Tag Archives: marriage equality

The Last Father’s Day

The Family Research Council ran this bit of loveliness in some California newspapers over the weekend.

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Westboro To Picket First Gay Wedding
In San Francisco

Fred Phelps and his Westboro loonies will be picketing at San Francisco City Hall today to picket the wedding of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, the couple that was first to marry there back in 2004 and who will repeat their history ceremony legally today at 5:00PM. But in a way, having a raving nutjob like Phelps there may actually ...

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The Fundies Are Getting Desperate

Check this out: A conservative Christian legal group on Thursday made a last-ditch effort to stop gay marriage from becoming legal in California by asking a midlevel appeals court to temporarily prohibit county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Virginia-based Liberty Counsel, in a petition with the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, argued that ...

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Marriage Equality For Norway

Norway, which first granted its LGBT citizens the right to civil unions way back in 1993, today legalized same-sex marriage. Members of Parliament in Norway today approved a bill that will allow same-sex couples to marry by 84 votes to 41. The new law will make marriage gender neutral. The Scandinavian country already allows gay and lesbian couples to enter ...

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More On The “Don’t Sue” Memo

Many of you were puzzled or angered by yesterday’s joint statement from a broad coalition of LGBT groups who are asking that out-of-state gays that marry in California not return to their home states and begin filing lawsuits requesting recognition. Today’s Los Angeles Times sheds some light on the story. The memo cautioned that the U.S. Supreme Court has traditionally ...

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“Make Change, Not Lawsuits”

A broad coalition of nine major LGBT rights and legal groups have issued a joint statement asking out-of-state gay couples married in California NOT to then sue the federal government, their home states, or their employers for recognition of their marriage status. Four lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal organizations and five other leading national LGBT groups today issued ...

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A Historic First, For The Second Time

This time, it will be legal. When same-sex marriages start at 5 p.m. June 16, San Francisco will stage a repeat of the ceremony that started the 2004 Winter of Love, when thousands of gay and lesbian couples married at City Hall. This time, though, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon’s wedding will be legal. Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday that ...

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HomoQuotable – David Benkof

“The Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest gay-rights group, recently announced plans to spend at least a half-million dollars to defeat the California Marriage Protection Act. What a waste; gays and lesbians have far more urgent needs. The Golden State constitutional amendment poses no substantive threat to them – it will take nothing away from same-sex couples but the word “marriage.” ...

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Thousands Of New York Couples Headed To Marry In California

Via USA Today: Jeff Friedman and Andrew Zwerin were high school sweethearts on Long Island. After college and graduate school, they returned to New York to Rockville Centre. When they adopted Joshua, now 4, Friedman quit his job as a lawyer to be a stay-at-home dad. Despite deep roots in New York, they will fly to Los Angeles this month ...

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Boycott Bolthouse Juice

The gay blogosphere got angry yesterday upon news that the guy who founded juice company Bolthouse Farms, a brand popular with many gay health and fitness enthusiasts, has donated $100,000 to support the anti-gay marriage ballot measure in California. Bakersfield carrot farmer William Bolthouse donated $100,000 to an initiative aiming to fight gay marriage — a measure that will appear ...

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Jay Leno Comes Out
(In Support of Gay Marriage)

Perhaps as penance for his recent “gay face” controversy, Tonight Show host Jay Leno will appear at a gay marriage rally at a West Hollywood gay bar tonight. Jay Leno will be among the boldfaced names at a gay marriage celebration and rally tomorrow night at the Abbey in West Hollywood. T.R. Knight will join the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Judy ...

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No Stay Of CA Marriage Ruling

This just in: California’s highest court has refused to stay until after the November election its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. Conservative religious and legal groups had asked the California Supreme Court to stop its order from becoming effective until voters have the chance to weigh in on the issue. An initiative that would amend the state constitution ...

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Gay Marriage Ban Qualifies For CA Ballot

Not really big news as the haters had twice the necessary signatures: An initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in California has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State announced Monday. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said a random check of signatures submitted by the measure’s sponsors showed that they had gathered enough names for it ...

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Gay Marriages To Boost CA Economy

Via the Los Angeles Times: Forget economic stimulus checks. Same-sex marriages may give California just the financial boost it needs. Wedding planners, bakers and hotels began booking more business almost immediately after the state Supreme Court’s May 15 decision overturning a ban on gay marriage. Citing pent-up demand, one UCLA study projects that same-sex unions could provide a $370-million shot ...

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CA Asks Court Not To Delay Marriages

The state of California is fighting the wingnuts that want a stay of the ruling approving marriage equality. After fighting same-sex marriage for four years, the state Thursday urged the California Supreme Court to reject petitions that would delay enforcement of the court’s landmark ruling permitting gays to wed. “This historic litigation is now concluded,” wrote Senior Assistant Atty. Gen. ...

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New CA Poll: Majority Approve Marriage Equality For First Time Ever

By a tiny margin, for the first time ever a majority of polled Californians say they now approve of gay marriage. In a dramatic reversal of decades of public opinion, California voters agree by a slim majority that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, according to a Field Poll released today. By 51-42 percent, registered voters said they believed ...

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Out Of State Gay Marriages To Stand In NY

Expanding on the May 5th decision by the New York State Court Of Appeals that the state must recognize legal gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions, Gov. David Paterson has issued a broad directive to New York state agencies commanding them to prepare policies and procedures to do so. Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin ...

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CA Marriage Ruling Could Send Issue To U.S. Supreme Court

From the San Jose Mercury News: It was 1964. Conservative groups across California, angered by a new law aimed at discriminatory housing practices, mobilized to wipe the law off the books by amending the state constitution. The initiative was a hit at the ballot box. Two-thirds of the state’s voters approved the change in the constitution. But the new law ...

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June10th: Maine’s Anti-Gay Petition Drive

Boo-hooing that they are being intimidated, wingnuts in Maine are crying foul because LGBT activists plan to stand next to them at polling places during the primary and urge voters not to sign their anti-gay petition. Via WingNutDaily: A lobby for homosexuals and transgenders in Maine has announced plans to shadow individuals who will be working to collect signatures on ...

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