday. “I’ll start...
  • Big wedding plans for longtime couple

    10/08/2014 3:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | October 7, 2014 | Sherry Slater and Dave Gong
    Dennis Floyd, left, and Terence Bartholomew are planning to wed. No offense to those couples who rushed to city hall in late June, eager to take advantage of an unexpected federal court ruling that struck down Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban. It’s just that Terence Bartholomew and Dennis Floyd aren’t the spur-of-the-moment, jeans-and-T-shirts, get-hitched-over-the-lunch-hour types. They want a wedding with a capital W. The local couple, who celebrated 22 years together on Sept. 12, were thrilled Monday to hear that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear Indiana’s challenge, effectively ending the state’s temporary hold on same-sex marriage. In other...
  • Stop Calling It Marriage Equality

    10/08/2014 2:25:01 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 49 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 8, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected gay marriage appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, in essence allowing lower courts to legalize same-sex couples. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), an institution that has vigorously opposed gay marriage for some time now, conceded that the political battle over marriage is over. “As far as the civil law is concerned,” the Mormon Church admitted, “the courts have spoken.” Actually, nothing is over until God says it’s over. At least, this is my understanding of how religion operates. So while I don’t want to accuse Mormons of...
  • The Jealous God of Tolerance: Gay Rights Trump Religious Rights Again?

    10/08/2014 9:02:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/08/2014 | BY JOHN STONESTREET
    Recently, my colleague Eric Metaxas told you about how the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, no longer will allow student teachers from Gordon College to teach or mentor inner city students. Why? Because Gordon's president dared to sign a letter to the President requesting that religious institutions be exempt from federal gay rights laws. The city's outrageous and shortsighted action brings more harm to its inner city students, who are now without mentors, than it does Gordon College. But the same cannot be said about the latest challenge the college is facing in fallout from the letter. In late September, the...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

    10/08/2014 2:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says its doctrine on marriage will remain unchanged despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, including Utah, and opened the door for legalization in six more. “As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken,” the church said in a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision. “Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.” In...
  • Gay marriage bans fall in Idaho, Nevada after high court decision

    10/08/2014 1:35:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 7, 2014 | Dan Levine
    Legal momentum for extending U.S. marriage rights to same-sex couples accelerated on Tuesday as a federal appeals court struck down bans on gay matrimony in Idaho and Nevada a day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand similar rulings for five other states. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled the bans in Idaho and Nevada violated the constitution and cannot be enforced, adding to a growing list of states where same-sex unions are now legal. "Idaho and Nevada's marriage laws, by preventing same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize same-sex marriages celebrated elsewhere, impose...
  • Conservative states balk at gay marriage action

    10/07/2014 10:39:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 10:30 PM EDT | Roxana Hegeman
    Conservative officials in some of the six states where Supreme Court action this week likely cleared the way for same-sex weddings say they won’t issue marriage licenses to gay couples until their hands are forced. Now, gay rights advocates are preparing to do just that. James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, called the court’s action a “watershed moment for the entire country,” and other gay rights activists described plans Tuesday to challenge remaining bans. …
  • Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Bans in Idaho, Nevada

    10/07/2014 1:38:50 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 90 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/7/14 | Jess Bravin
    WASHINGTON—The San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, setting the stage for legal gay marriages in five more Western states. The unanimous decision comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower-court rulings that ended bans in five other states, a move that effectively expanded the right to gay marriage to 30 U.S. states. The Ninth Circuit decision will apply to five states with marriage bans in that appellate circuit, likely expanding to 35 the number of states with legal same-sex marriage.
  • Ted Cruz to introduce constitutional amendment on gay marriage after Supreme Court ducks appeals

    10/07/2014 1:35:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    “Putting the paddles on the chest of a divisive issue with absolutely no hope of the outcome he promises is a hallmark of Ted Cruz,” says GOP consultant Rick Wilson acidly, the memory of last year’s doomed “defund” effort firmly in mind. Okay, but the fine print on what Cruz wants to do is interesting. Typically when social conservatives start talking up amendments aimed at gay marriage, they’re thinking of a substantive change — namely, a new law of the land that says marriage involves one man and one woman and no other combination. Once that’s in the Constitution,...
  • Raven-Symoné Tells Oprah Winfrey: "I Don't Want to Be Labeled Gay," "I'm Not an African American"

    10/06/2014 9:53:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 53 replies
    E! ^ | October 6, 2014 | Zach Johnson
    The star of TV's The Cosby Show and That's So Raven sat down with Oprah Winfrey and attempted to clarify the misconceptions about who she is. One of the topics the women addressed occurred in August 2013, when the Supreme Court ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. At the time, she tweeted, "I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you." Many people saw it as her way of publicly coming out. Asked to explain, Raven replied, "That was my way of saying I'm proud of the country. But, I will say that I'm in...
  • Scott Walker: Gay Marriage Fight Is 'Over In Wisconsin'

    10/06/2014 9:16:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | October 6, 2014 | Caitlin MacNeal
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) conceded that the state of Wisconsin lost its fight to ban same sex marriage on Monday when the Supreme Court declined to hear gay marriage cases in multiple states. With the Supreme Court's punt back to the appeals court that struck down the ban, county clerks in Wisconsin have started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. And Walker seems to have accepted that this is the end of the road for the state's ban....
  • Same-sex marriages begin in Virginia

    10/06/2014 12:50:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jenna Portnoy, John Woodrow Cox and Justin Jouvenal
    RICHMOND — The Supreme Court on Monday effectively allowed same-sex marriage to go forward in Virginia, deciding not to take up a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriages. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mandate to remove the last barrier to same-sex marriage in Virginia. The first same-sex marriages were performed in Charlottesville and Richmond shortly after 1 p.m. At the same time, the commonwealth recognized marriages already performed in states as legal. ---snip--- Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), co-author of the state’s marriage ban, decried the move...
  • Gay Marriage Is Now Legal In Most Of The Country Because The Supreme Court Did Nothing

    10/06/2014 10:27:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    MTV News ^ | October 6, 2014 | Gil Kaufman
    Add 11 more states to the list where same-sex marriage is legal. Gay marriage supporters have had a lot to cheer over the past two years thanks to a series of landmark rulings that have paved the way for marriage equality in an ever-increasing number of states. But on Monday morning (October 6), it was something the Supreme court didn’t do that will make same-sex marriage the law in the majority of the country. At the start of the new Supreme Court term, the justices announced that they had rejected appeals from five states that were seeking to prohibit same-sex...
  • Democracy died today in the USA: the Supreme Court (#SCOTUS) killed it

    10/06/2014 9:22:07 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 54 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 6 October 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace to you all in Jesus Christ, our Supreme, Merciful Judge. This is in the news at this time: WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30...
  • High court denies gay marriage appeals [legal immediately in IN, OK, UT, VA and WI]

    10/06/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 211 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mark Sherman
    he Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Ten of thousands march for ‘family values’ in France

    10/05/2014 11:29:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Tens of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Bordeaux Sunday to demonstrate for what protesters called “traditional family values” and against assisted pregnancies and surrogacy. The demonstrations were organized by the «Manif pour Tous» (“Protest for Everyone”) group that waged an ultimately unsuccessful grassroots movement against the adoption of same-sex marriage in France last year. Their target this time is medically assisted procreation techniques for lesbian couples and surrogacy, which must be “fought at all costs,” according to the group’s president Ludovine de la Rochčre. …
  • Hambycast: Rand Paul's campus challenge

    10/03/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | October 3, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    "I am not opposed to birth control," he said. After a pause, he elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is. Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that." ... Another student here pressed him on "the drug war," asking if Paul would support legalizing marijuana, cocaine and heroin. He said he wasn't supportive of drug use, explaining that pot "is not that great," but said drug laws should be left up to states. Colorado and Washington are experimenting with legalized marijuana, he said, and we...