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  • Republican Governor Mary Fallin defends religious liberty against gay marriage

    05/19/2015 9:30:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 15 replies
    Great news about one of my favorite Republican governors, Mary Fallin.Excerpt: If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn the millennia-long definition of marriage, Oklahoma clergy will not have to be concerned that they will be forced to perform such ceremonies.On May 1, Governor Mary Fallin signed a law that would allow ministers to exercise their religious beliefs on marriage and decline to “wed” same-sex couples.Governor Fallin’s office said in a press release that H.B. 1007 is “a bill protecting religious leaders from being compelled to perform marriages that are in direct contradiction to their religious beliefs.”The law says that...
  • Cruz S.C. Co-Chair Wanted To Impeach Federal Judge Over Gay Marriage

    05/05/2015 12:57:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 5, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    One of the newly announced South Carolina co-chairs for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign previously argued that the Utah judge who overturned the state's gay marriage ban should be impeached. That co-chair is state Sen. Lee Bright (R), who challenged Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the 2014 Republican primary. Bright, in 2014, griped about federal judges being "absolutely out of control on so many different fronts" and went on to suggest that U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby, the judge who struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, should be impeached. In April, Cruz was hosted by a pair of...
  • Hope (for conservatives) in SCOTUS Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage (Don't Be Defeatist)

    04/29/2015 6:48:22 AM PDT · by xzins · 31 replies
    CHQ ^ | 4/29/2015 | Ryan Anderson
    Our friend Quin Hillyer posted an interesting article in National Review in which he parsed at some length the past opinions of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the perceived swing vote on the same-sex marriage case argued before the Court yesterday. Many conservatives have been pessimistic about the prospects of the preservation of federalism and the power of states to regulate marriage, and Hillyer acknowledges Kennedys paeans to personhood and dignity, and reviewing his long history of rulings that consistently expanded the rights of homosexuals at every opportunity, many observers consider it a foregone conclusion that his decision in the...
  • Supreme Court cant fix Ted Cruzs America: Why bigotry will survive even if marriage equality wins

    04/28/2015 6:45:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | April 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Even if the Supreme Court rules for gay marriage, Cruz proves that much still needs to be done for LGBT rights. Todays oral arguments in the Supreme Court marriage equality case may or may not be exciting, but the importance of the outcome cannot be overstated. We are witnessing before us one of the greatest expansions of civil rights in decades, and if the high court decides to be part of the future instead of the past, this advance will codify into law the basic human right of marriage for gays and lesbians throughout America. This country has come a...
  • How some in the LGBT community are inadvertently making the case for Ted Cruz

    04/26/2015 1:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | April 26, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Ted Cruz, along with most of the other Republican presidential candidates, actual and potential, appeared at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit on Saturday. He decried what he sees as liberal fascism that has ensured "there is no room for Christians in today's Democratic Party." Ironically, some people who support LGBT rights are busily making Cruzs case, albeit inadvertently. Indeed, recently, Hillary Clinton, still the likely Democratic presidential nominee despite the play for pay scandal that is consuming her campaign, recently gave Cruz a boost. As a way of illustration, a recent article in the Daily Beast by Jay Michaelson...
  • CDC Official: Were Seeing Epidemic of Syphilis Among Gay Men

    04/25/2015 11:38:15 AM PDT · by xzins · 141 replies
    CNS ^ | April 23, 2015 | Penny Starr
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official cited an epidemic of syphilis among homosexual men during an event Thursday by a lobbying group pushing for an increase in federal funding for sexually transmitted disease prevention from $157 million to $212 million. Were also seeing what we are calling pretty much an epidemic of syphilis among men who have sex with men that really started in the early 2000, 2002, but weve seen a dramatic increase since 2008, Dr. Gail Bolan, director of CDCs Division of STD Prevention, said at a briefing by the National Coalition of STD...
  • Steny Hoyer: Same-Sex Couples Are Endowed By God With Right to Marry

    04/24/2015 8:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Staff
    Citing the Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor yesterday that same-sex couples are endowed by their Creatorby God with a right to marry. Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all menof course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankindare created equal, that they are endowed bynot a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majoritytheir Creatorby Godwith certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and...
  • Rules For Traditionals: How People In Wedding Trades Can Defend Themselves

    04/20/2015 7:10:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 20, 2015 | Bruce Takawani
    The successful shutting down (or at least shutting up) of non-groupthink-compliant wedding cake and floral businesses has given gay-marriage agitators and their backers a taste of the vast power of ideological extortion in 2015 America. Im optimistic that the law will eventually come to its senses and give wide berth to Christians in the wedding trades, or even to non-Christian libertarians who simply dont want to be told who they have to do business with. Perhaps James OKeefe will covertly record owners of a black-owned florist shop being asked to create an arrangement for a KKK event, or a Muslim-owned...
  • Catholic bishops should learn from the Mormons (No, he's serious. Ref: "Gay Marriage" & Polygamy)

    04/17/2015 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 17, 2015 | Father Thomas Reese, S.J.
    The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights. The Mormons have been strong allies of the Catholic bishops in the fight against gay marriage and the protection of religious freedom. But when the Mormons saw they were on the losing side in this fight, they were willing to compromise to protect what they considered essential. Like the Catholic church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects tradition and does not change teaching easily. But Mormons do have a pragmatic side. With the entire nation aligned...
  • LETTER: If marriage is not between a man and a woman only, then what is it?

    04/09/2015 10:41:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Madison Journal Today ^ | April 3, 2015 | Mark A. Jenkins
    Dear Editor: Your recent editorial on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (that has apparently been tossed in the closet for this legislative session) brought out some interesting points. I agree that a major problem in our society is the cheapening of the sexual relationship. God originally meant it to be shared as part of the exclusive bond between a husband and his wife, not reduced to the almost animalistic way it has become portrayed in the media, and now lived out in some circles. We are really reaping the rotten fruit of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and following...
  • Cruz touts radical court-stripping scheme (Ref: Homosexual Marriage)

    04/08/2015 12:28:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show ^ | April 7, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in Iowa yesterday, where the presidential hopeful reflected on the possibility of a Supreme Court ruling endorsing marriage equality. The far-right senator told his audience, The first thing and I think the most important thing every one of us can do, is pray. Lift up in prayer. But as the Dallas Morning News noted, thats not all Cruz said. He reiterated his vow to press for a constitutional amendment that would clarify the power of state legislatures to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If the high court does legalize...
  • Would A Supreme Court Decision In Favor Of Gay Marriage End The Religious Right?

    03/17/2015 7:22:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor
    If the Supreme Court decides that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, will that signal the end of social conservatism? People have long predicted the end of the religious right and, increasingly, even the demise of white Christian America. These obituaries typically prove premature. First, why assume a loss at the Supreme Court will end the religious rights reason for existence? Organized social conservatism was built from such defeats, including high court rulings against school prayer and legalizing abortion. The school prayer decision will turn 53 in June. Roe v. Wade turned 42 in January. Neither of those...
  • Corporations are the Enemy (Scotus case that would impose same-sex marriage)

    03/13/2015 3:49:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | AUSTIN RUSE
    A man I know was a top executive at a major American media company, one of the biggest and most influential in the world. A young man came into his office one day asking to display a rainbow sticker with the words safe space. This was a decade ago and this man, a faithful Catholic, felt confident he could demur without reprisal though he could see the veiled threat of being outed as less than gay friendly, as a homophobe.But, in these post-Brendan Eich days, it is doubtful my friend would feel as safe to say no because things...
  • CAAP Calls on Justices Ginsburg and Kagan to Recuse Themselves from Same-Sex Marriage Decision

    03/13/2015 9:14:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 12, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The founder and president of a coalition of black pastors has called upon U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the same-sex marriage case that is currently before the high court. In a recent press release, Rev. William Owens of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) cited Ginsburgs and Kagans stated bias as reason to recuse themselves in order to preserve the integrity of the court. Owens and his organization have launched a petition to bring attention to the alleged lack of impartiality on the part of the two justices. In February, Ginsburg,...
  • African bishop on polygamy, homosexuality & divorce (oh my).

    03/05/2015 10:29:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Commonweal Magazine's dotCommonweal Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Grant Gallicho
    In a wide-ranging, at points jaw-dropping interview with Aleteia, Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, signaled his openness to finding a way for remarried Catholics to be readmitted to Communion--and suggested the church might reinterpret Scripture to allow the "unbinding" of marriages. Palmer-Buckle, who is sixty-four years old, was selected by his brother bishops to represent Ghana at this October's Synod on the Family. Early in the interview, the archbishop makes it clear that he takes seriously Pope Francis's call for open discussion of the challenges facing Catholic families today. "There are people in polygamous relationships, who were involved in...
  • Republican sources tell BuzzFeed: Jeb Bush may be evolving on gay marriage

    02/26/2015 10:19:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    So clever of BuzzFeed to drop this today, with Bush set to sit down with Sean Hannity onstage at CPAC in 24 hours for Q&A. Think this story might come up? Think itll be talked about tonight at the local bars among conservatives already suspicious of Jebs ideological leanings? Theres more evidence here than I can fairly excerpt of how strongly Bushs top advisors feel about this issue, so youll have to read the whole thing. Heres the key bit, though: But inside Bushs orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements....
  • Rob Bell And The Progressive Emergent Church Embrace Sodomite Marriage

    02/20/2015 4:41:37 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 145 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 20, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Rob Bell is a progressive former mega-church pastor. He is also a heretic who, since giving up the mega-church pastoring gig, has been hanging out with the likes of Oprah Winfrey. Bell was part of the emergent church, which engaged in conversations and rejected historic Christianity. While the emergents like to pretend theyre new, hip and cool, the reality is theyre no different than the other progressive churches out there which have rejected historic Christianity. The difference between the emergent church and the pentecostal or baptist churches is only how they demonstrate their rejection of historic Christianity. Rather than rolling...
  • Editorial: A changing, improving morality

    02/14/2015 9:24:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | February 14, 2015 | The Editors
    Americas morality evolves constantly and the rapid acceptance of same-sex marriage is a stunning example. Only a few years ago, the notion seemed unthinkable. During the 2008 presidential campaign, all candidates opposed it. Democrat Barack Obama declared then: I am not in favor of gay marriage. The 2012 Republican national platform called homosexual wedlock an assault on the foundations of our society, and demanded a constitutional amendment to outlaw it. However, morality turned upside-down swiftly. The tide for marriage equality rolled like a tsunami. Alabama just became the 37th state to legalize it. West Virginia stands among yes states....
  • Ted Cruz Is the First Possible 2016 Candidate Taking Action After Alabama Gay Marriage Case

    02/12/2015 10:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 12, 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Since the U.S. Supreme Court rejected hearing Alabamas appeal on gay marriage earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has taken the firmest stance of all potential Republican presidential candidate on the issue. Cruz introduced the State Marriage Defense Act just two days after the high courts decision, which would allow states to decide on how to define marriage, rather than federal judges. While Republicans have long been the party supporting only traditional marriage, media reports have recently stressed how slow likely Republican 2016 presidential have been to speak out on the Alabama matter. The Supreme Court opted not to...
  • 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...
  • Marriage Equality Is Coming To America This June ("Gay Marriage")

    02/09/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Chris Geidner
    If there was any doubt left, Justice Clarence Thomas ended it on Monday morning. The United States Supreme Court will end discrimination against same-sex couples this June and even justices who oppose the coming decision appear to know its going to happen. On Monday morning, Justice Clarence Thomas made explicit what had been growing apparent to observers for months: The court at least a majority of the justices has made up its mind on the issue of whether the U.S. Constitution bars states from treating same-sex couples differently than opposite-sex couples in marriage laws. In denying the...
  • Ted Cruz Is Wrong about Same Sex Marriage (Look at the source)

    02/06/2015 11:30:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 6, 2015 | Presley Sanderson - Campus Contributor
    Ted Cruz claims to be a constitutionalist, but expects us to believe that the issue of gay marriage should be left to debatein the legislative chambers. In response to President Barack Obamas comments about gay marriage in the State of the union, the Texas senator said: I think the proper place to debate those issues is in the legislative chambers. Im a constitutionalistFrom the beginning of this country, marriage has been a question of the states, and we should not have the federal government, or unelected judges, setting aside the policy judgment of the elected legislatures and imposing their own...
  • Ben Carson Claims Anti-Gay Bakery Owners 'Might Put Poison' In Same-Sex Couple's Cakes

    01/26/2015 6:57:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Gay Voices ^ | January 26, 2015 | Curtis M. Wong
    GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson reportedly slammed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates at a Jan. 24 press conference following his speech at Congressman Steve King's Iowa Freedom Summit. Carson, a Fox News commentator and former Johns Hopkins University pediatric neurosurgeon, seemed to hint at a series of disputes that have erupted between same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot and bakeries and other wedding-related venues operated by opponents of same-sex marriage. "What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say, 'Theyre discriminating against me," he...
  • Federal Appeals Court Appears Poised To Strike Down Three Southern States Same-Sex Marriage Bans

    01/09/2015 9:00:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 9, 2015 | Chris Geidner
    After oral arguments about Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas bans on marriages for same-sex couples, the 5th Circuit of Appeals looks likely to strike the laws down. NEW ORLEANS After three hours of arguments, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared poised to strike down bans on same-sex couples marriages in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas joining all but one of the other appellate courts to consider the issue. If the court upholds the lower court decisions striking down the Mississippi and Texas bans and reverses the trial court decision upholding Louisianas ban, it could have the effect of bringing...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion. Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • Judge Overturns Mississippi Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    11/25/2014 10:04:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    JACKSON, Miss. A federal judge has overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday. State attorneys have already said they will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block Reeves' order....
  • 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...
  • What Do the 2016 GOP Hopefuls Really Think About Same-Sex Marriage?

    11/14/2014 1:17:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 14, 2014 | Genevieve Wood
    The marriage issue didnt play a major role in the 2014 midterms, but activist courts overturning state laws and lawsuits threatening the rights of those who disagree with redefining marriage may very well make the issue a top one in 2016. Since 1998 and across the early 2000s, millions of Americans voted at the state level to define marriage as the union of a man and woman and more than 38 states have such laws on their books today. Yet with state and district courts overturning those laws across the country and the Supreme Court punting on the issue earlier...
  • Court Warns Against Opening the Door to Polygamy and Beyond

    11/12/2014 9:52:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The ruling on Thursday by the 6th United States Circuit Court of Appeals warns of changing the biological definition of marriage and thus opening the door to polygamy. The Denver Post reported, Breaking ranks with other federal courts around the country, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that states have the right to set rules for marriage and that changing a definition that dates to "the earliest days of human history" is better done through the political process, not the courts. "Surely the people should receive some deference in deciding when the time is ripe to move...
  • 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...
  • Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isnt Religious Freedom, Its Just Discrimination

    10/26/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 23, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    A Christian wedding chapela private businessin Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples. There is no such right. Yet.The first thing you need to know is that most wedding chapels are not actually chapels. They are private businesses, sometimes run by ordained ministers who are thus licensed to perform marriage ceremonies, but just as often run by Elvis impersonators. Thus, the question of how marriage-equality laws apply to private wedding chapels is ostensibly a question of under what circumstances the government can lawfully step on a for-profit companys blue suede shoes. Ground zero for this debate...
  • Bucking trend, judge upholds same-sex marriage ban in Puerto Rico, citing procreative potential

    10/22/2014 12:55:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 22, 2014 | Gail Sullivan
    On Tuesday, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the trend towards marriage equality, upholding a ban on same-sex marriage. The commonwealth romantically defined marriage in a 1999 law as a civil contract whereby a man and woman mutually agree to become husband and wife. Because no right to same-gender marriage emanates from the Constitution, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should not be compelled to recognize such unions, U.S. District Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez wrote in his opinion, which will now move to a federal appeals court. Adding his own two cents, Perez-Giminez concluded: Traditional marriage is the fundamental unit of...
  • How America learned to love gay marriage

    10/22/2014 12:38:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 13, 2014 | Peter Foster in Washington
    American attitudes to gay marriage have been turned on their head in the space of a single generation. After a US Supreme Court decision this month, 30 of Americas 50 states will have gay marriage laws, which is testament to the sudden shift in attitudes towards same-sex unions in the US. Two decades ago barely a quarter of Americans believed members of the LGBT community should enjoy equal marriage rights; now nearly two-thirds accept gay marriage. This quantum leap cannot be explained by what sociologists call generational shift that is older, conservative folk dying off and younger, more liberal...
  • Obama praises Supreme Court on gay marriage, has no plans to be a justice

    10/21/2014 9:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    The life of a Supreme Court justice would be a little bit too monastic for President Obama, according to an interview he gave the New Yorker about his legal legacy. Obama also praised the Supreme Courts recent decision not to review lower-court rulings that struck down state prohibitions on same-sex marriage, saying he believes that the Constitution provides gays the right to marry. And he said that 81-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets to decide, not anybody else, when she chooses to go into retirement. Obama made the remarks to the magazines legal correspondent, Jeffrey Toobin. Toobin noted that the...
  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Churchs new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synods preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes recognizing positive elements in imperfect...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • John McCains daughter celebrates marriage equality in Arizona: [expletive] yes!

    10/19/2014 1:22:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Pink News Europe's Largest Gay News Servcie ^ | October 18, 2014 | Nick Duffy
    The daughter of former Republican presidential candidate John McCain has celebrated equal marriage arriving in the familys home state of Arizona. A judge struck down the Arizonas same-sex marriage ban yesterday, and the states attorney general declined to appeal allowing marriages to begin immediately. Meghan McCain the daughter of the 2008 Presidential candidate, who had anti-gay Sarah Palin as his running mate was jubilant at the news. The rights activist who sits on the board of rights charity GLAAD despite her fathers opposition to equal marriage tweeted: Marriage equality is now legal in my home...
  • US to recognize gay marriage in seven more states

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

    10/16/2014 9:49:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    WBAY - AP ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    A state magistrate in Pasquotank County could face disciplinary action after refusing to marry two men following the end of North Carolina's gay marriage ban. Magistrate Gary Littleton declined on Monday to perform the couple's civil ceremony, citing his religious views that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Under state law, a magistrate who fails to perform his or her legal duties can face removal or suspension.
  • Do People Think Cake Bakers Should Be Forced to Work Gay Weddings? Maybe, Maybe Not

    10/09/2014 4:59:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | October 8, 2014 | Stephanie Slade
    According to the Pew Research Center, half of Americans think business owners should be required to provide their services for same-sex weddings even if doing so violates their religious beliefs. In a September poll from the group, respondents split down the middle on the following question: If a business provides wedding services, such as catering or flowers, should it be allowed to refuse those services to a same-sex couple for religious reasons, or required to provide those services as it would to all other customers? The number saying businesses should be required to provide such services included a majority of...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

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

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

    10/07/2014 1:35:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    “Putting the paddles on the chest of a divisive issue with absolutely no hope of the outcome he promises is a hallmark of Ted Cruz,” says GOP consultant Rick Wilson acidly, the memory of last year’s doomed “defund” effort firmly in mind. Okay, but the fine print on what Cruz wants to do is interesting. Typically when social conservatives start talking up amendments aimed at gay marriage, they’re thinking of a substantive change — namely, a new law of the land that says marriage involves one man and one woman and no other combination. Once that’s in the Constitution,...
  • AG Mark Herring giddy about homosexual marriage in VA

    10/06/2014 4:24:51 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 27 replies
    from an email
    Friend- Earlier this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced marriage is legal for same-sex couples in Virginia. And the Fourth Circuit Court issued a mandate so that same-sex couples across the Commonwealth can be issued marriage licenses, starting right away! This is amazing news. Just days into office, I conducted a rigorous and thorough review and concluded that Virginia's marriage ban is unconstitutional. Together, we have put Virginia on the right side of history in one of the defining civil rights issues of our time. But the real heroes are the same-sex couples in Virginia and across this nation who...
  • 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 commonwealths 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 states marriage ban, decried the move...
  • Gay Marriage Is Now Legal In Most Of The Country Because The Supreme Court Did Nothing

    10/06/2014 10:27:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    MTV News ^ | October 6, 2014 | Gil Kaufman
    Add 11 more states to the list where same-sex marriage is legal. Gay marriage supporters have had a lot to cheer over the past two years thanks to a series of landmark rulings that have paved the way for marriage equality in an ever-increasing number of states. But on Monday morning (October 6), it was something the Supreme court didnt do that will make same-sex marriage the law in the majority of the country. At the start of the new Supreme Court term, the justices announced that they had rejected appeals from five states that were seeking to prohibit same-sex...
  • Gay marriage debate splinters GOP into 3 camps

    10/04/2014 6:26:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/04/2014
    NEW YORK (AP) As same-sex marriage cases cascade through the federal courts, Republican politicians find themselves awkwardly split into three camps. There's a small but growing number who favor legalizing gay marriage, a hard-core faction that continues to denounce it, and a sizable group in between that seems to wish the issue would disappear. At one end of the spectrum, at least eight GOP members of Congress have endorsed same-sex marriage, and two openly gay GOP candidates for the House hope to join them. In Massachusetts, Richard Tisei has run ads featuring his husband. In California, Carl DeMaio ran...
  • Morning Plum: Rand Paul versus Ted Cruz on gay marriage?

    10/03/2014 10:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | October 3, 2014 | Greg Sargent
    One of the most dispiriting storylines of the Obama era has been that Republicans have largely stood on the sidelines while a major cultural transformation has taken place: The countrys shift on gay rights. Republicans have either put up nominal resistance, or had nothing at all to say, as one change after another has come in rapid succession and majorities have come around on gay marriage. And yet youd think the GOP cannot forever put off a real intra-party debate over whether the party will evolve culturally along with the rest of the country. Thats why its potentially significant that...
  • Missouri Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Granted Elsewhere, State Court Rules

    10/03/2014 8:21:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | October 3, 2014 | Chris Geidner
    The case was brought by 10 same-sex couples who are represented by the ACLU. Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were granted elsewhere, state Judge Dale Youngs ruled on Friday. [T]o the extent these laws prohibit plaintiffs legally contracted marriages from other states from being recognized here, they are wholly irrational, do not rest upon any reasonable basis, and are purely arbitrary, Youngs wrote. The ruling followed a hearing in September on the case, which was brought by 10 same-sex couples represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. Missouri has finally recognized our couples marriages as being...
  • The Religious Rights Slow-Motion Suicide

    09/29/2014 4:08:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 29, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
    In fairness, the culture-war right has done less damage than the neocons and the super rich have. But theyre still the ones on the ropes.Im not sure whats come over me and I suppose itll pass, but at just this moment Im feeling a little bit sorry for evangelical conservatives. They were apparently pretty droopy, these proceedings over the weekend at the Values Voter Summit, as my colleague Ben Jacobs described things. Oh, yes, Ted Cruz fired them up, and some of the old stalwarts put in respectable appearances, but they have to know deep down that theyre like the...