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Couple challenging Michigan gay marriage ban 'entitled to...

I'm thinking this is just the first of 33 more cases to be brought before State courts where they have an anti-gay marriage amendment in place. The SCOTUS ruling IS now LEGAL PRECEDENT and, if the SCOTUS says that prohibiting gay marriage is a violation of the equal protection clause of the US Constitution - rest assured, state Supreme Courts will be hard pressed to ignore such a precedent. I think you'll also see many motions for SUMMARY JUDGEMENT - which would avoid long and costly litigation!  (Jul 2, 2013 | post #5)

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The Cure for Gay Wedding-Related Depression

2 Great skits! :)  (May 20, 2013 | post #6)

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Has the 'Gay-Rights Movement' been Hijacked by The Fight ...

The author, Alex Forgue, is SO off base on this article. Ask any of us who have been fighting for equal rights for gays and lesbians and we'll tell you that we KNOW all the individual issues listed in this article are important. But we also learned very quickly that it was much better to focus on the MARRIAGE issue than to try to fight for equal rights regarding mental health, employment, or "spousal abuse," just to name a few. And there's a VERY good reason for that decision. Because WHEN marriage equality IS the law of the land, the 1,300+ rights and benefits that come with that recognition, THEN many of those very issues listed in the article will quickly fall aside! For example, on employment rights. If a man gets fired for taking time off work to marry his male partner - THAT would break the law - even in a "at will" work state. Why try to fight 50 state battles over "employment rights" when gay marriage being legal will inevitably place sexual orientation into employee rights. The same goes for physical/spousal abuse, taxes and mental health issues. Gay marriage IS the hub of the spoke of hundreds of rights and will queue changes to tens-of-thousands of laws and regulations in every city and town in the USA. Marriage rights IS the Achilles Heal of gay discrimination!  (May 7, 2013 | post #4)

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Families of Hospitalized Man & Arrested Partner Come Forward

I've been following this story since it first came out and oh my how the details of the story are not only being filled in with FACTS - but those facts are showing a few things: 1) The brother who called 911 didn't call his brother's partner, NOR did he tell the 1st responders about the fact his brother's partner had power of attorney. 2) The daughter of the gay couple pleaded with the 1st responders to await the arrival of the partner - they ignored it (with the urging of the brother) 3) The partner IN the hospital told his brother and the nurse that he wanted his partner there! 4) There was a copy of the power of attorney ON FILE and should have been referenced WHEN the patient was admitted! 5) Hospital security and the NURSE have been VERY quiet about their versions of the incident - why? One doesn't need to be a brain surgeon to figure out that neither the nurse nor security had ANY intention of heeding the wishes of the patient OR checking the LEGAL documentation. They should have diffused the situation (ie: take both men out of the room) and determined the next course of action that way! We've NOT heard the last of this - there is LOTS of fault to go around and NONE of it falls to the gay couple or their daughter.  (Apr 18, 2013 | post #4)

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Colbert Mocks "Accidental Racist" With "Oopsie-Daisy Homo...

BRILLIANT!  (Apr 18, 2013 | post #1)

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GOP wants to end perception as 'stuffy old men'

Talk is cheap - money buys whiskey! Proof of that will come when the GOP has to actually put into practice what Priebus was talking about when he said, "Decent people can disagree on issues. I don't agree with my wife on 100% of the issues, but it doesn't mean we don't have a good marriage. I think that we have to be a welcoming party. I think that we have to have a party that says, 'If you want to support our party and you want to walk through that door, I don't need to agree with you on every single issue.'" REALLY? So, Mr. Priebus, if your wife said she supported the Roe vs. Wade decision, supported gay marriage rights and a true path to citizenship for undocumented workers, you'd be ok with that chat over the kitchen table, but i'm almost certain you wouldn't want her saying that on Meet The Press! Sure, you can have a different opinion, but if that opinion is contrary to the party's dogma - you're a voice crying in the wilderness - alienated. How long does the GOP think that dissenters will remain and support the party if all they are allowed to do is "talk" but not help drive CHANGE? They, like millions of other voters (as was proven in November) will find a party that both LISTENS and changes with the times (and demographics).  (Mar 18, 2013 | post #6)

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Charles Murray's Gay Marriage Surprise

The REAL question is, Will the FACTS drive the change in the GOP or will dogma remain the litmus test for Republicans. Murray, a man known for his word craftsman ship, really missed the chance to just speak plainly to the CPAC attendees. He should have just come out and said, "Let go of gay marriage and abortion and deportation as guiding principles and move on to what the GOP is known BEST for - and that's managing the economy (from the federal level). But they won't heed his words - no matter how well crafted because the GOP IS more like a religion than a political party. It's an All-or-nothing group now and while they WANT to say the GOP is a party with a big tent, there are CONDITIONS to enter. The GOP actually has a defacto "don't ask don't tell" policy when it comes to having a different opinion on GOP policies - especially on social issues. That means, you can be pro-gay marriage and be a Republican - you just have to keep it to yourself! The fact that they refused to allow the Log Cabin Republicans at CPAC is proof that the GOP leadership (R. Priebus) remains militaristic in their dogma and philosophies. Bottom line: The GOP has gone SOOOO far to the right that ANY change in policy or philosophy is seen as a LOSING - not compromise! And that's why the GOP is seen more as an arm of the religious right and not a political party. You only have to watch the Sunday morning news shows to see and hear the proof of that. We hear alot about the need for compromise, YET, no one wants to either take the first step OR really want to be WILLING to give up on ANYTHING to get something. That's why we're at a stalemate - and the ONE thing the GOP seems to have totally missed is that the VOTERS are willing to undergo years of economic sacrifices before they will hand over control of the country to religious politicians. Why? Because it's only going to be a few more years before the hard-right (angry old white men) die off. But, by then, the GOP will have been relegated to a minority party - and lost all their power and influence. Americans have a LONG and POWERFUL memory. Women, minorities and younger voters won't forget all the hate-filled rhetoric (and legislation) promoted by the GOP. So, go ahead Republicans - wait - and pay the ultimate price. OR! Take your lumps now within the party, and REALLY EXPAND your platform!  (Mar 18, 2013 | post #4)

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The Vatican Revealed to Own Europe's Largest Gay Sauna

Look, there is NO WAY the RCC isn't aware of the bathhouse in a commercial property they own (or partially own). The real issue lies in the fact that they CONTINUE to own/invest in it. Given the fact that they oppose or distance themselves from all things gay (see their support of boy scouts and the millions they donated to support prop 8), what we have here is an issue of RETURN ON INVESTMENT (making money) trumping their religious dogma! And while i bet more than one priest/bishop/card inal has had clandestine meetings with men who patronize that "spa" - i'm betting they get a younger priest to recruit a guy to come upstairs to play.  (Mar 13, 2013 | post #9)

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RI gay marriage bill may hinge on religious clause

My lord, the issue of religious exemptions has been debated and resolved many times over since Massachusetts first legalized gay marriage. And, a TRUE religious organization IS protected from being FORCED to host or officiate same-sex marriages. PERIOD! However, ANY organization - religious, semi-religious, etc....CANNOT discriminate if they offer any form of public accommodation or service. So, YES, the Knights of Columbus, if they rent out their reception halls to the public - they CAN'T say, because they are affiliated with the RCC, that they won't allow a wedding recption for a gay couple - UNLESS they change their police and ONLY allow receptions for those married in the RCC. If you are a florist, and roman catholic, and you refuse to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding - you're discriminating! Unless of course that florist ONLY sells flowers to couples married in the RCC. ALso, if a religious organization takes TAX PAYER MONEY - they can't discriminate. So, this is a red-herring issue. They are trying to be legally empowered to discriminate! I hope the pro-gay marriage folks in RI don't buckle and hold off for a few more months. When the SCOTUS rules on gay marriage - this argument will be pretty much moot. Don't CAVE!  (Mar 11, 2013 | post #19)

Gay/Lesbian

Federal Judge Could Overturn Michigan's Ban on Same-Sex M...

The only problem here is that IF the judge DOES find for the couple and ALSO deems the law unconstitutional, the State will ask for a STAY (and in fact, the judge may put a STAY in place pending the SCOTUS ruling later in the year). A hollow victory if it happens. And, to the point about "press coverage" of the case...i'm actually GLAD because if the motion hearing is going to happen THIS month, this helps reduce the amount of "outside pressure" that can be applied to the judge. I'm crossing my fingers given what i've read.  (Mar 5, 2013 | post #8)

Gay/Lesbian

Plans for prom barring gays rocks Ind. community

You're right. It's so unfair that an entire group of people are being blamed for the actions and words of the minority....oh wait, i'm talking about how the loud, and small-in-number, people in the Christian community villify gays and lesbians with their hatred and intolerance! Sarcasm aside, yes, those in support of same-sex couples attending their prom, should not have sent faxes and left voice mails on the church's fax and phone, but, perhaps they might learn what it's like to be the target of unwanted hate-filled comments. It hurts, dosn't it? What's worse, is that being the target of such attacks is compounded when you DON'T reflect the feelings of those making the statements. Reminds me of the old indian saying, "If you want to know more about me - walk a mile in my shoes." Being verbally attacked for simply opening your facility for a meeting (which you didn't know the purpose of) hurts. Very much in the same way how gay folks feel when they are being verbally attacked (and discrimanted against) for simply opening their heart to a person they love. Hmmmm...teaching moment here?  (Feb 15, 2013 | post #4)

Gay/Lesbian

Pope Benedict XVI To Leave Office 28 February

My prayers were answered when I awoke to the news that Pope Benedict was abdicating his office. While I understand his hard line position on the church's teachings (clearly he had NO intention of moderating any of their current policies and teachings) in the wake of the child abuse scandal in the USA, he didn't do anything to move the church closer to non-practicing Catholics at all. The RCC is more like the Republican party right now in that they seem to want to ignore basic demographics. In that, the RCC's core group of followers are over the age of 70! And, while they can hold on to their older views for a few more years and then they will HAVE to address change. Yes, the RCC has members across the Globe and many are of latin decent, but as the world gets smaller due to the internet and information sources, the more they will see how out of touch they are with humanity. Hopefully the new pope will be more progressive.  (Feb 11, 2013 | post #14)

Gay/Lesbian

Anti-Gay Politicians Predict Mass Exodus From Boy Scouts

Oh my how this song sounds SOOO familiar! Gay rights opponents love to "cry wolf" every time another step is taken towards equality! The story references their screams of fear regarding the repeal of DADT - and nothing happened, but remember when Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage. They predicted the complete and utter decline in the institution of marriage. Ironically, over the past 5 years, DIVORCE in MASS has declined and is one of the 5 states (all northeast states) with the lowest divorce rates in the country. So, it seems, the enlighted folks in those states TRUELY understand what marriage means AND that gay marriage did NOT undermine hetero marriage. The pure fact of the matter on the BSA policy falls on WHERE scouts meet - churches! ANd here's where churches will FAIL to see the impact of locking out the BSA from their facilities - public backlash! That's right, in just a matter of days, you'll start seeing and hearing scout troops on the tv, radio and print asking for help in finding a new place to meet because the church they WERE using kicked them out because they allow gay scouts and Scout Masters. Talk about a PR nightmare! Now we'll KNOW which churches REALLY follow the bible and what it teaches about love and tolerance. Oh, and how does kicking the scouts out of your hall fit into the "hate the sin, love the sinner" argument. How does a 10 year old STR8 boyscout benefit from losing the place the meet for their troop? I want to hear the churches say, "Sorry Johnny, we'd love to have your troop back, but we can't risk having gay folks on our property and exposing them to our faith, our God and church family." That makes alot of sense! So, go ahead church leaders. Kick the BSA out of your churches - other organizations will flock to offer their facilities to host troop meetings and YOU ALL will be seen for the 2-faced, bigoted groups you've sadly become.  (Feb 4, 2013 | post #3)

Gay/Lesbian

Prominent evangelical pastor Reverend Steve Chalke declar...

WOW! Now here's a religious leader who GETS IT! Unlike Michael Erre's letter - a weak letter of apology, Chalke spends the time to quote scripture upholding his change in support for monongamous gay couples! Hopefully this WILL spark discussion among the faithful, and they will read and understand what he wrote - and why!  (Jan 15, 2013 | post #1)

Gay/Lesbian

Giglio bows out of inauguration over sermon on gays

GOOD! Now so-called "Christian pastors/leader " pander to their flock to drive fear, hate, bigotry and then collect millions in donations, will be held accountable for their hate-speech. I was taught that God is LOVE. Hopefully these "leaders " will keep that in mind BEFORE they speak and focus on God's LOVE and not THEIR HATE!  (Jan 10, 2013 | post #1)

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