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Coffee Party Equality is a part of the BE THE MEDIA Project by Coffee Party USA

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The Coffee Party USA membership believes that money-in-politics is the keystone issue in this republic's democracy today. Those seeking sexual orientation / gender identity equality are now targets for special interests that use the influence of their political contributions to impose their religious, economic, and political will. Coffee Party Equality is a part of the BE THE MEDIA project. It is intended to share evidence of special interest targeting and to report on actions being taken to demand, defend and restore equal rights for all Americans. You can join this relaunched BE THE MEDIA campaign by going to www.coffeepartyusa.com/volunteer.


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Arizona, Alaska join 29 other states recognizing gay marriage

Arizona, Alaska join 29 other states recognizing gay marriage | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Arizona has struck down that state’s gay marriage ban, and the US Supreme Court has turned away a request by Alaska officials seeking a stay of a federal court ruling striking down that state’s ban.
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Charleston, SC, court accepts application for gay marriage license despite ban - Los Angeles Times

Charleston, SC, court accepts application for gay marriage license despite ban - Los Angeles Times | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
A Kansas judge ordered county clerks to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Wednesday, making it the latest state to do so since the U.S. Supreme Court this week cleared the way for gays and lesbians to marry in a number of states.
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West Virginia Officials Usher In Marriage Equality To The State

West Virginia Officials Usher In Marriage Equality To The State | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
"West Virginia will uphold the law according to these rulings," governor says.
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Supreme Court Justice Kennedy halts gay marriage licenses in Idaho (+video)

Supreme Court Justice Kennedy halts gay marriage licenses in Idaho (+video) | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Kennedy issued an emergency stay Wednesday blocking enforcement of a judicial mandate that required same-sex marriages to begin this morning in Idaho and Nevada.
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CA Panic Defense is Gone

CA Panic Defense is Gone | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
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It's about time!

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The Supreme Court Just Quietly Made Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land In Many States

The Supreme Court Just Quietly Made Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land In Many States | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
In a surprising anti-climax to one of the most important legal battles of the last several decades, the Supreme Court just silently transformed several states into marriage equality states.
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Victory can be quiet. We can make a joyful noise. EQUALITY for all Americans!

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Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.
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People's Blog for the Constitution » United States Constitution Day 2014: An Irrelevant Document?

People's Blog for the Constitution » United States Constitution Day 2014: An Irrelevant Document? | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
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Court orders Arizona to recognize one same-sex marriage

Court orders Arizona to recognize one same-sex marriage | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
A federal judge has ordered Arizona to recognize one same-sex marriage, determining Friday that the state must formally acknowledge that Fred McQuire and George Martinez were married.
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The Supreme Court Could Take Up a Marriage Equality Case (or Cases) In Less Than a Month

The Supreme Court Could Take Up a Marriage Equality Case (or Cases) In Less Than a Month | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
To date, four federal circuit court rulings in cases from five states have been appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States (UPDATE:#SupremeCourt scheduled #MarriageEquality cases from all 5 states for consideration Sept.29 private conf
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Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Ban On Gay Marriage

Bucking Legal Trend, Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Ban On Gay Marriage | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled that sexual orientation has not been found to be a protected class and that the state has a legitimate interest in keeping marriage between a man and a woman.
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Young Conservatives Group Pressures GOP on Gay Marriage - Washington Wire - WSJ

Young Conservatives Group Pressures GOP on Gay Marriage - Washington Wire - WSJ | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
A new effort is being launched to try to persuade the Republican Party to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage from the party’s platform, a steep climb that would require overcoming social conservatives who have dominated the GOP’s position on the issue.

 

By  LAURA MECKLER

8:15 am ET
Apr 16, 2014


A new effort is being launched to try to persuade the Republican Party to drop its opposition to same-sex marriage from the party’s platform, a steep climb that would require overcoming social conservatives who have dominated the GOP’s position on the issue.

The effort, called Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, is a project ofFreedom to Marry, which is campaigning to win over Republicans to the issue in hopes of building a broader national consensus in favor of gay marriage rights.

Backers include GOP strategist Margaret Hoover as well as Abby Hunstman and Meghan McCain, both daughters of prominent Republicans.

The effort, which hopes to raise and spend $1 million over the next three years, plans to travel to four states that stage early presidential primary contests to make its case to Republicans. They want the party to delete several passages declaring marriage to be a man and a woman and related passages and instead adopt a statement taking no position on gay marriage rights but celebrating the value of marriage as a “fundamental, personal freedom.”

The proposed language further states: “We recognize that there are diverse and sincerely held views on civil marriage within the Party… [we] commit our party to respect for all families and fairness and freedom for all Americans.”

Evan Wolfson, who heads Freedom to Marry, said the effort would include staff to organize supporters, travel for supporters to attend GOP meetings, polling and possibly TV ads. He added that the overall effort is part of a larger strategy to influence the Supreme Court, which is likely to consider one of several cases challenging the constitutionality of gay marriage bans over the next few years.

“We are absolutely working in every way we can to show America is ready for the freedom to marry, and that includes, increasingly, Republicans,” he said.

The move would have some degree of precedent. Last weekend, the Republican Party in Nevada voted to strip opposition to gay marriage, as well as abortion, from the state party platform.

The Republican Party platform is written by a committee of delegates to the quadrennial national convention. Sean Spicer, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, declined to guess how the effort would go over inside the GOP.

“It’s up to the delegates to affirm our platform every four years,” he said. “The principles of the platform that was passed in Tampa remains the platform we operate by and will until the next convention.”

Support for same-sex marriage has grown nationally in recent years, particularly among young people. A recent Pew Research Center poll found six in 10 young Republicans support gay and lesbian marriage rights. In the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election, the Republican National Committee commissioned a report on how the party can grow its appeal. It concluded that the party’s position on gay rights may be a barrier for many younger voters.

“We do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view,” it said. “For many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.”

But soon after that report was issued, in April 2013, the Republican National Committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming its opposition to gay marriage.

Also in response to the RNC report, more than a dozen conservative leaders warnedthat social conservatives would abandon the party if the GOP does not maintain its opposition to same-sex marriage.

“We respectfully warn GOP Leadership that an abandonment of its principles will necessarily result in the abandonment of our constituents to their support,” they said in a letter.

Steve Duprey, a Republican committeeman from New Hampshire who said he was one of the few to oppose the 2013 resolution, welcomed the Freedom to Marry effort and said the discussion is good for his party. “Regardless of how it turns out, it shows we’re open to talking about it,” he said.

But he said there is currently “overwhelming support for the platform as it exists” and that changing the language would be “a very heavy lift.”

In an earlier interview about the party’s position on the issue, Rich Galen, a GOP strategist who supports gay marriage, said the platform is among the hardest things to change and predicted the GOP’s official stance on marriage would not change in his lifetime.

“Political party platforms always appeal to the edges,” he said. “Those are often the most ideologically driven.”


 

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Federal Judge Won't Put Alaska Marriages on Hold

Federal Judge Won't Put Alaska Marriages on Hold | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Judge Timothy Burgess denied the state's request to stay his pro-marriage equality ruling, but the state is now asking an appellate court to do so.
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State senator pops the question after Nevada's gay marriage ban falls - CNN

State senator pops the question after Nevada's gay marriage ban falls - CNN | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
On Tuesday a state senator from Nevada was able to ask his partner to legally marry him.
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These States Still Won't Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses - Huffington Post

These States Still Won't Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses - Huffington Post | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative officials in some of the six states where Supreme Court action this week likely cleared the way for same-sex weddings say they won't issue marriage licenses to gay couples until their hands are forced.
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Kan. Judge OK's Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

A judge in the state's most populous county orders that marriage licenses be issued to same-sex couples, while the governor and attorney general seek to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.
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Family of baby burned by SWAT grenade demands federal investigation

Family of baby burned by SWAT grenade demands federal investigation | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
After a SWAT team raid in Georgia left a toddler in a medically induced coma and fighting for his life, the infant’s family is demanding a federal investigation into the incident.
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9/11 hijackers tested airport security before attacks, authorities ignored warnings

9/11 hijackers tested airport security before attacks, authorities ignored warnings | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Months before they participated in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Al-Qaeda operatives were spotted and approached at a Boston airport, according to a new report, but concerns raised at the time were ignored by authorities.
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Gay marriage, once inconceivable, now appears inevitable - USA TODAY

Gay marriage, once inconceivable, now appears inevitable - USA TODAY | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is on the verge of deciding the future of same-sex marriage -- an institution described as
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Louisiana judge rules state marriage ban 'unconstitutional'

Louisiana judge rules state marriage ban 'unconstitutional' | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Earlier this month in a separate ruling, a federal judge upheld the same ban.
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Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’

Islamic State: ‘US failure to look into Saudi role in 9/11 has helped Isis’ | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has been aided by the continuing failure of the US Government to investigate the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks and its support of jihadi movements such as al-Qaeda in the years since, says former Senator Bob Graham, the co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11.
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Indiana Asks Supreme Court to Settle Gay Marriage - ABC News

Indiana Asks Supreme Court to Settle Gay Marriage - ABC News | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
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Indiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay marriage should be legal in all 50 states.
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Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: The Story Behind Our Launch

Evangelicals for Marriage Equality: The Story Behind Our Launch | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Why we are starting an initiative for evangelicals to support civil marriage equality (RT @joe_rigney: These two articles show the choice facing evangelicals on marriage: http://t.co/aZ7KBGYCHW &...
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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Fla., 7th Circuit to hear Ind., Wis., marriage cases

Marriage News Watch: Victory in Fla., 7th Circuit to hear Ind., Wis., marriage cases | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The anti-gay Governor of Indiana just got caught making some wild claims in court, and now a judge has called him out in a sternly-worded ruling. Marriage equality has picked up another victory, with the first federal judge to rule in Florida.
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