Marriage Equality

Lost In The Backlash: Nikki Haley Promised That Next GOP President Will “Respect Modern Families”

Yesterday all of Teabagistan went insane over South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s swipe at Donald Trump during her GOP-vetted response to Obama’s final State Of The Union address. Largely lost in the renewed GOP-Trump civil war, however, was Haley’s promise that the next Republican president will “respect differences in modern families” – a fairly clear reference to gay marriage. The ...

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KENTUCKY: Federal Court Awards $1.1 Million In Legal Fees To Same-Sex Marriage Attorneys

Last year former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear threw a hissy fit over the “unreasonable” legal fees demanded by the good guys in his state’s losing battle against same-sex marriage. Beshear left office last month, tossing that hefty bill in the lap of incoming wingnut Gov. Matt Bevin, who now has to eat a $1.1M shit sandwich courtesy of a ruling ...

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NOM “Demands” President Obama Leave Empty Seat At SOTU To Represent 50 Million American Bigots

L to the O to the L. Via press release: The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today sharply condemned President Obama for inviting Jim Obergefell, one of the plaintiffs whose case was used by the US Supreme Court to impose same-sex ‘marriage’ on the nation, to attend the State of the Union speech and called for the Republican leadership to ...

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VIRGINIA: State Sen. Charles Carrico Intros Bill To Allow Clerks To Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

The Associated Press reports: A Republican lawmaker in Virginia is pushing legislation that would allow clerks to refuse to issue licenses for marriages they object to on moral or religious grounds. Republican Sen. Charles Carrico of Galax said many of his constituents were concerned about what happened to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail last ...

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Jim Obergefell To Sit With First Lady During SOTU

This morning the White House announced that Jim Obergefell will be among the guests seated with the First Lady during President Obama’s final State Of The Union address. From their bio on Obergefell: Jim Obergefell was the named plaintiff in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled same-sex couples nationwide have the Constitutional right to marry. In ...

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ALABAMA: Birmingham Newspaper Eviscerates “Delusional” State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore

From the editorial board of the Birmingham News: Roy Moore is delusional about Roy Moore. The only bad thing that has happened since Alabama acquiesced to the ruling of America’s Supreme Court is that Moore hasn’t got enough attention, so once again he has “ordered” probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Over the past several months, ...

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ALASKA: State GOP Lawmakers Pre-File Bills Which Would Legalize Discrimination Against Married Gays

Alaska GOP state Sen. Peter Micciche today pre-filed a bill which would allow businesses to refuse “services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges” to any married or engaged same-sex couple. A companion bill has also been pre-filed in the Alaska House by GOP Rep. Dave Talerico. Via Alaska Commons: Rather than fix the unenforceable and obsolete provisions rendered unconstitutional by the ...

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NOM Petition: Stand With Chief Justice Roy Moore

Brian Brown surely knows, as even fellow hate group leader Tony Perkins has admitted, that Roy Moore is just spinning his talibangelical wheels in an attempt to screw with Alabama’s gay couples. But hey – here’s yet another desperate shot at getting a few more idiots on NOM’s money beg list. From the petition: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has ...

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UTAH: Republican Lawmaker To Introduce Repeal Of Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage bans are still on the books in some states. In Utah, Republican state Rep. Kraig Powell wants to do something about that. Ben Winslow reports for Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: “My proposal is simply to remove that from the Utah Constitution so that it is no longer on the books,” he said in an interview Wednesday. In ...

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Federal Prosecutors: Ignore Justice Roy Moore

Federal prosecutors are telling Alabama’s probate judges that they are not free to defy the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage despite the order issued yesterday by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. AL.com reports: “The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has issued an administrative order, directing probate judges that they may not issue marriage licenses ...

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Megyn Kelly Smacks Down Brian Brown [VIDEO]

You’ll really enjoy this. Via Mediaite: On the heels of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore‘s order to halt same-sex marriage licenses in the state, an emboldened National Organization for Marriage decided to send a history major to do a lawyer’s job. Fox News anchor and experienced lawyer Megyn Kelly hosted Brian Brown (the NOM president, not the Australian guy from ...

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Hillary Denounces Roy Moore’s “Unconstitutional” Order: Marriage Equality Is The Law Of The Land

“Marriage equality is now the law of the land—including in Alabama. Today’s unconstitutional order reminds us that, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that all Americans have the right to marry the person they love, our work is far from over. “There are still judges who are determined to stand in the way of people’s rights. There are still politicians who ...

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ALABAMA: Protesters Chant “Love Already Won” Outside Madison County Courthouse

Huntsville’s NBC affiliate is live-streaming a protest against Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who earlier today ordered a halt to same-sex marriage. The small group of protesters are outside the Madison County Courthouse where they are chanting “love already won.” Hit the link and watch.

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BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore Issues Order To Block Same-Sex Marriages

And here we go again. AL.com reports: Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an order today saying that a ruling issued last March by the Alabama Supreme Court remains in effect and that probate judges “have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary” to Alabama’s law and constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. In a four-page administrative order, Moore ...

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CHINA: Court Accepts Same-Sex Marriage Case

Voice Of America reports: A Chinese court has accepted the country’s first same-sex marriage case, filed by a gay man in Hunan province against the government for refusing his application to marry his male partner. The decision is being hailed as a step forward for gay rights and as a major test case for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ...

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LAS VEGAS: County And Businesses Celebrate 5000th Gay Marriage With Gifts For Surprised Couple

The Associated Press reports: Clark County partnered with the Las Vegas business community to mark a local gay marriage milestone on New Year’s Eve. According to the county, Phoenix residents Ronald Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev received the 5,000th same-sex marriage license issued in Clark County since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of gay marriage in the ...

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KEY WEST: Drag Queen Sushi Marries After Traditional New Year’s Eve Pump Drop [VIDEO]

One of Key West’s most beloved traditions took place last night when local drag star Sushi was lowered to Duval Street in a giant glittery pump at the stroke of midnight. This year, however, Sushi (real name Gary Marion) finished the ritual by getting married before the adoring throngs. Watch it all below. I had the pleasure of meeting Sushi ...

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UTAH: Court Recognizes Common Law Gay Marriage, Widow Can Now Collect Benefits For Couple’s Son

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The best gift Nicki Bidlack got for Christmas in 2015 was a piece of paper. It’s an amended birth certificate for her 2-year-old son that lists both Bidlack and the late Sara Clow as the boy’s mothers. “This is what she would have wanted,” said Bidlack, 41, of Ogden, her voice trembling as tears slid ...

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TENNESSEE: State Rep Calls For Halt To All Marriage Licenses, “God Didn’t Create Adam And Winston”

The Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: Tennessee should stop issuing marriage licenses in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made gay marriage legal, state Rep. Rick Womick said. “The state Constitution says that marriage is between one man and one woman, and my personal belief is that God says that marriage is between one man and one woman,” ...

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KENTUCKY: Gov. Matt Bevin Faces Massive Legal Bill For His State’s Losing Battle Against Marriage

Back in August then-Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was hit with a $2.3 million legal fees bill from the winning side in his state’s battle against same-sex marriage. Beshear balked at paying the “unreasonable” amount and offered to settle for $581K – about 25% of the bill. Now the full bill is in the lap of newly-elected teabagger Gov. Matt Bevin, ...

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