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  • Homosexual Director of Camp Modeled After BoyScouts Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Multiple Boys

    04/22/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 33 replies
    Times-Herald ^ | 4/22/2014
    RICHMOND — The arrest of a middle school teacher on suspicion of child sexual abuse this week has raised questions about the West Contra Costa Unified School District's hiring practices, because the teacher was hired while police were investigating him. Ron Guinto, 32, of Vallejo, was arrested about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Mira Vista Elementary School. The seventh-grade English and science teacher is expected to be charged with 11 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of assault with intent to commit sodomy,...
  • Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    04/20/2014 10:47:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2014 1:42 PM EDT
    John Paul Stevens says he thinks it’s appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. Here’s what the former justice tells ABC’s “This Week”: “I think certainly it’s natural and an appropriate thing to think about your successor.” …
  • Ohio judge orders man to hold ‘I am a bully!’ sign

    04/12/2014 12:59:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 12, 2014 12:40 PM EDT
    A judge has ordered a man convicted of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children to stand on a street corner with a sign that says he is a bully. Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered 62-year-old Edmond Aviv to hold the sign for five hours Sunday. The sign reads: “I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in.” The judge also said the sign’s letters must be large enough...
  • Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: ‘Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected’

    04/04/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 02, 2014 – 12:43 PM | Samiha Shafy
    “You know, it’s almost a life motto (‘Well-behaved women rarely make history’). If you read the book (My Beloved World), you know I’m very law abiding. But I make it very clear that, like all people, there are exceptions. I like driving fast. I’m a pure New Yorker and I jaywalk. None of us is perfect. Sometimes you have to do the unexpected.” […] “In the United States, certain segments of society played with quotas for a number of years. What ended up happening is that the larger population got angry. And the Supreme Court ultimately said that quotas were...
  • Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public

    04/04/2014 9:28:28 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2014 | Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman
    The names of the six-member jury panel that acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin have been made public for the first time, after a new court order, records show. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who had previously ordered the jurors' identifying information be kept confidential, granted access to the names in a ruling March 21.
  • Court rules lesbian chef is owed $1.6M after boss prayed to 'cure her of her sexuality'

    04/01/2014 6:54:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 69 replies
    upi ^ | March 31, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    A New York appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s 2012 ruling that a lesbian chef is owed $1.6 million for being forced to attend weekly prayer meetings where her boss would regularly warn that "gay people" were "going to go to hell." Mirella Salemi sued Gloria's Tribeca Inc., Gloria's Tribecamex and principal owner Edward Globokar for violations of the New York City Human Rights Law after a string of incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2007. Gloria's Tribeca is a Mexican restaurant. Salemi was awarded $400,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages in what her lawyer,...
  • A Corrupt Criminal Justice System

    03/20/2014 11:23:53 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 9 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 20 March 2014 | John Steele Gordon
    Glenn Reynolds not only runs the indispensable Instapundit website, he is also a distinguished law professor at the University of Tennessee and writes a regular column for USA Today. Today’s column is an important one, “Our Criminal Justice System Has Become a Crime.”
  • 'Kangaroo court' in Brockton, Mass. convicts pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio on three charges.

    03/04/2014 1:07:05 PM PST · by massmike · 32 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 03/04/2014 | n/a
    On Wednesday, Feb. 12, pro-life activist Peter D'Attilio was convicted by a jury on three charges stemming from an incident when he held a pro-life sign in front of a school in Brockton, Mass. on March 21, 2012. After a two-day trial in Brockton District Court, the six-person jury found him guilty of disturbing a school, trespass, and resisting arrest. Those verdicts came despite the fact that Peter's lawyer (using testimony by the prosecution's own witnesses) clearly proved that he did not commit any of those crimes. This was a monumental miscarriage of justice. In the end, the facts and...
  • 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...
  • Judge rules Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

    02/13/2014 8:14:49 PM PST · by cutofyourjib · 106 replies
    WTVR6 ^ | February 13, 2014 | Alix Bryan
    NORFOLK, Va. (WTVR) – A federal judge declared late Thursday night that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, confirmed Michael Kelly, Director of Communications for Attorney General Mark Herring. The update was first made on Herring’s Facebook page and his Twitter account. MT “@AGMarkHerring: *ALERT* Federal judge declares state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. Issues stay pending appeal.”— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) February 14, 2014 “Equality in Virginia took a big step forward tonight as a federal district judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional,” Herring wrote. “The judge issued a stay with her injunction pending appeal, meaning...
  • Alliance sees more lack of diversity on bench--Wants broader backgrounds

    02/11/2014 6:33:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Not satisfied with President Obama for appointing record numbers of gay, female and minority judges, liberal groups and labor unions are now pressuring the president to nominate more jurists who have backgrounds working for unions and public-interest organizations. The Alliance for Justice, a coalition of more than 100 liberal groups, is lobbying the White House to “broaden the bench” with more judicial nominees who represent what it calls “professional diversity” — judges who are more likely to be aligned with the coalition’s liberal agenda. “We face a federal bench that has a striking lack of diversity,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts...
  • Christian bakery guilty of violating civil rights of lesbian couple

    01/22/2014 6:41:31 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 101 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/21/14 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of a Christian bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple’s civil rights. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said they found “substantial evidence” that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against the lesbian couple and violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that protects the rights of the LGBT community. Last year, the bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, of Portland, citing their Christian beliefs....
  • Lawsuit seeks to overturn Florida ban on gay marriage

    01/21/2014 9:25:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 1/21/14 | Anthony Man
    Six South Florida couples who want to get married, but can't because they're gay, said Tuesday they're filing a lawsuit against the state seeking to overturn the Sunshine State's ban on same-sex marriage. Ten of the 12 plaintiffs, along with the gay rights group Equality Florida and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, announced the filing of their case at a news conference at the Lesbian and Gay Victor Center in Miami Beach.
  • Judge declares North Carolina's abortion-ultrasound law illegal

    01/18/2014 3:58:28 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    AP - via WJHL ^ | January 17, 2014
    GREENSBORO, NC - A North Carolina law requiring women who want an abortion to have an ultrasound and then have a medical provider describe the image to them is a violation of constitutional free-speech rights, a federal judge ruled Friday.
  • U.S. District Judge Rules Oklahoma Ban on Marriage Equality Unconstitutional

    01/14/2014 2:33:09 PM PST · by BurningOak · 102 replies
    Human Rights Campaign ^ | January 14, 2014 | HRC staff
    Today U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. His ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in the Sooner State. ... The ruling comes on the heels of a year-long string of electoral, judicial and legislative victories for marriage equality. In recent weeks both the New Mexico Supreme Court and a federal district judge in Utah have ruled in favor of marriage for lesbian and gay couples.
  • Was Justice Roberts’ ObamaCare ruling a curse for Republicans, or a blessing?

    01/11/2014 9:03:57 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 54 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/11/14 | Doug Book
    When Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the Supreme Court’s Marxist bloc in ruling the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate constitutional, stunned conservatives immediately accused him of committing an “act of judicial cowardice.” “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” wrote the supremely hypocritical Roberts as he shattered one of the first rules of judicial restraint by rewriting sections of ObamaCare from the bench. Although he refused to “protect” the people from a wanton abuse of power, he was more than willing to protect DC lawmakers from the consequences of passing...
  • Judge Completely Trolls Justice Scalia In Striking Down Utah's Gay Marriage Ban

    12/24/2013 8:42:21 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 33 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | December 20, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia handed down a scathing dissent in United States v. Windsor — the case in which the high court deemed the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional — he warned of the domino effect it would have on state bans on gay marriage. His prediction came true on Friday, when U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that Utah's 2004 ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. And Shelby even made note of Scalia's dissent at points in his ruling, citing it as part of his reasoning in striking down the Utah law. Scalia warned that...
  • Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in Nation’s History and

    12/23/2013 9:20:08 AM PST · by rktman · 31 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 12/21/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Judge Robert J. Shelby, whom President Barack Obama appointed to the U.S. District Court in Utah last year, issued an opinion on Friday declaring that a right to same-sex marriage is "deeply rooted in the nation’s history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty."
  • CA: Pensions for city workers can't be cut, but pay can, judge rules in major San Jose case

    12/23/2013 8:17:57 PM PST · by fifedom · 19 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 23, 2013 | Mike Rosenberg
    The tentative decision prohibits the city from forcing current employees to contribute significantly more toward their pensions, as called for in last year's Measure B. That left each side claiming victory, even as both expected to appeal.
  • Gay marriage catches conservative Utah off guard

    12/21/2013 7:43:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2013 7:39 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    A day after a judge’s surprise ruling overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk intended to open early Saturday to issue licenses. About 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, about 300 hundred people showed up at the Weber County Clerk’s Office on Saturday afternoon but were later turned away without marriage licenses. […] The confusion Saturday and reports of other crowds scrambling to find an open office illustrated how gay marriage caught many in Utah off guard. …
  • Federal Judge: Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in Nation’s History and Implicit

    12/21/2013 3:50:17 PM PST · by ColdOne · 61 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 12/21/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Judge Robert J. Shelby, whom President Barack Obama appointed to the U.S. District Court in Utah last year, issued an opinion on Friday declaring that a right to same-sex marriage is "deeply rooted in the nation’s history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty." Shelby was confirmed to the federal bench by a voice vote of the Senate on Sept. 21, 2012. There was no debate over his nomination, and no senator objected to his confirmation. He has now issued an opinion that could fundamentally alter American law and culture. “The State’s second argument is that the Plaintiffs are...
  • Disturbing background of federal judge who issued ruling against Pastor Scott Lively.

    12/21/2013 6:31:00 AM PST · by massmike · 14 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 12/21/2013 | n/a
    The federal judge who recently issued a vitriolic 79-page ruling against Pastor Scott Lively has a disturbing background revealing prejudices and improprieties that under federal law should certainly have disqualified him from presiding over the case, MassResistance has discovered. Presiding Federal Judge Michael Ponsor issued the ruling back in August. The homosexual movement is infamous for its success at shrewd "judge shopping" to push their agenda in the US court system. Ponsor was clearly a perfect choice. Ponsor is openly liberal and a protégé of pro-homosexual Judge Joseph Tauro, who recently ruled to strike down DOMA in the federal court....
  • Illinois Same-Sex Couples Facing Death Can Marry Early

    12/17/2013 3:06:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | December 16, 2013 | Tony Merevick
    Starting Monday, Illinois same-sex couples facing terminal illness can marry — nearly six months ahead of the state’s new marriage equality law taking effect, a federal judge in Chicago ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman has ordered the Cook County Clerk’s office to immediately issue marriage licenses to all Illinois same-sex couples who can provide a doctor’s declaration stating that one or both of them has a life-threatening illness that would prevent them from marrying after the marriage equality law takes effect June 1. “When you have a terminal illness, every day is significant,” Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project...
  • Liberal Judge: My Reverse Racism Made Me Convict White ‘Killer’

    12/12/2013 1:13:43 PM PST · by Main Street · 48 replies
    nypost.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | Josh Saul
    Retired Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Frank Barbaro wants a white man he convicted in 1999 of killing a black man to be freed — claiming Wednesday he based the verdict on his own reverse racism. The 86-year-old former jurist convicted Donald Kagan, now 39, of fatally shooting Wavell Wint, 22, during a struggle over Kagan’s chain outside an East New York movie theater in 1998. But Barbaro told a court that, because of his viewpoint as a civil-rights activist, he didn’t consider a justification defense by Kagan in the nonjury trial. “Mr. Kagan had no intent to kill that man...
  • Gay Snub Cornish B&B Owners Lose Supreme Court Appeal

    11/27/2013 7:36:35 AM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | November 27, 2013 | Staff
    The owners of a Christian guesthouse who were ordered to pay damages for turning away a gay couple have lost their UK Supreme Court fight. Hazelmary and Peter Bull refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay in a double room at Chymorvah House in Marazion in Cornwall in 2008. The couple, who had already lost cases at Bristol County Court and the Court of Appeal, said they were "saddened". Mr and Mrs Bull have said they regard any sex outside marriage as a "sin". Steven Preddy (l) and Martyn Hall Steven Preddy (l) and Martyn Hall...
  • Tea Party group must disclose donors, Federal Election Commission rules

    11/21/2013 6:34:29 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Sabrina Eaton
    Washington, D.C. - The Federal Election Commission on Thursday denied the request of a prominent Tea Party organization that argued it should not have to disclose its political donors because they might face harassment from the government or the public. The Tea Party Leadership Fund, which recently announced that it is seeking challengers for the 87 Republicans who voted to end last month's government shutdown, told the FEC that an exemption from public disclosure would be justified by part of the Supreme Court's decision in Buckley v. Valeo. The group's lawyers noted the decision lets organizations like the Socialist Workers...
  • Obama Bullies Hobby Lobby All The Way To Supreme Court

    10/22/2013 3:37:18 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 12 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 22, 2013
    Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned retail chain, has largely become the corporate face of ObamaCare opposition. After initially speaking out against mandates in the healthcare law that would force individuals to violate their faith, the company sought legal protection against its implementation. The dispute centered around a requirement the retailer fund birth control and abortifacient drugs for its employees. Though a federal court upheld the business’ position in a recent decision, the case now appears to be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier this week, the chain initiated paperwork requesting the high court to review the case, indicating that abiding...
  • Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt Accepts Plea Deal in Sex With Underage Girlfriend Case

    10/03/2013 2:43:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
    Kaitlyn Hunt will stay in jail until mid-December.A Florida teen accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend accepted a plea deal Thursday that her attorney says is in her best interest. Kaitlyn Hunt, 19, pleaded no contest to battery, interference with child custody and contributing to the dependency of a child. Hunt was charged in February with having sex with a 14-year-old female schoolmate. Hunt was 18 at the time. A previous plea deal was withdrawn in August following allegations that Hunt exchanged thousands of texts with the girl and sent her nude photos. A judge revoked her bond,...
  • Lesbian cheerleader gets ANOTHER plea deal

    10/03/2013 10:30:18 AM PDT · by massmike · 33 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10/03/2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Florida prosecutors offered Kaitlyn Hunt, 19, a third plea deal Wednesday after she'd refused or lost the previous ones in her ongoing legal saga over her sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female classmate. Hunt has been in jail ever since and is expected to accept this newest offer, which requires her to remain in jail until December 20 and serve two years house arrest. The deal would see Hunt remain in jail until December 20. She would then begin two years of electronically monitored house arrest. Nine months of probation would follow. According to CNN, ff she has no violations,...
  • Obama Judge: Hijab Ban Violates Muslim Civil Rights

    09/10/2013 10:17:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 10, 2013
    An Obama-appointed federal judge has handed the administration a major victory, ruling that a Muslim woman’s civil rights were violated by an American clothing retailer that didn’t allow her to wear a head scarf as required by her religion. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws. In 2011 the agency sued the retail giant, Abercrombie & Fitch, accusing it of religious discrimination for firing 19-year-old Umme-Hani Khan for wearing a hijab at a northern California store. The company, which focuses on hip casual wear for consumers...
  • Ft. Hood Killer Forcibly Shaved in Prison (about darn time!!)

    09/04/2013 10:21:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/4/13 | Larry OConnor
    Officials said Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan was shaved after his move to death row and Texas legislators proposed a new compensation bill for shooting victims. Hasan, who was convicted in the 2009 shooting deaths of 13 people and injury of 31 others at the Texas military base, grew a beard for what he said were religious regions prior to the start of his court-martial. The move drew the ire of the judge, who found Hasan in contempt of court, causing a one-year delay of his trial. After Hasan, 42, was flown to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Friday to be put...
  • First Bernalillo County (New Mexico) same-sex couple gets marriage license

    08/28/2013 10:08:04 AM PDT · by fifedom · 7 replies
    KOAT TV ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | Mike Springer
    A lesbian couple became the first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Bernalillo County. The clerk’s office issued more than 100 marriage licenses before the day was over.
  • Court: Christians Cannot Refuse to Photograph Same-Sex Ceremonies

    08/23/2013 8:40:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 101 replies
    In a 5-0 decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld a lower court determination that it is illegal for a photography business owned by Christians to refuse to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony--even though New Mexico law does not permit same-sex marriage. The courts based their decisions on the text of the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA), which makes it illegal for “any person in any public accommodation to make a distinction, directly or indirectly, in offering or refusing to offer its services . . . to any person because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual...
  • Lesbian high school cheerleader offered plea deal on her 19th birthday to avoid jail....

    08/15/2013 3:37:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    FULL TITLE: Lesbian high school cheerleader offered plea deal on her 19th birthday to avoid jail for having sex with classmate, 14, after thousands sign petition to support her A high school cheerleader arrested on felony sexual assault charges for her relationship with a 14-year-old female classmate has been offered a plea deal on her 19th birthday. Kaitlyn Hunt is being urged to accept the new deal which would keep her out of jail and prevent her from being registered as a sex offender - if she pleads no contest to two misdemeanor battery counts and one felony count for...
  • Vancouver police, officials would not uphold laws against public nudity at Pride Parade

    08/12/2013 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 46 replies
    life site ^ | Peter Baklinski
    VANCOUVER, B.C., August 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When homosexual news service Daily Xtra reported last week that both Vancouver police and city officials “confirmed they had no issues with public nudity” at the city’s annual gay Pride Parade, LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) deemed necessary a fact check with the guardians of law and order. Canada’s Criminal Code makes it illegal to be nude in a “public place.” Section 174 states that a person who is “so clad as to offend against public decency or order” is “guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.” While reports about this year’s August 4 gay...
  • Court Says 'Pastafarian' Has Right to Wear Strainer Hat

    08/02/2013 1:03:26 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | 08/02/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    Even in his official license photo Newser) – A Czech Republic court has struck a blow for religious freedom—ridiculous, ridiculous religious freedom. Lukás Novy, 29, successfully argued that he should be allowed to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his official, government-issued ID photo, because he was required to do so by his "Pastafarian" faith, the Daily Mail reports. Novy belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody religion whose followers "believe" that a giant invisible monstrosity made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after "drinking heavily." Novy said the faith required him...
  • Ohio Officials Ordered To Recognize Gay Couple’s Marriage

    07/23/2013 7:41:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | July 22, 2013 | Chris Geidner
    <p>A federal judge in Ohio ordered state officials Monday to recognize the marriage of two men that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of an Ohio resident in hospice care who the judge says “is certain to die soon.”</p>
  • Zimmerman defense closing argument: ‘Pure, unadulterated innocence’ of client

    07/12/2013 10:06:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/12/2013 | By Manuel Roig-Franzia
    SANFORD, Fla. — There’s so much that still isn’t known about what happened on that dark, rainy night in February 2012, George Zimmerman’s defense attorney told jurors Friday in a hushed courtroom here. Speaking in a soothing, conversational tone, attorney Mark O’Mara urged jurors not to make assumptions about the defendant accused of killing an unarmed teenager named Trayvon Martin and not to try to “fill in blanks” or “connect dots.” The only conclusion jurors could reach about his client after hearing testimony for three weeks, O’Mara said, is “innocence. Pure, unadulterated innocence.” Minutes into his closing argument, O’Mara walked...
  • Exclusive: Supreme Court's Ginsburg vows to resist pressure to retire

    07/04/2013 10:56:55 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 75 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 4, 2013 | By Joan Biskupic | Reuters – 5 hours ago
    At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench. In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure to retire that might come from liberals who want to ensure that Democratic President Barack Obama can pick her successor before the November 2016 presidential election.
  • Judge Rules Yoga Not Tied To Religion, Allowed To Remain In Public Schools

    07/01/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    ap ^ | July 1, 2013 12:18 PM
    A judge is allowing a San Diego-area school district to teach yoga, rejecting the claims of disgruntled parents who called it an effort to promote Eastern religion. Yoga is a religious practice, but not the way that it is taught by the Encinitas Union School District at its nine campuses, San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer said in Monday’s ruling. Meyer said the school district stripped classes of all cultural references including the Sanskrit language. He noted that the lotus position was renamed the “crisscross applesauce” pose.
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy Shuts Down Prop 8 Supporters' Request to Stop Gay Weddings

    06/30/2013 12:20:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/30/2014 | Caroline Bankoff
    Well, that was quick. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday evening ordered that same-sex marriages begin again in California, and after less than a day of weddings, Prop 8 advocates filed an emergency motion to halt the unions, claiming that they still had time to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to dismiss their challenge to a 2010 ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Kennedy, who is responsible for motions dealing with the Ninth Circuit, was swift in his response. The Associated Press reports that he "turned away the request on Sunday with no additional...
  • Is Anthony Kennedy "The First Gay Justice"?

    06/30/2013 2:31:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    Cnn.com ^ | June 30, 2013 | Bill Mears
    Washington (CNN) -- Justice Anthony Kennedy was among the first of his colleagues to arrive Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court. His chambers lit up several hours before the last-day release of monumental rulings on same-sex marriage.
  • LDS Church Responds to Supreme Court Marriage Rulings

    06/29/2013 9:38:31 AM PDT · by Ripliancum · 55 replies
    mormonnewsroom.org ^ | 6/26 | LDS CHurch
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today regarding the decisions announced by the United States Supreme Court on cases involving marriage: "By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens. "In addition, the effect of the ruling is...
  • Gay marriages resume in Calif. with a flurry

    06/29/2013 3:38:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2013 5:09 AM EDT | Lisa Leff
    Same-sex marriages that were outlawed in California 4˝ years ago resumed in a rush after a federal appeals court took the “unusual, but not unprecedented” step of freeing couples to obtain marriage licenses, before the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its final judgment in a challenge of the state’s voter-approved gay marriage ban. … Although the couples fought for the right to wed for years, their nuptials came together in a flurry when a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a brief order Friday afternoon dissolving a stay it had imposed on gay marriages while...
  • Lead plaintiffs in Calif. gay marriage case marry in San Francisco (CA same-sex marriages resume)

    06/28/2013 6:16:42 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | Published June 28, 2013 | Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO – The lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after an appeals court cleared the way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years. ... The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had issued a brief order Friday afternoon dissolving a stay it imposed on gay marriages while the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 worked its way through the courts. Sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban said the appeals court's decision was...
  • Convicted sex offender gets sole custody of 6-year-old daughter

    06/28/2013 10:50:52 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 57 replies
    News Channel 4 - Oklahoma City ^ | June 25, 2013 | Paige Hill
    <p>OKLAHOMA CITY — In California, just six years ago, Nicholas Elizondo was convicted for raping his then six-year-old daughter. He took a deal and served six years in jail. During that time his ex-wife, Lisa Knight, has been raising their daughter Sarah in Norman.</p>
  • Scalia: 'High-Handed' Kennedy Has Declared Us 'Enemies of the Human Race'

    06/26/2013 9:53:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 126 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 26, 2013 | Tim Grieve
    Dissenting from this morning's opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia – as expected – holds nothing back. In a ripping dissent, Scalia says that Justice Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues in the majority have resorted to calling opponents of gay marriage "enemies of the human race."
  • U.S. Supreme Court wipes out Proposition 8's gay marriage ban

    06/26/2013 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 311 replies
    MercuryNews.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Howard Mintz
    The U.S. Supreme Court today paved the way for same-sex couples to marry soon in California, effectively leaving intact a lower-court ruling that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. In a ruling that assures further legal battles, the high court found that backers of Proposition 8 did not have the legal right to defend the voter-approved gay marriage ban in place of the governor and attorney general, who have refused to press appeals of a federal judge's 2010 ruling finding the law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruling, which found it had no legal authority to decide the...
  • SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN FEDERAL PROVISION DENYING BENEFITS TO LEGALLY MARRIED SAME-SEX COUPLES

    06/26/2013 7:12:46 AM PDT · by The Sons of Liberty · 412 replies