Mexican President proposes legalizing same-sex marriage

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Mexico City (AP) — President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed May 17 to legalize same-sex marriage in Mexico, a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional for states to bar such couples from wedding.

If it is approved, Mexico would become the fifth country in Latin America to make same-sex marriage legal. The announcement was hailed by LGBT activists and criticized by church officials in Mexico, which is home to the second-largest Roman Catholic population on the planet.

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Mississippi religious exemption bill may face legal backlash amid muted business response

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Jackson, Miss. (AP) – The decision by Mississippi’s governor to sign a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people may have headed off gathering opposition in the state’s business community, but it could launch the state into litigation.

Saying he was protecting religious freedom, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill without hesitation or fanfare just hours after it cleared its final legislative obstacle.

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#GaylyBeloved Watermark’s Toolkit for Tying the Knot

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Watermark Publishing Group presents: #GaylyBeloved, a complete toolkit for same-sex couples who wish to get married.

Gay marriage has been legal for quite some time, but because it was off the table for so long, many couples do not have a complete example of the ins and outs of getting married. How is a marriage legalized? What financial information should be in order beforehand? What legal documents should all same-sex married couples have? Both emotionally and legally, what do same-sex couples need to do to prepare themselves for marriage?

#GaylyBeloved is Watermark’s ongoing video series, hosted by Watermark founder Tom Dyer, an attorney with Dyer & Blaisdell Attorneys at Law. Tom will answer all those questions and more for couples interested in tying the knot.

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With same-sex marriage all but a done deal, the next fight for LGBT equality is discrimination disguised as religion

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Few combative issues have raised eyebrows as much as the recent string of legislation promoting “religious freedom.”

A recent push to create bills designed to protect business owners from having to engage in services that are against their religious beliefs has surfaced in more than half of our country’s states. The problem is that these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—also known as RFRAs—are frequently wielded as a weapon allowing business owners to deny service to LGBTs.

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Marriage equality legal in England and Wales

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London (AP) – Britain on Wednesday legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.

Lawmakers cheered as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said royal assent had been given – one day after the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in England and Wales cleared Parliament.

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