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Steve King wants to save the Constitution from gay marriage — by ignoring the Constitution

Iowa Republican seeks to prevent judges from doing their constitutional duty -- ruling on conflicts between states

Iowa Representative Steve King (R) wants to prevent judges from ever changing the Constitution, and to do so is proposing a bill to effectively remove Article III from the Constitution, …

Constitutional Law

Same-Sex Marriage Heads To The Supreme Court With Record Public Support

With the Supreme Court taking up same-sex marriage next week, support for protection of marriage equality is as high as it's ever been with 61 percent of Americans in favor, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll.

The survey also finds specific support for same-sex marriage rights across the …


Ted Cruz: I still oppose gay marriage

Ted Cruz was forced to reiterate his stance against same-sex marriage in a Thursday night statement after a news report of comments he made at a fundraising event on Monday in New York City cast some doubt.

Cruz, who hopes to court evangelical voters to support his presidential bid, stood by what he …

Ted Cruz

Governor Bobby Jindal says he's still firmly against gay marriage

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-Louisiana), is holding firm against gay marriage. In an op-ed published in the New York Times Thursday morning, he vowed to uphold the legacy of states like Indiana and Arkansas that passed "religious freedom" laws largely perceived to target LGBT groups for …

Bobby Jindal

Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

NEW YORK (AP) — For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape.

Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and South Carolina, …


In Brief to Justices, Former Military Officials Support Same-Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON — The most influential friend-of-the-court brief in living memory was filed by a group of retired military officers in a 2003 affirmative action case.

When the case was argued, the justices echoed the brief’s argument that military preparedness would be threatened if service academies …


Scott Walker splits the bigoted baby: Skip the gay wedding ceremony, go directly to the reception!

Wisconsin's governor has a decidedly ridiculous formula for handling gay weddings

The people who run the Republican party must be thrilled, in April 2015, to see gay marriage dominating the national conversation. It must excite them to no end to see their presidential candidates jockeying for …


Support for same-sex marriage is rising in all 50 states, UCLA study shows

The report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law shows that permitting same-sex couples to marry leads to more social acceptance of …


Indiana's RFRA May Help End Bigotry

The latest news out of Indiana shows Governor Mike Pence's popularity taking a big hit, with a recent poll conducted by Bellwether Research putting Pence's approval rating at 45 percent, down from 62 percent in February. The decline has been linked to the state's implementation of the controversial …


Popping the question: Which GOP candidates would go to a gay wedding?

When it comes to attending a gay wedding, not all presidential aspirants say “I do.”

It sounded at first like a simple, if unusual, question to ask a potential leader of the free world: Would you go to a same-sex wedding?

But it is fast becoming a kind of conservative litmus test for potential GOP …


Hugh Hewitt puts Cruz, Santorum on spot on same-sex marriage

Updated 4/16/15 10:52 PM EDT

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked a “gotcha” question to two Republican 2016 hopefuls on Thursday: whether they would attend a same-sex wedding.

Rick Santorum said he would not attend such a ceremony. Ted Cruz dodged the question entirely.

“That would be something …

Hugh Hewitt

Marco Rubio’s gay rights hypocrisy: Sure, I’d attend a gay wedding!

The GOP candidate thinks it makes him sound like a swell guy, but he’s just showing a kinder, gentler bigotry

Sen. Marco Rubio is probably still smarting over Jake Tapper’s smackdown on Tuesday, in which the CNN anchor told the Republican who purports to be the candidate of the future that his …

Marco Rubio

Hillary Clinton: Supreme Court Should Rule In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Hillary Clinton wants the Supreme Court to rule in favor of same-sex marriage, her campaign revealed on Wednesday.

“Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,” a Hillary for America …


Clinton has new position on same-sex marriage

As recently as a year ago, Hillary Clinton was sparring with a public radio host about her position on same-sex marriage, defending her past reticence to discuss the issue and falling well short of full-throated support. Now, in a markedly new position, Clinton is offering just that, calling gay …

Hillary Clinton

Senate GOP plays it safe on gay rights vote

Senate Republicans, it seems, want nothing to do with Mike Pence on gay rights.

In a surprise procedural vote Wednesday night, the GOP-controlled Senate backed a pitch to give gay married couples equal access to certain entitlements and constitutional protections — suggesting Republicans want to …


Hillary Clinton's views evolve on gay marriage, just in time for presidential campaign

Hillary Clinton’s views evolved on same-sex marriage within the first 72 hours of her presidential run, as her campaign said on Wednesday that the former secretary of state now backs marriage equality as a US constitutional right.

The about-face, dropped as Clinton was preparing the second of two …

Gay Rights

Chile to recognize same-sex civil unions

Civil unions between people of the same sex will soon be recognized in Chile.

The country joined several of its South American neighbors in allowing the unions when President Michelle Bachelet enacted a new law on Monday.

"This is a concrete step in the drive to end the difference between homosexual …

Civil Unions

Same-sex couple who were denied Guam marriage license file lawsuit

A lesbian couple on Guam has filed a legal challenge to the territory’s marriage laws after they were barred from submitting a license to wed.

Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero filed their lawsuit on Monday in US district court. The women, both 28, say they have been together nine years and …


Gay Couple Featured In Hillary Clinton Campaign Video Invites Candidate To Their Wedding

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't just receive praise and criticism after the launch of her presidential campaign on Sunday -- she also got a wedding invitation.

Jared Milrad and Nate Johnson, a gay couple featured in a video marking the start of her campaign, invited Clinton to their …


Gay Marriage Is the Best Traditionalists Could've Hoped For

The most potent threat to marriage was always that secular society might abandon it. Now many are persuaded that it is a timeless human right.

Christian traditionalists are filled with pessimism as they watch the rapid spread of same-sex marriage. The most thoughtful harbor no animus toward gays and …


Gay rights rally goes to Indianapolis NCAA Final Four site

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and lesbians to the state's civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters cheers of …

Gay Rights

Fundraiser ends for pizzeria that won't cater gay weddings, raises $842K

The fundraiser for owners of an Indiana pizzeria that became the target of widespread animosity after they said they wouldn't cater a same-sex wedding reception has come to an end after collecting more than $842,000.

A GoFundMe page started by a producer from conservative news network the Blaze, …


Benioff calls Indiana law backlash 'defining moment’ for U.S.

The San Francisco CEO who kicked off a- national drive by top executives to protest Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law as discriminatory said Thursday that the political response represented a “defining moment” for the country on a key political issue.

“This was a great week in moving …

San Francisco Bay Area

Indiana RFRA Fuss Shows Where the Real Mainstream Now Runs

The light-speed legislative “fix” for Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a gobsmacking, humiliating defeat for the religious far right, and a stunning, couldn’t-be-predicted demonstration of where the mainstream now lies on LGBT rights.

More than defeat, it was political jiu jitsu: all …


Gay Rights, Religious Freedom and the Moral Arc

My friends Jürgen and Heiko, whom I met through my German wife Jennifer, wed in Germany.

In many European countries same-sex marriage is non-controversial. How long will it take for America to catch up to Europe's respect for human rights? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is bending …

LGBT Rights

Carly Fiorina bashes Tim Cook for weighing in on 'religious freedom' debate

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina thinks Apple boss Tim Cook is a big hypocrite.

Fiorina, a potential Republican presidential candidate, told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that Cook should be speaking out against oppressive regimes worldwide instead of Indiana's new "religious freedom" …

Tim Cook

Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘Furious’ About Indiana Law

The former California governor says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is bad for the GOP

Arnold Schwarzenegger says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked outrage from critics concerned it could lead to discrimination against LGBT people in Indiana, is a “distracting, divisive law” …

Arnold Schwarzenegger

The right’s ridiculous new terror: How Mike Huckabee and others are fighting “homofascism”

As the controversy in Indiana continues, right-wing politicians and media figures think freedom itself is at stake

Earlier today, I spent a good chunk of time combing through the right-wing media. I was hoping to get a handle on how the conservative movement was responding to the nationwide backlash …


Miley Cyrus vs. Tom Cotton: Star tells fans to “stir some sh*t up” over senator’s anti-LGBT comments

Does this mean the star has taken a more substantial political stance than Kanye West ever has? (Yes)

Miley Cyrus did an important thing today. The former Disney Channel star, a longtime LGBT ally and advocate of same-sex marriage, started by doing something we already know her to do well: she stuck …

Miley Cyrus