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/

Entire Tennessee County Clerk’s Office Quits Over Gay Marriage


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The staff of a county clerk’s office in Tennessee quit over the legalizing of gay marriage.

The Decatur County Clerk’s office decided that they are going to object to the SCOTUS ruling legalizing gay marriage by walking out of their jobs. The entire staff of three decided to quit instead of issuing same sex marriage licenses, writes the publication Raw Story.

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.

Pro-Gay Marriage Advertisement Banned In Tennessee

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According to The Huffington Post, Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, a combat anesthesiologist who served in Afghanistan with the Navy, recently appeared with his partner in an ad made by the group Freedom To Marry.

An NBC-affiliated TV station in Tennessee, has declined to air the pro-gay marriage ad, writes The Huffington Post.  WRCB president and general manager Tom Tolar said his station had no position on ads on same-sex marriage until this week when they reviewed the commercial. He said it chose not to run the ad because they felt it was too controversial.

http://www.knoxnews.com/knoxville/pop-culture/soldiers-gay-marriage-ad-rejected-by-chattanooga-tv-station

http://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/tv-station-refuses-to-air-ad-about-gay-republican-soldier-wh#.ip6JKVA3v6

Gallup Survey: Acceptance Of Polygamy Is Up

According to the New York Times, the shift on same-sex marriage has captured the headlines, but the changes on views toward marriage are much broader than one issue.

The latest Gallup social issues survey shows changing social views since 2001.  They show that not just support for same-sex marriage is changing.

Approval of unwed parenthood (45 percent in 2001, 61 percent now), divorce (59 percent then, 71 percent today), and premarital sex (53 percent then, 68 percent now) are on the rise.

Also, the acceptance of polygamy has more than doubled.  Support for “plural matrimony” rose from 7 percent to 16 percent during the same period.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-prospects-for-polygamy.html?_r=0

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)

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.

Evangelical Leaders Vow Civil Disobedience If Supreme Court Redefines Marriage

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Christian leaders have vowed they will not remain silent – as they did following the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision – on the topic of gay marriage, promising to take nonviolent direct action if the High Court votes to redefine marriage, states crossmap.com.

The Supreme Court is deciding two separate issues: Whether the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex marriage as a constitutional right, and whether states must honor the same-sex marriage contracted in states that have voted to or allowed the redefinition of marriage.

“We believe that the majority of the Court will rule in favor of elevating what we have always taught to be a sinful lifestyle to the stature of a civil right – forcing us to choose between their ruling and our religious convictions that are based on Scripture,” said Rick Scarborough, a former Southern Baptist minister who now heads Vision America Action.

More:

http://www.crossmap.com/news/a-bonhoeffer-moment-evang-leaders-vow-civil-disobedience-if-supreme-court-redefines-marriage-17605#ixzz3Wp1N778l

Indiana Pizza Place Would Refuse Service To Gays

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A local television station interviewed Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, which announced that they will turn down any gays entering their establishment looking for their wedding to be catered.

The interview was regarding Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA,

The pizza place has received both support and backlash for its beliefs.