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"For the first time ever in the history of oral arguments for marriage litigation, not a single attorney will speak out in favor of marriage ban. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum announced in February the state wouldn’t defend the law in court on the basis that the marriage ban cannot withstand judicial scrutiny “under any standard of review.”"
Shelton Stroman, 42, who manages a pet daycare center, and Chris Inniss, a 39-year-old veterinarian, are the lead plaintiffs. Two other couples, including two of Atlanta police officers, and a 34-year-old woman will also be listed as plaintiffs. Georgia has been one of five states in the country that doesn’t have same-sex marriage litigation pending. The lawsuit to be filed today will change that.
A new book by Matthew Vines claims that Christians ought to affirm same-sex love. The arguments are not new, and have been thoroughly refuted. Still, the youthfulness of the author and his profession of Christian faith are a twist, and at a time when the Church is wrestling with the prevalence of same-sex marriage it is necessary to refute them again and again.
Mercatornet: "The argument with which we are all familiar is that marriage is a universal human right, and it is accordingly arbitrary and discriminatory to disallow two people of the same sex to claim the right to marry. But does a right to same-sex marriage (SSM) stem from international human rights (HR) declarations?"
Associated Press: "A federal judge has said that attorneys defending Indiana’s gay marriage ban haven’t given a valid reason why the state should not recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness."
Trib: “Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead believes marriage is between one man and one woman, not between same-sex couples.”
Emma Margolin at MSNBC: "On Monday, 39 years to the day after the two were married, Anthony Sullivan asked the Los Angeles Field Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reopen his late-husband’s petition for a marriage-based green card. The 72-year-old has lived in the shadows without lawful status for years – unable to travel outside the country, and always with the threat of deportation hanging over his head. But now, Sullivan is requesting that USCIS retroactively approve his green card application and automatically convert it to a widower’s petition, allowing him the opportunity to live out the rest of his life legally in the place he calls home."
Associated Press: "'Essentially, (the cases) are not that different,' said Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Byron Babione, who is representing Tulsa County Clerk Sally Howe Smith. 'Both of them involve challenges to state marriage amendments that were passed by an overwhelming majority of the people.'"
Associated Press: "Alliance Defending Freedom, which also had a representative at the Utah oral arguments, left the court encouraged, Babione said. 'From our perspective, that is a good thing, because we don't think this is an issue that can be decided based on superficial sentiments, but really needs to be decided on the important government interest at stake,' he said."
Associated Press: "The secluded Texas ranch where followers of imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs lived in near isolation was seized by state agents on Thursday, nearly six years after FBI agents raided the property and removed hundreds of children amid child sex abuse allegations."