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Two Ministers Forge Friendship Across a Church Divide
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/18/14
The two ministers were foes before they ever met, partisans in a war they did not start, but partisans nonetheless.

For four years, they did not speak.

But in the spring of 2011, the Rev. Tory Baucum drove 100 miles south to Richmond to introduce himself to the Rev. Shannon Johnston. And now the friendship that resulted, nurtured over Guinness in the bar of Richmond’s storied Jefferson Hotel, at dinner with their wives and during many difficult conversations, is being hailed as one of the

Federal Court Seems Divided on Utah Bid to Ban Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/10/14
The push for same-sex marriage, which has celebrated victory after victory in courtrooms across the country, entered an uncertain stage on Thursday as a federal appeals court appeared divided about whether the socially conservative state of Utah could limit marriages to a man and a woman.

In an hour of arguments inside a packed courtroom, three judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit sparred with lawyers about the effects of such bans on the children of same-sex co

UMass Guard Joins List of Openly Gay Athletes
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/9/14
Derrick Gordon, a University of Massachusetts guard, revealed that he is gay, joining a fast-growing list of publicly gay male college and professional athletes.

Gordon is believed to be the first publicly gay active men’s player in Division I college basketball. He spent years trying to conceal the secret, but told his parents, coach and teammates over a stretch of several days last week.

“No one has a set date and time on when they want to come out,” Gordon said in a phone interview Wedn

Mozilla’s Chief Felled by View on Gay Unions
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/3/14
In Silicon Valley, where personal quirks and even antisocial personalities are tolerated as long as you are building new products and making money, a socially conservative viewpoint may be one trait you have to keep to yourself.

On Thursday, Brendan Eich, who has helped develop some of the web’s most important technologies, resigned under pressure as chief executive of Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox web browser, just two weeks after taking the job. The reason? In 2008, he donated $

Mozilla Chief Tries to Separate Views on Gay Marriage and Business
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/2/14
Can a chief executive run an open-source software company while simultaneously holding views some say are antithetical to the ethos of the open-source community?

The chief executive of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, who made a $1,000 contribution in 2008 to support a ban on gay marriage, believes they can. But a number of his employees and people outside the company disagree.

At Mozilla, a Chief’s Support of Gay Marriage Ban Causes Conflict
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/31/14
People who once debated the benefits of different web browsers are now embroiled in a heated discussion about gay marriage, and Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, is at the center of that debate.

The troubles began when Brendan Eich, a programmer and creator of the JavaScript programming language, was appointed as the new chief executive of Mozilla last week. Since then, three board members have quit the company, current employees have publicly denounced Mr. Eich, and now Firefox is being publicl

U.S. to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Michigan
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/28/14
The federal government will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were performed in Michigan last weekend, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday, a day after Michigan’s governor said his state would not.

Mr. Holder’s announcement caps a period of rapid change and uncertainty over the status of same-sex marriage in Michigan. On March 21, a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the next morning gay and lesbian couples rushed to exchange vows. By

VP Biden calls on Congress to pass gay rights bill
source: The Washington Post
posted: 3/23/14
Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it’s outrageous that the country is even debating the subject.

Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, Biden said it’s “close to barbaric” that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Imagine 20 years from now as America looked back and say ‘How in the hell can that

Gay marriages in Michigan halted by appeals court
source: The Washington Post
posted: 3/23/14
An appeals court reinstituted Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, but not before several hundred same-sex couples rushed to the state’s county clerk’s offices to get hitched.

The order on Saturday by a federal appeals court in Cincinnati to at least temporarily restore the ban that Michigan voters approved in 2004 came after Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, of Lansing, were the first on Saturday to arrive at the Ingham County Courthouse in the central Michigan city of Maso

Wave of Appeals Expected to Turn the Tide on Same-Sex Marriage Bans
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/22/14
With a slew of cases barreling toward federal appeals courts, almost certainly including the decision Friday that overturned Michigan’s restrictive marriage amendment, the legal battle over same-sex marriage is entering a new and climactic phase. Decisions in the coming months will resonate beyond individual states across entire regions and may impel the Supreme Court to revisit the issue sooner than it wished.

Legal experts say the country is entering what one called a “marriage spring” and