Aug 30 2014

Family Farm Fined for Refusing Homosexual Wedding Will No Longer Allow Weddings At All

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A husband and wife who were fined $13,000 and told they could not discriminate against same-sex couples after refusing to allow a gay wedding on their New York farm have announced that they will “no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property.”

“Going forward, [Cynthia and Robert Gifford] have decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property (other than the ones already under contract),” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney James Trainor told TheBlaze in a statement.

A judge ruled earlier this month that the Giffords’ farm is a public accommodation because they rent their space out, and they therefore must abide by New York anti-discrimination law.

“Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run,” Trainor said.

Read the full article at The Blaze.


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Aug 28 2014

Federal Judge Rules Part of Utah Polygamy Ban Unconstitutional…but hey, let’s pretend we weren’t warned.

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Here’s an idea: Let’s pretend that the entire concept of a “Slippery Slope” is a logical fallacy so we can then all be snug in our superiority as we slide headlong into what we arrogantly claimed should be ignored.

…anyway…

A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state’s anti-polygamy law, in a lawsuit filed by a family that appears on the TV show “Sister Wives.”

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of the stars of the TLC reality show in December, but the decision wasn’t finalized due to unresolved, procedural issues.

The ruling is a landmark decision and a victory for the Brown family.

Kody Brown and his four wives sued Utah in 2011 after a county prosecutor threatened to charge them under the state’s bigamy law.

Waddoups ruled that a provision in the law forbidding cohabitation violates the Browns’ freedom of religion.

Read the full story at Breitbart.com.


Aug 9 2014

States Appealing Activist Court Decisions Barring Traditional Marriage Amendments

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Three states have filed appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of their constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as being between a man and a woman, in light of lower court rulings which have struck down such same-sex ‘marriage’ bans as violating the federal Constitution.

The attorney generals in Utah and Virginia submitted their appeal on Tuesday and Friday, respectively, with a Christian legal organization filing on behalf of an Oklahoma county clerk on Wednesday.

The briefs submitted to the nine-judge panel largely express concern that amendments approved by voters can be so easily overturned by the courts.

“The 10th Circuit … negated the exercise of this fundamental right (of voting) by more than 1 million Oklahomans and millions of voters in other states,” Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) wrote on behalf of Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe. “Invalidating the people’s voice on an issue as profound as the definition of marriage presents an important question that warrants this court’s review.”

Read the full article at the Christian News Network.


Aug 4 2014

Clueless…

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Aug 4 2014

Being “Fair”…

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Jul 31 2014

Redefining Reality on a Whim.

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Jun 13 2014

Denmark courts force churches to perform same-sex weddings

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Homosexual couples in Denmark have won the right to get married in any church they choose, even though nearly one third of the country’s priests have said they will refuse to carry out the ceremonies.

The country’s parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages.

Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry out the ceremony, but the local bishop must arrange a replacement for their church.

Karsten Nissen, the Bishop of Viborg, who is refusing to carry out the ceremonies, has warned that the new law risks “splitting the church”.

Read the full story at the London Telegraph.

Two questions: Will they try this on Muslims? How long until Liberals use this as an example of why the U.S. should do it too.


Jun 9 2014

A better idea…

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Jun 6 2014

Federal courts stays decision on invented right to homosexual marriage

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The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Utah’s request to delay the implementation of a ruling that ordered state officials to start recognizing the marriages next week.

The Denver-based judges gave the four same-sex couples who sued Utah until next Thursday to file papers laying out why the order should be implemented. The court must next choose whether to lift or extend the temporary stay.

The 10th Circuit’s ruling came less than a day after Gov. Gary Herbert and state Attorney General Sean Reyes, both Republicans, announced late Wednesday they would appeal a federal judge’s May ruling. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball had found the state’s decision to freeze benefits was harming the couples.

Kimball order, which was to take effect Monday, would have forced the state to start recognizing the marriages, allowing the couples to proceed with matters such as child custody, medical decisions and inheritance.

Read the full article at FoxNews.com.


Apr 25 2014

How laws work differently for different people…

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Apr 24 2014

Invented rights…

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Apr 23 2014

Judge rules SSM opponents have no rights

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Gallaudet University by the school’s diversity officer, who the college demoted after she signed an anti-gay marriage petition.

The dismissal effectively confirms the worries of gay marriage opponents, who say that releasing the names on ballot petitions leaves signatories vulnerable to retaliation.

Some states have provisions that prohibit discrimination against ballot signatories, but the District of Columbia — home to Gallaudet University — provides protection only for D.C. ballot measures.

The acclaimed school for the deaf suspended and then demoted Angela McCaskill after a lesbian professor discovered her name on the petition to put “Proposition 6” — which would have overturned Maryland’s legalization of gay marriage — on the November 2012 Maryland ballot.

Read the full article at The Daily Caller.


Apr 23 2014

Fed. Judge Rules Ohio Must Follow Other States’ Marriage Laws Instead of Its Own

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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. In the case, several same-sex couples with marriage licenses from California, Massachusetts, and New York sought recognition of their relationships in their home state of Ohio, where marriage is defined as between only one man and one woman. According to Monday’s ruling, Ohio’s marriage laws are “facially unconstitutional and unenforceable under any circumstances.” Thus, same-sex marriage licenses from any jurisdiction are valid in Ohio.

While the court said that Ohio is not required to issue its own marriage licenses to same-sex couples, this reservation amounts to a distinction without a difference. If same-sex couples can cross the state line, get a same-sex marriage, and then demand full recognition of their relationship upon returning home, it makes little difference whether Ohio issues licenses itself.

But is this result really required by the U.S. Constitution?

When the Supreme Court struck down DOMA last summer in the Windsor case, it struck down only the federal definition of marriage, leaving in place the sovereignty of the several states. Federal law still affirms that “[n]o State… shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State… respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex.” In other words, if your state doesn’t have same-sex marriage, your state doesn’t have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Yet, in this ruling that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages from other states, the court determined that this directly-applicable provision of federal law is somehow “not specifically before the Court.”

Read the full article at Breitbart.com.


Mar 12 2014

Marriage…

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Feb 26 2014

To Protest “Discrimination” Gay Bar Adds Politicians Who Oppose Special Rights for Homosexuals to Its List of People It Already Discriminates Against.

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David Cooley, the founder of The Abbey Food & Bar located at 692 North Robertson Blvd., has announced the popular gay bar will add any legislator in any state who votes for “bills to allow for discrimination against LGBT people” to a “Deny Entry List.”

“I want to send a message to all those people out there who conflate Christian values with discrimination: we don’t want your kind here,” Cooley said. “I’ve learned that I can’t stop crazy, ignorant or stupid, but I can stop it from coming through my doors.”

Read the full article at CBS Los Angeles.

Cooley seems completely oblivious that even having a “Deny Entry List” itself shows that he wants the right to refuse service to people based on his own values and convictions, something the laws he calls “anti-gay” are in essence trying to provide others.