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  • Pentagon: Military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages

    10/01/2011 1:31:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 30, 2011 | Caroline May
    Just over a week after ending its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Pentagon has released new guidelines permitting military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages in states where gay marriage is legal. “A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law,” a memo released Friday from Under Secretary of Defense Clifford Stanley read. “Further a chaplain is not required to participate in or officiate a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of...
  • Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage

    09/30/2011 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage mug.cnn By: CNN Wire Staff (CNN) - Ten days after the military dumped its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians in the military, the Pentagon has issued new rules allowing military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages....
  • US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

    09/30/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 32 replies
    AP ^ | September 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
  • Same-sex “Marriage”: Accept it or Resign!

    09/27/2011 11:59:59 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 50 replies
    TFP ^ | 9/21/2011 | John Horvat II
    When the New York state legislature rammed through a law “legalizing” same-sex “marriage” this last summer, countless New Yorkers disagreed with the decision. Among them were Christian town clerks who could not in good conscience sign marriage licenses for a union they consider sinful. Clauses were written in the law that supposedly protect clergy from being forced to act against their faith. However, such clauses do not apply to town clerks or any other government official. Clerks are told point blank, either accept the law, or resign. Town clerk Rose Marie Belforti of Ledyard, New York found out the hard...
  • Same-Sex Marriage: Equality or Burning Consciences?

    09/25/2011 7:46:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | September 25, 2011 | Michael Youssef
    The Christian Post reported that on August 21, 2011, Mike Weatherley, a MP [Member of Parliament] for Hove, wrote a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron saying, "As long as religious groups can refuse to preside over ceremonies for same-sex couples, there will be inequality." In 2004, The United Kingdom passed laws legalizing same-sex unions, but churches were not required to participate in these unions. In 2010, the Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition proposed an amendment to those laws which allowed places of worship to "opt-in" to register same-sex ceremonies, something that MP Weatherley called a "messy compromise." But...
  • Navy officer, partner wed in Vt. as ban ends

    09/19/2011 10:15:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 20, 2011 | WILSON RING
    DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) - When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone. That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.
  • Navy officer weds partner as gay ban ends

    09/19/2011 10:15:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 191 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | September 20, 2011
    <p>When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone.</p> <p>That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.</p>
  • Archie Comics' Gay Character Kevin Keller To Wed In January

    09/17/2011 8:09:46 PM PDT · by Salman · 31 replies
    Comics Alliance (industry publication) ^ | Sep 14th 2011 | Andy Khouri
    At this past July's Comic-Con International in San Diego, Archie Comics announced that not only would its exceedingly popular new character, Kevin Keller, the first openly homosexual member of the iconic Riverdale Gang, will star in his own ongoing series, but that readers would also see Keller get married in a future issue of Life With Archie. The publisher announced this week that the happy event will take place in Life With Archie #16, on sale in January.
  • Gay Choir Director At East Rutherford Parish Resigns After Priest’s Comments

    09/16/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | September 15, 2011
    Bob Russell EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBS 2) – He says he can’t take it anymore.A gay choir director at a Catholic Church in New Jersey has quit his job because he says the priest is making his work environment hostile.But does he have a case?St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in East Rutherford is where Bob Russell has been the choir director for decades. On Thursday, however, the 55-year-old was taking boxes into the parish to pack up his belongings.“Felt that I was put into a position that I had to resign my job because of my sexuality,” Russell told CBS...
  • Gov. Rick Perry Signs NOM Marriage Pledge

    08/26/2011 10:37:32 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 154 replies
    National Organization For Marriage ^ | AUGUST 26, 2011 – 12:36 PM | NOM
    WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released the following statement today announcing that Gov. Rick Perry has signed their marriage pledge: "Kudos to Gov. Rick Perry for making it clear: he's a marriage champion!," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "The purpose of NOM's Marriage Pledge is to move from vague values statements to concrete actions to protect marriage. Gov. Perry joins Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as a signer of NOM Marriage Pledge. By doing so, Perry makes crystal clear that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, gay marriage is going to be a bigger issue...
  • Three join GOP fight for marriage equality (Same Sex marriage "leaders")

    08/19/2011 5:56:17 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 8 replies
    IOWA INDEPENDENT ^ | 8-18-11 | Lynda Waddington
    Three city council members have been appointed to the advisory board of Iowa Republicans for Freedom, a GOP advocacy group aiming to promote and protect civil marriage for gays and lesbians in Iowa. Jeff Angelo, chairman of the organization, announced Thursday that Jason Gordon of Davenport, Craig Patterson of Grimes and Matt Walsh of Council Bluffs have been appointed.
  • Common Sense Challenge to Lesbians and Gays

    08/18/2011 12:00:58 PM PDT · by GADEL · 17 replies
    HubBlogs with GADEL ^ | 18th August 2011 | GADEL
    A PRACTICAL CHALLENGE TO HOMOSEXUALS: I challenge the advocates of same-sex marriage and the entire sodomite community to gather themselves in a town exclusive to their perversion and see whether in 100 years they would not be in extinction? “Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • Let Kids Find Their Own Path?

    08/17/2011 7:42:24 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 8 replies ^ | 08-18-11 | stolinsky
      Let Kids Find Their Own Path? Removing the Guardrails From Their Road David C. Stolinsky Aug. 18, 2011 While paging through Facebook recently, I came across a 13-year-old girl who declared that she was married to her girlfriend, whom she named. She didn’t say she planned to marry her friend when they grow older, but that she already was married. When I mentioned this to friends, they merely shrugged and asked what the problem was. ● The problem is not the girl’s sexual orientation. That is her business and no one else’s. ● The problem is lack of...
  • Gay man, transsexual woman marry in Cuba

    08/13/2011 7:55:29 PM PDT · by massmike · 66 replies ^ | 08/13/2011 | Associated Press
    A gay man and a woman whose sex-change operation was paid for by the state tied the knot Saturday in a first-of-its-kind wedding for Cuba. Bride Wendy Iriepa arrived at a Havana wedding hall in the afternoon in a vintage Ford convertible and a full white wedding gown, flowers in her hair and holding a rainbow flag. Neighborhood residents came out of their homes to gawk at the wedding party and the journalists mobbing the car. Gay marriage is not legal in Cuba and Saturday’s wedding does nothing to change that since Iriepa, born Alexis, is a woman in the...
  • American Psychological Association supports same-sex ‘marriage’ 157-0

    08/08/2011 12:36:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/8/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2011 ( - The American Psychological Association (APA) has re-affirmed its support for same-sex “marriage” for the eighth consecutive year, this time with a more strongly-worded statement. On the eve of this year’s annual convention, the association’s policymaking body supported same-sex “marriage” unanimously in a 157-0 vote. The APA has backed “marriage” for homosexual couples since 2004, and marriage-like benefits since 1997, and now calls itself “a strong advocate for full equal rights for LGBT people for nearly 35 years.” This year’s resolution is the first new wording of the association’s position since 2004, and includes...
  • Gov. Perry says NY gay marriage is fine by him because he believes in states’ rights

    07/23/2011 11:44:53 AM PDT · by dangus · 301 replies
    .“Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me,” he said to applause from several hundred GOP donors in Aspen, Colo. “That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”
  • Homosexual "marriage" is not a natural right

    07/21/2011 11:36:10 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 39 replies
    Renew America ^ | 21 June 2011 | Tim Dunkin
    One of the fundamental truths about the founding tenets of this nation is that our ordering principles — the basis of our laws, our conception of rights, the purposes to which government is supposed to obtain — are built upon the acknowledgement of and respect for natural law. Natural law presupposes that there are absolute standards of right and wrong, and carries with it the necessary understanding that this natural law, far from being the product of random happenstance or social consensus, is instead instituted by the Divine authority of a Creator God who formed the world in which we...
  • Feinstein Pushes Bill to Repeal DOMA, Ensure Federal Benefits to ‘Married’ Gays

    07/19/2011 8:19:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 19, 2011 | Penny Starr
    ( – Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [2] (DOMA) and replace it with the Respect for Marriage Act [3], which would recognize “married” same-sex couples in the same way as married men and women and ensure those gay couples are eligible to receive federal benefits. Feinstein’s bill would not, however, require states without homosexual marriage laws to recognize those legally sanctioned in other states. “The bill [4]is simple,” Feinstein said at the National Press Club on Tuesday. “It would strike the Defense of Marriage Act from federal law and it...
  • N.Y. clerk quits over gay marriage

    07/13/2011 10:30:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/12/11
    A rural New York town clerk has resigned her post rather than grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “I would be compromising my moral conscience by participating in licensing same-sex couples,” Laura Fotusky, the clerk of the Town of Barker, told POLITICO. “I had to choose between my job and my god.” Fotusky, a 56-year-old twice-elected Republican in the town of about 2,700 people about 10 miles north of Binghamton, posted her resignation letter to the Web site of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a group that describes itself as “dedicated to influencing legislation and legislators for the Lord Jesus...
  • Speculation swirls that Obama will dump Biden from the ticket in 2012 (Andrew "Cuomosexual" instead)

    07/05/2011 3:39:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 4, 2011 | Alex Pappas
    Could President Obama dump Joe Biden from the Democratic ticket in 2012? New York Post columnist Fred Dicker says yes, quoting prominent Democrat and Republicans speculating that the president would replace Biden with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I don’t think there’s any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate,” Republican William Powers told Dicker. “The president is in trouble and Biden doesn’t bring anything to his ticket.” The report also said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown has speculated that Biden would replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Cuomo is said to be eyeing...
  • I WAS WRONG ABOUT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE and got the zot (again)

    06/29/2011 8:15:42 AM PDT · by No Brainer · 147 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/27/11 | David Frum
    I was a strong opponent of same-sex marriage. Fourteen years ago, Andrew Sullivan and I forcefully debated the issue at length online (at a time when online debate was a brand new thing). Yet I find myself strangely untroubled by New York state's vote to authorize same-sex marriage -- a vote that probably signals that most of "blue" states will follow within the next 10 years. I don't think I'm alone in my reaction either. Most conservatives have reacted with calm -- if not outright approval -- to New York's dramatic decision. Why? The short answer is that the case...
  • MO Congresswoman caught comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia, letting three-year-olds drive

    06/27/2011 7:58:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Footage has emerged showing Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive. The Tea Party-backed politician told a conference of college students that if same-sex marriages were allowed, it would lead to paedophiles and polygamists being allowed to marry. In secretly recorded video, posted on YouTube, Mrs Hartzler said: ‘Well, think about it. That starts you down the road to opening up licensure to basically meaning that the license would mean nothing. (VIDEO AT LINK) ‘If you just cared about somebody, have a committed relationship, why not allow one man and two women...
  • Democrats Are All Cuomosexuals Now: 2016 Buzz Builds for Cuomo (They're SERIOUS!!)

    06/27/2011 10:38:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 27, 2011 | Elspeth Reeve
    The race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination "just began" with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's successful shepherding of a law to legalize gay marriage through the New York state legislature this weekend, Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere and Maggie Haberman report. Cuomo's support for marriage equality puts him at the sweet spot in the arc of history, Democratic strategist Jim Jordan told Politico. His work on gay marriage could be as crucial to his political future as opposing the Iraq war was to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. Cuomo is the first national figure enthusiastically to push same-sex marriage at the exact...
  • Obama Steps Into Same-Sex Marriage

    06/25/2011 7:45:23 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 24, 2011 | Carol E. Lee
    The president's position on gay marriage has been murky throughout his political rise. When he was running for the Illinois state Senate in 1996, he signed a questionnaire saying he supports gay marriage. In the 2008 election, he supported civil unions and domestic-partnership rights, but said marriage should be between a man and a woman. He has also said the decision to legalize gay marriage should be left up to the states. The president stuck with that position until last fall when he said he struggled with the gay-marriage issue and that his views were "evolving." Mr. Obama's top aides...
  • New York votes to allow same-sex marriage

    06/24/2011 9:31:22 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 24, 2011 | Geraldine Baum and Tina Susman
    […Liberal Republicans cave, pass “gay marriage” in NY…] Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, vowed that in conjunction with the state's Conservative Party, his group would spend more than $1 million targeting lawmakers who supported the bill in the next election. "All [the vote] means is that Gov. Cuomo was able to strongarm and push through, because of the weakness of some Republicans, a gay marriage bill," Brown said. "It doesn't go away and we're going to make sure the people are held accountable." Cuomo was said to be determined to see the legislation passed in time...
  • NY Legislature legalizes gay marriage

    06/24/2011 8:06:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 596 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | June 24, 2011 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gay marriage will become legal in New York state after the Republican-led state Senate voted to approve it. Advocates are calling it a historic step as New York stands to become the sixth but by far the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo lobbied hard for the bill and has promised to sign it. The Senate vote is viewed as a major gain in an effort to allow gay marriage nationally.
  • Obama’s Views on Gay Marriage ‘Evolving’

    06/19/2011 5:11:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 18, 2011 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    Driving across the flatlands of Illinois with Barack Obama during the Senate race of 2004, Kevin Thompson sometimes found himself tutoring the candidate on gay rights. Mr. Thompson, then a traveling aide, recalls long conversations about topics like the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion that sparked the gay rights movement, gay adoption — Mr. Obama once volunteered that Mr. Thompson and his partner would make “great parents,” Mr. Thompson recalled — and same-sex marriage, which Mr. Obama has in the past opposed. Mr. Thompson, an Obama supporter, is skeptical about that. “To this day,” he said, “I don’t think Barack Obama has...
  • NY gov lobbying senators in gay marriage fight

    06/17/2011 6:28:00 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 92 replies
    ap ^ | 17 June | Gormley
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lobbying individual senators in a quest to secure what appears to be one more vote needed to legalize gay marriage in New York and deliver a major win for the national effort. The Democrat met with three Republican senators in his Capitol office Thursday and plans to meet with more on Friday, the day Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos predicted his house would bring the bill to a floor vote. The quietly-called meetings come as talks drag on, leading the Senate's Democratic leader to say Republicans are more concerned with protecting their majority. Some advocates thought...
  • New York Assembly approves same-sex marriage

    06/15/2011 6:57:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | June 15, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- New York's state Assembly Wednesday night approved a same-sex marriage bill, sending it to the Senate, where it faces a closer vote. The Marriage Equality Act passed the Assembly 80-63. It would grant same-sex couples equal rights to marry "as well as hundreds of rights, benefits and protections that are currently limited to married couples of the opposite sex," according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. "This is an immense step toward achieving true equality for all here in New York," said Democratic Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, who argued that he and his partner should be allowed to marry. Wednesday...
  • Gay marriage just one vote shy of becoming law in New York despite Archbishop's objections

    06/15/2011 7:28:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Daily news ^ | 06/15/2011 | Kenneth Lovett
    ALBANY - Gay marriage moved just one vote shy Tuesday of becoming law in New York as the state's top Catholic raised holy hell trying to stop it. Sen. Roy McDonald (R-Saratoga) - in a dramatic reversal from his earlier opposition - became the second GOPer in as many days to give his blessing to same-sex nuptials, bringing Senate support to 31 votes. Thirty two votes are needed to approve a gay marriage bill Gov. Cuomo formally introduced Tuesday. McDonald's change of heart came hours after Archbishop Timothy Dolan led a band of religious groups hustling to halt the momentum....
  • NY gay marriage gains support in GOP Senate

    06/14/2011 6:07:10 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 14, 2011 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- After a second day of a lobbying blitz and propelled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's personal buttonholing of GOP senators, a measure to legalize gay marriage in New York drew to within one vote of passing, with at least two more Republicans still undecided. On Tuesday, a second Republican senator said he would support Cuomo's same-sex marriage bill, less than two years after he was part of a GOP-led defeat of a similar bill that dealt a blow to the national effort to legalize gay marriage.
  • (Calif.)Bankruptcy Court declares Defense of Marriage Act invalid

    06/14/2011 3:39:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6-14-11 | Carol J. Williams
    The largest bankruptcy court in the country has declared the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act a violation of the Constitution's equal protection guarantee. The decision signed by 20 judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California is the first bankruptcy court to address the constitutionality of the law passed by Congress 15 years ago which prohibits federal government recognition of same-sex marriage. The decision came in a case in which a legally married gay couple was seeking to jointly file for bankruptcy. The ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas A. Donovan in Los Angeles adds weight...
  • On Gay Rights, Divided Highway Ahead

    05/26/2011 6:15:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | May 26, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    America now has a gay-rights majority. Gallup reports that for the first time ever, most people -- 53 percent -- favor legalizing same-sex marriage. That's up from 27 percent just 15 years ago. The nation has moved, and it's not going back. It's nice to think that in a democracy, public policy will soon follow public opinion, with same-sex marriage becoming the norm, not the exception. But that's not how democracy works in a big, diverse federal system. On this emotional issue, the citizenry is divided, and marriage laws as well as politics will reflect that division for a long...
  • (Texas) Judge: Transgender widow's marriage to firefighter not valid (same sex marriage case)

    05/24/2011 5:49:15 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 24, 2011 | CAROL CHRISTIAN
    A Wharton judge has ruled that the marriage between a Wharton fire captain killed in the line of duty and his transgender wife was not legal, an attorney in the case said today. "It is our understanding, having read a draft order circulated by Judge Clapp, that he has ruled that any marriage between Thomas Araguz and Nikki Araguz is void as a matter of law," Mann said in a prepared statement sent by email a few minutes after 5 p.m., when the judge's office was closed In his statement, Mann said he anticipated that Nikki Araguz's legal team would...
  • Gallup: For First Time, Majority of Americans Favor Legal Gay Marriage

    05/20/2011 11:06:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Gallup ^ | 05/20/2011 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- For the first time in Gallup's tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans' views did not change. These results are based on Gallup's May 5-8 Values and Beliefs poll, which has tracked attitudes toward legalizing same-sex marriage each year since 2004, adding to Gallup's initial polling on the topic in 1996 and 1999. This year's nine-percentage-point increase in support for same-sex marriage is the...
  • We Are Dems, We Accept The Bible: Rep Diaz Leads Hispanics in Bronx Rally Against Gay Marriage

    05/18/2011 10:27:09 AM PDT · by Pacothecat · 23 replies
    Not The Main Stream Media Narrative: We Are Democrats- We Accept The Bible: NY Dem Rep Ruben Diaz Leads Hispanics in Bronx Rally Against Gay Marriage
  • Presbyterian vote allows homosexual clergy, eliminates chastity standard

    05/12/2011 2:19:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    cna ^ | May 12, 2011
    Washington D.C., May 12, 2011 / 12:39 am (CNA).- The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to remove clergy requirements of marital fidelity or single chastity, thus allowing the ordination of ministers and lay leaders who are openly homosexual or living in unmarried relationships.“This is a lonely day for Presbyterians who believe what the Bible and the Church have consistently taught: that God’s will is that we be faithful in marriage or chaste in singleness. Now we belong to a denomination that is no longer sure it believes that teaching,” said Allan Wisdom, a director of Presbyterian Action at the...
  • Amendment to bar Same-Sex Marriages on Military Bases Passes Committee

    05/12/2011 10:38:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 12, 2011 | Pete Winn
    ( - The House Armed Services Committee Wednesday night passed an amendment to the defense authorization bill which makes it clear that same-sex marriages can not be performed on military bases. On a 38-23 vote, the committee approved the measure, sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), which clarifies military policy in relation to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “This amendment leaves no doubt as to the position of our United States Armed Forces regarding marriage, as recognized by federal law,” Akin said in a statement after the vote. “Under federal law and this amendment, U.S. military bases may...
  • Navy Will Perform Same-Sex Marriages

    05/09/2011 2:37:20 PM PDT · by YankeeReb · 47 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | May 9th 2011 | Adam Weinstein
    The military establishment, it appears, is willing to drag congressional Republicans kicking and screaming into the post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell era. The US Navy has authorized its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages on military bases in states that legally recognize such unions. That news came in a memo from the service's head chaplain (PDF), dated April 13: Consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage: if it is conducted in accordance with a state that permits same-sex marriage or union; and if that chaplain is, according to the applicable state...
  • Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels

    05/09/2011 6:16:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 120 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/9/2011 | Pete Winn
    ( – Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels, and that Navy chaplains will be allowed to perform the ceremonies -- if homosexual marriage is legal in the state where the unions are to be performed.The advisory came in the form of an April 13 memo issued to all chaplains, in which the Chief of Navy Chaplains, Admiral Michael Tidd, said the Chaplain Corps was revising its Tier I training manuals, which had...
  • Paul Clement, DOMA and Legal Integrity

    05/02/2011 11:04:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 2, 2011 | Carl M. Cannon
    In adherence to the old newsroom adage that opinions are free and facts precious, in three-and-a-half decades as a journalist I have declared my own view on a public policy issue precisely once. Having covered, before age 30, four cases of men charged with capital murder who were innocent, I concluded that the death penalty was wrong, and explained my reasoning a decade ago in a conservative magazine under the theory that this was the constituency that most needed convincing. --snip-- But does that mean that the other side shouldn't be allowed to have its say in court? Does it...
  • Video- Obama Administration Bans Reporter for Using Camera to Record Anti-Obama Protesters

    04/28/2011 6:50:47 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 23 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/11 | Aurelius
    Is this really that big of a surprise? A reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle recorded several anti-Obama protesters who disrupted an Obama fundraiser. In other words, she was reporting the news. The Administration's response: the reporter, Carla Marinucci, was "removed as a [press] pool reporter..." Not really much, but the Administration found it worthy to take away Ms. Marinucci's privileges. The SF Gate provides addition details: The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights. White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country...
  • Protest video stirs up White House (

    04/28/2011 7:32:48 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/28/2011 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Protest video stirs up White House Threatens to exclude Chronicle from pool coverage in Bay Area after paper posted recording of demonstrations at S.F. event. ------------ (04-28) 04:00 PDT Washington - -- The White House threatened Thursday to exclude the San Francisco Chronicle from pooled coverage of its events in the Bay Area after the paper posted a video of a protest at a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama last week, Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee said.White House guidelines governing press coverage of such events are too restrictive, Bushee said, and the newspaper was within its rights to film the...
  • Same-sex marriage stays on hold for Prop. 8 appeal

    03/23/2011 12:48:37 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies ^ | March 23, 2011 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court refused today to let same-sex marriages resume in California while it considers the constitutionality of a 2008 ballot measure that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Gay and lesbian couples and the city of San Francisco had asked the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month to lift its suspension of a federal judge's August 2010 ruling that declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The couples and the city, plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging Prop. 8, cited the appeals court's decision to put the case on hold while the...
  • Catholic priest who finances abortions remains unpunished by bishop

    03/14/2011 1:56:03 PM PDT · by topher · 31 replies -- Your Life, Family, and Culture Outpost ^ | 11-March-2011 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    < Life, Family and Culture News Catholic priest who finances abortions remains unpunished by bishop by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Fri Mar 11 8:47 PM EST BARCELONA, March 11, 2011 ( - For three years, the Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona has refused to act against a priest in his diocese who boasts openly of having financed abortions. Now, the priest is a subject of a new book in Catalonian, “Fr. Manel: Closer to earth than to heaven”, which describes the ever-growing popularity of his charitable work with Spanish celebrities.  In addition to repeating his claim of having paid for abortions,...
  • Maryland House kills same-sex marriage bill for this year

    03/11/2011 11:33:11 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/11/2011 | John Wagner
    The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to effectively kill for this year a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage in Maryland. The House approved on voice vote a motion to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee, an acknowledgment by supporters that it did not have sufficient votes to pass on the floor....
  • Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Noncommittal On Vote In New York State Senate

    03/10/2011 12:30:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies | Mar 9, 2011 | JOSEPH SPECTOR
  • After Gay Marriage: What Next? CA Senator honors children's book on SSM

    03/08/2011 5:31:21 AM PST · by massmike · 12 replies ^ | 03/08/2011 | n/a
    CA State Senator Mark Leno has issued a proclamation to coincide with the launch of "My Uncle's Wedding", a new book which introduces children as early as 4 to same-sex marriage ( has the book listed under "Marriage & Divorce" and "Gay & Lesbian Parenting & Families"). Here is Leno's proclamation: “Congratulations as we celebrate the launching of ‘My Uncle’s Wedding!’ As one of the few children’s books that address LGBT issues, it serves as a conduit by which to bolster understanding in our community. The book plays a vital role in creating a brighter future for our lesbian, gay,...
  • How Did this Happen? Why Same-Sex Marriage Makes Sense to So Many

    03/06/2011 8:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/05./2011 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    Why does same-sex marriage make sense to so many people? The momentum toward the full legalization of same-sex marriage seems to intensify with every passing month - or even faster. The moral divide in this nation is now seen most clearly in the distance between those for whom marriage is exclusively heterosexual and thus a settled issue and, on the other hand, those who honestly see the legalization of same-sex marriage as a moral mandate required by justice. Given the venerable status of marriage and its universally established heterosexual character - at least until very recently - the burden of...
  • Conservative Group: Did Obama Justice Dept. Collaborate With Those Trying to Overturn California’s

    03/02/2011 9:12:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service | 3/2/11 | Susan Jones
    A conservative advocacy group wants to know if the U.S. Justice Department had any behind-the-scenes correspondence or communication with various law firms and/or groups that are suing California over its voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The Family Research Council has filed a freedom of information act (FOIA) request with the Justice Department, seeking any and all communications between Justice Department officials and various law firms or liberal advocacy groups that oppose, or are involved in the legal fight against either Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war,