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Archive for the 'Gay Marriage' Category

Quote Of The Day

by @ Thursday, August 5th, 2010. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Quote Of The Day

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” – Judge Vaughn Walker, Perry v. Schwarzenegger 8/4/2010 Also, I’ve got two posts at OTB about this decision: Federal Judge Declares California’s Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional The Politics Of The California Gay Marriage Decision

Quote Of The Day

by @ Monday, June 7th, 2010. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Quote Of The Day

I suspect that, less than a quarter century from now, same-sex marriage will be so normalized as to fit comfortably within the definition of “traditional.” — James Joyner

The Right To Marry Is The Right Of Free Association

From Friday’s Cato Daily Podcast, The Cato Institute’s Chairman Bob Levy discusses the challenge to Proposition 8 out in California and makes the point that, in the end, the right to be married is nothing less than the right of free association, and the government should not interfere with that right:

Time To Privatize Marriage

by @ Wednesday, March 24th, 2010. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty

David Boaz of The Cato Institute has a great column at Slate about the need to separate marriage and state: [W]hy not privatize marriage? Make it a private contract between two individuals. If they wanted to contract for a traditional breadwinner/homemaker setup, with specified rules for property and alimony in the event of divorce, they […]

Rachel Maddow Takes Down J.D. Hayworth On Gay Marriage

by @ Tuesday, March 16th, 2010. Filed under 2010 Elections, Dumbasses, Elections, Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

Last night Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth appeared on Rachel Maddow’s show to discuss his comment on Sunday that authorizing gay marriage could lead to “men marrying horses”: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The answer, of course, can be found in the decision itself: Marriage also bestows enormous […]

J.D. Hayworth: Gay Marriage Will Lead To Men Marrying Horses

Not quite sure why right wing nutjob and birther apologist J.D. Hayworth is obsessed with equine nuptials, but here it is:

Hey California, If You Want To Protect “Traditional Marriage” Why Not Ban Divorce

by @ Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

That’s what one person is asking: SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Til death do us part? The vow would really hold true in California if a Sacramento Web designer gets his way. In a movement that seems ripped from the pages of Comedy Channel writers, John Marcotte wants to put a measure on the ballot next year to ban […]

New York State Senate Rejects Gay Marriage Bill

by @ Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Politics

Given the fact that there were indications right up until the time of the vote that it would pass, this is disheartening: ALBANY, N.Y. – New York lawmakers have rejected a bill to legalize gay marriage. The Senate decision Wednesday comes after months of delays and arm twisting of lawmakers sympathetic to the bill but […]

D.C. City Council Votes To Legalize Gay Marriage

by @ Tuesday, December 1st, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty, Washington DC

Some good news from the District of Columbia: The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, as the city moves quickly to join five states in allowing gay couples to marry. After months of debate, the council passed the bill 11 to 2. It still must take a second vote in […]

A Call For Separation Of Marriage And State

by @ Friday, November 6th, 2009. Filed under Gay Marriage, Individual Liberty

Steve Bierfeldt, the Director of Development for Campaign for Liberty, has a great piece up today about a subject I’ve written about several times — the separation of marriage and the state: In almost every wedding you’ve been to, you’ve probably heard the final words uttered by the marrying official. Whether from a judge, a […]

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