Marriage Equality

TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton No Longer Faces Contempt Charges Over Death Certificates Issue

From the Dallas NBC affiliate: A lawyer says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton no longer faces a contempt of court hearing after the state agreed to update vital record policies for same-sex couples. The cancellation Monday means that Paxton must no longer appear before a federal judge and possibly be held in contempt over whether Texas has impeded gay rights ...

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SOUTH CAROLINA: AG Alan Wilson Ordered To Pay Couple $135K In Legal Fees Over Marriage Battle

BOOM! The Associated Press reports: A federal judge ordered South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Monday to pay more than $135,000 in legal fees for a couple who challenged the state ban on same-sex marriage. Wilson must reimburse seven attorneys a total of $130,600 for 390 hours of work, or nearly 90 percent of what they requested. Judge Richard ...

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AUSTRALIA: PM Tony Abbott Calls Meeting To Discuss Free Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Bill UPDATE: Free Vote Rejected

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Coalition MPs are holed up at Parliament House in a marathon meeting to debate same-sex marriage. Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a special joint Liberal-National parties meeting on Tuesday afternoon so government MPs could discuss whether they should have a free vote on the reform. However the decision to include National MPs – who are ...

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AUSTRALIA: Haters Thank Anti-Gay Pols With Flowers, Take Out Ads Against Marriage Equality Bill

Via the Associated Press: Thousands of flowers have been placed in front of Parliament House from Australians who want to thank Tony Abbott for standing by traditional marriage. But the prime minister was unable to personally accept their thanks. The gesture was organised by the Christian Federation, which has called for a civil conversation on changing the Marriage Act. “There ...

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Michigan Tea Party Rep: I Made Up That Gay Hooker Story About Myself Because I Was Being Blackmailed

The Detroit News reports: Embattled state Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, sent his own audio tape early Monday morning, saying he sent a false e-mail about paying for gay sex because he was being blackmailed. The long and rambling audio tape blames his former staffers, Ben Graham, Josh Cline and Keith Allard, for colluding with the Lansing “mafia” establishment to bring ...

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AUSTRALIA: Network Gets Blowback After Airing Titanic-Themed Anti-Gay Marriage Ad [VIDEO]

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: Foxtel is facing a backlash from some subscribers after it decided to screen advertisements opposing same-sex marriage. The ads, created by anti-gay marriage group Marriage Alliance, were knocked back by the Seven and Ten networks but have been screened by the pay TV provider. People took to Facebook to vent their anger, with many saying ...

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AUSTRALIA: Canberra Airport Lights Up In Rainbow To Greet MPs Arriving For Same-Sex Marriage Bill [VIDEO]

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Canberra Airport has been lit up in rainbow colours to greet federal MPs flying into the capital, ahead of the introduction of a cross-party bill to support gay marriage expected this fortnight. And Australian Marriage Equality’s new national campaign slogan, #WeCanDoThis, is also on display with hopes the momentum in the community for same-sex marriage ...

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