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  • Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico

    09/25/2016 3:24:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2016 8:21 PM EDT | Mark Stevenson
    Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Peńa Nieto’s push to legalize same-sex marriage. Organizers of the National Front for the Family estimated at least 215,000 people participated, and while that number could not be immediately confirmed, it was clearly one of the largest protest marches in Mexico in recent years. Dressed mainly in white and carrying white balloons, the marchers held banners warning against same-sex marriage and demanding parents’ right to control sex education in schools. …
  • Court to rule on same-sex marriage in conservative Romania

    09/19/2016 4:12:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2016 6:56 AM EDT
    A same-sex couple has asked Romania’s Constitutional Court to legally recognize them as married, which would be a landmark and surprising ruling. Commentators predict the court will reject their case this week. […] U.S. graphic designer Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian rights activist Adrian Coman are seeking to be recognized as married — a position opposed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church and most of the public. …
  • Kaine Predicts Catholic Church Will Change its Teaching on Gay Marriage

    09/10/2016 7:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/10/16 | John Wagner
    Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic, on Saturday described his evolution on same-sex marriage and predicted that his church would change its views as well. “My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend,” Kaine said at a dinner celebrating gay rights. “But I think that’s going to change, too.” Kaine, a senator from Virginia, spoke to a crowd of about 3,700 attending the 20th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, at which he also touted reasons why his running mate, presidential nominee...
  • First gay ‘wedding’ happens in Berlin Protestant church

    08/12/2016 10:01:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Aug 2016 17:14 GMT+02:00
    A gay couple will make history as they become the first homosexual couple to be “married” in a Protestant church in Berlin on Friday, reports the Berliner Zeitung. Having been together for fourteen years, civil partners Sven Kretschmer and Tim Kretschmer-Schmidt are finally going to get “married”, at least in the eyes of the Protestant church. […] In 2002, the Protestant church made it possible for gay couples to receive a blessing. However, the “classical” church marriage service remained a privilege reserved for heterosexual couples only. Recently though, the Synods in the Rhineland, Hesse-Nassau, and Baden pioneered further change when...
  • Why Children of Same-Sex Couples Need FADA

    07/19/2016 9:05:57 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 19 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 7/19/2016 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    The First Amendment Defense Act has been justly promoted as a means to protect religious people, as well as other conscientious objectors, against those who might wish to retaliate against proponents of male-female marriage through the federal bureaucracy (complaints, charges, lawsuits, claims of damages, etc.; see this article by Roger Severino). As a Southern Baptist and vocal opponent of same-sex couples attempting to marry, I wholeheartedly support this legislation. My own recent experience being driven out of a tenured university position forces me to see FADA in urgent terms. There is another angle, however, that I fear will get lost...
  • Surprise! Barry Manilow Has Married His Manager Garry Kief

    04/08/2015 5:01:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 93 replies
    People ^ | April 8, 2015
    Barry Manilow and his longtime manager Garry Kief tied the knot last year in a private ceremony, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE. "It was a surprise," a friend of the couple says of the wedding, which was held at Manilow's Palm Springs, California, home and attended by "20 to 30 guests" who had been told they were attending a "lunch."
  • Mississippi clerks cannot claim religious exception to gay marriage

    06/27/2016 8:53:12 PM PDT · by Coronal · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Dan Whitcomb
    A federal judge on Monday ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples based on religious beliefs, despite a bill passed by the state legislature intended to carve out that exception for them.
  • Romney: Future of GOP is 'breaking my heart'

    06/11/2016 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Mitt Romney blasted the Republican Party on Saturday for not doing more to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that the prospects for the party are bleak. During a discussion in Park City, Utah, where Romney is hosting his annual conservative summit, the 2012 presidential nominee singled out Trump’s former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), the last two candidates to drop out of the race against Trump. "Ted Cruz was basically praising Donald Trump through the whole process," Romney told discussion host and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. And Kasich “was in well after the time...
  • Mississippi governor: 'Secular' world angry over LGBT law

    05/31/2016 7:11:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2016 4:56 PM EDT | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the “secular, progressive world” vented at him for signing a bill that would let clerks cite religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. […] Two legal challenges seek to block the religious-objections measure, House Bill 1523, from becoming law July 1. The American Civil Liberties Union filed one of the lawsuits May 9 on behalf of a gay couple from Meridian. …
  • Calling Out Jonathan Rauch

    05/19/2016 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 5 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | May 15, 2016 | Alice C Linsley
    Alice C. Linsley Gay activist Jonathan Charles Rauch describes himself as "an unrepentantly atheistic Jewish homosexual" which is to say that he has completely rejected the traditional wisdom of his ancestors. Jonathan Rauch is so lacking in critical thinking skills as to be dangerous. Rauch’s “Case for Gay Marriage” is full of fallacious arguments, as I have demonstrated to my Ethics students. J. Rauch’s First Premise: Marriage is necessary to providing reliable caregivers. This assumption is not true. It is, in fact, verifiable false since we are able to observe that reliable caregivers exist who are not married to the...
  • Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

    05/23/2016 10:09:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | May 23, 2016
    Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state. Several groups linked to the Orthodox Church and united under the umbrella Coalition for Family are seeking a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as the “union between a man and a woman”. It is the second such move in Europe this month after a group of mostly right-wing Italian politicians said they will push for a referendum to overturn the introduction of gay civil unions in their country. […] Homosexuality in Romania was illegal until 2000, when...
  • WYOMING JUDGE FACING OUSTER OVER STANCE ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

    05/10/2016 1:38:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 9, 2016 | Ben Neary
    Some current and former Wyoming lawmakers as well as national religious groups are supporting a municipal judge who faces a dismissal petition before the Wyoming Supreme Court for saying she would not preside over same-sex marriages. The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is recommending the court remove Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale. The commission started investigating Neely after she told a reporter in 2014 she would not perform same-sex marriages because of her religious beliefs.
  • Couple marries in defiance of church

    05/07/2016 7:24:45 PM PDT · by massmike · 59 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | 05/07/2016 | JoAnne Viviano
    The voices of the people gathered at Broad Street United Methodist Church resounded from its wooden peaks as they each raised a hand on Saturday and blessed the Rev. David Meredith and Jim Schlachter on their wedding day. "Now that Jim and David have extended their 28-year commitment to one another with solemn vows, we announce to one another, the United Methodist Church, the state of Ohio and the world entire that they are married," the crowd said. With those words, Meredith joined the ranks of United Methodist ministers who have defied the denomination's rules and risk being defrocked by...
  • Roy Moore suspended from office: Alabama chief justice faces removal over gay marriage stance

    05/06/2016 8:42:49 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 112 replies
    al.com ^ | 5/6/16 | Kyle Whitmire
    For the second time in his career, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and potential removal from office. Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with pay from his position atop the state's highest court. On Friday, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission forwarded charges to the commission, accusing the chief justice of violating judicial ethics in his opposition to same-sex marriage.
  • A Response to Adam Hamilton’s Recent Post on the Bible and Homosexuality

    05/05/2016 7:35:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    Patheos ^ | April 28, 2016 | Ben Witherington
    Adam Hamilton has once more entered into the fray of making pronouncements about what the Bible does and does not advocate when it comes to same sex sexual activity and same sex marriage, and you can read his post here, http://www.ministrymatters.com/all/entry/6876/the-bible-homosexuality-and-the-umc-part-one only the first of four such posts leading up to the General Conference in a couple of weeks. My concern is with the misinterpretation of the Bible in this post as well as the misrepresentation of Methodist cultural trends at various points and so once you’ve read what Adam says, then consider the following response. In the first place,...
  • Messianic Rabbi at US Capitol: Where did SCOTUS get authority to 'strike down' G-d's law...marriage?

    04/29/2016 6:52:13 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 31 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 4/29/2016 | Michael W Chapman
    Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn at Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol, Apr. 27, 2016. (Screenshot: YouTube) At a Christian prayer event in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn said Israel and America were founded on “God’s calling” but that America today is driving God “out of its public squares,” and that in legalizing homosexual “marriage,” the Supreme Court had overruled “the laws of the Almighty.” Rabbi Kahn added that in celebrating that ruling by illuminating the White House in the colors of the gay rainbow, President Barack Obama took the “sacred colors of God’s covenant” and turned them “against...
  • How Elton John has Changed Marriage

    04/27/2016 3:51:38 PM PDT · by fwdude · 56 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | Apr 27, 2016 | Michael Cook
    Unless you live under a rock in a very shady part of the forest or in England or Wales, you have no doubt heard of the peculiar domestic arrangements of the world’s most famous gay marriage. The British musician Elton John and his husband David Furnish, who married last December after several years in a civil partnership, have been in tabloid headlines around the world after revelations that Mr Furnish has been involved in trysts with other men. Except, however, in England and Wales, where publication of anything about the sordid affair has been gagged.
  • Appeals court dismisses Kim Davis' lawsuit against Kentucky

    04/20/2016 3:58:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 5:42 PM EDT
    A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit that a Kentucky clerk filed against the state for requiring her to issue marriage licenses that contained her name to same-sex couples. […] Davis sued then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and another state official, but Beshear left office in December. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin replaced him and signed an executive order removing the names of county clerks from marriage license forms. …
  • Slate Writer: ‘It Might Take Centuries,’ But the Catholic Church Will Accept Same-Sex Marriage

    04/15/2016 10:06:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 15, 2016 | 9:29 PM EDT | Tom Johnson
    Media coverage of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia typically noted that it reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage. Slate’s William Saletan acknowledges the literal truth of that reporting, but suggested in an April 8 article that the document contains seeds that will sprout into Vatican acceptance of same-sex unions, though he admits that process “might take centuries.” Saletan argued that in time, the Church will extend Amoris Laetitia’s treatment of infertile heterosexual couples to same-sex couples: “This double standard, between homosexuality and other forms of infertility, is the cracked pillar at the foundation of the church’s policy against same-sex...
  • Norway's Lutheran Church Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

    04/14/2016 7:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/16
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage. In a vote at the annual conference of the Norwegian Lutheran Church on Monday 88 delegates out of 115 in total backed same-sex marriage. "Finally we can celebrate love independently of whom one falls in love with," said Gard Sandaker-Nilsen, leader of the Open Public...
  • Massachusetts court to hear gay parental rights case

    04/03/2016 4:11:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2016 12:38 PM EDT | Denise Lavoie
    The same state court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States is now being asked to decide a complicated case about the parental rights of a once-partnered but unmarried gay couple. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the state that more than a decade ago became the first to allow same-sex marriage, will hear arguments Tuesday. The case seeks to determine whether Karen Partanen, whose former partner, Julie Gallagher, gave birth to two children through artificial insemination, should have the same parental rights as Gallagher. Partanen helped raise the children, now 7 and 4. She and...
  • State court: Domestic violence law unfair to gay couples [SC]

    03/24/2016 9:22:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2016 6:32 PM EDT | Meg Kinnard
    A law that perhaps unintentionally failed to protect domestic violence victims in same-sex relationships appears to be unconstitutional, and now South Carolina’s high court is trying to decide what to do. The court was asked on Wednesday to weigh in after a woman tried to get a protective order against her former fiancée, also a woman, and was denied. The state’s domestic violence law defines “household members” as a spouse, former spouse, people with a child in common, or specifically men and women who are or have lived together — but not unmarried same-sex couples. …
  • Why can’t three get married?

    03/21/2016 8:23:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 3/21/16 | Michael Cook
    You might think that this is grotesque. I certainly think it is grotesque. But should we be so judgemental about the unorthodox connubial arrangements of Anna and Lucy Decinque, 31-year-old identical twins who are sharing a bed with their 32-year-old electrical mechanic boyfriend Ben Byrne? The trio have lived together for the last four years in Perth, Western Australia, with the girls’ mother. The girls are inseparable, so much so that they have spent A$240,000 on various cosmetic improvements to look even more alike. They imitate each other and share everything. Even their boyfriend. When Anna and Lucy appeared on...
  • Rep. Honda Introduces Bill to Allow Homosexual ‘Partner’ Overseas to be Deemed ‘Spouse’ for…(tr)

    03/18/2016 12:05:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 18, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT | Penny Starr
    Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Reuniting Families Act (RFA) with added language that would allow homosexuals in the United States to petition to bring their “spouse” here from countries that do not allow same-sex marriage. Even though the two persons are not legally married, the bill would allow the homosexual partner abroad to be labeled a “spouse” for immigration purposes to expedite the process. The bill defines the relationship as a “permanent partnership.” …
  • Florida Governor Scott Signs Pastor Protection Act into Law

    03/15/2016 5:40:30 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Governor Rick Scott signed HB 43, known as the “Pastor Protection Act,” into law on Thursday, March 10. This law protects clergy, churches, and religious organizations and their employees from civil action for refusing to perform same-sex marriages. Rep. Scott Plakon sponsored HB 43 and began drafting the bill before the bizarre U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 opinion regarding marriage. Rep. Plakon said that a majority of the bill came from a similar Texas law. The law provides that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain individuals may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities,...
  • The Missouri Senate has passed religious protections for those objecting to gay marriage.

    03/14/2016 9:00:13 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 19 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Mar 10, 2016 | AP via ABC News
    The Missouri Senate has passed a proposal creating religious protections for those objecting to gay marriage. The Republican-led Senate voted 23-7 Thursday for the proposed constitutional amendment after this week halting a Democratic filibuster that lasted 37 hours. The measure would prohibit government penalties against those who cite religious beliefs while declining to provide wedding-related services to same-sex couples. The religious protections would apply to clergy, religious organizations and some businesses such as florists and photographers. Senate Democrats criticized the proposal as discriminatory against same-sex couples.
  • Utah gay wedding expo connects couples, friendly businesses

    03/06/2016 4:24:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 6, 2016 5:29 PM EST | Brady McCombs
    Jason Langlois and Will Bladh are in the early stages of making plans for their summer 2017 wedding, and they don’t want their excitement pierced by the pain of being rejected by a venue, florist and photographer who have a legal right in Utah to refuse to serve a gay couple. That’s why they joined several hundred people Sunday at a gay and lesbian wedding expo in Salt Lake City aimed at connecting couples with businesses who want to make it known they’re open to doing same-sex weddings. […] Utah is one of 29 states where it is legal for...
  • Feminist Internet: Men Proposing to Women Is Rape Culture [Not a Satire]

    03/06/2016 7:37:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 46 replies
    National Review ^ | March 4, 2016 | Katherine Timpf
    According to a piece in the feminist blog Bustle, the tradition of men proposing women is “problematic” because it “perpetuates rape culture.” Yes — not “problematic” because it perpetuates recklessly emotional social media posts, but because it “perpetuates rape culture.”
  • Boxing star Manny Pacquiao draws flak for same-sex comment

    02/16/2016 3:22:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2016 5:42 AM EST | Teresa Cerojano
    World boxing star Manny Pacquiao has drawn an outcry in the Philippines after publicly denouncing people in same-sex relationships as "worse than animals." Pacquiao, a high school dropout from a poverty-stricken rural family who went on to become a boxing legend, made the remark when he and other Philippine senatorial candidates were asked by the local TV5 network about their views on same-sex marriage. His remarks were posted online Monday by TV5, sparking criticism, including by some fellow Filipino celebrities. "It's just common sense," said the 37-year-old Pacquiao, who is currently a member of the House of Representatives. "Have you...
  • NY Court: Farmers to Be Re-Educated, Pay Fines for Not Hosting Homosexual Wedding

    01/26/2016 3:49:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/26/16 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – A couple who hosts occasional wedding ceremonies on their New York farm have lost an appeal to overturn the $13,000 in fines levied against them by the state’s human rights agency, which ruled that their refusal to host a wedding for two women was discriminatory. On Jan. 14, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, upheld the agency’s order and the fines, a decision the Alliance Defending Freedom - which represented Robert and Cynthia Gifford - said amounted to confirming, “that the government can punish the Giffords for declining to coordinate a ceremony that conflicts with...
  • Mark Levin DID go Beck

    01/15/2016 5:50:34 PM PST · by ShivaFan · 67 replies
    opinion | 15 January 2016 | ShivaFan
    <p>So Mark Levin, as predicted, went Beck on us imho (Glen Beck).</p> <p>As fully expected, since he was already building up to it the day before, he is egging on this line of attack on Trump as reflecting "New York Values" - Cruz was told not to go there prior to the debate, but foolishly he went there, and there couldn't have been a more moronic move and insulting to all the 911 first responders, New York's finest, the NYC consruction workers, et all, and ... all just to try and take out Trump?</p>
  • Kentucky to pay $1.1 million to lawyers in gay marriage case

    01/13/2016 9:13:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2016 8:30 PM EST
    A federal judge awarded a team of Kentucky attorneys more than $1 million for their role in the landmark United States Supreme Court case that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. The state will have to pick up the $1.1 million tab. In 2014, U.S. District Judge John Heyburn ruled the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Attorney General Jack Conway refused to appeal, announcing that he believed the ban was discriminatory and destined to fail in the federal appeals courts. But former Gov. Steve Beshear hired outside attorneys to continue defending the ban "so all Kentuckians will have finality...
  • Embracing homosexuality is America’s future, Obama says in State of the Union

    01/13/2016 6:38:33 PM PST · by massmike · 52 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 01/13/2016 | Ben Johnson
    Obama hailed gay "marriage" as one of his proudest accomplishments and looked forward to the day when Americans would shed traditional sexual morality to embrace homosexuals in his final State of the Union address last night. He said he found hope in "the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is, and the father whose love for that son overrides everything he's been taught" about homosexual behavior. To underscore his commitment to the issue, First Lady Michelle Obama invited James Obergefell, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, as one of her special guests. Ohio Congressman...
  • Judge Roy Moore: Alabama Chief Justice Screwed 66 Judges on Gay Marriage

    01/06/2016 5:28:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/06/2016 | Jay Michaelson
    Defying history, the law, and common sense, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has issued an order prohibiting Alabama probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Those judges now face a choice between disobeying the law of the land and disobeying their boss. Moore issued his law not as chief justice, but in his administrative role as head of the Alabama court system. This is not Justice Moore's first Hail Mary in the lost cause against gay marriage -- and he's not alone. All over the country, activists and law professors are wasting paper on fatuous proclamations that Obergefell...
  • Mike Huckabee's Selfish Evangelical Campaign

    01/01/2016 10:17:18 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 36 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/1/2016 | Amanda Carpenter
    Back in 2008 on the day of the Iowa caucus, when I was reporting on my first election for Townhall.com, I happened to be grabbing lunch in the same hole-in-the-wall restaurant as then-Huckabee National Campaign Advisor Ed Rollins. He sat in the cafe loudly trash talking the Romney campaign to any reporter he could call on his cell phone. Expletives and insults flew. Anyone sitting in the eatery could hear him. I, stunned any known operative would be so foolish to speak in such a way in a public place, wrote it up as an item. These are the same...
  • Ted Cruz RESPONDS to Politico’s SECRET gay marriage audio — [VIDEO]

    12/23/2015 8:03:10 PM PST · by Isara · 100 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Dec 23, 2015
    This morning the Politico came out swinging at Ted Cruz with the headline “What Ted Cruz said behind closed doors” as if to suggest it would be different from what he says publicly: In June, Ted Cruz promised on NPR that opposition to gay marriage would be "front and center" in his 2016 campaign.In July, he said the Supreme Court's decision allowing same-sex marriage was the "very definition of tyranny" and urged states to ignore the ruling.But in December, behind closed doors at a big-dollar Manhattan fundraiser, the quickly ascending presidential candidate assured a Republican gay-rights supporter that a Cruz...
  • Slovenia rejects same-sex marriages in a referendum

    12/20/2015 2:40:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:46pm EST | Marja Novak
    Slovenia rejected on Sunday a law that would give same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children in its second vote on gay rights in four years. About 63.4 percent of voters rejected the law in a referendum while 36.6 percent supported it, a preliminary result of the State Electoral Commission showed after 99 percent of votes were counted. Parliament passed a law in March giving same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children, but the measures have not been enforced because a civil society group called For Children appealed to the top court, calling for a referendum....
  • No Room for Sanity at the Inn: Stifling Democratic Debate over Same-Sex Marriage

    12/04/2015 11:04:36 AM PST · by rhema · 7 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 12/4/15 | Anthony Esolen
    Democracy and common sense teach us to seek the truth by listening to one another. If we will not even provide a room for people who want to talk with one another because we do not like what they say, then democracy is impossible.When I was a junior in college and looking for a summer job to defray the next year's tuition, I answered an ambiguous ad in a newspaper and found myself selling high-quality pots and pans, china, and cutlery to unmarried working girls. It actually was a good job for a good company. I ended up selling $20,000...
  • Cruz Pledges to Ignore Unconstitutional Obergefell Decision (same-sex "marriage")

    12/04/2015 6:56:03 AM PST · by Isara · 33 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 4, 2015
    Editor's note: Below is an excerpt from an interview with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) conducted by Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University that aired November 25 on EWTN. The interview series, titled "Candidate Conversations 2016," will pose a number of questions to presidential candidates on topics of particular concern to Catholic voters. The passage below addresses the question of how public officials should best respond to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling on so-called same-sex "marriage" decided last summer. Here, Senator Cruz publicly endorses a position advanced by Prof. George and others who argue that unconstitutional decisions of...
  • Same sex marriage wins historic vote in Northern Ireland (vetoed by DUP)

    11/05/2015 7:14:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 04, 2015 11:00 AM | Dara Kelly
    Making history on Monday a majority of Northern Ireland's Assembly members voted in favor of same-sex marriage for the first time. But the motion was immediately blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who submitted a "petition of concern" requiring that the proposal achieve a cross-community majority to pass, effectively vetoing it. Forty one nationalists backed the proposal, but it was approved by only four unionists, ensuring it fell. It was the fifth time same-sex marriage was voted on by the assembly, with the four previous votes falling on a simple majority basis. ...
  • Carson hints same-sex marriage leads to polygamy

    10/13/2015 10:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Spectrum ^ | October 13, 2015 | Kerry Cardoza
    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said in a radio interview Friday that same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy. The retired neurosurgeon was on air talking to conservative radio host Eric Metaxas. The conversation took an interesting turn when Carson said he had “nothing against gay people whatsoever” but wanted to know what he could do to make it up to the LGBT community if he continues to oppose same-sex marriage. “The other thing you have to recognize and this is a very important issue,” Carson said. “If you change the definition of marriage for one group what defense do you...
  • ALABAMA JUDGE: LET WASHINGTON RUN 'MARRIAGE'

    10/10/2015 6:31:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | October 10, 2015 | BOB UNRUH
    A state judge in Alabama is arguing that since the U.S. Supreme Court – a branch of the federal government – created “same-sex marriage,” Washington can just go ahead and administer the licenses. The arguments come in a new court filing from Probate Judge John Enslen. In Alabama, probate judges are the only ones authorized to issue marriage licenses. WND reported just days ago that in Alabama, the state Supreme Court still has pending a case regarding how the state should implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling. Prior to the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision, a federal judge in...
  • Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling Must Be Rejected by States, 64 Legal Experts Say

    10/10/2015 6:02:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/10/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A group of 64 legal experts and scholars have signed a statement calling on Americans to oppose the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.The Washington, DC-based American Principles Project posted the legal experts' statement Thursday on their website in which they denounced the 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. "The Court's majority opinion eschewed reliance on the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, as well as the Court's own interpretative doctrines and precedents, and supplied no compelling reasoning to show why it is unjustified for the laws of the states to sustain marriage as...
  • Oregon bakery refuses to pay damages to lesbian couple denied service

    10/01/2015 8:23:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 10/01/2015 | By Cliff Pinckard, Northeast Ohio Media Group
    The owners of an Oregon bakery are refusing to pay state-ordered damages to a lesbian couple after a dispute over a same-sex wedding cake, reports say. Aaron and Melissa Klein, who own Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were ordered by the Bureau of Labor and Industries to pay $135,000 to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, reports OregonLive.com. The Kleins have filed an appeal of the ruling, claiming financial hardship even though crowdfunding efforts have raised more than $500,000 for the couple, according to OregonLive.com. Herb Grey, a lawyer representing the Kleins, tells Reuters the couple has raised far less than $500,000, but...
  • Gay Couples in Common Law Marriage States: Call Your Lawyer

    09/30/2015 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    A wedding is not just two people exchanging rings; it is an entanglement of their personal, legal, and business affairs. For better or for worse, marriage affects a broad and substantial list of rights involving inheritance, property, child custody, and more. Now that gay marriage is legal in all fifty states, both the people involved in gay relationships and the legislators drafting the laws that govern all these rights need to carefully analyze the issues presented. As it turns out, those who cheered the decision [legalizing homosexual marriage] may have their own reasons to worry. The Law of Unintended Consequences...
  • Gay couples want Kentucky clerk to reissue mirage licenses

    09/23/2015 5:10:06 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/22/2015 | Adam Beam & Claire Galofaro
    Gay couples in Kentucky are questioning the validity of altered marriage licenses issued by a defiant county clerk and have asked a federal judge to order her to reissue the licenses or put the office in receivership and have someone else do it.
  • Gay marriage fight shifts as politicians spy an opportunity

    09/20/2015 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2015 10:55 AM EDT | Adam Beam
    Politicians who may have thought they wouldn’t have to say much at all about gay marriage once the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized it now must answer a different question: Do you support Kim Davis? The Rowan County clerk, who has become a darling of many conservatives despite being a Democrat, cited “God’s authority” and religious liberty in choosing jail time over issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Some social conservatives have cast Davis as a hero, shifting the gay marriage debate from one about civil liberties—a matter that appeared to have been settled—to one about religious liberty. …
  • Equal marriage amendment enacted too fast, court implies

    09/19/2015 3:58:36 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9/17/2015 | Harry McGee, Fiona Gartland
    The Electoral Acts may need to be amended after the Supreme Court said difficulties were caused by the same-sex marriage referendum being signed into the Constitution before it could consider a challenge to the result.
  • Gay Michigan Pastor Forced to Resign Shares Story in Bay Area

    09/19/2015 1:15:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/18 | Pete Suratos
    A Methodist pastor who was told to resign from his Michigan church because of his sexuality visited the Bay Area to share his story. Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson spoke to the Twin Towers Methodist Church in Alameda on Friday and discussed the life-changing moment when he was told to resign because he is gay. He said he has decided to take his story on the road and change minds along the way. Hutchinson said he was forced to resign from Cassopolis United Methodist Church after he told the bishop about his gay partner. According to the United Methodist Church's guidelines, that...
  • Is It Ever Right to Oppose Legitimate Authority?

    09/15/2015 2:05:07 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 52 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 9/15/2015 | Mark Landsb aum
    When is it OK to break the law? When can you disobey the authorities? Should you be punished for meaning well? Before reflexively answering, let’s imagine some possibilities. Say the government came looking for spies hiding in your house. Is it OK for you to have allowed the spies to hide there? Isn’t it even worse if you cover up by denying the spies are hiding? Should you compound your treason by helping the spies escape? Next hypothetical: Should you disobey a law legitimately enacted and legally upheld by the highest court in the land? Last hypothetical: Do you think...