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– In a case involving a student who wanted to preach and hand out religious materials during school hours, a federal district court judge has denied the student’s request for a preliminary injunction against the policy. The ruling is summed up at the end:

Plaintiff has failed, however, to demonstrate that his constitutional rights have been violated. Further, the Court finds that the public interest would not be furthered by disturbing the School District’s policy at this stage in the proceedings given only the mere possibility that plaintiff might ultimately prevail.

– The Texas Supreme Court has asked for responses in two state marriage cases, to be filed by March 12.

– In the federal challenge to Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban, the plaintiffs are asking the district court judge to lift the stay on marriages in the state.

– I attended a rally in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday, in support of same-sex marriage. Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand were there as well. There are lots of pictures of the rally here.

– The new Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, spoke on the issue of transgender military service, saying that he was “open minded” on the issue.

– Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers, most famous to LGBT activists for successfully defending the state’s ban on same-sex sex in Bowers v. Hardwick, is speaking out against so-called “religious liberty” legislation that would allow discrimination of LGBT people.

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. Zack12  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:47 am
    It's amazing how they can't give up on this issue.

  • 2. MichaelGrabow  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Always happy to have more people join our side.

  • 3. MichaelGrabow  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:53 am


  • 4. A_Jayne  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:56 am

    '[Guth] added, "This is what I believe," and he wants his children and grandchildren to embrace those same values.'

    So he wants the government and its policies to educate his children and grandchildren for him on matters of religion and morality?

  • 5. guitaristbl  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:59 am

    As far as the Christian student is concerned as long as a student can be kicked out from your bigoted schools just for being who they are then keep your superstitious nonsense to yourself and stop harassing and bothering other students.
    Or else go to one of your schools to be taught that matter can come to existence from nothing and the earth is 6000 years old.
    I am honestly tired of Christians demanding rights they fight to deny to everyone else.

  • 6. StraightDave  |  February 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Do they not even read the news? It takes multiple years to amend the IA constitution, by which time the whole effort will be moot.

    Says a conservative advocacy group, "Throughout history, there has always been a faithful remnant who have refused to be discouraged or distracted from defending biblical truth."

    Yeah, they're called dead-enders.

  • 7. FFV  |  February 23, 2015 at 9:09 am

    "… matter can come to existence from nothing …"

    Actually, matter can do this, and no deity of any sort is required.

  • 8. StraightDave  |  February 23, 2015 at 10:03 am

    No, he wants to force the gov't to impose his values of religion and morality on everybody else's children and grandchildren so that his family will no longer feel so out of place and looked down upon for being so backward.

  • 9. Eric  |  February 23, 2015 at 10:13 am

    They can have their biblical truth, I'll stick with plain truth.

  • 10. RnL2008  |  February 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    There needs to be a way to fight this sort of legislation:

    I mean when Clergy's are on our side of a proposed legislation…… means they know it's going to do more harm than good!!!

    Lawsuits NEED to be ready to challenge these sorts of discriminatory bills!!!

  • 11. Wolf of Raging Fires  |  February 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Matter cannot be created or destroyed, only converted into another form. Same goes for energy. See Laws of Thermodynamics.

  • 12. scream4ever  |  February 23, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Fortunately we have 90 days. I fully expect a lawsuit to be filed resulting on it being overturned.

  • 13. RnL2008  |  February 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    I do expect lawsuits to be filed:-)

  • 14. FFV  |  February 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    You're excused.

    Try the equivalence principle. Check quantum vacuum energy. Or have a talk with Hawking after reading his recent papers on "god". If you can back up your layman's viewpoint, I will give you my PhD and resign from Lawrence Livermore.

  • 15. Wolf of Raging Fires  |  February 23, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I didn't ask to be excused.

    The equivalence principle deals with the effects of general relativity on mass, not the creation or destruction of matter. Quantum vacuum energy is the lowest energy state of matter and also has nothing to do with the creation or destruction of matter. I'd gladly talk to Hawking about particle physics and his theories instead of you because he would actually know what he's talking about. Don't worry, though…I won't tell your laboratory colleagues that you're a total fake. I'm a nice guy like that.

  • 16. DrBriCA  |  February 23, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    It's amusing (yet sad) that the plaintiffs' request to lift the stay in the federal decision for Arkansas deftly avoids mention of Kansas, most likely to avoid any spotlight on the mess that state's administration has made of the whole ordeal.

    "The same is true with respect to the states of Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, and Florida and one other state."

    A subsequent paragraph goes into further detail about all the stay denials since Oct. 6, including SC, but pointedly avoids mention of Kansas….

  • 17. RobW303  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    They're called hypocrites, because they deliberately turn a blind eye to those sins that affect people most like themselves.

  • 18. VIRick  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    "I'm a nice guy like that."

    Wolf, indeed, you are, complete with charm, grace, talent, and a perfectly wonderful loving, kind personality! And a deftly-exectued wiggle that has garnered repeated rave reviews.

    Oh wait! EXCUSE ME, but did somebody actually attempt to dismiss you from what had been a pleasantly-civilized discussion on some arcanely tangential subject which has little or no bearing on whether same-sex couples are legally-married in jurisdiction A, B, or C?

  • 19. VIRick  |  February 23, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    "…. and one other state."

    Ooooh, that is good! Still, drawing anyone's attention to the obfuscating fiasco in Kansas would not be in the best interests of the plaintiffs in Arkansas.

  • 20. Wolf of Raging Fires  |  February 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    They did. They tried and they failed, as you can see. :)

  • 21. jm64tx  |  February 24, 2015 at 4:25 am

    You might want to have a look at the following link:

  • 22. hopalongcassidy  |  February 24, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I prefer Flat Earthers…

  • 23. hopalongcassidy  |  February 24, 2015 at 7:01 am

    ROTFLMAO…more like liverWURST…that you Piled High and Deep on your sammidge.

  • 24. Wolf of Raging Fires  |  February 24, 2015 at 10:26 am

    That's very cool but doesn't negate what I've said. Matter or energy cannot be made from nothing or turned into nothing. This link shows an example of energy to matter conversion, which is awesome, but well within the Laws of Thermodynamics.

  • 25. VIRick  |  February 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    "They tried and they failed, as you can see. :) "

    Ooooohh, they got deleted,– which apparently proves the reverse of their argument within the same sphere of nerd-dom,– that matter can be taken out of existence and be returned back to the same nothingness from whence it came. Isn't that sweet?? LOL

    By the way, if it's not already totally obvious, I'm a complete blonde when it comes to physics. I'm just playing with words.

  • 26. Wolf of Raging Fires  |  February 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Haha. It's fine. At least I know you've got my back. Thank you.

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