A federal judge ruled Friday that a ban on same-sex marriage in Michigan violates the U.S. Constitution and therefore must be quashed. The ruling was seen by some as the latest example of "a single federal judge deciding that he knows better than the people" of a state.
In a 31-page ruling, Judge Bernard A. Friedman of Federal District Court stated, "The Court finds that the [ban] impermissibly discriminates against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection Clause because the provision does not advance any conceivable legitimate state interest."
One couple has already married following the court ruling. Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 52, of Lansing received their marriage license Saturday morning, according to USA Today. more >>
A federal judge in Kentucky granted on Wednesday an extended stay on his February ruling that lifted part of the state's ban on gay marriage, forcing it to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II granted lawyers defending the state's same-sex marriage ban an extended stay, agreeing that immediately allowing the recognition of out-of-state marriages in Kentucky pending an appeal could result in "chaos." Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and lawyers from an Ashland-based firm are currently appealing Heyburn's February ruling in the U.S. 6th Circuit of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Heyburn said he granted the stay because he thinks it is "best that these momentous changes occur with full review, rather than risk premature implementation or confusing changes. That does not serve anyone well." Heyburn added that Beshear's lawyers haven't necessarily shown they are likely to win the appeal. more >>
As an LGBT person of faith who believes in liberty and individualism, I can say that the tale that Democrats hold the key to happiness for LGBT people is hogwash; liberals want LGBT people to wave the rainbow flag but only if they tone down the red band of color that stands atop the flag. LGBT Republicans of faith have a unique opportunity to expose the fanciful fallacy that tethers too many people to the left – that LGBT people must be Democrats and that people of faith cannot be proudly LGBT – and offer the Republican Party a chance to undermine the Democratic narrative and to connect two constituencies that will lead to GOP wins throughout the country.
The goals of Republicans and LGBT people are complementary: respect individual liberty and freedom and allow people to pursue their own happiness. Many religiously affiliated LGBT people, who constitute 52 percent of the LGBT population according to a 2013 Pew Research survey, realize that though they do not fit into any pre-made special interest box that dictates the terms of their identity, they do fit into the Republican circle that embraces individualism and liberty.
Republicans need to push back against Democratic messaging. While the left claims a so-called "war on women" by the right, they conveniently gloss over the predatory philandering of Democrat "leaders" such as Bob Filner, Anthony Weiner, Mel Reynolds, and Bill Clinton. Republican women need to call out this hypocrisy. more >>
A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts that refused to sell a historic mansion to a gay couple is facing mounting legal pressure.
Massachusetts' Attorney General Martha Coakley recently filed a brief in support of the gay couple who are suing the Diocese of Worcester alleging discrimination.
Filed before superior court earlier this month on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Coakley argued that the diocese's actions constituted "sexual orientation discrimination." more >>
In an effort to expand his party's base of support, Senator Rand Paul is urging fellow-Republicans "to find a place for young people and others who don't want to be festooned by" issues like "traditional marriage."
Is he serious? Does he actually think this is a winning strategy? And can he truly believe that this is a way for Republicans to advance their cause?
I'm afraid so. more >>
The head of Chick-fil-A called his company's response to LGBT activists' criticism about the restaurant's financial support for groups that don't support same-sex marriage and his decision to voice his own opinions about the issue a "mistake," but added that his personal stance on it has not drifted.
In an interview last week with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dan Cathy, 61, who serves as the fast-food chain's president and CEO, said that reflecting on the events of 2012 had helped him to emerge as a wiser individual.
"Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make," Cathy said. "And you learn from those mistakes. If not, you're just a fool. I'm thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it." more >>