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USA, Utah: Tenth Circuit to Hear Marriage Equality Lawsuit Today

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Today is the day the first of the new marriage equality lawsuits reaches a district court.

Ari Ezra Waldman has a few things to look for at today’s hearing:

1. Will the court issue a ruling as broad as Judge Shelby’s or limit it in some way?

2. What, if anything, does the court say about the required level of scrutiny in antigay discrimination cases?

3. Will the political backgrounds of the judges play a role in their decision making?

Lisa Keen has a detailed look at the trial and its participants.

Towleroad reports:

The judges: The three-judge panel tasked with hearing the appeal includes two Republican and one Democratic appointee. Judge Paul Kelly (an appointee of President George H.W. Bush) is considered conservative. Judge Carlos Lucero (a Clinton appointee) is considered liberal. But both judges voted with the majority at the Tenth Circuit in the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. They said the owners of the retail store were allowed, under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment free exercise clause, to cite their religious beliefs in order to deny contraceptive services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Judge Jerome Holmes (a George W. Bush appointee) is the wild card. He was recused from the Hobby Lobby case. He was one of two judges in the Tenth Circuit to deny an emergency request from the state of Utah to stay a district court decision pending appeal. They said a stay was “not warranted.”

Tenth Circuit LawsuitsHRC has a map and recap of the marriage equality cases pending before the 10th Circuit:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has jurisdiction over Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Presently there are at least seven marriage equality cases in states within the Tenth Circuit that ban marriage equality. Some of the cases were filed in state courts, while the others were filed in federal courts. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on December 19, 2013, that same-sex couples in the state had the right to marry. The decision took effect immediately.

Meanwhile, the state just threw Mark Regnerus and his flawed gay parenting study under the bus in a last-minute brief. reports:

First, we wish to emphasize the very limited relevance to this case of the comparison addressed by Professor Regnerus. As the State’s briefing makes clear, the State’s principal concern is the potential long-term impact of a redefinition of marriage on the children of heterosexual parents. The debate over man-woman versus same-sex parenting has little if any bearing on that issue, given that being raised in a same-sex household would normally not be one of the alternatives available to children of heterosexual parents.

Second, on the limited issue addressed by the Regnerus study, the State wishes to be clear about what that study (in the State’s view) does and does not establish. The Regnerus study did not examine as its sole focus the outcomes of children raised in same-sex households but, because of sample limitations inherent in the field of study at this point, examined primarily children who acknowledged having a parent who had engaged in a same-sex relationship. Thus, the Regnerus study cannot be viewed as conclusively establishing that raising a child in a same-sex household produces outcomes that are inferior to those produced by man-woman parenting arrangements.


Finally, a Mormon couple with a gay son is defying the church by being featured in an ad for marriage equality. reports:

A Utah Mormon couple with a gay son (below), four other kids, and 18 grandchildren pushes for marriage equality in a new ad campaign airing this week as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considers a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage.

Will the Utah case be the next to reach the US Supreme Court?

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Utah.

Video: Straight Man Speaks Out About Response to Gay Brother’s Wedding

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 6.17.09 AMHere’s your tear-jerker video of the day – a straight man responds to Facebook friends who disapproved of his brother’s wedding.

The Huffington Post reports:

In this emotional video, David Stevens, a straight man, discusses what happened after he posted pictures of his gay brother’s wedding on Facebook. After telling the reader about the beautiful and loving relationship between his brother and his partner, Stevens shares a Facebook message he received following their decision to tie the knot.

Everyone deserves a brother like this. It will make you cry.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources.

GLAAD Releases Videos of Celebrities for Marriage Equality

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

you tube bigAfter getting kicked off the Oscars for anti-gay comments, Brett Ratner agreed to direct a series of ads for GLAAD. A bunch of the ads were released today. reports:

Ratner called working with GLAAD “a positive and enlightening experience” in the wake of his remarks, and his PSAs have just been released. They feature a number of well-known celebs and allies “coming out of the closet” for equality. Jackie Chan, Tamala Jones, Giada De Laurentiis, DeRay Davis, Hudson Taylor, Jaime King, Jason Alexander, Kristen Johnston, Sarah Shahi, and Pauley Perrette are featured in the first set. I’ve posted four of them above.

The ads will air initially on Comcast nationwide. Here’s Jackie Chan’s ad:

Watch it Now: Clooney, Pitt in “8” The Play

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Watch "8" The PlayAFER Just posted the whole “8” the Play to you tube – watch it here now to see the great performances by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, and many more who have joined us in the fight for marriage equality.

From AFER:

“Uncover the truth about marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. George Clooney, Martin Sheen and Jane Lynch join an all-star cast for a one-night-only benefit reading of “8,” the new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) that chronicles the landmark federal trial of California’s Prop. 8 using the actual court transcripts and first-hand interviews.”

Support AFER and the Prop 8 Fight Here

Prop 8 Play’s Reading to Be Broadcast Live on You Tube Saturday Night

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Prop 8 Play BroadcastYouTube has announced it will broadcast the star-studded LA reading of Duston Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play this weekend.

Brad Pitt was confirmed today as the actor playing Judge Vaughn Walker in the play which details how the California ballot measure which revoked gay citizens’ right to marry was ruled unconstitutional for the first time in 2010.

Actor, director and AFER co-founder Rob Reiner announced that the play would be broadcast live on the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER)’s YouTube channel this Saturday evening.

Full Story from Pink News

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Love Traditional Marriage? You’re Next! Video

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Tipped to this by The Gay Marriage Blog – it’s really funny – once you start on the march down the road of “traditional marriage”, where does it end? Talk about a real slippery slope.

Awesome You Tube Video – Why Gays Should Care About Gay Marriage

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010