Obama disputes aide David Axelrod’s take on same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Barack Obama is disputing a longtime aide’s view that the president feigned opposition to gay marriage, compromising his true beliefs out of concern it could hurt him with voters.

Former Obama strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book that Obama modified his public position to say he supported civil unions but not gay marriage. Axelrod says that was because his political advisers told him supporting gay marriages could hurt him politically.

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Michigan judge must recognize 300-plus same-sex marriages

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DETROIT (AP) – A federal judge ruled Jan. 15 that Michigan must recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages performed during a brief window last year.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith wrote that the unions are valid, but stayed the decision for 21 days pending any appeal by the state.

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Appeals court won’t re-hear Nevada, Idaho same-sex marriage cases

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal appeals court in San Francisco won’t re-hear a decision by a three-judge panel allowing same-sex marriages in Nevada.

Attorney Peter Renn of the gay rights advocacy group Lambda Legal welcomed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order.

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12.1.15 Editor’s Desk

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SteveBlanchardHeadshot_137x185On Christmas morning I found myself wrapped in my brand new robe and glued to a documentary on the gay rights movement.

Seriously—my life is just that gay.

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Vatican says bishops should be led by pope on family

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VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican urged bishops on Dec. 9 to be guided by Pope Francis and the “turning point” of a recent meeting on family issues that sought to provide better pastoral care for gay and divorced Catholics and those living in civil unions.

The Vatican just sent a new questionnaire to bishops’ conferences around the world seeking input on a host of family issues. Their responses will help form the basis of debate for the next stage of Francis’ agenda: A big October meeting of top churchmen who will make final recommendations to Francis about how the Catholic Church can better tend to its families.

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Kentucky Baptists kick out gay-friendly church

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Baptists on Nov. 11 chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages.

Baptist leaders from around the state gathering in Bowling Green for the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s annual meeting voted overwhelmingly to end their longstanding relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Jason Crosby, has said the church is open to performing same-sex marriages and ordaining gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual members.

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Federal judge strikes down SC same-sex marriage ban

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina gay marriage ban struck down by federal judge; marriages delayed until Nov. 20.

Federal Judge Richard Gergel is the first judge to rule in a South Carolina federal court that the state government has no right to decide who can or cannot marry.

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