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Appeals Court Dismisses NOM's Bid To Intervene In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

By Carlos Santoscoy, August 28, 2014

A federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a request by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to intervene in the case that struck down Oregon's gay marriage ban.

On May 19, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane declared Oregon's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples invalid.

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Gay Marriage Case Headed To Florida Supreme Court

August 27, 2014, by Carlos Satoscoy

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday was asked to review a case challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.

Plaintiffs in the case are two Tampa women who married in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize marriage for gay couples in 2004. A Hillsborough County judge denied Mariama and Keiba Shaw's request for a divorce, citing the state's ban on recognizing such unions, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

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Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

Gay City News August 26, 2014 BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD -

A panel of three judges of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, gave a very rough time to attorneys representing the states of Indiana and Wisconsin during oral arguments in marriage equality appeals from those states.

   The August 26 hearing involved three district court rulings out of Indiana and one from Wisconsin that all found the bans in both states on marriage by same-sex couples and recognition of valid marriages from elsewhere unconstitutional.

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10 States Urge Appeals Court To Uphold Gay Marriage Bans In Wisconsin, Indiana

by Carlos Santoscoy, August 25, 2014

Ten states have joined in filing an amicus brief in support of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.

The states are urging the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to uphold restrictive marriage bans in two challenges to be heard before the court on Tuesday.

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Gay Marriage Rulings Have Reduced Freedom, Virginia Clerk Says In SCOTUS Appeal

August 24, 2014 by Carlos Santoscoy

A Virginia clerk on Friday asked the Supreme Court to review an appeals court's ruling striking down Virginia's ban on gay marriage. The request was filed by lawyers representing George E. Schaefer III, the circuit court clerk for Norfolk County, who is listed as a defendant in the case.

Another request is expected to be filed by Michelle B. McQuigg, circuit court clerk for Prince William County.

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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.

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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

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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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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