same-sex couples

Taking Up Gay Marriage, but on Its Own Terms

Taking Up Gay Marriage, but on Its Own Terms

The first page of a petition seeking Supreme Court review is the most important. It sets out the “question presented,” the one the court will answer if it takes the case.

The justices do not ordinarily tinker with the wording of those questions. But on Friday something unusual happened: In agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases, the court framed for itself the issues it would address.

Lawyers and scholars scrutinized the court’s order with the anxious intensity of hypochondriacs attending their symptoms. Some saw an attempt by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to elicit a ruling that would stop short of establishing a nationwide constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Read more »

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The court’s announcement made it likely that it would resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its current term ends in June.

The justices ducked the issue in October, refusing to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That surprise action delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24 from 19, along with the District of Columbia. Read more »

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Virginia should not sanction faith-based discrimination against gays

Virginia should not sanction faith-based discrimination against gays

When asked Monday about his “rights of conscience” bill that would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, cited the recent firing of Atlanta’s fire chief as a cautionary tale.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran last week after the fire chief distributed to some co-workers copies of his self-published Christian book condemning homosexual acts as “vile, vulgar and inappropriate.”

Marshall and other Cochran supporters see this as an issue of religious freedom — not the poor judgment of a manager of 750 employees.

A boss should not be proselytizing on the job, sending chills through a diverse organization or creating a hostile work environment. Read more »

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Your God and My Dignity

Your God and My Dignity

I’VE been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label:

A threat to your religious liberty.

I don’t mean me alone. I mean me and my evidently menacing kind: men who have romantic relationships with other men and maybe want to marry them, and women in analogous situations. According to many of the Americans who still cast judgment on us, our “I do” somehow tramples you, not merely running counter to your creed but running roughshod over it. Read more »

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Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

It’s painful to feel like an outsider -- especially during Christmas.

However, it’s a feeling that LGBT members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may experience during the holidays. While the church insists that gay and lesbian Mormons should be treated with kindness, it sees acting out on same-sex attractions as a sin. As a result, LGBT Mormons who have grown up celebrating Christmas with their church communities may be hesitant to come back.

But there’s a growing number of people within the Mormon church who aren’t afraid to show their support for their LGBT brothers and sisters. Read more »

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Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

After the October legalization of gay marriage, many human-rights advocates pointed out that same-sex couples could marry that Friday but be fired Monday for putting wedding photos on their desks at work.

That's because Arizona is one of 29 states without workplace protections based on sexual orientation and one of 32 without workplace protections based on gender identity or expression.

Sixty-five percent of Arizonans are not covered by anti-discrimination policies encompassing sexual orientation or gender expression in housing, workplaces, or leisure activities like lodging, restaurants or entertainment, according to calculations done by One Community, a human-rights and business-advocacy organization, Read more »

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Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples

Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples

Many Americans support  legal rights for gay and lesbian couples but still don't think those couples should kiss in public, a new study suggests.

Over the past two decades, same-sex couples have made great progress in terms of legal rights in the United Sates. Gays and lesbians can now get married in 33 states and the District of Columbia, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. And yet, the new research shows that deep-rooted prejudices against same-sex couples may manifest themselves in more subtle ways. Read more »

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Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional

 Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage.

"Calling Tonya my partner, my significant other, my girlfriend, my perpetual fiancée has never done justice to our relationship. Now I can look forward to the day when I can introduce Tonya as my wife," says Angie Rolando, one of the plaintiffs in the case. "Love won today." Read more »

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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning denied the state of South Carolina's request for a stay on a ruling that struck down the state's ban on marriage equality, meaning same-sex couples should now be free to marry in the state. 

In a two-sentence order without additional explanation, Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request from South Carolina's Republican Attorney General, Alan Wilson, to place on hold aNovember 12 ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The order did note that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay.  Read more »

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Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana

Judge Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Montana

A federal judge lifted Montana's constitutional ban on same-sex on Wednesday, making the state the 34th in the nation to recognize gay marriage, KULR Newsreported.

“These families, like all of us, want their children to adventure into the world without fear of violence; to achieve all that their talent and perseverance allows without fear of discrimination; and to love themselves so that they can love others. No family wants to deprive its precious children of the chance to marry the loves of their lives. Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves," Judge Morris wrote in the decision.

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