Category Archives: Same-Sex Marriage

On Wedding Cakes, Gay Weddings, And Free Speech

This is a reply to a comment left by MJJ on the Muslim Ban thread. I’m putting my response here, and hopefully further discussion of this issue will move to this thread. I didn’t think Melissa’s cakes has gone bankrupt? … Continue reading

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Catholic Schools Are Forcing Employees To Sign Away Their Free Speech

From the New York Times: Part of the focus here and elsewhere appears to be online sharing of photos and personal opinions. A number of morality clauses in other dioceses express such concerns, specifying that teachers may not post anything … Continue reading

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Please Stop Snarking About Kim Davis’ Four Marriages

I’ve been seeing a zillion memes like this today about Kim Davis, the Christian Kentucky Clerk who is going to jail for contempt of court, because she’s refusing to do her job and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 1) … Continue reading

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A Lesbian Who Should Not Have Been Fired, And A County Clerk Who Should Be

Both these stories have, I think, the same moral: You have a right to be a bigot, but not on the taxpayer’s dime. Catholic School Teacher Suddenly Fired After Parents Find Out About Her Wife Of 8 Years Margie Winters, … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Legalizes Marriage Equality Nationwide

The vote was 5-4. From Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion: The States have contributed to the fundamental character of the marriage right by placing that institution at the center of so many facets of the legal and social order. There is … Continue reading

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Why Do They Oppose Gay Marriage? Part 3 In A Very Infrequently Updated And Rather Repetitive Series

From “Public Opinion, the Courts, and Same-sex Marriage: Four Lessons Learned” by Brian Powell, Natasha Yurk Quadlin and Oren Pizmony-Levy, in Social Forces (2015) volume 2 pages 3-12. (Pdf link.) Because I don’t believe God intended them to be that … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Any Gay Marriage Appeals – In Effect, A Big Victory For Equality

From ScotusBlog: With not a single dependable hint of its own constitutional view of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court in one fell swoop on Monday cleared the way for gays and lesbians to wed in a batch of new states … Continue reading

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All The Snarkiest Quotes From The Judge’s Ruling Overturning Kentucky’s Gay Marriage Ban

Judge John G. Heyburn II, a Bush appointee, rules that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. This is, I believe, the first such ruling in a southern state. The ruling is stayed until the Sixth Circuit weighs in. You … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality Spreads to Oregon

Earlier today – ten years and a day after Goodridge legalized same-sex marriage in Massachusetts – Oregon District Judge Michael McShane overturned (pdf link) Oregon’s gay marriage ban, ruling that it denies same-sex couples their Constitutionally guaranteed equal protection of … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Opponents of SSM Expected To Support Free Speech?

I didn’t link to Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both when it came out because I have mixed feelings about it. The statement, signed by about fifty prominent supporters of marriage equality, calls for the … Continue reading

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