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Opposition To Gay Marriage In Kentucky Drops 22 Points Over 10 Years

ontopmag.com, July 31, 2014 -

Opposition to gay marriage in Kentucky has dropped 22 percentage points since voters approved a constitutional amendment banning such unions in 2004.

According to a Bluegrass Poll released this week, 37 percent of voters surveyed support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, while 50 percent remain opposed.

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Texas' Gay Marriage Ban Is Not Discriminatory; It Treats All Couples The Same, AG Argues

July 30, 2014 - ontopmag.com

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott argues in a brief filed late Monday in a case before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas' gay marriage ban is not discriminatory because it treats all couples the same.

Texas' marriage laws should not "receive heightened scrutiny because they do not classify based on sexual orientation," Abbott argues in the 54-page brief.  "All persons in Texas - regardless of sexual orientation - are subject to the same definition of marriage, and the plaintiffs are as free to marry an opposite-sex spouse as anyone else in the State."

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Colorado Clerk Told to Stop Issuing Gay Marriage Licenses

New York Times - July 29, 2014, By Jack Healy DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a county clerk in Boulder to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, halting the practice a month after a handful of county clerks had defied a ban in the State Constitution. The order came as the state's Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments over whether it should enforce the state's law against same-sex unions as myriad lawsuits challenging the bans here and across the country churn toward the United States Supreme Court.Click here to read the complete article.


NOM's Brian Brown: Ruling Invalidating Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban 'Ignores Reality'

ontopmag.com, July 29, 2014

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Monday criticized a federal appeals court's ruling invalidating Virginia's ban on gay marriage.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said the ban was unconstitutional.

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North Carolina Attorney General To Stop Defending State's Gay Marriage Ban

Huffington Post, by Samantha Lachman, July 28, 2014

A federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is reverberating across the state's border. Roy Cooper, North Carolina's Democratic attorney general, said at a Monday press conference that he would no longer defend his state's constitutional ban, citing the precedent the Virginia ruling had set.

"Our attorneys have vigorously argued this case every step of the way," Cooper said. "But the 4th Circuit has ruled and the 4th Circuit is clear. There are really no arguments left to be made." Since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit also has jurisdiction over North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia, Cooper predicted his state's ban would face a similar fate.

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BREAKING: Federal appeals court strikes down Va. marriage ban

Washington Blade - July 28, 2014, by Mike Lavers

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., on Monday struck down Virginia's constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

   The 2-1 decision comes slightly more than two months after Judges Paul V. Niemeyer, Roger L. Gregory and Henry F. Floyd heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that Tim Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk filed against the marriage amendment last year.

   Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield joined the Bostic case last September. "We conclude that Virginia's same-sex marriage bans impermissibly infringe on its citizens' fundamental right to marry," wrote Floyd for the majority.

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BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Colo. Marriage Ban

The Advocate July 23, 2014 A federal judge ruled today that Colorado's 2006 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The decision was accompanied by a temporary stay until August 25, meaning same-sex couples in Colorado cannot marry until that time. The ruling did not address the continued issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples by a Boulder County clerk. U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore, an appointee of President Obama, granted the plaintiffs in Burns v. Hickenlooper - six same-sex couples either denied marriage licenses in Colorado or denied recognition of their out-of-state marriages - a preliminary injunction that essentially stops the state from enforcing its current marriage laws.Click here to read the complete article.


Court Rules for Gay Marriage in Oklahoma Case

ABCNews.com - July 18, 2014 by Nicholas Riccardi

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled Oklahoma must allow gay couples to wed, marking the second time it has found the U.S. Constitution protects same-sex marriage.

The decision from a three-judge panel in Denver upholds rulings that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

The 2-1 ruling comes after the same panel ruled June 25 that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violates the Constitution. It was the first time an appellate court determined last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act means states cannot deny gays the ability to wed.

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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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60 Arrested In Raid On Gay Bar In Nairobi, Kenya

towleroad.com by Jim Redmond - July 7, 2014

More than 60 people were arrested over the weekend during a raid on a gay bar in Nairobi, Kenya, reports Africa New Post.

Although there have been no moves to increase penalties for homosexuals in Kenya, the country's penal code prescribes up to 14 years in prison for men who commit "acts of gross indecency" with other men or for any person who acts "against the order of nature." A man was stoned to death in Nairobi in 2012 after he was discovered having sex with a co-worker.

According to Ghafla.co.ke, the arrests at Club Envy were made because of the bar patrons' sexuality and not under Kenya's Mututho law which restricts drinking hours and regulates the consumption of alcohol.


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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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