After a judge gave the go ahead to the Boulder County Clerk to continue to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples yesterday, it seems to be spreading.
Denver has now thrown open the doors to same sex couples.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Denver’s clerk and recorder says she will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state’s ban on gay marriage. Debra Johnson announced her decision shortly after a judge ruled that her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder can continue to grant gay marriage licenses.
The Stamford Advocate notes that Pueblo County is now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples too:
An hour after the ruling, Denver’s clerk said she would join her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder in providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pueblo County’s clerk said he will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday morning.
9 News offers this status report of some of Colorado’s other counties:
Arapahoe County: Officials will not issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Douglas County: The County Clerk and Recorder is in the process of “seeking an interpretation” of the ruling from the County Attorney and others, and will later make a decision about the next step.
Larimer County: The County Clerk is in contact with her legal counsel, but says the county is not making a move at this point.
Broomfield County: Taking the issue under legal advisement before making a decision.
Towleroad.com has their own list of counties definitely not issuing licenses at this point:
At least four counties — El Paso, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Weld counties — said they had no plans to follow suit.
As Edge Boston reports, the marriages may be on shaky ground:
[Judge] Hartman found the marriage licenses weren’t hurting anyone and were an acceptable form of civil disobedience. However, he required all couples to be warned their marriage might have no legal value if a court later upholds the state’s ban. His decision left clerks around the state trying to figure out what to do next. Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said clerks had to balance the risks of issuing licenses that might become invalid with violating people’s rights by declining to do so. “It’s sort of a rock and a hard place,” she said.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will appeal. Pink News reports:
Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers has also vowed to appeal to higher courts the ruling allowing Hall to continue issuing the marriage licences, as well as a separate ruling on Wednesday which struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage.
This is all starting to feel a lot like New Mexico – will the state Supreme Court step in soon to clear it all up?
Map via US census. Note: green = giving out licenses now; yellow = considering; red = decided not to
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Destroying Human Sexuality Destroys Who God Is
In a veritable word salad, Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver said the following. “When you destroy human sexuality and when you destroy human life created in the image of God and you destroy God’s creation of marriage as man and woman, husband and wife, male and female, when you destroy that, you destroy your understanding of who God is. That’s where we are moving right now in America.” It’s unclear just how we are destroying human sexuality, and it’s never been clear how letting Adam and Steve marry destroys marriage. But hey, logic? Not their strong point.
Sodomy is Killing the Economy
So says Republican businessman Bob Frey, running for a seat in the Minnesota House: It’s not about the gay agenda, but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle. When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It’s about sodomy. It’s huge amounts of money. AIDS is a long term illness, causing pain, suffering, death. A long-term illness that’s very expensive to treat.” There are so many things wrong with this – where to begin? How about the fact that being gay is not an agenda? Or the fact that an enzyme in sperm does not cause AIDS? Or the fact that sperm fertilizing an egg can also lead to big costs to society? Or the fact that men have anal sex with women too? This man’s ignorance is breathtaking.
Acceptance of Gay Sex Makes Incest OK
Usually, the anti-gay folks are using the slippery slope argument to say that marriage equality will lead to all sorts of other things, like incest. But here’s a twist – a judge who is suggesting that a man who raped his own sister might be in the clear because gay sex. “If this was the 50s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.” Of course, count to five and the religious right will be all over this as “proof” of their slippery slope hypothesis.
Michael Sam Needs Ex-Gay Therapy
Peter LaBarbera and Americans For Truth About Homosexuality wrote an open letter to Michael Sam, urging him to get conversion therapy. “Believe it or not, no one is born “gay”; molestation, emotional deprivation, parental or peer rejection, or other traumatic factors can foster same-sex attraction–but many men and women have managed it, diminished it, or eliminated it altogether… Many accomplished this through Reparative Therapy and counseling, despite the relentless, unwarranted condemnation of and campaign against both by self-serving “gay” activists. What we hope for from you, Michael, is that you don’t make your feelings, well-publicized as they have been, your claim to fame. Your achievements on the football field will earn you a legacy you can be proud of; your “coming out” as one celebrating homosexuality as normative can earn you only regret, as well as notoriety among millions of us.” Someone needs to write an open letter to LaBarbera urging him to denounce his anti gay bigotry. That, at least, is something you’re not born with.
Ban All the Gay Kissing
Gianluca Buonanno, an Italian Mayor who loves Vladamir Putin, wants to fine gay kissers 500 Euros. “Gay kisses in public? No thanks,” he said. “From today in my mayor and MEP offices there will be a photo of Putin. I don’t like that two people of the same-sex exchange public displays of affection. It’s a matter of respect. And I am convinced that it is morally harmful to children.” You know what’s morally harmful to children? Setting such a hateful example.
Same Sex Orgasms Are So Good, They Turn Straight Men Gay
Peter LaBarbera is in our pages a second time, for this statement: “I think homosexuality is one sense offers to men, if I can say this on your program, it offers the cheap orgasm. It’s a lot harder to be a man, a real man and have a family, court a woman, marry a woman, have children, raise a family.” We feel obligated to point out that men can also have a “cheap orgasm” with a woman. And we wonder how, exactly, LaBarbera knows these “cheap orgasms” with men are so addictive? He does watch an awful lot of gay porn (all in the name of condemning it, you understand).
Colorado Ruling Is Deja Vu All Over Again
Tony Perkins is with us agaion today, with another boilerplate denunciation of a marriage equality ruling, this time in Colorado. “Most people have seen the movie Groundhog Day — and now, thanks to the courts, they’re living it. Every morning, Americans seem to be waking up to the same headlines on marriage: judge strikes down marriage amendment in [fill in the state]… For conservatives, it’s déjà activism in a news cycle that continues to be dominated by a misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision last summer.” Funny how every single court in the nation so far has “misunderstood” the Windsor decision in exactly the same fashion. And could we suggest that it’s Perkins’ reactions to these rulings that are beginning to have the stench of Groundhog Day? You can almost picture the template on his computer that he uses to issue each new statement. “Shame on Judge xxx in xxx for striking down the [choose one: will of the people / votes of xxx people] xxx years after they voted to defend [choose one: natural marriage / traditional marriage]. It’s the destruction of [choose one: democracy / the family / society / marriage / the United States].”
Look Out, it’s the PC Gestapo!
North Down DUP councillor Alan Graham thinks a baker in Northern Ireland was targeted by the PC Gestapo. “Homosexuals seem to seek offence, a bit like the anti-freedom, anti-parade lobby who go out of their way to be offended. I suppose it is all guns blazing with the politically correct Gestapo.” Yes, you should not be offended when someone tells you that you are a second class citizen. Just buck it up and move along. Plus, extra points to Graham for going right for the Nazi reference. What’s that old saying – once you invoke the Nazis, you’ve lost the argument?
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A Boulder County clerk who has been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of Colorado’s gay-marriage ban can continue, a judge ruled Thursday. Boulder County Judge Andrew Hartman decided county clerk Hillary Hall can ignore a federal stay on a ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver that states cannot set gender requirements for marriage. The judge said gay marriage is still technically illegal in Colorado but that Hall’s behavior was not harming anyone. But he said all who receive a license should be warned that they could still be invalid if a judge finds after trial that Hall didn’t have the authority to issue them.
Many had expected the marriage equality ruling in Colorado that was immediately stayed to stop Hall from issuing more licenses. Will this ratchet up pressure on the State Supreme Court to expedite the appeal of yesterday’s ruling?
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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!
Argentina: LGBT activists are planning a kiss-in during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin. full story
Dominica: The Prime Minister of Dominica says his country will never accept marriage equality. full story
France: A group of pro marriage equality activists are on trial for a topless protest for gay marriage last year. full story
Jersey: After the marriage equality bill was delayed a year, LGBT activists will hold their first rally on the island Saturday. full story
USA: Angry that their own Regnerus Study was thoroughly discredited, anti-gay forces are trying to poke holes in a new Australian study that shows kids fare better with same sex parents. full story
USA: A number of Christian publishers are coming out with books in support of marriage equality. full story
USA: Singer Demi Lovato has joined HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign. full story
USA: HRC backed away from ENDA’s broad religious exemptions in an essay by Chad Griffin yesterday. full story
USA, Florida: The Fort Lauderdale Convention Bureau just endorsed marriage equality and the repeal of the state’s ban. full story
USA, Illinois: More than 5,000 same sex couples have married in the state. full story
USA, Indiana: Governor Mike Pence has ordered state agencies not to recognize the marriages of same sex couples that took place in the state after the ban was struck down. full story
USA, Ohio: A lesbian couple was denied family passes to a public pool because of a city ordinance that says “a family pass must be issued to a mother and father”. full story
USA, Ohio: GOP Senator Rob Portman says his support for marriage equality would be a plus in a run for President. full story
USA, Washington: A gay Iraq War veteran was kicked out of a cab in Tacoma for kissing his boyfriend. full story
USA, Wisconsin: A federal judge denied a request to fast track a marriage equality case there. full story
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Voters in Louisiana remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage but opposition continues to decline, according to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling. The poll released Tuesday finds that 55 percent of respondents said they opposed legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent said they would support it. Last August, the same polling firm reported 63 percent of Louisiana respondents opposed same-sex marriage, a 12-point shift in favor of same-sex marriage over the past 11 months.
Of course, we also have an April showing only 47% opposition in the state, but that one always seemed like a bit of an outlier to me.
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The Denver Post reports:
The normally static courtroom erupted with applause and rumbled with scoffs as attorneys argued whether the Boulder County Clerk’s office is breaking the law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Spectators inside the packed courtroom Wednesday — including couples who received their marriage license from the Boulder office — struggled to contain their emotions as the Colorado Attorney General’s Office asked the judge to temporarily order Boulder Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
No word yet on whether the judge will force Hall to stop issuing the licenses. The Colorado judge who struck down the ban also stayed the ruling, but Hall has been operating under her understanding of the tenth circuit Utah decision. Do what happens now?
Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Schuykill County, Pennsylvania Clerk who has been waging a one-woman crusade against the state’s legalization of gay marriage, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court this week to intervene, halt the state’s gay marriages and defend the state’s ban in an appeal since the governor has refused… Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., denied without comment a Pennsylvania county clerk’s plea to stop such marriages in that state. That appears to remove the last potential legal barrier to Pennsylvania becoming the nineteenth state in which same-sex marriages are permitted.
Marriage equality is here to stay in Pennsylvania. Now Ms. Santai-Gaffney can either get in line or get out of the way.
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So Ohio Senator Rob Portman is considering a run for president, and he claims his support for gay marriage would be a plus in a general election, allowing Republicans to make an economic case to key demographics that are culturally resistant to the GOP. “You can’t become a national party unless you do a better job reaching those between 18 and 30,” Portman says.
This raises the possibility of a scenario that Republicans who agree with Portman — and believe the party must evolve on gay marriage to stay in step with the country’s cultural and demographic shifts — might want to start worrying about right about now.
It’s not hard to imagine that Senator Ted Cruz might make precisely the opposite case from Portman, making the case that the party must reaffirm its support for “traditional marriage” key to his GOP presidential primary run. This could come after the Supreme Court has declared a Constitutional right to gay marriage — which Cruz would then be vociferously calling on Republicans to help roll back.
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Utah is going directly to the nation’s highest court to challenge an appellate ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry, the state attorney general’s office announced Wednesday. If the U.S. Supreme court decides to take the case, it will be the first time the top court considers gay marriage since justices last year struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. “It is a milestone that when the Supreme Court reconvenes in October, there will be at least one (gay marriage) petition pending,” said Jon Davidson, director of Lambda Legal, which pursues litigation on LGBT issues nationwide.
My understanding is that if the Supremes decline to take the case, marriage equality would pretty much immediately become the law of the land in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. What do you think the odds are that the Court takes the case?
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Just got this in from the Denver Post – the state’s gay marriage ban is tossed, but the ruling is stayed:
The Adams County District Court judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban declared the ban unconstitutional on Wednesday but stayed his ruling. The ruling makes Colorado the latest in a string of states that have seen their bans on same-sex marriages tossed out by state and federal judges. Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree issued his ruling Wednesday afternoon, but he issued an immediate stay. “The Court holds that the Marriage Bans violate plaintiffs’ due process and equal protection guarantees under the Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution,” Crabtree said in his ruling. “The existence of civil unions is further evidence of discrimination against same-sex couples and does not ameliorate the discriminatory effect of the Marriage Bans.”
Another ban falls. How will this affect the Boulder County clerk and her licenses?