Tag Archives: marriage equality

Biden Cheers Soccer Star’s Engagement: Love Wins

NBC News reports: Athletes Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe have found a winning combo. The couple announced their engagement Friday night on Bird’s Instagram with a photo of Rapinoe kneeling and putting a ring on Bird’s left land. Bird, a guard for the Seattle Storm, and Rapinoe, a leader on the U.S. women’s national soccer team, met at the 2016 …

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Support For Same-Sex Marriage At Record High 70%

From the Public Religion Research Institute: The vast majority of Americans (70%) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, compared to 28% of Americans who oppose it. Majorities of Democrats (80%) and independents (76%), as well as half of Republicans (50%), support same-sex marriage. White evangelical Protestants stand out as the only major religious group in which a …

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Pete Buttigieg: My Marriage Might Depend On What’s About To Happen In Senate With Amy Coney Barrett

The Guardian reports: Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Pete Buttigieg, who married his husband Chasten in 2018, indicated that the court’s 2015 decision that made same-sex marriage legal was among a number of rulings a strong conservative majority could look to overturn. Republicans are seeking to seat Barrett before the 3 November general election. The Senate judiciary committee will vote …

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Brian Brown Thrilled His Hate Group Got Mentioned At SCOTUS Hearing: “Send Me Your Most Generous Gift”

Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown: Today during the confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse mentioned “the big group that opposes same-sex marriage”—that is, us, the National Organization for Marriage. He even had a small poster prepared, quoting from our ad supporting Judge Barrett’s confirmation. The placard bore the ad’s title: “All our issues …

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Barrett Lobs Anti-LGBT Dog Whistle In Senate Hearing

The Guardian reports: Moments ago, Amy Coney Barrett was asked about Antonin Scalia’s criticism of the ruling that established the right for same-sex couples to marry. Again relying on the “Ginsburg rule,” Barrett declined to offer an opinion on Scalia’s criticism. But she said, “I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on …

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Brian Brown: Send Money, We Can Overturn Obergefell

Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown: Conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both strongly believe that the constitution should be interpreted as written and, thus, should be reliable votes against the imposition of same-sex marriage. Chief Justice John Roberts strongly objected to the majority ruling in Obergefell. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett has a long record of personal …

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Liberty Counsel: We Will Petition SCOTUS On Obergefell

Via email from hate group leader Mat Staver: Although the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to grant review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and regarding the legal doctrine known as qualified immunity, Justices Thomas and Alito appear to invite future challenges to the 2015 Obergefell marriage case. Justice Clarence Thomas …

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SCOTUS Allows Lawsuit Against Kim Davis To Proceed

Reuters reports: The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that allowed a lawsuit to move forward against a Kentucky clerk who was jailed in 2015 after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The high court said Monday it would not take the case involving Kim Davis, the former clerk of Rowan County, and two same-sex couples …

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Mourners Pay Tribute To RBG On Supreme Court Steps

CBS News reports: A large crowd of people gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court on Friday night after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Well-wishers left flowers and signs and broke into applause and songs, and the American flag outside the Supreme Court was lowered to half-mast. “I think it’s a testament to who she was as …

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US Census Reports 980K Same-Sex Couple Households

The Associated Press reports: In 2019, there were slightly fewer than 1 million same-sex couple households in the U.S., and a majority of those couples were married, according to new figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. Of the 980,000 same-sex couple households, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. …

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Pete Buttigieg Displays Wedding Ring In Biden Tribute

The South Bend Tribune reports: Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, pointing to his own experience as an openly gay Afghanistan war veteran and presidential candidate, touted Democratic nominee Joe Biden Thursday night as someone who would help more Americans feel like they “belong.” Underscoring that theme of belonging, Buttigieg addressed the virtual Democratic National Convention from LangLab, the South …

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ALASKA: Small Town Approves LGBTQ Protections After Florist Refuses Order For Same-Sex Wedding [VIDEO]

Ketchikan’s NPR affiliate reports: An ordinance that prohibits discrimination against LGTBQ individuals in Ketchikan city limits was passed today. The local law was approved by the Ketchikan City Council over the objections of religious advocates. Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender …

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Federal Court Orders Release Of 2010 Prop 8 Trial Video

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Ten years after a historic trial in San Francisco on the right to same-sex marriage, a federal judge on Thursday ordered a videotape of the proceedings unsealed next month so that the public could finally view it. The non-jury trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker included testimony by gay and lesbian couples and …

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Obama Celebrates LGBTQ Rights On Stonewall Day

“We’re almost 51 years since the night when the patrons at the Stonewall Inn stood up for their rights and set one of America’s defining victories for civil rights. “Because of the movement they sparked and the decades of work that followed, marriage equality became the law of the land five years ago, and just this month the Supreme Court …

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TODAY: The Fifth Anniversary Of The Obergefell Ruling

USA Today reports: The four justices appointed by Democratic presidents were joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Republican appointee. Within two years, more than 150,000 same-sex couples got married. According to U.S. Census estimates, there are more than 500,000 married same-sex couples in the country. The impact of those unions has been more than cultural. Same-sex weddings have generated more …

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ISRAEL: Tel Aviv Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages In Challenge To Law Allowing Only Religious Ceremonies

The Times of Israel reports: The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality on Sunday said it would allow cohabiting couples to register their relationship and enjoy marital rights, in a protest of the government’s refusal to recognize same-sex couples or those not wed under the state’s religious authorities. Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Huldai said the move, coinciding with the country’s Pride Week, makes …

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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized In Costa Rica [VIDEO]

Agence France-Presse reports: Costa Rica legalised same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so and sparking an emotional response from rights campaigners as the first weddings were held overnight. Celebrations were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a special program about LGBT rights was broadcast on public television and online after a court ruling …

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Prop 8 Attorneys Seek To Block Release Of Trial Video

Law.com reports: The attorneys who defended Proposition 8, the ill-fated 2008 ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in California, are pressing a federal court to block the public release of the video recording of the landmark 2010 trial that concluded the ban was unconstitutional. Charles Cooper, founding member of the Washington litigation boutique Cooper & Kirk, argued in a motion …

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Putin Backs Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters reports: President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would not legalize gay marriage as long as he was in the Kremlin. He made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted. “As far as ‘parent number 1’ and ‘parent number 2’ goes, I’ve already spoken publicly about this and I’ll repeat it …

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Same-Sex Marriage Begins In Northern Ireland [VIDEO]

RTE news reports: Two Belfast women have become the first same-sex partners to get married in Northern Ireland. Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, tied the knot at 2pm in Carrickfergus, just outside Belfast, following the landmark law change last year championed by the Love Equality campaign. “We didn’t expect to be the first couple, it’s coincidental,” said Ms …

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