The attorneys general of 17 states, led by Colorado, have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the U.S. Constitution includes a right to same-sex marriage. The Mormon church and a few Christian groups have also filed a friend-of-the-court brief.
"There are scores of cases requiring thousands of hours to litigate the same legal question presented in this petition," the filing by 17 states reads, asking the high court to take up the cases challenging gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah, noting that 89 ongoing cases across the country challenge traditional marriage laws.
"These cases are divisive and costly, not only in terms of money and manpower, but in terms of respect for the democratic process and deliberation undertaken by millions of voters where the nature of marriage has recently been debated," adds the brief, filed Thursday. "Once resolved, the legal issues presented in the Utah and Oklahoma petitions are well positioned to provide the necessary guidance to the other states with traditional marriage laws." more >>
As another season of professional football excitement begins, it is becoming crystal clear that the NFL is beholden to a politically correct agenda.
One example is the ridiculous hoopla about the Redskins name. A name that has been associated with the Washington football team for decades is now supposed to be racist and insensitive to Native Americans. Never mind that the name was chosen as a way to honor Native Americans, the liberals have now deemed it to be a relic of a bygone era. Television commentators Phil Simms and Tony Dungy will no longer utter the dreaded Redskins name this season as the pressure on owner Daniel Snyder to change the name increases. Hopefully, Snyder listens to Hall of Fame coach and player Mike Ditka who said the whole issue was "so stupid, it's appalling." Ditka said the movement is being led by "politically correct idiots" and that the Redskins name should be retained because it is part of "American football history."
While the Redskins are being attacked, gay football player Michael Sam is being celebrated. What other seventh round draft choice receives a congratulatory call from President Obama? Sam's passionate kiss with his boyfriend was immortalized on ESPN and his selection by the St. Louis Rams received tremendous coverage. more >>
United Methodism's highest church court may reaffirm the defrocking of a pastor who officiated his gay son's same-sex wedding come October.
The United Methodist Judicial Council will hear an appeal for a church trial case in which Frank Schaefer had his clergy credentials returned after being defrocked for violating church law on gay marriage.
The Judicial Council will hold the oral hearing on the Schaefer appeal on Wednesday, October 22, which is the first day of their three-day session. more >>
In a decision that has sent gay rights advocates in a tizzy, a federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday handing opponents of such bans across the country their first defeat in a federal court since the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the U.S. government cannot withhold federal benefits to married gay couples.
"The State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process," Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana wrote in his decision cited by Talking Points Memo.
Feldman, who was nominated to the federal bench in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, explained that the idea of same-sex marriage was "nonexistent and even inconceivable until very recently." He noted that: "Many states have democratically chosen to recognize same-sex marriage. But until recent years, it had no place at all in this nation's history and tradition." more >>
The patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" clan, Phil Robertson, says he does not hate homosexuals or anyone for that matter, despite his comments regarding homosexuality that got him temporarily suspended from the A&E Network last year.
Robertson recently began promoting his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It, in which he addresses the comments made to GQ Magazine regarding the Bible condemning the gay lifestyle as a sin. While speaking about his book, he also noted that his opinion about gay individuals is similar to that of Jesus' view.
The largest professional wrestling company in the United States has invited openly gay National Football League player Michael Sam to their program to air his grievances.
World Wrestling Entertainment, based in Stamford, Connecticut, announced Monday that they wanted the recently cut Rams player on their flagship program "Monday Night Raw" next week.