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Judge to Clerk: “Stop Issuing Same-Sex Couples Marriage Licenses”

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Saints Sergius and Bacchus. 7th Century icon. Officers of the Roman Army in Syria who were tortured to death for their refusal to worship Roman gods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Thursday, a Pennsylvania judge ordered a suburban Philadelphia court clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini said Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes did not have the power to decide whether Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban violates the state constitution.

Hanes said he was disappointed.

It was not immediately clear what the decision will mean for the 174 couples who obtained licenses.

A 1996 state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Via Huffington Post.

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Ginsburg: Marriage Equality Shows the “Genius” of the Constitution

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English: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend’s same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the “genius” of the U.S. Constitution.

Justice Ginsburg said equality has always been central to the Constitution, even if society has only applied it to minorities over time.

Justice Ginsburg, the second woman named to the high court, has now served for 20 years and leads the court’s liberal minority. Her increasingly candid and forceful writing, has attracted ardent fans.

Justice Ginsburg gave no hint she would wind down her judicial career anytime soon.

Via HuffPo.

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Cooch Reiterates: LGBT People are “Soulless” and “Self-Destructive”

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Ken “Cooch” Cuccinelli, the candidate for Governor of Virginia, recently said that LGBT people are soulless and “self-destructive.”

If Cooch wins, he’d be leading one of our nation’s most critical swing states. Even worse, a Cooch victory would send a message to both parties for the 2014 elections that voters don’t care that much about equality. We can’t let that happen.

That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is putting organizers on the ground in crucial Virginia districts and mobilizing tens of thousands of HRC supporters in the state.  We need to make a statement at the ballot box. Join HRC to help expand equality across the country.

Here’s the thing about Cooch: he’s not alone. Elected officials across the country share his views, and they’re working every day to end or gut hard-fought protections for LGBT Americans.

Laws can be undone in a heartbeat. It took years to win thirteen states with marriage equality and a DOMA-free country. We can’t afford to turn back the clock.

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Opponents Ready Themselves to Fight NC Gay Marriage Amendment

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Current marriage amendments to US state constitutions, by type Constitutional amendment bans same-sex marriage, civil unions, and any marriage-like contract between unmarried persons Constitutional amendment bans same-sex marriage and civil unions Constitutional amendment bans same-sex marriage Constitutional amendment grants legislature authority to ban same-sex marriage No constitutional amendments (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, opponents began to explore their next options.

North Carolina voted to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited. Supporters said the amendment was needed to ward off legal challenges.

Voters approved the amendment by a 61% to 39% margin.

The amendment alters the constitution to say that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.”

Via CNN.

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Maryland Becomes 8th State with Marriage Equality

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With Governor Martin O’Malley’s signature, marriage equality will become law in Maryland. Maryland will be the eighth state to enact such a law.

In just three weeks, following a major court victory against Proposition 8, marriage equality bills have passed in Washington, New Jersey, and now Maryland.

Despite New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s heartbreaking veto, the legislature’s pro-equality vote marked a powerful moment in this years-long battle.

These victories are exhilarating, but they are not accidents. All of these gains are the result of years of working together to elect fair-minded candidates and placing organizers on the ground to build support for these bills.

Join thousands around the country in congratulating Maryland on this remarkable moment.

Congratulations, Maryland!

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NJ Governor Vetoes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would allow same-sex couples to wed.

The General Assembly passed the measure Thursday. The Senate approved it Monday. Lawmakers have until the legislative session ends in January 2014 to override the veto.

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BREAKING: Prop. 8 Unconstitutional

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This morning, the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 that Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.

It’s the first time that a federal appeals court has struck down a statewide ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

The court’s opinion affirmed arguments made by Equality California’s amicus brief:

Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.

Thousands of California couples and families have been denied a chance to make the same commitment in marriage that other couples treasure. Today’s ruling has moved one step closer to restoring the freedom to marry in California.

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Washington Considers Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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The bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington is notable for its ambition; that it was proposed by Governor Christine Gregoire, whose last remarks on the issue placed her in the not-yet camp; and the fact that it is supported by those in the legislature who have also changed their minds.

The bill would make Washington the seventh state where same-sex couples are allowed to marry. Bill sponsors are just a few votes short.

In 1998, Washington passed a law saying only a man and woman could marry. The State Supreme Court upheld the law in 2006, but that same year, Washington passed a civil rights bill that recognized domestic partnerships. In 2009, it approved what has become known as an “everything but marriage” law.

Opponents challenged that law through a referendum; voters upheld it 53% to 47%. In 2008, while seeking reelection, Gov. Gregoire suggested that churches should decide the issue, but in her State of the State this month, she said, “Let’s tell the children of our same-sex couples that their parents’ relationship is equal to all others in the state.”

In an interview, the governor said, “I’m a lawyer, I’m a wife, I’m a mom, I’m governor. I’m also a Catholic, and I have struggled with this issue for the last seven years.”

This is Ms. Gregoire’s final year in office. People have speculated that she is supporting same-sex marriage now that the political risk of doing so has diminished, but she has said her position had evolved, in part through conversations with her daughters.

The bill is modeled on the law passed by New York, which included language clarifying that religious groups and churches are not required to marry same-sex partners.

Senator Ed Murray, a Seattle Democrat, has been one of the Legislature’s most persistent advocates for same-sex marriage. Sen. Murray said Gov. Gregoire strengthened protections for religious groups beyond what he had proposed.

Some lawmakers say they will organize a coalition to defeat a marriage law, should it pass. On Friday, a group of Roman Catholic bishops issued a statement opposing the new bill.

Sen. Murray, noting that Washington’s petition-friendly system makes any bill passed by the Legislature vulnerable, said he and others had worked since last spring to build support behind the scenes, anticipating a battle in the Legislature and at the polls.

“I’m a little concerned that people are popping the Champagne corks,” he said. “They need to remember it took us years to find one vote on the civil rights bill and we’re several votes short on the marriage bill. We’re very close, but we don’t have the votes yet.”

Via The New York Times.

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Elizabeth Santorum Has “Gay Friends” Who “Support” Her Dad

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The Huffington Post profiled Elizabeth Santorum, Rick’s twenty-year-old daughter and a piece of his “campaign infrastructure:”

It is tough, after all, being a young surrogate for a candidate/father clinging to an older worldview. Her father’s stance on same-sex marriage and gay rights, in particular, has caused some friction from non-supporters. “It’s a policy thing, he thinks this is the right thing for America and the foundations of our country,” she said of gay marriage…. Opposed to same-sex marriage herself, Elizabeth said she has gay friends who support her father’s candidacy based on his economic and family platforms. But her father’s doctrinaire opposition to change on these fronts has made her the occasional target at school and on the trail—”never aggressively,” she said, though “obviously, there are certain people that aren’t [respectful].”

You know what else is tough? Losing your home after the death of your spouse or seeing your husband deported because your marriage isn’t recognized by the federal government.

What is really interesting about the interview is Elizabeth’s claim to have gay friends. Just like her father. And Rick Warren and Joel Orstein and Sarah Palin.

All the high-profile homophobes seem to have gay friends!

Elizabeth Santorum has gay friends who support her dad based on his family platform? That is astonishing! Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his having compared sex between consenting adults of the same sex to child rape and bestiality? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his having asserted that gay relationships are a threat to “homeland security”? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his opposition to any legal recognition of same-sex relationships at all? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his promise to write anti-gay bigotry into the U.S. Constitution, forcibly divorce every same-sex couple that has gotten legally married in the U.S. over the last decade, and reinstate DADT? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his opposition to adoptions by same-sex couples?

Via slog.thestranger.com.

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Repbulican Presidential Candidates Promise to Hate Gays

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Every major Republican presidential candidate has promised to enshrine hate in the U.S. Constitution with a ban on marriage equality.

With the Iowa Caucuses just days away, their promises present a threat to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families.

Newt Gingrich recently called marriage equality a “temporary aberration.”

Rick Perry launched a television ad blitz tearing into lesbians and gays serving in the armed forces. He also called President Obama’s decision to promote LGBT human rights abroad “silly.”

Mitt Romney is going door to door in Iowa to trumpet his “pro-marriage” credentials.

Michele Bachmann recently proclaimed that as President, she would do nothing more to protect LGBT people from bullying and discrimination. She even asserted that gays and lesbians already have the right to marry, as long as it’s to someone of the opposite sex.

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