LGBT And the Gay Agenda Spreads!!! …or at least the Same-Sex Marriage one…

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  1. CoCo

    CoCo ...is a Queer Don!! OT Supporter

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    Sooo, it seems that a NY Mayor is to begin performing same-sex marriages... Lets see what happens...

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The 26-year-old mayor of a progressive college village in the Hudson Valley says he'll begin performing gay marriages Friday, calling it ``my moral obligation.''

    New Paltz Mayor Jason West, who won office last year on the Green Party line, said he intends to marry at least four same-sex couples at a private bed and breakfast. The move could make this village 75 miles north of New York City another flash point in the national debate over gay marriage.

    ``We as a society have no right to discriminate in marriage any more than we have the right to discriminate when someone votes or when someone wants to hold office,'' West said in a telephone interview Thursday.

    ``The people who would forbid gays from marrying in this country are those who would have made Rosa Parks sit in the back of the bus.''

    A bill in the New York Legislature would ban same-sex marriages. Similar bills have died without action in the past. At least 34 states have enacted so-called defense of marriage laws.

    President Bush announced Tuesday he will back a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

    West, whose town is home to a state university campus, said he believes state law gives him the power to marry same-sex couples. New York's attorney general has not issued a ruling on the question.

    Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, applauded the mayor's move. ``It's equal rights for gay couples who should be entitled to equal treatment under the law and to marriage and the protection of the family that heterosexuals have,'' she said.

    Vincent Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School, said nothing in New York law explicitly prohibits same-sex weddings, but that the framers ``clearly were contemplating opposite-sex marriages.''
     
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    blah blah blah...states rights....blah blah blah...activist judges.....blah blah...ruining our country...

    Let them exercise their RIGHT to get married, instead of denying them the same basic freedoms everyone else has.
     
  3. Taylor

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    So he said he would start performing them... does anyone know if this actually happened?
     
  4. CoCo

    CoCo ...is a Queer Don!! OT Supporter

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    And Now, WeHo!!!!

    So it looks like WeHo is now going to allow SSM...I wonder if this has anything to do with The L Word, or, if the show will comment on this new development...

    LOS ANGELES -- The West Hollywood city council took steps to recognize same-sex marriages performed in San Francisco and elsewhere.

    Council members voted unanimously Monday to direct the city attorney to review ordinances, policies and procedures and recommend changes needed to ensure that homosexual couples will get the same protections and privileges as their man-woman counterparts.

    The council also urged the Board of Supervisors to consider same-sex marriages in Los Angeles County.

    Last year, the City Council passed a measure requiring all city contractors to provide the same benefits for all their employees, regardless of sexual orientation or marital status.

    On Monday, the City Council approved a resolution supporting San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for his actions on behalf of equal rights for same-sex couples. Another resolution condemned resident Bush's support of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

    "Marriage confers 1,000 rights and benefits that are unfairly denied same-sex couples, harming them and their families," the resolution said.

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  5. Insey

    Insey I can feel my cunt contracting

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    Jason West was arrested yesterday and today he was arraigned on 19 counts of breaking New York State law. In years to come, he will be seen as the Rosa Parks of the gay rights movement.
     
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  6. Sam Gamgee

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    Thanks to Soko for letting me know where this was...

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    haha, in your PM box?
     
  8. Sam Gamgee

    Sam Gamgee Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right. OT Supporter

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    I've kept it in my PM box for months... maybe even longer.
     
  9. CoCo

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    Gay City Workers Get Boost in Seattle

    Aaaand more great news...


    SEATTLE - [size=-1]This left-leaning city joined the gay marriage fight Monday, with the mayor announcing that City Hall will recognize unions of gay city employees who tie the knot elsewhere and six same-sex couples suing for the right to wed. [/size]

    Mayor Greg Nickels issued an executive order requiring the city to recognize same-sex marriages by municipal employees.

    "Seattle has often been in the forefront of protecting all its citizens regardless of sexual orientation," Nickels said at a news conference. He also proposed an ordinance to extend protections for gay married couples throughout the city.

    Meanwhile, six same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses at the King County Administration Building were rejected because of a state law that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    But King County Administrator Ron Sims invited the couples to sue him and the county, explaining that he supported the couples' efforts but had no choice but to uphold the law.

    Sims, who is black, said he remembered images from his childhood of white government officials in the South blocking blacks from entering buildings restricted to whites.

    "I was not going to stand with my arms crossed and my hand up," Sims said. "We do not have equal protection in this state when it comes to marriage."

    The couples applauded Sims' remarks, then filed their complaint, which argues that the law violates the Washington Constitution's equal-protection clause.

    Meanwhile, the city of Asbury Park, N.J. started issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples, with the first couple married in City Hall on Monday. City Clerk Dawn Tomek made the announcement; it was not immediately clear if she had acted alone.

    "As a show of support to the city's gay community and the gay community nationwide, the City of Asbury Park has determined that it will commence the issuance of licenses to same-sex couples and the solemnization of marriage between same-sex couples, immediately, as a matter of fundamental civil and Constitutional rights," Tomek said in a statement.

    Nickels said he lacks the legal authority to issue same-sex marriage licenses or certificates like mayors in San Francisco and New Paltz, N.Y., have done.

    More than 3,600 same-sex marriages have been performed in San Francisco in the last three weeks, and hundreds of gay couples were granted wedding licenses last week in Portland, Ore. The marriages are being challenged in court.

    New Paltz Mayor Jason West faces possible jail time for officiating at same-sex weddings for couples who lacked a license. On Monday, the prosecutor who charged him said he was also considering charges against two ministers who stepped in to marry gay couples in New Paltz.

    Although Unitarian Universalist ministers have been performing same-sex ceremonies for decades, the Rev. Kay Greenleaf said she signed an affidavit for the couples and considers the ceremonies civil. Ulster County District Attorney Donald Williams said it would take days to determine whether the ministers could face charges similar to those filed against West.

    Seattle has offered domestic partnership benefits to its employees since 1989, but that process requires extensive paperwork — a step same-sex couples would be able to skip under Nickels' executive order.

    Nickels also said he will ask the City Council to protect gay married couples throughout the city from discrimination in employment and housing. If the council approves the ordinance, it also would require contractors doing business with the city to recognize gay marriages among their own employees.

    Rick Forcier, head of the state Christian Coalition and a critic of extending marriage licenses to gay couples, called the mayor's plan a clear violation of state law.

    "What he's about to do is anarchy — taking the law into his own hands," Forcier said. "People cannot be recognized as married in one jurisdiction and not in another."
     
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    AAAAnd more great news!!!


    N.J. Town Sees First Same-Sex Marriage
    New Jersey's first same-sex marriage ceremony was performed Monday in Asbury Park.

    In a written statement, City Clerk Dawn Tomek called it "a matter of fundamental civil and Constitutional rights."

    She said New Jersey is one of 12 states that have no statute expressly banning same-sex marriages and that nothing in state law defines marriage as the exclusive province of opposite-sex couples.


    Two men were married in City Hall after being issued a license by city officials. About 10 people attended the ceremony.

    Asbury Park officials say six other applications for same-sex weddings are pending.

    In Seattle, Mayor Greg Nickels admits he lacks the authority to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

    But he's issued an executive order that tells the city to recognize the weddings of its own municipal employees who are gay and who have been married elsewhere.

    Nickels has also proposed extending protections for gay married couples throughout Seattle.

    Nickels' position is being labeled a form of anarchy by the head of Washington's Christian Coalition.

    Monday, six gay couples from the Seattle area filed suit seeking the right to get married.

    They had applied for marriage licenses at the county administration building in Seattle, but were turned away because of a state law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

    In Nebraska, an Omaha group is planning to rally against Nebraska's ban on same-sex unions.

    The Metropolitan Community Church plans to protest May 16 in Omaha. The next day, 200 gay and lesbian couple will go to the Douglas County Courthouse to apply for marriage licenses.

    "It will be an opportunity for us to celebrate with our families and to demonstrate to others that we have families and family values," said Rev. Barbara Sagat.

    Sagat and her partner, Sharon Stover, expect the same response they've received the last two years they've attempted to apply for a license. The clerk showed them the information, but refused to issue the licenses because Sagat and Stover are both female.

    "We know that at this time, she cannot do that, but we will keep going until she is able to," said Sagat. "And we believe that the laws will change."

    In 2002, Nebraska voters passed an initiative, 416, that bans same-sex unions.

    "I don't think the people of Nebraska knew what they were doing when they passed 416," said Sagat. "I honestly don't. Because I can't believe that there's a group of people in this country that is that cruel."

    Sagat, Stover and their congregation hope their demonstrations put a face to this issue and sways support to their side.

    "They'll begin to reconsider," Sagat said. "They'll begin to understand that our relationships are valid, that our love is just as real and that perhaps what was done when 416 was passed was a mistake."

    Meanwhile, in San Francisco, some of the thousands of couples who have been married there have gone to the Department of Motor Vehicles to apply for name changes, just as heterosexual couples can.

    Recent weeks have seen dramatic moves in the debate over gay marriage: the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said the state cannot prevent homosexual marriages under its Constitution; the mayor of San Francisco ordered city clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, possibly in violation of state law; Bush called for an amendment; the mayor of New Paltz, N.Y., issued licenses and officiated ceremonies and was charged with 19 criminal counts; and an Oregon county began offering marriages.

    Some states have also begun moving toward constitutional amendments banning gay marriages.

    Source=> http://www.kirotv.com/family/2905910/detail.html
     
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    Michigan Lawmakers Block Gay Marriage Ban

    Sooooo, Michigan lawmakers have just blocked Gay Marriage Ban. This happened yesterday...



    DETROIT (Reuters) - Michigan lawmakers blocked a measure on Tuesday that would have allowed voters to decide this fall whether to change the state constitution to ban gay marriages.

    The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 65- 38 for the resolution, leaving its supporters short of the 73 votes or two-thirds majority needed to send it to the Michigan Senate.

    House leaders could reconsider the amendment measure in the run-up to November's elections, a move House Democratic spokesman Dan Farough said was very likely.

    But one advocacy group celebrated Tuesday's defeat as something that would reverberate beyond Michigan and send a signal to President Bush that a similar amendment to the U.S. Constitution would also fail.

    "Anti-gay extremists tried to divide and distract with this issue," Sean Kosofsky, policy director for the Triangle Foundation, said in a statement. "Shame on George Bush and other radicals who think they can win elections by attacking gay people."
     
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    Proposal to ban Same Sex Marriage gets new language...*NEWS*

    [​IMG]WASHINGTON (AP)
    -- Congressional supporters of a constitutional ban on gay marriage unveiled a change in their proposal Monday that they said would leave state legislatures with the unambiguous right to recognize civil unions.


    The deletion of five words did nothing to lessen the opposition of Democratic critics of the proposed constitutional amendment. They responded by seeking an indefinite delay in a hearing set for Tuesday.

    "This new language makes the intent of the legislation even clearer," said Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colon., the amendment's leading advocate in the Senate. "To protect marriage in this country as the union between a man and a woman, and to reinforce the authority of state legislatures to determine benefits issues related to civil unions or domestic partnerships."

    In response, one gay rights advocate questioned Allard's contention about what the change would mean, and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee seized on the change to request a postponement in the second of two Senate hearings.

    Constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage have been introduced in the past in Congress without coming to a vote.

    The issue has gained election-year urgency, though, in the wake of a court ruling in Massachusetts, a highly publicized spate of same-sex marriages in San Francisco and elsewhere, and a request by President Bush that Congress vote on the issue.

    Polls consistently show the public opposes gay marriage. But the division of opinion is far closer on the question of a constitutional ban.

    Even so, Republican strategists have said they are eager to require Senate Democrats -- including John Kerry, the party's presidential nominee-in-waiting -- to vote publicly on the issue.

    Kerry's home state has played a central role in the political drama on gay marriage in recent months with a ruling by the state's highest court that the Massachusetts constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.

    In response, the Massachusetts Legislature has been considering proposed amendments to the state constitution that would outlaw same-sex marriages.

    In Congress, Republican officials say the Senate Judiciary Committee is on track to vote on the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the second half of April.

    Allard and Colorado GOP Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, the leading supporter of the amendment in the House, outlined their change at a news conference. The previous proposal said that neither the U.S. nor any state constitution or any state or federal law "shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."

    The revised proposal deletes the reference to state and federal laws.

    In response, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said that the revision "actually brings it closer to the president's principles."

    Stephanie Cutter, a spokeswoman for Kerry, said the Massachusetts senator is opposed to a constitutional amendment. "He believes the president is using it as a wedge issue to divide the nation when more important things are facing the American people."

    As a result of the change, Allard said, the revised proposal would allow state legislatures to decide whether to recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships. Legislatures also could decide whether same-sex relationships would qualify for benefits associated with marriage, he said. Other officials added that the measure would continue to bar state or federal courts from issuing rulings that declare those rights to be inherent in either the U.S. Constitution or state constitutions.

    Winnie Stachelberg, political director of the Human Rights Campaign, said Vermont's civil union law stemmed from a state law passed in relation to a state court ruling. "It's not quite clear what their change attempts to address and what it's actual impact would be," she said.

    Source => http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/03/22/congress.gay.marriage.ap/index.html


     
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    Gays, ACLU sue New York over marriage law
    NEW YORK -- Thirteen same-sex couples sued the state of New York on Wednesday, seeking to have the state law that denies gay and lesbian couples the right to marry declared unconstitutional.

    "This case is about ending the discrimination that is currently written into the marriage laws of New York," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, at a news conference.

    Plaintiffs include state Assembly member Daniel O'Donnell and his partner of 23 years, John Banta. The NYCLU, the American Civil Liberties Union and a private law firm are representing the plaintiffs.

    The lawsuit charges that state health regulations defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman violates the state Constitution's equal protection, privacy and due process provisions.

    The health department and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer have said that the state prohibits clerks from issuing licenses to same sex couples, but Spitzer has said state laws may be open to a constitutional challenge.

    Many of the couples at the news conference said they had hoped to be married by New Paltz Mayor Jason West, who now faces misdemeanor charges for officiating at 25 gay weddings.

    O'Donnell's sister, comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was married at a ceremony in San Francisco in February to her partner, Kelli Carpenter. But O'Donnell said he was born and raised in New York, and "I want to get married here in Manhattan at the Plaza."
     

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