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Kim Davis – Let me show you what persecution looks like

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

KimDavisABClargeON US TV today (Sept. 22), the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to ANY couple because she didn’t believe in same sex marriage has said what hurts her most about how she has been treated since she defied the Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June – being called ‘a hypocrite’.

Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been jailed, received a ‘Religious Liberty’ award for fighting ‘legal tyranny’, been called ‘the bravest woman in America‘ and compared to Abraham Lincoln by her lawyer. She has also been called a martyr and a victim of anti-Christian persecutionShe even admitted denying marriage licences to friends, and receiving death threats.

All because she believes in her Christian duty to break the oath she took as a US Government official to uphold the law, in a country whose constitution explicitly forbids the primacy of any religion. The First Amendment clearly states that the US government cannot make any law ‘respecting an establishment of religion.’ In the words of the Supreme Court, this generally means that the government can’t “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another,” or otherwise become entangled in religious affairs.

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‘Rainbow Profile Pictures for Sex Offenders’ – Homophobia NOT Satire

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of 26 million people who used the rainbow filter on his profile picture. SOURCE: Facebook

IT’S LATE – my phone rings. It’s someone I haven’t heard from in a while. I answer.

His greeting is warm, but it sounds like he’s been drinking.

He chats about Facebook – he says he doesn’t use it much but he’s logged in and noticed the rainbow filter on my profile picture, the only one among his list of friends on the site.

He says he is concerned because he has just read an article claiming that sex offenders have been ordered to use rainbow profile pictures on social media so others can easily identify them as potential predators. Click to continue »

North Ireland Gay Couple Launches Bid for Marriage Equality

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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A same sex couple in Northern Ireland is challenging the ban on marriage equality there.

Pink News reports:

Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK to not permit or recognise same-sex marriage, after it was legalised in England, Wales and Scotland last year. The country’s governing Democratic Unionist Party remains strongly opposed to gay rights, and has blocked all attempts to bring in marriage equality. Last Thursday a same-sex couple who married in England but live in Northern Ireland filed a legal challenge – backed by the Rainbow Project – which alleges the failure to recognise their marriage in the country infringes on their rights. An anonymity order has already been granted – which protects the identity of the couple at the heart of the lawsuit.

Just this week, another couple who entered into a civil partnership in Northern Ireland found they were ineligible to convert their partnership to a marriage in Scotland, because the law looks to the country where the partnership was formed.

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2014: A big year for UK marriage equality

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Keep calm and support marriage equality2014 was a big year for marriage equality in the UK.

Same-sex marriage is now possible in the United Kingdom, with the exception of Northern Ireland. As marriage law is devolved to the governments of each country in the Union, the status of same-sex marriage is different in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Marriage Equality Comes to Scotland

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

titleScotland joins England and Wales in welcoming marriage equality.

Think Progress reports:

It took ten additional months, but legal marriage equality has officially arrived in Scotland. The country’s parliament approved the law in February by a vote of 105-18, one of the strongest endorsements of marriage equality by any legislative body. Scotland joins its United Kingdom counterparts England and Wales, leaving Northern Ireland as the only part of the Kingdom that doesn’t recognize same-sex couples’ marriages.

These are civil partnership conversions – the first “new” weddings will take place starting on 12/31.

Interestingly, the first Scottish same sex marriage took place halfway around the world, in Australia.

Gay Star News reports:

Scottish citizen Douglas Pretsell has become the first of his countrymen to legally marry another man as Scotland’s marriage equality law comes into effect today. Pretsell married Australian man Peter Gloster at the British consulate in Melbourne at 11.01am today at the exact moment when Scotland’s equal marriage legislation came into effect.

And a new poll shows that marriage equality support has reached new highs:

A study by ScotCen Social Research released to mark the occasion shows that opposition to equality has dropped to a new all-time low ahead of the changes, with 68 percent in favour and just 17 percent opposed. The numbers are a marked change from 2010, when 61 percent were in favour and 19 percent against – and a seismic shift from 2002, when just 41 percent were in favour and 29 percent opposed.

Amazing – Northern Ireland, are you listening?

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Would Jesus save the railways?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

A train tagged with the word 'Jesus' in graffitiLast week a survey by UK polling agency won the prize for the most stupid question in an opinion poll:

Do you think Jesus would support or oppose renationalising the railways, so they are run in the public sector rather than by private companies?

It’s unlikely Jesus would have held a view, given that public transport had not been invented. But as one wit pointed out on Twitter: ‘He arrived by Virgin‘! Click to continue »

UK: New Poll Shows Conservative Opposition to Marriage Equality Dropping

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

titleA new YouGov poll shows that only a bare majority of the country’s most conservative voters now oppose marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

A YouGov survey into the views of supporters of political parties uncovered data suggesting that people who vote for UKIP are increasingly at odds with some of the party’s right-wing members. The data found that just 51 percent of the party’s supporters remain opposed to equal marriage – with 39 percent now in favour. Same-sex marriage has the support of the majority in all other parties, however, with 77 percent of Lib Dems, 68 percent of Labour voters and 53 percent of Conservatives in favour. Marriage equality is opposed by 35 percent of Tories, 21 percent of Labour supporters, and just 14 percent of Liberal Democrats.

Marriage equality came to England and Wales, and the sky didn’t fall. That tends to take a lot of the wind out of the opposition’s sails.

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Scotland Marriage Equality to Arrive on New Year’s Eve

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Rainbow Over ScotlandWe finally have a date for the beginning of Scotland marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

Gay couples hoping to get married in Scotland finally have a date from when they can say their vows, following an announcement today (13 October). The first official same-sex marriages will take place in Scotland on Hogmanay, 31 December 2014. The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act will come into force on 16 December. This means any gay couple in a civil partnership can convert it into marriage, free of charge, from that date. Same-sex couples who hope to be among the first to marry on New Year’s Eve can register their intentions to do so on that date, allowing for the standard 15 day waiting period.

Congratulations to Scotland, one more piece of amazing news in an unbelievable week.

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New Poll: Britons Think Marriage Equality is the Best Thing Conservatives Have Done

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

titleA new poll shows that only 28% of Britons think that marriage equality was a bad thing the Torys accomplished, compared with much higher negative percentages for their other acts:

The only Tory policy perceived to be “good for Britain” by the public was the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which came into effect on 29 March 2014.
39% said they thought same-sex marriage was good for Britain, 24% said it was neither good nor bad and 28% said it was bad for Britain. The Comres poll for ITV fond that a majority of Britons, 57%, think the management of the NHS under the Tories has been bad for Britain, that 55% thought changes to tuition fees were bad, 56% agreed that increased overseas aid spending was bad for Britian, and 65% said they thought the way immigration has been managed was also bad for Britain.

When you add the Goods, the I Don’t Knows, and the Neutrals, 82% think that marriage equality is either a good thing or does no harm.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Are you proud of your heterosexuality?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

gay-prideDID YOU KNOW that July is becoming known as ‘Heterosexual Awareness Month’? Now that the month has passed, are you more aware of your own, or other people’s, heterosexuality?

I’m guessing the answer is no – and I’m guessing that most of you probably don’t feel the need for a particular time to be proud of who you are and who you love, because our families and society are usually affirming and supportive, reinforcing heterosexuality without a second thought all the time. In choosing this headline I have assumed, as our society does all the time, that everyone is (or should be) heterosexual.

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