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Martina Navratilova Marries Her Long-Term Partner Julia Lemigova In New York

Huffington Post UK - by Matt Bagwell, December 16, 2014

Martina Navratilova has married her long-term partner Julia Lemigova in a ceremony in New York on Monday.

The Czech-born tennis legend and her Russian partner of eight years tied the knot three months after Martina popped the question during a surprise on-camera proposal at the US Open.

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Can't Have Your Cake, Gays Are Told, and a Rights Battle Rises

New York Times, By Michael Paulson, December 15, 2014

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -  Jack Phillips is a baker whose evangelical Protestant faith informs his business. There are no Halloween treats in his bakery - he does not see devils and witches as a laughing matter. He will not make erotic-themed pastries - they offend his sense of morality. And he declines cake orders for same-sex weddings because he believes Christianity teaches that homosexuality is wrong.

Mr. Phillips, whose refusal two years ago to make a cake for a gay male couple has led to a court battle now getting underway, is one of a small number of wedding vendors across the country who are emerging as the unlikely face of faith-based resistance to same-sex marriage.

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Same-Sex Couples Less Likely To Divorce Than Straight Couples, Williams Institute Research Finds  by Curtis M. Wong, December 15, 2014

Good news for same-sex couples who are planning to tie the knot: new research has found that those pairs divorced at a slightly lower rate than their heterosexual counterparts.

The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, which has conducted previous studies on same-sex relationships and parenting, collected administrative data on divorce rates between LGBT couples from New Hampshire and Vermont. The data found that, on average, same-sex couples divorced at an average rate of 1.1 percent annually between the two states, compared with 2 percent annually between heterosexual pairs.

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Gay Advocates Can Shift Same-Sex Marriage Views

New York Times - December 11, 2014 by Benedict Carey

Gay political canvassers can soften the opinions of voters opposed to same-sex marriage by having a brief, face-to-face discussion about the issue, researchers reported on Thursday. The findings could have implications for activists and issues across the political spectrum, experts said.

Psychologists have long suspected that direct interaction, like working together, can reduce mutual hostility and prejudice between differing groups, whether blacks and whites or Christians and Muslims. But there is little evidence that the thaw in attitudes is a lasting one.

The new study, published Thursday by the journal Science, suggests that a 20-minute conversation about a controversial and personal issue - in this case a gay person taking to voters about same-sex marriage - can induce a change in attitude that not only lasts, but may also help shift the views of others living in the same household. In other words, the change may be contagious.

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Tony Perkins: Gay Marriage Foes On 'Winning Side' Of History

December 9, 2014 by

Christian conservative Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), claims in an interview that gay marriage foes are on the "winning side" of history

Perkins made his remarks during an appearance on the Point of View radio program, where he discussed his participation at a marriage conference hosted last month by the Vatican.

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Florida: Judge Throws Out Gay Marriage Ban

by Carlos Santoscoy, December 8, 2014

A state judge on Monday declared Florida's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen declared the ban, adopted by voters in 2008, invalid and ordered Florida officials to recognize the civil union of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade for the purpose of a divorce.

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In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum, by Arthur Leonard, December 5, 2014

In a surprising move that in effect tosses the hot potato into the hands of the Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, issuing a terse order on December 3, denied the State of Florida's motion to extend a stay on an August district court marriage equality ruling while it considers an appeal.

In the absence of the nation's highest court extending that stay, then, marriage by same-sex couples will become legal in Florida on January 6.

Ruling August 21 in two gay marriage lawsuits, US District Judge Robert Hinkle found that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but he stayed his order until January 5 to give the state a chance to appeal to the 11th Circuit. If the state wanted a longer stay while the 11th Circuit considered an appeal, it would have to ask that court for the extension, Hinkle ruled.

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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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 Gay Divorce Rate Lower than Non-gay Divorce Rate

New Data from Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples Shows Gay Couples Dissolve Their Relationships at a Smaller Rate than Non-gay Couples

Williams Institute - December 10, 2014

A series of analyses based on data gathered from state administrative agencies in early 2014 show patterns of relationship recognition for same-sex couples across the U.S.

The first analysis shows that female couples are more likely to formalize their relationships than male couples. Female couples account for just over half (51%) of all same-sex couples in the U.S. However, data from the state agencies show that 64% of same-sex couples who entered into legal statuses were female couples.

The second analysis found that, on average, 1.1% of same-sex couples dissolve their legal relationships each year. This rate is lower than the annual divorce rate for married different-sex couples (2%). 

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