For centuries, the traditional family was the basic building block of our
society, but now that concept is being diluted because of the redefinition of "family"
and "marriage". The actions of a few leftist judges in the northeastern part of the
country can affect all fifty states, so the only sure way to address this matter legally,
aside from the wholesale impeachment of public officials, is through an amendment to
the Constitution. But even that solution is questioned by some conservatives.
There was never any confusion about homosexual marriage until very recently: It was
perverse, and we all agreed that it was perverse. But now there are varying opinions and
dissimilar laws in almost every state, and the resulting confusion is one of
the poisonous fruits of liberalism.
Subtopic: Same-sex marriage activists lash out at Chick-Fil-A.
at Same-Sex Wedding, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Emphasizes the Word 'Constitution'. [Scroll
down] But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look
and special emphasis on the word "Constitution," Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the
two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.
If Islamic Terrorists Attacked A Gay Wedding In The Name Of Allah? What would happen
to all these people insisting, "I'm all for freedom, but..."? What would happen to their sudden
respect for religious sensitivities? How would they deal with it if the brutal murder of gay people
we're seeing in the Middle East was brought right to their doorstep? How would they reconcile the
cognitive dissonance caused by two of their favorite groups of pet victims colliding in such an
Undermining of the Constitution, Culture, and Conservatives. Conservative commentator
and legal analyst Matt Barber elaborated that most LGBT individuals are part of a "sexual anarchy
... [a] cultural Marxist movement." They seek "to burn down the white picket fence," not
traditional bourgeois committed relationships. Kincaid analyzed the Marxist backgrounds of various
LGBT movement founders and declared that "Communism is not dead," for Karl Marx called for family
abolition, "not just an economic theory." Kincaid focused on American Communist Party member Harry
Hay, whose FBI surveillance file is available at ASI's website. Hay wore a "NAMBLA walks with me"
sign at a San Francisco gay parade and later pursued the occult as a "radical fairie." Journalist
James Simpson explained in his presentation that actually, the "left does not care about gay rights."
As Communist regimes indicate with their criminalization of homosexuality throughout history, the "issue
is always the revolution."
GoFundMe: Leftist Tool.
Not content with shutting down a fund for some Christian bakers who fell afoul of the gay mafia, the
Leftist trolls behind the crowd-sourcing site GoFundMe have just pulled the plug on a defense fund
for the six Baltimore police officers hastily and very likely irresponsibly charged in the Freddie
Progressive Mask Comes Off. [Scroll down] We're now sadly familiar with the
shunning that surrounds the issue of gay marriage: Just last week, a judge suggested a mind-boggling
$135,000 fine for an Oregon family who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. But the net is
cast far wider than that. Last week, speaking at a Women in the World Summit in Manhattan, Hillary
Clinton declared that "deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be
changed" when it comes to issues such as abortion. Really? That's kind of a big deal, is it
not? She sounds like she's on the Totalitarian Side of History!
GoFundMe rule makes it easy to kill Christian campaigns. GoFundMe's old policy on
crowdfunding may not have been enough to justify its decision last weekend to kill campaigns on
behalf of a Christian-owned florist and bakery — but its new policy is. The website
quietly expanded its list of banned crowdfunding activities this week shortly after The Washington
Times questioned GoFundMe's reliance on its policy against campaigns in defense of "formal charges
of heinous crimes" to pull fundraisers for Arlene's Flowers and for Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
'Gay Marriage Reparations'. We hear conflicting numbers about how many children are
being raised in gay homes. Sometimes it's 40,000; sometimes it's 14 million. Those
things are hard to peg, since sexuality is a bit of a revolving door. Parents are coming out
and going back in the closet all the time. Over time, there is no doubt that there will be at
least 100,000 citizens, probably well over 500,000, placed into same-sex homes entirely or predominantly
because of the state's response to demands for expanded marriage rights from gay lobbying organizations.
Questions and Remarks From the Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Marriage. Tuesday's
oral arguments at the Supreme Court were excellent. There were so many good points made about what
marriage is and why redefining marriage would cause harms. This litany of harms stands in stark
contrast to the outrageous lower court rulings that had declared no rational basis to state marriage
laws defining marriage as it always had been in America: a union of husband and wife. Most
importantly, it was clear that the nine Supreme Court justices do not have any greater insight on
ideal marriage policy than do ordinary American citizens. And the Constitution itself is silent
about it. So the justices should uphold the authority of citizens and their elected representatives
to make marriage policy in the states.
Bake Me a Cake —
or Else. In January 2013, Rachel Cryer and her mother walked into Sweet Cakes By
Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, and tried to order a wedding cake. Aaron Klein, the co-owner
(and Melissa's husband), was informed Cryer would be marrying another woman. He apologized and told
them that providing a cake for a same-sex wedding violated his Christian convictions. Cryer walked
out of the store. In a suburb adjacent to Portland, one of the most progressive cities in America,
Sweet Cakes By Melissa was living on borrowed time once the incident became public. (The city is so
famously tolerant that Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor of a major city, survived two recall attempts
after it was revealed that he had lied about having a relationship with an underage teenage boy. His
supporters initially smeared those making the accusations as homophobic.) Protests started outside
the bakery soon after, and by September 2013 Sweet Cakes had closed its doors.
Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America. In
yesterday's oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the "gay-marriage case"), the
solicitor general of the United States committed a classic "Kinsley gaffe": He accidentally told the
truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation
or even implication that there's a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn't we
explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Less Than 1% of Adult Population Part of a Same-Sex Couple. According to a recent
Gallup survey, of the total U.S. adult population (approximately 243 million U.S. adults), less than
1 percent, only .8 percent (approximately 2 million U.S. adults), are part of a same-sex couple.
[...] Gallup's survey also has statistics for "All others." "All others" account for the estimated
241,000,000 U.S. adults (99.2%) that are not either married with a same-sex spouse or unmarried and
living with a same-sex domestic partner.
The End Game Becomes
More Clear. Though you don't need a rainbow sticker on the back of your car to tell the world
you are black, the gay rights movement is intent on equating the struggle for black civil rights with their
own quest to redefine marriage. And it was abundantly obvious yesterday [4/28/2015] that the Supreme
Court recognizes this would be a redefinition of the institution. What also became obvious was that
legal recognition of gay marriage is not the end game for the militant gay rights movement.
Christianity itself must be made to care. Churches, religious private schools, private universities,
and charitable organizations will be forced to give up their tax-exempt status or embrace Sodom writ large.
President Obama's Solicitor General all but admitted it to the Supreme Court.
Will Not Obey': Christian Leaders Threaten Civil Disobedience if Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage.
"We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line," read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to
Defend Marriage. "We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our
resolve." "While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order
and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross," the pledge states.
Lawyer Basically Tells SCOTUS That Religious Schools Are Toast. During oral arguments
made in the same-sex marriage case heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday [4/28/2015] (Obergefell
v. Hodges), Justices Roberts and Alito questioned Solicitor General Donald Verrilli about the
rights of religious schools if the Court decides to impose same-sex marriage on the states.
Justice Roberts asked if religious schools that provide housing to married students would be required
to offer such housing to same-sex couples. Verrilli demurred, saying there is currently no
federal law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. "Those issues are going to
have to be worked out," he said.
Court asks why it should redefine marriage to include gays. Justices were fractured
Tuesday over fundamental questions of society, child-rearing and equal treatment under the law as
the Supreme Court struggled with whether the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to
marry or if voters should still have the power to say what marriage means within their own state
borders. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy appeared poised to be the court's key swing vote yet
again, peppering both sides with tricky questions, though he saved his most probing ones for defenders
of traditional marriage, questioning why same-sex couples didn't deserve the same "dignity-bestowing
Leftist Tyranny Punishes Dissenters. Forget for a moment the ever-failing economy, the
implosion of our foreign policy coherence, and our virtually unilateral withdrawal in the war on
terror under Barack Obama's presidency. If liberty lovers don't start fighting back soon, we'll
forfeit our freedom of thought and religious expression under the assault of fascist leftist activists
in our culture. Let's just look at two of the many recent events that should have us very
concerned. As you may have guessed, they revolve around the controversial matter of same-sex
marriage. At the outset, let me say that this issue is no longer about same-sex marriage or gay
rights; it is about our basic liberties.
Bakers Facing $135K Fine Over Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple Speak Out. It was the
first time seeing her bakery since the new owners moved in. "This is really hard," Melissa Klein
said, tears filling up her eyes. Almost two years ago, Melissa and her husband, Aaron, owners of
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, had to close the bakery they built from scratch after declining to bake a cake
for a same-sex wedding. "I did all the flooring in here — this was a collection agency
before we moved the bakery in," Aaron said, peering through the glass window.
How Long Does America
Have? The riots followed a weekend in which GoFundMe shut down a fundraising page for
a Christian-owned bakery that was hit with a huge fine for refusing to serve a gay wedding. GoFundMe
has said its policy precludes raising money "in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including
violent, hateful, or sexual acts." The key word here is "hateful": if you can expand or
contract that word at will — which many people in this country can and do —
you can accomplish anything. Every week this country is consumed in a new distended orgy of
polarized, mutual hatred, set against the backdrop of outrage mobs, race riots, shuttered businesses,
scandals, Twitter-induced career ruination, gleeful smear parties, and partisan hackery.
The Show Trial of Ian Reisner.
From Go Fund Me to Wisconsin's John Doe law to the Quaker Friends School of Baltimore to Oregon
State University, from same-sex marriage to climate change, a wave of liberal fascism is sweeping
the country. Freedom of religion, not to mention free speech, is under assault. And in the style
of show trials from the days of the Nazis and the Stalin-era Soviet Union, Americans who have the nerve to
practice their religion or simply speak up are not merely being intimidated into silence —
they must now be forced publicly to admit their "errors."
stakes as Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage case. When a federal judge declared
same-sex marriage legal in Florida last year, it should have changed the way Bruce Stone does his job.
The estate-planning lawyer had for years helped gay couples patch together legal documents to try to
approximate some of the protections enjoyed by heterosexual spouses. But with the Supreme Court
set to decide later this year whether that court decision and others ought to stand, Stone isn't taking
any chances. He is still writing up power-of-attorney forms and setting up trusts out of
state, and he has some stark advice for his gay clients: "Do not get married here in Florida."
Not Judges, Should Determine Future of Marriage. As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral
arguments about gay marriage Tuesday, it's important to realize what the justices are actually being
asked to settle. Here's the bottom line: Whatever people may think about marriage as a policy
matter, everyone should be able to recognize the U.S. Constitution does not settle this question.
Unelected judges shouldn't insert their own policy preferences about marriage and then say the
Constitution requires them everywhere. There simply is nothing in the Constitution that
requires all 50 states to redefine marriage.
city's ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, city
officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly
via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.
The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers
who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller
reported. A federal judge recently ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional,
while the city of Coeur d'Alene has an ordinance that prevents discrimination based on sexual preference.
Democrat: 'Marriage Between a Man and a Man Is Not Biblical'. Speaking at the March for Marriage rally
in Washington, D.C., on April 25, New York State Senator Ruben Diaz (D-South Bronx) spoke in favor of traditional
marriage saying, "Marriage between a man and a man is not biblical," and, "It doesn't matter what the Courts say.
Christ lives." He also questioned why Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Elena Kagan, each of whom
has officiated at same-sex marriage ceremonies in the past, have not recused themselves from Obergefell v. Hodges,
the same-sex marriage case that comes before the Supreme Court on Tuesday [4/27/2015].
marriage advocates expect Supreme Court to rule in their favor. Advocates on both
sides of the gay marriage issue prepared Sunday for High Noon — at 10 a.m. Tuesday
[4/28/2015]. At that hour, perhaps the nation's most contentious political issue will get its day
in court, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in four cases that gay marriage
advocates say will go down in history as landmarks of anti-discrimination law.
panel proposes $135K hit against bakers in gay-wedding cake dispute. An Oregon commission proposed
Friday [4/24/2015] levying a $135,000 hit against Aaron and Melissa Klein for refusing to provide a wedding cake
for a same-sex marriage ceremony based on their Christian beliefs. Aaron and Melissa Klein, who are struggling
to make ends meet after closing Sweet Cakes by Melissa in September 2013, received the 110-page proposed order Friday
[4/24/2015] from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which ruled against the couple in February.
Mr. Klein said Friday the figure was "shocking" but not entirely unexpected. The commission has the authority
to mete out awards for damages of up to $150,000.
face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding. The owners of an Oregon
bakery learned Friday [4/24/2015] that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian
faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple
should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused
to make them a wedding cake. As a result, Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they
own — including their home.
Marriage: A Trojan Horse Movement. Consider that Annise Parker, the lesbian mayor of
Houston, Texas, demanded to review pastors' church sermons before public outrage forced her to back
off. We have already seen how small businesses have been singled out and attacked for refusing to
provide certain services to gays. What is less known is that these gay couples are frequently
part of the movement. They deliberately seek out businesses known for their Christian owners.
They deliberately demand a service they know in advance will be refused. When the inevitable happens
they use it as pretext to destroy the business and savage its owners. Doesn't it amaze you how quickly
legal groups immediately materialize to assist in the attack? The fact that they got unexpected push
back through a spontaneous crowd sourcing campaign to support one pizza shop will not dissuade them from
future efforts. If gay marriage is adopted, their current bullying behavior will look like child's
play compared to what's coming.
Hoyer: Same-Sex Couples Are Endowed 'By God' With Right to Marry. Citing the
Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor
yesterday [4/23/2015] that same-sex couples are endowed by "their Creator — by God"
with a right to marry.
So much for live and let live.
advocates torpedo GoFundMe campaign for Christian-owned bakery. A crowdfunding campaign that had
raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed Saturday
[4/25/2015] after complaints from gay-rights advocates. The website GoFundMe said in a statement Saturday [4/25/2015]
that it took down the page because the campaign violated the policy against raising money "in defense of formal
charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts."
Descend on Texas Capitol to Support Bill Protecting Them from Performing Gay Marriages. Pastors from
all over Texas are descending upon the Texas Capitol today [4/22/2015] to support a Texas House Bill that protects the rights of
certain religious organizations and individuals when refusing to perform or to recognize a gay marriage. The
Texas Pastor Council has issued a Call to Action for "Pastors At The Capitol" for Wednesday, April 22nd.
They will be attending the House State Affairs Committee hearing on H.B. 3567 to "begin challenging the false
narrative of the Texas Association of Business that Texas can't be both business friendly and protect the religious
freedom of the people."
Ugly Side of the Gay Marriage Campaign. The growing militance of the gay marriage
crusade finds its rough parallel, I think, with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Having
achieved its long-sought goals of removing legal barriers to equal rights through the Civil Rights
Act, the Voting Rights Act, the Equal Housing Act, and other measures, what happened to the civil rights
movement? A radical new faction took center stage, with the rise of the "black power" movement.
Servitude Returns to America. Given that America no longer allows involuntary servitude, why do florists,
photographers, bakers or printers have to work for anyone who requests his services? Why are they not protected
by the Thirteenth Amendment?
pushes Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. As recently as a year ago, Hillary Clinton
was sparring with a public radio host about her position on same-sex marriage, defending her past
reticence to discuss the issue and falling well short of full-throated support. Now, in a markedly
new position, Clinton is offering just that, calling gay marriage a right afforded by the Constitution.
Law Thinks Gay Marriage Opponents Are Like Racist Bigots. That's a Problem. Sunday's
[4/12/2015] New York Times stated plainly what many of us have known for a while: Our nation's
elites are intolerant of ordinary Americans. The reporter for the Times revealed a startling
reality: "In dozens of interviews, lawyers and law professors said the imbalance in legal firepower
in the same-sex marriage cases resulted from a conviction among many lawyers that opposition to such
unions is bigotry akin to racism."
Father Was Gay. Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage. As a dependent child and
teen, I was not allowed to say anything that would hurt the feelings of the adults around me. If I
did, I could face ostracism or worse. During my twenties, I achieved both academic and career goals,
but for a long while, I denied the impact my childhood had had and lied to protect my father and his partners.
In 1991, my father died of AIDS. None of my father's partners/ex-partners are still alive.
Law Firms Won't Represent Traditional Marriage at Supreme Court. Major American law
firms apparently believe that some people do not deserve legal representation. This may be seen in
the amicus briefs filed in the upcoming Supreme Court case that is widely expected to impose gay marriage
on the entire country. In the blizzard of amicus briefs filed for and against the Supreme Court, not
a single major firm has introduced a brief in defense of traditional marriage, according to The New
Pizza Shop That Backed
Indiana Religious Freedom Law Reopens. A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after
its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to cater a gay wedding opened Thursday
[4/9/2015] to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support. "It's
a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal," said Kevin O'Connor, owner of Memories Pizza.
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Pizza Reopens To Packed House, Lib Protesters Fail To Show. A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after
its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to cater a gay wedding opened Thursday [4/9/2015] to a full
house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support.
Writer: Christians 'Must Be Made' to Embrace Gay Lifestyle. In the wake of the Indiana
donnybrook over religious liberty, which somehow was transformed overnight into a question of gay
rights, it couldn't be long before the New York Times weighed in against Christians. Yet
who could have expected the draconian measures the Times would propose? Either Christians
fully embrace the gay lifestyle, or you will be coerced into doing so.
Decay Is Speeding Up. Whatever one's position on same-sex marriage, one must
acknowledge that at the core of the argument for this redefinition of marriage is that gender
doesn't matter. Marriage is marriage, and gender means nothing, the argument goes. So,
too, whether children are raised by mother and father or two mothers or two fathers doesn't matter.
A father has nothing unique to offer a child that a mother can't provide and vice versa. Why?
Because — for the first time in recorded history — gender is regarded as meaningless.
Brutality of Obama and the Left. Lastly, Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana. The
pizzeria's owners were threatened and intimidated by leftist and homosexual jackboots and fellow
travelers. Threatened because they answered a reporter's question consistent with their religious
beliefs. Where was Obama's and Holder's outrage at the violence done to small business owners
exercising their rights to conscience and religious freedom? [...] The left doesn't really want a
free people. It wants power — power to radically change America.
Gay Marriage Wake-Up Call. I've been all around the world fighting for children's
rights to a mother and father, and I've seen the same tactics from Italy to Palo Alto. Children's
rights advocates bring up the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of the Child, Margaret Atwood and Aldous
Huxley, eugenics and Lebensraum, the problems of illegal adoption and child trafficking, or the history
of black baby markets and slavery — and bam! The gay-marriage advocates find a Christian
somewhere, anywhere, and start a fight about Leviticus. [...] Ligbitists want to debate religious liberty
rather than the effect of gay marriage on children. Why? If the debate centers on religious
liberty, the terms of discussion reinforce the false notion that all objections to gay marriage are
based on spiritual doctrine, particularly Christianity.
War Against Christianity. Columnist George Will points out that Apple's openly gay
CEO, Tim Cook, "...thinks Indiana is a terrible place. (But) He opened marketing and retail
operations in Saudi Arabia two months before a man was sentenced to 450 lashes for being gay."
Will was commenting on Cook's recent Washington Post op-ed protesting Indiana's new, now amended,
Religious Freedom Restoration Act and similar initiatives around the country. World Magazine
reports that Cook has recently been in the United Arab Emirates negotiating on behalf of Apple,
where homosexuality is against the law and the penalty is death. Cook's duplicity is not
just in deeds, but also in words.
Memories Pizza Story Was Literally Fabricated Out
of Nothing. If you didn't know this — I assumed it, but it's good to have
it known, on the record — Memories Pizza didn't actually discriminate against anyone, nor
even publicly announce their desire to discriminate. What happened was that an axe-grinding,
social-justicing, attention-whoring reporterette for a local tv station decided to just start walking
into pizza places and asking them, preposterously, if they would sell pizza (?) to a gay wedding.
Indiana and the culture
wars. If I visit a kosher restaurant and order a pork chop, am I being discriminated
against when the waiter says they don't serve pork? If an establishment requires that men wear
jackets and women dress in what that establishment defines as an "appropriate way," does that
constitute discrimination? When I visit the Vatican, the Swiss Guards won't let me in if I'm
wearing shorts. They offer a cover-up. It is the same for women, if they bare too much flesh.
Is that discrimination? What about the sign "no shoes, no shirt, no service"? Is that bigotry
against the shoeless and shirtless? Should the government force any of these entities to violate
An opposing viewpoint from the libertarian perspective:
Indiana and the
Constitution. The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 is constitutionally
infirm and legally troublesome. The circuitous constitutional route that brought about this statute
began in 1990 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment may not
be used as a defense to violating the general laws of the land. In Employment Division v. Smith,
a small group of Native Americans who had been fired from their jobs because drug tests revealed their use
of peyote made applications for unemployment compensation, which the State of Oregon denied. They
appealed and claimed that their use of peyote, a hallucinogenic drug, could not be the basis for firing
them from their jobs because it was a sacrament in their religion.
Memories Pizza Place May Never Re-Open, Due to
Death Threats. There will be no reportage on this. Death threats are only publicized
to the extent they can portray the left as sympathetic victims. When the left threatens to murder
political opponents, the media covers it up.
Democrats are lying: Republicans are not bigots. [Scroll down] In a private bill-signing ceremony,
several supporters of Governor Pence's who strongly define marriage as between a man and a woman surrounded him as he
put his signature on the new law. All of a sudden — instant crisis and scandal: Republicans are
bigots and against the LGBT community. Based on no facts, no evidence, nothing other than Democrat opponents
asserting this as the truth. And Republicans largely cowered in response.
Got 21 Problems And A Gay Wedding Cake Ain't One. The RFRA does not give businesses a
"license to discriminate" against LGBT persons, but rather works within a narrow legal parameter to
give businesses defense against federal lawsuit. That is because the states can recognize individual
rights in a more assertive fashion than the federal government, under the 9th and 10th amendments to
the U.S. Constitution. In other words, not only can the Christian owners of a bakery refuse to
write an inscription on the wedding cake of a gay couple, but the black owners of a T-shirt business
don't have to print the KKK's burning crosses on shirts, and Jewish owners of a gift shop don't have
to put Nazi symbols on coffee cups. Everyone has equal rights, or no one does.
to the Mark of the Beast? Traveling the country as a political activist, I am well
aware that the left's national initiative goes far beyond seeking tolerance. Their goal is to force
Christians to celebrate every item on the homosexual agenda. They deem anything less unacceptable,
bigoted, and hateful. Do not be deceived, folks. Christian businesses are not refusing service
to homosexuals. The Christians driven out of business by leftist activists routinely served
homosexuals, but in good conscience could not service a homosexual wedding. Rather than selecting
vendors eager to service same-sex weddings, leftists insidiously targeted Christian businesses in an
attempt to bully them into compromising their faith as they perceive it — in essence,
denying Christ. Meanwhile, the mainstream media is complicit in helping leftist hit-persons portray
themselves as passive victims and Christian business owners as hate-filled aggressors.
on Muslim bakers points to double standard on gay weddings. It turns out some Muslim-owned bakeries
are no more willing to create wedding cakes for same-sex ceremonies than their Christian counterparts.
Conservative podcast host Steven Crowder posted hidden-camera video Thursday [4/2/2015] showing employees at
several Muslim-owned bakeries in Dearborn, Michigan, declining his business or referring him to other shops
when he asked for a wedding cake with the message "Ben and Steven forever."
Fiorina Skewers Apple CEO Tim Cook Over Ridiculous Indiana RFRA Hypocrisy. Former
Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina on Thursday [4/2/2015] blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook's opposition to Indiana's
religious freedom law as "hypocrisy." Fiorina, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, said Cook had
a double standard and cited Apple's operations in other countries with controversial laws about gays and women
in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does
business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he's
in, including China and Saudi Arabia," Fiorina argued. "But I don't hear him being upset about that."
I Knew You Were Coming for Me, I'd've Baked a Cake. In Africa, the Middle East and
South Asia, Christians are killed for their beliefs. In America, they're not (yet) being killed,
just having their businesses destroyed.
for Christian businesses: Use a 'Terms of Service Agreement'. Since the vast majority
of people today are very familiar with Terms of Service Agreements and how they work, Christian
companies can literally spell out, in no uncertain terms, that company policy is based on their
"Christian" beliefs, and that such companies will not render service that will in any way compromise
those beliefs. Since Terms of Service Agreements can be very specific, Christian companies can
list examples of behaviors that offend and/or go against their religious beliefs, and how those
beliefs would be compromised by providing their services related to a specific activity or legal
ceremony. The terms could also state that the consumer must "agree" to respect their company's
religious "rights" before service is rendered.
Indiana RFRA 'Fix' Could Send Christians to Jail. The greatly anticipated "fix" to the
Indiana religious freedom law has been released by the Indiana legislative committee, and it is far
worse than conservatives feared. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, the new fix will allow
the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation.
Legislature Caves, Guts Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The amendment to the RFRA
actively states that service providers may not use the RFRA as a defense if they refuse to serve
people based on sexual orientation. Presumably, the Indiana legislators hope that the RFRA will
still protect service providers who refuse to serve same-sex weddings, since failure to serve same-sex
weddings is not the same as failure to serve gay clients. But that is a flimsy branch upon which
to build an argument for freedom.
Muslim Bakeries Make a Gay Wedding Cake? Yes folks, I did this. I went there. [Video clip]
Guy Walked Into a Muslim Bakery and Ordered a Gay Wedding Cake. Is anyone surprised by
this? Steven Crowder went into a bunch of Muslim bakeries in Dearborn, Michigan, and tried to order
a "gay" wedding cake. Many of the bakers politely declined and sent him to other bakeries, including
one man who tried to send him up the street to Kroger. Oddly enough, we haven't seen any mainstream
media reporters ambushing unsuspecting Muslim bakers and demanding in McCarthyesque fashion, "Are you now,
or have you ever been a homosexual hater?" Could it be because, as Crowder notes in the video, "You're
still killed in virtually every Muslim country for being gay."
Shows the Left Has No Concept of Freedom. What interests and concerns me about the fight over
Indiana's religious freedom law is not its implication for gay weddings and whether pizza will be served at
them. Much more important are the basic principles that are being invoked to argue against the Indiana
law. These arguments set out to define religious freedom out of existence, and they end up defining
all freedom out of existence.
Shop Targeted for Refusing to Cater Gay Wedding Receives Over $250K in Donations. A
fundraising effort for the family-owned pizza restaurant at the center of a national controversy
over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act raised over 250,000 dollars in less than 24 hours.
After telling a local media outlet their views on the state's religious freedom law — which has
since been amended to remove divisive parts — the O'Connor family of Walkerton, Ind. received a
barrage of threatening phone calls, Tweets and negative reviews on their Yelp page. Fearful of the
threats, the O'Connors closed their restaurant, Memories Pizza.
campaign raises $842K for Memories Pizza. A business in Walkerton is getting national
attention and backlash following its statements and stance on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Memories Pizza is on the record saying it wouldn't cater gay weddings, and that stance has gone viral online.
God, this is something we couldn't make" Christian Baker Tells Court. The Ulster baker
who has been taken to court for refusing to make a cake celebrating gay marriage said that his
religion was too important to him to go against his beliefs, the Daily Express reports. [...]
The business refused to undertake an order by a gay activist who wanted it decorated with Sesame
Street characters Bert and Ernie, arm-in-arm under the words "Support Gay Marriage".
Mom-and-Pops That Forgo Gay Weddings Be Destroyed? What do white evangelicals,
Muslims, Mormons, blacks, conservative Republicans, and immigrants from Africa, South America, and
Central America all have in common? They're less likely to support gay marriage than the average
Californian. Over the years, I've patronized restaurants owned by members of all those groups.
Today, if I went out into Greater Los Angeles and chatted up owners of mom-and-pop restaurants, I'd sooner
or later find one who would decline to cater a gay wedding. The owners might be members of Rick
Warren's church in Orange County. Or a family of immigrants in Little Ethiopia or on Olvera Street.
Or a single black man or woman in Carson or Inglewood or El Segundo. Should we destroy their livelihoods?
Up for Indiana! In what has been called the "Catholic moment" in America, in the late
1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to "live the faith" and "set an example" for
others. Public lives were to reflect moral beliefs. Christians were to avoid those "living in
sin." Christians who operated motels and hotels did not rent rooms to unmarried couples. Fast
forward to 21st-century America. Indiana just enacted a law, as have 19 other states, to protect
the rights of religious people to practice their beliefs in how they live their lives and conduct their
businesses. And the reaction? Nearly hysterical.
Kristallnacht': Forbes Writer Compares Indiana to Nazi Germany. The Indiana religious
freedom law merely gives the Faithful, including Indiana's many religious gays, legal standing in a
dispute involving competing rights. Far from a license to discriminate, the law merely gives the
Faithful recourse in a lawsuit involving competing rights. No outcome or victory is guaranteed.
The government is the ultimate arbiter.
governor says he won't sign religious liberty bill, asks lawmakers to change it.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said Wednesday morning he will not sign a controversial religious
liberty bill, saying he wants lawmakers to recall the bill and change it so that it more closely
resembles federal law. "This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial," he
said during a news conference. "But these are not ordinary times."
Marriage Isn't About Justice, It's About Selma Envy. Why do so many young adults paint
absurd caricatures of Christians who request government protection of their religious freedoms,
arguing their true goal is to ban gay men from sitting at the local lunch counter? Why do they
spread falsehoods about legislation, insisting that bills like the one recently signed by Indiana
Gov. Mike Pence will unleash a Republican-led Jim Crow revival aimed at the LGBT community? Why do
so many people, Gen Xers and younger, invent a monster of anti-gay bigotry and keep screaming the
monster is real despite a mountain of contrary facts standing before them? The answer is "social
studies." My generation engages in straw men, misinformation, and lies because, in every year of
social studies class, we studied the civil-rights movement not as history, but as hagiography.
Will To Apple CEO On 'Horrible' Indiana: But You Do Business In Homophobic Saudi Arabia? George Will blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook Tuesday [3/31/2015]
on "Special Report" for his continued critique of the Indiana religious freedom law while he does business with Saudi Arabia. The syndicated columnist
told host Bret Baier that while Cook believes Indiana is a "horrible" place, he opened up Apple operations in the Middle Eastern nation which continues to
persecute individuals for being gay. Will sarcastically added that "the selective indignation" on Cook's part is "wonderful."
Indiana Outrage Is the New 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot'. Rush Limbaugh took on the backlash
to the controversial Indiana religious freedom law today and compared it to the liberal reaction to
Ferguson and how people ran with "hands up, don't shoot." Limbaugh said that just like with the
lie of "hands up, don't shoot," the liberal media is going wild about discrimination when really, he said,
the law is just about saying "the freedom of religion clause in the First Amendment has been affirmed."
Left wages total war; and then plays victim. On one side is the CEO of the world's
largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500. On the
other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few
bakers. One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in
ceremonies that violate their beliefs. The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to
live their own lives according to their consciences. Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream
press paint the current skirmishes over religious liberty as conservative offensives.
do 'religious freedom' acts encourage discrimination? The federal RFRA was passed in
1993, in response to a Supreme Court decision holding that Native Americans weren't exempt from
anti-drug laws barring the use of peyote, even for religious ceremonies. In response, Congress
passed a law barring the government from putting a burden on religious practice without a compelling
state interest. If someone feels their religious rights have been violated, they can go to court
and make their case. That's it. Jim Crow laws forced people to discriminate. RFRA
doesn't force anybody to do anything.
Fail: Arkansas Passes Religious Liberty Bill. A religious liberty bill similar to the
one causing a phony uproar in Indiana this week was just passed by Arkansas lawmakers Tuesday [3/31/2015] and
serves as yet another sign of the left-wing mainstream media's waning power to intimidate and bully.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said he is going to sign the bill, which will then offer the Faithful the
same legal civil rights protections offered in 20 other states. One of the primary reasons the media
joined the political left in a coordinated and massive bullying misinformation campaign against Indiana was
in an obvious attempt to intimidate other states from passing similar laws that give a legal standing to
people of all faiths. The fact that Arkansas moved forward unafraid shows that the heyday of the
mainstream media is coming to an end.
Years Later, You'll Still Be Made to Care. The media have long served to push along
the leftwing agenda. Their reporting on Indiana is a greater mythological fiction than how they view
Jesus. In light of the press's advocacy, not reporting, in the last twenty-four hours in defense of
hypothetical gays shut out of hypothetical businesses, it is worth revisiting the genesis of "You
Will Be Made to Care."
amusing struggle as the press tries to explain why RFRA is different from all those other
laws. It took some prodding from conservative outlets, but the media has at long last
begun to grudgingly admit that virtually identical laws are on the books in nearly two dozen other
states and on the federal level, many bearing the signatures of Democrats. This has left liberal
opponents sputtering and side stepping [...]
Indiana Gov. Mike
Pence and America's new culture war. Mike Pence is the first victim of America's new
culture war. The Republican governor of Indiana thought he was doing what 19 other states and the
federal government had done — without inciting national controversy — by signing a
new religious freedom law. When charges that the law opens doors to discrimination against gays and
lesbians came, his technical arguments about what is and isn't allowed under the law were feeble in the
face of outrage. Pence found himself confronting a new political reality in a country where battles
over gay rights now appear to have a clear winner.
attacks Arkansas religious freedom bill for sending 'wrong message'. Walmart, the US's
largest private employer, came out swinging on Tuesday against state legislation legalising discrimination
against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, calling the move against its "core basic beliefs".
The retail giant is headquartered in Arkansas which on Monday followed Indiana in passing a bill —
HB 1228 — that allows individuals to discriminate against LGBT people if they feel doing so
would "substantially burden" their religious freedom.
Ben Carson: 'Absolutely Vital' Americans Stand Up For Indiana's Religious Freedom Law.
Speaking about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act — which has drawn fire from
the left — [Dr. Ben] Carson said the First Amendment is one of the basic pillars and a
founding principle of the nation. "It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow
Americans to practice their religious ways, while simultaneously ensuring that no one's beliefs
infringe upon those of others. We should also serve as champions of freedom of religion throughout
the world," Carson tells Breitbart News.
Pence slams liberals as he stands by 'religious freedom' law. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
continued to defend the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday [3/31/2015], slamming the way
liberals and some in the national media have characterized the law. "I stand by this law, but I
understand that they way that some on the left and frankly, some in the national media have mischaracterized
this law over the last week might make it necessary for us to clarify the law through legislation," the
Republican governor said in an interview on "Fox & Friends" from Indianapolis.
Don't Need a Rainbow Sticker to Let People Know You're Black. The Supreme Court, in
Perry Educ. Ass'n v. Perry Local Educators' Ass'n, 460 U.S. 37 (1983), ruled that for a state
to restrict content based speech, it must have a compelling governmental interest. But the Court subsequently
ruled that the free exercise clause, also in the First Amendment, need not fall under the compelling governmental
interest" standard. President Bill Clinton and a near unanimous Congress disagreed and passed the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act. 31 states similarly moved to protect religious practice and 20 have explicit
copies of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indiana is the latest.
Outrage over Religious Freedom. Liberals are in a lather over the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The bill was passed by the people's
representatives in the state legislature by a vote of 63-31, and then signed into law by the governor.
Listening to the outcry, one would think Indiana adopted Mein Kampf as its governing charter. [...] This is
true March Madness. A kneejerk politically correct response without any thoughtful examination of the
facts. Much like the bogus "Hands up don't shoot" meme, which was built on lies and false rumors.
the lies told about an Indiana law. From the furor, the boycotts, and the threats
launched at the state of Indiana last week, one might get the impression that Gov. Mike Pence, R,
had just signed a law that effectively legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. After
all, as the New York Daily News headline put it, the law "effectively legalizes discrimination against
gays, lesbians." This is nonsense and a cardinal example (pun intended) of the lack of respect for
the truth among certain crusading liberal journalists and editors. In the real world, Pence signed
a religious freedom law that is similar to those of 19 other states, some of which also ban
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. That should have been the first clue.
The second is that the law Pence signed is not very different from the one in Illinois that Barack
Obama voted for as a state senator.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Explained. The first RFRA was a 1993 federal law
that was signed into law by Democratic president Bill Clinton. It unanimously passed the House of
Representatives, where it was sponsored by then-congressman Chuck Schumer, and sailed through the
Senate on a 97-3 vote. The law reestablished a balancing test for courts to apply in religious
liberty cases (a standard had been used by the Supreme Court for decades). RFRA allows a person's
free exercise of religion to be "substantially burdened" by a law only if the law furthers a "compelling
governmental interest" in the "least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental
interest." So the law doesn't say that a person making a religious claim will always win.
'This Avalanche of Intolerance That's Been Poured on Our State Is Outrageous'. Indiana
Gov. Mike Pence (R) says his state has been hit by an "avalanche of intolerance" ever since he
signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week. "George, look, the issue here is, you
know, is tolerance a two-way street or not?" Pence told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos
on Sunday [3/29/2015].
Rotten Reaction To Indiana's Religious Freedom Law. The overreaction by politicians
and advocacy groups to Indiana's religious freedom law is distressing enough. Worse is the
fact that big companies are now amplifying the disinformation campaign.
Becomes Apoplectic Moonbat Magnet. It appears Indiana has become the epicenter of all
things dangerous and scary for the progressive left. "BIGOTS" they shout!! The polar ice-caps are
melting, planets have fallen askew, random rainbow monkeys are rushing toward the alarm. Everyone
from Miley Cyrus to heads of other states are shocked, shocked, that a religious freedom law would pass.
Freedom in the Name of Freedom. When the federal government adopted a religious
protection act in 1993, same-sex marriage was not on the horizon. An informal coalition of
liberals and conservatives endorsed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it seemed to
protect members of vulnerable religious minorities from punishment for the exercise of their beliefs.
The federal legislation was set off by a case involving Native Americans who were fired and denied
unemployment benefits because they took part in ceremonies with peyote, an illegal drug. Twenty
states, including Indiana last week, have since passed their own versions of religious freedom laws.
Governor: This Is the Same Religious Freedom Law Obama Voted for in Illinois. In an
appearance on ABC's This Week, Indiana governor Mike Pence defended his state's Religious Freedom
Restoration Act by noting that Barack Obama had voted for the same law as an Illinois state senator.
Star Front Page Scolds Religious Freedom Law. The Tuesday [3/31/2015] print edition of
the Indianapolis Star will devote its entire front page to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration
Act (RFRA) — not a news article but an editorial attacking the measure.
states that have 'religious freedom' laws like Indiana's that no one is boycotting.
Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow
businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final
Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even
weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post.
But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Black Churches Break Ties With Presbyterian Church USA. The National Black Church
Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million
African-Americans, has broken its fellowship with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) following its recent vote to
approve same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly, the top legislative body of the PCUSA, voted
last June to revise the constitutional language defining marriage. This arbitrary change of Holy Scripture
is a flagrantly pretentious and illegitimate maneuver by a body that has no authority whatsoever to alter holy text.
Pile on to Attack 'Controversial' Indiana Religious Freedom Law. On Saturday
[3/28/2015] and Sunday, the "big three" (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks vigorously condemned a new
Indiana law that would protect private businesses from government infringement on their religious
freedom. Rather than provide balanced coverage of the Indiana bill, the networks eagerly trashed the
legislation as opening "the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians."
Worried Gay Players Won't Be Able to Buy Wedding Cakes from Christian Bakeries in Indiana. How can they
possibly play without the assurance that they can violate the religious freedom of Christian bakers and florists in Indiana?
'concerned' over Indiana law that allows biz to reject gays. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's
decision to sign into law a measure that could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian
customers in the name of "religious freedom" has left the NCAA fretting ahead of next week's men's
basketball Final Four in Indianapolis. "We are especially concerned about how this legislation
could affect our student-athletes and employees," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement
Thursday afternoon [3/26/2015].
rights activists to Christians — surrender, or else. A few years ago I
hosted gay activist attorney Andrea Ritchie on my radio program and asked her whether she believed
the homosexual lobby could peacefully coexist with traditional Christian morality. After a very
pregnant pause, she responded pointedly: "Sure, if Christians will give up their resistance to our
cause." Today, in the midst of the inane opposition to the Indiana religious freedom bill, her
alarming words prove frighteningly prophetic.
Sues U.S. to Block Family Medical Leave for Same-Sex Couples. The rule, which the
Labor Department is scheduled to put into effect March 27, requires businesses, to observe the
marriage laws of states where their employees were married — not where they currently
live — in applying the Family and Medical Leave Act. In other words, under the rule,
businesses in Texas and other states that don't recognize same-sex marriage are required to grant
medical leave to same-sex couples married in other states that do recognize it.
in the Gay Marriage Machine. The true Achilles heel in Big Gay is what gay families do
to the most vulnerable people in society — children. While I oppose gay marriage, like
fellow COG Katy Faust, I couch my opposition in a defense of children's right to a mother and father.
My opposition to gay marriage has become stiffer because I've noticed how stealthily the ligbitists moved
adoption and artificial reproduction "rights" into the legal arguments over gay marriage. The most
important case to be heard before the Supreme Court in April is DeBoer v. Snyder, a case in which
two lesbians claim they need to be legally married so they can automatically adopt each other's children.
Religious, natural-law, and gender-complementarity arguments are totally valid, but they simply aren't as
urgent and don't make ligbitists as nervous.
raised by lesbian moms comes out against gay marriage. A woman raised by two lesbians
has provoked controversy after publicly announcing that she is against gay marriage because she says
she missed out on having her father in her life when growing up. Heather Barwick, a 31-year-old
mother-of-four from South Carolina, says her mother left her father when she was 2 or 3 so
that she could move in with the woman she loved.
Community: Your Kids Are Hurting. Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a
mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn't matter. That it's all the
same. But it's not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My father's absence
created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom's partner, but another
mom could never have replaced the father I lost.
Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage. After three
decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
voted on Tuesday [3/17/2015] to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to
include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church's 171 regional bodies,
known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church's General Assembly.
The vote amends the church's constitution to broaden marriage from being between "a man and a woman"
to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."
Bill Takes Marriage
Out Of State's Hands. Oklahoma House Bill 1125 was drafted to take away the issuing of
marriage licenses by county clerks and hand the job over to clergy, essentially removing government
from the marriage process altogether. Authored by State Rep. Todd Russ, the bill passed one week
ago with 67-24 House member approval. Now it's up to the state senate to pass it as law.
More Than 300 Republicans
Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally. More than 300 veteran
Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the
Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday [3/5/2015]. The amicus brief,
organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four
same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide.
In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California's Proposition 8,
which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.
Among 379 Companies to Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage. With Super Bowl XLIX in
the rear-view, the Patriots have turned their eyes to their next battle: marriage equality.
Delta tell Supreme Court to back gay marriage. A handful of Georgia businesses signed
on Thursday [3/5/2015] a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.
Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Cox Enterprises were among 379 companies and organizations around the country urging
the court to strike down bans restricting same-sex unions. AT&T, whose mobility unit is based in Atlanta,
also signed the brief.
Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage. The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered
the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous
federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from
following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Court Orders a Halt to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses. The Alabama Supreme Court on
Tuesday night [3/3/2015] ordered probate judges around the state to stop issuing marriage licenses
to same-sex couples, ruling in direct opposition to a federal judge that the state's ban on same sex
marriage did not violate the United States Constitution. In a 7-to-1 decision, the court ruled
that "Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," and that the state's
probate judges "have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law."
Sources Near Jeb Bush Say He's "Evolving" On Gay
Marriage And Might Just Embrace It. ...should the Supreme Court make it the law of the
land in June, which they, you know, probably will. So [he is] not a "moderate" Republican but a
liberal one. Ah, whatever, that's fine. I suppose I should credit him, at least, for being
somewhat honest about it. Well, if the party is craving a liberal candidate, he would be a decent
Fire chief terminated because of Christian faith. The city of Atlanta fired its fire
chief solely because of his religious beliefs about same-sex marriage and homosexual conduct,
according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday [2/25/2015] in federal court. The lawsuit was filed by Alliance
Defending Freedom attorneys on behalf of former fire chief Kelvin Cochran, one of the nation's most
decorated firefighters and a devout Christian. Cochran was suspended for 30 days last November
and was subsequently fired over a men's devotional book he authored that included a section on biblical
Quiet Change To The Definition Of 'Spouse' Is Going To Have Far-Reaching Consequences.
The Obama administration re-defined the word "spouse" Tuesday [2/24/2015] to include gay couples.
The Department of Labor quietly issued a new 52-page regulation, to be published in the Federal Register
Wednesday, updating the term "spouse" to include gay couples so that gays now get job-protected leave from
work to care for their gay partner or partner's children or parents under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The new definition applies to all gay couples who were legally married in states where gay marriage is legal,
regardless of whether or not they now live in states where gay marriage is not legal. The IRS also
adopted this "place of celebration" definition of residency after the Defense of Marriage Act was struck
down at the Supreme Court.
florist rejects attorney general's offer, won't betray her religious beliefs.
Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington State florist who declined to provide flowers for a gay wedding,
has rejected a deal by the attorney general's office that would've forced her to betray her religious
beliefs — much like Judas betrayed Jesus. "You are asking me to walk in the way of a
well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver," Stutzman
wrote in a letter to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. "That is something I will not do."
Sex Marriage and Dred Scott. America is at a constitutional crossroads. The
federal courts are threatening radically to revise the family law of all fifty states. There is no
Constitutional justification for them to do so. If we don't stop them the American experiment will
be at an end. We will lapse back into government by an insular aristocracy, exactly what we waged
the Revolutionary War to escape.
Tyranny and America's moral
decline. [Scroll down] Take, for instance, the recent case of Baronelle Stutzman, the
70-year-old Washington state florist who declined to provide flowers for the "wedding" of two men because,
as a Christian, she held a fundamental belief that a wedding is to be a union of a man and woman, as God
established in Genesis 2:24 and His son Jesus affirmed in Matthew 19:5 and Mark 10:8.
One of the "aggrieved" parties, Robert Ingersoll, had been a customer of Stutzman's for more than a decade,
indicating she held no animus toward homosexuals. In fact, when she turned down Ingersoll's request
for a floral arrangement for the wedding, she referred him to other florists. The two men received the
flowers they wanted, and after the case became news they even received offers of free flowers from others.
In other words, they suffered no harm.
to Win the Christian Baker/Same-Sex Wedding Cake Debate. Usually missed in the
commentary on this subject is that the bakers in question are not refusing service to a type of
people — they are refusing to be party to a type of message. This is not
debatable. When you put writing on a same-sex "wedding" cake, you're crafting a message; if you
place figurines (of two men, for instance) on that cake, you're erecting symbols relating that message.
Note here that the Supreme Court has already ruled that "Symbolic Speech" — a legal term in U.S.
law — is protected under the First Amendment; examples of such rulings would be that pertaining
to flag-burning and the Tinker v. Des Moines case. And can we compel people to participate
in the creation of a message? Forced speech is not free speech.
Says 70-Year-Old Flower Shop Owner Discriminated Against Gay Couple. Here's How She Responded. In a phone interview
with The Daily Signal, Barronelle Stutzman said the decision — and its accompanying fines — will put her
flower shop out of business, or worse. After the fines and legal fees, "There won't be anything left," Stutzman said.
"They want my home, they want my business, they want my personal finances as an example for other people to be quiet."
of Same-Sex Couples: A Turning Point. [Scroll down] The gay community raised us,
sometimes with love, and often with a bit of inconsiderate self-interest. Too many of us were asked
to keep secret how hard the whole experience was. Many times siblings turned against each other based on
which brother or sister "broke ranks" and decided to speak the truth while others played along to keep Mom
and Mom or Dad and Dad happy. After decades of decrying the pain of "the closet," the gay community
remains largely unwilling to uncover the true feelings of the children raised in their midst. It's
like saying, "I can't live a lie but my kids must."
Liberals Touch Turns to Injustice. In Oregon, Aaron and Melissa Klein and their five children are losing
their home due to bankruptcy. Their business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, is going under. Why would that be?
Could they be part of the 30 million without health insurance? Not at all. The couple refused to bake a
cake for a lesbian couple's wedding and so Oregon ordered them to pay the lesbian couple $150,000.
does the government consider this grandmother public enemy No. 1? Meet Barronelle
Stutzman — who is being treated as Washington State's Public Enemy No. 1.
Stutzman is a grandmother, a devout Southern Baptist and the owner of a small flower shop.
The 70-year-old Christian is also opposed to gay marriage — a religious belief that
could cost Stutzman her business, her life-savings and even her home. A Washington judge
ruled Feb. 18 that Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers, violated the law when she
refused to provide flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding.
Rules Against Grandma Florist For Refusing To Service Gay Wedding. A Washington
grandmother and florist of 40 years who refused to service gay weddings because of her faith will
now be forced to arrange flowers for gay ceremonies, a judge ruled Wednesday [2/18/2015]. On
top of that, the woman, Barronelle Stutzman, will have to pay the legal penalties imposed by the judge
as well as attorney's fees. Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom ruled in a summary judgement
that Stutzman violated anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws.
The Editor says...
This serves as a warning: Democrats can and will use any legislation — even something as innocent as "consumer protection" or "voting
rights" or "clean air" laws — against us in the future. That's why it is important to oppose every plank in the Democrat platform:
There's always something rotten under the candy coating.
Florist Could Lose Livelihood for Saying No to This Wedding. A florist in Washington
state is being sued for adhering to her Christian beliefs in declining to make flower arrangements
for one couple's wedding. Before the lawsuit, Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in
Richland, Wash., had employed workers who identify as homosexual and sold floral arrangements to gay
and lesbian customers. One such customer turned out to be one of the men who would sue her for
not being willing to be hired for their same-sex wedding.
believing in the Bible can get you canned in today's America. If you want to get
fired, sued or lose your business in today's America, stand with Biblical convictions. In Oregon,
our friends Aaron and Melissa Klein were found guilty of discrimination by the state just this week,
and could face up to $150,000 in fines for not baking a cake for a same-sex wedding. In
Wisconsin, a 15-year-old boy was reprimanded and reportedly punished by his school for backing
traditional family in adoption cases. In New Jersey, a high school teacher was suspended for
stating her Biblical beliefs about homosexuality on her personal Facebook page (while at home, off
the clock). In Illinois, a university professor was fired for saying that homosexual acts are
Astounding Indiscretion. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay
Marriage" is the title of this Bloomberg article on an interview with Ginsburg yesterday
[2/11/2015]. [...] How can Ginsburg possibly think that it's proper judicial conduct for her to
speak out on this issue while the marriage case is pending before the Court? If she had any sense of
her duty to maintain both the appearance and the reality of impartiality, she would recognize that
she is now obligated to recuse herself from the case. But of course she won't.
Supreme Court Justice Says
Americans Ready to Accept Gay Marriage. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
doesn't think there would be widespread backlash if the high court decides to legalize same-sex
marriage across the country this year. "I think it's doubtful that it wouldn't be accepted,"
Ginsburg said in an interview with Bloomberg. "The change in people's attitudes on that issue
has been enormous."
He's a Raging
Partisan. President Obama's claim to have disapproved of gay marriage until he changed
his mind in 2012 has been exposed as a lie. It was a small, politically expedient lie, but it got a
lot of attention last week. Meanwhile a bigger lie hovers over the Obama presidency like an avenging
angel, unseen and unheard. The bigger lie wasn't a fleeting comment. It was the crux of Obama's
and Barack: Lies, damned lies, and journalism. The most telling point about David
Axelrod's revelation that Barack Obama fibbed about his position on marriage to get himself elected
is not what it says about politics or even the president. It's what it says about American journalism.
same-sex marriage resistance, federal law to collide in court. Estimates vary, but
judges in about 45 of the state's 67 counties refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages,
while more than 20 judges complied with the federal courts. After listening to about 30 minutes
of arguments from each side, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade called a recess and then quickly issued her
ruling in support of four same-sex couples seeking action against Mobile Probate Judge Don Davis, who had
refused to issue them marriage licenses.
Orders Alabama Official to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses. A federal judge here [in
Mobile, Alabama] on Thursday [2/12/2015] ordered that a county probate judge must comply with her
earlier ruling and cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The federal judge,
Callie V. S. Granade of Federal District Court here, wrote that the county judge, Don Davis, of
Probate Court in Mobile County, cannot deny a marriage license "on the ground that plaintiffs
constitute same-sex couples or because it is prohibited by the sanctity of marriage."
Court set to condone homosexual marriage. On Monday [2/9/2015], a majority of the Supreme Court
allowed homosexual marriages to take place in Alabama despite that state joining three others in appealing
rulings that have required states to perform and recognize homosexual marriages despite the will of the people.
What makes this significant is that is serves as a signal that the upcoming cases on homosexual marriage are
pro forma, a farce, a charade designed to let the rubes think they've been heard while the big brains
on the Supreme Court tell us what is best for us.
Misled the Nation in 2008 about Same-Sex Marriage. This flashback is particularly
appropriate seeing as today marks eight years to the day since Obama declared his candidacy for the
White House in 2007. On that cold Illinois day, Obama promised an end to "the smallness of our
politics" and "our chronic avoidance of tough decisions." But within months of his utterance of
those words, members of his own campaign team were counseling him to do just that on the subject of
marriage — avoid it, and then mislead people in the same small and petty way as every
other politician before him. Obama did just that throughout the '08 campaign and throughout his
first term until his vice president forced his hand in 2012.
Thomas faults Supreme Court for refusing to block gay marriage in Alabama. The most
prominent sign that the Supreme Court is poised to recognize a constitutional right for same-sex
couples to marry nationwide came Monday from an unlikely source: conservative Justice Clarence
Thomas. The court is months away from hearing arguments in a landmark case about whether
states are free to ban such unions. But Thomas said a majority of the justices may have already
made up their minds, as reflected by the court's "indecorous" decision Monday morning [2/9/2015]
allowing same-sex marriages to proceed in Alabama.
Thomas: 'Another Example of This Court's Increasingly Cavalier Attitude Toward the States'. In a
dissenting opinion joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas excoriated his fellow justices for
refusing to temporarily stop enforcement of a federal district judge's ruling that overturned the marriage laws
of the state of Alabama and ordered Alabama to recognize as legal "marriages" unions between two people of the
same sex. On Jan. 23, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama laws limiting marriage to
the union of one man and one woman violated the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the law.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent the judge's decision from going
into effect until the Supreme Court itself issued its ruling on same-sex marriage — which the court
will do this term.
defiance in Alabama: Same-sex marriages begin, but most counties refuse. On the day
that same-sex unions became legal in Alabama, local officials in dozens of counties on Monday [2/9/2015]
defied a federal judge's decision and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, casting the state
into judicial chaos.
chief justice orders state judges to defy feds on gay marriage. Alabama's chief
justice on Monday [2/9/2015] ordered state judges to defy a federal ruling that overturns the
state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, even as pro-gay groups celebrated the failure of the
Supreme Court to intervene as a signal the justices will decide in their favor in this summer's
highly anticipated decision. Most of the state's counties, with the backing of Alabama's
governor, refused or held off on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Offers Nine Marital Status Choices. If you list your marital status as "Interlocutory," LensCrafters
wants you to feel included. Polygamists, too. Today at LensCrafters I was handed an iPad and instructed
to "update my medical history" prior to my eye exam. Purportedly for the sake of greater efficiency and accuracy,
I was confronted with screen after screen of repetitive requests for information, most of which should have already
been in their database. [...] In addition to the repetitive requests for my address and phone number(s!!) were more
intrusive demographic questions, including an inquisition about my race and ethnic background. And right there
on the very first screen was a mini-interrogation about the intimate details of my marital status. Am I married?
Divorced? Widowed? Never Married? Interlocutory?
Court Declines to Block Gay Marriage in Alabama. Gay couples got married in Alabama on
Monday despite a last-minute push from the state's chief justice to stop them. The U.S. Supreme
Court declined to block a federal court order from January requiring the state to issue marriage
licenses to gay couples.
Carson lands on Southern Poverty Law Center's 'extremist' list because he opposes gay
marriage. An iconic American civil rights group that was founded to fight the Ku Klux
Klan is now taking aim at the only African-American to hint he might run for president in
2016 — because he opposes gay marriage. Republican Ben Carson, a retired world-class
pediatric neurosurgeon, has found himself listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center's 'Extremist Watch'
website alongside neo-Nazis, skinheads, and Klansmen, in a peculiar example of the group's mission-creep.
Carson said Monday [2/9/2015] that the characterization is 'projectionist and ignorant.'
Poverty Law Center issues totally unconvincing apology to Dr. Ben Carson. The Southern
Poverty Law Center (SPLC) apparently realized its primary goal, fundraising, was in danger by its
placing of Dr. Ben Carson on its "Extremist File" list. But the apology it has issued is the least
convincing pretense of remorse that I have ever seen.
Poverty Law Center Apologizes To Ben Carson For Putting Him On Its 'Extremist' List.
Retired neurosurgeon and possible 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson isn't an anti-gay extremist
after all, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Under intense scrutiny after it was
revealed that the civil rights organization had lumped Carson in with the likes of KKK members and
other zealots on its "extremist watch list," the SPLC announced on Wednesday [2/11/2015] that it was
scrubbing Carson's name.
Wasserman Schultz, Marriage Cop. Does Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman
Schultz approve of your marriage? It may depend upon the religion of you and your spouse!
bakery will have to pay lesbian couple up to $150,000 for refusing to make wedding cake. A lesbian
couple filed a discrimination suit against the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham when the owners refused
to make them a wedding cake, citing religious beliefs. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries determined
on Monday [2/2/2015] that the bakers discriminated against the couple.
chief justice: Rulings don't require judges to issue gay marriage licenses. Following
the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to deny Alabama's request to keep a stay in place on
U.S. District Judge Ginny Grenade's ruling that would lift the ban on same sex marriage in Alabama,
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore addressed the judicial offices that will likely be most impacted by
this ruling: Alabama's probate judges.
This is a byproduct of same-sex marriage:
woman marries herself in elaborate ceremony. A woman who vowed that if she didn't find
love by the time she turned 40 married herself earlier this month in a lavish ceremony here in
Houston, according to reports. Yasmin Eleby married herself at the Houston Museum of African
American Culture on January 3 in a lavish ceremony with 10 bridesmaids in attendance, plus family and
other guests on hand to celebrate the event. For this ceremony, Eleby's minister sister
performed the spiritual service, as it's not legal to marry yourself.
The Editor says...
What does that mean? It isn't legal, unless your sister officiates?
judge strikes down Alabama bans on same-sex marriage. A federal judge struck down two
Alabama laws banning same-sex marriage Friday [1/23/2015], making it one of dozens of states where
it is now legal for gays and lesbians to marry.
maker who refused to bake for gay wedding labeled a 'Nazi' by Colorado civil rights officials. Colorado baker
Jack Phillips was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to prepare a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, but his
attorneys said Monday that a state official who ruled against him is guilty of anti-religious bias. Alliance Defending
Freedom attorneys released an audio recording in which Diann Rice, a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, said
that Mr. Phillips' citing of his religious beliefs in his defense puts him on the same level as Nazis and slaveholders.
couples' children oppose same-sex marriage, tell of unpleasant upbringings. Most of
the children of gays and lesbians who have filed court briefs in same-sex marriage cases say their
parents' inability to marry has deprived them of legal protections and hampered them from living
their otherwise typical lives. But four adult children of gay parents — acting as a
"quartet of truth" — have submitted briefs to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
opposing same-sex marriages, with several saying that growing up under the rainbow was neither
normal nor pleasant.
New Tiffany Engagement Campaign Features
Same-Sex Couple. Tiffany & Co. is featuring a gay couple in its latest engagement
campaign for the first time, joining an array of other businesses that have tacitly expressed
support for same-sex marriage through advertising.
Bush calls for 'respect' of same-sex marriages. Jeb Bush, a likely Republican
presidential candidate, called for "respect" of same-sex marriages on Monday as his home state of
Florida began allowing gays to wed following a court ruling. Bush, a former governor of Florida,
said in a statement that even those like him who oppose same-sex marriage must "respect the rule of
law" now that the state's ban on gay marriages has been ruled unconstitutional.
Bush on gay marriage: Ought to be a 'state decision'. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
said Sunday that gay marriage should be a "state decision," weighing in on the thorny social issue
that could figure prominently in the 2016 GOP presidential nominating contest. "It ought be a
local decision. I mean, a state decision," Mr. Bush told the Miami Herald. "The state
decided. The people of the state decided. But it's been overturned by the courts, I guess."
judge's ruling makes Florida the 36th state where gay marriage is legal. US District
Judge Robert Hinkle issued a clarifying order on New Year's Day that all of Florida's county clerks
have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to wed. The couples
can wed as soon as Tuesday [1/6/2015].
clerks ax nuptials so they won't have to marry gays. Clerks in at least five Florida
counties say they'll end courthouse weddings for everyone so they won't have to marry same-sex
couples starting next week. They'll still be forced to issue marriage licenses to gay couples,
thanks to U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling on New Year's Day. His Thursday ruling clarifies
that all 67 Florida court clerks should begin issuing the licenses starting Tuesday, when a stay
expires on Hinkle's original decision invalidating the state's ban on same-sex marriage expires.
Church Severs Ties with Agency over Gay Adoption Ruling. The Catholic Church in
Northern Ireland is pulling the plug on a long-standing relationship with the Family Care Society, a
Catholic adoption agency, after a judge ruled that all adoption services must be willing to place
children with same-sex couples and singles. In a statement released Thursday, the Catholic
Bishops of Northern Ireland said it was "with regret" that they were severing their relationship
with the Belfast-based Family Care Society, an agency that the church itself founded.
quit Lutheran church in Finland after its Archbishop came out in favour of same-sex marriage. Thousands
of people have resigned from the Lutheran church in Finland after its Archbishop said he rejoiced "with my whole heart"
following the government vote to legalise same-sex marriage. According to Finland's YLE, between the time that
the vote went through on Friday [11/28/2014] and midnight on Saturday almost 7,800 people had resigned from the church
using an online system that aims to ease people's resignation. Each person who resigns their membership also
resigns their commitment to pay taxes to the church, which is the Lutheran church's main source of income in Finland,
Brothers on Anti-Duggar Campaign: 'Truth Is Considered Hate to Those Who Hate The Truth'. Jason and David Benham, two
Christian entrepreneurs who have been targeted by gay activists for their belief in traditional marriage, are speaking out about the
campaign by those same activists who are seeking the cancellation of the popular TLC television series "19 Kids and Counting,"
accusing the Duggar family of "fear mongering." "Since when is it considered 'fear mongering' to say that God designed a
man to be with a woman, or that kids deserve to have a mom and a dad, or that the ladies room should be for biological females?"
David Benham told CNSNews.com. "Saying the Duggars are inciting people to hate is simply propaganda."
Strikes Down Arkansas, Mississippi Gay Marriage Bans. Federal judges on Tuesday struck
down same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi and Arkansas, opening the door to gay nuptials in the
Deep South. If their decisions stand, they could bring the number of states that allow gays and
lesbians to wed to 37. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Mississippi said the state's gay
marriage ban violated same-sex couples the rights guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the U.S.
Missing Word in the Immigration Debate. [Scroll down] Note the strident
insistence with which liberals demand that we say "reproductive rights" instead of "abortion",
"gender" instead of "sex", and "undocumented" instead of "illegal". Each of these word choices hides
some aspect of an issue that liberals want to keep hidden. [...] Similarly, by insisting that
homosexuality is a matter of "gender" preference, liberals try to divert attention away from the fact
that the primary objection most people have to homosexuality concerns certain grotesque sexual acts.
Force San Fran Wedding Photographers to Close Shop. A small photography business run
by a husband and wife has closed their business, due to intense media scrutiny, threats and pressure
from the gay community in their Bay Area home town.
Common Sense on Marriage. Three months to the day after hearing oral arguments on
cases out of four states (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee), a three-judge panel issued a 2-1
ruling on November 6 upholding the states' rights to define marriage as the union of one man and one
woman. The ruling also upheld their right to refuse recognition to marriages from other states
that violate that definition and overturned lower court decisions in six separate lawsuits. The
ruling greatly increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take a case that allows it to rule on
whether the Constitution permits states to maintain the natural and historic definition of marriage.
Protestant Pastors Vow To No Longer Perform Government Marriages. Two Protestant
pastors, concerned about rapidly-changing government definitions of marriage, have started a
movement encouraging priests and ministers to refuse to perform civil marriages.
ruling voids 300 gay marriages, Michigan argues. A federal appeals court ruling last
week that upheld Michigan's ban on gay marriage invalidates the unions of 300 same-sex couples who
received marriage licenses in March, attorneys for the state argued in legal briefs filed Friday
[11/14/2014]. The weddings were performed by county clerks March 22, a day after U.S.
District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
It's Time to Save the American Family;
A Joyless Experiment Strained to the Limit. [Scroll down] Related to the demise
of the father is the astonishing, disfiguring and wholly curious rise of perversion in the arena of
personal identity. Individual identities which could not have been fathomed a generation ago are
beginning to flourish across the cultural wasteland. Societal standards appear, to our children,
as a seamless web of truths, metabolized by the young and taken into the mind as natural pillars of
the culture, simply accepted as "truth." So, for example, if polygamy is taught as a principle in a
nation, then the members naturally accept and adapt, regardless of any negative impact on individual
family members. Yet, learning false standards often causes lifelong havoc, as seen in the existence
of survivors of childhood sexual abuse, who often have no felt understanding of sexual mores, and
therefore struggle to adapt to stable relationships.
fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding on their farm. Cynthia and Robert Gifford
are caught in a same-sex nightmare. They've been forced to defend themselves against claims that
they're lesbian-hating homophobes. "We respect and care for everyone!" Cynthia Gifford told me.
"We had an openly gay man working for us this past season," she said. "We've had a woman who's
transitioning to be a man. We don't discriminate against anyone." But the government of
the state of New York sees things differently.
Sonia Sotomayor Stops Same-Sex Marriages In Kansas For Now. Kansas Attorney General
Derek Schmidt, in a filing with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, has asked the Supreme Court
to stop same-sex couples from being able to marry after 5 p.m. CT Tuesday [11/11/2014].
After the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state's request for a stay last week, Schmidt had
said he would be asking for a stay from Sotomayor — who hears procedural requests like this
from the 10th Circuit.
the Supreme Court May Have to Rule on Gay Marriage. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld
same-sex marriage bans in four states on Thursday [11/6/2014]. By creating a "circuit split," where
different federal appeals courts have ruled in opposite directions on marriage equality, the ruling virtually
guarantees Supreme Court's intervention to resolve it. The 2-1 decision is the first by a federal
appellate court to uphold same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court's rulings in summer 2013 in
United States v. Windsor, which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth
v. Perry, which left standing a lower-court ruling that overturned California's same-sex-marriage ban.
Dismay as 2 Sides Assess Gay-Marriage Ruling. One side was euphoric, the other
dismayed, but both foes and supporters of same-sex marriage swiftly turned their attention to the
U.S. Supreme Court after an against-the-grain appeals court ruling upheld bans or restrictions on
gay marriage in four states.
marriage bans in four states upheld on appeal. The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed district court rulings that had struck down gay marriage bans
in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. More important, it gives Supreme Court justices an
appellate ruling that runs counter to four others from the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th circuits. Those
rulings struck down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, Idaho and
Nevada, leading to similar action in neighboring states.
Do Gays Really Want From The Church? The question that is most puzzling to me is why
did the gay couple choose to do business with that particular wedding chapel? Were there not any
other places that they could have gone (such as the Justice of the Peace) to have their wedding
performed? Why did the gay couple in Colorado approach the Christian Bakery? Were there no
other bakeries in their city or town? It appears that the gay community is targeting Christians
and the Christian church. If that is indeed the case, what do they want from the church?
of Houston Retreats: Withdraws Subpoenas for Pastors' Sermon Notes, Private Messages.
On October 29 the city of Houston withdrew its subpoenas for pastors' notes and communications.
On October 15 Breitbart News reported that the City of Houston subpoenaed the sermon notes and
private communications of five city pastors to see what — if anything — they might have
said to congregants about the city's "Bathroom Bill" or Mayor Annise Parker (D), presumably
in search of material expressing religious views critical of homosexuality.
Pastor on Gay Mayor's Attack on Christian Pastors: 'Truly the Next Civil Rights Movement'. The Reverend
Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said the attack on Christian pastors by
the openly gay mayor of Houston, who subpoenaed their sermons and other communications after they opposed a city ordinance
that allows transgender people to use any public restroom, signals the need for "the next civil rights movement."
Owens, speaking from Houston, told CNSNews.com that he and other pastors in his coalition held a press conference on
Tuesday [10/28/2014] to support the Houston pastors and express their concern about this threat to religious liberty.
Kohn Shows How the 'Liberals' Got So Illiberal. Just as I was writing about the
importance of the right to be wrong, along comes The Daily Beast's Sally Kohn to demonstrate exactly
my point with a strident anthem of illiberal liberalism. If gay marriage is "the end zone dance
of the culture wars," then Kohn spikes the football. "Don't wanna marry everyone who are entitled to
marry legally under the law? Then don't run a wedding business." Her premise is that the state
has unlimited license to run your life unless you make a plea for some kind of special exemption.
Back against LGBT Fascism: What You Can Do. Since the story broke about the Human
Rights Campaign's slanderous persecution of the very people their group was designed to
protect — bisexuals and children of same-sex couples — I have received a great
deal of support from people. While it was nerve-wracking to have the truth about the 26 months of
harassment by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Scott Rosenzweig, Jeremy Hooper, and a host of other
totalitarians circulate at my job, it has been healthy. My colleagues and students had no idea
about the extent of this campaign of suppression, censorship, and harassment. Now they know the
truth behind those equals-sign bumper stickers.
magistrate resigns, objects to same-sex marriage. Swain County Magistrate Judge
Gilbert Breedlove resigned Monday [10/20/2014] because of his personal objection to same-sex
marriage. "It was my only option," said Breedlove, 57. "We were directed we had to perform the
marriages, and that was just something I couldn't do because of my religious beliefs." Breedlove
has been a magistrate for nearly 24 years. He started in 1990 and became ordained as a pastor in
1997. "I was Christian when I started," said Breedlove. "Then, the law didn't require me to perform
something that was against my religious belief. Now that law has changed its requirements."
d'Alene apparently changes stance, agrees that for-profit chapel need not perform same-sex
weddings. As I noted Wednesday, the Couer d'Alene City Attorney concluded that
for-profit chapels were covered by the city ban on sexual orientation discrimination: "if they are
providing services primarily or substantially for profit and they discriminate in providing those
services based on sexual orientation then they would likely be in violation of the ordinance." But
Boise State Public Radio (Jessica Robinson) reports that the city has apparently changed its position: [...]
d'Alene Says Hitching Post Is Exempt From Gay Rights Law. The city of Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex
marriages. The city has been embroiled in controversy ever since the owners of the Hitching Post
sued the city. They say a city anti-discrimination law threatened to force them to marry same-sex
couples now that gay marriage is legal in Idaho. The story lit up conservative and gay-rights
blogs. Wedding chapel owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp said they feared jail time or fines if they
declined marriage services to a same-sex couple.
marriage gets another big boost from the Obama administration. Midway through his
first term, President Obama said he was "unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because
of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage." As a US Senate candidate he had
declared his belief that "marriage is between a man and a woman." But Obama also mused that
"attitudes evolve, including mine," and it seems now that that evolution has occurred at
head-snapping speed — prompted by others in his administration, including Vice president
Joe Biden (who apparently got out ahead of his boss on the issue) and Attorney General Eric Holder.
marriage wins a round in court. Good news turns up when and where it can. On Tuesday [10/21/2014],
a federal judge appointed by President Carter bucked the latest fashion among his colleagues, and upheld marriage as
a contract between a man and a woman. Elsewhere in the country federal judges have leaped to impose homosexual
marriage on the states by overturning laws, constitutional amendments and other policies endorsed by a vote of the people.
civil rights official calls Houston pastor subpoenas 'abuse of government power'. A
member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a letter Wednesday [10/22/2014] called Houston Mayor Annise
Parker's subpoena of church pastors "an abuse of government power" and urged the mayor to withdraw
the court documents. Commissioner Peter Kirsanow said that the subpoenas, even after being
amended to remove a request for church sermons, still appear to be "a blatant attempt to punish
these pastors for expressing their religiously based political views."
blocks petition supporting Houston pastors. Twitter is in business to boost numbers.
Angering a huge swath of their users wouldn't be good for business.
ministers who make a living by conducting weddings be required to conduct same-sex weddings? Donald and
Evelyn Knapp are apparently ordained ministers who run The Hitching Post, a chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, at which
they conduct weddings. (This strikes me as quite similar to many ministers' practice of charging to officiate
weddings when they are invited to do so at other venues.) Coeur d'Alene has an ordinance banning discrimination
based on, among other things, sexual orientation in places of public accommodation.
Number One Vote Suppressor? When he was first running for statewide office in
Illinois, state Sen. Barack Obama said he could not support marriage for same-sex couples because "I
am a Christian." When, just four years later, in 2008, he was asked about this issue at Rev. Rick
Warren's Civic Forum, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said marriage was between one man and
one woman and that "God is in the mix." If you like your God, you can keep Him. As for President
Barack Obama, he has moved on. [...] In just six years, President Obama has gone from opposition to
counterfeit marriage to full-throated endorsement of it.
First Amendment Problem. The recent questionably unconstitutional moves by the Houston
city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence
dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who
believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect
of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America
today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is
presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that was objectionable to the
homosexual community. In order to prove that we are tolerant of the homosexual lifestyle,
we as a society allow gays to be intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them in any way.
In a time of triumphant secularism, politicians treat the religious with increasing contempt. It was
only a matter of time before headlines about government demanding the sermons of pastors appeared in
the United States. Seeing themselves as superior to the religious, secularists feel entitled to
bully pastors who impede their political plans. [...] The openly lesbian Houston mayor Annise Parker
clearly adheres to secularist philosophy. Outraged that pastors would dare challenge her
transgender bathrooms ordinance through a referendum drive, she unleashed lawyers on them.
ACLU not happy
with Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Following a brutal battle over a city ordinance
which many believed was an egregious encroachment of local government into the territory of
religious freedom, Parker, Houston's first openly gay mayor, subpoenaed the full text of sermons
mentioning her name or anything having to do with homosexuality. Right leaning citizens weren't
the only ones to shirk from Parker's drastic and seemingly vindictive actions. The ACLU and other
liberal leaning organizations expressed grave concern with Parker's unprecedented overreach.
pastors opposed to gay marriage sue city over law. Two pastors in Idaho, who fear they
could be penalized for refusing to perform newly legal gay marriages at their private wedding
chapel, have filed a lawsuit, saying an Idaho anti-discrimination law violates their right to free
speech and religious liberty.
city's ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, city
officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly
via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines. The
dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the
Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.
to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail. For years, those in
favor of same-sex marriage have argued that all Americans should be free to live as they choose. And
yet in countless cases, the government has coerced those who simply wish to be free to live in accordance
with their belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Just this weekend, a case has
arisen in Idaho, where city officials have told ordained ministers they have to celebrate same-sex weddings
or face fines and jail time.
Lesbian's Daughter Has Had Enough. My name is Rivka Edelman, and I am the product of
same-sex parenting. Recently I published an essay on Public Discourse about the ruthless misogyny
that pervades LBGT culture. I pointed out it that it can and will victimize women and children with
impunity and then, in America's narcissistic fugue, get hailed as brave and heroic. Since my essay
was published, there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of posts calling me a liar or trying to
shame, discredit, intimidate, and threaten me.
Innocent Christian Behavior. Where are all the atheist freedom lovers we always hear about? It's time for them to start
standing up for religious liberty. The left and militant gay movement are getting bolder and bolder, and too many Christians are
stewing in their apathy. It seems that with each passing month, this senseless tyranny advances. The latest is that two
Christian ministers in Idaho, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, have allegedly been ordered to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies at their
chapel or face fines or jail sentences.
Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings. Two Christian
ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or
face jail time and up to $1,000 in daily fines, according to a lawsuit filed Friday [10/17/2014] in federal
court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, two ordained ministers
who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene. "Right now they are at risk of being
prosecuted," attorney Jeremy Tedesco told me. "The threat of enforcement is more than just credible."
Can't Accept Houston's Intimidation Tactics Without Protest. Perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist
wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given
people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual or gender
identity. We've all seen the stories about lawsuits against small business owners. The boycotts against companies
for harboring employees who haven't jumped on the bandwagon and therefore believe marriage is essentially built around sexual
complementarity. The public outrage of enthused mobs believing themselves to be on the right side of history.
Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas. Houston city attorneys are no longer
seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning
discrimination against gay and transgender residents.
mainstreaming of liberalism. By way of illustration, let's go back to the year 1964
and assess the attitudes of Americans toward ideas that since that time have crept into the
mainstream. Many of those ideas, viewed from this perspective, would have to be seen as radical.
Take, for example, homosexual marriage. Without getting into the question of whether government-sanctified
same-sex marriage is a healthy or unhealthy cultural development, there can be no dispute that, 50 years
ago, this idea was considered radical, almost unthinkable.
Law School Dean: Gay Marriage 'Beginning of End of Western Civilization'. Mathew D.
Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law, said that efforts to change the definition of
marriage to include same-sex "marriage" would be like trying to re-define the law of gravity, adding
that, if it were tried, it would mark "the beginning of the end of Western civilization." "We've
never been in this situation before," Staver said in a speech at the American Decency Association
2014 Summer Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. "We will not be able to escape the coercive nature
of this issue. It is cataclysmic in its change-effect. It is, I believe, ultimately the
beginning of the end of Western civilization, if we adopt this as a country."
Gaslighting America Out of Existence.
[An] excellent example of gaslighting is the top-down normalization of homosexuality, which has
been almost universally regarded as a repugnant aberration throughout human history. Now we are
told it is normal, and that it is not perverts who are sick, but you for thinking there is
something wrong with perversion. If you don't enjoy watching football players engage in
passionate kisses with their homosexual boyfriends on television, you are a defective person.
backtracks on gay tolerance comments after angry reaction from bishops. The Vatican
appears to have backtracked on their unprecedented positive comments on homosexuality after a
furious reaction from conservative Catholics. On Monday [10/13/2014], Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo read out
an interim report at the Synod's General Congregation that declared homosexuals had "gifts and
qualities to offer" and even raised the prospect of the Catholic Church recognising the positive
aspects of same-sex relationships. The church, it added, must welcome divorced people and
recognise the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who live together without
Venues To Be Used For Converting Civil Partnerships To Gay Marriages. The government
has altered plans to allow gay couples to convert their civil partnerships to marriages, by allowing
the conversion ceremony to take place at a range of venues including churches, synagogues, meeting
houses, hotels and other registered venues. Previously, the plans only included provision to
convert the status of the partnership at a registry office. In order to avoid the "quadruple lock" put in
place to appease religious opponents of gay marriage, only registrars will be able to perform the ceremony.
Mormons Pushing Church On Gay Marriage. Court decisions this week paving the way for
same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho
and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative
church to become more accepting of gay members.
judge rules Alaska's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. A federal judge ruled
Sunday that Alaska's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex couples to
begin marrying in the state for the first time. The state quickly said it would appeal the decision
by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess, despite recent higher court rulings striking down
similar bans around the country.
Sacraments of Liberalism. [#5] Same-sex Marriage: Liberals want same-sex marriage
because traditional marriage is oppressive to women. Besides, gender makes no difference anymore.
The new gnosticism teachers that women are, through no fault of their own, victims. Women are men
who have been born unfortunately disfigured. So, liberals must make up for that. One way
to do that is to allow anyone to marry whomever they choose, since we are all men, anyway.
Dictatorship. Do the states have the right to outlaw same-sex marriage? Not long
ago the question would have been seen as absurd. For every state regarded homosexual acts as crimes.
Moreover, the laws prohibiting same-sex marriage had all been enacted democratically, by statewide referenda,
like Proposition 8 in California, or by Congress or elected state legislatures. But today rogue
judges and justices, appointed for life, answerable to no one, instruct a once-democratic republic on
what laws we may and may not enact. Last week, the Supreme Court refused to stop federal judges from
overturning laws banning same-sex marriage. We are now told to expect the Supreme Court itself to
discover in the Constitution a right of men to marry men and of women to marry women.
Semblance of Normalcy. It is not just that gay rights activists want "the rights
everybody else has." The strong undercurrent to that is that gay rights activists want all the
semblances of normalcy. To take the long time social stigma out of being gay requires that gay men
and women are able to lead their lives exactly as everyone else. In effect, it is to make being gay
just a different version of normal. Marriage is but one part of it. The march toward normalcy now
must get even more shrill with more people being forced to care because of American views on
homosexuality as reflected in a new Pew poll.
Tyranny Can Take Your First Amendment Rights Away. We are too apathetic. We allow a
small minority of people to take our freedoms away because we care more about being politically
correct than we do about protecting our Bill of Rights. We are allowing a bank to discriminate
against Christians. While I support the rights of LGBTs, I don't believe Americans can be
comfortable with losing their First Amendment rights because not everyone agrees with everything
LGBTs do. We need to start fighting back. [...] LGBTs now have the power to get people fired
and ruin their businesses and careers. Americans should be outraged.
double standard: Michael Sam, Tim Tebow and free speech. Once, Social Security was
the "third rail" of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality.
Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood.
Violence More Common Among Same-Sex Couples. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is defined as
the physical, sexual or psychological harm caused by the current or former intimate partner. Since the 1970s, concern regarding
the issue began in response to the women's movement. Most of the traditional studies looked at the abuse women faced from men in
heterosexual relationships. But, the latest study by Northwestern Medicine scientists found that domestic violence is more common
among same-sex couples and excess stress raises the risk of this abuse.
There is No Such Thing as a "Gay Marriage". Conservatives who know the definition of
marriage continue to use the phrase gay marriage, thus giving life to something that doesn't exist
every time they use it. If gay marriage were in fact a marriage, it would be called a marriage,
and not a gay marriage. This term is meant to destroy the meaning of marriage so that it never
again only means between a man and a woman. We are fighting a language war here. To win
it, we have to change our language.
Roe and Gay
Marriage. The campaign for gay marriage targets the exact same things that abortion
did: tradition, middle-class values, the family. Abortion was part of a large-scale effort by the
"Dead Souls" — the upper-class elites — to destroy lower-class attitudes, traditions,
and beliefs, above all involving religion and the family, that were thought to be holding back progressive
social evolution. The same motive can be seen here. Marriage has no actual place in homosexual
culture. It never has. If marriage were of such overwhelming importance to homosexuals, they
would have, at some point in the last several thousand years of civilization, created some institution of
their own to reflect it within their ranks. There is no sign in the historical record that this has
Reasons the left has not won the culture war. Let's start with the biggie: same-sex
marriage. Yes, polls show gay marriage is breaking out all over, but when put to a vote same-sex
marriage has lost (even in California) much more often than not. Furthermore, gay marriage is not
being legalized through popular opinion or demand, it is being legalized through activist judges.
Crying over Mozilla and Start Fighting Back. When you see a movement as unprincipled
and ruthless as the gay lobby is, you must be clear that you have an enemy. The gay lobby is not
your friend. Any friendliness from them is likely manipulation and subterfuge. Remember:
your end goal is to pour burning coals on his head [Romans 12:20], not to have tea and crumpets and
reminisce about the good old days when you were classmates at Dartmouth. When they invite you to
dinner with the kids they conceived with a surrogate, they are trying to brainwash you, as they've already
brainwashed the kids. Remember that.
The Only Job Left in America Where You Can Safely Oppose Same-Sex Marriage? It is now obvious
that in America, the left and the media will celebrate as you are shamed and paraded through the streets in stocks
if you do not approve same-sex marriage. They believe that the right to privacy somehow covers government approval
of same-sex marriage, but not writing a check to back a campaign against that approval. Engage in business in any
aspect of American society, and you may be subject not only to the dictates of government, but to the job-killing
hatred of the mob. So, is there any job left in America in which it is safe to abide by your religious views
against same-sex marriage?
conservative free speech banned in America? If it's called "progress" and a sign of "freedom" that two men
can openly kiss on national TV, what is it called when someone offended by that same scene can be fined or suspended
from their job? Is that progress? Is that free speech? Ask Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones.
He tweeted about how disgusted and offended he was by that kiss. Jones was immediately fined and barred from
team activities until he finishes "training for his recent comments made on social media." Training?
You mean like a "reeducation camp?"
Important Step In Our Nation's Journey'. The president of the United States (who never
bothered to issue a statement on the death of Navy Seal hero Chris Kyle), did find the time to put
out a congratulatory statement: "The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for
taking an important step forward today in our Nation's journey." Where is the nation journeying?
Are we journeying to a place in which a player is fined and suspended and sent to sensitivity training for
saying, "OMG" on Twitter in reaction to something he finds offensive? To one where you will be forced
to bake the cake, provide the flowers, and take the photographs for events you find morally objectionable or
be financially ruined if you refuse?
Todd: Should Conservatives 'Surrender In the Culture Wars?'. Last week, the Supreme
Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay
marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court's
decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this
as a sign that social conservatism was declining [...]
Rights Commission Says the Freedom to Practice Religion Is not a Human Right. The
Human Rights Commission of Lexington KY justifies the gay fascist bullying campaign against
Christian businesses who don't wish to participate in gay weddings and other events by saying
Christians should only be allowed to practice religion within their homes and churches.
says Christian business owners should leave religion at home. The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky has a
chilling message for Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organizations: leave your religion at home.
"It would be safe to do so, yes," Executive Director Raymond Sexton told me. "Or in this case you can find yourself two years
down the road and you're still involved in a legal battle because you did not do so." On Tuesday [10/7/2014], a Lexington Human
Rights Commission hearing examiner issued a recommended ruling that the owner of a T-shirt company violated a local ordinance against
Wants To Force A Printer To Make Pro-Gay T-Shirts. An administrative law judge has ruled that a Kentucky
printer's refusal to print gay pride t-shirts "constitutes unlawful discrimination," and, by extension, that printers
cannot refuse to print materials promoting ideas they disagree with.
Supreme Court nondecision, state opposition to gay marriage remains. Despite a rebuff
from the Supreme Court, officials in states that oppose gay marriage vowed Tuesday [10/7/2014] to keep up the
fight, with at least three court battles scheduled before the end of the month. That determination came
even as gay marriage supporters racked up another win Tuesday, as the 9th Circuit Court issued a ruling
knocking down marriage amendments in Idaho and Nevada. In line with a string of other lower-court rulings,
the court found that Idaho and Nevada's laws restricting legal marriage to one man and one woman violate
the 14th Amendment on the basis of equal protection.
Bobby Jindal: I agree with Ted Cruz on
gay marriage. Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., on Tuesday [10/7/2014] said that he agrees with potential
2016 presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on the issue of gay marriage, which is back in the news because
of the Supreme Court's decision on Monday to reject requests from five states aimed at keeping bans on same-sex
marriage in place. "I certainly agree with the senator," Jindal said during a Tuesday conference call, in
response to a question from the Washington Examiner. "I think he has proposed, he is already proposing
some legislation on this, I certainly agree with the senator. I do believe marriage is between a man and
Cruz to introduce constitutional amendment on gay marriage after Supreme Court ducks appeals. Typically when
social conservatives start talking up amendments aimed at gay marriage, they're thinking of a substantive change —
namely, a new law of the land that says marriage involves one man and one woman and no other combination. Once that's
in the Constitution, even courts can't mess with it. (I think!) As The Atlantic notes, though, Cruz's
proposed amendment isn't substantive. It's procedural.
Ridge Farm owners appeal ruling over lesbian wedding. In the bucolic town of Schaghticoke, NY, Liberty Ridge
Farm serves as a setting for family outings and events of all sorts on a family owned farm in the country. They are
open to the public for a portion of each year, featuring events ranging from day camps to field trips to a corn maze.
And until recently they hosted weddings. That all changed after the owners, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, encountered Melisa
Erwin and Jennifer McCarthy, a lesbian couple who approached the Giffords about holding their wedding there. Cynthia
Gifford declined, citing her religious beliefs.
Of Sexually Transmitted Infections In London's Gay Community. Whilst gay and bisexual
men represent less than 4 percent of London's population they are responsible for 84 percent of
syphilis cases and 65 percent of gonorrhoea cases in the capital. A new study from Public Health
England (PHE), reported on by Pink News, suggested that around a quarter of all reported cases of sexually
transmitted infections (STI) are diagnosed in gay men.
U.S. Supreme Court declines to intervene in gay marriage
cases. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [10/6/2014] declined to take up the hotly
contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five
states where same-sex weddings were previously banned.
Black donor's sperm sent to white woman. A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers
Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American
donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their
now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community.
The Editor says...
Perhaps the ostracism exists because the all-white community doesn't appreciate having lesbians raise children in their neighborhood.
Falling. The Pew Forum just released a fascinating new poll on religion in public life. Among the headlines:
72 percent of Americans say the influence of religion on politics is declining, and the vast majority of these people say that's
a bad thing. Most Americans do not want churches to endorse candidates for office, though support for the idea is growing, rising
from 24 percent in August 2010 to 32 percent today. By a wide margin, Americans are more likely to see the Republican
party (47 percent) as friendly to religion than they are the Democrats (29 percent), but it is noteworthy that less than
half of Americans see the GOP as religion friendly.
GOP Senate Candidate Unveils Pro-Gay Marriage Ad. The ad, from the campaign of Dr.
Monica Wehby who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, prominently features a gay
couple — Ben West, of Portland, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 with partner Paul Rummell to
overturn Oregon's same sex-marriage ban that went into effect in 2004. Their case was combined
with other Oregon couples who also sought the right to marry after the Supreme Court struck down the
Defense of Marriage Act in 2012. Oregon's same-sex marriage ban was later ruled unconstitutional.
U.S. 'Creed' on Gay Marriage Means Christians Must Approve It or Be Punished, Like Sharia. Cardinal Francis George, head of the
Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a "public creed," a
"fake church" that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just "as Christians
and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law." Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper.
Gay Population 2.3%; Thanks to Media, Americans Think Number is 13 Times Higher.
Everyone knows there are gays and lesbians in everybody's family. And no office would be complete
without a sassy gay character. And just about every other kid in high school is wresting with his
sexuality. I know. I watch TV. Except it isn't true, and the Centers for Disease Control just
proved it. A new comprehensive study by the CDC with over 33,000 participants has confirmed earlier
estimates; less than 3 percent of the U.S. population self-identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Earlier, much smaller-scale surveys have put that number at 4 percent.
are not 'neutral umpires'. In the last two years, 14 lower federal courts have ruled
on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans, with all finding that the U.S. Constitution forbids
prohibitions against same sex marriage. Of the 16 judges who have ruled for gay marriage, 13 were
appointed by Democratic presidents. On the opposing side, all three dissenting judges were appointed by
organizations urge Supreme Court to settle gay marriage question. The Mormon church and four other religious organizations are
asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage.
Kagan Performs Her First Same-Sex Wedding. Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a
same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband.
Court rules gay
marriage bans in 2 states unconstitutional. A U.S. appeals court in Chicago ruled Thursday [9/4/2014] that gay
marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where
gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.
Department Promotes Lawyer Who Argued Same-Sex Marriage Case. A senior Justice Department lawyer who defended
same-sex marriage, President Obama's health care law and the government's right to collect bulk phone records has been promoted
to the department's No. 3 position, officials said Friday [9/5/2014]. As acting associate attorney general, the lawyer,
Stuart F. Delery, will oversee civil rights, antitrust and environmental cases, among other matters, the Justice Department
said. He is replacing Tony West, who announced this week that he was leaving the department.
Bridezillas' Town Considers Law To Punish Shop Owners' Refusal To Do Business. In the wake of a media firestorm raging against the
Christian owners of a bridal shop who refused to supply wedding dresses for lesbian brides, the town of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania is debating a
possible law on whether shop owners have a right to refuse business to customers.
Farm Yanks Wedding Ceremonies After $13K Court Fine For Refusing Lesbian Wedding.
Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in New York, used to rent out their farm so
couples could get married on the grounds. They will no longer offer such services because the state
ruled they had to violate their Christian beliefs and allow same-sex weddings on their property.
The state had fined the Giffords $13,000 when they refused to allow a lesbian couple, Jennifer
McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, to be married on their farm in 2012. The Giffords were against
a wedding ceremony for the lesbian couple but said a wedding reception would be permissible.
Fined For Refusing To Host Gay Wedding Shuts Down Venue. A Christian couple fined $13,000 for refusing to host
a lesbian wedding on their New York farm has decided to close the venue rather than violate their religious beliefs.
Cynthia and Robert Gifford decided not to host ceremonies anymore, other than those already scheduled, Alliance Defending
Freedom attorney James Trainor told The Blaze.
The Editor says...
You can submit to the homosexuals, or close your business, or sell it, or burn it down, but in any case the homosexuals win.
You can vote all you want, but it won't matter. Judges will decide what's best.
Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban. A federal judge on Thursday [8/21/2014]
declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who
have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.
to Farmers: Host Same-Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine. Should the government be able
to coerce a family farm into hosting a same-sex wedding? In a free society, the answer is no.
Family farms should be free to operate in accordance with the beliefs and values of their owners.
Government shouldn't be able to fine citizens for acting in the market according to their own —
rather than the government's — values, unless there is a compelling government interest being
pursued in the least restrictive way possible. But the New York State Division of Human Rights
doesn't see things this way.
Movement forces Child Welfare Services, run by Churches, to Close. In recent years, some religious child welfare
providers who believe that children deserve to be placed with married mothers and fathers have lost government funding and have
shut down because of laws requiring them to serve the lesbian, gay, bi and transsexual (LGBT) communities, despite their contradicting
religious convictions. In Illinois, unmarried heterosexual couples and homosexuals may legally adopt children and become foster
parents, leading to the discontinuation of the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockford's adoption services. In
Washington D.C. a similar adoption program was shut down due to another law that requires religious organizations serving the
general public to provide services to homosexuals regardless of religious beliefs. Comparable cases are found in California,
Massachusetts, and all across the nation — cases which offer a choice between sincere religious beliefs and punishment under law,
or compliance and the forsaking of religious conscience.
Bridezillas Bully Bridal Shop Owner over Religious Beliefs. A Pennsylvania Christian
bridal shop owner who refused to provide wedding gowns to a lesbian couple because of her religious
beliefs was bullied by the lesbians on Facebook, where their post about the shop owner's refusal to
serve them went viral. The New York Daily News reports the lesbians, who tried to schedule an
appointment at W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, were "unidentified," but said the
owner — who was identified as Victoria Miller — told them she "[does] not
service same-sex couples." "We feel we have to answer to God for what we do," Miller told The Press
Enterprise. "And providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God's law."
appeals court may be roadblock to gay marriage cases in four states. If the issue of same-sex marriage
is on an expressway to the Supreme Court, Wednesday was rush hour in a federal appeals court here. In an
unprecedented and marathon hearing, tag teams of attorneys for four states told an appellate panel why voter-approved
prohibitions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee should be honored. All the while, plaintiffs and their
families filled row after row of a huge, ornate courtroom, arms around one another, occasionally shushing babies
and listening for their names to be mentioned.
asks high court if states can block same-sex unions. Utah asked the Supreme Court on
Tuesday [8/5/2014] to decide whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage or whether
it is up to states to allow or prohibit such unions. Virginia, which said it did not want to be left
behind, indicated it would file a similar request later this week. An appeals court in Denver struck
down Utah's ban, while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, ruled in the
Virginia case, saying that marriage is a fundamental right that may not be withheld from gay couples.
Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday [7/31/2014]
upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to
the state's constitution banning gay marriage.
appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban. A U.S. appeals court on
Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string
of court rulings across the country to back gay marriage.
of gay marriage snare Marco Rubio, David Jolly. The increasingly delicate politics of gay marriage emerged
Wednesday [7/23/2014] as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defended "traditional" marriage while accommodating other views during
a speech and U.S. Rep. David Jolly came under withering attack in Pinellas County for coming out in support of same-sex
couples' right to wed. Jolly, a Republican like Rubio, said this week that while he personally believes marriage
should be between a man and woman, he thinks Florida should allow same-sex marriage.
The Editor says...
If you think marriage should be between a man and a woman, why would you support anything else?
This is what's known as playing on both sides of the fence."
states join Indiana's appeal of federal judge's same-sex marriage ruling. The
attorneys general of 10 states have joined in Indiana's appeal of a federal judge's ruling that
found the state law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In a filing this week, the
attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina,
South Dakota and Utah filed a friend of the court brief alleging it is not the judicial branch's
role to determine whether same-sex marriage should be permitted. "The moral, political, and social
issues surrounding this case are profound and profoundly important," says the brief filed by
Colorado Solicitor General Michael Francisco. "However, they are distinct from the purely legal
principles that this court can address."
ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, federal appeals court rules. A federal appeals
court on Friday [7/11/2014] struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriages. The 10th Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled 2-1 that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under
the law for everyone. "States may not, consistent with the U.S. Constitution, prohibit same-sex
marriages," the judges wrote. The court stayed its opinion, putting it on hold pending an
Court Overturns State's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban. A judge in Florida overturned the state's ban on
same-sex marriage on Thursday [7/17/2014]. The ban had been approved by 62 percent of voters in 2008.
"The court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country's proud history to
protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and rights of the powerless, even at the cost of
offending the majority," Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia wrote in his opinion. Florida Attorney General
Pam Bondi filed an appeal almost immediately.
court strikes down Oklahoma gay marriage ban. The decision by a three-judge panel in the
10-year-old lawsuit is likely to give the Supreme Court a choice: It can use either Utah or
Oklahoma as its foil for judging the constitutionality of all such bans, or it can wait for more
cases headed its way from Virginia and elsewhere. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
also has jurisdiction over Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming, as well as New Mexico, where same-sex
couples already can marry. Its precedent applies to all those states, but the court blocked
its ruling from taking effect while Oklahoma considers an appeal.
Telling and the Abuse of Language. It was only a couple of years ago that the world sported
only two genders of human beings — male and female. Now Facebook allows folks to self-identify into
50 possibilities, only two of which are truly genders. I find this particularly perplexing. Do
we have gender designations for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgendered who dress in drag but haven't
had surgery, the transgendered who have had surgery but it didn't go well? Do we differentiate between
the men who have become women and the women who have become men? The 97% of us who are not confused
about all of this are now called cisgendered instead of straight. Governor Brown in California has ruled
against the use of the terms husband and wife in public documents. What will go next, mother and father?
the New Sexual Fascism Seriously. There is a mass movement aimed at stifling the
autonomy of natural relationships — friendships, familial love, romantic love, human
reverence for the divine — and subverting such relationships to the punitive power of an
intrusive state. It is as sweeping and menacing as past isms, including fascism, to which it
reveals a number of striking resemblances. It is difficult to comprehend, partly because it
operates so often with emotional subterfuge, and partly because it is unprecedented. It is less
nationalistic than past fascisms, though more invasive and consuming because it polices interpersonal
relationships and interior thoughts in a way that earlier police states did not. I have come to
realize, though, that it is violent, even though we tend not to think of the movement as violent
because many still stereotype gays as delicate, and the violence is usually carried out through the
seemingly legitimate auspices of the state.
Set to Fight Gay-Marriage Bans in Supreme Court. The Justice Department is set to urge
the Supreme Court to uphold a lower-court ruling and block states from banning same-sex marriage,
Attorney General Eric Holder said. The nation's top law enforcement official's remarks come just
days after Utah officials announced they will ask the Supreme Court to overrule a lower court that
concluded gay couples can legally marry in the state. Last month, a federal appeals court ruled
that a state ban on gay marriage, approved by Utah voters in 2004, was unconstitutional, finding
that states cannot keep two people from marrying simply because they are of the same sex.
governors signal shift on gay marriage in bid to attract voters. 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.
agencies told to ignore gay marriages. A federal judge in Indianapolis struck down the
state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional that day, leading to hundreds of same-sex marriages
around the state. But an appeals court stayed that ruling three days later after an appeal from the
state attorney general's office.
to Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling to High Court. Utah is going directly to
the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional
right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday [7/9/2014].
Removes 'Husband' and 'Wife' from California Marriage Law. One word can make all the
difference when it comes to definitions. Exhibit A: exchange the words "husband and wife" for a more
inclusive term, and you have the phrase "I now pronounce you spouses." In the state of California,
they are paying special attention to keep their vernacular as progressive as possible. Governor
Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Monday [7/7/2014] to formally make marriage gender-neutral to reflect the state's
allowance of same-sex unions.
Poor Little Gays: The World Is Saying No. Same-sex parenting is an abusive practice
whereby two gay adults contrive to deprive a helpless child of the love and support of a mother or
father. [...] We aren't fooled by this silly trick of trying to say that orphans being raised by
their grandmothers are the same thing as two lesbians who manufacture a child using DNA they got
from a fertility clinic.
Employee Alleges Chase Bank Surveyed Staff's LGBT Loyalty. A second source has confirmed that
JP Morgan Chase has asked each of its employees whether they are "an ally of the LGBT community," which
employees have taken as a veiled threat. Each year JP Morgan Chase sends its employees a survey asking
questions related to management and other non-controversial issues. A longtime Chase employee told
Professor Robert George of Princeton that the survey this year included the following questions for the first time: [...]
Letting the IRS Get
Away with It. Someone at the IRS leaked the donor lists to a man called Matthew
Meisel, a gay activist in Boston. Meisel in turn passed it on to the gay group Human Rights
Campaign (whose president was a national co-chair of the Obama re-election campaign), and HRC in
turn published the list of donors, which was subsequently re-published by The Huffington Post.
There's no secret about why they'd do such a thing. As we know, if you disagree with progressive
orthodoxy, you have no right to host a cable-TV home-decor show or give a commencement address at
an American university or be a beauty-queen contestant. But that's not enough for these groups.
If you're not a public figure, if you're just a Californian who puts up a yard sign or a bumper
sticker on Proposition Eight, your car will be keyed and your house defaced.
NH Supreme Court: Lesbian
can claim parental rights. The New Hampshire Supreme Court said Wednesday [7/2/2014] that a
lesbian can claim parental rights to a child born to her former partner. In the unanimous
decision, the five-member court overturned the rulings in Derry Family Division court and ordered
the judge to decide whether the non-biological parent — referred to in the court case as
Susan B — had taken enough actions to qualify as the child's parent. If judged a
parent, the Supreme Court said Susan can intervene in adoption proceedings that her former
partner — Melissa D — and Melissa's husband have initiated.
Appeals Court: Gays Have Right to Marry. A federal appeals court ruled for the
first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the
movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group's Tax Return. Two
years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of
a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted
wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit. The Daily Signal has learned that, under a
consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for
Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group,
the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM's chief political rival.
Bishop: Marriage is 'First Domino of Civilization'. In response to a federal judge's
ruling that Wisconsin's ban on homosexual marriage was unconstitutional, Bishop Robert Morlino,
head of the Catholic diocese of Madison, Wisc., said the judge had "shaken one of the most precious
and essential building blocks of our civilization," and that when this "first 'domino' of
civilization'" — man-woman marriage — is toppled, then "all subsequent
'dominos'" of civilization fall. The bishop also said that in felling this first domino,
"everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted in the natural family, is seriously threatened."
pastor who was defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated. A Pennsylvania pastor who
broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken
activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on
Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him. The nine-person panel ordered the church to
restore Frank Schaefer's pastoral credentials, saying the jury that convicted him last year erred
when fashioning his punishment.
Rep. Sean Maloney Marries Same-Sex Partner. New York's first openly gay member of
Congress has married his longtime partner.
Presbyterians Become the Silly
Church. [T]his week, the 1.7 million member PCUSA suffered a meltdown, authorizing clergy to conduct
same sex unions, reaffirming its commitment to largely unrestricted abortion rights, and voting to divest from three
firms doing business with Israel. The church's redefinition of marriage, by a 71-29 percent vote, got the
most attention, although it was anticlimactic. Sexual liberalism captured the denomination in 2010, when the
PCUSA voted to abandon its expectation of monogamy in marriage and celibacy in singleness for its clergy.
Black Pastor on Obama: 'This
is the Most Immoral President We've Ever Had'. The "March for Marriage" is Friday [6/20/2014] in Washington, D.C., and Reverend Billy Owens
of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP),talked with TPNN's Tim Constantine about the event, Barack Obama, and the moral decay in America.
Tim Huelskamp: 'We'll Win Fight for Marriage Like We're Winning Fight for Life'. Rep.
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) doesn't believe the fight for marriage between one man and one woman is over.
He says this fight is important in many ways and plans to be among the many faith and government
leaders to speak out in support of traditional marriage at the 2014 March for Marriage in
Washington, D.C., on June 19th. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, the conservative
congressman talked about the meaning of marriage between a man and a woman for all Americans.
"The fight for marriage isn't over at all, despite what the media want us to believe," Huelskamp said.
Clinton Snaps at NPR Host Over DOMA, Same-Sex Marriage. Hillary Clinton snapped at
radio host Terry Gross of NPR during a Thursday [6/12/2014] interview on the air about same-sex marriage.
Gross persistently prodded the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State on the issue, repeatedly
asking her to clarify her position about when and why she decided to support same-sex marriage.
the Institution of Marriage. For years, opponents of same-sex marriage fretted that
the unleashing of gay nuptials would open the door for all types of sexual decadence. Last
presidential cycle, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was panned heavily for comparing gay
marriage to polygamy at a New Hampshire stop on the campaign trail. After a college student
questioned his vigorous opposition to same sex couples being wed, Santorum responded in turn: "If
it makes three people happy to get married, based on what you just said, what makes that wrong?"
The remark was met with boos from students and condemnation from the liberal press. Less than two
years later, Santorum ran a victory lap after a federal judge struck down a ban on polygamy in Utah.
'True Followers of Jesus... Cannot Endorse Same-Sex Marriage'. Rev. Franklin Graham,
son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said that "true followers" of Jesus "cannot endorse
same-sex marriage" regardless of what President Barack Obama, the Congress, the Supreme Court, or
the media say about the issue, adding that marriage was "settled by God Himself" and cannot be
modified by man. "True followers of Jesus Christ, whose salvation is based entirely upon God's
Word, cannot endorse same-sex marriage, regardless of what our President, the Congress, the Supreme
Court, the media or the latest Gallup poll says about the matter," said Rev. Graham in his May 2014
column for Decision magazine.
Cordileone Responds to Nancy Pelosi's Assault on March for Marriage. House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) joined other California politicians and leading gay rights advocates in
harshly criticizing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for participating in the March
for Marriage in Washington, D.C., on June 19th. As SFGate reports, in a letter to Cordileone,
Pelosi, a self-proclaimed Catholic who supports abortion on demand and same-sex marriage — both of
which are against the teachings of the Catholic Church — described the March for Marriage event as
"venom masquerading as virtue" and said the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."
Warns SF Bishop Not to March for Traditional Marriage. In an astonishing challenge to
traditional Catholic doctrine, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, nominally Catholic, has taken to
telling San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that he should not attend the National
Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Cordileone is
scheduled to be a featured speaker at the event, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which is
consistent with his championing of Proposition 8 in 2008. Cordileone helped raise
$1.5 million for the initiative, which intended to ban same-sex marriage in the state.
He once said, "The ultimate attack of the evil one is the attack on marriage."
must make cakes for gay weddings. Colorado's Civil Rights Commission on
Friday ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections
to the practice did not trump the state's anti-discrimination statutes.
Make Them Bake Cake!.
The Colorado's Civil Rights Commission has ordered a suburban Denver baker named Jack Phillips to
make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding that his religious objections do not supersede the
state's anti-discrimination statutes. Because if the Constitution should be subordinate to anything
it's the local thought police and nuptial pastries.
Bakery will no longer sell wedding cakes
after adverse discrimination ruling. Wedding cakes are no longer on the menu at
Lakewood, Colo.-based Masterpiece Cake Shop. Owner Jack Phillips will stop offering wedding cake
services in the wake of a ruling that his shop must sell cakes for same-sex wedding ceremonies,
despite his religious objections. The ordeal began in 2012 when Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig
solicited a cake for their wedding from Phillips' shop. They were turned down by Phillips, who has
been a Christian for 35 years and whose religious convictions do not permit him to endorse same-sex
weddings. At the time, Phillips told the men "I'll make you birthday cakes, shower cakes, sell you
cookies and brownies, I just don't make cake for same-sex weddings."
forced to make gay wedding cakes, undergo sensitivity training, after losing lawsuit.
A family owned bakery has been ordered to make wedding cakes for gay couples and guarantee that its
staff be given comprehensive training on Colorado's anti-discrimination laws after the state's
Civil Rights Commission determined the Christian baker violated the law by refusing to bake a
wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, in
Lakewood, Colorado was directed to change his store policies immediately and force his staff to
attend the training sessions.
AG Seeks Stay Halting Gay Marriages. Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday [6/6/2014] shortly after a federal
judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling.
Extends Head Start Participation to Same-Sex Marriage Families. The administration
for children and families, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued
guidance in a memo on Wednesday [6/4/2014] regarding application of the federal government's policy on
same-sex spouses/marriages to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs. [...] HHS instructed
all grantees and delegate agencies in the memo to ensure that "[f]amily support and parent
engagement activities should be inclusive and supportive of single, coupled, and married LGBT parents":
strikes down Wisconsin gay marriage ban. A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's ban
on same-sex marriage on Friday, ruling it unconstitutional. It wasn't clear whether U.S. District
Judge Barbara Crabb's 88-page ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately.
But the ruling makes Wisconsin the 27th state where same-sex couples can marry under law or where a
judge has ruled they ought to be allowed to wed.
Sen. Hatch: Gay Marriage Will Be 'Law of the Land'. During an appearance on Salt Lake
City's Doug Wright Show, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said gay marriage was "going to be the law of
the land," and that anybody who thought otherwise wasn't paying attention. A district judge
recently invalidated Utah's prohibition on gay marriage. "Lets face it," Hatch said. "Anybody
that does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn't been observing
what's going on... The trend right now in the courts is to permit gay marriage and
anybody who doesn't admit that just isn't living in the real world."
nation's last unchallenged state same-sex marriage ban is about to lose that status.
"There will be a case filed challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban," says Joshua
Newville, a Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney who filed a suit Thursday [5/22/2014] against South
Dakota's ban on behalf of same-sex couples there. Newville is in talks with advocates and
attorneys in North Dakota and confirmed that either he or another attorney will bring a lawsuit
against that state's ban within six to eight weeks.
Dame Denies Pro-Marriage Club Official Status. The University of Notre Dame has denied official
recognition to a student club that supports traditional marriage. On April 30, the university's Club
Coordination Council (CCC) voted not to approve the application of Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP) for
official club status. SCOP's Facebook page identifies it as "a group of undergraduate and graduate students
at the University of Notre Dame who are focused on the debate about marriage taking place in Indiana."
Francis Against Gay Adoption. Although Pope Francis was praised for his "who am I to
judge?" comment about gay individuals and was named Person of the Year by the homosexual magazine
The Advocate in 2013, the Pope has rejected the idea of same-sex marriage as an "anthropological
regression" and stressed that when it comes to adoption, "every person needs a male father and a
Dark Ages. The touchstone of liberalism is tolerance of differing ideas. Yet this mob
exists to enforce conformity of thought and to delegitimize any dissent from its sanctioned worldview.
Intolerance is its calling card. Each week seems to bring another incident. Last week it was
David and Jason Benham, whose pending HGTV show was canceled after the mob unearthed old remarks the
brothers made about their Christian beliefs on homosexuality. People can't have a house-flipping
show unless they believe and say the "right" things in their life off the set?
groups target lesbian Democrat in Prop 8 Revenge. Gay and lesbian activist groups are
working hard to defeat an experienced candidate who is running for District Attorney in Sacramento — despite
the fact that she herself is a lesbian with a stack of law enforcement endorsements. The
reason: they want to punish her for not speaking out against Proposition 8, the now-defunct
constitutional amendment enshrining traditional marriage in California, when it was an active issue
on the ballot in 2008.
Brotherhood an Impeachable Offense; Gay Incest Celebrated. Just in the last week, in the latest blitz of
gay über alles, at the provocation of groups like GLAAD and Right Wing Watch, a newspaperman was sacked in
Iowa and an entire show on HGTV was canceled because of editors and two handsome blond brothers adhering to the
millennia-old strictures about chastity. If you are a pair of gorgeous brothers dedicating your life to
building homes for the poor, but you criticize homosexuality, you must be stripped of your life's work and
publicly humiliated. But if you are a pair of gorgeous brothers who decide to have unprotected anal
sex with each other in front of the camera, the gay community will shower you with praise.
Apologizes for Not Allowing Same-Sex Marriage in Game. Nintendo has apologized for not allowing
same-sex marriage in one of its simulation games after online and social media campaigns criticized the company
for alienating sexual minorities. Tomodachi Life, to be released for the Nintendo 3DS console in
June in the United States, allows users to control an avatar and interact with other players online. In
the virtual world, characters called Miis can start romantic relationships and marry as long as they are from
the opposite sex.
The Editor says...
They must apologize for that?
Bill Allows 'My Two Dads' on Birth Certificates. In the most recent California effort to "modernize" family
convention, the state Assembly on Thursday passed AB 1951, a new bill that would allow all California parents to list
themselves as "mother," "father," or "parent" of a child in order to reflect same-sex marriages, according to a report
from the Associated Press. The bill passed by a vote of 51-13, with several Republicans voting in favor. No
Republicans spoke in opposition.
Being black and being gay
are not the same thing. Much is being made of HGTV's decision to cancel a previously announced new series,
"Flip it Forward," because its stars, twin brothers David and Jason Benham, had expressed their faith-based, pro-life
values and belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Many in the media have called their
beliefs anti-gay and similar to race-based bigotry. [...] HGTV is a private entity that can make whatever
decision it chooses regarding its network and business operations, however, it has become extremely disturbing to me
that media personalities and social groups have equated the Benham brother's support for traditional marriage to racism.
Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announces divorce from
husband. Retired Bishop Gene Robinson announced that he is divorcing partner Mark Andrew in an email to
the Diocese of New Hampshire Saturday and an article for The Daily Beast.
The Editor says...
Which is it, AP? Partner or husband?
'If Folks Dont Like Gay Marriage, They Simply Shouldnt Get One. As a federal judge heard arguments on
Oregons ban on same-sex marriage last Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called the ban "discrimination," adding, "If
folks dont like gay marriage, they simply shouldnt get one."
The Editor says...
Flippant comments of this sort are all very amusing until one finds himself forced to provide
photography, a chapel, or a wedding cake for a homosexual wedding.
Judge Rules Ohio Must Follow Other States' Marriage Laws Instead of Its Own. So long, Ohio.
According to a federal judge Monday in Henry v. Himes, the U.S. Constitution now requires that the laws
of one state automatically supersede those of Ohio, whether or not Ohio approves. The circumstances surround
same-sex marriage, though the precise legal issue is one that has been flying below the radar for some time —
the recognition by one state of another state's same-sex marriage.
of Clay's Christian Fans Lash Out after the Lead Singer Tweets for Same-sex Marriage. The group's lead
singer Dan Haseltine has caused a mini firestorm among his evangelical base of supporters this week by issuing a series
of tweets in support of same-sex marriage. His move comes just weeks after World Vision, a major Christian
charity, had to walk back its brief decision to not discriminate against perspective employees who were LGBT.
Like World Vision, Haseltine quickly had to reckon with a pretty strong backlash in the wake of his public engagement
with the subject.
Duck Dynasty, Chick-fil-A, and the politicization of everything. Would you boycott a family
dinner because your grandfather holds some politically incorrect views about welfare recipients? Or,
would you uninvite a neighboring family from attending a block party after learning that they attend an
evangelical church that upholds a traditional definition of marriage? Most reasonable people would
say "no," adhering to the old adage that it's rude to talk politics in polite company. Unfortunately,
this rule of etiquette that has governed civil society for ages seems to be quickly evaporating in the world
of commerce, as highlighted by the now notorious case of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. This impolite seed
should be quickly uprooted before it sprouts into a world where everything is politicized.
chairman counseled Obama on gay marriage switch. Former Republican National Committee
Chairman Ken Mehlman advised the White House on how President Obama should announce his support for
gay marriage. A Harvard classmate of Obama's, Mehlman told the president over a White House lunch
that it was politically viable to reverse his position and support gay marriage, according to a
report in The New York Times. Mehlman, who managed George W. Bush's reelection campaign
and came out as gay in 2010, told Obama that the American public viewed him as an idealist willing to
put politics aside, and that endorsing same-sex marriage would reinforce that image.
'Can't Sleep, Lost 14 Lbs, And May Leave City' After Threats by Gay Marriage Advocates. Ireland, once a
rock-solid Christian country, has now become so intolerant of Christian beliefs that its leading opponent of gay marriage
may be forced to leave the country because of fears for his personal safety. After repeated threats and obscene
verbal attacks, John Waters, a nationally-known newspaper columnist, author and broadcaster who supports Christian
family traditions, says he is now unable to go into the centre of Dublin at night because he fears for his own safety.
Firefox. The left is out to crush individuals and companies with whom it differs. This is
especially so today on the issue of same-sex marriage. Perhaps the most dramatic example of this took
place last week. The governing board of the widely used browser, Firefox, forced the company's CEO,
Brendan Eich, to resign. [...] All these years, the left, after coining the term "McCarthyism" in order to
disparage the right, had fooled most people into believing that it is the right that suppresses liberty.
The truth, of course, has been the opposite.
Mobzilla: The Purging of Brendan Eich.
According to Open Secrets, John Lilly made a political contribution to candidate Barack Obama's
presidential campaign in the amount of $2,300. Lilly quietly stepped down under his own
accord as Mozilla's CEO in 2010. So why was Lilly, who donated money to an anti same-sex
marriage campaign, not singled out, but incoming/outgoing Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced
to resign when it was revealed that he donated to Proposition 8 in California in 2008, the
exact same year Barack Obama stated he believed marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman?
Why did Mozilla spare John Lilly but sacrifice Brendan Eich at the altar of rabid progressive mob
who claims to be all inclusive and tolerant of free speech? Because this has nothing to do
with gay rights or gay marriage. This is about Barack Obama and his culture of activism.
Media Lynch Mob Takes Down
Mozilla CEO & Ignores Alleged Terrorist Gun-Running Democrat Leland Yee. It appears that the "red line" for LGBT and
progressive activists' outrage is being a successful businessman versus a Democrat politician. After a $1,000 donation in 2008
to support Prop 8 in California, Mozilla's CEO Brendan Eich was railroaded out of the company at the speed of an Apple Mac Pro
on steroids. The New York Times is still criminalizing Eich's personal political views.
We sent you a little message today. Today, users of the Firefox web browser were given a
message when accessing most of [the] Front Page content at RedState. They were told that this site
could not be displayed, because of a conflict with the values of the Mozilla corporation, and they were
suggested to visit another site. We put that message up, because we wanted to remind people that
the totalitarian impulse of the Mozilla corporation is real, and if you haven't been Made to Care yet,
you will be soon. Send a message that you won't take it lying down. Get another browser.
mob rule. Last week brought a chilling reminder of how mercilessly some liberals will work to
silence and marginalize people who hold views with which they disagree. Even for those [...] who support
same-sex marriage, the virtual manhunt of Mozilla chief Brendan Eich was scary to watch. His heresy
was a private donation in support of an anti-gay marriage initiative six years ago. Mob rule enforcing
groupthink is as illiberal as it gets, and yet it was liberals demanding uniformity of thought —
Court rejects appeal from New Mexico photographer who wouldn't shoot same-sex ceremony. The U.S. Supreme
Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting
stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.
Conformity. The various tendencies that operate under the general heading of "gay rights"
have had an extraordinary run of it in the past several years, in both the political and the cultural
theaters. We now have a constitutional right to commit homosexual acts (Lawrence v. Texas),
while Facebook offers at last count 56 different gender options to its users (trans with or without
asterisk, genderqueer, neutrois, and two-spirit among them). Having won the battle in California,
the sore winners are roaming the battlefield with bayonets and taking no prisoners.
You Can't Spell "Progressive" without
an "S.S.". It's time to come right out and say it — the gay "rights" movement
is the biggest threat to American freedom in existence today. Bigger than Islamic terrorism.
Bigger than Russian revanchism. Bigger even than ObamaCare and our continuing out-of-control
spending. Yet, this is only one small part of the "progressive" movement in America which is
quickly taking on shades of 1933. Under Barack Obama, the radical Left has apparently felt
that its time has come, and its movement toward open totalitarianism has accelerated. The
recent displays of homofascism are but the tip of the iceberg in the Left's attempts to create
an all encompassing control of your lives, your words, and even your thoughts.
Support same-sex marriage or face the wrath of the
CEO of Firefox maker
Mozilla steps down. Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich will step down following uproar over his apparent opposition
to gay marriage. In a statement released Thursday, Mozilla — which makes the Firefox Web browser —
apologized for not reacting more quickly to the controversy surrounding Eich, who made a 2008 donation supporting
California's ban on gay marriage, The Guardian reports.
Purge The 7 Million.
According to Wikipedia, 7,001,084 people voted for Prop 8. Why do any of those people still have jobs?
Shouldn't they all be forced to resign? And why should they have the privilege of living in California
Mozilla's Chief Felled
by View on Gay Unions. In Silicon Valley, where personal quirks and even antisocial personalities
are tolerated as long as you are building new products and making money, a socially conservative viewpoint may
be one trait you have to keep to yourself. On Thursday, Brendan Eich, who has helped develop some of the
web's most important technologies, resigned under pressure as chief executive of Mozilla, the maker of the popular
Firefox web browser, just two weeks after taking the job. The reason? In 2008, he donated $1,000 in
support of Proposition 8, a California measure that banned same-sex marriage.
Uses Footage of Hateful Westboro Baptist to Slime CEO Who Opposes Gay Marriage. According to Good
Morning America's Linzie Janis, a CEO who made a donation in opposition to gay marriage is the same as the hateful
members of the Westboro Baptist Church. On Friday, Janis reported on Brendan Eich, the former head of the tech
company Mozilla. Eich was ousted after liberal groups found out that in 2008 he made a $1000 donation to
support Proposition 8 in California.
Eich and the New American Totalitarian State. Imagine going to work one day only to be, in effect,
fired — not because of anything you did or didn't do at your job, but because of something you did in
your personal life. Something religious. Or maybe, something political. Imagine if you were
denied a promotion at work because a co-worker found out you had made a personal donation to a conservative candidate.
Imagine if your environmentally-correct boss discovered that, in your free time at home, you supported an organization that
exposed the fallacies of man-made global warming and asked you for your resignation. Imagine if you were the successful
CEO of Widget Corp, lauded and respected for your accomplishments, but clients or customers found out you were a tea partier
and demanded you be forced out. That's exactly what happened to Brendan Eich, a highly-respected tech guru in Silicon
Valley and co-founder of Mozilla Corporation, after he was appointed CEO in late March.
did people find out that Mozilla's CEO donated to support Prop 8? Rumors are floating around
Twitter that proof of Brendan Eich's donation was illegally leaked by people in government sympathetic to
the cause of gay marriage. Not so. I'd forgotten about it, but friends reminded me that the
LA Times obtained a list of people who gave, for and against, to the fight over the Prop 8
referendum in 2008. They put the whole database online and made it searchable. [...] The Prop 8
donor list now functions essentially as a blacklist, and Eich isn't its first or only victim.
Ominous News Story... ... is the resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla, the company that
makes the Firefox browser. Eich is a superstar in the world of technology; among other things, he
support Proposition 8, the California ballot proposition that defended traditional marriage.
For that, he was pilloried by left-wing activists. He lasted barely more than a week before being
forced to resign from the company he helped to create. So the liberals claim another scalp.
[the] Mozilla Case, The Left's Intolerance Is Out Of The Closet. The left hounded a
CEO from his job over a 2008 donation in favor of a California measure opposing gay marriage.
So much for free speech and job performance. This is a descent into mob tyranny and mediocrity.
The dirty work of the left was achieved after Brendan Eich, recently appointed CEO of Mozilla, a
software company based in Silicon Valley, was forced out of the company he helped found, all to
feed the maw of political correctness.
Brendan Eich Have a Case Against Mozilla? Many of the comments at various blogs addressing the
forced resignation of Brendan Eich emphasize the fact that Mozilla is a private company and can hire
or fire whomever they want for any reason. This is partially true. In at-will states,
which California is, most employers have wide latitude in terminating the employer-employee
relationship. But they cannot wrongfully terminate an employee, violate the terms of an
existing contract, or discriminate against an employee.
The Rise Of
Totalitarian Liberalism. George Orwell gave us a look at the operation of a totalitarian one-party
state in 1984. This week Mozilla gave us a look at its nascent liberal variant. Recently appointed
CEO Brandon Eich was officially made a nonperson. He was dispatched down the memory hole as the company announced
that he has "step[ped] down from his role as CEO" as a result of his contribution of $1,000 to the passage of
California's Prop 8 six years ago.
Mozilla blowback: bursting the PC bubble? The people at
Mozilla may yet live to regret their decision in cooperating with the forcing out of Brendan Eich. Apparently the
internet giant has been getting a lot of negative reaction to its jettisoning of Eich for his contribution in support of
California's Proposition 8 back in 2008. Whether or not this will actually end up hurting Mozilla, one wonders
whether Mozilla even anticipated the possibility. The folks at Mozilla travel in a world in which PC thought dominates,
chief learns, if you don't support gay marriage, you don't deserve a job . As we enter this golden age of
tolerance and diversity, the nation's gay rights community is sending a warning message to Americans: If you don't
support gay marriage, you don't deserve a job. Apparently, Brendan Eich did not get that message. He's the former
chief executive officer at Mozilla, the technology group that gave us the Firefox Web browser. Eich resigned
under a firestorm of controversy after it was revealed he had donated $1,000 in support of California's Proposition 8,
a ballot initiative that protected traditional marriage.
Eich. Much of the shock following the
removal of Brendan Eich from the position of Mozilla CEO came from the realization that, in a manner of speaking, America
was now at war. True it's a culture war, not a physical conflict. But if you were waiting for the moment when
the Cold Civil War actually begins, this might be it.
they can hound out Brendan Eich for being anti-gay marriage, who will be next? Brendan Eich, the CEO of Mozilla,
has been forced to resign from his job because he once donated to an anti-gay marriage campaign. This is deeply unfair.
At the time that he made the donation (2008), Barack Obama was also opposed to gay marriage — as was Joe Biden,
Hillary Clinton and almost all the leadership of the Democratic Party. Eich always stressed that his personal views
were separate from his work and he pledged to abide by Mozilla’s pro-equality policies.
on donor lists and the Mozilla oppression. I see Allahpundit at Hot Air took a thorough look at the
issue, and confirmed my recollection: California law requires donations above $100 for ballot measures
to identify themselves, and their employers. The L.A. Times published the Prop 8 list as a
searchable database. This became a key tool in the triumph of fascism over democracy (and that is
exactly what just happened) because, as Allah[pundit] observes, the Prop 8 donor list has
already been used as a blacklist to ruin other lives and careers. Vote the wrong way, and the
brownshirts come for you, simple as that.
Gay-Marriage Litmus Test Violates Liberal Values. [Scroll down] Calls for his ouster were premised
on the notion that all support for Proposition 8 was hateful, and that a CEO should be judged not just by his or her
conduct in the professional realm, but also by political causes he or she supports as a private citizen. If that
attitude spreads, it will damage our society.
Isn't Pro-Gay — It's Pro-Power. Did the activists who claimed Eich's scalp care about
him or his $1,000 donation to defend marriage? They're already forgetting his name and moving on to the
next target. Eich just happened to make a good target. The Mozilla Foundation is shaky, its board
was insecure, and once an online dating company cynically came out with a publicity stunt to keep the news
the whole thing would have gone away.
What Mozilla Has Taught Us.
Last week, [Brendan] Eich could not grovel quite enough to keep his job as CEO of Mozilla, a software enterprise best known
for producing the Firefox web browser. He resigned under pressure after "marriage equality" activists revealed that
Eich had donated $1,000 to the 2008 Proposition 8 campaign in California. Proposition 8, which passed with
more than 52 percent of the vote, amended the California constitution to read, "Only marriage between a man and a woman
is valid or recognized in California." Distressingly few editorialists came to Eich's defense.
gay activists fear same-sex supporters are becoming intolerant. The announcement by popular Web browser
Mozilla Firefox that co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich was stepping down after two weeks on the job for a 2008 contribution
has sparked furious debate over civil rights, privacy and corporate responsibility. A leading gay blogger has
accused the movement of displaying the same intolerance activists accuse their opponents of practicing, while the
website Slate.com published a satirical list of other California companies that should be purged of gay-marriage
skeptics, which presumably include the 52 percent of Californians who voted for Proposition 8 in 2008.
to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage. A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio
to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that would strike down part of the state's ban on gay marriages
but stop short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings.
executive resigns from World Vision board to protest gay policy. World Vision had announced last
month that its American branch would begin hiring people in same-sex unions who dedicate their lives to God.
Just two days later, the group reversed the decision under pressure from evangelical leaders. "The board
acknowledged it made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding policy requiring sexual abstinence for
all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between one man and one woman,"
the group said in a statement.
The Editor says...p>
The problem with "hiring people in same-sex unions who dedicate their lives to God" is that there are no such people.
Homosexuality is still just as wrong as it was a hundred or a thousand years ago. The Bible makes it
abundantly clear that anyone whose life is dedicated to God will have nothing to do with homosexuality.
updates Medicare enrollment rules for same-sex couples. The Obama administration on
Thursday [4/3/2014] announced that it was updating Medicare rules to allow partners in same-sex
marriages to apply for benefits during special enrollment periods. The Department of Health and
Human Services said that the Social Security Administration would now be able to take applications for
special enrollment periods for Medicare Part A and Part B and reduce late penalties for some
eligible same-sex couples. The move is the latest step taken by HHS after the Supreme Court in 2013
struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union between
one man and one woman.
Vision reverses decision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages. Facing a firestorm of protest,
the prominent Christian relief agency World Vision on Wednesday reversed a two-day-old policy change that would
have allowed it to hire Christians in same-sex marriages in the US.
supporters eye Republican backing. Are Republicans starting to change their position on same-sex
marriage? Some gay marriage supporters think so. "A 55 percent majority support marriage
equality," states a report accompanying a new TargetPoint-GQRR poll. "While young people are at the
vanguard of change, this survey also shows increased support among older voters, Catholics, non-college
educated voters, and Republicans." The poll results were presented at a Thursday [3/27/2014] kickoff
event of Americans for Marriage Equality, a bipartisan group formed with the support of the Human Rights
Campaign, a major gay rights organization.
says feds will recognize Michigan gay marriages despite state decision. Attorney General Eric Holder said
Friday [3/28/2014] that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan before
a federal appeals court halted them, despite a decision by Michigan's governor not to recognize those unions. The
decision means federal benefits will be extended to those couples — including the ability to file taxes jointly, get
Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners. "These families will be
eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," Holder said in a statement.
halted in Michigan after 300 marriage licenses issued. Same-sex weddings in Michigan were abruptly halted
Saturday [3/22/2014] when a federal appeals court put on hold a lower court ruling that declared the state's ban on gay
marriages unconstitutional. The appellate court order came Saturday afternoon, after Michigan officials had issued
at least 322 marriage licenses to gays and lesbians who jumped at the chance to be among the first same-sex couples
in the state to wed.
Strikes Down Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage. A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in
Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
5 Big Wins for
Militant Gay Pressure Groups. This has become the raison d'etre of many in the gay rights movement:
destroying the businesses of those who refuse to abide by their standards of conduct, all in the name of tolerance. And they've
been tremendously successful at it. Here are the top five recent instances of successful gay intimidation of business: [...]
GOP donors join push for gay rights
bill. A deep-pocketed group of Republican donors and former GOP lawmakers is joining a gay rights coalition to push the
U.S. House to vote on a bill banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "America is a place
where the freedom to be who you are shouldn't be a barrier to your ability to get a job and provide for your family," said Paul Singer,
a billionaire hedge fund founder and big Republican donor.
Poll: Growing Number of
Young Republicans Support Gay Marriage. A poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center has found that support for gay
marriage is increasing in those who identify as Republicans under the age of 30. 61% of those polled who lean towards the party
are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage while only 35% oppose it. This is in stark contrast to Republicans over the age of
50 — only 27% of that audience support it. Pew also found a record high percentage of Americans —
54% — support allowing gays to marry.
The Editor says...
That's because "a record high percentage of Americans" watch too much television and never go to church.
Indefensible. [Scroll down] Consider
that under longstanding practices an attorney general, the nation's chief law enforcement officer, must carry out even those laws he
disagrees with as a matter of policy. He must also defend laws against constitutional attack so long as there are reasonable, or
nonfrivolous, grounds for doing so, a very low bar. Further, he must see to it that the arguments in behalf of a constitutionally
challenged law are advanced vigorously, even if he doesn't agree with those arguments. In 2009, in litigation over the
constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage for purposes of federal law as "the legal union between
one man and one woman as husband and wife," the Justice Department made a workmanlike defense of the statute. As the litigation
proceeded, however, the quality of the department's defense of the statute deteriorated in virtually every respect.
Cake WarsCake Wars. In December 2013, Judge Robert
Spencer ordered the owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop to start baking cakes for gay weddings. According to undercover footage obtained by
the ACLU the proprietor, Jack Phillips, agreed to bake a cake for a wedding between two dogs, but refused to bake a cake for a gay marriage.
Some saw the issue in terms of free speech; Jack Phillips was refusing to participate in something he disagreed with. Others saw it
as a question of discrimination; Jack Phillips was denying a service to gays that he granted to heterosexuals (including heterosexual dogs).
While both views have merit, if you value civil rights you have to side with Jack Philips.
Engineering Children for Gay
Granddads. Any infertile couple working with a reputable adoption agency knows that the window of opportunity
for adopting newborns closes as you approach forty years of age. After that, you're cut off and must start considering
adopting older children. In fact, agencies prefer that there be a comfortable distance between you and the big four-oh.
But for white gay males, there are no rules, only endless options for accessorizing their lives with human beings they have the
means to acquire. They choose to purchase children because they are unwilling to create children in the natural way, and
are unwilling to commit to a woman in order to form a family to nurture children.
Texas Officials Blast Gay
Marriage Ruling. Texas' ban on gay marriage was struck down by San Antonio-based federal Judge Orlando Garcia today [2/26/2014].
The judge suspended his ruling, however, meaning that the ban will remain in place until a secondary ruling by an appeals court later this year.
Federal judges have the right to suspend a law if it is believed to cause significant suffering for the plaintiffs.
Celebrate Gay Marriage — or
Else. Future historians will likely be flummoxed by the moment we're living in. In what amounts to less than a blink of an eye
in the history of Western civilization, homosexuality has gone from a diagnosed mental disorder to something to be celebrated — or
else. Indeed, the rush to mandatory celebration is so intense, refusal is now considered tantamount to a crime. And, in some rare
instances, an actual crime if the right constable or bureaucrat concludes that you have uttered "hate speech." Or, if you refuse to bake a
gay couple a cake for their wedding. That was the horror story that sparked much of this foofaraw.
Eric Holder's Arizona. Eric Holder's liberal
chickens are coming home to roost in Arizona. And in a West Hollywood gay bar. The Los Angeles Times is helping.
While a Harvard student demands an end to academic freedom. All of this in the name of the religion of liberalism. Let's
start with the attorney general of the United States, who has made it abundantly clear that a state attorney general who doesn't like
his or her state's gay marriage law doesn't have to enforce it.
Holder To State Attorneys General: You Don't Have to Enforce Laws You Disagree With. Attorney General Eric Holder is taking the
lawless attitude of the Obama administration and passing it down to state attorneys general. Yesterday [2/24/2014] during an interview
with The New York Times, Holder said state attorneys general do not have to enforce laws they disagree with, specifically when it
comes to the issue of gay marriage.
Lawless Eric Holder advises State A.G.s
that they may disregard state laws. A state attorney general is sworn to uphold and defend the laws of the state the
AG serves. If he/she can't do that, resignation makes sense. Better yet, stay and uphold the oath of office by defending
the law competently in an appeal.
The other shoe drops for gay
marriage. It should come as no surprise that attorneys general in six states, have refused to enforce state laws
upholding traditional marriage or that federal judges in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia have overturned voter-approved laws defining
traditional marriage as between one man and one woman. And, it should come as no surprise that Attorney General Eric
Holder — who at one time fulfilled his constitutional duty to enforce DOMA before he refused to continue doing
so — now advises state attorneys general to follow his lead and decline to defend state laws they believe are
unconstitutional (like laws prohibiting gay marriage or upholding traditional marriage).
judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban. The state's gay marriage ban was challenged by two gay couples — one
seeking to marry in Texas and one seeking to have their marriage, which was performed in Massachusetts, to be recognized.
orders Kentucky to begin recognizing gay marriage. A federal judge in Kentucky took a final step Thursday forcing the state to
begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state. U.S. District Judge John Heyburn was following through on his ruling
earlier this month that found a portion of the state's constitution, which bans the recognition of gay marriage, violates the U.S. Constitution.
On Thursday, the judge wrote the amendment was unlawful and "void and unenforceable."
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes right to refuse
service bill SB 1062. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Wednesday [2/26/2014] a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses
to deny services to gays and others based on religious beliefs. [...] Brewer said the bill "could divide Arizona in ways we could not even
imagine and no one would ever want." The bill was broadly worded and could result in unintended negative consequences, she added.
Scholars Counter Egregious Distortions of Arizona Bill. There has been a blizzard of hysterical misinformation about Arizona's
SB 1062. As anyone who takes the trouble to consult the text of the legislation will readily discover, SB 1062 does not mention,
much less single out, gays or same-sex ceremonies.
Conservatives Succeed at Failing Again. Perhaps Arizona governor Jan Brewer was sincere when saying that the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (SB 1062) she vetoed yesterday [2/26/2014] could "create more problems than it purports to solve." After all,
observers such as Napp Nazworth at The Christian Post contend that SB 1062 might actually — contrary to all the
hysteria — have made it harder for most business owners to refuse service to homosexuals.
League Pres Challenges Chris Cuomo: Where Are 'Examples of Gay People Being Persecuted? In the wake of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's
veto of a controversial bill which would have preserved religious freedom by allowing business owners to deny proving certain services to gay
and lesbian people, Catholic League President Bill Donohue sat down with CNN's New Day host Chris Cuomo to debate the merits of the law.
Donohue asserted that the Arizona bill had been mischaracterized by opponents and asked Cuomo to demonstrate for him where gay people were being
If the Left knew
Christians were coming they'd've baked a cake. Brewer's decision to nix the measure in the current political and cultural
climate emboldens radicals to treat opposition to same-sex marriage as a thought crime. The legislation that Brewer fashioned
into an origami rainbow was aimed at discouraging activist thuggery. It is necessary because progressive activists have become
increasingly aggressive and even sadistic during the Obama administration. They taunt and abuse people by trying to force them
to do things that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. They want to roll back the religious freedoms protected by the
Constitution. The vetoed bill would have given some much-needed protection against lawsuits to those who refuse on religious grounds
to provide services. In other words, it would have made it more difficult for activists to successfully sue service providers for
refusing to make cakes for gay weddings or to do photographic spreads of such ceremonies.
7 Myths About Arizona's
Religious Freedom Law. [Arizona Governor Jan] Brewer stated that the bill "could divide Arizona in ways we could not even
imagine and no one would ever want." Of course, her veto of the bill is even more divisive, given that it now sends the message
that it is open season on private religious business owners who wish to live out their religious principles throughout their lives, not
just within the four walls of their churches or homes.
could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes. Call it what you want — anti-gay or
religious rights — but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the
home of the 2015 Super Bowl. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour
out of Arizona, and the National Football League is with the opposition.
Clinton lauds Arizona governor after she vetoes controversial bill. Hillary Clinton has praised the governor of Arizona after she
vetoed a bill that would have let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians on grounds of religion. The former U.S. Secretary of State
spoke to an audience at the University of Miami yesterday, and addressed an estimated audience of 6,100 people. Highlighting the issue,
Mrs Clinton, 66, said that Republican governor Jan Brewer 'recognized that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about.'
Nine Biased Headlines on Arizona
Veto. SB 1062 simply extended Arizona's RFRA's religious-liberty protections to individuals and businesses being sued by state
or local government or private individuals. It did not create a license for individuals or businesses to refuse service to gay people.
It actually never even mentioned sexual orientation. It would have protected the right of people not to be compelled to participate in or
provide services for events that they object to on religious grounds, including same-sex weddings. The religious objector, if challenged,
would be required to prove in court that his religious freedom was being substantially burdened.
Nine Biased Headlines on Arizona
Veto. Here is a short sampling of some of the worst offenders.
When 'leave us alone' became 'bake us a cake!'
Sexual orientation is not race — and permitting what would most definitely be a very small number of observant Christians to exercise their right
of conscience is vastly different from pervasive and state-sponsored racism. [...] We have reached a point in the gay rights debate where all the low-hanging
fruit has been picked. We are now entering into the zero-sum game phase of the debate, where gay rights and religious liberty must collide.
How freedom dies. "Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal
to Serve Gays." Thus did the New York Times' headline, leaving no doubt as to who the black hats are, describe the proposed Arizona law to
permit businesses, on religious grounds, to deny service to same-sex couples.
Calls for Scrutiny of Gay Marriage Laws. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday [2/24/2014] injected the Obama
administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview
that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory. Mr. Holder was careful not
to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but said that officials who have carefully studied bans on gay marriage
could refuse to defend them.
federal judge overruling gay marriage ban confuse Constitution for Declaration of Independence. Both federal judge Judge Arenda L.
Wright Allen and the one-time newspaper of record confused the Constitution for the Declaration of Independence during their haste to celebrate the
overturning of Virginia's gay marriage ban Thursday night. "Our Constitution declares that 'all men' are created equal. Surely this means
all of us," wrote Allen in a tautological pronouncement that cited a unilateral assertion of sovereignty penned in response to 18th-century British
abuses of power, rather than the supreme law governing the U.S. The New York Times gave no indication it noticed Allen's glaring error, dedicating
most of its 761-word article to sniffing at opponents of same-sex marriage.
Kansas House passes bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex
couples. Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas. House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious
individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot. It passed the
state's Republican-dominated House on Wednesday [2/12/2014] with a vote of 72-49, and has gone to the Senate for a vote.
Federal judge strikes down
Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A federal judge issued a landmark ruling Thursday night striking down Virginia's
constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and moving the Old Dominion a step closer to being the first state in the traditional South where such
unions are legal. The 41-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen ruled that the constitutional amendment and "any
other Virginia law that bars same-sex marriage or prohibits Virginia's recognition of lawful same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions unconstitutional."
The ban will remain in effect while appeals are heard.
Christian Businesses Must Follow Demands of Gay Customers. The owners of a Christian bakery who refused to make a wedding cake for a
lesbian couple are facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after they were found guilty of violating the couple's civil rights.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said they found "substantial evidence" that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against the lesbian
couple and violated the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, a law that protects the rights of the LGBT community.
Right to Refuse Service. If I'm a business owner and someone comes in requesting goods or services that would
require me to violate my conscience — especially my biblically-based, sincerely held religious beliefs — I
will not, under any circumstances, provide those goods or services. This is my absolute, non-negotiable, constitutionally
Does the Constitution Force Bakers to
Bake? Several recent court cases have resulted in small business owners, who create the wares and services that they sell, being
ordered by a judge to sell their custom-made products (e.g., wedding cakes and floral arrangements) or services (e.g., wedding photography) to
gay couples despite the small business owners' refusal to do so based on their religious principles.
Gonorrhea, Syphilis Regain Traction in U.S., CDC
Reports. While all three diseases [gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia] are curable with antibiotics, many people don't get tested as recommended, said Gail
Bolan, the director of the CDC's STD prevention division. That's especially the case for syphilis, where the rise is entirely attributable to men, particularly
those who are gay or bisexual.
Employee Sues Company for $518,682 for Not Acknowledging its Lack of Gender. It's not gay rights. It's not even LGBT which
includes men who dress up like women. It's actually LGBTQIA which includes a bunch of people who don't know what they are, including
"Queer" and "Asexual". [...] The supervisors chose not to waste everyone's time with the insanity of a crazy person. And here comes the
lawsuit because the catering company chose not to manufacture a single new gender consisting entirely of "Jones". This whole thing
[disproves] the notion that you can just sign on to gay marriage and be done with it.
Justice Department to give married same-sex couples equal protection. The Justice Department on
Monday [2/10/2014] will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriages sweeping equal protection
under the law in every program it administers, from courthouse proceedings to prison visits to the compensation of surviving spouses of public safety
officers. In a new policy memo, the department will spell out the rights of same-sex couples, including the right to decline to give testimony
that might incriminate their spouses, even if their marriages are not recognized in the state where the couple lives.
Federal government to expand recognition
of same-sex marriage. In a new milestone for gay rights, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. will issue a directive Monday [2/10/2014]
expanding government recognition of same-sex marriages to all federal courtrooms and prisons, and some federal benefits programs. The new
policy, which Holder plans to announce Saturday night [2/8/2014] at a gay rights dinner in New York City, means the Justice Department will not
object if gay or lesbian partners refuse to testify against their spouses in federal criminal and civil cases, and will push for them to be accorded
the same rights in Bankruptcy court as other married couples.
Obama administration recognizes same-sex
marriages in Utah. Same-sex marriages performed in Utah will be recognized by the federal government, Attorney General Eric
Holder announced Friday [1/10/2014]. Holder's decision means that the approximately 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah since
December will be eligible for federal tax, estate and other benefits.
gay marriages will be recognized by federal government, attorney general says. The federal government will recognize marriages performed in
Utah after a judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban, Attorney General Holder said Friday, noting that the newly-wedded gay couples
"should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status" as the legal challenges unfold. Holder's announcement comes two days
after Utah ordered its state offices not to do anything that would acknowledge the more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed in the state
over a nearly three-week period after a federal judge struck down the ban on Dec. 20. The Supreme Court ordered a stay on those
weddings on Monday [1/6/2014] while the state challenges the judge's ruling.
releases updated STD data; syphilis, gonorrhea cases are up, chlamydia numbers are stable. Wyoming had the lowest rate, at 7.7 per 100,000 people.
The District of Columbia was the highest at 388.7 per 100,000. Ohio's rate was 142.9 per 100,000. The number of cases reported in Ohio in 2012 was 16,493,
down slightly from 2011. More than 15,000 primary and secondary syphilis cases were reported in 2012, a rate of 5 per 100,000 people. The rate increase was
solely among men, especially gay and bisexual men who represent an estimated 75 percent of cases.
US judge strikes down
Okla. same-sex marriage ban. A federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban Tuesday [1/14/2014], but headed off any rush to
the altar by setting aside his order while state and local officials complete an appeal.
Obama ignores Constitution by recognizing
same-sex marriages in Utah. Demonstrating his disdain for the 10th Amendment and the rule of law, Mr. Holder said Friday
[1/10/2014] the federal government would recognize the marriages of homosexual couples who wed during the two-week period such unions
were made legal in Utah by a federal judge. The Supreme Court stayed that ruling on Jan. 6, but Mr. Holder insisted on
"confirming" for the purposes of U.S. law that a thousand of those marriages "will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible
for all relevant federal benefits."
and the Left: Champions of Polygamy. The New York Times, ever eager to push any meme that undermines the Judeo-Christian
devotion to traditional morality and the single heterosexual family unit, has progressed from championing LGBT rights to its newest passion:
polygamy. The Times is not alone; other leftist media outlets such as Huffington Post are leaders in the effort, too.
Kerry 'Deeply Concerned' By
Nigeria's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage. Of all the problems in Nigeria, including the ongoing persecution of Christians by Islamic
terrorists, the U.S. State Department on Monday [1/13/2014] condemned the African nation's new law banning same-sex marriage.
Governor's Office Says State Won't Recognize Same-Sex Marriages. The Utah governor's office said Wednesday [1/8/2014]
that the state would not recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed over the last two weeks as it appealed a legal ruling
that had overturned the state's ban on such unions. The decision came two days after the United States Supreme Court blocked
further same-sex marriages while state officials appealed a decision allowing such unions. The stay effectively reinstated a
disputed law that limited marriages across the state to between one man and one woman.
SCOTUS Puts Hold on Utah Gay Marriage. The Supreme Court has put
same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue.
Court stops Utah gay marriages. The Supreme Court on Monday
morning [1/6/2014] put on hold a federal judge's decision striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, thus stopping a wave of such marriages across the state.
The Court's order reinstates the state ban and will keep it intact until after a federal appeals court has ruled on it. The order appeared to have the support
of the full Court, since there were no noted dissents.
The Denaturalization of America. Homosexual
marriage, a passing joke at parties until a few years ago, is now legal in much of the U.S., as in many other Western progressive countries.
Meanwhile, in decisions soon to be upheld by the Supreme Court no doubt, various U.S. jurisdictions have declared that schoolboys who decide they
feel more like schoolgirls will be permitted by law to use the girls' locker room, while the actual girls, unprotected by any new laws of their own,
will apparently just have to get used to undressing in the company of boys.
ABC, NBC Mum on
Why Gay Wedding on Rose Parade Float Wasn't Part of TV Coverage. The two television networks — ABC and NBC — that covered the 2014
Tournament of Roses parade live on Jan. 1 are not saying why the wedding of two men atop the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's float was not part
of their programming viewed by more than 60 million people around the world. When CNSNews.com asked whether the wedding was covered and,
if not, why not, ABC's press office said there would be no official statement about the event and cited technical issues. NBC did not respond
to the questions.
Rose Parade or "Gay Pride"
Parade? You no longer need to live in California to get a taste of our progressive values. This week, it's coming to a TV set
near you. After more than 100 years of family-oriented entertainment on New Year's Day, the Tournament of Roses Parade has veered off
course. Organizers are allowing progressives to parade their political agendas around and morph a historic parade into an event more closely
resembling a gay pride parade than the Rose Parade we have come to know.
Rose Parade Gay
'Marriage' Float Degrades Family Event, Say Conservative Activists. Two homosexual men will be married on a float in the 2014 Rose
Parade on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in what critics are saying transforms the family-friendly event into a vehicle for promoting the gay rights
activists' political agenda. Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair were chosen by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation by lottery to be married atop
a float made to resemble a wedding cake.
The Straight Dope on Homosexuality.
How promiscuous are homosexuals? Some people argue that except for about 15% who are wildly promiscuous, homosexuals are no different from
heteros. The anti-sodomites like to quote a 1997 study from the Journal of Sex Research that polled 2,583 older homosexuals and
found that the most common number of lifetime partners fell somewhere between 101 and 500, and that 10% to 16% reported having more than 1,000.
A 2009 Australian "Gay Census" that was not restricted to age found that a quarter of homosexuals reported over 100 partners and 10% had
so many they had "no idea." The older the men were, the more likely they were to be in the over 100 or "no idea" categories.
Two gay males to get married on
2014 Rose Parade float. The 2014 Rose Parade will feature two gay males Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair getting married on one of the
floats. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the sponsor of this gay marriage Rose Parade float. [...] You can't even get away from
progressive liberal indoctrination at a family event like the Rose Parade anymore.
The Editor says...
Get a clue. It's not "a family event" any more.
Judge Strikes Down Utah Traditional
Marriage Laws, Calls Them 'Irrational'. In his 53-page opinion for Kitchen v. Herbert on Dec. 20, U.S. District Judge Robert
Shelby — who was appointed by President Obama in 2011 — compared marriage laws that do not include homosexual pairings to racist laws. He
noted that in its 1967 case Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment a Virginia law that
did not allow a white man to marry a black woman. [...] However, the ruling in Loving does not appear to stand for what Shelby says it does.
Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in This Nation's History and Tradition'. Judge Robert J. Shelby, whom President Barack
Obama appointed to the U.S. District Court in Utah last year, issued an opinion on Friday [12/20/2013] declaring that a right to same-sex marriage
is "deeply rooted in the nation's history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty." Shelby was confirmed to the federal bench by a voice
vote of the Senate on Sept. 21, 2012. There was no debate over his nomination, and no senator objected to his confirmation. He has
now issued an opinion that could fundamentally alter American law and culture.
May I Point Out That Phil Robertson Was Indisputably Right About One Thing?
The Supreme Court made gay sex a civil right about a decade ago in Lawrence v. Texas — and last week we had a federal judge in Utah use that decision and
others to normalize polygamy. Now he didn't legalize bigamy per se, at least not in the sense that that some combination of three or more
individuals can go down to the local courthouse and get a group marriage license. But what the judge did was declare that as a matter of law it is
acceptable for a polyamorous group to set up a household and declare themselves to be in a committed marital relationship. [...] What we would then have is,
potentially, legalized polyamorous marriages And to think that a decade ago it was declared to be the height of bigotry to suggest that recognizing gay
marriages would lead to the legalization of plural marriages.
being issued to gay couples in Utah. A federal judge Friday [12/20/2013] struck down Utah's voter-approved constitutional amendment —
which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set
forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Polygamy: It's Coming. In Lawrence v. Texas, the
U.S. Supreme Court, reversing its own then-recent holding in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruled that laws against homosexual sodomy are unconstitutional —
even though the Constitution says nothing about sex, let alone sodomy — on the ground that the right of privacy (also never mentioned in the
Constitution) protects all consensual, private sexual contact between adults. Lawrence immediately was seen as a milestone in the campaign for
gay marriage. Some conservatives noted that the Court's rationale would protect polygamy, too, but they were denounced as killjoys. Lawyers
noticed, however. Soon after Lawrence, several lawsuits were commenced in federal courts asserting a constitutional right to polygamy.
New Mexico Supreme Court: Same-sex
marriage legal. The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday [12/19/2013], declaring in a
ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.
Penalizing Those Who Hold Biblical
Views of Marriage. In a series of instances we have seen the gatekeepers of civil society attack those who hold Biblical views about marriage and
sexuality — Chick-fil-A, Barilla Pasta, Craig James who was fired from ESPN, and now Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. It is even worse, of
course, when it is the government that penalizes those who hold Biblical views. That should be anathema in America. While A&E exercised its rights,
in a growing number of incidents, government has not respected the free-contract and free-speech rights of Americans.
A&E declares war on 'Duck Dynasty's' Christian
values. Duck Dynasty has been sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. By now you probably know that A&E indefinitely suspended
Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty family, for following the teachings of the Holy Bible.
Homosexuals Get Duck Dy-Nasty. "Tolerance," as it
has been marketed, was always a con. [...] For one thing, tolerance always implies a negative, real or perceived; you wouldn't have to tolerate a beautiful car
or a delectable meal — you relish those things. But you might have to tolerate a cold or bad weather. Thus, tolerance is only noble in two
situations: One is when dealing with something objectively negative that cannot be eliminated, such as irremediable pain. The other is when
confronted with something you don't happen to like and could avoid, but that is objectively good or neutral; an example would be tolerating a food you detest
in order to avoid offending your hosts.
Christianity on trial in Duck Dynasty
controversy. Will cooler heads prevail in the gay community, realizing that Christians ought to be allowed to have their two millennia-old
beliefs respected in the public square? That would be the optimal outcome, but I don't really predict it will happen, as things now stand.
The Editor says...
The abhorrence of homosexuality is much older than "two millennia." Homosexuality has been abnormal since the creation of the earth.
The Intolerant 'Gay Marriage' Movement. [T]olerance is the last thing
on the mind of the gay marriage movement. Once the laws were on the books (or via judicial fiat in many cases), tolerance was gone. Once gay
marriage was legal, the power of the state was brought down on anyone who had the temerity to disagree with gay marriage. In New Mexico, a photographer
did not want to photograph a gay wedding because of her Christian beliefs. There, tolerance went out the window. Instead of going to a photographer
who might be more sympathetic to gay marriage, the two individuals getting "married" called the thought police.
Polygamy and the Marriage Free-fall.
Marriage in America is in a state of free-fall, and it's the confluence of American attitudes and legal rulings that are responsible for helping push it
off the cliff. On Friday night, a George W. Bush judicial appointee, Judge Clark Waddoups, struck down a part of Utah's law against polygamy
in a 91-page ruling. [...] Waddoups's ruling can't be viewed in isolation from the events that preceded it, especially the debate over same-sex marriage
and the larger effort to undo the norms of family life. Social change, for good or ill, rarely happens at a single moment in time, but over time as
the sum total of a thousand smaller events. This Friday night in Utah was one such event.
Judge Cites Same-Sex
Marriage in Declaring Polygamy Ban Unconstitutional. In a game-changer for the legal fight over same-sex marriage that gives credence
to opponents' "slippery slope" arguments, a federal judge has now ruled that the legal reasoning for same-sex marriage means that laws against
polygamy are likewise unconstitutional. In his 91-page opinion in Brown v. Buhman, on Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck
down Utah's law making polygamy a crime. In so doing, he may have opened Pandora's Box.
Judge Orders Colo. Cake-Maker to Serve
Gay Couples. A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs
or face fines, a judge said Friday [12/6/2013].
Same-Sex Weddings 17 Percent of
Washington Marriages. Gay weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages
were legal in the state, state officials reported Wednesday [12/4/2013].
overwhelmingly vote against same-sex marriage in a referendum. A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday [12/1/2013]
to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union's newest nation.
expects to be defrocked for gay wedding. Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor — at least
for the next 30 days. The United Methodist clergyman convicted of breaking church law for officiating at his son's same-sex
wedding was suspended late Tuesday [11/26/2013], and ordered by a jury of his fellow pastors to surrender his credentials in a month if he
can't bring himself to adhere to the laws of the church's Book of Discipline.
sued for refusing to take pictures at lesbian couple's ceremony goes to the Supreme Court. A photographer sued by a lesbian couple after
she refused to take pictures at their commitment ceremony is taking her fight for religious freedom to the Supreme Court. Elaine Huguenin, who
runs a photography business in Albuquerque, New Mexico, refused to take the snaps for the happy day of Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth in 2006.
The women then filed a discrimination lawsuit again Ms Huguenin. New Mexico law prohibits businesses from discriminating against people based
on their sexuality.
Lawmakers approve gay marriage in
Illinois. Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday [11/5/2013] in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic
divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
Obamas 'overjoyed' as
Illinois moves to OK gay marriage. In the wake of the Illinois state House's vote Tuesday [11/5/2013] to approve gay marriage, President
Obama said that he and first lady Michelle Obama are "overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours."
Mr. Obama's home state is now expected to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions after the bill heads to the Democrat-controlled state Senate,
where the measure almost surely will pass.
Chris Christie drops gay marriage challenge.
Gov. Chris Christie dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages on Monday [10/21/2013], hours after gay couples began immediately taking advantage of a court
ruling that compelled the state to become the 14th in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.
N.J. offices add hours for marriage sign up.
City halls in several New Jersey cities and towns are adding extra office hours over the weekend to accept marriage license applications now that same-sex
marriage has been given the green light by the state's highest court.
Does Faith = Hate? This summer's Windsor decision
from the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, but it did not declare a constitutional right to gay marriage. Yet even Maggie
Gallagher, the country's most tireless and high-profile opponent of same-sex marriage, now believes such an outcome is a foregone conclusion.
"It's clear that the courts are going to shut down the marriage debate and impose gay marriage uniformly," she says. "There is not yet a
unified sense of where we go from here, except for this: there is an accelerating awareness that the consequence of marriage equality is
going to be extremely negative for traditionalist Christians."
Law Extends Insurance to Fertility Treatments for Same-Sex, Unmarried Couples. A new California law signed by Governor Jerry Brown and set
to go into effect in January 2014 gives homosexual and unmarried couples the right to have their fertility treatments covered by insurance.
Heterosexual married couples were already covered.
The Editor asks...
Why would same-sex couples care about feritility?
Brown signs bill to allow children more than two legal parents.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, a measure opposed by some conservative
groups as an attack on the traditional family. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in
California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.
Airmen Threatened, Harassed For Refusing To Support Gay Marriage. A military that's hostile to Christianity will fall to pieces over the long haul
because there simply aren't enough Muslims, atheists, homosexuals and liberals that want to join the military to keep it staffed. Since liberals detest the
military anyway, that's not going to trouble them, but the rest of us should be concerned.
Airmen say Air Force is punishing evangelical
Christians. Evangelical Christian airmen at Lackland Air Force Base are facing severe threats and retribution for their religious beliefs and some
personnel have been ordered to publicly express their position on gay marriage. "There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base," said
Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. "Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen.
There is a culture of fear in the military and it's gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality."
Broadcaster Fired for Opposing Same-Sex
Marriage Blasts Fox Sports for Religious Discrimination. This is not just a blatant case of religious discrimination in violation
of law. It is not merely an example of yet another step in the media's attempt to silence those of a traditional perspective on same-sex
marriage. It is a story that traces up much higher in the national FOX Sports organization than the regional network.
Broadcaster Fired for Opposing Same-Sex
Marriage Blasts Fox Sports for Religious Discrimination. This is not just a blatant case of religious discrimination in violation
of law. It is not merely an example of yet another step in the media's attempt to silence those of a traditional perspective on same-sex
marriage. It is a story that traces up much higher in the national FOX Sports organization than the regional network.
The Editor says...
Activists on the left sometimes say, "Same-sex marriage doesn't harm you, so why are you opposed to it?" As more and more cases like that of
Craig James come to light, and people lose their jobs due to political correctness, the answer will be self-evident.
College Rescinds Invitation to Speaker Defending Same-Sex Marriage. Providence College, a Roman Catholic school in Rhode Island, has
canceled a lecture in support of same-sex marriage on Thursday by a gay philosophy professor, citing a church document that says that "Catholic
institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles."
Francis excommunicates pro-gay marriage priest. He's not the liberal the media wants. Actually what the Pope was saying was that he
wants the Church to talk more about what it's for than what it's against. But that doesn't mean it won't still be against
those things that contradict its teachings and traditions. Just ask Greg Reynolds of Melbourne — a priest who appears to have
been both defrocked and excommunicated because of his radical views on women clergy and gay marriage.
Civil union doesn't allow Kentucky woman to avoid testifying against same-sex partner. A Kentucky judge has ruled that the
same-sex partner of a woman charged with murder must testify against her and isn't protected by the husband-wife privilege under state law.
Marriage "legalized" in all 50 states by a Bureaucratic Tyrant. In an almost unnoticed development, the Labor Department this week ordered all
employers in the United States, whether they operate in a state that recognizes gay marriage or not, to give health benefits, pension benefits, and 401(k)
privileges to the "spouses" of homosexuals. Tom Perez, the labor secretary, made it clear that this ruling applies in all 50 states, not just the 13
which have foolishly recognized marriage based on the infamous crime against nature. Thus same-sex marriage has now been imposed by bureaucratic fiat on
the 37 states who have refused to recognize it.
Football analyst fired for criticizing
homosexuality. Fox Sports fired college football analyst Craig James last Monday [9/9/2013] after a video surfaced in which
he said he opposed homosexual civil unions.
Christian baker hounded by gays to close shop:
My faith in God 'has grown'. An Oregon baker with Christian beliefs who was forced to shut down operations after refusing to make a cake for a planned
same-sex wedding says her faith in God has not wavered — and in fact, has grown stronger because of the ordeal. Aaron and Melissa Klein, who claim
a Christian faith, operated the Gresham, Ore., shop, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In May, because of their religious beliefs, the Kleins turned down a request
from a lesbian couple, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowmann, to bake a cake for their upcoming wedding.
Gay Inmates in California Can Get Married.
With the demise of Proposition 8 — the gay marriage ban — gay inmates in California can get married to their same-sex partners, the Associated Press
has reported. In an August 30 memo, state prison officials stated that due to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that "effectively invalidated" Proposition 8,
they "must accept and process applications for a same-sex marriage between an inmate and a non-incarcerated person in the community, in the same manner as they do between opposite
Air Force cracking down on Christians.
Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk found himself at odds with his Lackland Air Force Base commander after he objected to her plans to severely punish an
instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality. During the conversation, his commander ordered him to share his personal views
on homosexuality. "I was relieved of my position because I don't agree with my commander's position on gay marriage," he told me. "We've been
told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy."
V.A. to Provide Spousal Benefits to Gays,
Administration Says. The Obama administration on Wednesday [9/4/2013] escalated its effort to dismantle federal barriers to same-sex marriages,
announcing that the Department of Veterans Affairs would immediately begin providing spousal benefits to gay men and lesbians despite a federal statute that
limits such benefits to veterans' spouses who are "of the opposite sex."
closes after LGBT threats, protests. A family-owned Christian bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian
couple, has been forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists. Sweet Cakes By Melissa posted a message on its
Facebook page alerting customers that their Gresham, Ore. retail store would be shut down after months of harassment from pro-gay marriage forces.
Texas Guard refuses to process same-sex
benefits. The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday [9/3/2013], citing the state
constitution's ban on gay marriage, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Pentagon officials said Texas appeared to be the only state that
planned to turn gay and lesbian couples away on Tuesday, the first working day that gays in the military may apply for benefits.
The 'Human Rights' Juggernaut. On
August 22, the New Mexico supreme court unanimously ruled that a wedding photographer broke the law by refusing to photograph a same-sex
commitment ceremony. While gay rights advocates are celebrating this latest in a string of legal and political victories, the outcome
of Elane Photography v. Vanessa Willock has alarmed religious liberty advocates. And it could end up having a profound influence
on First Amendment jurisprudence.
Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex wedding.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the
nation's highest court.
bylaws after gay marriage ruling. Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the
Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
New Mexico photographer loses gay marriage
case. A commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated New Mexico's anti-discrimination law by refusing to take
pictures of a gay couple's commitment ceremony, the state's highest court ruled unanimously Thursday [8/22/2013].
NM Supreme Court Finds
Refusing to Photograph Gay Wedding Illegal. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a
photography studio violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA). The court found that Elane Photography's refusal to serve Vanessa Willock violated
the act, which "prohibits a public accommodation from refusing to offer its services to a person based on that person's sexual orientation," according to
Reserving the right to refuse service.
In yet another topic sure to enrage, Sterling Beard — writing at The Corner — catches up with the latest news on a strange
case coming to us from New Mexico. It's now gone all the way to the state Supreme Court, and the story may be at an end. In case you
hadn't heard, wedding photographers can't refuse to take pictures at a gay wedding or they have violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act.
The Editor says...
Notice if you will that the homosexuals have "human rights" but the rest of us don't.
New Mexico Takes a Stab at
Nullifying the Constitution. Given that a person exercises his religion by living his life in harmony with his beliefs, any
attempt by government to force people to commit sins is a clear and direct repudiation of the targeted individual's First Amendment rights.
Nonetheless, the New Mexico Supreme Court has found that a photographer who declined to photograph a gay "wedding" was at fault.
Tolerance, Health and Fascism.
Last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that an event photographer's refusal on religious grounds to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex
couple amounted to illegal discrimination. The photographer had never objected to photographing gays. She did not, however, wish to be part
of a ceremony to which she religiously objected. In America today, thanks to myriad laws and progressive justices, people can go to prison for
refusing to participate in an event to which they object. This is what happened to a florist in Washington state who had always sold flowers to
gay customers but refused to be the florist for a gay wedding: sued and fined.
Clerks must issue marriage licenses to gay couples. On Monday, Judge Alan Malott ruled it unconstitutional to ban same-sex couples from
getting married in Bernalillo County. Malott ruled that the Bernalillo and Santa Fe county clerks must grant marriage licenses to gay
couples who apply for them.
Airmen Punished for Objecting to Gay Marriage.
A 19-year veteran of the Air Force said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had
expressed religious objections to homosexuality. "I was relieved of my position because I don't agree with my commander's position on gay marriage," Senior Master Sgt.
Phillip Monk told Fox News. "We've been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy."
Airman opposed to gay
marriage files complaint after being transferred. A senior Air Force NCO who says he was punished because of his opposition to gay
marriage this week filed a formal complaint against his commander, claiming she violated his religious beliefs. Senior Master Sgt. Phillip
Monk, a 19-year airman serving at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, claims he was relieved of his duties and reassigned following a heated exchange
over the hot-button social issue.
California Supreme Court rejects bid to revive
Prop. 8. The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday [8/14/2013] to revive Proposition 8, ending the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex
marriage in the state. Meeting in closed session, the state high court rejected arguments by ProtectMarriage, Proposition 8's sponsors, that only an
appellate court could overturn a statewide law.
DOD: Gay Troops Will Get Extra
Time Off to Go to Same-Sex Marriage States and Get Hitched. The U.S. Defense Department announced on Wednesday that it will make "spousal and
family benefits" available no later than Sept. 3, 2013, regardless of sexual orientation, for all service members who can provide a valid marriage
certificate. And what about same-sex military couples who live in a state where same-sex marriage is not allowed? No problem.
Maternity, sick leave for gay spouses OK'd at Labor
Dept. Urged by President Obama to extend sweeping federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples following a court victory for gay rights, the Department
of Labor Friday told employees that spousal leave for maternity and long-term illness will be included with other federal benefits like retirement. Newly-installed
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is moving swiftly to provide benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian employees now that the Defense of Marriage Act is dead, the result of
a June Supreme Court decision.
judge orders Ohio to recognize gay marriage performed in Maryland. Needless to say, if other courts follow this lead, we'll
have coast-to-coast legal gay marriage as a matter of Full Faith and Credit with the only limitation on gay couples their ability to travel
to a pro-SSM state temporarily to get hitched. The Windsor decision that the court cites here in support of its ruling held that
Section 3 of DOMA, which bars the federal government from recognizing gay marriages performed in pro-SSM states, is unconstitutional.
professor says gay marriage likely to lead to legalized incest, polygamy. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's two recent rulings
validating gay marriage, a Boston College Law School professor has come out and admitted what gay marriage adversaries have long argued:
incest and polygamy are just around the bend.
Forced To Live In Obama's World Of Fantasy.
The most difficult of times are when we are forced to live in the fantasy world of those granted the power to govern. Obama's primary fantasy
is Marxism and it is summed up in his belief that a country prospers when it "redistributes" wealth from those who have prospered to those who may
not even wish to work. [...] By Marxist standards, Obama was successful in the way the auto industry, banking sector, and, of course, the nation's
health system were essentially nationalized. Yet another of Obama's fantasies was rubber-stamped by the Supreme Court's decision that
Americans are now expected — required — to accept that it is permissible and reasonable for a man to marry a man and
a woman to marry a woman.
Playing Fast and Loose with
Marriage and the Constitution. [Scroll down] Scalia then gets to the rationale behind the high court's declaring DOMA
unconstitutional: "The majority has declared open season on any law that (in the opinion of the law's opponents and any panel of
like-minded federal judges) can be characterized as mean-spirited ... It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a
court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race." The high
court ruling, therefore, redefines heterosexuals as breeding stock in the service of humanity-extinguishing homosexual, same-sex unions.
divorce, the next frontier. [I]f Pennsylvania doesn't recognize you as being married, its courts have no authority to divorce you.
decision to immediately permit gay marriages is challenged. While California county clerks process marriage applications
for gay couples Sunday [6/30/2013], attorneys for supporters of Proposition 8 are waiting for a response to the emergency appeal
they filed Saturday evening with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the rule of law has not been followed.
So Fast: New Supreme Court Filing as California Jumps the Gun on Gay Marriage. Lawyers for traditional marriage
today [6/30/2013] filed an emergency application with Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court, asking him to order that
California officials not commence gay marriages unless and until they have the lawful power to do so. California
has jumped to resume what is still illegal activity — which is how the controversy started in California in 2004.
Even Sodom and Gomorrah didn't have parades in the streets to celebrate their perversion.
Candidates Strut Their Stuff at
Post-DOMA Pride Parade. Days after the dismantlement of the Defense of Marriage Act in a landmark Supreme Court ruling,
the celebration is still going strong in the streets of New York City. Thousands of people flooded Fifth Avenue this afternoon,
decked out in every imaginable shade, waving rainbow flags in varying amounts of clothing for the city's annual gay pride parade.
Mock 'Marriage' Will Criminalize
Christianity. While poorly decided U.S. Supreme Court cases are a dime a dozen, prior to last Wednesday, two stood out
among the most wretched and constitutionally groundless in American History. First was the 1857 Dred Scott decision.
Among other things, it robbed African-Americans of both their U.S. citizenship and their dignity. Next came the 1973 ruling
in Roe v. Wade. It has robbed over 55 million U.S. citizens of their very lives. For the first time in
American history, the high court imagined a phantom constitutional right for women to dismember alive their own pre-born children.
Both of these cases are blights on American history.
Gay marriage fight
now becomes a religious liberty fight. The next offensive in this culture war will involve wielding government to force
individuals to accept the new definition of marriage, falsely invoking analogies to civil rights. As a prototype, consider the
assault on the liberty of Elaine Huguenin, the wedding photographer in New Mexico. In 2006, a couple asked her to photograph their
wedding. When she learned the couple were lesbians, she declined, explaining that pursuant to her faith, she only photographed
man-woman weddings. The couple got a different photographer, but they sued Huguenin.
another love that now dares speak its name again. Long ago, and far away, we predicted that once the legal standard for
equal protection of the law as to marriage became "love" and consenting adults, without regard to gender, there would be no rational
basis upon which to limit the number to two.
Benefits extended to
same-sex spouses of federal workers. Same-sex spouses of federal employees will be able to take advantage of their partner's health
insurance and retirement benefits, according to new federal guidance issued on Friday [6/28/2013. Just two days after the Supreme Court gutted
a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government is taking steps to extend benefits to spouses of all of its employees, regardless
of their sex. Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, sent a memorandum to heads of agencies and departments across
the federal government outlining the benefits to which same-sex spouses are now entitled. Among those are healthcare coverage, life insurance and
gay marriage, now inevitable. Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages even in
states that have legalized it. This week, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional. There are two possible grounds, distinct and in
some ways contradictory, for doing so. The curious thing about the court's DOMA decision is that it contains both rationales.
Worse Than It Sounds, and
It Cannot Be Cabined. These decisions, handed down by the Court today, [...] lay down the predicates for litigation that will
clearly unfold now, and with short steps sure to come, virtually all of the barriers to same-sex marriage in this country can be swept away.
Even constitutional amendments, passed by so many of the states, can be overridden now.
Hires GOProud Director to Propel Same-Sex Marriage Outreach 'Particularly' to Tea Party. The American Civil Liberties Union has hired the
outgoing executive director of Republican gay-rights group GOProud to lead an effort to bring GOPs on the side of same-sex marriage. Jimmy LaSalvia,
the founder of GOProud, will work with the ACLU to do outreach to gay conservatives, "particularly within the Tea Party," the ACLU said. LaSalvia will
be joining another ACLU hire in the $10 million nationwide campaign, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) senior presidential campaign adviser Steve Schmidt.
Pentagon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses.
Hours after the Supreme Court ruling, the Pentagon announced that it would move to quickly extend all benefits given to opposite sex spouses to same-sex
couples including medical, dental and housing allowances. Defense officials also said that same sex spouses would have the same rights to be buried
alongside war veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Obama calls US 'better
off' after Defense of Marriage Act overturned. President Obama on Wednesday [6/26/2013] praised the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the federal
Defense of Marriage Act, calling the nation "better off" in the wake of the historic ruling. "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to strike down
the Defense of Marriage Act," Obama said aboard Air Force One, en route to a weeklong trip in Africa. "This was discrimination enshrined in
law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong,
and our country is better off for it."
The Editor says...
Interesting. Mr. Obama doesn't like "discrimination enshrined in law." How does he feel about affirmative action,
hate crime laws, and reverse discrimination?
Burial at Arlington Now Among Benefits for
Military's Same-Sex Spouses. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon "welcomes" the Supreme Court's gutting of the Defense of
Marriage Act and "will immediately begin the process" of making the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation,
as soon as possible. "That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do," Hagel said in a statement issued on Wednesday. "The policies
governing burial at Arlington National Cemetery will apply equally to same-sex and opposite-sex spouses," the announcement said.
National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer
Gay Marriage. The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme
Court's decisions on gay marriage.
Who Are the Real Bigots on Gay
Marriage? Justice Anthony Kennedy did the cause of gay marriage no favors when he ruled that the purpose of laws that uphold traditional
marriage was to "disparage and injure" same-sex couples. By casting support for traditional marriage falsely as bigotry, he undermined the
legitimacy of the holding in the case. Worse, he implictly excused the real — not imagined — bigotry of some
gay marriage supporters against their opponents.
Supreme Court: Defenders of Traditional Marriage are Enemies of the Human Race.
In one fell swoop, the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor killed the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), thereby assuring that
same-sex "marriages" recognized under State laws must be treated as marriages under Federal law. The immediate result of the majority holding is to
open up to the partners of same-sex "marriage" thousands of benefits, including estate tax exemptions, social security benefits, the ability to
file joint tax returns, and so forth. But that result is not the worst of it. What is worse is what the opinion forebodes.
decision triggers massive overhaul of regulations. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the ban on federal benefits for gay couples
is sure to trigger a mammoth effort to change hundreds of regulations and laws across the breadth of government. The scope of the high court's
ruling goes far beyond Social Security checks and joint tax returns. Its implications extend to everything from policies at the Pentagon to the
immigration reform bill now being debated in Congress. Within hours of the ruling, President Obama directed Attorney General Eric Holder and
other members of his Cabinet to begin poring over relevant federal statutes and regulations that might need to be adjusted in light of the 5-4 decision
to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Obama: Gay couples no longer
treated as 'lesser class of people'. President Obama placed congratulatory phone calls to the gay rights activists who prevailed in a
pair of Supreme Court cases Wednesday, telling them he was proud of their efforts and pleased that the Defense of Marriage Act and a ruling restricting
gay marriage in California had been overturned. "We're proud of you guys, and we're proud to have this in California," Obama told Kris Perry and
Sandy Stier, the plaintiffs who challenged California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. The call, placed from Air Force One as the president
and the first family traveled to Senegal, was broadcast live on MSNBC while the couple was being interviewed.
Utah polygamist family celebrating DOMA
ruling, saying it could help in plural marriage cases. Members of a Utah polygamist family lauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision
Wednesday to strike down a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act, saying it's a step toward changing perceptions of people like them as
The Editor says...
Of course it will help the polygamists; it will also help the people who want to marry horses and sheep.
Supreme Court strikes down DOMA
provision, paves way for gay marriage in California. In a big day for gay-rights advocates, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a
federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples and issued a separate ruling that paves the way for same-sex marriages to resume in
California. Cheers erupted on the steps of the high court, as the rulings were handed down. The latter decision did not speak to the
constitutionality of gay marriage bans in California, or in the country as a whole. The court avoided a broad ruling, and rather, determined
that the defenders of California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage did not have the standing to appeal lower court rulings against the ban.
Now the defense of marriage begins.
A couple of hours after the decisions were announced, President Obama's Organizing for Action sent an email to supporters stating that the rulings
were "a call to action." "This is a fight we will win," Mr. Obama's team announced. "We will go state by state if we have to. And
OFA is going to be there every step of the way." With each court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, the country takes another step away
from the vision of our Founders, who understood that American exceptionalism is rooted in Judeo-Christian values — values that include
the biblical definition of marriage. They understood that our freedom is based not on the liberty to do what we please, but on liberty that
comes from God, who teaches that only a virtuous people can remain free.
Obama: I won't make churches conduct gay
marriages. President Obama, in his statement hailing the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that
he wouldn't try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages. "On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide
range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation's commitment to religious freedom is also vital," Obama said. "How religious
institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision — which applies only
to civil marriages — changes that."
'High-Handed' Kennedy Has Declared Us 'Enemies of the Human Race'. Dissenting from this morning's opinion on the Defense of Marriage
Act, Justice Antonin Scalia — as expected — holds nothing back. In a ripping dissent, Scalia says that Justice Anthony
Kennedy and his colleagues in the majority have resorted to calling opponents of gay marriage "enemies of the human race."
Right revives effort to amend
Constitution to ban gay marriage. House conservatives will seek to reintroduce a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage following
the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday [6/26/2013]. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said he and other
lawmakers would begin efforts to revive the Federal Marriage Amendment in the coming days.
IRS Could Revoke Non-Profit
Status for Religious Institutions Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Marriages. The DOMA decision makes clear that marriage is a state-to-state
issue, meaning that religious institutions that receive non-profit status on the federal level but do not perform or accept same-sex marriages in states
where it is legal could have non-profit status revoked. Furthermore, should the IRS move to revoke federal non-profit status for churches,
synagogues and mosques that do not perform same-sex marriage more generally, the Court could easily justify that decision on the basis of
"eradicating discrimination" in religious education.
What's wrong with Same-Sex Marriage?
[Scroll down] Unfortunately, the institution of marriage is currently being attacked by several forces that, deliberately or inadvertently, are
destroying it and thereby undermining our society. [...] But whatever the causes, the debasement of the concepts of marriage and family will destroy us.
Lycurgus achieved it in ancient Sparta and produced a nation of racist brutes. The USSR tried it, with partial success, in the last century and begat
a dysfunctional society that is now painfully groping its way back to normality. These are hardly encouraging precedents.
Next Society-Wrecking Agenda Item: 'Monogamy
Is Unnatural'. Brightening up my Monday morning (not) is an item carried at CNN.com last Friday whose headline basically tells loyal, faithful spouses
that they're nature-defying freaks who in the vast majority of cases are ignorantly honoring an institution which doesn't make any sense. Meghan Laslocky
doesn't have the gumption to use those words. But what else are we supposed to conclude from a column entitled "Face it: Monogamy is unnatural"?
Holder: More to Be Done for LGBTs,
No Matter How SCOTUS Rules on DOMA, Prop 8. Attorney General Eric Holder hosted a "pride" event for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and
transgenders at the Justice Department on Tuesday, telling attendees that the homosexual agenda will be a "priority" during the remainder of his
time as the nation's top cop. "The fact remains that across the country far too many LBGT Americans suffer discrimination each and every
day," Holder said.
Censoring the 'Anti-Gay' Viewpoint.
The media elites have never been less interested in objectivity than they are right now on "gay marriage." They don't wear rainbow flags
on their lapels when they appear on television, but the coverage speaks for itself. [...] In many corners of the liberal media, the space for
a social conservative to argue against "marriage equality" is vanishing before our eyes. It becomes twice as difficult [as] more and more
anchors and reporters come out and declare themselves gay, and then the gay lobby expects those journalists to perform with perfect obedience
to their agenda.
Flour power isn't sweet on gay marriage;
bakeries snub same-sex couples' weddings. Supporters of same-sex marriage are taking their fight to new venues daily —
first to the courts, then to state legislatures, and now to bakeries. The owner of a Colorado bakery who refused to bake a wedding cake
for a gay couple is fighting a civil-rights complaint filed May 31 by the attorney general's office. A hearing is scheduled for
Sept. 23 before an administrative-law judge in Denver.
Hits Red Light in Blue Illinois. What same-sex marriage advocates won in the Illinois Senate on Valentine's Day 2013 was
just reversed. After weeks and months of hard work to accomplish what should have been easy, gay Democrat sponsor Greg Harris
could not muster the votes, while Democratic Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, did not even call for a vote to establish same
sex marriage in Illinois.
Washington state and the
ACLU sue florist for refusing to sell flowers for gay wedding because of Christian beliefs. The American Civil Liberties
Union joined the state of Washington by filing its own lawsuit on Thursday [5/30/2013] against Arlene's Flowers and its proprietor,
Barronelle Stutzman, over the woman's refusal to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding.
RI Bishop on Gay Marriage: We've
Entered 'Post-Christian Era'. Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Catholic diocese of Providence, said the "gay marriage" bill
signed into law in Rhode Island by its governor, Lincoln Chafee, constituted a "new challenge of the post-Christian era into which,
clearly, we have now entered."
Rep. Paul Ryan Now Backs Adoption of Children by
Homosexuals. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, used to oppose adoption of children by homosexuals
but now says it is okay for gays to adopt kids and that he would vote to support such a policy. The Catholic faith, which Ryan professes, teaches
that such adoptions "are contrary to the divine plan" of God and Pope Francis has said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.
marriage benefits unconstitutional. Local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex
partners are violating the state constitution, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion Monday [4/29/2013].
The Gay Marriage Slippery Slope Started? Slate Writer Calls for Legalizing Polygamy. We are constantly reassured that
recognizing gay marriage will not lead to the recognition of other unions, such as polygamous or incestuous ones. As a conservative
who supports gay marriage, and has done so for quite some time, I bought into these reassurances in good faith. Now I am starting to
wonder if I've been hoodwinked.
Fighting for Gay Marriage Involves Lying. As a skeptic on
whether government redefinition of marriage is a good idea, I find the people who have thought quite a bit about it — on either side — far
and away the most interesting. They alone seem to talk about things beyond the cliches.
A Response to Bill O'Reilly
on Homosexuality and Marriage. Bill O'Reilly's cavalier attitude toward something so serious is quite astonishing.
And, as his April 3 nationally televised tussle with conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham reveals, his attitude on this matter
is also intellectually superficial. This is not an issue for Americans of any persuasion to take lightly. It seems to me that
serious fundamental issues of law and justice are involved.
Is Traditional Marriage Toast?
Gay marriage does not mean, at its core, equal access to marriage. It means the redefinition of marriage, its transvaluation.
It means expanding and swelling marriage until it bursts at the seams, leaving something unrecognizable.
Proof that sexual preference carries more weight than religious freedom:
WA State Sues Florist for Refusing to Service
Gay Wedding. There is no question that rank-and-file gay couples of all political stripes are sincere in their desire to enjoy the benefits and status that
come with marriage. There is no sinister agenda at work in the issue of same-sex marriage among the masses. But the same cannot be said of the organized left
who have always intended to use the issue of gay marriage as a vehicle to destroy the Christian Church and marginalize Christians.
WA State Atty Gen Violates
Christian Florist's Constitutional Rights. A Christian florist in Washington State, who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because she
objects for religious reasons, is being taken to court by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. This case could ultimately lead the U.S. Supreme Court to
revisit one of its past mistakes.
School Cancels Santorum Speech
over Marriage Views. A Michigan high school canceled a speech by former Sen. Rick Santorum after teachers became outraged over his
opposition to gay marriage and threatened to stage protests and a possible work stoppage. Santorum had been invited to deliver a upcoming
speech on leadership by the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at Gross Pointe South High School. But the speech was canceled on Monday [4/8/2013]
after the school district's superintendent heard from angry teachers.
Gay Marriage: Bill O'Reilly Misses the
Point. Before central control out of Washington was imposed in 2003, policy arguments for criminalizing homosexual acts were won
explicitly "with that." And because of "that," the idea of gay marriage has been unthinkable throughout the history of the American
nation. [...] Barack Obama was for gay marriage (1996) before he was against it (2004 Senate race; 2008 presidential race) before he was for it
Michigan gay marriage backers urged to skip Communion. A Detroit professor
and legal adviser to the Vatican says Catholics who promote gay marriage should not try to receive holy Communion, a key part of Catholic identity.
And the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, said Sunday that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating gay marriage would "logically bring
shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury."
Definition Of Marriage; What Can We
Learn From Islam? In their eagerness to achieve their goals, the pro gay marriage enthusiasts are marching towards what they perceive as
progress and modernity while ignoring lessons from other cultures, history, basic human nature and the horrific and negative unintended consequences
of redefining "marriage".
"Married" Homosexuals Go to Trial for Raping Adopted Boys. Here is something you will be
seeing a lot more of, as relentless media brainwashing allows liberals to ram through the homosexual agenda. But don't expect it to lead off the
Keywords: serial rape, incest, sodomy, pedophiles, Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2.
Gay Connecticut couple accused of
raping adopted children will face trial. The case of a same-sex Connecticut couple accused of repeatedly raping and abusing two of
their nine adopted boys is headed for trial. Married couple George Harasz and Douglas Wirth of Glastonbury were supposed to be sentenced
Friday [4/5/2013] in Hartford Superior Court under a plea deal, but instead withdrew from their agreement with prosecutors.
How to fight the left-wing hate
machine. Judging from the oral arguments in the two gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court this week, it appears the
federal Defense of Marriage Act will be ruled unconstitutional on federalism grounds, and that the court will punt on California's
same-sex marriage law, effectively allowing every state to define marriage as it wishes. That is not good enough for the progressive
movement. Progressives want marriage to be redefined in every state to include same-sex relationships. And they will not
stop there, either.
Judicial Tyranny? In response to the court's sodomy ruling
last term, conservatives are talking about passing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. It's really
touching how conservatives keep trying to figure out what constitutional mechanisms are available to force the courts to acknowledge the existence of
the Constitution. But what is the point of a constitutional amendment when judges won't read the Constitution we already have?
biased against traditional marriage, says advocate. [Brian] Brown: "This is the potential Roe v. Wade of our
time, and you turn on cable and it's all about Tiger Woods saying winning takes care of everything." More: "I think on the
cable networks, the coverage has not been great at all. Even on Fox News, we find it difficult to get broadcast time airing our
views." Though Brown notes that he was on Fox last weekend, his organization and allies are having increasing difficulty getting
equal time for their views vis-a-vis opposing ones.
Threatens Judicial Imperialism. In the last half-century American society has undergone nothing less than a social revolution.
The left would have us believe this upheaval bubbled up from the masses, but most of the radical change was handed down from on high by
elites — in Hollywood, the press, academe, and, not least, the legal profession. To take one area, censorship of word and
image, the hard-charging attorney who in the '50s and '60s litigated smut into art, Charles Rembar, 45 years ago admitted that First
Amendment protection of sexually explicit materials was something very new.
Legislating from the Bench on Gay
Marriage. A political legislature known as the U.S. Supreme Court held a purely-legislative hearing about homosexual marriage
on March 26. The hearing debated raw policy preferences and speculated about benefits for and against homosexual marriage.
To anyone trained in the law, it violated almost every law and rule of the U.S. Supreme Court. Only a lawyer willing to 'tell' on his
profession can reveal how disturbing was the High Court's oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry.
Obama's Actions Over Law Questioned.
President Barack Obama believes the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, but continues to enforce it. That stance came in for
serious criticism Wednesday from conservative members of the Supreme Court, and led the justices to tackle some thorny procedural questions.
A Social Experiment Without
Science Behind It. The claimed right to same-sex marriage is not in the Constitution or in the court's precedents, so
the court must decide whether to impose a new law making marriage into a new and different institution. The justices are
unlikely to take so momentous a step unless they are persuaded that granting this new right to same-sex couples will not harm
children or ultimately undermine the health of our society.
Marriage Is the Media's Vehicle, Destination Is to Destroy the Church. If anyone wants to argue that the same government
currently forcing religious institutions to purchase the abortion pill through ObamaCare will not eventually use civil rights violations
in order to attempt to force the Church to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies — good luck with that. But this would
have been unthinkable five years ago.
Rights Activist: 'No Comparison' Between Civil Rights, Gay Rights Movement. Civil rights activist Rev. William Owens, who
is founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said Tuesday [3/26/2013] there is no comparison between the civil
rights movement and the gay community's fight for same-sex marriage.
Conservative justices rip Obama.
The Supreme Court's conservative justices on Wednesday [3/27/2013] were sharply critical of President Obama's approach to a federal law on same-sex
marriage. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder decided in 2011 that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
They quit defending it in the courts, but directed federal agencies to continue to comply with the law.
'Til the Supreme Court Do Us Part.
America's cultural and media elites are attempting to browbeat the High Court into coercing the country into recognizing same-sex marriage
by casting opponents as bigots for holding a position that President Obama held less than a year ago. This bigotry label apparently
applies even to those who favor gay marriage but would rather settle the matter democratically, state to state.
Will Walk if GOP Backs Gay Marriage. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee —
and [sic] ordained Southern Baptist minister — was asked if he sees the GOP ever pivoting and backing gay marriage.
"They might. And if they do, they're going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk," he responds.
Is It Time to Legalize Heterosexual
Marriage? There is a hollow quality to the current debate over homosexual marriage. Socially conservative pundits argue
that legalization of homosexual marriage would be destructive to the institution of traditional heterosexual marriage. But nowhere is it
mentioned that the institution of traditional heterosexual marriage itself is rapidly becoming an antique, largely due to the proliferation of
no-fault divorce laws beginning in the 1970s.
The Price of Gay
Marriage: The Galvanic Corrosion of Language. One of the more incomprehensible aspects of the gay marriage movement has been
the spectacle of well-educated academics, plaintiff's lawyers, politicians, judges and Protestant clergymen designing tortured arguments
for deconstructing natural law, human biology, the history of civilization, language and logic. On the other hand, creating a new
class of civil rights amidst claims of discrimination is easy when your world view equates justice with moral equivalence, accompanied by
enabling the slow corruption of language.
Clintons' Progress. No progressive 100 years
ago could have imagined their ideology and Democratic Party embracing gay marriage. Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan are
rolling over in their graves. [In fact], merely a decade-and-a-half ago, the entirety of the Democratic Party supported traditional
marriage, codified under law. And yet, Democrats turned on a dime in faithful obedience to Barack Obama's mountaintop-message
sanctifying gay marriage a year ago.
The Editor says...
No progressive 100 years ago could have imagined the word "gay" meaning "homosexual."
Gay marriage? These voices
say 'No' and explain why. At times, it can seem a lonely battle. Outspent and lately out-hustled by highly organized gay
rights organizations, opponents have struggled to get their story out. They're portrayed as bigots, likened to the racists and sexists
of yesteryear. Some have been compared with hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan. For men of the cloth such as Roman Catholic
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, nothing could be further from the truth.
The Price of Gay
Marriage: The Galvanic Corrosion of Language. One of the more incomprehensible aspects of the gay marriage movement has been
the spectacle of well-educated academics, plaintiff's lawyers, politicians, judges and Protestant clergymen designing tortured arguments
for deconstructing natural law, human biology, the history of civilization, language and logic. On the other hand, creating a new
class of civil rights amidst claims of discrimination is easy when your world view equates justice with moral equivalence, accompanied by
enabling the slow corruption of language.
New Pope: Same-Sex Marriage 'A Machination of the
Father of Lies'. In 2010, [Pope Francis] wrote, "Let's not be naïve, we're not talking about a simple political battle;
it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father
of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
Rob Portman's gay marriage epiphany.
You've probably heard that Sen. Rob Portman reversed his position on gay marriage, citing the fact that he recently found out his son was
gay. Not everyone on the left is celebrating Portman's epiphany. In fact, some observers are calling it selfish.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman reveals son is gay, flips to support gay marriage. A top GOP senator's announcement that
he now backs same-sex marriage after learning his son is gay has again stirred the political pot on a contentious issue bedeviling
Republicans as they try to reach a younger generation of voters. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who was a finalist to be Mitt Romney's
running mate last year, said he wants "all of my children" to benefit from marriage like he has.
The Editor says...
It's your son who's headed the wrong way, Senator. You should change your son, not your position. If you want to "reach
out to younger voters," tell them about the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It's not pretty. Moral standards don't change,
even if you discover that your family members are immoral.
DOJ: Children Do Not Need —
and Have No Right to — Mothers. The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that
children do not need mothers. The Justice Department's argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama
administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California
ballot initiative that amended California's Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman.
It's too bad we can't
impeach Bill Clinton again. In a Washington Post op-ed, Bill Clinton argues that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which
he signed into law, is unconstitutional. This raises an obvious question: Why did Clinton sign an unconstitutional piece of
legislation into law? As slick as he is, Clinton can't provide an answer.
Obama's Random Mutations. Barack
Obama's position on gay marriage hasn't so much "evolved" as revolved. In 1996, as a state Senate candidate in Illinois,
he told Outlines (which became the Windy City Times), a gay magazine based on Chicago's North Side, that he
supported "legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight any effort to prohibit such marriages." Even some on the left
acknowledge that he and his aides have been lying about his supposed evolution on gay marriage for years.
Need Not Apply: DOD Extends Benefits Only to Gay Unmarried 'Partners'. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has unilaterally
issued a directive stating that the U.S. military will now extend certain benefits to unmarried domestic partners that were formerly reserved for
married couples — but will only do so if the domestic partners certify in writing to the Department of Defense that they are of the
same sex. Heterosexual unmarried partners do not qualify for the benefits — and thus are treated unequally by Panetta's
directive on the basis of their sexual orientation.
approves birth certificate listing three parents. A Florida judge has approved the adoption of a 22-month-old baby girl
that will list three people as parents on her birth certificate — a married lesbian couple and a gay man.
Selective enforcement. A military chaplains' advocacy
group criticized President Barack Obama earlier this week for suggesting his administration might ignore provisions of a new law that
offers religious liberty protections to service members. The protections, approved by Congress as part of the National Defense
Authorization Act, guarantee chaplains will not be forced to perform "marriage" ceremonies for same-sex couples or be punished for
refusing to do so.
Same-sex marriage affects everybody.
Oregon AG Investigates
Baker's Refusal to Make Wedding Cake for Lesbians. The Oregon attorney general's office is investigating a Portland-area
bakery after a lesbian couple filed a complaint alleging that the owner discriminated against them when he declined to make a wedding
cake for their same-sex "marriage." Aaron Klein, who owns and operates Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery along with his wife in
Gresham, Ore., said he received notice of the complaint last week from the Oregon Department of Justice.
calls Conscience Clause for Military Chaplains "Ill-Advised". Religious liberty advocates are concerned after President
Obama said a conscience clause that would allow military chaplains to opt-out of performing gay marriages is "unnecessary and ill-advised."
"Every member of our armed forces should be able to serve without surrendering their beliefs," said Ron Crews, executive director of the
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.
The Editor says...
"Every member of our armed forces" is a group that includes the chaplains. What about "surrendering their beliefs"?
says future of mankind at stake over gay marriage. "In the fight for the family, the very notion of being — of what
being human really means — is being called into question," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech. "The question
of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," he said.
New Jersey Liberal Threatens to Kill Republicans.
Anyone who has observed the hateful rhetoric that Democratic politicians and media figures have directed at Republicans over the last few years must have
wondered whether Democrats' over-the-top hate speech would lead to violence. So far, mercifully, it hasn't; not lethal violence, anyway. But a pro-gay
marriage activist named Ronnie McMillian, from Hawthorne, New Jersey, shows how liberal loyalists can be whipped into a homicidal frenzy by liberal hate speech.
Seattle Sets Up
Five 'Chapels' For Same-Sex 'Weddings' Inside City Hall. Citizens of Seattle, Washington not only voted to have the state
redefine marriage to be between members of the same sex, but now they have erected special "chapels" inside Seattle City Hall to accommodate
homosexuals who are all too happy to pervert not only sex, but now the institution of marriage.
Marriage and Self-Government.
On Friday afternoon [12/7/2012], the Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments in two cases that are at the center of the
same-sex-marriage controversy. One concerns the power of people in the states to govern themselves on the question, the other
the complementary power of Congress to define "marriage" for purposes of federal law.
Supreme Court will
hear gay marriage cases. The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the
justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.
Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex
marriage cases. The court's nine justices met in private last Friday [11/30/2012] to consider whether to review challenges to the U.S.
Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, and to California's gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8.
West Point chapel hosts first same-sex
marriage. Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows in the regal church in a ceremony conducted by
a senior Army chaplain.
State to Eliminate "Bride" & "Groom" on Marriage Certificates. The words "bride" and "groom" — along with
"husband" and "wife" are about to become archaic language in Washington state as officials prepare to remove the terms from marriage
and divorce certificates. Tim Church, a spokesman for the Wash. state Health Department, told Fox News they will likely be
removing those words in favor of more gender neutral terms.
The Progressive Agenda.
[Scroll down] Over in France, they elected a Socialist president a few months ago and now that country is stripping the words "mother" and "father"
from that country's entire civil code, just to accommodate their new homosexual "marriage" law. As in the case of the confused boy
who thinks he's a girl and the entire school has to adjust to his confusion, entire countries are now expected to adjust their world-view
so the sexually addled and bewildered can think themselves normal.
Obama endorses gay marriage in 3
states. President Barack Obama on Thursday [10/25/2012] endorsed state ballot initiatives to legalise same-sex marriage in
Washington state, Maryland and Maine as he sought to galvanise gay and lesbian enthusiasm for his re-election bid.
NY Appeals Court Nixes Defense
of Marriage Act. Saying the gay population has "suffered a history of discrimination," a divided federal appeals
court in Manhattan ruled Thursday [10/18/2012] that a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman was
unconstitutional, adding fuel to an issue expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court soon.
Ruling Seems Good For Gays, But Supreme Court May Not Buy It. The court's language in defense of same-sex marriage was
inspiring, but its reasoning could doom it before the high court.
Geroge Orwell recognized that in a revolution, the dictionary had to be the first thing to change.
Set to Ban Words "Mother" and "Father" in Run-up to Same-sex "Marriage". France is positioned to ban the words "mother" and "father" from
legal documents under the country's plan to legalize homosexual "marriage" and give equal adoption rights to both traditional couples and same-sex
partners. Under the proposal, which is being aggressively pushed forward by, among others, French president Francois Hollande, the term "parents"
would replace "mother" and "father" in an identical marriage ceremony that will be used for both traditional and homosexual weddings.
Two's Company, Three's a Positive Role
Model. A few years ago, when the gay-marriage bandwagon got rolling, some of us argued that "if the sex of the participants is no longer
relevant, why should the number be?" The same-sex-marriage crowd swatted the polygamy shtick aside as utterly irrelevant, even though there are far
more takers for polygamy than there will ever be for gay marriage, and it is, de facto, already recognized to one degree or another by multiculti
types in the British Government pensions department and the French welfare system.
Both sides gear up in
Defense of Marriage appeal. The Defense of Marriage Act is set for a showdown in a federal appeals court later this month
between those who say it is right for the government to speak of marriage only in heterosexual terms and those who say doing so
discriminates against same-sex unions.
African-American Christians waver
over vote. Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so
they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day.
The Editor says...
Really? Does same-sex marriage matter much to these "Christians", but
wholesale abortion does not? Do they really think the Mormon Church is
repugnant, but the TUCC is not? Did generations of 19th- and 20th-century
blacks fight for the right to vote so that their descendants could sit on the sidelines?
of Texas Vindicates Study That Casts Negative Light on "Gay" Parenting. A University of Texas at Austin professor whose
research on homosexual parenting was attacked by a "gay" activist has been vindicated by university officials. As reported in June
by The New American, the study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus demonstrated that children raised by
parents who at some point had a same-sex partner were more likely to be on welfare, experience depression, have less education, and
have a history of sexual abuse than children raised by heterosexual parents.
Here Comes Incest,
Just as Predicted. If all human beings should have the right to marry (or simply be with) the one they love,
as proponents of same-sex marriage constantly tell us, then why shouldn't adult, incestuous couples enjoy that same "right"?
Hollywood director Nick Cassavetes is the latest to say, "Why not?", and I for one am not in the least bit surprised.
Simply stated, with the public endorsement of same-sex relationships, the endorsement (or at least acceptance) of consensual,
adult, incestuous relationships is the next step.
Democrats poised to embrace gay marriage. Eight
years after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the push for legalizing same-sex marriage was "too much, too fast, too soon," the Democratic Party will make history Tuesday [9/4/2012]
when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform.
Supreme Court smacks down Secretary of State over marriage amendment, voter-ID ballot titles. In November,
Minnesota voters will choose whether to add a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one
woman — exactly as it is currently defined by statute now. The legislature passed the bill adding the
referendum in order to keep judges in the state from overriding the statute, as has been done in other states, and allowing
only the democratic avenues of constitutional amendments as a means to change the definition. The legislature provided
a specific title for the ballot measure, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman," and oddly expected
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to use that title. Instead, Ritchie changed the title to the deceptive "Limiting the
Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples." He did the same to the voter-ID constitutional referendum that will also
appear on the ballot.
Barack Hussein McGovern. Gay marriage is the
issue most likely to hurt Obama. After his announcement on May 9 that he had changed his mind on the issue, Gallup concluded that "his
new position is more of a net minus than a net plus for him."
Democrats continue to beat up Christians.
Inch by inch, the Democratic Party continues to ostracize Christians. Its latest attack consists of forcing any Christian who would like to support the
Democratic National Committee's (DNC) platform to betray his deeply held religious beliefs on the issue of marriage. [...] For the first time in history, the
DNC's platform committee voted on Aug. 12 to endorse same-sex "marriage." The language calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),
which, for federal purposes, defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The language is set to go for approval at the Democratic National
Convention in September.
platform group backs gay marriage. The national Democratic Party's platform committee endorsed gay marriage Saturday
[8/11/2012] for the first time and called for the repeal of a federal law that recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman.
Scorched-Earth Battle for Gay Marriage. The gay movement is not a random assortment of motley rebels. It is
highly organized, with major nerve centers in places like the Human Rights Coalition. The movement has its prominent
generals, such as Dan Savage and Wayne Besen. In other words, this is a movement equipped to pick its battles.
In 1999, history was made because Vermont's high court legalized same-sex civil unions. The battle plan then could have
been to focus on civil unions, forging a new model of romantic commitment in a nation where the old notion of "marriage" had
long suffered from stasis.
Court in Hawaii: No Constitutional Right to Redefine Marriage. There has been a well-publicized string of cases lately in
which federal courts have struck down marriage laws like the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
It remains to be seen whether a decision issued yesterday by a federal District Court in Hawaii will be treated as newsworthy. In
this case, the court comprehensively rejected the claim that the U.S. Constitution mandates same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii.
Miller: Media Should Ignore 'Astroturf' Black Pastors Opposing Obama on Gay Marriage. On the Saturday Washington Post "On
Faith" page, columnist and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller insisted it was not a news story that black ministers came to the
National Press Club and insisted Obama's support for gay marriage "might cost him the election." It's not a story, Miller insisted,
because Rev William Owens is "enough to make a cynic blush... He's a figurehead in what political operatives call an 'Astroturf'
campaign... and his threat is not a threat."
Black pastors: Obama does
not have the black vote 'in his pocket'. Rev. William Owens, head of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said that President
Obama's support for gay marriage may cost him the election due by weakening his support among black voters. "He has not done a smart thing
and it might cost him the election," Owens said during a press conference today [7/31/2012] at the National Press Club today. "There are
more people that want marriage to be right than there are homosexuals."
pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage. A group of conservative black pastors are responding
to President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black
Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President, though the group's leader is offering few specifics about the
effort. The Rev. Williams Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and the leader
of the campaign, has highlighted opposition to same-sex marriage among African-Americans. He calls this campaign "an effort
to save the family."
Gay marriage headed to DNC platform. Democrats are set to
include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history, party sources confirm to POLITICO. The language
was approved unanimously by a 15-member platform draft committee, and now heads for approval by the full platform committee in August.
Episcopal bishops OK trial gay
blessing prayer. Episcopal bishops approved an official prayer service for blessing same-sex couples Monday at a national
convention that also cleared the way for transgender ordination.
Presbyterian church rejects same-sex marriage.
Presbyterians debated for more than three hours Friday [7/6/2012] whether to change their definition of marriage. In the end, they preserved the
traditional meaning, upheld a ban on officiating gay weddings, and sustained related tensions that have roiled their denomination for years.
With a 52-percent majority, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shot down a bid at its Pittsburgh meeting to redefine marriage in
the church constitution as "a covenant between two people." As a result, marriage is still defined there as "a civil contract between a woman
and a man."
Coalition Can't Get Meeting With Obama. The rubber may be meeting the road in the relationship Barack Obama has with
African-Americans who are believing Christians. The Coalition of African American Pastors, fed up with Obama's anti-Biblical
stance on gay marriage, is demanding a meeting with Obama — and so far, they're getting nowhere.
Black pastors target Obama. A large
coalition of African-American pastors, snubbed by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in their demand for a meeting to
discuss same-sex marriage, are calling on blacks to boycott the president and sign a petition demanding that the administration withdraw
support for gay marriage. "By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path," said Rev.
William Owens, president of the 1,300-member Coalition of African-American Pastors. "Some things are bigger than the next
The Editor says...
I've got news for you, Reverend Owens. The next Democrat nominee for President won't be any better than Barack Obama.
You should consider switching to the Republican Party if you believe the Democrats are headed down an immoral path. And they
are. And you said so. So what are you waiting for?
California bill would let children have more than two
parents. State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. "The bill brings California
into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today," the San Francisco Democrat said. Surrogate births,
same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional households and relationships.
Eyes Multiple Parenting Law. California, the battleground state for the arguments for and against same-sex marriage, is now considering
an unconventional law that would allow children to be legally granted more than two parents.
Betty Crocker faces boycott for
endorsing gay marriage. The Washington-based National Organization for Marriage, created to fight gay marriage proposals, is betting
that Betty Crocker would be on their side. Because on Tuesday [6/26/2012], the activist group announced a boycott of General Mills, owners of the Betty
Crocker brand, which this month announced its opposition to a ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota, their headquarters.
Gay rights not civil rights: US Baptists.
A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a
civil rights issue.
New Data on Same-sex
Parenting Challenges Gay Orthodoxy. The Washington Times reported on Sunday [6/10/2012] that two new studies
indicate that children raised by gay parents might not benefit from the experience like kids raised by married mother-father parents.
"The empirical claim that no notable differences exist must go," University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus said in his study
in Social Science Research.
Gay marriage blocked in Washington
state. Washington state's law allowing gay marriage was blocked from taking effect on Wednesday [6/6/2012] as
opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November.
NAACP leader quits over same-sex marriage flap. A prominent leader in the Iowa/Nebraska branch of the
NAACP — the country's oldest civil rights group — announced today [6/6/2012] that he is resigning as branch
president and a national board member in the wake of the national organization's decision to endorse marriage between
people of the same gender. The Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. of the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines
issued a statement saying he was stepping down from the NAACP national board and as Iowa/Nebraska state conference president
"due to the NAACP's position and support of same-sex marriage.
Obama Proclaims June "Gay Pride Month". Every year he has been in office President Obama has made it a point to cozy
up to America's tiny homosexual activist minority by officially recognizing June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride
Month." This year, of course, was no exception. Having just come out officially in favor of legalizing same-sex "marriage,"
the President followed up on June 1 by issuing this year's proclamation setting aside the entire month to commemorate the valuable
contributions that gays, lesbians, transvestites, and an odds-and-ends assortment of sexually- and gender-confused individuals have
made to American society.
pastors group demands meeting with Obama over gay marriage. The Coalition of African American Pastors has demanded a
meeting with President Obama to try to change his mind on his personal embrace of same-sex marriage. The pastors fired off a
letter this week to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asking him to set up the meeting with the president, and painted
their quest as a civil rights cause. "I can promise you personally, as an organizer of the civil rights movement in Nashville,
I did not march one inch, one foot, one yard for same-sex marriage," said Rev. William "Bill" Owens Sr., founder of the coalition
and organizer of the letter.
Courts Rushing to Declare DOMA Unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in Boston ruled May 31 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as only between a man and a
woman for federal purposes, is unconstitutional because it denies the federal benefits of marriage to homosexual partners
in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
challenges Ill. gay marriage ban. Building on the momentum of President Barack Obama's recent support of gay
marriage, two major civil rights groups in his home state filed lawsuits Wednesday [5/30/2012] in hopes of legalizing same-sex
marriage in Illinois.
officials switch to Miss. GOP. A sheriff in central Mississippi said Wednesday [5/30/2012] he's switching from
Democrat to Republican because of President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage.
Threatened With Violence for Stand on Marriage. A Catholic parish in Acushnet, Massachusetts, has been targeted by homosexual
activists for a sign it posted taking a stand for traditional marriage. The sign, displayed on the outside message board at St. Francis
Xavier Church in Acushnet, read, "Two men are friends not spouses" -- a simple and direct confirmation that, in the eyes of the Church,
only a man and a woman can be married. According to the New England Cable Network (NECN), the sign, which the church displayed for
only a 24-hour period, prompted a major backlash from homosexual activists and their supporters.
Gay Marriage: The Hidden Agenda. It is the
iron law of "progressive" movements that having achieved their goals, they refuse to fade away. [...] The gay rights movement, too, has been
transforming itself before our very eyes. Once a movement fighting against persecution and discrimination, which is the reason why its
initial demands enjoyed wide public support, it has gone from one triumph to another and won the war. Today, the issue is moot.
But the gay movement has not declared victory and gone home. Central to achieving their goal is bending society to their will and
forcing it to acquiesce to their agenda. That's where same-sex marriage comes in.
Announces T-Shirt Campaign for Homosexual Marriage. Pro-family groups are taking major U.S. merchandiser Target Corporation to
task for its recently announced initiative to raise money for homosexual activism. Two years after getting into hot water with homosexual
groups for backing Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who supported a state amendment to define marriage as only between a
man and a woman, the Minnesota-based Target Corp. is now "inching into the gay-pride market," reported the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "offering
10 rainbow-themed T-shirts for sale online and promising to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Family Equality Council [FEC], a
group for gay and lesbian families."
tactics to lie, smear. Same-sex marriage has replaced abortion as the biggest hot potato on the list of social issues,
and the President of the United States has ensured that it will be front and center to divide America right down to Election Day.
Toward that end, hardcore liberals are in the process of smearing and destroying everyone who believes that traditional marriage is
leader: Obama's gay marriage support a 'slap in the face of black clergy'. Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor at
Hope Christian Church, is leading a coalition of 176 religious leaders against President Barack Obama's declared support
for gay marriage and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. "We want to know whether he is going to use the bully
pulpit of the presidential office to absolutely erase the image of biblical marriage from the face of the earth," said Jackson
at the Capitol on May 24.
gay marriage, Obama's critics and supporters alike think he may shift again. Despite his comments that he thinks the
matter should be left to the states, many gay rights advocates strongly believe that it must be dealt with nationally —
and that Obama is quietly on their side. Conservative critics of the president suspect the same, citing this as one way the
president might tack left if reelected.
It's easier to change the dictionary than the Bible.
to change dictionary's definition of marriage attracts over 65,000 signatures. Dictionaries apparently do have the
power to offend. More than 65,000 people have signed a Change.org petition challenging Dictionary.com to "correct" its
definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Dictionary.com currently defines marriage as "the social institution
under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies,
etc." and, alternatively, as "a similar institution involving partners of the same gender: gay marriage."
Black pastors condemn Obama's gay marriage support. A group of black
pastors gathered in Memphis on Thursday to denounce President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage and call on him to change his views.
Insists Black Ministers Amend Their Religion to Vote for Obama After They Prayed Over Bill Clinton. Via the Radio Equalizer blog:
On his radio show Tuesday [5/15/2012], MSNBC personality Rev. Al Sharpton mocked black ministers who have decided not to vote for Obama because
he's ready to legalize gay marriage in a second term.
Homosexuality is Not Normal.
Gay marriage is an oxymoron. Nothing about it fits or works or makes sense in any way. When we stop defining issues
Biblically and through common sense and began interpreting everything emotionally, the truth becomes irrelevant and insanity
reigns. However, rather than focusing on gay marriage specifically, consider the irrationality of homosexuality.
Homosexuals do not match physically. There is no point in elaborating with a description of male and female anatomy.
Besides, my writings are always G rated. Homosexuals, and especially men, are more susceptible to health problems,
infections and a shorter life span than heterosexuals. There is conclusive proof available in studies for those who will
search the internet and in libraries. People of the same sex do not fit one another physically. Have you ever noticed
among homosexual men, one tends to be more masculine and the other feminine and among lesbian couples, one tends toward masculinity
and the other is more feminine? This unintentional tendency to define two genders validates heterosexuality.
Obama's wicked marriage proposal.
It's one thing to be a hypocrite, which Mr. Obama has been for years. Since he began pretending to oppose the redefinition of marriage but
refusing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act while homosexualizing the military. It's quite another thing, however, to invoke
Christ when doing the devil's work. Forget the voters. Mr. Obama's going to have to answer to God for this one. [...] With this
wicked move, Mr. Obama is insisting that we bow down and worship the false idol of sexual anarchy. That's what his wealthy supporters
in Hollywood demand.
African-American Church Leaders
Condemn Obama For Gay Marriage Support. Just days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, pastors and priests
around Maryland took to their own pulpits with their reaction — and in some cases — condemnation of the president.
On Love, Homosexuality, and Sin. Biblical teaching on human
sexuality is clear: As a group of orthodox Anglican pastors put it some years ago, Heterosexual marriage is upheld in Scripture and Christian tradition to be the
only appropriate context for acts of physical sexual intimacy." This is the instruction of the Bible from its opening through its closing pages. Scripture
offers us no latitude on this subject. Its teaching is clear and definitive. [...] Informing much of this discussion is the insistence of activists that homosexual
conduct be recognized as normal and moral. Not just by society, but by the believing church.
Affirms That Homosexuality Is "Incompatible With Christian Teaching". Following some some intense debate and
emotional appeals from homosexual factions within its numbers, the United Methodist Church (UMC) affirmed May 2 that
homosexual activity is "incompatible with Christian teaching." The decision, which came at the UMC's General Conference
in Tampa, Florida, is certain to prompt backlash from the homosexual activist community, which for years has been pushing the
denomination to abamdon its scriptural position on sexuality and officially allow the oridnation of "gay" clergy and the
"marriages" of same-sex partners.
touting gay marriage stance, calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act. While his administration has put out statements
on the idea of repealing the 1996 federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it's unusual for Obama to call for its repeal.
He did so Monday [5/14/2012] as one of a list of policy goals for what he hopes will be a second term, along with passing the immigration
legislation known as the Dream Act, reforming Wall Street and investing in schools.
Hilary Rosen: Straight People Ruining Marriage.
Heterosexuality isn't the problem with marriage. People who get involved with the wrong people, make bad decisions, and act badly toward one another
are the problem. Second, the implication here is that we need men to marry men and women to marry women to "fix" marriage. This, again,
is idiocy. You don't fix a car by dumping a garbage disposal mechanism into the engine. You fix it by using replacement parts.
Institutions aren't "fixed" by changing the definitions of the institutions. They're fixed by people making better decisions.
The Antietam of the culture war. Only six states have approved
homosexual marriage, while 30 have imposed a constitutional ban. In North Carolina, a ban not only on same-sex marriage but also
civil unions, though opposed by Obama and Bill Clinton, carried on Tuesday with 61 percent of the vote. Republican turnout in
North Carolina's primary was up half a million, the highest in history. And this is a state Obama carried in 2008, a state whose
largest city, Charlotte, will host Obama's convention.
Free Our Kids From Arne Duncan. President
Obama now commands center stage following his formal announcement that, yes, he supports same sex marriage. But for perspective on how we got to
this point, we should shift our sights to three days before the president's announcement. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared on MSNBC
where he responded "yes, I do" when asked if he supports same sex marriage. Duncan at best raised a few eyebrows by stating his support for same
sex marriage. If he had said that homosexuality is immoral there would have been demands for his ouster.
bile being spat at the people of North Carolina. Apparently if you oppose gay marriage you are a dumb, ill-informed, brainwashed,
knuckle-dragging hick and bigot. At least that's the message coming out of liberal circles in America this week, as supporters of gay marriage
look with disgust upon the people of North Carolina for voting in favour of Amendment 1.
Gay Marriage is Obama's Poison Pill. Gay marriage is a deal-breaker for a
vast swath of American voters that includes Catholics as well as the black and Hispanic communities. Urbanites and suburbanites may say that they are
okay with gay marriage, but what they tell pollsters and what they say privately among friends and family is far different. Americans may want to be
tolerant, but their distaste for the gay lifestyle and incessant demands for acceptance is deeply offensive to most people.
Obama's homosexual America. President
Obama has made it official: He now supports same-sex marriage. It is his latest onslaught on traditional America.
[...] He has crossed a cultural watershed, paving the way for the eventual triumph of the homosexual agenda. Rather
than being a victory for "civil rights" or "marital equality," Mr. Obama's decision puts America on the path to moral
disintegration. We are one step closer to becoming like secular, post-Christian Europe.
To Bigotry No Sanction. Now that President Obama has
"evolved" on the matter of same-sex marriage to the position favored by "enlightened" Americans, this would seem to be a good time for some rhetorical hygiene.
There are modest and civil proponents of same-sex marriage. But the tone of many advocates has been shrill to the point of frothing. The Southern
Poverty Law Center, for example, put the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council on its 2010 list of "hate groups" because of their
opposition to gay marriage.
Armed Services vote bans gay marriage on military bases. On the same day that President Obama threw the weight of the White House in support
of gay marriage, defense lawmakers in the House banned the practice from taking place on U.S. military bases.
Obama's politics of distraction. While Europe is
inching ever closer to plunging into a financial abyss, there are moments of comic relief provided by the current President of the United States. He has
not only become the butt of innumerable jokes but his re-election campaign tactics are the stuff of low-brow comedy. A case in point, his recent "evolution"
into supporting gay marriage. [...] Virtually every time the issue has been brought up to a popular vote the gay marriage propositions have been defeated —
in 32 states.
President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage. Vice President Biden torpedoed the White House plan to
endorse gay marriage before the Democratic convention.
Another Gutsy Call! This now puts Barack
Obama in the same reviled category as the Hollywood elite, the New York Times editorial page, the American professoriat, his Wall
Street fundraising bundlers, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, readers of the Nation, the cast and crew
of The Daily Show, and the majority of residents on New York's Upper West Side. And lest we forget: He now risks the
wrath of zealots, extremists, partisans, and ideologues.
Obama Was For
Same-Sex Marriage Before He Was Against It. Today the President announced that he has evolved on the issue of gay marriage
and that, contrary to what he said in 2004 and 2008, he now supports it. But there's reason to question whether Obama was ever really
against gay marriage or whether he simply took the path of least resistance to get elected to the Senate and then the White House.
W.H.: Joe Biden forced Obama's hand on gay marriage. For
President Barack Obama and his team, the decision to back gay marriage came down to a choice between two unpalatable alternatives:
Support it and brave the backlash in battleground states where the issue could be a liability — or keep silent and be accused by
allies of gutlessness and putting politics over principle. Administration officials said the president planned to announce his support
before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September. But they acknowledge that Vice President Joe Biden
did, indeed, force their hand.
Obama's same-sex evolution.
Adopting an evolving position is a classic political dodge, allowing Mr. Obama to claim to be sympathetic to the concerns of homosexual
activists while not offending traditionalists. His stance is calculated to grab centrists whose votes he needs in November.
It gives him wiggle room with leftists who are curious why he won't be more explicit. But when Mr. Obama says he is evolving, he
does so with a wink. His liberal supporters know where he really stands.
VP Biden Says He's
"Absolutely Comfortable" With Same-sex Marriage. President Obama has sent his second in command on ahead with a message for voters in the upcoming
presidential election: legalizing same-sex marriage will be a major rung of the Administration's re-election ladder. During an appearance on NBC's
Meet the Press May 6, Vice President Joe Biden said that he would be just fine with fully legalizing homosexual relationships.
Whoops: Joe Biden Seems To Endorse Gay Marriage.
Joe Biden seemed to shift in the Obama administration's position on gay marriage this morning [5/6/2012] on NBC's "Meet the Press." But then the Obama
administration backtracked, saying the Vice President Biden was simply reinforcing President Obama's position and past statements on the issue.
Barney Frank plans to marry longtime partner before retiring from office. Rep. Barney
Frank (D-Mass.) plans to marry his longtime partner in July, which will make him the first member of
Congress in a same-sex marriage. "I think it's important that my colleagues interact with a married
gay man," Frank said in an interview with New York magazine published online Sunday [4/15/2012].
Obama, his 'evolving' stance on gay marriage, and the 2012 campaign. Interviews with gay rights advocates and
people close to Obama's campaign suggest it is no longer a matter of if, but when the President publicly voices his support.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on gay adoption: Kids 'aren't puppies'. Huckabee, a GOP presidential contender in 2008 who
may run in 2012, said that he backed an Arkansas law barring same-sex couples from adopting or being foster parents.
Why bother to vote? The federal judges will decide what's best.
Federal Judge Finds
'Defense of Marriage Act' Unconstitutional. A federal judge in San Francisco says the U.S. government cannot
deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition
of same-sex unions.
Texas judge, Tonya Parker, won't perform marriages for straight couples. An openly gay Texas judge says she
refuses to conduct marriage ceremonies for straight couples until same-sex couples can also wed. Dallas County Judge
Tonya Parker explained her decision Tuesday [2/21/2012] at a monthly meeting for the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas.
The Editor says...
So if the roles are reversed, and a normal judge won't perform a same-sex wedding, nobody should have any objections.
The Reversal of Proposition 8:
A Dangerous Precedent. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has acted to reverse the democratic
decision of the people of California to confine marriage to its traditional parameters of a man and a woman.
In making this decision, the court decided that it could overturn the will of the people of California on the
basis of what is known in legal circles as "the rational basis standard." When evaluating the violation of
fundamental rights, the court has often used a standard of "strict scrutiny" in cases involving racial or religious
discrimination. By that standard, the petitioner frequently wins. In cases of gender discrimination,
the court has relied on a kind of intermediate scrutiny.
The Ninth Circuit
Upholds A Constitutional "Right" To Gay Marriage. Everything that is wrong with our of control court
system is on display today in the Ninth Circuit Court's decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, upholding a lower
court ruling that the will of over 7 million Californians who voted for Prop. 8 doesn't matter.
Morality based on ancient Christian moral precepts doesn't matter. Gay marriage is a "constitutional right" in
9th Circuit delusion.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit just ruled that Proposition 8, California's constitutional
marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. This decision
is one of the most radical to come out of a circuit known for fringe rulings. It's little wonder that this
circuit is the nation's most overturned.
Calif. gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. A federal appeals court on Tuesday [2/7/2012] declared
California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law
on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.
8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules. A federal appeals court Tuesday [2/7/2012]
struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay
marriage as early as next year. The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found
that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the
U.S. Constitution. The architects of Prop. 8 have vowed to appeal. The ruling was narrow and
likely to be limited to California.
Is Barack Obama
a Red Letter Christian? Many evangelicals seem taken with Barack Obama. Tired of the Religious
Right and seeking a new tone in Washington, they see in this untested, enigmatic senator a chance for real change.
And indeed he is congenial and a breath of fresh air when compared with the grasping Clinton dynasty. Many
Bible-believers seem ready to look the other way with Obama, despite his extremely liberal voting record (including
unfettered backing of abortion), because he appears to be a genuine person they can work with. I wonder how
his latest, religiously based comments might change this. The other day Obama reiterated his support for
civil unions for homosexuals.
Christian Opposition to Same Sex Unions is Wrong. A New Jersey Judge has ruled that a Christian
organization engaged in wrongdoing and violated the state's discrimination laws when it prevented a gay couple
from holding a civil union ceremony on its property. Administrative Law Judge Solomon Metzger made the ruling
Thursday [1/12/2012] in a case involving the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. In 2007 the group stopped
a lesbian couple from using its boardwalk pavilion.
Receives Obama Congratulations on Wedding. Matt Katz and Aaron Lafrenz of Brooklyn, N.Y., were surprised to
receive a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating them on their marriage.
agencies can ban gay adoptions. Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies in Virginia will
not be required to provide services to gay individuals, a state panel ruled Wednesday [12/14/2011] after nearly a year of
heated debate that attracted national interest from advocates on both sides of the issue.
high court OKs appeal effort in support of Prop. 8. The California Supreme Court today [11/17/2011]
said that the supporters of a ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state are legally entitled
to defend the measure in court, even if the governor and attorney general won't, the Associated Press reports.
The effect of the ruling is that the backers of Proposition 8 can now take the case to federal court and
potentially to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Baker Faces Boycott For Refusing to Make Lesbian Cake. Pro-gay activists have launched a boycott
of an Iowa baker who declined to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple based on her religious beliefs.
Victoria Childress, the owner of Victoria's Cake Cottage in Des Moines, has been accused of being anti-gay,
homophobic, and a bigot after she refused to make a cake for Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers.
bill encourages LGBT adoption. For the first time in Senate history, a bill has been introduced to
encourage agencies not to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to adopt.
Chaplains Refuse to Marry Gay Couples on Military Bases. An organization representing more than
2,000 of the nation's 5,000 military chaplains announced Wednesday [10/26/2011] they would join forces with Catholic Archbishop
Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service, saying they will not perform same-sex ceremonies.
DOMA Repeal. They may not have the votes for passage, but Senate Democrats say they aren't giving
up on their push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. "No, I don't believe it does at this stage," Sen.
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said when asked whether her legislation to repeal the 1996 law that defines marriage
as between one man and one woman has 60 votes in the Senate. But she insisted that next month's
Judiciary Committee markup of the bill is important to build momentum for repeal and said it is likely to be
approved by the committee.
military chaplains may perform same-sex unions. The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains
may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.
Weddings Won't Be Allowed at West Point's Catholic Chapel. "The answer is 'no,'" said Taylor
Henry, director of public affairs and media relations for the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services,
USA, and spokesman for Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who certifies all Catholic chaplains for the armed services.
"Holy Trinity is an actual Catholic parish, unlike the non-denominational chapels that are found on other
military installations, and the only services held there are Catholic services.
This is what's called sitting on the fence.
Supports 'Partnership Agreements' for Gay Couples. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a
New Hampshire gathering that he would support "partnership agreements" for homosexual couples that would extend
certain legal rights to them, but affirmed that he opposed same-sex "marriage."
Bureau Admits It 'Artifcially Inflated the Number of Same-Sex Couples' — by 40%. The
Census Bureau admitted yesterday [9/27/2011] that it had "artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples"
in the United States, initially reporting a number that was about 40 percent higher than what it now
believes is accurate.
Talk About Marriage: The New Anti-Defamation Project. Maggie Gallagher is heading up a new effort
to protect and defend those whose livelihoods are threatened by their speaking up in defense of traditional
marriage: the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.
Man Who Married the Goat. Marriage, we all know, is between human beings, not between a human
being and an animal or reptile (or wall!). But is marriage simply the union of two human beings or is it
specifically the union of a man and a woman? If the latter, then the union of two men or two women is no
more a "marriage" then is the union of a man and an animal, reptile, wall, or whatever, regardless of how much
the two human parties love each other.
House passes bill on definition of marriage. A North Carolina bill to allow voters a
chance to define marriage in their state constitution goes to the state Senate on Tuesday [9/13/2011],
after passing the state House. The 75-42 vote followed a lengthy debate, dominated by opponents
of the amendment. If it passes, it will go on the May 2012 ballot. North Carolina is the only
Southeastern state without voter-approved language in the state constitution that defines marriage as the
union of one man and one woman.
backs bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act. The Obama administration announced Tuesday
[7/19/2011] that it will support a congressional effort to repeal a federal law that defines marriage
as a legal union between a man and woman. White House spokesman Jay Carney denounced the 1996 Defense
of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying the administration will back a bill introduced this year by Sen. Dianne
Feinstein (D-Calif.) to remove the law from the books.
Democrats urge DOMA
repeal. Senate and House Democrats urged their colleagues at a Wednesday hearing to support a
bill that would repeal the federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, so federal benefits
and rights can flow to gay couples who are legally married under a state law. "I believe it is important
that we encourage and sanction committed relationships," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J.
Leahy, Vermont Democrat, who called the hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 1996
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
NY Archbishop's Warning.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York warned in a posting on his blog on Thursday [7/7/2011]
that the next step that politicians will take after legalizing same-sex marriage — which New York
did last month through a statute enacted by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo —
may be an effort to redefine marriage to justify "multiple partners" and adultery.
on the rule of law. Even the liberal San Francisco Chronicle marveled at the Obamanistas' audacity:
"The latest San Francisco court filing on same-sex marriage reads like a gay rights manifesto: It rejects
tradition, morals and procreation as justifications for marriage restrictions and concludes that a federal ban on
spousal benefits was unconstitutionally based on 'animus' — dislike, rooted in prejudice —
toward gays and lesbians. The brief comes not from Lambda Legal or the American Civil Liberties Union but
the Obama administration's Justice Department." Does anyone really believe that marriage as created by
God is protected in the law solely to marginalize homosexuals?
equate video violence with free speech. This week, we've seen the Republican-controlled New
York State Senate grant legal recognition to pretend "marriage." A Wall Street Journal photo makes
that case: Two women, one dressed as a groom, celebrate. Because marriage at its core is the
union of male and female, a groomless or brideless wedding is an absurd counterfeit. In a free
country, you can pretend to be all sorts of things, but you should not be allowed to use the power of the
law to force your delusions on others.
cancer, and fig leaves. At 5:30 this morning [6/25/2011] the Associated Press reported,
"Champagne corks popped, rainbow flags flapped and crowds embraced and danced in the streets of Manhattan's
Greenwich Village." The article quoted nine people, all ecstatic about the new gay right. ... But what
about the AP's "Statement of Ethical Principles"? The first sentence under the heading "Integrity"
states, "The newspaper should strive for impartial treatment of issues and dispassionate handling of
Persecuting Churches? When the New York legislature passed a law last Friday legalizing same-sex
marriage, all of New York's Roman Catholic bishops signed a statement warning that they now expect efforts to
enact laws attacking churches that defend the truth. ... Efforts to sanction churches for defending the truth
will not be starting now, they have already started. America's liberal establishment has already shown
how it can flout the Constitution and use government to force churches to act against their own moral teachings.
Not Involved in Politics, Don't Complain. The Governor of New York State made it the sixth
state to allow same sex marriages in spite of the opposition of church leaders and religious groups who
see this legislation as an attack of their core moral principles. Frankly I am surprised that this
legislation didn't pass earlier because New York is one of the more liberal states due to the apathy of the
silent majority of its residents. The mainstream media (MSM)is trying to demonize the current social
conservatives vying for the GOP presidential race but the truth is that those on the left have found a way
to engineer social change through the courts and legislation bypassing the will of the people. In
almost every case these changes are enacted by the Democrats in power and that is because special interest
money is always funding their campaigns.
still believe in one man, one woman. For years, the mainstream media has done their level
best to make the redefinition of marriage seem inevitable. As if in concert, local, regional, and
national outlets have published the results of poll after poll under headlines like "Majority of Americans
Now Supports Same-Sex 'Marriage,'" all in an attempt to silence opposition and create an atmosphere wherein
they can finally see the fabrication of same-sex "marriage" achieved.
Obama: The Lester Maddox of
Gay Marriage. Although he has grown Washington more than any president in a generation,
Barack Obama is talking like a Jeffersonian states rights champion — in the one night, in the
one state, on the one issue that would promote his top-down rejection of traditional morality.
Obama says gay couples deserve
same rights as all. Treading carefully, President Barack Obama praised New York state lawmakers
who were debating landmark legislation Thursday to legalize gay marriage, saying that's what democracy's
NY Gov. Cuomo signs gay marriage law.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that was narrowly passed by
state lawmakers Friday [6/24/2011], handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay
rights movement was born.
Why the Same-Sex Marriage
Experiment Will Not Work. Supporters are waging a clever, celebrity-driven and well-funded
campaign, suggesting that all they want is "marriage equality." In fact, what they want to do is
redefine this multi-millennial institution. I am, naturally, personally opposed to the
legalization of same-sex marriage for the simple but profound reason that it violates and contradicts the
sacred text of the Bible, which I believe to be true and inspired. But on what basis should I expect
people who don't believe as I do to likewise oppose same-sex marriage? On the basis of logic, reason,
common sense and the fact that preservation of traditional marriage is in the best interest of the common
good, as evidenced by any number of factors, including reams of social science data and thousands of years
left decides who gets lawyers. The left has predictably gone batty over the resignation of
former solicitor general Paul Clement from the law firm of King and Spalding after the white-shoe firm
backed out of its representation of the House of Representatives on the Defense of Marriage Act case.
Greg Sargent interviewed a gay rights activist and got a remarkable admission: The left favors
politically bullying to deter lawyers from representing clients it doesn't like.
Yes; DOMA, No. Like the DOJ, the Atlanta-based white-shoe law firm asks 'How high' when
left-wing agitators tell it to jump. In this instance, the agitators were gay-rights activists.
They were in a snit because K&S — in particular, K&S partner Paul Clement, the former Bush-administration
solicitor general — agreed to represent the American people in litigation involving challenges to
the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
from Left causes law firm to abdicate responsibility. Legal insiders knew there would be controversy
when Paul Clement, the former solicitor general, signed on to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against
constitutional challenge. But few could have predicted a controversy so intense that Clement's law
firm, under fire from gay activists, would abruptly abandon the defense, forcing Clement to resign in
protest. And yet that is what happened on Monday [4/25/2011].
murderers but not DOMA? It struck me as the news broke yesterday [4/25/2011] about Paul
Clement of the law firm of King and Spalding withdrawing from assisting the House of Representatives
in its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act that lawyers will line up to defend a mass murderer but
give into political correctness on the issue of marriage.
Topics We Can't Have Adult Conversations About in America. [#5] Gay Marriage: Our
republic has survived for 200+ years without gay marriage. Up until the last couple of decades,
even gay activists weren't seriously trying to redefine marriage. So now, suddenly, anyone who opposes it
is a homophobe? How about we discuss the fact that being pro-gay marriage is incompatible with being a
Christian? Isn't forcing Christian churches to have gay marriages a violation of their First Amendment
rights? ... Should we be doing something that helps mainstream an extremely unhealthy lifestyle?
"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the
first duty of intelligent men."