Calling laws against same-sex marriage the last vestige of widespread discrimination in America, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway told TIME Tuesday he refused to continue defending his state’s ban on gay marriage because he feared he’d regret it for the rest of his life. “I know where history is going on this,” he said. “I know what was in my heart.”
“From a legal standpoint I draw the line at discrimination,” Conway said in an extensive interview shortly after he announced that he would not appeal a judge’s order that Kentucky recognize same-sex marriages. “If you think about it, in the long arc of history of this country, at one time we discriminated against women, at one time we discriminated against African-Americans and people of color, we discriminated against those with disabilities.
“Where we are as a country now, this really seems to be the only minority group that a significant portion of our society thinks it’s still okay to discriminate against.”
what planet is he living on where ~the gays~ are “the only minority group that a significant portion of our society thinks it’s still okay to discriminate against”
Now, Americans say the freedom to marry should be extended to same-sex couples because the U.S. Constitution protects it.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia won’t like this at all.
A new ABC News/ Washington Post poll reveals that not only do six out of ten Americans (59 percent — the highest ever recorded) now support the right of same-sex couples to marry, but a solid 50 percent believe that right to marry is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
Let’s do that again.
Fifty-percent of Americans believe the right of same-sex couples to marry is protected by the U.S. Constitution.
This is new.
Before, we saw public support for marriage equality skyrocket, but not necessarily as a constitutionally protected issue. Now, Americans say the freedom to marry should be extended to same-sex couples because the U.S. Constitution protects it.
Talking Points Memo notes also that “the poll found that a large majority of Americans — 81 percent — said businesses shouldn’t be allowed to refuse service to gays. Sixty-five percent said they believe service still shouldn’t be refused to gays even if homosexuality violates the business owners’ religious beliefs.”
A Texas federal judge handed gay rights advocates another major victory on Wednesday, this time in one of the nation’s largest and most conservative states, when he declared its prohibition of same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The judge prohibited the state from enforcing its 2003 law against same-sex unions and the 2005 state constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The Texas lawsuit, filed by a lesbian couple from Austin who married in Boston in 2009 and wanted it to be recognized in Texas, and two gay men from Plano who want to marry, is one of three such active lawsuits in the state.
BEST. DAY. TEXAS SOMETIMES YOU DONT SUCK.
saw this when she first posted it and rolled my eyes
but it has taken an unexpected (and pleasant) turn
being against gay marriage does in fact 100% make you homophobic sorry
OKAY IM DOING A SCHOOL PROJECT ON GAY MARRIAGE AND I HAVE TO USE STATISTICS SO REBLOG IF YOU SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE AND LIKE IF YOU DONT
my dad’s husband got his marriage equality stickers ripped off his window and his car keyed all the way around the other day so dont tell me straight people are oppressed when this kind of stuff happens
SO CONGRESSPEOPLE IN MY COUNTRY ACCIDENTALLY MADE SAME SEX MARRIAGE LEGAL WITHOUT REALIZING IT AND NOW EVERYBODY’S SUPER CONFUSED AND NOBODY IS REALLY SURE WHAT JUST HAPPENED EVEN THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST HOMOPHOBE VOTED IN FAVOR OF THIS LAW THAT THEY DIDN’T READ HOW Is THIS EVEN SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS
this just in: our President isn’t vetoing the law as everyone expected, Costa Rica might just be the only country in the world to be too lazy to be bigoted
The Hawaii Senate has just voted to pass a marriage equality bill, making the state the 16th to legalize same-sex marriage.
The House of Representatives in Hawaii passed a marriage equality bill last week, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he’ll sign it.