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Are Cam and Mitch Getting a Divorce on 'Modern Family'? - VIDEO

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and the rest of the Modern Family cast took part in a PaleyFest panel in Los Angeles on Saturday to dish on the behind-the-scenes of the hit ABC show, now in its sixth season. 

During a discussion on the impact of Cam and Mitch's wedding last year, actress Julie Bowen, who plays Claire Dunphy, jokingly let slip a potential storyline for the next season involving television's leading gay married couple:

ClaireWe have a very exciting opening to season 7. Cam and Mitch want to get a divorce and they find that gay divorce is not legal and have to spend the entire season fighting for the rights of gays to divorce. It's an emotional ending... 

Hear the whole scoop and find out which wacky singer has been "cast" as the divorce lawyer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Top Catholics And Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce

Divorce is something that is roundly condemned in the Bible, and depending on the level of conservativeness of one's place of worship, cohabitation - that is, lovers living together without being married; though sometimes even just opposite-sex individuals sharing an apartment counts, even if the two have no romantic connection - is just as taboo. So why is it that that gay marriage has church leaders worked into a froth that exceeds the other two by leaps and bounds? 

Because gay marriage is worse, of course.

6a00d8341c730253ef01761769e740970c-800wiThat's right, even though Jesus himself has literally nothing to say about same-sex marriage but explicitly says divorce is a no-no, nearly 50 high-level Catholic and evangelical leaders (including pastor Rick Warren and former NOM Head Maggie Gallagher) signed off on a 5000-word manifesto to be released in the March edition of conservative journal First Things that says,

[W]hat the state defines as marriage no longer embodies God’s purposes in creation. An easy acceptance of divorce damages marriage; widespread cohabitation devalues marriage. But so-called same-sex marriage is a graver threat, because what is now given the name of marriage in law is a parody of marriage.

Of course, no anti-gay screed is complete without mention of the good men and women who have lost their livelihoods for standing up for what is right:

[Some people] are already being censured and others have lost their jobs because of their public commitment to marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Of course, no one has lost their jobs because of their public commitment to heterosexual marriage; they have lost their jobs for refusing to abide by the laws of the land, which in most places now mandate recognition of civil gay marriages, which is a very different thing. But what does the truth matter? It's not like the bible has any mandate against lying, right? At least, not a mandate that's any more explicit and important than the nearly 20 passages about divorce?

Other than that one.


Kentucky Judge Grants State's First Same Sex Divorce

Screenshot 2015-01-13 17.44.36Though Kentucky has yet to legalize same-sex marriage, or even deign to recognize gay unions performed out-of-state, a Jefferson County Family Court judge struck a blow for marriage equality by granting the first legal same-sex divorce in the state. Judge Joseph O'Reilly divorced Alysha Romero and Rebecca Sue Romero, a lesbian couple who were first married in Massachusetts in 2009, citing Kentucky law that requires judges to “liberally” construe the legal proceedings surrounding divorce so as to encourage “amicable settlements” between people looking to split.

"The Constitution of Kentucky prohibits the exercise of absolute and arbitrary power over [its peoples’] lives,” O'Reilly said. "Even if that exercise is approved of by the largest majority."

Aysha Romero’s lawyer, Louis Waterman, argued that despite Kentucky’s refusal to acknowledge out-of-state gay marriages, a decision to not grant the Romeros a divorce would be tantamount to the state recognizing them as being married.

O’Reilly first made his ruling in late December of last year, but held off making it public until the new year, after his retirement. O’Reilly is not seeking re-election, and because the window for appeals has since passed his ruling has become precedent in Jefferson county, though it can’t be used in other Kentucky cases.

"I am just thrilled with Judge O'Reilly's courage,” said Waterman. “I think he had a lot of chutzpah to do what he did."

 


Say No to Gay Divorce: VIDEO

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A new political action committee has a message for married gay people thinking about ruining the sanctity of 'traditional' divorce: stay out of it.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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DOMA and Why Certain States Must Recognize Your Divorce But Not Your Same-Sex Marriage

By ARI EZRA WALDMAN

The "What's Next" series takes an in depth look at marriage and gay rights, in general, after the Supreme Court's momentous rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. Today's column looks at the legal implications of marriage and divorce.

Divorce-imageMarriage freedom came to Minnesota and Rhode Island last week. So too did the freedom to divorce in Colorado. Years ago, Colorado chose to enshrine marriage discrimination in its constitution and yet, its civil unions law includes provisions for the equitable division of marital property upon divorce.

This gives us the perfect opportunity to understand the legal difference between getting married and getting divorced in the context of the Supreme Court's recent decision in Windsor v. United States.

Windsor struck down only one part of DOMA: Section 3 had stated that the federal government would only recognize those marriages between one man and one woman. The case did not touch, so the Court had no reason to address, Section 2 of DOMA, which holds that states need not recognize the marriages performed in other states if those marriages conflicted with the state's public policy. Notably, this wasn't anything new. DOMA Section 2 is merely a restatement of current law; the fact that the 1996 Congress felt the need to restate it just for the sake of restating it when it came to gay marriages is a testament to the anti-gay animus that motivated that debate.

So here's the question: If DOMA Section 2 permits states to ignore out-of-state marriages between same-sex partners, how can a state recognize you as divorced if it never recognize you were married in the first place?

The short answer: Divorces are court orders, which have to be recognized across state boundaries. Marriages are not. That means that the Constitution's full faith and credit clause applies to divoces, not to marriages. So, the Constitution gives us a national right to divorce, but not a national right to marry. 

I explain AFTER THE JUMP...

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Kermit The Frog Sings A Marriage Equality Parody Of The Muppets' 'Rainbow Connection' - VIDEO

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A funny parody video about marriage equality, divorce, North Korea, and the Pope, all sung to the tune of the classic Muppets song "Rainbow Connection."

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