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Cape Coral, FL Mayor is First in SW Florida to Support Marriage Equality: VIDEO

Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki

Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki is the first mayor in Southwest Florida to publicly announce her support for same-sex marriage, reports ABC-7 News.

Marni sawicki twitterSawicki has also added her name to a list of more than 500 mayors around the United States who support marriage equality.  Yesterday, we featured a video by Tallahassee Mayor John Marks in which he explains his reasons for supporting same-sex marriage.

Announcing her decision, Sawicki said she added her name to the Mayors for the Freedom To Marry campaign because “it's about human rights and freedom of choice. I believe it's the right thing to do."

However, although Sawicki has received support, some Cape Coral residents are less than happy with her decision.  One resident Dennis Adana told ABC-7 News that “as a Christian I am appalled that she would come out and publicly be okay with that.”

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Macedonia To Ban Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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Macedonia’s government is to consider proposed constitutional amendments that would effectively ban same-sex marriage, reports The Big Story.

The country’s politicians agreed on July 16th to begin the amendment process proposed by the conservative government.

A spokesman for the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party said the amendment aimed to protect "traditional, family and religious values of marriage."

The proposed amendments would define marriage as a heteosexual union, set limits on Macedonia’s national debt and limit the country’s annual budget deficit to 3%.

Although President Gjorge Ivanov has said that discrimination against gay people in Macedonia is a myth, the country’s Pride parade was cancelled last year following an increase in the number of homophobic attacks.

Watch a 2012 Macedonian television interview in which minister for labor and social policy Mr. Spiro Ristovski explains why his party is opposed to same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Tallahassee Mayor John Marks Speaks Out for Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is a nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to share in the love and commitment of marriage.

500 mayors from more than 40 states and Washington, D.C., have so far signed the Mayors for the Freedom To Marry statement.

Founded in 2012, The six chairs of the group are Kevin Faulconer (San Diego), Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Michael Nutter (Philadelphia), Annise Parker (Houston), Kasim Reed (Atlanta) and Greg Stanton (Phoenix).

In a video supporting marriage equality, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks says “this is the right thing to do. Individuals have rights and freedoms, and we need to allow everybody to have those same rights and those same freedoms."

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More Than 7 Out of 10 Now Support Marriage Equality in Australia: VIDEO

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A survey conducted on behalf of Australia’s Liberal Party shows that support for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote in the coalition government is at an all-time high, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, found that 72% of Australians want same-sex marriage legalised, while 77% think coalition MPs should be granted a conscience vote.

Marriage equality advocates are expected to now start canvassing MPs to support same-sex marriage.

The poll results come after a recent interview in which Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe confirmed that he is gay and Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm’s call to allow MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage.   

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Wingnut Mat Staver Says Gay Marriage Is A Direct Attack On Who God Is: VIDEO

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Wingnut Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver said last weekend that the U.S. is on the verge of total destruction because of its acceptance of same-sex marriage and abortion, reports Right Wing Watch.

Last month, Mat Staver appeared before a congressional committee on threats to religious freedom to explain his justifications for discriminating against gay people.

Speaking at “Celebrate America” in Washington, D.C., Staver compared the U.S. to Pompeii and said that by accepting homosexuality and same-sex marriage, America is “moving into a direct attack on who God is.”

Staver went on to say:

"When you destroy human sexuality and when you destroy human life created in the image of God and you destroy God's creation of marriage as man and woman, husband and wife, male and female, when you destroy that, you destroy your understanding of who God is. That's where we are moving right now in America.”

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Clerk Files Petition with Supreme Court to Halt Same-Sex Marriages In Pennsylvania

Theresa Santai-Gaffney, the Schuylkill County clerk, has petitioned the Supreme Court to put a stop to same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania, reports SCOTUS Blog.

Theresa Santai-GaffneyIn May, U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones struck down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage. Last month, Jones refused to allow the clerk to intervene so that she could appeal his decision.  On Thursday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals barred Santai-Gaffney from the case and dismissed her appeal.

Santai-Gaffney's Supreme Court application is based on the argument that the court’s January order putting on hold temporarily a federal judge’s decision striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in Utah "signaled to all lower federal courts" that they must act "to preserve the enforcement of man-woman marriage laws" until the Court rules on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage.

Santai-Gaffney’s petition can only continue if Justice Samuel A. Alito or a Supreme Court majority allows her to intervene . Alito can also seek a response from challengers of the Pennsylvania ban before acting on the clerk’s application.

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