Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down (No Surprise After Supreme Court Ruling)

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The state of Michigan may have lost $2 million in legal fees when it went up against same-sex marriage, according to the Detroit News.  The state had a same-sex marriage ban.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse had a long-running federal lawsuit against the ban, which was recently settled.  The case had dragged on for three years, according to Raw Story.

“This case was both rare and difficult because plaintiffs’ counsel were defending members of an historically unpopular minority,” attorneys Carole Stanyar and Dana Nessel wrote in the federal court ruling.

“Although public opinion has shifted considerably in the years that this case has been pending, when filed, a decided majority of the Michigan population were opposed to marriage by same-sex couples,” they wrote.

The price tag fees include payment for six lawyers, seven law clerks, multiple paralegals and experts from Boston, New York, San Francisco and Lansing, the Detroit News reports. The ruling comes almost exactly one month after the Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision legalized the unions in all 50 states.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/07/25/gay-marriage-lawyers-want-state-pay-legal-fees/30677065/

Fox Analyst Questions Civil Rights Precedent On Interracial Marriage, De-Segregation

Yesterday, during an episode of Fox News’ Outnumbered, guest Julie Roginsky made the point that the Supreme Court has ruled on marriage cases prior to the ruling on gay marriage – for example with interracial marriage.   Contributor Arthur Aidala seemed to go back in time and question whether Loving v. Virginia – the case that made interracial marriage legal across the U.S. – was legal or moral.

Aidala then seemed to go even further back and question whether or not Brown v. Board of Education – a desegregation decision – was acceptable.

The below transcript comes from the Media Matters for America website.

MELISSA FRANCIS: Alright, I’ve got to bring Julie in on this, because she’s chomping.

JULIE ROGINSKY: I’m dying. Look, we’ve had this before, Loving V. Virginia, which allowed and legalized marriage between a black man and a white woman, or vice versa, I don’t remember who was who in that situation. That came from the courts. And there was a religious furor about it and people used religion back then, as ridiculous as it sounds, to say that we shouldn’t have mixed races, we shouldn’t promulgate biracial families. And the reality is it was done by the courts. Can you explain to me how this is any different? Love is love and people should marry whom they want and I don’t understand how that’s not —

AIDALA : That’s not the argument I’m making. The argument I’m making is the court is not the proper branch —

ROGINSKY: But, they’ve done it before.

AIDALA: So they’ve made mistakes before, that doesn’t mean you should make mistakes again.

(The following exchange came later during the same conversation.)

ROGINSKY: But then why go to a courthouse and have a judge marry you if it’s not a legal issue? And I’ll leave it at that, because I know —

AIDALA: Because Congress is supposed to be the one who decides whether they can do it or they can’t do it. Congress empowers the judiciary. So it should be Congress’ job along with the executive.

ROGINSKY: So Brown V. Board of Education was the same thing, that Congress should have done it?

ARTHUR: Probably, yes.

Hateful Pastor Hopes Caitlyn Jenner Dies


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Arizona pastor Steven Anderon said he prayed for God to kill Caitlyn Jenner.  He explained to his congregation at Faithful Word Baptist Church that it was not wrong to pray for the deaths of your enemies, including, apparently, transvestite Caitlyn (previously Bruce) Jenner.

Last year, Anderson (of the Faithful Word Baptist Church) predicted an “AIDS-free Christmas” if all LGBT people were put to death.

(Updated article)

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/organizations/faithful-word-baptist-church

http://www.faithfulwordbaptist.org/

Activists Crowdfund for Homeless LGBT Youth

As a response to the $842,000 raised for the anti-gay owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana, progressive activists are crowdfunding to support homeless LGBT youth, according to rhrealitycheck.org.

A campaign named #Pizza4Equality has raised more than $100,000 in just four days to benefit Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund, a national advocacy organization for homeless youth who are LGBT.

On the local level, another fundraising campaign has received more than $30,000 for Indiana Youth Group, which has provided safe spaces and support for LGBT youth in Indiana since 1987.

(Updated article)

http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2015/04/09/anti-gay-pizza-parlor-gets-800000-activists-crowdfund-homeless-lgbt-youth/

Hilarious: Nebraska Woman Files Lawsuit Against All Gay People


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A Christian Nebraska woman last week filed a lawsuit against the entire group of “homosexuals” in America, in her role as Ambassador for the plaintiffs, namely, “God, and His, Son, Jesus Christ,” states thenewcivilrightsmovement.com.

However, per the Omaha World-Herald, as of recently, a judge decided not to hear the case.

Sylvia Driskell, 66, filed her seven-page handwritten lawsuit in the “United State District Court of Omaha,” asking the federal court to determine, “Is Homosexuality a sin, or not a sin.”

The lawsuit quotes Leviticus, “God tells his children in Leviticus Chapter 18 verse 22. Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is ambomination.” And also Romans I, and “Jenesis.” And it concludes with these time-honored questions, such as:

“Why are judges passing laws, so sinners can break religious and moral laws?

“Will all the judges of this Nation, judge God to be a lier (sic)?

“For God has said; that all unrighteousness is sin, and that homosexuality is abomination”

(Updated article)
http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/_more_persecution_of_christians_judge_tosses_lawsuit_suing_all_homosexuals_on_behalf_of_jesus

TYT On Bruce Jenner / Diane Sawyer Interview On 20/20


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After weeks of mysterious promos, the Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner revealed he was becoming a woman with Daine Sawyer of ABC News. Close to 17 million people tuned in for the broadcast on Friday.

(At this time, Bruce Jenner has not chosen to publicly identify as a woman and so E! News will continue to refer to him as Bruce and use male pronouns, until he indicates otherwise, states E! online.)

Bruce Jenner “won a lot of people over” in the transgender community, claims E! Online.

“He’s just such a lovable charachter,” said transgender model Andreja Pejic.

The Huffington Post states that there was something different about the interview.

“There was none of the sensationalism of Piers Morgan’s 2014 interview with trans activist and writer Janet Mock, whom Morgan insisted ‘was a boy until 18’ and ‘formerly a man,'” writes the Post.

“ABC’s 20/20 provided important context at key moments, including several discussions about trans people and pronoun choice. And the show tackled the big-picture issues facing the community, including the high rate of suicide in the community and lack of anti-discrimination protections, which allow transgender people to be fired for their gender identity in 32 states,” writes The Huffington Post.

(Updated article)

Sources:

http://www.eonline.com/news/650900/bruce-jenner-won-a-lot-of-people-over-in-the-transgender-community-he-s-just-a-lovable-character

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/25/bruce-jenner-diane-sawyer-media_n_7141434.html
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Tuesday: Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Gay Marriage

Chief Justice John Roberts, who shocked conservatives nearly three years ago by providing a pivotal vote to uphold Obamacare, will again face a historic judicial decision, states CNN.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could decide whether gay and lesbian couples nationwide have the constitutional right to marry.  The question at the core of the Obergefell v. Hodges case is very important, and is one that is already helping to shape the 2016 presidential race.

Is Governor Bobby Jindal Creating A ‘Litmus Test’ For Conservatives?

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Goveror Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, in an op-ed Thursday in the New York Times writes why multiple corporations have expressed opposition to religious freedom laws that frighten gay-rights advocates.

Those corporations, Jindal says, are being manipulated by left-wing radicals.

“Liberals have decided that if they can’t win at the ballot box,” Jindal writes, “they will win in the boardroom.”

“His point is obvious,” writes nola.com.   “These corporations wouldn’t be taking such a wild and crazy position if they were really controlled by conservatives. Ergo, Big Business must have been taken over by liberals.”

Not only is Jindal suggesting in his op-ed that the gay rights and conservatism are incompatible, and that liberals have taken over the country’s boardrooms, but he’s also revealing some peculiar ideas about the free market.

For example, don’t business leaders have the right to take whatever positions they think will advance their business? Won’t businesses be “punished” for making the “wrong” decisions on gay marriage?

Nola.com makes the point that Governor Jindal seems to be creating a “litmus test” for conservatives.

After criticizing those liberals who he says have taken over the country’s boardrooms and made them hostile to religion and overly zealous about gay rights, Jindal says that “it’s time for corporate America to make a decision.”

Will gay marriage (or “anti-gay marriage”) be a “litmus test” for the Republican party?

(Updated article)

Georgia Church Votes On Separation From Presbyterian Church

A proposal for First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Georgia, to separate from the PC (USA) failed Sunday by eight votes.  Some members consider the PC to be more liberal about same-sex marriage doctrine and other issues than they would like.

The 900-member congregation of the church voted 266 to 146 in favor of the measure.

However, the number fell short of the 274 votes needed for dismissal from the denomination, which required a two-thirds vote.

Some members had hoped to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, a new denomination formed out of churches that have separated from the national church.

Doctrinal differences with PC (USA), the largest Presbyterian denomination in America, escalated in June 2014 when the General Assembly approved an amendment in the Book of Order that allows the church to perform same-sex weddings in jurisdictions where such marriages are legally permitted.

Some members also disagreed with the denomination’s decision to divest from companies doing business with Israel and they were disappointed when a motion to identify essential tenets was defeated.

The marriage amendment has since been ratified by a majority of the denomination’s presbyteries, which are regional governing bodies throughout the organization.

A total of 412 members voted Sunday at a special meeting held directly after the congregation’s 11 a.m. service.  Before the members voted, a motion was made for First Presbyterian’s “dismissal to another Reformed body of its choosing.” Then members representing both sides of the debate lined up to express their views.

(Updated article)

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Senator Rand Paul’s Unclear Approach To Gay Marriage

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In this CNN interview, Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul talks about his approach to gay marriage – which seems to be: religious marriage for heterosexual couples, but legal, contractual marriage for homosexual couples.