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Majority of Florida Republicans Say Gay Marriage Has Had No 'Negative' Impact

March 27, 2015 by Carlos Santoscoy

A large majority of Florida Republicans say that marriage equality coming to the state has had either no impact or a positive impact on their lives.

According to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of 923 Florida voters conducted from March 19-22, 81 percent said that marriage equality - which came to the state in February - has either had no impact or a positive impact on their lives. Only 20 percent of respondents said that their lives were negatively impacted by gay couples marrying.

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Majority Of Wisconsin Republicans Say Gay Marriage Has Had No 'Negative' Impact, March 23, 2015

A large majority of Wisconsin Republicans say that marriage equality coming to the state has either had no impact or a positive impact on their lives.

According to a Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of 1,071 Wisconsin voters conducted from March 6-8, 82 percent said that marriage equality - which came to the state in October - has either had no impact or a positive impact on their lives. Only 18 percent of respondents said that their lives were negatively impacted by gay couples marrying.

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Martin O'Malley: Marriage Equality 'Squares With' Most Important Social Teachings Of Catholicism

Carlos Santoscoy, March 23, 2015

Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was recently asked whether his Catholic faith was at odds with his support for marriage equality.

O'Malley, a possible Democratic presidential candidate, campaigned for passage of and signed a bill making Maryland the eighth state to legalize gay nuptials. Three years later, gay couples can marry in 37 states, plus the District of Columbia.

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Puerto Rico Drops Its Defense Of Gay Marriage Ban, March 21, 2015

Puerto Rico on Friday announced that it would no longer defend in court a law that limits marriage to heterosexual couples and prohibits the recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples performed elsewhere.

Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda announced the reversal.

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Michigan Democrats Introduce Bill To Repeal State's Gay Marriage Ban

By Carlos Santoscoy, March 21, 2015

Michigan Democrats have introduced a bill that seeks to repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

State Senators Curtis Hertel Jr. of East Lansing and Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor are behind a bill package which aims to legalize nuptials for gay couples in Michigan.

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Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage

by Laurie Goodstein, New York Times - March 17, 2015

After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to include same-sex marriage.

The final approval by a majority of the church's 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church's General Assembly. The vote amends the church's constitution to broaden marriage from being between "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."

The Presbytery of the Palisades, meeting in Fair Lawn, N.J., put the ratification count over the top on Tuesday on a voice vote. With many presbyteries still left to vote, the tally late Tuesday stood at 87 presbyteries in favor, 41 against and one tied.

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Federal Judge Orders Mobile Judge To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

by Carlos Santoscoy, March 17, 2015

A federal judge on Monday told a Mobile, Alabama judge that he must issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples despite a state Supreme Court ruling ordering him to stop.

U.S. District Judge Callie "Ginny" Granade struck down Alabama's ban on gay marriage in January and in a separate ruling told Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis that he could not ignore her decision.

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Roy Moore's Son Blames Marriage Equality Supporters For Drug Possession Arrest, March 17, 2015

Caleb Moore, the 24-year-old son of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, has blamed the media and critics of his father for his recent arrest for drug possession.

The senior Moore is a staunch opponent of marriage equality and the leading voice opposed to a federal judge's ruling striking down Alabama's restrictive marriage ban.

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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 -

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 - 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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 Human Rights Watch
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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