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  • UMAffirmation
    Jun 12, 2012
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      We’re getting caught up on marriage articles.  We should be caught up tomorrow.

       

       

      Judge: Anti-Gay Marriage Law is Unconstitutional

      Associated Press

      Friday May 25, 2012

      OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A second federal judge in California has struck down a law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133491

       

       

       

      Conservatives Lining up to Support Gay Marriage

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Friday May 25, 2012

      One of the most conservative newspapers in the country recently posted an op-ed endorsing marriage equality and encouraging Republicans to support the issue as well, saying, "gay marriage is actually a very conservative value."

      The Washington Times guest editorial column, written by Catherine Poe, includes a memo by Jan R. van Lohuizen - President George W. Bush’s pollster. The letter is intended for Republican leaders and candidates and says, "As people [Republicans] who promote personal responsibility, family values, commitment and stability, and emphasize freedom and limited government we have to recognize that freedom means freedom for everyone. This includes the freedom to decide how you live and to enter into relationships of your choosing, the freedom to live without excessive interference of the regulatory force of government."

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133453

       

      Jeb Bush calls equal marriage ‘a distraction’

      by Edmund Broch
      25 May 2012, 7:57pm

      On a three day visit to Taiwan, the former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, has said that equal marriage was ‘a distraction’ in the current presidential campaign, and it was economy that was the most important.

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/05/25/jeb-bush-calls-equal-marriage-a-distraction/

       

       

       

      Md. Gay Marriage Foes Submit Repeal Effort Signatures

      Associated Press

      Wednesday May 30, 2012

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Opponents of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law have delivered more than twice the number of signatures needed to put a referendum on the law on November’s ballot.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133625

       

       

      ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Ill. Gay Marriage Ban

      by Sophia Tareen

      Associated Press

      Thursday May 31, 2012

      CHICAGO (AP) - Building on the momentum of President Barack Obama’s recent support of gay marriage, two major civil rights groups in his home state filed lawsuits Wednesday in hopes of legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.

      The two lawsuits - brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the New York-based Lambda Legal - represent 25 couples statewide. Both challenge a state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman, arguing that the Illinois Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry under due process and equality clauses.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133661

       

       

       

      May 31, 2012 1:42PM

      Court Agrees: Fed Gov Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

      Post by Peter Montgomery

      A unanimous three-judge panel of the Federal Appeals Court for the First District today ruled that the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevents the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and denies couples access to things like Social Security survivor benefits, is unconstitutional. Lambda Legal called the ruling “another nail in DOMA’s coffin.”

      The court upheld a similar ruling at the district court level; the appeals court also stayed its ruling pending action by the Supreme Court.

      http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/6030/court_agrees%3A_fed_gov_must_recognize_same-sex_marriages

       

       

       

      Defense Of Marriage Act Is Unconstitutional, Federal Court Rules

      May 31, 2012

      by Mark Memmott

      "A federal appeals court Thursday declared that the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to married gay couples, a ruling all but certain to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court," The Associated Press reports from Boston.

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/31/154061941/defense-of-marriage-act-is-unconstitutional-federal-court-rules?sc=17&f=1001

       

       

       

      Boston Appeals Court Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

      Associated Press

      Thursday May 31, 2012

      The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against married same-sex couples by denying them federal benefits.

      The law was passed in 1996 at a time when it appeared Hawaii would legalize gay marriage. Since then, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, led by Massachusetts in 2004.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133679

       

       

       

      Minnesota United Methodist conference opposes state ‘marriage amendment’

      June 1, 2012

      Victoria Rebeck

      Minnesota United Methodists have expressed opposition to the proposed “marriage amendment” to the Minnesota state constitution.

      The motion prevailed in written ballot, 400 to 169.

      Meeting in annual session in Saint Cloud, Minn., May 30-June 1, session members approved a resolution sent by a group of churches against the proposal that only a union of one man and one woman shall be recognized as marriage in Minnesota. The proposal will appear on the November ballot.

      https://minnesotaumc.org/news/minnesota-united-methodist-conference-opposes-state-marriage-amendment/

       

       

       

      Defense of Marriage Act Heads to US Supreme Court

      by Denise Lavoie

      Associated Press

      Friday Jun 1, 2012

      BOSTON (AP) - A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.

      In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133720

       

       

       

      Gay Married Couples Look to High Court on Benefits

      by Denise Lavoie

      Associated Press

      Friday Jun 1, 2012

      BOSTON (AP) - Fresh from a favorable ruling by a federal appeals court, Dorene Bowe-Shulman can’t wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether same-sex married couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

      "I really look forward to the next step," said Bowe-Shulman, one of 17 people from Massachusetts who sued to challenge the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133723

       

       

       

      Minnesota United Methodist conference opposes marriage amendment

      Posted by: Rose French Updated: June 1, 2012 - 11:43 AM

      Minnesota United Methodists on Friday went on record against changing the state Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

      A total of 569 members voted on a resolution in opposition to the amendment at the group’s annual assembly in St. Cloud. The amendment — which would effectively ban gay marriage in Minnesota — is on the election ballot Nov. 6.

      http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/156351865.html

       

       

       

      May 31, 2012 1:42PM

      Court Agrees: Fed Gov Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

      Post by Peter Montgomery

      A unanimous three-judge panel of the Federal Appeals Court for the First District today ruled that the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevents the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and denies couples access to things like Social Security survivor benefits, is unconstitutional. Lambda Legal called the ruling “another nail in DOMA’s coffin.”

      The court upheld a similar ruling at the district court level; the appeals court also stayed its ruling pending action by the Supreme Court.

      http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/petermontgomery/6030/court_agrees%3A_fed_gov_must_recognize_same-sex_marriages

       

       

       

      Calif. Church’s N.C. Billboard Apologizes for Recent Anti-Marriage Vote

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Monday Jun 4, 2012

      A church based in California set up a billboard in Charlotte, N.C., in order to apologize to the state’s gay community after voters approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex couples from getting married, the New York Daily News reported.

      "Missiongathering Christian Church is sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who denied rights and equality to so many in the name of God," the sign reads.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133754

       

       

      Gay Bishop Backs Same-Sex Marriage in Maine

      by Clarke Canfield

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Jun 5, 2012

        

      PORTLAND, Maine-Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, married his longtime partner on New Year’s Day 2010 -- the day same-sex marriage became legal in his home state of New Hampshire.

      Robinson hopes Maine voters follow in its neighbor’s footsteps and legalize same-sex marriage in a ballot proposal in November. Robinson is coming to Maine on behalf of the campaign seeking to legalize gay marriage, appearing at three screenings of a film about his life and his struggles to be accepted within the Anglican church.

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?133865

       

       

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