Why Republicans appeal marriage equality cases they know they’re going to lose.

This comment from LARK62 made my day.  It captures concisely and specifically why GOP governors/AGs continue to push and appeal to Circuit Courts which have already ruled against other states making the same arguments: It was, is and always will be a way for politicians to pander to right wing voters. And since the appeals [Read More...]

Bryan Fischer is not happy about the decisions in Arkansas and Mississippi.

Bryan Fischer is hungry for discrimination which, in the wake of Arkansas and Mississippi having their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges yesterday, prompted the head of the American Family Association to toss a spectacular word salad. “The federal judiciary has mutated into a gargantuan beast, looming over liberty, freedom and the Constitution itself… [Read More...]

Judge rules Mississippi’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but this one’s not over yet.

Ok, first, the good news: a federal judge has ruled Mississippi’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.  federal judge has overturned Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage, but he is putting his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday. State attorneys have already said [Read More...]

BREAKING: Federal judge strikes down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban.

Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, has ruled that Arkansas’ gay marriage ban violates the Constitution! A federal judge struck down Arkansas’ gay marriage ban on Tuesday, which could pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: should clerks be exempted from issuing same-sex marriage licenses?

We haven’t had a Tuesday conversation post in a while, so let’s check out this story.  A federal judge has overturned Montana’s gay marriage ban, which means issuing same-sex marriage licenses is now a job expectation for county clerks, just like issuing such licenses to straight couples. But some employees don’t like this: Some employees [Read More...]

Help the Duggars Raise Money for LGBT Kids

A funny thing happens when someone broadcasts hate. Sometimes - just sometimes - love proves itself to be stronger. I’m sure Jim and Michelle Duggar never intended to give money to any young LGBT people, especially not LGBT youth made homeless when they came out to their parents. The Duggars (of TLC’s “19 and Counting” reality show [Read More...]

Ted Cruz is supporting a gay judicial nominee?

Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, two of the most conservative members of the United States Senate, for some reason have recommended Robert Pitman for the Western District of Texas, a federal court. This is shocking, because if confirmed, Pitman would become the first openly gay federal judge in the state of Texas. He [Read More...]

Transgender Q&A: The Answers from Stephanie Guttormson.

The following is a guest post from Stephanie Guttormson, the Operations Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation and a transgender woman. I was happy to work with JT on this project.  Danielle’s coming out has given us in the atheist community a rare and wonderful opportunity to learn about trans issues and the transition process.  [Read More...]

BREAKING: Montana’s gay marriage ban falls!

I’m so sorry!  I’ve been putting the final touches on my talk for Skepticon today so I haven’t had my ear to the ground as much as usual.  About three hours ago Montana became the most recent state to get marriage equality: A federal judge on Wednesday overturned the state gay marriage ban in Montana, [Read More...]

Christian-run homeless shelter won’t house married same-sex couples.

The City Union Mission in Kansas City provides beds for the homeless, unless you’re a legally married same-sex couple.  Then I guess your suffering doesn’t count as much. Executive Director Dan Doty explained to the Kansas City Star, “We are a Christian, faith-based organization that really does adhere to biblical standards. Our view is that [Read More...]


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