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Same-Sex Marriage in the Garden State

By Stephfon Guidry

NJ

Jersey boys grab your tuxedos, wedding gowns, and book the chapel’s because marriage equality is coming soon! Judge Mary Jacobson of Mercer County Supreme Court ruled this past Friday that Same-Sex Marriage is set to happen LEGALLY in the Garden State of New Jersey on October 21st 2013. No longer will Jersey residents need to cross the bridge into Manhattan to tie the knot, they will be able to perform their own nuptials at home.

Judge Jacobson ruled in favor of Same-Sex Marriage after reviewing the United States v. Windsor case. She wrote a 53-page opinionated essay detailing her views on the matter of legalizing same-sex marriage.  “Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution,” said Judge Jacobson to press on Friday.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie publicly opposes same-sex marriage equality on the stance that he is following the will of the voters.  Spokesman Michael Drewniak for Governor Christie commented on the matter saying, “Governor Christie has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day.” While Governor Christie’s camp gears up to appeal and possibly freeze this ruling, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) seeks to change Gov. Christie’s mind on the matter altogether. Menendez stated, “I am thrilled this court decision now brings us closer to fulfilling our nation’s promise of equality and I urge our governor and state attorney general to accept this ruling and finally give same-sex couples in New Jersey the equal rights they deserve.”

DOMA and more states than ever have developed their views on marriage and love. These political victories for civil rights represent the progressive culture of America. The battle for Same-Sex Marriage and civil liberties is still on going but for the moment it seems Jersey boys can count this a win as they are ready to hear wedding bells.

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“I do” “I do” N. Carolina says “I don’t”

By Stephfon Guidry

N.C. places anti-gay ballot on May 2012 Primary

So I typed in “Gay Marriage” on Bing images and got everything from porn to Wonder Woman. The isle to the altar for Gay Marriage has made many strides since 2004, currently six states allow same-sex marriage, two states allow civil unions, and six states allow same-sex couples to register as domestic partners. As monumental as these minute strides maybe currently 36 states have constitutional amendments explicitly prohibiting same-sex marriage while 30 states have statutes prohibiting same-sex marriages. Yesterday, North Carolina has voted to say “I don’t” in a very rushed anti-gay ballot initiative on September 13, 2011.  The North Carolina State Senate voted 30-16 after the House made an expedient 75 -41 margin on Monday, September 12 (According to EdgeBoston.com).

The Senate voted to place an anti-gay ballot in the 2012 primary in May. Ultimately this legislation would place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, civil union, or domestic partnerships in the state of North Carolina, adding to the growing number of states with constitutional amendments against same-sex unions. Alex Miller, present interim executive director of Equality North Carolina had this to say via(EdgeBoston.com) “While the proponents of this harmful, divisive, shameful legislation may have succeeded in throwing up a temporary barrier against the inevitable tide of acceptance and equality, our struggle continues and the campaign to defeat this amendment at the ballot box begins today.”  In opposition Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said (CNN.com) “We think the people of this state – not judges, bureaucrats, or politicians – should define marriage, which I personally believe should be between one man and one woman” Interesting enough many of the members of the North Carolina Senate and House were in conflict with the bill being voted on in the session while feeling that this anti-gay initiative would take away focus on Hurricane Irene relief efforts and move the focus from economic problems like creating more jobs.

No matter your city or state same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships are an issue, if you are interested in this issue stay informed and stay active and be a part of the change. North Carolina NAACP released a letter saying this: “A vote on the same-sex marriage amendment has nothing to do with your personal opinion on same-sex marriage but everything to do with whether or not you believe discrimination should be codified and legalized constitutionally”  All Love NoH8!

Student Expelled for Voicing Opinion Against Homosexuality

By Katrina Robinson

A Christian grad student at Eastern Michigan University was expelled for her belief that homosexuality is immoral. Julea Ward was removed from the counseling program after saying that she would not counsel homosexual clients. The university determined that Ward violated school policy as well as the American Counseling Association code of ethics.

Ward brought a lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. The case was brought up to a federal judge, and the judge ruled in favor of the university. Many are voicing concerns that this ruling may cause an outbreak of Christian students being expelled from public universities for the same view.

Eastern Michigan University spokesperson Walter Kraft said, “We are pleased that the court has upheld our position in this matter. Julea Ward was not discriminated against because of her religion. To the contrary, Eastern Michigan is deeply committed to the education of our students and welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds into our community.

I have to say that I’m glad it turned out the way it did, but I’m sure that many oppose my view. What do you think?

Can’t Get Legally Married? Visit Portugal

By Katrina Robinson

The fight for marriage equality has been going on for decades. Only recently have we begun to see specific states in our country legalize homosexual marriage. Maybe that’s soon to change, as it seems that the entire country of Portugal has legalized same-sex marriage.

Portugal is officially the sixth European country to legalize homosexual marriage. While the country is over 90% Catholic, it seems as though the people of Portugal are starting to be a little more liberal in their laws. In fact, it was only in 2007 that the country liberalized their outrageous abortion laws.

As you can guess, not everyone was keen about the passing of the law. In fact, Pope Benedict himself spoke out against Portugal’s legislation, calling it an “attack” on the “natural differences between men and women.”

Hmm…I’m sitting here, sorting through my brain, and I just cannot find one way in which same-sex marriage attacks the differences between men and women. Sorry, Benny, but you’re overruled.