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Puerto Rico Amends Law on Same-Sex Marriage After U.S. Ruling

Thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual Puerto Ricans will soon be able to tie the knot, as the government extended the rights granted to same-sex couples in Friday's monumental U.S. Supreme Court ruling to the island.

MORE: Supreme Court Rules States Must Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Alejandro García …


Some Ky. clerks defy same-sex ruling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Defying the Supreme Court and Gov. Steve Beshear's orders, clerks in at least five Kentucky counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples to avoid having to grant them to gay and lesbian partners.

But their defiance could bring on the next legal battle over …


Alabama Chief Justice’s Comments Cause Confusion For Marriage Equality In The State

Some probate judges in Alabama had started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the wake of this past week’s U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling. [Update: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore backtracked later Monday on comments to that the state court’s order meant no …


Arkansas County Clerk Resigns So She Doesn't Have To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A county clerk in Arkansas intends to resign from her position because she doesn't believe in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday that she intends to step down June 30, according to ArkansasOnline, because she has a moral objection to same-sex …


Texas AG says clerks can cite religious objections on gay marriage, most states complying with ruling

The top law enforcement official in Texas said county clerks can cite religious objections in denying marriage licenses for gay couples -- though the Lone Star State and others have for the most part started complying with Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

Despite initial …


Wedding Vendors Gear Up For A $ame-$ex Wedding Boom

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's ruling that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional represents the culmination of a decades-long political campaign, a historic benchmark in civil rights and a massive upending of social mores.

It also is a lucrative business opportunity.

The wedding …


Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling

Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it.

“Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only …

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Bobby Jindal says Louisiana will comply with Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday he will still support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, but for now state agencies will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling to recognize same-sex marriage.

The Republican presidential candidate said on Fox News’ …


Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals A Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, leader of the opposition on the US Supreme Court to the legalization of same-sex marriage, revealed a bizarre sense of political geography in his bitter dissent …


Roy Moore: Gay marriage ruling will lead to persecution of Christians

Updated 6/29/15 1:55 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court just made it easier for Christians to be persecuted, the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court said Sunday.

Speaking before the Kimberly Church of God congregation, Chief Justice Roy Moore told congregants that the justices in the highest court …

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Next Round After Gay Marriage Ruling: ‘Decades and Decades’ of Religious Freedom Litigation

The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage may be settled law, but how to reconcile it with religious freedom could mean “decades and decades” of litigation, a religious freedom law expert said, reflecting some of the concerns raised in the dissent that called a clash “all but inevitable.”

The high …


Brad Thor Observes Something Peculiar About Obama Admin’s Reaction to Gay Marriage Ruling

Author Brad Thor jumped on Twitter Sunday and shared something decidedly strange about the Obama administration’s reaction to the landmark Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, making it legal all across America:

The only major event the #Obama administration wasn't caught off guard by and didn't …


What the Movement for Marriage Equality Can Teach Gun Sense Advocates

The day after the SCOTUS announced Obergefell vs. Hodges, which legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Shannon Watts was to speak at the national PTA convention in Charlotte, NC. And if you don't think these two events aren't connected in a way that tells us a lot about the future of guns and …


The World Shows Its Gay Pride: Pictures


South Korea and Philippines celebrate gay pride

South Korea and the Philippine’s gay communities advocate for equal rights by marching through the streets of Seoul and holding a mass gay wedding in Manila.

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4 LGBT Issues to Focus on Now That We Have Marriage Equality

Same-sex marriage is a huge victory, but LGBT Americans still face high rates of violence, discrimination and poverty

Two months after hearing oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of marriage equality Friday morning, enshrining into law the "fundamental …

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Graham: GOP Should Take Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment Out of Platform

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" that if the Republican party doesn't change its official position on same-sex marriage it will "hurt" the GOP in 2016. In 2012, the Republican platform read, "We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional …


Republicans pivot from gay marriage to religious liberty fight

The Supreme Court's decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage everywhere offered the GOP a way out of a debate that national polls show has turned into a loser for their candidates. But some Republican presidential contenders are ready for another cultural and civil rights battle — this time …


Some States Are Still Trying To Resist Gay Marriage

County clerks in Texas will be able to turn away gay couples seeking marriage licenses, the state's attorney general Ken Paxton (R) announced on Sunday.

Clerks can refuse based on religious objections, Paxton told the Austin American-Statesman, and because the clerks will probably be sued, "numerous …


Texas Attorney General Says Officials “May” Be Able To Decline To Marry Same-Sex Couples

Current religious liberty protections could provide protections for local officials whose religious beliefs dictate opposition to the right of same-sex couples to marry, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says.

WASHINGTON — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Sunday that local officials …

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Texas AG: State workers can deny marriage licenses to gay couples

Updated 6/29/15 8:19 AM EDT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday stated that county clerks, judges and justices of peace can deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons, arguing that the Supreme Court did not abolish religious liberty.

Ken Paxton, in his nonbinding legal …


Uncomplicating Same-Sex Marriage Law

With its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court uncomplicated same-sex marriage law. The Court's clear-cut rule that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry replaces the previous piecemeal approach generated by over a decade of new federal court decisions and state …


Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential …

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The Supreme Court made the right call on marriage equality — but they did it the wrong way

Gay marriage is the law of the land, and that can only be a good thing. But Kennedy's decision has some big issues

The Supreme Court’s ruling Friday that the Constitution protects same-sex marriage was great news. The party pooper was the remarkably weak reasoning by which the Court got there. …


The 6 most hysterical right-wing responses to SCOTUS’ same-sex marriage ruling

Bill Kristol believes we're on our way to polygamy, while Bobby Jindal shows GOP is the party of stupid after all

1. Mike Huckabee had a very difficult week.

Sensing the tide of history and the Supreme Court going against him, Mike Huckabee called on conservative Christians to engage in a massive …

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The media’s positive treatment of gays, rooted in a shameful past

The media have eagerly embraced the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage, with coverage ranging from upbeat to celebratory.

During some MSNBC and CNN programs on Friday, I saw either no guest who was opposed to the SCOTUS ruling or perhaps just a token. Balance went out the window at …


Rick Santorum: The next president must stop gay marriage “for the survival of our country”

He told Tucker Carlson that he would remind people what marriage is really about -- the children

On “Fox & Friends” Sunday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum rampaged against Friday’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, saying that when he becomes president, he’ll have his …


CNN host mocks Donald Trump: What’s “traditional” about having been married three times?

Trump explained his divorces, saying "business was just so powerful to me -- I don't know if that's a good thing"

On CNN’s “State of the Nation” Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told Jake Tapper that there’s nothing inconsistent about his support for “traditional marriage,” …

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Ted Cruz insists “religious liberty” is different from bigotry — but refuses to say how

"Bigotry is wrong," he said, before telling NBC he'd dismantle the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage decision

Monday on NBC’s “Today,” Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz stood by his remarks that last Thursday and Friday represented “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s …

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