Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are looking for ways to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell. The best idea they’ve come up with so far is to say the ruling doesn’t count in Tennessee: After failing to win enough votes for a bill they believed would overrule the Supreme Court on marriage equality — an [Read More…]
Props to Governor Steve Bullock! Today, HRC hailed Montana Governor Steve Bullock for signing an executive order that will prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees, as well state contractors and subcontractors. In a press conference earlier today, Governor Bullock celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by noting that it [Read More…]
Virginia senator introduces a bill that would allow clerks not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
A state senator from Virginia has put forward a bill that would allow county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses on religious grounds. A Virginia Senator has introduced a bill to the General Assembly that would make it legal for a clerk or deputy clerk to refuse to issue a marriage license if such [Read More…]
New York for-profit wedding venue found guilty of discrimination for refusing to host a lesbian wedding.
The owners of a New York wedding business are guilty of discrimination for refusing to host a lesbian wedding. “But god said…” turned out to be an inadequate defense: The owners of an upstate wedding venue who refused to host a lesbian wedding and were fined $13,000 for violating the state’s anti-discrimination law had their [Read More…]
Brian Brown, the executive director for the National Organization for Marriage (which works to stop marriages from happening), just put up this tweet: NOM demands Obama include empty seat honoring 50 million voters disenfranchised by Obergefell ruling. #sotu #tcot https://t.co/3u4MnKTgO4 — Brian S. Brown (@briansbrown) January 12, 2016 Yes, and I demand Prince Charles mount a [Read More…]
Lawmakers in South Carolina have filed a bill that will accomplish nothing of substance, but it will let them vent their ridiculous opinions: An anti-gay marriage bill filed in South Carolina last month compares the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision that declared marriage a constitutional right for same-sex couples to previous Supreme Court decisions [Read More…]
While the rest of the nation has moved on from Obergefell since it’s as settled as law can be, apparently Roy Moore still wants to kick and scream as if discrimination against gay people can return to prominence if only they throw a big enough tantrum. Today he’s issued an order to all the probate [Read More…]
Judge who denied a divorce because of Obergefell has been sanctioned by the TN Board of Judicial Conduct.
Remember back in August when a Tennessee judge decided to drag a divorcing couple into his tantrum over same-sex marriage? A couple went before Judge Jeffrey Atherton seeking a divorce. Atherton denied them the divorce (which, frankly, they needed to be getting) because of gay marriage. The claim was that now there was just so much confusion as [Read More…]
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a Methodist minister coming out as a lesbian to her congregation: God damn it’s a pity she spent so long without companionship because of all the religious baggage. It’s also a damn pity she tries to legitimize it by recourse to a god who ordered her death in [Read More…]
A couple of state reps in South Carolina have filed a bill which purports to invalidate the Obergefell ruling in South Carolina: A pair of South Carolina state representatives have filed a bill to stop application of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling at the state borders. State Representatives Bill Chumley and Mike Burns will co-sponsor [Read More…]