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JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter

This time it was Westboro Baptist Church protesting Gandalf/Dumbledore wedding

(Newser) - The Westboro Baptist Church protests against pretty much everyone and everything, so any shock value they may have had wore off long ago. But one person they shouldn't have set their sights on is JK Rowling, who effectively owned the anti-gay group after members started sparring with her on... More »

'Father' Marries His 'Son'

Pennsylvania case opens doors for other 'adopted' couples: lawyer

(Newser) - Norman MacArthur and Bill Novak spent the past 15 years as father and son in the eyes of the law; they'll spend the rest of their years as a married couple. The couple, together for more than 50 years, married in Pennsylvania on Sunday, Yahoo News reports. Prior... More »

Gay Marriage Wins in Ireland

Gay-marriage vote carries the day with 62.1%

(Newser) - It's official: Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage by 62.1% to 37.9%, the Guardian reports. The total vote, with a turnout of 60.5%, was 1,201,607 to 734,300. Gay couples hugged and kissed each other amid scenes of... More »

Gay Marriage on Track for Win in Historic Ireland Vote

Early signs suggest an easy victory

(Newser) - The world is about to have its first country to accept gay marriage through a popular vote. Though final results aren't expected for hours, both sides say the "yes" side has won an easy victory in yesterday's referendum , reports the Irish Times . One of the main opponents... More »

5 Things to Know About Ireland's Historic Vote

Opinion polls point to 'yes' on gay marriage, but advocates are nervous

(Newser) - Ireland's voters decide today whether to legalize gay marriage , with results of the referendum set to be announced tomorrow. While 19 other nations and most US states have already legalized gay marriage, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote. Five things to know:
  • Why is Ireland voting?
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Ireland's Fiery Gay Marriage Debate Heads to Vote

Nation could become first to OK it via popular vote

(Newser) - Up until 1993, homosexual acts in Ireland were criminal. Tomorrow, the Irish head to the polls to determine if their nation will be the first on the planet to approve gay marriage by a popular vote, and the AP notes that it's a debate that "has pit the... More »

'Father' Granted License to Marry Adopted 'Son'

They've been a couple for 50 years

(Newser) - After 50 years as a couple—and 15 years as father and son in the eyes of the law—Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur are getting married. Both men are in their 70s, and they registered as domestic partners in New York City in 1994. But when they moved to... More »

Gay Pal Suing Me for Not Doing Wedding Flowers: Florist

Barronelle Stutzman says she gently turned down one of her 'favorite' clients

(Newser) - "I'm sorry I can't do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ." That's how florist Barronelle Stutzman describes the way she gently broke the news to one of her favorite clients that she wouldn't be able to do the flowers for his... More »

Why Some Employers Are Telling Gay Workers to Marry

If they live in places where gay marriage is legal and want to keep health benefits

(Newser) - As the Supreme Court hashes out whether banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, some employers in states where gay marriage is legal are telling gay employees that they must say "I do" to keep their health benefits intact, the Wall Street Journal reports. Although the paper notes that a third... More »

Scalia's 'Shameful Joke' Speaks Volumes

Jeffrey Toobin: It shows how out of step he is on gay marriage

(Newser) - After a protester interrupted yesterday's Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage to scream about how supporters will burn in hell, Antonin Scalia quipped from the bench that "it was rather refreshing, actually." It was a joke, sure, but "there’s every reason to believe that Scalia... More »

Kennedy, Roberts Don't Tip Hands in Gay Marriage Case

Kennedy in particular asks tough questions of both sides

(Newser) - Today's historic arguments before the Supreme Court over whether gay marriage is a constitutional right have wrapped up, but anyone looking to predict the winner seems to be out of luck. As expected, the court's liberal justices backed the idea and its conservative justices were skeptical, leaving all... More »

What to Know as Gay Marriage Goes Before Supreme Court

Arguments begin today on whether states can ban same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Arguments are set to begin this morning in Obergefell v. Hodges, a group of appeals from couples in four states that will force the Supreme Court to confront whether gay marriage is a constitutional right in all states, the Hill reports. Some things to know:
  • Per the AP , the court
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Gay Hotel Owner Apologizes for Hosting Ted Cruz

Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass face outrage over event

(Newser) - "I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake." These are the words of gay New York City hotelier Ian Reisner, who's taking no small amount of flak since hosting an unlikely... More »

Why Same-Sex Marriage Is Looking 'Inevitable'

Observers have little doubt that marriage equality is on its way

(Newser) - The Supreme Court won't hear arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage until tomorrow—but already, it seems observers have made up their minds, writes Sam Baker at the National Journal : The justices will support marriage equality. According to "conventional wisdom," says a court expert, "there... More »

Jindal: I'll Never Change My Mind About Gay Marriage

La. governor says he won't cave to corporate 'bullies' on religious liberty issues

(Newser) - Indiana and Arkansas recently softened their so-called "religious freedom" legislation , and one person isn't happy that they walked it back: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. In an opinion piece in today's New York Times , Jindal takes issue with the "large corporations [that] recently joined left-wing activists to... More »

Coming Soon to Guam: Gay Marriage?

Could become the first US territory to legalize same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Guam may become the first US territory to allow same-sex marriage after its attorney general today ordered it to be so. Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson instructed officials to start processing same-sex marriage applications, citing an appeals court decision that found state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, the AP reports. The move... More »

Indiana's Memories Pizza Reopens—$842K Richer

Owner Kevin O'Connor says his views on gay marriage haven't changed

(Newser) - Memories Pizza is open and ready to serve once again, assuming you're not a gay couple looking for a wedding caterer. The Indiana pizzeria gained either fame or infamy , depending on your views, after the owner backed the state's controversial religious freedom law and said he would happily... More »

Alabama Supreme Court Defiantly Halts Gay Marriage

Court goes against federal ruling

(Newser) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state's probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples yesterday, saying a previous federal ruling that gay-marriage bans violate the US Constitution does not preclude them from following state law, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The... More »

Texas Lawmaker's Gay-Marriage Complaint Is Extremely Confused

Tony Tinderholt names wrong judge, gets facts wrong

(Newser) - A Texas state representative has filed a complaint about the legality of recent decisions on gay marriage ; trouble is, his complaint gets just about everything wrong. Tea Party lawmaker Tony Tinderholt described his reasons for filing the complaint on Facebook : "Judge David Wahlberg issued a ruling that the state'... More »

Texas Lets Lone 'Medically Fragile' Gay Couple Wed

Court orders county clerk to issue one marriage license

(Newser) - Texas has its first legally married same-sex couple as of this morning, reports the Austin American-Statesman —despite the Lone Star State's current ban on gay marriage. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who live in Austin and have been together 30 years, got a one-time court-ordered marriage license in... More »

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