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  • ‘Traditional Marriage’ Disgusts NRO Writer

    02/27/2015 5:27:36 PM PST · by ConservativeTeen · 64 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | February 27, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Few things make me shudder quite like hearing someone use the phrase "traditional marriage" unironically. — Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) February 27, 2015 This is one of those tiny but telling things. Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online. She’s a Millennial, a Hillsdale grad, and has published lots of things in right-of-center publications. And she’s a libertarian. One is not at all surprised to find libertarians, especially libertarians in their twenties, supporting same-sex marriage. Nor is one surprised to find libertarians working at National Review. What I find startling, but a sign of the times, is that a...
  • Former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell: A Church That Doesn't Support Gay Marriage Is 'Irrelevant'

    02/26/2015 3:36:12 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 70 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/20/2015 | Carol Kuruvilla
    Rob Bell, the widely popular and controversial former megachurch pastor, is now convinced that a church doesn’t support same-sex marriage will "continue to be even more irrelevant." Bell made the comments on an episode of Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday," where he appeared with his wife Kristen to talk about religion and spirituality. "One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness," Bell said. "Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity....
  • (Homosexual) couple say luxury hotel refused to consider hosting their wedding

    02/26/2015 3:55:31 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/25/2015 | Severin Carrell
    A gay couple are considering taking legal action after a luxury hotel on Loch Lomond allegedly refused to consider hosting their wedding because of their sexual orientation. John and Stephen Devaney, from Baillieston in Glasgow, said the owner of the Loch Lomond Waterfront, Suzanne Cottam, “ushered us out” after they said they were looking for a wedding venue. Cottam declined requests for an interview but the hotel released a statement firmly denying the Devaneys’ allegations, describing them as false and “seriously defamatory” claims that had led to a surge in abusive calls to the hotel. In the latest row about...
  • Rob Bell, Gay Marriage, and the Movie Tombstone

    02/24/2015 9:55:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Canon Fodder ^ | 2/23/2015 | Michael J. Kruger
    It seems that Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey are pretty good friends these days. Bell has appeared on Oprah’s show numerous times, and just recently appeared, along with his wife Kristen, on her “Super Soul Sunday” episode over Valentine’s Day weekend. Their appearance was designed to promote their new book, The ZimZum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage (HarperOne: 2014). Now, I have to confess that I have no idea what the main title means. But, the subtitle is pretty bold. Given that marriage dates back to the very creation of mankind in Genesis, do we really need...
  • The Right to Say No

    02/24/2015 9:49:07 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/24/15 | Alan Caruba
    States are caving into homosexual demands and asking their residents to abandon the reality that marriage is intended solely for a man and a woman Something very unpleasant is occurring in America. Those who have a strong religious faith are being denied the right to say “no” based on its teachings and values. This is particularly true these days as homosexuals, barely three percent of the population, demand that they be accommodated when their demand runs counter to thousands of years of what has been deemed moral behavior and, for many, still is. When it comes to marriage. Gays insist...
  • Florist refuses attorney general’s options to settle lawsuit over same-sex weddings

    02/23/2015 7:32:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has offered florist Barronelle Stutzman a deal: She can cater to same-sex weddings or she can stop doing weddings altogether. Of course, there’s always a third option: She can go out of business. Ms. Stutzman, the 70-year-old owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, is opting for none of the above. “Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about,” Ms. Stutzman said in a letter to Mr. Ferguson. “It’s about freedom, not money. I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything...
  • After feud, Log Cabin Republican head to speak at CPAC

    02/23/2015 12:26:28 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/23/2015 | KENDALL BREITMAN
    The head of the Log Cabin Republicans has been invited to speak on a panel at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, the pro-gay rights group announced Monday. Executive Director Gregory Angelo said he will be speaking on a panel called “Putin’s Russia: A New Cold War?” alongside Seth Cropsey, Cliff May, Amanda Brickell Bellows and potential 2016 candidate Carly Fiorina. The announcement comes after days of back and forth between the Log Cabin Republicans and the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC. “There has been a great deal of confusion over the last 48 hours regarding Log Cabin Republicans’...
  • Judge Rules Against Grandma Florist For Refusing To Service Gay Wedding

    02/19/2015 6:48:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18, 2015 | Casey Harper
    A Washington grandmother and florist of 40 years who refused to service gay weddings because of her faith will now be forced to arrange flowers for gay ceremonies, a judge ruled Wednesday. On top of that, the woman, Barronelle Stutzman, will have to pay the legal penalties imposed by the judge as well as attorney’s fees. Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ruled in a summary judgement that Stutzman violated anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Ekstrom ruled that the gay couple could collect penalties not just from her business, but also from her personally, according to Alliance Defending Freedom,...
  • First Same-Sex Couple Married in Austin [TX]

    02/19/2015 9:04:56 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 13 replies
    NPR via KUT ^ | 02/19/2015
    Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant were married this morning in Austin. The county clerk issued the couple a same-sex marriage license based on a court order. The order, the county clerk's office confirms, will only apply to this one couple, one of whom is "medically fragile." [See the judge's order here.] "I am happily following the court order, but the court order only applies to this one couple," says Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir. "And it is based on the idea that there are circumstances with this couple…one of them is medically fragile and they may not survive the...
  • Judge authorizes 'personal ruin' for Christian florist

    02/18/2015 7:16:37 PM PST · by Maudeen · 142 replies
    WND ^ | 2/18/2015 | Bob Unruh
    Says state, same-sex couple can demand home, savings as damages A judge in Washington on Wednesday authorized the “personal ruin” of a florist whose Christian faith prevented her from promoting a same-sex wedding and who was sued by both the state and the homosexual couple. Officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom confirmed that Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom granted a summary judgment in the case against Barronelle Stutzman, so the case won’t proceed to trial now. It had been scheduled for March 23. It was Ekstrom who said last month that Stutzman personally was liable for the claims...
  • It's Wake Up Time, City Of Charlotte

    02/18/2015 3:00:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2015 | Michael Brown
    In the name of anti-discrimination, the City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina is poised to discriminate against people of conservative moral values, also imposing the struggles of a tiny minority on every man, woman, and child who lives or works in Charlotte or might happen to visit the city. It’s wake up time, Charlotte! It’s not too late to make a change. According to an in-depth review by a team of lawyers with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a new bill, which the City Council will vote on after a public meeting on Monday, February 23rd, “does not contain adequate safeguards...
  • Nice Idolatry [Marriage, Christianity, and Truth]

    02/15/2015 2:37:45 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Heidelblog.net ^ | 4/6/13 | R Scott Clark
    Dave forwards to the HB a comment from a friend, who shall remain anonymous: I have a personal relationship with Christ but my Christ is not an ass and He wants everyone to do what makes them happy including gays being allowed to marry This statement is rich with false assumptions and error but will reward us for paying some attention to it because it captures the “spirit of the age” (Zeitgeist) perfectly. If we understand what this statement says and implies and why it is fundamentally and thoroughly false we may avoid being taken “captive by philosophy and empty...
  • Chris Cuomo Battles Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in Epic 25 Minute Interview on Gay Marriage

    02/12/2015 11:58:29 AM PST · by FR_addict · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 12,2015 | CNN debate
    This is a 25 minute long video. It's well worth listening to instead of reading the parts the liberals want you to hear. Judge Moore made many excellent points. Cuomo refused to answer his questions. "The chief justice also invoked Dred Scott v. Sandford, the 1857 Supreme Court decision that found African-Americans were not U.S. citizens, and Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 decision that upheld the constitutionality of segregation. The decisions are considered the worst handed down by the nation's high court, and have been superseded by constitutional amendment or subsequent decisions." Moore asked Cuomo if he would follow those...
  • Chief Alabama judge would defy Supreme Court in gay marriage ruling

    02/12/2015 11:24:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 75 replies
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | February 12, 2015 | CNN
    Washington (CNN)The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court insisted Thursday he will continue to resist efforts to implement same-sex marriage in his state, even if the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage later this year. Chief Justice Roy Moore likened an eventual U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage to the Dred Scott ruling and Plessy v. Ferguson, two 19th century Supreme Court rulings that upheld slavery and segregation, respectively. "If it's an unlawful mandate you can refuse to mandate it. You can dissent to the United States Supreme Court," Moore said in a...
  • Cruz bill defends states' rights against gay marriage

    02/12/2015 8:38:15 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 11 2015 03:52:17 PM CST | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Ted Cruz is again putting down a marker in defense of traditional marriage, introducing a bill aimed at protecting states' rights in the same-sex marriage debate.On Tuesday, Cruz re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which would prevent the federal government from asserting its own definition of marriage on the states."Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state 'choices about who may be married,' the Obama administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislatures to uphold traditional marriage," Cruz said in a statement announcing the bill....
  • Obama: I didn't mislead voters on gay marriage

    02/11/2015 2:11:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is denying a former top political adviser's contention that he intentionally deceived voters about his position on gay marriage in an interview published Wednesday. The president said David Axelrod, his former senior adviser, was “mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue” when he said Obama publicly backed civil unions rather than gay marriage because it was more politically palatable. “I always felt that same-sex couples should be able to enjoy the same rights, legally, as anybody else and so it was frustrating to me not to, I think, be able to square that with...
  • Ted Cruz introduces bill to leave marriage to the states

    02/10/2015 6:21:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 10, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is calling on his colleagues to pass a bill that would make same sex marriage a state issue. Cruz, along with 11 other Republican senators, re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act on Tuesday, which aims to allow states to adopt their own definitions of marriage and would block the federal government from applying its own definition of marriage onto states. “Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state ‘choices about who may be married,’ the Obama Administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by...
  • Judge sets hearing for Thursday to resolve dispute over Mobile County marriage licenses

    02/10/2015 12:17:26 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 27 replies
    AL.com ^ | 02/10/2015 | Brendan Kirby
    A federal judge in Mobile on Tuesday set a 1 p.m. hearing for Thursday to consider a request to order Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The marriage license office has been closed since Monday morning to all couples, gay and straight. Davis has sought "clarification" form the state Supreme Court of an administrative ordered issued Sunday by Chief Justice Roy Moore instructing probate judges not to complete with a federal court ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage. Attorneys for a group of plaintiffs who could not get licenses on...
  • Alabama, Where Same-Sex Marriage Remains Deeply Unpopular

    02/09/2015 4:36:47 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Public opinion surveys show that a majority of adults — and a growing one — now supports same-sex marriage. But the rapid change in public opinion may obscure another fact: Large areas of the country remain overwhelmingly opposed to same-sex marriage, with little sign of change. Alabama is one of those places, and the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court this weekend encouraged probate judges there to defy a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The emerging national majority in favor of same-sex marriage is built on high levels of support in well-educated metropolitan areas,...
  • Marquette Moves to Fire Professor who Said Students Should be Allowed to Oppose Gay Marriage

    02/08/2015 2:21:27 PM PST · by rightistight · 62 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/8/15 | Aurelius
    Marquette University has begun the process to fire a tenured professor after he publicly said that students have the right to oppose gay marriage while in class, while also naming the professor who tried to ban it. In a letter to Dr. John McAdams, Marquette informed the professor that the "University is commencing the process to revoke your tenure and to dismiss you from the faculty. Marquette is taking this action after Dr. McAdams became aware that another professor, Cheryl Abbate, had banned a student from opposing gay marriage in her classroom. Parts of the incident were recorded secretly by...
  • Slovak conservatives fail to (homosexual) marriage ban in referendum

    02/07/2015 7:42:24 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 7 replies
    Guardian ^ | 2/7/2015 | Reuters
    Slovak conservatives failed to cement a ban on gay marriages and child adoptions in a referendum on Saturday because the vote attracted far less than the minimum 50% of voters necessary to make it valid, partial results showed. Votes counted from 87.23% of the central European country’s voting districts showed turnout of just 21.07%, the statistics office said, far from the legal limit and well below expectations. The EU member does not allow gay marriages or civil unions, nor adoptions by same-sex couples. The grassroots conservative movement that backed the referendum sought to strengthen those bans through a popular vote...
  • Alabama chief justice: Don't issue gay marriage licenses

    02/05/2015 4:40:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 21 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | February 4, 2015 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's chief justice, who famously refused to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a state judicial building, has urged probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples even though a federal judge ruled the state's same-sex marriage ban. Roy Moore sent a letter to Alabama probate judges on Tuesday saying they are not bound by the ruling because they were not defendants in the lawsuit and have not been directly ordered to issue the licenses. He said the federal court did not have the authority to allow same-sex marriages. No federal judge, or court, should...
  • Obama'nation budget would extend social security benefits to all same-sex couples

    02/03/2015 7:55:57 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 12 replies
    MetroWeekly ^ | 2/2/2016 | Justin Snow
    President Barack Obama is seeking to ensure all legally married same-sex couples have access to Social Security benefits, regardless of whether they live in a marriage-equality state. In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, Obama calls for the Social Security Act to be amended in order to equalize Social Security spousal benefits for married same-sex couples.
  • For Years I Pleaded With God To Make Me Straight, So Why Did My Prayers Go Unanswered?

    02/03/2015 5:29:16 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 65 replies
    http://www.christianpost.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | MATT MOORE
    I knew I was attracted to the same sex when I was seven — in some capacity, anyway. I don't think it's physiologically possible to truly feel sexual attraction at such a young age. But I knew there was a drawing in me toward the same gender – and drawing that was more than what some would say is "natural" or "normal." As I grew up in a rural Louisiana town and teenage hormones began to surge throughout my body, my drawing toward the same gender intensified — sexually and emotionally. While I was definitely not engulfed in the life...
  • Federal appeals court denies Alabama's bid to extend delay on same-sex marriages

    02/03/2015 9:59:29 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 14 replies
    AL.com ^ | 02/03/2015 | Brendan Kirby
    A federal appeals court in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a request to extend a a delay on a ruling striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban, meaning gay couples will be able to start getting married on Feb. 9. The Alabama Attorney General's Office immediately said it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene, although the justices have rebuffed similar requests from other states. "I am disappointed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court's decision not to stay the federal district court's ruling," Attorney General Luther Strange said in a prepared statement. "The confusion that has been created by the District...
  • Gay Wedding Cake (and Lack Thereof) May Cost Oregon Bakers $150,000

    02/03/2015 8:17:14 AM PST · by redreno · 16 replies
    http://reason.com ^ | |Feb. 3, 2015 10:55 am | Scott Shackford
    The latest on the wedding cake beat: The state of Oregon has formally ruled that a bakery in Gresham discriminated against a gay couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake. The state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries could fine the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed its doors and become a home bakery in response to the controversy, up to $150,000.
  • Huckabee compares gay marriage to alcohol, profanity

    02/01/2015 11:08:02 AM PST · by DannyTN · 38 replies
    Juno.news.com ^ | 2/1/2015 | PHILIP ELLIOTT - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday said gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity — options he says are appealing to others but not to him. ... "Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera. It's not my cup of tea. I would like to think that there's room in America for people who have different points of views without screaming, shouting and wanting to shut their businesses down." ...
  • The Totalitarianism of Same-Sex “Marriage” (what has happened in Canada since 2005)

    01/27/2015 9:54:09 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    In November of 1996 First Things hosted a symposium titled “The Judicial Usurpation of Politics” in which contributors discussed the threat to American democracy posed by the Supreme Court instated imposition of abortion on America. Nothing rivals the sheer volume of innocent human beings killed by abortion and yet First Things saw fit to focus not on the babies themselves or the mothers and fathers, but on the threat to democracy and the American experiment posed by the judicial over-reach that legalized abortion.The legalization of same-sex “marriage” does not bring with it the innocent blood which cries to heaven,...
  • Nullification, Now Coming to the Supreme Court?

    01/22/2015 6:10:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 21, 2015 | DAVID A. GRAHAM
    When the Tea Party wave arrived in 2010, it swept away much of the Republican Party's existing structure, and instituted a more populist approach. But as waves tend to do, it left some even older debris in its wake. "Nullification," the theory that states can invalidate federal laws that they deem unconstitutional, had its heyday in the slavery debate that preceded the Civil War, but it has found new currency since 2010. The theory has never been validated by a federal court, yet some Republican officeholders have suggested states can nullify laws, including Senator Joni Ernst, who gave the GOP...
  • FreeperEd: Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling?

    01/21/2015 1:33:49 PM PST · by xzins · 39 replies
    FreeperEd ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Xzins
    Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling? Let's be blunt. When a penis is inserted in a vagina there is a good chance that a new human being will result. When a penis is inserted in an anus, there is a passable chance of disease or defect being the result. This is reality and there is no escaping it. Only a real male and a real female can make babies. Put the two sexes together, and there's a good chance of babies showing up. To deal with reality, cultures through all of recorded history...
  • Obama in State of Union: Same-Sex Marriage is ‘America at Its Best’

    01/21/2015 9:51:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 21, 2015 - 9:07 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    When he was running for president seven years ago, and appearing in a nationally televised forum held by a Christian pastor at a Christian church, Barack Obama said he believed that marriage was a “sacred union” that was “between a man and a woman.” On Tuesday night, in his State of the Union Address, Obama said that legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States is one of the things he has seen that represents “America at its best.” …
  • Define marriage as one man and one woman

    01/18/2015 11:35:27 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 27 replies
    Petitions.Whitehouse.gov ^ | 1/16/2015 | Undefined
    We the People request that marriage is officially defined as the union between one man and one woman. The age old tradition must be preserved to ensure America keeps its values. Traditional marriage would in fact be the ideal scenario for a child to be raise and future Americans to be developed. We ask the Obama Administration to preserve the concept Traditional Marriage for future America.
  • Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide

    01/17/2015 11:48:18 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/16/2015 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June. The decision came just months after the justices ducked the issue, refusing in October to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That decision, which was considered a major surprise, delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24, along with the District of Columbia,...
  • Supreme Court to Decide Whether Constitution Protects Same-Sex Marriage

    01/16/2015 1:19:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 165 replies
    WSJ ^ | January 16, 2015 | By JESS BRAVIN
    Decision Later This Year Could Extend Gay Marriage to All 50 States or Cloud Existing Unions WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday said it would decide whether the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry, signaling what could be the final chapter of a push by advocates to extend gay unions nationwide. The court accepted challenges to same-sex marriage bans in four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee—that a federal appeals court upheld in November 2014. The ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati departed from recent decisions by other appeals courts that found same-sex couples...
  • Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage

    01/16/2015 12:35:49 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 102 replies
    Twitter ^ | 01/16/2015 | Pete Williams
    Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.
  • Here's where 16 potential presidential candidates stand on (homosexual) marriage

    01/07/2015 11:16:53 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 28 replies
    Time ^ | 1/7/2015 | Tessa Berenson
    For the most part, the gay marriage debate now falls along partisan lines: Democrats support it, But within the crowded field of likely 2016 presidential contenders, there’s a lot of room for nuance. The would-be candidates have made much different arguments and have varying records on the issue. Meantime, the issue continues to change. On Jan. 6, Florida became the second-largest state to recognize gay marriage, bringing the total to 36. And on Friday, the Supreme Court will meet privately to decide whether to consider cases that could lead to a more definitive ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Here’s...
  • Rubio: Bondi should continue fight against (homosexual) marriage in Florida

    01/07/2015 9:54:11 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 9 replies
    Tampa Bay ^ | 1/7/2015 | Alex Leary
    WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the top elected Republican in Florida, says state Attorney General Pam Bondi should appeal a court decision that paved the way for the same-sex marriages that began in the state this week. RELATED NEWS/ARCHIVE Charlie Crist: Rick Scott and Pam Bondi should not defend Florida's gay marriage ban 5 Months Ago Pam Bondi won't appeal ruling against Florida's gay marriage ban 4 Months Ago The Buzz: Bondi wants Florida Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage 3 Months Ago In any event, Rubio said he thinks the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the...
  • Marco Rubio: 'We're going to abide' by gay marriage rulings

    01/07/2015 1:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | January 7, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said in an interview with CNN Wednesday that if the Supreme Court eventually rules that same-sex marriage is constitutional, Americans would have to abide by that ruling. "I wouldn't agree with their ruling, but that would be the law of the land that we would have to follow until it's somehow reversed — either by a future Supreme Court, or a U.S. constitutional amendment, which I don't think is realistic or foreseeable," he said. He said he expects the question "is ultimately going to find its way to the U.S. Supreme court," noting that many federal...
  • Carlton: How will history see Florida's fight for (homosexual) marriage rights?

    01/07/2015 3:38:54 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 16 replies
    Tampa Bay ^ | 1/6/2015 | Sue Carlton
    They poured into Room 140 of the Hillsborough County Courthouse on Tuesday morning two by two, some with friends and family in tow, exhilarated, bearing bouquets, holding hands, filling the place with their energy. This day was big and unstoppable and happening at last. In their midst stood Pat Frank, the petite 85-year-old clerk of the court, cheered by the crowd like a rock star. She wore the somber black robes of her late husband, Judge Richard Frank, and posed obligingly with her arms around couples for wedding photos. "This is a wonderful day for America," she told everyone, but...
  • Methodists end case against bishop who performed gay wedding (Alabama)

    01/06/2015 9:08:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 6, 2015 11:23 AM EST | Jay Reeves
    The United Methodist church is settling a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a same-sex wedding in Alabama, and a church leader said the agreement showed the denomination doesn’t have to be divided by differences over gay marriage. Church statements issued Monday said the case against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert had ended with a settlement that the denomination calls a “just resolution.” Official Methodist teaching doesn’t allow same-sex marriages, and there’s been discussion of splitting the denomination over disagreements about whether the position should be amended as society changes. Talbert is retired, but he still holds the title...
  • Update on the Attack on Florida’s Marriage Laws Summary of News Events and Analysis

    01/05/2015 7:07:52 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Florida Family Policy Council ^ | 1/5/15 | Sarah Fowler/John Stemberger
    Update on the Attack on Florida’s Marriage Laws Summary of News Events and Analysis There are several developments that have taken place just in the last several days before, during, and after the holidays regarding the attack on Florida’s marriage laws. I want to update you on this matter because there are almost daily developments that have occurred.Tuesday, December, 23, 2015 State Attorney Jeff Ashton announced he will not prosecute Clerks of Courts who violate the law and marry same-sex couples. As a result of that announcement, Osceola County Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez announced he would start issuing same-sex...
  • Knights of Columbus Council Reverses Course, Agrees to Host Same-Sex Wedding Reception

    01/02/2015 1:08:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 1/2/15 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details:Back in September, Alexandria Marie Shields and Taylor Butcher booked the Knights of Columbus hall in Madison, Indiana for the reception that will follow their upcoming wedding ceremony. On Monday, Knights of Columbus Council 934 called the couple to tell them it was refunding their deposit as they do not agree with same-sex unions. Wednesday evening, the council reversed course and has agreed to let them have the facility. …In a Facebook post Wednesday evening, the Knights of Columbus said it would allow the reception after all. It posted “Council 934 regrets that there was some confusion over the hall...
  • Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups (no agenda, eh?)

    01/01/2015 6:10:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2015 4:23 PM EST | David Crary
    Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. However, Republicans will control both chambers in the new Congress, and there is no sign that GOP leaders will help the bills advance. Absent such a federal law, activists will seek to pass more nondiscrimination laws at the state and local levels, but some...
  • Judge: Clerks have duty to issue same-sex marriage licenses (FL)

    01/01/2015 3:04:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2015 5:12 PM EST | Jennifer Kay
    A federal judge says that Florida’s county court clerks have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he has stopped short of ordering them to do so. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued a ruling Thursday in Tallahassee federal court responding to requests to clarify his previous order that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. He stayed that order, but the stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day Monday. The association representing county clerks said the ruling applies only to Washington County, where a lawsuit filed by two men became a key...
  • Bishop Johan Bonny wants the Church to bless same-sex "marriage"

    12/28/2014 11:45:39 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 32 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 28, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    As noted here: "The Bishop of Antwerp, Johan Bonny advocates an ecclesiastical recognition of homosexual relationships. The dogma that the Catholic Church can only accept male-female relationships, he put in question in an interview with this newspaper. "There should be a diversity of recognition forms." With his plea Bonny, is one of the first church leaders who attacks the absolute monopoly of the male-female marriage. "We have to look inside the church for a formal recognition of the relationality which is also present in many gay couples. As a variety of legal frameworks in society exist for partners, he wants...
  • 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...