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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.Click here to read the complete article.
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.)Click here to read the complete article.
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."Click here to read the complete article.
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.Click here to read the complete article.
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.Click here to read the complete article.
2 Sides in Gay Marriage Fight Agree: Justices Must ActNew 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.Click here to read the complete article.
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.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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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.
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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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