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Tenth Circuit Puts Colorado Marriage Equality Case On Hold Until SCOTUS Decision

ColoradoFlagThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday that they would put the Colorado marriage equality case on hold until the Supreme Court decides on the issue. The seventh circuit did much the same with Wisconsin's case yesterday, placing a stay on their decision. SCOTUS will meet on September 29th to consider hearing various cases.

Joe My God reports on the language of the decision:

This appeal is abated pending further order of this court. The deadline for the appellant’s opening brief will be established when the abatement of this appeal is lifted. The parties shall notify this court within 10 days of a decision on the petitions for writ of certiorari pending before the Supreme Court of the United States in Kitchen v. Herbert, Supreme Court No. 14-124, and Bishop v. Smith, Supreme Court No. 14-136. It is further ordered that the parties shall file status reports 30 days from the date of this order if no decision on the pending writs has been issued by that time.

14-1283 #207452 - Order Holding Case via Equality Case Files


Colorado Transgender Teen Crowned Homecoming Princess

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On Friday, a transgender teen at Sand Creek High School in Colorado was crowned homecoming princess, making her the first transgender person at the school and, according to KRDO, also the state, to receive the honor.

Scarlett Lenh, who began to identify as transgender earlier this school year, told KCNC-TV

"It’s just about being yourself. That’s what I want to do, inspire people. I want everyone to know no matter what body you’re in or what mind set you have, being you is the best feeling in the world. No matter what."

But, according to The Gazette, not everyone is happy about Lenh's win.

"It's craziness," said Jana Neathery, whose granddaughter attends Sand Creek.

"Originally, it was a joke that he was going to be nominated for homecoming princess, but he got a lot of nominations," she said, referring to Scarlett, "and now there are a lot of upset girls because a spot was taken from them.

"I'm very sympathetic that he's transgender, but he should be on the boys' side, not the girls'."

The school is located in Colorado Springs, which is not only home to Focus on the Family but also the National Association of Evangelicals.

Some of the school's students agree with Neathery:  

"I think it's wrong because he's actually a guy, he's not a girl, and he hasn't been doing this his entire life - he's only been recently doing it," said Jarrod Clarke, a junior at Sand Creek.

"We know him pretty well," another Sand Creek student who asked not to be identified said of Scarlett. "He's only cross-dressing, putting on girls' clothes."

While some people are upset by Lenh's win, most of the students have been highly supportive and, as KRDO reports, "only cheers could be heard from the stands" once her name was announced on Friday. Representatives from the district the school sits in have released a statement which also backs her.

"The leaders at Sand Creek High School and in District 49 respect the decision of the Scorpion student body in electing their homecoming court." The statement went on to say, "Our board policy sets the standard that we do not exclude any person from participating in any program or activity on the basis of gender identity and gender expression."

Watch a news segmenet which shows Lenh being escorted on the school's football field by two of her best friends just after she received the title of homecoming princess, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Tenth Circuit Extends Stay in Ruling Striking Down Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban

Yesterday afternoon, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals extended a stay on a federal judge's ruling from last month that found Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.  

Equality on Trial reports:

Colorado[U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore]  had issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the ban in July. The court then halted proceedings in the case, pending issuance of the mandate in Kitchen v. Herbert, the challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban in the Tenth Circuit. A request to halt the injunction was denied, but a temporary stay, until August 25, was granted so that the state could ask the appeals court for a stay pending appeal.

Without this new stay, marriages could have begun in Colorado on August 25.

The Utah case is in the Supreme Court, and the Justices are likely to have their first opportunity to grant review during their conference on October 10. The mandate in the Kitchen case wouldn’t issue until the Supreme Court denies review or rules on the merits.


Pat Robertson: Gays Want 'Open Sex with Anybody'

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Wingnut leader of the Christian Broadcasting Network Pat Robertson yesterday claimed that the gay community is preparing to drive Christians out of business and turn the U.S. into a “perverse” place that is ripe for “destruction,” reports Right Wing Watch.

Responding to a report on Colorado baker Jack Phillips’ ongoing fight to be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples, Robertson said:

“What our civil rights commissions and others are saying is, ‘We want to endanger our society and set it up for the judgment of God and if you Christians don’t like it then get out.”

Comparing demands for LGBTI equality with the biblical story Sodom and Gomorrah, he continued:

“What the gays are saying is, ‘we’re going to drive you out of town, either you conform to us or you must leave.’ That’s the message that’s being put out, it’s the same message that there was in Sodom and Gomorrah: You’re either going to have sex with angels or have open sex with anybody or else you leave, or you go out of business. That’s America, you don’t want that, do you?”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Christian Broadcasting Network Profiles Anti-Gay Colorado Baker Jack Phillips - VIDEO

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The Christian Broadcasting Network yesterday profiled Jack Phillips, a Denver baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.

According to the broadcaster, “Jack’s Christian faith landed him in trouble with the law. His crime? Adhering to his biblical belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Phillips, who says that making the cake would violate the Christian principles by which he runs his business, claimed, “I did not discriminate against [the same-sex couple], just that event I chose not to participate in.”

Earlier this month, Phillips appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) requiring him to prepare wedding cakes for same-sex couples.

In May, the CCRC rejected his appeal of an earlier ruling that he “unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake” in 2012.

Watch the Christian Broadcasting Network report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colorado Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages in Boulder Following Appeal from Attorney General

SuthersColorado’s Supreme Court has ordered Boulder County to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples while an appeal from Attorney General John Suthers [pictured] is heard.

The Denver Post reports:

In saying it would take the case, the state Supreme Court ordered Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall — the last clerk in Colorado still issuing licenses to gay couples — to stop.

A spokeswoman for Hall said the office is reviewing the court's order and would have a statement soon. Hall has previously said she would obey an order from the state Supreme Court.

Suthers, a Republican, claimed that county clerks were causing “irreparable harm” to the state by continuing to issue licenses to gay couples. 


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