Same-Sex Marriage

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.

Spin-off page:  Civil disobedience related to same-sex marriage laws.

The Rainbow Jihad.  A Kentucky county clerk thrown in jail.  A New York state family fined thousands of dollars.  An Oregon baker fined hundreds of thousands of dollars.  A decorated Iowa newspaper editor loses his job.  A Washington State florist facing the loss of her home and life savings.  Soldiers court-martialed.  These are but a few of the casualties of the Rainbow Jihad in America, and there will be more.  Because the endgame is not "tolerance" or "diversity" but "you will be made to care."

The tyranny of a very small but very powerful minority.  Some people actually believe that the majority rule.  Nope.  Not in America.  Not anymore.  The Census shows that at present, the United States is 77.7% white and that figure includes white Hispanics.  Without them, it's approximately 62%.  All Hispanics number 17% and blacks around 13%.  Although many Americans polled believe that the gay community is around 20%, the actual number is 1.6% and yet the LGBT community wields enormous influence over our culture and has succeeded in tearing down traditional mores of the nation and the world.  Why?  The answer is that this demographic is extremely wealthy and has influence over many spheres in government, entertainment, the media and industry.

The Big Gay Lie.  The simple reality is that the gay lifestyle consists of sex with many strangers and few if any long term, let alone monogamous, relationships.  Less than 1% of gays report, to gay friendly researchers, to having sex with fewer than 5 partners.  On the other hand, 43% report having more than 500 sexual partners including 28% who have had more than 1000 sexual partners.  To put this in context, only 25% of heterosexual men have sex with more than 10 women in their lifetimes; women average 4.7 partners over their lives.  Gay relationships rarely last more than 2 years.  A study of gay "marriages" in Holland found that they last, on average, 1.5 years and that they are not monogamous.  Another study showed that not a single gay couple was monogamous for more than five years.  Straight marriages are far longer lasting and much more likely to be monogamous.

Coming Next? Men as Mothers.  There has long been a subversive "anything goes" streak in bioethics. [...] Biologically male mothers would be unethical and immoral from every angle one looks at the issue; whether the potential fatal harm to the man, treating new life as a mere experiment, and the obliteration of the concept of societal norms.

Christian Daycare Workers Fired Because They Didn't Call A Little Girl A Boy.  The trans movement is all about inconveniencing and making everyone else uncomfortable for the sake of .0004 percent of the population.  In the latest madness trans story, Christian daycare workers actually were fired because they called a child a 'girl' instead of a 'boy.'

Christian Daycare Workers Fired for Refusing to Call a Little Girl a Boy.  Two daycare workers have been fired for refusing to go along with the center's transgender agenda.  Madeline Kirksey, one of the workers who is an author of a Christian book, says her religious liberty rights have been violated.  The two were fired after refusing to call a little girl a boy.

Christian Daycare Workers Fighting Back After Being Fired For Refusing to Call a Girl a Boy.  Two Christian daycare workers fired for refusing to call a six-year-old girl a boy are fighting back.  They have hired legal counsel and are going to sue.  One of the workers was fired from a Houston area school the day the Houston "bathroom ordinance" was soundly defeated by voters.  The other worker was fired the Thursday before.

Why Not Three? The Question Gay Activists Cannot Answer.  If marriage is not the union of one and one woman, why limit it two people?  Why, for that matter, require two people?  Why can't you marry yourself? [...] This current, real-life development further underscores how gay activists are making marriage meaningless.

Couple seeks right to marry. The hitch? They're legally father and son.  The legalization of same-sex marriage has given way to a new problem for a Pennsylvania couple, who technically are father and son.  Before states across the country began striking down bans on same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court ultimately decided the issue nationwide, some gay couples used adoption laws as a way to gain legal recognition as a family, and the related benefits such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights.

Clinton cannot tell the truth.  "There was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America," Clinton said, referring to the possible passage of a federal marriage amendment.  DOMA, she argued, was "a defensive action," and "a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further."  There's just one problem with this explanation:  It's a lie.  Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner studied thousands of pages of records from the Clinton White House and found no mention whatsoever of Clinton supporting DOMA on any such grounds.

We warned you it would happen: Look who is demanding "equal rights" now.  Rational adults can respectfully disagree about same sex marriage, just like rational adults can agree that pedophilia is evil.  Actually, you would think that rational adults can agree with that, yet here we are.

Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S..  The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years.  Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope.  A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug.

Oregon bakery owners refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case.  The owners of an Oregon bakery are refusing to pay $135,000 in state-ordered damages to a same-sex couple who were denied service.  Melissa and Aaron Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, cited religious beliefs when they refused to bake a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer more than two years ago.

Alabama Supreme Court: We Don't Have To Recognize Lesbian Adoption.  Alabama's Supreme Court refused to recognize a lesbian woman's adoption Friday [9/18/2015], drawing criticism from gay rights activists and raising questions about the future of same-sex adoptions.  The case centered around a lesbian couple who shared custody of three children but later split up.  One of them gave birth to the children with the help of a sperm donor, and her partner later adopted the children while living in Georgia, so they could both be the official, legal parents.  The biological mother, who now lives in Alabama, tried to keep the children from the adoptive mother after the couple parted ways, sparking the legal battle.  The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Alabama did not have to recognize the adoption made in Georgia, stripping the adoptive mother of her rights to the children.

DNC Email on LGBT/Same-Sex Marriage: 'Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations'.  Defenders of traditional marriage have long warned about the slippery slope to bigamy and polygamy on which same-sex marriage places the country, but to hear Star Trek star George Takei and the Democratic party tell it, there may be more to come.

Tide Commercial Mocks Christians Who Support 'Sanctity of Marriage'.  Sincerely-held religious beliefs are now the butt of a joke for one major brand.  Tide laundry detergent recently released a commercial poking fun at Christians who still hold to that "old-fashioned" belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman.  You know, those "silly" families who have lost their businesses, fought long legal battles or resigned from their jobs for refusing to endorse a same-sex wedding.  The commercial starts off showing two men in tuxedos, holding hands and walking up to a church.  They are greeted by a Kim Davis-esque churchgoer who stops talking to a minister to turn and give the men a glare.

Stop Saying Same-Sex Marriage is the 'Law of the Land'.  Ever notice that radical leftists never say, "It's the law of the land" when speaking of a national law they fundamentally disagree with?  Barack Obama and the Defense of Marriage Act is a glaring example.  DOMA was the law of the land, but Mr. Obama's Justice Department refused to enforce the law, and the Department was the only agency responsible for its enforcement.  Curiously, the establishment press didn't draw attention to Obama's blatant dereliction of duty over DOMA. [...] This piece could be filled with examples of President Obama's refusal to uphold the laws of the land (and even to obey direct federal court orders to his administration), but space doesn't permit.

Tennessee judge dismisses divorce case, cites Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling.  A judge in Tennessee has dismissed a divorce case, saying the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage has negated his state's ability to define divorce.  Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Altherton wrote in his decision that he cannot grant Thomas and Pamela Bumgardner's divorce because Obergefell v. Hodges redefines the rules for marriage, and thus the rules for divorce.

Nine Signs of the Impending American Collapse.  Gender has come increasingly to be regarded not as a biological fact but as a social construct, and ultimately as an expression of one's "inner feelings" (as if there were any other kind) and affect-laden sense of sexual or personal identity.  A man is a woman is a trans is a tiger is a wolf — in other words, an idiosyncratic caricature of a normal human being. [...] Such aberrations follow from and go hand in hand with a longstanding, aggressive and doctrinaire feminism that has infected every important social and professional institution, leading to the legal and societal deprivileging and even the feminization of men, who must not only endure institutional inequities but must continually apologize for their existence — another recipe for social and cultural catastrophe.

The Humanist Hoax of 'Gender'.  American society was profoundly reconstituted in the middle of the 20th century.  Humanism replaced Judeo-Christian beliefs as the philosophical foundation of political, social, and cultural life.  Humanism decrees that life at its best is a journey of identity-seeking and self-actualization.  In light of the dogma of self-definition and entitlement, sexuality was decoupled from natural law and sexual behavior from moral law.  The priests of humanism control the gullible by preaching against the self-evident truth of dualistic creation.  Like so many prelates before them, they understand that their power lies in making simple things complicated and obscure.  So the truth of there being but two genders was discarded, and an ever increasing list of categories has come down from on high.  Interestingly, when the priests of humanism wanted to desacralize man-woman marriage, they briefly recognized only opposite or same-sex marriage.  Same-gender marriage was not mentioned, because the idea of same-gender marriage is absurd.

Ellen Page Ignores Christians Fired, Fined, and Banned for Not Obeying Homosexual Dogma.  Headlines pretend Ellen Page is speaking for the oppressed when she is actually the oppressor. [...] I've never heard Ted Cruz calling for LGBT people to lose their First Amendment rights due to their sexual practices, so what is she talking about?

The ridiculousness of 'Parent 1' and 'Parent 2'.  It is political correctness run amok.  That the courts would hold up the preference of the two-percent gay community in place of the zeitgeist of the majority-heterosexual society is an assault on democracy.  It is a linguistic trick to distort the gestalt of the majority.  It is political correctness leading to language perversion.  Communal, communist societies try to destroy the family structure.  Family values are against big bureaucracy and the left coddles big government.  Leftists are afraid of mothers and fathers.  They want robotic parents.  They want "Parent 1" and "Parent 2."

How Does Gay 'Marriage' Hurt Us? Here's How.  Christians are often asked by gay activists why they oppose same-sex "marriage."  "How does our marriage hurt you?" they ask.  Well, I can think of one significant way it will hurt us:  It will destroy religious freedom and free speech rights.  The handwriting is on the wall in Canada, which legalized same-sex "marriage" in 2005, in effect completely changing its true meaning.  Since then, as Michael Coren notes in National Review Online, "there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings ... against critics and opponents of same-sex marriage."  Of course he means legal proceedings. [...] Those with religious objections to conducting such ceremonies now face the loss of their jobs.

Colorado Baker Case Latest Defeat for Religious Liberty.  The Colorado Court of Appeals has handed the concept of religious liberty for individuals yet another defeat, with its August 13 ruling against suburban Denver baker Jack Phillips.  The appellate court upheld a lower court ruling that the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop had illegally discriminated against two homosexual men by refusing to bake a cake to celebrate their "marriage."  The two men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, had filed a complaint with the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), citing Colorado's anti-discrimination law.  Phillips told them that to accede to their wishes would violate his religious beliefs.  When the two men ordered the cake in 2012, Colorado did not recognize same-sex marriage; however, the court held that the refusal by Phillips to bake the cake ran afoul of the state's law which prohibits discrimination based upon "sexual orientation."

Hey Christians, Say Goodbye To Religious Freedom.  The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Jack Phillips, declined to participate in Charlie Craig and David Mullins' celebration, because such an event conflicted with his Christian faith.  Here are a few things Phillips didn't do:  He didn't query consumers about their sexual preferences.  He didn't bar same-sex couples from purchasing a cake at a place of public accommodation.  He didn't ask consumers traveling in same-sex pairs to leave his shop.  He didn't hang a 'No Gays Allowed' sign in his window.  What he could never have known when he first opened his shop was that celebrating gay marriages would be a precondition for making a living.

Christian Baker Vows to Defy Court, LGBT Activists.  A family bakery owned by a Christian cannot refuse to make wedding cakes for homosexual couples, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday [8/13/2015].  The court affirmed the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's order that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when he refused to make a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins.

Christian baker who refused to make a gay wedding cake cannot use his religious beliefs as a defense, court rules.  A Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage ceremony cannot use his religious beliefs as a defense, a court has ruled.  Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop near Denver, Colorado, was accused of discrimination after refusing to bake a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012.  Philips said forcing him to make cakes for gay marriage ceremonies violated his right to freedom of speech and his religious freedoms, but today the Colorado Court of Appeals rejected his argument.

Board: Judges Can't Use Freedom of Religion to Avoid Performing Same-Sex Marriages.  The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct released a nonbinding, advisory ruling Monday [8/10/2015] that denies judges the right to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to marry same-sex couples.  Citing the judicial oath of office to "support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Ohio," the opinion states, "A judge who is willing to perform marriages of only opposite-sex couples because of his or her personal, moral, or religious beliefs may be viewed as possessing a bias or prejudice against a specific class or group of people based on sexual orientation."

Ohio Judges Can't Choose Not to Marry Couples.  This is the ruling of an advisory board, and so it's still unclear to what extent it will be enforced.  In 2012, an appeals court rejected a claim that federal judge Vaughn Walker was biased even though he refused to disclose he was gay and in a long-term relationship with a man before overturning California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.  The 9th Circuit Court of appeals held that just because he potentially had a personal stake in the outcome of the law, it was absurd to think he couldn't independently and fairly perform his judicial functions, and "to hold otherwise would demonstrate a lack of respect for the integrity of our federal courts."

Craig James Sues Fox Sports for Religious Discrimination over Gay Marriage Firing.  College football analyst Craig James filed suit against Fox Sports in a Dallas court this morning [8/3/2015] contending religious discrimination for his 2013 termination over his stance on gay marriage.  "Fox Sports fired James for one reason only:  his religious beliefs about marriage," the 35-page suit charges.  "In so doing, Fox Sports violated the law.  Specifically, Fox Sports violated the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act ('TCHRA') and Texas contract law along with a myriad of equitable principles."

The Cold Civil War.  In the same-sex marriage battle, the left's heroes have consistently been portrayed as committed gay couples whose only desire is to be accorded the same legal status and recognition for their families that straights have enjoyed for centuries but are denied homosexuals.  Although characterized as victims of a religio-conservative conspiracy to oppress, these gay superheroes with super powers that allow them to be just like heterosexual couples, have managed to outwit and out-organize marriage advocates at every turn with a well-thought out, brilliantly-executed game plan that culminated in the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell.

In the Wake of Obergefell, Three New Polls Show Reduced Support for Same-Sex Marriage.  Within the past couple weeks, three separate national polls have been conducted on the issue of same-sex marriage.  Interestingly, each of these three polls shows a decline in support for it.  Both Ipsos/Reuters and Gallup conducted polls in early July — just days after the Supreme Court handed its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.  Both polls found a slight decline in the percentage of Americans who support same-sex marriage as compared to previous polls that each firm conducted earlier this spring.

The Gay Mafia Wants to Stop You From Doing This.  There is an organized movement within the gay rights community that is sometimess referred to as the "gay mafia."  They want to harass those who disagree with their agenda and silence any dissent from their agenda.  They have worked overtime in the past twenty-four hours because an AP poll shows that the number of Americans who now support gay marriage has declined since the Supreme Court's ruling and a majority believe Christian businesses should not be compelled to provide goods and services to gay weddings.  They cannot have that.  They also cannot have books and data that dispute their claims.  One such book is by my friend Ryan Anderson.

Two Critical Factors Necessitate a Rehearing of the Gay Marriage Decision.  On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the Obergefell case, purporting to overturn all state constitutional amendments and laws in your four states defining marriage as a covenant union between two people of the opposite sex.  Since then, numerous efforts have been made, urging each state to file a Petition for Rehearing of that decision, as permitted in the Rules of the Supreme Court before the deadline of Tuesday, July 21, 2015.  Apparently, to date, every such effort has been rebuffed.  In response, several of your offices have stated that such a Petition would be:  (i) unlikely to succeed; (ii) a waste of time:  and (iii) a waste of money.

Every Day, A New Way to Hate.  Unusually slow on the uptick, the neo-puritan elect have yet to coin a term for those who "hate" or "fear" the "transitioning" among us.  "Trannyphobia" might have worked, but the playful term "tranny," which was acceptable until about a week ago, has joined the n-word and the f-word among the unutterable.  Transgender activists will decide on a label soon enough.  The Islamists did.  In one of the more curious twists in recent progressive history, a media savvy cell in America chose to mimic gay activists who had been successfully using the "phobia" trope to defame opponents of their political agenda.  The Islamists saw the same potential in the concept of "Islamophobia."  With the media's help, they could and did tie their struggle to those of other marginalized groups and, in the words of one former activist, "beat up their critics."

Sweet Cakes by Melissa breaks record on crowdfunding site.  The Gresham bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple is breaking records with its crowdfunding campaign.  Sweet Cakes by Melissa was kicked off GoFundMe earlier this year, but has since raised more than $350,000 on the crowdfunding site Continue to Give.  The growing total, which far exceeds the couple's $150,000 goal, is the largest individual campaign in the history of the three-year-old site, the Washington Times reported.  The couple previously netted more than $60,000 from Go Fund Me before that campaign was taken down.  The founder of Continue to Give, Jesse Wellhoefer, said he refused to remove the Sweet Cakes campaign despite "lots and lots" of complaints, according to the Washington Times.  The bakery owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, were ordered to pay the couple $135,000 in damages, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled July 2.

The Queering of America.  The U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down state laws barring same-sex "marriage" is the culmination of a decades-long corrosive process, one that has been methodically guided by a strategic subversive plan.  All moral people are rightly outraged by this official mockery of the natural law, the moral law, and the divine law.  But we should not be shocked or surprised, as the unmistakable signs that this was coming have been ever more obvious with each and every concession to the "gay" lobby and "gay" culture.  This article originally appeared in the June 8, 1998 issue of The New American, 17 years ago.

This might be satire.  Can't really tell.
In Wake of Chattanooga Terror Attack, Provocative Gay Hate-Flag Must Come Down.  The gay rainbow flag is seen by many Christians as a symbol of hate and oppression — and for good reason.  Under that banner, there has been an all-out assault by the media and the Left against our religious freedoms.  Under that banner, on the same day of the Chattanooga terror attack, a Jewish man was physically threatened in person and on social media by Inside Edition's Zoey Tur, a man who identifies as a woman.  Moreover, the defiant act of flying of the gay rainbow flag, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling that legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states, is undoubtedly offensive to devout Muslims, and therefore provocative.  It is time to shame and marginalize the gay rainbow flag — this offensive, provocative symbol of hate and oppression must be tossed on the ash bin of history...  Before it kills again.

Christians Must Brace Themselves for the Coming Persecution in Obama's LGBT America.  Rod Dreher, writing in an article in Time Magazine, has this to say about the recent US Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage:  "LGBT activists and their fellow travelers will be coming after social conservatives.  The Supreme Court has now, in constitutional doctrine, said that homosexuality is equivalent to race.  The next goal of activists will be a long-term campaign to remove tax-exempt status from dissenting religious institutions.  The more immediate goal will be the shunning and persecution of dissenters within civil society."

The Gay Lifestyle Fallacy.  The United States is sinking into the moral decay of tribal warfare.  No longer can Christians state their case without a torrent of hatred coming from both atheists and those in the gay rights cabal.  Any opinion that does not toe the progressive line will not be tolerated.  This comes from the party of tolerance.  Your identity, your lifestyle, even you very dignity will be trashed if you do not comply.  This way of thinking will soon be a coercive force in every citizens life.  Much of it starts with those who speak out from within the gay community, or those who have been raised inside the gay community and have felt its corrosive way of thinking first hand.

Bakers who refused to make lesbian wedding cake told to pay $135K by Monday — or else.  Two Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages by July 13 or else the state of Oregon could place a lien on their home.  Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were punished by the state's Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) for unlawfully discriminating against a same-sex couple.  The Kleins, who are devout evangelical Christians, argued that baking the cake would be a violation of their religious beliefs.

Rusk County clerk resigns over gay marriage ruling.  Rusk County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle has resigned because of an unwillingness to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling on issuing same-sex marriage licenses, County Judge Joel Hale said Friday [7/10/2015].  Hale said he received Lewis-Kugle's resignation letter Thursday, effective Monday.  "(She) felt like she couldn't continue (at the position) after the (June 25) Supreme Court decision," he said, adding that her departure is a tremendous loss to Rusk County.  Lewis-Kugle was not available for comment Friday.

Loretta Lynch: Same-sex couples to get federal marriage benefits.  Federal marriage benefits will soon be available to same-sex couples nationwide, according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  "I directed Justice Department staff to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given full effect across the federal government," including Social Security and veterans benefits programs, Lynch said in a statement Thursday [7/9/2015].  "[W]e have now taken the further step of ensuring that all federal benefits will be available equally to married couples in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories."

Now Democrats Want to Ban the Words 'Husband' and 'Wife'.  Now that compulsory gay marriage is the law of the land thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, liberals are reaching out from that decision to see where else they can force the gay lobby's agenda on the country.  Next up is a war against the words "husband" and "wife" because they are somehow "anti-gay."  California Congresscritter Lois Capps is now leading the charge to try to get the two words expunged from federal law.

Dems declare war on words 'husband,' 'wife'.  More than two dozen Democrats have proposed legislation that would eliminate the words "husband" and "wife" from federal law.  Those "gendered terms" would be replaced by "gender-neutral" words like "spouse" or "married couple," according to the bill from Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif.  "The Amend the Code for Marriage Equality Act recognizes that the words in our laws have meaning and can continue to reflect prejudice and discrimination even when rendered null by our highest courts," Capps said.  "Our values as a country are reflected in our laws.  I authored this bill because it is imperative that our federal code reflect the equality of all marriages."

The Editor says...
When the liberals start deleting words from the dictionary, it will be impossible to teach future generations the difference between right and wrong, or the difference between normal and perverse, because the words that describe perversion will have been outlawed.  The normalization of perversion is not only well underway, it's gaining momentum.

Sen. Lee: 'Religious Individuals... Could Lose Everything'.  Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) says that if his First Amendment Defense Act fails to pass, "religious individuals and institutions could lose everything from tax-exempt status to government contracts, government employment and things like that."  Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) introduced the bill in June that would bar the federal government from imposing penalties on individuals, businesses, and religious organizations acting "in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage."

We 'refuse to comply': Christian bakers won't be bullied by gag order.  It's going to take more than a gag order from a state bureaucrat to shut up two Christian bakers under assault for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in Oregon.  As reported by Bizpac Review on Saturday, Aaron and Melissa Klein were not only hit with a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake the cake, but they were also ordered by Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian to stop speaking out about the case.  The Kleins, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told Fox News' Todd Starnes they have no intention of obeying what they see as a clear violation of their First Amendment rights.

Wasserman-Schultz on Bakers Fined $135K Over Wedding Cake: 'You Shouldn't Be Able to Turn People Away'.  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz said the marriage debate is over.  "The marriage equality decision is settled.  Love is love and now everyone in America enjoys the protection of the United States Constitution when it comes to who they choose to marry legally," Wasserman-Schultz told The Daily Signal.  She also weighed in on the religious liberty debate.  "That doesn't mean that churches and religious institutions have to conduct same-sex marriages and it doesn't mean that religious institutions aren't able to practice their own values.  But, in this country, we do not allow people to discriminate."

Christian Bakers Fined $135K Over Lesbian Wedding Cake Raise More Than $210K.  A fundraising campaign that was launched to help Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, has raised more than $210,000.  The Kleins told The Daily Signal in an earlier interview that their income has virtually been cut in half since they were forced to close their business as a result.  Additionally, if the family is required to pay the fine, their financial situation will become increasingly tighter.  To make ends meet, Aaron Klein has picked up a job as a garbage collector.

Jimmy Carter: 'I Believe Jesus Would Approve of Gay Marriage'.  Former President Jimmy Carter argued Tuesday Jesus Christ would "approve" of gay marriage if he were around in an interview with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill.  Carter offered up his support for the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, while using Jesus to prop up his reasoning.

Carter: 'I Believe Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage'.  Carter took on the issue from a Biblical perspective and declared that it was his view Jesus would have approved of the gay marriage.  "I believe Jesus would. I don't have any verse in scripture," Carter said.  'I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that's just my own personal belief.  I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else."

The Editor says...
Former Sunday School teacher Jimmy Carter seems to have forgotten the story about the woman at the well, among other things.

Do Christians Even Have a Chance Against Oregon's Bureaucracy?  On July 2, Brad Avakian, commissioner of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages for "emotional, mental and physical suffering" to a lesbian couple after the Kleins — owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa — declined to bake a cake celebrating their same-sex wedding.  Avakian also ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from "publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published ... any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations ... will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation."  This gag order explicitly applied not just to formal business communications but also to the Klein's statements to the press, such as, "This fight is not over.  We will continue to stand strong."

Cultural aggression, destructive policies, and ceaseless smearing are wearing out a great people.  [Scroll down]  Ask Aaron and Melissa Klein what they think of the state of our civil liberties, after an Oregon judge not only sanctioned the destruction of their wedding cake business but denied them the freedom to discuss their plight.  Ask Brendan Eich, the former Mozilla CEO who committed the crime of writing a check to support organizations opposed to gay marriage.  Ask any conservative attempting to ply a trade in Hollywood or academia.  The Left's cultural fascists have perfected the ability to silence their opposition without the use of jackboots and truncheons as in the past, though as we've seen an angry mob or a riot squad here and there is hardly out of the question.  Next up will be the forfeiting of tax exemptions by churches — unless the Left is willing to make exceptions for those it deems "helpful" to the cause.

Colorado court to hear baker's appeal over gay wedding cake.  A Colorado appeals court is scheduled Tuesday [7/7/2015] to hear the case of Jack Phillips, a baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding.  Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips is appealing an order he received to cease his anti-gay policy or face fines instead.

Sorry, Slate: Oregon Did Put a 'Gag Order' on Those Christian Bakers.  On Thursday [7/2/2015], The Daily Signal published an article about Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Commissioner Brad Avakian ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christian bakers who had refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, to pay the couple $135,000 for "emotional" damages and issuing a gag order against the Kleins.  On Monday [7/6/2015], Slate published an article criticizing The Daily Signal's coverage headlined "No, Oregon Did Not 'Gag' That Anti-Gay Bakery."  While that's a great, provocative headline, Slate's headline is simply not true.

Forcing Churches to Perform Same-Sex Marriages Would End Separation of Church and State.  I do not believe churches, synagogues, mosques or other religious assemblies should be obligated to perform same-sex weddings if such unions go against their teachings.  That decision must be left to the churches and their congregations to decide.  If the federal government sees fit to either compel churches to perform same-sex marriages or punish them for refusing to do so then it is interfering in the internal affairs of religious congregations.  Churches would cease to be autonomous organizations and become functionaries of the whims of the government.  This would be a violation of the separation of church and state.

More about the one-sided separation of church and state.

How Madness Rules Our Age.  When it came to gay marriage, as unbelievable as it may be, the US was late to this psychosis.  Much of Western Europe, much of Latin America, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa all beat us to the punch.  Even Macho Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010.  Brazil and Uruguay followed suit.  Much of the USA had initially resisted gay marriage.  Judges had to intervene to educate the people.  In Hollingsworth vs. Perry, a federal court overruled a California referendum, Proposition 8, which had defined marriage as between a man and woman, and added such to the California Constitution.  An Arkansas judge would later follow suit in 2014.  Constitutions meant nothing to jurists.  What is amazing is how much of this came from fiat.

The Penumbra School of Law.  In Oregon, a state agency (with the Zimbabwe-like title The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry) in bed with the local LGBT community fined the small baker Sweetcakes $135,000 (forcing it into bankruptcy) for refusing to bake a lesbian couple's wedding cake.  It also banned the bakers from making any statements challenging same sex marriage. [...] A list of these so-called damages, the failure to acknowledge there are other means of obtaining a cake elsewhere along with the agency ban on free speech by the defendants should put to rest any notion that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry is more than a soviet style show tribunal acting against this week's designated kulaks.

Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Remains In State Constitution.  Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Oregon Declares War On Christian Faith.  In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case.  This is an outrage and a travesty, and it must be rebuked and resisted.  Who does Mr. Avakian think he is?

Bakers hit out after court rules that they must pay $135k to lesbian couple after they refused to make them a wedding cake.  The owners of a Portland-area bakery who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple and were ordered to pay them $135,000 in damages have hit back at the ruling.  Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery were ordered to pay $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for emotional suffering.  But they say that they're being discriminated against because their views are being silenced by Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

Oregon Issues Gag Order for Bakers Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Cake.  In April, an administrative judge with the Oregon Department of Labor ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the now shuttered bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, to pay a fine of $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding.  While there's a case the couple violated the state's public accommodation laws, there's little doubt that the fine was excessive and the reasoning for it specious.

Why Two? The Question Gay Activists Can't Answer.  If marriage is not the union of a man and a woman, then why should it be limited to two people (or, for that matter, require two people)?  Why can't it be one or three or five?  What makes the number "two" so special if it doesn't refer to the union of a male and a female?  I have asked this question for years in various settings, from a campus debate with a professor to social media and from my radio show to writing, and I have not yet received a single cogent answer, since no cogent answer exists.  If "love is love" and "marriage equality" is the mantra, then why can't any combination of loving adults form a "marriage"?

Entire County Clerk Office Resigns Over Same-Sex Marriage.  No same-sex marriage licenses are being issued in Decatur County, Tennessee, because the entire county clerk's office has resigned following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.  Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope explained her decision to quit her elected post.  "It's for the glory of God.  He's going to get all the glory," she told WBIR.

U.S. Kentucky Clerk Sued for Not Issuing Gay-Marriage Licenses.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Thursday afternoon [7/2/2015] on behalf of two homosexual and two heterosexual couples, all of whom were turned away when they tried to get marriage licenses from Davis' office this week.

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Two Supreme Court Justices Must Go: The Case for Impeachment.  Justice Antonin Scalia said in his dissent in the same-sex marriage case that the ruling was a threat to our democratic form of government and constitutes a "judicial Putsch," or secret power grab.  He didn't just say the majority was wrong or misguided; he essentially said they had conspired to overthrow our form of government.  His position on the Court may have made it impossible to supply specifics.  But one possible explanation of what he meant is that he saw a conflict-of-interest on the part of members of the majority, which required their recusal from the case.  Rather than investigate what Scalia is hinting at, our media have opened fire on Scalia for blowing the whistle on judicial corruption.  In fact, the push for gay marriage has been tainted by lies from the beginning.

Final order: Sweet Cakes bakery must pay $135,000 to lesbian couple.  The owners of a Gresham bakery must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago, the Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled Thursday [7/2/2015].

Family Of Seven Impoverished By Activist Oregon Gov't Over Wedding Cake.  A family of seven behind the bakery Sweetcakes in Oregon was sued for $135,000 by a same sex couple after the couple was politely declined a wedding cake due to the baker's Christian faith.  I say the family was sued and not just Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweetcakes because the family is going to go broke to pay the $135k to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer who equated the polite decline of a wedding cake to "mental rape."

Obergefell's Threat to Religious Liberty.  Despite what the newspaper headlines say, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges did not "legalize" same-sex marriage.  It mandated same-sex marriage, something very different.  States were previously free to recognize gay marriage, but now they are compelled to do so.  From now on, it is illegal — unconstitutional — for any state not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Many tout Obergefell as a victory for civil rights, but it is anything but.

Secret White House Gay Wedding Revealed.  Before the White House was bathed in rainbow light to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, a secret gay wedding was conducted in the building by former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett.  Lovett, who worked for Obama during his first term, reveals that he used his White House privileges to sneak in a pair of gay men under the guise of giving them a tour, then performed a wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden without the knowledge of the president.

Obama speechwriter reveals secret same-sex marriage at White House.  During a special presentation of the popular live storytelling podcast "The Moth Radio Hour" at this year's Aspen Ideas festival, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett shared a story about how, years before gay marriage would become legal nationwide, he secretly performed a same-sex marriage at the White House.

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If an unauthorized wedding ceremony takes place in the Rose Garden, and the President doesn't immediately fire everyone who allowed it to happen, then the President is complicit in the event.

Disney Castle Lit up with Gay Pride Rainbow; Social Media Erupts.  The Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida was illuminated to celebrate the Supreme Court's recent ruling declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right, prompting celebrations — and complaints.

The Big, Fat, Gay Marriage Post-Mortem.  Hold on.  Couple pieces coming in over the transom ... Let's check them out.  Here's Fredrik DeBoer in Politico claiming that social justice demands we now legalize polygamy.  Here are the mouthbreathers at Gawker doing the same, using Rod Dreher's Law of Merited Impossibility.  Here's the ACLU's Louise Melling declaring that "religious freedom" is nothing more than illegal discrimination.  (Note how the Washington Post headline actually puts scare quotes around the term "religious freedom" in the headline.)  Here's Mark Oppenheimer arguing in Time that we ought to strip all religious groups — not just adoption agencies and schools, but actual churches, too — of their tax exempt status.  Because gay marriage.  (He's willing to let hospitals stay tax exempt, because Obamacare will keep them in line.  So there's that.)  And here's the delightful Felix Salmon, who thinks that Oppenheimer perhaps goes too far, because we need only target religious organizations — and again, he means not just para-church groups, but actual churches — who aren't onboard with "gay marriage."

No Truce With the Left.  Republicans are still trying to figure out a truce on gay marriage.  They retreated to civil unions, then accepted a full defeat on gay marriage and then acted baffled when Christian bakery owners were dragged into court for refusing to participate in gay weddings.  When the left insisted that gay marriage was a civil rights issue, they refused to take them at their word.  Now they're wondering how an accommodation can be made with tranny rights.  A brief look back at gay rights will show that the only possible accommodation is one in which men in dresses have a legal right to use the ladies room and every single closed female space and event.  And yes, that means your business will be shut down if you object to Steve using the female locker room.

The Real Goal of the Same-Sex Marriage Movement.  Late last week, after the Supreme Court of the United States declared without any Constitutional basis that the Constitution mandates same-sex marriages be state legitimized across the nation, a disquieting level of triumphalism broke out from coast to coast.  The president shined lights representing the gay pride rainbow flag on the White House — a gross boot-on-the-throat display from an anti-religious leader.  Corporations, undoubtedly fearful of the consequences of ending up on the wrong side of the riotous left, began tweeting out rainbow symbols.  News outlets similarly embraced the rainbow symbol, as though it were uncontroversial to do so; BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and Mashable all turned their logos rainbow, with BuzzFeed's Ben Smith explaining, "We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women's rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides."

Progressive Mass Hysteria.  The idea of gay marriage in 2008 earned unapologetic disapproval from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  The liberal voters of California twice rejected the idea in statewide plebiscites.  But after years of constant harangues in the media, boycotts, public ostracisms, and ad hominem attacks on the integrity of skeptics, the liberal political establishment — many of whose members are recipients of large amounts of cash from wealthy gay donors — suddenly flipped.  A sort of collective hysteria took over from there.  In 2008 there was common assent on the part of the Democratic party's leadership that the three-millennia-old belief that marriage involved different sexes would prevail, while a separate rubric, "civil union," would be invented for homosexual couples.  But by 2012 that notion was not merely outdated, but taboo.  Almost overnight, supporting the erstwhile Obama position of permitting civil unions but rejecting gay marriage became tantamount to career suicide.

It Was Always About The Christians.  After The Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council declared marriage, as we have known it for 10,000 years, to be null and void, most of the chattering skulls on what passes for the Right these days went into predictable hysterics.  Progressive lunatics decorated themselves in rainbows, celebrating without fully understanding what it is they are celebrating. [...] The health care bill was mostly changes in the law to interfere with the free exercise of religion.  Forcing some Christians to pay for abortions, for example, is forcing them to violate their faith.  Do that enough and even the faithful give up.

The Formal End to Judeo-Christian America.  The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the redefinition of marriage seals the end of America as the Founders envisioned it.  From well before 1776 until the second half of the 20th century, the moral values of the United States were rooted in the Bible and its God. [...] Beginning with the Supreme Court's ban on nondenominational school prayer in 1962, the same-sex marriage decision has essentially completed the state's secularization of American society.  This is one thing about which both right and left, religious and secular, can agree.  One side may rejoice over the fact, and the other may weep, but it is a fact.

Gay Marriage Still Doesn't Exist, No Matter What SCOTUS Says.  The Supreme Court is wrong. [...] They were wrong yesterday when they announced that the federal government can offer Obamacare subsidies even though the law expressly gives that power to the states.  They were wrong two years ago when they decided that the federal government has the right to force American citizens to buy a product from an insurance company.  They were wrong 40 years ago when they said mothers have a constitutional right to murder their children.  And they were wrong today when they took out their magical magnifying glass and found, perhaps transcribed in microscopic code on the fibers of the Constitution, a mysterious entitlement to homosexual marriage.

Forget A Federal Marriage Amendment and Go For Religious Freedom Acts In All 50 States.  Too many conservatives have refused stand up on social issues and have thus allowed liberals to make their case in a vacuum.  Too many churches have decided they'd rather keep their heads down than stand up for Christian beliefs.  Too many Republicans have played by Marquis of Queensbury rules when it comes to Supreme Court justices while Democrats have played to win.  You'll note that liberal judges always, always, always vote liberally on key issues, regardless of the law, while some "conservative" justices like John Roberts and Anthony "Captain Coin Flip" Kennedy move to the left, even if they have to defy the Constitution to do it.

15 Reasons 'Marriage Equality' Is About Neither Marriage Nor Equality.  Same-sex marriage is a notion that contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction.  I doubt many have thought this through, with the ironic exception of the elites who have been pushing the agenda the hardest.  Most people are weary of it all and going along to get along, especially since dissent has become such a socially expensive proposition, almost overnight.  That in itself should deeply concern anyone who values freedom of expression. [...] The same-sex marriage agenda is more like a magic bullet with a trajectory that will abolish civil marriage for everyone, and in doing so, will embed central planning into American life.  And that, my friends, is the whole point of it.  Along with Obamacare, net neutrality, and Common Core, genderless marriage is a blueprint for regulating life, particularly family life.

The Next Culture War.  More and more Christians feel estranged from mainstream culture.  They fear they will soon be treated as social pariahs, the moral equivalent of segregationists because of their adherence to scriptural teaching on gay marriage.  They fear their colleges will be decertified, their religious institutions will lose their tax-exempt status, their religious liberty will come under greater assault.  The Supreme Court's gay marriage decision landed like some sort of culminating body blow onto this beleaguered climate.

Quo Vadis, America?  "Natural law — God's law — will always trump common law," said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, "God will have the final word in this matter."  But, for now, Justice Anthony Kennedy has the final word.  Same-sex marriage is the law of the land, as the right of gays and lesbians to marry is right there in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which was ratified in 1868.  We just didn't see it.  Tony Kennedy spotted what no previous court had detected.  The absurdity of the decision aside, it represents another stride forward for the revolution preached by Antonio Gramsci.  Before we can capture the West, the Italian Marxist argued, we must capture the culture.  For only if we change the culture can we change how people think and believe. And then a new generation will not only come to accept but to embrace what their fathers would have resisted to the death.

Here's How Religious Business Owners Could Protect Themselves Against Gay Marriage Decision.  In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage, conservative lawmakers put forth a plan they claim will protect "many of the millions of Americans who voted to define marriage as an exclusively male-female institution."  But will that plan protect the Washington florist being sued by the state for acting on her beliefs about marriage?  Or the New York farmers being fined $13,000 for refusing to host a same-sex wedding in their backyard?  The answer, quite simply, is no.

The Most Radical Decision Ever?  Are you religious?  Be afraid.  The Court's opinion shows the justices know their holding has grave implications for the free exercise of religion, but the paragraph in the opinion that purports to reassure does not.  Pointedly, it mentions only the freedom to dissent and debate on matters of religion and morality, not the freedom to act on ones views.  In the wake of this decision, family businesses, non-profits and perhaps even religious congregations will be sued under state and federal civil rights laws.

Arkansas clerk will resign over marriage licenses for same-sex couples.  A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective June 30 because of a moral objection to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Obergefell v. Hodges and Tax Exemption for Churches.  Following Obergefell v. Hodges, much discussion now centers on the potential loss of tax-exempt status to churches that resist.  Same-sex marriage zealots will look for opportunities to cement the Court's decision by forcing churches, through the lower courts, to perform same-sex marriages.  Either they do it — the churches — or lose it (their tax-exempt status).  Meanwhile, denominational hierarchies will huddle behind closed doors and examine options beyond compliance or non-compliance when their doctrine clearly forbids clergy to conduct marriage ceremonies for any couple other than one man and one woman.

Churches are the left's next target in the gay-marriage war.  Everyone knows where the debate over gay marriage is going next.  Now that the Supreme Court has imposed its edict on the land, the question is whether religious institutions and people of faith will still be permitted to act on moral beliefs that the court has portrayed as bigoted and deeply wounding.

The Dred Scotting of Religious Liberty.  Writing gay marriage into the Constitution as once there was a Supreme Court decision that attempted to write slavery into the Constitution.  Make no mistake.  Whatever else the five lawyers in black robes thought they were doing with their ruling on gay marriage, they have opened the door — many think the door was already open — for a full-blown assault on religious liberty.

Communists Close Blessed-Historic 'Gay Month'.  "Blessed is he who has no family," Karl Marx wrote to Friedrich Engels, his partner in crime who detested family and marriage so much that he refused both.  The partners were not shy about their thoughts on the family.  In their most famous joint creation, The Communist Manifesto, they wrote of the "abolition of the family."  Subsequent communists in the decades and even centuries that followed would seek to redefine family and marriage, but only now, in America in June 2015, is the fundamental transformation finally poised to succeed, as Anthony Kennedy and the Supreme Court's four liberals have rendered unto themselves a right to redefine something that heretofore had been the province of the laws of nature and nature's God.  Most grateful to Kennedy and the Supremes are their appreciative new comrades in the modern American Communist Party.

The Hidden Message of Same-Sex Marriage.  The road to gay marriage began with feminism.  Feminists argued that there were no important differences between the sexes.  Thus, mothering and fathering were interchangeable.  The word "parent" became a verb.  If mothers and fathers bring nothing unique or complementary to their roles, then it logically follows that two mothers or two fathers should be just as good.  Talk of three or more parents misses the mark.  The relevant number is one.  If fathers are no different from mothers, then single women needn't pause before embarking on "parenthood" solo — and they aren't.  Along with feminism, the past few decades have featured a widespread retreat from the idea of family duty. [...] Marriage today is treated as optional by many parents, just one of many available paths.  As Alito noted in his dissent, fully 40 percent of American births are now to unmarried women.  Additionally, more than half of all children will spend some part of their childhoods in a non-nuclear family.

Some Counties Withholding Same-Sex Marriage Licenses.  Three days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, some Texas county clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Several clerk's offices — including those in Hill and Hood counties in North Central Texas, Bastrop and Burleson counties in Central Texas, Jackson County on the Gulf Coast and Odessa's Ector County — said Monday [6/29/2015] they were awaiting forms or legal guidance or simply objected.

The Church will survive gay marriage if it sticks to its guns.  The Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision is only three days old and already there are calls to end the tax exemption not just for religious schools, but for churches as well. [...] Even before the Supreme Court concocted a constitutional right to gay marriage, American religious liberty was being systematically undermined.  There were widespread efforts to exclude orthodox Christian organizations from American colleges and universities, occasional attempts to literally coerce Christians into voicing support for homosexual conduct, and well-known efforts to destroy businesses that aren't willing to participate in gay weddings.

As Left Celebrates, Right Preps For All-Out Anti-Religious Assault.  With Justice Kennedy's opinion in one hand and a rainbow flag in the other, the secular left will now press its advantage.  Conservatives who pooh-pooh such notions should remember when the secular left insisted that same-sex marriage was a conservative scare tactic.  The left requires constant revolution.  And that revolution will not end with the declaration of "dignity" provided by Kennedy or a few vulgar parades [...] or a rainbow light display at the White House.  It will not end until the unbelievers are destroyed.

Obergefell and the roadmap to drive Christianity from the public square.  First and foremost, this is what lawyers refer to as "dicta."  It is a statement made in an area of law that is NOT being decided and is not binding in any way, shape, or form.  Second, even were it binding it would be irrelevant.  In Kennedy's view, only religious organizations and religious persons would be allowed to dissent.  This means that while your priest or pastor would be able to refuse to participate in a homosexual marriage it is nearly impossible for your actual church to do so.  For religious colleges and universities with faculty and staff members who are not members of the denomination — this would include schools like Georgetown (though in fairness, Georgetown ceased to be a Christian much less a Catholic university years ago) and Catholic University — it would be nearly impossible for them to avoid participating in homosexual marriages.

The Unlikely Turning Point in the Same Sex Marriage Battle.  This past weekend has been heady one for our friends on the soft-core left.  Without ever attending a meeting, let alone a march, or even making a donation, they got to celebrate Obergefell v. Hodges as if it were V-J day.  These are the same people, of course, who protested not a peep in 1996 when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, the same people who voted giddily for Barack Obama in 2008 despite his avowed support for traditional marriage, the same people who cannot wait until their next water cooler encounter to dress down some hapless co-worker as a "bigot."  Moral hauteur has never come so cheaply.

Ayatollah Roberts and His Sharia Council.  In the matter of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court ruled that the law must not say what it in fact does say because it would be better if it were not to say what it says and were to say something else instead.  In the matter of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court rules that the law must say what it does not say because it would be better if it were to say what it does not say instead of what it says.  Which is to say, the Supreme Court has firmly established that it does not matter what the law says or does not say — what matters is what they want. [...] The legendary constitutional scholar Barack Obama failed to notice, until the day before yesterday, that the Constitution mandates the legalization of homosexual marriage from sea to shining sea, but, to be fair, that is an easy provision to overlook, even for a mind as keen as Barack Obama's, since the Constitution does not say one word about marriage, much less about the state-level codification of homosexual couplings being a fundamental federal right.

Christian farm family penalized in gay wedding refusal decries 'orchestrated set-up'.  When Melisa Erwin called the Giffords about using their upstate New York property for a same-sex wedding ceremony, she apparently knew in advance that they would refuse.  For one thing, she and her fiancee recorded the conversation.  Even so, an administrative judge with the New York State Division of Human Rights ordered the Giffords to pay $3,000 to Ms. Erwin and Jennifer McCarthy for "mental pain and suffering," in addition to $10,000 for violating the state's human rights ordinance.  In a brief filed Thursday [6/25/2015], attorneys for Cynthia and Robert Gifford argue that the state's ruling violates the First Amendment, but they also criticize the same-sex couple for what they describe as an "orchestrated set-up."

Idaho 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.

Post-SCOTUS Gay Marriage: Religious institution tax exemptions at risk.  Forty-eight hours after the Supreme Court's monumental gay marriage decision, and progressives are already calling for an end to tax exemptions for churches.  Anticipating the Supreme Court's eventual ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, Senator Mike Lee and Rep. Raul Labrador introduced the First Amendment Defense Act.  The bill would protect religious institutions who, for religious beliefs, do not actively participate in gay wedding ceremonies.

Why Four Justices Were Against the Supreme Court's Huge Gay-Marriage Decision.  [For example,] Chief Justice John Roberts:  Roberts's argument centered around the need to preserve states' rights over what he viewed as following the turn of public opinion. In ruling in favor of gay marriage, he said, "Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law."  Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas joined him in his dissent.  While Roberts said he did not "begrudge" any of the celebrations that would follow the Court ruling, he had serious concerns that the Court had extended its role from constitutional enforcer to activist.

State Attorneys General Promise to Protect Religious Liberty in Light of Supreme Court Marriage Decision.  Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell (R) said the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage may have "overturned the will of the people" of his state, but he can't find anything in the decision that says the people of Louisiana have to obey it.  So, he didn't plan to enforce it, at least not immediately.  Caldwell pointed Friday [6/26/2015] to the Louisiana constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.  It was approved by voters in 2004, with 78 percent of those who cast ballots voting "yes."  "(The Supreme Court ruling) takes away a right that should have been left to the states.  Louisiana voters decided overwhelmingly to place in our constitution an amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman," said Caldwell.

Elena Kagan 2009: "There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage".  I know, 2009 was then, this is now.  Then she was a nominee for Solicitor General, now she is an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Then she was bound to follow the law, now she gets to make it.  Then supporting gay marriage may have sunk her nomination, now public opinion has shifted.

After Gay Marriage Decision, Mississippi May Stop Issuing All Marriage Licenses.  Mississippi is considering pulling the plug on issuing marriage licenses altogether after the Supreme Court struck down bans on gay marriage Friday morning [6/26/2015].  As the state's governor and lieutenant governor condemned the court's decision, state House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson began studying ways to prevent gay marriage in Mississippi.  Governor Phil Bryant said he would do all he can "to protect and defend the religious freedoms of Mississippi."  To Bryant's point of doing "all" the state could do, Gipson, who is a Baptist minister, suggested removing marriage licenses entirely.

A detailed explanation of why Christians don't accept gay marriage.  Given the nature of the discussion following the gay marriage ruling last week, one thing that's clear to me as a Christian who opposes gay marriage is that very few secular people — and sadly, by no means all Christians — really understand why Christians take the position we do.  That's why there is so much being said that doesn't really reflect what Christians think.  Some say we hate or we judge.  Others say we are against love.  Some think we're threatened by homosexuals.  Some think we object too vociferously because we secretly want to join their ranks.  Some even claim we don't think God loves gay people.  None of that is true, but maybe it's understandable that you jump to those conclusions if you're not familiar with the Bible or with the details of Christian doctrine.

The False Assurances of Anthony Kennedy and Barack Obama.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, while dictating one of the most sweeping social changes in history in his opinion in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage across America, waxes magnanimous towards foes of the expansion of the millennia-old definition of marriage.  He said those who believe same-sex marriage is wrong may "reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises, and neither they nor their beliefs are disparaged" in the court's pronouncement.  Likewise, President Obama spoke deferentially of "Americans of goodwill" whose "[o]pposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs."  But these statements are platitudes at best; more likely, they are simply disingenuous.

What the Gay-Marriage Ruling Means for Education.  Like fascists, Communists, and boy-band producers, the American Left has always believed it could fine-tune human nature if it could only "get 'em while they're young."  That's why the Left works so hard to impose its will on schools and universities.  As John Dewey, America's high priest of educational progressivism, explained in 1897, the student must "emerge from his original narrowness" in order "to conceive of himself" as a cog in the larger social order.  Last week's gay-marriage ruling will yield a new wave of liberal efforts to ensure that schools do their part to combat wrong-headed "narrowness."

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Time for Conservatives to go on the Offensive in the Framing Wars.  The left has figured out how to successfully push through its agenda by using one simple tactic:  demonizing the right.  Even if there is no truth to the cruel labels, the left has figured out they work.  Repeat the words "bigot," "hate," "sexist" and "intolerant" enough and they will start to stick.  It's known as the "framing war," and Republicans aren't very good at it, probably because we're too nice.  We're the party of Judeo-Christian morality, so calling the opposition names isn't considered polite.  Instead, we naively think we can stick to debating the substance of issues and the truth will win out.  We saw how a very small minority within the left, the gay community — less than three percent of the population — was able to implement same-sex marriage.  A small group of radicals labeled anyone who disagreed with their approach as bigots full of hate.

Supreme Court Ruling — Gay Marriage [is] A Constitutional Right.  At current count, 37 states have gay marriage:  8 by legislative action, 3 by popular vote, 26 by court order.

SCOTUS to churches: Hey, no worries, you can still "advocate" for traditional marriage.  On this slender thread does the promise of religious liberty hang.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his majority opinion in Obergefell that declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, barely mentions the means by which most Americans conduct their weddings — houses of worship.  Only on page 27 does Kennedy get around to addressing the connection between church and state, and the assurances in this paragraph are less than compelling, to say the least.

No Societal Transformation without Representation.  It's time to stop playing checkers while the other side plays chess.  Some on the right are saying this illegitimate Supreme Court decision in Obergefell is the law of the land.  Others are saying we should pass a constitutional amendment allowing states to decide marriage issues.  While the first group is clearly not part of the future of the conservative movement, the latter group is wasting our time to focus solely on a constitutional amendment.  There is no way we will ever come close to passing a constitutional amendment with super-majority support in both houses of Congress and successfully ratify it with 38 states on board.  What is eminently more achievable and effective in the relative short-term and in the long-run is for Congress to strip the Judiciary of all jurisdiction over the issue of marriage and other similar societal and political questions.

Fox's Krauthammer: Gay Marriage Ruling a 'Huge Loss' for 'Democracy'.  Speaking on Fox's Special Report Friday evening [6/26/2015], [Charles] Krauthammer called the creation by the court of a constitutional right to marriage regardless of gender or sexual orientation an "invention" akin to "the invention of the right to abortion" that came with Roe v. Wade.  "Whatever you believe about the policy for abortion or here for gay rights," he continued, "the idea that the court should decree that it's a constitutional right, something that had been hidden in the Constitution for over 100 years and that nobody has ever discerned is simply a way of saying that it has been removed from the democratic arena, it can no longer be debated, all the laws are canceled and we are in a new place."

A Question For Those Who Celebrate the Gay Marriage Decision.  What would you think if the Court had decided the opposite?  That is, if the Court had held that same sex marriage is unconstitutional, so that all state laws approving such unions are void, and all court decisions establishing same sex marriage are overruled.  Would you then think it appropriate for "five lawyers," as Chief Justice Roberts put it, to remove this issue from the democratic process and purport to resolve it by judicial fiat?  I am pretty sure you wouldn't.  I am pretty sure that in the face of such a ruling, you would howl with outrage and insist that the issue of same sex marriage be determined by democratic processes.

Why the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage could lead to civil war.  Today the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of same sex marriage in all 50 states.  My friends, we are witnessing the end of federalism in our nation.  In a single vote, 5 folks basically just told the states to "stick it."  Furthermore, we are in effect nullifying the First Amendment.  Consider this:  what happens when a gay couple goes into a church wanting to plan a ceremony and the pastor says no?  We now have a conflict between the First Amendment and individual behavior.

The Supreme Court Has Ruled.  Principled People Will Not Obey.  Following the Supreme Court's illegal, immoral, and incredible "gay" rights decision, the White House (owned by the American people, not the President) was flooded with rainbow-color lights in celebration of that disgusting, dangerous, and decadent decision.  Such impudence and defiance was an insult to America and a goading of God.  However, be assured that God sees the evil and the good and He is involved in our world.  Sometime His judgment seems slow, but it is always sure and severe.  Judgment is on the way! [...] However, the Supreme Court is not infallible (as only a fool would say) nor is it final (as only a fanatic would say).  I remind you that their decisions are called, "opinions" and do not reach the level of the Ten Commandments — or even the Ten Recommendations.  Same-sex "marriages" will continue to be abnormal, abominable, and aberrational even as shallow people applaud them.

SCOTUS Declares Itself God, Redefines Marriage and Rights.  The day after declaring Obamacare magically rewritten and that the lawsuits against discrimination in housing require no proof of actual discrimination, the Supreme Court found a unicorn in the 14th Amendment.  By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy under that aforementioned 14th Amendment (adopted in 1868, when every state in America criminalized sodomy) requires that every state in America grant marriage licenses to men who want to marry men and women who want to marry women, and that every state recognize such licenses from every other state.

Politico: Has not the time come for polygamy, social liberals?  Faster than one can say "slippery slope," quicker than the echoes of Chief Justice John Roberts' warnings on the subject could dissipate, Politico Magazine published a rather lengthy appeal to the leaders of social liberalism to use the Obergefell decision to push for a constitutionally-recognized right for plural marriage.

Gay marriage: Why Supreme Court got it wrong.  [Scroll down]  Justice Alito pointed out in the oral arguments that in 1983 the Supreme Court upheld the revocation of the tax-exempt status of a religious organization — Bob Jones University — for prohibiting interracial marriage.  If gay marriage has now been elevated to a civil right on par with interracial marriage, what rationale would government have for not revoking the tax-exempt status of any religious organization that does not recognize same-sex unions?  We don't have to guess about the sociological implications of Friday's decision.  Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, contends that the legitimization of same-sex unions in Scandinavian countries has caused the heterosexual marriage rate to drop dramatically, while the number of children born out of wedlock has risen, resulting in numerous societal problems.

Supreme Court disavows truth about marriage, pits faith against law.  Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court disavowed the truth about marriage that diverse cultures and faiths around the globe have embraced for millennia:  that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.  Why has this fact been recognized so universally and for so long?  The answer is simple:  the truth about marriage appears unmistakably in the complementary design of man and woman.  Unique among all others, only the intimate relationship of man and woman can create a new life.  And a new life born of a committed man-woman couple finds its natural home in the embrace of its natural parents, giving rise to the family — the fundamental building-block of society. [...] The court's decision is built on the premise that, as a matter of constitutional law, the dignity of human relationships derives largely from government recognition and approval.  That premise promotes a dark and dangerous principle.  It is the flawed notion that the state does not recognize and protect — but rather creates — our fundamental institutions, rights, and relationships.

Troubling fallout as gay marriage becomes the law of the land.  [Scroll down]  There are other worries, too, now that same-sex marriage is the law of the land.  Kennedy, for example, included a grudging acceptance that people who oppose gay marriage on religious grounds can "advocate" their dissenting views.  But the ruling may throw into question issues like tax exemptions for some religious groups that refuse to recognize same-sex marriage.  And Justice Samuel Alito was surely right to warn that people "determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent" will use the ruling "to vilify" critics.

Is This New 'Constitutional Right' Really Just A 'Right To Trample' Religious Liberty?  Before this decision, if you were gay, you were free to marry or not depending on the state in which you lived.  Now, a reluctant-to-commit gay person no longer can use legality as an excuse.  Instead of living your lives free from government infringement, you've just invited the government into your bedroom, and your relationship.  Who wants that?  I guess the people who previously wanted government to butt out, want them to butt back in.  Now, if you split up, instead of simply going your separate ways with whatever you brought to the relationship, now you have to go to the government to get out of the tangled web you were so anxious to get into.

Kiss America Goodbye: Dysfunctional SCOTUS Rules 5-4 that Immoral Gay Marriage is Constitutional.  Nearly 50 years ago, Ruth Graham, wife of Christian Evangelist Billy Graham once said, "If God doesn't soon bring judgment upon America, He'll have to go back and apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!"  The touchstone to that eventual Day of Judgment is officially here with this decision of the Supreme Court changing the definition of marriage in America.  This battle was never about equal rights for Homosexuals.  That's a boldface lie by any person who repeats it.  This was about Homosexuals seeking the government's stamp of approval for an illicit life style.  Now they have the government stamp they always wanted for what good it will do them.

Such an amendment already exists.  It's called the Tenth Amendment.
Walker calls for constitutional amendment to let states define marriage.  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is calling for a Constitutional amendment to allow states to define marriage and strip the Supreme Court of its authority over the issue after the justices legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.  "As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage," Walker, a likely 2016 contender, said in a statement.

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Starts New Religious Freedom War.  Navy chaplain Wes Modder, sportscaster Craig James and others have lost jobs or are losing their jobs because they hold Christian beliefs on sex and marriage.  Business owners face more than losing their businesses, as Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman could lose her home and life's savings, and Colorado baker Jack Phillips risks jail time if he continues refusing to bake cakes celebrating gay marriage.  There are others, and the list grows monthly.  Their legal rights are no different from Hobby Lobby's to refuse to cover abortion under ObamaCare.  Whether from a state or federal RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) or the Constitution's First Amendment, all Americans have the right to believe what their faith teaches and live according to those beliefs.

Gay marriage's big benefit is Social Security.  Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will give a huge boost to the retirement security of LGBT Americans.  That will be especially true in the realm of Social Security — where it pays to be married.  The ruling will affect everything from access to spousal pension and retirement accounts, health benefits and more.  But Social Security really is the headliner.  Recognition of same-sex marriage in all 50 states will guarantee access to Social Security's spousal and survivor benefits, which are the most valuable features of the program.  Just how valuable?  Financial Engines, a large financial advisory firm, ran numbers recently for a hypothetical same-sex couple and found that marriage could be worth $343,000 in additional lifetime benefits.

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Exactly the opposite is true:  With more people getting Social Security payments, the Social Security system will run out of money even sooner than it will already.

Polygamy Attorney On Gay Marriage Decision: SCOTUS Opinion 'Resonates With Our Arguments'.  [Scroll down]  Academic Frederick deBoer writes in Politico Magazine how the Supreme Court's decision opens the doors for legal polygamous marriages.  "The marriage equality movement has been both the best and worst thing that could happen for legally sanctioned polygamy.  The best, because that movement has required a sustained and effective assault on 'traditional marriage' arguments that reflected no particular point of view other than that marriage should stay the same because it's always been the same."

'Court is not a legislature': Roberts rips gay marriage ruling, day after he backed ObamaCare.  A day after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided squarely with the Obama administration on the health care overhaul, the same jurist came out swinging against the court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.  In his dissenting opinion — which he read from the bench for the first time in his nearly 10 years as chief justice — Roberts charged Friday that the court had no right to intervene in what should be a democratic debate by the people, at the state level, over same-sex marriage.  "This court is not a legislature," he wrote.  "Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us.  Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be."

Gay Activist: Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Was 'God's Intention and God's Work'.  A same-sex marriage activist, whose marriage 11 years ago in Canada was validated Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that all states must recognize gay marriage performed in other states, thanked God Friday [6/26/2015], calling the ruling, "God's intention and God's work."

Scalia zingers in marriage case.  Footnote 22:  ["]If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: [']The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,['] I would hide my head in a bag.  The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.["]

Supreme Court Ruling — Gay Marriage [is] A Constitutional Right.  [Scroll down]  We've seen this problem before — the problem of "creating" Constitutional rights — and Scalia is quick to point it out:  ["]The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact — and the furthest extension one can even imagine — of the Court's claimed power to create "liberties" that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention.["]

SCOTUS declares 14th Amendment requires same sex marriage in 5-4 decision.  [Scroll down]  If history is any guide, the winners of the case will not be gracious in victory, but will push for sweeping changes.  Religious institutions that adhere to the traditional definition can expect to have their tax exempt status challenged, for starters.  Govenrment [sic] contracts, student loans, everything will be challenged.  I have not read the entire decision but wonder if there are any grounds in it on which polygamy can be ruled anything other than a fundamental right.  And after that, incest and every other marriage taboo.  Once marriage becomes a matter of personal gratification, the doors seem wide open.

Same-Sex Marriage: These Are The States Affected by SCOTUS Ruling.  [Scroll down]  One of those states, Texas, was quick to react to today's decision.  The state's Republican governor, Greg Abbott, tweeted this:  "Marriage was defined by God.  No man can redefine it.  We will defend our religious liberties."  Similarly, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal issued a statement saying the Supreme Court's ruling "will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision."

Scalia: 'This Court' is a 'Threat to American Democracy'.  In his dissent from the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision [6/26/2015] in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage was a right, Justice Antonin Scalia declared that this Supreme Court has become a "threat to American democracy.  "I write separately to call attention to this Court's threat to American democracy," Scalia said.  "This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776:  the freedom to govern themselves."

Top Clinton Advisor Dodges Question On Protecting Tax Status For Churches Opposed to Gay Marriage.  Karen Finney, a top advisor for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, declined to answer if she believes churches that refuse to perform same sex marriages should lose their tax exempt status.  Responding to a question from Breitbart News, Finney dodged with, "honestly today just thinking about what this means for my LGBT friends."

Gay marriage legalized nationwide in 5-4 Supreme Court vote, Scalia seethes.  By a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court Friday [6/26/2015] struck down four state marriage laws, paving the way for gay marriage to be legal in all 50 states.  The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges said the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between people of same-sex, and also recognize same-sex marriages from out of state.  The 14th Amendment, with its equal protection and due process clauses, prohibit the "unjustified infringement of the fundamental right to marry," said the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Obama hails gay-marriage ruling as a 'victory for America'.  President Obama, who opposed same-sex marriage until three years ago, hailed the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize gay marriage Friday [6/26/2015] as "a victory for America."  "When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free," Mr. Obama said in the White House Rose Garden.  "This ruling will strengthen all our communities.  America should be very proud."  He called the decision "a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights."

Central Committee on a Roll.  Word is getting around that the Central Committee today [6/26/2015], by a 5-4 decision, has discovered and will impose on the country a constitutional right to homosexual marriage in all 50 states. [...] Of late, the cultural left has been enjoying success after success, with the help of the legal profession, which, from law schools through the SCOTUS, has been slowly but systematically replacing law with left advocacy.  What the cultural left wants is what the law is, and what the cultural left doesn't like ist verboten.  Expect more.

How the Redefinition of Marriage Serves Leviathan.  The most serious and, to my mind, persuasive philosophical and moral arguments against same-sex marriage have been mounted by Robert P. George, Ryan Anderson, and Sherif Girgis in What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.  Such arguments are essential to ongoing debate about marriage in this country, not only for those of us who believe that the union of man and woman simply is the definition of marriage but also for those who think that the judicial redefinition of marriage represents a usurpation of politics.  One crucial argument, however, has been curiously absent.  It takes a step back from the question of sexuality and the right to certain benefits under law.  One reason why marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution is that the Founders recognized that the institution of marriage was a common good of the society and prior to politics.  Put differently:  Constitutional silence on marriage indicates a commitment to limited government that has so far eluded our debates about marriage in this country.

Over 300,000 Rally in Rome Against Gay Marriage.  Hundreds of thousands of people travelled from all over Italy and Europe yesterday [6/20/2015] to protest against the proposed legalisation of gay marriage, and the teaching of 'gender theories' in schools.  Gathering in the San Giovanni Square in Rome, with estimates of participants running from 300,000 to a million people, the protest put the 'anti-Austerity' protests held in London on the same day to shame, for sheer volume of people and absence of criminal behaviour.

Texas Supreme Court upholds divorce of same-sex couple.  The Texas Supreme Court effectively upheld the Austin divorce of a same-sex couple Friday [6/19/2015], turning away Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and arguments that the state can't dissolve a marriage it didn't recognize in the first place.

Huckabee: Gay Marriage Could Criminalize Christianity.  The legalization of same-sex marriage would be a "very dangerous place" for America to go and could lead to civil disobedience, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee warns. [...] "I refuse to sit silently as politically driven interest groups threaten the foundation of religious liberty, criminalize Christianity, and demand that Americans abandon Biblical principles of natural marriage," Huckabee wrote.

A Maryland DJ has refused to work a birthday party for a gay man. 'We ought to obey God rather than men.'.  First there was the New Mexico wedding photographer.  Then there was the Indiana pizza maker.  Now there is the Maryland disc jockey.

Conservatives and the Marriage Debate.  The same-sex "marriage" vote in Ireland marks the largest victory for the LGBT movement thus far.  It's quite a feather in the gay boa — an apparent success in yanking one of the most heterosexual cultures on earth out of the closet.  In truth, the vote was very likely a rebuke to the Catholic Church, which in Ireland, as everywhere else in the industrialized West, hired a lot of gays to act as priests, who exploited numberless teenage boys for sexual purposes, and then did nothing about it.  The Irish Church tried to coast through the crisis, and this is its reward — a fitting one.

Wasserman Schultz to officiate gay wedding beside Supreme Court.  With the Supreme Court poised to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage this month, Democratic Party boss and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Monday plans to demonstrate where she stands on the issue:  She will be the first voting member of Congress to officiate a gay wedding.

From Communists to Progressives, the Left's Takedown of Family and Marriage.  Today's leftists should understand that they are the new One Percenters.  They stand against the literal 99%-plus of humans who ever bestrode the planet, who never conceived of marriage as anything beyond man and woman. [...] Efforts to fundamentally transform family and marriage have been long at work, but never (until now) accepted and pushed by the mainstream.

Indiana Democrats Are Worried Their Candidates Aren't Pro-Gay Marriage Enough.  Public opinion is moving so quickly on gay marriage that even its supporters are struggling to keep up.  Such in [sic] the case in Indiana, which was at the center of the national LGBT-rights debate this spring after a "religious freedom" bill was met with overwhelming opposition from voters and business leaders.  In a state where same-sex marriage only become legal in 2014, this year's backlash against the measure was an unpleasant surprise for state Republicans, including Gov. Mike Pence, whose image and approval suffered in the wake of the controversy.

Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding.  The Daily Signal has exclusively learned that the government agency responsible for enforcing Oregon's anti-discrimination law appears to be working closely with a powerful gay rights advocacy group in its case against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa.  Communications between the agency, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the LGBT organization, Basic Rights Oregon, raise questions about potential bias in the state's decision to charge the Kleins with discrimination for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.  In April, a judge for the agency recommended the Kleins be fined $135,000.

The Dictatorship of Godless Perverts [...] cannot permit anyone to question the regime's absolute authority.  The commissars of the regime will tell you "what it means to be a man, and what it means to be a woman," and you are not permitted to talk back to them.  There can be no discussion or debate.  If you do not endorse the Official Truth, you must be silenced.  You must be punished if you refuse to repudiate your opposition, because everything you "consider natural and normal" — your "basic, deep-rooted ideas" — "will need to change."

Domestic violence a 'silent epidemic' in gay relationships.  Domestic violence has become a "silent epidemic" in the gay and lesbian community despite being the subject of increasing scrutiny in heterosexual relationships, according to the AIDS Council of NSW.  Roughly one in three lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) couples experience domestic violence.

Judge Roy Moore: Impeach Ginsburg for Marrying Two Men Ahead of SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage.  On May 17, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated the marriage of two men and used the occasion to cite her constitutional right to do so.  In June, the high court — including Ginsburg's vote — will announce its decision on whether homosexual marriage is guaranteed by the Constitution.  That's grounds for impeachment, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore told in an exclusive interview.  "She's basically thumbing her nose in front of the other justices that she's going to say what she wants to say and do what she wants to do, and she's going to ignore the rules of ethics," Moore said, adding that judges are bound by those rules.

Gay Marriage Goes Beyond 'Bake Me a Cake'.  Over the last few years, the gay marriage movement has transformed from "equality for all" to "bake me a cake."  As it picks up steam, the movement looks more and more totalitarian, both at home and abroad.  Witness the latest news from the Great White North: [...]

Jewelry store sign prompts same-sex couple to ask for refund.  A same-sex couple from St. John's is upset after discovering the jewelry store that sold them their engagement rings has posted a sign that seems to oppose same-sex marriage — but one of the store's owners says he's allowed to post his religious beliefs.

Give the 'bigot' bomb a break.  A lesbian couple purchased engagement rings from a Christian jeweler.  They were so pleased with the service, they referred a friend to the shop to purchase a ring for his girlfriend.  Said friend spied a sign that read:  "The sanctity of marriage is under attack.  Let's keep marriage between a man and a woman."  Offense was taken.  Once upon a time, this would have led to, in ascending order:  an eye roll, daggered glares or an inquiry about the sentiment with perhaps a few words exchanged ending in an agreement to disagree.  That is no longer the world in which we live.

Ireland becomes first nation to legalize same-sex marriage.  Same-sex couples will soon be able to walk down the aisle in the Emerald Isle.  Voters in Ireland overwhelmingly chose to change their nation's constitution Friday [5/22/2015], becoming the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote.

Researcher Behind Fabricated Gay Marriage Study LIED About Funding.  Michael LaCour, the University of California-Los Angeles graduate student responsible for a now-widely discredited study on attitudes towards gay marriage, apparently lied about the funding grants given for his fraudulent research.  In fact, according to The New Yorker, LaCour received no funding at all for the study — which was published last December in Science magazine and discredited earlier this week — into whether views on same-sex marriage change due to interaction with gay individuals.

What's Behind Big Science Frauds?  In December, Science published a paper claiming that people could change their minds about same-sex marriage after talking for just 20 minutes with a gay person.  It seemed too good to be true — and it was.  On Wednesday [5/20/2015], the journal distanced itself from the study, after its accuracy was disputed, and one of the authors could not back up the findings.  News organizations, which had reported on the study, scrambled to correct the record.

What the Faked Gay Marriage Study Says About Academia and the Media.  Codifying gay marriage has never been about canvassers, gay or straight, persuading Americans.  Voters, after all, rejected same-sex marriage in California, Wisconsin, Oregon, and other blue states only to watch judges order them to embrace it.  America's evolution on gay marriage came as a conversion by the sword.  A gay guy's door-to-door pitch influences voters on the question about as much as a front-porch visit from the neighborhood Jehovah Witness peddling a subscription to The Watchtower sways religious convictions.

Louisiana religious liberty bill goes down in defeat as Republicans side with LGBT activists.  Louisiana Republican lawmakers sided with Democrats, big business and LGBT activists to kill a bill that would have protected individuals and religious institutions opposed to same-sex marriage.  In doing so, lawmakers defied the objections of an overwhelmingly majority of voters and handed Gov. Bobby Jindal a significant defeat for his legislative agenda.  A house legal committee voted 10-2 on Tuesday [5/19/2015] to shelve the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act — a measure that critics said could sanction discrimination against same-sex couples.

You 'Must be Made' to Obey.  [Scroll down]  Of course, if homosexual behavior, something denounced as both "vile affections" and "an abomination" throughout both the Old and New Testaments, is no longer sexual sin, then there can be no sexual sin whatsoever.  To coerce, through the power of the police state, faithful Christians to abandon the millennia-old biblical sexual ethic and embrace the sin of Sodom would likewise require that Christians sign-off on fornication, adultery, incest and bestiality.  Such is the unnatural nature of government-mandated moral relativism.  "But this isn't free speech, it's hate speech!" come the mournful cries of the ill-informed and the ill-prepared, desperately afraid to debate the issues on the merits.

Presiding 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.

What 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 inconvenient fashion?

LGBT 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 Gray affair.

The 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!

New 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.

Imagine '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.

Key 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.

American 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.

Gallup: 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.

'We 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.

Obama's 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.

Supreme 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 ... ennoblement."

Puffed-up 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.

Exclusive: 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."

High 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."

Citizens, 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.

Idaho 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.

Latino 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].

Gay 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.

Oregon 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.

Bakers 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.

Gay 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.

Steny 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.
Gay-rights 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."

Bakers face $135,000 fine for refusing to make cake for gay wedding.  The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday [4/22/2015] 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.  The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

Pastors 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."

The 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.

Involuntary 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?

Hillary Clinton 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.

Big 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."

My 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.

Top 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 York Times.

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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Memories 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.

NYT 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.

America's 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The Ongoing 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 their standards?

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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.

The 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.

I 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.

Precursor 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.

Video 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."

Carly 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."

If 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.

Answer 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.

Professor: 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.

Indiana 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.

Will Muslim Bakeries Make a Gay Wedding Cake?  Yes folks, I did this.  I went there.  [Video clip]

A 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."

Indiana 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.

Pizza 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.

GoFundMe 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.

"Before 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".

Should 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?

Stand 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.

'Another 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.

Arkansas 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."

Gay 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.

George 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."

Limbaugh: 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."

The 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.

How 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.

Media 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.

Two 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."

An 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.

Walmart 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.

Dr. 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.

Mike 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.

You 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.

Selective 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.

All 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.

Indiana's 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.

Pence: '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].

Apple's 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.

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Indiana 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.

Eroding 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.

Indiana 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.

Indianapolis 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.

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19 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.

34,000 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.

Networks 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."

NCAA 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?

NCAA '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].

Gay 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.

Texas 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.

Cogs 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.

Woman 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.

Dear Gay 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.

Largest 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.

Patriots 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.

Coke, 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.

Alabama 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.

Alabama 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 choice.

Lawsuit: 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 sexual morality.

Obama's 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.

Christian 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."

Same 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.

How 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.

State 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."

Children 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."

Everything 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.

Why 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.

Judge 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.

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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.

Great-Grandma 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.

How 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 "morally wrong."

Ginsburg's 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 presidential campaign.

Brian 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.

Alabama 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.

U.S. Judge 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."

Supreme 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.

Obama 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.

Clarence 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.

Clarence 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.

Judicial 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.

Alabama 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.

LensCrafters 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?

Supreme 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.

Ben 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.'

Southern 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.

Southern 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.

Debbie 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!

Oregon 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.

AL 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:
Houston 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?

Federal 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.

Cake 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.

Gay 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.

Jeb 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.

Jeb 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."

Federal 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].

Some 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.

Catholic 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.

Thousands 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, YLE reports.

Benham 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  "Saying the Duggars are inciting people to hate is simply propaganda."

Judges 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. Constitution.

The 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.

Gays 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.

Uncommon 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.

Prominent 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.

Appeals 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.

Couple 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.

Justice 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.

Why 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.

Joy, 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.

Gay 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.

What 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?

City 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.

Black 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 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.

Sally 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.

Fighting 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.

WNC 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."

Coeur 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: [...]

Coeur 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.

Same-sex 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.

Traditional 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.

Federal 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."

Twitter 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.

Can 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.

America's 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.

Houston's 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.

Sermonizing Pols.  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.

Idaho 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.

Idaho 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.

Government 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.

This 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.

Criminalizing 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.

City 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."

Christians 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.

Sen. 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.

The 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.

Liberty 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.

Vatican 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 being married.

Religious 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.

Some 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.

Federal 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.

The Seven 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.

Our Judicial 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.

The 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.

LGBT 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.

Cultural 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.

Domestic 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.

Why 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 ever happened.

11 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.

Stop 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.

What's 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?

Is 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?"

'An 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?

Chuck 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 [...]

Human 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.

Commission 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 sexual-orientation discrimination.

Judge 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.

Despite 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 a woman."

Ted 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.

Liberty 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.

Explosion 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.

Suit: 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.

Gay-Marriage Support 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.

Oregon 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.

Cardinal: 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.

CDC: 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.

Judges 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 Republicans.

The Bible clearly condemns all sexual behaviors outside of marriage between one man and one woman.   Homosexual behavior is explicitly condemned in both the Old and New Testaments as an abomination and a violation of God's standards for sexuality. We oppose the normalization of sodomy as well as cross-dressing and other deviant sexual behaviors in our culture.

Religious 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.

Justice 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.

Justice 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.

'Lesbian 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.

NY 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.

Couple 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.
US 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.

Government 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.

LGBT 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.

Lesbian 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."

Federal 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.

Utah 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.

Wisconsin 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.

U.S. 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.

Politics 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."

10 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."

Oklahoma's 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 expected challenge.

Florida 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.

Appeals 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.

Truth 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?

Taking 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.

DOJ 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.

Republican 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.

Indiana 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.

Utah 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].

California 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.

Those 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.

Second 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.

Federal 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.

IRS 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.

Catholic 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."

Methodist 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.

U.S. 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.

Rep. 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.

Hillary 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.

Dissolving 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.

Graham: '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.

Archbishop 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."

Pelosi 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."

Panel: Baker 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."

Baker 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.

Wisconsin 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.

HHS 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":

Judge 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.

GOP 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."

The 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.

Notre 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."

Pope 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 female mother."

Liberals' 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?

Gay 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.

Christian 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. VGhlIHdhZ2VzIG9mIHNpbiBpcyBkZWF0aC4=

Nintendo 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.

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They must apologize for that?

California 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.

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Which is it, AP?  Partner or husband?

Wyden: '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."

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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.

Fed. 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.

Jars 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.

Mozilla, 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.

Ex-GOP 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.

Christian Journalist '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.

Uninstall 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.

Firefox users: 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.

Liberals' 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 — or else.

Supreme 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.

Corrosive 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 PC police.
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 at all?

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.

ABC 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.

Brendan 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.

How 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.

Today's Most 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 invented Javascript and was one of the founders of Mozilla.  But in 2008 he contributed $1,000 to 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.

In [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.

Does 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, [...]

Mozilla 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.

If 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.

More 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.

Mozilla's 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.

The Left 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 cycle churning, the scalp of the man behind Javascript was claimed.  If he had hung on for another few days, 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.

Some 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 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.

Judge 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.

Google 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.

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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.


HHS 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.

World 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.

Gay marriage 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.

Holder 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.

Gay weddings 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.

U.S. Judge 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.

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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.

Eric 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).

Federal 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.

Judge 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.

Religious-Liberty 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.

Razing Arizona: 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.

Catholic 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 persecuted.

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.

NFL 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.

Hillary 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.

Holder 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.

NYT, 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.

Oregon: 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.

An Absolute 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 guaranteed right.

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.

Neuter 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.

Utah 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.

CDC 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."

NY Times 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.

Utah 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 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.

Federal Judge: 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.

Marriage licenses 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.  (Genesis 5:2)

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].

Croatians 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.

Pennsylvania pastor 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.

Photographer 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."

CA 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.

80 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.

Catholic 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."

Pope 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.

Judge: 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.

Sodomy-based 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 sex couples."

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."

Christian bakery 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.

Churches changing 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 the ruling.

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.

Judge: 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.

Federal 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.

Leftist law 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.

Gay divorce, the next frontier.  [I]f Pennsylvania doesn't recognize you as being married, its courts have no authority to divorce you.

Appellate court's 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.

Not 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.

Polygamy — 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 retirement benefits.

Nationalized 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.

ACLU 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.

Supreme Court 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 "second-class citizens."

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."

Scalia: '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 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.

Same-Sex Marriage 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.

AG: Same-sex 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].

Has 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 again (2012).

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 evening news.

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?

Media 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.

Same-Sex Marriage 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.

Gay 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.

Civil 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.

Huckabee: Evangelicals 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.

Ohio 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.

Heterosexuals 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.

Florida judge 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.

Obama 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"?

Pope 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.

Washington 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.

DOMA 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.
France 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?

Univ. 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.

MN 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.

Democratic Party 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.

The Soul-Crushing 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.

Federal 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.

WashPost's 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."

Black 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."

African-American Christian 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 election."

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.

California 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 OrthodoxyThe 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.

Iowa 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.

President 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.

Black 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.

Federal 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.

ACLU lawsuit 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.

7 elected 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.

Mass. Church 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.

Target Corp. 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."

'Left'-over 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 worth saving.

Religious 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.

On 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.
Petition 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 petition challenging to "correct" its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. 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.

Sharpton 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.

UMC 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.

Obama, 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.

The 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.

House 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.

How 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.

Mocking derision:
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.

Rep. 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].

President 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.

Former 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.

Gay 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 California.

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.

Court: 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.

Prop. 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.

Judge: 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.

Gay Couple 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.

Virginia 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.

California 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.

Christian 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.

Gillibrand 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.

Evangelical 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.

Democrats Eyeing 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.

US: 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.

Same-Sex 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.
Romney 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."

Census 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.

Frank 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.

The 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.

N.C. 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.

Obama 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.

Obama's assault 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?

Supremes 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.

Same-sex marriage, 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 controversial subjects."

Next Step: 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.

If You're 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.

Americans 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 all about.

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 of history.

The 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.

Al-Qaeda, 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).

Pressure 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].

Defend mass 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.

7 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."

George Orwell             

Same-sex marriage activists lash out at Chick-fil-A

NYTimes Obit: Chick-fil-A Founder a 'Symbol of Intolerance'.  This morning [9/9/2014], New York Times reporter Kim Severson spiced up her obituary for Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy by tagging him "a symbol of intolerance" who presided over a "restaurant chain [seen by some] as a symbol of hate."

Billionaire Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy dead at 93.  S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the U.S. fast food chain Chick-fil-A which drew protests two years ago when its president made public statements opposing same-sex marriage, died on Monday [9/8/2014] aged 93, the company said on its website.  Cathy, who was Chick-fil-A's chairman emeritus, died at home in the presence of loved ones, the privately held Atlanta-based company said.

School bans 'offensive' Chick-fil-A sandwiches.  Did the waffle fries and banana pudding milkshakes exceed the nutritional limits deemed acceptable by the federal government?  The answer, dear readers, is no.  It seems Principal Val Wyatt's ban has less to do with poultry and more to do with politics.  "With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn't want them on campus," Wyatt told the Ventura County Star.

The Left Tars and Feathers Chick-fil-A.  Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy recently incited the outrage of The Washington Post, actor Ed Helms, and at least five other celebrities by supporting marriage on the Ken Coleman radio program. [...] It appears Cathy's crime isn't so much that he holds the convictions he holds, but that he has the courage to voice them.

Conservative group hits Chicago alderman for blocking Chick-fil-A.  The leader of a Christian group today [7/25/2012] said Ald. Joe Moreno displayed hypocrisy for his decision to deny Chick-fil-A the right to open in his ward because of the chain restaurant president's opposition to gay marriage.  "It's hypocritical," said David Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, which opposes gay marriage.  "Here's the alderman turning around and being intolerant and discriminatory because somebody has a different view than he does.  Would he do that to a Muslim company?"

Boston mayor vows to keep Chick-fil-A out of city.  The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.

Chick-fil-A president says company opposes gay marriage.  Chick-fil-A has taken a stand against gay marriage, and the reactions are rolling in. [...] Chick-fil-A has been under fire from gay rights groups since early 2011, when it was revealed that an independent operator in Pennsylvania supplied food to an event sponsored by a group formed to defeat same-sex marriage initiatives.

Jim Henson Company Yanks Its Toys From Chick-Fil-A Kids' Meals.  Don't look now, but the Muppets want a divorce.  The Jim Henson Company is scrapping its kids'-meal-toy relationship with Chick-Fil-A now that the left-wing pressure is on to boycott the Christian fried-chicken chain, which is offering toys right now from the Jim Henson Creatures' Shop line.

The Left Tars and Feathers Chick-fil-A.  It's all part of the duplicity we've watched the left demonstrate for decades, but it's also part of a larger, more recent phenomenon that should trouble every American.  Those on the left are insisting that those in business have no right to have convictions of their own if they don't mirror what the left believes.  What [Dan] Cathy is experiencing is the tip of the iceberg.  Right now, people are in court and being severely fined simply because they wish to exercise their faith convictions in how they run their businesses.

Boston Mayor backs off attempt to block Chick-fil-A.  Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has stepped back from his threat to block Chick-Fil-A from opening a new store in the city.  His announcement comes a day after Antoine Dodson shared his definitive opinion about the controversy via YouTube.

Nation of Islam can open a restaurant in Chicago, but not Chick-fil-A?  The Mayors of Boston and Chicago are bullies in the truest sense, they have selected what to them seems like a safe target for their outrage and abuse of government power.  Menino and Emanuel have selected evangelical Christians for their selective bullying knowing full well that in Boston and Chicago there will be no repercussions.  Yet they will not take on more powerful groups who espouse far worse views on homosexuality and gay marriage.

The Assault on Chick-fil-A.  As Alderman Proco Moreno put it to the Chicago Tribune, "If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don't want you in the First Ward."  Given this response, you would get the impression that the fast-food chain has banned anyone who isn't straight from entering its establishments.  That, of course, is not true.  Like every other successful business, Chick-fil-A happily sells its products to anyone who can fork over a few bucks.  It is controversial only for donating to organizations that oppose gay marriage, including the Family Research Council and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  But apparently that's enough for Moreno to try to keep the business out of his ward.

The Chicken Inquisition.  Rahm Emanuel has been many things in life — ballet dancer, investment banker, congressman, White House chief of staff, now mayor of Chicago — and he apparently wishes to add another title to his curriculum vitae:  Grand Inquisitor.  He has denounced the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A and endorsed a Chicago alderman's plan to block construction of a new outlet because the company's executives do not share his politics.

Rahmbo Protects 'Chicago Values' From Chick-fil-A.  The politically incorrect personal beliefs of a food-chain owner provides politicians nationwide an opportunity to rail against nonexistent discrimination.

Rahmbo: 'Chick-fil-a values not Chicago values'.  I think Mayor Emanuel is on to something here.  By all accounts, Chick-fil-A is a well run, honest business.  And Chicago?  Well...  let's just say no one has ever used to the word "honest" to describe city government — or anyone who does business with the city.

Don't cross the forces of tolerance.  Proco "Joe" Moreno is Alderman of the First Ward of Chicago, and last week, in a city with an Aurora-size body count every weekend, his priority was to take the municipal tire-iron to the owners of a chain of fast-food restaurants.  "Because of this man's ignorance," said Alderman Moreno, "I will now be denying Chick-fil-A's permit to open a restaurant in the First Ward."  "This man's ignorance"?  You mean, of the City of Chicago permit process?  Zoning regulations?  Health and safety ordinances?  No, Alderman Moreno means "this man's ignorance" of the approved position on same-sex marriage.  "This man" is Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A ...

The Chick-fil-A gay marriage controversy.  Gay marriage is one of those agonizing social issues in which the two sides do not remotely agree on the terms of the debate.  Those who share [Dan] Cathy's beliefs find it impossible to extend "marriage" to include same-sex relationships without altering the definition of marriage, which inherently requires a man and a woman.  Same-sex marriage proponents of good will disagree, arguing that the sex of the participants is not relevant to the importance and power of the institution.  It's possible to hold either of these positions without being motivated by bigotry.  Of course, the name of the game being played against Chick-fil-A involves ending the discussion, by ruling one side of this important social debate completely out of order, and dismissing their beliefs as unworthy of respect.

Al-Rahim and Chicago Values.  It is simply impossible to imagine that liberal Democrats would treat affirmations of Muslim faith with the kind of bullying that Cathy and Chick-fil-A have received.  Yet Islam is at least as doctrinally tough on homosexuality as Christianity is, and considerably tougher in practice.

Eat more chicken.  [Dan] Cathy did not say he would deny someone with a different view than his the right to eat in or work at any of his fast-food restaurants, which would violate the law.  He did not say anything hateful about them.  He simply expressed a deeply held conviction rooted in his Christian faith.  The reaction tells you everything you need to know about certain liberals who believe every sort of speech, activity and expression should be protected, except the speech, activity and expression of evangelical Christians.

Hate Chicken.  Ever since the Chick-fil-A President Cathy voiced his opinion in favor of the tradional view of marriage, politicians have been stumbling over themselves to threaten to discriminate against the Chick-fil-A company on the basis of the free expression of one of its executives.

Chick-fil-A's PR chief dies suddenly amid gay-marriage imbroglio.  The death of a top Chick-fil-A executive added to the fast-food chain's difficulties in trying to extricate itself from the public relations imbroglio ignited by its president's comments on same-sex marriage.  Don Perry, who had worked for the Atlanta company for 29 years and was its vice president for public relations, died unexpectedly Friday [7/27/2012], reportedly from a heart attack.

CAAP: Cities Wanting To Ban Chick-fil-A 'The Same Thing' As Banning Blacks From Restaurants.  The President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors says supporters of traditional marriage are facing the same discrimination that blacks faced during the civil rights movement.  "Some people are saying because of the position that Chick-fil-A has taken — they don't want them in their cities," Rev. William Owens said at the National Press Club on Tuesday [7/31/2012].

Chicago church leaders roast Rahm Emanuel over Chick-fil-A stance.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ticked off the flocks by criticizing Chick-fil-A.  Days after the big city boss blasted the chicken chain over its president's stance on same-sex marriage, an influential Baptist minister and Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago struck back.  The religious leaders, who support the traditional view of marriage, were incensed at Emanuel's claim that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values."

Customers Line Up for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.  More than a hundred locals lined up outside of local Chick-Fil-A restaurants on Wednesday [8/1/2012] as part of Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, some in support of the company's stance on gay marriage, and some simply supporting the company's right to freedom of speech.

The Power of Positive Protest.  Last time I stood in such a long line, I was in communist Romania in the late seventies, waiting for food to be delivered or parceled out. [...] The line at Chick-fil-A was composed of happy faces, polite and friendly, eager to be there, many taking photographs of the crowd just like I was, wondering where the MSM was.  Why were they not there covering the mass of humanity that came out at one restaurant alone to show their positive support of our Judeo-Christian principles that America was founded upon?

Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brings out supporters, protesters.  It used to be that taking a bite of a chicken sandwich just meant you were hungry.  Now it has become a symbol of whether you stand for or against same-sex marriage, or — alternately — the right to express your personal views without fear of retaliation.

Chick-fil-A Supporters Pack Restaurants.  Customers packed Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday, in support of the company's stance against same-sex marriage.  In Morgantown [West Virginia], lines of cars spilled onto Patteson Drive, and customers wrapped around the entire dining area inside the restaurant, into the entryway of the restaurant to order.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn asks NYU to evict Chick-fil-A.  A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain.

Chick-fil-A fans fight back.  Chick-fil-A restaurants became hotbeds of cultural tension yesterday when hundreds of thousands turned up at fast-food joints after the chain placed itself at the center of a row over gay marriage.  Drive-through lanes were backed up and dining rooms packed as some diners showed support for the chain which was lambasted when the CEO said he opposes gay marriage.

Chick-Fil-A Breaks World Sales Record.  The left's attempt to damage Chick-Fil-A completely backfired yesterday [8/1/2012].  Not only did customers wait for hours in line to "eat more chikin" but many Chick-Fil-A locations ran out of food.

Gay Rights Activists Attempt to Bully Business.  How can Boston & DC mayors — Mineno and Gray — justify discriminating against Chick-fil-A when the unemployment rate in both cities is at a record high, especially for low skilled workers in both cities?

Of Free Speech and Chick-Fil-A.  Dan Cathy could have saved his company, Chick-Fil-A, a lot of trouble.  All he had to do was keep his views about family to himself.  Instead, he answered a question honestly.  In a recent media interview, the company's president and COO said what he believes and why he believes it.  But his politically incorrect views are intolerable, judging from the anger of many on the left, including several big-city officials who are dead-set against his views.

Media Crusade Against Chick-Fil-A Continues.  The manufactured controversy over Chick-Fil-A won't be dying down anytime soon, if media figures get their way.  Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy stated that he was "guilty as charged" when it came to supporting the traditional family, and commented on a radio show that "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say:  You know, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'"  That's tantamount to heresy in Hollywood and in New York and D.C. newsrooms.  The media have proven themselves in the tank for same sex marriage, and Chick-Fil-A is learning what it means to cross them.

Leftists are not usually concerned about the proper nutrition or healthy eating habits of their political enemies.
ACLU lawyer wants Chick-fil-A supporters to gorge on transfats.  If you support Chick-fil-A in the face of left-wing nutcase attacks over the restaurant chain's support of traditional marriage, ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose has some advice:  "Did you see that politicians Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee are now trying to rally all homophobes to eat at Chick-fil-A?  I'm thrilled.  In fact, I encourage all bigots to load up on transfats and carbohydrates.  Go ahead  — eat your heart out on the "Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit" breakfast!  Mmmm."  Presumably, her idea is to trigger heart attacks.

Boycott about so much more than a chicken sandwich.  There's something about the public flogging of Chick-fil-A by government officials that seems un-American — lawmakers hell-bent on destroying a privately owned American company simply because of the owner's personal opinions.  Democrats in more than a half dozen major cities have led the charge — slandering Chick-fil-A's owner and calling for all-out bans on the company's expansion efforts in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco.

Exec Bullies Chick-Fil-A Worker, Then Promptly Gets Fired For It.  Adam Smith, former CFO and treasurer of medical supplies manufacturer Vante, caused quite a stir when he put up a video of himself bullying a Chick-fil-A drive-thru employee in Tucson on YouTube.  Smith berates the worker about her company in the video, which was initially titled "Reduce $'s to Chick-Fil-A's Hate Groups."  It has since been taken down (though others have uploaded it too).

Why We Lined Up at Chick-fil-A.  We lined up all over America yesterday.  We Americans, who normally don't like lines, went out of our way to stand in one — some of us for over an hour — yesterday on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  Why?  For one, we stood in line for the chicken sandwiches.  Is there a better sandwich in the country than their classic fried-chicken sandwich with those perfectly placed pickles?  Or a better milkshake?  I know I'd weigh ten pounds less if the local Chick-fil-A went away.

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Not me.  When I visit Chick-fil-A in Cedar Hill, I order the chicken strip salad and stay away from the milkshakes.

CBS Evening News Ignores Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.  On Aug. 1, CBS Evening News ignored the massive crowds that turned out that day at Chick-Fil-A restaurants around the nation in support of traditional marriage, free speech, or simply tasty fast food.  ABC and NBC, by contrast, covered "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day" with full and surprisingly respectful reports on their evening newscasts.  The August 1 episode of CBS Evening News completely failed to mention the massive crowds at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country.  And it's not as though the network was unaware of it.

Black Activists: Liberal Protest of Chick-Fil-A is 'Ultimate Example of Intolerance'.  Project 21's Derryk Green said it is liberals and homosexual activists who have tried to create the illusion that failure to support the idea of "gay marriage" is somehow a form of bigotry.  "Chick-fil-A executives and others who share a 'traditional' or religious understanding of marriage are unfairly characterized as hateful because the idea of being against a redefinition of marriage has been deceitfully conflated with being against homosexuals," Green said.

Masses line up to show support for Chick-fil-A CEO.  It took more than hour to order a chicken sandwich at a New Jersey Chick-fil-A yesterday as hundreds of diners descended on the fast-food chain to show their support for the company's CEO — a vocal critic of gay marriage.

45 photos of insanely long lines for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  Today was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, and after looking at all these pictures, I'd say it was a smashing success.

This article is replete with vulgar and profane quotes from the left-wing activist/reporter.
Florida Reporter Goes to Chick-fil-A, Finds Astounding 'Level of Hatred, Unfounded Fear, and Misinformed People'.  The media-news site reports on Facebook comments by Fort Myers (Florida) News-Press reporter Mark Krzos, who summed up his disgust as he covered Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Chick-fil-A supporters turn out in mass for "Appreciation Day".  A massive rush on Chick-fil-A stores in the Charleston area Wednesday reflected more than an unusual hunger for chicken sandwiches.  Cars snaked around local stores, the lines spilling out into surrounding streets, as hundreds if not thousands came out to make a statement.

Chick-fil-A backers recognize appreciation day.  Churchgoers and supporters of religious freedom weren't too chicken to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday.

Chick-Fil-A's Across The Country Are Absolutely Jam-Packed.  More photos.

Conservatives blast Chick-fil-A 'Tastes like hate' vandalism.  As police and store employees grappled with graffiti that appeared overnight on the back wall of a Torrance Chick-fil-A, online supporters and protesters alike criticized the vandalism.  "Tastes like hate" was scrawled in large black lettering on the wall of the restaurant, mimicking the chain's advertising.

Torrance Chick-Fil-A Vandalized.  The store manager of a Chick-fil-A in Torrance says the restaurant was targeted by vandals overnight.

The Silent Majority Goes to Chick-fil-A.  The Chick-fil-A controversy has no doubt been polarizing in some corners of the country, but the undeniable success of yesterday's nationwide rally to support the fast food chain means we're likely to remember August 1, 2012 as Silent Majority Day.

Mainstream Media Blacks Out Chick-fil-A Story?  Wednesday was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, and Americans flocked to the fast food restaurant in response to criticism of COO Dan Cathy's opposition to same-sex marriage (as well as threats from the mayors of some major cities).  The photos of long lines and traffic jams reveal the extent of the restaurant's support — for some it's about traditional values and for others it's about freedom of religious exercise and speech in the face of government intimidation.

Chick-fil-A gains local support for traditional marriage and family unit.  Hundreds of patrons arrived at the Pheasant Lane Mall on Wednesday eager to support Chick-fil-A's president and his controversial statements supporting the "biblical definition of the family unit."  The large crowd of traditional marriage supporters was unaware that the franchise manager of Chick-fil-A in Nashua, Anthony Picolia, is helping to sponsor New Hampshire Pride Fest, a celebration of gay rights being held later this month in Manchester.

Chick-fil-A Kiss-In more of a raspberry.  Rarely do we get to see two competing viewpoints this explicitly matched against each other, with enough separation to judge the strength of each side. [...] The protests got mainly ignored, and none of them apparently disrupted business.  Actually, the only complaint made to police by a Chick-fil-A location was to clear the media away, when they began interfering with business.

Chick-fil-A flap reveals true gay agenda.  The homosexual lobby wants to outlaw Christianity.  This is the real meaning behind the uproar over Chick-fil-A.  The chicken sandwich franchise has become a lightning rod for the culture war.  Liberals despise it; conservatives back it.  Supporters of gay marriage want to prevent the Atlanta-based chain from expanding, demanding new restaurant permits be denied.  The reason:  Its CEO Dan Cathy opposes same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A: Deep Fried Civil War.  [S. Truett] Cathy would probably have spent his life as a moderately successful local restaurateur save for two innovations, one culinary and one cultural.  In the early 1960s the owners of a local poultry purveyor came to him with a bunch of boneless breast pieces they couldn't do anything with and he began experimenting with ways of making a fried chicken sandwich.

Chick-fil-A: Deep Fried Civil War.  [S. Truett] Cathy would probably have spent his life as a moderately successful local restaurateur save for two innovations, one culinary and one cultural.  In the early 1960s the owners of a local poultry purveyor came to him with a bunch of boneless breast pieces they couldn't do anything with and he began experimenting with ways of making a fried chicken sandwich.

Chick-fil-A kiss-in protesters show their colors.  Leftists, when they get angry and let themselves be themselves, tend to behave in repellant ways.  That certainly seems to be the case with the gay marriage movement's anger at Chick-fil-A, as a former CFO now understands.  Captured on video by Legal Insurrection blogger Anne Sorock, participants in the kiss-in at the sole Chick-fil-A in Chicago mocked, one might even say harassed, an elderly African-American gentleman seated nearby reading his bible [sic].  This video will be ignored by the legacy media, who are always anxious to promote a soft and cuddly image of gay marriage, and protect the public from any negative images concerning homosexuality.

Gay Protesters Harass, Mock Homeless Man Reading Bible at Chick Fil-A.  Chicago Chick-fil-A "Kiss-In" protesters attack a homeless man reading his bible [sic].

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The word Bible is to be capitalized, without quotation marks, according to the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, "when referring to the Scriptures in the Old Testament or the New Testament."

Another Chick-fil-A Vandalized.  Virginia Kruta reports that yet another Chick-Fil-A restaurant was vandalized by anti-speechers, this time in St. Louis at the Des Peres location.

The Speed of Progressivism.  The transformation of Chick Fil A from a fast food place that most liberals had never even heard of into the "Enemy of the People" is a reminder of the speed at which progressivism travels forward and backward in time.

Chick-fil-A is another victim of the leftists.  A fellow called me and told me the other day that the line to get into the Chick-fil-A on the University of Minnesota campus was about 100 deep and an hour long.  Reports from around the country said essentially the same thing, that people were turning out at Chick-fil-A fast-food places, presumably in a show of support for Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, who made some remarks that led some people to think he is personally opposed to same-sex marriage.

Great gay kiss-off lays a gigantic egg.  This was billed as the greatest protest since Occupy Wall Street.  Thousands of scantily clad gay men and lesbians said they'd lock lips in a coast-to-coast red-hot make-out session.  They were to blast anti-gay-marriage comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy.  But gays preferred staying home to watch "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."

C'est Chick.  For three decades now, Chick-fil-A has been my only appointment fast-food stop.  I go there when hungry, and even when not.  Always cleaner than the inside of a Clorox bottle, the restaurants are run with warmth and efficiency, and are ruthlessly dedicated to customer satisfaction — the best quick-service franchise in America.  At most chains, you're just happy if they keep the rodent parts out of the condiments.

Leftists Silencing Chick-fil-A for Their Beliefs, Fascism in America.  You are not allowed to voice the belief, shared by many, that marriage is between a man and a woman.  You will be ostracized and your businesses will be destroyed.  One day, you will be imprisoned for a civil rights violations.  This is Fascism and it is our future if we ignore the Chick~fil~A predicament or allow the left to get away with demonizing Chick~fil~A with trivial complaints and straw men.

Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Values Drove Him to Work with Farrakhan.  Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, in a recent column, pointed out that Farrakhan "goes a lot further than Dan Cathy" in opposing same-sex "marriage."  As recently as two months ago, the racist, anti-semitic Farrakhan blasted President Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage, noting he is "the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid" — adding that " ...sin is sin according to the standard of God" and "the Bible forbids it."

Police called in because of disruptive MEDIA members harassing employees at Hollywood Chick-Fil-A 'kiss-in'.  Apparently, in Hollywood, CA police had to be called in because of disruptive people.  The police weren't called in because of the protesters doing anything wrong, but rather for the pink slime media members who were harassing the employees!

Mitt Romney, Chick-fil-A, and Ben & Jerry's.  The Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. announced that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities because the owner/founder of Chick-fil-A supports preserving the man-woman definition of marriage.  Aside from free speech issues, the mayors did something dangerously un-American:  they declared their cities open only to businesses whose ownership holds political positions they approve of.

Gay Totalitarianism.  All those die-hard opponents of "don't ask don't tell" — the Clinton-era policy that asked of gays in the military that they keep their gayness to themselves and stifle it when it came to free speech — abruptly turned on a dime.  Now they were out to wipe Chick-fil-A from the face of the planet.  All because Mr. Cathy was demanding the same rights for Chick-fil-A as gays were demanding in the military and beyond.

Chick-fil-A 'Kiss-In' Activists Harass & Mock 'Homeless Street Preacher' Reading His Bible Outside Restaurant.  The writer describes a group of about 20 to 30 protesters who assembled outside of the Chick-fil-A location around 7 p.m.  Some of the couples, Sorock reports, kissed one another in a stand against the fast-food chain's opinion on same-sex marriage.  While these acts were expected, some of the protesters made their way over to an individual whom Sorock described as "an elderly African-American homeless man."  He was seated along a fence nearby the protest.  When the activists approached him, they began arguing with him about theology, while also mocking him.  One of the individuals in the group even wrote disparaging messages in chalk near the man, who was peacefully sitting and reading his Bible at the time.

Lefty Wannabe Superman v homeless man.  Who is Spencer Thayer and why was he mocking a harmless old black dude reading his [B]ible?  It seems the lead mocker of the black man who was reading his [B]ible near the Chick-fil-A franchise in Chicago is also part of OWS.  Indeed he seems a participant in demonstrations for a great many far left causes.

Liberal Tyranny and the Cluck Heard 'Round the World.  It was a beautiful thing to behold.  It made you proud to be an American.  Most of the characteristically cocky "progressive" blogs and "news" sites observed radio silence as left-wing elitists — media, activists, politicos and pundits — sat in stunned disbelief.  Their wrongheaded Chick-fil-A boycott had backfired catastrophically.  Quite troubling, however, was when this predictable "progressive" hissy left the realm of comedy and breached the realm of tyranny.  Multiple elected officials — all Democrats — disgraced both themselves and the offices they hold by pledging to shut Chick-fil-A down, simply because they disagree with its leadership's biblical viewpoint.

Chick-fil-A controversy: A lot of clucking and no foul.  The great chicken-sandwich controversy has come and gone, leaving a moral lesson as consequential and lasting as the clucking in a henhouse.  The clucking was media-made — loud, fierce and angry.  And then it was gone.

Chick-fil-A municipal thuggery must be checked.  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proclamation that Chick-fil-A is "not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members" reflects an unprecedented level of arrogance displayed by an elected official about a person of faith.  Mr. Emanuel seems to be forgetting the hundreds of churches in Chicago that support the "biblical definition of the family unit," as Mr. Cathy said.  Does he realize how many people of faith he has offended?  Even more appalling are cities and politicians using zoning to limit free speech and prevent businesses from opening.  It happens more than one might imagine.

Who Gets a Pass?  Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said of the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values." [...] Even as Emanuel warned Cathy that his company did not reflect Chicago values, his city remains among the most murderous in the world.  This year, Chicago youths have killed more Americans than have the Taliban in Afghanistan.  Unable to stop the carnage, a desperate Emanuel welcomed in Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan to help quell the mostly black-on-black violence, even though Farrakhan has a long record of racist and anti-Semitic tirades.  Is the Chick-fil-A CEO a greater danger to Chicago than gun-toting gangs, or more illiberal than the racist Farrakhan?

NYTimes Food Reporter Rejoices at Chick-Fil-A VP's Heart Attack, Apologizes.  Mark Bittman, a New York Times food critic, admits he used an "inappropriate phrase" in an August 3 blog posting about Chick-Fil-A.  In fact, it was down right Bitter, man, because he seemed to be rejoicing that a vice president of the fast food company had died of a heart attack back in July.

Election Day at Chick-fil-A.  Across the nation, people took time out of their busy lives to make a statement: that they agreed with Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's CEO, that God's definition of marriage should be respected and honored.  Some days earlier, Cathy had told an interviewer, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."  What happened next is all too familiar to those of us on the front lines of defending traditional marriage.

Frederick Chick-fil-A restaurant vandalized with marriage equality stickers, gay pride flag.  Frederick [Maryland] police say vandals put stickers promoting marriage equality and a gay pride flag on the windows of a Chick-fil-A restaurant.  Police say the vandalism was reported Sunday morning [8/12/2012].

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Since Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, that's the best time for anonymous cowards to vandalize the place, and the most obvious time for the local police to keep an eye on the property.

Poll: NYers tell pols to keep beaks out of Chick-fil-A business.  An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers don't want politicians grilling Chick-fil-A.  A Quinnipiac University poll being released today [8/15/2012] found that voters by a lopsided 83-11 percent margin feel elected officials shouldn't try to discourage people from patronizing the fast food chain just because its CEO openly opposes gay marriage.  By a similar 82-12 percent margin, they called on pols not to interfere in the government permitting process for the popular chicken sandwich shops.

Threats of PC excesses.  PC absurdity has reached its zenith with the [...] Chick-fil-A scandal that erupted when Dan Cathy, president of the family-owned restaurant chain, told a Baptist publication:  "We're very much supportive of the family — the Biblical definition of the family unit."  Appearing on a devotional radio program, he said:  "I think we're inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you what constitutes a marriage."  The mayors of Boston and Chicago, along with other politicians, threatened to keep the chicken sandwich chain out of their communities, even though they had no legal right to do so.

Chick-fil-A Counters Claims It Agreed to Stop Funding Pro-family Groups.  Chick-fil-A has responded to news reports that it has stopped funding some pro-family groups as a concession to gain approval for a restaurant in Chicago, saying that it has made no concessions in its funding philosophy and, in the words of company president Dan Cathy, remains "true to who we are."  News reports surfaced September 19 that the company had reached an agreement with Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno, who had vowed to block approval of a restaurant site for the company unless it agreed to stop funding "anti-gay" groups.

The Chick-fil-A War Is Back On.  Now the controversy is back, after a Chicago alderman announced that Chick-fil-A had agreed to stop supporting "antigay organizations."  After two days of confusion, Mr. Cathy this weekend said Chick-fil-A had "made no such concessions."  No matter who is telling the truth, this much we know:  The targeting of Chick-fil-A is but one front in an ugly campaign where the goal isn't so much to prevail in a political argument as to buffalo opposing voices into silence.

Chick-fil-A: We Made No Concessions.  The president of Chick-Fil-A said they have not given in to the demands of gay marriage advocates in exchange for permission to build a new restaurant in Chicago.  "Chick-fil-A made no such concessions and we remain true to who we are and who we have been, said Dan Cathy in a statement to Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee.  Cathy said the company had not capitulated to the demands of supporters of gay marriage — in spite of media reports to the contrary.

Chewing Over Christianity And Democracy At Chick-fil-A.  Chick fil-A Appreciation Day is a useful moment to chew over more than just a chicken sandwich.  On the surface it's about company president Dan Cathy's support for his understanding of Biblical marriage (one man and one woman for life) and attempts by supporters of gay marriage to boycott it or, in the case of certain politicians, even try to prevent its stores from locating in their districts.  But at a deeper level, the Chick fil-A controversy underscores the growing dilemma over Christianity and democracy in America.

ABC News is surprised to find...
Chick-fil-A Benefited from Summer's Gay Marriage Flap With More Customer Visits.  Despite boycotts from pro-gay marriage groups, fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A may have benefited from remarks by president and chief operating officer Dan Cathy that he supported the "biblical definition of the family unit."

About a year and a half later...
Chick-Fil-A values.  [T]his week Chick-Fil-A values were back in the news.  When the deep South was paralyzed by snow that stranded motorists for hours and forced others to abandon cars, Chick-Fil-A moved in.  In Birmingham, Ala., a Chick-Fil-A store began cooking hundreds of chicken sandwiches and handing them out for free to stranded motorists along the highway.  Anyone who needed a warm place to sleep was invited to do so at Chick-Fil-A for as long as needed.  The next morning, workers prepared fresh chicken biscuits — which, again, they distributed free.

Two years later...
Chick-fil-A again tops KFC as top chicken chain.  Chick-fil-A widened its lead over rival KFC as the No. 1 chicken chain in the U.S. last year.

Chick-Fil-A Banned from Donating Food to School Event.  A high school football booster club in Ventura was prohibited from selling Chick-fil-A sandwiches at its back-to-school night event because the principal didn't like the restaurant owner's position on gay marriage, according to CBS Los Angeles.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2015 by Andrew K. Dart

Animosity toward Chick-Fil-A has been growing for a long time.

These Homosexuals Are Chickenxxxx.  Homosexual activists have ginned up a fake controversy targeting Chick-Fil-A just because one of the chicken outlets was kind enough to donate sandwiches and brownies to a "marriage seminar" run by a group that happens to oppose same-sex marriage.  How utterly pathetic of the activists.  How utterly pointless.  How utterly unhinged.  The homosexual groups' tactics are Leninist.

A Christian Business in the Left's Crosshairs.  Chick-fil-A is run by devout Christians who believe in strong marriages, devoted families and the highest standards of character for their workers.  The restaurant chain's official corporate mission is to "glorify God" and "enrich the lives of everyone we touch." ... Democrats are always ready to invoke religion to support their big government, taxpayer-funded initiatives.  But when an independent company — thriving on its own merits in the marketplace — wears its soul on its sleeve, suddenly it's a theocratic crisis.

CAAP: Cities Wanting To Ban Chick-fil-A 'The Same Thing' As Banning Blacks From Restaurants.  The President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors says supporters of traditional marriage are facing the same discrimination that blacks faced during the civil rights movement.  "Some people are saying because of the position that Chick-fil-A has taken — they don't want them in their cities," Rev. William Owens said at the National Press Club on Tuesday [7/31/2012].

American Taliban: Denver City Council Holding Up Chick-fil-A at Airport Because CEO Is Christian.  Liberals present themselves as devoted advocates of women's rights and homosexual privilege, and enemies of violence and religion.  Yet they ally themselves with Muslims, who enslave women, murder homosexuals, and reject reality in favor of their conspicuously violent faith.  In turn, Muslims overwhelmingly vote Democrat.  This is confusing until you realize that the content of their respective ideologies is inconsequential; it is only the ruthless intolerance with which the ideology is imposed that matters.  The most meaningful difference between Islam and liberalism lies in the methods used to coerce compliance, and these are determined by culture.

Business committee approves Chick-fil-A location at DIA.  The Denver Business Development Committee has unanimously approved a seven-year lease for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at Denver International Airport.  Originally, the Denver City Council had placed a two-week pause on the request, citing the company's reputation as an opponent of same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A Comes Out in New York City: Liberals hardest hit.  Manhattan's first Chick-fil-A opened this weekend, and despite liberal misgivings of the closed-on-Sundays fast food chain, the demand for chicken sandwiches wrapped around the building the block.

NYC Chick-Fil-A grand opening satisfies cravings, upsets animal and gay rights activists.  A highly adored and highly controversial fast food chain satisfied cravings and ruffled a few feathers Saturday [10/3/2015] with the grand opening of its first official Manhattan outpost.  Chick-Fil-A, the massively popular Southern staple owned by a conservative Christian family known for their anti-gay marriage views, hatched a 5,000-square-foot store in Herald Square to mixed reviews from fervent devotees and activists.

Denver City Council Moonbats Freaking Out Over Chick-Fil-A Restaurant Proposal In Denver Airport.  Let's cut to the chase on this story.  The city council is not taking its time to determine the validity of a restaurant permit; the City Council is seeking legal advice on what might happen if they deny such a permit.  It's a ridiculous, and quite scarey era, we live in when approval of a business license is dependent on the political affiliation of the owner.

Chick-fil-A location at DIA halted after Denver Council cites their LGBT stance.  What the heck has happened to Denver?  It used to be a nice place to live.  Now the City Council — specifically Councilman Paul Lopez — is saying that Chick-fil-A is a moral decision for the city.  Excuse me?  Whose morals?  You certainly don't have any that I can see.  Chick-fil-A serves all customers, regardless of their personal choices, so there is no problem there.  What they are objecting to is that charitable arms of the corporation give to anti-LGBT causes.  That's their right and none of their business.  To deny them a concession at the airport on this basis is a violation of their constitutional rights and their freedom of religion.

Haters Move Once More Against Chick-fil-A.  Some members of the Denver City Council want to punish Chick-fil-A for its owner's Christian beliefs about marriage.  They are contemplating blocking the very popular chicken sandwich joint from setting up shop in the Denver Airport.  Besides the owner's views on same-sex marriage, some members of the Council raised concerns about the "religion-influenced operation, which includes keeping all franchises closed on Sunday," according to the Denver Post.

Chick-Fil-A Leads All Fast-Food Outlets In Customer Satisfaction.  Chick-fil-A, the Christian fast-food company that is closed on Sundays to honor the Sabbath, ranks at the top of all fast-food companies for customer satisfaction, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Restaurant Report 2015.  Chick-fil-A was vilified by LGBT supporters for its CEO's remarks supporting traditional marriage, but that hasn't stopped it from topping the list the very first year it was included.

Johns Hopkins University's Student Government Opposes Chick-Fil-A Due To 'Microaggressions'.  The student government at Johns Hopkins University decided Chick-fil-A is not welcome on campus, as its existence would cause "microaggressions" against the gay community.  The College Fix obtained a copy of the Johns Hopkins University Student Government Association's resolution, "A Resolution Regarding the SGA's Opinion on Current and Future Chick-Fil-A Development Plans."  The resolution attempts to prevent Chick-fil-A from operating on campus "in a current or future sense."  The student government stated it "vehemently opposes" Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's opposition to gay marriage.

Did the Justice Dept. Collaborate With Those Trying to Overturn California's Proposition 8?  A conservative advocacy group wants to know if the U.S. Justice Department had any behind-the-scenes correspondence or communication with various law firms and/or groups that are suing California over its voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.  The Family Research Council has filed a freedom of information act (FOIA) request with the Justice Department, seeking any and all communications between Justice Department officials and various law firms or liberal advocacy groups that oppose, or are involved in the legal fight against either California's Proposition 8 or the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Gay judge's disclosure raises bias questions.  To hear them describe it, defenders of traditional marriage during last year's trial on California's Proposition 8 felt like the visiting team in a game with a hometown referee.  It was an open secret that District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker was gay, although he had never publicly acknowledged it.  Under the circumstances, challenging his objectivity in a case on the constitutionality of "one man, one woman" marriage carried substantial risks, such as angering the judge or being accused of "outing" a public figure, without any promise of success.

7 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?

Obama's Mind.  All of Obama's deep thinking is ultimately bogus.  Just consider his constantly "evolving" stance on gay marriage.

Senate Dem to Introduce Repeal of "Defense of Marriage Act".  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a senior member of the Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that she will introduce legislation to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defines marriage as being solely between a man and a woman.  This move comes on the heels of a decision by the Obama Administration to abandon it's [sic] defense of the constitutionality of DOMA, a 1990's measure that outlaws the federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

U.S., in Shift, Sees Marriage Act as Violation of Gay Rights.  President Obama, in a major legal policy shift, has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — against lawsuits challenging it as unconstitutional.

President abandons marriage.  The Obama administration announced yesterday [2/22/2011] that it will not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  This is the next step of President Obama's strategy to force the radical homosexual agenda on America against the will of the people and Congress.

Obama Completes His Trifecta.  [Scroll down]  On the judiciary side, we witness the executive ignoring a Federal Court ruling on ObamaCare's unconstitutionality, the refusal — to the point where an order of compliance had to be issued from the bench — to refrain from imposing an illegal moratorium on oil drilling; and, now the clearest and most blatant power grab of all.  Obama has arrogated to himself, in the matter of DOMA, the power to declare that law unconstitutional and order his Justice Department not to contest lawsuits challenging it.

Obama to God and America: You're Wrong About Marriage.  As one who helped draft the first version of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I regard Mr. Obama's order to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to abandon DOMA's legal defense as lawless, reckless, arrogant and a violation of his oath of office.  I think it is an impeachable offense.

Obama's homosexual America.  The homosexual rights movement is on the verge of destroying marriage.  If successful, it will permanently alter society.  And President Obama is playing a pivotal role in this attack on traditional America.  Mr. Obama ordered the Justice Department on Wednesday not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  In the face of lawsuits, the federal government is abdicating its role to uphold laws enacted by Congress — at least those the administration does not agree with.

Rep. Steve King: Cut DOJ Budget Over Obama's DOMA Decision.  The Iowa congressman, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, echoed criticism leveled by many Republicans, who say President Obama is shirking a duty to defend established law.  "The resources that they would be using to defend the DOMA law in court are not necessary to appropriate to them," he said.  "So with open rules on appropriations, that's an opportunity to bring an amendment that will reduce their budget by an appropriate amount."

The executive can't pick and choose which laws to defend.  One of the supposed great crimes of the Bush administration was the "politicization" of the Justice Department, a drumbeat we heard repeatedly, even after a politically motivated criminal investigation eventually found no wrongdoing.  But nothing the Bush administration did compares with what the Obama administration is doing openly.

Obama gets out of way of gay marriage.  The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it had withdrawn its legal support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act, stating that the law is unconstitutional and therefore the administration is under no obligation to defend it.

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It is not the function of the Executive Branch to decide which laws are constitutional and which laws are not.

Obama Not Just Above the Law — He Is the Law.  During his presidential campaign, Obama stated that he did not support same-sex marriage but that he did believe that DOMA should be repealed.  He gave no hint that he would take it upon himself to issue a presidential edict, without a congressional bill placed before him, forbidding the executive branch from enforcing the law.  But that is precisely what he did this week.

Obama's Indefensible DOMA Decision.  Obama thinks it's easier to grapple with God over marriage than with a federal judge.  Republicans and Democrats should know better.  There's a bigger judgment day than the one in 2012.

Is the President Above the Law?  This is the uncomfortable question many Americans are asking after President Obama's lawless decision to stop defending in federal court the law of the land on the institution of marriage.

President Obama Throws Marriage Under the Bus.  In an unexpected move (particularly in the midst of the Libyan crisis), President Obama signaled that he thinks the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and he has instructed Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department (DOJ) to cease defending cases brought against DOMA.  The wording of this surprise announcement suggests that the decision is another instance of this president's politicizing the administration of justice:  the White House ordering the Justice Department what it should do in order to appeal to the extreme elements of its political base.

Democratic (Not!) Party.  Should the people of Massachusetts determine whether your state awards recognition to homosexual "marriages"?  That, in effect, is what the President seeks in ordering his administration to not defend a U.S. law in federal court, i.e., the "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA).

Church group blasts Obama for abandoning Defense of Marriage Act.  A coalition of 34,000 black churches is blasting President Barack Obama's decision to stop defending the federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage.  The Rev. Anthony Evans, who heads the National Black Church Initiative, says Obama "has violated the Christian faith" by failing to uphold Jesus' teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Why Did We Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell?  I don't have many Facebook friends but the ones I do have are professionals and just plain smart so I asked all of them a question that had been puzzling me about Congress' rush to repeal the Don't ask, Don't Tell military policy on sexual identity — DADT.  I wrote:  "Can someone explain DADT?  Before it was enacted no gays could serve openly in the military.  If DADT is repealed, doesn't it go back to that? ... There can be no other answer than to presume that repeal of DADT is a prelude to allowing gays to marry how could we allow them to die for their country yet still be prevented from marrying?

Guess What's Next?  Activists Now Want Openly Transgender Soldiers...  It didn't end with securing the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  Activists have their next social experiment for our US military already in sight:  allowing openly "transgender" troops in the US armed forces.

'Mother,' 'Father' Changing to 'Parent One,' 'Parent Two' on Passport Applications.  The words "mother" and "father" will be removed from U.S. passport applications and replaced with gender neutral terminology, the State Department says.  "The words in the old form were 'mother' and 'father,'" said Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services.  "They are now 'parent one' and 'parent two.'"

What Obama Thinks of America:  Homosexual activists conducted a campaign of harassment, threats, vandalism, and attacks on employment against people who support traditional marriage — with particular venom toward religious people.  The vile assaults on Carrie Prejean for merely expressing her views pulled away the curtain that had been hiding how homosexual activists routinely treat decent people who dissent.  It raised the question:  Who is the aggressor, and who is victim?  The Obama administration would answer that question in a manner different from how most Americans would.

Playing the Hate Card.  The view that marriage means one man and one woman and that children flourish when raised by a married mother and father is rooted not only in biblical teachings but also in common sense; it's a truth proven by science as well as centuries of lived experience.  But children know that "hate" is a bad thing, and no one wants to be labeled a "hater."  It's not hard to imagine the pressure tactics that our children soon will face:  keep silent or risk being slapped with the label — "hater" — that will define them socially for years.  The label of "Hater" quickly shuts down reasonable discussion or open disagreement.  And that's the real point:  to intimidate proponents of traditional morality into keeping silent.  Put differently, it's to lock traditional morality in the closet so social engineers can be free to redefine marriage as they wish.

The Constitution and Politics.  Although it is not often noted or advocated in this manner, religious liberty, the right to life, and traditional values such as classical marriage are clearly protected from unlimited government power by the U.S. Constitution.  Moreover, as demonstrated by 33 (out of 33) referenda upholding the traditional definition of marriage, these are not only explicitly constitutional, but also popular, democratic values.  Traditional values are challenged, rather than cherished, by modern cosmopolitan elites who are disproportionately influential in the public discourse, policy, and legal processes.

Three Iowa judges may face voters' retaliation.  Three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of a unanimous decision last year to allow same-sex marriage may pay the price next month as voters decide whether to keep them on the bench.

The Most Anti-Catholic Political Ad You'll Ever See.  A Democrat Party supporting independent non profit group has sent out perhaps THE most anti-Catholic political advertisement I've ever seen. ... What this is about is the fact that the Church stands strong against abortion and gay marriage.  And that makes some very angry.

America's Slipping Grasp on Self-Governance.  In the 2000 primary election, 61.4% of the voters officially defined marriage as between a man and a woman.  Just five years later, the legislature passed a bill overturning the voter-backed measure.  The bill was vetoed by the governor.  Undeterred by losses in the elected realm, the battle was taken to the courts.  In 2008, a 4-3 state Supreme Court decision struck down the marriage law.  The people continued to use proper legal means to enact their will.  Californians successfully defined marriage in the state Constitution (ostensibly the court's sovereign document).  Once again, this petition was answered with injury.  No longer able to undermine the people's will on the state level, the Federal District Court in San Francisco took up and invalidated the new amendment, thus overruling the more than 7 million votes (over 11 million votes factoring in the original referendum).

Affirmative action and gay marriage are frauds.  Marriage has existed for centuries and, until recent times, it has always meant a union between a man and a woman.  Over those centuries, a vast array of laws has grown up, all based on circumstances that arise in unions between a man and a woman.  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that law has not been based on logic but on experience.  To apply a mountain of laws based specifically on experience with relations between a man and a woman to a different relationship where sex differences are not involved would be like applying the rules of baseball to football.

Our Dying Constitution.  Federal Judge Vaughn Walker, who unilaterally redefined the millennia old definition of marriage in his California marriage decision, will not have the last word on this issue.  However, it is troubling who will.  Many constitutional "experts" from both sides of the marriage argument agree that this issue will inevitably be "settled" by Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Thus, one judge (one man) may get to tell over 300 million people how they are allowed to order the very basis of their society.  How did it come to this?

Cherry-Picked Constitutionality.  A federal judge ruled that only a state gets to define what "marriage" is in that state, and the federal government can't overrule it. ... At least two things about that line of reasoning are very bothersome, regardless of your opinion of gay marriage.  First, it was not quite the "state" of Massachusetts that redefined marriage in this instance; four justices on its supreme court did.  The state legislature did not redefine marriage.  There was no popular vote to redefine it.  The governor never signed legislation to redefine it.  Four justices on the state supreme court did this.  And now we have a federal judge ruling that the federal government must honor that decision of state judges.  At this point, we have a total of five people redefining marriage as a legal institution for the remaining 310 million of us.

Gay Marriage Myths and Truth.  The decision by federal judge Vaughan Walker to invalidate California's Proposition 8 both recycles and revives some of the tired, misleading clichés regarding the same sex marriage controversy.  These distortions demand direct, concise correction and rebuttal.

Lack of Intellectualism Is Losing the Marriage Debate.  Judge Vaughn Walker's legal ruling striking down California's Proposition 8 certainly was no triumph of intellectualism. ... Among other things, he said that opposition to faux marriage was ultimately based on "moral disapproval."  While this is a rhetorically compelling argument in an age where "morality" has become a dirty word, it is also nonsense.

Judicial Tyranny Strikes Again:  Homosexual Marriage Imposed on D.C. Voters.  In a 5-4 decision, the D.C. Court of Appeals held today [7/15/2010] that "We the People" do not have the right to vote on the issue of same-sex "marriage."

Federal judge to rule on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry.  U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who presided over a trial earlier this year on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, will release his long-awaited ruling Wednesday [8/4/2010] on whether the 2008 ballot initiative violates the U.S. Constitution, a court spokeswoman said.

Federal judge strikes down California's ban on same-sex marriage.  A San Francisco federal judge today [8/4/2010] struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, concluding that it tramples on the equal rights of gay and lesbian couples and that they are entitled to be married throughout the state.

The Judge Has Spoken — Whether You Like it Or Not.  While Proposition 8 opponents style themselves as champions of tolerance, they've chosen judicial fiat over the slower, surer route of persuasion.  Californians want to be sure that tolerance will be a two-way street.  Will the courts force people to approve of same-sex marriage in the same fashion that San Francisco Superior Court judges voted to bar judges from taking part in the Boy Scouts because the Boy Scouts barred gays?  Will advocates use the schools to promote same-sex marriages with young kids?  These aren't unreasonable questions.

Prop 8 Ruling Could Criminalize Christianity, Leaders Warn.  Religious leaders warn that if an Aug. 6 ruling by a federal judge on same-sex marriage is upheld, it could wind up putting a gag on Christians speaking out about homosexuality — a gag that a top Southern Baptist leader says his denomination will not accept.

California's bumbler in a black robe.  After reading Walker's decision, Ed Whelan, a constitutional law authority and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, concluded that Walker was "intoxicated by his own bias."  Yet, this latest decision marks the third time Walker has been rebuked by appellate courts since he was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan.

What's Next, Bigamy?  Yesterday's ruling by a California federal court striking down the state's ban on gay marriage opens a constitutional Pandora's Box.  The court ruled that the gay marriage ban violates the Equal Protection Clause because homosexuals should be just as free to marry whoever they choose as heterosexuals.  The court concluded that there is no rational basis for a distinction between the marriage of a man and a woman and the marriage of a man and a man.

Marriage and the Constitution.  The federal same-sex marriage decision out of California sets into motion a sequence of events that will result in a Supreme Court earthquake two years from now.  The Supreme Court can either vindicate traditional marriage, or forever redefine the most basic unit of human civilization.  Sounds melodramatic, but unfortunately — it's true.

One Leftist Judge Slaps Down Seven Million Voters in California.  You people know this as well as I do.  The American people are boiling.  The American people are furious.  My e-mails are unbelievable.  This federal judge yesterday, this decision, Prop 8, California, has just put people over the edge, and all of these decisions are coming one after another from all corners of the federal government.  It's as if we have absolutely no say in what is going on all around us.  Decisions are being made for us, in lieu of us and imposed on us.

Was Judge In California's Gay Marriage Case Truly Impartial?  You do not have to be a legal expert to conduct this experiment.  You can even try it at home.  Slog through Judge Walker's 136-page opinion and then ask yourself:  why does this document read like the battle report of a search-and-destroy mission?  One would think, for example, that there are some rational bases for saying that marriage is what our society and our law have understood it to be for a few hundred years:  the union of a man and a woman.  Not in Judge Walker's court.

Activist Judges Strike Again.  Of course gay federal district judge Vaughn Walker ruled the will of the people of California irrelevant and the Proposition 8 ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.  Convened in a San Francisco courtroom, with a parade of political activists dressed up as experts testifying against the people's mandate, a blind man and his deaf dog could see the direction this judicial train wreck was heading.

Disoriented Judge.  All federal judges must swear they "will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me ... so help me God."  But can a judge given the opportunity to knock down a law that declared homosexual marriages invalid be impartial when he himself is openly homosexual?

Out Of Thin Air.  The imperial judiciary has struck again, with Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker striking down California's Proposition 8, passed in November 2008 with 52% of the vote, on the grounds that the voter-approved law was a violation of gay couples' civil rights.  Walker's ruling follows a Massachusetts federal judge's ruling last month that the state's married gay couples, also established by judicial fiat, were being wrongly denied the financial benefits of marriage because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Incremental Tyranny.  I hope the people of California have learned their lesson.  All this silly voting stuff is "so Twentieth Century".  Voting?  We don't need no stinkin' voting.  All we need is the "enlightened wisdom" of the judiciary.

Jefferson was Right to Fear the Courts.  In a little more than a week, federal judges — liberal activists both — have ruled to stay or strike down state laws in defiance of the will of the people.  Arizona's immigration law was first.  Next was a ruling by a federal judge to strike down California's Proposition 8, which voters there passed to define marriage between a man and a woman.

Judge overturned Prop. 8 while claiming he wasn't changing anything.  Judge Vaughn R. Walker's opinion purporting to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative banning gay marriage is a screaming advertisement against the appointment and confirmation of renegade judicial activists like Elena Kagan.  The labyrinth of twisted reasoning Walker constructs in his opinion is a testament to the depth of deceit that inhabits the modern left's thought processes.

Amnesty bill to be blurred with Gay marriage and 'freedom rights'.  A leak, who is very reliable, has revealed from behind closed doors the intentions from this progressive congress and Obama.  There is a Bill in the Works that will blur the controversial, gay marriage issue with illegal alien rights and amnesty.  This administration and congress plans to hide behind 'freedom' and are obtaining huge support from the gay community, naturally in the name of freedom regarding this soon to be exposed Bill.  You and I have just gotten a sneak peak as to the next 'Rules for Radicals trick' as it is unfolding.

NBC Changes Rules to Allow Same-Sex 'Today' Wedding.  After a meeting with gay and lesbian activists on Thursday, NBC's "Today" show said it is changing the rules for its annual wedding contest to allow same-sex couples to apply for a ceremony conducted on morning TV.

Judge:  Federal gay marriage ban unconstitutional.  A U.S. judge in Boston has ruled that a federal gay marriage ban is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage.

Stopping Obamacare or Gay Marriage?  Suffice it to say that the issue of "gay marriage" may be back in the headlines again soon.  Specifically, the "prop 8" case could be headed to the Supreme Court.  This, in turn, will likely cause at least some socially conservative Americans to demand that the Republican Party jump-start its previous "gay marriage ban" efforts.  And this will impact the November 2010 elections.

Newsweek's Transparent Call for Legalizing Gay Marriage.  Newsweek's article "The Right to Love — and Loss" pretends to fight for gay couples' "right" to divorce.  Instead, it is simply a transparent ruse to fight for gay marriage.  How else could gay divorce be legal unless gay marriage preceded it?  In a shining example of journalistic bias, reporter Eve Conant included seven different sources in favor of the government recognizing gay divorce (and hence, recognizing gay marriage) and quoted them 14 times in her article.

Huckabee compares incest, drug abuse to gay marriage.  Mike Huckabee, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, says the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use.  Mr. Huckabee also told college journalists last week that gay couples should not be permitted to adopt.  "Children are not puppies," he said.

New York Senate votes against legalizing gay marriage by a large margin, 38-24.  In a major blow to the gay rights movement, the state Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly killed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.  After two hours of emotional and often deeply personal debate, the Senate voted down the measure 38-24, effectively killing its chances before next year's elections.

Marriage in Maine:  Why We'd Better Fight.  Now that we know what President Obama's "Safe Schools Czar" Kevin Jennings means by "safe," we'd better start putting the pieces together on homosexual activism and fight back.  The beautiful old state of Maine faces a battle that will affect us all.  Will they vote "yes" to maintain traditional marriage on November 3rd or will they not?  Homosexual advocates are pouring in millions, while defenders are operating on a shoestring.

The Episcopal Church:  Still Christian?  It certainly isn't my job to pronounce judgment on other churches (I attend a nondenominational Evangelical fellowship).  But I can only wonder at people who gain their authority from the historic Christian church while simultaneously trashing the doctrinces of the very same historic Christian church.

Episcopalians say God calls homosexuals.  God has called and may continue to call homosexuals "to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church," the denomination's House of Deputies declared Sunday.  Homosexual-rights activists cheered the resolution, saying it would effectively end the church's three-year-old moratorium on the election of bishops in same-sex relationships.

Who says they're your kids?  Not in Montana.  The Montana Supreme Court just made it a whole lot harder to be a parent, and a whole lot easier to become one. ... The court affirmed a Missoula District Court ruling by Judge Ed McLean that Michelle Kulstad had earned the right to be known as a parent to two children because she had "shacked up" with the children's adoptive mother during the time when they were adopted.

Gay marriage gone wrong creates Catch-22.  Trapped in a bad marriage?  Sorry, really.  But you've got nothing on Larissa Chism and Tara Ranzy, a divorce-seeking Indiana couple doomed to live unhappily ever after and after and after by a legal Catch-22.

The Editor says...
Are we supposed to feel sorry for these people?  If you make waves, you will be left to swim in them.

An Open Letter to President Obama:  If you agree with our concern about marriage, it's time for you to start contacting both Republican and Democratic congressmen.  Congress is where the battle concerning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will likely be fought.  Importantly, many Republicans are shying away from this important social issue.  Conversely, the Democratic Party (generally speaking) seems to be beholding to the gay marriage movement for its financial support in the last election.

Obama's EEOC Nominee Would Redefine Marriage.  Chai Feldblum, Obama's nominee for the EEOC, aims to fundamentally change America's definition of marriage.  Feldblum is perhaps the nation's leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights activist.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, once Legislative Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), she's now Professor of Law at Georgetown University.  She's also a self-avowed lesbian.

DOMA Repeal Introduced, Faces Stiff Opposition.  A new challenge has arisen to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 federal marriage law that gives states the right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and prevents federal recognition of gay marriage. ... H.R. 3567, which already has 91 co-sponsors, would mandate the acceptance of same-sex marriages under the law nationwide so long as the marriage was legally performed in one of the four states with active same-sex marriage laws.

Unequal marriages.  According to the work of Harvard trained Dr. Stanley Kurtz and others, rapid destabilization of the entire institution of marriage has been an unintended consequence of recognizing same-sex marriages.

The Institution Formerly Known As Marriage.  The Iowa court's recent decision does not simply broaden marriage, it radically changes its nature.  While marriage previously served public purposes of attaching mothers and fathers to their children and one another, now marriage merely serves as affirmation of adult feelings.

Opponents of gay marriage to rally in Augusta Sunday.  More than 1,000 gay-marriage opponents are expected to rally in Augusta for an evening event Sunday [9/13/2009] featuring religious and conservative leaders from across Maine and the country.  It's the second such rally held in the state capital this year and it's designed to inspire and motivate same-sex marriage opponents, said the Rev. Bob Emrich, of Plymouth, one of the organizers.

Black clergy opposing gay marriage resent civil rights comparision.  Black clergy have long opposed the march toward legal same-sex marriages.  Now, they're also challenging the growing efforts of gay-marriage supporters to frame the issue as a civil rights cause.

California high court upholds gay marriage ban.  The California Supreme Court upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday [5/26/2009], but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed.

Prop. 8: Schwarzenegger says he'll carry out court's ruling.  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said this morning that he would carry out the Supreme Court's ruling backing Proposition 8 but that he believes gay couples should have the right to marry and would obtain it someday through an initiative or the courts.  "He voted no on Prop. 8.  He supports the idea of giving same-sex couples the right to marry.  I think he was hoping it would go the other way," said spokesman Aaron McLear.

Prop 8 protesters blocking traffic in California.  Hundreds of people, protesting the State Supreme Court's decision to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage, have formed a human blockade at Van Ness Avenue and Grove Street, shutting down traffic and causing disruptions on Muni bus lines.

The Editor says...
I just don't get it.  The voters of California rejected the idea of same-sex marriage.  The state's Supreme Court upheld the law.  And now an angry mob takes to the streets... for what possible purpose?  How is that going to change anyone's opinion, or the law itself?

Gay Marriage Advocates in California Face Another Setback.  The California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 yesterday [5/26/2009], the initiative Golden State voters approved last fall to amend our state's constitution to recognize only unions between one man and one woman as marriages.  Now advocates of gay marriage have their work cut out for them.  Since the court refused to respond favorably to their opinion, they must go back to the people and ask them to reverse Prop 8.  To do that, they'll need make a better case than they did last fall.

Miss California Is Braver Than Some Pastors.  I never thought that I would mention Perez Hilton in one of my columns, much less publically thank him for being an obnoxious, culturally-toxic chunky gay man, but thank you Perez — or whatever the heck your name is. Why do I thank him? Well, I thank him because his inappropriate, gay agenda-laden beauty queen litmus test regarding homosexuals getting hitched-up afforded Miss California the opportunity to stand up for the biblical definition of marriage...

The Destruction of Miss California.  Most polls show that the majority of Americans agree with [Carrie] Prejean, including the president of the United States.  Yet since she made that statement as Miss California, the woman has been persecuted in the media.

Miss California is the Left's new Sarah Palin.  [All the fuss] seems absurd given the low interest in these events let alone the improbability of anyone caring about the views expressed by the contestants during the question and answer phase.  Let's face it:  people tuning in to watch such a spectacle aren't doing so to get a tutorial on current events and pressing issues of the day.

Gay Tail Wags Hetero Dog.  Those who say the militant homosexual activists' goal is to live and let live apparently aren't following their reaction to Prejean and Hilton, which proves the militants will not tolerate an opposing viewpoint.  Those who doubt their persistence might be surprised on a not-too-distant day when most states have succumbed to the bullying and changed their definitions of marriage.

Carrie On the Tradition.  Beyond applauding Carrie and her steadfastness, I think an important point should be made.  Asking a woman in a beauty contest to testify against the sacrament of marriage between a man and a woman is an intrinsically absurd proposition.  If her presence in such an event has any point, it is to highlight the gift of womanhood, to proclaim to men that God has prepared for them a perfect partner.  To ask a woman engaged in celebrating her femininity to declare that it is fine if a man chooses to refuse this gift is a negation of what she is trying to communicate.

The (Same) Sex Issue.  It is unbelievable how wretched and wormy the liberal media have been regarding Carrie Prejean's comments regarding same sex marriage.  Here she was expressing the views of probably over 90 percent of Americans, to wit (1) America is a great country because opposing views are allowed, protected even.  (2) But for her, she was brought up as a Christian and guides her life on those precepts, and thus (3) She believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman.  Fortunately Donald Trump put it all in perspective by noting that she was saying nothing more that what President Obama has said about the same subject!

Axelrod: Prejean is a dog.  How much longer will this country be able to endure the utter contempt these progressives have for traditional American values?  When will conservatives begin to stand up for this young woman and the values she is defending?

The Donald Didn't Duck.  It's an odd day when Donald Trump becomes your hero.  But that's the new light I see him in, standing beside Miss California as she withstood the worst kind of public incivility, just for giving an honest answer to a question about a fundamental institution in American life.  Truth be told, "hero" might be overkill.  But Trump, for whatever his reasons, deserves credit for how he handled the Carrie Prejean controversy.

This is a side-track, and yet I'm inclined to follow it...
Lessons From A Beauty Pageant.  No one tells Donald Trump what to do.  Trump has de-crowned beauty queens before, upon release of photos.  I suppose Prejean may have technically broken pageant rules by not disclosing them, but contrary to what the magnitude of media coverage suggests, this isn't a murder trial.  This is The Donald's world, in which he is judge, jury and executioner.  I doubt that his foremost consideration, in determining Prejean's fate, was to safeguard the integrity and good name of a skin parade.

Update:  Donald Trump is no hero after all.
Exclusive: Miss California Carrie Prejean Loses Her Crown.  Less than a month after being told by Donald Trump that she can keep her Miss California crown, Carrie Prejean was fired on Wednesday [6/10/2009].  In a release first obtained by, K2 Productions, the independent producers of the Miss California USA pageant, under license from Miss Universe, cited continued breach of contract issues as the reason for Prejean's firing.

Yes, Marriage Can Be Saved From the Gay Lobby.  Since the April defeats for traditional marriage in the Iowa Supreme Court, the Vermont Legislature and the Washington, D.C., City Council, Americans in the other 48 states are quietly stress-testing their legal defenses against the spread of legalized same-sex marriage.  The Iowa ruling was particularly shocking.  Not one of Iowa's seven supreme court justices, who were appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors over the past 15 years, could identify a valid public purpose for the institution that has guided our civilization for thousands of years.

How Iowa Happened:  By now, everyone knows that the Supreme Court of Iowa has imposed same sex "marriage" on the heartland of America, a mere 10 years after the people of that state had expressly voted against it.  What very few people know is exactly how unfair this fight really was.  Not only was the line-up within the courtroom imbalanced, but the trial court refused to hear relevant evidence.  When the case made its way to the Iowa Supreme Court, they didn't behave much better.

Iowa, A Great Place To Be From.  The state in which I was born and raised has become the latest judicial laboratory for deviant social policy.  In a unanimous vote last week, the Iowa Supreme Court created the "right" to same-sex marriage.  As is always the case, the voters had no direct say in the matter.  Their state senators and representatives had acted responsibly on the matter several years ago by defining marriage as what it is — a union of one man and one woman.  But that no longer matters in America, where we now live not in a representative republic but rather under a left-wing judicial oligarchy.

Protecting parenthood.  Barbara Maniaci is asking the high court to come down from the mountain with the legal equivalent of the Ten Commandments, or more particularly the traditional Fifth Commandment:  "Honor thy father and mother."  What she hopes for from the distinguished justices is no less than a promise that the state of Montana will, must and should "honor the mothers and fathers' of all legally recognized families, and shall not take away inalienable parental rights or bestow them upon others because of a political agenda that would allow gay rights to trump family law.

Same-sex marriage foes push for a vote.  Almost as soon as the Iowa Supreme Court issued its historic decision legalizing same-sex marriage, gay marriage foes began lobbying legislators to debate a proposed constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.  That is "exceedingly unlikely," said Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs.  He vowed Monday [4/6/2009] not to take up the issue in the Senate.

D.C. eyes gay marriage recognition.  The D.C. Council will consider Tuesday [4/14/2009] whether to recognize domestic partnerships granted in other states and countries — a decision that could serve as a prelude to the city's own attempt to legalize same-sex marriage.

Vermont becomes 4th state to allow gay marriage.  Vermont legalized gay marriage on Tuesday [4/7/2009] after lawmakers overrode a veto from the governor by a wafer-thin margin, making the New England state the fourth in the United States where gays can wed.

Married to Liberty?  Last week, the Iowa supreme court found a constitutional right to gay marriage, rejecting the arguments for marriage accepted by the state supreme courts of New York, Maryland, and Washington.  Thus did the Iowa court, as my colleague at the National Organization for Marriage Brian Brown said, "misuse the law to impose an untruth on unwilling Iowans:  Same-sex unions are not marriages and Iowans should not be forced to treat them as such by law."

Will Iowa Become a Homosexual Mecca?  Shock, amazement, anger, disgust.  All were feelings experienced by Iowa conservatives last Friday [4/3/2009] after the state Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision which allows same sex marriages in the Hawkeye state.  The Court struck down the existing law which states, "[O]nly marriage between a male and a female is valid," proclaiming in a sixty-nine page decision that the statute was unconstitutional. ... The Court ignored both Iowa public opinion and its constitutional duty to interpret the statute rather than enacting public policy.

Miami judge rules against Florida gay adoption ban.  A judge on Tuesday ruled that a strict Florida law that blocks gay people from adopting children is unconstitutional, declaring there was no legal or scientific reason for sexual orientation alone to prohibit anyone from adopting.  Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman said the 31-year-old law violates equal protection rights for the children and their prospective gay parents, rejecting the state's arguments that there is "a supposed dark cloud hovering over homes of homosexuals and their children."

Why America's Culture Is Being Undermined:  New York State now dignifies homosexuality to the point of considering two females as the parents of a newborn.  And New York State is not alone in taking such action.  The bedrock of any worthwhile civilization, the traditional family, has been undermined and has now been officially denigrated.  No government bureau would have dared circulate such a directive only a few decades in the past.  A solid foundation of traditional morality would have made it impossible to even consider such a departure during past millennia.  But America's culture is changing, and the gradual acceptance of same-sex "marriage" is just one example.  But why is America changing?

Pestered Prop 8 donors file suit.  After giving $10,000 to California's Proposition 8 campaign last year, Charles LiMandri began receiving some unexpected correspondence.  "I got about two dozen e-mails and hate phone calls," said Mr. LiMandri, who lives in San Diego.  "They were calling me Nazi, homophobe, bigot.  I tried to engage people once or twice — I said that Proposition 8 had nothing to do with being bigoted, it was about preserving marriage — but people don't want to engage on the issue."  As a lawyer, however, Mr. LiMandri knew what to do with the e-mails.

Judge Orders Homosexuals' Names Placed on Adopted Boy's Louisiana Birth Certificate.  The State of Louisiana is expected to appeal a federal court decision last week ordering the state's Office of Vital Records to change a child's birth certificate to list two homosexual men as his parents.

Cloaking Extremism:  Obama and Same-Sex Marriage.  Obama declares his support for "civil unions," identifies the legal recognition of homosexual relationships as a matter of "civil rights," and parrots the line of the supporters of same-sex marriage that affording gay couples those "rights" works him and others no harm in their own (heterosexual) marriages.  But as a former teacher of constitutional law, he surely also knows that civil unions were the wedge employed by the California supreme court to crack open the tradition of marriage and declare that "equality" required the final step be taken from civil unions to full-fledged marriage.  Speaking of the "civil rights" of same-sex couples in egalitarian tones, as Obama does, is an invitation to courts to continue this strategy.

Massachusetts couple who led gay marriage fight to divorce.  A lesbian couple who led the fight for gay marriage in Massachusetts has filed for divorce.  Julie and Hillary Goodridge were among seven gay couples who filed a lawsuit that led to a court ruling making Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriages in 2004.  The couple became the public face of the debate in the state and married the first day same-sex marriages became legal.

The New Blacklist.  Strange times we live in when it takes a ballot initiative to confirm the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  Stranger still when endorsing that definition through the democratic process brings threats and reprisals.  In November, the San Francisco Chronicle published the names and home addresses of everyone who donated money in support of California's Proposition 8 marriage initiative.  All available information, plus the amount donated, was broadcast.  My name is on that list.

California Supreme Court looks unlikely to kill Proposition 8.  State justices appear unwilling to overturn the gay-marriage ban but suggest that pre-vote weddings are valid.

Gay Marriage vs. Democracy:  [The citizens of California] don't believe gays should be allowed to unite under the name of marriage.  In 2000, more than 61 percent of voters supported a ballot measure barring such unions.  That didn't mean the voters get their way.  Last summer, the state Supreme Court struck the law down on the ground that it violated the California Constitution by discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

The Unconstitutional Constitution.  Last November, 13,402,566 California voters expressed themselves for or against Proposition 8, which said that their state's Constitution should be amended to define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.  The voters, confident that they had a right to decide this question by referendum, endorsed Proposition 8 by a margin of 52.3 to 47.7.  Now comes California's attorney general, Jerry Brown — always a fountain of novel arguments — with a 111-page brief asking the state Supreme Court to declare the constitutional amendment unconstitutional.

SF City Attorney to file legal challenge to Prop 8.  The San Francisco City Attorney's office says he plans to challenge the validity of a ballot measure that would change the state constitution to ban gay marriage.  Spokesman Matt Dorsey says City Attorney Dennis Herrera will file the legal challenge in the California Supreme Court if the measure passes.

Civil rights groups challenge Prop 8 in court.  Civil rights groups moved quickly today to challenge Proposition 8, asking the California Supreme Court to strike down the latest attempt to ban same-sex marriage across the state.  While refusing to concede that the ballot measure has passed, gay marriage supporters nevertheless filed a petition with the state's high court in the event the current vote holds and Proposition 8 amends the California constitution to once again outlaw marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

The Editor says...
Why have elections if the state Supreme Court can override them?

Thousands in Salt Lake City protest LDS stance on same-sex marriage.  Opponents of a measure that banned gay marriage in California took their outrage to the spiritual hub of Mormonism on Friday [11/7/2008].  More than 3,000 people swarmed downtown Salt Lake City to march past the LDS temple and church headquarters, protesting Mormon involvement in the campaign for California's Proposition 8.

San Francisco Challenging Prop. 8 Results.  San Francisco intends to take the legal battle over same-sex marriage to the state Supreme Court.  Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarznegger has expressed disappointment over the passage last week of Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California.

L.A. County to join Prop. 8 suits.  Los Angeles County supervisors voted Wednesday [11/12/2008] to join cities and counties in lawsuits against the same-sex marriage ban, a move cheered by gays and lesbians who say they'll step up protests to overturn the divisive measure approved by voters last week.

If Democracy Doesn't Work, Try Anarchy.  [Scroll down]  What's wrong with this picture?  Lots.  First, there's the obvious inability of the minority to accept the will of the majority.  Californians have spoken twice, through the elections in 2000 and 2008.  Nearly every county across the state (including Los Angeles County) voted to amend the state constitution in favor of traditional marriage.  Nevertheless, bitter activists simply cannot accept the outcome as being truly reflective of the general public.

Donor Disclosure Has Its Downsides.  We have secret balloting for obvious reasons. ... And yet the mandatory public disclosure of financial donations to political campaigns in almost every state and at the federal level renders people's fears and vulnerability all too real.  Proposition 8 — California's recently passed constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage by ensuring that marriage in that state remains between a man and a woman — is a dramatic case in point.

Gay Activists Boycott Backers of Prop 8.  Soon after California's passage of a initiative banning same-sex marriage last month, dozens of gay activists descended on the El Coyote restaurant with signs and placards.  They chanted "Shame on you," cussed at patrons and began a boycott of the cafe.  The restaurants's [sic] crime:  A daughter of the owner donated $100 to support Proposition 8, the antigay-marriage initiative approved by voters.

The New Culture War.  [Pastor Rick] Warren is comfortably in the American mainstream. ... Warren, in short, is an unlikely hate figure, more Billy Graham than Pat Robertson.  But he has a black mark against him for those yelping in rage about his participation in the inauguration.  He believes what a majority of Americans do, what the vast majority of the planet does, and what all major religions maintain about marriage:  namely, it should be defined as between a man and a woman.

California Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban.  California's highest court has agreed to hear legal challenges to a new ban on gay marriage, but is refusing to allow gay couples to resume marrying until it rules.  The California Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted three lawsuits seeking to overturn Proposition 8.

Florida, California voters approve gay-marriage bans.  A ban on gay marriage, which is already illegal in Florida, looks like it will be enshrined in the state Constitution.  The Florida Marriage Protection Amendment is one of four constitutional changes that appeared headed for approval with 95 percent of statewide precincts reporting.

Progressivism's Achilles Heel.  Something interesting happened on Election Day that didn't get much attention.  Bans on gay marriage were on ballots in several states, and they all won.  In fact, gay marriage bans have ultimately passed in all 30 of the states in which they were on the ballot.

California ban on same-sex marriage struck down.  The California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday [5/15/2008], saying sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."  In a 4-3 120-page ruling issue, the justices wrote that "responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation."

California's Top Court Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban.  The California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage Thursday, calling such a prohibition unconstitutional and paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry.  In the 4-3 decision, Chief Justice Ron George wrote for the majority that domestic partnerships are not a good enough substitute for marriage.

Gay Rights vs. Democracy:  The high court of California has made gay marriage into a right that is immune from restriction by the majority of citizens in the state.  We already know what California citizens think about gay marriage: they oppose it.  A referendum outlawing gay marriage was passed with the support of the state's voters.  More than 60 percent of voters cast their ballots against gay marriage.  How, then, can a court invalidate the referendum and over-rule the will of the people?  Basically through a kind of legal fraud.

Obama's Mandate for Nationalized Same-Sex Marriage.  Appearing Monday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Joe Biden made the most high-profile statement yet of the Obama-Biden position on same-sex marriage.  DeGeneres asked where he stands on California's Proposition 8, a 14-word proposal that says, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."  Those exact words were enacted originally as a California statute in 2000, when 61 percent of voters approved Proposition 22, the California Defense of Marriage Act.

A Line in the Sand for Same-Sex Marriage Foes.  While the battle over same-sex marriage has been all but invisible in the presidential race this year, it is raging like a wind-whipped wildfire in California.  Conservative religious leaders from across the country are pouring time, talent and millions of dollars into the state in support of Proposition 8, which would ban same-sex marriage.

What same-sex "marriage" has done to Massachusetts.  Homosexual "marriage" hangs over society like a hammer with the force of law.  And it's only just begun.  It's pretty clear that the homosexual movement's obsession with marriage is not because large numbers of them actually want to marry each other.  Research shows that homosexual relationships are fundamentally dysfunctional on many levels, and "marriage" as we know it isn't something they can achieve, or even desire.  (In fact, over the last three months, the Sunday Boston Globe's marriage section hasn't had any photos of homosexual marriages.  In the beginning it was full of them.)  This is about putting the legal stamp of approval on homosexuality and imposing it with force throughout the various social and political institutions of a society that would never accept it otherwise.

Tyranny In the Name of Progress:
California court bans religious objections to same-sex pregnancies.  Once again, judges in California have taken sides in the culture wars.  On Monday [8/18/2008], in North Coast Women's Care v. Benitez, the Golden State's highest court ruled that doctors may not rely on their religious principles to refuse in-vitro fertilization for same-sex couples.  The decision runs roughshod over the First Amendment's free-exercise clause, seeking to supplant Judeo-Christian principles with the state-imposed religion of secularism.  This is a false choice under the federal Constitution, which makes room for both.

California Court Strips Children of Right to Mother and Father.  Most of the media coverage of the California Supreme Court's decision has focused on the court's declaration that there is a right to same-sex marriage.  The ruling invalidated California's Proposition 22, a state ballot initiative that passed with 61 percent of the vote in 2000, and which banned same-sex marriage in the state.  But the California Supreme Court decision goes beyond simply giving same-sex couples the right to call their unions a "marriage."  It also strips children of the right not to be artificially conceived or adopted by people other than a mother and a father.

Governor signs "1913 Law" repeal with gala State House ceremony.  After the Legislature kept their promises to the homosexual lobby and even passed the new, practically referendum-proof version of the 1913 Law repeal on Wednesday afternoon [7/30/2008], the Governor wasted no time having a splashy State House signing ceremony.

The New York Times is surprised to find...
A Poll Finds Californians Still Oppose Gay Marriage.  More than half of Californians support a proposed ballot measure that would overturn a recent ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, a poll has found.  Fifty-four percent of registered voters would back the measure, according to the survey by The Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV.  Thirty-five percent oppose the proposed measure, which is expected to be on the November ballot.

Gay Marriage Returns.  California's Supreme Court is not the law of the land, but its 4-3 ruling, titled "In re Marriage Cases" for six consolidated appeals, explicitly told both the state's voters and its elected legislature to get lost.  Back in 2000, California voters by 61% approved a proposition asserting that the state could only recognize a "marriage" between man and woman.  Now comes the court.

Gov. Moonbeam's Revenge:  By the narrowest of margins, the California supreme court ruled Thursday [5/15/2008] that Proposition 22, passed by 62 percent of California voters in 2000, is unconstitutional. ... On the legal front, this opinion breaks radically new ground:  The California supreme court is the first in the country to find a fundamental right to same-sex marriage. ... In a slam-dunk for gay-marriage advocates, the Court also affirmed a sweeping equal-protection right to gay marriage, grounded in the right to have one's family relationships accorded equal respect and dignity.

The End of 'We the People'.  Anyone desiring a preview of what the federal judiciary would look like under a Barack Obama administration need look no further than a narrow ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court allowing same-sex "marriage."  By a 4-3 margin, the high court deprived Connecticut citizens of the right to limit marriage and, thus, societal approval, to the legal and covenantal relationship between a man and a woman.  The ruling cannot be appealed, in keeping with the dictatorial mind-set of the majority.

Hallmark Adds Same-Sex Marriage Cards.  Most states don't recognize gay marriage — but now Hallmark does.  The nation's largest greeting card company is rolling out same-sex wedding cards — featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, with best wishes inside.  "Two hearts. One promise," one says.

Care Enough to Send the Very Worst.  Hallmark, a privately owned company and the biggest name in greeting cards, is releasing same-sex marriage cards.  This latest marketing venture comes despite the fact that homosexual "marriage" has only been imposed by the courts in two states.  The cards include two tuxedos on the front or two hearts intertwined.

California court won't delay gay weddings until vote.  California's highest court on Tuesday refused to stay until after the November election its decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.  Conservative religious and legal groups had asked the California Supreme Court to stop its order from becoming effective until voters have the chance to weigh in on the issue.

The Editor says...
The voters have already "weighed in on the issue" when they voted on Proposition 22  That's why the Supreme Court's ruling is so repugnant.

County clerk will stop performing weddings before same-sex couples can apply for licenses.  Kern County Clerk Ann Barnett has announced that her office will stop performing all weddings a few days before June 17, the date that same-sex couples can legally apply for marriage licenses.  Barnett's staff processes marriage licenses for hundreds of Kern County residents each year and it will continue to do, for both straight and gay couples, beginning June 17 as required by law, she said in a written statement.

Two California counties to halt all weddings, gay or not.  County officials in at least two California counties say they'll stop performing all wedding ceremonies by next week, arguing that they don't have enough resources to marry both gay and straight couples.  Officials in Kern and Butte counties cited budget and staffing constraints as the rationale for halting the ceremonies.

California Supreme Court keeps anti-gay marriage initiative on ballot.  A voter initiative to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage will remain on the November ballot, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Wednesday [7/16/2008].  The court issued a brief order rejecting arguments that the initiative, Proposition 8, was an illegal constitutional revision and that voters had been misled when they signed petitions to put it on the ballot.

Proposition 8 — the case for traditional marriage.  California voters were taken aback by the May 15 California Supreme Court (4-3) decision that reversed the votes of 4.5 million Californians who said "yes" to traditional marriage in 2000.  Proposition 22, which legally defined marriage as between one man and one woman, was passed overwhelmingly in November 2000.  Essentially, the court by a slim 4-3 decision overturned the will of the people and said "no" to 63 percent of San Diego County voters.

Victory for Christian registrar who refused to carry out gay 'weddings'.  A Christian registrar who was harassed and discriminated against after she refused to carry out same-sex civil partnership ceremonies has won a key legal battle.  Lillian Ladele, 47, said that she was treated like a pariah by colleagues at Islington council in North London after she said that she could not carry out the ceremonies as a matter of religious conscience.

Christian registrar who refused to marry gay couples reveals bullying ordeal.  The devout Christian registrar who won a landmark legal battle over her refusal to carry out gay 'weddings' has spoken for the first time about the devastating campaign of bullying she suffered at the hands of her politically correct colleagues.  Lillian Ladele says she was treated as a 'pariah' because her traditional values were at odds with the dogmatism of equalities-obsessed Islington Council.

California same-sex weddings will affect other states.  After wedding-day celebrations subside, gay and lesbian couples from other states who marry starting this week in California face sobering challenges.  Many will return home to states which explicitly reject same-sex unions.  Major gay-rights groups are urging them not to rush into lawsuits demanding that their marriages be recognized.  Lawyers warn that they may have difficulty divorcing if things go awry.

That's No Man, That's My Wife.  As you may have noticed, the California Supreme Court recently decided by a 4-3 margin to green light same-sex marriages.  In doing so, they over-turned a ballot measure that 61% of the voters approved in 2000, which stated that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California."  Although there is nothing in the state constitution that warrants that vote being set aside by four jurists, these days there's nothing unusual about 56% of the judges over-ruling 61% of the electorate.

Male priests marry in Anglican church's first gay 'wedding'.  Two male priests exchanged vows and rings in a ceremony that was conducted using one of the church's most traditional wedding rites — a decision seen as blasphemous by conservatives.  The ceremony broke Church of England guidelines and was carried out last month in defiance of the Bishop of London, in whose diocese it took place.

Same-Sex Marriage and Immoral SUVs:  There is a verse in the Bible that comes to mind:  "So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter" (Isaiah 59:14).  It's a prophetic utterance of a time when judgment would be turned inside out and backward.  Right would be wrong, wrong would be right and truth would be the victim, having "stumbled in the streets."  It would seem we are there.  At the same times as the New York Times was implying that anyone driving an SUV is committing an immoral act, they were praising the new age of freedom being ushered in by the California rush of same-sex marriages.

The Editor says...
The book of Isaiah is full of interesting reading, mainly because of its many long-range predictions that turned out to be true. The verse quoted above is quite applicable, but read the next verse (59:15) as well:
"Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment."*
Mormon Church enters gay marriage fight.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is asking California members to join the effort to amend that state's constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Same-sex marriage decision may help Republicans.  The California Supreme Court's historic ruling affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry is certain to inject the issue into the 2008 presidential race and could help Republicans by serving up a red-meat issue to rally conservative voters.  The court's 4-3 decision echoes the Massachusetts Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage before the last presidential election in 2004, which led San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Wedded to Activism.  The California supreme court, by a 4-to-3 margin, ruled Thursday that it is not sufficient that California has enacted a domestic-partnership scheme that makes available to same-sex couples "virtually all of the same substantive legal benefits and privileges" as marriage.  The court instead invented a "right of same-sex couples to have their official family relationship accorded the same dignity, respect, and stature as that accorded to all other officially recognized family relationships."  In short, it required that marriage itself — both the term and the institution — be redefined to be fully available to same-sex couples.

Over The Threshold.  The civil purpose of marriage is not and never has been to reaffirm the love of two people for one another.  Nor is marriage primarily a business arrangement.  This country and healthy societies around the world and throughout history have given marriage special legal protection because of the recognition that it's the one institution that ensures the society's future through the orderly upbringing of children.

California Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Fuels a Battle, Rather Than Ending It.  [Mathew D.] Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a Florida group that defends traditional marriage, flew to Dallas on Thursday night [5/15/2008] for a late dinner meeting with a fund-raiser.  The topic was how to finance a campaign for the California Marriage Protection Act, a November ballot initiative that would amend the state Constitution and effectively undo the court's decision. … The amendment would insert 14 words into the California Constitution — "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in California"….

You Can Fight The Imposition Of Same-Sex Marriage In America.  On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that same-sex marriage should be legal in the state.  This decision was made despite millions of voters approving Proposition 22 in 2000.  Proposition 22 stated clearly that the people of California wanted marriage to be only a union of one man and one woman.  Proposition 22 expressed the will of 61.4% of California citizens.  But their will has been overthrown by four liberal activist judges on the California Supreme Court.

Activist wamts to impeach judge for gay ruling.  A conservative political activist is demanding that the Iowa Legislature impeach Polk County District Judge Robert Hanson, who ruled last month that state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.  Bill Salier, a Nora Springs farmer and former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said Wednesday [9/12/2007] that he is passing petitions favoring the judge's impeachment.

"Gays" Don't Want "Marriage" After All.  Getting married isn't even on the radar screen for the vast majority of homosexuals. … By co-opting and misapplying the language of the genuine civil rights movement, homosexual activists — along with kindred leftists in the media, government and elsewhere — are making considerable strides toward reshaping our culture.  They've enjoyed much success in attaining official government recognition of a disordered and empty, though demonstrably mutable, sexual lifestyle.

Another case against gay parents raising kids.  London author Dawn Stefanowicz has published a compelling memoir entitled "Out From Under:  The Impact of Homosexual Parenting."  In this compelling book, she presents an open and honest account of her anguishing experiences as a child growing up in a dysfunctional home dominated by a homosexual father and a submissive mother.

Civil unions aren't marriage.  In a 3½-hour session that sounded sometimes like a law school seminar and sometimes like a radio talk show, the California Supreme Court this week wrestled with the question of whether the state Constitution's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" requires the recognition of same-sex marriages.

NHS could pay surrogates £15,000 to have babies for gays.  Surrogate mothers could be given up to £15,000 of Health Service money to have children for gay couples, it emerged yesterday [1/30/2008].  An NHS trust is considering funding the service for infertile couples — whether they are heterosexual or of the same-sex.

Gore Expresses Support for Homosexual Marriage.  Al Gore, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and self-proclaimed "inventor of the Internet," has earned a new moniker:  champion of homosexual marriage.  And while some observers are excited about Gore's endorsement of same-sex marriage, the laws at the state level show overall that traditional marriage is supported by a vast majority of Americans and legislatures.

Philadelphia Mayor Presides Over Same-Sex 'Wedding'.  Outgoing Philadelphia Mayor John Street officiated at his first same-sex commitment ceremony at City Hall on Saturday [11/24/2007].  A pro-family organization said the event marked a "dark day in the history of the City of Brotherly Love."

Court:  Gay marriage in Canada should be recognized in New York.  An appeals court has ruled that a gay couple's marriage in Canada should be recognized in New York.  The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court today reversed a judge's ruling in 2006 that Monroe Community College did not have to extend health benefits to an employee's lesbian partner.

Massachusetts Liberals Unhinged.  [Eileen] McNamara's column encapsulates the haughtiness with which liberals proselytize their social scheme and the utter disdain with which they hold those who do not agree with their attempts to impose their will on an unreceptive public.  In essence, she is saying that if you don't agree with the proponents of same sex marriage, you are a bigot.  This episode has laid bare the elitist, insufferable and anti-democratic nature of liberalism for all to see.

Who's to blame for anti-gay-marriage initiatives?  Homosexual relationships surely have existed throughout history, but homosexuals have not sought marriage rights nor has any society formally sanctioned such relationships through its laws, that is until the late 20th century, and then in just a very few societies.  Now, some judges in the United States have cast aside tradition and law in favor of an experiment in reordering society, without the democratic consent of the citizens of the affected communities.  Should it surprise anyone that a backlash has ensued?

Maryland taxpayers may be forced to subsidize homosexual lifestyle.  Pro-family activist Matt Barber is warning Maryland taxpayers that they may soon be forced to support the homosexual lifestyle with their pocketbooks.  Barber, policy director for cultural issues for Concerned Women for America, says Maryland appears on the fast track to becoming the 15th state to grant domestic partner benefits to homosexual state employees.

Governor flies flag for gay marriage in pride parade.  Onlookers cheered and waved "thank you" signs yesterday as Deval Patrick became the first governor to march in Boston's gay pride parade, days before an anticipated vote on a ballot question that could bar same-sex marriages.

Court Restores Nebraska's Same-Sex Marriage Ban.  Supporters of banning gay marriage won two major court rulings Friday [7/14/2006], with a federal appeals court reinstating Nebraska's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage and the Tennessee Supreme Court dismissing an effort to keep a proposed ban off the November ballot.

Gay "marriage":  [Homosexuals] argue against a "ban on gay marriage" but marriage has for centuries meant a union of a man and a woman.  There is no gay marriage to ban.  Analogies with bans against interracial marriage are bogus.  Race is not part of the definition of marriage.

Bias in the Headlines:  The Walt Disney Company's decision to allow same-sex couples to purchase the high-end Fairy Tale Wedding Package has generated lots of news coverage — with headlines frequently biased in favor of so-called homosexual "marriage." … Gay "marriage" is not recognized in Florida or California, where Disney's amusement parks are located.  The ceremonies that will be performed on the company's properties and cruise ships will not be weddings.  They will be commitment ceremonies, which have been performed in Disney parks for some time.

Massachusetts lawmakers approve gay marriage vote.  Massachusetts lawmakers approved a measure on Tuesday [1/2/2007] that could give voters a chance next year to ban gay marriage in the only U.S. state where it is now legal.  But the 200-member Legislature, which has been waging a grueling legislative battle over the issue, immediately moved to reconsider its vote — a tactic that gay-marriage supporters hope could be used to defeat the proposal later Tuesday.

Gay Impasse:  Social policy throughout the United States has evolved from the conviction that unions between men and women bring forth welcome fruits, primarily the children who become citizen-successors and provide for the continuation of the state.  In terms of civil status, such a union is — and is called — marriage.  A marriage has derivative rights and responsibilities, including child care.  The gay lobby seeks to neutralize those special inducements to marriage.

New Jersey Supreme Court Says there is No Fundamental Right to Same-Sex Marriage.  In a decision that came dangerously close to authorizing same-sex marriage, the New Jersey Supreme Court concluded in the case of Lewis v. Harris that there was, in fact, no constitutional right under the New Jersey Constitution for same-sex marriage.  This aspect of the opinion is very important. … The court noted that both the U.S. Supreme Court and decisions in New Jersey "fall far short of establishing" that same-sex marriage was a fundamental right.

Homosexual Marriage In Canada Killing Free Speech.  The legalization of same-sex marriage in Canada has put law and religion on a collision course.  The Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, in Port Coquitlam, B.C., was required to pay a fine for causing 'hurt feelings,' when it denied the use of the organization's hall to a lesbian couple to celebrate their wedding.  Religion-based social services, such as counseling and adoption services, are now required to conform to the same-sex marriage law.  The tax-exempt status of churches has become the subject of intimidation and harassment.

Labour kills off 'husbands' and 'wives' .  Labour has removed the traditional terms "husband", "wife" and "spouse" from a wide range of official forms, and replaced them with the word "partner".  Civil servants at Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs, which is responsible for tax collection, yesterday [11/17/2007] admitted the new term was a convenient "catch-all" and a part of "modern language".  The move is said to take into consideration the range of relationships that now have a legal standing.

Gays cannot 'marry' in New York.  New York's highest court ruled yesterday [7/6/2006] that the state's marriage laws are constitutional and that homosexual couples cannot "marry."

Homosexuals at the Boston Globe told to marry or lose benefits.  Memo to Boston Globe gay and lesbian Guild employees:  Get married or lose your domestic partner benefits.  Globe staffers have been told that health and dental benefits for gay employees' domestic partners are being discontinued.  Gay couples who want to keep their benefits must marry by January 1, 2007.

Why Did Hagel Vanish for Marriage Vote?  The "conventional wisdom" just can't explain Nebraska.  The "conventional wisdom" (read:  liberal media spin) on last week's U.S. Senate vote regarding the Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was that the vote was scheduled for purely political reasons — to mobilize the Republican Party's conservative base for the November midterm congressional elections.

Marriage is about children.  The debate over the federal marriage amendment is really a debate about children.  Or, at least it should be, because at its core marriage is really all about children.  Society, and therefore government, has a direct and compelling interest in children.  They are the future of any society and a society that is not recruiting suitable replacements in sustainable numbers is at best in decline and possibly facing extinction.

Constitutional convention?  Supporters of a constitutional amendment to keep the courts from legalizing homosexual marriage, stunned by poor support in the recent Senate vote, are beginning a campaign for a constitutional convention.

Bait and switch:  Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) was one of the few who actually talked about the Marriage Protection Amendment itself.  He called any vote for the amendment "a vote for bigotry, pure and simple."  Well, that's pretty straightforward.  If Mr. Kennedy is correct, then about half the Senate, the president of the United States, the Pope, Billy Graham, the late Mother Teresa, Franklin Roosevelt, the Founding Fathers and a majority of the U.S. electorate are or were drooling, raving hatemongers.

Eleven States Vote to Ban Same-sex Marriage.  In a resounding, coast-to-coast rejection of gay marriage, voters in 11 states approved constitutional amendments [on Election Day] limiting marriage to one man and one woman.  The bans won by a margin of 3 to 1 in Kentucky and Georgia, 3 to 2 in Ohio, and 6 to 1 in Mississippi.

Alaska legislators balk on same-sex benefits.  The state Legislature decided Monday [11/20/2006] to flout a court order to provide health insurance for gay partners of state employees.  Now it remains to be seen what effect, if any, the legislation will have.

[Just a reminder:  The legislature is supposed to make laws, not the courts.]

Gay-marriage ban coasts.  Texans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday [11/8/2005] to bolster the state's ban on same-sex marriage by writing it into the state constitution, rejecting concerns that the broadly worded amendment could go much further than intended.

Alabama:  'No' to gay unions.  Voters overwhelmingly approved a measure banning gay marriage, making Alabama the 20th state to amend its constitution to keep same-sex couples from the altar.  With 99 percent of precincts reporting, the amendment was favored by 81 percent, or 735,057 voters, and opposed by 19 percent, or 169,777.  Forty-five states, including Indiana, have specifically barred same-sex marriage through statutes or constitutional amendments.

Alabama Voters Endorse Ban on Gay Marriage.  Alabama voters … overwhelmingly endorsed a ban on gay marriage Tuesday [6/7/2006], giving it 81 percent approval.

On June 7, 2006, Alabama voters approved this law, but the event received almost no coverage in the mainstream media.  Of course, there are many other examples of suppressed news.

Judge strikes down Georgia ban on gay marriage.  A judge has struck down Georgia's ban on same-sex marriages, saying a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject.  The ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance C. Russell had been eagerly awaited by gay-rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004, soon after the constitutional ban was approved.

[This is typical leftist strategy:  If you can't win at the ballot box, run to the courtroom.]

Georgia to appeal gay marriage ban ruling.  Georgia will appeal a judge's ruling that struck down its voter-approved ban on gay marriage, and the governor said Wednesday he will call a special legislative session if the state Supreme Court doesn't rule on the issue soon.  "I think the people spoke overwhelmingly.  I think the people of Georgia knew exactly what they were voting for," Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue said.

Same-sex amendment?  Those who wish to make a libertarian point against the amendment currently proposed have got to grope for appropriate language, which doesn't come readily to mind.  Because the point at issue has to do not exclusively with connubial relations, but with the sanctions that are visited by the state on connubial unions.

Conservative Groups Boycott Ford After All.  "Ford has every right to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups promoting homosexual marriage.  But those who oppose homosexual marriage have every right not to buy automobiles made by Ford Motor Company," said the American Family Association, which has reinstated its boycott against the car-maker.  AFA Founder and Chairman Don Wildmon says the year-long boycott will commence because Ford has backed out of a deal to avoid supporting the homosexual agenda.

Support for homosexual agenda remaining 'Ford tough'.  Ford Motor Company has signed on as a major sponsor of the 2007 national convention for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).  Family advocates — among them a group boycotting the automaker and an individual soon to speak at Ford's annual shareholders meeting — say it is just one of many moves by Ford in its ongoing support of homosexual activism.

Southwest Airlines stands by sponsorship of DC 'homosexual pride' event.  Southwest Airlines is defending its recent sponsorship of a homosexual pride celebration in Washington, DC, last weekend. The airline says it has no regrets about its decision.

Bringing the church to its knees.  We live in interesting times when the Catholic Church has to defend its doctrinal beliefs regarding the adoption of children against those who insist that the church adjust its policies to reflect the preferences of gays and lesbians.

No out-of-state gay marriages in Massachusetts.  The state's highest court ruled Thursday [3/30/2006] that same-sex couples from other states cannot legally marry in Massachusetts.

House rejects gay marriage ban amendment.  The House rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage on Tuesday [7/18/2006], a setback that conservatives hope to turn to their advantage in the fall elections.

Polygamy next in line?  The argument proponents of same-sex "marriage" most fear in the coming debate on the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA), and are doing their best to ignore or discount, is that legalized polygamous marriage is next if society accepts same-sex "marriages" as legitimate and legal.

Once same-sex marriage is OK, polygamy's next.  The Minnesota Legislature is considering proposing a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.  Many opponents claim that definition is antiquated and discriminatory.  A committed relationship should be the only criterion for marriage, they say.  But wait.  What if a person loves two people, or three or more?

Blurring the lines.  In an essay 10 years ago, I pointed out that it is utterly logical for polygamy rights to follow gay rights.  After all, if traditional marriage is defined as the union of (1) two people of (2) opposite gender, and if, as advocates of gay marriage insist, the gender requirement is nothing but prejudice, exclusion and an arbitrary denial of one's autonomous choices in love, then the first requirement — the number restriction (two and only two) — is a similarly arbitrary, discriminatory and indefensible denial of individual choice.

Matrimonial multiplication.  When social conservatives argue legalizing same-sex "marriage" could lead to legalized polygamy, same-sex "marriage" advocates either laugh or sneer.  It's a scare tactic, they say.  It'll never happen. … Wrong.  In these politically correct times, do-gooders expand definitions until words — or institutions — lose all meaning.  Marriage can mean what you want it to mean.  And if you don't prosecute all crimes in a category, you can't prosecute one.

"The goal of the radical homosexual agenda is to eliminate any and all laws regulating consensual sexual conduct.  This would mean the elimination of laws banning polygamy as well as those that ban sex between adults and minors."
- Mathew D. Staver,   
President and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel   

The Editor says...
Let's hit the high beams and look even further down the road.

The Slippery Slope of Same-Sex "Marriage":  Homosexual "marriage" proponents categorically reject the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  So does a Missouri man who wants to marry his horse.  Instead, the sole criterion for marriage becomes the presence of "love" and "mutual commitment."  But once marriage is no longer confined to a man and a woman, it is impossible to exclude virtually any relationship between two or more partners of either sex — even non-human "partners."

Protests greet UK's first gay unions.  Lesbian couple Shannon Sickels and Grainne Close became the first gay couple to be "married" in the UK, sparking protests outside Belfast City Hall.

Omaha stakes:  Last Thursday [5/12/2005], a federal judge in Omaha overturned Nebraska's constitutional amendment that banned same-sex "marriage."  And the press reaction to the story was muted.  Why?  Because this decision proves that we and other critics of the courts and advocates for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex "marriage" have been right all along.

The Reporters Who Didn't Bark.  There's a reason that the media hasn't asked national Democrats what they think about California's same-sex marriage bill.  The media knows this is an issue of intense interest across the political spectrum.  The mainstream media also knows that every single time the question of same-sex marriage has been submitted directly to the voters, it has been overwhelming rejected.

Gay agenda means less freedom for all.  The latest Gallup polling on attitudes regarding same-sex marriage shows a trend that should concern conservatives as well as all Americans.

NEA will promote homosexual, polygamous marriages to students.  Our talking points as conservatives on the problems with same sex marriage should ALWAYS include the effect on what every student will be forced to learn:  "When I grow up, I can marry a man or a woman."  (Or two, or three?)

AFL-CIO Promotes Homosexual "Marriage".  The political activism of labor unions is growing, and drifting far from labor issues.  Recently it was learned that the AFL-CIO has endorsed and is using member dues to promote homosexual "marriage."

Sodomy Decision is a "Battering Ram" in the Hands of Homosexual Activists.  Family values activist Gary Bauer calls the ruling a "disaster for the pro-family side of America's culture war."  He believes homosexual activists will use this decision to promote same-sex marriages — and that, he says, "will open the floodgates." … "I've argued repeatedly that if we have same-sex marriage, you cannot then constitutionally stop a man who wants to marry three women," he says.  "People say that's nuts — but legally, one follows the other."

N.J. ruling on gays may echo at the polls.  Same-sex couples in New Jersey must be given all the benefits and rights enjoyed by married men and women, but state lawmakers will have to decide whether they can officially wed, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday.  The ruling leaves open the possibility that state lawmakers will follow the lead of Vermont and Connecticut and allow "civil unions."

Same-Sex Marriage:  Hijacking the Civil Rights Legacy.  The movement to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions has packaged its demands in the rhetoric and images of the civil rights movement.  This strategy, though cynical, has enormous strategic utility.

[In other words, the argument is based on a false premise, but it might work!]

Australia invalidates gay-relationship law.  Conservative Prime Minister John Howard's federal government has invoked special powers to invalidate a territory's law that had been the first in Australia giving legal recognition to same-sex relationships.

Vermont Inn Sued for Resisting Same-Sex Civil Union Ceremony.  Homosexual activists have targeted a small, family-owned inn in Vermont and are threatening its owners with financial ruin if they do not provide planning, resources and accommodation for a same-sex civil union ceremony.

Now that we've voted:  When our youth are influenced by the "fairness" argument for gay "marriage," help them understand that matrimonial law is not based on "feelings" or "fairness," but on moral and natural law judgments that marriage is inherently heterosexual, monogamous, fruitful, and permanent.

We the people:  In 11 of 11 states, including liberal Oregon, voters by generally huge majorities declared their belief that it should be between a man and a woman.  "We the people" clearly are unwilling to bow before the preferences of "we the judges" — and if some judges don't back off from arrogantly trying to write their beliefs into law, their authority is likely to be circumscribed one way or another.

Gay marriage "rights".  In all the states where gay marriage was on the ballot [in 2004], the voters voted against it — as they should have.  Of all the phony arguments for gay marriage, the phoniest is the argument that it is a matter of equal rights.

Same-Sex "Marriage" Is Not a Civil Right.  Without exception, every adult in Maryland already has a right to marry.  But everyone also has restrictions on whom they may marry — again, without exception.  No one is permitted to marry a child, a close blood relative, a person who is already married, or a person of the same sex.  These restrictions apply equally to everyone — there is no discrimination involved.

The marriage newspeak:  Back in 2003, a few days after the highest court in Massachusetts unveiled a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, I ventured a prediction.  "Sooner than you think, it will become improper to speak of unique sex roles in family life," I wrote.

The sky doesn't fall in a day.  The pro-family community has always maintained that the oxymoron of same-sex "marriage" is detrimental to the institutions of marriage and family, harmful to children, and ultimately destructive to our society.  Nothing taking place in Massachusetts over the last 15 months or so has altered that prognosis.  You see, this debate is really not about "equal rights," as the proponents of homosexual behavior like to frame it, but about redefining marriage, family, and, yes, American culture.

American Family Association boycotts Ford.  A conservative Christian group launched a boycott against Ford Motor Co. Tuesday [5/31/2005], saying the second-largest U.S. automaker has given thousands of dollars to gay rights groups, offers benefits to same-sex couples and actively recruits gay employees.  "From redefining family to include homosexual marriage, to giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support homosexual groups and their agenda, to forcing managers to attend diversity training on how to promote the acceptance of homosexuality… Ford leads the way," American Family Association chairman Donald Wildmon said in a statement.

See Ford boycott update above.

For whom the wedding bells toll?  Can a child have three legal parents?  Should parenthood be routinely determined by something other than biology?  Should we extend the right to marriage to same-sex couples?  To groups of people?  Or should we abolish marriage as a legal institution?  Not so long ago, such questions would have been raised only in a science fiction tale.  Not anymore.

Why Homosexual "Marriage" is Wrong:  It denies the self-evident truth of nature that male and female bodies are designed for and complement each other.  Opposite-sex marriage is the natural means by which the human race reproduces.
AIDS, gonorrhea, genital herpes, chlamydia, syphillis.
Gay Marriage Quicksand:  Nationalizing marriage laws will only grant more power over our lives to the federal government, even if for supposedly conservative ends.  A far better approach is for Congress to exercise its existing constitutional power to limit the jurisdiction of federal courts.

How Gay Activists and Liberal Judges Are Trashing Democracy to Redefine Marriage:  Peter Sprigg explains that a Constitutional amendment on marriage is a certainty — the only question is whether it will come from arrogant judges who will write into that document "rights" that the Founding Fathers could never have imagined, or from those who are determined to protect our most fundamental institution.

Facts and consequences of the homosexual lifestyle:  The Red Cross has a blood donor policy which rejects blood from men who've had sex with other men because of the high probability of HIV infection.  But that reason isn't good enough for the people who care more about the success of the gay agenda than they do about the health of the American public.  And if homosexuals meet their goals of obtaining protected class status and the right to marry, it will soon become national policy to ban any sort of discrimination against them, putting the lives of Americans at risk.  The truth is, if we let this train leave the station, the fight over our blood supply will be just one car in a long train of problems created by same-sex "marriage."

Gay marriage?  A secular world that ratifies homosexual marriage would provide a legal foundation that would open the floodgates to civil litigation against religious leaders, institutions and worshipers.  In such an environment, churches might be sued for declining to provide their sanctuaries for gay marriages, for example.  Ministers could be sued for hate speech for giving a sermon on moral behavior.  Churches that protest homosexual unions could face revocation of their tax exemption status.  It's ironic that those who oppose churches' involvement in state concerns nonetheless have no compunction when it comes to the state dictating what churches can do.

Dr. Dobson Calls for Procter & Gamble Boycott.  Focus on the Family founder and chairman Dr. James C. Dobson will urge listeners to his internationally syndicated radio show on Thursday to boycott two of the best-known products in the Procter & Gamble line in response to the company's tacit endorsement of gay marriage.

State of the Unions:  Amending the Constitution is serious business.  There's a reason it's been done only 27 times over the last two centuries.  But a 28th amendment may not be far off.  Lawmakers will vote soon on whether to consider a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.

An amendment to stop moral decay.  The gay marriage issue has struck a nerve in the black community and may well mark the beginning of a sea change in black voting behavior.  Pastors who have voted Democratic all their lives have told me and others that this issue has lead them out of the Democratic Party.

CBS Television Markets "Gay" Marriage to America.  The proof of network bias lies in the huge difference between what was said in this interview and what ended up on the air.  It is a case of blatant censorship!

San Francisco Mayor Permanently Ordered to Stop Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses.

Homosexual Marriage:  A Slippery Slope?  I disagree that society's march toward sanctioning homosexual marriage represents enlightened thinking.  I also strongly reject the notion that our movement in this direction is no big deal.

Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples:  Are homosexual households simply another variant of human relationships that should be considered, along with marriage, as "part of mainstream American society"?  On the contrary, the evidence indicates that "committed" homosexual relationships are radically different from married couples in several key respects.  This paper presents evidence from gay activists themselves indicating that behind the push for gay marriage lies a political agenda to radically change the institution of marriage itself.

Principles Which Guide AFA's Opposition to the Homosexual Agenda:  [#6] The homosexual movement's promotion of same-sex marriage undermines the God-ordained institution of marriage and family which is the foundation of all societies.

We Must Take a Stand for the Federal Marriage Amendment.  The family has never faced a graver threat than the push for homosexual marriage.  And there is no time to waste in doing our part to protect the family from this danger.

A Shotgun Amendment:  For thousands of years, every society, and every major religious faith, has held that marriage is a unique relationship by which one man and one woman are joined together for the primary purpose of forming and maintaining a family.  Then along came the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

The end of the gay-marriage debate?  The fundamental building block of civilization is about to undergo a radical change — a change not only unsupported by a clear consensus, but opposed by a majority of American adults.

Marriage Massachusetts-style:  The Old Testament Book of Judges — part of a wisdom and truth long discarded by the "In Dow Jones we trust" crowd — said it best:  "In those days there were no kings and everyone did what was right in his own eyes."  Once that shift has taken place in sufficient numbers, once we become indifferent to immutable truths, the floodtide is not a matter of if but when.

Are children of gay parents worse off other children?  As same sex couples line up for marriage licenses in Massachusetts, the question achieves greater urgency.

Massachusetts Supreme Court abolishes capitalism!  Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discovered that the state constitution — written in 1780 — requires the state to allow gay marriages.  The court gave the legislature six months to rewrite the law to comply with the heretofore unnoticed gay marriage provision in a 223-year-old constitution….

Who supports same-sex marriage?  There is nothing in mainstream Christianity or Judaism that supports same-sex marriage.  There is nothing biblically supportive — and there is much biblically opposed — and there was not one major religious leader or thinker in Jewish or Christian history prior to the present generation who argued for same-sex marriage.

Marriage Defender Says Homosexual Push Could Destroy Traditional Marriage.  William Murray says Scandinavia has had nearly a decade of legal homosexual marriage, and it has nearly destroyed the institution of marriage altogether.

The beginning of the end for America?  To redefine marriage — the very core of what we know as family — is to wreak havoc on every other institution that holds our country together.

What Activists and the Leftist Media Don't Tell Us About "Domestic Partnerships":  Those who claim that "gay marriage" won't endanger heterosexual marriage are the same people who insist that a prayer in school will traumatize their children.  Both issues have a great impact on society.

Top 10 Reasons to Support the Marriage Affirmation and Protection Amendment:  Reason #1 — The people oppose same-sex marriage.  This is a government by the people, for the people.

"Gay Marriage" Is Not Only Wrong; It's Socially Destructive.  Facts contradict the claim that redefining the institution would harm no one.

"Gay marriage" is not about "rights".  Proponents of traditional values are making a tactical error in allowing the homosexual lobby to frame the issue of same-sex marriage merely as one of equal rights for gays.  Much more is at stake.

How same-sex marriage threatens liberty:  The 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status given to thousands of churches, nursing homes, schools, ministries, universities and radio stations may be at risk if an organization "discriminates" against a legally protected status, such as same-sex marriage.

What's Wrong With Letting Same-Sex Couples "Marry?"  Marriage is not a creation of the law.  Marriage is a fundamental human institution that predates the law and the Constitution.  At its heart, it is an anthropological and sociological reality, not a legal one.  Laws relating to marriage merely recognize and regulate an institution that already exists.

Preserving Marriage, Saving Society.  In 2004, homosexual activists have strategically skipped the public square.  They have instead pushed their agenda of legalizing same-sex "marriage" to the judiciary because there, no public debate is required in order to achieve the silver bullet they desire — a court-mandated shift in public policy.

Unequal Rights:  We hear a lot about "equal rights" in the debate over homosexuality and marriage.  But these supposed "equal rights" are really nothing but "special rights."

Study finds gay unions are brief.  A recent study on homosexual relationships finds they last 1-1/2 years on average — even as homosexual groups are pushing nationwide to legalize same-sex "marriages."

"Civil Unions" Bill Shelved Due to Grass Roots Pressure:  After pro-family groups organized numerous rallies, phone calls, radio shows, and ads targeting the districts of moderate assemblymen, the author of AB 1338, the bill to legalize "civil unions, announced he would table the bill for future consideration.

The War Against the Family:  The new pagans take particular offense to the concept of the traditional Christian home.  Redefining the family is a major priority as is destroying the traditional Christian concept of the home.

Doing Your Own Thing:  Why Same-Sex "Marriage" Undermines Family Stability.  If we define marriage as "whatever the adults want," the result is harm for children, society, and for the consenting adults.  This the advocates of gay "marriage" refuse to concede.

Salvation Army to Lose Funding Over Domestic Partner Flap:  The Salvation Army of Portland, Maine, is about to lose $60,000 in annual local government funding for refusing to provide health care benefits to the domestic partners of its homosexual employees.

Salvation Army Targeted Again Over "Domestic Partner" Issue:  The well-known charitable agency stands to lose $60,000 in annual government funding because it refuses to provide health-care benefits to the domestic partners of its homosexual employees.

California homosexual bills challenged:  Saying the governor is circumventing the will of the voters, California legislative and legal watchdog groups are planning a counter-attack in the wake of Gov. Gray Davis' recent signing of a bill granting to homosexuals a dozen rights traditionally associated with marriage.

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"Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor [the] covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

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