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Burning Man 2013, as Seen from a Drone: VIDEO

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Daytime on the playa at Black Rock City, 2013.

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Supreme Court Hands Jan Brewer Defeat, Declines Review in Two More Cases Related to Gays and Marriage

In its final day of orders, the Supreme Court today declined to cases related to same-sex unions.

BrewerYou may recall that back in 2009, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer eliminated state domestic partner benefits a year after they were implemented. The 9th Circuit in September 2011 dealt Brewer a defeat, upholding an injunction barring enforcement of the law Brewer signed. The Supreme Court today declined to hear that case.

They also declined to hear a case involving Nevada's ban on the freedom to marry in which the anti-gay supporters of marriage discrimination made a request to bypass the Ninth Circuit.

In December our legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman called the reasoning from Judge Randy Smith in the Nevada case "delusional."

He based his entire decision on the ludicrous notion that a "meaningful percentage of heterosexual persons" will flee or avoid the institution of marriage if gay people start marrying the persons they love.

SCOTUSblog reports:

The Court simply declined review in two new same-sex marriage cases, each of which might have drawn the Court into the basic controversy over whether gays and lesbians have an equal right to marry — an issue the Court bypassed in its rulings on Wednesday.  The newly denied cases are from Arizona, Brewer v. Diaz (12-23), involving benefits for unmarried gays and lesbians who work for state agencies, and from Nevada, Coalition for Protection of Marriage v. Sevcik (12-689), involving a direct test of the equality issue.   The Nevada case, however, asked the Court to take on the case before the Ninth Circuit Court has ruled on it.

The Court, as usual, gave no explanation for denying review in those cases.   The Court also declined to take on eight other pending petitions on the same-sex marriage issue.  In denying five of those, the Court noted that Justice Elena Kagan had not taken part, presumably because she had some role in them in her former position as U.S. Solicitor General.


Nevada Teen Offers Angry, Tearful, Loving Testimony on Why His Two Gay Moms Deserve Equality: VIDEO

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18-year-old Riley Roberts delivered an emotional, compelling speech before the Nevada Assembly yesterday before it voted 27-14 to pass a resolution advancing efforts toward marriage equality in the state.

With, anger, love, and some tears, Roberts moved the room, and he will move you.

Says Roberts in the video.

“I was born in Nevada 18 years ago and guess who was there? My mom Pamela Roberts and Gretchen Miller, my loving parents. And who was there to watch me take my first steps? Pamela Roberts and Gretchen Miller. And who was there when I said my first words? My two loving parents. And who was there when I kicked my first soccer ball? My two loving parents. And who can I talk to when I need anything? My two loving parents. And who will be there to see me walk across the stage next month and receive my honors diploma? My two gay loving parents who have been together for 22 years."

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Nevada Moves One Step Closer to Marriage Equality as Assembly Advances Resolution 27-14

The Nevada Assembly yesterday passed the final vote for this year on a constitutional amendment that would send same-sex marriage to the ballot in 2016, the Review Journal reports:

NevadaSenate Joint Resolution 13 passed the Assembly on a 27-14 vote, bringing the process to get it to the ballot in 2016 to an end for this year. All the no votes were Republicans. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas, voted with Democrats.

The proposed amendment must pass again in identical form in the 2015 legislative session before it can go to the ballot. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s signature is not required.

The proposal would remove Nevada’s current prohibition on same-gender marriage from the state constitution, and add new language recognizing same-gender marriage.

It also includes a provision to guarantee that religious organizations do not have to perform such unions.

It passed the Senate 12-9 in April.


Want to Ride in a Big-Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep at Burning Man? — VIDEO

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The BAAAHS Crew hopes you'll make their Burning Man vehicular fantasy a reality.

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Nevada Lawmaker Comes Out During Marriage Debate: 'I Have a Daughter. I'm Black. I'm Gay' - VIDEO

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Yesterday I reported that Nevada state senator Kelvin Atkinson had come out of the closet during debate before the body voted to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Now, via TNCRM, comes the video.

Said Atkinson: "If [marriage equality] somehow interrupts your marriage, then your marriage was in trouble in the first place."

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