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Hawaii judge upholds gay marriage ban – Wisconsin Gazette

A federal judge ruled this week against two Hawaii women who want to get married instead of enter into a civil union, handing a victory to opponents of gay marriage in a state thats been at the forefront of the issue.

U.S. District Court Judge Alan C. Kays ruling sides with Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy and Hawaii Family Forum, a Christian group that was allowed to intervene in the case.

Accordingly, Hawaiis marriage laws are not unconstitutional, the ruling states. Nationwide, citizens are engaged in a robust debate over this divisive social issue. If the traditional institution of marriage is to be reconstructed, as sought by the plaintiffs, it should be done by a democratically elected legislature or the people through a constitutional amendment, and not through the courts.

The lawsuit by Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid argues they need to be married in order to get certain federal benefits.

Co-plaintiff Gary Bradley wants to marry his foreign national partner to help him change his immigration status. Their attorney, John DAmato, said they will appeal.

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Employees sue Houston over potential denial of same sex marriage benefits – KRIS Corpus Christi News

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(AP) – Three city employees and their spouses who are concerned that Houston could be forced to stop paying benefits to same-sex spouses due to an ongoing civil case on Thursday sued the city, asking for a court order to stop any such action. The employees’ lawsuit, filed in federal court, comes after the all-Republican state Supreme Court in June overturned a lower court’s decision favoring same-sex marriage benefits and ordered the case back to a civil court in Harris County, where Houston is located. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the conservative activists who had initially sued Houston filed a motion seeking an injunction that would block the city from paying same-sex spousal benefits to its municipal employees while the case goes to trial. The activists also asked that any such benefits that have already been given be paid back by employees. Kenneth Upton, an attorney for the three city employees and their spouses, said his clients and others who have received benefits for their same-sex spouses would be greatly harmed if they lost access to health insurance, disability and other benefits and also if they were forced to pay back such benefits. One of the employees suing is a Houston police officer who is worried that if she is hurt or killed in the line of duty, her wife would not be entitled to the same benefits that the spouses of other police officers would have access to, said Upton, a Dallas-based attorney for Lambda Legal. “It really is a terrible threat to people who are just trying to serve the city and do their job,” he said. Alan Bernstein, a spokesman for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, said in a statement the city, as does the state of Texas, offers employees coverage for all legally married spouses without regard to sex. “As Mayor Sylvester Turner said in June, ‘The city of Houston will continue to be an inclusive city that respects the legal marriages of all employees. Marriage equality is the law of the land, and everyone is entitled to the full benefits of marriage, regardless of the gender of their spouse,'” Bernstein said. But the mayor might not have a choice if ordered by a judge to stop paying them, Upton said. “The city is caught in the middle,” he said. Upton said he expects the Harris County civil court judge will grant the motion for an injunction blocking the payment of benefits because the judge has granted similar requests twice before. Also named in Thursday’s lawsuit are the two Houston residents who initially filed the lawsuit in 2013 asking that the city stop paying such benefits and who were backed by a coalition of religious and socially conservative groups. Jared Woodfill, their attorney, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Social conservatives hope the case will help them chip away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage. The Texas Supreme Court’s decision in June didn’t block same-sex spousal benefits but said the U.S. Supreme Court decision did not decide the issue. The groups suing also called the case a chance for Texas to defend religious liberty. Texas voters approved a gay marriage ban in 2005. Upton said he is confident a federal judge will side with his clients because he believes the U.S. Supreme Court has already spoken on the rights that same sex couples are entitled to when they’re legally married.

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Retired naval officer calls for gay marriage in GOP platform – Wisconsin Gazette

A retired Navy captain is asking Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to support adding marriage equality to the GOP platform. McDonnell chairs the committee that will propose a platform at the national convention in Tampa later this month.

Retired Navy Capt. Joan Darrah, in a letter to McDonnell, said the freedom to marry is in keeping with the partys ideology.

If given the opportunity, we will testify in support of the inclusion in the Republican platform of both the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the right of same-gender couples to marry and for those marriages to be recognized by our federal government, Darrah wrote. Quite simply, these objectives correspond with the ideals of the Republican Party opposition to government intrusion in peoples lives and a modern military that supports all service members and their families.

Darrah served nearly two decades in the U.S. Navy, including under the now-repealed discriminatory dont ask, dont tell policy.

She narrowly escaped the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. She attended a meeting at the Pentagon at 8:30 a.m. and left at 9:30 a.m., seven minutes before American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building.

Whenever I recount the events of that day, I think of my wife and how she would have been one of the last people to know that I had been killed, because nowhere in my paperwork or emergency contact information had I dared to list her name, Darrah wrote to the governor. Fortunately, because DADT has been repealed, gay and lesbian servicemembers can now serve openly without the fear of discharge.

Darrah and wife Lynne Kennedy are plaintiffs inMcLaughlin v. Panetta, a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act filed by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

A spokesman for the governor said that Darrah, who had asked to testify before the platform committee in Tampa, will not have such an opportunity but that she could submit her statement towww.gopplatform2012.com.

Another couple involved in the suit, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and wife Karen, testified in July before a committee preparing the Democratic platform.

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Tony Abbott and sister’s gay marriage row goes public – BBC News


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Christine Forster responds to brother Tony Abbott's 'vote no' campaign on same-sex marriageNEWS.com.au
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Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug.

10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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Supreme Court decision on gay marriage shapes perception of social norms, studies conclude – ABA Journal

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision finding a constitutional right to gay marriage changed the perception of social norms, according to a new study.

Rand Corp. researcher Margaret Tankard and Princeton professor Elizabeth Levy Paluck came to that conclusion based on two studies, before and after the June 2015 decision, Obergefell v. Hedges. NBC News noted the research (PDF).

The first study recruited more than 1,600 people before the decision to test attitudes after reading an article about the upcoming case. One version of the article said the Supreme Court was likely to rule in favor of gay marriage, while a second version said the court was unlikely to do so.

Participants were asked a series of questions about how much they believe support for gay marriage will increase; how much momentum there is to make gay marriage legal; their own opinions on making gay marriage legal; their opinion toward gay people, and their trust in the Supreme Court.

Those who were told the Supreme Court was likely to rule for gay marriage perceived more support for gay marriage and greater momentum for the issue. Attitudes in support of gay marriage and gays were also more positive than those in the other group.

The second study of 1,063 people asked the same series of questions, before and after the decision. The Supreme Court decision was associated with a significant shift in perceived social norms in favor of gay marriage, but did not change personal opinions about gay marriage or gay people, this study found.

Liberals and conservatives in both studies had similar changes in their perceptions of social norms.

Changes in perceived social norms matter because people often use their perceptions of what is common or accepted as a guide for their own behavior, the researchers say.

What we are seeing is evidence that people interpreted the Supreme Court decision as signaling widespread change in societyincreasing support for same-sex marriage, Tankard said in an interview with NBC. The study shows us that development in society at the institutional or policy level affects how we think about an issue. It affects the political climate, what we understand to be common, normal or accepted.

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Haiti May Ban Gay Marriage, Public Support for LGBTQ Rights … – NBCNews.com

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A gay rights group in Haiti said Monday it is fighting to head off a proposed law that would ban same-sex marriage as well as any public demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean country.

A bill passed by the Haitian Senate last week provides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for either party to a marriage not between a man and a woman. The bill also would prohibit any public support or advocacy for LGBTQ rights.

Haitian law already specifically defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Related: Australian Leader Says Gay Marriage Could Be Law This Year

Charlot Jeudy of the gay rights organization Kouraj said the legislation would violate Haitis constitution and his group will try to persuade members of the Chamber of Deputies to reject it.

We have the right to protest and we have the right to be who we are and we have the right to be free, Jeudy said in an interview.

Jeudy said his group has been collecting signatures on a petition that it hopes to present to sympathetic lawmakers in the chamber. A vote has not yet been scheduled.

LGBTQ people have long faced discrimination in Haiti. In September, a cultural festival celebrating the community in Port-au-Prince was canceled the after organizers received threats and a local government official said he would prohibit the event he said violates the countrys moral values.

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‘Vile’ preview of what’s to come as gay marriage opponents prepare plebiscite campaigns – NEWS.com.au

The government has lost a vote to bring on a same-sex marriage plebiscite in the Senate.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says concern for the mental health of LGBTI people is the weakest argument against a plebiscite. Picture: Gary Ramage

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has kicked off his campaign against for the no vote against same sex marriage.

Speaking to reporters in Canberra Mr Abbott this morning said he would encourage people to vote against marriage reform to stop political correctness in its tracks.

If you dont like same-sex marriage vote no, he said.

If youre worried about religious freedom and free speech vote no, if you dont like political correctness, vote no.

The vocal backbenchers comments come as same-sex marriage opponents ramp up their campaigns to achieve a no result in the upcoming plebiscite.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced people would have almost two months to vote in the postal plebiscite, meaning supporters and opponents would have just as long to campaign for their desires results.

It was confirmed the government would push ahead with the postal plebiscite after its bill for a compulsory plebiscite on November 25 failed to pass the Senate this morning for the second time.

Groups against same sex marriage have already begun printing booklets and preparing advertising material that gay rights groups believe could be harmful to the mental health of young gay and lesbian Australians.

Weve already seen a preview of what one group has planned, with Fairfax Media publishing leaflets authorised by former Liberal MP Chris Miles warning of what it says are the consequences of same-sex marriage.

Married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children. They minimise abuse and neglect of children, the pamphlet reads.

In a list headed The Facts, the document suggests children raised by gay parents are more likely to be unemployed and abuse drugs, and are more prone to suicide.

Anti-same sex marriage groups are preparing their promotional materials for an aggressive campaign.Source:Supplied

When the pamphlets were first revealed, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten labelled them vile.

The Australian Christian Lobby, one of the fiercest opponents and most high profile groups against same-sex marriage, is planning to launch a full-scale campaign to convince the voting population that the Marriage Act should not change.

Though its understood there will be no government funding supplied on either side of the debate, the ACL is not letting that hold it back, and will rely on private supporters to pay for the aggressive advertising it has planned.

Mr Shelton says this makes his side of the debate the underdog.

We understand there wont be any funding, for no one. That makes it particularly difficult to our side because we dont have Qantas and Alan Joyce and corporate Australia behind us, he told 2GB on Tuesday night.

Were going to see another situation like Ireland where you saw 10s of millions in overseas money coming in to influence the debate.

The public campaign against same sex marriage leading up to Irelands 2015 national referendum was found to have made young LGBTI people depressed, angry and feel marginalised.

A University of Queensland study last year found peoples health was affected as the no campaign gained traction.

Irish people were bombarded with aggressive television advertisements focusing on the alleged impact of gay marriage on children.

Voters were told if legislation was changed they risked their children being encouraged to cross dress and included lines like if you think a mothers love is irreplaceable, vote no.

Announcing the dates for the vote that would decide whether parliamentarians would vote on changing the marriage act, Mr Turnbull yesterday he was confident Australians would be able to handle the campaign.

There are arguments against having a plebiscite, I understand that, the Prime Minister said.

But the weakest argument of all, which I think has no basis, is that the Australian people arent capable of having a respectful discussion on this issue.

As the governments first preference for a compulsory national vote on November 25 has been rejected by the Senate for a second time, it will push ahead with a voluntary postal plebiscite. Forms to be sent out next month, and responses will be due mid November.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton is expected to be a dominant voice in the no campaign. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:AAP

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Hawaii judge upholds gay marriage ban – Wisconsin Gazette

A federal judge ruled this week against two Hawaii women who want to get married instead of enter into a civil union, handing a victory to opponents of gay marriage in a state thats been at the forefront of the issue. U.S. District Court Judge Alan C. Kays ruling sides with Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy and Hawaii Family Forum, a Christian group that was allowed to intervene in the case. Accordingly, Hawaiis marriage laws are not unconstitutional, the ruling states. Nationwide, citizens are engaged in a robust debate over this divisive social issue. If the traditional institution of marriage is to be reconstructed, as sought by the plaintiffs, it should be done by a democratically elected legislature or the people through a constitutional amendment, and not through the courts. The lawsuit by Natasha Jackson and Janin Kleid argues they need to be married in order to get certain federal benefits. Co-plaintiff Gary Bradley wants to marry his foreign national partner to help him change his immigration status. Their attorney, John DAmato, said they will appeal.

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Employees sue Houston over potential denial of same sex marriage benefits – KRIS Corpus Christi News

HOUSTON – (AP) – Three city employees and their spouses who are concerned that Houston could be forced to stop paying benefits to same-sex spouses due to an ongoing civil case on Thursday sued the city, asking for a court order to stop any such action. The employees’ lawsuit, filed in federal court, comes after the all-Republican state Supreme Court in June overturned a lower court’s decision favoring same-sex marriage benefits and ordered the case back to a civil court in Harris County, where Houston is located. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the conservative activists who had initially sued Houston filed a motion seeking an injunction that would block the city from paying same-sex spousal benefits to its municipal employees while the case goes to trial. The activists also asked that any such benefits that have already been given be paid back by employees. Kenneth Upton, an attorney for the three city employees and their spouses, said his clients and others who have received benefits for their same-sex spouses would be greatly harmed if they lost access to health insurance, disability and other benefits and also if they were forced to pay back such benefits. One of the employees suing is a Houston police officer who is worried that if she is hurt or killed in the line of duty, her wife would not be entitled to the same benefits that the spouses of other police officers would have access to, said Upton, a Dallas-based attorney for Lambda Legal. “It really is a terrible threat to people who are just trying to serve the city and do their job,” he said. Alan Bernstein, a spokesman for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, said in a statement the city, as does the state of Texas, offers employees coverage for all legally married spouses without regard to sex. “As Mayor Sylvester Turner said in June, ‘The city of Houston will continue to be an inclusive city that respects the legal marriages of all employees. Marriage equality is the law of the land, and everyone is entitled to the full benefits of marriage, regardless of the gender of their spouse,'” Bernstein said. But the mayor might not have a choice if ordered by a judge to stop paying them, Upton said. “The city is caught in the middle,” he said. Upton said he expects the Harris County civil court judge will grant the motion for an injunction blocking the payment of benefits because the judge has granted similar requests twice before. Also named in Thursday’s lawsuit are the two Houston residents who initially filed the lawsuit in 2013 asking that the city stop paying such benefits and who were backed by a coalition of religious and socially conservative groups. Jared Woodfill, their attorney, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Social conservatives hope the case will help them chip away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage. The Texas Supreme Court’s decision in June didn’t block same-sex spousal benefits but said the U.S. Supreme Court decision did not decide the issue. The groups suing also called the case a chance for Texas to defend religious liberty. Texas voters approved a gay marriage ban in 2005. Upton said he is confident a federal judge will side with his clients because he believes the U.S. Supreme Court has already spoken on the rights that same sex couples are entitled to when they’re legally married.

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Retired naval officer calls for gay marriage in GOP platform – Wisconsin Gazette

A retired Navy captain is asking Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to support adding marriage equality to the GOP platform. McDonnell chairs the committee that will propose a platform at the national convention in Tampa later this month. Retired Navy Capt. Joan Darrah, in a letter to McDonnell, said the freedom to marry is in keeping with the partys ideology. If given the opportunity, we will testify in support of the inclusion in the Republican platform of both the repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and the right of same-gender couples to marry and for those marriages to be recognized by our federal government, Darrah wrote. Quite simply, these objectives correspond with the ideals of the Republican Party opposition to government intrusion in peoples lives and a modern military that supports all service members and their families. Darrah served nearly two decades in the U.S. Navy, including under the now-repealed discriminatory dont ask, dont tell policy. She narrowly escaped the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. She attended a meeting at the Pentagon at 8:30 a.m. and left at 9:30 a.m., seven minutes before American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building. Whenever I recount the events of that day, I think of my wife and how she would have been one of the last people to know that I had been killed, because nowhere in my paperwork or emergency contact information had I dared to list her name, Darrah wrote to the governor. Fortunately, because DADT has been repealed, gay and lesbian servicemembers can now serve openly without the fear of discharge. Darrah and wife Lynne Kennedy are plaintiffs inMcLaughlin v. Panetta, a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act filed by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. A spokesman for the governor said that Darrah, who had asked to testify before the platform committee in Tampa, will not have such an opportunity but that she could submit her statement towww.gopplatform2012.com. Another couple involved in the suit, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan and wife Karen, testified in July before a committee preparing the Democratic platform.

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Tony Abbott and sister’s gay marriage row goes public – BBC News

BBC News Tony Abbott and sister's gay marriage row goes public BBC News We have no inside information on Christmas moods at the home of these Australian siblings and party colleagues but we can't imagine the conversation over the prawns and mango stays festive and airy when the topic of same-sex marriage comes up. Christine Forster responds to brother Tony Abbott's 'vote no' campaign on same-sex marriage NEWS.com.au Abbott 'outsiders' argument pollutes same-sex marriage debate The Australian Gay marriage vote is not being PC: Govt MP Sky News Australia Herald Sun  – The West Australian all 36 news articles »

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Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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Supreme Court decision on gay marriage shapes perception of social norms, studies conclude – ABA Journal

U.S. Supreme Court Posted August 9, 2017, 7:00 am CDT By Debra Cassens Weiss Shutterstock.com The U.S. Supreme Court decision finding a constitutional right to gay marriage changed the perception of social norms, according to a new study. Rand Corp. researcher Margaret Tankard and Princeton professor Elizabeth Levy Paluck came to that conclusion based on two studies, before and after the June 2015 decision, Obergefell v. Hedges. NBC News noted the research (PDF). The first study recruited more than 1,600 people before the decision to test attitudes after reading an article about the upcoming case. One version of the article said the Supreme Court was likely to rule in favor of gay marriage, while a second version said the court was unlikely to do so. Participants were asked a series of questions about how much they believe support for gay marriage will increase; how much momentum there is to make gay marriage legal; their own opinions on making gay marriage legal; their opinion toward gay people, and their trust in the Supreme Court. Those who were told the Supreme Court was likely to rule for gay marriage perceived more support for gay marriage and greater momentum for the issue. Attitudes in support of gay marriage and gays were also more positive than those in the other group. The second study of 1,063 people asked the same series of questions, before and after the decision. The Supreme Court decision was associated with a significant shift in perceived social norms in favor of gay marriage, but did not change personal opinions about gay marriage or gay people, this study found. Liberals and conservatives in both studies had similar changes in their perceptions of social norms. Changes in perceived social norms matter because people often use their perceptions of what is common or accepted as a guide for their own behavior, the researchers say. What we are seeing is evidence that people interpreted the Supreme Court decision as signaling widespread change in societyincreasing support for same-sex marriage, Tankard said in an interview with NBC. The study shows us that development in society at the institutional or policy level affects how we think about an issue. It affects the political climate, what we understand to be common, normal or accepted.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A gay rights group in Haiti said Monday it is fighting to head off a proposed law that would ban same-sex marriage as well as any public demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean country. A bill passed by the Haitian Senate last week provides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for either party to a marriage not between a man and a woman. The bill also would prohibit any public support or advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Haitian law already specifically defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Related: Australian Leader Says Gay Marriage Could Be Law This Year Charlot Jeudy of the gay rights organization Kouraj said the legislation would violate Haitis constitution and his group will try to persuade members of the Chamber of Deputies to reject it. We have the right to protest and we have the right to be who we are and we have the right to be free, Jeudy said in an interview. Jeudy said his group has been collecting signatures on a petition that it hopes to present to sympathetic lawmakers in the chamber. A vote has not yet been scheduled. LGBTQ people have long faced discrimination in Haiti. In September, a cultural festival celebrating the community in Port-au-Prince was canceled the after organizers received threats and a local government official said he would prohibit the event he said violates the countrys moral values. Follow NBC Out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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‘Vile’ preview of what’s to come as gay marriage opponents prepare plebiscite campaigns – NEWS.com.au

The government has lost a vote to bring on a same-sex marriage plebiscite in the Senate. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says concern for the mental health of LGBTI people is the weakest argument against a plebiscite. Picture: Gary Ramage FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has kicked off his campaign against for the no vote against same sex marriage. Speaking to reporters in Canberra Mr Abbott this morning said he would encourage people to vote against marriage reform to stop political correctness in its tracks. If you dont like same-sex marriage vote no, he said. If youre worried about religious freedom and free speech vote no, if you dont like political correctness, vote no. The vocal backbenchers comments come as same-sex marriage opponents ramp up their campaigns to achieve a no result in the upcoming plebiscite. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced people would have almost two months to vote in the postal plebiscite, meaning supporters and opponents would have just as long to campaign for their desires results. It was confirmed the government would push ahead with the postal plebiscite after its bill for a compulsory plebiscite on November 25 failed to pass the Senate this morning for the second time. Groups against same sex marriage have already begun printing booklets and preparing advertising material that gay rights groups believe could be harmful to the mental health of young gay and lesbian Australians. Weve already seen a preview of what one group has planned, with Fairfax Media publishing leaflets authorised by former Liberal MP Chris Miles warning of what it says are the consequences of same-sex marriage. Married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children. They minimise abuse and neglect of children, the pamphlet reads. In a list headed The Facts, the document suggests children raised by gay parents are more likely to be unemployed and abuse drugs, and are more prone to suicide. Anti-same sex marriage groups are preparing their promotional materials for an aggressive campaign.Source:Supplied When the pamphlets were first revealed, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten labelled them vile. The Australian Christian Lobby, one of the fiercest opponents and most high profile groups against same-sex marriage, is planning to launch a full-scale campaign to convince the voting population that the Marriage Act should not change. Though its understood there will be no government funding supplied on either side of the debate, the ACL is not letting that hold it back, and will rely on private supporters to pay for the aggressive advertising it has planned. Mr Shelton says this makes his side of the debate the underdog. We understand there wont be any funding, for no one. That makes it particularly difficult to our side because we dont have Qantas and Alan Joyce and corporate Australia behind us, he told 2GB on Tuesday night. Were going to see another situation like Ireland where you saw 10s of millions in overseas money coming in to influence the debate. The public campaign against same sex marriage leading up to Irelands 2015 national referendum was found to have made young LGBTI people depressed, angry and feel marginalised. A University of Queensland study last year found peoples health was affected as the no campaign gained traction. Irish people were bombarded with aggressive television advertisements focusing on the alleged impact of gay marriage on children. Voters were told if legislation was changed they risked their children being encouraged to cross dress and included lines like if you think a mothers love is irreplaceable, vote no. Announcing the dates for the vote that would decide whether parliamentarians would vote on changing the marriage act, Mr Turnbull yesterday he was confident Australians would be able to handle the campaign. There are arguments against having a plebiscite, I understand that, the Prime Minister said. But the weakest argument of all, which I think has no basis, is that the Australian people arent capable of having a respectful discussion on this issue. As the governments first preference for a compulsory national vote on November 25 has been rejected by the Senate for a second time, it will push ahead with a voluntary postal plebiscite. Forms to be sent out next month, and responses will be due mid November. Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton is expected to be a dominant voice in the no campaign. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:AAP

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Miami Herald Irish PM: 'Matter of time' for N. Ireland and gay marriage Miami Herald Ireland's prime minister says it is “only a matter of time” before same-sex marriage is legalized in Northern Ireland the only part of the United Kingdom where it still is banned. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Ireland's first openly gay leader, made … and more »

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Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."