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Four years ago, as hundreds of thousands marched in San Francisco’s Pride Parade, hundreds of LDS bishops stood at pulpits asking Mormons to do all they could to support Proposition 8. Four years later, hundreds of Mormons across the country (and around the world) are stepping out in pride parades in support of and [...]
A 3-judge panel from the 9th District Court of Appeals released a 2-1 opinion today confirming that stripping the rights of same-sex Californians to marry was unconstitutional.
This afternoon marked the final hearings in the flurry of appeals related to the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case. A decision on the constitutionality of California’s one man-one woman marriage definition could be issued at any time, whenever the three-judge appellate panel is ready to sign off on the decision. Court watchers are hoping [...]
Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this post from an old friend who, under a bit of ecclesiastical pressure, censored herself. Her whole blog post is definitely worth reading. Here’s an excerpt:
… While the chorus for marriage equality grows louder, the choices facing Mormons
Some may question why we have this post here at Mormons for Marriage, since the website is a place where people (Mormons in particular) can come together and find community in their support of marriage equality (and, in particular, their opposition to legislation such as Proposition 8 which defined marriage as being only between a [...]
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals folks have been busy today. Let’s examine what they’ve done:
Well, that was interesting. Let the analysis and commentary and discussion begin. If you haven’t had a chance to view or listen to or read about what went on in San Francisco today, check the links out first.
It will probably take some time for the rulings. Even though they heard both arguments today, they don’t [...]
Hi. My name is N. Randy Smith and I’m a judge appointed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush. I, along with two of my colleagues (liberal Stephen Reinhardt and moderate Michael Daly Hawkins) am going to hear the appeal of the “Prop 8 Case” on December 6th. And I’m [...]
What is Spirit Day? Well…
The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of “Spirit Week” held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together.
Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their [...]
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and several other organizations are delivering more than 100,000 petitions to the LDS Church today in response to the comments made by Boyd K. Packer at General Conference Sunday morning.
Following are some large excerpts from the LDS statement. The full statement may be read here.
My name is Michael Otterson. [...]
The deadline is approaching for your chance to Stand Up against suicide, and for understanding. Come and join us in San Francisco October 8-10 as we work together with Affirmation, the Foundation for Reconciliation, Family Fellowship and others trying to make a safer, more welcoming place for our LGBTQ friends and family.
Friday October 8th [...]
So Judge Walker has lifted the stay on enforcement of his decision, and if no higher courts disagree with him, same sex marriages may begin again in California beginning at 5:01 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18th. What are the chances Walker’s decision will be overturned and the stay will be extended pending appeals? [...]
Just some notes to catch us all up on what’s been happening around the world and what’s coming up soon. We’ve got several conferences and events in the next few weeks/months some of you might enjoy attending.
First, in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case (aka the Prop 8 trial): We are anxiously awaiting the judgment [...]
Folks watching 8:The Mormon Proposition for the first time this week have been coming up with questions and concerns about the movie’s claims. Here’s a little bit of fact checking and contextualization for those of you looking for it.
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Reed Cowan begins this movie with clips
Last week I read this story about eight things straight people can do that gay people cannot do. And then I listened to this radio show about GLBT teens and surviving high school as a non-straight student or teacher. There are thousands of communities in the United States where people can be fired [...]