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June 26, 2015

Jim Obergefell: 'I know in my heart that John is with me today'

Jim Obergefell stood on the steps outside the US Supreme Court alone on Friday but he felt his late husband, John Arthur, was there alongside him.

Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the case that resulted in same-sex marriage being made legal across the after a 5-4 decision.

'I know in my heart that John is with me today,' sais Obergefell who took out of a photo of Arthur, placed it near his heart, and thanked his husband 'for loving me, making me a better man and giving me something worth fighting for.'

June 26, 2015

'It is so ordered'

The Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry in every single US state.

By doing so, they have given millions of people the legal right to be joined in marriage with every single legal benefit.

The concluding paragraph of the order is not only powerful, but it's also very beautiful.

June 23, 2015

Government backbencher Dennis Jensen can’t understand why people shouldn’t marry their biological relatives if same-sex couples are allowed to marry and has asked the parliament to explain it to him

An MP from the ruling Liberal/National Coalition in Australia has asked why he shouldn’t be able to marry his immediate blood relatives if same-sex marriage is legalized.

Liberal backbencher Dennis Jensen said in parliament on Monday, ‘I love my siblings, I love my children, I love my parents, but does that mean that I should marry them?’

Jensen said supporters of same-sex marriage were making a fundamental error in their belief that marriage was only about love.

‘Why not polygamy, polyandry?’ Jensen said.

June 20, 2015

The National Organization for Marriage demands for the reversal of any executive orders from President Obama 'that have the effect of undermining marriage…'

The National Organization for Marriage wants Republicans running for the White House to know what needs to be done to gain its support.

The anti-gay marriage group issued a 5 point pledge this past week to the GOP presidential candidates.

The document mirrors what NOM expected from the party in 2012.

June 19, 2015

Presidential candidate also speaks of importance of children being raised by heterosexual parents

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says the debate over gay marriage should continue even if the US Supreme Court rules in favor of nationwide marriage equality.

 

June 18, 2015

'We sure hope there won’t be any backing out on their behalf'

More than 160,000 people have RSVP'd to a massive party the day a Christian couple divorces if gay marriage is legalized in Australia.

Nick and Sarah Jensen have been married for ten years but said they would dissolve their marriage 'as a matter of conscience.'

'Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God,' Nick wrote in a op-ed published by the Canberra CityNews last week.

June 17, 2015

'The Supreme Court is not the final authority, nor is the culture itself'

The Southern Baptist Convention has declared 'spiritual warfare' on gay marriage, and said it would defy the Supreme Court if it legalizes same-sex marriage across the US.

Ronnie Floyd, the convention's president and senior pastor at Cross Church in Arkansas, vowed to never officiate a gay marriage during his opening address to the annual convention in Colombia, Ohio on Tuesday (16 June).

'We are in a spiritual warfare,' he said.

'This is not a time for Southern Baptists to stand back.'

June 16, 2015

Police are investigating the 'crime'

Police have arrested a gay couple in Pakistan after they were reported to have carried out a 'secret marriage' in the Jaffarabad district of Balochistan.

The couple's friend and a man who read their Nikkah (the Muslim marriage contract) have also been arrested, according to reports from the Express Tribune.  

'We have arrested four people, including the couple, who are under investigation,' Station House Officer (SHO) Gandawa PS Zulfiqar Jamali told the newspaper. 

June 12, 2015

Rob Watson tells the Christian couple to 'grow up' in a powerful letter

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jensen,

I was sad to hear of your decision to divorce should same sex marriage become legal in Australia. It is indeed distressing that you would throw something away so cavalierly that others have worked so hard to try to achieve.

June 12, 2015

Officials with 'sincerely held religious objection' can now refuse to marry same-sex couples

Officials in North Carolina can refuse to perform gay marriages under a 'religious freedom' law enacted on Thursday (11 June).

Clerks with 'sincerely held religious objection' must opt out in writing and then will be barred from performing gay and straight marriages for six months.

Earlier this month, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 69-41 to override Governor Pat McCrory's veto of the bill.

McCrory, who is also a Republican and an opponent of gay marriage, said public officials had to uphold their oath of duty.

June 10, 2015

Ceremonies took place during brief legal window in 2014

More than 500 same-sex couples in Arkansas got some good news on Tuesday: they are legally married.

Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen validated the marriages licenses of couples who married during a brief legal window last year.

The window was created when another judge struck down the state's marriage ban and did not issue a stay on the ruling. But just a week later, the state's Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriage licenses being granted.

June 10, 2015

Nick and Sarah Jensen say that they will end their legal marriage and live together in sin if the legal definition of marriage in Australia is changed to include same-sex couples

An Australian Christian couple are threatening to divorce after what they say is 10 years of loving marriage if the right to marry is extended to same-sex couples in Australia.

‘My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. But later this year, we may be getting a divorce,’ Nick Jensen wrote in a cover story published today by the Canberra CityNews.

June 9, 2015

'Appalling that defenders of traditional marriage would prefer to wreck the institution than allow same-sex couples to marry,' says marriage equality activist

As the Australian parliament is expected to vote on same-sex marriage legislation, two senior Coalition MPs have suggested that the country could do away with the Marriage Act entirely and instead have civil unions for everyone, and only religious organisations are able to marry couples.

June 3, 2015

Landmark decision hailed as a 'golazo' – a stunning goal

Costa Rica has become the first country in Central America to approve a same-sex union.

Gerald Castro, 37, and Cristian Zamora, 45, have been living together for 12 years and began their legal battle for recognition in 2013.

They were finally granted a common-law marriage by a family court in the city of Goicoechea on Tuesday (2 June) – a landmark decision could set a precedent for other judges to follow.

But Costa Rica's conservative right-wing is expected to appeal and a legal battle to ensue.

June 3, 2015

Incest is legal in less than half of the 23 countries allowing same-sex couples to marry 

 A German politician has voiced her concern over marriage equality opening the door for polygamous or incestuous relationships.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Party (CDU) and minister president of the federal state of Saarland, said the German government had to continue protecting the marriage between man and woman.

June 1, 2015

'This is what will change for heterosexual couples if homosexual couples are allowed to marry.'

A German newspaper has published a story clearly outlining the changes straight couples face when gay people are allowed to marry.

A week after Ireland saw a landslide win for marriage equality, German tabloid B.Z. – the biggest newspaper distributed in Berlin – last Friday (29 May) published a story to quell the worries of those opposing same-sex marriage.

But not in the way you’d think.

May 28, 2015

First legal action of its kind at the country's top court

A young lawyer in the Philippines has challenged the constitutionality of the country's family code, which defines marriage as between man and woman.

Jesus Nicardo M Falcis III filed a petition at the Supreme Court on 18 May, the first legal action of its kind at the top court. The 31-page document was released on Tuesday (26 May).

Falcis, an 'open and self-identified homosexual,' asked the court to nullify provisions in the 1987 Family Code that limit marriage to man and woman.

May 27, 2015

British couple say they were 'naive' about stock photo sites

The family whose image was used in the poster campaign to stop same-sex marriage in Ireland would have voted yes to equality.

The British couple, whose image was used from a stock photo site, said they were 'naive' about what would happen to the photo and said they do not agree with its message.

On the poster, the fine print makes clear the people in the picture are models and are being used for an illustrativive purpose.

May 27, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says Christian teaching on homosexuality will be labeled hate speech

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has warned gay marriage poses a 'real and present danger' to Christianity.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the comment during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which was uploaded online on Tuesday (26 May).

'We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,' he said.

'Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.'

May 26, 2015

Even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional

Alabama has given a minister jail time for exercising her 'religious freedom' and trying to marry a lesbian couple, even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional.

Non-denominational minister Anne DiPrizio on 18 May was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a fine of $250 after she pleaded guilty to misdemenour disorderly conduct.

The sentence was then suspended for six months.

May 25, 2015

With prominent Australian Labor Party right faction member Tony Burke going public with his support for marriage equality, campaigners say they would only need 2 more House of Representative MPs to change their mind for the reform to pass

Two more prominent members of the right wing of the Australian Labor Party have gone public with their support for marriage equality – saying their Western Sydney and rural electorates are now ready for the reform.

Watson MP Tony Burke revealed his change of mind yesterday, saying the success of the referendum in Ireland had convinced him that same-sex marriage in Australia was now an inevitability.

May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 18, 2015

This 90-year-old is a practising Catholic - which is why she’s voting ‘yes’ in Ireland’s marriage referendum on 22 May

Irish great-grandmother Madeline Connolly is inspiring four generations of voters ahead of the country’s marriage referendum on May 22.

The incredible 90-year-old, who has 14 children, 25 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, is the star of a video created by YesEquality, an organisation campaigning in favour of same-sex marriage in Ireland.

‘God made us all and he made us all equal,’ she said.