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Wisconsin to Recognize More than 500 Same-Sex Marriages

More than 500 same-sex couples who got married in Wisconsin last June are no longer in legal limbo.

Governor Scott Walker issued a statement Monday (13 October) announcing that it would recognize that marriages of the couples who were married in the state during the week between a district court’s decision to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban and a judge’s subsequent stay of that ruling.

The announcement comes a week after the US Supreme Court let stand the striking down of gay marriage bans in five states, including Wisconsin.

Vatican Has Greater Openness for Gays and Lesbians 

The world’s Catholic bishops on Monday (Oct. 13) signaled a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians, an about-face so unexpected that leaders of the church’s right wing called it a “betrayal.”

Noting that gays and lesbians have “gifts and qualities” to offer the church, the midpoint assessment reflected the impact that Pope Francis seems to be having on the two-week Synod on the Family as he pushes for a more open, less doctrinaire approach.

“Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities?” said the communique from the nearly 200 bishops and lay delegates. “Often they wish to encounter a church that offers them a welcoming home.

“Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”

While they reaffirmed their opposition to gay marriage and same-sex unions, the bishops’ groundbreaking document nonetheless said homosexuality called for “serious reflection” and described it as an “important educative challenge” for the church.


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Today’s Bow Tie of the Day is The William! With it’s bold and unique pattern, this tie fits in perfectly with your upcoming fall wardrobe.

The burgundy and brown contrast sets a perfect color contrast for fall and the upcoming holidays and it guaranteed to add some splash to your outfits.

Pair this tie with a black collared shirt and some burgundy or tan pants and you have yourself the perfect fall outfit. During the day, pair with a button down short sleeve white shirt to add freshness and a splash of color!

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Both Alaska and Idaho have seen progress in the fight for marriage equality this week!

In Idaho, a judge struck down a request to place a hold on a lower court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, which could possibly mean that same-sex couples could start marrying in the state very soon.

In Alaska, the ban on same-sex marriage has been struck down!! Same-sex couples will now be eligible to get married in the state. Alaska is following victories in many other states over the past few weeks, and the progress is amazing!

Let’s keep the fight for #equality going!


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Nevada Issues First Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Nevada began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday after a district judge removed the final hurdle to same-sex matrimony in the state, hours after a conservative group withdrew a last-ditch effort to block the change.

The move came as obstacles to gay marriage fell in West Virginia even as other states pushed back against federal court actions this week, including by the U.S. Supreme Court, that could ultimately extend legal same-sex matrimony to 35 states.

Tuesday’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling legalizing gay marriage in Nevada and Idaho came a day after the U.S. Supreme Court said it would leave intact lower court rulings that overturned bans in five states.

South Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Gay-Marriage Ban

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that county probate judges cannot issue same-sex marriage licenses until a ruling is made on a suit filed in federal court challenging the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Thursday’s noon announcement comes after the South Carolina Supreme Court extended a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses in Charleston County Wednesday.

Justice Anthony Kennedy Halts Idaho Marriages, Allows Nevada Ruling to Go Into Effect

In response to a last-minute request from lawyers for the state of Idaho, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday stopped Tuesday’s federal appeals court marriage ruling from from going into effect immediately.

The temporary order appears to have put same-sex couples’ marriages on hold in both states impacted by Tuesday’s decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — Idaho and Nevada — despite the request only having coming from Idaho officials.

Under a Tuesday evening order from the 9th Circuit, the mandate in the cases challenging both Idaho and Nevada’s bans on same-sex couples’ marriages was issued. The mandate is the final step the appeals court needed to take in order to put its ruling that the bans are unconstitutional into effect.



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Happy Thursday! Today’s Bow Tie of the Day is The Sullivan Street! Coming in Black/ Silver and Chocolate Brown, this tie is guaranteed to make you feel dapper and chic.

The fun and unique chalk like styling on the black or brown neutral backgrounds make this tie both blend in and stand out. Though there is not much color to it, the design is what make it truly unique and it seems like you find a new part of it every time you look at it.

We suggest pairing this tie with a bright colored shirt in order to help the tie stand out, while adding your own flare to your outfit. For the Black tie, try pairing it with a red colored shirt (perfect for the upcoming holidays), and for the brown, either pair with black or get wild and choose a color to make it pop.

However you wear it, The Sullivan Street is sure to dress up your outfit. Buy one now at The Tie Bar!