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October 28, 2014

A dad gives anti-gay Christians a six-point plan to help them deal with their fears over same-sex marriage equality

Many of us have been in the marriage equality war for a long, long time.

I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San José Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with ‘Freedom to Marry’ t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked: ‘Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.’ She was wrong.

As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States the foes tend to call themselves ‘Christians’ and root their obsessive opposition in their particular interpretation of the Bible.

October 28, 2014

'I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed'

The lawyer who defeated California's Proposition 8 doubts the US Supreme Court will reverse recent gains in marriage equality.

October 27, 2014

Former US president praises speed of LGBTI movement but warns against complacency

Former US President Bill Clinton last night urged LGBTI activists to continue fighting for equality following recent victories for gay marriage advocates.

'I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at least in our country, move as far and as fast as your movement, ever,' he said at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annual dinner in Washington DC.

Since the beginning of October, the number of states that allow gay marriage has shot from 19 to 32, as well as the district of Columbia.

October 27, 2014

Former US president praises speed of LGBTI movement but warns against complacency

Former US President Bill Clinton last night urged LGBTI activists to continue fighting for equality following recent victories for gay marriage advocates.

'I’ve never seen a civil rights movement, at least in our country, move as far and as fast as your movement, ever,' he said at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) annual dinner in Washington DC.

Since the beginning of October, the number of states that allow gay marriage has shot from 19 to 32, as well as the district of Columbia.

October 27, 2014

'I think everybody should be allowed to be who they are, and to love who they love.'

Dolly Parton has said anti-gay Christians who use the Bible to spout idiotic views are the real 'sinners'.

The country legend and Christian star said she will always love her gay fans after she was asked why she thinks she became an icon.

Speaking to Billboard, she said: 'They know that I completely love and accept them, as I do all people. I've struggled enough in my life to be appreciated and understood.

October 27, 2014

'If Texas doesn't want to have gay marriage, then I think that's a right for Texas people to decide'

Former US President Jimmy Carter thinks gay people should have the right to get married - unless a church or a state votes that they should not.

Carter, president from 1977-81, tells Inside Texas Politics: 'I think all people ought to have an equal right and people who happen to be gay - I don't think it's preventable or caused by anything - I think they ought to have equal rights to marry.'

But he thinks there should be some exceptions.

October 27, 2014

'If Texas doesn't want to have gay marriage, then I think that's a right for Texas people to decide'

Former US President Jimmy Carter thinks gay people should have the right to get married - unless a church or a state votes that they should not.

Carter, president from 1977-81, tells Inside Texas Politics: 'I think all people ought to have an equal right and people who happen to be gay - I don't think it's preventable or caused by anything - I think they ought to have equal rights to marry.'

But he thinks there should be some exceptions.

October 27, 2014

Plaintiffs upset by what they consider to be an overly long wait

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced on Monday ( 27 October) that oral arguments in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Texas and Louisiana have been scheduled for January.

The cases will be closely watched because in the Louisiana case, US District Judge Martin Feldman in September upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.

Feldman was the first federal judge to uphold a ban since the US Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.

October 24, 2014

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States

A former aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. has proposed that the southern states of the United States secede from America over LGBTI rights similarly to how they did over slavery before the Civil War.

Conservative author and columnist Douglas MacKinnon has suggested that South Carolina, Georgia and Florida become their own country, called ‘Reagan’ after his former boss, to escape what he terms America’s ‘fiscal insanity and moral decay.’

October 24, 2014

Conservative author and former Reagan White House aide Douglas MacKinnon wants South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to form their own country to protest the progress of LGBTI rights in the United States

A former aide to US presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr. has proposed that the southern states of the United States secede from America over LGBTI rights similarly to how they did over slavery before the Civil War.

Conservative author and columnist Douglas MacKinnon has suggested that South Carolina, Georgia and Florida become their own country, called ‘Reagan’ after his former boss, to escape what he terms America’s ‘fiscal insanity and moral decay.’

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 23, 2014

Brian Sandoval is against effort to have recent striking down of ban heard by entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Brian Sandoval may personally believe marriage should be between a man and a woman but Nevada's Republican governor has still vowed to fight efforts to halt same-sex marriage in his state.

Sandoval on Wednesday (22 October) officially stated opposition to efforts by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage to reverse marriage equality.

The group is petitioning to get the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on a case recently which led to the state's ban on same-sex marriage being overturned as well as the ban in Idaho.

October 23, 2014

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert has told talk radio that he believes that gay soldiers will not be ready to defend against sudden attacks because they will need to get massages first before going into battle like the Ancient Greeks

Outspoken anti-gay Republican congressman Louie Gohmert has used an appearance on the Point of View radio talk show to make a bizarre attack on gays and lesbians serving in the US military – claiming that they will not be battle ready in the event of a sudden attack.

Gohmert made the comments a day after the third anniversary of the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that barred openly gay and lesbian personnel from serving, saying he still believes allowing them to serve ‘is not a good idea.’

October 22, 2014

US District Judge Perez Gimenez writes that same-sex marriages raise the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages

A federal judge has upheld the ban against same-sex marriage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

US District Judge Perez Gimenez stated in his ruling that same-sex marriage threatens 'the fundamental unit of the political order'  and also suggested it raises the question of a constitutional right to polygamous and incestuous marriages.

He made the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Ada Conde Vidal and Ivonne Álvarez Veleza.

October 22, 2014

If you love Steel Magnolias, BBQ and cowboys, check out these recommendations from a Tennessee native

Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute.

Dolly Parton. Check!

Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check!

Stunning scenery. Check!

Moonshine. Check!

Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

October 21, 2014

'He did say the reason he did it was I was the sexiest man he'd ever seen'

Actor Alan Cumming says he doesn't hold a grudge against Shia LaBeouf for grabbing his bum and other obnoxious behavior while attending a performance last June on Cabaret.

LaBeouf arrived at the Broadway show drunk and Cumming said he and other cast members were immediately aware there was a problem with the famous audience member.

'He was just wasted and he was wasted from the second he walked in,' Cumming told Conan O'Brien on Monday (20 October). 'Everyone was freaking out because someone seemed to be a crazy person shouting and stuff.'

October 20, 2014

Known as 'The Equality State,' Wyoming will become 32nd state in the US with marriage equality

The state of Wyoming does not plan to fight a judge's decision to strike down its gay marriage ban so same-sex couples can begin marrying in the state at 10 am on Tuesday (21 October).

The state's decision comes three days after US District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl found the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

In making his ruling, the judge cited two recent decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down Utah’s and Oklahoma’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples.

October 20, 2014

The wave of US states with marriage equality could spread across the entirety of the country in one go

President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution.

The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states.

He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'.

October 20, 2014

After playing dysfunctional couple in film, Harris nixed doing it again during first season of TV series that has become huge hit

Neil Patrick Harris has made no secret lately that he'd like a have some kind of a role in the enormously popular American Horror Story anthology series.

What the newly-named Oscar host had not made known until recently is that he and husband David Burtka had been asked to play a couple during the show's first season - the roles eventually played by Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears.

The AHS couple died in an apparent murder/suicide and that's a big reason why Harris passed on it despite Burtka's wanting to do it.

October 18, 2014

'We will not delay in fulfilling our responsibility to afford every eligible couple, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, the full rights and responsibilities to which they are entitled'

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in the seven states affected by the Supreme Court's decision not to hear marriage appeals.

October 17, 2014

'It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed'

Same-sex marriages began taking place in Arizona on Friday (17 October) but one person not celebrating is the state's Republican governor Jan Brewer.

Brewer issued a blistering statement slamming a ruling by US District Court Judge John Sedwick who found that last week's decision by The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking down marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho also applies to Arizona.

October 17, 2014

Governor Matt Mead does not think state should appeal the ruling

A federal judge on Friday (17 October) struck down Wyoming's ban on gay marriage.

US District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl made the ruling then placed it on hold until next Thursday (23 October) in order to give state officials time to prepare an appeal.

But that may not even happen.

The state's Republican governor, Matt Mead (pictured, said at a debate Thursday (16 October) that the legal handwriting is on the wall.

October 17, 2014

High court rejects state's request for a stay with one line order

The US Supreme Court has weighed in on marriage equality in Alaska: same-sex marriages can resume.

The high court needed just one line to respond to the state's request for a stay on a judge's ruling this week which declared Alaska's ban in gay marriage unconstitutional.

The ruling issued Friday (17 October) stated: 'The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.'

But marriages cannot not resume until Monday (20 October) because state offices are closed for Alaska Day.

October 16, 2014

Among those to wed are plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to overturning of the gay marriage ban

Gay marriage came to Idaho on Wednesday (15 October).

More than 100 same-sex couples showed up at the courthouse in Boise ready to apply for licenses as soon as the doors opened.

'It's been such a long time coming,' Boise Councilwoman Maryanne Jordan told the Associated Press. 'It's a historic day for Boise and Idaho.'