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Mo. County Orders Year of 'Mourning' Over Gay Marriage

Dent County officials vote to lower flags below half-staff to protest gay nuptials

(Newser) - When Alex Sellers saw the story in his local paper, he thought it was an Onion article. But the 26-year-old Missouri man was horrified to find out what he was reading was true: Three Republican commissioners in Dent County voted yesterday to lower county flags to half-staff to observe a... More »

Judge Against Gay Marriage Has Couples Sign Letter

James DePiazza says it's 'to let them know where I stand'

(Newser) - A judge who opposes same-sex marriage plans to keep performing civil ceremonies anyway—as long as couples acknowledge how he feels. "[I want] to let them know where I stand," Texas Judge James DePiazza, who is Catholic, tells the Houston Chronicle . "I would want to know that... More »

Catholic School Staffer: My Gay Marriage Got Me Fired

Margie Winters married her partner in 2007

(Newser) - Parents of students at a Catholic elementary school in Pennsylvania say they're outraged by the school's apparent decision to fire its religious education director because she's married to a woman. In an email last week, the principal of Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion said Margie Winters had... More »

Kentucky Clerk Sued for Blocking All Marriages

She says her conscience won't let her issue licenses

(Newser) - Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue gay-marriage licenses— or any marriage licenses at all —following the US Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against Rowan County... More »

SCOTUS Ruling Is Financial Win for Gay Couples, Too

It all has to do with Social Security benefits

(Newser) - Not only does today's Supreme Court ruling mean gay couples nationwide can marry—it also means they can add as much as $250,000 or more to their lifetime Social Security benefits, experts tell USA Today . That's because homosexual married couples can now take advantage of the same... More »

Essence of Gay Marriage Ruling Is in One Paragraph

Anthony Kennedy's prose moves court watchers

(Newser) - The New Republic calls it "the most powerful paragraph" in today's Supreme Court decision in support of gay marriage , Sarah Kliff at Vox says it stands out as a "moving piece of writing," especially for a judicial decision, and Josh Greenman of the Daily News tweets... More »

5 Best Twitter Reactions to Gay Marriage Ruling

Social media is blowing up right now with every color of the rainbow

(Newser) - The historic SCOTUS ruling today legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states has spurred more than a few dissents , a flurry of thinkpieces, and some quirky infographics, tweets, and other promos on Twitter with the #LoveWins and other related hashtags. See the photo gallery for just a handful of favorites. More »

SCOTUS Says Yes to Gay Marriage

Historic 5-4 ruling means same-sex marriages can't be banned in any states

(Newser) - Perhaps the most anticipated Supreme Court case has been decided, and it's a yes for same-sex marriage throughout the land. In a ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court voted 5-4 today that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, the AP reports. Kennedy wrote that gays and lesbians "... More »

Supreme Court Starts Rolling Out Major Rulings Today

Gay marriage, ObamaCare decisions expected today through Monday (maybe beyond)

(Newser) - We don't know which rulings will come when, but starting today through Monday (and perhaps beyond that), the Supreme Court is scheduled to let the hammer fall on seven major cases that will reverberate through the nation, NBC News reports. A quick rundown of what's on the docket:... More »

Christian Couple Decides to Divorce If Gays Can Marry

But they'd still be 'husband' and 'wife'

(Newser) - Couples have been known to hold off on tying the knot until gay marriage is legal. A Christian couple in Australia, however, says they will divorce if gay marriage is allowed. "My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. But later this year, we may be getting a... More »

Gay Couples Are Doing This Better

They're better at sharing chores

(Newser) - In traditional, opposite-sex relationships, most women still do the vast majority of chores—regardless of how many hours they work or how much money they make. But for same-sex couples, where there isn't the traditional gender-based division of labor to fall back on, the chores are more often shared... More »

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 »

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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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 »

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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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 »

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