August 29, 2012 |
So quaint, the notion of "party platform," planks hammered together to support a speaker and his or her vantage point, the way "stump speech" is said to come from the days when candidates stood on tree stumps to address the voters. The 2012 GOP platform is no-way, no-how when it comes to abortion and same-sex marriage, but there's a chink in that social-warrior armor: There's nothing in it banning adoption by same sex couples. Although party platforms can be at variance with the candidate's own views, in this case it seems to be consonant with Mitt Romney's stance on adoptions by same-sex couples, which amounts to, "fine.
August 3, 2012 |
A gay couple took their story viral after a Denver-area cake shop turned down their order for a wedding cake last week. Supporters of same-sex marriage have been calling the shop, and protesters plan to gather in front of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., on Saturday. The backlash adds to the emerging food fight over businesses -- such as Chick-fil-A -- that have reputations of opposing gay marriage. David Mullins, 28, and Charlie Craig, 31, say they went to the cake shop to order a rainbow cake for their upcoming nuptials in Providence, Mass., on the recommendation of their reception venue.
July 25, 2012 |
The Big Apple raked in $275 million in economic benefits plus city revenues directly linked to New York state's decision to embrace gay marriage. “Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free -- and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference this week. New York legalized gay marriage in July 2011. Since then, more than 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in New York City, about 10% of all marriage licenses issued in the city during that time, officials said.
July 2, 2012 |
Announcing one's marriage on Facebook has become a 21st century right of passage. Now, gay newlyweds can make the announcement in a way that is not compromised. Facebook has recently rolled out two new timeline icons that show two little grooms and two little brides, to better represent the reality of gay marriage. Previously, anybody who got married and announced it on Facebook would find the declaration noted under the icon of a little bride and little groom "cake topper"--regardless of whether the wedding was between a man and a woman or two women or two men. A spokesperson for Facebook said the social media company has been working on rolling out the new same-sex cake toppers for a few weeks now, but the new icons had a major debut over the weekend, after a pair of small grooms appeared over the wedding announcement of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes to his longtime boyfriend Sean Eldridge.
May 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Wading into the gay marriage debate, the Republican-led House tacked a provision banning same-sex marriages at military chapels onto a sweeping defense bill that is now headed to the Senate. Despite the high-octane public discussion over gay marriage that has intensified since President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriages, the issue has been one that Capitol Hill has largely sought to avoid. But the GOP majority led Congress into the issue by adding the same-sex marriage prohibitions to the defense bill.
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May 16, 2012 |
SAN ANSELMO, Calif. — Days after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the Presbyterian Church's Northern California governing body refused to rebuke a retired minister for marrying gays and lesbians when it was legal in California. The Presbytery of the Redwoods, which governs churches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, voted 74 to 18 Tuesday to reject the church's official denunciation and instead support the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr, who had been found guilty by an ecclesiastical court of violating the Presbyterian Constitution and her ordination vows for marrying 16 same-sex couples.
May 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden gave a nod to same-sex marriage Sunday by saying he is comfortable with the idea of "men marrying men" and "women marrying women" having the same rights as heterosexual couples. In an interview on "Meet the Press," Biden declined to rule out the possibility that, in a second term, President Obama might move from his position of supporting civil unions to backing same-sex marriage. Biden prefaced his comments with the caveat that the president sets administration policy, and then said: "I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties.
March 1, 2012 |
Cheers rang out in the marble hallway of the Maryland State House as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a gay marriage law, before handing off the pens to gay members of the General Assembly gathered around him. "For a free and diverse people, for a people of many faiths, for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom, the way forward is always found for the greater respect of the equal rights of all, for the human dignity of all," the...
March 1, 2012 |
Cheers rang out in the marble hallway of the Maryland State House as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a gay marriage law and handed the pens to gay members of the General Assembly who were gathered behind him. "For a free and diverse people, for a people of many faiths, for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom, the way forward is always found for the greater respect of the equal rights of all, for the human dignity of all," O'Malley said...
July 31, 2011
Jonathan Turley is probably not the most popular man right now with supporters of same-sex marriage. The George Washington University law professor has filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Utah's anti-polygamy laws — and his argument is based on a landmark 2003 Supreme Court gay rights decision. That's not good news in the view of most gay rights supporters, who don't want their cause linked to that of polygamists any more than they want to see parallels drawn with people who engage in incest, bestiality and other taboo sexual practices.