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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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Family Research Council Warns Gay Marriage Will Destroy Religious Freedom in New Scare Video: WATCH

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A new video produced by anti-gay listed hate group Family Research Council (FRC) claims that a Supreme Court ruling striking down bans on marriage equality would jeopardize religious freedom, reports Right Wing Watch.

Highlighting cases in Oregon and Washington where businesses were sued for violating state non-discrimination laws, the video - made with Rick Santorum’s film company EchoLight Studios - warns that same-sex marriage would undermine the separation of church and state.

Narrator and FRC leader Tony Perkins argues that such cases will lead to a scary future in which the government will infringe on the rights of religious people in order to promote LGBT equality. With guest appearances by Santorum and Mike Huckabee. 

Watch a clip from the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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WATCH: Han And Chewie Return In New, Epic ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser

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Another teaser of Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped today in honor of Star Wars Celebration and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

The two minute teaser features a chrome plated storm trooper (rumored to be Gwendoline Christie’s character), X-wings, tie fighters, lightsabers, new leads John Boyega and Daisy Ridley fleeing destruction, the Millennium Falcon embroiled in a harrowing dogfight and the return of Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, along with his faithful companion Chewie.

Watch the epic teaser for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Men Married To Straight Women Defend 'Traditional Marriage' In Bizarre SCOTUS Brief: VIDEO

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Won’t somebody think of the children? The sky fairies say its wrong. The thought of two men together, well it’s just icky. All common arguments against marriage equality. How’s this one for you: the Supreme Court should not rule in favor of striking down bans on same-sex marriage because to do so would demean marriages between gay men and their wives.

An amicus brief filed by a group of “same-sex attracted men and their wives” argues that “same-sex marriage can only come at the cost of marginalizing and demeaning the marriages and families” of gay men married to straight women.

The brief aims to prove that gay people can have fulfilling marriages by marrying someone of the opposite sex, thereby rendering same-sex marriage unnecessary.

It provides the personal testimonies of ten openly gay men who are married to straight women. One of the petitioners says that admitting his “same-sex attractions” to his wife has brought “renewed closeness” to their relationship.

Earlier this year, TLC aired Mormon-centric reality “My Husband’s Not Gay” which followed - to much derision - a group of openly gay men who are married to straight women.

Read the bizarre brief and watch a trailer for “My Husband’s Not Gay,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ellen Joins the 'Avengers' Cast As ‘The Honker’: VIDEO

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Ellen discussed the vision of the new movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron on her show and noted that an ‘important character’ to the series was left out.

In typical Ellen fashion, she joins the Avengers as "The Honker", who she calls beautiful, and powerful.

Watch as Ellen introduces ‘The Honker’ to the Marvel universe, AFTER THE JUMP

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Mike Huckabee Says Friendly Call Between Obama And Michael Sam Is Sign Of America’s ‘Utter Collapse’

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Mike Huckabee appeared at a "Family Leadership Regional Summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader. The potential GOP presidential candidate remarked that the fact President Obama telephoned Michael Sam after the football player came out is a sign of America’s "utter collapse," reports Right Wing Watch. Huckabee also decried boycotts against anti-gay businesses, calling it "economic terrorism."

Said Huckabee:

"The values that so many of us hold dear are values that are under assault today. I never believed that in such a short period of time, the culture in America would go into utter collapse. If you told me just a few years ago that one day the President of the United States would use his precious time in the Oval Office to call people up simply to congratulate them for being gay, I would say, 'No, surely he'll call a veteran and thank them for their service, for losing a limb or a leg,' but even when Chris Kyle was murdered, his widow didn't get a phone call, but a gay football player who came out did."

Huckabee punctuated his statements with warnings that religious liberty is under attack in America, specifically citing the boycott against Chick-Fil-A several years ago after the company donated millions to anti-gay groups.

Watch Huckabee’s "Chicken Little"-like view on the collapse of American culture, AFTER THE JUMP

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