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  • Marquette Univ. Encouraging Catholic Profs. to Report Gay Marriage Opposition as 'Harassment'

    12/11/2014 8:36:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Catholic professors and other faculty members at a prominent Wisconsin Catholic university are now being trained to report any school employees who voice their opposition to same-sex marriage as a form of harassment to the university's human resources office. Marquette University has begun requiring its employees to attend workplace anti-harassment training, where they are taught that it is imperative for them to quickly report faculty members who discuss openly their opposing view of same-sex marriage. As the Catholic News Agency reports, Marquette's anti-harassment training includes a comic-style story presentation where a fictional character named "Harassed Hans," who overhears his co-workers,...
  • Procter & Gamble Backs Gay Marriage

    11/20/2014 9:36:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 20, 2014 | Curtis M. Wong
    Add Procter & Gamble to the ever-growing list of companies to openly support marriage equality. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Ohio-based consumer products giant has taken a public stand on same-sex marriage in what P&G's Chief Global Diversity Officer William Gipson describes as "statement of support for our employees." Added Chief Legal Officer Deborah P. Majoras: "We have always supported our employees and fostered a culture of inclusion and respect -- this includes the right to marry whomever they choose and to have that union legally recognized." This is the first time that P&G has gone on the record...
  • Same-sex marriage rights are sweeping the US. Here's where each state stands.

    11/20/2014 9:09:36 AM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Vox ^ | November 20, 2014 | German Lopez
    Update: On November 20, the Supreme Court refused to stay a decision that struck down South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban, allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry starting at noon. Since 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on same-sex marriage, lower courts have followed with their own decisions effectively ending same-sex marriage bans in several states. As the decisions pile up, it can get a little difficult to track which same-sex marriage bans are legally valid and which have been overturned. This simple list tracks where each state stands.
  • Kentucky Baptists kick out gay-friendly church

    11/11/2014 12:56:02 PM PST · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | DYLAN LOVAN
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Baptists on Tuesday chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages. Baptist leaders from around the state gathering in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly to end their longstanding relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The church's pastor, the Rev. Jason Crosby, has said the church is open to performing same-sex marriages and ordaining gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual members.
  • Civil Divorce since Proposition 8 Overturned?

    11/09/2014 3:57:26 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 17 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man Blog ^ | 4/3/2013 | Sacra Pizza Man
    This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it. – G.K. Chesterton Question to Canonist Ed Peters: If the Court presumes to equate our Matrimony, the Queen of Sacraments, with Sodomy; Can we not regard the action as having abrogated the terms of the civil rite, rendering what was formerly a mirror or echo of the essential Sacrament, now a ludicrous parody? Co-Author with Sherif Girgis and Robert P. George of “What Is Marriage“, Heritage Foundation speaker Ryan T Anderson, rather unilaterally “debated” some of this question with...
  • APPEALS COURT: States can define marriage as 1 man, 1 woman

    A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday stunningly affirmed the rights of voters in four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, throwing a boulder into the millpond of complacent assumptions by homosexual-rights advocates that same-sex marriage is a given across the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court recently has refused to take on any same-sex marriage cases, allowing the movement to expand into about 30 states. But Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, which has fought on behalf of traditional...
  • Appeals Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    11/06/2014 2:03:29 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 6, 2014 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    By a two-to-one vote, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage, overturning lower court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions to be unconstitutional.
  • 6th Circuit upholds gay marriage bans in several states

    11/06/2014 2:19:13 PM PST · by AbortionIsEvil · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 6, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reversing a recent trend in the federal courts to strike down such bans.
  • Starbucks Unveils Its First LBGT Commercial and it Ain’t Pretty

    11/02/2014 12:01:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | November 1, 2014 | Gary DeMar
    More and more companies are going “gay” while at the same time denigrating anybody who has an issue with same-sex, alternate sex, slice and dice sex (transgenderism), and take-your-pick sex. When it was found out that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich opposed same-sex marriage, so much pressure was put on him because of his anti-same sex marriage views (he donated to Proposition 8) that he believed that he couldn’t do anything but resign. The Gaystapo would have made it unbearable for him and the company for Eich if he had remain as CEO. There is a long trail of persecution from...
  • Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight (Nausea notice)

    10/30/2014 7:28:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 29, 2014 | David A. Graham
    Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting. In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?" Ted Olson had a similar question for the Supreme Court Wednesday, pondering why the justices had opted not to take a single case on same-sex marriage this term. "I agonize over the court not making a decision," said Olson, an...
  • Wyoming won't appeal gay marriage ruling; couples can wed starting Tuesday

    10/20/2014 11:43:24 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 17 replies
    BillingsGazette.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | AP
    Same-sex couples will have to wait until Tuesday before they can get married in Wyoming. Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael says the state will notify a federal court at 10 a.m. Tuesday that it won't appeal last Friday's ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled last Friday that the state must permit same-sex marriage, but he issued a stay until this Thursday in order to allow time for the state to appeal. Skavdahl said his ruling will take effect immediately if the state files paperwork saying it will not appeal.
  • 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. …
  • Idaho Pastors Face Jail Time, Thousands in Fines for Not Performing Gay Weddings

    10/20/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d'Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating "non-discrimination" laws. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have...
  • CITY THREATEN TO ARREST MINISTER WHO REFUSED TO PERFORM SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

    10/20/2014 9:45:07 AM PDT · by GrandmaC · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | Todd Starnes
    Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.
  • Christian persecution in the US: Openly gay Houston mayor demands pastors turn over sermons

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by bardettespy
    Allan B. West ^ | Oct 15, 2014 | Allen West
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? You’re bound to learn something new in this list:
  • 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...
  • Black leaders slam Supreme Court’s 'cowardice' in marriage protection ruling

    10/13/2014 8:34:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 16 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/13/14 | Jim Kouri
    A number of black Christian pastors and church leaders slammed the United States Supreme Court justices for turning down a case that would once and for all settle the dispute and divisiveness created by the issue of same-sex marriage. The National Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian Leaders characterized the court's decision -- "not to hear the case" and send it back to the lower courts -- as cowardice on the part of the nine members of the nation's highest court. On Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court simply stated that it would not review cases which overturned...
  • Greg Abbott: Texas GOP same-sex marriage ban helps reduce out-of-wedlock births

    10/13/2014 5:24:35 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 1 replies
    Salon ^ | 10/13/14 | Jenny Kutner
    In a brief filed with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Texas attorney general and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott argued that lifting the state’s ban on same-sex marriage would not encourage opposite-sex couples to procreate within wedlock, and therefore the ban should stay in place. Abbott reiterated the “responsible procreation” argument he has already made in defense of a same-sex marriage ban, saying that the motivation for denying marriage rights is economic, according to the Houston Chronicle. “The State is not required to show that recognizing same-sex marriage will undermine heterosexual marriage,” the brief reads. “It is...
  • The issue that threatens to unravel both the Constitution and the GOP

    10/07/2014 5:10:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 6 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 10/6/14 | Steve Deace
    With the 35-year marriage between Christians and the Republican Party already on the rocks, a U.S. Supreme Court with a majority of Republican appointees just put the religious liberty of every believer in the GOP base in unprecedented peril. The GOP was already struggling to maintain the loyalty of its conservative base, and one of its last, best talking points was the importance of judicial appointments. Now that talking point has also been blown to smithereens. The John Roberts court gave us Obamacare, the narrowest wording possible when siding in favor of Hobby Lobby, got rid of the Defense of...
  • 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....
  • Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Echoes as West Virginia Relents and South Carolina Persists

    10/10/2014 6:41:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | ERIK ECKHOLM
    A Supreme Court order legalizing same-sex marriage in five states reverberated further on Thursday, with the attorney general of West Virginia conceding that its ban on same-sex marriage was no longer defensible but South Carolina officials vowing to keep fighting to restrict marriage to a man and a woman. Since the Supreme Court decision on Monday and a ruling from a federal circuit court on Tuesday, new developments have appeared almost hourly as gay-rights advocates press for action in nine other states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  • Why America's Navy Is So Concerned About These Russian Missiles

    10/09/2014 8:32:08 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | October 9, 2014 | Andrew Tarantola
    Some folks question why the U.S. Navy would need such exotic weapons as the Phalanx and SeaRAM systems, or even electromagnetic rail guns. These Russian-made, radar-guided anti-ship missiles are two such reasons. The P-270 Moskit and P-800 Oniks have caused so much consternation that the Navy has begun developing a helicopter-based electronic warfare system—the Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare (AOEW)—to defend against the threat. Both are ramjet-propelled cruise missiles, both carry 550 to 710 pounds of high explosive in their warheads, and neither is one you want to see streaking towards your ship.
  • 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?
  • South Carolina: Gay marriage not immediately likely in SC

    10/06/2014 1:23:19 PM PDT · by upchuck · 27 replies
    Aiken Standard/Ass Press ^ | Oct 6, 2014 | Jeffery Collins
    <p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied appeals from five states seeking to preserve gay-marriage bans. The move doesn’t mean same-sex marriages will begin immediately in South Carolina, but experts say such unions probably aren’t too far off.</p> <p>WHAT WILL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DO?</p>
  • 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...
  • Inside the campaign finance report of Fair Wisconsin

    09/09/2014 8:10:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-8-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Last Thursday, the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin’s 2006 voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. When looking back at the 2006 campaign, organized labor and other notable liberals donated their money to Fair Wisconsin which opposed the measure. Wisconsin Election Watch obtained campaign finance records from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board for this story. However, the only version of Fair Wisconsin’s campaign finance reports were available was in paper format. Organized labor donated significant amounts of money to Fair Wisconsin in 2006 in their effort to oppose the referendum. The Wisconsin Educational Association...
  • Gay Marriage and the Limits of Tradition

    08/31/2014 11:58:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In all the bad days that opponents of same-sex marriage have had lately, few compare with the one they had this past week in a courtroom in Chicago. Lawyers defending the bans in Wisconsin and Indiana were buried in an avalanche of skepticism and incredulity. The judges demanded to know what worthy goals the prohibitions serve, and the attorneys had terrible trouble coming up with any. Perhaps the low point for their side came when one was asked why Wisconsin makes it so hard for same-sex couples to adopt and ventured to say, "I think tradition is one of the...
  • Supreme Court Blocks Gay Marriage In Virginia

    <p>According to USA Today, on Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court blocked gay marriages from happening in the commonwealth, putting on hold the recent decision by the federal appeal’s court last month. That ruling ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.</p>
  • Couples marry, hundreds gather at Equality Fest in York

    08/03/2014 3:50:32 PM PDT · by lightman · 44 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 3 August AD 2014 | Tec Czech
    Couples marry, hundreds gather at Equality Fest in York The inaugural event, held at the city's Cherry lane, was a celebration of equality for all, its organizers said By Ted Czech tczech@ydr.com @TedCzechYDR on Twitter Updated: 08/03/2014 05:50:22 PM EDT Carey and Michele Jenkins clasped hands, gazed in each other's teary eyes, and whispered things to each other, as they became legally married at York's first-ever Equality Fest on Sunday. The Jenkinses, along with five more lesbian couples, were married by York Mayor Kim Bracey before several hundred who attended the event. After Bracey married the couples, the crowd erupted...
  • European court strikes down transgender marriage case

    07/16/2014 5:52:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.07.14 @ 20:47 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A Finnish citizen who wanted the state to recognize her new gender after surgery and remain legally married to woman at the same time lost her case at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (16 July). Heil Hamalainen underwent male-to-female gender reassignment surgery in 2009, years after she married her partner. But Finnish law does not recognize same-sex marriages. State authorities said that for Hamalainen to have her new gender recognized, she would need to turn the marriage into a civil partnership or get a divorce—something the couple refused. …
  • Intact Biological Family Kids Fare Better by the Vast Majority of Objective Measures

    07/07/2014 9:44:34 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Presentation Parish Right to Life ^ | May 20, 2014 | John Smith
    Children Raised in the Intact Biological Family Fare Better by the Vast Majority of Objective Measures Notre Dame University has denied official recognition of a student group promoting policymaking that places primary emphasis on advocacy explicitly for the interests of children in considerations about so-called “Gay Marriage”. The quest for recognition by Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), was rejected in an April 30 letter from the university’s Student Activities Office. In evaluating a proposal, approval is based on several things.…There was not a need for another similar-type club. The Club Coordination Council SCOP’s Notre Dame Marriage Petition cites Pope Francis...
  • Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study

    07/07/2014 9:17:50 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 7, 2014 | Katie Holliday
    Children of same-sex parents have above average health and well-being, research by the University of Melbourne shows. The research was based on data from the Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families, which involved input from 315 same-sex parents and a total of 500 children. Of these participating families, 80 percent had female parents while 18 percent had male partners. "It appears that same-sex parent families get along well and this has a positive impact on health," said Dr Simon Crouch from the Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, Centre for Health Equity at the University of Melbourne....
  • Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage

    06/25/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 6/25/2014 | CHARLES WILSON
    federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allows gay couples to wed. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause because it treats couples differently based on their sexual orientation. "Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana," he wrote. "These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."
  • Federal appeals court overturns Utah's ban on gay marriage

    06/25/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 32 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6/25/2014 | Michael Muskal
    In a decision coming from Utah, a federal appeals court on Wednesday for the first time backed gay marriage. The Denver-based U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court decision that struck down the state's bans on same-sex marriage. The ruling, which was stayed, sets the stage for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which touched off the current round of legal fighting on the issue when it struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
  • 10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage [Utah decision]

    06/25/2014 9:28:47 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 06/25/2014 | Jessica Miller
    A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. By upholding a Utah judge’s decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals became the first appeals court to rule on the issue, setting a historic precedent that voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples to equal protection and due process. But the court stayed the implementation of their decision, pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeals court upheld U.S. Judge Robert Shelby’s December decision, which struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. The...
  • Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

    06/20/2014 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 20, 2014
    The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), one of the United States’ leading Protestant denominations, has voted to allow its pastors to perform “any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls then to perform, where legal by state law.” The motion, which passed by a 61%-39% margin, takes effect immediately. By a 71%-29% margin, the assembly also recommended that the church’s Book of Order be amended to describe marriage as a “unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” This change will go into effect when it approved by the majority of the church’s presbyteries....
  • News roundup: Judge: Most traditional marriage was polygamy

    06/14/2014 5:05:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | June 9, 2014 | Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
    Federal judge: Most traditional marriage has been polygamy. Records: Swallow aide tried to cover up deals with Johnson. Huntsman Sr. interested in buying The Tribune. Happy Monday. A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, saying that state officials need to learn a few things about the history of marriage, i.e. that plural marriage is actually more traditional over time. "As an initial matter, defendants and amici have overstated their argument," wrote Judge Barbara Crabb. "Throughout history, the most 'traditional' form of marriage has not been between one man and one woman, but between one man and multiple women,...
  • Are Same-Sex Couples Just Like You?

    06/07/2014 2:03:05 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 30 replies
    Canon & Culture ^ | May 23, 2014 | Glenn Stanton
    “We are loving, committed and faithful couples just like anyone else.” If you’ve paid the slightest bit of attention to the same-sex marriage debate, you’ve heard this very statement in some iteration. It’s not true by some important measures though. 1. Same-sex male couples are dramatically more likely to be unfaithful than heterosexual couples. 2. Committed lesbian relationships are more likely to break up than both male-male and opposite-sex couples, by dramatic margins. Those are two very important differences, unarguably judging the “we’re no different” dogma incorrect. What support is there for these stark differences? First, it should be noted...
  • Corbett says Pennsylvania won't appeal same-sex marriage case

    05/21/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 57 replies
    WPXI ^ | May 21, 2014
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's governor says he won't appeal a court decision that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Gov. Tom Corbett's decision Wednesday means that same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania, without the threat that a higher court will reinstate the ban. "I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones' opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge...
  • Judge strikes down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban

    05/13/2014 5:33:33 PM PDT · by digger48 · 64 replies
    wthr ^ | May 13, 2014 | AP
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal magistrate judge has ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the ruling Tuesday evening that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens of their fundamental right to marry.
  • California moves to let gay men cite selves as ‘mother’ on birth records; lesbians as ‘father’

    05/12/2014 7:05:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 9, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    In California, it may soon be legal for gay men to list themselves as “mother” on birth certificates, and similarly, for lesbians to cite themselves as “father.” Or, the gay parent could simply opt for the more generic label of “parent,” The Associated Press reported. That’s because lawmakers on Thursday passed through the state Assembly with a 51-13 vote a measure to “modernize” the definition of the family to reflect same-sex unions.
  • Arkansas Becomes First Bible Belt State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage After Judge Lifts Ban

    05/11/2014 7:54:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/10/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    More than a dozen same-sex marriage licenses were issued for the first time in a Bible Belt state Saturday after a state judge declared Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay wedding to be unconstitutional. About 50 couples had lined up at the courthouse in Eureka Springs in Carroll County, Arkansas, Saturday morning seeking licenses, according to Reuters. But Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn told The Associated Press that 15 licenses were issued Saturday. On Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violated equal protection provisions of the U.S. Constitution. "This...
  • Gene Robinson, first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announces his divorce

    05/04/2014 4:50:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 73 replies
    Religion News ^ | May 3, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his longtime partner and husband. Robinson, who retired in 2013 as the Bishop of New Hampshire, and his partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, were married in a private civil union in 2008. The announcement was made public Saturday (May 3) in a statement to the Diocese of New Hampshire. “As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us — not a decision entered into lightly or without much counseling,” Robinson wrote in a letter. “We ask...
  • Italian court recognizes gay marriage for first time

    04/10/2014 12:22:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    An Italian court on Wednesday recognized a gay couple as married for the first time in Italy, which does not have any form of official acknowledgement of same-sex unions. The court in Grosseto in Tuscany ordered the city council to list the couple, who had their wedding in New York in 2012, as married in a ruling that was immediately hailed by gay rights campaigners as historic. “This is an unprecedented case in our country,” Sergio Lo Giudice, a senator for the Democratic Party and a former head of the watchdog Arcigay, told reporters. …
  • Mozilla speaks, sort of

    04/04/2014 6:26:53 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 72 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 4, 2014 | Scott Johnson
    Under the heading “Brendan Eich steps down as CEO,” Mozilla has posted the following statement in the name of executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker. Eich has “stepped down” from his position at Mozilla days after his appointment, following the revelation that he contributed $1,000 to the campaign supporting the passage of Prop 8 in California six years ago. The Wall Street Journal covers the story here. Baker’s statement is must reading, though it requires some translation. It is not exactly straightforward. Using the mandatory shibboleths, the statement refers to a corporate culture of “diversity and inclusiveness.” If you’ve read 1984, you...
  • Mozilla CEO forced out over opposition to gay marriage

    04/04/2014 7:47:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/4/2014 | Douglas Lang
    The newly elected CEO and co-founder of Mozilla - the maker of the Firefox web browser - was forced into resignation today after activists pressured the company over his donation to a political campaign that opposed same-sex marriage. Brendan Eich was forced into resigning from the company he co-founded just one month into his new role as CEO. In 2008 Eich donated $1000 to the campaign for California Proposition 8 and was widely chastised by the left press and social media. After his recent appointment as CEO his vilification was reawakened and he came under pressure from employees, press, social...
  • Brendan Eich and the New American Totalitarian State: Gay Marriage Activists force Mozilla CEO out

    04/04/2014 8:15:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2014 | Sally Zelikovsky
    Imagine going to work one day only to be, in effect, fired -- not because of anything you did or didn’t do at your job, but because of something you did in your personal life. Something religious. Or maybe, something political. Imagine if you were denied a promotion at work because a co-worker found out you had made a personal donation to a conservative candidate. Imagine if your environmentally-correct boss discovered that, in your free time at home, you supported an organization that exposed the fallacies of man-made global warming and asked you for your resignation. Imagine if you were...
  • LGBT Witch Hunt Takes Down Mozilla CEO: Fascism or Free Speech? (PODCAST)

    04/04/2014 9:36:39 AM PDT · by TheProducer · 36 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/4/13 | Austin Petersen
    Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was pressured to step down after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure against gay marriage. In a story twist, it was revealed that the Internal Revenue Service was responsible for a leak in which they turned over the donor records of the campaign to a gay rights group. Follow TLR on Google+ The controversy heated up when dating website OKCupid asked users not to access their site using the browser as an act of protest, which initiated a firestorm that resulted in Eich’s resignation. Curiously enough, Eich presided over...
  • Rush Limbaugh on Mozilla Resignation - (quite good)

    04/04/2014 9:46:56 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 57 replies
    Listening to Limbaugh | 4/4/14 | (just listening to Rush)
    Listening to Limbaugh at the moment, and I have got to hand it to Rush. He is going off on the left, for what happened to the former Mozille chief. Way to go Rush. Well said.
  • Mozilla thoughtcrime, IRS corruption, and the devaluation of marriage

    04/04/2014 2:18:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Instablog ^ | 4/4/2014 | JOHN HAYWARD
    Just a couple of weeks into his tenure as CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich has been ousted by a mob of jackbooted same-sex marriage supporters, for the unforgivable crime of donating $1000 in 2008 to the Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban in California.  Eich co-founded Mozilla and created the indispensable Javascript programming language, but none of that counted for much against his long-ago financial support of traditional marriage.We've had a few nasty culture clashes of late, but this one takes the cake.  Eich was quite literally persecuted for a thoughtcrime.  He didn't say something that the gay marriage crowd found offensive,...