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Wisconsin Domestic Partner Registry Upheld By State Supreme Court

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Wisconsin MapThe Wisconsin Domestic Partner Registry was upheld as constitutional by the state Supreme Court yesterday.

Gay Star News reports:

Same-sex couples still can’t get married in Wisconsin but they can continue to register to have some of the rights heterosexual married couples automatically have. The state’s supreme court ruled Thursday (31 July) that a 2009 that established a registry for same-sex couples in 2009 does not violate the state’s ban on gay marriage. The registry grants same-sex couples such things as insurance benefits under their partner’s plan, the right to inherit assets upon the death of their partner as well as hospital visitation and medical leave to care for their partner.

Funny how AG Van Hollen, who claimed that “The most important duty of Wisconsin’s Attorney General is to defend our state laws and Constitution” in defending the state’s ban on marriage equality, had no interest in defending this other state law. Hypocritical much?

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The Marriage Equality Wedge Has Turned

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Gay WeddingFor quite a while, conservatives used marriage equality as a culture-war “wedge issue,” taking advantage of the fact that the public was broadly opposed to equal-marriage rights.

Lately, however, the blade of the wedge has turned. Marriage rights aren’t separating the mainstream from the left; they’re separating Republicans from other Republicans.

While the Republican Party’s religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition – in their rhetoric, at least…. “I don’t think the Republican Party is fighting it,” Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker said of gay marriage. He spoke with The Associated Press during an interview this weekend at the National Governors Association in Nashville.

“I’m not saying it’s not important,” continued Walker, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid should he survive his reelection test this fall. “But Republicans haven’t been talking about this. We’ve been talking about economic and fiscal issues. It’s those on the left that are pushing it.”

Authored By Steve Benen – See the Full Story at MSNBC

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Colorado Marriage Equality Gets Boost From Gay Lawmakers

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Colorado Governor John HickenlooperWhile Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, Republican Attorney General John Suthers, and county clerks in Denver and Jefferson counties are asking for an immediate ruling overturning the ban on Colorado marriage equality followed by a stay, gay lawmakers want something a little different.

CBS Local reports:

“There’s nothing left to argue about. It’s time to put a court-order in place enjoining the enforcement of our ban in Colorado. Let people be married and move on with their lives,” said Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman, a state budget writer and one of five gay lawmakers who called for a quick — and final — court ruling… The longer we delay, the more we say, ‘Oh, let’s hold our breath. Maybe something will happen differently.’ The more we put ourselves in that position of delaying justice, which is really denying justice,” he said. “And as I’ve pointed out, and I can speak from personal experience, not everyone can afford to wait.”

Hickenlooper et al appear to be trying to head off a state court ruling, which could lead to a much more immediate Colorado Supreme Court ruling. why is Hickenlooper going along with this?

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And Then There Were Four – GOP Senator Collins Supports Marriage Equality

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Maine Senator Susan CollinsWith the addition of Susan Collins, four US GOP Senators now support marriage equality.

Think Progress reports:

Susan Collins became the fourth Republican senator to support marriage equality on Wednesday, announcing her position in a questionnaire from Maine’s Bangor Daily News. “A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,” Collins wrote. Voters in Maine outlawed same-sex marriage in 2009, but legalized it in 2012.

The other three are Rob Portman (OH), Mark Kirk (IL) and Lisa Murkowski (AK).

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New York Senate Blocks LGBT Bills

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

New York MapThe state Senate killed two LGBT bills by not allowing them to come up for a vote, although both were seen as likely to pass.

Pink News reports:

The New York Senate has blocked bills which banned ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors, and protected trans people from discrimination. The ban on therapy to ‘cure’ homosexuality in minors had already been passed by the Assembly earlier this month, but was blocked by the Senate alongside the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act. The Senate leadership ended the legislative session without allowing the bills to go to a vote, despite support from both Democrats and Republicans.

The traitorous democrats (or is that DINO’s) who gave control of the state Senate over to the GOP are the gift that just keeps giving.

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Alabama Sodomy Law Not Dead Yet?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Alabama Attorney General Luther StrangeThe Alabama Sodomy Law may not be entirely dead yet.

Joe.My.God reports:

Last Friday an Alabama appeals court struck down the state’s ban on consensual oral and anal sex. Yesterday Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange indicated that he will seek an appeal of that ruling. In a statement, the attorney general said the office believed the law was unconstitutional as applied to consensual acts. However, he said he was concerned with the impact the decision may have on prosecutions involving non-consensual sex.

It’s the same line AG Ken Cucinelli tried to push to preserve the Virginia sodomy law. He failed.

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President Obama Will Sign LGBT Employment Executive Order

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

President Barack ObamaPresident Obama will finally sign an executive order requiring that all companies who contract with the federal government must not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Think Progress reports:

The order, expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, is an extension of orders previously issued by past presidents — most recently Johnson — similarly banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin among all contractors and subcontractors who do over $10,000 in business with the government in any one year. The protections will reach over one million LGBT workers across the country, making it the single largest expansion of LGBT workplace protections in our country’s history. There continue to be 29 states that offer no employment protections on the basis of sexual orientation and 32 with no protections based on gender identity, but many LGBT workers in those states will now have workplace protections for the first time ever.

A new HRC poll shows that 63% favor a law protecting the LGBT community in the workplace.

LGBT Weekly reports:

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today released new public opinion research that conclusively demonstrates strong public support for federal non-discrimination workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. A national survey of 1,200 registered voters conducted June 6-10, 2014 by TargetPoint Consulting found that 63 percent of those surveyed favor a federal law that protects gay and transgender people from employment discrimination while only 25 percent oppose it. Enthusiasm for this is especially strong among supporters: 42 percent strongly favor it, while only 16 percent strongly oppose.

And Senator Orrin Hatch has the gall to ask the President to put conditions on his order, after helping to block the passage of ENDA for how many years?

The Washington Blade reports:

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is calling for the executive order that President Obama is poised to sign barring LGBT discrimination among federal contractors to include a religious exemption along the lines of the pending Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Hatch made the comments via a statement to the Washington Blade in response to a request to comment on the directive, which the White House on Monday announced President Obama intends to sign. “While the specifics of this executive order are not yet clear, I believe it must include the same religious protections that are included in the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the Senate,” Hatch said.

OMG, the balls it must take to stand up and say that with a straight face (pun intended).

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Governor Corbett Made the Right Choice on Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Case, Poll Says

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

titleA new poll shows a strong majority supports the decision Governor Tom Corbett made not to appeal the Pennsylvania marriage equality lawsuit.

The Hill reports:

Fifty-six percent of voters said Gov. Tom Corbett made the right decision in refraining from appealing the decision, according to a poll by the Democratically affiliated Public Policy Polling. Another 33 percent said he should have appealed… Forty-five percent of voters agreed with the court ruling. A slightly higher number, 48 percent, of voters said gay marriage should be allowed in the state, compared to 44 percent who think it should not. Another 9 percent are unsure.

With such strong poll numbers, Governor Corbett seems unlikely to heed the call of a group of anti-gay pastors who want him to change his mind and appeal.

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Republicans Not Likely to Embrace Marriage Equality Anytime Soon

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Homosexuality morally acceprable?

This week featured a major event in the Republican Party’s still-ongoing evolution on gay marriage, with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) becoming the latest of a handful of congressional Republicans to say he supports it.

But while Democrats have come out en masse for gay marriage in the last couple of years, don’t expect a similar onslaught from the GOP any time soon.

The reason? The GOP is still struggling with the morality issue.

While Democrats have moved quickly away from the idea that gay and lesbian relations are morally wrong, Republicans are moving much more slowly. In fact, they’re barely more accepting of homosexuality today than they were a decade ago, according to Gallup, which has been asking Americans every year whether various behaviors are “morally acceptable” to them.

Authored By Aaron Blake – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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Will Marriage Equality Destroy the GOP?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Gay WeddingSince last year, the progress toward marriage equality has been nothing less than stunning. Nearly a year ago, the Supreme Court granted full federal recognition of married same-sex couples in declaring the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. In rapid succession since then, federal judges in 13 states have overturned their state’s respective bans on same sex unions. The latest was last week in Pennsylvania, when Judge John E. Jones III, a G. W. Bush appointee, overturned the ban, writing, “We are a better people than what these laws represent.” Because Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has declined to appeal the judge’s decision, Pennsylvania is now the 19th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Federal judges have ruled against the bans as diverse as Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Gay marriage isn’t just for blue states anymore.

One of the most eloquent statements against the bans was issued earlier this month by Arkansas federal judge Chris Piazza, who argued that state’s ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Procreation is not a prerequisite in Arkansas for a marriage license,” he said. “Opposite-sex couples may choose not to have children or they may be infertile, and certainly we are beyond trying to protect the gene pool. A marriage license is a civil document and is not, nor can it be, based upon any particular faith. Same-sex couples are a morally disliked minority and the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages is driven by animus rather than a rational basis. This violates the U.S. Constitution.”

Authored By David Lampo – See the Full Story at Politico

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