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Gay Marriage Foe NOM Targets Senators Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan

by Carlos Santoscoy, October 31, 2014

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has launched ads urging voters not to re-elect Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

In Kay Hagan's Judge, NOM claims Hagan "hand-picked and confirmed" the federal judge who struck down North Carolina's ban on gay marriage. Such confirmations, however, are voted on by the full Senate.

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Federal Judge Upholds Puerto Rico's Gay Marriage Ban

Carlos Santoscoy, October 22, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Puerto Rico's ban on gay marriage, saying that allowing such unions could lead to plural and incestuous marriages.

U.S. District Judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez is the second federal judge since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year to uphold such a ban. Last month, a federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban.


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Obama: Constitution 'Does Guarantee Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 States'

October 20, 2014 - By Carlos Santoscoy

President Barack Obama says he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to marry for gay and lesbian couples.

Obama's comments come just weeks after the Supreme Court decided against hearing appeals in five cases challenging gay marriage bans in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana, effectively legalizing such unions in 11 states.


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Alaska and Arizona Are Latest to Clear Way for Gay Marriage

October 17, 2014 - by Adam Liptak - New York Times

WASHINGTON -  Alaska and Arizona on Friday became the latest states to allow same-sex marriage, bringing the number of states that let gay and lesbian couples wed to 31.

Alaska joined that group after the Supreme Court refused to block a ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court's order was terse and gave no reasons.

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Lawmakers back gay marriage, union bills in Wyoming


By Kevin Huelsmann,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
January 15, 2013

For the first time in his career, Jackson Republican Rep. Keith Gingery is backing a gay marriage bill.

After eight years in the Legislature, Gingery has signed on as a co-sponsor of two measures sanctioning same-sex unions.

Laramie Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly filed legislation late Monday afternoon that would create a path for gay couples to form civil unions or get married.

The dual approach already has won the backing of Reps. Ruth Ann Petroff, R-Jackson, and Gingery. Both Teton County lawmakers said they would prefer to see gay marriage allowed in Wyoming but are willing to debate whether civil unions might be a better way to go.

"It's a basic human rights and fairness issue," Petroff said Monday. "It's a basic constitutional issue. There should just be no reason why same-sex couples shouldn't have the same rights as everyone else."

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Rhode Island House To Vote On Gay Marriage In January, Gordon Fox Says

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: November 04, 2012

Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox said Saturday that the House would vote on a gay marriage bill in January.

Fox made the pledge to a group of supporters gathered at the restaurant Blaze in Providence. He said the legislation would come up for a vote "during the third or fourth week of January."

Fox, who is openly gay, first announced during the summer that he would call a vote next year if re-elected to his post.

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Nevada To Consider Repealing Gay Marriage Ban

By Carlos Santoscoy
Published: September 10, 2012

Nevada lawmakers are expected to consider a bill which would repeal a 2002 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state.

Assemblyman Elliot Anderson, a Democrat from Las Vegas, announced that he will introduce a bill in February which would begin the process of repealing the ban.

Nevada is the only state which requires that a citizen-initiated amendment be voted on twice. An overwhelming 69.6 percent of voters first approved Question 2 in 2000. Support dropped slightly to 67 percent for the second and final vote in 2002.

Anderson told the Las Vegas Sunthat he believes attitudes on the issue have shifted since 2002.

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The Faces of Family are everywhere. They are the common thread that runs through us all. Regardless of color, race, spiritual belief, love orientation or political persuasion, we all share a family heritage.

The Wedding Party is proud to announce The Faces of Family project! The Faces of Family project will continue The Wedding Party's promise to provide the media and the world with the honest and provocative truth about same-sex relationships and families.

How can you be a part? Send us your story! Tell us about your family and why it is important. Tell us what family means to you and how your understanding of marriage was affected by your experience of family. Send us your picture and we will tell your story.

The Faces of Family Project is raising funds to send the message to Albany to leave no family behind and that all families deserve protection through marriage. Click here to contribute to our Faces of Family Project.

Values Are For Everyone

Elizabeth Grosse - Mother and Friend

My son Charlie was an ordinary man who lived an ordinary life. But to his family and friends, he was extraordinary. The fact that he was gay was only a part of who he was, what was really extraordinary about him was that he was funny, and had a big heart. He was a man that could make you laugh until tears rolled down your face, and when he befriended you, he loved you wholly and completely and his loyalty had no boundaries. Just when Charlie had found someone whom he really loved and wanted to spend his life with, he died rather tragically. Click here to read her complete story!


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 Gay Marriage in the Year 100 AD

By Annalee Newitz - i09.com

Gay marriage sounds like an ultra-contemporary idea. But almost twenty years ago, a Catholic scholar at Yale shocked the world by publishing a book packed with evidence that same-sex marriages were sanctioned by the early Christian Church during an era commonly called the Dark Ages.

John Boswell was a historian and religious Catholic who dedicated much of his scholarly life to studying the late Roman Empire and early Christian Church. Poring over legal and church documents from this era, he discovered something incredible. There were dozens of records of church ceremonies where two men were joined in unions that used the same rituals as heterosexual marriages. (He found almost no records of lesbian unions, which is probably an artifact of a culture which kept more records about the lives of men generally.)


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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

July 15, 2014 - purpleunions.com

Here's the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.

Gay Marriage is Like Terrorism and Mass Shootings
 At a revival event this week, Bob Vander Plaats, the man most single-handedly responsible for driving the GOP to the far right for the Iowa primaries, showed a video showing the "darkness" in America that calls for a spiritual revival.

Read On - There Is So Much More...


     
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 Box of Intolerance

Fred Phelps Sr., founder of Westboro Baptist Church, dead at 84

GayCityNews.com, March 20, 2014

BY PAUL SCHINDLER - Fred Phelps has died at age 84.   Many people first learned of the Reverend Fred Phelps in late 1998 in connection with the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student brutally slain in a Laramie, Wyoming hate crime - though Phelps had been up to no good long before that.

When Shepard's family announced plans for his October 16 funeral in Casper, Wyoming, his hometown, Phelps warned that he would be there, along with his congregation, the Westboro (Kansas) Baptist Church, to picket because Matthew was gay. The church's online home is at GodHateFags.com, a phrase its members routinely write on posters they carry while picketing, so Phelps' warning to the Shepard family suggested far worse than simple garden-variety ugliness.




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 Human Rights Watch

Jamaica: Unchecked Homophobic Violence

OCtober 21, 2014 - Human Rights Watch

(Kingston) LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed.

The 86-page report, "Not Safe at Home: Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT People in Jamaica," documents 56 cases of violence in which victims reported they were targeted because of their actual or perceived sexual identity. Human Rights Watch found that police investigations are often inadequate or lacking altogether, in some cases due to homophobia within the police force.


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 Conservative Bishops Move Away From Gay Overture

By The Associated Press, New York Times - 10/14/2014 -

VATICAN CITY -  Conservative Catholic bishops distanced themselves Tuesday from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn't reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version.

The provisional document produced at the halfway point of a two-week meeting on family life said gays had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided gay couples with "precious" support.

It said the church must welcome divorced people and recognize the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who live together without being married.


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