Federal judge strikes down Utah same-sex marriage ban

Yesterday a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, noting that the ban violated due process and equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due [...]

Illinois lawmakers approve marriage equality

ILLINOIS! SPRINGFIELD — The General Assembly today narrowly approved a gay marriage bill, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions.

The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the bare minimum needed to send the measure back to the Senate, which quickly signed off. Democratic [...]

Minnesota becomes 12th state to approve same sex marriage

Minnesota! Gay couples will be permitted to wed in Minnesota starting in August, making it the 12th state to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to take such a step outside of a court ruling.

The State Senate, controlled by Democrats, voted 37 to 30 on Monday to allow same-sex marriages, after [...]

New Zealand MP’s hilarious speech on same sex marriage (VIDEO)

This has been making the rounds on Facebook, and it’s worth sharing.

Watch as New Zealand Minister of Parliament Maurice Williamson sums up his views on a gay marriage bill in absolutely hilarious fashion.

Willie Nelson shares his thoughts on same-sex marriage

Country star Willie Nelson sums it up best. “I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from.”

When I think about the debate over same-sex marriage, I’m reminded of this line from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, [...]

Forward and Backward

Barack Obama went forward yesterday. The world was rocked. Internet Rock Star George Takei, who seemingly hasn’t a serious bone in his body, got serious. Twitterers tweeted like twittering machines. Republican Andrew Sullivan has a great take on the momentous announcement by President Obama’s that he supports gay marriage. Heck, Andrew Sullivan thinks this will [...]

Marriage Equality, President Obama, and Freedom of Religion

“…I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” President Obama

I had started down this path earlier this week in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s comments from Sunday May 6th edition of Meet [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Obama Endorses Marriage Equality

WOOT!

OBAMA: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen [...]

Gay Marriage Passes and is Vetoed by T-Rex Governor Christie (VIDEO)

Watch as Joe Baur of Mildly Relevant News shares his thoughts on tough talk by Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in regards to that state’s same-sex marriage laws.

Gallup: majority now favors recognition of same-sex marriage

From Gallup (emphasis mine): For the first time in Gallup’s tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans’ views did not change.

Here’s [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14”

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