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  • Couple fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding on their farm

    11/10/2014 4:47:53 AM PST · by Crazieman · 76 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/10/2014 | Andrea Peyser
    Cynthia and Robert Gifford are caught in a same-sex nightmare. They’ve been forced to defend themselves against claims that they’re lesbian-hating homophobes. “We respect and care for everyone!’’ Cynthia Gifford told me. “We had an openly gay man working for us this past season,’’ she said. “We’ve had a woman who’s transitioning to be a man. We don’t discriminate against anyone.’’ But the government of the state of New York sees things differently. The Giffords, who own the bucolic Liberty Ridge Farm in upstate New York, were ordered to pay a total of $13,000 — a $10,000 fine to the...
  • Pansexual Same-Sex Couple Crowned Homecoming Princesses

    10/11/2014 11:20:16 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 105 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/11/14 | Aurelius
    Shealynn Stillman and Charley Gittins made history Friday night, becoming the first same-sex couple in their school's history to be crowned homecoming princesses, and perhaps even the first in their county. The couple, who identify as pansexual, have been dating for for approximately 12 months. They said that they do not consider gender important in choosing a partner. The school, Maria Carrillo High School of California, broke tradition and presented the winning couple with two shimmering tiaras instead of a crown and a tiara. The crowd knew that Stillman and Gittins had won when, instead of announcing that a "prince...
  • White couple sues, says sperm bank gave vials from black donor

    09/30/2014 3:39:57 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 62 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Meredith Rodriguez
    White couple sues, says sperm bank gave vials from black donor By Meredith Rodriguez, Tribune reporter contact the reporter A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community. Jennifer Cramblett of Uniontown, Ohio, alleges in the lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, that Midwest Sperm Bank sent her the vials of an African American donor's sperm in September 2011...
  • Same-sex Adoption: Not as Harmless as Portrayed

    08/28/2014 12:44:46 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 28 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Published on American ThinkerBy Enza Ferreri You may often see articles in the media claiming that "research has shown" that children of same-sex couples are thriving, in fact are physically and psychologically doing just as well as, or even better than, children of couples who are - let me use this currently underused word - normal. Are these works reliable? In July such a study, carried out in Australia, was much trumpeted by that pillar of "progressive" thinking, The Washington Post, under the headline "Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows". Researcher Simon Crouch...
  • Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests

    07/05/2014 6:46:16 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 76 replies
    Children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units, new Australian research suggests. In what they described as the largest study of its type in the world, University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children about their physical health and social wellbeing. Lead researcher Doctor Simon Crouch said children raised by same-sex partners scored an average of 6 per cent higher than the general population on measures of general health and family cohesion. "That's really a measure that looks at how well families get along, and it seems...
  • Elton John: Jesus Would Approve of Same-Sex Marriage

    06/29/2014 4:51:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 118 replies
    Time ^ | 6/29
    Pop star Elton John called the Pope “wonderful” and said that Jesus would approve of marriage equality in an interview Sunday, the same weekend gay pride events occurred all over the world.Pop star Elton John called the Pope “wonderful” and said that Jesus would approve of marriage equality in an interview Sunday, the same weekend gay pride events occurred all over the world. Although Pope Francis does not support same-sex marriage, John praised the Pope’s attitude toward LGBT people as a sign of progress in an interview with Sky News, the AFP reports.
  • Alliance of Baptists supports NC gay marriage lawsuit

    05/17/2014 1:49:52 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 28 replies
    ABP News ^ | 4/16/2014 | Robert Dilday
    The Alliance of Baptists has expressed support for a legal challenge launched by religious leaders in North Carolina to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage. At its annual meeting May 3 in Portland, Maine, the Alliance voted to “stand in solidarity” with a suit filed in a federal district court in Charlotte April 28 by the United Church of Christ. The UCC claims that North Carolina is unconstitutionally restricting religious freedom by barring clergy members from marrying gay couples. In a resolution, the Alliance, which has affirmed same-sex marriage since 2004, said “we rise today to stand in solidarity...
  • Methodism’s Late Hour

    04/30/2014 8:42:06 PM PDT · by bhive · 14 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | February 28, 2014 | Rob Renfro
    I once had a bishop tell me that he could do nothing about pastors who performed gay marriages. “That’s an issue for the Board of Ministry and a jury of the pastor’s peers,” he said. I asked him, “Bishop, if you were to discover that I was cheating on my wife and if I told you I had no intention of stopping, would I be leading worship in my church next Sunday.” “No, you would not,” he said. “I would remove you from ministry in that church.” “Then, Bishop,” I replied, “you can do something about pastors who perform gay...
  • New Mozilla CEO Is Allegedly Anti-Gay Marriage -- Firefox Developers Boycott

    03/25/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Betanews ^ | 3/24 | Brian Fagioli
    Gay marriage is not a gay issue, nor is it liberal or conservative. It is an equality issue, since basic rights of Americans, who happen to be gay, are threatened. As more and more people wake up from the slumber of ignorance and see the light in supporting gay marriage, there are still people that refuse to evolve. You can hate anyone you want, and if you hate gay people, that hate is your burden to live with. Quite frankly, gay people do not need your love or approval, although I'm sure it would be appreciated. What they do need...
  • 2 Women Arrested in Monterey County After 3 Children Found Starving, 1 Chained

    03/22/2014 1:42:13 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Deputies responding to a Salinas, Calif., home on March 14 to investigate child neglect allegations found three starved and abused children, one chained to the floor. During the investigation, deputies found very little food in the house, which they described as “cluttered and dirty.” The deputies found three children - an 8-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy - who they said exhibited signs of physical and emotional abuse. The suspects, Eraca Dawn Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deanda, 44, were arrested for numerous child abuse-related cases.
  • Gay Baptist minister sues for right to wed

    02/18/2014 5:03:49 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 33 replies
    ABP News ^ | 2/17/2014 | Bob Allen
    Bojangles Blanchard, an ordained Baptist minister in Louisville, Ky., says denying same-sex couples the benefits of marriage treats them as second-class citizens. A Kentucky Baptist minister and gay-rights activist filed a lawsuit Feb. 14 claiming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard — who with his partner, Dominique James, was fined 1 cent for trespassing in November for refusing to leave a county clerk’s office after being told they could not apply for a marriage license — asked U.S. District Judge John Heyburn to build on his finding two days earlier that Kentucky must recognize same-sex...
  • Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Confuses Declaration Of Independence with Constitution

    02/15/2014 12:13:31 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/14/14 | Frances Martel
    A federal judge struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage today, an historic ruling with especial resonance on Valentine's Day. Except the history of the historic ruling isn't exactly up to par: Judge Arenda Wright Allen claimed the Constitution declares that "all men are created equal," which is, instead, the first line of the Declaration of Independence. "Our Constitution declares that 'all men' are created equal. Surely this means all of us," Judge Allen wrote on the first page of her opinion. That line opens the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and appears nowhere in the Constitution. The...
  • Judge Timothy S. Black engages in judicial tyranny in “same sex” marriage case!

    12/26/2013 6:37:41 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 5 replies
    12-26-13 | johnwk
    In the case James Obergefell v Theodore E. Wymyslo, M.D, Judge Timothy S. Black wrote: V. CONCLUSION Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Declaratory Judgment and Permanent Injunction (Doc. 53) is hereby GRANTED as applied to these Plaintiffs. Specifically: 1. The Court finds and declares that Article 15, Section 11, of the Ohio Constitution, and Ohio Revised Code Section 3101.01(C), violate rights secured by the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in that same-sex couples married in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is lawful, who seek to have their out-of-state marriage recognized and accepted as legal in Ohio, are denied their...
  • Rome asks views on thorniest issues (Catholic Caucus)

    10/31/2013 7:58:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Tablet ^ | October 31, 2013 | Christopher Lamb
    Catholics across the world are being asked for their views on contraception, same-sex unions and communion for divorced and remarried couples, it has emerged. In preparation for next year's Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which Pope Francis announced earlier this month, the Vatican has sent a questionnaire to the world's bishops to disseminate among priests and people. The responses to the questionnaire will be analysed as part of the preparation for the synod, to take place from 5 to 19 October 2014 on the theme "Pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation". The questions, which were sent...
  • Fallin Halts Soldier Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

    09/17/2013 4:13:20 PM PDT · by oxcart · 13 replies
    News9.com ^ | 09/17/13
    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits giving benefits of marriage to gay couples. Because of that prohibition, Weintz says the governor's legal staff advised the Oklahoma National Guard not to process requests for benefits from gay couples. Weintz says same-sex couples that have been legally married in other states still can apply for those benefits at a federal facility, such...
  • Huelskamp: 'It's Not Over' - Constitutional Amendment Would Restore Gay Marriage Ban

    06/27/2013 11:20:17 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 43 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com/ ^ | Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 10:25 AM | Lisa Barron
    A constitutional amendment restoring the Defense of Marriage Act, to be introduced by Rep. Tim Huelskamp, likely would reignite the debate over same-sex marriage. The Kansas Republican said he plans to introduce the Federal Marriage Amendment to restore DOMA, which was struck down by the Supreme Court this week.
  • Same Sex "Marriage" Will Destroy America

    04/01/2013 7:24:48 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 8 replies
    CST News ^ | April 1, 2013 | Dr. Don Boys
    I realize that my heading is sensational, shocking, and critics will say it is silly, but even if that is true, that would not make it imponderable, improbable, or impossible. Other nations have destroyed themselves by flaunting their wicked behavior in the face of God. Many Americans are experts at flaunting even as they profess motives of love, equality and justice. I suggest their motive is fear: fear of being laughed at; fear of being ostracized; fear of inadequate ability to defend the biblical position. So, it’s easier, and more popular, to go with the flow–even if it’s over Niagara....
  • [Vanity]Marriage Consortium Possibilities & Realities

    03/28/2013 12:46:11 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 23 replies
    Self Vanity | 28 March 2013 | Self
    Once marriage between multiple parties is legalized on equal protection grounds, what are the possibilities and realities regarding consortiums of persons getting legally married, in a commercial business arrangement, in order to share some benefit of marriage (such as health insurance, compelled under law to be provided to married parties)? Could the enterprising businessman, for example, charge a fee and marry himself to thousands of strangers, allowing these customers to share in his health insurance, and any other rights accruing to married parties? Are there any obstacles to this happening? I see none.
  • Top Minn. College Republican Backs Gay Marriage

    03/06/2013 9:43:54 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 3/6/13 | AP
    The two-term chairman of the Minnesota College Republicans on Wednesday became the latest from his party to support legalizing gay marriage in the state. Ryan Lyk told The Associated Press he wants people to know that not just Democrats support gay marriage. He released a statement of support in conjunction with Minnesotans United, the political group pursuing a gay marriage bill that could get a vote later this spring at the Capitol. Lyk has twice been elected to the top post of a group with 20 chapters statewide and several hundred members. He is the highest-ranking state GOP leader so...
  • How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?

    02/26/2013 1:03:02 PM PST · by annalex · 66 replies
    Iona Institute ^ | 2012 | Mark Regnerus
    a b s t r a c t The New Family Structures Study (NFSS) is a social-science data-collection project that fielded a survey to a large, random sample of American young adults (ages 18–39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements. In this debut article of the NFSS, I compare how the young-adult children of a parent who has had a same-sex romantic relationship fare on 40 different social, emotional, and relational outcome variables when compared with six other family-of-origin types. The results reveal numerous, consistent differences, especially between the children of women who have had a lesbian...
  • Feds OK first burial of a veteran's same-sex spouse in a national cemetery

    02/17/2013 8:30:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 16, 2013
    Feds OK first burial of a veteran's same-sex spouse in a national cemetery Published February 16, 2013 | Associated Press The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it's far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with following repeal of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. At first glance, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's decision to grant burial to a same-sex...
  • Watching porn boosts support for same-sex marriage

    02/05/2013 6:24:48 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 4, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    There is no delicate way to say this: Exposure to pornography softens opposition to same-sex marriage among the largest group of naysayers, heterosexual men. A new scholarly analysis suggests that the more straight guys, especially those who are less educated, watch pornographic videos, the more they warm to same-sex marriage. The reason: Porn opens their mind up to accepting non-traditional sexual situations, like gay sex. "Our study suggests that the more heterosexual men, especially less educated heterosexual men, watch pornography, the more supportive they become of same-sex marriage," Indiana University Assistant Professor Paul Wright told Secrets.
  • Same-sex marriage can help save the institution

    01/30/2013 8:14:51 AM PST · by Belteshazzar · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal Opinion ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kathleen Parker
    More than perhaps anyone else in America, David Blankenhorn personifies the struggle so many have experienced over same-sex marriage. First he was agnostic, then he was against it, now he’s for it. 306 Comments Weigh InCorrections? Personal Post Kathleen Parker Parker writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture. Archive FacebookE-mailRSS You may also like... Michael Gerson Does Obama want an immigration deal? Jennifer Rubin One more like that and it's a 'recession' This is to say that Blankenhorn — a long-standing opponent of same-sex marriage — has shifted his energies to saving the institution of marriage, regardless of whom...
  • Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris

    11/18/2012 3:02:14 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | November 18, 2012 | Valentin BONTEMPS
    PARIS — Thousands of Catholics and other opponents of French government plans to legalise gay marriage and same-sex adoption marched in Paris on Sunday, a day after more than 100,000 turned out across France for the cause.The rally, organised by conservative Catholic group Civitas, was marred by accusations that protesters had roughed up journalists and topless counter-protesters partially dressed as nuns.Police said some 9,000 people had joined the protest, rallying behind slogans such as one large banner reading: "France needs children, not homosexuals."Civitas official Alain Escada said gay marriage was "a Pandora's box" that would let others demand extended marriage...
  • Chief Diversity Officer of Gallaudet U. Placed on Leave After Signing Maryland Marriage Petition

    10/16/2012 9:35:42 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 16 October 2012 | Kirsten Andersen, LifeSite News
    University ‘diversity’ administrator placed on leave after signing marriage petition Washington, D.C., October 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews) – The Chief Diversity Officer of Gallaudet University has been placed on administrative leave after a homosexual blogger publicized the fact that she signed a petition to support Question 6, a Maryland ballot measure that would send the same-sex “marriage” law recently passed by the state legislature to voters for a referendum. ... Although Question 6 is neutral on the issue of same-sex “marriage” and simply brings the yet-to-be-enacted law before Maryland voters for their approval or rejection, homosexual activists have painted the measure...
  • US immigration chief: Same-sex ties are family ties

    09/28/2012 11:58:21 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 28, 2012 | Miranda S. Leitsinger
    Same-sex couples will be considered “family relationships” in immigration proceedings, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a move that could help stem the deportation of those in gay or lesbian binational relationships. Close family ties to the United States are a factor considered by authorities in deportation cases, and gay and lesbian advocates have long argued for same-sex couples to have the same immigration rights as opposite-sex couples. “In an effort to make clear the definition of the phrase ‘family relationships,’ I have directed ICE to disseminate written guidance to the field that the interpretation of the...
  • 'Obamacare' extends health care benefits to same-sex partners' children

    07/20/2012 2:10:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/20/12 | JASON MILLMAN
    The Obama administration is giving a new health benefit to same-sex partners — and it’s built on one of the most popular provisions of “Obamacare.” On Friday, the administration published a proposed rule that would extend one of the health care law’s best-known provisions — allowing children to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 — to same-sex partners of federal workers.
  • Condoleezza Rice: 'Perhaps We Will Decide There Needs to Be' Same-Sex Civil Unions

    07/13/2012 4:02:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/13/12 | Patrick Burke
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who reportedly is on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's short list for a running mate, said in a December 2010 interview with Christianity Today that while she believes marriage is designed for a man and a woman "perhaps we will decide that there needs to be some way for people to express their desire to live together through civil union." While discussing how faith has guided her positions on different issues, Rice was prompted by Christianity Today’s Sarah Pulliam Bailey to discuss same-sex marriage. “Same-sex marriage is another issue that has captured the country's attention...
  • Radical homosexual activist Terence Weldon: Let's damage the institution of marriage further

    05/31/2012 7:34:59 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 2 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 31, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Terence Weldon, the same anti-Catholic radical homosexual activist who has suggested that Pope Benedict XVI has a homosexual inclination and who has blasphemously asserted that Our Lord Jesus may have been a homosexual, is now angry with Archbishop Vincent Nichols (his own Bishop). Why? It seems that Archbishop Nichols, while delivering a homily at Westminster Cathedral to celebrate marriage, warned of the damaging consequences which would result if homosexual unions were legally recognized and marriage essentially redefined in the United Kingdom. But the Archbishop was merely emphasizing what the Church already teaches: that the legal recognition of homosexual unions would...
  • Black Pastor Likens Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance To al-Qaeda Attack (God bless him)

    05/12/2012 7:53:45 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 50 replies
    newsone ^ | May 11, 2012 | D.L. Chandler
    Some prominent Black pastors have become staunchly critical of President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, with some who formerly backed and celebrated his ascent now turning their backs. A Texas pastor who once led the Southern Baptist Convention in introducing a resolution that recognized Obama’s historic achievement has voiced his displeasure with the president’s support and approval of gays, reports the Associated Baptist Press. A Texas pastor who once led the Southern Baptist Convention in introducing a resolution that recognized Obama’s historic achievement has voiced his displeasure with the president’s support and approval of gays, reports the Associated Baptist...
  • House Armed Services vote bans gay marriage on military bases

    05/10/2012 10:16:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/10/12 | Carlo Munoz
    On the same day that President Obama threw the weight of the White House in support of gay marriage, defense lawmakers in the House banned the practice from taking place on U.S. military bases. Members of the House Armed Services committee voted to include the measure by Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-Miss.) into the panel's version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill late Wednesday night. The measure, which prevents "marriage or marriage-like ceremonies" between same-sex couples from taking place at American military bases, was approved by a 37 to 24 vote along party lines. Republican panel members also approved language...
  • Obama: Biden ‘Got Out a Little Over His Skis’ on Same-Sex Marriage

    05/10/2012 10:44:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    National Journal ^ | 5/10/12 | Lara Seligman
    President Obama said that he had already decided to endorse gay marriage at some point ahead of the presidential election when Vice President Joe Biden jumped the gun with his own announcement on Sunday, according to an interview with ABC. “He probably got out a little over his skis, but out of generosity of spirit,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Thursday on Good Morning America. “Would I have preferred to have done this in my own way on my own terms without, I think, there being a lot of notice to everybody? Of course. But...
  • Coverage of undercover sting, arrests of gay men draws protest

    04/11/2012 10:42:51 AM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 39 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 9, 2012 | James Rainey
    A Los Angeles gay rights organization has protested the decision by Manhattan Beach police to release -- and many local media to publish -- the names and photos of 18 men arrested in an undercover sex sting at a public restroom. Leaders of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center charged that last week’s release of the mug shots, names and birthdates of the men could lead to public humiliation and more severe consequences. The social service agency said one of the arrestees had reported to them that a fellow suspect attempted suicide after the results of the sting were made...
  • Openly gay Miss California USA contestants make history

    01/10/2012 9:08:34 AM PST · by TheDon · 63 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 9, 2012 | Ruben Vives
    Two contestants in the Miss California USA competition over the weekend may not have taken home the crown or topped the ranks but they left with a significant place in the competition's history. Jenelle Hutcherson, 26, of Long Beach, and Mollie Thomas, 19, of West Hollywood, were the first openly gay contestants in the 60 years of the state pageant, whose winner will go on to compete in Miss USA, the national pageant. ....
  • State Farm to offer same-sex benefits

    05/14/2011 6:19:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Chicago Breaking News State Farm to offer same-sex benefits 6:37 AM CDT, May 14, 2011 BLOOMINGTON (AP) - State Farm Insurance Cos. said Friday it will begin offering health care and other benefits to legally recognized same-sex partners of its employees, a response to an Illinois law that will soon let gay and lesbian couples enter into civil unions. The eligibility changes for the Bloomington-based insurer's group health and welfare plans affect all employees, retirees, agents and agent staff. They would be able to enroll a "legally recognized" same-sex spouse, civil union partner, or domestic partner in benefits for the...
  • Media Leads Charge Against Traditional Marriage

    02/24/2011 7:22:41 AM PST · by Seth Forman · 12 replies
    http://www.mrformansplanet.com ^ | February 23, 2011 | Seth Forman
    Here is how Peter Yost of the Associated Press (as dutifully reported by their ally, Newsday), defended Obama’s reversal on the Defense of Marriage Act (the reversal being that the Justice department will no longer defend the act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes. Obama campaigned as an opponent of gay marriage.): Obama’s move may position him politically at the forefront of rising public support for gay marriage. Polling results can vary rather significantly depending on what words are used to describe gay marriage, but there is a gradual trend in public opinion...
  • Iowa (Democrat!) senators block effort to debate ban on same-sex marriage

    01/27/2011 4:11:27 PM PST · by Free Vulcan · 8 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | 1.27.11 | Rod Boshart
    DES MOINES — Iowa senators, on a party-line vote, today blocked an effort by proponents of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages in Iowa to force the issue to be debated. All 26 Senate Democrats opposed an appeal lodged by Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Indianola, that attempted to overrule Senate President Jack Kibbie’s ruling that the call for debating Senate Joint Resolution 8 was procedurally out of order and not eligible for immediate Senate consideration. Sorenson and 23 other minority GOP senators voted in favor of overruling Kibbie, marking a rare occurrence in the Senate and one that some argued...
  • The Upcoming Polygamy Debate-Brace Yourselves

    11/22/2010 8:22:41 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 17 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 11-22-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    In Reynolds v. United States (1878) the Court rejected the Mormons’ free exercise argument on the grounds that even though “Congress was deprived of all legislative power over mere opinion,… [it] was left free to reach actions [such as polygamy] which were in violation of social duties or subversive to the public good.” What the Court meant by this is that certain institutions and ways of life, such as marriage and the family, are essential to the preservation of civil society. The government may craft its laws in such a way that certain practices receive a privileged position in our...
  • Bob Vander Plaats' Speech

    11/03/2010 10:29:01 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 9 replies
    SeanG's YouTube (me) ^ | 11-3-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    The 3 Judges That Usurped Voters and Legalized Same-Sex Marriage In Iowa-OUSTED
  • Lesbians More Prone to Partner Violence Than Homosexual Men

    08/30/2010 2:37:01 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 139 replies
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | August 30, 2010 | Carey Roberts
    A series of high-profile cases of lesbian-perpetrated domestic violence has sent shock-waves through Massachusetts communities in recent months:1. On February 16, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Nicole Chuminski on two counts of second-degree murder, following a fire that killed the two daughters of her lover Anna Reisopoulos. During a heated argument between the two, Chuminski reportedly fell into a fit of rage. A few hours later Chuminski returned to her partner’s apartment and hurled an acetone-laden firebomb into the front door.Sophia and Acia, ages 2 and 14, were burned beyond recognition, so dental records were needed for positive...
  • CNN Poll is First To Show Majority Support for Gay Marriage

    08/16/2010 10:13:59 AM PDT · by detritus · 55 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | 8/11/10 | Nate Silver
    A landmark of sorts was achieved today as CNN just came out with a poll showing a 52 percent majority of Americans agreed with the statement that "gays and lesbians should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid." Some 46 percent of respondents disagreed with the statement... CNN also asked the question in a slightly different way to half its respondents, omitting the term "should" from the question above, i.e. "Do you think gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as...
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Who Decides?

    08/15/2010 9:13:16 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 12 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 08-16-10 | stolinsky
    A single federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 − which was voted for by 52.2% of Californians and defines marriage as between one man and one woman − violates the U.S. Constitution. Neither Governor Schwarzenegger nor Attorney General Brown will appeal his decision, so an appeal may not be possible. The judge disrespected those who oppose same-sex marriage. But he also disrespected those who favor it. In effect, he told both groups, “Your opinions are worthless − I make the decisions here.” The only Californians who were not disrespected were those who didn’t bother to vote. They were confirmed in...
  • Gay Marriage Amendment Fails in Senate [from 2006; better time to revive?]

    08/14/2010 5:42:59 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2006 | Shailagh Murray
    A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, backed by President Bush and conservative groups, was soundly defeated in the Senate yesterday after proponents failed to persuade a bare majority of all senators to support the measure. Although most states have acted to prevent same-sex partners from marrying, seven Senate Republicans were wary of wading into the politically risky issue and voted against bringing the proposed amendment to a final vote. ..... Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) and other GOP leaders had sought the vote as a way to help galvanize their party's conservative base at a time of flagging...
  • The Most Egregious Performance Ever by a Federal District Judge

    08/14/2010 2:17:25 AM PDT · by guitarist · 26 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online's Bench Memos ^ | August 13, 2010 | Ed Whelan
    The Most Egregious Performance Ever by a Federal District Judge August 13, 2010 2:29 PM By Ed Whelan Consider the totality of Judge Walker’s conduct in the anti-Prop 8 case: Let’s start with Walker’s initial case-management conference when he determined, to the surprise even of plaintiffs’ lawyer Ted Olson, that the case couldn’t be resolved, one way or the other (as other courts have done in similar cases), as a matter of law but would instead require extensive discovery into supposed factual issues. Let’s continue with Walker’s insane and unworkable inquiry into the subjective motivations of the more than seven...
  • Freedom to be a family - Local same sex couple could win dream wedding

    08/09/2010 9:29:25 AM PDT · by blf1776 · 22 replies
    WLFI TV 18 ^ | 08 Aug 2010 | Alexandra Deiro
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Tonya Agnew and Amy Crampton have been together for 12 years and are raising two boys, but they say a chance to legally wed would be important for their family. That wish is closer to being granted. The couple are second in a nationwide competition that would give them a wedding in Washington D.C., where their union would be legally recognized. "We've already been to Washington D.C., but it's just time for them to get married," said Leo Crampton, the couple's youngest son. "It's just the right way to treat people." Both Agnew and Crampton said...
  • Schwarzenegger urges resumption of same-sex marriages

    08/06/2010 7:25:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/10 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed into the same-sex marriage legal battle Friday, filing a motion demanding gays and lesbians be allowed to resume tying the knot immediately. Schwarzenegger's legal bid came as a federal judge who overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage mulled a request by supporters of the ban to bar further homosexual weddings until the appeals process had been exhausted. "The Administration believes the public interest is best served by permitting the Court's judgement to go into effect, thereby restoring the right of same-sex couples to marry in California," Schwarzenegger's motion said. "Doing...
  • Schwarzenegger calls for same-sex weddings

    08/06/2010 4:27:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 117 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/10 | Paul Elias - ap
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed motions Friday calling for resumption of same-sex weddings in the state.</p> <p>The officials filed the motions after U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker previously overturned Proposition 8, California's voter-approved gay marriage ban.</p>
  • Prop. 8: Judge Walker's bias will be overruled

    08/04/2010 6:19:25 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 4 2010 | Maggie Gallagher
    Despite the media hoopla, this is not the first case in which a federal judge has imagined and ruled that our Constitution requires same-sex marriage. A federal judge in Nebraska ruled for gay marriage in 2005 and was overturned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 2006. The Proposition 8 case on which the Ninth Circuit's Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday was pushed by two straight guys with a hunger for media attention, lawyers with huge egos who overrode the considered judgment of major figures in the gay legal establishment, thinkers who feared exactly what we...
  • HB444: The Mormon veto? (Hawaii Same-Sex veto)

    07/06/2010 8:48:34 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Dallas Voice ^ | July 7 | John Wright
    I haven’t yet seen “8: The Mormon Proposition,” but from what I’ve read, the story starts with the LDS church’s involvement in the defeat of same-sex marriage in Hawaii 12 years ago. From The Los Angeles Times: The documents revealed how, in a 1998 campaign in Hawaii, the Mormon Church helped to stop same-sex marriage through inconspicuous association with other denominations, such as Roman Catholics. The experience laid the groundwork for the Prop. 8 battle, during which many Mormons were encouraged to make donations to the California campaign, some of which, the film contends, were hidden. Consequently, the amount of...
  • Memorandum Regarding Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Federal Employees

    06/04/2010 5:12:29 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 7 replies · 232+ views
    OPM ^ | June 2, 1010 | John Berry
    ...in a memorandum dated June 2, 2010, President Obama directed agencies to extend a host of benefits to their employees’ same-sex domestic partners as permitted by law. He also directed me to issue guidance to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation of his memorandum. This memorandum constitutes OPM’s guidance.I. DEFINITION OF “DOMESTIC PARTNER” For purposes of ensuring consistent implementation of the President’s memorandum, a “domestic partner” is a person in a domestic partnership with an employee or annuitant of the same sex.[1] The term “domestic partnership” is defined as a committed relationship between two adults, of the same sex, in which...