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Church Of England Votes to Allow Female Bishops: VIDEO

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The Church of England yesterday announced that it has voted to allow female bishops, reports Yahoo! News.

Justin_Welby_at_Seoul_CathedralThe General Synod’s vote reached the required two-thirds majority in each of its three different houses. 351 members approved of the move, 72 voted against and ten abstained.

Welcoming the vote, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for tolerance and love for traditionalists who disagree with the decision.  Although it took almost 20 years for the first women priests to be ordained after the synod said it had no fundamental objections in 1975, Welby said that he expects the first woman bishop by next year.

However, many opponents have argued that allowing women into such a senior position in the church goes against the Bible.

Although there are no out gay bishops in the U.K., the Church of England announced last year that it will allow celibate gay men in civil partnerships to become bishops.

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Gay Family Denied Entry to Public Pool in Ohio: VIDEO

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The Heise Park Pool in Galion, Ohio is a popular destination for residents during the summertime and offers a discounted pass for families. Melody Mohn and her wife applied for a Family Pass so that they could take their three children swimming, but were denied and told that the city ordinance defines a family as a mother, a father, and up to three children.

Normally this is where the story would bring up a lawsuit being filed, possible involvement by the ACLU, and a divided community. Instead, Mohn started an online petition, wrote to the mayor, and brought up the issue at a city council meeting to discuss a change in the wording of the ordinance. Mohn's pleas did not fall on deaf ears, and while it doesn't seem likely that change will happen in time for this summer, City Council Member Sarah Capretta said:

They want to make sure that they word [the ordinance] properly so that it can include more people in the city of Galion. We have a lot of grandparents taking care of grandchildren, aunts and uncles taking care of nephews and nieces and we want to make sure that we include all of those people to make everybody eligible to be able to use the facility because that is what it is there for.

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Iraq War Vet Kicked Out of Taxi for Kissing Boyfriend: VIDEO

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Iraq war veteran Eric Williams was the victim of homophobia July 4th when a Tacoma, Washington, driver allegedly kicked him and his boyfriend out of a cab for sharing a kiss.

Speaking to Q13FOX.com, Williams, who completed two tours in Iraq and was the subject of a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell investigation, said that when the driver asked why they were kissing, he replied “that’s my boyfriend, I’m gay,” at which point the driver pulled off the road and refused to continue the fare.

While Williams says it was just an innocent kiss, the cab driver claims something more intimate was going on and he was offended.

Yellow Cab spokesman Anthony Nix said that the incident is under investigation. If video footage corroborates Williams’s version of events, the driver will be fired.

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Six Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit Challenging Colorado's Gay Marriage Ban - VIDEO

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Yesterday, six Colorado couples filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The state voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2006.

The lawsuit, which states that Colorado "unlawfully denies the issuance of marriage licenses, and refuses to recognize the marriages of certain couples, based solely on the sex of the persons in the marriage union," comes during an ongoing battle in the state on the issue of gay marriage.

The plaintiffs are Catherine Burns, Sheila Schroeder, Mark Thrun, Geoffrey Bateman, Rachel Catt, Cassie Rubald, Breanna Alexander, Stacy Parrish, Angela Cranmore, Julianne Deloy, Karen Collier, and Denise Lord.

According to ABC 7 News Denver, the lawsuit, which names Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, and two county clerks as defendants, follows the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's decision to strike down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Following this decision, on June 25, Boulder County clerk Hillary Hall decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Speaking to The Denver Post, Catherine Burns said that "most families in Colorado do not want this discriminatory law on the books."

The Court of Appeal ruling states that the Fourteenth Amendment “protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws. A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.”

According to Mari Newman, whose firm is representing the six couples:

"From a legal perspective, this case really ought to be a slam dunk and it's not often that lawyers get to say that. But here the 10th Circuit has been absolutely clear."

In June, Judge C. Scott Crabtree presided over two cases which argued that the gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution, according to ABC 7 News Denver.  Crabtree has yet to issue a ruling.

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Threatening Letters Sent To San Diego Gay Bars - VIDEO

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Threatening letters have been sent to two gay bars in San Diego.

Baja Betty's and Flicks, both in the Hillcrest area of the city, received the letters that threaten “car accidents, even death,” according to ABC 10 News.

The letters, each with fake return addresses, come amid a series of decisions favouring same-sex marriage in California.

The 15-page letter sent to Baja Betty’s, written by “Eddie 777, servant and messenger of God Yahweh,” says that the bar is full of pedophiles and sex addicts and that “god will punish you, Mr owner and staff, with bad luck, bad karma, injuries, accidents, car accidents, and worse, death.”

Speaking to ABC 10 News, Baja Betty’s marketing manager Eddie Reynoso said:

"In my opinion, it's a definite reflection of the current progress toward equality. It's not going to distract us from our momentum. In fact, it's going to make us celebrate even more.”

Although a report has been filed, police have yet to make a statement.

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Boulder County, Colorado Clerk Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples: VIDEO

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Hillary Hall, the county clerk and recorder in Boulder, Colorado, has announced that Boulder will now provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Hall’s announcement comes on the heels of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling today to uphold a previous decision that struck down the state’s ban on same sex marriage. A news report from local news channel ABC 7 also reported that Hall’s announcement was influenced by another key decision that came down today, that of U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young who found that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. According to The Denver Post,

Hall said she is moving forward with the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses because the 10th Circuit has upheld "the fundamental right to marriage."

"Couples across Colorado have been waiting a long time to have their right to marry the person they love recognized," she stated in the release. "I want to act immediately to let them carry out that wish.”

One couple (pictured above) has already been married in Boulder. The clerk’s office will begin issuing licenses again tomorrow starting at 8AM at its Boulder office, located at 1750 33rd St. for any of you out there in the Rocky Mountain State. Meanwhile, the clerk’s offices in Lafayette and Longmont will begin licensing marriages to same-sex couples on Friday. 

Hall made no mention in her release of the stay the tenth circuit put on its ruling until the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to weigh in. Meanwhile, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has already said any licenses issues by Boulder County will not be considered valid by the state:

Carolyn Tyler, spokeswoman for [the Colorado AG] said any same-sex marriage licenses issued in Colorado will be invalid. Because the 10th Circuit decision was stayed, Colorado's ban against gay marriage remains in effect, she said.

"It's not binding on Utah let alone on Colorado," Tyler said. "Boulder has a history of activism on this issue." 

She noted that in 1975, the Boulder County Clerk issued marriage licenses to a few gay couples.

"They are no more valid today than they were in 1975," Tyler said.

According to Denver Post reporters John Aguilar and Kirk Mitchell, Suthers also commented that, “Boulder has a history of activism on this issue."

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