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Same-sex marriage in limbo in several states after Supreme Court ruling

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WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Even after the Supreme Court ruling that extends marriage laws to same-sex couples nationwide, some are being forced to wait to tie the knot, opening the door to a protracted court battle.

Government officials in at least five states, three in the historically conservative deep South, have voiced concerns over the high court's 5-4 ruling legalizing gay marriage, some going as far as refusing to observe the newly minted constitutional right. Officials in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Utah and Tennessee have announced they will be delaying enforcement or will be drafting legislation that exempts the state from following the ruling.

"For the most part, it's called the Bible Belt for a reason," said Ed Vitagliano, executive vice president of the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association. "I'm sure Mississippi is no more spiritual than many other states. But they have been used to seeing the world through the lens of their Christian faith."


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 YourMom2    1,354

Alternative lifestyles also include pedophiles. This article is from 2 years ago. The South still holds on to morality even more tightly than a flag.

Pedophiles Call For Same "Rights" As Homosexuals

Pedophilia has already been granted protected status by the Federal Government. The Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act lists "sexual orientation" as a protected class; however, it does not define the term.

Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that "pedophilia is not covered as an orientation;" however, the amendment was defeated by Democrats. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fl) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law. "This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these 'philias' and fetishes and 'isms' that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule."

The White House praised the bill saying, "At root, this isn't just about our laws; this is about who we are as a people. This is about whether we value one another  - whether we embrace our differences rather than allowing them to become a source of animus."

Earlier this year two psychologists in Canada declared that pedophilia is a sexual orientation just like homosexuality or heterosexuality.



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 garlic    2,639

 County clerks can refuse to issue same-sex licenses

AUSTIN -- Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country, politicians from both sides of the aisle began weighing in on the decision.

The Texas Attorney General responded to the ruling Sunday, implying that judges can refuse to issue same-sex marriage licence, while adding they may face litigation if they refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

"It is important to note that any clerk who wishes to defend their religious objections and who chooses not to issue licenses may well face litigation and/or a fine," Paxton said in a statement. "But, numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs, in many cases on a pro-bono basis, and I will do everything I can from this office to be a public voice for those standing in defense of their rights."

The opinion -- which was requested last week by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - comes two days after the high court in a historic ruling struck down gay marriage bans in Texas and a dozen other states.



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