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  • Italian court recognizes gay marriage for first time

    04/10/2014 12:22:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    An Italian court on Wednesday recognized a gay couple as married for the first time in Italy, which does not have any form of official acknowledgement of same-sex unions. The court in Grosseto in Tuscany ordered the city council to list the couple, who had their wedding in New York in 2012, as married in a ruling that was immediately hailed by gay rights campaigners as historic. “This is an unprecedented case in our country,” Sergio Lo Giudice, a senator for the Democratic Party and a former head of the watchdog Arcigay, told reporters. …
  • Mozilla speaks, sort of

    04/04/2014 6:26:53 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 72 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 4, 2014 | Scott Johnson
    Under the heading “Brendan Eich steps down as CEO,” Mozilla has posted the following statement in the name of executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker. Eich has “stepped down” from his position at Mozilla days after his appointment, following the revelation that he contributed $1,000 to the campaign supporting the passage of Prop 8 in California six years ago. The Wall Street Journal covers the story here. Baker’s statement is must reading, though it requires some translation. It is not exactly straightforward. Using the mandatory shibboleths, the statement refers to a corporate culture of “diversity and inclusiveness.” If you’ve read 1984, you...
  • Mozilla CEO forced out over opposition to gay marriage

    04/04/2014 7:47:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/4/2014 | Douglas Lang
    The newly elected CEO and co-founder of Mozilla - the maker of the Firefox web browser - was forced into resignation today after activists pressured the company over his donation to a political campaign that opposed same-sex marriage. Brendan Eich was forced into resigning from the company he co-founded just one month into his new role as CEO. In 2008 Eich donated $1000 to the campaign for California Proposition 8 and was widely chastised by the left press and social media. After his recent appointment as CEO his vilification was reawakened and he came under pressure from employees, press, social...
  • Brendan Eich and the New American Totalitarian State: Gay Marriage Activists force Mozilla CEO out

    04/04/2014 8:15:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2014 | Sally Zelikovsky
    Imagine going to work one day only to be, in effect, fired -- not because of anything you did or didn’t do at your job, but because of something you did in your personal life. Something religious. Or maybe, something political. Imagine if you were denied a promotion at work because a co-worker found out you had made a personal donation to a conservative candidate. Imagine if your environmentally-correct boss discovered that, in your free time at home, you supported an organization that exposed the fallacies of man-made global warming and asked you for your resignation. Imagine if you were...
  • LGBT Witch Hunt Takes Down Mozilla CEO: Fascism or Free Speech? (PODCAST)

    04/04/2014 9:36:39 AM PDT · by TheProducer · 36 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/4/13 | Austin Petersen
    Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was pressured to step down after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to California’s Proposition 8 ballot measure against gay marriage. In a story twist, it was revealed that the Internal Revenue Service was responsible for a leak in which they turned over the donor records of the campaign to a gay rights group. Follow TLR on Google+ The controversy heated up when dating website OKCupid asked users not to access their site using the browser as an act of protest, which initiated a firestorm that resulted in Eich’s resignation. Curiously enough, Eich presided over...
  • Rush Limbaugh on Mozilla Resignation - (quite good)

    04/04/2014 9:46:56 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 57 replies
    Listening to Limbaugh | 4/4/14 | (just listening to Rush)
    Listening to Limbaugh at the moment, and I have got to hand it to Rush. He is going off on the left, for what happened to the former Mozille chief. Way to go Rush. Well said.
  • Mozilla thoughtcrime, IRS corruption, and the devaluation of marriage

    04/04/2014 2:18:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Instablog ^ | 4/4/2014 | JOHN HAYWARD
    Just a couple of weeks into his tenure as CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich has been ousted by a mob of jackbooted same-sex marriage supporters, for the unforgivable crime of donating $1000 in 2008 to the Proposition 8 gay-marriage ban in California.  Eich co-founded Mozilla and created the indispensable Javascript programming language, but none of that counted for much against his long-ago financial support of traditional marriage.We've had a few nasty culture clashes of late, but this one takes the cake.  Eich was quite literally persecuted for a thoughtcrime.  He didn't say something that the gay marriage crowd found offensive,...
  • Mozilla's Anti-Gay-Marriage CEO Is Out

    04/03/2014 1:32:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/03/2014 | Jay Yarow
    Mozilla's CEO Brendan Eich is out. Eich is resigning as CEO and leaving the board of Mozilla, the open-source computing company that makes the Firefox browser. He had been under fire for supporting anti-gay marriage legislation in California in 2008. Some Mozilla employees had been calling for his resignation on Twitter for the past week. Dating site OkCupid changed its home page so that if someone using Firefox came to it, it would tell them about Eich and suggest they switch browsers.
  • Corrosive Conformity [Mozilla]

    04/04/2014 6:57:18 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | April 4, 2014 | The Editors
    In 2008, Barack Obama and Brendan Eich both were against gay marriage. Senator Obama averred his support for the one-man/one-woman view of marriage, while Mr. Eich, a cofounder of the Mozilla web-browser company, donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8 — a California ballot initiative that had the effect of making Senator Obama’s avowed marriage policy the law in California, at least until a federal court overturned it on the theory that California’s constitution is unconstitutional. Barack Obama inexplicably remains, as of this writing, president of the United States of America, but Mr. Eich has just been forced out as CEO...
  • Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights

    04/03/2014 2:46:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 5:38 PM EDT | Sarah Skidmore Sell
    Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California. The Mountain View, Calif.-based organization that makes the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by promoting Eich. …
  • Russia: Will Country Get It's Own Defense of Marriage Act?

    04/02/2014 11:12:26 AM PDT · by Altenkrug · 8 replies
    Gayapolis ^ | April 2, 2014
    The head of the Russian Pensioners' Party has come up with an initiative to change the Constitution and define marriage as only being between a man and a woman. Igor Zotov, who is also a Lower House MP has explained his move by his assertion that Russia's traditional values are under threat from the latest modern tendencies. "I got this idea from members of the Pensioners' Party. These people are extremely concerned over the processes that are currently taking place all over the world, in particular by the fact that the laws allowing gay marriage have been passed in 15...
  • Gay activists hurl feces at German parents protesting pro-gay school curriculum: report

    03/29/2014 5:15:43 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 75 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-28-14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    As parents in Germany have protested a new pro-homosexual “sexual diversity” curriculum in their schools, homosexual activists have attacked them by hurling feces and destroying their property, according to the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians, which documents anti-Christian incidents in Europe. "Protesters were physically attacked and it was felt that the police failed to protect the parents’ basic right of assembly," said a statement from the Observatory describing incidents at recent rallies in Baden-Württemberg and Cologne. According to eyewitnesses, says the Observatory, "Christian parents were shouted at with obscenities.” "They were spit at, eggs were thrown, and little...
  • Holder says feds will recognize Michigan same-sex marriages despite governor's decision

    03/28/2014 7:30:19 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/28/13 | ap
    ttorney General Eric Holder said Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan before a federal appeals court halted them, despite a decision by Michigan's governor not to recognize those unions. The decision means federal benefits will be extended to those couples -- including the ability to file taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners. "These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," Holder said in a statement.
  • World Vision reverses gay hiring decision

    03/27/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 44 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Staff
    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (BP) -- World Vision U.S. is reverting to its longstanding conduct policy of requiring faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, expressing regret with an earlier decision to hire legally married gay Christians. World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere announced in a letter the reversal today (March 26), just two days after drawing ire from the Christian community by saying World Vision would begin hiring legally married gays. "Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy," they...
  • The Apostasy of World Vision

    Last June, World Vision U.S president Richard Stearns stated that, “No one ever died of gay marriage,” thereby trivializing the importance of the issue, as if it contrasted with the organization’s mission of providing tangible relief to suffering humanity. Today, he went much further, claiming that this radical, unbiblical move is actually a “very narrow policy change” that should be viewed as “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.” What? World Vision redefines the nature of marriage – the most fundamental institution of society, ordained by God in Genesis 2 as the lifelong union of a man and a...
  • Rick Snyder will abide by Marriage Ruling [takes no position on same sex marriage]

    03/25/2014 7:52:28 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/24/2014 | Maggie Haberman
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he will follow however a federal judge rules on the legality of same-sex marriages in his state, and insisted he has never taken a public position on the issue.Snyder made the comments at a Bloomberg View forum with reporters in Manhattan on Monday, as gay couples who married in the last few days awaited clarity after a federal judge put a temporary hold on a ruling overturning Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.
  • On World Vision and the Gospel

    03/25/2014 7:51:16 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | Russell D. Moore
    World Vision, an evangelical relief organization, announced today that they would now hire persons who are in same-sex marriages. The organization said, further, that this was no capitulation, just a recognition that some groups supporting World Vision have differing views on sex and marriage. This is no surprise, on one level. The constellation of parachurch evangelical ministries founded after World War II have been running headlong, with some notable exceptions, toward the very mainline liberalism to which they were founded as alternatives. Some think if we can just barter away Christian orthodoxy fast enough we can catch the wave of...
  • World Vision: Why We're Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages

    03/24/2014 8:14:00 PM PDT · by Coronal · 137 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Celeste Gracey and Jeremy Weber
    World Vision's American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman. Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America's largest Christian charities.
  • Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View

    03/19/2014 5:30:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | 8-6-2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    The children of same-sex couples have a tough road ahead of them—I know, because I have been there. The last thing we should do is make them feel guilty if the strain gets to them and they feel strange.
  • Why Bakers Should Be Free to Discriminate

    03/11/2014 10:01:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Alec Torres
    As innocuous as they might seem, bakeries have been the center of controversy in America for some time. Oregon and Colorado bakers have been told recently that refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is tantamount to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and therefore punishable by fines or other sanctions. These kinds of cases were the cause of the controversial changes to the Arizona Religious Freedom Restoration Act that Governor Jan Brewer vetoed in February. But there are some services a bakery is still free to deny, and no sane person would deny them the right...
  • 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...
  • Alan Colmes: Imprisonment or a Fine Appropriate for Christian Small Business Owner...

    02/28/2014 11:55:37 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 93 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | 2/27/14 | Tiffiny Ruegner
    ...who won't bake gay wedding cake I was reading on a facebook page today: Soooo, would I be wrong to send a local KKK chapter a list of black businesses and tell them to demand that the business provide services for their next rally? What a clever question… should the government be allowed to tell business what should and shouldn’t do even if it means doing something that the business considers unethical? Alan Colmes seems to think so and be imprisoned if they don’t obey government edict. Ah, the tolerant left strikes again– Far left crank Alan Colmes argued today...
  • The New Morality: Crying Over Served Cake

    02/28/2014 8:49:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/28/2014 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    In this day and age, why would you be stupid enough to use your religious beliefs as an excuse to deny someone services?There are plenty of ways to avoid entering into a business transaction without having to appear discriminatory at all. When I worked for a private repair shop and encountered a client who seemed to be more trouble than they were worth for whatever reason, we used to simply say, “I am sorry, but we cannot provide service.” If people questioned why (which they did, very often and with plenty of attitude), we just kept repeating the same phrase:...
  • 85% Think Christian Photographer Has Right to Turn Down Same-Sex Wedding Job (2013)

    02/28/2014 9:02:45 AM PST · by Kazan · 68 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 12, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen
    Americans draw a fine line when it comes to respecting each other’s rights. If a Christian wedding photographer who has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage is asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, 85% of American Adults believe he has the right to say no. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only eight percent (8%) disagree even as the courts are hearing such challenges. The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 7-8, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field...
  • Engineering Children for Gay Granddads

    02/28/2014 8:08:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Doug Mainwaring
    While this nation's adoption industry has been heavily regulated – and rightfully so – the engineering of children through the purchase of gametes and the rental of wombs remains the wild, wild west.  In some states, anything goes.Any infertile couple working with a reputable adoption agency knows that the window of opportunity for adopting newborns closes as you approach forty years of age.  After that, you're cut off and must start considering adopting older children.  In fact, agencies prefer that there be a comfortable distance between you and the big four-oh. But for white gay males, there are no rules,...
  • 'I was given every s*** job in the world by Obama': Biden makes astonishing revelations

    02/27/2014 5:11:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/27/14 | Meghan Keneally
    Vice President Joe Biden has revealed that the President assigned him ‘every s*** job in the world’ but he still wasn’t able to win Obama’s full support and began being effectively frozen out after one of his infamous gaffes. The 71-year-old argued that he was happy to do the less glamorous tasks- like handling the at-times petty Senate fights and calming the fears of the infamously paranoid President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai- but only at a price. ‘When the president asked me what portfolio did I want, I said, “Base it on what you want of me to help you...
  • Same-sex marriage now legally recognized in KY

    02/27/2014 12:27:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2014 2:44 PM EST | Brett Barroquere
    A federal judge on Thursday signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued a final order throwing out part of the state’s ban on gay marriages. It makes official his Feb. 12 ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages treated “gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.” Same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky. The order doesn’t affect a related lawsuit seeking to...
  • Holder gives nod to state AGs to drop defense of gay marriage bans amid court challenges

    02/25/2014 8:08:13 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/25/14 | foxnews
    Attorney General Eric Holder has given the nod to his state counterparts that they do not have to defend laws they consider discriminatory -- effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage. Holder addressed the issue during a gathering of state attorneys general on Tuesday, after detailing his position in a New York Times interview. Speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General, Holder said that any decision not to defend individual laws must be "exceedingly rare" and reserved for "exceptional circumstances." He indicated that legal challenges to gay marriage bans would qualify as...
  • Half of Ohioans now support same-sex marriage, poll finds

    02/24/2014 9:38:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | Monday February 24, 2014 7:01 AM | Darrel Rowland
    For the first time, support for gay marriage in Ohio has reached the 50 percent threshold in the Quinnipiac Poll, a new survey released today shows. Led by support among young voters, exactly half of Ohioans back same-sex marriage, compared to 44 percent who oppose it. The new findings, which mirror public opinion shifts across the nation, represent a reversal since December of 2012, when 47 percent of Ohioans opposed gay marriage and 45 percent supported it. The change comes almost entirely from independent voters; Democrats support and Republicans oppose gay marriage by about the same percentages as before. …
  • Pa. Warns Same-Sex Married Couples To File Taxes Separately

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Same-sex couples legally married in another state may face extra time filling out their tax forms in Pennsylvania.Pennsylvania doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages, so if a couple was legally married in another state, the partners can not file a joint state tax return here. “Typically, if folks file jointly or separately, they most times would not have any difference in the tax liability in Pennsylvania,” notes Rosalind Sutch, a CPA with the firm of Drucker & Scaccetti, in Philadelphia, “so the requirement that Pennsylvania has recently noted on its web site that folks of the same sex...
  • Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    02/23/2014 11:31:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/22/2014 | Kirsten Powers
    Conservative Christian groups in Arizona cheered the passage Thursday of legislation that would allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny service to same-sex couples due to religious beliefs. All eyes have shifted to Governor Jan Brewer, who must now decide whether to sign the bill. Similar legislation died in Kansas last week, but has also been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. The Arizona law seems to apply to services beyond those tied to weddings, but same-sex weddings are the impetus for these bills. Specifically, they are in response to lawsuits against three different...
  • 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...
  • The new GOP? Republican openly campaigns with gay partner

    02/14/2014 8:02:21 PM PST · by massmike · 79 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 02/14/2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A Republican seeking congressional office and touting a reform agenda has just made history by becoming the first politician on the campaign trail to bring his gay partner to the forefront, with an advertising film. “I don’t see it as such a big deal,” said openly gay Carl DeMaio, of his campaign ad for California office that shows him holding hands with his gay partner, in The Daily Mail. He downplayed the ad further, saying that it’s not really different from other politician hopefuls who show their “spouse, their children, their household pets” in their ads, the newspaper said. In...
  • A Brief History of Same-Sex Marriage and Why Catholics Are Losing the War Against It

    02/14/2014 4:07:38 PM PST · by NYer · 151 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 13, 2014 | Carrie Gress
    Larry Lamont and Jerry Slater take part in a symbolic same-sex marriage ceremony outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh Feb. 4. The Scottish Parliament passed a bill that will allow same-sex marriages to be performed later this year, but religious organizations have the right not to perform them. (CNS photo/Russell Cheyne, Reuters) Surveying history for anything resembling same-sex marriage in any culture, clime, or era is a fruitless search. It has never been proposed, not even in ancient Greece, as some would like to argue. So why does this enigma of history seem like just the next progressive step...
  • Court revives transgender widow’s legal fight (TX)

    02/13/2014 5:55:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 13, 2014 6:50 PM EST | Juan A. Lozano
    A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned a judge’s ruling that had voided the marriage of a transgender widow whose firefighter husband died battling a blaze. The 13th Texas Court of Appeals sent the case of Nikki Araguz back to the lower court, saying “there is a genuine issue of material fact regarding (Araguz’s) sex and whether the marriage was a same sex marriage.” In 2011, state District Judge Randy Clapp in Wharton County ruled that the marriage between Nikki Araguz and her husband Thomas Araguz was “void as a matter of law.” …
  • Justice Dept. latest to apply privileges, protections for same-sex spouses (all 50 states)

    02/08/2014 3:21:55 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 44 replies
    Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the Justice Department will now follow a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex spouses, which means they will no longer be compelled to testify against each other in civil and criminal cases. The policy changes mean same-sex spouses also should be eligible to file jointly for bankruptcy and have the same rights and privileges in federal prison as inmates in heterosexual marriages. Prosecutors have used various legal challenges against the spousal privilege. But Holder made clear the federal government will no longer make such challenges, even in states where same-sex marriages are not...
  • Justice Department to give married same-sex couples equal protection

    02/08/2014 2:10:00 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, February 8, | By Sari Horwitz
    The Justice Department on Monday will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriages sweeping equal protection under the law in every program it administers, from courthouse proceedings to prison visits to the compensation of surviving spouses of public safety officers. In a new policy memo, the department will spell out the rights of same-sex couples, including the right to decline to give testimony that might incriminate their spouses, even if their marriages are not recognized in the state where the couple lives. ... “This means that, in every courthouse, in...
  • Justice Dept. Applies Same-Sex Rights to Itself (Far reaching rules change)

    02/08/2014 11:25:45 AM PST · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Saturday, February 8, 2014 | Pete Yost
    In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages. The Justice Department runs a number of benefits programs, and Holder says same-sex couples will qualify for them. They include the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and benefits to surviving spouses of public safety officers who suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries...
  • More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples

    02/08/2014 11:15:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/8/14 | MATT APUZZO
    The federal government will soon treat married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual couples when they file for bankruptcy, testify in court or visit family in prison. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was preparing to issue policies aimed at eliminating the distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex married couples in the federal criminal justice system, according to excerpts from a speech prepared for a Saturday event organized by a prominent gay-rights group. “In every courthouse, in every proceeding and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive...
  • Holder Hails Sweden as Human Rights 'Champion'

    02/06/2014 9:50:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 04 Feb 2014
    US Attorney General Eric Holder praised Sweden as a "champion of human rights" in a speech at the Riksdag on Tuesday during the first-ever visit to Sweden by the United States' top legal official. 'I'm thankful to be US ambassador to Sweden' (28 Nov 13) 'Obama was genuinely happy to be in Sweden' (05 Sep 13) Live Blog: Barack Obama's visit to Sweden (04 Sep 13) "I have repeatedly seen the significant, positive difference that Swedish engagement brings to the international stage," Holder told the gathered audience of politicians, dignitaries, and representatives from various human rights groups in Sweden. Holder,...
  • Gay marriage fight comes to Southern courtroom

    02/04/2014 2:18:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 5:16 PM EST | Brock Vergakis
    The gay marriage fight arrived in a Southern courtroom Tuesday, as opponents of a Virginia law banning same-sex unions told a federal judge it was just like the Jim Crow-era prohibition against interracial marriage. Supporters maintained there was no fundamental right to gay marriage and the ban exists as part of the state’s interest in responsible procreation. “We have marriage laws in society because we have children, not because we have adults,” said attorney David Nimocks, of the religious group Alliance Defending Freedom. The case is being closely watched because it could give the gay marriage movement its first foothold...
  • Tens of thousands protest in France defending traditional family values

    02/02/2014 5:21:05 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 20 replies
    RT ^ | February 02, 2014 | RT
    Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and Lyon Sunday to protest against France’s legalization of gay marriage and defend their interpretation of traditional family values, which brought together conservatives from across France. Ahead of the protest, some 1,500 police officers were deployed in Paris and 600 in the central city of Lyon, according to Reuters. The Interior minister, Manuel Valls, warned that any violence towards the police would be dealt with severely. RT’s Peter Oliver reported from Paris that the protests are the latest in a wave of unrest which has been spreading though France....
  • Gohmert: Pro-Gay ‘Marriage’ Judges ‘Need Some Basic Plumbing Lessons’

    01/26/2014 6:38:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2014 - 2:22 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    Liberal federal judges who have ruled against state laws barring same-sex “marriages,” essentially arguing that there is no biological evidence to support the idea of marriage between a man and a woman, “need some basic plumbing lessons,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), himself a former state district judge for Texas’s 7th judicial district and chief justice of Texas’s 12th Court of Appeals. […] In the Oklahoma case on Jan. 14, U.S. District Judge Terence C. Kern ruled that “Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.” (Kern was nominated to his...
  • Lawmakers Consider Preventing ALL Marriage In Oklahoma

    01/24/2014 4:44:08 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 62 replies
    NEWS ON 6 ^ | 24 JANUARY 2014 | Michael Konopasek
    OKLAHOMA CITY - State lawmakers are considering throwing out marriage in Oklahoma. The idea stems from a bill filed by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Edmond). Turner says it's an attempt to keep same-sex marriage illegal in Oklahoma while satisfying the U.S. Constitution. Critics are calling it a political stunt while supporters say it's what Oklahomans want. "[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all," Turner said. Other conservative lawmakers feel the same way, according to Turner. "Would it be realistic for the State of Oklahoma to say, ‘We're not...
  • Sundance: Prop 8 lawyer wants gay marriage 'in all 50 states in five years'

    01/19/2014 1:37:48 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/18/2014 | Tatiana Siegel
    PARK CITY -- The Sundance premiere for Ryan White and Ben Cotner's Proposition 8 documentary The Case Against 8 at Temple Theatre on Saturday afternoon drew one of the most enthusiastic audience responses of the festival to date. OUR EDITOR RECOMMENDS Sundance: Zach Braff Was Warned 'People Will Go Apes--t' Over Kickstarter Campaign Sundance: Kristen Stewart on 'Camp X-Ray's' Haunted Set, Meeting Robert Redford (Video) Daily Warm Up: Aaron Paul Talks Sundance Drama 'Hellion,' 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Sundance at 30: Vintage Photos of Park City's Biggest Stars Lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, who successfully fought to overturn California's Proposition...
  • The Mexican husband of a Coral Gables man has been granted a green card

    01/16/2014 6:51:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 01.16.14 | STEVE ROTHAUS
    The U.S. government has awarded permanent residency to the gay Mexican husband of a Coral Gables man, nearly two years after they wed in Washington, D.C, and seven months after the U.S. Supreme Court abolished a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. “I’m very excited and very relieved,” said Daniel Zavala, 28, who applied for a green card shortly after he and Yohandel Ruiz, a Cuban-born American citizen, married May 1, 2012. “We feel like we finished the process and got what we’re looking for. We’re going on with our lives as a regular couple.” The couple had...
  • Federal judge strikes down Okla. same-sex marriage ban

    01/14/2014 8:07:48 PM PST · by optiguy · 101 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 14, 2014
    Oklahoma's gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the ruling in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. Kern immediately stayed his ruling pending appeals, meaning gay marriages won't happen in Oklahoma right away. The gay couples had sued for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma ruling comes about a month after a federal judge in Utah overturned that state's ban on same-sex marriage. Hundreds of couples got married there before the U.S. Supreme Court intervened,...
  • Supreme Court Puts Gay Marriage On Hold In Utah

    01/06/2014 7:55:17 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 97 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 6, 2014 | Fox News
    The Supreme Court has put gay marriage on hold in Utah. The high court on Monday granted the state a stay in their same-sex marriage challenge. The decision comes after a federal judge last month ruled in favor of gay marriage.
  • Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex unions

    12/31/2013 3:08:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2013 5:30 PM EST | Paul Foy
    Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban. The heavily Mormon state wants the marriages to stop while it appeals a judge’s decision, which said banning gay couples from marrying violates their right to equal treatment under the law. In papers filed Tuesday, the state asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to overturn a decision that has led to more than 900 gay marriages in Utah. Sotomayor handles emergency requests from Utah and other Rocky Mountain...
  • NM Supreme Court affirms same-sex marriage rights

    12/19/2013 10:40:31 AM PST · by WXRGina · 6 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 19, 2013 | Patrick Lohmann
    The New Mexico Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of same-sex couples, granting them all the same rights of marriage enjoyed by heterosexual couples. The court’s 31-page opinion states, in part, that: “All rights, protections, and responsibilities that result from the marital relationship shall apply equally to both same-gender and opposite-gender married couples.” ... Read the opinion: