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Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

November 25, 2014 - AP via HuffingtonPost.com LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, arguing that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation. But Baker put her ruling on hold, and the state is expected to appeal it to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis.Click here to read the complete article.


9th Circuit Denies NOM's Bid To Intervene In Case Challenging Oregon's Gay Marriage Ban

Carlos Santoscoy, November 25, 2014

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has been rejected a third time in its attempt to intervene in a case challenging Oregon's ban on gay marriage.

In a brief order, the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied NOM's request.

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Some Kansas Clerks Refuse to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay and Lesbian Couples

By Matt Baume - HuffpostGay - November 24, 2014

We've added two or maybe three states --Montana, South Carolina, and sort of Kansas --to the marriage-equality map this week. Let's start with Montana, where a district-court judge ordered the state to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples this week.

Montana is the last state in the Ninth Circuit to get marriage equality. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will appeal the ruling, but he's not seeking a stay, probably because he knows there's no point, since the Ninth Circuit will definitely uphold this decision, and the Supreme Court won't review it. Marriage equality is here to stay in Montana.

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U.S. Supreme Court decision paves way for same-sex marriage in SC

WISTV.COM, by Jeremy Turnage, November 20, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - In a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court has decided to not issue an emergency stay in the ongoing political drama surrounding same-sex marriage, paving the way for the marriages to begin in the Palmetto State at noon Thursday.

With that decision, South Carolina becomes the 35th state in the United States to allow same-sex couples to marry.

In a brief statement, seven of the nine Supreme Court justices denied the stay, but Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas said they would hear it.

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1st Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In South Carolina

talkingpointsmemo.com, by Bruce Smith, November 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A judge has issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina, ahead of a planned move by the state's attorney general to block such unions.

Early Wednesday, the office of Probate Judge Irvin Condon in Charleston said that he had issued six licenses to same-sex couples.

The judge's attorney, John Nichols, says the way was cleared for issuing the licenses by a decision in a case in Columbia. On Tuesday, the judge in that case ruled that South Carolina must recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple performed in Washington, D.C.

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Gay Marriage Foes Praise Pope Francis' Remarks On Family, But Gay Group Says Hold On

November 18, 2014 - ontopmag.com

Opponents of allowing gay couples to marry on Monday praised Pope Francis' remarks on the family, but the nation's leading LGBT rights advocate says it's encouraged by the Catholic leader's words.

More than 350 people from around the world gather at the Vatican to attend the 3-day conference, titled Humanum.

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Same-Sex Couples Petition Supreme Court on Right to Marriage

New York Times, November 14, 2014 by Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON - Gay and lesbian couples filed petitions on Friday asking the Supreme Court to decide whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The petitions arrived eight days after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

The fast pace of the filings was an effort to ensure that the justices be able to hear and decide a case before the current Supreme Court term ends in late June.

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Michigan Officials: March Same-Sex Marriages From The State Are "Void"

buzzfeed.com by Chris Geidner, November 16, 2014

WASHINGTON - The impact of the shifting court rulings on same-sex couples' marriage rights was made unambiguously clear by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in a Friday night court filing: "[F]rom a legal standpoint," he wrote of the same-sex couples who got married in the state this March, "it is as if the marriages never existed."

Should the judge in that case decide now whether Michigan must recognize the marriages entered into by same-sex couples there on March 21 and 22, Schuette argued, the marriages should be found to be void and Michigan should not be ordered to treat the couples as married.

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Supreme Court Allows Same-Sex Marriages To Proceed In Kansas

by Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed.com, November 12, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court effectively allowed same-sex couples to begin marrying in Kansas on Wednesday afternoon.

The Supreme Court denied Kansas' request for a stay of the trial court order striking down the state's ban as unconstitutional, ending a hold Justice Sonia Sotomayor had put in place earlier this week while the court considered the request.

Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay, according to the brief order issued by the courtís Public Information Office a little past 5 p.m. ET Wednesday.

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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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 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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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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Gambia leader signs law jailing gays for life 24 NOVEMBER 2014 - BY DARREN WEE Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said LGBTI people are 'vermin' that need to be exterminated. Gambia's president has signed into law a bill that punishes 'aggravated homosexuality' with life imprisonment. The notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh approved the bill on October 9, according to documents uncovered last week. The bill targets 'serial offenders' and people living with HIV but because 'homosexuality' and 'homosexual acts' are not defined in Gambian law, human rights groups fear that LGBTI people will be persecuted arbitrarily under the new enactment.
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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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