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Wash. Florist Refuses Settlement In Anti-Gay Bias Lawsuit

A Washington state florist who was found guilty of discrimination over her refusal to provide flowers for the wedding of a same-sex couple has rejected a settlement offer because it included a requirement that she not engage in similar discrimination in the future. Read more

AU Files Brief In Colo. Discrimination Case

Americans United has filed a legal brief urging the Colorado Court of Appeals to uphold a Lakewood, Colo., ordinance that prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination.

Jack Phillips, a fundamentalist Christian who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop, is challenging the ordinance. In 2013, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found that Phillips had violated Lakewood’s law by refusing to make a cake for the wedding of a same-sex couple. He appealed that ruling, arguing that it violated both his religious liberty and his freedom of expression.         Read more

Court Jester

Keith Ingram and his partner, Albert Pigg, wanted to be the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of Alabama.

They rose early and landed a spot at the head of the line when the Houston County administration building in Dothan opened Feb. 9, but before they could receive a marriage license they got some devastating news: Their local probate judge said he would not give a license to gay couples – or anyone else, for that matter. Read more

Dixie Defiance: Ala. Officials Haven’t Learned From History

Utah is generally considered to be one of the most conservative states in the country. When same-sex marriage became legal there as the result of a federal court ruling, some observers feared for the worst and braced for resistance.

It didn’t happen. State officials behaved responsibly. Although they made it clear that they don’t support marriage equality, these officials directed the people who work for them to follow the court ruling and not engage in futile forms of resistance. Same-sex couples began getting married in Utah, and all is well. Read more

Insane Initiative: Calif. Attorney General Balks At Certifying ‘Kill The Gays’ Ballot Question

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has moved to block a ballot measure that would legalize vigilante violence against the state’s LGBT community. Harris has asked a state court to grant her the authority to prevent the measure from becoming eligible for a public vote.

As attorney general, she is currently required to draft a title and summary for the measure – even though the initiative in question would authorize the execution of gay people. Read more

Traditional Failures: Fundamentalist View Of Marriage Still Out Of Touch

A new poll shows that support for marriage equality is at an all-time high: It’s at 59 percent, in fact.  The U.S. Supreme Court is going to take the matter up next month, and many feel that no matter what the high court says, same-sex marriage is inevitable. Read more

Ala. Chief Justice Urges Defiance Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

An infamous Alabama jurist’s pledge of defiance on legalized same-sex marriage has landed him in hot water.

In January, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who lost his job in 2003 over his refusal to remove a Decalogue display from a courthouse, wrote to Gov. Robert Bentley and urged him to continue to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, even though a federal court struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.

In his letter to Bentley, Moore insisted that the state of Alabama is free to ignore rulings by federal courts. Read more

Same-Sex Showdown

Two days after the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a slew of cases concerning marriage equality, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins appeared on the Fox News Channel to offer some thoughts. They weren’t very original.

“If we take down the states’ rights to define marriage for public-policy purposes – if two people who love each other can get married – I guess Ted’s OK with a story out of New York magazine this week that an 18-year-old daughter wants to marry her biological father,” asserted Perkins. Read more

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