DOMA http://wfpl.org en Louisville Couple Challenges Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ban: 'Don't Want to Wait Another 20 Years' http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-couple-challenges-kentucky-same-sex-marriage-ban-dont-want-wait-another-20-years <p>Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon met in 1982 while they were students at the University of Kentucky.</p><p>They were married 22 years later—in Canada. The men live in Louisville, however, and their marriage isn't recognized in Kentucky because of a statewide ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>On Friday, Bourke and De Leon<a href="/post/kentucky-couple-challenges-ban-same-sex-marriages-federal-court/post/kentucky-couple-challenges-ban-same-sex-marriages-federal-court"> filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.</a></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6262 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Couple Challenges Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ban: 'Don't Want to Wait Another 20 Years' Kentucky Couple Challenges Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Federal Court http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-couple-challenges-ban-same-sex-marriages-federal-court <p>A Louisville couple has filed a challenge to Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages and has asked a federal judge to require the state to recognize valid unions from other states and countries.</p><p>Gregory Bourke and Michael Deleon filed suit Friday morning in U.S. District Court in Louisville.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:42:30 +0000 Associated Press 6256 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Couple Challenges Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Federal Court Senator Rand Paul Says Bestiality Comments Were Misunderstood http://wfpl.org/post/senator-rand-paul-says-bestiality-comments-were-misunderstood <p>Appearing on NPR's "Here and Now" Thursday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says his controversial comments equating gay marriage to bestiality are being misinterpreted.</p><p>During an <a href="http://youtu.be/-ta5FmFuINM">interview with radio show host Glenn Beck</a>, the two discussed the high court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and uphold a lower-court's decision that struck down Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California.</p><p>Beck argued that changing marriage laws allows for new definitions of the institution, such as polygamy.</p><p>Paul questioned if lawmakers should use their moral beliefs when drafting bills but went further saying: "And I think this is a conundrum...If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further—does it have to be humans? You know?"</p><p>The <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2013/06/27/opening_act_sarcasm_doesn_t_translate_adequately_from_radio.html">senator's office said he was being sarcastic</a>.</p><p>Paul told NPR the same thing, but added the comments are being misunderstood and that people should listen to the recording again.</p><p>"In the interview we were talking about not having laws. We weren't talking about gay marriage. We weren't talking about DOMA," he says. "What we were talking about was whether state government should be involved at all and if there are no state government rules what could potentially happen."</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:29:53 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5930 at http://wfpl.org Senator Rand Paul Says Bestiality Comments Were Misunderstood Strange Fruit: SCOTUS Takes on Marriage Equality; Filmmaker Byron Hurt on 'Soul Food Junkies' http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-scotus-takes-marriage-equality-filmmaker-byron-hurt-soul-food-junkies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F85509902%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-GghJ4&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two marriage equality cases. The <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/26/175273122/in-first-of-2-gay-marriage-cases-court-turns-to-proposition-8">Prop 8 case</a> is a constitutional challenge to California's ban on same-sex marriage. The justices seem divided on the issue and there are even hints the case could get thrown out on standing.<a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/26/175378047/a-recap-of-proposition-8s-day-at-the-supreme-court"> Tuesday's arguments</a> brought us gems like whether gay marriage is <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/03/eight-things-alito-has-ruled-are-younger-cell-phones-and-internet">newer than cell phones</a>, whether it's harmful to children, and whether couples older than 55 should be able to marry even if they can't procreate.</p><p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 4744 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: SCOTUS Takes on Marriage Equality; Filmmaker Byron Hurt on 'Soul Food Junkies'