same sex marriage

Gay activists fuming over Greg Abbott’s marriage claim

by Chuck Lindell

In their effort to preserve Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, state lawyers have repeatedly argued that the restriction doesn’t single out homosexuals for different treatment.

Like every other Texan, the argument goes, gays and lesbians are free to marry — as long as their betrothed is a member of the opposite sex — and therefore the ban on same-sex marriage doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

It is a line of reasoning, articulated most recently in Monday’s brief to a federal appeals court, that nettles gay-rights activists.

“That is insulting. It’s a word game; it’s not an argument,” said Neel Lane, a lawyer for two same-sex couples who have challenged the state ban in court.

“My clients are not free to marry the person they love and the person they choose to spend their lives with,” he said. “Freedom which doesn’t secure you the rights that other people have is not freedom. I can’t imagine that anyone would be persuaded by that.”

For state Attorney General Greg Abbott — who is the Republican candidate for governor — and his staff, the argument has been expressed two ways:

Marriage has historically meant the union of one man and one woman, Abbott said in a December legal brief.

Despite recent attempts to redefine the concept, “the right to marry has never included the right to same-sex marriage,” the brief said. “The right that does exist — to marry a person of the opposite sex — is equally available to all people.”

Texas marriage laws don’t target gay citizens, Abbott said in a brief filed Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“All persons in Texas — regardless of their sexual orientation — are ineligible to marry a same-sex spouse. A law that applies equally to everyone does not discriminate or deny ’equal protection’ simply because some group of people wants to violate it,” the brief said.

During a February hearing before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio, Mike Murphy, an assistant solicitor general in Abbott’s office, argued that “Texas’ marriage law does not violate plaintiffs’ fundamental right to marry.”

Fundamental rights, Murphy said, must be deeply rooted in American history and tradition, while same-sex marriage — first approved by Massachusetts in 2004 — “is a more recent innovation than Facebook.”

After following Murphy to the podium, Lane told the judge that he took exception to the claim that Texas doesn’t violate his clients’ right to marry.

“Saying someone is free to marry in this context is of course a little perverse,” Lane said. “It’s like holding someone’s head under water and saying, ‘You’re free to breathe, you’re just not free to breathe air.’ Denying a person the right to marry the person they love is tantamount to denying them the right to marry.”

Abbott’s office declined to discuss the argument, saying the agency’s legal briefs articulate all the reasons why the Texas ban is constitutional.

In his February order voiding the state’s ban on allowing and recognizing same-sex marriages, Garcia didn’t directly address the state’s argument that all Texans are treated equally.

He did, however, reject the underlying claim that same-sex couples don’t have a fundamental right to marry.

“This court finds that Texas cannot define marriage in a way that denies its citizens the ’freedom of personal choice’ in deciding whom to marry, nor may it deny the ’same status and dignity’ to each citizen’s decision,” Garcia wrote, pulling quotes from last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated most of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

“By denying (gay couples) the fundamental right to marry, Texas denies their relationship the same status and dignity afforded to citizens who are permitted to marry. It also denies them the legal, social and financial benefits of marriage that opposite-sex couples enjoy,” he said.

Texas’ appeal of that ruling is in the early stages at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court, which has authority over Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The issue will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, legal experts believe.

http://www.news-journal.com/news/state/gay-activists-fuming-over-greg-abbott-s-marriage-claim/article_b85f1193-0e18-51b2-9ffd-39cc14f46319.html

Homosexual Couple to Sue the Church of England for Refusal to Perform Gay Weddings

by Ms. Chandler

This homosexual couple allegedly plans to sue the Church of England, because the church officials refuse to marry them.  Barrie Barlow and Tony have been together for 7 years.  However, it’s very sad neither of them may not realize this is a spiritual matter, not a civil matter, if you will read the biblical commandments against same sex unions at the end of this post.

According to BlackChristianNews.com,  Mr Drewitt-Barlow said that while he welcomed the passing of legislation for same-sex marriage, provisions exempting churches from performing the weddings meant they still felt discriminated against.

In our opinion, this homosexual couple should go to God in prayer, because the Church of England has nothing to do with God’s expectancy for marriage to be just between one man and one woman.
In the meantime, we will keep the Church of England in our prayers that their church officials will remain strong in this time of spiritual rebellion against God’s Word.

Biblical Scriptures against Homosexuality 
    •  1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 
    • Leviticus 18:22 – “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” 
    • Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” 
    • Romans 1:26-27 – “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

Homosexual Couple to Sue the Church of England for Refusal to Perform Homosexual Weddings

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 44, said he and his partner Tony, 49, believe the “only way forward” for them may be to challenge the Church in court for denying them the right to marry.

The couple, who have been in a civil partnership for seven years and have five children through surrogacy…

http://sanctifiedchurchrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/08/homosexual-couple-to-sue-church-of.html

Those Who Oppose Homosexuality Should be ‘Ruthlessly’ Stamped Out

by Gary DeMar

It’s shocking how 1.6 percent of the population – I’m speaking of LGBTers – are controlling our culture. Years ago they told us over and over again that a person’s choice in sex partners shouldn’t matter.

Now it seems that’s all that matters. Michael Sam feels compelled to tell the world that he has sex with other men, and he and his fellow-LGBTers demand that we accept his choice in sex partners or else. While Sam said that “everyone is entitled to their own opinions,” that’s not the way it’s working out.

It’s gotten so bad that a person can’t express an opinion on the subject without being assaulted through numerous media channels.

Voting your conscience on same-sex marriage, as the CEO of Mozilla did when Proposition 8 was up for a vote in California and passed with a majority of votes, got him canned from the company he founded.

Keep in mind that where a man sticks his penis is not the same as being born with black skin. There are all types of sexual behaviors that are considered abnormal and criminal. Some people have positive opinions about them and most have negative opinions. Once immoral and irrational sexual behavior like same-sex sexuality has been “defined down,” other sexual taboos have fallen with it.

It’s already happening with pedophilia, polyandry, incest, and polygamy.

How many times have you heard LGBTers argue that love should not be forbidden? I don’t know anybody who wants to forbid or outlaw love. I love a lot of people. But the LBGT issue isn’t about love; it’s about legitimizing certain types of sexual behaviors, relationships, and transitions (transgenders).

Any contrary opinion can lead to dire legal complications. Laws are being used against people that Michael Sam says should be entitled to their opinions.

We’ve seen it with the baker who is being forced to acknowledge the legitimacy of same-sex marriages in a state where its Constitution does not recognize same-sex weddings. How is that right? Some made-up governing body in the state of Colorado is requiring him and his staff to undergo (im)moral and irrational retraining.

Then there’s Bob Eschliman, a veteran news editor, who was fired for criticizing a pro-homosexual bible titled the “Queen James Bible.”

The following is from George Orwell’s 1984. It describes those who have adopted the position that same-sex sexuality is rational and anybody who refuses to say so will be reprogrammed:

“You are a slow learner, Winston.”

“How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”

“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”

This brings me to the latest from the world of liberal toleration and freedom of thought. It’s something right out of 1984.

Josh Barro, writing in the New York Times, demonstrates that Orwell’s warming not only wasn’t heeded, but there are people who have adopted the tactics of Big Brother and view them as morally normative if the cause is their own. For them, 1984 is an instruction manual.

Barro tweeted the following as reported by Owen Strachan:

“Anti-LGBT attitudes are terrible for people in all sorts of communities. They linger and oppress, and we need to stamp them out, ruthlessly.”

Remind you of anything?

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.”  Continue reading here.

http://godfatherpolitics.com/16408/oppose-homosexuality-ruthlessly-stamped/

Texas blocked from intervening in gay divorce case

A San Antonio judge has blocked the state’s effort to halt a divorce and child custody case involving a same-sex couple.

The Texas Attorney General’s office argued Wednesday before State District Judge Barbara Nellermoe that it has an interest in defending Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages.

Nellermoe refused to allow the state to intervene in the case. She previously ruled Texas restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

The San Antonio Express-News reports state attorneys have said they’ll appeal the decision.

Nellermoe’s ruling comes in the case of Kristi Lesh and Allison Flood Lesh, who were married legally in Washington in 2010.

The women have a 15-month-old daughter and Nellermoe has set a custody hearing for later this month.

http://www.khou.com/news/politics/Texas-blocked-from-intervening-in-gay-divorce-case-259377441.html

U.S. Naval Academy Hosts First Same-Sex Wedding for Maryland Couple

NNAPOLIS, Md. — Beneath the magnificent cupola of the Navy’s most recognizable religious structure, two men — accompanied by their two children and about 100 guests — gathered here Saturday for the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel’s first-ever same-sex wedding.

For the Naval Academy, it was an historic milestone that David Bucher, a 49-year-old Academy graduate who works at the Pentagon, and partner Bruce Moats, 50, tied the knot.

Before the ceremony got underway, the couple’s wedding day jitters mingled with concerns they had about opposition to their nuptials.

Moats said that while he and Bucher are not advocates trying to make a political statement with their wedding, they do want to continue the efforts of those fighting for gay rights.

“We’re here to break barriers — and take advantage of the rights we have,” Moats said, beaming.

The wedding was not widely publicized, and it wasn’t surprising to Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield to see no Academy opposition to the ceremony.

“The Naval Academy is all about creating leaders for the future and embodying and promoting a culture of dignity and respect,” Schofield said. “And I think that it’s in line with those values, those tenets that we hold dear, that we have our first same-sex marriage here.”

He said the Academy was proud to hold the wedding — in line with Maryland law. Same-sex marriage went into effect in 2013.

As groundbreaking as the wedding was for the Academy, it stuck to tradition with formal prayers, a reading from Corinthians and the United States Navy Hymn.

But Academy Chaplain Lt. John Connolly, who officiated the ceremony, said the run-up to the memorable day wasn’t all smooth sailing.

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David Bucher, 49, and Bruce Moats, 50, of Maryland kiss at their wedding in Annapolis.

“Not everyone agrees that this should be happening and it took a significant amount of discernment on my own part as well as this couple’s as they were preparing for the day,” Connolly said.

But as he got to know Bucher and Moats, he understood how in love they were.

“The more I met with this couple, the happier I was to be presiding today,” he added.

The road for this gay couple has not been easy. Moats, a director of communications for the World Bank, grew up in rural West Virginia. He said he swam against a tide of poverty and prejudice.

While getting married at the Naval Academy’s chapel, he stood in awe of the venue.

“It’s intimidating to be in this grandiose setting,” he said, adding that his pre-wedding nerves were compounded by “knowing there are some who don’t approve.”  Continue reading here.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-naval-academy-hosts-first-same-sex-wedding-maryland-n102276

Mayor Parker celebrates wedding with downtown Houston reception

by Josh Cain

When Mayor Annise Parker wed her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, in a private ceremony in January, she did so in front of friends and family in Palm Springs, Calif.

On March 23, she finally was able to share the celebration with some of her Texas constituents in a party at The Corinthian in downtown Houston.

According to CultureMap, Parker and Hubbard invited almost 500 people to the ceremony, which included a champagne toast from their four children, a first dance and a cutting of the wedding cake.

CultureMap reported that the ceremony originally was planned to include about 200 attendees, but so many people RSVP’d that the couple opened the celebration up to whoever would come.

The ceremony was moved from the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash to the larger space at The Corinthian.

In their official January wedding, family friend Rev. Paul Froberg of San Francisco performed the ceremony.

In a statement, Parker said that the couple picked the January date because it was their 23rd anniversary.

“We have had to wait a very long time to formalize our commitment to each other,” Parker said in a statement.

“Kathy has been by my side for more than two decades, helping to raise a family, nurture my political career and all of the other ups and down and life events that come with a committed relationship.”

Continue reading here.

Same Sex ‘Marriage’ Dykes Flood Texas Libertarian Party – Christian First Amendment Rights Are Sacrificed

By John DeMayo

A few days ago it was widely reported Texas Judge Carl Ginsberg presided over two “marriage” ceremonies uniting two surgically altered homosexual men, now transgendered women, anatomically speaking, to their non-surgically altered lesbian partners. This event has revealed a growing chasm in the Texas Libertarian Party, and it appears freedom of speech will now be regulated by militant homosexuals, hi-jacking the liberty movement in the Lone Star State.

You are probably asking yourself, “How in the heck females—kind of sort of—could legally “marry” female partners in Texas, given the Texas Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman?” Well, under Texas law, the grooms (or brides if you prefer) are still considered males by birth, so they were permitted to lawfully “marry” their female partners in the State of Texas.

For many LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, and Queer) like Brandon De Hoyos (Sodomite Libertarian Candidate for Texas Lt. Governor), T.E. Finnegan ( Houston area homosexual rights advocate and devoted Gary Johnson campaign staffer) and the rabid homosexual rights group “Outright Libertarians,” these bizarre unions demand celebration as Texas’ first same sex “marriages.”

For Doc Greene Sr. a straight, white, Christian, husband, father, grandfather and Vice Chair of the Harris County Libertarian Party, these manufactured unions were reason to examine the dark realities associated with living a homosexual lifestyle.

Fueled in part by his admiration for the First Amendment and his Christian faith, Doc Greene Sr., host of the Internet radio program Raging Elephant Radio.com, posted a comment about these Texas nuptials which included the following statement:

I would be happier if it wasn’t so destructive to families. No one ever said, “I hope my children will be homosexuals when they grow up.” Then add in the fact that 85% of all homosexuals die by the age of 65. That is not very gay. #1 cause of death is suicide. Of course, a musician friend of mine died of complications from aids. A huge loss to the world as he was a major talent. Homosexuality is all about personal pleasure. It has no redeeming benefits. It destroys everything it touches. Certainly nothing to be proud about.

It seems Mr. Greene’s comments somehow violated Section 1.3 of the Libertarian Party platform adopted in 2012. Candidate for Texas Lt. Governor Brandon De Hoyos was inflamed. Continue reading here.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/03/sex-marriage-dykes-flood-texas-libertarian-party-christian-first-amendment-rights-sacrificed/