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  • Nigeria: When Will Europeans See Light and Embrace Polygamy?

    08/12/2014 9:41:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    AllAfrica / The Daily Independent ^ | July 20, 2014 | Rotimi Akinwumi
    Anytime I hear negative comments on the decision of Nigeria to ban homosexuality and gay marriage, my body develops goose pimples. I have made efforts at trying to rationalize why a man with his six senses, working at optimal level, will engage in animalistic actions and still make efforts at justifying such, hiding under the fallacious canopy of human right. Procreation, as designed by the creator, is meant to be carried out between a male and a female, and this had been the norm for generations. However, with some persons deciding to behave like animals; in fact, going below the...
  • Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

    08/11/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 11 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | August 11, 2014 | Mark Regnerus
    Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions. As mainline Protestant denominations increasingly accept the ordination of gay clergy and publicly affirm same-sex unions, the sociologist in me wishes to understand what this development means for people in those denominations. I’m not talking about subtle linguistic shifts. While the difference between speaking of marriage as a “civil contract between a woman and a man” and as “a unique commitment between two people” is obvious to those who...
  • Next battle in “marriage equality” debate: Incest

    07/11/2014 10:57:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Northern Colorado Gazette ^ | July 11, 2014 | Jack Minor
    A judge has suggested that now that same-sex marriages and homosexuality have become more accepted the next logical step could be to legitimize incestuous relationships. “A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” Judge Garry Neilson from Australia said. Neilson compared incest to homosexuality, saying that such relationships were once illegal. “If this was the 1950s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would...
  • Legal Experts: National Marriage Equality Could Happen Within A Year

    07/09/2014 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    Suddenly it's a possibility that experts are contemplating: marriage equality could be the law of the land all across the United States within one year. On Wednesday, Utah asked the Supreme Court to resolve its dispute with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals which two weeks ago became the first U.S. circuit court to declare that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Legal experts say the Supreme Court is likely to accept the case. With lawsuits piling up, and gay marriage on an undefeated legal streak since the Court axed the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, the...
  • Will Utah be ground zero for nationwide gay marriage?

    07/09/2014 6:34:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/9/2014 | Noah Rothman
    On Wednesday, the state of Utah appealed a June 25 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which invalidated that state’s ban on gay marriage to the United States Supreme Court. If the court accepts the case, some legal experts say, it could lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage across all 50 states.“Last month’s decision by the 10th Circuit was the first time a regional appeals court has made such a ruling in the year since the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to extend benefits to legally married same-sex couples,” a Reuters report read. “Legal experts say the Supreme...
  • Joe Biden: Gay Marriage Fulfills Declaration of Independence

    07/07/2014 8:34:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden used an Independence Day celebration and speech in Philadelphia to compare gay marriage to the Civil Rights Movement and push for more gay marriage. According to The Hill, "[Biden] said he was reminded of two Philadelphias, one where the Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago and the other in Mississippi where civil rights workers were murdered in June 1964, two weeks before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act." After saying that the two Philadelphias helped give meaning to the words “all men are created equal," Biden reportedly said that gay...
  • Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement

    06/30/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Burnt Orange Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Omar Araiza
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad." Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine): "Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is...
  • Polygamy and Human Dignity

    06/29/2014 8:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | June 16, 2014 | Carson Holloway
    The normalization of polygamy would undermine our commitment to human dignity—our sense that each human being is to be valued as an end in him- or herself, and not merely as a means to others’ ends. Conservatives have long warned that the redefinition of marriage sought by the proponents of same-sex unions will prepare the way for a further redefinition of marriage to include polygamy. Some liberals have already done their part to fulfill this prophecy by assuming that the argument over same-sex marriage is over and by beginning to argue for a normalization of plural marriages. As I have...
  • Same-sex ruling irks area religious leaders

    06/26/2014 10:03:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | June 26, 2014 | Dan Stockman and Brian Francisco
    The Rev. Peter Gregory of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne said he’s not surprised by Wednesday’s court ruling that overturns Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages. “It’s a disappointment, but not a surprise the judge ruled in this way,” Gregory said. “The disappointment is that he failed to recognize what marriage is – a union between one man and one woman – and the unique social good that marriage between a man and a woman is.” While the courts may be sending the nation in a headlong rush toward gay marriage, Gregory said they will not be the final...
  • Divided Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah's Marriage Law

    06/26/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 25, 2014 | Ken Klukowski
    In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Kitchen v. Hebert affirmed a lower court’s ruling holding that traditional marriage laws violate the Constitution. The case will likely soon go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Breitbart News examined this case last year when an Obama-appointed federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah invalidated that state’s law providing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, comparing such laws to racism and saying they are literally irrational. Despite the fact that neither marriage nor homosexuality is mentioned...
  • Will Polygamy Be the Next Homosexuality?

    06/22/2014 1:00:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Gospel Herald ^ | June 20, 2014 | Leah Marieann Klett
    As the battle for marriage equality rages on, a different, more obscure kind of sexual immorality is slowly rearing its ugly head: polygamy. Polygamy is defined as the "the custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time," a practice which directly violates the Biblical commandment instructing marriage to be between a single man and wife (1 Timothy 3:2, 12 and Titus 1:6). However, the secular media is increasingly attempting to normalize, and even glamorize this kind of perverted lifestyle. Showtime is airing an original series called Polyamory: Married & Dating, which follows two polyamorous families...
  • Obama favors sick leave for gay couples

    06/21/2014 8:42:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2014
    The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday. President Obama is directing the Labor Department to start drafting rules making clear that the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to same-sex couples, allowing gay and lesbian employees to take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse regardless of where they live. The move comes three years after the Obama administration stopped defending the Defense...
  • Scott Walker declines to define stand on gay marriage today

    06/13/2014 7:30:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    For years, Gov. Scott Walker has been a rock-solid proponent of traditional marriage between one man and one woman. As Milwaukee County executive, he opposed efforts to provide health care benefits to the gay partners of county employees. He also spoke out in favor of a 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In 2010, he campaigned for governor as a supporter of traditional marriage. He also opposed a law that allowed gay couples to register with counties to get certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights. "My position has been clear," Walker said Thursday. Indeed, it was. But that is...
  • Clinton Blows Up at NPR Host Over Questions on Her Support for Gay Rights

    06/12/2014 3:39:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 12, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Clinton: 'You are playing with my words' Hillary Clinton lost patience with an NPR radio interviewer who asked her several times to clarify the evolution of her views on gay marriage. “Would you say your view evolved since the 90s, or that the American public evolved, allowing you to state your real view?” asked radio host Terry Gross. Clinton at first avoided directly answering the question, replying, “I think I’m an American, I think that we have all evolved, and it’s been one of the fastest, most sweeping transformations that I’m aware of.” “I understand,” Gross said, “but a lot...
  • America’s rising “progressive clerisy,” and the march toward McCarthyism

    06/09/2014 1:29:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Is there anything more intolerant than the Tolerance Brigade? At the Daily Beast, Joel Kotkin agrees with Bloomberg’s Stephen Carter on the rise of a new McCarthyism, this time imposing penalties for dissent from progressive orthodoxy rather than tolerating debate on a broad range of issues. Both use attempts to silence argument in academia as the flash point that exposes this thought-police mentality. Carter recently wrote about the attempts to intimidate Douglas Laycock, an opponent of same-sex marriage, and explicitly invokes McCarthyism as the dynamic in play: A law student and a recent graduate, spurred on by the advocacy group...
  • HOUSTON CALLING! Overthrow Mayor Parker's GLBT Ordinance

    06/01/2014 8:12:30 PM PDT · by magna carta · 16 replies
    Houstonians for Family Values ^ | June 1,2014 | Dave Wilson
    Petition for a charter amendment to prohibit men (who perceive or express themselves as women) from using the women's restroom.
  • Gay Marriage Will Destroy the GOP

    05/30/2014 1:41:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | May 28, 2014 | David Lampo
    If conservatives don’t embrace the inevitable, they'll become irrelevant.Since last year, the progress toward marriage equality has been nothing less than stunning. Nearly a year ago, the Supreme Court granted full federal recognition of married same-sex couples in declaring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. In rapid succession since then, federal judges in 13 states have overturned their state’s respective bans on same sex unions. The latest was last week in Pennsylvania, when Judge John E. Jones III, a G. W. Bush appointee, overturned the ban, writing, “We are a better people than what these laws represent.” Because...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal in All of Northeastern U.S. (Now that Pennsylvania went pink)

    05/20/2014 8:30:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 20, 2014 | Brian Resnick
    With a federal judge declaring a Pennsylvania ban on gay marriage unconstitutional on Tuesday afternoon, every state in the Northeastern corner of the country—Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and now Pennsylvania—has legalized same-sex marriage. Judge John Jones invoked the 14th Amendment to invalidate a 1996 Pennsylvania law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Like many of the other judicial decisions bringing down state marriage bans, this one framed the issue as a matter of civil rights. Jones wrote: In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned,...
  • Activist federal judge ignores the Constitution, strikes down Pa. ban on homosexual marriage

    05/20/2014 11:53:13 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 16 replies
    philly.com ^ | 5/20/14 | Amy Worden
    HARRISBURG - A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriages, a landmark ruling that could clear the way for the Commonwealth to become the 17th state to legalize gay marriage. The decision by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III marked the first and most significant to date in a series of court challenges to the state's 1996 ban. It was not immediately clear if Gov. Corbett, whose administration had defended the law, would appeal the decision. The lawsuit, Whitewood v. Wolf, was brought by 23 plaintiffs who said Pennsylvania's law violates the state constitution by...
  • Opposing Gay Marriage Is a Waste of Your Time

    05/15/2014 1:31:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ron Fournier, Senior Political Columnist & Editorial Director
    <p>Like those who stood against civil rights for African-Americans, gay-marriage foes are fighting a battle they can't win.</p> <p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Nine slender statues stand beneath a window to the Arkansas governor's office – bronzed, life-sized images of the black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School on Sept. 25, 1957 and helped ignite the Civil Rights era. "They defied prejudice," says Gregory Donaldson, an African-American Baptist minister from St. Louis visiting the display with his wife Nanette. "They defied bigotry."</p>
  • Yes, Brendan Eich Is Like Donald Sterling (He’s Even Scarier)[Yes, he's serious]

    05/06/2014 1:50:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 5, 2014 | Arthur Chu
    Did Donald Sterling ever try to use the power of the state to annul the marriages of thousands of people he never met because he disapproved of them? Ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich did.We’ve heard a lot recently about what constitutes “going too far” when it comes to holding people accountable for their offensive beliefs—a lot of stuff about “freedom of speech,” a lot of stuff about “tolerance,” a lot of stuff about “political correctness run amok.” Predictably relatively little of this has been said about Donald Sterling, of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling bears the dubious honor of being The...
  • First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop (male) Divorces Husband (male)

    05/05/2014 7:15:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 33 replies
    Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop of the Episcopal church, publicly announced he is divorcing his husband, Mark Andrew, on May 3. The couple had been married since 2010, when New Hampshire legalized gay marriage. The union created an international uproar, and many Episcopalians broke away from the main church. "As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us - not a decision entered into lightly or without much counseling," Robinson wrote in a letter to the Diocese of New Hampshire. "We ask for your prayers, that the love and care for each other that has characterized...
  • Police Remove Traditional Marriage Group from Notre Dame University

    05/01/2014 8:58:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 1, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Notre Dame University employed the police to order a group of traditional marriage advocates off its campus late last week. Volunteers with the Tradition Family Property Student Action were given permission by an official campus student group to set up a table, according to TFP director John Ritchie. The police arrived shortly after the group began handing out pro-family literature and told them to “cease and desist.” On its website TFP Student Action claimed: The TFP handout, 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex “Marriage” is Harmful and Must Be Opposed, was being warmly received by students and faculty members alike. However, several...
  • MSNBC Panel Members Find 'Disturbing Level' of Gay Rights Interest in 'Targeting People'

    04/20/2014 9:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 19, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On the Friday, April 18, All In show, during a discussion of the firing of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for simply donating to a political campaign opposing same-sex marriage, guest Richard Kim of the far left The Nation magazine intoned that he found it "disturbing" that gay activist friends of his have expressed interest in "targeting" more people who have made similar donations, and who have declared they should "find out where they live." Kim: Here's a disturbing thing. I did ask some of my gay activist friends, I was like, "Look, here's a list; 6,500 people gave the...
  • Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate

    04/15/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 15, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Republicans will nominate someone younger than her, and it won't make a difference to young people.Our old colleague Patrick Caldwell has an interesting article up at Mother Jones about the way the Hillary Clinton campaign—or whatever we can call it at this point, since it isn't actually a campaign but it isn't exactly just a bunch of independent people doing their own thing either—is going after college students. I had forgotten how idiotically hostile the Hillary '08 campaign was toward college students in Iowa, but that's just one of innumerable mistakes that one presumes she'll attempt to correct this time...
  • Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    02/23/2014 11:44:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 19, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    In 2006, 57 percent of Virginia’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Last week, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled the amendment unconstitutional. In 2004, 76 percent of Oklahoma’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. On January 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled the amendment unconstitutional. In 2004, 66 percent of Utah’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman....
  • Arizona Senate: Business owners can cite religion to refuse service to gays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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