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Things Are Improving: Mexico’s Marriage Equality Map

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The situation for marriage equality in Mexico is as interesting as it is complex. Via Buzzfeed:

Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future. The wave of rulings throughout Mexico hasn’t caused the uproar that has followed rulings in the United States over the past year striking down state laws barring same-sex couples from marrying. Couples have not rushed to marry nor have conservatives organized major protests.

This is in part because the technicalities of Mexican law have meant these decisions have been much more narrow in their immediate impact. Each decision applies only to the individuals who have brought the cases, and other same-sex couples will still have to sue in order to marry. It takes multiple cases meeting certain technical requirements for the courts to nullify a state law in Mexico — a hurdle that has not yet been met. But with new rulings being announced almost every week — judges in six new states ruled in favor of marriage equality in the first two months of 2015 alone — it seems almost inevitable that this day is coming, say legal experts who have closely followed the litigation.

Bigoted Texans Celebrate Same-sex Marriage Ban With A Cake

Republican leaders in Austin joined members of the conservative coalition Texas Values to slice a ceremonaial cake on the 10th anniversary of the passage of the so-called Texas Marriage Amendment, which defined marriage as “one man and one woman” in Texas.

They had better celebrate while they can as the end is likely near for such bans.

This makes me sick.

Read more here.

 

Right Wing Continues Lying About Florist Baronelle Stutzman’s Discrimination Case

The religious right has hopped on the religious liberty bandwagon again around Washington florist Baronelle Stutzman, who refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding and was in turned sued — and lost. The florist was offered a settlement of $2,000 (which is the fine associated with breaking the state’s anti-discrimination law) and an additional $1 to settle court costs.

Stutzman has refused the settlement. Of course, that hasn’t thrown the anti-gay activists off their storylines about how this is another example of gay activist “thugs” wanting to jail Christians, or worse:

“Barronelle Stutzman is now going to lose her business, her life savings, and possibly her own home for putting her faith into practice,” Fox News’ Erick Erickson claimed, incorrectly, yesterday.

Stutzman “stands to lose her business, her home, and her personal savings,” a CNN op-ed today wrongly claimed.

And The Heritage Foundation ran this apparently fictive piece today:

In a phone interview with The Daily Signal, Barronelle Stutzman said the decision—and its accompanying fines—will put her flower shop out of business, or worse.

After the fines and legal fees, “There won’t be anything left,” Stutzman said.

“They want my home, they want my business, they want my personal finances as an example for other people to be quiet.”

What a great fundraising opportunity for Family Research Council, NOM and a slew of other rabid anti-LGBT hate groups. In fact, I just received an email for FRC’s Tony Perkins continuing to spread the lies around Stutzman’s case:

Same-sex “marriage” is tying the knot — right around Christians’ freedoms. While the Left cries “discrimination” for their cause, grandmas like Baronnelle Stutzman are actually the victims of it. Out in Washington State, the long-time shop owner could lose her home just for telling two men that she’d be happy to sell them flowers but couldn’t — in good conscience — arrange them for a ceremony that violated her faith.

Because why bother to tell the truth when it doesn’t converge with your victim storyline?

Let’s see if any of these orgs publish corrections or pull back stories that are not accurate. Don’t bet on it.

Via The New Civil Rights Movement

Supreme Court Justice: Same-sex marriage across the US ‘would not take a large adjustment’ · PinkNews

With SCOTUS hearing arguments for and against same-sex marriage in four separate cases this June, Justice Ginsberg seems to make a prediction as where the court might go:

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday said she thought the US was ready for same-sex marriage.

The 81-year-old justice spoke in an interview with Bloomberg to say that she thought “it would not take a large adjustment” for Americans to accept that marriage was a constitutional right for gay and lesbian couples, should the US Supreme Court say so.
The justices are expected to make a decision by the end of June.

“The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” she said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbour – we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognised that they are one of us.

via Supreme Court Justice: Same-sex marriage across the US ‘would not take a large adjustment’ · PinkNews.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Eviscerates Alabama Judge Roy Moore

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Eviscerates Alabama Judge Roy Moore

The bigoted Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was ripped a new one by Chris Cuomo this week. If you didn’t already know, Moore ordered state probate justices to ignore the ruling of a federal judge to reverse the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Via Bilerico:

Host Chris Cuomo was ready for him. For twenty-five straight minutes he sparred with Moore, swatting down his ridiculously antiquated, distorted, platitudinous talking points one by one. Cuomo accused Moore of placing his private value judgments above the constitutional judgments of the federal courts. When Moore claimed that “our rights do not come from the Constitution, they come from God,” Cuomo wasn’t having it:

“Our laws do not come from God, and you know that. They come from man… Our rights do not come from God. That’s your faith, that’s my faith. But that’s not our country. Our laws come from the collective agreement and compromise.”

Cuomo also called out Judge Moore for his disturbing attempt to force all Alabamians to obey his personal religious views, and blasted Moore for inserting his view of God into government.

“When you take the rules of your religion and you put them on everybody else, that is not what we do in this country. Your definition of marriage is based on your faith, you’ve said it a hundred times, that it is derived from God. That is not how it works here, and you know that.

“Equal protection applies to all by compromise. And you would even need to have a rational basis for why it would need to be only between a man and a woman, and all you can say is, ‘Because God said so. It’s always been that way.’ That’s not enough.”

For all intents and purposes, More got his southern ass kicked. Watch…

Today’s Chicken Soup Digest: Sweet Home Alabama

It's definitely been a crazy day for marriage equality in Alabama. After the state's chief justice told judges that they should ignore the Federal Court's reversal of the state's gay marriage ban, everyone from the KKK to Supreme Court of the United States has chimed in.

Here's today's Chicken Soup Digest for the Gay Soul…

Towleroad: “52 OF ALABAMA'S 67 COUNTIES ARE REFUSING TO ISSUE MARRIAGE LICENSES TO GAY COUPLES: MAP

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The majority of counties in Alabama, up to 52 of 67 by the count of HRC via the New York Times, are refusing to adequately process the paperwork required by law to issue marriages to same-sex couples.Key to above map: Red = not issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Green = issuing licenses to all couples. Yellow = not issuing licenses to any couples. Orange = accepting applications, issuing no licenses.The NYT adds:It was unclear how many of the judges were acting out of overt defiance and how many were simply weighing how to navigate a freshly jumbled legal landscape after Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.“We’ve got Alabama’s chief justice issuing an order, and we’ve got an order out from a federal judge,” said Judge Greg Norris of Monroe County, who is also president of the Alabama Probate Judges Association. “It’s just a very difficult situation.”

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Huffington Post: “Alabama Marriage Equality Tantrum Is a Slap in the Face to All Americans”

I will never perform a so-called same-sex marriage. A federal court can put me in jail for life, and I will still never perform a so-called same-sex marriage. As a believer in the Word of God… I cannot, in good conscience, participate in a purported marriage ceremony, which I strongly believe would profane the sacred institution of marriage.This is not about hating people. Each of us needs to treat every other human being with dignity and respect, regardless of our diametrically opposing viewpoints on this divisive issue. But tolerance is a two-way street. Either there is tolerance for all, or there is tolerance for none. I want tolerance for my personal religious viewpoint.– Alabama Probate Judge John Enslen

Alabama Probate John Enslen thinks that not only his personal religious beliefs supersede federal law and the rights of United States citizens who fairly win their court cases, but they also mandate that he should get away with the dereliction of his sworn duty on the taxpayer's dime, even if some of those taxpayers are the people whose rights he is deliberately ignoring.

Good As You: “Photo: Anti-gay Alabama group helps critics link interracial marriage, same-sex marriage protests”

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You can see where this is going…

Southern Poverty Law Center: “Klan Group Issues Calls to Arms Over Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Ruling”

In a latest attempt to capitalize on political and racial controversy, a Ku Klux Klan faction from Mississippi has initiated a “Call to arms in Alabama” in response to federal courts ruling that an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.The post, which appeared on the United Dixie White Knights’ (UDWK) website and later on Stormfront — the largest online white supremacist forum — championed Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore for defying federal courts and called for Klansmen to leave their robes behind and take to the streets in protest.“The Mississippi Klan salutes Alabama’s chief justice Roy Moore, for refusing to bow to the yoke of Federal tyranny,” Brent Waller, the UDKW’s imperial wizard, wrote in a Stormfront post. “The fudge packers from Hollywood and all major news networks are in shock that the good people from the heart of Dixie are resisting their Imperialist, Communist Homosexual agenda!”

It is also no surprise that anti-gay hate groups including the Family Research Council, American Family Association and NOM have all put Roy Moore high on the hate horse.

Here's the FRC's Tony Perkins in an email that just arrived in my mailbox:

It may be the Supreme Court of the United States, but it isn't a united one. At least two justices are disgusted by the Court's activism on marriage — and they aren't afraid to show it. Hours before the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to same-sex “marriage” in Alabama, Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia took aim at their colleagues in a blistering criticism of the majority's decision. Instead of defending the will of the people, Thomas blasted the Court for “(looking) the other way as yet another federal district judge casts aside state laws.”This is “another example of this court's increasingly cavalier attitude toward the states,” Thomas fumed. “This acquiescence may well be seen as a signal of the Court's intended resolution of that question. This is not the proper way for the court to carry out its role,” he said, echoing the concerns of so many Americans, “and it is indecorous for this court to pretend that it is.” All the Court has done, Thomas laments, is create more chaos and confusion. “I would have shown the people of Alabama the respect they deserve and preserved the status quo while the Court resolves this important question.”Fortunately for Justice Thomas and anyone else who respects the rule of law, the Supreme Court certainly has an uphill climb imposing its will on Alabama. As of yesterday, only nine of Alabama's 67 counties were issuing same-sex “wedding” licenses in the strong show of support for the state's constitution that Judge Moore called for. “A lot of states in this union have caved to such unlawful authority, and this is not one,” Moore told CNN. “This is Alabama. We don't give up the recognition that law has bounds. It's my duty to speak up when I see the jurisdiction of our courts being intruded by unlawful federal authority.”While liberals scoffed at Moore's ability to sway the courts, most probate judges listened — shuttering license windows across Alabama in the most aggressive pushback to judicial activism Americans have seen since the courts began picking off state marriage amendments. By record numbers, other probates dropped out of their wedding obligations altogether. If there are consequences, Washington County Probate Judge Nick Williams said, so be it. “I'm not worried about following the U.S. Constitution.” In a refreshing change, Alabama is using the law to determine their actions — not the radical opinions of politically-motivated judges.

Another day is upon us in Alabama. More to come.

 

Lance Bass’ Televised Wedding Is A Huge Step for LGBT Awareness

Lance Bass and his fiance Michael Turchin are tying the knot on E!

http://www.eonline.com/videos/embed/231458

In the above sneak peek to “Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding,” the former boy band star admits that he knew he was gay his entire life, but didn't come out for two decades because of his profession.

He admits, “I was afraid to tell anyone mainly because of 'N Sync. You know, if I told one person I knew someone would tell someone else and it would go around and the group would be over. The guys would hate me, and they would leave the group and be like 'We're not going to be in a group with a gay guy.'”

This wedding special will be the first time an American television network shows a celebrity wedding between two men. Cue right-wing outrage, but at the same time, mainstream America will see a same-sex wedding first hand.

Watch the above sneak peek to see Lance talk about a matter very close to his heart. Plus, tune-in to see the happy couple plan their star-studded wedding tonight!

What are your thoughts on the televised nuptuals?

Tune-in to the Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding special tonight at 8/7c only on E!

View the video and read more at E! Online.