As many might recall, a sizable percentage of the funding for California’s odious and ultimately unconstitutional Prop 8 came from Mormons in Utah, where gay couples can now get married. As this awesome memebait from Memographs reminds us, “karma is a bitch.”
And speaking of Utah: Clerks who don’t want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples won’t just get coal in their stockings next Christmas—they could be served with legal papers. Yahoo! News reports that while some reactionary clerks have resigned, Bryan Thompson just plum refused to give at least one lesbian couple their paperwork. The women have filed suit against the county, though the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thompson would likely only be found in contempt of court.
It seems a new state is legalizing marriage equality every week, but one midwestern holdout won’t be throwing rice at gay nuptials any time soon: Legislators in Indiana will be voting in January on whether to forward a ban on same-sex marriage, a measure that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2011.
But with the tide changing in Utah, New Mexico, New Jersey and elsewhere, the ban might not have the popularity it did just two years ago. As The New York Times reports, a victory for the LGBT community in a a Republican hotbed like Indiana would be a serious coup. “[It] would send a clear message to opponents of marriage equality that it’s time to be done fighting this battle,” says HRC’s Sarah Warbelow.
And while they still cling to “traditional marriage” Republican lawmakers aren’t really rallying around the ban. Governor Mike Pence hasn’t talked it up, and House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-IN) only mentioned it in a recent speech after a host of other concerns. “While it’s not high on the agenda, we all know we have to deal with whether Hoosiers should be entrusted with the important decision of the marriage amendment.”
The amendment could theoretically outlaw any recognition of same-sex relationships, as it declares that “a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”
A poll conducted by WISH TV Ball State Hoosier indicates that 58% of residents oppose a constitutional ban on marriage equality, but it also suggested people were nearly equally split on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.“It’s not a very positive reflection on our state that we’re considering this while everyone else is moving toward equality,” says equality advocate Megan Robertson.
To help in the fight for marriage equality, visit Freedom Indiana.
Neighbors of Dr. Mary Pham of Irvine, California, complained when she flew a rainbow flag from her house—going so far as to call it a “fag flag” in letters to the local homeowners’ association. But instead of sucking it up, Pham blanketed her home with a super-gay Christmas light display. Cuz that’s how we do.
Shock jock Howard Stern donned drag for his Christmas card this year, wearing a slinky Mrs. Claus suit as he sat on Santa’s lap. And who’s playing Santa? Stern’s babely wife, Beth Ostrosky.