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  • MSNBC Panel Members Find 'Disturbing Level' of Gay Rights Interest in 'Targeting People'

    04/20/2014 9:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 19, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Friday, April 18, All In show, during a discussion of the firing of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for simply donating to a political campaign opposing same-sex marriage, guest Richard Kim of the far left The Nation magazine intoned that he found it "disturbing" that gay activist friends of his have expressed interest in "targeting" more people who have made similar donations, and who have declared they should "find out where they live." Kim: Here's a disturbing thing. I did ask some of my gay activist friends, I was like, "Look, here's a list; 6,500 people gave the...
  • Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate

    04/15/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 15, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Republicans will nominate someone younger than her, and it won't make a difference to young people.Our old colleague Patrick Caldwell has an interesting article up at Mother Jones about the way the Hillary Clinton campaign—or whatever we can call it at this point, since it isn't actually a campaign but it isn't exactly just a bunch of independent people doing their own thing either—is going after college students. I had forgotten how idiotically hostile the Hillary '08 campaign was toward college students in Iowa, but that's just one of innumerable mistakes that one presumes she'll attempt to correct this time...
  • Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    04/14/2014 6:50:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2014 | Amanda Lee Myers
    CINCINNATI — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to allow gay couples to marry. Judge Timothy Black’s ruling was a partial but significant victory for gay rights supporters, who called it a stepping stone for full marriage equality in Ohio....
  • Five same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Mississippi

    03/27/2014 2:55:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Equality On Trial ^ | March 27, 2014 | Scottie Thomaston
    In Mississippi, five same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses on Tuesday, despite the fact that Mississippi has a constitutional ban. The Campaign for Southern Equality led the protest: However, waving signs saying “We do,” the crowd on Tuesday joined hands for a prayer led by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of LGBT rights group Southern Equality. Then, the couples filed through metal detectors and into the courthouse. Once inside, the five couples lined up to apply for their licenses two-by-two at the office of the county clerk. The clerk noted that the forms did not have blanks for two males and...
  • Religious liberty should be liberal value, too: Fight over gay-marriage pits equality vs. pluralism

    03/08/2014 2:48:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Week ^ | March 7, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The controversy around the concept of religious liberty — whether in the form of birth control mandates resulting from the Affordable Care Act, or nondiscrimination lawsuits related to same-sex marriage — can seem like a straightforward conflict between retrograde religion and the progressive state. But in truth the battle over religious liberty is a conflict within liberalism itself. In one corner are the liberal values of pluralism and tolerance. In the other are the liberal projects of egalitarianism and administrative efficiency. The quick and decisive defeat of Arizona's attempt to clarify its state version of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration...
  • In the wake of Arizona’s SB 1062, “Jim Crow” is the new “Hitler”

    03/02/2014 9:33:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 1, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The entire flap over SB 1062 in Arizona has left a lot of people scratching their heads, particularly given the virtual media explosion over the fate of the bill and what it means going forward. As it turns out, there is similar legislation pending in Georgia even as we speak, and even though public clamor has already led to the bill being taken off the calendar, the rampant hyperbole which marked the coverage of Jan Brewer’s decision is not in short supply. One of the leading shots across the bow was penned for CNN by the two person team of...
  • U.S. Judge Strikes Down Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

    02/26/2014 2:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 26, 2014 | Manny Fernandez
    HOUSTON — A federal judge in Texas struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, ruling that the laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the United States Constitution, handing gay-rights advocates a major legal victory in one of the nation’s biggest and most conservative states. The judge wrote that the amendment to the state Constitution that Texas voters approved in 2005 defining marriage as between a man and a woman — and two similar laws passed in 1997 and 2003 — denied gay couples the right to marry and demeaned their dignity “for no...
  • Yes, of course a business owner should have the right to refuse service to gay people

    02/26/2014 4:06:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | February 25, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    We critics of modern society tend to run into a problem very similar to the one you encounter when you go to a bar with 27 different beers on tap. Sometimes, we just don’t know where to begin. That’s how I feel when I read about the progressives working themselves into a lather over that religious freedom bill in Arizona. The legislation simply solidifies a business owner’s right to act according to his or her religious beliefs (I say “further solidifies” because the First Amendment already covers this ground pretty thoroughly). “News” outlets like CNN, engaging in blatant editorializing (surprise!),...
  • When ‘leave us alone’ became ‘bake us a cake!’

    02/25/2014 12:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Would Jesus bake a cake for a gay wedding? It’s a weird question, but we do live in interesting times. And believe it or not, this has become one of the most heated debates of the week. That’s because, this week, liberal Christians pushed the argument that legislation allowing Christian florists and bakers to decline to work for same-sex weddings is tantamount to Jim Crow laws. The analogy is a stretch. Sexual orientation is not race — and permitting what would most definitely be a very small number of observant Christians to exercise their right of conscience is vastly different...
  • Black pastors want Holder impeached over gay marriage stance

    02/25/2014 9:16:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2014 | Tim Devaney and Ben Goad
    A group of conservative black pastors called Tuesday for Attorney General Eric Holder’s impeachment, saying the Obama administration has “sold out” with its support for gay marriage. The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) is targeting Holder after concluding that going after the nation's first black president would be a losing battle. "If Obama was a white man, he would be impeached," said Rev. William Owens, the group’s founder and president. "Obama has been given a free pass to do what he pleases, but I don't give him a pass. I'm very black, been black all my life. He doesn't...
  • 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....
  • Arizona Senate: Business owners can cite religion to refuse service to gays

    02/20/2014 2:43:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | February 19, 2014 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX — State senators voted Wednesday to let businesses refuse to serve gays based on owners' "sincerely held" religious beliefs. The 17-13 vote along party lines, with Republicans in the majority, came after supporters defeated an attempt to extend existing employment laws that bar discrimination based on religion and race to also include sexual orientation. Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, said that's a separate issue from what he is trying to do. But Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said that's precisely the issue. "The bill opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians," he said. Yarbrough, however, said foes of SB...
  • The Brave New World of Same-Sex Marriage

    02/19/2014 5:58:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 19, 2014 | Professor Michael Hanby
    Advocates of same-sex marriage feel themselves to be riding the cresting wave of history, and justly so. The force with which an idea has taken hold that is unprecedented in human history and unthinkable until yesterday, the speed at which it is sweeping aside customary norms, legal precedent, and the remnants of traditional morality is nothing short of breathtaking. That it should have achieved this feat thanks largely to sentiment, fashion, and the brute power of a ubiquitous global media, with so little real thought about its profound effect upon human self-understanding or its far-reaching practical implications, is more astonishing...
  • Time to Defend Marriage and Federalism

    02/19/2014 6:36:58 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 6 replies
    Redstate ^ | February 19th, 2014 at 08:07 AM | Daniel Horowitz
    With full control of the House but not the Senate or the White House, Republicans lack the ability to enact positive legislation; yet they have the power to stop bad bills. Unfortunately, GOP leaders have made it clear they are willing to pass much of the Obama/Reid agenda because they don’t want confrontation with Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. For conservatives, that pretty much leaves us with the strategy of attempting to pass good bills out of the House just for messaging purposes. With unelected federal judges and administration bureaucrats forcing gay “marriage” on sovereign states across the country,...
  • It’s Over: Gay Marriage Can’t Lose in the Court: A perfect record for equality post-Windsor.

    02/14/2014 10:59:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | February 14, 2014 | David S. Cohen and Dahlia Lithwick
    “We made a commitment to each other in our love and lives, and now had the legal commitment, called marriage, to match. Isn't that what marriage is? ... I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation's fears and prejudices have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry. Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have...
  • Federal judge strikes down Va. ban on gay marriage

    02/13/2014 11:08:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 13, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    A federal judge in Norfolk struck down as unconstitutional Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Thursday night, saying the country has “arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.” U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen issued a sweeping 41-page opinion that mentioned at length Virginia’s past in denying interracial marriage and quoted Abraham Lincoln. She struck the constitutional amendment Virginia voters approved in 2006 that both bans same-sex marriage and forbids recognition of such unions performed elsewhere. She stayed her decision pending appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for...
  • Is opposing gay marriage the same as being a racist? Opposition deeply rooted in religious belief

    02/13/2014 7:37:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Week ^ | February 13, 2014 | Damon Linker
    When it comes to sexuality, the Bible is pretty clear.Writing at The New Republic, Isaac Chotiner doesn't much appreciate my argument about the growing cockiness of secular liberals. Where I see liberals arrogantly (and illiberally) pushing traditionalist religious believers into a corner with ObamaCare's contraception mandate and anti-discrimination laws surrounding gay marriage, Chotiner sees...no problem at all. That's exactly how I'd expect a committed secular liberal to respond. Which is why I wrote the column in the first place. So let me try once more to convince him. I'll start with the contraception mandate because it's the harder case. Virtually...
  • Kansas House passes bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex couples

    02/13/2014 6:31:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | February 13, 2014 | Ben Brumfield and Dana Ford
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas. House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot. It passed the state's Republican-dominated House on Wednesday with a vote of 72-49, and has gone to the Senate for a vote. Such a law may seem unnecessary in a state where same-sex marriage is banned, but some Kansas lawmakers think different. They want to prevent religious individuals and organizations from getting sued, or otherwise punished, for not providing goods or services to gay couples --...
  • Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

    02/09/2014 8:54:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    WRAL-TV / The Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2014 | Rachel Zoll
    The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. Since 2011, Methodist advocates for gay marriage have been recruiting clergy to openly officiate at same-sex ceremonies in protest of church policy. In response, theological conservatives have sought formal complaints against the defiant clergy, which could lead to church trials. One scholar has warned that Methodists are "retreating into our various camps" instead of seeking a resolution over an issue...
  • Scottish parliament passes gay ‘marriage’ 105-18

    02/04/2014 8:57:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 4, 2014 | Hilary White
    Tonight Scotland became the 11th jurisdiction in the European Union and the 17th in the world to create gay “marriage” in a vote at Holyroodhouse of 105-18. This leaves only Northern Ireland as the last jurisdiction in the United Kingdom to retain the traditional legal definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Health Secretary Alex Neil said he expected the first “gay marriages” could take place this autumn. “We’re doing a remarkable thing today, we are saying on behalf of Scotland to the world, loud and clear that we believe in recognizing love between same sex couples as...
  • Polygamy And American Constitutional Law (Now the Left wants to cry "Halt!"?)

    02/03/2014 4:21:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WAMC-FM Northeast Public Radio ^ | January 7, 2014 | Professor Stephen Gottlieb
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)A conversation on The Roundtable convinced me to address polygamy. A judge in Utah decided that state could ban formal legal polygamy but could not ban people living in comparable arrangements without formal legal sanctions. Some people argue that legalization of polygamy follows from constitutional protection of gay and lesbian relationships. If one consensual relationship is OK, therefore so are all the others. That is a mistake. The law does not work that way. Missing from that argument is any mention of whether anyone is hurt and how. There are many ways that law takes account of injury, both constitutional...
  • Give up, gay marriage haters: Grammys mass wedding proves you've lost

    01/27/2014 11:56:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 27, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
    The movement against gay marriage is starting to seem kind of silly and outdated, no? The Grammys mass wedding moment Sunday — where 33 couples, including a sprinkling of gay ones, were joined in matrimony by Queen Latifah — might have been a stunt, but it was an effective one. There’s no better way to normalize gay marriage than to simply show it. Who would have thought we live in a world where the prim and traditional Rose Parade would break this ground before the Grammys got around to it? On Sunday, the traditional wedding processional was replaced by Macklemore...
  • Democrats see same-sex marriage as issue that will mobilize voters

    01/26/2014 1:49:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2014 | Juliet Eilperin, Niraj Chokshi and Robert Barnes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Video: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits.Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted so dramatically in recent years that Democratic groups now see the issue as a critical way to mobilize voters in a slew of races up and down the ballot. Just a decade ago, widespread opposition to gay marriage did just the opposite, allowing Karl Rove to mobilize conservatives in 13 states and help reelect George W. Bush as president. The changing political dynamics were on full display...
  • Oregon Rules Bakery Violated Gay Couple’s Civil Rights By Denying Them A Cake For Same-Sex Wedding

    01/22/2014 2:33:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    An Oregon bakery stands by its decision to deny a cake for a same-sex wedding. The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa tell KATU-TV that their religious beliefs have not changed after Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries determined the Portland-area bakery violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple. Owner Aaron Klein says it almost seems as if the state is hostile toward Christian businesses....
  • Oklahoma Homosexual Marriage Ban Overturned - States' Rights In Jeopardy

    01/15/2014 3:56:13 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 26 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/15/14 | LD Jackson
    I was under the impression that last year's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act did not federalize the issue of marriage. Rather, I thought it paved the way for states to decide the issue on their own. In my opinion, that's where the issue of marriage should be and should stay, a state issue. If this is the case, then someone forgot to tell U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern. He issued a ruling yesterday that effectively struck down the ban on homosexual marriage put into place by Oklahoma voters in 2004. This amendment to our state's Constitution was approved...
  • Sec. Kerry: U.S. deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act

    01/13/2014 2:49:33 PM PST · by xzins · 95 replies
    Secretary Kerry: U.S. deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act Deep Concern with Nigeria’s Enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC January 13, 2014 The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians. Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution. People everywhere deserve...
  • Screenwriter Robert Avrech: ‘The door to Sharia in America is opened’

    01/08/2014 6:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | January 8, 2014 | Danielle Berrin
    Robert AvrechScreenwriter and producer Robert Avrech believes in making message films that articulate morals and values. In 2000, he won an Emmy for penning the Holocaust drama “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” about a petulant teenager who resists her Judaism until offered a portal into the Jewish past. He also wrote the 1992 film “A Stranger Among Us,” starring Melanie Griffith as an undercover cop who insinuates herself into New York’s Chasidic community. On Twitter, Avrech describes himself as a religious Zionist, a Republican and a gun owner. He talks here about his problem with gay marriage, his fear of Islamic jihad...
  • ... and, Should Catholic Clergy Cease Signing Civil “Marriage” Licenses? (ecumenical)

    06/30/2011 7:35:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/30/11 | Msgr Charles Pope
    I have proposed before on this blog that we may be coming to a point where we should consider dropping our use of the word marriage. It  is a simple fact that word “marriage” as we have traditionally known it is being redefined in our times. To many in the secular world the word no longer means what it once did and when the Church uses the word marriage we clearly do not mean what the New York Legislature or an increasing number of states mean.The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines Marriage in the following way: The matrimonial covenant,...
  • In the Aftermath of Redefining Marriage, Absurdities Multiply. Woman “Marries” Herself

    03/20/2012 2:35:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 19, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Let the further absurdities begin. Having redefined marriage, the secular world may discover it has actually undefined marriage. For in removing so basic an aspect of the definition of marriage (a male and a female), proponents of gay “marriage” will have a hard time excluding any newcomers to the the now opened-ended notion of “marriage.” Consider the following story from Yahoo News:Last week, Nadine Schweigert married herself in a symbolic wedding ceremony. The 36-year-old divorced mom of three wore blue satin and clutched a bouquet of white roses as she walked down the aisle before a gathering of 45 friends...
  • Federal Judge Says Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Couples’ Out-Of-State Marriages

    12/23/2013 3:09:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | December 23, 2013 | Chris Geidner
    Ohio officials must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who married out of state for purposes of being considered married on death certificates, a federal judge ruled on Monday. Judge Timothy Black had granted a temporary injunction for James Obergefell and John Arthur in July, ordering that their marriage be recognized on his death certificate should Arthur — who was in hospice care — die. Since then, Arthur died, but the case was amended to included a funeral director who wanted to ensure that he would be protected should he list same-sex couples as married, as well as another individual...
  • Gay marriage ruled legal by New Mexico's high court

    12/19/2013 9:50:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico became the latest state to legalize gay marriage Thursday as its highest court declared it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Justice Edward L. Chavez said in a ruling that none of New Mexico's marriage statutes specifically prohibits same-gender marriages, but the state's laws as a whole have prevented gay and lesbian couples from marrying. The justices said same-sex couples are a discrete group that has been subjected to a history of discrimination and violence....
  • NM Supreme Court affirms same-sex marriage rights

    12/19/2013 10:40:31 AM PST · by WXRGina · 6 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 19, 2013 | Patrick Lohmann
    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of same-sex couples, granting them all the same rights of marriage enjoyed by heterosexual couples. The court’s 31-page opinion states, in part, that: “All rights, protections, and responsibilities that result from the marital relationship shall apply equally to both same-gender and opposite-gender married couples.” ... Read the opinion:
  • Same-Sex Weddings 17 Percent of Washington Marriages

    12/06/2013 11:01:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government / The Associated Press ^ | December 5, 2013 | Donna Gordon Blankinship
    SEATTLE-Gay weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages were legal in the state, state officials reported Wednesday. About 7,071 same-sex couples got married in Washington between December 6, 2012, and the most recent complete month of data, September 2013. There were 42,408 total marriages in the state during that time, according to the Washington State Department of Health. So far, most of Washington state's same-sex marriages, 62 percent, were between two women....
  • Ga. National Guard will ignore Pentagon directive to recognize same-sex spouses

    11/01/2013 2:40:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | November 1, 2013 | Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
    The Georgia National Guard this afternoon indicated it intends to ignore a directive from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and will continue to send same-sex spouses of National Guard personnel elsewhere for benefits guaranteed by the Pentagon. Here's the statement received late Friday from Joseph Quimby, deputy director of public affairs for the state Department of Defense: “The State of Georgia does not recognize same sex marriages and is not authorizing the Georgia National Guard to process the applications for same-sex married benefits at state facilities. Any personnel seeking to apply for same-sex married benefits will be referred to federal facilities.”...
  • Gov. Brown: Insurers Must Cover Fertility Treatments--For Same-Sex Partners

    10/20/2013 3:45:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 10, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Starting next January, health insurance plans in California must offer coverage for fertility treatments to homosexual couples and unmarried individuals under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. The law amends the state’s Insurance Code to prohibit insurers from withholding coverage for most fertility treatments based on “age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic partner status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, sex or sexual orientation.” (See AB460.pdf) Most fertility treatments, including some that cost tens of thousands of dollars, are included, such as “diagnosis, diagnostic tests, medication, surgery, and gamete intrafallopian transfer.” Although...
  • New Jersey's Highest Court Clears Way for Gay Marriages to Begin Monday

    10/18/2013 2:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WNBC-TV / The Associated Press ^ | October 18, 2013 | Geoff Mulvihill
    Same-sex marriages will begin within days in New Jersey after the state's highest court ruled unanimously Friday to uphold a lower-court order that gay weddings must start Monday and to deny a delay that was sought by Gov. Chris Christie's administration. "The state has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: Same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today," the court said in an opinion by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. "The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative."(continued)
  • Oregon Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages

    10/17/2013 3:19:21 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 6 replies
    Oregon Public Broadcasting ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | OPB
    Same-sex couples who marry outside of Oregon will have their unions recognized in the state. A new opinion from Oregon’s Department of Justice stated the change. The state’s decision took effect immediately. It does not mean gay couples can marry in Oregon, but now the state recognizes legal marriages from other places.
  • What LGBT Americans can do for civil rights

    10/09/2013 8:11:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    MSNBC's The Grio ^ | October 9, 2013 | Robert Raben, BHO & Clinton gay advisor/lobbyist
    <p>The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and a Hollywood movie at the top of the box office about a butler’s view of history from the White House caused the nation to pause to consider the state of civil rights in America at the end of the summer.</p>
  • On human rights ... and wrongs

    10/01/2013 8:24:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | September 25, 2013 | Pastor Stuart Bryan
    During this local political season, it is important that our communication with one another be characterized by a firm allegiance to honesty, integrity, and truth. As a local pastor, I decry sins of the tongue - slander, gossip, lies, outbursts of wrath, false accusations - all dishonor our Creator and defame others who are made in the image of God. It is my desire to speak the truth in love. To that end I wish to address the misleading way in which the agenda of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community has been linked by some, including mayoral...
  • On Gender Identity and Marriage

    10/01/2013 9:41:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Charisma News ^ | September 25, 2013 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    Men and women are different. This self-evident and clichéd claim is no longer as uncontroversial as, historically, it would have been. According to the American Psychological Association, "Gender identity refers to a person's internal sense of being male, female, or something else; gender expression refers to the way a person communicates gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice, or body characteristics. ... Transgender people experience their transgender identity in a variety of ways and may become aware of their transgender identity at any age." This statement, which includes a reference to an undefined but apparently defining "internal sense"...
  • Labor Dept: Same-Sex Spouses Must Receive Benefits Regardless of State Laws

    09/19/2013 4:42:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 19, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    On September 18, the Obama Labor Department announced that married same-sex couples must receive the same pensions, 401(k)s, health plans, and employee benefits as heterosexual married couples, regardless of whether they live in one of the 37 states where same-sex marriage is illegal. "This decision represents a historic step forward toward equality for all American families," said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. "I have directed the department's agency heads to ensure that they are implementing the decision in a way that provides maximum protection for workers and their families." The Labor Department said its interpretation "provides a uniform rule of recognition...
  • Prominent Liberal And Avowed Atheist Richard Dawkins Supports “Mild Pedophilia”

    09/10/2013 6:52:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 10, 2013 | Melissa Clouthier
    Richard Dawkins is sensitive to shifting mores regarding pedophilia: Dawkins went on to say that one of his former school masters “pulled me on his knee and put his hand inside my shorts,” and that to condemn this “mild touching up” as sexual abuse today would somehow be unfair. “I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back...
  • Pastor claims sex with boys gave them 'sexual purity in the eyes of God'

    09/10/2013 8:06:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    KMG.COM ^ | Rick Couri
    31 year old Brent Girouex was arrested on 60 counts of suspicion of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. The former youth counselor told police he did it to “help with homosexual urges by praying while he had sexual contact with [them]." He claimed the acts would give his victims "sexual purity." Making matters even worse, Girouex has four children of his own and now his estranged wife Erin is speaking out against him now. Girouex admitted having sexual relations with at least four young men but as many as eight have now stepped forward claiming abuse. The man...
  • Texas Guard refuses to process same-sex benefits

    09/03/2013 3:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday, citing the state constitution's ban on gay marriage, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Pentagon officials said Texas appeared to be the only state that planned to turn gay and lesbian couples away on Tuesday, the first working day that gays in the military may apply for benefits. The Department of Defense had announced it would recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal following the U.S. Supreme Court decision throwing out the Defense of Marriage Act. Passed by Congress in 1996,...
  • Lubricating the Slippery Slope: The Intellectual Astroglide of the Elite

    09/01/2013 11:14:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | September 1, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    WGS @wgstweets Quote from CJ Burger '86 RT @blnd_n_dngrus: @wgstweets @DBT816 @rsmccain Agreeing with both of you re: last Tweets. pic.twitter.com/2yeI4aYTSI Robert Stacy McCain @rsmccain U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger: HATER! pic.twitter.com/WBLQHSxINS | @wgstweets @blnd_n_dngrus @DBT816 9:39 AM - 31 Aug 2013 Few are willing to admit the truth, namely that our cultural elite have abandoned the truth — but that is putting it too mildly. Our cultural elite, of which the editors of the Washington Post and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are members, have not only abandoned the truth, but have declared war on truth,...
  • Judge orders VA to provide benefits to veterans in same-sex marriages

    08/30/2013 8:44:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 30, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    All things considered, this was probably inevitable. The Department of Veterans Affairs can no longer rely on its unique reading of federal law to refuse to provide full benefits to a California veteran in a same-sex marriage, a federal judge declared in a ruling filed late Thursday. U.S. District Judge Consuelo Marshall of Los Angeles sided with Tracey Cooper-Harris of Pasadena, Calif., a 12-year Army veteran, who sued the VA for denying her full disability benefits because she is married to a woman. The VA is the defendant in several lawsuits over its assertion that the Supreme Court’s decision in...
  • Gay Marriages Get Recognition From the I.R.S. (Even if a state doesn't recognize their union)

    08/29/2013 6:33:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2013 | Annie Lowrey
    All same-sex couples who are legally married will be recognized as such for federal tax purposes, even if the state where they live does not recognize their union, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday. It is the broadest federal rule change to come out of the landmark Supreme Court decision in June that struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, and a sign of how quickly the government is moving to treat gay couples in the same way that it does straight couples. The June decision found that same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits,...
  • How to lose the fight over gay ‘marriage’ in one easy step

    08/27/2013 9:04:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | August 27, 2013 | Hilary White
    ROME, August 27, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since the push for "gay marriage" started, people who opposed it have absolutely refused to engage in discussions about the moral liceity, or even the physical and psychological consequences of homosexual behaviour. Have you noticed? The one thing no one in the argument seems to want to do is really to talk about what we’re talking about. In the case of the Catholic Church, this has become a nearly universal policy, from the CDF on down. We have been informed that it was official. When the issue started gaining speed, bishops and national conferences...
  • Marriage Equality Fight Pushes Country Down Slippery Slope of Polygamy, Incest

    08/25/2013 9:09:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Charisma News ^ | July 29, 2013 | Damien Sartain
    The homosexual lobby claims the majority of Americans favor same-sex marriage and that marriage should be only about love. Even if that were true, favoring homosexual marriage by definition means being “for” anything outside what the Bible calls a sacred union—between one man and one woman. According to a recent article on Prospect.com by Boston College School of Law professor Kent Greenfield, opponents of same-sex marriage have been right all along. Government approval of same-sex marriage will eventually erode bans on polygamous and incestuous marriages as well. As a matter of constitutional rationale, there is indeed a slippery slope between...
  • Airman Punished for Opposing Gay Marriage Files Complaint

    08/20/2013 6:42:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    An airman who was relieved of his duties after he told his commanding officer that he could not support gay marriage has filed a formal complaint with the military alleging he is the victim of religious discrimination. Senior Master Sgt. Monk, a 19-year veteran of the Air Force was punished after he disagreed with his commander when she wanted to severely reprimand an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. “I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say...