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Shocking 1975 Government Document States Marriage Cannot Exist ‘Between Two Faggots’: VIDEO

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A 1975 letter from a district director of the Justice Department’s Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) told a gay couple that their marriage could not be recognized because they “failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots," reports Buzzfeed.

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The letter was in response to Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan, one of the first same-sex couples in the U.S. to try to get their marriage recognized by the federal government. A clerk in Colorado married the couple and they tried to use the marriage so Australian native Sullivan could remain in the U.S.

Although the couple fought the INS decision, they were rejected by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court declined to hear their case. Sullivan’s challenge against deportation was rejected by the 9th Circuit in a decision by Judge Anthony Kennedy, now a Supreme Court justice.

Although Adams died in 2012, Sullivan has continued to keep their case and the issues behind it in the spotlight.

The government has since issued an apology written by León Rodriguez, director of INS successor the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which reads:

“This agency should never treat any individual with the disrespect shown toward you and Mr. ­Adams. You have my sincerest apology for the years of hurt caused by the deeply offensive and hateful language used in the November 24, 1975, decision and my deepest condolences on your loss.”

Watch a trailer for the documentary Limited Partnership which examines the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Guam Native And 'Millionaire Matchmaker' Star Pleads With Territory's Governor For Marriage Equality: VIDEO

David Cruz III

Gay The Millionaire Matchmaker cast member David Cruz III has written to Guam Governor Eddie Calvo urging him to follow the law and approve same-sex marriage for the island and also recorded a heartfelt video, reports Guampdm.com.

The open letter reads:

“My name is David Cruz and I am a current cast member of Bravo TV's ‘The Millionaire Matchmaker.’ I spend a good part of my life setting people up and helping people find love. “But, recently something has come my way that has broken my heart.

"Last week I was saddened to hear that the Governor of Guam, the island where I grew up, is denying gay men and women their legal right to marry - EVEN after being issued a legal memorandum to do so from the Attorney General of Guam.

“I was compelled to voice my opinion about this matter as I am not only a son of Guam having grown up on the island, but also as a gay man. I spend every moment of my life helping people find love and giving advice about relationships, so I cannot stand by and watch my own community of LGBT people be discriminated against.”

Watch Cruz’s video in support of same-sex marriage in Guam, AFTER THE JUMP

Yesterday we reported that Anthony Apuron, the Archbishop of Guam, described being gay as an “intrinsically moral evil” and insisted that the only way to deal with homosexuality is to think of it as a disorder to be treated.

 

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Anti-Gay Attorney Gene Schaerr Thinks Gay Marriage Will Lead To 900,000 Abortions: VIDEO

Gene Schaerr

As anti-gay activists continue to grasp at straws as the tide turns in favor of same-sex marriage, the Washington Post reports on a new last-ditch argument that marriage equality will lead to 900,000 abortions.

The claim was made by Gene Schaerr (above) who argued against gay marriage in Utah and Idaho.

In a post on the Heritage Foundation website last week, Schaerr acknowledged that although “abortion and same-sex marriage may seem unrelated...the two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01a511ec12db970c-150wiUsing the bizarre argument that same-sex couples marrying will somehow devalue “traditional marriage,” he explained that there will be fewer heterosexual couples marrying, leading to an increase in the number of unmarried women, who have abortions at higher rates that married women, resulting in “nearly 900,000 more children of the next generation would be aborted as a result of their mothers never marrying.”

Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson (right) backed up Schaerr’s claims, alleging that “every nation and every state that have redefined marriage have seen their marriage rates decline by at least 5 percent after that redefinition, even as the marriage rates in the rest of the states remain stable.”

However, the Washington Post points out that marriage rates have declined overall.

“The national marriage rate declined to 6.8 per 1,000 in 2012, from 8.0 in 2002, before Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. The Massachusetts rate dropped from 5.9 in 2002 to 5.5 in 2011, while Connecticut went from 5.7 to 5.5 and Vermont went from 8.6 to 8.3. But Texas and Utah, free of same-sex marriage, dropped from 8.4 to 7.1, and from 10.4 to 8.6, respectively.”

Schaerr also speculated that an unemployed man who got his girlfriend pregnant in a state providing for same-sex marriage would be more likely to conclude that he has no obligations to the mother and child.

Watch Schaerr take part in a panel discussion on "religious freedom," AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Pastor Says Gay Relationships Are Never 'Consensual,' Compares Homosexuality to Rape: VIDEO

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With just over four weeks to go until Ireland’s marriage equality referendum, the "no" campaigners are taking a leaf from American anti-gay activists like Scott Lively in their attempts to sway voters.

Following a failed attempt last week by a small number of religious leaders to add a “conscience clause” to the referendum, Pastor Craig Ledbetter of the Bible Baptist Church in Cork has compared homosexuality with rape and adultery.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Ledbetter argued that a same-sex sexual relationship can never be consensual:

“Homosexuality is wrong, just like rape and just like adultery.

“We are dealing with one party believing he is right in what he is doing, so it is not really consensual. Two people can consent to adultery or consent to rob a bank, but that doesn’t make either of those things right.

“If they want a sexual relationship they can get the blessing of the State but that should not amount to re- defining marriage which is exclusively the preserve of a man and a woman.”

Recognizing that his bizarre opinions could convince many people to vote in favor of the referendum, he also complained that there has been no serious discussion on same-sex marriage in the Irish media apart from “a few fake TV debates.”

Ledbetter has since claimed that he was misquoted.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d104076b970c-200wiLast week, Christian activists including Iona Institute mouthpiece Breda O’Brien (right) attacked former Irish President Mary McAleese for comments in support of same-sex marriage. Yesterday, O’Brien said that gay people and unmarried heterosexuals should abstain from sex in order to live a Christian life. A petition to revoke the Iona Institute’s charitable status is less than 2,000 signatures short of the required 15,000.

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

Watch the Iona Institute's The Case For Man/Woman Marriage video and a parody detailing "the right kind of discrimination," AFTER THE JUMP...

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David Barton Explains to Glenn Beck Why Government Has A Moral Duty To Ban Homosexuality - VIDEO

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You know you’re dealing with someone unhinged when Glenn Beck comes across as the moderate one.

Speaking on Beck’s television show last week, wingnut David Barton weighed in on the supposed “rights” of Christians to discriminate against gay people, reports Right Wing Watch.

BeckBarton argued that the government is overstepping its jurisdiction by requiring Christians to violate their god-given rights, which he bizarrely illustrated by comparing those rights to someone repainting some else's car because they didn't like the original color.

However, when Beck commented that "the government can't say 'you can't be a homosexual' because ... that's how you practice your life,” Barton went on to suggest that homosexuality could be banned because the government has a moral duty to protect its citizens:

"The government's always gotten involved. You can't marry your brother and sister, you can't marry your first cousin. So there's always been things that protect the moral climate of the society ... You've always had standards on behavior.”

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Back in 2013, Barton said that right-thinking Christians shouldn't drink Starbucks coffee because the company is "pouring all this money into destroying traditional marriage."

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Irish Government Says No to Religious Groups' Call For 'Conscience Clause' In Marriage Referendum: VIDEO

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A collection of Irish religious groups has sent a petition to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald seeking a “conscience clause” that would allow for a right to discriminate if next month’s marriage equality referendum passes, reports the Independent.

The petition has been signed by 246 people. Ireland's Taoiseach Enda Kenny has already ruled out any potential "conscious clause" being inserted in the referendum. 

Citing recent controversies where businesses have been brought to court for refusing to provide services to gay people, the group has asked Fitzgerald to “ensure the referendum guarantee equality for all”.

Dr. Ali Selim, from the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, said:

“If we are having this referendum on the firm belief of equality then also we should allow people with consciences objections as well. What we are asking for is that we are not forced to endorse a practice that is in conflict with our fate. It is the freedom of choice not to have views imposed on our religious beliefs.”

Ireland marriage pollPetitioners state that they disagree strongly with the proposed constitutional changes and warn that if passed, it would discriminate against people opposed to same-sex marriage for religious reasons who “risk prosecution” because of their personal beliefs.

Speaking on national radio broadcaster Newstalk, Selim said:

“Who decides what discrimination is? Of course decisions should be made in light of Irish law – but if Irish law says you’ve got to endorse something against your beliefs that is discrimination. And that is exactly why we are campaigning – so that there is equality for all, not just for certain people.”

Earlier in the week, Selim said “no Muslim would vote yes” in the referendum.

Listen to Selim threaten legal action against Irish media outlets, AFTER THE JUMP...

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

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