Beware the Gay Gestapo
The Nazis/gays comparisons continue to flow from the right. A homocon lesbian, Tammy Bruce, says Governor Jan Brewer was cowed by the “gay gestapo” Yes, because a) the Governor, who has been forceful in her conservative viewpoints since she was elected, couldn’t have made up her own mind, and b) because a group of people fighting not to be discriminated against is exactly the same as a government agency dedicated to throwing dissidents in prison or worse. With friends like these…
Arizonans Now the Slaves of Homosexuals
Now that Arizonans can only discriminate against gays under the state’s old laws, they are now slaves with no control of their own labor, according to Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips. You do realize it’s still perfectly legal to discriminate against a gay person in the state, don’t you, Mr. Phillips?
We Need a Revolution to Stop the Demonic Gays from Homosexualizing the World
In the wake of their defeat in Arizona, right-wing anti gay forces are stepping up their rhetoric. Anti-gay wing nut Scott Lively thinks a worldwide campaign is needed to stop the “homosexualizing” of the world. Imagine what a dull, grey world that would be.
Bring On the Death Penalty for Gays
Speaking of stepping up the rhetoric, the Family Research Institute’s Paul Cameron says he’s fine with the death penalty for homosexuality. When will folks stop listening to these extremists? What will they have to say to finally, deservedly lose any remaining credibility?
Marriage is Not About Love
President of the Catholic League Bill Donahue says marriage is not about love, but about creating a family. So let’s update our marriage laws to require a proven impregnation before issuing a marriage license to anyone. What? That’s not what you really meant?
No Gays Have Been Discriminated Against in Arizona
Donahue also made the startling assertion that there is no anti-gay discrimination in Arizona. “Where are the examples of gays being discriminated against? If they’re being discriminated against, how come they make more money than straight people on average?…Is somebody being denied at Applebee’s getting a hamburger? Where are these examples of gay people being persecuted?” How about the 500 complaints Lambda Legal has received from the state over the last four years.
You Can Keep Your Homo Aid
Uganda has responded in typical 5 year old fashion to the withdrawal of aid by several Western countries, sating “The West can keep their ‘aiid’ [sic] to Uganda over homos, we shall still develop without it.” You’ve got a deal.
Forget Zombies, There’s a Tranny Army
Proving that ugly, offensive behavior is not limited to the US or Uganda, a host of a UK radio sports show, Talk Sport, said new uniforms made Scottish soccer players look like a “tranny army”. When will these folks get that the word “tranny” is every bit as offensive as faggot? And the insinuation that transgender people are weak and un-athletic is just false.
A new poll out this week from the New York Times and CBS News shows that 40 percent of Republicans support marriage equality, further indication that Americans are moving steadily in one direction on the issue. Less than two years ago, just 24 percent of Republicans said they thought it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry. Released Wednesday afternoon, the New York Times/CBS News poll also shows that 56 percent of all Americans believe it should be legal for same sex couples to marry. Among people 44 years of age and younger, 56 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of Democrats support marriage equality
This comes on the heels of another poll the day before that pegged US support at 53%. That and the fact that we are approaching majority GOP support show what a watershed year this is for marriage equality and LGBT rights.
The main argument against homosexuality is usually (if not always) affiliated with religion. So what happens when a partaker in one of said religions, specifically Christianity, specifically Methodism, comes out of the closet? Look no further than the case of First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Indiana.
Adam Fraley was choir director for 6 years at the First United Methodist Church in Alexandria. He would often attend church service with his partner, although he was never openly gay during his work. It wasn’t until a new minister came to the church and made it known that he was “uncomfortable” with Fraley directing the church’s music, that Fraley’s position was threatened. Although he was never initially fired, Fraley resigned from his position, feeling uncomfortable with current state of the church after the new minister came into the picture.
After six months, the church hired a new (temporary) minister, David Mantor. The church body was hoping the new leadership would allow Fraley to be Choir director again. Mantor originally stated that he was fine with Fraley being reinstated, however three weeks afterwards, he changed his decision, and fired Fraley.
It’s almost like he’s hijacked the church. He is completely going against what the church body wants.
Not long afterwards, 80% of the *HISTORICALLY CONSERVATIVE* congregation abandoned the church.
Gays and lesbians are welcome to attend United Methodist Church, however Church Law prohibits homosexuals from “serving” in the Church, a law that most of the church believes only applies to those interested in serving at the alter.
This might be surprising for many, considering whenever people think about Christianity and homosexuality, there’s usually a conflict. However things are changing. Very slowly, I might want to add, but they are changing. Even the Catholic Church is beginning to loosen its stance on homosexuality, with Pope Francis’ statement,
“If a Gay person seeks God, who am I to judge him?”
Of course it would be foolish to think the Catholic church as a whole is all of a sudden gay friendly, but still, it’s a step in the right direction.
My name is Prometheus, I’m a 16 year old in the closet Hoosier guest blogger. Please comment and share this article, and of course, don’t forget to be awesome!
By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
Personal marriage vows are a wonderful way to express your love on your wedding day. They can help to make your ceremomy unique and even more meaningful.
Personalized vows are meant to provide a sacred moment in which you can express your truest feeling for each other.
While some couples enjoy the wedding spotlight (finally) being on them, others feel nervous about writing vows or speaking vows in front of others. The vows you speak don’t have to be personally written – rather, you can “borrow” them from other sources. They are not meant to be a theater piece to impress or entertain others (but we understand they may sort of come out that way, for some couples). Most of all, they should not stress you out! So give some thought to whether you are both comfortable speaking vows.
If you are up for exchanging vows, there are a few more things to consider: Would you prefer traditional, classic vows, or more modern and personal vows? If you will be married in a traditional religious ceremony, you may be asked to speak classic traditional religious vows. In a non-denominational or interfaith ceremony, you can be more creative. Always speak with your officiant in advance about where vows fit into your ceremony. Whenever possible, select an officiant who will support you in expressing vows the way you feel most comfortable.
Ways to say I love you. There are many ways to weave vows into your ceremony. For example, your vows can be repeat-after-the-officiant style or they can be read to one another. You can utter them as part of your I dos, or speak them when you exchange rings. You can each decide on different vow, or share the same vows. You can even speak the same vow to one another simultaneously; or you can read from one long vow or statement, with each partner alternating lines. If you don’t want to say much, you can include the promises you would like to make in a longer question of intent, to which you only have to answer “I do.” Never try to memorize your vows. On your wedding day, the mind goes into Wedding La-LaLand … it is too much to ask of yourself.
Creative and sacred ways to express your commitment. You can find your vows in poetry, popular songs, or even greeting cards. You can also source ideas from the faiths or cultures you were born into. For example, from the Jewish tradition you might want to use the soulful line from Song of Solomon, “I am my beloveds, and my beloved it mine” or talk about the concept of soul mates. Some couples adapt vows from the 7 Steps (known as Saptapadi) in the Hindu faith, such as “We will share each other’s joys and sorrows with courage and strength.” You can find lovely material from any spiritual tradition and adapt it into your vows.
Write your own vows. If you do want to write your own vows, take a moment to reconnect to the energy and magic that made you want to marry this person, and let the feelings flow. Jot down some notes:
1. What do you love about your partner?
2. What feelings pour over you when you think of his/her love for you?
3. What are your hopes and dreams for your married life?
4. What promises would you like to make?
Next, write a first draft. Begin by sharing what you love about your partner (including cute and funny reasons) and letting your beloved know how he/she makes you feel. Next, share things you look forward to experiencing together. Sprinkle in promises you would like to make. Summarize by sharing how grateful you partner’s love and the opportunity to share your lives. Then go through the first draft; edit or add in new thoughts. Don’t be afraid to use a bit of humor – if that’s your style.
Speak from the heart: No matter what kind of vows you choose let your sentiments come from the heart. They do not have to be long. Keep them simple, and make them real.
If your officiat will be using a microphone, think about whether you would be comfortable speaking your vows into the mic.
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, is a leading interfaith and non-denominational wedding officiant in New York. She creates unique ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds and faiths, and is also widely recognized as a wedding stress expert. She is author of Your Interfaith Wedding: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures, and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Goddess: A Divine Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress into Wedding Bliss. Visit her website, www.YourInterfaithWedding.com.
Another red state sees its gay marriage ban struck down. More info here.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
A federal judge has issued an order requiring the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn on Thursday made final a ruling issued earlier this month in which he found that Kentucky’s marriage amendment and statutes violate the right to equal protection under the law. “Those laws … are void and unenforceable,” he said in a one page order.
What about a stay?
Earlier Thursday, Attorney General Jack Conway asked Heyburn to stay enforcement of his ruling while the state considers whether it will appeal, but Heyburn did not address that motion and for now his ruling goes into effect.
The ruling affects only the recognition of marriage from other states. Another hearing will occur in a few months on striking down the ban itself.
Wednesday marked day two of Michigan’s same-sex marriage trial. The case was first brought to federal court by two Detroit area nurses to fight Michigan’s adoption code. The judge says the case is really an issue of gay marriage. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer have one thing in mind as they walk into the courthouse. “We love our children. This started out as our children. This is still about our children.” And on the first two days of the trial that’s exactly what it’s about. Psychology experts on Rowse and Deboer’s side spoke yesterday. A same-sex marriage expert at Cooley Law School sums up their arguments. “They presented testimony that basically said that the gender of the parent doesn’t matter, it matters if they’re a good parent,” said Emily Horvath, Cooley Law School, Associate Professor.
The trial continues today, and the whole thing will take about two weeks – it’s probably the longest trial for marriage equality since the Prop 8 case in California. Have our opponents come up with anything new since then?
A federal judge in Texas issued an opinion today declaring that the state’s refusal to allow gays to marry violates the federal constitution. At its core, this case — De Leon v. Perry — looks a lot like some of our other recent federal marriage equality cases. Some have been broader than others, but most, like De Leon, make two conclusions: First, that denying gays the right to marry violates the Due Process Clause because marriage is an important right that cannot be taken away light and, second, marriage discrimination violates the Equal Protection Clause because a state cannot treat opposite-sex and same-sex couples differently for no good reason.
Judge Garcia’s decision is notable for several reasons. I will highlight two here at the outset. First, he does not dive into the heart of the level of scrutiny debate. He is content to say that marriage discrimination cannot even pass a low rational basis test. Second, he gives us a law nerd moment that students of gay rights will read for years to come to show how one case leads to the next which leads to the next and so on. Without Windsor, this case would look very different; without Lawrence, we wouldn’t have gotten Windsor. And without Romer, we wouldn’t have gotten Lawrence. As Judge Garcia writes:
Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.
Echelon Magazine reports:
SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone if they felt doing so was a “burden” on their “exercise of religion.” It is similar in nature to the controversial Arizona bill currently sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk. “This bill has nothing to do with faith and everything to do with codifying shameful discrimination,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We have seen businesses, people of faith and political leaders from both sides of the aisle speak out against this type of legislation. Passing this bill would not only place Mississippi firmly on the wrong side of history, it would hurt the state’s economy and tarnish its reputation.”
Some politicians claimed not to be aware of the anti-gay aspects of the bill.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, said in brief interview and in a Facebook post on Wednesday that he is asking House members to remove portions of the bill that could lead to discrimination. “I was not aware (nor was any other senator or interest group or citizen that I have talked to aware) of this intention or possible result when we voted on the bill on Jan. 31,” Blount wrote on Facebook post. “I am opposed to discrimination of any kind, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. Obviously, I should have (all of us should have) been aware of this.”
Uh, you think?
Others claim the bill is nothing like the Arizona bill just vetoed yesterday. LGBTQ nation compares the two:
The Mississippi and Arizona bills are not identical but have similar phrases, and critics say those could lead to a person refusing to provide business services for a celebration by a same-sex couple, for example.
The Mississippi bill says: “‘Exercise of religion’ includes, but is not limited to, the ability to act or the refusal to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one’s sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.”
The Arizona bill says: “‘Exercise of religion’ means the practice or observance of religion, including the ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.”
So a question – do you think these legislators, when they claim the bill is only about protecting religious liberty and has nothing to do with gay rights, really believe that? Or is it all just a cover?
Here’s a very important bit of news we missed amidst all of yesterday’s hoopla: A federal judge said Wednesday afternoon that he would issue a final order within 24 hours requiring Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state. In response, lawyers for the attorney general’s office told U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II at a hearing that the state would “very promptly” decide whether to appeal the order. Heyburn told lawyers that his final order will not include a stay postponing it from taking effect. “There could be some confusion” among Kentuckians who quickly seek legal benefits stemming from their same-sex marriages, such as joint tax-filing status, if the state appeals 30 days later and delays the implementation of the order or throws its future into question, Heyburn cautioned.
We’re practically running over here just to keep up with the rapid pace of all these developments. Marriage equality in Kentucky by the end of the day????
Impeach Holder for Elevating Sodomy
Pat Robertson wants US Attorney General Eric Holder’s scalp after Holder urged state AG’s to stop defending marriage equality bans. I think I elevated sodomy once – it was on a flight from LAX to Hawaii…
Marriage Equals One Man and One Man… Oops, I Mean Woman
Texas GOP state Senator Dan Patrick tweeted out his anger at the ruling striking down Texas’s ban on marriage equality, but left off a couple crucial letters: MARRIAGE = ONE MAN & ONE MAN. Talk about a Freudian slip…
Obama Has Released the Homo Demons on the Black Man
Pastor James Manning notes that many black men are locked up in prison, causing a problem for black women looking for a husband. But the real problem? White homos may take the men that rightly belong to black women. Because it’s every woman’s dram to land a gay man for a husband. There are so many things wrong with this that it’s hard to know where to begin.
I Don’t See Bigots
This one’s straight out of a Right Wing Watch Tweet: Glenn Beck said he doesn’t know anybody who is anti-gay. Odd, since Mat Staver was sitting across from him last night.
Why Can’t Gays Be More Like That Manson Kid?
Pat Rpbertson makes our list again for a statement comparing how the grandson of Charles Manson turned away from evil, and saying that gays can, too. Yes, because where I put my privates is exactly the same as brutally murdering a fellow human being.
Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!
Russia: After the Sochi Olympics, concerns about Russia and LGBT rights remain full story
UK: A billionaire donor to the Tory party is pulling his support because of the marriage equality law. full story
UK, Scotland: A member of the Scottish Parliament wants the UK to offer asylum to the 200 gays and lesbians outed by a Uganda newspaper. full story
USA: The Washington Post has a great map/cheat sheet showing the change in marriage equality support since 2003. full story
USA: Niroj Chokshi pulls together excerpts from the last six marriage equality rulings in courts around the US. full story
USA: Secretary of State John Kerry is launching a new effort to combat anti gay laws around the world. full story
USA: Actress Elizabeth Perkins donated money to Stop Scott Lively. full story
USA, Arizona: Joe.My.God summarizes the reaction of LGBT groups to yesterday’s veto of the Right to Discriminate bill. full story
USA, Florida: The anti-gay Liberty Counsel wants to intervene in the lawsuit for marriage equality full story
USA, Oregon: Willamette Week takes a look at the history of the marriage equality fight in Oregon. full story
USA, Texas: Governor Rick Perry is not happy that a judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage. full story
USA, Texas: Attorney General Greg Abbott promises to fight the ruling overturning the state’s marriage equality ban. full story
USA, Texas: Joe.My.God summarizes the reactions of LGBT groups to the Texas ruling. full story
USA, Texas: All dressed in red, LGBT activists descended on the Dallas city council chambers yesterday to demand the Council pass an LGBT equality resolution. full story
USA, Virginia: Both lambda Legal and the ACLU want to intervene in the state’s marriage equality lawsuit. full story
USA, Virginia: The court circuit laid out the briefing schedule for the appeal of the marriage equality lawsuit. full story
USA, Virginia: A second county clerk has filed a notice to appeal in the marriage equality lawsuit. full story
While Governor Brewer’s decision to veto SB 1062 is obviously the right decision to make, it doesn’t make for a complete victory on this issue or this bill. Simply by passing the legislation in the first place the state legislature legitimized feelings of bigotry and hatred, particularly toward the LGBTQ community. Passage of this legislation said, in essence, “Its OK to hate and discriminate”. Clearly the wrong message to send anytime or anywhere.
Now that the bill has been vetoed those who supported it will undoubtedly do as they typically do and blame “the liberal media” while completely ignoring the fact that this legislation is a clear violation of the US Constitution. They will feel victimized and may lash out toward members of the LGBTQ community in Arizona and elsewhere around the country where these measures are offered up, and defeated (as they should be).
Words and actions have consequences.
Brewer says “I call them like I see them despite the boos or tears from the crowd.”
She referenced surveys and opinions that Arizona is a good state for business, and registered her disappointment that this bill was the most important thing the legislature wanted to send her.
She called the bill too broadly worded, and said no one could give her a specific example of a problem that the bill would “fix.”
She vetoed the bill a few minutes ago.
The Dallas News reports:
A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deprives some citizens of due process and equal protection under the law by stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia cited recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings as having trumped Texas’ moves to ban gay marriage.
“Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,” he said in his order. “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.” But Garcia’s ruling, while a major victory for groups seeking to make marriage legal for gay and lesbian couples nationwide, will not win them Texas marriage licenses anytime soon.
Another one down. And in the heart of red-state country!
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Last May, Rhode Island became the tenth state to allow for full marriage rights for same sex couples. It was a triumphant ending to a nearly twenty year struggle. Then as if on cue, the barriers for marriage equality in other states began to fall like ninepins. And by the end of 2013, eighteen states had marriage equality, nine more than a year before.
But the resistance wasn’t done yet.
In 2014, while the trend of courts striking down laws prohibiting gay marriage has continued, another more disturbing countertrend has arisen. In Kansas and Arizona, state legislatures seriously considered passing what are effectively anti-gay segregation bills which would allow businesses to deny service to LGBTQ customers based on so-called “religious liberty.”
With the equality movement making such tremendous strides so fast, it was only a matter of time before the pushback came. But the equality movement cannot fold now. They must be stronger than ever, put some of their hard-won momentum on defense, and stay the course. This will only be one of a series of battles that must be won before LGBTQ rights are fully accepted across America.
Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!
Malta: The civil unions bill has passed the committee stage without any amendments added by the opposition. full story
Uganda: Some LGBT activists are worked that cutting aid to the country will make things worse. full story
USA: Tiffany Mott-Smith looks at the contributions of LGBT African Americans in honor of Black History month. full story
USA, Arizona: GoDaddy joined more than 80 other companies in calling for Governor Brewer to veto the Right to Discriminate bill. full story
USA, Arizona: Towleroad.com looks at how Fox News has been pushing bills like Arizona’s in the last few weeks. full story
USA, Idaho: More than a hundred LGBT activists gathered again at the Capitol on Tuesday. full story
USA, California: Although the failed to put a repeal of the transgender kids protection bill on the ballot, the Pacific Justice Institute plans to challenge that decision. full story
USA, Utah: The plaintiffs in the marriage equality lawsuit submitted a brief to the tenth circuit, slamming the discredited Regnerus study. full story
Zambia: A prominent gay rights activist in Zambia was acquitted on charges of promoting homosexuality. full story
Zimbabwe: The chair of gay rights group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe is in court, accused of failing to register his organization. full story
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released Wednesday. The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes as U.S. lawmakers and courts are increasingly allowing same-sex couples to wed. Some 53 percent of the 4,509 Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 percent in 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it.
Some interesting tidbits: Americans think 20% of the country is gay (if only). 83% of Jews support it, 56-58% of Catholics support it, and 59% of black Protestants and 69% of white Evangelicals oppose it.
One more thing – a third of millennials who have left their childhood religion cited opposition to marriage equality as a major factor.
Capitol Fax reports:
“On Friday, federal judge Sharon Johnson Coleman held that the Illinois statute banning marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional and violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The Illinois Attorney General and the Cook County Clerk were parties to the suit. The precise effect of the ruling on other Illinois counties is unclear. However, after consulting with State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, I have come to the conclusion that the rationale of the case applies to all citizens of Illinois and that Champaign County residents should have no fewer Constitutional rights than those in Cook County. Furthermore, given the ruling, denying a license to a same sex couple would provide no benefit to the County and would likely result in litigation at taxpayer expense. Therefore, effective immediately, the Champaign County Clerk’s office will issue marriage licenses to same sex applicants, in accordance with the 14th Amendment, and the Illinois and United States Constitutions.”
Meanwhile, in Cook County, more than 80 same sex couples have already married.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
More than 80 same-sex couples have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including some from other Illinois counties who apparently didn’t want to wait until gay marriage becomes legal statewide on June 1. Cook County Clerk David Orr began issuing licenses on Friday after a federal judge ruled that Illinois’ original ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional so there was nothing to stop couples from marrying now.
The dam is broken – how quickly will other counties follow suit?
MLive has a recap:
The points for both sides of the debate are fairly simple. The state argues that voters made a rational decision in banning gay marriage “to encourage the raising of children by a man and a woman.” Attorneys for DeBoer and Rowse argue that numerous studies indicate same-sex parents are just as successful in raising healthy children as heterosexual parents.
Further, they argue, despite the 2004 vote, the law violates the couple’s civil rights. “It’s always mind boggling to me how people don’t look back in history at so many examples at other human rights battles and see a connection,” said Krista Contreras, 30 of Royal Oak, a gay marriage supporter who attended with her Vermont-married wife, Jami Contreras, 29. “At what point are people going to make that connection and understand that these are people and these are human rights.”
Protesters for both sides were outside the court house:
The day began with dozens of gay marriage opponents picketing the entrance to the federal courthouse in Detroit. Among them walked a smaller number of same-sex marriage supporters. “I peacefully protest in favor of Biblical marriage,” and “We support traditional marriage, one man-one woman,” were among the signs carried. The two groups protested peacefully without any clashes.
Many of the protesters came from Free Will Baptist Church in Ypsilanti. Gay marriage opponent Christine Weick, who drove to Detroit from Hopkins in southwest Michigan, became frustrated when she attended a hearing in October and was the lone dissenter. She said the wife of the pastor at Free Will Baptist Church saw a “frustrated” message she posted on Facebook and mobilized the congregation. “If it takes two weeks, I’ll be here every day,” Weick said Tuesday. “The Lord needs a voice.”
It’s a little sad that these folks have so much time to protest to try to block the rights of others.
The now-infamous Mark Regnerus is one of the state’s witnesses.
Time Magazine reports:
Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas, is among the state’s witnesses. In 2012, he published a study in an academic journal, saying young adults with a parent who had a same-sex relationship were more likely to experience unemployment and other social woes. He later acknowledged that his study didn’t look at children raised by stable same-sex couples.
And yet, even though his study has been widely discredited, it’s used again and again by marriage equity foes – because that’s all they have.
They also cited the oft-used “will of the majority”.
USA Today reports:
But during their opening statement, attorneys for the state argued that Michigan voters addressed this issue already — they banned gay marriage in 2004 — and their decision should stand. “This case is about one thing: the will of the people. … And the people of Michigan have already decided that marriage is one man and one woman,” said state attorney Kristin Heyse. “Plaintiffs may claim that voters were irrational or ignorant. That’s simply not the case … This was not the whim of a few, but the vote of a majority.”
And if the “majority” wanted to re-instate slavery? Or put the Japanese in internment camps? Or…?
Testimony will resume today. CBS Detroit reports:
A Stanford University professor is returning to the witness stand in a trial testing Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Michael Rosenfeld will be cross-examined Wednesday in Detroit federal court. He says he’s looked at national census data of children living with same-sex parents and finds their progress through school is the same as kids with heterosexual parents. Two weeks have been set aside for testimony in a landmark trial that could overturn Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, the latest in a series of marriage-equality challenges across the country.
We have the facts and love on our side. They have nothing but half-baked studies, “tradition”, and a strong feeling of “eeeew” about LGBT Americans on theirs.