same-sex marriage

This week, Morning Edition is taking a look at the attitudes about gay rights in North Dakota, one of 13 states that still bans same-sex marriage.

Wahpeton, N.D., is about an hourlong drive from Fargo, through vast, empty farmland that's brown and yellow this time of year. It will look very different soon — farmers are already out on their tractors preparing for the planting season.

Texas Lawmakers Hear Bill Banning Gay Marriage Licenses

Mar 25, 2015
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AUSTIN — Dick Francis appealed to Texas lawmakers ten years ago to vote against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Legislators — and voters statewide — approved the amendment in 2005. Late Wednesday, Francis once again pleaded with lawmakers on behalf of his gay son.

He asked members of the House State Affairs committee to vote against the “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act” by Magnolia Republican Rep. Cecil Bell Jr., a bill that would bar state and local employees from licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages — even if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes them.

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AUSTIN — The Texas Capitol will be abuzz with talk of gay marriage as three groups hold dueling events both for and against same-sex rights.

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will headline a Monday afternoon rally sponsored by Conservative Republicans of Texas.

Staunchly opposed to gay marriage, Moore instructed Alabama’s state probate judges to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite a federal court ruling that Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

NEW YORK — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a “commitment between two people,” becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation.

The new definition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the denomination’s 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th “yes” vote came Tuesday night from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey.

After all regional bodies vote and top Presbyterian leaders officially accept the results, the change will take effect June 21. The denomination has nearly 1.8 million members and about 10,000 congregations.

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AUSTIN — The rabbi who defied Texas’ same-sex marriage ban, and wed a lesbian couple last week, led the morning prayer in the Republican-dominated Texas House on Wednesday, catching staunch supporters of the prohibition off-guard.

Rabbi Kerry Baker didn’t reference the nuptials, which are being challenged by the state attorney general, but urged lawmakers to pay special attention to people who are marginalized and to treat everyone equally. “It’s not enough to do what is good for the majority, but to do what is good for all of us,” Baker said.