Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch: Three More States Just Won Marriage Equality

Written by scott on October 20th, 2014

Matt BaumeWe just picked up more states with the freedom to marry, and the number could continue increasing over the course of this week.

But in several states, officials are blocking the start of marriage despite courts ruling against their bans.

We’ll have the details on how couples are fighting back.

Plus, more bad news for the National Organization for Marriage. This time it’s a ruling in Virginia that means they’ll lose out on over half a million dollars.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at Marriage News Watch

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Written by scott on October 19th, 2014

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75% of Young Catholics in the US Support Marriage Equality

Written by scott on October 19th, 2014

titleIn the wake of a conservative Bishop revolt over even saying one nice thing about gays and lesbians, there’s a new poll out.

Pink News reports:

A poll has found that young Catholics in the US overwhelmingly approve of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, despite the Church’s teachings. The Pew Research Centre research, conducted earlier this year, found that 85 percent of Catholics aged 18-29 approve of homosexuality, while 75 percent support equal marriage. A majority of every single age group accepted homosexuality, with the lowest support among over-65s – 57 percent of whom still approve of it.

How long until some of these youth get into Church leadership and start changing minds?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up October 19th

Written by scott on October 19th, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Philippines: The transgender community in the Philippines held a press conference to call for justice in the Jennifer Laude case. full story

USA, Arizona: David Larance, 36, and Kevin Patterson, 31, are believed to be the first gay couple to marry in Arizona. full story

USA, Idaho: An anti-gay wedding chapel is suing the city of Coeur d’Alene to again make it legal to discriminate against LGBT Americans. full story

USA, Kansas: Governor Brownback joined a rally in Wichita on Saturday in opposition to gay marriage. full story

USA, Nevada: Several Las Vegas wedding chapels say they will not marry same sex couples. full story

USA, North Carolina: A Charlotte Unitarian Universalist Church will celebrate the arrival of marriage equality at their Sunday morning services today with special music from the Charlotte Pride Band. full story

Vatican: It’s official – in the final report of a synod on the family which exposed deep divides in church hierarchy, there is no mention of the “gifts and qualities” gay people can offer. full story


Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on October 18th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the 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.

My Argument Against Gay Marriage Totally Works Against Inter-Racial Marriage Too

John Aravosis at AmericaBlog has a great column today in which he shows how the arguments against marriage equality would have equally applied against interracial marriages. Here, he takes Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s argument and changes a couple key words:

“In 1924, Virginia voters, through their duly-elected legislators, approved legislation to define marriage as a union of one white man and one white woman. Now, with their rulings, the federal courts have again thwarted the will of the people and further eroded the authority of states to regulate and uphold our laws. and so I think about here.”

It’s as we’ve been saying all along – substitute “African American” for gay, and would any of this be ok?

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They’re About to Haul Pastors Off to Jail

Ted Cruz is all over this Houston pastors and subpoenas thing:

Christian Broadcasting Network’s (CBN) David Brody… asked whether we’ll “soon go through a period where pastors are hauled off to jail for a hate crime because they are speaking for traditional marriage,” Cruz responded by saying, “I think that is a real risk and you and I have both pointed to that risk in the past.”

Nobody’s going to jail for speaking out against marriage equality. In fact, no one’s going to jail for anything here. Check out Zack Ford’s amazing take-down of this whole right-wing freakout over the Houston subpoenas.

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We Grieve for the Children

Cathi Herrod, head of the Center For Arizona Policy, is “grieving” for kids in Arizona who are now condemned to have gay parents:

“I am heartbroken for a country and a state that has had the redefinition of marriage forced upon them by an out of control federal judiciary. In what amounts to the de-facto Roe v Wade of marriage, voters throughout the nation have watched their voices be silenced, and their votes voided. Now, Arizona’s marriage amendment and our voters are the latest victims. While the United States Supreme Court may still take up the issue of marriage redefinition, for now the courts have settled the issue in our state. Today, we grieve. We grieve for the children who now have no chance of growing up with a mom and a dad. We mourn the loss of a culture and its ethical foundation. We mourn a culture that continues to turn its back on timeless principles. But we do not despair. We do not throw in the towel. We do not give up. Just as we have worked to build a culture of life, we will focus on rebuilding a culture of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

What, did this group have some kind of secret plan to steal kids from gay families and put them into straight ones? Because short of kidnapping, whether or not marriage equality is legal in the state, same sex parents are raising kids. Marriage equality does not change this in any way. It only provides a legal framework and safety net to help protect these kids, just as marriage protects the kids in straight relationships.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up October 18th

Written by scott on October 18th, 2014

Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Worldwide: Despite saying they had changed their “real name” policy, Facebook is apparently still locking the accounts of some drag queens. full story

Italy: Roman Mayor Ignazio Marino has registered the marriages of 16 same-sex couples in defiance of a notice from the country’s Interior Minister. full story

Puerto Rico: Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the marriage equality case are objecting to a government request that the ruling be delayed. full story

UK: After security guard told lesbian couple that their kissing was disgusting, hundreds of same-sex couples flooded the store for a protest. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign has a new marriage equality map. full story

HRC Marriage Equality Map

USA: Wikipedia has a new marriage equality map, this one showing two of the three new states added yesterday. full story

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

USA: The federal government will now recognize same-sex marriages in seven more states: Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Nevada. full story

USA: We’re still waiting for a ruling out of the Sixth Circuit, which would affect Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. full story

USA: Here’s some guidance for same sex couples on taxes in eight of the new marriage equality states. full story

USA: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has openly endorsed allowing transgender people to serve openly in the US military. full story

USA: Megachurch Pastor Brian Houston seems to be softening his tone one marriage equality. full story

USA, Arizona: Atty. Gen. Tom Horne has indicated he will not appeal yesterday’s marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, Arizona: Meghan McCain is thrilled that marriage equality is finally come to her home state. full story

USA, Arkansas: A federal judge says she won’t delay a challenge to the state’s marriage equality the ban. full story

USA, Nevada: Resorts along the Las Vegas strip are embracing marriage equality. full story

USA, North Carolina: House and Senate GOP leaders plan to continue their appeal of a marriage equality case in the state. full story

USA, Oregon: Christian Matt Stolhandske, a marriage equality supporter, is extending an olive branch to a baker who refused to make a cake for a same sex couple, raising money in hopes of covering the fine against the bakery. full story

USA, South Dakota: A federal judge did not issue an immediate ruling at a hearing Friday on marriage equality, but promised she will “issue an opinion soon.” full story

USA, Texas: Attorneys for the city of Houston have reworded their subpoenas to more specifically request information regarding to the gathering of signatures to repeal the city’s new HERO ordinance. full story

Vatican: Pope Francis is demoting the anti-gay head of the Church’s high court. full story

Vatican: Conservative backlash is mounting against Pope Francis, in the wake of a draft report that appeared to soften the Church’s stance on gays and lesbians. full story


Wyoming Becomes the 32nd Marriage Equality State

Written by scott on October 17th, 2014

WyomingAnd another one – that’s three in one day as a judge in Wyoming strikes down the state’s marriage equality ban.

Think Progress reports:

Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl ruled that Wyoming’s statutory law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and unenforceable. This sets up Wyoming to be the 32nd state with marriage equality, but Skavdahl stayed his decision until next Thursday, allowing the state time to appeal. The decision largely defers to the Tenth Circuit’s precedent from the Utah and Oklahoma cases, but Skavdahl did offer a bit of his own commentary. Referring to Wyoming’s claims that an abrupt implementation of same-sex marriage would interrupt the work of state agencies, he wrote, “The fact is State Defendants failed to offer even a scintilla of evidence to support their assertion that a preliminary injunction would cause such administrative nightmares.”

The Governor has said he will not appeal the ruling.

Joe.My.God reports:

“This result is contrary to my personal beliefs and those of many others. As in all matters, I respect the role of the courts and the ruling of the Court. While this is not the result I and others would have hoped, I recognize people have different points of view and I hope all citizens agree, we are bound by the law.” – Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, in a statement announcing that he will not appeal today’s ruling. That notice will be delivered to the court “no later than Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.”

Thirty Two. A week and a half ago it was 19. Do I hear 33?

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Marriage Equality Back on in Alaska

Written by scott on October 17th, 2014

Alaska MapJust hours after marriage equality arrived in Arizona, it came back to Alaska after a few days on hold.

The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Friday to delay any longer same-sex marriages in Alaska following a court decision against the state’s ban on gay nuptials. In a one-page order, the court indicates a stay request by state officials submitted to U.S. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy was referred by him to the entire court, but was denied. The U.S. Ninth Circuit had issued its own temporary stay on the weddings, but that was set to expire on Friday at 3 pm unless the Supreme Court added to the delay by issuing its own stay. Now that the Supreme Court has declined to halt same-sex marriages any further in Alaska, gay couples are free to marry immediately.

The most amazing month for marriage equality since June of 2013 continues…

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Marriage Equality Comes to Arizona

Written by scott on October 17th, 2014

Arizona mapAnother day, another marriage equality state. This time it’s Arizona, where a Federal judge just struck down the states ban with no stay. reports:

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick (a George H.W. Bush appointee) has struck down Arizona’s ban on gay marriage, declaring it “unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law.”

Adds Sedwick: “The court has considered whether to stay this decision to allow defendants to appeal. It is clear, however, that an appeal to the Ninth Circuit would be futile. It is also clear–based on the Supreme Court’s denial of petitions for writs of certiorari filed inconnection with several circuit court decisions which held that same-sex marriage must be recognized in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin –that the High Court will turn a deaf ear on any request for relief from the Ninth Circuit’s decision. It is further ordered that defendants are hereby ordered to permanently cease enforcement of those provisions of Arizona law declared unconstitutional by this order. Finally, this court declines to stay the effect of this order.”

These new states are coming online so quickly it’s hard to keep up – amazing!

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Why Houston’s Pastor Subpoenas Have Nothing To Do With Religious Liberty

Written by scott on October 17th, 2014

Texas mapThere has been a new clash this week in the fight over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a law that would protect LGBT individuals and other targeted groups from discrimination. The latest hubbub involves the city subpoenaing five pastors for their sermons, which has prompted conservatives to claim that religious liberty is under attack and that the subpoenas are a form of intimidation.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, was on Fox News last night claiming that Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) is “taking a bulldozer to that wall of separation [of church and state]” and trying to “dictate what pastors preach.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted that the subpoenas constitute a “march against our freedoms.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called the subpoenas a “grotesque abuse of power.” And Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R) wrote to the Houston City Attorney that the subpoenas should be unilaterally withdrawn because they reflect “hostility to religious beliefs.”

Assessing the veracity of these claims and the epic campaign conservatives are now launching in defense of the “Houston Five” requires an examination of how opponents are challenging HERO, what facts are material to their current lawsuit, and what exactly the city is asking for in its subpoenas of the pastors.

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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