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A Gay Couple Awaits the Justices' Decision

New York TImes - January 23, 2014

CHICAGO 1 It may have been a coincidence that the United States Supreme Court announced its intent to hear another same-sex marriage case the same week as the holiday honoring Martin Luther King's Birthday, but it was hard not to notice the connection. The gay marriage question is one that has civil rights at its center, after all.

But the ruling will also have enormous financial consequences. The ability to marry hits nearly every part of the wallet, from insurance to estate planning. People who have recently gotten married to someone of the same sex are trying to figure out which of the federal benefits and financial privileges of heterosexual betrothal they can now acquire with ease in light of the 2013 Windsor decision, and which are still uncertain. Meanwhile, financial planners are trying their best to help clients caught up in the confusion of it.

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State Rep. Sally Kern files three bills targeting gays

January 24, 2015 by Barbara Hoberock - Tulsa World

OKLAHOMA CITY - State Rep. Sally Kern has filed three measures aimed at the gay community.

House Bill 1599 is dubbed the "Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act." House Bill 1598 is called the "Freedom to Obtain Conversion Therapy Act." A third measure would allow businesses to refuse to provide services to the gay community, among others.


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BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Marriage Ban, Provides No Stay

Gay City News - January 23, 2015 - by Paul Schindler

A federal judge in Alabama has struck down that state's ban on marriage by same-sex couples and its prohibition on recognition of such marriages from out-of-state.

In a January 23 ruling, Judge Callie V.S. Granade, appointed to the Southern District of Alabama bench by President George W. Bush, found that the state "fails to demonstrate any rational, much less compelling, link between its prohibition and non-recognition of same-sex marriage and its goal of having more children raised in the biological family structure the state wishes to promote."


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Colin Farrell Suggest Gay Couples Make Better Parents

January 21, 2015 TimeForFamilies.com

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell has suggested that gay and lesbian couples make better parents than their heterosexual counterparts.

Farrell appeared via satellite from Los Angeles on RTE's Claire Byrne Live to discuss an upcoming referendum on marriage equality in his home country of Ireland.

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More Than 3,200 Gay Couples Marry In Oklahoma

ontopmag.com, January 19, 2015

Oklahoma's largest LGBT rights advocate said this week that the state has issued more than 3,200 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

"It's going to level off, but I don't look for it to happen soon," Toby Jenkins, executive director of Oklahomans for Equality, told the Tulsa World.  "We're still going to see a high volume of same-sex marriages. I don't look for it to ebb and flow for at least four years."

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Gay Marriage Case Offers G.O.P. Political Cover

New York Times, by Jeremy W. Peters and Jonathan Martin - January 18, 2015

WASHINGTON -  The news Friday that the Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage brought elation from gays and lesbians who are hopeful the justices will grant them the constitutional protections they have long sought.

But another group also saw a possible reason to celebrate if the court does indeed rule that way: Republicans.

If the high court resolves the issue as expected in June, it could deliver a decision that has the benefit of largely neutralizing a debate that a majority of Americans believe Republicans are on the wrong side of - and well ahead of the party's 2016 presidential primaries.

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Wyoming Republican's Bill Would Allow Clerks To Deny Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

ontopmag.com, January 16, 2015

A Wyoming Republican has introduced a bill which seeks to allow citizens, including government officials, to deny services if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs.

Sate Representative Nathan Winters' Religious Restoration Act prohibits the government from placing a burden on a person's exercise of religion or moral conscience.

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John Dehlin, Mormon Critic, Facing Excommunication

January 15, 2015 - by Laurie Goodstein - New York Times

The Mormon Church has moved to excommunicate the prominent Utah-based founder of an online forum for critical or doubting Mormons, charging him with apostasy for supporting same-sex marriage and the ordination of women and for questioning church teaching.

John P. Dehlin, host of the Mormon Stories website and podcast  - a hub of discussion for thousands of disaffected Mormons - said his regional church leader had scheduled a disciplinary hearing on Jan. 25. Mr. Dehlin said he would be excommunicated if he refused to take down podcasts that are critical of the church and to disavow his support for women's ordination and gay marriage.

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Judge tells state to recognize 300 same-sex marriages

Detroit Free Press - January 15, 2015, by Tresa Baldas

A federal judge today gave 300 same-sex married couples in Michigan a much-anticipated legal blessing, saying the state must recognize their marriages because they were legally performed and have a "fundamental right" to be recognized.

To make his point, the judge took a cue from the Bible:  "In these circumstances, what the state has joined together, it may not put asunder," U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith wrote, echoing a biblical verse that condemns those who breakup marriages.

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Evangelical Churches Slowly Embrace Gay Marriage, TIME Reports

January 15, 2015 - ontopmag.com

TIME magazine's latest issue reports on the increasing support for gay marriage in evangelical churches.

The marriage debate for many evangelicals is about the Bible itself, TIME notes: "Evangelical faith prizes the Bible's authority, and that has meant a core commitment to biblical inerrancy - the belief that the words of the Bible are without error."

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Minister Challenges Michigan's Gay Marriage Ban

ontopmag.com, Januaruy 14, 2015

The Rev. Neil Patrick Carrick has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

The suit filed Monday names Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette as defendants.

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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley To Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

by Carlos Santoscoy, January 13, 2015

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has announced that his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier said in a 28-page ruling that gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry in the state. Voters in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions, reinforcing a 1996 law.

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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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Values Are For Everyone

Gloria Steinem - Author and Activist

If I had married when I was supposed to, I would have lost my name, my legal residence, my credit rating, my ability to get a loan or start a business without my husband's permission - most of my civil rights.

It's taken almost four decades of work by the women's movement to make an equal marriage possible, a parallel to the struggle of suffragists to change marriage laws that turned wives into property, and became the legal model for slavery. Suffragists won a legal identity. Feminists won a legal equality.

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Janice Langbehn - Finding Strength Through Tragedy

On February 18, 2007 my partner, Lisa Marie Pond, died from a brain aneurysm. On that day, our family was dreaming of white sandy beaches and blue waters as we were getting ready to set sail on the RFamily Vacation cruise out of Miami to the Bahamas. Instead, Lisa who was very healthy collapsed while watching our children play basketball on the top deck. The kids were brave souls and carried Lisa down to the stateroom where I took one look at her and knew it was very serious, she couldn't talk at all and had no ability to stand. I will always have to live with the memory of the trauma our children endured by watching as their "other" mom was dying before their eyes. Fortunately, Lisa and I knew sign language because we have had many foster children who had language delays. So I signed and asked her if she hit her head and she replied very sternly in sign language "NO". That is when I thought it was a stroke or some other serious brain event. Ship porter's helped me get her to the Ships' doctor who called for Miami Fire and Rescue.
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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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Scott Lively: Homosexuality Is Worse Than Murder

RightWingWatch.com - by Brian Tashman, December 2, 2014

Not only did anti-gay pastor Scott Lively describe homosexuality as an "infection" during his appearance yesterday on "Trunews," but he also made the case that homosexuality should be considered worse than "murder or mass murder" since, according to Lively, it is to blame for Noah's flood.

Lively said that homosexuality is a Satanic attack "on the very essence of who we are" that God has deemed a more offensive abomination than mass killings: "When you look in the Bible, there are sins that you would think of as worse, you know, murder or mass murder, but what does it come down to? Leviticus 18 tells the Hebrews exactly what it is that God identifies as the most rebellious behavior, the behavior that causes the land to actually vomit out its inhabitants and every item on that list, except for child sacrifice, is sexual perversion, and child sacrifice is often a form of sexual perversion. So that's where we are."


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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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 Gay Divorce Rate Lower than Non-gay Divorce Rate

New Data from Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples Shows Gay Couples Dissolve Their Relationships at a Smaller Rate than Non-gay Couples

Williams Institute - December 10, 2014

A series of analyses based on data gathered from state administrative agencies in early 2014 show patterns of relationship recognition for same-sex couples across the U.S.

The first analysis shows that female couples are more likely to formalize their relationships than male couples. Female couples account for just over half (51%) of all same-sex couples in the U.S. However, data from the state agencies show that 64% of same-sex couples who entered into legal statuses were female couples.

The second analysis found that, on average, 1.1% of same-sex couples dissolve their legal relationships each year. This rate is lower than the annual divorce rate for married different-sex couples (2%). 


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