Laws to Stop Marriage Equality Grow Increasingly Weird

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Texas is pushing a proposed law that would let the state overrule the Supreme Court. There’s just one problem: they can’t actually do that. Alabama judges have decided that they don’t have to obey federal courts either, except that in reality, they do. And Oklahoma politician wants to switch from marriage licenses to marriage certificates, which would accomplish … not very much.

Let’s start in Texas this week, where first time State Rep Molly White has introduced a bill that would require the state to ignore any Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage.

 

Can she do that? Nope, that’s not how laws work. Or the Supreme Court. Or America in general. For better or for worse, Texas is still part of the United States, so Texas can’t just say “no thanks” when the Supreme Court tells them to do something. White’s only been in office for two months, so hopefully she’ll get the hang of it soon.Over in Alabama, the state Supreme Court is experiencing similar confusion. They’ve ordered probate judges to ignore the federal ruling that they have to issue marriage licenses. So now it’s state law versus federal law, and nobody knows who will win. Just kidding! Federal law will win. That’s the basis of our entire legal system.

Then there’s South Carolina, where a couple of politicians want to amend the US Constitution to ban marriage equality. This has no chance of happening. But State Senator Larry Grooms says that it’s necessary for “the propagation of our species.” Contrary to what Grooms seems to think, reproduction does not, in fact, originate in the U.S. Constitution.

And in Oklahoma, State Rep Todd Ross has solved the marriage debate with a new bill that stops the state from issuing marriage licenses, and instead requires marriage certificates. And this is different because… well, it’s actually pretty much the same, it’s just slightly less paperwork. So, okay.

Finally this week a new national survey shows support for marriage soaring to 59 percent, with just 33 percent opposed. This means that the freedom to marry is slightly more popular than the Pope.

Proposition Love Jewelry Featured on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” March 17th

Proposition Love Jewelry Featured on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” March 17th
As “Marriage” heads to U.S. Supreme Court for Final Ruling

LOS ANGELES, CA – Proposition Love, a fine jewelry company that caters to LGBT couples will be featured on episode #18 of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Tuesday, March 17th on at 9pm EDT/PDT.

Newly ordained minister and “housewife” Lisa Vanderpump officiates her first-ever wedding ceremony in the garden of her new restaurant/lounge PUMP in West Hollywood with Bravo camera’s capturing every exciting moment of partners Magno Salva and Dominic Pierson’s memorable moment.

As the national LGBT marriage debate goes before the U.S. Supreme Court for a final decision this June, Proposition Love designed and donated rings and had the honor of presenting them to the couple on their wedding day. Sam Street and Jonathan Tack, founders of Proposition Love Jewelry, collaborated with Lisa Vanderpump to create the wedding rings for the first ceremony she was to officiate.

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L to R: (Magno & Dominic Salva, Lisa Vanderpump, Sam Street, Jonathan Tack) and custom wedding bands

“Today I had the honour of officiating my first wedding at PUMP, beautiful couple entitled to equal rights. An emotional exquisite day! #LGBT” – Lisa Vanderpump @LisaVanderpump

Vanderpump worked with Street and Tack for weeks on the design of the rings, an interlocking motif crafted in white gold, symbolizing the love between newlyweds Dominic and Magno and the joining of their lives together.

Street commented “It was such an honor to design rings for Dominic and Magno’s special day as well as attending their beautiful ceremony.  Lisa Vanderpump was the icing on the “wedding” cake.  She is such a great advocate for our community.”

Prior to the wave of marriage equality sweeping the country, Street and Tack were married in California in 2008, as they couldn’t marry in their home state of New York. They are one of the 18,000 couples married during the short window of time before Prop 8 went into effect ending marriage equality in California.

Added Tack, “It’s encouraging to see support for marriage equality spreading nationwide and now finally before the Supreme Court; unlike when we were married six years ago in San Francisco’s City Hall.”

In preparation for the Supreme Court ruling, Proposition Love Jewelry created a video celebrating LOVE is LOVE with newlyweds Dominic and Magno, along with models Murray Swanby and Noah Wright and directed by Brad Hammer.  The video can be viewed at: PropositionLove.com.
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About Proposition Love Jewelry:
Proposition Love designs unique and beautiful jewelry for the LGBTQ community and their straight allies.  Proposition Love donates ten percent of profits from the sales of their jewelry to organizations that support Marriage Equality, gay rights, anti-bullying, LGBTQ youth and HIV/AIDS.  Their entire line can be found at PropositionLove.com, as well as selected styles at Macys.com . The jewelry company donates ten percent of profits from the sales of their jewelry to organizations that support Marriage Equality, gay rights, anti-bullying, LGBTQ youth and HIV/AIDS.

Lisa Vanderpump Officiates Her First Gay Wedding In Upcoming RHOBH Episode

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Newly ordained minister and RHOBH star Lisa Vanderpump officiates her first-ever wedding ceremony in the garden of her new restaurant/lounge PUMP in West Hollywood with Bravo camera’s capturing every exciting moment of partners Magno Salva and Dominic Pierson’s memorable moment. Vanderpump tweeted, “Today I had the honour of officiating my first wedding at PUMP, beautiful couple entitled to equal rights. An emotional exquisite day! #LGBT.”

Proposition Love, a fine jewelry company that caters to LGBT couples will be featured on Episode 18 “Confessions of a Housewife”, airing this Tuesday, March 17th on at 9pm EDT/PDT on Bravo. Vanderpump worked with Sam Street and Jonathan Tack (the company founders) for weeks on the design of the rings, an interlocking motif crafted in white gold, symbolizing the love between newlyweds Dominic and Magno and the joining of their lives together.

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Street commented “It was such an honor to design rings for Dominic and Magno’s special day as well as attending their beautiful ceremony. Lisa Vanderpump was the icing on the “wedding” cake. She is such a great advocate for our community.”

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In preparation for the Supreme Court ruling, Proposition Love Jewelry created a video celebrating LOVE is LOVE with newlyweds Dominic and Magno, along with models Murray Swanby and Noah Wright and directed by Brad Hammer. Watch the video and get more information about the jewelry and company at: PropositionLove.com.

Marriage Equality: Oklahoma Attempting To Take Government Out Of Marriage

Oklahoma lawmakers says no to marriage license's
This spring, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on marriage equality, and 17 states have petitioned the lifting of the gay marriage ban, which the Inquisitr covered.

With the heated debate on marriage equality, Oklahoma is now attempting to take the federal government out of the institution of marriage altogether. On March 10, a bill was passed in the state of Oklahoma that would abolish marriage license’s altogether. Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, who authored the legislation, removed all wording pertaining to marriage license of the books.

Marriage essentially is a contract that two parties enter in that are of consenting age, and with that comes certain benefits granted by federal law. The gay community in Oklahoma is not happy about this bill since they feel that they would then not be afforded the benefits of being married. This bill truly is seen by some people as real marriage equality.

The bill is in an attempt to protect the clerks of court who are caught in the middle of the federal government and the state. Last year, a federal appeals court struck down a marriage ban in the state that Russ and Governor Mary Falin believe overstepped their constitutional authority.

Russ does recognize that the bill is a way to counteract the constitutional overreach by handing the power back to the states. Russ states that the federal government does not have the power to “force its new definitions of what they believe on independent states.”

This bill takes the power of marriage and puts it into the hands of the clergy. If the clergy does not want to marry someone, they have the power to deny them a marriage license. Americans United, who oppose the bill, said that it discriminates against gay couples who are not religious. Russ states that is not so and that there are options.

“They don’t have a spiritual basis for a marriage and don’t want to have a clergy member or a priest or someone involved in the spiritual aspect,then they can file an affidavit of common-law marriage.”

There are some Democrat opponents to the bill that feel that this could open up a plethora of other issues. The Democrats feel that by taking government out of marriage and placing the responsibility of it in the hands of the clergy, this will allow polygamous marriages.

The LGBT community feels that this bill is discriminatory by protecting the clergy and not their rights. The other side of the coin is that this puts the power back into individual rights. Now the federal government cannot force people to marry someone who they do not want to. This does not just have to apply to the LGBT community, but also to those who do not practice certain religions, by making them marry those outside of their faith. To some people, this is the first real marriage equality bill.