same-sex marriage

Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Gay-Rights Movement Tackles Cultural Battle In The Deep South

Mercedes Ricks may be the perfect candidate to help launch a new cultural push in Magnolia, Miss. The 50-year-old native of Colombia ended up in this tiny south Mississippi town by way of New Orleans nine years ago.

"I met these ladies from here," Ricks says after greeting guests in the barroom next to her Mariposa restaurant. "They invited me to come spend a weekend in Magnolia. We were going to go to the river and drink beer, and Katrina happened that weekend."

Ricks says the hurricane left her with nothing but a swimsuit and river shoes. It was the people in Magnolia who helped her start over. With a wide, mischievous grin, she explains how last year she ran for at-large city alderman and won. Read more »

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63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

63 Texas Lawmakers: Gay Marriage Will Lead to Incest, Pedophilia, Polygamy

Dozens of Texas lawmakers believe that overturning the state’s ban on same-gender marriage will lead to the legalization of incest, pedophilia and polygamy, and are using that argument to try to convince a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

In an amicus brief filed with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 63 members of the Texas legislature claimed that a federal court overstepped its bounds in ruling the state’s same-gender-marriage ban unconstitutional. Read more »

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Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

Big businesses still fighting for same-sex marriage

For many of the nation's largest businesses, the fight for same-sex marriage didn't end when the Supreme Court decided to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act last year.

While the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage, individual states still get to make their own rules. And since many states continue to prohibit it, navigating through this patchwork of laws can be extremely complicated for national companies. Read more »

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Target Finally Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

Target Finally Comes Out In Support Of Gay Marriage

Target announced its support for same-sex marriage in a court filing on Tuesday, finally putting an end to years of dodging the subject.

The mass market retailer signed an amicus brief in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago, joining other big companies that have taken a stand for marriage equality. The case deals with legal issues in Wisconsin and Indiana, two states where lower courts have struck down gay-marriage bans.

"It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage," Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Target, said in a statement posted on the company's official blog. Read more »

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Federal Appeals Court Trolls Scalia In Virginia Gay Marriage Case

Federal Appeals Court Trolls Scalia In Virginia Gay Marriage Case

A federal appeals court based in Virginia cited the words of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when it struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage on Monday. In its ruling, the court embraced the language of a dissent Scalia authored in the Supreme Court case that struck down state sodomy laws.

In a 2-1 ruling upholding the ruling of a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, in part, because history and tradition were not justification for infringing on the rights of gay citizens. Read more »

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Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

GOP Rep. David Jolly of Florida came out this week in support of marriage equality for gay couples.

The congressman told The Washington Post on Monday that his personal views about marriage center on it being a union between a man and a woman. But, he added, states should not define the “sanctity” of marriage.

“As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage,” Jolly said in a statement to the Post. “But as a matter of constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state.” Read more »

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Ruling Allows Same-Sex Marriages for Florida Keys

A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.

The ruling was issued Thursday by Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia and applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. The lawsuit contended that the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008 violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. The judge says licenses could be issued starting Tuesday. Read more »

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Republican Governors Soften Rhetoric On Gay Marriage

Republican Governors Soften Rhetoric On Gay Marriage

Deep in the nation's Bible Belt, new signs emerged this weekend of an evolution among Republican governors on gay marriage, an explosive social issue that has divided America's families and politics for years.

While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its governors appear to be backing off their opposition— in their rhetoric, at least. For some, the shift may be more a matter of tone than substance as the GOP tries to attract new voters ahead of the midterm elections. Nonetheless, it is dramatic turn for a party that has long been defined by social conservative values. Read more »

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Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

Amy Tincher is an evangelical Christian who plays bass in the band at her suburban Ohio church, where she and her fellow congregants firmly believe the “words we adhere to” are those in the Bible. But last summer, without telling her husband and two kids exactly what she was doing, she boarded a plane for a conference in Kansas whose purpose many evangelicals would plainly consider heretical. Read more »

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California Just Got Rid Of Its Last Barrier To Same-Sex Marriage

California Just Got Rid Of Its Last Barrier To Same-Sex Marriage

California’s same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Monday eliminating outdated “husband and wife” references from state laws.

Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to eliminate confusion and correct discriminatory phrasing in the California Constitution that contradicts state law. While the adjustment has no effect on the legality of same-sex marriage in California, it’s an important capstone for couples who’ve watched their state rise, fall and rise again as a champion of marriage equality before ultimately declaring Prop 8’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in 2013. Read more »

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