The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a request from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to halt gay marriages in Oregon, The Oregonian reports:
The action comes in the wake of the May 19 decision by U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane in Eugene to strike down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Voters in 2004 passed an amendment to the state constitution, Measure 36, defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Supporters of same-sex marriage applauded Wednesday's decision.
"We're thrilled by the news but not surprised at all," said Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. "There was never any merit to their proposal and they've been denied now at every turn."
Frazzini read the court's decision and called it "decisive."
NOM can now either appeal its case to the full 9th Circuit (a three judge panel issued today's decision) or the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court previously denied a request from NOM to get involved in the case back in June. Should NOM appeal to the Supreme Court, the justices would have another chance to intervene.
Read the 9th Circuit's ruling for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...
CBS has introduced the world to the cast members of its latest season of Survivor — Survivor: San Juan del Sur – Blood vs. Water — and this year’s cast, like the last season of Blood vs. Water, features a gay couple, Joshua Canfield (32) and Reed Kelly (31). Both are singer/dancers who hail from Broadway, having worked on shows such as Spider Man and Wicked. Both Josh and Reed also happen to be Christians.
Watch a video introducing the couple contestants, AFTER THE JUMP…
Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has booked out the main room of the country’s parliament house so that the anti-gay Australian Families Association (AFA), an organization closely linked to the World Congress of Families (WCF), can hold a conference on “strengthening the family” that “[commemorates] the tenth anniversary of the redefining of marriage as ‘between a man and a woman’ in the 2004 amendment of the Marriage Act,” according to The Guardian:
In past years the organisation has held public events at parliament house. This year’s affair is a private event with all MPs invited to attend. The committee room must be booked by a sitting member. Andrews booked the room for the organisation, but is not attending, a spokeswoman told Guardian Australia.
The AFA conference on Wednesday will hear from a number of speakers on “relationship literacy for youth, strengthening marriages, family-based taxation and the economics of the family”.
The organisation will call for the government to “renew a culture of strong and lasting marriages by educating young people about the benefits of marriage and getting government taxation and support structures right,” the AFA’s national president Terri Kelleher said in a statement
The affiliated WCF has been struggling to find a venue for its annual conference in Australia having been turned down by four venues in Melbourne.
Michael Sam, the first out gay player to be drafted into the NFL, made it past a critical cut in the St. Louis Rams’ roster yesterday, keeping alive hopes that he will make the team’s final lineup. AFP reports:
The Rams trimmed four players from the active roster to reach the NFL-required limit of 75 players by Tuesday, but another 22 players must be dropped by Saturday afternoon to create the final 53-man roster for the regular-season openers.
The Rams play their final pre-season game Thursday at Miami and will open the regular season at home against Minnesota on September 7.
Sam, a rookie from the nearby University of Missouri, is among eight defensive ends competing for up to six expected spots at the position. He ranks third on the right side depth chart but injuries could see the Rams keep more players than usual at the position as a precaution.
Though Sam has had a strong pre-season showing, notably sacking Johnny Manziel on Sunday, Sam’s biggest hurdle to landing a spot on the roster could be another rookie on the St. Louis bench this year, Ethan Westbrooks, who, according to Business Insider and Sports Illustrated, “is playing out of his mind” and “is the apparent frontrunner to take the final roster spot for a defensive lineman.”
The Rams' will announce the final team roster this Saturday.
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Though Fresno's Police Chief Jerry Dyer was originally going to just write a check to support ALS, he instead decided to get in on the ice bucket sensation and donate. And rather than just take the challenge in full uniform (like a certain superhero we know), the chief decided to take it off to feel the full brunt of the challenge.
Limerick police station to become first in Ireland to fly rainbow flag in support of gay pride: "It’s basically a symbol by them to show that the guards are there for us if we need them to support any incidents of homophobic crime. They are basically just reaching out and it’s a huge step forward for the guards in Ireland as well that this symbol is going to be put out there."
It's now legal for California pet owners to dine with their pets outdoors anytime an outdoor patio is provided.
Madonna revamping website in preparation for new album launch?
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Chelsea Handler said goodbye to her late night show and brought a gaggle of celebrities do give her a musical send-off.
Even Homer Simpson has taken the ice bucket challenge now.
And so has a two-year old.
Bingham Cup, named for gay 9/11 hero Mark Bingham of United 93, kicks off Sunday in Sydney, Australia.
Zara made some kids' PJs that were way too Boy In The Striped Pajamas.
John Stewart obliterates Fox News for their coverage of the Michael Brown shooting.
'Sleep drunkenness' is a real thing: "In confusional arousal, sleepers wake up in a disoriented state and perhaps behave strangely in the process. They may not even remember what happens during the episodes. The condition often occurs when someone wakes up during non-REM sleep, and can be triggered by a "forced awakening," the study authors wrote. It can potentially cause violent behavior during sleep or right as the person wakes up."
New Mockingjay Part 1 posters look at 'The Rebel Warriors.'
Meet the next Bachelor, Chris Soules, which if you watched this season's Bachelorette might not be a surprise.
A Full House revival could be in the works.
Adam Lambert looks good in leather.
Jessica Chastain calls out Hollywood for not making a Scarlett Johansson superhero movie: "'Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this?' Jessica told The Wrap. 'This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. Lucy, didn’t it beat Hercules by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she’s a great actress. Under the Skin is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson? To me, it’s a no-brainer,' Jes added. 'You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!'"