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Religious Objections No Excuse for Public Servants Not to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

August 27th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has denied a request from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky to issue a stay on a lower court’s ruling that orders her to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses—including to same-sex couples—regardless of her religious objections to marriage equality. US District Judge David Bunning had temporarily stayed his order directing her to do so while Davis appealed his decision to the Sixth Circuit.

“Public servants have a responsibility to serve the entire public, including LGBT people,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs.  “Freedom of religion is important, and Ms. Davis has the fundamental right to believe what she likes, but as a public servant she does not have the right to pick and choose which laws she will follow or which services she will provide. If Ms. Davis feels as though she cannot fulfill her responsibilities, she should resign her public position.”

The fight isn’t over yet, Clerk Kim Davis wants to petition the Supreme Court for stay on marriage ruling. Though it seems unlikely the Supreme Court will take her case.

Gay Marriage Proposal in Church? Watch this Methodist Church’s Reaction

August 26th, 2015 Comments off

 

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Image via YouTube

When Trevor Harper and his partner were asked to share their faith story in front of the First United Methodist Church, no one in the congregation expected a proposal. But as the speech went on, it became more and more apparent that Harper was getting ready to pop the question. “We were asked to share our faith story in front of our congregation at First United Methodist Church of Austin,” the couple said in a statement about the event.  “This is a church that has welcomed us and changed our lives. All are welcome, no exceptions,” he adds. “After nine years together, I couldn’t think of a better way to ask him to be my husband. Your sexuality does not define your right to live a spiritual, Christ-filled life. We are instructed to love and it is that simple. We are blessed beyond our wildest imagination,” he concluded

The reaction from this supportive church in Austin, Texas? A rousing applause.

There currently is a divide within the Methodist Church on gay marriage and gay pastors.

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Win a New Orleans Wedding Package in the French Quarter!

August 20th, 2015 Comments off
French Quarter, New Orleans. Image via PASSPORT

French Quarter, New Orleans. Image via PASSPORT

To commemorate the landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, and Hotel Mazarin of the New Orleans Hotel Collection are giving away extraordinary wedding prizes!

The “LoveWins” Wedding Sweepstakes is open to all couples, brides and brides, and grooms and grooms. In the spirit of equality reflected in the Supreme Court’s recent decision, brides and grooms will not be discriminated against, and are also welcome to enter!   The grand prize is a wedding at the couple’s choice of any New Orleans Collection hotel to the value of $5,000.

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Trump, Gay Marriage is a Dead Issue

August 20th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Facebook

We may not agree on everything Donald Trump says, but when asked about working to pass an amendment to ban gay and lesbian marriage, Trump called it a dead issue. “Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it’s not going to happen. Congress can’t pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.

Trump famously was for “traditional” marriage, but has evolved on the issue—so much so, that he attended a gay wedding.

Anti-LGBT County Clerk Gets Time to Appeal Judge’s Decision Over Her Opposition to Marriage Equality

August 19th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

US District Judge David Bunning temporarily stayed his order requiring Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as she appeals his decision to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has firmly established that every person has a fundamental right to marry the person they love,” said JoDee Winterhof, HRC Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs. “No public employee should have the right to deny or delay that right to loving, committed same-sex couples who have already waited far too long for marriage equality. We urge the Sixth Circuit to rule swiftly and unequivocally that gay and lesbian couples must be treated equally under our laws.”

You’re Not Fired! Donald Trump Says Gays Shouldn’t be Fired Based on Their Sexuality

August 18th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Donald Trump’s Facebook.

Donald Trump has been a long enemy of the LGBT community because of his not-so PC statements. Up until a month ago when gay marriage was ruled the law of the land, Trump managed to blame it on a Bush-appointed judge. Though, once in a while, he does support the community—he is a New Yorker after all.

When asked by NBC’s Meet the Press if companies should be legally  allowed to fire LGBT persons, the Apprentice host said ‘Well, it’s a big discussion and I guess it’s getting a lot of negative rulings right now… and I’m willing courts to go with what the courts are saying.

Asked the question a second time, he said: ‘I don’t think it should be a reason, no.’

Lawmakers Reaffirm Ban on Gay Marriage in the Cayman Islands

August 17th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Passport

The overseas British territory of the Cayman Islands has reaffirmed its ban on gay marriage despite a European Court of Human Rights decision declaring that recognition of gay and lesbian couples is a human right. The Europen Court of Human Rights has jurisdiction over the Cayman Islands and all over Britain’s Overseas Territories, including Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Monserrat, and The Turks and Caicos Islands

The reaffirmation of a 2009 ban on same-sex marriage was approved by all but four members of the assembly.

Australian PM Tony Abbott Says No to Gay Marriage Bill, Moves Toward National Referendum

August 11th, 2015 Comments off
Tony Abbott via Facebook

Tony Abbott via Facebook

Australia’s prime minister has made his opinions on same-sex marriage very clear when he shut down a call to action by proponents like MP Warren Entsch to allow parliament to vote on a gay and lesbian marriage. Tony Abbott, who has said in the past that he doesn’t agree with same-sex marriage, said that he would rather allow the issue to be decided upon by a national vote. If this is the case, Australia will become only the second country after Ireland to hold a national referendum on same-sex marriage.

Speaking of the closed-door meeting, Abbott told reporters:  “The last thing you should do is dud the people who voted for you…If you support the existing definition of marriage between a man and a woman, the coalition is absolutely on your side.”But if you would like to see change at some time in the future, the coalition is prepared to make that potentially possible.”

 

 

Homophobe Picks Fight with Gay Men Married at West Point, Couple Fights Back

August 4th, 2015 Comments off
via Facebook of Larry Lennox-Choate III

via Facebook of Larry Lennox-Choate III

This past Sunday, Larry Lennox-Choate and Daniel Lennox-Choate, the first gay men to be married at West Point Military Academy, were attacked by a homophobe while shopping at a bodega in SoHo.

After shouting gay slurs, the approximately 40-year-old man punched Daniel, 30, in the face before his husband came to his aid.

As reported by the New York Daily News, a post on Larry’s Facebook reads, “He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs after I handled the situation and tossed him in the street like the coward loser he is.”

Larry also had this to say, “We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time.”

No arrests have been made at this time, although the NYPD hate crimes division is still investigating.

Gay Speed Skater Blake Skjellerup Marries in Gorgeous Hawaiian Ceremony

July 29th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Blake Skjellerup.

Olympic athlete Blake Skjellerup tied the knot with his boyfriend Saul Carrasco. The gorgeous couple shared the exciting news on social media yesterday, showing off pictures from their Hawaiian wedding.

Thirty-year-old Blake Skjellerup represented New Zealand in the 2010 Olympics, but didn’t qualify for last year’s Sochi games, although he was active in raising awareness against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

His advocacy for LGBT people in sports continued at the Gay Games in Cleveland where he served an official ambassador, inspiring people of all genders and sexual orientations to compete in sport.

#BlakeandSaul #wedding #love #Hawaii

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