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Prop 8 lawyer says his views on gay marriage are 'evolving'

Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in defense of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage, announced that his views on the matter are "evolving." The change of heart occurred after Cooper learned his stepdaughter was gay. Show More Summary

Obama-appointed federal judge says Ohio must recognize out-of-state same-sex ‘marriages’

by Catherine Briggs CINCINNATI, OH, April 17, 2014 ( – On Monday, an Obama-appointed federal judge ruled that Ohio authorities must recognize same-sex “marriages” contracted outside the state. Ohio currently bans such unions. Judge Timothy Black additionally called the state’s marriage…

Illinois rejects ban on reparative therapy for minors with same-sex attraction

by Kirsten Andersen SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 17, 2014 ( – The Illinois House voted last week to reject a bill that would have banned reparative therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). It is the fifth state to vote down a ban on the practice in recent months, following high…

Ark. Marriage Ruling Likely in Two Weeks

So says Judge Chris Piazza, who heard arguments today in a case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Featured Image: read more

Lesbian Daughter of Lawyer Who Fought Same-Sex Marriage Changes His Mind

Post by Jenny Erikson. When California's controversial Prop 8 went to the Supreme Court last year, attorney Charles Cooper defended the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile in his personal life, he was learning that his own daughter identified as LGBT. Now he's helping her plan her wedding to her lesbian partner this June. Show More Summary

Tenth Circuit hears arguments in challenge to Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban

12 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Prop 8 Trial Tracker

Analysis and highlights from the Tenth Circuit arguments in Bishop v. Smith, from outside the courtroom in Denver, Colorado. The post Tenth Circuit hears arguments in challenge to Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban appeared first on Equality On Trial.

Video: What does conservative columnist Cal Thomas see as America's biggest threat? Take a guess.

12 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Good As You

It's hard to sit next to Ralph Reed and be the more anti-gay one. But with this spiel about same-sex marriage posing a bigger threat to America than any outside force, conservative Cal Thomas manages: [Right Wing Watch] I picture...

Okla. Marks Second Marriage Challenge at Appeals Court

A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver heard oral arguments today in the challenge to Oklahoma's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage. Featured Image: read more

Why It Could Get a Lot Harder to Get Divorced in Some States

13 hours agoNews : Reason

As the great same-sex marriage debate bumbles on, a smaller, quieter marriage battle is taking place in state legislatures. Last week, The Washington Post reported on moves by socially conservative politicians around the country to make...Show More Summary

Political Pluralism: How Government Can Support Conflicting Religious Beliefs

When World Vision USA announced three weeks ago that it would begin hiring Christians in same-sex marriages, the conservative reaction was strong and swift. Individual donors jammed the call center's phone lines, and within two days, 10,000 poor children had lost their sponsors. Show More Summary

Prop. 8 Defense Attorney 'Evolves' on Marriage

Charles Cooper, the lawyer who unsuccessfully argued that California's same-sex marriage ban was constitutional, now supports marriage equality and is helping plan his stepdaughter's wedding to another woman. Featured Image: read mo...

Appeals Court Hears Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage Case

Another same-sex marriage case came before a federal appeals court in Denver this week. Two women are challenging Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment, which was passed in 2004 by 76 percent of voters. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals also heard a case involving same-sex marriage in Utah earlier in the week. It’s not clear when […]

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case Of Company Refusing Gay Couple

The High Court declined the case about whether a New Mexico photography company could refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple. The court’s refusal to intervene means an August 2013 New Mexico Supreme Court decision against the company remains intact. Albuquerque-based Elane Photography had said its free speech rights under the First […]

Morning Docket: 04.17.14

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Click here if you’d like to see how Obama evolved to his current position on same-sex marriage. Alternatively, click here to see a terribly Photoshopped picture of Obama catching a basketball bouquet. [New York Times Magazine] Should...Show More Summary

Circuit Judge in Arkansas to Hear Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban

22 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is set to hear a case challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage today at 1 pm in Little Rock, the AP reports: Late last year, Piazza refused to grant a motion by the state that sought...

Thursday Speed Read: North Carolina, Nate Silver, Rosemary Lehmberg, Brunei, Ohio, Oklahoma

23 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service TENTH CIRCUIT HEARS SECOND CASE: The same three-judge panel that heard the lawsuit challenging Utah’s ban on recognition of same-sex marriages today hears a lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s. Jim Campbell, legal counsel from the...

GOP: Getting Hip to Gay Marriage?

23 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

Just as the Nevada GOP drops its opposition to same-sex marriage, a group of young conservatives is launching a campaign to change anti-gay language in the national party platform.

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Art is not a justification for discrimination

Art is a reaction to the human condition. It is not a justification for discrimination. Recently, The Week's Matt Lewis argued that photographers, being artists, should have the right to not work at same-sex weddings based on freedom of expression grounds. Show More Summary

WATCH: Maltese Celebrate Civil Unions, Adoption Rights for Same-Sex Couples

Members of Parliament in the island nation of Malta approved legislation Monday granting same-sex couples the right to enter into a civil union and adopt children together. Featured Image: read more

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