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04/19/2007


Pro-Gay Republican Super PAC Reports $2.75 Million Take in First Quarter

Paul Singer's American Unity Super PAC, which was launched in June 2012 by billionaire Paul Singer, raised $2.75 million over the past three months, most donated by Singer himself:

SingerThe three-month haul for American Unity PAC is by far the biggest so far for the super PAC, which was around for the 2012 election but had relatively little funding. The committee raised about the same amount in all of 2012 and pulled in just $260,000 in 2013.

The super PAC was boosted early this year by $1.75 million in donations from GOP donor Paul Singer, who has been among the most vocal and well-funded proponents of gay marriage in the GOP. Another $1 million came from billionaire Massachusetts investor Seth Klarman.

Only one other person contributed more than $25 to the super PAC.

Singer, who was also a major supporter of Mitt Romney, has a married gay son.


Judge Stays Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling, Except for the Couples Who Sued

Judge Timothy Black has stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, except in the case of the four couples who sued. He says Ohio must recognize their marriages immediately, the AP reports.

T_blackBlack said the stay does not apply to the four couples who filed the February lawsuit that led to the court case and ordered Ohio to immediately list both spouses in each relationship as parents on their children's birth certificates.

In explaining the stay, Black said that although he doesn't think the state's appeal will succeed, there is still a chance the 6th Circuit could overturn his decision.

"The court recognizes that recognition of same-sex marriages is a hotly contested issue in the contemporary legal landscape, and, if (the) appeal is ultimately successful, the absence of a stay ... is likely to lead to confusion, potential inequity and high costs," Black said. "Premature celebration and confusion do not serve anyone's best interests."

The case will be appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Malta's Palace Square Explodes with Joy After Passage of Gay Civil Unions Law: VIDEO

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Heavily Catholic Malta passed an historic bill on Monday night legalizing gay civil unions.

The Times of Malta reports:

There was an explosion of cheers in Palace Square as the vote was taken - 37 in favour and 30 abstentions. The façade of the palace was lit in the rainbow colours.

The opposition abstained from voting because of hesitation about gay adoptions:

The controversial law on civil unions was approved by Parliament this evening amid loud cheers and celebrations by about 1,000 people who gathered on Palace Square. The Opposition abstained. The bill puts gay partnerships on a par with marriage. Opposition leader Simon Busuttil said before the final vote that although the Opposition agreed with civil unions, it had reservations regarding child adoptions by gay couples and felt this issue deserved more study.

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Michigan To Recognize 300 Gay Marriages

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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan, asserting that the state is "obligated to extend the protections that flow from marriage" to the approximately 300 same-sex couples who were married there last month. The unions took place immediately after a federal judge struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage. The suit was filed on behalf of eight of the same-sex couples who were married during the brief window county clerks issued licenses. 

-04b455fc83cee3afFrom the ALCU's press release

The lawsuit argues that once same-sex couples are legally married in Michigan, they gain protections that cannot be taken away retroactively. Furthermore, the U.S. Constitution compels state officials to recognize those protections regardless of the ultimate outcome of the appeal of Judge Friedman’s ruling.

The lawsuit is separate from the original federal case challenging Michigan’s marriage ban, which is on appeal before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. That case was brought by private attorneys on behalf of an Oakland County lesbian couple – April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse – who have been together for more than a decade and are raising three adopted children. The ACLU of Michigan filed a friend-of-the-court brief in that case.

Read the full legal complaint here.

The US government has announced it will recognize those marriages.

Watch moving testimony from Clint McCormack, one of the couples included in the lawsuit, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ohio AG Mike DeWine Approves Gay Marriage Ballot Initiative Language

Mike dewineThe language for a proposed ballot initiative aimed at overturning Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has been approved by the state’s Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-pictured).

The AP reports:

The amendment language approved by DeWine Monday would also keep clergy from being forced to perform a same-sex marriage. The language goes next to the state ballot board for review.

The group FreedomOhio is seeking to repeal and replace Ohio's 2004 prohibition on gay marriage.

DeWine's decision is not related to a federal judge's decision Monday ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.

Gay rights groups in the state are hoping to put the gay marriage question back in the hands of voters as early as this November.

A poll in February indicated that support for marriage equality in Ohio has hit the 50% mark.  


UK Couple Ties the Knot in First Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony Held in a Church

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UK couple Jan Tipper and Barb Burden’s weekend wedding at the Metropolitan Community Church in Bournemouth, England is believed to be the country’s first gay wedding held inside a church.

The London Evening Standard reports:

Mcc bournemouthMs Burden and Ms Tipper, who have been attending the church for 15 years, said they were shocked they were the first gay couple to wed in a church.

Ms Burden said: “Unfortunately it shows the lack of effective ministry by most churches to gay people in so many ways.

Ms Tipper said: “To get married in our church was very significant to us. Even though we’ve been together for almost 19 years it didn’t feel right for us to have just a blessing or even a Civil Partnership.

“We’ve hoped for years for the opportunity to legally marry and once it became possible we knew it was time for us to tie the knot and to do it before God in our church with our friends and family.”

Reverend Dwayne Morgan, who officiated the ceremony, said: “ We are extremely pleased that the government didn’t just listen to those churches that wanted to completely block same-sex couples from the right to have their marriage consecrated in their place of worship, but heard the voices of the minority of people of faith who believe that God doesn’t discriminate.

The Church of England continues to oppose the blessing of same-sex wedding ceremonies within its churches. 


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