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Ted Olson: ‘Point of no return’ on gay marriage passed

In an interview with USA Today’s Capital Download, Ted Olson said that the Supreme Court has reached “the point of no return” on marriage equality. “I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed. To have that snatched away, it seems to me, would be inhuman; it would be cruel; and it would be inconsistent with what the Supreme Court has said about these issues in the cases that it has rendered.”

Jimmy Carter says gay marriage should be left up to states

“I’m kind of inclined to let the states decide individually,” Carter said after being asked about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to not take up marriage equality in its upcoming term. “As you see, more and more states are deciding on gay marriage every year. If Texas doesn’t want to have gay marriage, then I think that’s a right for Texas people to decide.”

Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination

A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding.

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Today’s Bow Tie of the Day is The Forsyth! We’re sure it holds the key to your heart and can unlock the secret to a great accessorized outfit. Too much? Well we still love it.

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Today’s Bow Tie of the Day is The Varick! We are loving this elegantly designed tie and can’t wait to rock it in the upcoming holiday season.

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The Obama Brief: The President considers his judicial legacy

“In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential—from my perspective, a positive sense—as anything that’s been done,” the President said. In other words, Obama’s favorite decision was one in which the Court allowed the political process to go forward, one state at a time. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all fifty states,” he said. “But, as you know, courts have always been strategic. There have been times where the stars were aligned and the Court, like a thunderbolt, issues a ruling like Brown v. Board of Education, but that’s pretty rare. And, given the direction of society, for the Court to have allowed the process to play out the way it has may make the shift less controversial and more lasting.

Five Signs We’ve Reached the Marriage Equality Tipping Point

It was the non-decision heard ’round the world: In early October, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appellate court cases from Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana, all of which had previously ruled in favor of same-sex marriage rights. Here are five signs the tipping point has arrived: 1) More states are expected to follow suit. 2) When it comes to defining marriage, the majority rules. 3) The Republican opposition has all but died. 4) Equality has spread all across the country, even where it was least expected. 5) Marriage victories have become a part of everyday life for LGBT people.

Small Towns, Small Hearts: The Battle for Gay Rights in Rural America

House: There are lots of folks like me in Berea, who came here for its professed openness and diversity. But we had a rude shock last week, when the City Council voted 5 to 3 against an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The vote illuminates a new reality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. The equality divide we face is no longer between red and blue states, but between urban and rural America. Even as we celebrate victories like this month’s Supreme Court order on same-sex marriage, the real front in the battle for equality remains the small towns that dot America’s landscape. The more the issue of gay rights makes progress nationally, the more fear is stirred up in the bellies of small towns. Too many preachers and politicians, refusing to trust their constituents or congregants to come to their own conclusions, feed on that fear, creating an endless cycle.

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Today’s Bow Tie of the Day is The Beak Street! This tie is perfect for the current fall and upcoming winter seasons with its dark and rich colors.

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