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Supreme Court Puts Gay Marriage on Hold in Virginia

Nytimes.com, August 20, 2014 By Alan Rappeport WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a last-minute order putting a hold on same-sex marriages in Virginia less than a day before officials there were to begin providing marriage licenses to gay couples. The move comes a month after the federal appeals court that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage refused to delay the effects of its ruling.Click here to read the complete article.


Gay Couple Together 45 Years Asks Judge To Order Arizona To Recognize Their Marriage

by Carols Santoscoy, August 18, 2014

A gay couple together 45 years has asked a federal judge to order Arizona officials to recognize their out-of-state marriage.

Fred McQuire and George Martinez of Green Valley were married in California last month.

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John Roberts Sets Monday Deadline In Request For Stay In Virginia Gay Marriage Case

ontopmag.com, August 15, 2014

Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Friday called for a response by Monday to a clerk's request to stay an appeals court's ruling striking down Virginia's ban on gay marriage.

Michelle B. McQuigg, clerk of Prince William County's Circuit Court, turned to the Supreme Court after a 3-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond denied her request to stay its ruling.

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Gay marriages could generate hundreds of millions in first year of legalization for 11 states, studies find

Washington Post, August 145, 2014

by Niraj Chokshi

If legalized, same-sex marriages could generate more than $464 million in their first year for 11 state economies, according to a series of studies released this year.

The reports, created by the Williams Institute, a national think tank based at the UCLA School of Law and committed to research on sexual orientation and gender identity, estimate that nearly 89,701 same-sex couples would wed in the first three years of legal marriage in the 11 states studied this year, contributing $723.5 million to the state economies over that period. The Institute has been issuing state-by-state estimates for several years, with an acceleration of releases over the past few months. (We limited this post to the reports issued since April.)

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String of Marriage Victories Broken as Tennessee Judge Rules Against Marriage Recognition

Gay City News, August 13, 2014

By Arthur Leonard

Breaking a string of roughly three dozen affirmative marriage equality rulings by federal and state judges, a Tennessee state judge denied a divorce to two gay men saying he had to reject a federal constitutional claim for marriage recognition because of a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the "public policy exception" to the constitutional requirement of Full Faith and Credit.

"Although the United States Supreme Court has had opportunities to overrule the Baker decision, it has refused to take that position even in the decision on which the Plaintiff relies, which is United States v. Windsor," Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons, Jr. wrote on August 5. "The Court therefore finds that Baker is still applicable."

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Ruling Allows Virginia Gay Marriages to Proceed

New York Times, August 13, 2014

by The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond denied the request by a county court clerk in Northern Virginia to stay the decision while it is appealed to the Supreme Court.

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Janet Porter Warns Target Is Using Customers' Dollars To Uphold 'Counterfeit Marriage'

August 11, 2014, ontopmag.com

Christian conservative Janet Porter of Faith 2 Action has joined the boycott of Target over its recent endorsement of gay marriage.

Last week, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of marriage equality, responded to Target's endorsement by launching a boycott. NOM has previously launched boycotts against Starbucks, General Mills and, most recently, JP Morgan Chase.

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2 Sides in Gay Marriage Fight Agree: Justices Must Act

New York Times - August 7, 2014 by Adam Liptak WASHINGTON - Lawyers for three couples challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday that they would join with their opponents to urge the Supreme Court to hear their case, even though they recently won an appeals court ruling striking down the law. The unusual move could hasten a final ruling from the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. It also reflects confidence among proponents of same-sex marriage that the court would rule in their favor.Click here to read the complete article.


Brian Brown Says NOM In It For The Long Haul, Even If Gay Marriage Is Legalized Nationwide

ontopmag.com, August 7, 2014

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), recently said that his group won't budge, even if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage.

The Guardian on Wednesday turned its focus on the issue as a federal appeals court heard oral arguments in six cases challenging bans in four states.

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Florida Gay Marriage Ban Declared Unconstitutional In Fourth Ruling

August 5, 2014 - Reuters VIA Huffington Post

TAMPA, Fla., Aug 5 (Reuters) - A south Florida judge on Tuesday became the fourth in recent weeks to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, in a case involving the estate of a gay man who owned property in Florida.

Frank Bangor, who lived in Pennsylvania before his death in March, left his estate to the man that he married in Delaware. This included property in south Florida s Palm Beach County.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision As Early As Next Summer

ontopmag.com - August 1, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday she expects the court to rule on a gay marriage case possibly as early as next summer.

In an interview the AP, Ginsburg, 81, said she expects such a case to be heard and decided by June 2016, or possibly a year earlier.

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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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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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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
Two Gay Men Killed By Hanging in Iran Gay Star News, August 13, 2014 Two gay men were hanged in Iran this week, according to reports. Abdulla Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri were killed on 6 August, according to at least one report, for 'consensual sodomy'. Other reports are not specific about the 'crime' committed by these two men, but describe them as 'immoral villains'.
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 Obama to Extend Protections for Gay Workers

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times - 7/18/2014 -

WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to sign an executive order on Monday barring discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees of companies that do federal government work, according to White House officials. But it will not include a religious exemption many faith organizations had requested, the officials said.

The order would also for the first time explicitly protect federal employees from discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

After a setback in the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case, Mr. Obama was facing pressure from religious groups demanding to be excluded from the long-promised executive order.

A group of major faith organizations, including some of Mr. Obama's allies, had said he should consider adding an exemption for groups whose religious beliefs oppose homosexuality. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the court ruled that family-run corporations with religious objections could be exempted from providing employees with insurance coverage for contraception.


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