Florida man fired after Facebook post compares marrying his dog to same-sex marriage

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A day after the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, Ryan Uhler made a comment on social media claiming he wanted to marry his dog, according to The Huffington Post.

“How is marrying a dog different if you love them?” Uhler said on his Facebook account June 27.  “Today I hope we can focus on doggy-style love. I love my dog Rocco, and he loves me. Hopefully one day we can be married.”

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@POTUS on Twitter: Obama chimes in on gay marriage and pop culture, 140 characters at a time

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WASHINGTON (AP) — After dipping his toe in the online world of Twitter years ago, President Barack Obama is now jumping in head-first, popping off tweets at all hours of the day about pop culture, sports and even Supreme Court rulings.

Although the White House has used Twitter throughout Obama’s presidency, until recently it’s been a highly scripted endeavor, with press aides composing and releasing tweets about Obama’s agenda at strategic times. Only occasionally would Obama post to Twitter himself, identifying a bona fide presidential tweet by appending his initials.

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Condensed Milk: Sarasota’s Harvey Milk Festival to throw a fundraiser after the rain and to ease the pain

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“This year was like a $40,000 cesspool,” Sarasota’s Harvey Milk Festival President Shannon Fortner says, nearly two months after the festivities meant to honor the San Francisco (and global) legend of gay rights activism. This year’s party, featuring electro-pop emotion-driver Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas), who recently opened for Elton John out west, was practically ruined by Florida’s fantastic flirtations with precipitation deluges. Though raw estimates of attendance were somewhere in the 2,000 to 5,000 range in its sixth year, inclement weather hindered the nonprofit from making up its financial losses, Fortner says.

“This is our sixth year and we’ve never had a rain problem,” she says. “And we already had our first protesters this year. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing … That, and the rain was a distraction.”

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Oregon lawmakers vote to aid gay veterans

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers gave an assist to gay veterans in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session.

If Gov. Kate Brown signs off on the bills approved July 6, Oregon would be the first state to hire a coordinator to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation.

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Idaho’s gay marriage ban remains in state constitution

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

The Supreme Court struck down all gay marriage bans nationwide last week, making Idaho’s constitutional marriage definition unenforceable.

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Gay wedding cake at center of Colorado Appeals Court case

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DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple will argue July 7 before the Colorado Court of Appeals that his religious beliefs should protect him from sanctions against his business.

The case underscores how the already simmering tension between religious-freedom advocates and gay-rights supporters is likely to become more heated in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Low turnout marks anti-gay demonstration in Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – A demonstration against homosexuality in Kenya fizzled July 6 after attracting only a handful of protesters.

The demonstration by about 35 people was called by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya and timed to coincide with the visit later this month of U.S. President Barack Obama. The group is calling on Obama not to advocate for gay rights during his visit to Africa July 24-28.

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Mount Dora Pride debuts in conservative Lake County

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Just a month after Lakeland brought Polk County Pride to Central Florida, another LGBT organization is setup up shot in a traditionally conservative town. Mount Dora Pride made their first appearance in Lake County, marching in the Fourth of July parade.

“I think what is significant about this was that it is of course not a gay pride parade or gay event,” said Bill Sievert, President of Mount Dora Pride.  “I think that this is the first time that I know of in Central Florida that any gay organization has had a float in a city’s municipal parade and the fact that that is happening in Lake County, which is traditionally considered a conservative area, I think it was a rather bold step.”

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We’re all gay now, especially the kids, says Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver

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We could go into great length about the crashing cymbals of Liberty Counsel Mat Staver’s head over the years, but why even bother? Fringes are for blouses or festivals. The backlash to the marriage ruling is officially here, and it’s probably best to not engage. However, when the kids are brought into the picture, as Staver once again has made a fact via his blurred Polaroid of decency, it’s worth pointing out. This weekend, rightwingwatch.org published a recording of Staver telling it as he sees it.

“This has literally delegitimized the Supreme Court and we need to move forward and treat it as an illegitimate decision,” Staver said. “It’s not the rule of law. Neither will individuals nor should our government officials respect it as the rule of law, it is not.”

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Abby Wambach runs to her wife after winning World Cup

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The U.S. women’s soccer team had a spectacular win against Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on July 5, finishing the game with a 5-2 victory.

Abby Wambach, striker for the USA team, didn’t score any of the five goals that led the U.S. team to its victory, but that doesn’t stop her from being the top international scorer for both men’s and women’s soccer, with 183 goals in 247 games.

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Clinton offers reassurance to gay youth in web posting

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Boosting her social media outreach to younger voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to offer reassurance to gay youths in a posting that is drawing wide online attention.

“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” Clinton wrote July 3 on the Facebook page for Humans of New York, a popular blog. “You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you — there will be lots of them.”

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Gay couple gets marriage license hours after suing Texas clerk who cited religious opposition

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DALLAS (AP) — A gay couple has received a marriage license after filing a federal lawsuit against a North Texas county clerk who previously cited her religious opposition to gay marriage in denying the license.

Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton filed the lawsuit July 6 against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang, saying they repeatedly had been turned away when trying to obtain a license last week.

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