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Irish Government Clarifies There Will Be No 'Right to Discriminate' Following Marriage Referendum Vote

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The Irish government has indicated that there will be no religious opt-out clause for businesses that do not want to provide goods and services for same-sex weddings, reports the Independent.

A referendum on same-sex marriage will take place on May 22nd.

Labour leader Joan Burton (right) was responding to a call by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, for a religious “right to discriminate” for business people who had "problems of conscience" about gay marriage.

Although religious ministers will be allowed to refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, Burton was emphatic that this could not be extended to business people who refused to sell goods or services to gay couples.

Earlier this month, a priest in the west of Ireland broke ranks with the Catholic church's anti-gay agenda by announcing that he will vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

In December of last year, the Catholic Church in Ireland released a manifesto explaining exactly why it is opposed to marriage equality.

Watch Burton explain why she supports marriage equality, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: Deaf Gay Man's Powerful Story of Coming Out to His Family and Overcoming Isolation

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In a powerful coming out story for I'm From Driftwood, Richard Mesich explains the isolation he felt thinking he was the only deaf gay man in the world.

Richard shares what it was like coming out to his mother and how his gay uncles brought him to a gay bar for the first time on his 21st birthday.

Watch Richard's story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Phyllis Schlafly Calls on States to Ignore Pro-Equality Supreme Court Ruling - VIDEO

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Speaking on wingnut Bryan Fischer’s Focal Point yesterday, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly (below right) said that state governors should “refuse to enforce” a Supreme Court decision striking down bans on same-sex marriage, reports Right Wing Watch.

Schlafly also urged President Obama and his successor to direct the Attorney General to defy the Supreme Court ruling, insisting that the highest court in the land cannot undo laws that have stood for “several thousands of years.”

Schlafly“We just cannot live in a country where one judge or even five judges are able to change the law of our land that goes against the laws of most of our states and we’ve had for several thousands of years about the definition of marriage, that is simply not our form of government.”

Schlafly is not only an anti-gay activist - she has also been fighting the feminist movement for over 40 years.

Listen to Schlafly’s odd notions, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Couple Pen Adorable Meghan Trainor Parody 'Dear Future Baby' to Highlight Adoption Efforts: WATCH

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Minneapolis couple Joe Morales and Joey Famoso have experienced a tough road on the way to adoption, with their latest attempt to adopt a baby girl falling through at the last second. Instead of dwelling on the heartache of their situation, the two created a viral parody video set to Meghan Trainor’s song "Dear Future Husband," called "Dear Future Baby" - an ode to their future baby boy or girl. The couple wrote and sang the song together to share their message with the world and shared  why they wrote the song with TODAY Parents 

Said Morales:

"We wanted to do something different that stood out, but also showed our personalities. We were very intentional about the words used in the song to illustrate the type of dads we will be. There are so many great families for a birthmother to choose, and by doing this, we hope to be one of the top on her list."

Although the Internet has already generated potential leads for the couple, they’re aware that a lot can happen in the adoption process before they’re connected to a baby. However, the couple remains hopeful after all the support they’ve received from the online community; even Meghan Trainor commented on the parody in On Air with Ryan Seacrest, calling the parody "the cutest thing ever - I’m gonna tweet it."

The couple also has an informational site through their adoption agency and a group page devoted to their adoption efforts on Facebook.

Watch the two sing about what their future baby’s life will be like with them, and the sweet things they’ll do for their baby, AFTER THE JUMP

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GOP Budget Amendment Upholds Religious 'Right To Discriminate' Against Gay Couples: VIDEO

On Tuesday, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced an amendment to the Congressional budget endorsing the position that businesses and organizations should be allowed to use taxpayer funds to discriminate against married same-sex couples, reports Human Rights Campaign.

InhofeThe amendment dictates that “Federal agencies do not discriminate against an individual, business, or organization with sincerely held religious beliefs against abortion [or] that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

Inhofe’s proposed amendment is seen as an attempt to undermine Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order requiring all federal contractors to adhere to LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

In a statement, Human Rights Campaign’s Government Affairs Director David Stacy said:

“With nearly 60 percent of Americans supporting marriage equality, the Senate should reject Sen. Inhofe’s effort to turn back the clock on equality.

“Senator Inhofe’s long record of opposition to LGBT rights is already notorious, but the question this week is whether the U.S. Senate rejects his extreme, anti-equality agenda.

"Sen. Inhofe isn’t even in touch with his own constituents. The Oklahoma legislature rejected more than a dozen bills aimed at harming LGBT people. Fair-minded Senators from both parties should reject this amendment.”

In 2012, Inhofe and Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced a bill prohibiting same-sex marriages on military bases and allowing military chaplains to opt out of conducting such ceremonies.

Watch a Young Turks report on Inhofe using a snowball and the bible to prove that climate change is a hoax, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Creationist Group: Bans On 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Harm Young People - VIDEO

St discovery instituteSpeaking at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Monday, John G West (right) from creationist organization the Discovery Institute spoke out in favor of "ex-gay" therapy, Right Wing Watch reports.

The Heritage Foundation aims “to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”

"Ex-gay" therapy has been denounced by the medical community and banned in Washington, D.C., California, and New Jersey.

In a speech mostly devoted to attacking evolution, West took time out to claim that LGBT rights advocates are harming young people by placing limits on conversion therapy and pushing “preposterous” claims about sexual orientation.

Watch a short clip of West’s speech, AFTER THE JUMP

 

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