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Lesbian judge refuses to marry heterosexual couples

Lesbian judge refuses to marry heterosexual couples | Coffee Party Equality |


DALLAS, February 28, 2012 - A lesbian judge in Texas says she will not perform wedding ceremonies for heterosexuals until the state allows homosexuals to “marry” as well.

Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker told the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas at a meeting last Tuesday that it would be “oxymoronic” for her to perform wedding ceremonies that can’t be performed for her.

She said that when couples appear in her courtroom, she directs them to another judge, but not before using the opportunity to “give them a lesson about marriage equality.”

“I usually will offer them something along the lines of, ‘I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people,’” she said. [MORE]

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Lt. Dan Choi Speech at the Coffee Party Convention

(LOUISVILLE, KY) Sept. 28, 2010 — Participants in the first Coffee Party Convention arrived home to 40 different states on Sunday and Monday, energized and determined to pursue electoral and legislative goals outlined during the three-day event.

Meredith Diamond drove six hours from Oberlin College with classmate Xenna Goh, and was struck by the agreement she witnessed across party lines. "It made me see a real hope for the sort of engagement the Coffee Party is pushing for, something I hadn't thought possible until this weekend."

The most emotional speech at the convention came from Lt. Dan Choi. In his first public remarks since last week's filibuster of a Defense Authorization Bill that included a conditional repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, Choi spoke of love, equality, and determination, bringing listeners to tears.

"Love is non-partisan," Choi said. "Love does not belong to any specific group. And the equality of love is also non-partisan. ... Equality is non-partisan because the priority of our rights and our liberties, as if freedom is some kind of finite resource, is most anti-American."

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HRC Endorses Warren in U.S. Senate Race

HRC Endorses Warren in U.S. Senate Race | Coffee Party Equality |

by PAUL GUEQUIERRE, Human Rights Campaign

HRC is proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren in her bid for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Warren fully supports LGBT equality and puts families and workers first. TIME magazine has twice included her among America’s 100 most influential people.

Warren is a committed supporter of LGBT equality. She has vowed to be a leader for equal rights for all in the U.S. Senate and has said she will work to end the two-tiered system created by the Defense of Marriage Act, pass a fully-inclusive Employee Non-Discrimination Act, and work to create welcoming schools and prevent bullying.

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Gay-marriage Showdowns Likely in 5 States

Gay-marriage Showdowns Likely in 5 States | Coffee Party Equality |

via Newsmax/AP

Foes and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for five costly and bruising statewide showdowns in the coming months on an issue that evenly divides Americans.

It's an election year subplot sure to stir up heated emotions — even beyond the confines of North Carolina, Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington state. National advocacy groups will be deeply engaged, and advertising is likely to surface from each side that outrages the other.

"It's crunch time," said Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, the paramount fundraiser for opponents of gay marriage. "We view it as a massive opportunity for a national referendum."

Brown predicts same-sex marriage will be rebuffed in all five states, while gay-marriage supporters hope they can score at least a few victories and break a long losing streak. Since 1998, 31 states have had ballot measures related to same-sex marriage, and in every state the opponents ended up prevailing.

However, the most recent vote was in 2009. Gay-rights activists believe public opinion is moving inexorably in their direction, citing both national polls and policy developments such as repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

"The events of past few years are bringing new energy and vigor to our side that allows our messaging to constantly evolve," said Fred Sainz of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group. "The other side has remained very stale and stagnant." [MORE]

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