A town clerk in Broome County in Upstate New York has resigned her position on religious grounds rather than perform gay marriages as part of her duties. Barker, NY Town Clerk Laura Fotusky cited the Bible in resigning. From her resignation letter: “I believe that there is a higher law than the law of the land.…
Today, a bipartisan majority of the Republican-controlled New York Senate voted 33-29 to pass a bill securing the freedom to marry for all couples in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to promptly sign the bill into law, and to make New York the sixth—and most populous—state to afford gay and lesbian couples the same marriage rights available to heterosexual couples.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today asked the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to dismiss its order prohibiting same-sex marriages in California until an appeal of Proposition 8 is resolved.Â â€œFor 846 days, Proposition 8 has denied equality under the law to gay and lesbian couples,â€ Attorney General Harris said.Â â€œEach and every one…
Whatever your opinions on the Wikileaks release of thousands of documents, Rich Swier’s (Editor of Red County) accusation that homosexuality is somehow linked to the release is absurd. “Once PVT Manning embraced the gay lifestyle he became deeply disturbed. His acceptance of the gay lifestyle and the friends he made both in and outside the military led him to what he is today – a traitor to his country.”
With both the Governor and AG already speaking out in favor of restoring Gay Marriages in the Golden State, the LA Times is also calling for a resumption of same-sex nuptuals.Â From the editorial: “Once Walker handed down his ruling, gay and lesbian weddings became constitutionally protected, at least until a higher court decides otherwise.…
The New York Times has one of the best editorials on the Proposition 8 decision from yesterday.
From the editorial: “The judge easily dismissed the idea that discrimination is permissible if a majority of voters approve it; the referendumâ€™s outcome was â€œirrelevant,â€ he said, quoting a 1943 case, because â€œfundamental rights may not be submitted to a vote.â€
He then dismantled, brick by crumbling brick, the weak case made by supporters of Proposition 8 and laid out the facts presented in testimony. The two witnesses called by the supporters (the state having bowed out of the case) had no credibility, he said, and presented no evidence that same-sex marriage harmed society or the institution of marriage.”
U. S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker has issued a landmark decision declaring that Proposition 8, banning same-gender marriage is unconstitutional.
“The United States Constitution guarantees that all persons shall be treated equally under the law;” said Chris Prevatt, spokesman for the Harvey Milk Stonewall Democratic Club of Orange County. “The U.S. Supreme Court rulled decades ago, that marriage is a fundamental right, when it overturned state laws banning inter-racial marriages.”