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Gay Marriage Backers Win Supreme Court Victory
New York Times by Adam Liptak, June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON - In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in the 5 to 4 decision. He was joined by the court's four more liberal justices.
The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.
Justice Kennedy said gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry.Click here to read the complete article.
Pitcairn Island Passes Gay Marriage But Has No Wedding Plans
Huffington Post via AP - Nick Perry, June 22, 2105
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage - but has no gay couples wanting to wed.
First settled in 1790, Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory that has some legal autonomy and is often considered the world's smallest country by population. Islanders are descended from the mutineers of the British navy vessel Bounty and their Tahitian companions.Click here to read the complete article.
Survey | Majority Favor Same-sex Marriage; Two-thirds Believe Supreme Court Will Rule to Legalize
June 17, 2015 - PublicReligion.Org
When the Supreme Court issues its decision on the legality of same-sex marriage at the end of the month, nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans believe that the court will overturn state bans preventing same-sex couples from marrying and make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. Only one-quarter (25%) of the public says they believe the Supreme Court will leave existing state bans on same-sex marriage intact. One in ten (10%) Americans offer no opinion on the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.Click here to read the complete article.
Lawmakers back gay marriage, union bills in Wyoming
By Kevin Huelsmann,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
January 15, 2013
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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.
Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly filed legislation late Monday afternoon
that would create a path for gay couples to form civil unions or get
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.
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."
Rhode Island House To Vote On Gay Marriage In January, Gordon Fox Says
By On Top Magazine Staff Click here to read the complete article.
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.
Nevada To Consider Repealing Gay Marriage Ban
By Carlos Santoscoy Click here to read the complete article.
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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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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| 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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