A former National Organization for Marriage (NOM) official has predicted that same-sex marriage legislation will be in place in all 50 U.S. states by 2015.
As Good As You's Jeremy Hooper originally reported, Jennifer Roback Morse minced few words on the matter in a recent speech.
"We're here in 2014 talking about the re-definition of marriage," she says in audio of the speech. "I'm just gonna go on the record here and forecast: by this time next year, it will be over. As a legal matter, it will be over."
To emphasize her point, she added, "There will be same-sex, genderless marriage in every state of the union. If anyone's here from Texas, I'm sorry."
Morse, who is the author of Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn’t Work among other books, is the founder of the Ruth Institute, formerly a project of NOM which deems marriage "a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman" on its official website.
In April of last year, she argued that same-sex marriage amounted to nothing more than a "government registry of friendships." Previously, Morse claimed that all gay men had an innate "sense of shame" because they understood they are "deeply wrong."
Hooper reports that Morse left NOM in 2013.
NOM spokeswoman Matille Thebolt declined The Huffington Post's request for comment.
City Council members in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Tuesday approved a gay-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance after debating the measure for nearly 10 hours.
The ordinance, approved with a 6-2 vote, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status and veteran status in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations.
An effort to put the measure up to a public vote was defeated during Tuesday's meeting.
Opponents of the ordinance launched a campaign urging citizens to speak out at the hearing.
“I don't believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” Duggar said in the call. “I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space.”
The campaign to derail the ordinance was paid for by FreeFayetteville.org, whose website redirects visitors to the website of the Arkansas Family Council, the group which worked to approve the state's constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union.
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan said during Tuesday's hearing that he strongly supports the measure.
“We have three classes of people that are not protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act and I think that's wrong,” he said. “I believe that equality, diversity and inclusion are the driving forces for all freedoms for everyone and without equality, diversity and inclusion, there is no freedom for anyone. And I'm going to stand for that freedom as the mayor of this city.”
Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace."
Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from "Grace Adler Interior Design" and Will Truman's framed college diploma.
Kohan told The Associated Press the Smithsonian's interest in the show featuring gay principal characters was a validation they never dreamed about when the sitcom began airing in 1998. "Will and Grace" ran through May 2006 depicting four friends both gay and straight, eventually ending with the main characters coupled off with children.
"These particular guests that were invited into people's living rooms happened to be your gay friends," Kohan said. "I don't think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay."
"The fact that it's in the American history (museum), maybe we were a part of something that was bigger than we ever imagined," Kohan said.
The donation is part of larger effort to document gay and lesbian history, an area that has not been well understood at the museum. Curators are collecting materials from LGBT political, sports and cultural history objects from Arizona to Maryland.
Some items being donated include the diplomatic passports of Ambassador David Huebner, the first openly gay U.S. ambassador confirmed by the Senate, and his husband; materials from a gay community center in Baltimore; and photography collections from Patsy Lynch and Silvia Ros documenting gay rights activism.
From sports history, the museum will receive a tennis racket from former professional player Renee Richards who won a landmark New York Supreme Court decision for transgender rights after she was denied entry to the U.S. Open in 1975. And the museum will receive the first transgender pride flag from an activist and U.S. Navy veteran.
"There have always been gender non-conforming people in the U.S., and we've made contributions and lived life since the beginning of the country," said Curator Katherine Ott who focuses on sexuality and gender. "It's not talked about and analyzed and understood in the critical ways in which it should be. So for us to build the collection means we can more fully document the history of this country."
"Will and Grace" used comedy to familiarize a mainstream audience with gay culture, said Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers. It was daring and broke ground in the same way "All in the Family" did in the 1970s around issues of bigotry and tolerance, Bowers said.
"We're very interested in how entertainment can act as sort of a buffer to make people think and understand the challenges in American life," he said.
The show creators also donated a letter from Focus on the Family in 2000 objecting to an episode making fun of reparative gay therapy, along with the show's flippant and dismissive written response. The museum wanted to document that as well.
The Smithsonian has previously collected items opposing LGBT rights, including protest signs from the Westboro Baptist Church.
A gay couple together 45 years has asked a federal judge to order Arizona officials to recognize their out-of-state marriage.
Fred McQuire and George Martinez of Green Valley were married in California last month.
Lawyers for the couple, both veterans of the U.S. Armed Services, say the court's intervention is needed so Martinez can be listed as married on his anticipated death certificate and McQuire can be recognized as his surviving spouse.
The men are plaintiffs in one of two cases challenging Arizona's marriage ban.
Arizona voters in 2008 approved Proposition 102, which limits marriage to heterosexual couples, two years after rejecting Proposition 107, which sought to prohibit gay couples from marriage, civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.
Shortly after the shocking news broke on Monday that Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California home, the Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to picket the beloved actor’s funeral, calling him a “fag pimp.”
However, when the organization Planting Peace – which owns the Equality House located across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas – learned of the WBC’s plan, they put one of their own into action to overshadow the hateful message with one of love, reports the Huffington Post.
Planting Peace has begun a fundraising effort in Williams’s honor benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – a cause the iconic actor supported passionately during his life.
A statement from Planting Peace on the Crowdrise page for the campaign reads:
Our neighbors at the Westboro Baptist Church have announced their intention to protest the funeral of Robin Williams. In keeping with our philosophy of addressing acts of hate and intolerance with compassion and love, we are inviting the public to show their respect and support of a man who spent his life making others smile, who was always there for others in their time of need, and who supported the greater good through works of service and charity. Please join Planting Peace in counteracting the WBC’s message of hate through a fundraising event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a cause Mr. Williams passionately and publicly supported.
Though the fundraising effort has already met its $30,000 goal, you can still help drown out the WBC’s hateful message further by donating to Planting Pleace’s “Remember Robin: A Fundraiser for St. Jude” and add your voice to the chorus of those battling intolerance with a gesture of love.
Someone must have missed the memo that same-sex attraction isn't classifiable as a medical disorder anymore -- and hasn't been for 40 years.
Last year we brought you the story of Matthew Moore, a gay man who was "diagnosed" with "chronic homosexuality" by his Southern California doctor, despite the fast that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1973.
Though he reportedly received an apology from the Torrance Memorial Health Association, Moore recently discovered -- one year later -- that "homosexual behavior" is still noted on his record as a "chronic problem." As a result, he is filing suit.
"Unfortunately, this kind of ignorance and bias is still all too common among health professionals," Shane Snowdon, head of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's health and aging program, said in a statement. "This incident underlines the importance of our ongoing efforts to educate healthcare providers about knowledgeable, respectful treatment of LGBT Americans. When we consult a physician, we have a right to expect care uncontaminated by personal prejudice."
NBC Los Angeles reports that Torrance Memorial Physicians Network claims they tried to expunge the diagnosis from Moore's records but software issues made it difficult and, "as a result, this incorrect diagnosis code was included on a paper copy of the record, which was provided only to the patient."
Attorneys for Torrence Memorial Physicians Network want to see the lawsuit dismissed, calling its allegations "vague and ambitious."
This certainly isn't the first time a queer person has filed suit against a medical practitioner for pathologizing their same-sex attraction. Just last month a gay Chinese man announced that he will sue a clinic that used electric shock therapy in an attempt to "turn him straight."