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Marriage – A Federal or State Concern?

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Advocates filed an Amicus Brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week in a case regarding states’ rights in the matter of marriage.  We were requested by attorneys defending traditional marriage to file the brief.
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The case, Sevcik v. Sandoval, originated in the State of Nevada in 2012, when several same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses.  Attorneys for these couples claimed that Nevada’s state ban on same-sex marriages violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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ACLU and Lesbian Wedding Couple Lodges Complaint Against Minister

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One of our new clients, The Clergy Network, is a marketplace ministry operated by a husband and wife team, Brian and Linda Trott, both are ordained wedding handsministers with doctorates in divinity. They officiate weddings, funerals and other special occasions. The Clergy Network provides referral services to like-minded ministers who view their profession as an opportunity to share their Christian faith by officiating special occasions in the marketplace.

As an added benefit to wedding couples, Brian is authorized to issue a limited number of confidential marriage licenses to couples on behalf of the County of Orange, California.

The Clergy Network was recently contacted by a woman looking for someone to issue a confidential marriage license and to officiate her wedding.  Brian had no additional confidential marriage licenses that he could issue at the time and was already booked for the woman’s wedding day.

The Clergy Network referred the woman to another minister who could perform the services required on the date requested. The woman refused the referral; she said that she did not want a “Hispanic” minister and wanted Linda Trott to conduct the ceremony. She then disclosed that she would be marrying a female. It was apparent to Linda that this was a “set-up” following the reversal of Proposition 8.

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The Impact of the Marriage Rulings

Dear Partner,

We would like to share the goods news of the recent marriage decisions that you will never hear in the media: the Supreme Court did not rule that there is a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.  Although this specific issue remains open for a future case, the fact is that every state that currently prohibits same-sex marriage may continue to legally do so. This is significant because the primary goal of both the Windsor and Perry cases was to have the Supreme Court declare a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage that would apply to the entire country. That did not happen. Read More

Today’s Supreme Court Rulings in “Plain English”

We would like to share the goods news of today’s decisions that you will never hear in the media: the Supreme Court did not rule that there is a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Although this specific issue remains open for a future case, the fact is that every state that currently prohibits same-Bride_and_groom_hands_with_ringssex marriage may continue to legally do so. This is significant because the primary goal of both the Windsor and Perry cases was to have the Supreme Court declare a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage that would apply to the entire country. That did not happen. Read More

Advocates’ Attorneys Explain the Marriage Arguments

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two important marriage cases: 1) California’s voter initiative Proposition 8, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, and 2) the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents federal recognition of state same sex Bride_and_groommarriages.

Now that the dust has settled, we want to give you a brief summary without the “legalese.” Read More

A Love Story That Cannot Be Replicated

Dear Partner,

Just 3 weeks ago, my mother passed away after struggling with declining health over a couple years. Her 81 year life exemplified the positive attributes of a dedicated Christian life. She was a sensitive, caring and loving mother who loved God to her very last breath. She left behind her husband, five children and 15 grandchildren, all of whom revere God in their own lives. Not a day goes by without a tear being shed.

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          My mom ran the race and left her mark – a heritage orchestrated by God Himself. She lived a love story of 60 years with my father that will continue into eternity as she and my father will one day be reunited in heaven.          Read More