Friday, February 28, 2014
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, weighed in on the issue of gay marriage during a wide ranging interview on Larry King Now, a half-hour web show broadcast on Ora.tv and hosted by Larry King.
King asked the Dalai Lama his thoughts on the growing acceptance of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
“It's okay. I think the individual business,” he said with a laugh.
“None of your business, right?” King rhetorically asked. “You got a point.”
“If two people, two couple, really feel that way, its more sort of the practical and more sort of the satisfaction. Both sides fully agree, then okay,” the Dalai Lama explained.
He added that he believes sexual orientation is a “personal matter.”
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, argued that marriage is not about love during an appearance Thursday on CNN.
Donohue told New Day host Chris Cuomo that he's opposed to gay marriage in part because marriage is not about love.
“The gold standard is a father and a mother creating a family,” Donohue said. “That's what was ordained by nature and nature's god.”
“Marriage was not ordained by nature,” Cuomo replied. “Most mammals don't couple.”
“Marriage is about love, commitment and the right to it is about equality,” Cuomo added.
“No it isn't. Marriage is about family. It's not about love,” Donohue responded. “Two sisters can love each other. … That's an odd idea, by the way, in Western history. The idea that two people should get married on the basis of love. Marriage has always been based historically on duty and on commitment.”
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia said that the state's marriage laws demean the dignity of gay and lesbian couples for “no legitimate reason.”
“Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” Garcia wrote.
Garcia stayed his ruling pending an appeal.
Federal judges have knocked down all or part of similar bans in Utah, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia.
“Today the 6th federal judge in a row has ruled – in Texas – that there is simply no legitimate justification for denying marriage to loving gay and lesbian couples,” Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, said in an emailed statement. “The court's holding is solid and serious, and follows the language and logic of the Supreme Court's marriage ruling last year and the Constitution's clear command. With 47 marriage cases in 25 states now moving forward, and the possibility that a freedom to marry case will again reach the Supreme Court as soon as 2015, we must continue the conversation and progress – Texan to Texan, American to American – that show that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry.”
Plaintiffs in the suit are two gay couples. Cleopatra de Leon and Nicole Dimetman of Austin married in Massachusetts but a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2005 prohibits Texas from recognizing their marriage. The law also prevents San Antonio couple Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss from marrying. The couple was denied a marriage license in November.
Phariss, a lawyer, and Holmes, an Air Force veteran, have been in a relationship for 17 years.
“We love each other and, like most straight couples who love each other, we want to get married,” Pharris told The Dallas Morning News.
State lawyers asked Judge Garcia to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Texas is “promoting the state's interest in responsible procreation and childbearing.”