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.
marriage. For thousands of years and in virtually all cultures marriage has always been the exclusive lifelong
union of one man and one woman. Yet there is now pressure to redefine marriage in law to create same-sex marriage.
Redefining marriage would have serious consequences and would be imposed on the whole of society. Concerns are growing that
the next step could be the legalisation of polygamy. There would be alarming implications for religious liberty.
Homosexual marriage sends out the message that having a mother and a father is not important for children. Familiar words
such as 'husband' and 'wife' would be abolished in law and by government bodies. The new definition of marriage would be
promoted in schools and by other public authorities.
College Mandates Staff Signs Document Opposing Gay Marriage. A private North Carolina Christian college is
insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. One faculty member
says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school. News media outlets report that
part of Montreat College's "Community Life Covenant" expects those who work there to affirm "the sanctity of marriage between
one man and one woman" and the "worth of every human being from conception to death."
Bill to Protect 'Natural and Ordinary' Meaning of Words Is Veiled Anti-LGBTQ Law, Opponents Say. What's in a
word? According to a bill passed by lawmakers in the Tennessee Senate Thursday, certain words should only be allowed to
have "natural and ordinary" meanings. In this case, the words in question could be "husband" and "wife." Tennessee's
House Bill 1111 (also known as Senate Bill 1085) has caused quite a bit of controversy for a seemingly slight change to an
existing state code. In layman's terms, the new Tennessee law could make it so that marriage is inadvertently defined
as between a man and a woman only — and prevent other currently evolving definitions of gender from being permissible.
Toxic Judicial Legacy. The cultural, legal, and political consequences of establishing a right to same-sex
marriage have dominated discussions regarding Justice Kennedy's Obergefell decision. Will religious institutions
that oppose same-sex marriage lose their tax-exempt status? What will happen to vendors whose consciences prohibit them
from participating in same-sex weddings? How and when will schools address same-sex marriage? Those consequences
are important and merit serious discussion. However, another aspect of the case — Justice Kennedy's
instructions regarding judges' authority to create new "rights" — will prove equally important in the long
run. In Obergefell, Justice Kennedy did far more than merely discover a constitutional right to same-sex
marriage. He wrote that judges have an ongoing "duty" to identify and protect new "fundamental rights." He
maintained that judges should institute new rights whenever their "reasoned judgment" suggests that it is appropriate
to do so.
New, Ideological Litmus Test for Christian Judges. On December 2014, a reporter at a local Wyoming paper, the
Pinedale Roundup, called the town's municipal judge, Ruth Neely, to ask if she was "excited" to be able to perform
same-sex marriages. (Two months earlier, the state had decided not to defend its same-sex marriage ban after it was struck
down by a federal judge.) In the ensuing conversation and later ones, Judge Neely explained that she'd never been asked to
perform a same-sex marriage and mentioned her religious belief that marriage is the union of a husband and wife. She also
made clear that her beliefs would not prevent any same-sex couple in the area from getting married. (They have not, in fact,
done so, either: To this day, no one has asked her to perform a same-sex wedding.) Ominously, the reporter later
called Judge Neely and offered not to run the story if she would "state a willingness to perform same-sex marriages." This
odd reaction to the judge's response to a hypothetical question was a portent of further trouble.
Accused of Hate Get Emotional Day in Court. The ongoing battle between gay rights and religious liberty
escalated Thursday as husband-and-wife bakers in Oregon appealed their case after being ordered to pay $135,000 in damages
for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. "Everything up to this point has been administrative hearings,"
Aaron Klein, co-owner with his wife Melissa of the since-closed bakery, told The Daily Signal afterward. "Every time we
tried to make a constitutional argument it was stomped on, because it was administrative law," he said. "But now we're
finally in a courtroom where the Constitution and due process can be argued on a level we haven't seen before. I'm
looking forward to seeing the outcome."
Supreme Court Imposes Its Progressive Faith on a Christian Florist. If you care about the Bill of Rights, the
rights of conscience, or even the English language, there's a chance that this morning you felt a disturbance in the
Force — as if the Founders cried out in rage and were suddenly silenced. That disturbance was the Washington
Supreme Court's oppressive ruling in State of Washington v. Arlene's Flowers, a case holding that a florist was
bound by state law to use her artistic talents to design floral arrangements to celebrate what she viewed as an immoral
event: a gay wedding.
Oddly enough, media silent about
Muslim bakeries that all refused to bake cake for gay couple. Stephen Crowder (a Conservative humorist and commentator) went to
multiple bakeries in Dearborn Michigan and could find a single Muslim bakery that would bake him a wedding cake celebrating gay marriage.
[...] But this post is not about how Muslims are big fat bigots and homophobes for not wanting to bake a cake for a gay couple. We support
the Muslim bakers' rights to refuse service just as much as we support the Christians. As a matter of fact, I'll take it a step further
than Crowder does in his video and say that we believe any private establishment should have the liberty to refuse service to anyone for any reason.
[...] No, this is a story about media bias. You see, when the media baited a Christian pizzeria owner into saying that she probably wouldn't
cater a gay wedding, the media went ballistic!
grill Trump nominees on gay marriage again and again and again. Senate Democrats are obsessed with sex.
Each of Trump's nominees to the departments of defense, housing, and the Central Intelligence Agency endured a steady
bombardment of questions about gay marriage. It was a needless LGBT hat-trick. At all three hearings, Democrats
demonstrated how their fascination with gay marriage eclipses their interest in military preparedness, urban development, and
cybersecurity. Even more telling, they completely disregarded the president-elect's position on social issues.
Trump might have campaigned against political correctness. But he didn't run to resurrect the religious right's crusade
for traditional marriage.
Trump Declares Gay Marriage Debate 'Settled,' Uninterested in Overturning Supreme Court Decision.
President-elect Donald J. Trump recently stated that he considers the debate over same-sex marriage resolved due to the
United States Supreme Court's 2015 ruling legalizing it nationwide. In a Sunday [11/13/2016] interview with Lesley
Stahl of CBS' "60 Minutes" program, Trump was asked about his views on the marriage definition debate. "It's irrelevant
because it was already settled. It's law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it's done," stated Trump.
Catholics, This Is What Team Hillary Really Thinks Of You. [Scroll down] Had this been conservatives
talking about some liberal cause celebre, the media and Planet Clinton would be feasting on it and calling for the heads of
all involved. Imagine for a moment if you replaced the actors with conservatives and Catholicism and the conversation
topic with Black Lives Matter, LGTB rights, or women. The rebukes would come fast and furious, and with wicked
vengeance. Another email shows Podesta discussing the groups he founded to incite rebellion and schism within the Church,
when confronted with the suggestion of a "Catholic Spring" against church doctrine and leadership in favor of "gender equality."
Times Democrats Tried To Prosecute Their Opponents. [#10] Cake Bakers: A Denver-area cake baker, Jack
Phillips, became an enemy of the state after he refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. [...] [T]he Colorado
Civil Rights Commission has mandated that he must bake cakes for all weddings, even those he objects to for religious
reasons, and that he must "re-educate" his staff and keep records for two years to prove he's complying with state law.
In an effort to avoid further legal punishment, Philips no longer bakes wedding cakes.
justice off bench for defying feds on gay marriage. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench
Friday [9/30/2016] for defying the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, more than a decade after he was ousted for disobeying
a federal order to take down a 2½-ton monument to the Ten Commandments.
bakery closes after left-wing bullies finally get their pound of cake. In 2013 a small family bakery in
Northwestern Oregon refused to make a cake for a lesbian wedding. The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa had no idea that
their decision to follow the teachings of their Christian faith would lead to a multi-year legal battle. It's a battle
still being waged. Aaron and Melissa Klein were eventually punished by the state of Oregon. — The couple was
fined $135,000 for refusing to participate in the lesbian wedding event. It was the price they had to pay for refusing
to violate their conscience.
Francis backs opposition to Mexico's gay-marriage proposal. Pope Francis has voiced support for Mexican bishops
and citizens opposing the government's push to legalize same-sex marriage.
So much for "they're just like everybody else."
elementary school teacher and his husband killed in murder-suicide after allegations of sex with boys. A Minnesota elementary
school teacher and his husband died in a murder-suicide after a teen boy reported that they had sex with him, documents showed.
County issues 10,000th same-sex marriage license. As reporters swarmed, the couple said they had no idea they
were the 10,000th same-sex couple in Cook County to pick up a marriage license since the clerk's office began issuing them
to gay people in early 2014. Illinois became the 16th state to make gay marriage legal, after then-Gov. Pat Quinn
signed the marriage law in November 2013. Clerk David Orr was on hand to present the couple with a box full of
goodies — including an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, where Aranda is from — and to sing the
praises of the law that gives gay couples the same rights as straight ones.
Mafia scores multiple victories in the Culture War on America. While the attention of most Americans has been
on the Republican and Democrat conventions, the Gay Mafia has been scoring major victories in the culture war against
American values and traditional Judeo-Christian morality, starting on the final day of the Republican National
Convention. On the last day of the Trump coronation, the RNC showed America how little it cares about social issues
when it gave the stage to Donald Trump's good friend, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Despite claims by Trump campaign
manager, Paul Manafort, that Thiel was there to support Trump the business man, the self-proclaimed homosexual used his stage
time to promote so-called equality while bashing Christians and others who object to the LGBT agenda for launching a "fake
marches in New York City gay pride parade. [Scroll down] Clinton used the occasion to mark last year's Supreme Court decision
Obergefell v. Hodges, which mandated that all states recognize gay marriages. "One year ago, love triumphed in our highest court,"
Clinton wrote in a personally signed tweet. "Yet LGBT Americans still face too many barriers. Let's keep marching until they don't."
The Editor says...
Sodomy is not love.
Long Before God Gives America the Sodom and Gomorrah Fate It Is Begging For? In the biblical story of Sodom and
Gomorrah, Abraham was told by God that his town would be destroyed due to the decadence prevalent there. Abraham
bargained with God for the righteous and it finally came down God agreeing He would not destroy the city for the sake of
10 men if Abraham could find them. When he could not find any righteous men (Gen. 18) Lot took his family and
fled to the surrounding hills as God rained fire and brimstone down on the evil residents of the towns. I am at the point
of wondering how many righteous men it will take for God to spare this nation the same fate. 1 Corinthians 6:9 says
that homosexuals and sodomites will not enter Heaven. I don't know how many righteous men it will take for God to spare the
USA but we are a nation of more than 330 million so the number will be huge I would imagine.
Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer. [Question #3] Why do you support legally persecuting millions of
Christians who quite correctly believe that they cannot live in accordance with their faith if they participate in a gay
wedding? Who's a worse person, a Christian cake maker who happily serves gay customers, but believes it's wrong for
her to cater a gay wedding or a gay couple that deliberately searches out a Christian cake maker who can't participate in
their wedding so they can sue her? Why should little girls be forced to share a bathroom with grown men who claim
they "feel like" women? What about their safety? What about the fact that many of them don't feel comfortable
sharing a bathroom with someone with male genitalia? Are you helping people or hurting them by falsely telling them
they can change their sex and encouraging them to mutilate themselves through surgery instead of encouraging them to get
Liberals Are So Obsessed With Racism, Homosexuality and Transsexualism. Conservatives care about logic.
Liberals care about emotion. Conservatives care about whether a program works or not. Liberals care about how
supporting a program makes them feel. Conservatives take the positions they do because they believe they're best for
society. Liberals take the positions they do because they make them feel and look compassionate or superior to hold
those positions. Once you understand those basics, it's very easy to see why both sides hold the positions they do on
most issues and to comprehend why there's so little middle ground. Once you get the mentalities, you can predict where
each side will come down on issues.
the Church of Norway. More people than ever are dropping their membership in the Church of Norway —
could the approval of gay marriage be a driving force? Figures from the Church of Norway show that 4,200 people have
withdrawn their membership thus far in 2016, Dagen reported. The numbers are on the rise, as more people left the
church through the first half of April than in any of the year's previous three months. While an average of 900 people
per month dropped their membership in January, February and March, 1,092 have already left the Church of Norway in April.
Does Matter to Children Whether They Are Raised by Heterosexual or Same-Sex Parents. Dr. Mark Regnerus is
a University of Texas Sociologist who rocketed to fame — or infamy, depending on one's views of homosexual
parenting — in 2012 with the publication of his study about how well children are doing. Regnerus's study
was based upon a new data source: his New Family Structures Study, that involved a sample of 2,988 randomly selected
Americans between the ages 18 to 39, including 175 adults with lesbian mothers and 73 with homosexual fathers. The
study investigated the respondents' social and economic behaviors, health behaviors, family of origin, and current relationships.
Donors Plot to Force GOP Platform that Accommodates Same-Sex Marriage. The Republican Party's wealthy donor
class is working behind the scenes as the nomination race rages in the foreground to ensure the Party's platform adopts
language that accommodates same-sex marriage. The American Unity Fund — financed by some of the GOP's
biggest donors — has launched what Politico calls "a well-organized, behind-the-scenes effort to lobby convention
delegates who will draw up the platform," which they intend will include an accommodation for same-sex marriage.
Carolina AG says he won't defend law overriding local anti-discrimination rules. North Carolina's attorney general said Tuesday [3/29/2016]
that he won't defend in court a newly enacted state law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules meant to protect gay, lesbian
and transgender people. Roy Cooper made the announcement one day after a day after gay rights advocates sued the state to seek to overturn the
law. The federal lawsuit lists Cooper among the defendants because of his official position. Cooper, a Democrat who is challenging Republican
Gov. Pat McCrory in the November election, described the law as "a national embarrassment" that conflicted with his own department's
anti-discrimination rules and "will set North Carolina's economy back" if it is not repealed.
Honda Introduces Bill to Allow Homosexual 'Partner' Overseas to be Deemed 'Spouse' for Immigration Purposes.
Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Reuniting Families Act (RFA) with added language that would allow
homosexuals in the United States to petition to bring their "spouse" here from countries that do not allow same-sex marriage.
Even though the two persons are not legally married, the bill would allow the homosexual partner abroad to be labeled a "spouse"
for immigration purposes to expedite the process. The bill defines the relationship as a "permanent partnership."
Roberts and His Sharia Council. The gentlemen who wrote the Constitution did not get around to enfranchising women or
abolishing slavery, but they snuck in a constitutional right to gay marriage that we've somehow overlooked for 228 years or so:
No mentally functional adult, regardless of his views on gay marriage, should be expected to pretend that that is true.
want monogamy? [Scroll down to page 20.] Despite the pressure from some gay rights campaigners, the debate
over the legalisation of homosexual marriage is perhaps at its most heated amongst homosexuals themselves. The central
issue at stake is that of monogamy. Many lesbians and gay men do not want to be 'restricted' by having to conform to what
they see as traditional heterosexual standards. [...] The SIGMA project, the leading research project into homosexual lifestyles
in the UK, was conducted by researchers sympathetic to gay rights. Their main study was funded by the Department of Health
and published by the then Government. This study found that most homosexual men had casual partners, on average seven per
year, and claimed: "There is a widespread expectation among gay men that relationships will not be monogamous since this is
widely seen as a means of combining the security of a long term commitment with the excitement of new encounters." The SIGMA
researchers used the term "closed" to describe "monogamy". Their definition would strike many as extremely weak: "A
relationship was considered closed if the respondent had not had sex with a third party in the preceding month." Ever since this
main study was published in 1992, subsequent SIGMA research has underlined the non-monogamous character of homosexual relationships.
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.
They Said They Would Defend the Family
and.... Then came gay marriage. On this issue there was a lot to defend — indeed, with adoption tied to marriage, the
very notion of birthright, heritage, and legacy was at stake — and the pressure was enormous on people to capitulate. The conservative
intelligentsia responded to the explosive debate about gay marriage in three ways. One group suddenly changed their minds and supported gay marriage,
to the delight of the mainstream press and to the considerable advantage of their own pocketbooks. One group simply pretended the topic didn't exist,
so they would neither lose the liberal media's approval nor risk being branded (rightly) as sellouts by the conservative base. And then another group
claimed they were going to defend traditional marriage; they garnered support from good-hearted Christians and then lost gracefully.
5 Phony Statistics Liberals Love To Toss Around. [Phony statistic #4:] Ten percent of the population is gay:
In actuality, the percentage of gay Americans is tiny. The survey taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked
a simple question of 34,557 adults nationwide: "Which of the following best represents how you think of yourself?" The five
possible answers were straight, lesbian/gay, bisexual, "something else" and "I don't know the answer." Transgenders, the "T" in
LGBT, were not included. The survey found that a mere 1.6 percent of the adult population self-identifies as "lesbian/gay,"
and an even smaller 0.7 percent told interviewers they were bisexual. The bisexuals were outnumbered by the 1.1 percent
who didn't know, wouldn't answer or said they were "something else."
Praise Hillary Clinton's New Ad With Same Sex Couples Kissing. The Hillary Clinton campaign is out with an ad
highlighting her record as an advocate for LGBT rights. The spot includes images of gay couples kissing each other.
The liberal website Slate praises Clinton for including same-sex kissing in her campaign ad, saying, "Given the distressingly
puritanical rules that govern gay PDAs, it's both impressive and heartening that Clinton includes gay kisses in her official
Media Bias That Makes You Sick. A so-called
"Media Activism Research Conference" is being held next year in Canada to expand even further the "progressive" causes available to
journalists. The event is described as a "Gathering for Grassroots and Transformative Media" at Lakehead University and "an
opportunity to develop collaborations and networks among anti-capitalist, feminist, anti-racist, trans, queer and Indigenous alternative
media activists and activist-researchers by sharing knowledge, skills and experiences on grassroots and transformative alternative media."
Brace yourselves for one of the seminars, which concerns "Queer anarchist autonomous zones and publics: Direct action vomiting against
homonormative consumerism." According to my research, and I may not have gotten to the bottom of this, it seems as if media activists
in Canada are exploring vomiting as a form of social protest against capitalism.
The Editor says...
I guess you'd have to be a public school student to understand how terroristic vomiting on random strangers would make the
general public sympathetic to a left-wing cause, or to understand how capitalism is a threat to homosexuals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
'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,
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.
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.
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.
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"?
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.
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.
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.
The Editor says...
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.
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
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
under the acceptance and promotion of homosexuality in schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Editor says...
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.["]
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.["]
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.
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."
'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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 CNSNews.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
at Same-Sex Wedding, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Emphasizes the Word 'Constitution'. [Scroll
down] But the most glittering moment for the crowd came during the ceremony. With a sly look
and special emphasis on the word "Constitution," Justice Ginsburg said that she was pronouncing the
two men married by the powers vested in her by the Constitution of the United States.
If Islamic Terrorists Attacked A Gay Wedding In The Name Of Allah? What would happen
to all these people insisting, "I'm all for freedom, but..."? What would happen to their sudden
respect for religious sensitivities? How would they deal with it if the brutal murder of gay people
we're seeing in the Middle East was brought right to their doorstep? How would they reconcile the
cognitive dissonance caused by two of their favorite groups of pet victims colliding in such an
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.
Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America. In
yesterday's oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the "gay-marriage case"), the
solicitor general of the United States committed a classic "Kinsley gaffe": He accidentally told the
truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation
or even implication that there's a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn't we
explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Less Than 1% of Adult Population Part of a Same-Sex Couple. According to a recent
Gallup survey, of the total U.S. adult population (approximately 243 million U.S. adults), less than
1 percent, only .8 percent (approximately 2 million U.S. adults), are part of a same-sex couple.
[...] Gallup's survey also has statistics for "All others." "All others" account for the estimated
241,000,000 U.S. adults (99.2%) that are not either married with a same-sex spouse or unmarried and
living with a same-sex domestic partner.
The End Game Becomes
More Clear. Though you don't need a rainbow sticker on the back of your car to tell the world
you are black, the gay rights movement is intent on equating the struggle for black civil rights with their
own quest to redefine marriage. And it was abundantly obvious yesterday [4/28/2015] that the Supreme
Court recognizes this would be a redefinition of the institution. What also became obvious was that
legal recognition of gay marriage is not the end game for the militant gay rights movement.
Christianity itself must be made to care. Churches, religious private schools, private universities,
and charitable organizations will be forced to give up their tax-exempt status or embrace Sodom writ large.
President Obama's Solicitor General all but admitted it to the Supreme Court.
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
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.
stakes as Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage case. When a federal judge declared
same-sex marriage legal in Florida last year, it should have changed the way Bruce Stone does his job.
The estate-planning lawyer had for years helped gay couples patch together legal documents to try to
approximate some of the protections enjoyed by heterosexual spouses. But with the Supreme Court
set to decide later this year whether that court decision and others ought to stand, Stone isn't taking
any chances. He is still writing up power-of-attorney forms and setting up trusts out of
state, and he has some stark advice for his gay clients: "Do not get married here in Florida."
Not Judges, Should Determine Future of Marriage. As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral
arguments about gay marriage Tuesday, it's important to realize what the justices are actually being
asked to settle. Here's the bottom line: Whatever people may think about marriage as a policy
matter, everyone should be able to recognize the U.S. Constitution does not settle this question.
Unelected judges shouldn't insert their own policy preferences about marriage and then say the
Constitution requires them everywhere. There simply is nothing in the Constitution that
requires all 50 states to redefine marriage.
Democrat: 'Marriage Between a Man and a Man Is Not Biblical'. Speaking at the March for Marriage rally
in Washington, D.C., on April 25, New York State Senator Ruben Diaz (D-South Bronx) spoke in favor of traditional
marriage saying, "Marriage between a man and a man is not biblical," and, "It doesn't matter what the Courts say.
Christ lives." He also questioned why Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Elena Kagan, each of whom
has officiated at same-sex marriage ceremonies in the past, have not recused themselves from Obergefell v. Hodges,
the same-sex marriage case that comes before the Supreme Court on Tuesday [4/27/2015].
marriage advocates expect Supreme Court to rule in their favor. Advocates on both
sides of the gay marriage issue prepared Sunday for High Noon — at 10 a.m. Tuesday
[4/28/2015]. At that hour, perhaps the nation's most contentious political issue will get its day
in court, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in four cases that gay marriage
advocates say will go down in history as landmarks of anti-discrimination law.
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.
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.
Father Was Gay. Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage. As a dependent child and
teen, I was not allowed to say anything that would hurt the feelings of the adults around me. If I
did, I could face ostracism or worse. During my twenties, I achieved both academic and career goals,
but for a long while, I denied the impact my childhood had had and lied to protect my father and his partners.
In 1991, my father died of AIDS. None of my father's partners/ex-partners are still alive.
Law Firms Won't Represent Traditional Marriage at Supreme Court. Major American law
firms apparently believe that some people do not deserve legal representation. This may be seen in
the amicus briefs filed in the upcoming Supreme Court case that is widely expected to impose gay marriage
on the entire country. In the blizzard of amicus briefs filed for and against the Supreme Court, not
a single major firm has introduced a brief in defense of traditional marriage, according to The New
Decay Is Speeding Up. Whatever one's position on same-sex marriage, one must
acknowledge that at the core of the argument for this redefinition of marriage is that gender
doesn't matter. Marriage is marriage, and gender means nothing, the argument goes. So,
too, whether children are raised by mother and father or two mothers or two fathers doesn't matter.
A father has nothing unique to offer a child that a mother can't provide and vice versa. Why?
Because — for the first time in recorded history — gender is regarded as meaningless.
Brutality of Obama and the Left. Lastly, Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana. The
pizzeria's owners were threatened and intimidated by leftist and homosexual jackboots and fellow
travelers. Threatened because they answered a reporter's question consistent with their religious
beliefs. Where was Obama's and Holder's outrage at the violence done to small business owners
exercising their rights to conscience and religious freedom? [...] The left doesn't really want a
free people. It wants power — power to radically change America.
Indiana and the culture
wars. If I visit a kosher restaurant and order a pork chop, am I being discriminated
against when the waiter says they don't serve pork? If an establishment requires that men wear
jackets and women dress in what that establishment defines as an "appropriate way," does that
constitute discrimination? When I visit the Vatican, the Swiss Guards won't let me in if I'm
wearing shorts. They offer a cover-up. It is the same for women, if they bare too much flesh.
Is that discrimination? What about the sign "no shoes, no shirt, no service"? Is that bigotry
against the shoeless and shirtless? Should the government force any of these entities to violate
An opposing viewpoint from the libertarian perspective:
Indiana and the
Constitution. The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 is constitutionally
infirm and legally troublesome. The circuitous constitutional route that brought about this statute
began in 1990 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment may not
be used as a defense to violating the general laws of the land. In Employment Division v. Smith,
a small group of Native Americans who had been fired from their jobs because drug tests revealed their use
of peyote made applications for unemployment compensation, which the State of Oregon denied. They
appealed and claimed that their use of peyote, a hallucinogenic drug, could not be the basis for firing
them from their jobs because it was a sacrament in their religion.
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.
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."
Kristallnacht': Forbes Writer Compares Indiana to Nazi Germany. The Indiana religious
freedom law merely gives the Faithful, including Indiana's many religious gays, legal standing in a
dispute involving competing rights. Far from a license to discriminate, the law merely gives the
Faithful recourse in a lawsuit involving competing rights. No outcome or victory is guaranteed.
The government is the ultimate arbiter.
governor says he won't sign religious liberty bill, asks lawmakers to change it.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said Wednesday morning he will not sign a controversial religious
liberty bill, saying he wants lawmakers to recall the bill and change it so that it more closely
resembles federal law. "This is a bill that in ordinary times would not be controversial," he
said during a news conference. "But these are not ordinary times."
Marriage Isn't About Justice, It's About Selma Envy. Why do so many young adults paint
absurd caricatures of Christians who request government protection of their religious freedoms,
arguing their true goal is to ban gay men from sitting at the local lunch counter? Why do they
spread falsehoods about legislation, insisting that bills like the one recently signed by Indiana
Gov. Mike Pence will unleash a Republican-led Jim Crow revival aimed at the LGBT community? Why do
so many people, Gen Xers and younger, invent a monster of anti-gay bigotry and keep screaming the
monster is real despite a mountain of contrary facts standing before them? The answer is "social
studies." My generation engages in straw men, misinformation, and lies because, in every year of
social studies class, we studied the civil-rights movement not as history, but as hagiography.
Will To Apple CEO On 'Horrible' Indiana: But You Do Business In Homophobic Saudi Arabia? George Will blasted Apple CEO Tim Cook Tuesday [3/31/2015]
on "Special Report" for his continued critique of the Indiana religious freedom law while he does business with Saudi Arabia. The syndicated columnist
told host Bret Baier that while Cook believes Indiana is a "horrible" place, he opened up Apple operations in the Middle Eastern nation which continues to
persecute individuals for being gay. Will sarcastically added that "the selective indignation" on Cook's part is "wonderful."
Indiana Outrage Is the New 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot'. Rush Limbaugh took on the backlash
to the controversial Indiana religious freedom law today and compared it to the liberal reaction to
Ferguson and how people ran with "hands up, don't shoot." Limbaugh said that just like with the
lie of "hands up, don't shoot," the liberal media is going wild about discrimination when really, he said,
the law is just about saying "the freedom of religion clause in the First Amendment has been affirmed."
Left wages total war; and then plays victim. On one side is the CEO of the world's
largest company, the president of the United States and a growing chunk of the Fortune 500. On the
other side is a solo wedding photographer in New Mexico, a 70-year-old grandma florist in Washington and a few
bakers. One side wants the state to conscript the religious businesswomen and men into participating in
ceremonies that violate their beliefs. The other side wants to make it possible for religious people to
live their own lives according to their consciences. Yet somehow, the Left and most of the mainstream
press paint the current skirmishes over religious liberty as conservative offensives.
do 'religious freedom' acts encourage discrimination? The federal RFRA was passed in
1993, in response to a Supreme Court decision holding that Native Americans weren't exempt from
anti-drug laws barring the use of peyote, even for religious ceremonies. In response, Congress
passed a law barring the government from putting a burden on religious practice without a compelling
state interest. If someone feels their religious rights have been violated, they can go to court
and make their case. That's it. Jim Crow laws forced people to discriminate. RFRA
doesn't force anybody to do anything.
Fail: Arkansas Passes Religious Liberty Bill. A religious liberty bill similar to the
one causing a phony uproar in Indiana this week was just passed by Arkansas lawmakers Tuesday [3/31/2015] and
serves as yet another sign of the left-wing mainstream media's waning power to intimidate and bully.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said he is going to sign the bill, which will then offer the Faithful the
same legal civil rights protections offered in 20 other states. One of the primary reasons the media
joined the political left in a coordinated and massive bullying misinformation campaign against Indiana was
in an obvious attempt to intimidate other states from passing similar laws that give a legal standing to
people of all faiths. The fact that Arkansas moved forward unafraid shows that the heyday of the
mainstream media is coming to an end.
Years Later, You'll Still Be Made to Care. The media have long served to push along
the leftwing agenda. Their reporting on Indiana is a greater mythological fiction than how they view
Jesus. In light of the press's advocacy, not reporting, in the last twenty-four hours in defense of
hypothetical gays shut out of hypothetical businesses, it is worth revisiting the genesis of "You
Will Be Made to Care."
amusing struggle as the press tries to explain why RFRA is different from all those other
laws. It took some prodding from conservative outlets, but the media has at long last
begun to grudgingly admit that virtually identical laws are on the books in nearly two dozen other
states and on the federal level, many bearing the signatures of Democrats. This has left liberal
opponents sputtering and side stepping [...]
Indiana Gov. Mike
Pence and America's new culture war. Mike Pence is the first victim of America's new
culture war. The Republican governor of Indiana thought he was doing what 19 other states and the
federal government had done — without inciting national controversy — by signing a
new religious freedom law. When charges that the law opens doors to discrimination against gays and
lesbians came, his technical arguments about what is and isn't allowed under the law were feeble in the
face of outrage. Pence found himself confronting a new political reality in a country where battles
over gay rights now appear to have a clear winner.
attacks Arkansas religious freedom bill for sending 'wrong message'. Walmart, the US's
largest private employer, came out swinging on Tuesday against state legislation legalising discrimination
against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, calling the move against its "core basic beliefs".
The retail giant is headquartered in Arkansas which on Monday followed Indiana in passing a bill —
HB 1228 — that allows individuals to discriminate against LGBT people if they feel doing so
would "substantially burden" their religious freedom.
Ben Carson: 'Absolutely Vital' Americans Stand Up For Indiana's Religious Freedom Law.
Speaking about the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act — which has drawn fire from
the left — [Dr. Ben] Carson said the First Amendment is one of the basic pillars and a
founding principle of the nation. "It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow
Americans to practice their religious ways, while simultaneously ensuring that no one's beliefs
infringe upon those of others. We should also serve as champions of freedom of religion throughout
the world," Carson tells Breitbart News.
Pence slams liberals as he stands by 'religious freedom' law. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
continued to defend the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday [3/31/2015], slamming the way
liberals and some in the national media have characterized the law. "I stand by this law, but I
understand that they way that some on the left and frankly, some in the national media have mischaracterized
this law over the last week might make it necessary for us to clarify the law through legislation," the
Republican governor said in an interview on "Fox & Friends" from Indianapolis.
Don't Need a Rainbow Sticker to Let People Know You're Black. The Supreme Court, in
Perry Educ. Ass'n v. Perry Local Educators' Ass'n, 460 U.S. 37 (1983), ruled that for a state
to restrict content based speech, it must have a compelling governmental interest. But the Court subsequently
ruled that the free exercise clause, also in the First Amendment, need not fall under the compelling governmental
interest" standard. President Bill Clinton and a near unanimous Congress disagreed and passed the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act. 31 states similarly moved to protect religious practice and 20 have explicit
copies of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indiana is the latest.
Outrage over Religious Freedom. Liberals are in a lather over the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The bill was passed by the people's
representatives in the state legislature by a vote of 63-31, and then signed into law by the governor.
Listening to the outcry, one would think Indiana adopted Mein Kampf as its governing charter. [...] This is
true March Madness. A kneejerk politically correct response without any thoughtful examination of the
facts. Much like the bogus "Hands up don't shoot" meme, which was built on lies and false rumors.
the lies told about an Indiana law. From the furor, the boycotts, and the threats
launched at the state of Indiana last week, one might get the impression that Gov. Mike Pence, R,
had just signed a law that effectively legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. After
all, as the New York Daily News headline put it, the law "effectively legalizes discrimination against
gays, lesbians." This is nonsense and a cardinal example (pun intended) of the lack of respect for
the truth among certain crusading liberal journalists and editors. In the real world, Pence signed
a religious freedom law that is similar to those of 19 other states, some of which also ban
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. That should have been the first clue.
The second is that the law Pence signed is not very different from the one in Illinois that Barack
Obama voted for as a state senator.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Explained. The first RFRA was a 1993 federal law
that was signed into law by Democratic president Bill Clinton. It unanimously passed the House of
Representatives, where it was sponsored by then-congressman Chuck Schumer, and sailed through the
Senate on a 97-3 vote. The law reestablished a balancing test for courts to apply in religious
liberty cases (a standard had been used by the Supreme Court for decades). RFRA allows a person's
free exercise of religion to be "substantially burdened" by a law only if the law furthers a "compelling
governmental interest" in the "least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental
interest." So the law doesn't say that a person making a religious claim will always win.
'This Avalanche of Intolerance That's Been Poured on Our State Is Outrageous'. Indiana
Gov. Mike Pence (R) says his state has been hit by an "avalanche of intolerance" ever since he
signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week. "George, look, the issue here is, you
know, is tolerance a two-way street or not?" Pence told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos
on Sunday [3/29/2015].
Rotten Reaction To Indiana's Religious Freedom Law. The overreaction by politicians
and advocacy groups to Indiana's religious freedom law is distressing enough. Worse is the
fact that big companies are now amplifying the disinformation campaign.
Becomes Apoplectic Moonbat Magnet. It appears Indiana has become the epicenter of all
things dangerous and scary for the progressive left. "BIGOTS" they shout!! The polar ice-caps are
melting, planets have fallen askew, random rainbow monkeys are rushing toward the alarm. Everyone
from Miley Cyrus to heads of other states are shocked, shocked, that a religious freedom law would pass.
Freedom in the Name of Freedom. When the federal government adopted a religious
protection act in 1993, same-sex marriage was not on the horizon. An informal coalition of
liberals and conservatives endorsed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because it seemed to
protect members of vulnerable religious minorities from punishment for the exercise of their beliefs.
The federal legislation was set off by a case involving Native Americans who were fired and denied
unemployment benefits because they took part in ceremonies with peyote, an illegal drug. Twenty
states, including Indiana last week, have since passed their own versions of religious freedom laws.
Governor: This Is the Same Religious Freedom Law Obama Voted for in Illinois. In an
appearance on ABC's This Week, Indiana governor Mike Pence defended his state's Religious Freedom
Restoration Act by noting that Barack Obama had voted for the same law as an Illinois state senator.
Star Front Page Scolds Religious Freedom Law. The Tuesday [3/31/2015] print edition of
the Indianapolis Star will devote its entire front page to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration
Act (RFRA) — not a news article but an editorial attacking the measure.
states that have 'religious freedom' laws like Indiana's that no one is boycotting.
Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow
businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final
Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even
weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post.
But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Black Churches Break Ties With Presbyterian Church USA. The National Black Church
Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million
African-Americans, has broken its fellowship with Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) following its recent vote to
approve same-sex marriage. The Presbyterian General Assembly, the top legislative body of the PCUSA, voted
last June to revise the constitutional language defining marriage. This arbitrary change of Holy Scripture
is a flagrantly pretentious and illegitimate maneuver by a body that has no authority whatsoever to alter holy text.
Sues U.S. to Block Family Medical Leave for Same-Sex Couples. The rule, which the
Labor Department is scheduled to put into effect March 27, requires businesses, to observe the
marriage laws of states where their employees were married — not where they currently
live — in applying the Family and Medical Leave Act. In other words, under the rule,
businesses in Texas and other states that don't recognize same-sex marriage are required to grant
medical leave to same-sex couples married in other states that do recognize it.
in the Gay Marriage Machine. The true Achilles heel in Big Gay is what gay families do
to the most vulnerable people in society — children. While I oppose gay marriage, like
fellow COG Katy Faust, I couch my opposition in a defense of children's right to a mother and father.
My opposition to gay marriage has become stiffer because I've noticed how stealthily the ligbitists moved
adoption and artificial reproduction "rights" into the legal arguments over gay marriage. The most
important case to be heard before the Supreme Court in April is DeBoer v. Snyder, a case in which
two lesbians claim they need to be legally married so they can automatically adopt each other's children.
Religious, natural-law, and gender-complementarity arguments are totally valid, but they simply aren't as
urgent and don't make ligbitists as nervous.
raised by lesbian moms comes out against gay marriage. A woman raised by two lesbians
has provoked controversy after publicly announcing that she is against gay marriage because she says
she missed out on having her father in her life when growing up. Heather Barwick, a 31-year-old
mother-of-four from South Carolina, says her mother left her father when she was 2 or 3 so
that she could move in with the woman she loved.
Community: Your Kids Are Hurting. Same-sex marriage and parenting withholds either a
mother or father from a child while telling him or her that it doesn't matter. That it's all the
same. But it's not. A lot of us, a lot of your kids, are hurting. My father's absence
created a huge hole in me, and I ached every day for a dad. I loved my mom's partner, but another
mom could never have replaced the father I lost.
Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage. After three
decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
voted on Tuesday [3/17/2015] to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to
include same-sex marriage. The final approval by a majority of the church's 171 regional bodies,
known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church's General Assembly.
The vote amends the church's constitution to broaden marriage from being between "a man and a woman"
to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."
Bill Takes Marriage
Out Of State's Hands. Oklahoma House Bill 1125 was drafted to take away the issuing of
marriage licenses by county clerks and hand the job over to clergy, essentially removing government
from the marriage process altogether. Authored by State Rep. Todd Russ, the bill passed one week
ago with 67-24 House member approval. Now it's up to the state senate to pass it as law.
More Than 300 Republicans
Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally. More than 300 veteran
Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the
Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday [3/5/2015]. The amicus brief,
organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four
same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide.
In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California's Proposition 8,
which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.
Among 379 Companies to Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage. With Super Bowl XLIX in
the rear-view, the Patriots have turned their eyes to their next battle: marriage equality.
Delta tell Supreme Court to back gay marriage. A handful of Georgia businesses signed
on Thursday [3/5/2015] a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.
Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Cox Enterprises were among 379 companies and organizations around the country urging
the court to strike down bans restricting same-sex unions. AT&T, whose mobility unit is based in Atlanta,
also signed the brief.
Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage. The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered
the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying a previous
federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution does not preclude them from
following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Court Orders a Halt to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses. The Alabama Supreme Court on
Tuesday night [3/3/2015] ordered probate judges around the state to stop issuing marriage licenses
to same-sex couples, ruling in direct opposition to a federal judge that the state's ban on same sex
marriage did not violate the United States Constitution. In a 7-to-1 decision, the court ruled
that "Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," and that the state's
probate judges "have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law."
Sources Near Jeb Bush Say He's "Evolving" On Gay
Marriage And Might Just Embrace It. ...should the Supreme Court make it the law of the
land in June, which they, you know, probably will. So [he is] not a "moderate" Republican but a
liberal one. Ah, whatever, that's fine. I suppose I should credit him, at least, for being
somewhat honest about it. Well, if the party is craving a liberal candidate, he would be a decent
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.
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.
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."
Astounding Indiscretion. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay
Marriage" is the title of this Bloomberg article on an interview with Ginsburg yesterday
[2/11/2015]. [...] How can Ginsburg possibly think that it's proper judicial conduct for her to
speak out on this issue while the marriage case is pending before the Court? If she had any sense of
her duty to maintain both the appearance and the reality of impartiality, she would recognize that
she is now obligated to recuse herself from the case. But of course she won't.
Supreme Court Justice Says
Americans Ready to Accept Gay Marriage. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
doesn't think there would be widespread backlash if the high court decides to legalize same-sex
marriage across the country this year. "I think it's doubtful that it wouldn't be accepted,"
Ginsburg said in an interview with Bloomberg. "The change in people's attitudes on that issue
has been enormous."
He's a Raging
Partisan. President Obama's claim to have disapproved of gay marriage until he changed
his mind in 2012 has been exposed as a lie. It was a small, politically expedient lie, but it got a
lot of attention last week. Meanwhile a bigger lie hovers over the Obama presidency like an avenging
angel, unseen and unheard. The bigger lie wasn't a fleeting comment. It was the crux of Obama's
and Barack: Lies, damned lies, and journalism. The most telling point about David
Axelrod's revelation that Barack Obama fibbed about his position on marriage to get himself elected
is not what it says about politics or even the president. It's what it says about American journalism.
Court set to condone homosexual marriage. On Monday [2/9/2015], a majority of the Supreme Court
allowed homosexual marriages to take place in Alabama despite that state joining three others in appealing
rulings that have required states to perform and recognize homosexual marriages despite the will of the people.
What makes this significant is that is serves as a signal that the upcoming cases on homosexual marriage are
pro forma, a farce, a charade designed to let the rubes think they've been heard while the big brains
on the Supreme Court tell us what is best for us.
Misled the Nation in 2008 about Same-Sex Marriage. This flashback is particularly
appropriate seeing as today marks eight years to the day since Obama declared his candidacy for the
White House in 2007. On that cold Illinois day, Obama promised an end to "the smallness of our
politics" and "our chronic avoidance of tough decisions." But within months of his utterance of
those words, members of his own campaign team were counseling him to do just that on the subject of
marriage — avoid it, and then mislead people in the same small and petty way as every
other politician before him. Obama did just that throughout the '08 campaign and throughout his
first term until his vice president forced his hand in 2012.
Thomas faults Supreme Court for refusing to block gay marriage in Alabama. The most
prominent sign that the Supreme Court is poised to recognize a constitutional right for same-sex
couples to marry nationwide came Monday from an unlikely source: conservative Justice Clarence
Thomas. The court is months away from hearing arguments in a landmark case about whether
states are free to ban such unions. But Thomas said a majority of the justices may have already
made up their minds, as reflected by the court's "indecorous" decision Monday morning [2/9/2015]
allowing same-sex marriages to proceed in Alabama.
Thomas: 'Another Example of This Court's Increasingly Cavalier Attitude Toward the States'. In a
dissenting opinion joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas excoriated his fellow justices for
refusing to temporarily stop enforcement of a federal district judge's ruling that overturned the marriage laws
of the state of Alabama and ordered Alabama to recognize as legal "marriages" unions between two people of the
same sex. On Jan. 23, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama laws limiting marriage to
the union of one man and one woman violated the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the law.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent the judge's decision from going
into effect until the Supreme Court itself issued its ruling on same-sex marriage — which the court
will do this term.
defiance in Alabama: Same-sex marriages begin, but most counties refuse. On the day
that same-sex unions became legal in Alabama, local officials in dozens of counties on Monday [2/9/2015]
defied a federal judge's decision and refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, casting the state
into judicial chaos.
chief justice orders state judges to defy feds on gay marriage. Alabama's chief
justice on Monday [2/9/2015] ordered state judges to defy a federal ruling that overturns the
state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, even as pro-gay groups celebrated the failure of the
Supreme Court to intervene as a signal the justices will decide in their favor in this summer's
highly anticipated decision. Most of the state's counties, with the backing of Alabama's
governor, refused or held off on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Offers Nine Marital Status Choices. If you list your marital status as "Interlocutory," LensCrafters
wants you to feel included. Polygamists, too. Today at LensCrafters I was handed an iPad and instructed
to "update my medical history" prior to my eye exam. Purportedly for the sake of greater efficiency and accuracy,
I was confronted with screen after screen of repetitive requests for information, most of which should have already
been in their database. [...] In addition to the repetitive requests for my address and phone number(s!!) were more
intrusive demographic questions, including an inquisition about my race and ethnic background. And right there
on the very first screen was a mini-interrogation about the intimate details of my marital status. Am I married?
Divorced? Widowed? Never Married? Interlocutory?
Court Declines to Block Gay Marriage in Alabama. Gay couples got married in Alabama on
Monday despite a last-minute push from the state's chief justice to stop them. The U.S. Supreme
Court declined to block a federal court order from January requiring the state to issue marriage
licenses to gay couples.
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!
chief justice: Rulings don't require judges to issue gay marriage licenses. Following
the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to deny Alabama's request to keep a stay in place on
U.S. District Judge Ginny Grenade's ruling that would lift the ban on same sex marriage in Alabama,
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore addressed the judicial offices that will likely be most impacted by
this ruling: Alabama's probate judges.
This is a byproduct of same-sex marriage:
woman marries herself in elaborate ceremony. A woman who vowed that if she didn't find
love by the time she turned 40 married herself earlier this month in a lavish ceremony here in
Houston, according to reports. Yasmin Eleby married herself at the Houston Museum of African
American Culture on January 3 in a lavish ceremony with 10 bridesmaids in attendance, plus family and
other guests on hand to celebrate the event. For this ceremony, Eleby's minister sister
performed the spiritual service, as it's not legal to marry yourself.
The Editor says...
What does that mean? It isn't legal, unless your sister officiates?
judge strikes down Alabama bans on same-sex marriage. A federal judge struck down two
Alabama laws banning same-sex marriage Friday [1/23/2015], making it one of dozens of states where
it is now legal for gays and lesbians to marry.
couples' children oppose same-sex marriage, tell of unpleasant upbringings. Most of
the children of gays and lesbians who have filed court briefs in same-sex marriage cases say their
parents' inability to marry has deprived them of legal protections and hampered them from living
their otherwise typical lives. But four adult children of gay parents — acting as a
"quartet of truth" — have submitted briefs to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
opposing same-sex marriages, with several saying that growing up under the rainbow was neither
normal nor pleasant.
New Tiffany Engagement Campaign Features
Same-Sex Couple. Tiffany & Co. is featuring a gay couple in its latest engagement
campaign for the first time, joining an array of other businesses that have tacitly expressed
support for same-sex marriage through advertising.
Bush calls for 'respect' of same-sex marriages. Jeb Bush, a likely Republican
presidential candidate, called for "respect" of same-sex marriages on Monday as his home state of
Florida began allowing gays to wed following a court ruling. Bush, a former governor of Florida,
said in a statement that even those like him who oppose same-sex marriage must "respect the rule of
law" now that the state's ban on gay marriages has been ruled unconstitutional.
Bush on gay marriage: Ought to be a 'state decision'. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
said Sunday that gay marriage should be a "state decision," weighing in on the thorny social issue
that could figure prominently in the 2016 GOP presidential nominating contest. "It ought be a
local decision. I mean, a state decision," Mr. Bush told the Miami Herald. "The state
decided. The people of the state decided. But it's been overturned by the courts, I guess."
judge's ruling makes Florida the 36th state where gay marriage is legal. US District
Judge Robert Hinkle issued a clarifying order on New Year's Day that all of Florida's county clerks
have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to wed. The couples
can wed as soon as Tuesday [1/6/2015].
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,
Strikes Down Arkansas, Mississippi Gay Marriage Bans. Federal judges on Tuesday struck
down same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi and Arkansas, opening the door to gay nuptials in the
Deep South. If their decisions stand, they could bring the number of states that allow gays and
lesbians to wed to 37. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Mississippi said the state's gay
marriage ban violated same-sex couples the rights guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the U.S.
Missing Word in the Immigration Debate. [Scroll down] Note the strident
insistence with which liberals demand that we say "reproductive rights" instead of "abortion",
"gender" instead of "sex", and "undocumented" instead of "illegal". Each of these word choices hides
some aspect of an issue that liberals want to keep hidden. [...] Similarly, by insisting that
homosexuality is a matter of "gender" preference, liberals try to divert attention away from the fact
that the primary objection most people have to homosexuality concerns certain grotesque sexual acts.
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.
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.
Sonia Sotomayor Stops Same-Sex Marriages In Kansas For Now. Kansas Attorney General
Derek Schmidt, in a filing with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, has asked the Supreme Court
to stop same-sex couples from being able to marry after 5 p.m. CT Tuesday [11/11/2014].
After the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the state's request for a stay last week, Schmidt had
said he would be asking for a stay from Sotomayor — who hears procedural requests like this
from the 10th Circuit.
the Supreme Court May Have to Rule on Gay Marriage. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld
same-sex marriage bans in four states on Thursday [11/6/2014]. By creating a "circuit split," where
different federal appeals courts have ruled in opposite directions on marriage equality, the ruling virtually
guarantees Supreme Court's intervention to resolve it. The 2-1 decision is the first by a federal
appellate court to uphold same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court's rulings in summer 2013 in
United States v. Windsor, which overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth
v. Perry, which left standing a lower-court ruling that overturned California's same-sex-marriage ban.
Dismay as 2 Sides Assess Gay-Marriage Ruling. One side was euphoric, the other
dismayed, but both foes and supporters of same-sex marriage swiftly turned their attention to the
U.S. Supreme Court after an against-the-grain appeals court ruling upheld bans or restrictions on
gay marriage in four states.
marriage bans in four states upheld on appeal. The 2-1 ruling from the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed district court rulings that had struck down gay marriage bans
in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. More important, it gives Supreme Court justices an
appellate ruling that runs counter to four others from the 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th circuits. Those
rulings struck down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah, Idaho and
Nevada, leading to similar action in neighboring states.
of Houston Retreats: Withdraws Subpoenas for Pastors' Sermon Notes, Private Messages.
On October 29 the city of Houston withdrew its subpoenas for pastors' notes and communications.
On October 15 Breitbart News reported that the City of Houston subpoenaed the sermon notes and
private communications of five city pastors to see what — if anything — they might have
said to congregants about the city's "Bathroom Bill" or Mayor Annise Parker (D), presumably
in search of material expressing religious views critical of homosexuality.
Pastor on Gay Mayor's Attack on Christian Pastors: 'Truly the Next Civil Rights Movement'. The Reverend
Bill Owens, founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said the attack on Christian pastors by
the openly gay mayor of Houston, who subpoenaed their sermons and other communications after they opposed a city ordinance
that allows transgender people to use any public restroom, signals the need for "the next civil rights movement."
Owens, speaking from Houston, told CNSNews.com that he and other pastors in his coalition held a press conference on
Tuesday [10/28/2014] to support the Houston pastors and express their concern about this threat to religious liberty.
Kohn Shows How the 'Liberals' Got So Illiberal. Just as I was writing about the
importance of the right to be wrong, along comes The Daily Beast's Sally Kohn to demonstrate exactly
my point with a strident anthem of illiberal liberalism. If gay marriage is "the end zone dance
of the culture wars," then Kohn spikes the football. "Don't wanna marry everyone who are entitled to
marry legally under the law? Then don't run a wedding business." Her premise is that the state
has unlimited license to run your life unless you make a plea for some kind of special exemption.
Back against LGBT Fascism: What You Can Do. Since the story broke about the Human
Rights Campaign's slanderous persecution of the very people their group was designed to
protect — bisexuals and children of same-sex couples — I have received a great
deal of support from people. While it was nerve-wracking to have the truth about the 26 months of
harassment by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Scott Rosenzweig, Jeremy Hooper, and a host of other
totalitarians circulate at my job, it has been healthy. My colleagues and students had no idea
about the extent of this campaign of suppression, censorship, and harassment. Now they know the
truth behind those equals-sign bumper stickers.
magistrate resigns, objects to same-sex marriage. Swain County Magistrate Judge
Gilbert Breedlove resigned Monday [10/20/2014] because of his personal objection to same-sex
marriage. "It was my only option," said Breedlove, 57. "We were directed we had to perform the
marriages, and that was just something I couldn't do because of my religious beliefs." Breedlove
has been a magistrate for nearly 24 years. He started in 1990 and became ordained as a pastor in
1997. "I was Christian when I started," said Breedlove. "Then, the law didn't require me to perform
something that was against my religious belief. Now that law has changed its requirements."
marriage gets another big boost from the Obama administration. Midway through his
first term, President Obama said he was "unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because
of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage." As a US Senate candidate he had
declared his belief that "marriage is between a man and a woman." But Obama also mused that
"attitudes evolve, including mine," and it seems now that that evolution has occurred at
head-snapping speed — prompted by others in his administration, including Vice president
Joe Biden (who apparently got out ahead of his boss on the issue) and Attorney General Eric Holder.
marriage wins a round in court. Good news turns up when and where it can. On Tuesday [10/21/2014],
a federal judge appointed by President Carter bucked the latest fashion among his colleagues, and upheld marriage as
a contract between a man and a woman. Elsewhere in the country federal judges have leaped to impose homosexual
marriage on the states by overturning laws, constitutional amendments and other policies endorsed by a vote of the people.
civil rights official calls Houston pastor subpoenas 'abuse of government power'. A
member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in a letter Wednesday [10/22/2014] called Houston Mayor Annise
Parker's subpoena of church pastors "an abuse of government power" and urged the mayor to withdraw
the court documents. Commissioner Peter Kirsanow said that the subpoenas, even after being
amended to remove a request for church sermons, still appear to be "a blatant attempt to punish
these pastors for expressing their religiously based political views."
blocks petition supporting Houston pastors. Twitter is in business to boost numbers.
Angering a huge swath of their users wouldn't be good for business.
Number One Vote Suppressor? When he was first running for statewide office in
Illinois, state Sen. Barack Obama said he could not support marriage for same-sex couples because "I
am a Christian." When, just four years later, in 2008, he was asked about this issue at Rev. Rick
Warren's Civic Forum, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama said marriage was between one man and
one woman and that "God is in the mix." If you like your God, you can keep Him. As for President
Barack Obama, he has moved on. [...] In just six years, President Obama has gone from opposition to
counterfeit marriage to full-throated endorsement of it.
First Amendment Problem. The recent questionably unconstitutional moves by the Houston
city council to subpoena the sermons of five area ministers, as well as internal correspondence
dealing with social issues, should have the American Civil Liberties Union and everyone else who
believes in free speech and religious freedom up in arms. We as Americans must guard every aspect
of our Constitution and recognize when it is being threatened. One of the great dangers in America
today is extreme intolerance in the name of tolerance. For example, in this Houston case, it is
presupposed that the pastors in question may have said something that was objectionable to the
homosexual community. In order to prove that we are tolerant of the homosexual lifestyle,
we as a society allow gays to be intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them in any way.
In a time of triumphant secularism, politicians treat the religious with increasing contempt. It was
only a matter of time before headlines about government demanding the sermons of pastors appeared in
the United States. Seeing themselves as superior to the religious, secularists feel entitled to
bully pastors who impede their political plans. [...] The openly lesbian Houston mayor Annise Parker
clearly adheres to secularist philosophy. Outraged that pastors would dare challenge her
transgender bathrooms ordinance through a referendum drive, she unleashed lawyers on them.
ACLU not happy
with Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Following a brutal battle over a city ordinance
which many believed was an egregious encroachment of local government into the territory of
religious freedom, Parker, Houston's first openly gay mayor, subpoenaed the full text of sermons
mentioning her name or anything having to do with homosexuality. Right leaning citizens weren't
the only ones to shirk from Parker's drastic and seemingly vindictive actions. The ACLU and other
liberal leaning organizations expressed grave concern with Parker's unprecedented overreach.
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.
Can't Accept Houston's Intimidation Tactics Without Protest. Perhaps seeing the totalitarianism of extremist
wings of the gay rights movement has soured some people on efforts to change marriage law — or at least given
people pause about the tradeoffs involved with redefining marriage or enacting broad legislation around sexual or gender
identity. We've all seen the stories about lawsuits against small business owners. The boycotts against companies
for harboring employees who haven't jumped on the bandwagon and therefore believe marriage is essentially built around sexual
complementarity. The public outrage of enthused mobs believing themselves to be on the right side of history.
Cruz criticizes Houston over sermon subpoenas. Houston city attorneys are no longer
seeking through subpoenas sermons from five pastors who publicly opposed an ordinance banning
discrimination against gay and transgender residents.
mainstreaming of liberalism. By way of illustration, let's go back to the year 1964
and assess the attitudes of Americans toward ideas that since that time have crept into the
mainstream. Many of those ideas, viewed from this perspective, would have to be seen as radical.
Take, for example, homosexual marriage. Without getting into the question of whether government-sanctified
same-sex marriage is a healthy or unhealthy cultural development, there can be no dispute that, 50 years
ago, this idea was considered radical, almost unthinkable.
Law School Dean: Gay Marriage 'Beginning of End of Western Civilization'. Mathew D.
Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law, said that efforts to change the definition of
marriage to include same-sex "marriage" would be like trying to re-define the law of gravity, adding
that, if it were tried, it would mark "the beginning of the end of Western civilization." "We've
never been in this situation before," Staver said in a speech at the American Decency Association
2014 Summer Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. "We will not be able to escape the coercive nature
of this issue. It is cataclysmic in its change-effect. It is, I believe, ultimately the
beginning of the end of Western civilization, if we adopt this as a country."
backtracks on gay tolerance comments after angry reaction from bishops. The Vatican
appears to have backtracked on their unprecedented positive comments on homosexuality after a
furious reaction from conservative Catholics. On Monday [10/13/2014], Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo read out
an interim report at the Synod's General Congregation that declared homosexuals had "gifts and
qualities to offer" and even raised the prospect of the Catholic Church recognising the positive
aspects of same-sex relationships. The church, it added, must welcome divorced people and
recognise the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who live together without
Venues To Be Used For Converting Civil Partnerships To Gay Marriages. The government
has altered plans to allow gay couples to convert their civil partnerships to marriages, by allowing
the conversion ceremony to take place at a range of venues including churches, synagogues, meeting
houses, hotels and other registered venues. Previously, the plans only included provision to
convert the status of the partnership at a registry office. In order to avoid the "quadruple lock" put in
place to appease religious opponents of gay marriage, only registrars will be able to perform the ceremony.
Mormons Pushing Church On Gay Marriage. Court decisions this week paving the way for
same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho
and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative
church to become more accepting of gay members.
judge rules Alaska's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. A federal judge ruled
Sunday that Alaska's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex couples to
begin marrying in the state for the first time. The state quickly said it would appeal the decision
by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess, despite recent higher court rulings striking down
similar bans around the country.
Sacraments of Liberalism. [#5] Same-sex Marriage: Liberals want same-sex marriage
because traditional marriage is oppressive to women. Besides, gender makes no difference anymore.
The new gnosticism teachers that women are, through no fault of their own, victims. Women are men
who have been born unfortunately disfigured. So, liberals must make up for that. One way
to do that is to allow anyone to marry whomever they choose, since we are all men, anyway.
Dictatorship. Do the states have the right to outlaw same-sex marriage? Not long
ago the question would have been seen as absurd. For every state regarded homosexual acts as crimes.
Moreover, the laws prohibiting same-sex marriage had all been enacted democratically, by statewide referenda,
like Proposition 8 in California, or by Congress or elected state legislatures. But today rogue
judges and justices, appointed for life, answerable to no one, instruct a once-democratic republic on
what laws we may and may not enact. Last week, the Supreme Court refused to stop federal judges from
overturning laws banning same-sex marriage. We are now told to expect the Supreme Court itself to
discover in the Constitution a right of men to marry men and of women to marry women.
Semblance of Normalcy. It is not just that gay rights activists want "the rights
everybody else has." The strong undercurrent to that is that gay rights activists want all the
semblances of normalcy. To take the long time social stigma out of being gay requires that gay men
and women are able to lead their lives exactly as everyone else. In effect, it is to make being gay
just a different version of normal. Marriage is but one part of it. The march toward normalcy now
must get even more shrill with more people being forced to care because of American views on
homosexuality as reflected in a new Pew poll.
double standard: Michael Sam, Tim Tebow and free speech. Once, Social Security was
the "third rail" of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality.
Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood.
Violence More Common Among Same-Sex Couples. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is defined as
the physical, sexual or psychological harm caused by the current or former intimate partner. Since the 1970s, concern regarding
the issue began in response to the women's movement. Most of the traditional studies looked at the abuse women faced from men in
heterosexual relationships. But, the latest study by Northwestern Medicine scientists found that domestic violence is more common
among same-sex couples and excess stress raises the risk of this abuse.
There is No Such Thing as a "Gay Marriage". Conservatives who know the definition of
marriage continue to use the phrase gay marriage, thus giving life to something that doesn't exist
every time they use it. If gay marriage were in fact a marriage, it would be called a marriage,
and not a gay marriage. This term is meant to destroy the meaning of marriage so that it never
again only means between a man and a woman. We are fighting a language war here. To win
it, we have to change our language.
Roe and Gay
Marriage. The campaign for gay marriage targets the exact same things that abortion
did: tradition, middle-class values, the family. Abortion was part of a large-scale effort by the
"Dead Souls" — the upper-class elites — to destroy lower-class attitudes, traditions,
and beliefs, above all involving religion and the family, that were thought to be holding back progressive
social evolution. The same motive can be seen here. Marriage has no actual place in homosexual
culture. It never has. If marriage were of such overwhelming importance to homosexuals, they
would have, at some point in the last several thousand years of civilization, created some institution of
their own to reflect it within their ranks. There is no sign in the historical record that this has
Reasons the left has not won the culture war. Let's start with the biggie: same-sex
marriage. Yes, polls show gay marriage is breaking out all over, but when put to a vote same-sex
marriage has lost (even in California) much more often than not. Furthermore, gay marriage is not
being legalized through popular opinion or demand, it is being legalized through activist judges.
Crying over Mozilla and Start Fighting Back. When you see a movement as unprincipled
and ruthless as the gay lobby is, you must be clear that you have an enemy. The gay lobby is not
your friend. Any friendliness from them is likely manipulation and subterfuge. Remember:
your end goal is to pour burning coals on his head [Romans 12:20], not to have tea and crumpets and
reminisce about the good old days when you were classmates at Dartmouth. When they invite you to
dinner with the kids they conceived with a surrogate, they are trying to brainwash you, as they've already
brainwashed the kids. Remember that.
Important Step In Our Nation's Journey'. The president of the United States (who never
bothered to issue a statement on the death of Navy Seal hero Chris Kyle), did find the time to put
out a congratulatory statement: "The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for
taking an important step forward today in our Nation's journey." Where is the nation journeying?
Are we journeying to a place in which a player is fined and suspended and sent to sensitivity training for
saying, "OMG" on Twitter in reaction to something he finds offensive? To one where you will be forced
to bake the cake, provide the flowers, and take the photographs for events you find morally objectionable or
be financially ruined if you refuse?
Todd: Should Conservatives 'Surrender In the Culture Wars?'. Last week, the Supreme
Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay
marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court's
decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this
as a sign that social conservatism was declining [...]
Supreme Court nondecision, state opposition to gay marriage remains. Despite a rebuff
from the Supreme Court, officials in states that oppose gay marriage vowed Tuesday [10/7/2014] to keep up the
fight, with at least three court battles scheduled before the end of the month. That determination came
even as gay marriage supporters racked up another win Tuesday, as the 9th Circuit Court issued a ruling
knocking down marriage amendments in Idaho and Nevada. In line with a string of other lower-court rulings,
the court found that Idaho and Nevada's laws restricting legal marriage to one man and one woman violate
the 14th Amendment on the basis of equal protection.
Bobby Jindal: I agree with Ted Cruz on
gay marriage. Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., on Tuesday [10/7/2014] said that he agrees with potential
2016 presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on the issue of gay marriage, which is back in the news because
of the Supreme Court's decision on Monday to reject requests from five states aimed at keeping bans on same-sex
marriage in place. "I certainly agree with the senator," Jindal said during a Tuesday conference call, in
response to a question from the Washington Examiner. "I think he has proposed, he is already proposing
some legislation on this, I certainly agree with the senator. I do believe marriage is between a man and
Cruz to introduce constitutional amendment on gay marriage after Supreme Court ducks appeals. Typically when
social conservatives start talking up amendments aimed at gay marriage, they're thinking of a substantive change —
namely, a new law of the land that says marriage involves one man and one woman and no other combination. Once that's
in the Constitution, even courts can't mess with it. (I think!) As The Atlantic notes, though, Cruz's
proposed amendment isn't substantive. It's procedural.
Of Sexually Transmitted Infections In London's Gay Community. Whilst gay and bisexual
men represent less than 4 percent of London's population they are responsible for 84 percent of
syphilis cases and 65 percent of gonorrhoea cases in the capital. A new study from Public Health
England (PHE), reported on by Pink News, suggested that around a quarter of all reported cases of sexually
transmitted infections (STI) are diagnosed in gay men.
U.S. Supreme Court declines to intervene in gay marriage
cases. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [10/6/2014] declined to take up the hotly
contested issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five
states where same-sex weddings were previously banned.
Black donor's sperm sent to white woman. A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers
Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American
donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their
now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community.
The Editor says...
Perhaps the ostracism exists because the all-white community doesn't appreciate having lesbians raise children in their neighborhood.
Falling. The Pew Forum just released a fascinating new poll on religion in public life. Among the headlines:
72 percent of Americans say the influence of religion on politics is declining, and the vast majority of these people say that's
a bad thing. Most Americans do not want churches to endorse candidates for office, though support for the idea is growing, rising
from 24 percent in August 2010 to 32 percent today. By a wide margin, Americans are more likely to see the Republican
party (47 percent) as friendly to religion than they are the Democrats (29 percent), but it is noteworthy that less than
half of Americans see the GOP as religion friendly.
GOP Senate Candidate Unveils Pro-Gay Marriage Ad. The ad, from the campaign of Dr.
Monica Wehby who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, prominently features a gay
couple — Ben West, of Portland, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 with partner Paul Rummell to
overturn Oregon's same sex-marriage ban that went into effect in 2004. Their case was combined
with other Oregon couples who also sought the right to marry after the Supreme Court struck down the
Defense of Marriage Act in 2012. Oregon's same-sex marriage ban was later ruled unconstitutional.
Gay Population 2.3%; Thanks to Media, Americans Think Number is 13 Times Higher.
Everyone knows there are gays and lesbians in everybody's family. And no office would be complete
without a sassy gay character. And just about every other kid in high school is wresting with his
sexuality. I know. I watch TV. Except it isn't true, and the Centers for Disease Control just
proved it. A new comprehensive study by the CDC with over 33,000 participants has confirmed earlier
estimates; less than 3 percent of the U.S. population self-identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Earlier, much smaller-scale surveys have put that number at 4 percent.
are not 'neutral umpires'. In the last two years, 14 lower federal courts have ruled
on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans, with all finding that the U.S. Constitution forbids
prohibitions against same sex marriage. Of the 16 judges who have ruled for gay marriage, 13 were
appointed by Democratic presidents. On the opposing side, all three dissenting judges were appointed by
organizations urge Supreme Court to settle gay marriage question. The Mormon church and four other religious organizations are
asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage.
Kagan Performs Her First Same-Sex Wedding. Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a
same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband.
Court rules gay
marriage bans in 2 states unconstitutional. A U.S. appeals court in Chicago ruled Thursday [9/4/2014] that gay
marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where
gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21.
Department Promotes Lawyer Who Argued Same-Sex Marriage Case. A senior Justice Department lawyer who defended
same-sex marriage, President Obama's health care law and the government's right to collect bulk phone records has been promoted
to the department's No. 3 position, officials said Friday [9/5/2014]. As acting associate attorney general, the lawyer,
Stuart F. Delery, will oversee civil rights, antitrust and environmental cases, among other matters, the Justice Department
said. He is replacing Tony West, who announced this week that he was leaving the department.
You can vote all you want, but it won't matter. Judges will decide what's best.
Judge Strikes Down Florida Gay Marriage Ban. A federal judge on Thursday [8/21/2014]
declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who
have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.
appeals court may be roadblock to gay marriage cases in four states. If the issue of same-sex marriage
is on an expressway to the Supreme Court, Wednesday was rush hour in a federal appeals court here. In an
unprecedented and marathon hearing, tag teams of attorneys for four states told an appellate panel why voter-approved
prohibitions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee should be honored. All the while, plaintiffs and their
families filled row after row of a huge, ornate courtroom, arms around one another, occasionally shushing babies
and listening for their names to be mentioned.
asks high court if states can block same-sex unions. Utah asked the Supreme Court on
Tuesday [8/5/2014] to decide whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage or whether
it is up to states to allow or prohibit such unions. Virginia, which said it did not want to be left
behind, indicated it would file a similar request later this week. An appeals court in Denver struck
down Utah's ban, while the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, ruled in the
Virginia case, saying that marriage is a fundamental right that may not be withheld from gay couples.
Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday [7/31/2014]
upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to
the state's constitution banning gay marriage.
appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban. A U.S. appeals court on
Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string
of court rulings across the country to back gay marriage.
of gay marriage snare Marco Rubio, David Jolly. The increasingly delicate politics of gay marriage emerged
Wednesday [7/23/2014] as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio defended "traditional" marriage while accommodating other views during
a speech and U.S. Rep. David Jolly came under withering attack in Pinellas County for coming out in support of same-sex
couples' right to wed. Jolly, a Republican like Rubio, said this week that while he personally believes marriage
should be between a man and woman, he thinks Florida should allow same-sex marriage.
The Editor says...
If you think marriage should be between a man and a woman, why would you support anything else?
This is what's known as playing on both sides of the fence."
states join Indiana's appeal of federal judge's same-sex marriage ruling. The
attorneys general of 10 states have joined in Indiana's appeal of a federal judge's ruling that
found the state law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional. In a filing this week, the
attorneys general of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina,
South Dakota and Utah filed a friend of the court brief alleging it is not the judicial branch's
role to determine whether same-sex marriage should be permitted. "The moral, political, and social
issues surrounding this case are profound and profoundly important," says the brief filed by
Colorado Solicitor General Michael Francisco. "However, they are distinct from the purely legal
principles that this court can address."
ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, federal appeals court rules. A federal appeals
court on Friday [7/11/2014] struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriages. The 10th Circuit Court of
Appeals ruled 2-1 that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under
the law for everyone. "States may not, consistent with the U.S. Constitution, prohibit same-sex
marriages," the judges wrote. The court stayed its opinion, putting it on hold pending an
Court Overturns State's Same-Sex-Marriage Ban. A judge in Florida overturned the state's ban on
same-sex marriage on Thursday [7/17/2014]. The ban had been approved by 62 percent of voters in 2008.
"The court is aware that the majority of voters oppose same-sex marriage, but it is our country's proud history to
protect the rights of the individual, the rights of the unpopular and rights of the powerless, even at the cost of
offending the majority," Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia wrote in his opinion. Florida Attorney General
Pam Bondi filed an appeal almost immediately.
court strikes down Oklahoma gay marriage ban. The decision by a three-judge panel in the
10-year-old lawsuit is likely to give the Supreme Court a choice: It can use either Utah or
Oklahoma as its foil for judging the constitutionality of all such bans, or it can wait for more
cases headed its way from Virginia and elsewhere. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
also has jurisdiction over Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming, as well as New Mexico, where same-sex
couples already can marry. Its precedent applies to all those states, but the court blocked
its ruling from taking effect while Oklahoma considers an appeal.
Telling and the Abuse of Language. It was only a couple of years ago that the world sported
only two genders of human beings — male and female. Now Facebook allows folks to self-identify into
50 possibilities, only two of which are truly genders. I find this particularly perplexing. Do
we have gender designations for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgendered who dress in drag but haven't
had surgery, the transgendered who have had surgery but it didn't go well? Do we differentiate between
the men who have become women and the women who have become men? The 97% of us who are not confused
about all of this are now called cisgendered instead of straight. Governor Brown in California has ruled
against the use of the terms husband and wife in public documents. What will go next, mother and father?
the New Sexual Fascism Seriously. There is a mass movement aimed at stifling the
autonomy of natural relationships — friendships, familial love, romantic love, human
reverence for the divine — and subverting such relationships to the punitive power of an
intrusive state. It is as sweeping and menacing as past isms, including fascism, to which it
reveals a number of striking resemblances. It is difficult to comprehend, partly because it
operates so often with emotional subterfuge, and partly because it is unprecedented. It is less
nationalistic than past fascisms, though more invasive and consuming because it polices interpersonal
relationships and interior thoughts in a way that earlier police states did not. I have come to
realize, though, that it is violent, even though we tend not to think of the movement as violent
because many still stereotype gays as delicate, and the violence is usually carried out through the
seemingly legitimate auspices of the state.
Set to Fight Gay-Marriage Bans in Supreme Court. The Justice Department is set to urge
the Supreme Court to uphold a lower-court ruling and block states from banning same-sex marriage,
Attorney General Eric Holder said. The nation's top law enforcement official's remarks come just
days after Utah officials announced they will ask the Supreme Court to overrule a lower court that
concluded gay couples can legally marry in the state. Last month, a federal appeals court ruled
that a state ban on gay marriage, approved by Utah voters in 2004, was unconstitutional, finding
that states cannot keep two people from marrying simply because they are of the same sex.
governors signal shift on gay marriage in bid to attract voters. While
the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight against same-sex marriage, its
governors appear to be backing off their opposition — in their rhetoric, at least.
agencies told to ignore gay marriages. A federal judge in Indianapolis struck down the
state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional that day, leading to hundreds of same-sex marriages
around the state. But an appeals court stayed that ruling three days later after an appeal from the
state attorney general's office.
to Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling to High Court. Utah is going directly to
the nation's highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional
right to marry, the state attorney general's office announced Wednesday [7/9/2014].
Removes 'Husband' and 'Wife' from California Marriage Law. One word can make all the
difference when it comes to definitions. Exhibit A: exchange the words "husband and wife" for a more
inclusive term, and you have the phrase "I now pronounce you spouses." In the state of California,
they are paying special attention to keep their vernacular as progressive as possible. Governor
Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Monday [7/7/2014] to formally make marriage gender-neutral to reflect the state's
allowance of same-sex unions.
Poor Little Gays: The World Is Saying No. Same-sex parenting is an abusive practice
whereby two gay adults contrive to deprive a helpless child of the love and support of a mother or
father. [...] We aren't fooled by this silly trick of trying to say that orphans being raised by
their grandmothers are the same thing as two lesbians who manufacture a child using DNA they got
from a fertility clinic.
Employee Alleges Chase Bank Surveyed Staff's LGBT Loyalty. A second source has confirmed that
JP Morgan Chase has asked each of its employees whether they are "an ally of the LGBT community," which
employees have taken as a veiled threat. Each year JP Morgan Chase sends its employees a survey asking
questions related to management and other non-controversial issues. A longtime Chase employee told
Professor Robert George of Princeton that the survey this year included the following questions for the first time: [...]
Letting the IRS Get
Away with It. Someone at the IRS leaked the donor lists to a man called Matthew
Meisel, a gay activist in Boston. Meisel in turn passed it on to the gay group Human Rights
Campaign (whose president was a national co-chair of the Obama re-election campaign), and HRC in
turn published the list of donors, which was subsequently re-published by The Huffington Post.
There's no secret about why they'd do such a thing. As we know, if you disagree with progressive
orthodoxy, you have no right to host a cable-TV home-decor show or give a commencement address at
an American university or be a beauty-queen contestant. But that's not enough for these groups.
If you're not a public figure, if you're just a Californian who puts up a yard sign or a bumper
sticker on Proposition Eight, your car will be keyed and your house defaced.
NH Supreme Court: Lesbian
can claim parental rights. The New Hampshire Supreme Court said Wednesday [7/2/2014] that a
lesbian can claim parental rights to a child born to her former partner. In the unanimous
decision, the five-member court overturned the rulings in Derry Family Division court and ordered
the judge to decide whether the non-biological parent — referred to in the court case as
Susan B — had taken enough actions to qualify as the child's parent. If judged a
parent, the Supreme Court said Susan can intervene in adoption proceedings that her former
partner — Melissa D — and Melissa's husband have initiated.
Appeals Court: Gays Have Right to Marry. A federal appeals court ruled for the
first time Wednesday that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, extending the
movement's legal winning streak and bringing the issue a big step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Admits Wrongdoing, to Pay $50,000 in Leaking of Marriage Group's Tax Return. Two
years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of
a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted
wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit. The Daily Signal has learned that, under a
consent judgment today, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for
Marriage as a result of the unlawful release of the confidential information to a gay rights group,
the Human Rights Campaign, that is NOM's chief political rival.
Bishop: Marriage is 'First Domino of Civilization'. In response to a federal judge's
ruling that Wisconsin's ban on homosexual marriage was unconstitutional, Bishop Robert Morlino,
head of the Catholic diocese of Madison, Wisc., said the judge had "shaken one of the most precious
and essential building blocks of our civilization," and that when this "first 'domino' of
civilization'" — man-woman marriage — is toppled, then "all subsequent
'dominos'" of civilization fall. The bishop also said that in felling this first domino,
"everything that is good, true, and beautiful, which is rooted in the natural family, is seriously threatened."
pastor who was defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated. A Pennsylvania pastor who
broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken
activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on
Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him. The nine-person panel ordered the church to
restore Frank Schaefer's pastoral credentials, saying the jury that convicted him last year erred
when fashioning his punishment.
Rep. Sean Maloney Marries Same-Sex Partner. New York's first openly gay member of
Congress has married his longtime partner.
Presbyterians Become the Silly
Church. [T]his week, the 1.7 million member PCUSA suffered a meltdown, authorizing clergy to conduct
same sex unions, reaffirming its commitment to largely unrestricted abortion rights, and voting to divest from three
firms doing business with Israel. The church's redefinition of marriage, by a 71-29 percent vote, got the
most attention, although it was anticlimactic. Sexual liberalism captured the denomination in 2010, when the
PCUSA voted to abandon its expectation of monogamy in marriage and celibacy in singleness for its clergy.
Black Pastor on Obama: 'This
is the Most Immoral President We've Ever Had'. The "March for Marriage" is Friday [6/20/2014] in Washington, D.C., and Reverend Billy Owens
of the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP),talked with TPNN's Tim Constantine about the event, Barack Obama, and the moral decay in America.
Tim Huelskamp: 'We'll Win Fight for Marriage Like We're Winning Fight for Life'. Rep.
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) doesn't believe the fight for marriage between one man and one woman is over.
He says this fight is important in many ways and plans to be among the many faith and government
leaders to speak out in support of traditional marriage at the 2014 March for Marriage in
Washington, D.C., on June 19th. In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, the conservative
congressman talked about the meaning of marriage between a man and a woman for all Americans.
"The fight for marriage isn't over at all, despite what the media want us to believe," Huelskamp said.
Clinton Snaps at NPR Host Over DOMA, Same-Sex Marriage. Hillary Clinton snapped at
radio host Terry Gross of NPR during a Thursday [6/12/2014] interview on the air about same-sex marriage.
Gross persistently prodded the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State on the issue, repeatedly
asking her to clarify her position about when and why she decided to support same-sex marriage.
the Institution of Marriage. For years, opponents of same-sex marriage fretted that
the unleashing of gay nuptials would open the door for all types of sexual decadence. Last
presidential cycle, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was panned heavily for comparing gay
marriage to polygamy at a New Hampshire stop on the campaign trail. After a college student
questioned his vigorous opposition to same sex couples being wed, Santorum responded in turn: "If
it makes three people happy to get married, based on what you just said, what makes that wrong?"
The remark was met with boos from students and condemnation from the liberal press. Less than two
years later, Santorum ran a victory lap after a federal judge struck down a ban on polygamy in Utah.
'True Followers of Jesus... Cannot Endorse Same-Sex Marriage'. Rev. Franklin Graham,
son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said that "true followers" of Jesus "cannot endorse
same-sex marriage" regardless of what President Barack Obama, the Congress, the Supreme Court, or
the media say about the issue, adding that marriage was "settled by God Himself" and cannot be
modified by man. "True followers of Jesus Christ, whose salvation is based entirely upon God's
Word, cannot endorse same-sex marriage, regardless of what our President, the Congress, the Supreme
Court, the media or the latest Gallup poll says about the matter," said Rev. Graham in his May 2014
column for Decision magazine.
Cordileone Responds to Nancy Pelosi's Assault on March for Marriage. House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) joined other California politicians and leading gay rights advocates in
harshly criticizing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for participating in the March
for Marriage in Washington, D.C., on June 19th. As SFGate reports, in a letter to Cordileone,
Pelosi, a self-proclaimed Catholic who supports abortion on demand and same-sex marriage — both of
which are against the teachings of the Catholic Church — described the March for Marriage event as
"venom masquerading as virtue" and said the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons."
Warns SF Bishop Not to March for Traditional Marriage. In an astonishing challenge to
traditional Catholic doctrine, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, nominally Catholic, has taken to
telling San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that he should not attend the National
Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Cordileone is
scheduled to be a featured speaker at the event, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which is
consistent with his championing of Proposition 8 in 2008. Cordileone helped raise
$1.5 million for the initiative, which intended to ban same-sex marriage in the state.
He once said, "The ultimate attack of the evil one is the attack on marriage."
AG Seeks Stay Halting Gay Marriages. Same-sex couples began getting married in Wisconsin on Friday [6/6/2014] shortly after a federal
judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban and despite confusion over the effect of the ruling.
Extends Head Start Participation to Same-Sex Marriage Families. The administration
for children and families, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued
guidance in a memo on Wednesday [6/4/2014] regarding application of the federal government's policy on
same-sex spouses/marriages to all Head Start and Early Head Start programs. [...] HHS instructed
all grantees and delegate agencies in the memo to ensure that "[f]amily support and parent
engagement activities should be inclusive and supportive of single, coupled, and married LGBT parents":
strikes down Wisconsin gay marriage ban. A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's ban
on same-sex marriage on Friday, ruling it unconstitutional. It wasn't clear whether U.S. District
Judge Barbara Crabb's 88-page ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately.
But the ruling makes Wisconsin the 27th state where same-sex couples can marry under law or where a
judge has ruled they ought to be allowed to wed.
Sen. Hatch: Gay Marriage Will Be 'Law of the Land'. During an appearance on Salt Lake
City's Doug Wright Show, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said gay marriage was "going to be the law of
the land," and that anybody who thought otherwise wasn't paying attention. A district judge
recently invalidated Utah's prohibition on gay marriage. "Lets face it," Hatch said. "Anybody
that does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn't been observing
what's going on... The trend right now in the courts is to permit gay marriage and
anybody who doesn't admit that just isn't living in the real world."
nation's last unchallenged state same-sex marriage ban is about to lose that status.
"There will be a case filed challenging North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban," says Joshua
Newville, a Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney who filed a suit Thursday [5/22/2014] against South
Dakota's ban on behalf of same-sex couples there. Newville is in talks with advocates and
attorneys in North Dakota and confirmed that either he or another attorney will bring a lawsuit
against that state's ban within six to eight weeks.
Dame Denies Pro-Marriage Club Official Status. The University of Notre Dame has denied official
recognition to a student club that supports traditional marriage. On April 30, the university's Club
Coordination Council (CCC) voted not to approve the application of Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP) for
official club status. SCOP's Facebook page identifies it as "a group of undergraduate and graduate students
at the University of Notre Dame who are focused on the debate about marriage taking place in Indiana."
Francis Against Gay Adoption. Although Pope Francis was praised for his "who am I to
judge?" comment about gay individuals and was named Person of the Year by the homosexual magazine
The Advocate in 2013, the Pope has rejected the idea of same-sex marriage as an "anthropological
regression" and stressed that when it comes to adoption, "every person needs a male father and a
groups target lesbian Democrat in Prop 8 Revenge. Gay and lesbian activist groups are
working hard to defeat an experienced candidate who is running for District Attorney in Sacramento — despite
the fact that she herself is a lesbian with a stack of law enforcement endorsements. The
reason: they want to punish her for not speaking out against Proposition 8, the now-defunct
constitutional amendment enshrining traditional marriage in California, when it was an active issue
on the ballot in 2008.
Brotherhood an Impeachable Offense; Gay Incest Celebrated. Just in the last week, in the latest blitz of
gay über alles, at the provocation of groups like GLAAD and Right Wing Watch, a newspaperman was sacked in
Iowa and an entire show on HGTV was canceled because of editors and two handsome blond brothers adhering to the
millennia-old strictures about chastity. If you are a pair of gorgeous brothers dedicating your life to
building homes for the poor, but you criticize homosexuality, you must be stripped of your life's work and
publicly humiliated. But if you are a pair of gorgeous brothers who decide to have unprotected anal
sex with each other in front of the camera, the gay community will shower you with praise.
Apologizes for Not Allowing Same-Sex Marriage in Game. Nintendo has apologized for not allowing
same-sex marriage in one of its simulation games after online and social media campaigns criticized the company
for alienating sexual minorities. Tomodachi Life, to be released for the Nintendo 3DS console in
June in the United States, allows users to control an avatar and interact with other players online. In
the virtual world, characters called Miis can start romantic relationships and marry as long as they are from
the opposite sex.
The Editor says...
They must apologize for that?
Bill Allows 'My Two Dads' on Birth Certificates. In the most recent California effort to "modernize" family
convention, the state Assembly on Thursday passed AB 1951, a new bill that would allow all California parents to list
themselves as "mother," "father," or "parent" of a child in order to reflect same-sex marriages, according to a report
from the Associated Press. The bill passed by a vote of 51-13, with several Republicans voting in favor. No
Republicans spoke in opposition.
Being black and being gay
are not the same thing. Much is being made of HGTV's decision to cancel a previously announced new series,
"Flip it Forward," because its stars, twin brothers David and Jason Benham, had expressed their faith-based, pro-life
values and belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Many in the media have called their
beliefs anti-gay and similar to race-based bigotry. [...] HGTV is a private entity that can make whatever
decision it chooses regarding its network and business operations, however, it has become extremely disturbing to me
that media personalities and social groups have equated the Benham brother's support for traditional marriage to racism.
Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announces divorce from
husband. Retired Bishop Gene Robinson announced that he is divorcing partner Mark Andrew in an email to
the Diocese of New Hampshire Saturday and an article for The Daily Beast.
The Editor says...
Which is it, AP? Partner or husband?
'If Folks Dont Like Gay Marriage, They Simply Shouldnt Get One. As a federal judge heard arguments on
Oregons ban on same-sex marriage last Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called the ban "discrimination," adding, "If
folks dont like gay marriage, they simply shouldnt get one."
The Editor says...
Flippant comments of this sort are all very amusing until one finds himself forced to provide
photography, a chapel, or a wedding cake for a homosexual wedding.
Judge Rules Ohio Must Follow Other States' Marriage Laws Instead of Its Own. So long, Ohio.
According to a federal judge Monday in Henry v. Himes, the U.S. Constitution now requires that the laws
of one state automatically supersede those of Ohio, whether or not Ohio approves. The circumstances surround
same-sex marriage, though the precise legal issue is one that has been flying below the radar for some time —
the recognition by one state of another state's same-sex marriage.
of Clay's Christian Fans Lash Out after the Lead Singer Tweets for Same-sex Marriage. The group's lead
singer Dan Haseltine has caused a mini firestorm among his evangelical base of supporters this week by issuing a series
of tweets in support of same-sex marriage. His move comes just weeks after World Vision, a major Christian
charity, had to walk back its brief decision to not discriminate against perspective employees who were LGBT.
Like World Vision, Haseltine quickly had to reckon with a pretty strong backlash in the wake of his public engagement
with the subject.
Duck Dynasty, Chick-fil-A, and the politicization of everything. Would you boycott a family
dinner because your grandfather holds some politically incorrect views about welfare recipients? Or,
would you uninvite a neighboring family from attending a block party after learning that they attend an
evangelical church that upholds a traditional definition of marriage? Most reasonable people would
say "no," adhering to the old adage that it's rude to talk politics in polite company. Unfortunately,
this rule of etiquette that has governed civil society for ages seems to be quickly evaporating in the world
of commerce, as highlighted by the now notorious case of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. This impolite seed
should be quickly uprooted before it sprouts into a world where everything is politicized.
chairman counseled Obama on gay marriage switch. Former Republican National Committee
Chairman Ken Mehlman advised the White House on how President Obama should announce his support for
gay marriage. A Harvard classmate of Obama's, Mehlman told the president over a White House lunch
that it was politically viable to reverse his position and support gay marriage, according to a
report in The New York Times. Mehlman, who managed George W. Bush's reelection campaign
and came out as gay in 2010, told Obama that the American public viewed him as an idealist willing to
put politics aside, and that endorsing same-sex marriage would reinforce that image.
Firefox. The left is out to crush individuals and companies with whom it differs. This is
especially so today on the issue of same-sex marriage. Perhaps the most dramatic example of this took
place last week. The governing board of the widely used browser, Firefox, forced the company's CEO,
Brendan Eich, to resign. [...] All these years, the left, after coining the term "McCarthyism" in order to
disparage the right, had fooled most people into believing that it is the right that suppresses liberty.
The truth, of course, has been the opposite.
Mobzilla: The Purging of Brendan Eich.
According to Open Secrets, John Lilly made a political contribution to candidate Barack Obama's
presidential campaign in the amount of $2,300. Lilly quietly stepped down under his own
accord as Mozilla's CEO in 2010. So why was Lilly, who donated money to an anti same-sex
marriage campaign, not singled out, but incoming/outgoing Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced
to resign when it was revealed that he donated to Proposition 8 in California in 2008, the
exact same year Barack Obama stated he believed marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman?
Why did Mozilla spare John Lilly but sacrifice Brendan Eich at the altar of rabid progressive mob
who claims to be all inclusive and tolerant of free speech? Because this has nothing to do
with gay rights or gay marriage. This is about Barack Obama and his culture of activism.
Media Lynch Mob Takes Down
Mozilla CEO & Ignores Alleged Terrorist Gun-Running Democrat Leland Yee. It appears that the "red line" for LGBT and
progressive activists' outrage is being a successful businessman versus a Democrat politician. After a $1,000 donation in 2008
to support Prop 8 in California, Mozilla's CEO Brendan Eich was railroaded out of the company at the speed of an Apple Mac Pro
on steroids. The New York Times is still criminalizing Eich's personal political views.
We sent you a little message today. Today, users of the Firefox web browser were given a
message when accessing most of [the] Front Page content at RedState. They were told that this site
could not be displayed, because of a conflict with the values of the Mozilla corporation, and they were
suggested to visit another site. We put that message up, because we wanted to remind people that
the totalitarian impulse of the Mozilla corporation is real, and if you haven't been Made to Care yet,
you will be soon. Send a message that you won't take it lying down. Get another browser.
to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage. A federal judge said Friday that he will order Ohio
to recognize out-of-state gay marriages, a move that would strike down part of the state's ban on gay marriages
but stop short of forcing it to perform same-sex weddings.
executive resigns from World Vision board to protest gay policy. World Vision had announced last
month that its American branch would begin hiring people in same-sex unions who dedicate their lives to God.
Just two days later, the group reversed the decision under pressure from evangelical leaders. "The board
acknowledged it made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding policy requiring sexual abstinence for
all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between one man and one woman,"
the group said in a statement.
The Editor says...p>
The problem with "hiring people in same-sex unions who dedicate their lives to God" is that there are no such people.
Homosexuality is still just as wrong as it was a hundred or a thousand years ago. The Bible makes it
abundantly clear that anyone whose life is dedicated to God will have nothing to do with homosexuality.
updates Medicare enrollment rules for same-sex couples. The Obama administration on
Thursday [4/3/2014] announced that it was updating Medicare rules to allow partners in same-sex
marriages to apply for benefits during special enrollment periods. The Department of Health and
Human Services said that the Social Security Administration would now be able to take applications for
special enrollment periods for Medicare Part A and Part B and reduce late penalties for some
eligible same-sex couples. The move is the latest step taken by HHS after the Supreme Court in 2013
struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union between
one man and one woman.
Vision reverses decision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages. Facing a firestorm of protest,
the prominent Christian relief agency World Vision on Wednesday reversed a two-day-old policy change that would
have allowed it to hire Christians in same-sex marriages in the US.
supporters eye Republican backing. Are Republicans starting to change their position on same-sex
marriage? Some gay marriage supporters think so. "A 55 percent majority support marriage
equality," states a report accompanying a new TargetPoint-GQRR poll. "While young people are at the
vanguard of change, this survey also shows increased support among older voters, Catholics, non-college
educated voters, and Republicans." The poll results were presented at a Thursday [3/27/2014] kickoff
event of Americans for Marriage Equality, a bipartisan group formed with the support of the Human Rights
Campaign, a major gay rights organization.
says feds will recognize Michigan gay marriages despite state decision. Attorney General Eric Holder said
Friday [3/28/2014] that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages performed in Michigan before
a federal appeals court halted them, despite a decision by Michigan's governor not to recognize those unions. The
decision means federal benefits will be extended to those couples — including the ability to file taxes jointly, get
Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners. "These families will be
eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," Holder said in a statement.
halted in Michigan after 300 marriage licenses issued. Same-sex weddings in Michigan were abruptly halted
Saturday [3/22/2014] when a federal appeals court put on hold a lower court ruling that declared the state's ban on gay
marriages unconstitutional. The appellate court order came Saturday afternoon, after Michigan officials had issued
at least 322 marriage licenses to gays and lesbians who jumped at the chance to be among the first same-sex couples
in the state to wed.
Strikes Down Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage. A federal appeals court has suspended gay marriages in
Michigan, putting on hold a decision by a lower court judge who had struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
5 Big Wins for
Militant Gay Pressure Groups. This has become the raison d'etre of many in the gay rights movement:
destroying the businesses of those who refuse to abide by their standards of conduct, all in the name of tolerance. And they've
been tremendously successful at it. Here are the top five recent instances of successful gay intimidation of business: [...]
GOP donors join push for gay rights
bill. A deep-pocketed group of Republican donors and former GOP lawmakers is joining a gay rights coalition to push the
U.S. House to vote on a bill banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. "America is a place
where the freedom to be who you are shouldn't be a barrier to your ability to get a job and provide for your family," said Paul Singer,
a billionaire hedge fund founder and big Republican donor.
Poll: Growing Number of
Young Republicans Support Gay Marriage. A poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center has found that support for gay
marriage is increasing in those who identify as Republicans under the age of 30. 61% of those polled who lean towards the party
are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage while only 35% oppose it. This is in stark contrast to Republicans over the age of
50 — only 27% of that audience support it. Pew also found a record high percentage of Americans —
54% — support allowing gays to marry.
The Editor says...
That's because "a record high percentage of Americans" watch too much television and never go to church.
Indefensible. [Scroll down] Consider
that under longstanding practices an attorney general, the nation's chief law enforcement officer, must carry out even those laws he
disagrees with as a matter of policy. He must also defend laws against constitutional attack so long as there are reasonable, or
nonfrivolous, grounds for doing so, a very low bar. Further, he must see to it that the arguments in behalf of a constitutionally
challenged law are advanced vigorously, even if he doesn't agree with those arguments. In 2009, in litigation over the
constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage for purposes of federal law as "the legal union between
one man and one woman as husband and wife," the Justice Department made a workmanlike defense of the statute. As the litigation
proceeded, however, the quality of the department's defense of the statute deteriorated in virtually every respect.
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.
Eric Holder's Arizona. Eric Holder's liberal
chickens are coming home to roost in Arizona. And in a West Hollywood gay bar. The Los Angeles Times is helping.
While a Harvard student demands an end to academic freedom. All of this in the name of the religion of liberalism. Let's
start with the attorney general of the United States, who has made it abundantly clear that a state attorney general who doesn't like
his or her state's gay marriage law doesn't have to enforce it.
Holder To State Attorneys General: You Don't Have to Enforce Laws You Disagree With. Attorney General Eric Holder is taking the
lawless attitude of the Obama administration and passing it down to state attorneys general. Yesterday [2/24/2014] during an interview
with The New York Times, Holder said state attorneys general do not have to enforce laws they disagree with, specifically when it
comes to the issue of gay marriage.
Lawless Eric Holder advises State A.G.s
that they may disregard state laws. A state attorney general is sworn to uphold and defend the laws of the state the
AG serves. If he/she can't do that, resignation makes sense. Better yet, stay and uphold the oath of office by defending
the law competently in an appeal.
The other shoe drops for gay
marriage. It should come as no surprise that attorneys general in six states, have refused to enforce state laws
upholding traditional marriage or that federal judges in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia have overturned voter-approved laws defining
traditional marriage as between one man and one woman. And, it should come as no surprise that Attorney General Eric
Holder — who at one time fulfilled his constitutional duty to enforce DOMA before he refused to continue doing
so — now advises state attorneys general to follow his lead and decline to defend state laws they believe are
unconstitutional (like laws prohibiting gay marriage or upholding traditional marriage).
judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban. The state's gay marriage ban was challenged by two gay couples — one
seeking to marry in Texas and one seeking to have their marriage, which was performed in Massachusetts, to be recognized.
orders Kentucky to begin recognizing gay marriage. A federal judge in Kentucky took a final step Thursday forcing the state to
begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state. U.S. District Judge John Heyburn was following through on his ruling
earlier this month that found a portion of the state's constitution, which bans the recognition of gay marriage, violates the U.S. Constitution.
On Thursday, the judge wrote the amendment was unlawful and "void and unenforceable."
Conservatives Succeed at Failing Again. Perhaps Arizona governor Jan Brewer was sincere when saying that the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (SB 1062) she vetoed yesterday [2/26/2014] could "create more problems than it purports to solve." After all,
observers such as Napp Nazworth at The Christian Post contend that SB 1062 might actually — contrary to all the
hysteria — have made it harder for most business owners to refuse service to homosexuals.
League Pres Challenges Chris Cuomo: Where Are 'Examples of Gay People Being Persecuted? In the wake of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's
veto of a controversial bill which would have preserved religious freedom by allowing business owners to deny proving certain services to gay
and lesbian people, Catholic League President Bill Donohue sat down with CNN's New Day host Chris Cuomo to debate the merits of the law.
Donohue asserted that the Arizona bill had been mischaracterized by opponents and asked Cuomo to demonstrate for him where gay people were being
7 Myths About Arizona's
Religious Freedom Law. [Arizona Governor Jan] Brewer stated that the bill "could divide Arizona in ways we could not even
imagine and no one would ever want." Of course, her veto of the bill is even more divisive, given that it now sends the message
that it is open season on private religious business owners who wish to live out their religious principles throughout their lives, not
just within the four walls of their churches or homes.
could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes. Call it what you want — anti-gay or
religious rights — but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the
home of the 2015 Super Bowl. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour
out of Arizona, and the National Football League is with the opposition.
Clinton lauds Arizona governor after she vetoes controversial bill. Hillary Clinton has praised the governor of Arizona after she
vetoed a bill that would have let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians on grounds of religion. The former U.S. Secretary of State
spoke to an audience at the University of Miami yesterday, and addressed an estimated audience of 6,100 people. Highlighting the issue,
Mrs Clinton, 66, said that Republican governor Jan Brewer 'recognized that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about.'
Nine Biased Headlines on Arizona
Veto. SB 1062 simply extended Arizona's RFRA's religious-liberty protections to individuals and businesses being sued by state
or local government or private individuals. It did not create a license for individuals or businesses to refuse service to gay people.
It actually never even mentioned sexual orientation. It would have protected the right of people not to be compelled to participate in or
provide services for events that they object to on religious grounds, including same-sex weddings. The religious objector, if challenged,
would be required to prove in court that his religious freedom was being substantially burdened.
Nine Biased Headlines on Arizona
Veto. Here is a short sampling of some of the worst offenders.
Calls for Scrutiny of Gay Marriage Laws. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday [2/24/2014] injected the Obama
administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview
that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory. Mr. Holder was careful not
to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but said that officials who have carefully studied bans on gay marriage
could refuse to defend them.
federal judge overruling gay marriage ban confuse Constitution for Declaration of Independence. Both federal judge Judge Arenda L.
Wright Allen and the one-time newspaper of record confused the Constitution for the Declaration of Independence during their haste to celebrate the
overturning of Virginia's gay marriage ban Thursday night. "Our Constitution declares that 'all men' are created equal. Surely this means
all of us," wrote Allen in a tautological pronouncement that cited a unilateral assertion of sovereignty penned in response to 18th-century British
abuses of power, rather than the supreme law governing the U.S. The New York Times gave no indication it noticed Allen's glaring error, dedicating
most of its 761-word article to sniffing at opponents of same-sex marriage.
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.
Employee Sues Company for $518,682 for Not Acknowledging its Lack of Gender. It's not gay rights. It's not even LGBT which
includes men who dress up like women. It's actually LGBTQIA which includes a bunch of people who don't know what they are, including
"Queer" and "Asexual". [...] The supervisors chose not to waste everyone's time with the insanity of a crazy person. And here comes the
lawsuit because the catering company chose not to manufacture a single new gender consisting entirely of "Jones". This whole thing
[disproves] the notion that you can just sign on to gay marriage and be done with it.
Justice Department to give married same-sex couples equal protection. The Justice Department on
Monday [2/10/2014] will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriages sweeping equal protection
under the law in every program it administers, from courthouse proceedings to prison visits to the compensation of surviving spouses of public safety
officers. In a new policy memo, the department will spell out the rights of same-sex couples, including the right to decline to give testimony
that might incriminate their spouses, even if their marriages are not recognized in the state where the couple lives.
Federal government to expand recognition
of same-sex marriage. In a new milestone for gay rights, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. will issue a directive Monday [2/10/2014]
expanding government recognition of same-sex marriages to all federal courtrooms and prisons, and some federal benefits programs. The new
policy, which Holder plans to announce Saturday night [2/8/2014] at a gay rights dinner in New York City, means the Justice Department will not
object if gay or lesbian partners refuse to testify against their spouses in federal criminal and civil cases, and will push for them to be accorded
the same rights in Bankruptcy court as other married couples.
Obama administration recognizes same-sex
marriages in Utah. Same-sex marriages performed in Utah will be recognized by the federal government, Attorney General Eric
Holder announced Friday [1/10/2014]. Holder's decision means that the approximately 1,000 same-sex couples married in Utah since
December will be eligible for federal tax, estate and other benefits.
gay marriages will be recognized by federal government, attorney general says. The federal government will recognize marriages performed in
Utah after a judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban, Attorney General Holder said Friday, noting that the newly-wedded gay couples
"should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status" as the legal challenges unfold. Holder's announcement comes two days
after Utah ordered its state offices not to do anything that would acknowledge the more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed in the state
over a nearly three-week period after a federal judge struck down the ban on Dec. 20. The Supreme Court ordered a stay on those
weddings on Monday [1/6/2014] while the state challenges the judge's ruling.
releases updated STD data; syphilis, gonorrhea cases are up, chlamydia numbers are stable. Wyoming had the lowest rate, at 7.7 per 100,000 people.
The District of Columbia was the highest at 388.7 per 100,000. Ohio's rate was 142.9 per 100,000. The number of cases reported in Ohio in 2012 was 16,493,
down slightly from 2011. More than 15,000 primary and secondary syphilis cases were reported in 2012, a rate of 5 per 100,000 people. The rate increase was
solely among men, especially gay and bisexual men who represent an estimated 75 percent of cases.
US judge strikes down
Okla. same-sex marriage ban. A federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban Tuesday [1/14/2014], but headed off any rush to
the altar by setting aside his order while state and local officials complete an appeal.
Obama ignores Constitution by recognizing
same-sex marriages in Utah. Demonstrating his disdain for the 10th Amendment and the rule of law, Mr. Holder said Friday
[1/10/2014] the federal government would recognize the marriages of homosexual couples who wed during the two-week period such unions
were made legal in Utah by a federal judge. The Supreme Court stayed that ruling on Jan. 6, but Mr. Holder insisted on
"confirming" for the purposes of U.S. law that a thousand of those marriages "will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible
for all relevant federal benefits."
and the Left: Champions of Polygamy. The New York Times, ever eager to push any meme that undermines the Judeo-Christian
devotion to traditional morality and the single heterosexual family unit, has progressed from championing LGBT rights to its newest passion:
polygamy. The Times is not alone; other leftist media outlets such as Huffington Post are leaders in the effort, too.
Kerry 'Deeply Concerned' By
Nigeria's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage. Of all the problems in Nigeria, including the ongoing persecution of Christians by Islamic
terrorists, the U.S. State Department on Monday [1/13/2014] condemned the African nation's new law banning same-sex marriage.
Governor's Office Says State Won't Recognize Same-Sex Marriages. The Utah governor's office said Wednesday [1/8/2014]
that the state would not recognize more than 1,000 same-sex marriages performed over the last two weeks as it appealed a legal ruling
that had overturned the state's ban on such unions. The decision came two days after the United States Supreme Court blocked
further same-sex marriages while state officials appealed a decision allowing such unions. The stay effectively reinstated a
disputed law that limited marriages across the state to between one man and one woman.
SCOTUS Puts Hold on Utah Gay Marriage. The Supreme Court has put
same-sex marriages on hold in Utah, at least while a federal appeals court more fully considers the issue.
Court stops Utah gay marriages. The Supreme Court on Monday
morning [1/6/2014] put on hold a federal judge's decision striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, thus stopping a wave of such marriages across the state.
The Court's order reinstates the state ban and will keep it intact until after a federal appeals court has ruled on it. The order appeared to have the support
of the full Court, since there were no noted dissents.
The Denaturalization of America. Homosexual
marriage, a passing joke at parties until a few years ago, is now legal in much of the U.S., as in many other Western progressive countries.
Meanwhile, in decisions soon to be upheld by the Supreme Court no doubt, various U.S. jurisdictions have declared that schoolboys who decide they
feel more like schoolgirls will be permitted by law to use the girls' locker room, while the actual girls, unprotected by any new laws of their own,
will apparently just have to get used to undressing in the company of boys.
ABC, NBC Mum on
Why Gay Wedding on Rose Parade Float Wasn't Part of TV Coverage. The two television networks — ABC and NBC — that covered the 2014
Tournament of Roses parade live on Jan. 1 are not saying why the wedding of two men atop the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's float was not part
of their programming viewed by more than 60 million people around the world. When CNSNews.com asked whether the wedding was covered and,
if not, why not, ABC's press office said there would be no official statement about the event and cited technical issues. NBC did not respond
to the questions.
Rose Parade or "Gay Pride"
Parade? You no longer need to live in California to get a taste of our progressive values. This week, it's coming to a TV set
near you. After more than 100 years of family-oriented entertainment on New Year's Day, the Tournament of Roses Parade has veered off
course. Organizers are allowing progressives to parade their political agendas around and morph a historic parade into an event more closely
resembling a gay pride parade than the Rose Parade we have come to know.
Rose Parade Gay
'Marriage' Float Degrades Family Event, Say Conservative Activists. Two homosexual men will be married on a float in the 2014 Rose
Parade on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in what critics are saying transforms the family-friendly event into a vehicle for promoting the gay rights
activists' political agenda. Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair were chosen by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation by lottery to be married atop
a float made to resemble a wedding cake.
The Straight Dope on Homosexuality.
How promiscuous are homosexuals? Some people argue that except for about 15% who are wildly promiscuous, homosexuals are no different from
heteros. The anti-sodomites like to quote a 1997 study from the Journal of Sex Research that polled 2,583 older homosexuals and
found that the most common number of lifetime partners fell somewhere between 101 and 500, and that 10% to 16% reported having more than 1,000.
A 2009 Australian "Gay Census" that was not restricted to age found that a quarter of homosexuals reported over 100 partners and 10% had
so many they had "no idea." The older the men were, the more likely they were to be in the over 100 or "no idea" categories.
Two gay males to get married on
2014 Rose Parade float. The 2014 Rose Parade will feature two gay males Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair getting married on one of the
floats. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the sponsor of this gay marriage Rose Parade float. [...] You can't even get away from
progressive liberal indoctrination at a family event like the Rose Parade anymore.
The Editor says...
Get a clue. It's not "a family event" any more.
Judge Strikes Down Utah Traditional
Marriage Laws, Calls Them 'Irrational'. In his 53-page opinion for Kitchen v. Herbert on Dec. 20, U.S. District Judge Robert
Shelby — who was appointed by President Obama in 2011 — compared marriage laws that do not include homosexual pairings to racist laws. He
noted that in its 1967 case Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment a Virginia law that
did not allow a white man to marry a black woman. [...] However, the ruling in Loving does not appear to stand for what Shelby says it does.
Right to Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Deeply Rooted in This Nation's History and Tradition'. Judge Robert J. Shelby, whom President Barack
Obama appointed to the U.S. District Court in Utah last year, issued an opinion on Friday [12/20/2013] declaring that a right to same-sex marriage
is "deeply rooted in the nation's history and implicit in the concept of ordered liberty." Shelby was confirmed to the federal bench by a voice
vote of the Senate on Sept. 21, 2012. There was no debate over his nomination, and no senator objected to his confirmation. He has
now issued an opinion that could fundamentally alter American law and culture.
May I Point Out That Phil Robertson Was Indisputably Right About One Thing?
The Supreme Court made gay sex a civil right about a decade ago in Lawrence v. Texas — and last week we had a federal judge in Utah use that decision and
others to normalize polygamy. Now he didn't legalize bigamy per se, at least not in the sense that that some combination of three or more
individuals can go down to the local courthouse and get a group marriage license. But what the judge did was declare that as a matter of law it is
acceptable for a polyamorous group to set up a household and declare themselves to be in a committed marital relationship. [...] What we would then have is,
potentially, legalized polyamorous marriages And to think that a decade ago it was declared to be the height of bigotry to suggest that recognizing gay
marriages would lead to the legalization of plural marriages.
being issued to gay couples in Utah. A federal judge Friday [12/20/2013] struck down Utah's voter-approved constitutional amendment —
which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set
forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Polygamy: It's Coming. In Lawrence v. Texas, the
U.S. Supreme Court, reversing its own then-recent holding in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruled that laws against homosexual sodomy are unconstitutional —
even though the Constitution says nothing about sex, let alone sodomy — on the ground that the right of privacy (also never mentioned in the
Constitution) protects all consensual, private sexual contact between adults. Lawrence immediately was seen as a milestone in the campaign for
gay marriage. Some conservatives noted that the Court's rationale would protect polygamy, too, but they were denounced as killjoys. Lawyers
noticed, however. Soon after Lawrence, several lawsuits were commenced in federal courts asserting a constitutional right to polygamy.
New Mexico Supreme Court: Same-sex
marriage legal. The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday [12/19/2013], declaring in a
ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.
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.
Same-Sex Weddings 17 Percent of
Washington Marriages. Gay weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages
were legal in the state, state officials reported Wednesday [12/4/2013].
overwhelmingly vote against same-sex marriage in a referendum. A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday [12/1/2013]
to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union's newest nation.
expects to be defrocked for gay wedding. Frank Schaefer gets to keep calling himself a Methodist pastor — at least
for the next 30 days. The United Methodist clergyman convicted of breaking church law for officiating at his son's same-sex
wedding was suspended late Tuesday [11/26/2013], and ordered by a jury of his fellow pastors to surrender his credentials in a month if he
can't bring himself to adhere to the laws of the church's Book of Discipline.
Lawmakers approve gay marriage in
Illinois. Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday [11/5/2013] in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic
divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
Obamas 'overjoyed' as
Illinois moves to OK gay marriage. In the wake of the Illinois state House's vote Tuesday [11/5/2013] to approve gay marriage, President
Obama said that he and first lady Michelle Obama are "overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours."
Mr. Obama's home state is now expected to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions after the bill heads to the Democrat-controlled state Senate,
where the measure almost surely will pass.
Chris Christie drops gay marriage challenge.
Gov. Chris Christie dropped his appeal to legalized same-sex marriages on Monday [10/21/2013], hours after gay couples began immediately taking advantage of a court
ruling that compelled the state to become the 14th in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.
N.J. offices add hours for marriage sign up.
City halls in several New Jersey cities and towns are adding extra office hours over the weekend to accept marriage license applications now that same-sex
marriage has been given the green light by the state's highest court.
Does Faith = Hate? This summer's Windsor decision
from the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, but it did not declare a constitutional right to gay marriage. Yet even Maggie
Gallagher, the country's most tireless and high-profile opponent of same-sex marriage, now believes such an outcome is a foregone conclusion.
"It's clear that the courts are going to shut down the marriage debate and impose gay marriage uniformly," she says. "There is not yet a
unified sense of where we go from here, except for this: there is an accelerating awareness that the consequence of marriage equality is
going to be extremely negative for traditionalist Christians."
Law Extends Insurance to Fertility Treatments for Same-Sex, Unmarried Couples. A new California law signed by Governor Jerry Brown and set
to go into effect in January 2014 gives homosexual and unmarried couples the right to have their fertility treatments covered by insurance.
Heterosexual married couples were already covered.
The Editor asks...
Why would same-sex couples care about feritility?
Brown signs bill to allow children more than two legal parents.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, a measure opposed by some conservative
groups as an attack on the traditional family. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in
California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.
Francis excommunicates pro-gay marriage priest. He's not the liberal the media wants. Actually what the Pope was saying was that he
wants the Church to talk more about what it's for than what it's against. But that doesn't mean it won't still be against
those things that contradict its teachings and traditions. Just ask Greg Reynolds of Melbourne — a priest who appears to have
been both defrocked and excommunicated because of his radical views on women clergy and gay marriage.
Civil union doesn't allow Kentucky woman to avoid testifying against same-sex partner. A Kentucky judge has ruled that the
same-sex partner of a woman charged with murder must testify against her and isn't protected by the husband-wife privilege under state law.
Marriage "legalized" in all 50 states by a Bureaucratic Tyrant. In an almost unnoticed development, the Labor Department this week ordered all
employers in the United States, whether they operate in a state that recognizes gay marriage or not, to give health benefits, pension benefits, and 401(k)
privileges to the "spouses" of homosexuals. Tom Perez, the labor secretary, made it clear that this ruling applies in all 50 states, not just the 13
which have foolishly recognized marriage based on the infamous crime against nature. Thus same-sex marriage has now been imposed by bureaucratic fiat on
the 37 states who have refused to recognize it.
Football analyst fired for criticizing
homosexuality. Fox Sports fired college football analyst Craig James last Monday [9/9/2013] after a video surfaced in which
he said he opposed homosexual civil unions.
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
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."
Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex wedding.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the
nation's highest court.
bylaws after gay marriage ruling. Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the
Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
California Supreme Court rejects bid to revive
Prop. 8. The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday [8/14/2013] to revive Proposition 8, ending the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex
marriage in the state. Meeting in closed session, the state high court rejected arguments by ProtectMarriage, Proposition 8's sponsors, that only an
appellate court could overturn a statewide law.
DOD: Gay Troops Will Get Extra
Time Off to Go to Same-Sex Marriage States and Get Hitched. The U.S. Defense Department announced on Wednesday that it will make "spousal and
family benefits" available no later than Sept. 3, 2013, regardless of sexual orientation, for all service members who can provide a valid marriage
certificate. And what about same-sex military couples who live in a state where same-sex marriage is not allowed? No problem.
Maternity, sick leave for gay spouses OK'd at Labor
Dept. Urged by President Obama to extend sweeping federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples following a court victory for gay rights, the Department
of Labor Friday told employees that spousal leave for maternity and long-term illness will be included with other federal benefits like retirement. Newly-installed
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is moving swiftly to provide benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian employees now that the Defense of Marriage Act is dead, the result of
a June Supreme Court decision.
judge orders Ohio to recognize gay marriage performed in Maryland. Needless to say, if other courts follow this lead, we'll
have coast-to-coast legal gay marriage as a matter of Full Faith and Credit with the only limitation on gay couples their ability to travel
to a pro-SSM state temporarily to get hitched. The Windsor decision that the court cites here in support of its ruling held that
Section 3 of DOMA, which bars the federal government from recognizing gay marriages performed in pro-SSM states, is unconstitutional.
professor says gay marriage likely to lead to legalized incest, polygamy. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's two recent rulings
validating gay marriage, a Boston College Law School professor has come out and admitted what gay marriage adversaries have long argued:
incest and polygamy are just around the bend.
Forced To Live In Obama's World Of Fantasy.
The most difficult of times are when we are forced to live in the fantasy world of those granted the power to govern. Obama's primary fantasy
is Marxism and it is summed up in his belief that a country prospers when it "redistributes" wealth from those who have prospered to those who may
not even wish to work. [...] By Marxist standards, Obama was successful in the way the auto industry, banking sector, and, of course, the nation's
health system were essentially nationalized. Yet another of Obama's fantasies was rubber-stamped by the Supreme Court's decision that
Americans are now expected — required — to accept that it is permissible and reasonable for a man to marry a man and
a woman to marry a woman.
Playing Fast and Loose with
Marriage and the Constitution. [Scroll down] Scalia then gets to the rationale behind the high court's declaring DOMA
unconstitutional: "The majority has declared open season on any law that (in the opinion of the law's opponents and any panel of
like-minded federal judges) can be characterized as mean-spirited ... It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a
court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race." The high
court ruling, therefore, redefines heterosexuals as breeding stock in the service of humanity-extinguishing homosexual, same-sex unions.
divorce, the next frontier. [I]f Pennsylvania doesn't recognize you as being married, its courts have no authority to divorce you.
decision to immediately permit gay marriages is challenged. While California county clerks process marriage applications
for gay couples Sunday [6/30/2013], attorneys for supporters of Proposition 8 are waiting for a response to the emergency appeal
they filed Saturday evening with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the rule of law has not been followed.
So Fast: New Supreme Court Filing as California Jumps the Gun on Gay Marriage. Lawyers for traditional marriage
today [6/30/2013] filed an emergency application with Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Supreme Court, asking him to order that
California officials not commence gay marriages unless and until they have the lawful power to do so. California
has jumped to resume what is still illegal activity — which is how the controversy started in California in 2004.
Even Sodom and Gomorrah didn't have parades in the streets to celebrate their perversion.
Candidates Strut Their Stuff at
Post-DOMA Pride Parade. Days after the dismantlement of the Defense of Marriage Act in a landmark Supreme Court ruling,
the celebration is still going strong in the streets of New York City. Thousands of people flooded Fifth Avenue this afternoon,
decked out in every imaginable shade, waving rainbow flags in varying amounts of clothing for the city's annual gay pride parade.
another love that now dares speak its name again. Long ago, and far away, we predicted that once the legal standard for
equal protection of the law as to marriage became "love" and consenting adults, without regard to gender, there would be no rational
basis upon which to limit the number to two.
Benefits extended to
same-sex spouses of federal workers. Same-sex spouses of federal employees will be able to take advantage of their partner's health
insurance and retirement benefits, according to new federal guidance issued on Friday [6/28/2013. Just two days after the Supreme Court gutted
a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government is taking steps to extend benefits to spouses of all of its employees, regardless
of their sex. Elaine Kaplan, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, sent a memorandum to heads of agencies and departments across
the federal government outlining the benefits to which same-sex spouses are now entitled. Among those are healthcare coverage, life insurance and
gay marriage, now inevitable. Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages even in
states that have legalized it. This week, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional. There are two possible grounds, distinct and in
some ways contradictory, for doing so. The curious thing about the court's DOMA decision is that it contains both rationales.
Worse Than It Sounds, and
It Cannot Be Cabined. These decisions, handed down by the Court today, [...] lay down the predicates for litigation that will
clearly unfold now, and with short steps sure to come, virtually all of the barriers to same-sex marriage in this country can be swept away.
Even constitutional amendments, passed by so many of the states, can be overridden now.
Hires GOProud Director to Propel Same-Sex Marriage Outreach 'Particularly' to Tea Party. The American Civil Liberties Union has hired the
outgoing executive director of Republican gay-rights group GOProud to lead an effort to bring GOPs on the side of same-sex marriage. Jimmy LaSalvia,
the founder of GOProud, will work with the ACLU to do outreach to gay conservatives, "particularly within the Tea Party," the ACLU said. LaSalvia will
be joining another ACLU hire in the $10 million nationwide campaign, Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) senior presidential campaign adviser Steve Schmidt.
Pentagon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses.
Hours after the Supreme Court ruling, the Pentagon announced that it would move to quickly extend all benefits given to opposite sex spouses to same-sex
couples including medical, dental and housing allowances. Defense officials also said that same sex spouses would have the same rights to be buried
alongside war veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Obama calls US 'better
off' after Defense of Marriage Act overturned. President Obama on Wednesday [6/26/2013] praised the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the federal
Defense of Marriage Act, calling the nation "better off" in the wake of the historic ruling. "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to strike down
the Defense of Marriage Act," Obama said aboard Air Force One, en route to a weeklong trip in Africa. "This was discrimination enshrined in
law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong,
and our country is better off for it."
The Editor says...
Interesting. Mr. Obama doesn't like "discrimination enshrined in law." How does he feel about affirmative action,
hate crime laws, and reverse discrimination?
Burial at Arlington Now Among Benefits for
Military's Same-Sex Spouses. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon "welcomes" the Supreme Court's gutting of the Defense of
Marriage Act and "will immediately begin the process" of making the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation,
as soon as possible. "That is now the law, and it is the right thing to do," Hagel said in a statement issued on Wednesday. "The policies
governing burial at Arlington National Cemetery will apply equally to same-sex and opposite-sex spouses," the announcement said.
National Cathedral Rings Bells to Cheer
Gay Marriage. The National Cathedral is pealing its church bells, along with some other Washington churches, to celebrate the Supreme
Court's decisions on gay marriage.
Who Are the Real Bigots on Gay
Marriage? Justice Anthony Kennedy did the cause of gay marriage no favors when he ruled that the purpose of laws that uphold traditional
marriage was to "disparage and injure" same-sex couples. By casting support for traditional marriage falsely as bigotry, he undermined the
legitimacy of the holding in the case. Worse, he implictly excused the real — not imagined — bigotry of some
gay marriage supporters against their opponents.
Supreme Court: Defenders of Traditional Marriage are Enemies of the Human Race.
In one fell swoop, the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor killed the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), thereby assuring that
same-sex "marriages" recognized under State laws must be treated as marriages under Federal law. The immediate result of the majority holding is to
open up to the partners of same-sex "marriage" thousands of benefits, including estate tax exemptions, social security benefits, the ability to
file joint tax returns, and so forth. But that result is not the worst of it. What is worse is what the opinion forebodes.
decision triggers massive overhaul of regulations. The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the ban on federal benefits for gay couples
is sure to trigger a mammoth effort to change hundreds of regulations and laws across the breadth of government. The scope of the high court's
ruling goes far beyond Social Security checks and joint tax returns. Its implications extend to everything from policies at the Pentagon to the
immigration reform bill now being debated in Congress. Within hours of the ruling, President Obama directed Attorney General Eric Holder and
other members of his Cabinet to begin poring over relevant federal statutes and regulations that might need to be adjusted in light of the 5-4 decision
to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Obama: Gay couples no longer
treated as 'lesser class of people'. President Obama placed congratulatory phone calls to the gay rights activists who prevailed in a
pair of Supreme Court cases Wednesday, telling them he was proud of their efforts and pleased that the Defense of Marriage Act and a ruling restricting
gay marriage in California had been overturned. "We're proud of you guys, and we're proud to have this in California," Obama told Kris Perry and
Sandy Stier, the plaintiffs who challenged California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8. The call, placed from Air Force One as the president
and the first family traveled to Senegal, was broadcast live on MSNBC while the couple was being interviewed.
Utah polygamist family celebrating DOMA
ruling, saying it could help in plural marriage cases. Members of a Utah polygamist family lauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision
Wednesday to strike down a provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act, saying it's a step toward changing perceptions of people like them as
The Editor says...
Of course it will help the polygamists; it will also help the people who want to marry horses and sheep.
Supreme Court strikes down DOMA
provision, paves way for gay marriage in California. In a big day for gay-rights advocates, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a
federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples and issued a separate ruling that paves the way for same-sex marriages to resume in
California. Cheers erupted on the steps of the high court, as the rulings were handed down. The latter decision did not speak to the
constitutionality of gay marriage bans in California, or in the country as a whole. The court avoided a broad ruling, and rather, determined
that the defenders of California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage did not have the standing to appeal lower court rulings against the ban.
Now the defense of marriage begins.
A couple of hours after the decisions were announced, President Obama's Organizing for Action sent an email to supporters stating that the rulings
were "a call to action." "This is a fight we will win," Mr. Obama's team announced. "We will go state by state if we have to. And
OFA is going to be there every step of the way." With each court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, the country takes another step away
from the vision of our Founders, who understood that American exceptionalism is rooted in Judeo-Christian values — values that include
the biblical definition of marriage. They understood that our freedom is based not on the liberty to do what we please, but on liberty that
comes from God, who teaches that only a virtuous people can remain free.
Obama: I won't make churches conduct gay
marriages. President Obama, in his statement hailing the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that
he wouldn't try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages. "On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide
range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation's commitment to religious freedom is also vital," Obama said. "How religious
institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision — which applies only
to civil marriages — changes that."
'High-Handed' Kennedy Has Declared Us 'Enemies of the Human Race'. Dissenting from this morning's opinion on the Defense of Marriage
Act, Justice Antonin Scalia — as expected — holds nothing back. In a ripping dissent, Scalia says that Justice Anthony
Kennedy and his colleagues in the majority have resorted to calling opponents of gay marriage "enemies of the human race."
Right revives effort to amend
Constitution to ban gay marriage. House conservatives will seek to reintroduce a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage following
the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday [6/26/2013]. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said he and other
lawmakers would begin efforts to revive the Federal Marriage Amendment in the coming days.
What's wrong with Same-Sex Marriage?
[Scroll down] Unfortunately, the institution of marriage is currently being attacked by several forces that, deliberately or inadvertently, are
destroying it and thereby undermining our society. [...] But whatever the causes, the debasement of the concepts of marriage and family will destroy us.
Lycurgus achieved it in ancient Sparta and produced a nation of racist brutes. The USSR tried it, with partial success, in the last century and begat
a dysfunctional society that is now painfully groping its way back to normality. These are hardly encouraging precedents.
Next Society-Wrecking Agenda Item: 'Monogamy
Is Unnatural'. Brightening up my Monday morning (not) is an item carried at CNN.com last Friday whose headline basically tells loyal, faithful spouses
that they're nature-defying freaks who in the vast majority of cases are ignorantly honoring an institution which doesn't make any sense. Meghan Laslocky
doesn't have the gumption to use those words. But what else are we supposed to conclude from a column entitled "Face it: Monogamy is unnatural"?
Holder: More to Be Done for LGBTs,
No Matter How SCOTUS Rules on DOMA, Prop 8. Attorney General Eric Holder hosted a "pride" event for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and
transgenders at the Justice Department on Tuesday, telling attendees that the homosexual agenda will be a "priority" during the remainder of his
time as the nation's top cop. "The fact remains that across the country far too many LBGT Americans suffer discrimination each and every
day," Holder said.
Censoring the 'Anti-Gay' Viewpoint.
The media elites have never been less interested in objectivity than they are right now on "gay marriage." They don't wear rainbow flags
on their lapels when they appear on television, but the coverage speaks for itself. [...] In many corners of the liberal media, the space for
a social conservative to argue against "marriage equality" is vanishing before our eyes. It becomes twice as difficult [as] more and more
anchors and reporters come out and declare themselves gay, and then the gay lobby expects those journalists to perform with perfect obedience
to their agenda.
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.
RI Bishop on Gay Marriage: We've
Entered 'Post-Christian Era'. Bishop Thomas Tobin, head of the Catholic diocese of Providence, said the "gay marriage" bill
signed into law in Rhode Island by its governor, Lincoln Chafee, constituted a "new challenge of the post-Christian era into which,
clearly, we have now entered."
Rep. Paul Ryan Now Backs Adoption of Children by
Homosexuals. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, used to oppose adoption of children by homosexuals
but now says it is okay for gays to adopt kids and that he would vote to support such a policy. The Catholic faith, which Ryan professes, teaches
that such adoptions "are contrary to the divine plan" of God and Pope Francis has said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.
marriage benefits unconstitutional. Local governments and school districts that offer marriage benefits to same-sex
partners are violating the state constitution, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stated in an opinion Monday [4/29/2013].
The Gay Marriage Slippery Slope Started? Slate Writer Calls for Legalizing Polygamy. We are constantly reassured that
recognizing gay marriage will not lead to the recognition of other unions, such as polygamous or incestuous ones. As a conservative
who supports gay marriage, and has done so for quite some time, I bought into these reassurances in good faith. Now I am starting to
wonder if I've been hoodwinked.
Fighting for Gay Marriage Involves Lying. As a skeptic on
whether government redefinition of marriage is a good idea, I find the people who have thought quite a bit about it — on either side — far
and away the most interesting. They alone seem to talk about things beyond the cliches.
A Response to Bill O'Reilly
on Homosexuality and Marriage. Bill O'Reilly's cavalier attitude toward something so serious is quite astonishing.
And, as his April 3 nationally televised tussle with conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham reveals, his attitude on this matter
is also intellectually superficial. This is not an issue for Americans of any persuasion to take lightly. It seems to me that
serious fundamental issues of law and justice are involved.
Is Traditional Marriage Toast?
Gay marriage does not mean, at its core, equal access to marriage. It means the redefinition of marriage, its transvaluation.
It means expanding and swelling marriage until it bursts at the seams, leaving something unrecognizable.
Gay Marriage: Bill O'Reilly Misses the
Point. Before central control out of Washington was imposed in 2003, policy arguments for criminalizing homosexual acts were won
explicitly "with that." And because of "that," the idea of gay marriage has been unthinkable throughout the history of the American
nation. [...] Barack Obama was for gay marriage (1996) before he was against it (2004 Senate race; 2008 presidential race) before he was for it
Michigan gay marriage backers urged to skip Communion. A Detroit professor
and legal adviser to the Vatican says Catholics who promote gay marriage should not try to receive holy Communion, a key part of Catholic identity.
And the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, said Sunday that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating gay marriage would "logically bring
shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury."
Definition Of Marriage; What Can We
Learn From Islam? In their eagerness to achieve their goals, the pro gay marriage enthusiasts are marching towards what they perceive as
progress and modernity while ignoring lessons from other cultures, history, basic human nature and the horrific and negative unintended consequences
of redefining "marriage".
"Married" Homosexuals Go to Trial for Raping Adopted Boys. Here is something you will be
seeing a lot more of, as relentless media brainwashing allows liberals to ram through the homosexual agenda. But don't expect it to lead off the
Keywords: serial rape, incest, sodomy, pedophiles, Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2.
Gay Connecticut couple accused of
raping adopted children will face trial. The case of a same-sex Connecticut couple accused of repeatedly raping and abusing two of
their nine adopted boys is headed for trial. Married couple George Harasz and Douglas Wirth of Glastonbury were supposed to be sentenced
Friday [4/5/2013] in Hartford Superior Court under a plea deal, but instead withdrew from their agreement with prosecutors.
How to fight the left-wing hate
machine. Judging from the oral arguments in the two gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court this week, it appears the
federal Defense of Marriage Act will be ruled unconstitutional on federalism grounds, and that the court will punt on California's
same-sex marriage law, effectively allowing every state to define marriage as it wishes. That is not good enough for the progressive
movement. Progressives want marriage to be redefined in every state to include same-sex relationships. And they will not
stop there, either.
Judicial Tyranny? In response to the court's sodomy ruling
last term, conservatives are talking about passing a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. It's really
touching how conservatives keep trying to figure out what constitutional mechanisms are available to force the courts to acknowledge the existence of
the Constitution. But what is the point of a constitutional amendment when judges won't read the Constitution we already have?
biased against traditional marriage, says advocate. [Brian] Brown: "This is the potential Roe v. Wade of our
time, and you turn on cable and it's all about Tiger Woods saying winning takes care of everything." More: "I think on the
cable networks, the coverage has not been great at all. Even on Fox News, we find it difficult to get broadcast time airing our
views." Though Brown notes that he was on Fox last weekend, his organization and allies are having increasing difficulty getting
equal time for their views vis-a-vis opposing ones.
Threatens Judicial Imperialism. In the last half-century American society has undergone nothing less than a social revolution.
The left would have us believe this upheaval bubbled up from the masses, but most of the radical change was handed down from on high by
elites — in Hollywood, the press, academe, and, not least, the legal profession. To take one area, censorship of word and
image, the hard-charging attorney who in the '50s and '60s litigated smut into art, Charles Rembar, 45 years ago admitted that First
Amendment protection of sexually explicit materials was something very new.
Legislating from the Bench on Gay
Marriage. A political legislature known as the U.S. Supreme Court held a purely-legislative hearing about homosexual marriage
on March 26. The hearing debated raw policy preferences and speculated about benefits for and against homosexual marriage.
To anyone trained in the law, it violated almost every law and rule of the U.S. Supreme Court. Only a lawyer willing to 'tell' on his
profession can reveal how disturbing was the High Court's oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry.
Obama's Actions Over Law Questioned.
President Barack Obama believes the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, but continues to enforce it. That stance came in for
serious criticism Wednesday from conservative members of the Supreme Court, and led the justices to tackle some thorny procedural questions.
A Social Experiment Without
Science Behind It. The claimed right to same-sex marriage is not in the Constitution or in the court's precedents, so
the court must decide whether to impose a new law making marriage into a new and different institution. The justices are
unlikely to take so momentous a step unless they are persuaded that granting this new right to same-sex couples will not harm
children or ultimately undermine the health of our society.
Marriage Is the Media's Vehicle, Destination Is to Destroy the Church. If anyone wants to argue that the same government
currently forcing religious institutions to purchase the abortion pill through ObamaCare will not eventually use civil rights violations
in order to attempt to force the Church to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies — good luck with that. But this would
have been unthinkable five years ago.
Rights Activist: 'No Comparison' Between Civil Rights, Gay Rights Movement. Civil rights activist Rev. William Owens, who
is founder and president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors, said Tuesday [3/26/2013] there is no comparison between the civil
rights movement and the gay community's fight for same-sex marriage.
Conservative justices rip Obama.
The Supreme Court's conservative justices on Wednesday [3/27/2013] were sharply critical of President Obama's approach to a federal law on same-sex
marriage. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder decided in 2011 that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
They quit defending it in the courts, but directed federal agencies to continue to comply with the law.
'Til the Supreme Court Do Us Part.
America's cultural and media elites are attempting to browbeat the High Court into coercing the country into recognizing same-sex marriage
by casting opponents as bigots for holding a position that President Obama held less than a year ago. This bigotry label apparently
applies even to those who favor gay marriage but would rather settle the matter democratically, state to state.
Will Walk if GOP Backs Gay Marriage. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee —
and [sic] ordained Southern Baptist minister — was asked if he sees the GOP ever pivoting and backing gay marriage.
"They might. And if they do, they're going to lose a large part of their base because evangelicals will take a walk," he responds.
Is It Time to Legalize Heterosexual
Marriage? There is a hollow quality to the current debate over homosexual marriage. Socially conservative pundits argue
that legalization of homosexual marriage would be destructive to the institution of traditional heterosexual marriage. But nowhere is it
mentioned that the institution of traditional heterosexual marriage itself is rapidly becoming an antique, largely due to the proliferation of
no-fault divorce laws beginning in the 1970s.
The Price of Gay
Marriage: The Galvanic Corrosion of Language. One of the more incomprehensible aspects of the gay marriage movement has been
the spectacle of well-educated academics, plaintiff's lawyers, politicians, judges and Protestant clergymen designing tortured arguments
for deconstructing natural law, human biology, the history of civilization, language and logic. On the other hand, creating a new
class of civil rights amidst claims of discrimination is easy when your world view equates justice with moral equivalence, accompanied by
enabling the slow corruption of language.
Clintons' Progress. No progressive 100 years
ago could have imagined their ideology and Democratic Party embracing gay marriage. Woodrow Wilson and William Jennings Bryan are
rolling over in their graves. [In fact], merely a decade-and-a-half ago, the entirety of the Democratic Party supported traditional
marriage, codified under law. And yet, Democrats turned on a dime in faithful obedience to Barack Obama's mountaintop-message
sanctifying gay marriage a year ago.
The Editor says...
No progressive 100 years ago could have imagined the word "gay" meaning "homosexual."
Gay marriage? These voices
say 'No' and explain why. At times, it can seem a lonely battle. Outspent and lately out-hustled by highly organized gay
rights organizations, opponents have struggled to get their story out. They're portrayed as bigots, likened to the racists and sexists
of yesteryear. Some have been compared with hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan. For men of the cloth such as Roman Catholic
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, nothing could be further from the truth.
The Price of Gay
Marriage: The Galvanic Corrosion of Language. One of the more incomprehensible aspects of the gay marriage movement has been
the spectacle of well-educated academics, plaintiff's lawyers, politicians, judges and Protestant clergymen designing tortured arguments
for deconstructing natural law, human biology, the history of civilization, language and logic. On the other hand, creating a new
class of civil rights amidst claims of discrimination is easy when your world view equates justice with moral equivalence, accompanied by
enabling the slow corruption of language.
New Pope: Same-Sex Marriage 'A Machination of the
Father of Lies'. In 2010, [Pope Francis] wrote, "Let's not be naïve, we're not talking about a simple political battle;
it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father
of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God."
Rob Portman's gay marriage epiphany.
You've probably heard that Sen. Rob Portman reversed his position on gay marriage, citing the fact that he recently found out his son was
gay. Not everyone on the left is celebrating Portman's epiphany. In fact, some observers are calling it selfish.
Republican Sen. Rob Portman reveals son is gay, flips to support gay marriage. A top GOP senator's announcement that
he now backs same-sex marriage after learning his son is gay has again stirred the political pot on a contentious issue bedeviling
Republicans as they try to reach a younger generation of voters. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who was a finalist to be Mitt Romney's
running mate last year, said he wants "all of my children" to benefit from marriage like he has.
The Editor says...
It's your son who's headed the wrong way, Senator. You should change your son, not your position. If you want to "reach
out to younger voters," tell them about the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. It's not pretty. Moral standards don't change,
even if you discover that your family members are immoral.
DOJ: Children Do Not Need —
and Have No Right to — Mothers. The Obama Justice Department is arguing in the United States Supreme Court that
children do not need mothers. The Justice Department's argument on the superfluity of motherhood is presented in a brief the Obama
administration filed in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the California
ballot initiative that amended California's Constitution to say that marriage involves only one man and one woman.
It's too bad we can't
impeach Bill Clinton again. In a Washington Post op-ed, Bill Clinton argues that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which
he signed into law, is unconstitutional. This raises an obvious question: Why did Clinton sign an unconstitutional piece of
legislation into law? As slick as he is, Clinton can't provide an answer.
Obama's Random Mutations. Barack
Obama's position on gay marriage hasn't so much "evolved" as revolved. In 1996, as a state Senate candidate in Illinois,
he told Outlines (which became the Windy City Times), a gay magazine based on Chicago's North Side, that he
supported "legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight any effort to prohibit such marriages." Even some on the left
acknowledge that he and his aides have been lying about his supposed evolution on gay marriage for years.
Need Not Apply: DOD Extends Benefits Only to Gay Unmarried 'Partners'. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has unilaterally
issued a directive stating that the U.S. military will now extend certain benefits to unmarried domestic partners that were formerly reserved for
married couples — but will only do so if the domestic partners certify in writing to the Department of Defense that they are of the
same sex. Heterosexual unmarried partners do not qualify for the benefits — and thus are treated unequally by Panetta's
directive on the basis of their sexual orientation.
approves birth certificate listing three parents. A Florida judge has approved the adoption of a 22-month-old baby girl
that will list three people as parents on her birth certificate — a married lesbian couple and a gay man.
Selective enforcement. A military chaplains' advocacy
group criticized President Barack Obama earlier this week for suggesting his administration might ignore provisions of a new law that
offers religious liberty protections to service members. The protections, approved by Congress as part of the National Defense
Authorization Act, guarantee chaplains will not be forced to perform "marriage" ceremonies for same-sex couples or be punished for
refusing to do so.
Same-sex marriage affects everybody.
Oregon AG Investigates
Baker's Refusal to Make Wedding Cake for Lesbians. The Oregon attorney general's office is investigating a Portland-area
bakery after a lesbian couple filed a complaint alleging that the owner discriminated against them when he declined to make a wedding
cake for their same-sex "marriage." Aaron Klein, who owns and operates Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery along with his wife in
Gresham, Ore., said he received notice of the complaint last week from the Oregon Department of Justice.
calls Conscience Clause for Military Chaplains "Ill-Advised". Religious liberty advocates are concerned after President
Obama said a conscience clause that would allow military chaplains to opt-out of performing gay marriages is "unnecessary and ill-advised."
"Every member of our armed forces should be able to serve without surrendering their beliefs," said Ron Crews, executive director of the
Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.
The Editor says...
"Every member of our armed forces" is a group that includes the chaplains. What about "surrendering their beliefs"?
says future of mankind at stake over gay marriage. "In the fight for the family, the very notion of being — of what
being human really means — is being called into question," the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech. "The question
of the family ... is the question of what it means to be a man, and what it is necessary to do to be true men," he said.
New Jersey Liberal Threatens to Kill Republicans.
Anyone who has observed the hateful rhetoric that Democratic politicians and media figures have directed at Republicans over the last few years must have
wondered whether Democrats' over-the-top hate speech would lead to violence. So far, mercifully, it hasn't; not lethal violence, anyway. But a pro-gay
marriage activist named Ronnie McMillian, from Hawthorne, New Jersey, shows how liberal loyalists can be whipped into a homicidal frenzy by liberal hate speech.
Seattle Sets Up
Five 'Chapels' For Same-Sex 'Weddings' Inside City Hall. Citizens of Seattle, Washington not only voted to have the state
redefine marriage to be between members of the same sex, but now they have erected special "chapels" inside Seattle City Hall to accommodate
homosexuals who are all too happy to pervert not only sex, but now the institution of marriage.
Marriage and Self-Government.
On Friday afternoon [12/7/2012], the Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments in two cases that are at the center of the
same-sex-marriage controversy. One concerns the power of people in the states to govern themselves on the question, the other
the complementary power of Congress to define "marriage" for purposes of federal law.
Supreme Court will
hear gay marriage cases. The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the
justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.
Supreme Court takes no action on same-sex
marriage cases. The court's nine justices met in private last Friday [11/30/2012] to consider whether to review challenges to the U.S.
Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples, and to California's gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8.
West Point chapel hosts first same-sex
marriage. Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows in the regal church in a ceremony conducted by
a senior Army chaplain.
State to Eliminate "Bride" & "Groom" on Marriage Certificates. The words "bride" and "groom" — along with
"husband" and "wife" are about to become archaic language in Washington state as officials prepare to remove the terms from marriage
and divorce certificates. Tim Church, a spokesman for the Wash. state Health Department, told Fox News they will likely be
removing those words in favor of more gender neutral terms.
The Progressive Agenda.
[Scroll down] Over in France, they elected a Socialist president a few months ago and now that country is stripping the words "mother" and "father"
from that country's entire civil code, just to accommodate their new homosexual "marriage" law. As in the case of the confused boy
who thinks he's a girl and the entire school has to adjust to his confusion, entire countries are now expected to adjust their world-view
so the sexually addled and bewildered can think themselves normal.
Obama endorses gay marriage in 3
states. President Barack Obama on Thursday [10/25/2012] endorsed state ballot initiatives to legalise same-sex marriage in
Washington state, Maryland and Maine as he sought to galvanise gay and lesbian enthusiasm for his re-election bid.
NY Appeals Court Nixes Defense
of Marriage Act. Saying the gay population has "suffered a history of discrimination," a divided federal appeals
court in Manhattan ruled Thursday [10/18/2012] that a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman was
unconstitutional, adding fuel to an issue expected to reach the U.S. Supreme Court soon.
Ruling Seems Good For Gays, But Supreme Court May Not Buy It. The court's language in defense of same-sex marriage was
inspiring, but its reasoning could doom it before the high court.
Geroge Orwell recognized that in a revolution, the dictionary had to be the first thing to change.
Set to Ban Words "Mother" and "Father" in Run-up to Same-sex "Marriage". France is positioned to ban the words "mother" and "father" from
legal documents under the country's plan to legalize homosexual "marriage" and give equal adoption rights to both traditional couples and same-sex
partners. Under the proposal, which is being aggressively pushed forward by, among others, French president Francois Hollande, the term "parents"
would replace "mother" and "father" in an identical marriage ceremony that will be used for both traditional and homosexual weddings.
Two's Company, Three's a Positive Role
Model. A few years ago, when the gay-marriage bandwagon got rolling, some of us argued that "if the sex of the participants is no longer
relevant, why should the number be?" The same-sex-marriage crowd swatted the polygamy shtick aside as utterly irrelevant, even though there are far
more takers for polygamy than there will ever be for gay marriage, and it is, de facto, already recognized to one degree or another by multiculti
types in the British Government pensions department and the French welfare system.
Both sides gear up in
Defense of Marriage appeal. The Defense of Marriage Act is set for a showdown in a federal appeals court later this month
between those who say it is right for the government to speak of marriage only in heterosexual terms and those who say doing so
discriminates against same-sex unions.
African-American Christians waver
over vote. Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so
they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day.
The Editor says...
Really? Does same-sex marriage matter much to these "Christians", but
wholesale abortion does not? Do they really think the Mormon Church is
repugnant, but the TUCC is not? Did generations of 19th- and 20th-century
blacks fight for the right to vote so that their descendants could sit on the sidelines?
of Texas Vindicates Study That Casts Negative Light on "Gay" Parenting. A University of Texas at Austin professor whose
research on homosexual parenting was attacked by a "gay" activist has been vindicated by university officials. As reported in June
by The New American, the study by University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus demonstrated that children raised by
parents who at some point had a same-sex partner were more likely to be on welfare, experience depression, have less education, and
have a history of sexual abuse than children raised by heterosexual parents.
Here Comes Incest,
Just as Predicted. If all human beings should have the right to marry (or simply be with) the one they love,
as proponents of same-sex marriage constantly tell us, then why shouldn't adult, incestuous couples enjoy that same "right"?
Hollywood director Nick Cassavetes is the latest to say, "Why not?", and I for one am not in the least bit surprised.
Simply stated, with the public endorsement of same-sex relationships, the endorsement (or at least acceptance) of consensual,
adult, incestuous relationships is the next step.
Democrats poised to embrace gay marriage. Eight
years after California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the push for legalizing same-sex marriage was "too much, too fast, too soon," the Democratic Party will make history Tuesday [9/4/2012]
when it is expected to be the first major party to endorse same-sex marriage in its platform.
Supreme Court smacks down Secretary of State over marriage amendment, voter-ID ballot titles. In November,
Minnesota voters will choose whether to add a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one
woman — exactly as it is currently defined by statute now. The legislature passed the bill adding the
referendum in order to keep judges in the state from overriding the statute, as has been done in other states, and allowing
only the democratic avenues of constitutional amendments as a means to change the definition. The legislature provided
a specific title for the ballot measure, "Recognition of Marriage Solely Between One Man and One Woman," and oddly expected
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to use that title. Instead, Ritchie changed the title to the deceptive "Limiting the
Status of Marriage to Opposite Sex Couples." He did the same to the voter-ID constitutional referendum that will also
appear on the ballot.
Barack Hussein McGovern. Gay marriage is the
issue most likely to hurt Obama. After his announcement on May 9 that he had changed his mind on the issue, Gallup concluded that "his
new position is more of a net minus than a net plus for him."
Democrats continue to beat up Christians.
Inch by inch, the Democratic Party continues to ostracize Christians. Its latest attack consists of forcing any Christian who would like to support the
Democratic National Committee's (DNC) platform to betray his deeply held religious beliefs on the issue of marriage. [...] For the first time in history, the
DNC's platform committee voted on Aug. 12 to endorse same-sex "marriage." The language calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),
which, for federal purposes, defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The language is set to go for approval at the Democratic National
Convention in September.
platform group backs gay marriage. The national Democratic Party's platform committee endorsed gay marriage Saturday
[8/11/2012] for the first time and called for the repeal of a federal law that recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman.
Scorched-Earth Battle for Gay Marriage. The gay movement is not a random assortment of motley rebels. It is
highly organized, with major nerve centers in places like the Human Rights Coalition. The movement has its prominent
generals, such as Dan Savage and Wayne Besen. In other words, this is a movement equipped to pick its battles.
In 1999, history was made because Vermont's high court legalized same-sex civil unions. The battle plan then could have
been to focus on civil unions, forging a new model of romantic commitment in a nation where the old notion of "marriage" had
long suffered from stasis.
Court in Hawaii: No Constitutional Right to Redefine Marriage. There has been a well-publicized string of cases lately in
which federal courts have struck down marriage laws like the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
It remains to be seen whether a decision issued yesterday by a federal District Court in Hawaii will be treated as newsworthy. In
this case, the court comprehensively rejected the claim that the U.S. Constitution mandates same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii.
Miller: Media Should Ignore 'Astroturf' Black Pastors Opposing Obama on Gay Marriage. On the Saturday Washington Post "On
Faith" page, columnist and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller insisted it was not a news story that black ministers came to the
National Press Club and insisted Obama's support for gay marriage "might cost him the election." It's not a story, Miller insisted,
because Rev William Owens is "enough to make a cynic blush... He's a figurehead in what political operatives call an 'Astroturf'
campaign... and his threat is not a threat."
Black pastors: Obama does
not have the black vote 'in his pocket'. Rev. William Owens, head of the Coalition of African American Pastors, said that President
Obama's support for gay marriage may cost him the election due by weakening his support among black voters. "He has not done a smart thing
and it might cost him the election," Owens said during a press conference today [7/31/2012] at the National Press Club today. "There are
more people that want marriage to be right than there are homosexuals."
pastors group launches anti-Obama campaign around gay marriage. A group of conservative black pastors are responding
to President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black
Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President, though the group's leader is offering few specifics about the
effort. The Rev. Williams Owens, who is president and founder of the Coalition of African-Americans Pastors and the leader
of the campaign, has highlighted opposition to same-sex marriage among African-Americans. He calls this campaign "an effort
to save the family."
Gay marriage headed to DNC platform. Democrats are set to
include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history, party sources confirm to POLITICO. The language
was approved unanimously by a 15-member platform draft committee, and now heads for approval by the full platform committee in August.
Episcopal bishops OK trial gay
blessing prayer. Episcopal bishops approved an official prayer service for blessing same-sex couples Monday at a national
convention that also cleared the way for transgender ordination.
Presbyterian church rejects same-sex marriage.
Presbyterians debated for more than three hours Friday [7/6/2012] whether to change their definition of marriage. In the end, they preserved the
traditional meaning, upheld a ban on officiating gay weddings, and sustained related tensions that have roiled their denomination for years.
With a 52-percent majority, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shot down a bid at its Pittsburgh meeting to redefine marriage in
the church constitution as "a covenant between two people." As a result, marriage is still defined there as "a civil contract between a woman
and a man."
Coalition Can't Get Meeting With Obama. The rubber may be meeting the road in the relationship Barack Obama has with
African-Americans who are believing Christians. The Coalition of African American Pastors, fed up with Obama's anti-Biblical
stance on gay marriage, is demanding a meeting with Obama — and so far, they're getting nowhere.
Black pastors target Obama. A large
coalition of African-American pastors, snubbed by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in their demand for a meeting to
discuss same-sex marriage, are calling on blacks to boycott the president and sign a petition demanding that the administration withdraw
support for gay marriage. "By embracing gay marriage, President Obama is leading the country down an immoral path," said Rev.
William Owens, president of the 1,300-member Coalition of African-American Pastors. "Some things are bigger than the next
The Editor says...
I've got news for you, Reverend Owens. The next Democrat nominee for President won't be any better than Barack Obama.
You should consider switching to the Republican Party if you believe the Democrats are headed down an immoral path. And they
are. And you said so. So what are you waiting for?
California bill would let children have more than two
parents. State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to have multiple parents. "The bill brings California
into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today," the San Francisco Democrat said. Surrogate births,
same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional households and relationships.
Eyes Multiple Parenting Law. California, the battleground state for the arguments for and against same-sex marriage, is now considering
an unconventional law that would allow children to be legally granted more than two parents.
Betty Crocker faces boycott for
endorsing gay marriage. The Washington-based National Organization for Marriage, created to fight gay marriage proposals, is betting
that Betty Crocker would be on their side. Because on Tuesday [6/26/2012], the activist group announced a boycott of General Mills, owners of the Betty
Crocker brand, which this month announced its opposition to a ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota, their headquarters.
Gay rights not civil rights: US Baptists.
A day after electing their first African-American president, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a
civil rights issue.
New Data on Same-sex
Parenting Challenges Gay Orthodoxy. The Washington Times reported on Sunday [6/10/2012] that two new studies
indicate that children raised by gay parents might not benefit from the experience like kids raised by married mother-father parents.
"The empirical claim that no notable differences exist must go," University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus said in his study
in Social Science Research.
Gay marriage blocked in Washington
state. Washington state's law allowing gay marriage was blocked from taking effect on Wednesday [6/6/2012] as
opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November.
NAACP leader quits over same-sex marriage flap. A prominent leader in the Iowa/Nebraska branch of the
NAACP — the country's oldest civil rights group — announced today [6/6/2012] that he is resigning as branch
president and a national board member in the wake of the national organization's decision to endorse marriage between
people of the same gender. The Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr. of the Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines
issued a statement saying he was stepping down from the NAACP national board and as Iowa/Nebraska state conference president
"due to the NAACP's position and support of same-sex marriage.
Obama Proclaims June "Gay Pride Month". Every year he has been in office President Obama has made it a point to cozy
up to America's tiny homosexual activist minority by officially recognizing June as "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride
Month." This year, of course, was no exception. Having just come out officially in favor of legalizing same-sex "marriage,"
the President followed up on June 1 by issuing this year's proclamation setting aside the entire month to commemorate the valuable
contributions that gays, lesbians, transvestites, and an odds-and-ends assortment of sexually- and gender-confused individuals have
made to American society.
pastors group demands meeting with Obama over gay marriage. The Coalition of African American Pastors has demanded a
meeting with President Obama to try to change his mind on his personal embrace of same-sex marriage. The pastors fired off a
letter this week to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asking him to set up the meeting with the president, and painted
their quest as a civil rights cause. "I can promise you personally, as an organizer of the civil rights movement in Nashville,
I did not march one inch, one foot, one yard for same-sex marriage," said Rev. William "Bill" Owens Sr., founder of the coalition
and organizer of the letter.
Courts Rushing to Declare DOMA Unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
in Boston ruled May 31 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as only between a man and a
woman for federal purposes, is unconstitutional because it denies the federal benefits of marriage to homosexual partners
in states that have legalized same-sex marriage.
challenges Ill. gay marriage ban. Building on the momentum of President Barack Obama's recent support of gay
marriage, two major civil rights groups in his home state filed lawsuits Wednesday [5/30/2012] in hopes of legalizing same-sex
marriage in Illinois.
officials switch to Miss. GOP. A sheriff in central Mississippi said Wednesday [5/30/2012] he's switching from
Democrat to Republican because of President Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage.
Threatened With Violence for Stand on Marriage. A Catholic parish in Acushnet, Massachusetts, has been targeted by homosexual
activists for a sign it posted taking a stand for traditional marriage. The sign, displayed on the outside message board at St. Francis
Xavier Church in Acushnet, read, "Two men are friends not spouses" — a simple and direct confirmation that, in the eyes of the Church,
only a man and a woman can be married. According to the New England Cable Network (NECN), the sign, which the church displayed for
only a 24-hour period, prompted a major backlash from homosexual activists and their supporters.
Gay Marriage: The Hidden Agenda. It is the
iron law of "progressive" movements that having achieved their goals, they refuse to fade away. [...] The gay rights movement, too, has been
transforming itself before our very eyes. Once a movement fighting against persecution and discrimination, which is the reason why its
initial demands enjoyed wide public support, it has gone from one triumph to another and won the war. Today, the issue is moot.
But the gay movement has not declared victory and gone home. Central to achieving their goal is bending society to their will and
forcing it to acquiesce to their agenda. That's where same-sex marriage comes in.
Announces T-Shirt Campaign for Homosexual Marriage. Pro-family groups are taking major U.S. merchandiser Target Corporation to
task for its recently announced initiative to raise money for homosexual activism. Two years after getting into hot water with homosexual
groups for backing Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who supported a state amendment to define marriage as only between a
man and a woman, the Minnesota-based Target Corp. is now "inching into the gay-pride market," reported the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "offering
10 rainbow-themed T-shirts for sale online and promising to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Family Equality Council [FEC], a
group for gay and lesbian families."
tactics to lie, smear. Same-sex marriage has replaced abortion as the biggest hot potato on the list of social issues,
and the President of the United States has ensured that it will be front and center to divide America right down to Election Day.
Toward that end, hardcore liberals are in the process of smearing and destroying everyone who believes that traditional marriage is
leader: Obama's gay marriage support a 'slap in the face of black clergy'. Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor at
Hope Christian Church, is leading a coalition of 176 religious leaders against President Barack Obama's declared support
for gay marriage and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. "We want to know whether he is going to use the bully
pulpit of the presidential office to absolutely erase the image of biblical marriage from the face of the earth," said Jackson
at the Capitol on May 24.
gay marriage, Obama's critics and supporters alike think he may shift again. Despite his comments that he thinks the
matter should be left to the states, many gay rights advocates strongly believe that it must be dealt with nationally —
and that Obama is quietly on their side. Conservative critics of the president suspect the same, citing this as one way the
president might tack left if reelected.
It's easier to change the dictionary than the Bible.
to change dictionary's definition of marriage attracts over 65,000 signatures. Dictionaries apparently do have the
power to offend. More than 65,000 people have signed a Change.org petition challenging Dictionary.com to "correct" its
definition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Dictionary.com currently defines marriage as "the social institution
under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies,
etc." and, alternatively, as "a similar institution involving partners of the same gender: gay marriage."
Black pastors condemn Obama's gay marriage support. A group of black
pastors gathered in Memphis on Thursday to denounce President Barack Obama's support for gay marriage and call on him to change his views.
Insists Black Ministers Amend Their Religion to Vote for Obama After They Prayed Over Bill Clinton. Via the Radio Equalizer blog:
On his radio show Tuesday [5/15/2012], MSNBC personality Rev. Al Sharpton mocked black ministers who have decided not to vote for Obama because
he's ready to legalize gay marriage in a second term.
Homosexuality is Not Normal.
Gay marriage is an oxymoron. Nothing about it fits or works or makes sense in any way. When we stop defining issues
Biblically and through common sense and began interpreting everything emotionally, the truth becomes irrelevant and insanity
reigns. However, rather than focusing on gay marriage specifically, consider the irrationality of homosexuality.
Homosexuals do not match physically. There is no point in elaborating with a description of male and female anatomy.
Besides, my writings are always G rated. Homosexuals, and especially men, are more susceptible to health problems,
infections and a shorter life span than heterosexuals. There is conclusive proof available in studies for those who will
search the internet and in libraries. People of the same sex do not fit one another physically. Have you ever noticed
among homosexual men, one tends to be more masculine and the other feminine and among lesbian couples, one tends toward masculinity
and the other is more feminine? This unintentional tendency to define two genders validates heterosexuality.
Obama's wicked marriage proposal.
It's one thing to be a hypocrite, which Mr. Obama has been for years. Since he began pretending to oppose the redefinition of marriage but
refusing to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act while homosexualizing the military. It's quite another thing, however, to invoke
Christ when doing the devil's work. Forget the voters. Mr. Obama's going to have to answer to God for this one. [...] With this
wicked move, Mr. Obama is insisting that we bow down and worship the false idol of sexual anarchy. That's what his wealthy supporters
in Hollywood demand.
African-American Church Leaders
Condemn Obama For Gay Marriage Support. Just days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, pastors and priests
around Maryland took to their own pulpits with their reaction — and in some cases — condemnation of the president.
On Love, Homosexuality, and Sin. Biblical teaching on human
sexuality is clear: As a group of orthodox Anglican pastors put it some years ago, Heterosexual marriage is upheld in Scripture and Christian tradition to be the
only appropriate context for acts of physical sexual intimacy." This is the instruction of the Bible from its opening through its closing pages. Scripture
offers us no latitude on this subject. Its teaching is clear and definitive. [...] Informing much of this discussion is the insistence of activists that homosexual
conduct be recognized as normal and moral. Not just by society, but by the believing church.
Affirms That Homosexuality Is "Incompatible With Christian Teaching". Following some some intense debate and
emotional appeals from homosexual factions within its numbers, the United Methodist Church (UMC) affirmed May 2 that
homosexual activity is "incompatible with Christian teaching." The decision, which came at the UMC's General Conference
in Tampa, Florida, is certain to prompt backlash from the homosexual activist community, which for years has been pushing the
denomination to abamdon its scriptural position on sexuality and officially allow the oridnation of "gay" clergy and the
"marriages" of same-sex partners.
touting gay marriage stance, calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act. While his administration has put out statements
on the idea of repealing the 1996 federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, it's unusual for Obama to call for its repeal.
He did so Monday [5/14/2012] as one of a list of policy goals for what he hopes will be a second term, along with passing the immigration
legislation known as the Dream Act, reforming Wall Street and investing in schools.
Hilary Rosen: Straight People Ruining Marriage.
Heterosexuality isn't the problem with marriage. People who get involved with the wrong people, make bad decisions, and act badly toward one another
are the problem. Second, the implication here is that we need men to marry men and women to marry women to "fix" marriage. This, again,
is idiocy. You don't fix a car by dumping a garbage disposal mechanism into the engine. You fix it by using replacement parts.
Institutions aren't "fixed" by changing the definitions of the institutions. They're fixed by people making better decisions.
The Antietam of the culture war. Only six states have approved
homosexual marriage, while 30 have imposed a constitutional ban. In North Carolina, a ban not only on same-sex marriage but also
civil unions, though opposed by Obama and Bill Clinton, carried on Tuesday with 61 percent of the vote. Republican turnout in
North Carolina's primary was up half a million, the highest in history. And this is a state Obama carried in 2008, a state whose
largest city, Charlotte, will host Obama's convention.
Free Our Kids From Arne Duncan. President
Obama now commands center stage following his formal announcement that, yes, he supports same sex marriage. But for perspective on how we got to
this point, we should shift our sights to three days before the president's announcement. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appeared on MSNBC
where he responded "yes, I do" when asked if he supports same sex marriage. Duncan at best raised a few eyebrows by stating his support for same
sex marriage. If he had said that homosexuality is immoral there would have been demands for his ouster.
bile being spat at the people of North Carolina. Apparently if you oppose gay marriage you are a dumb, ill-informed, brainwashed,
knuckle-dragging hick and bigot. At least that's the message coming out of liberal circles in America this week, as supporters of gay marriage
look with disgust upon the people of North Carolina for voting in favour of Amendment 1.
Gay Marriage is Obama's Poison Pill. Gay marriage is a deal-breaker for a
vast swath of American voters that includes Catholics as well as the black and Hispanic communities. Urbanites and suburbanites may say that they are
okay with gay marriage, but what they tell pollsters and what they say privately among friends and family is far different. Americans may want to be
tolerant, but their distaste for the gay lifestyle and incessant demands for acceptance is deeply offensive to most people.
Obama's homosexual America. President
Obama has made it official: He now supports same-sex marriage. It is his latest onslaught on traditional America.
[...] He has crossed a cultural watershed, paving the way for the eventual triumph of the homosexual agenda. Rather
than being a victory for "civil rights" or "marital equality," Mr. Obama's decision puts America on the path to moral
disintegration. We are one step closer to becoming like secular, post-Christian Europe.
To Bigotry No Sanction. Now that President Obama has
"evolved" on the matter of same-sex marriage to the position favored by "enlightened" Americans, this would seem to be a good time for some rhetorical hygiene.
There are modest and civil proponents of same-sex marriage. But the tone of many advocates has been shrill to the point of frothing. The Southern
Poverty Law Center, for example, put the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council on its 2010 list of "hate groups" because of their
opposition to gay marriage.
Armed Services vote bans gay marriage on military bases. On the same day that President Obama threw the weight of the White House in support
of gay marriage, defense lawmakers in the House banned the practice from taking place on U.S. military bases.
Obama's politics of distraction. While Europe is
inching ever closer to plunging into a financial abyss, there are moments of comic relief provided by the current President of the United States. He has
not only become the butt of innumerable jokes but his re-election campaign tactics are the stuff of low-brow comedy. A case in point, his recent "evolution"
into supporting gay marriage. [...] Virtually every time the issue has been brought up to a popular vote the gay marriage propositions have been defeated —
in 32 states.
President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage. Vice President Biden torpedoed the White House plan to
endorse gay marriage before the Democratic convention.
Another Gutsy Call! This now puts Barack
Obama in the same reviled category as the Hollywood elite, the New York Times editorial page, the American professoriat, his Wall
Street fundraising bundlers, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, readers of the Nation, the cast and crew
of The Daily Show, and the majority of residents on New York's Upper West Side. And lest we forget: He now risks the
wrath of zealots, extremists, partisans, and ideologues.
Obama Was For
Same-Sex Marriage Before He Was Against It. Today the President announced that he has evolved on the issue of gay marriage
and that, contrary to what he said in 2004 and 2008, he now supports it. But there's reason to question whether Obama was ever really
against gay marriage or whether he simply took the path of least resistance to get elected to the Senate and then the White House.
W.H.: Joe Biden forced Obama's hand on gay marriage. For
President Barack Obama and his team, the decision to back gay marriage came down to a choice between two unpalatable alternatives:
Support it and brave the backlash in battleground states where the issue could be a liability — or keep silent and be accused by
allies of gutlessness and putting politics over principle. Administration officials said the president planned to announce his support
before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this September. But they acknowledge that Vice President Joe Biden
did, indeed, force their hand.
Obama's same-sex evolution.
Adopting an evolving position is a classic political dodge, allowing Mr. Obama to claim to be sympathetic to the concerns of homosexual
activists while not offending traditionalists. His stance is calculated to grab centrists whose votes he needs in November.
It gives him wiggle room with leftists who are curious why he won't be more explicit. But when Mr. Obama says he is evolving, he
does so with a wink. His liberal supporters know where he really stands.
VP Biden Says He's
"Absolutely Comfortable" With Same-sex Marriage. President Obama has sent his second in command on ahead with a message for voters in the upcoming
presidential election: legalizing same-sex marriage will be a major rung of the Administration's re-election ladder. During an appearance on NBC's
Meet the Press May 6, Vice President Joe Biden said that he would be just fine with fully legalizing homosexual relationships.
Whoops: Joe Biden Seems To Endorse Gay Marriage.
Joe Biden seemed to shift in the Obama administration's position on gay marriage this morning [5/6/2012] on NBC's "Meet the Press." But then the Obama
administration backtracked, saying the Vice President Biden was simply reinforcing President Obama's position and past statements on the issue.
Barney Frank plans to marry longtime partner before retiring from office. Rep. Barney
Frank (D-Mass.) plans to marry his longtime partner in July, which will make him the first member of
Congress in a same-sex marriage. "I think it's important that my colleagues interact with a married
gay man," Frank said in an interview with New York magazine published online Sunday [4/15/2012].
Obama, his 'evolving' stance on gay marriage, and the 2012 campaign. Interviews with gay rights advocates and
people close to Obama's campaign suggest it is no longer a matter of if, but when the President publicly voices his support.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on gay adoption: Kids 'aren't puppies'. Huckabee, a GOP presidential contender in 2008 who
may run in 2012, said that he backed an Arkansas law barring same-sex couples from adopting or being foster parents.
Why bother to vote? The federal judges will decide what's best.
Federal Judge Finds
'Defense of Marriage Act' Unconstitutional. A federal judge in San Francisco says the U.S. government cannot
deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition
of same-sex unions.
Texas judge, Tonya Parker, won't perform marriages for straight couples. An openly gay Texas judge says she
refuses to conduct marriage ceremonies for straight couples until same-sex couples can also wed. Dallas County Judge
Tonya Parker explained her decision Tuesday [2/21/2012] at a monthly meeting for the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas.
The Editor says...
So if the roles are reversed, and a normal judge won't perform a same-sex wedding, nobody should have any objections.
The Reversal of Proposition 8:
A Dangerous Precedent. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has acted to reverse the democratic
decision of the people of California to confine marriage to its traditional parameters of a man and a woman.
In making this decision, the court decided that it could overturn the will of the people of California on the
basis of what is known in legal circles as "the rational basis standard." When evaluating the violation of
fundamental rights, the court has often used a standard of "strict scrutiny" in cases involving racial or religious
discrimination. By that standard, the petitioner frequently wins. In cases of gender discrimination,
the court has relied on a kind of intermediate scrutiny.
The Ninth Circuit
Upholds A Constitutional "Right" To Gay Marriage. Everything that is wrong with our of control court
system is on display today in the Ninth Circuit Court's decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, upholding a lower
court ruling that the will of over 7 million Californians who voted for Prop. 8 doesn't matter.
Morality based on ancient Christian moral precepts doesn't matter. Gay marriage is a "constitutional right" in
9th Circuit delusion.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit just ruled that Proposition 8, California's constitutional
marriage amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. This decision
is one of the most radical to come out of a circuit known for fringe rulings. It's little wonder that this
circuit is the nation's most overturned.
Calif. gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. A federal appeals court on Tuesday [2/7/2012] declared
California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law
on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court.
8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules. A federal appeals court Tuesday [2/7/2012]
struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on gay
marriage as early as next year. The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found
that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to one man and one woman, violated the
U.S. Constitution. The architects of Prop. 8 have vowed to appeal. The ruling was narrow and
likely to be limited to California.
Is Barack Obama
a Red Letter Christian? Many evangelicals seem taken with Barack Obama. Tired of the Religious
Right and seeking a new tone in Washington, they see in this untested, enigmatic senator a chance for real change.
And indeed he is congenial and a breath of fresh air when compared with the grasping Clinton dynasty. Many
Bible-believers seem ready to look the other way with Obama, despite his extremely liberal voting record (including
unfettered backing of abortion), because he appears to be a genuine person they can work with. I wonder how
his latest, religiously based comments might change this. The other day Obama reiterated his support for
civil unions for homosexuals.
Christian Opposition to Same Sex Unions is Wrong. A New Jersey Judge has ruled that a Christian
organization engaged in wrongdoing and violated the state's discrimination laws when it prevented a gay couple
from holding a civil union ceremony on its property. Administrative Law Judge Solomon Metzger made the ruling
Thursday [1/12/2012] in a case involving the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. In 2007 the group stopped
a lesbian couple from using its boardwalk pavilion.
Receives Obama Congratulations on Wedding. Matt Katz and Aaron Lafrenz of Brooklyn, N.Y., were surprised to
receive a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating them on their marriage.
agencies can ban gay adoptions. Faith-based adoption and foster care agencies in Virginia will
not be required to provide services to gay individuals, a state panel ruled Wednesday [12/14/2011] after nearly a year of
heated debate that attracted national interest from advocates on both sides of the issue.
high court OKs appeal effort in support of Prop. 8. The California Supreme Court today [11/17/2011]
said that the supporters of a ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state are legally entitled
to defend the measure in court, even if the governor and attorney general won't, the Associated Press reports.
The effect of the ruling is that the backers of Proposition 8 can now take the case to federal court and
potentially to the U.S. Supreme Court.
bill encourages LGBT adoption. For the first time in Senate history, a bill has been introduced to
encourage agencies not to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to adopt.
Chaplains Refuse to Marry Gay Couples on Military Bases. An organization representing more than
2,000 of the nation's 5,000 military chaplains announced Wednesday [10/26/2011] they would join forces with Catholic Archbishop
Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service, saying they will not perform same-sex ceremonies.
DOMA Repeal. They may not have the votes for passage, but Senate Democrats say they aren't giving
up on their push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. "No, I don't believe it does at this stage," Sen.
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said when asked whether her legislation to repeal the 1996 law that defines marriage
as between one man and one woman has 60 votes in the Senate. But she insisted that next month's
Judiciary Committee markup of the bill is important to build momentum for repeal and said it is likely to be
approved by the committee.
military chaplains may perform same-sex unions. The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains
may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation.
Weddings Won't Be Allowed at West Point's Catholic Chapel. "The answer is 'no,'" said Taylor
Henry, director of public affairs and media relations for the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services,
USA, and spokesman for Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who certifies all Catholic chaplains for the armed services.
"Holy Trinity is an actual Catholic parish, unlike the non-denominational chapels that are found on other
military installations, and the only services held there are Catholic services.
This is what's called sitting on the fence.
Supports 'Partnership Agreements' for Gay Couples. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a
New Hampshire gathering that he would support "partnership agreements" for homosexual couples that would extend
certain legal rights to them, but affirmed that he opposed same-sex "marriage."
Bureau Admits It 'Artifcially Inflated the Number of Same-Sex Couples' — by 40%. The
Census Bureau admitted yesterday [9/27/2011] that it had "artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples"
in the United States, initially reporting a number that was about 40 percent higher than what it now
believes is accurate.
Talk About Marriage: The New Anti-Defamation Project. Maggie Gallagher is heading up a new effort
to protect and defend those whose livelihoods are threatened by their speaking up in defense of traditional
marriage: the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance.
Man Who Married the Goat. Marriage, we all know, is between human beings, not between a human
being and an animal or reptile (or wall!). But is marriage simply the union of two human beings or is it
specifically the union of a man and a woman? If the latter, then the union of two men or two women is no
more a "marriage" then is the union of a man and an animal, reptile, wall, or whatever, regardless of how much
the two human parties love each other.
House passes bill on definition of marriage. A North Carolina bill to allow voters a
chance to define marriage in their state constitution goes to the state Senate on Tuesday [9/13/2011],
after passing the state House. The 75-42 vote followed a lengthy debate, dominated by opponents
of the amendment. If it passes, it will go on the May 2012 ballot. North Carolina is the only
Southeastern state without voter-approved language in the state constitution that defines marriage as the
union of one man and one woman.
backs bill to repeal Defense of Marriage Act. The Obama administration announced Tuesday
[7/19/2011] that it will support a congressional effort to repeal a federal law that defines marriage
as a legal union between a man and woman. White House spokesman Jay Carney denounced the 1996 Defense
of Marriage Act (DOMA), saying the administration will back a bill introduced this year by Sen. Dianne
Feinstein (D-Calif.) to remove the law from the books.
Democrats urge DOMA
repeal. Senate and House Democrats urged their colleagues at a Wednesday hearing to support a
bill that would repeal the federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, so federal benefits
and rights can flow to gay couples who are legally married under a state law. "I believe it is important
that we encourage and sanction committed relationships," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J.
Leahy, Vermont Democrat, who called the hearing on the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the 1996
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
NY Archbishop's Warning.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York warned in a posting on his blog on Thursday [7/7/2011]
that the next step that politicians will take after legalizing same-sex marriage — which New York
did last month through a statute enacted by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo —
may be an effort to redefine marriage to justify "multiple partners" and adultery.
on the rule of law. Even the liberal San Francisco Chronicle marveled at the Obamanistas' audacity:
"The latest San Francisco court filing on same-sex marriage reads like a gay rights manifesto: It rejects
tradition, morals and procreation as justifications for marriage restrictions and concludes that a federal ban on
spousal benefits was unconstitutionally based on 'animus' — dislike, rooted in prejudice —
toward gays and lesbians. The brief comes not from Lambda Legal or the American Civil Liberties Union but
the Obama administration's Justice Department." Does anyone really believe that marriage as created by
God is protected in the law solely to marginalize homosexuals?
equate video violence with free speech. This week, we've seen the Republican-controlled New
York State Senate grant legal recognition to pretend "marriage." A Wall Street Journal photo makes
that case: Two women, one dressed as a groom, celebrate. Because marriage at its core is the
union of male and female, a groomless or brideless wedding is an absurd counterfeit. In a free
country, you can pretend to be all sorts of things, but you should not be allowed to use the power of the
law to force your delusions on others.
cancer, and fig leaves. At 5:30 this morning [6/25/2011] the Associated Press reported,
"Champagne corks popped, rainbow flags flapped and crowds embraced and danced in the streets of Manhattan's
Greenwich Village." The article quoted nine people, all ecstatic about the new gay right. ... But what
about the AP's "Statement of Ethical Principles"? The first sentence under the heading "Integrity"
states, "The newspaper should strive for impartial treatment of issues and dispassionate handling of
Persecuting Churches? When the New York legislature passed a law last Friday legalizing same-sex
marriage, all of New York's Roman Catholic bishops signed a statement warning that they now expect efforts to
enact laws attacking churches that defend the truth. ... Efforts to sanction churches for defending the truth
will not be starting now, they have already started. America's liberal establishment has already shown
how it can flout the Constitution and use government to force churches to act against their own moral teachings.
Not Involved in Politics, Don't Complain. The Governor of New York State made it the sixth
state to allow same sex marriages in spite of the opposition of church leaders and religious groups who
see this legislation as an attack of their core moral principles. Frankly I am surprised that this
legislation didn't pass earlier because New York is one of the more liberal states due to the apathy of the
silent majority of its residents. The mainstream media (MSM)is trying to demonize the current social
conservatives vying for the GOP presidential race but the truth is that those on the left have found a way
to engineer social change through the courts and legislation bypassing the will of the people. In
almost every case these changes are enacted by the Democrats in power and that is because special interest
money is always funding their campaigns.
still believe in one man, one woman. For years, the mainstream media has done their level
best to make the redefinition of marriage seem inevitable. As if in concert, local, regional, and
national outlets have published the results of poll after poll under headlines like "Majority of Americans
Now Supports Same-Sex 'Marriage,'" all in an attempt to silence opposition and create an atmosphere wherein
they can finally see the fabrication of same-sex "marriage" achieved.
Obama: The Lester Maddox of
Gay Marriage. Although he has grown Washington more than any president in a generation,
Barack Obama is talking like a Jeffersonian states rights champion — in the one night, in the
one state, on the one issue that would promote his top-down rejection of traditional morality.
Obama says gay couples deserve
same rights as all. Treading carefully, President Barack Obama praised New York state lawmakers
who were debating landmark legislation Thursday to legalize gay marriage, saying that's what democracy's
NY Gov. Cuomo signs gay marriage law.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that was narrowly passed by
state lawmakers Friday [6/24/2011], handing activists a breakthrough victory in the state where the gay
rights movement was born.
Why the Same-Sex Marriage
Experiment Will Not Work. Supporters are waging a clever, celebrity-driven and well-funded
campaign, suggesting that all they want is "marriage equality." In fact, what they want to do is
redefine this multi-millennial institution. I am, naturally, personally opposed to the
legalization of same-sex marriage for the simple but profound reason that it violates and contradicts the
sacred text of the Bible, which I believe to be true and inspired. But on what basis should I expect
people who don't believe as I do to likewise oppose same-sex marriage? On the basis of logic, reason,
common sense and the fact that preservation of traditional marriage is in the best interest of the common
good, as evidenced by any number of factors, including reams of social science data and thousands of years
left decides who gets lawyers. The left has predictably gone batty over the resignation of
former solicitor general Paul Clement from the law firm of King and Spalding after the white-shoe firm
backed out of its representation of the House of Representatives on the Defense of Marriage Act case.
Greg Sargent interviewed a gay rights activist and got a remarkable admission: The left favors
politically bullying to deter lawyers from representing clients it doesn't like.
Yes; DOMA, No. Like the DOJ, the Atlanta-based white-shoe law firm asks 'How high' when
left-wing agitators tell it to jump. In this instance, the agitators were gay-rights activists.
They were in a snit because K&S — in particular, K&S partner Paul Clement, the former Bush-administration
solicitor general — agreed to represent the American people in litigation involving challenges to
the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
from Left causes law firm to abdicate responsibility. Legal insiders knew there would be controversy
when Paul Clement, the former solicitor general, signed on to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against
constitutional challenge. But few could have predicted a controversy so intense that Clement's law
firm, under fire from gay activists, would abruptly abandon the defense, forcing Clement to resign in
protest. And yet that is what happened on Monday [4/25/2011].
murderers but not DOMA? It struck me as the news broke yesterday [4/25/2011] about Paul
Clement of the law firm of King and Spalding withdrawing from assisting the House of Representatives
in its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act that lawyers will line up to defend a mass murderer but
give into political correctness on the issue of marriage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Editor says...
It is not the function of the Executive Branch to decide which laws are constitutional and which laws are not.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
'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
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.
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
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
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).
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?
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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 FOXNews.com, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.]
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.
'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.
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.
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.]
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
: 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."
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.
: 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.
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.
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?)
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."
Decision is a "Battering Ram" in the Hands of Homosexual Activists
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."
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!]
. 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.
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.
: 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
heterosexual, monogamous, fruitful, and permanent.
: 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.
. 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
. 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.
: 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.
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.
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.
boycott update above.
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
: 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,
: 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
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
: 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."
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
. 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
: 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.
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
. 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
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
: 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
: [#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
. 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
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
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.
: 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.
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
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.
Defender Says Homosexual Push Could Destroy Traditional Marriage
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
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.
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
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
. 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
: 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
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
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.
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
. 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
: 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.
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.
Your Own Thing: Why Same-Sex "Marriage" Undermines Family Stability
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.
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
Army Targeted Again Over "Domestic Partner" Issue
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.
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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