Gay Marriage

Judge to Colorado Baker: Serve Gay Wedding or Pay Fines

By on 12.10.13 | 10:52AM

A baker in Colorado has been ordered by a judge to serve a gay couple despite his religious objections. This story is the latest in a series of legal skirmishes between religious business owners and gay rights advocates. Our legal system seems to be working through how to balance historic religious liberty privileges with expanded rights for gay couples. Of particular interest from this story was the following:

The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple “because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage.”

The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.

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Bakery Bullies

By From the October 2013 issue

On a cold morning this past January in Gresham, Ore., Aaron Klein sat down with two customers at the bakery he owned with his wife, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. The two women, a bride and her mother, were making plans to purchase a wedding cake. Before discussing the details, Klein asked his customers a few standard questions. When would the wedding be? What was the groom’s name? At the second question, there was an awkward hesitation, and the mother explained that this would be a wedding between two brides. Klein politely but firmly told them that because of his and his wife’s Christian beliefs, they would not bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Without a word, the bride and her mother got up and left.
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A Duranty Prize Contender?

By on 7.2.13 | 2:55PM

Everyone knows -- or should know -- that the Pulitzer Prizes and the New York Times are irretrievably disgraced by the 1932 Pulitzer awarded to Walter Duranty. For 15 years as the Times' Moscow bureau chief, Duranty provided some of the most shamefully blood-soaked lies ever to be called "journalism." Duranty reliably parroted Soviet propaganda and disparaged those who told the truth about the murderous regime of Bolshevik dictator Josef Stalin. (See Arnold Beichman's 2003 article "Pulitzer-Winning Lies.") The Times has not repudiated, nor has the Pulitzer committee revoked, the prize awarded to Duranty for his "reporting" that amounted to a deliberate cover-up of the genocidal terror-famine by which Stalin starved to death millions of Ukrainian peasants.

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Sexual Anarchy: Progress, Perversion and the ‘Emerging Awareness’ Doctrine

By on 6.26.13 | 8:50PM

It was a quiet ceremony. Elizabeth Miklosovic had an outdoor wedding in June 2004 in Michigan's Manistee National Forest, where the couple lit candles and exchanged vows. Miklosovic's marriage lasted only a few months, however. Later that year, the mother of the bride found out that her daughter had, at age 13, become the lesbian "wife" of Miklosovic, who had been the girl's language arts teacher at Baseline Middle School in South Haven, Michigan. For some reason, state law did not recognize the legitimacy of Miklosovic's pagan lesbian marriage, and she was convicted of felony sex offenses and sentenced to prison.

Today's Supreme Court decision declaring that Congress has no authority to limit federal recognition of same-sex marriage did nothing to ameliorate the unfair discrimination against lesbian middle-school teachers and their pagan child-brides -- at least not in the short term.

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Divisive Unanimity

By 11.6.09

Same-sex marriage may be 0-31, but according to the media the public is divided.
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