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In their appeal, the Giffords argued that the venue was not subject to the state's Human Rights Law, because their farm did not constitute a place of public accommodation. They further argued that, even if Liberty Ridge was bound by the state's nondiscrimination law, the couple's refusal to host the McCarthy's wedding does not qualify as unlawful discrimination.
That refusal was not based on the women's sexual orientation, the Giffords argued, but rather on their own religious views about marriage.
After failing to win enough votes for a bill they believed would overrule the Supreme Court on marriage equality — an idea which has no basis in law — the Tennessee legislation's sponsor and its supporters gathered in the committee room to pray their fight isn't over. (wish I knew if that photo is actually from this event - - really scary).
The legislation sought to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling in Tennessee and it died Wednesday in the state House in a 4 to 1 vote by members of the Civil Justice Subcommittee, according to the Associated Press.
The "Natural Marriage Defense Act" was sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon, who claimed he was called by God to promote an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman. He argued that a voter referendum on the issue passed in 2006 denying marriage equality should still stand regardless of the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell decision last June. www.advocate.com...
Months after the Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers across the U.S. are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of their religious beliefs.
The American Civil Liberties Union opposes such bills and says variations have been proposed in 22 states — mostly by Republicans, though they aren’t universally backed in the GOP. Top employers, including Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, Porsche and UPS in Georgia, warn the proposals are unwelcoming and bad for business.
“This should not be a zero-sum game where everybody wins on one side and everybody loses on the other,” Haynes said.
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
I don't really know what to call it... Piety doesn't really work, but imposition definitely covers it. What I meant was religious superiority.
Nine months after instructing Alabama’s probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage, Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was suspended on Friday for the remainder of his term for violating the state’s canon of judicial ethics.
It was the second time in his contentious career that Judge Moore, an outspoken conservative, was removed as chief justice, and it followed his most recent star turn in the nation’s culture wars.