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USA, Virginia: Sore Loser Ken Cuccinelli Issued Anti-Gay Marriage Opinion in Final Days

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Ken CuccinelliTaking one final stab at the LGBT community before leaving office, Virginia gubernatorial loser Ken Cuccinelli issued a pair of nonbonding opinions against marriage equality, benefits for gays, and restrictions on abortion.

The Pilot Online reports:

During his final days as attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli released a pair of nonbinding opinions that can be read as legal arguments against Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign pledges to fight for gay rights and undo abortion restrictions.

In one, Cuccinelli, who lost to McAuliffe in the 2013 governor’s race, says a governor can’t order state officials to permit legally married gay couples to file joint Virginia tax returns because the state bans same-sex marriage and formal recognition of it. The other asserts that a governor lacks authority to “issue a policy directive to suspend a regulation that was properly adopted pursuant to a statutory mandate.” It appears to target intended protections for gay state employees and efforts to invalidate strict licensing rules for abortion clinics.

You almost have to admire Cuccinelli’s pure dickishness – he stuck with his bigotry until the bitter end.

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Wisconsin, USA: What Some State Representatives Are Saying About Marriage Equality

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Wisconsin MapAfter marriage equality passed in Minnesota, The Journal Times asked some Wisconsin legislators what they thought of passing such a bill there. The JT reports:

Logistics aside, local legislators remain divided on the issue at the core — should gay marriage be legalized? Here’s what our elected officials said….

Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine

Response: Yes, if churches can make their own decisions

Why? “I support the permanent union of loving couples regardless of gender,” Lehman said. But he added that his Lutheran faith strongly informs his opinion. “The sacredness of that process (marriage and children) is instilled in me and lots of people of faith,” he said. Although his own church opposes the practice, Lehman said that as a Senator “you’re representing everybody.” Additionally, Lehman said, he personally knows same-sex couples in loving relationships, which further informs his position.

Tp see the thoughts of other Wisconsin legislators, hit the link above.

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United Kingdom: Archbishop of Canterbury Frustrated By Disgust With Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has spoken of ‘frustration’ at those Christians whose feelings of ’embarrassment, shame and disgust’ over equal marriage rights for gay couples send out ‘unwelcome’ messages.

The head of the Church of England and leader of the Anglican Communion, who will step down in December, was speaking at a teenage Christian discussion day in Lambeth entitled ‘My Friends Think I’m Mad’, the Telegraph reports.

The Archbishop directly addressed the issue of marriage rights for gay couples as one of a “lot of tangles” between traditionalists and progressive thinkers in the Church.

Full Story from Pink News

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USA: Republican Minds Slowly Changing on Marriage Equality

Monday, June 25th, 2012

New York Gay Marriage PollOpposition to gay marriage is declining across the country. Among Republicans, is the same true? Yes; it’s just a much slower progression. And Obama’s announcement of his support for same-sex marriage may have pushed Republican support back down a bit.

Former vice president Dick Cheney’s daughter married another woman Friday, with minimal backlash. Yet even with such high-profile exceptions, opposition to gay marriage among Republicans remains far higher than among other Americans.

In the latest Post polling, 61 percent of Republicans think gay marriage should be illegal, compared with 36 percent of independents and 25 percent of Democrats. Overall, 53 percent of Americans think gay marriage should be legal, according to the most recent Post polling, while only 39 percent think it should be illegal.

Full Story from The Washington Post

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Washington, USA: Some Black Baptists Evolve on Marriage Equality

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Black Baptist Churches and Marriage EqualityThis week, same-sex marriage opponents in Washington state plan to turn in signatures for Referendum 74. The measure seeks to rollback the state’s recent legalization of gay marriage.

Conservative churches are a key base for the Referendum campaign, including many African American churches. Numerous polls show black voters, compared to whites, are more opposed to gay marriage.

Now, some wonder how these voters’ views might shift given President Obama’s support for marriage equality. In the first of our two-part series about same-sex marriage and the church, Liz Jones visits two Baptist churches in the Puget Sound area.

Full Story from NWPR

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NC, USA: Two Christians, Two Opinions on Amendment One

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Christians and Amendment OneNathan King and Michael Brown are both Concord Christians who preach about Jesus’ love. But when it comes to their stance about Amendment One, the two couldn’t be more different.

King, senior pastor of Concord’s Trinity United Church of Christ, supports the rights of gays to marry, and he opposes Amendment One. Brown, director of the Concord-based FIRE School of Ministry, supports Amendment One, declaring that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

The two will get their chance to vote on how the North Carolina government defines marriage during the May 8 primary when they vote on a referendum for Amendment One. The proposed constitutional amendment states, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

Full Story from the Independent Tribune

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HI: Opinions on Governor Lingle’s Veto of Civil Unions Bill

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

In April, the Hawaii House passed a bill granting civil union privileges to same-sex couples. On Tuesday, outgoing Hawaii Governor Laura Lingle, a Republican, vetoed the measure, arguing that the legislation created “marriage by another name” and should be placed before voters. Hawaii has seen fierce debates over gay marriage in the past, with the state supreme court overturning a ban in 1993, and voters amending the constitution in 1998 to permit a gay marriage ban once again. The Hawaii ACLU and Lambda Legal have announced plans to sue the state. Meanwhile, outrage over the measure has swept the left-leaning blogosphere. Here’s why:

Lingle Disingenuous? Matthew Rettenmund of gay-rights blog Towelroad fumes, “While she states her veto has nothing to do with her personal position against ‘same-gender marriage’ (her term) or political considerations, she also takes the opportunity to slam the Democratic’led legislature for forcing her hand. A farce.”

Will Be Remembered for Thwarting Key Bill Michael A. Jones of the Gay Rights blog at Change.org doesn’t hold back. “Let this be the legacy of Gov. Linda Lingle. Given the opportunity to fix a discriminatory law that clearly treats gays and lesbians differently and denies them many benefits, Gov. Lingle chose to stand on the side of inequality and intolerance. And she should be remembered as the Governor that could have moved Hawaii an inch closer toward equal rights, but instead deflected on a major civil rights issue.”

Full Story from the Atlantic Wire

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