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  • Affirmation: United Methodists
    Federal Marriage Benefits? Not for Everyone by Stephen Ohlemacher Associated Press
    Message 1 of 24 , Jul 16, 2013

      Federal Marriage Benefits? Not for Everyone

      by Stephen Ohlemacher

      Associated Press

      Sunday Jun 30, 2013

       

      Like other married couples, same-sex couples are about to learn that federal benefits for being married might not be all they’re cracked up to be.

      Social Security benefits for spouses can be generous, but only for couples with big disparities in their incomes. Taxes are a decidedly mixed bag, and there are still a lot of unanswered questions for the Internal Revenue Service.

      Many middle-income couples should get welcome tax breaks now that they can change their filing status from "single" to "married filing jointly." The biggest benefits will go to couples in which one spouse makes more money than the other.

       

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146506

       

       

      Tax Benefits and Penalties of Marriage

      Associated Press

      Sunday Jun 30, 2013

       

      The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states that recognize their unions. The tax benefits of being married, however, are a mixed bag.

       

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146511

       

       

      Prop 8 supporters accuse court of ‘lawlessness’ for allowing resume of same-sex weddings

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      29 June 2013, 5:26pm

       

      Supporters of the now defunct Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in the US state of California, have claimed that the courts have acted in a “lawless” way, following the resume of same-sex weddings in the state.

       

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/29/prop-8-supporters-accuse-court-of-lawlessness-for-allowing-resume-of-same-sex-weddings/

       

       

      US: Court gives green light to allow same-sex weddings to resume immediately in California

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      29 June 2013, 1:15am

       

      Same-sex couples wishing to marry in the US state of California have been pleasantly surprised, as a crucial stay has been lifted, meaning the state can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

       

      http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/06/29/us-court-gives-green-light-to-allow-same-sex-weddings-to-resume-immediately-in-california/

       

       

      Supreme Court rules on same-sex cases

      Rulings do not change UMC definition of marriage

      by Heather Hahn on July 01, 2013

       

      (UMNS) — The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings June 26 on same-sex marriage are being hashed out. But the rulings already are winning praise from some United Methodists even as they trouble others.

       

      Decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate.

       

      On one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will likely add fuel to a long-time denominational debate on how the church ministers to gays and lesbians.

       

      http://umc-gbcs.org/faith-in-action/supreme-court-rules-on-same-sex-cases

       

       

      Judge: Trial Possible on Mich. Gay Marriage Ban

      by Ed White

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Jul 2, 2013

       

      DETROIT -- A judge signaled Monday that a trial is possible to determine whether Michigan’s ban on gay marriage is constitutional, nearly nine years after voters approved it by a wide margin.

       

      U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who are challenging a law that bars them from adopting each other’s children as well as a 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage only as between a man and a woman.

       

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146582

       

       

      New Poll: Marriage Equality Support at Record High in Wake of SCOTUS Ruling

      by Jason St. Amand

      National News Editor

      Tuesday Jul 2, 2013

       

      According to a new USA Today poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage - a record high, which comes after the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

       

      "By an unprecedented 55 percent to 40 percent, Americans say marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights of traditional marriage," USA Today writes. "That’s the highest level of support since Gallup began asking the question in 1996. Then, fewer than half that number, 27 percent, backed the idea."

       

      http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146594

    • Affirmation: United Methodists
      Same-Sex Ruling has Employers Tweaking Benefits by Sam Hananel Associated Press
      Message 2 of 24 , Jul 22, 2013

        Same-Sex Ruling has Employers Tweaking Benefits

        by Sam Hananel

        Associated Press

        Friday Jul 5, 2013

         

        The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law.

         

        The impact of the decision striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is clear in the 13 states and the District of Columbia where gay marriage is currently legal, or soon will be: Same-sex married couples must be treated the same as other spouses under federal laws governing tax, health care, pensions and other federal benefits.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?146687

         

         

        ACLU Sues State of Montana Over Benefits for Gay Couples

        Associated Press

        Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

         

        A civil rights organization filed a new lawsuit against the state Monday on behalf of seven gay couples in an attempt to win for them the same benefits that married couples receive in Montana.

        The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed its amended complaint after the state Supreme Court rejected its first lawsuit in December for being too broad and not identifying specific laws that are discriminatory.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147067

         

         

        Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Ark. Gay Marriage Ban

        by Chuck Bartels

        Associated Press

        Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

         

        Three gay couples filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks to overturn a 2004 Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage.

         

        Two of the couples applied to get married in Pulaski County and were turned down. One couple was legally married in New York but "are treated as legal strangers in their home state of Arkansas," according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Jack Wagoner III of Little Rock.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147059

         

         

        Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        16 July 2013, 9:21pm

         

        The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/16/equal-marriage-bill-passes-final-house-of-commons-stage-and-will-receive-royal-assent/

         

         

        Britain Legalizes Gay Marriage

        Associated Press

        Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

         

        Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

        Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given - one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

        The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147111

         

         

        Gay Marriage Supporters Launch $2 Million Illinois Campaign

        Associated Press

        Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

         

        Gay-marriage supporters are launching a $2 million statewide campaign to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois.

        Illinois Unites for Marriage is a coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147113

         

         

        Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same

        by Scott Roberts
        17 July 2013, 7:23pm

         

        Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage Commons debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/17/tory-mp-mike-freer-raises-pensions-inequality-during-equal-marriage-commons-debate/

         

         

        Gay Marriage: Britain, France in Surprise Contrast

        by Angela Charlton and Gregory Katz

        Associated Press

        Wednesday Jul 17, 2013

         

        The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-sex marriage, it was France that betrayed a deep conservative streak in sometimes violent protests - while the British showed themselves to be modern and tolerant.

        With little fanfare or controversy, Britain announced Wednesday that Queen Elizabeth II - hardly a social radical - had signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales. France has also legalized gay marriages, but only after a series of gigantic protests attracting families from the traditional heartland that revealed a deeply split society.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147124

         

         

        Equality Network calls on Scotland to legalise equal marriage following England & Wales Royal Assent

        by Scott Roberts
        17 July 2013, 3:13pm

         

        Scottish campaigners have welcomed Wednesday’s Royal Assent of the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, and are using it to redouble their efforts to achieve marriage equality in Scotland.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/17/equality-network-calls-on-scotland-to-legalise-equal-marriage-following-england-wales-royal-assent/

         

         

        Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        17 July 2013, 2:18pm

         

        The equal marriage bill for England and Wales was today given Royal Assent, and is now officially law.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/17/breaking-equal-marriage-bill-for-england-and-wales-given-royal-assent-and-is-now-law/

         

         

        N.Y. official pushes feds to recognize same-sex marriages

        MICHAEL GORMLEY | Associated Press

        Friday, July 19, 2013

         

        ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.

         

        DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a “place of celebration” standard in federal government, meaning gay marriages that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state pension fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures when providing benefits for gay couples.

        http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/07/n-y-official-pushes-feds-to-recognize-same-sex-marriages/

         

         

        For some Minnesota Methodists, a same-sex marriage conundrum on Aug. 1

        by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio

        July 22, 2013

         

        MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota's new marriage law goes into effect Aug. 1, creating new urgency for many faith communities about whether they will perform such weddings, particularly those that have been wrestling with how to address sexual orientation for decades.

         

        Among those torn over the issue are Methodists, who have a unique history on the matter in Minnesota -- as retired pastor Roger Lynn would surely testify.

        http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/20/regionalminnesota-methodists-same-sex-marriage-conundrum?refid=0

         

         

        Same-sex marriage in Minnesota: A cross-section of faith communities' approaches

        by Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio,
        Mike Cronin, Minnesota Public Radio

        July 22, 2013

         

        ST. PAUL, Minn. — Same-sex couples can legally wed in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Marriage in the eyes of the state's many faith communities, however, is a different matter.

         

        Reactions from Minnesota religious organizations -- and sometimes from within those organizations -- vary widely.

        http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/21/same-sex-marriage-minnesota-cross-section-faith-leaders

         

         

        NY Official Pushes Feds to Recognize Gay Marriages

        by Michael Gormley

        Associated Press

        Friday Jul 19, 2013

         

        New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.

         

        DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a "place of celebration" standard in federal government, meaning that gay marriages that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state pension fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures when providing benefits for gay couples.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147207

         

         

        Minnesota Gay Couples Await Guidance on Income Taxes

        Associated Press

        Friday Jul 19, 2013

         

        Minnesota gay couples preparing to get married after it becomes legal next month will have to wait a bit longer for guidance on their income taxes.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147208

         

         

        San Diego County Clerk Seeks End to Gay Marriages

        by Paul Elias

        Associated Press

        Saturday Jul 20, 2013

         

        SAN FRANCISCO - The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages.

        Ernest Dronenburg Jr. urged the state high court to immediately halt same-sex weddings while it considers his legal arguments that gay marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147233

         

         

        Ohio Men Challenge State Law Denying Gay Marriage

        Associated Press

        Saturday Jul 20, 2013

         

        CINCINNATI - Two Ohio men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ohio violates the U.S Constitution by denying legal recognition to same-sex couples married in states where gay marriage is legal.

        James Obergefell and John Arthur of Cincinnati filed the lawsuit Friday in Cincinnati against Ohio’s governor, attorney general and the Cincinnati health department registrar who files death certificates.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147231

         

         

        Minn. Churches Prepare for Gay Wedding Decisions

        Associated Press

        Monday Jul 22, 2013

         

        Minnesota’s new law allowing gay marriage takes effect Aug. 1, but one former United Methodist minister with a long history of support for the issue won’t be able to publicly preside over any same-sex weddings.

         

        Roger Lynn, a retired United Methodist pastor, performed a wedding ceremony in 1971 for two Minneapolis men, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell, whose legal fight to be allowed to marry was among the nation’s first. Lynn’s role in the ceremony caused ruffles in the larger United Methodist community, and a year later its General Conference passed a resolution defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

        http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147270

         

         

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        US: Democratic West Virginia Representative backs anti-equal marriage federal ban

        by Scott Roberts
        19 July 2013, 7:08pm

         

        A Democratic lawmaker is joining dozens of Republicans who want to ban same-sex marriages in the US Constitution – even though there efforts are unlikely to succeed.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/19/us-democratic-west-virginia-representative-backs-anti-equal-marriage-federal-ban/

         

         

        US: City measure introduced to allow same-sex married couples full marriage benefits

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        19 July 2013, 4:39pm

         

        A measure has been introduced in the city of Richmond, Virginia which would allow employees of the city in same-sex marriages to receive the same benefits as straight married couples.

        http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/19/us-city-measure-introduced-to-allow-same-sex-married-couples-full-marriage-benefits/

         

      • Affirmation: United Methodists
        Judge Rules for Ohio Men’s Same-Sex Marriage Associated Press Tuesday Jul 23,
        Message 3 of 24 , Aug 4, 2013

          Judge Rules for Ohio Men’s Same-Sex Marriage

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

           

          A federal judge has ruled in favor of two Ohio men who want their out-of-state marriage recognized as one of them nears death, a case that’s seen as encouraging for same-sex marriage supporters in the state.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147284

           

           

          NM Attorney General Not Defending Gay Marriage Ban

          by Barry Massey

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

           

          New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

           

          In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147285

           

           

          Mo. Court Seeks More Input on Gay Death Benefits

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

           

          A U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147287

           

           

          NY to Refund Gay Couples Forced to Pay Estate Tax

          by Michael Gormley

          Associated Press

          Tuesday Jul 23, 2013

           

          Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state.

          Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the refunds are being issued as a result of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147302

           

           

          Archbishop of Kenya warns Justin Welby against supporting civil partnerships

          by Scott Roberts
          23 July 2013, 1:28pm

           

          The Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, has criticised the Archbishops of Canterbury and York because he feels they are softening their position on same-sex civil partnerships.

          http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/23/archbishop-of-kenya-warns-archbishop-of-canterbury-against-supporting-civil-partnerships/

           

           

          Ky. Couple Challenges Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

          by Brett Barrouquere

          Associated Press

          Friday Jul 26, 2013

           

          A Louisville couple challenged Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages, saying Friday that the state isn’t treating them and other same-sex couples on equal footing with other married couples.

           

          Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon, both 55, are asking a federal judge in Louisville to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147471

           

           

          Federal Judge Orders Ohio Officials to Recognize Same-Sex Couple’s Marriage

          by Justin Snow

          Metro Weekly

          Saturday Jul 27, 2013

           

          A federal judge Monday ordered Ohio officials to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple wed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the two men currently in hospice care.

           

          Timothy Black.jpgU.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black wrote in Monday’s order that despite Ohio’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, "Ohio law has historically and unambiguously provided that the validity of a marriage is determined by whether it complies with the law of the jurisdiction where it was celebrated."

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147436

           

           

          July 27, 2013 9:05AM

          New Challenges to Gay Marriage Bans From Within States & Denominations

          Post by Candace Chellew-Hodge

           

          Don't look now but the marriage equality snowball is gaining momentum. Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act allowing legally wed gay and lesbian couples access to the federal rights and responsibilities of marriage, LGBT rights groups have wasted no time using the momentum to push for more changes.

           

          Couples in states like Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas and Pennsylvania have filed lawsuits challenging those states' laws against marriage equality.

          http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/candacechellew-hodge/7211/new_challenges_to_gay_marriage_bans_from_within_states___denominations_

           

           

          Gay Marriage Court Win In Ohio May Spawn New Suits

          by Amanda Lee Myers

          Associated Press

          Saturday Jul 27, 2013

           

          Two gay men who successfully sued to get their out-of-state marriage recognized in Ohio despite a state ban are at the forefront of what supporters and experts believe will be a rush of similar lawsuits aiming to take advantage of an apparent legal loophole.

          John Arthur of Cincinnati, who is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, won the right to be listed as married on his death certificate and to have his partner of more than 20 years listed as his surviving spouse.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147491

           

           

          Lawmakers to Revive Gay Marriage Debate in Neb.

          by Grant Schulte

          Associated Press

          Monday Jul 29, 2013

           

          Nebraska lawmakers will revive a gay marriage debate later this year, with a hearing that could lead to a proposed ballot measure on the issue.

           

          The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will convene on Oct. 4 to review Nebraska’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147513

           

           

          Nigeria Denies Will Allow Gay Married Diplomats

          Associated Press

          Monday Jul 29, 2013

           

          Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is denying reports the minister said he would allow gay married diplomats to be accredited.

          http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147535

           

           

          Mexico: State of Colima legalises civil unions for same-sex couples

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        • Affirmation: United Methodists
          UruguayÆs Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect Monday Aug 5, 2013 As reported in BBC News , today
          Message 4 of 24 , Aug 18, 2013

            Uruguay’s Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect

            Monday Aug 5, 2013

             

            As reported in BBC News, today Rodrigo Borda and Sergio Miranda became the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay, just hours after the law legalizing gay took effect in the country. The couple plans to marry in September.

             

            The marriage equality bill, which passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the legislature last April and was signed into law by President José Mujica in May, makes Uruguay the second country in Latin America to offer full marriage rights to all of its citizens.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147809

             

             

            Ill. Governor Says Wis. Should Legalize Gay Marriage

            Associated Press

            Monday Aug 5, 2013

             

            Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says Wisconsin should follow the lead of other Midwest states and legalize gay marriage.

            Quinn said Saturday during a break at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that gay people should not have more rights in some states in the region and less in others.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147811

             

             

            Marriage Equality Not Coming to Wisconsin Anytime Soon

            by Jason St. Amand

            National News Editor

            Monday Aug 5, 2013

             

            Same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot in Wisconsin may have to put any wedding plans on hold for awhile, after Gov. Scott Walker (R) made some discouraging comments at a weekend conference in Milwaukee, the Huffington Post reports.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147813

             

             

            Lawsuit Challenges Illinois Gay Marriage Ban

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Aug 6, 2013

             

            CHICAGO - A Cook County judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether to dismiss a case challenging Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage.

            Circuit Judge Sophia Hall will hear arguments Tuesday.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147835

             

             

            West PA Mayor Marries Gay Men with E. PA License

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Aug 6, 2013

             

            BRADDOCK, Pa.-A Pittsburgh-area mayor has married two men who obtained a license from an eastern Pennsylvania county official who has issued more than 60 licenses to same-sex couples despite a state law that defines marriage as a contract between one man and one woman.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147837

             

             

            Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Next Month

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Aug 7, 2013

             

            CHICAGO After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, a Cook County judge said Tuesday she’ll decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ gay marriage ban late next month.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147863

             

             

            Demand For Gay-Marriage Licenses in Pa. is Rising

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Aug 7, 2013

             

            Demand among same-sex couples for marriage licenses from an eastern Pennsylvania county official flouting state law shows no sign of slacking.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147865

             

             

            Pentagon May Revise Same-Sex Benefits

            Associated Press

            Wednesday Aug 7, 2013

             

            WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147904

             

             

            Taiwan: Authorities uphold first same-sex transgender marriage

            by Aaron Day
            8 August 2013, 3:21pm

             

            Authorities in Taiwan have agreed not to revoke the marriage status of a local transgender couple, in a move activists have called a “benchmark” ruling.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/08/taiwan-authorities-uphold-first-same-sex-transgender-marriage/

             

             

            Exclusive: Alex Salmond says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland because it’s the ‘right thing to do’

            by Scott Roberts
            8 August 2013, 10:59am

             

            Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has spoken out about why he supports equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/08/exclusive-alex-salmond-says-its-time-for-equal-marriage-in-scotland-because-its-the-right-thing-to-do/

             

             

            US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            8 August 2013, 1:32am

             

            Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/08/us-pentagon-to-extend-some-benefits-to-same-sex-military-spouses-by-end-of-august/

             

             

            Brazil Army Must Recognize Same-Sex Civil Union

            Associated Press

            Friday Aug 9, 2013

             

            A court has ordered Brazil’s Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?147998

             

             

            Pa. County Grants 100th Same-Sex Marriage License

            by Maryclaire Dale

            Associated Press

            Friday Aug 9, 2013

             

            A suburban Philadelphia county defying Pennsylvania’s marriage law issued its 100th same-sex license Friday, just weeks after opening the courthouse door to gay men and women.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148003

             

             

            Brazil: Court orders army to recognise same-sex civil union

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            9 August 2013, 6:10pm

             

            The judge ruled that the army must recognise the civil union of the same-sex couple

            For the first time in Brazil, a court has ordered the Brazilian Army to reconise a same-sex civil union.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/09/brazil-court-orders-army-to-recognise-same-sex-civil-union/

             

             

            Gay Rights Group: Don’t Delay Marriage in N.J.

            Associated Press

            Sunday Aug 11, 2013

             

            TRENTON - Lawyers for a group of gay couples said in a court filing Friday that New Jersey’s key argument against allowing same-sex marriage immediately is "contrary to established law."

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148015

             

             

            US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            12 August 2013, 11:49pm

             

            The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which ”risks causing serious and limitless harm”, a filing by lawyers for the state Health Department said on Monday.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/us-pennsylvania-health-department-says-issue-of-same-sex-marriage-licences-risks-causing-serious-harm/

             

             

            Nigerian bishops: We’re against equal marriage but empathise with people who live with ‘homosexual tendencies’

            by Scott Roberts
            12 August 2013, 5:26pm

             

            A group of bishops in Nigeria have warned against equal marriage but say they “empathise with people who live with homosexual and gay tendencies”.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/nigerian-bishops-were-against-equal-marriage-but-empathise-with-people-who-live-with-homosexual-tendencies/

             

             

            Source: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considered reversing equal marriage opposition

            by Daniel Carter
            12 August 2013, 12:25pm

             

            It’s being reported by an Australian broadcaster that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tempted to drop her opposition to equal marriage during her time in office.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/12/source-former-australian-prime-minister-julia-gillard-considered-reversing-equal-marriage-opposition/

             

             

            US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            11 August 2013, 4:15pm

             

            A New Jersey court case will this week hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means for that states.

            http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/08/11/us-new-jersey-judge-to-hear-potentially-groundbreaking-case-on-implications-of-doma-strike-down/

             

             

            Same-Sex Couples Seeking Insurance Wait For IRS Rules

            by Michelle Andrews

            August 13, 201310:49 AM

             

            Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, federal agencies have to figure out the regulations that govern everything from to income taxes.

            http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/08/13/211633947/same-sex-couples-seeking-insurance-wait-for-irs-rules?sc=17&f=1001

             

             

            Gay Ohio Couple Win Extension Recognizing Marriage

            Associated Press

            Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

             

            CINCINNATI: A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death.

            http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?148121

             

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              First, a word from the Called Out editors. As far as we know, any time we provide a link to a web site, the site is safe. However, when we open links to
              Message 6 of 24 , Nov 21, 2015

                First, a word from the Called Out editors.

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                AP-GfK Poll: Clerks Must Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

                Linda Massey opposes gay marriage. But she was incensed last summer to see that Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, was refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

                http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?187980

                 

                 

                The first ever same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland will take place this morning.

                Same-sex marriages were finally able to start from Monday after months of patiently waiting following a referendum on the issue earlier this year.

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/17/irelands-first-same-sex-wedding-is-taking-place-this-morning/

                 

                 

                Clerical Error Led to Costa Rica's First Legal Gay Marriage

                When Jazmin Elizondo Arias was born in 1991, someone goofed and noted on her birth certificate that she was male.

                As the years passed and Elizondo grew up, the mix-up never caused any problems. So she never bothered to try to correct the record officially, something that others in her situation found could turn into a slog through Costa Rica's bureaucracy with no guarantee of success.

                http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188924

                 

                 

                ACLU Says Kentucky Clerk Should Have to Reissue Licenses

                The American Civil Liberties Union says a Kentucky county clerk's office should reissue altered marriage licenses even though the governor has promised to recognize them as valid.

                http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?189469

                 

                 

                Slovenia to Hold Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

                Wednesday Nov 4, 2015

                The group has sought to challenge a law passed earlier this year that defines marriage as a union between two consenting adults.

                http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188329

                 

                 

                Mississippi Supreme Court Narrowly Grants Same-Sex Divorce

                by Jeff Amy and Emily Wagster Pettus

                Friday Nov 6, 2015

                The Mississippi Supreme Court voted to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce, even as two justices questioned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and suggested that landmark ruling has no constitutional basis.

                http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188488

                 

                 

                New Kentucky governor will change marriage laws to help Kim Davis

                The new Governor-elect of Kentucky is a big fan of Kim Davis… and he’s already promised to re-write the state’s marriage laws for her.

                Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was briefly jailed earlier this year after she directly defied court orders by blocking marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

                http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/06/new-kentucky-governor-will-change-marriage-laws-to-appease-kim-davis/

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                Message 7 of 24 , Nov 21, 2015

                  First, a word from the Called Out editors.

                  As far as we know, any time we provide a link to a web site, the site is safe.  However, when we open links to produce the summaries, the links are opened on a computer using Firefox with the NoScript add in.  That disables a lot of bad (and sometimes good) stuff.

                  Should you run into a problem with any of the sites hosting malware, please let us know immediately so we can stop using that news source.

                  If you find offensive ads in any article, let us know.  We try to keep an eye on them.  Edge in particular has been pushing their luck recently.

                  Thanks, and stay safe out there.

                   

                   

                  AP-GfK Poll: Clerks Must Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

                  Linda Massey opposes gay marriage. But she was incensed last summer to see that Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, was refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

                  http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?187980

                   

                   

                  The first ever same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland will take place this morning.

                  Same-sex marriages were finally able to start from Monday after months of patiently waiting following a referendum on the issue earlier this year.

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/17/irelands-first-same-sex-wedding-is-taking-place-this-morning/

                   

                   

                  Clerical Error Led to Costa Rica's First Legal Gay Marriage

                  When Jazmin Elizondo Arias was born in 1991, someone goofed and noted on her birth certificate that she was male.

                  As the years passed and Elizondo grew up, the mix-up never caused any problems. So she never bothered to try to correct the record officially, something that others in her situation found could turn into a slog through Costa Rica's bureaucracy with no guarantee of success.

                  http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188924

                   

                   

                  ACLU Says Kentucky Clerk Should Have to Reissue Licenses

                  The American Civil Liberties Union says a Kentucky county clerk's office should reissue altered marriage licenses even though the governor has promised to recognize them as valid.

                  http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?189469

                   

                   

                  Slovenia to Hold Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

                  Wednesday Nov 4, 2015

                  The group has sought to challenge a law passed earlier this year that defines marriage as a union between two consenting adults.

                  http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188329

                   

                   

                  Mississippi Supreme Court Narrowly Grants Same-Sex Divorce

                  by Jeff Amy and Emily Wagster Pettus

                  Friday Nov 6, 2015

                  The Mississippi Supreme Court voted to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce, even as two justices questioned the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and suggested that landmark ruling has no constitutional basis.

                  http://www.edgemedianetwork.com/?188488

                   

                   

                  New Kentucky governor will change marriage laws to help Kim Davis

                  The new Governor-elect of Kentucky is a big fan of Kim Davis… and he’s already promised to re-write the state’s marriage laws for her.

                  Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was briefly jailed earlier this year after she directly defied court orders by blocking marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

                  http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/11/06/new-kentucky-governor-will-change-marriage-laws-to-appease-kim-davis/

                   

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