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Jon Stewart Takes Down the 'Anti-gay Cray Cray' Arguments Against Marriage Equality at SCOTUS: VIDEO

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Last night's The Daily Show opened with host Jon Stewart dissecting the anti-equality arguments at Tuesday's Supreme Court marriage cases. Stewart wasn't persuaded in the slightest, saying:

Tuesday's session was mainly a forum for gay marriage opponents to air their best and final arguments which we look at in tonight's segment You Got Nothin'. So called because opponents of gay marriage "got nothin'"

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Scott Walker Repeats Calls for a Federal Marriage Amendment: VIDEO

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Wisconsin Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker repeated his calls for a federal marriage amendment preserving state bans on gay marriage in an interview with the conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Right Wing Watch reports.

Walker said that if SCOTUS does rule for marriage equality “the only other viable option out there is to support a constitutional amendment, again, believing, I believe in not just in marriage being defined as one man and one woman, but I also believe in states’ rights. I think that’s an issue that appropriately belongs in the states.”

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8th Circuit Defers Arguments on Marriage Cases from SD, AR, MO, and NE Pending SCOTUS Decision

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals says it is deferring arguments on four same-sex marriage cases until SCOTUS rules, KDLT reports:

NewvilleThe court announced Wednesday that it's holding off on "any further consideration" of the cases from South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Arguments were scheduled to begin on May 12 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Employment and Civil Rights Attorney Joshua Newville, who is representing clients from South Dakota is pissed that the court held off this decision for so long.

Wrote Newville in a press release:

We have just been informed that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is canceling the marriage equality arguments scheduled for May 12 in light of yesterday's arguments at the Supreme Court. Given that the 8th Circuit knew all along that the Supreme Court arguments were scheduled for yesterday, we're not certain why the Court has proceeded in the manner that it has. Many of my clients, as well as their family, friends, and supporters, spent money on hotels, flights, etc. I also put many hours into preparing for the argument after the Court denied multiple motions to stay the proceedings pending the Supreme Court arguments.

Newville adds:

This process has been a painful one for my clients, and the Court's action today adds to the roller-coaster they've been forced to endure. Despite a South Dakota district court victory nearly five months ago, families across the state still suffer daily harm and humiliation as they are denied basic equal rights and dignity. Despite winning their case and showing that they were deprived a basic fundamental right, they've had that victory put on hold -- the courts effectively telling them that their rights take a back seat to a very lengthy and convoluted appeals process.

When the Supreme Court denied Alabama's request to stay the district court judgment pending appeal, it did so after it granted review to the 6th Circuit cases heard yesterday. In doing so, the Supreme Court made clear that same-sex couples and their children should not have to wait another day to be treated with basic dignity and respect. Thus, while I am optimistic about the outcome of yesterday's arguments at the Supreme Court, I am beyond troubled by the fact that loving and committed couples in South Dakota and North Dakota are denied equality while similarly situated couples in states like Florida and Alabama have marriage equality pending appeals in those states.

Similarly, my clients in North Dakota had their case fully briefed and presented to the district court there in early September 2014. For over four months, that court did nothing with the case. Then, in January, the Supreme Court granted review in the 6th Circuit cases and the district court in North Dakota put the case on hold.


Irish Bigot Won't Name the Gay 'Sex Act' In Marriage Equality Debate: LISTEN

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During a debate last Sunday on Ireland’s upcoming same-sex marriage referendum, a ‘Yes’ campaigner was continually badgered by his opponent about how two men actually have sex, reports The Journal.

Declan Meehan of Yes Equality Donegal was discussing the referendum on Ocean FM with Isaac Burke of Mandate for Marriage who throughout the interview fixated on the “sexual aspect” of marriage equality.

MFMMandate for Marriage believes that the scourge of same-sex marriage will lead to "other forms of ‘marriage’ being affirmed such as polygamy, endogamy and child marriage."

“The common denominator for the LGBT community is their sexual activity and we have to get back to the facts of that being true,” said Burke.

“Declan is talking there about love and commitment and equality and all these lovely buzz words. There’s no talk about the sexual aspect of this and, I’m sorry to be insulting, but it is there and when you enter into a marriage contract the sexual aspect is an intrinsic aspect of that.

“The fact remains that the sexual conduct between two men and two women ought not to be given the same legal status as that between a man and a woman.”

When Meehan and host Niall Delaney suggested that Burke was attempting to debase the argument, Burke replied that gay people are using their god-given “heterosexual bodies...in a way that it’s not designed for,” thereby causing themselves great suffering.

At this point, Burke possibly finally the real reasons behind the ‘No’ campaign’s opposition to gay marriage - sex between two men is icky:

“All of the secondary school students across the country are fully aware of what one man and one woman do when they enter into a sexual act...but what we’re not really so clear on is what two men do. Maybe Declan you could enlighten us on that, on what two men do when they enter into a sexual act?”

When pushed to stick to the issues at hand, Burke insisted that Meehan explain in precise detail the gay “sexual act.”

Somehow managing to retain a sense of calm, Meehan suggested that Burke “take a long hard look at himself.”

Burke and fellow ‘No’ campaigners have so far remained silent on the important issue of how lesbians have sex.

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Earlier this month, Pastor Craig Ledbetter of the Bible Baptist Church in Cork has compared homosexuality with rape and adultery.

A poll in March found that 74 percent of the electorate intend to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Texas Marriage Plaintiffs Make Wedding Plans, But GOP State Lawmakers Have Other Ideas

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Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss are so confident the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality in June that they've already made their wedding plans. 

Phariss and Holmes, one of two couples challenging Texas' bans on same-sex marriage in federal court, were in Washington on Tuesday for oral arguments. 

The Houston Chronicle reports: 

"We put our money where our mouth is," Phariss told the Chronicle on Monday. "We have booked a site for a wedding. We have put down a deposit. We have hired a videographer. We have hired a photographer. We have the 'save the day cards' printed -- all for a November wedding near Frisco." ... 

Phariss and Holmes arrived in Washington early on Saturday. Phariss said his favorite part of the trip so far was a dinner hosted Monday night by gay rights group Freedom to Marry, to which hundreds of other gay marriage plaintiffs and their advocates from 30 states attended.

"We all have such similar stories. We've all been there in the trenches. We've all fought for marriage equality," said Phariss. "We all feel like we're all in the same boat and I mean - we feel like a little fraternity."

The Dallas Morning News reports Holmes and Phariss almost didn't get in to the courthouse on Tuesday, after someone cut in front of them in line:

Holmes was No. 49 in the line, Phariss No. 50. And yet, when the courthouse doors opened Tuesday morning, somehow they’d been pushed back one spot, leaving Phariss outside. Once inside, other members of the group figured out there had been one line-cutter and shamed her into giving up her seat to Phariss.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers in Texas are also trying to spoil things for Holmes and Phariss. And unlike the line-cutter, they don't appear to have any shame.

Bell.CecilLast week, a Texas House committee advanced a bill by GOP Rep. Cecil Bell (right), which would prohibit state or local funds from being used to license or recognize same-sex marriages. LGBT advocates say the bill is blatantly unconstitutional, but BuzzFeed News warns that even after a high court ruling, such legislation could be "litigated almost interminably, possibly leaving certain rights for same-sex couples in limbo":

In this context, it’s impossible to ignore the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which found abortion was a constitutional right, but a right that must be balanced with each state’s interest in regulating those abortions. Particularly in Texas, the legislature has pushed the regulatory envelope on Roe v. Wade and the laws that have followed have led to new lawsuits — with several rulings saying the state was too restrictive while several even more restrictive measures were left in place.

“We know from cases like Roe v. Wade that the power of the purse hasn’t been challenged,” said Rep. Bell, adding that the bill he is pushing will “set up an additional legal challenge.”

Dan Quinn, a spokesman for the pro-LGBT Texas Freedom Network, compared GOP Texas lawmakers' resistance to marriage equality to their fight against desegregation: 

“Ultimately the result will be almost endless litigation that will be very expensive to taxpayers and plaintiffs, and ultimately Texas will lose, just like when it tried to block desegregation,” Quinn said. “The question is: How much pain and heartburn are the state lawmakers willing to put the state through to get there?”

Both Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton issued statements Tuesday to mark oral arguments at the Supreme Court. But even Paxton, who's fought bitterly to deny rights to same-sex couples, appeared to acknowledged that the high court will have the final say: 

"At stake in this case is whether the people of the State of Texas—and people in the states across the nation—can make their own laws defining marriage," he said. 

 


Texas GOP Congressman Ties Baltimore Riots to Gay Marriage: LISTEN

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Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) appeared on hate group leader Tony Perkins' Washington Watch radio show yesterday and linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, Right Wing Watch reports:

Let’s talk about poverty, for instance. The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty. Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the issues that are raised there. Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in a way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that.

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