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Daily Commercial: "Federal District Judge William Terrell Hodges on Thursday denied the Lake County School District’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit to allow a gay-straight alliance (GSA) to meet at Carver Middle School. Hodges also denied the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida’s motion for a preliminary injunction to allow the GSA to meet until the matter can be settled in court."
Shorewood Now: "Under the guidelines, drafted by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and tweaked by the district's policy committee, Shorewood formalizes definitions of transgender students and students who don't conform to gender stereotypes. Complaints of discrimination, harassment, or bullying of those students will now be handled in the same way as other complaints."
Washington Times: "Transgender-rights supporters in Maryland are hoping that this will be the year they get a nondiscrimination law enacted to safeguard their rights in society. But a provision involving 'public accommodations' — including rest rooms, showers, lockers and dressing rooms — has drawn an outcry."
CBS Miami: "If an expansion of a Florida program that helps low-income children attend private schools, many of them religious, gets a thumbs up, it could mean some restrictions on eligibility could be removed."
LifeSiteNews: "The organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade have rescinded their controversial invitation to a homosexual advocacy group, saying they believe the group’s application was a 'ploy' made under 'false pretenses.'"
National Review: "RNC Chair Reince Priebus sat down with a group of conservative journalists and bloggers this afternoon at CPAC, and he had some interesting things to say about the RNC’s experience with March for Life. The march coincided with the RNC’s annual winter meeting, so Priebus had buses carry attendees who wanted to participate to the march."
How gender-neutral Bible translations prepared the way for Christian acceptance of same-sex “marriage”
Louis Markos at The Imaginative Conservative: "I would propose a third cause for why so many Bible-believing Christians are embracing, or at least not openly opposing, the eventual legalization of marriage between people of the same sex. They are doing so because the ground has been carefully laid and watered by a subtle but pervasive change in our cultural perceptions of men and women. Rather than identify, nurture, and celebrate masculinity and femininity as distinct but complementary God-given realities, our culture has been coaxed—by forces within the public school system, the media, the academy, and (alas) the seminary—to view boys and girls, men and women, husbands and wives as ultimately interchangeable."
Washington Post: "Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also said businesses should not be able to deny serving gays for religious reasons. Fifty percent say the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection gives gays the right to marry, while 41 percent say it does not."
Associated Press: "Four gay couples and a gay rights advocacy group have sued Gov. Matt Mead and other officials in an attempt to get Wyoming to recognize gay marriage. They filed the suit Wednesday in Laramie County District Court."
Reason: "After Heyburn’s order was issued Reason asked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to comment on the order. Paul’s response below: 'I believe in the historic and religious definition of marriage. I also believe this power belongs to the states and the people, not the federal government. It is illegitimate for the federal courts to intrude here.'"
Chicago Tribune: "Marriage licenses for same-sex couples will not be issued in Kane County before June 1, despite urging by the state's attorney general on Tuesday for clerks statewide to issue licenses earlier, the county clerk said today."
Wisconsin State Journal: "Citing rulings in a spate of similar lawsuits across the country, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Tuesday declined to issue a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage."
Associated Press: "The Colorado Democrat has been a vocal backer of gay rights but generally stopped short of formally endorsing same-sex marriage. However, on Monday he provided a statement in support of a gay rights group that kicked off a campaign to bring gay marriage to Colorado."
News Channel 10: "Curry County Judges have ceased performing marriages of all types since right before same-sex marriage became legal in New Mexico in December, after the threat of being sued."
Associated Press: "Attorney General Lisa Madigan is telling Illinois' county clerks they have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples."
Reuters: "Republicans from Western states are expected on Tuesday to urge a U.S. appeals court to rule state bans on gay marriage unconstitutional, an aide said, citing shifts in the cultural standpoints of some conservatives in a broad national debate."
TIME: "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.'"
Associated Press: "University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus testified for more than three hours as a witness for the state of Michigan, which is defending a ban on gay marriage. The constitutional amendment, approved by voters in 2004, is being challenged by two Detroit-area nurses in a rare trial."
Al Jazeera / The Stream: "US Christians are facing a culture clash within their faith over gay rights. In the past few months, seven states have ruled bans on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Growing support for gay rights across the country has Christian churches divided over how to respond. On Monday, The Stream looks at the internal tensions and how they’re playing out in the US and overseas. Join the conversation at 19:30 GMT."
Indianapolis Star: "The Indiana Senate on Tuesday deleted a state tax provision that would have inadvertently allowed same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns in Indiana."