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He says: I want to speak with you today about something vitally important to the health of our nation; marriage. I want to encourage you in term to talk with your family and friends, and if you can, to make your voice heard right here in Washington DC. That day, and the next, the Supreme Court will hear challenges to laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
Let s stand and defend the institution of marriage, which existed long before government to provide children with mothers and fathers, he continues. He concludes: Marriage strengthens civil society and limits government. You see, as our marriage culture weakens, big government grows.
Just look at how our welfare state got bigger and bigger as the unwed, childbearing rate skyrocketed from single digits in the 1960s to over 40% of all births today. So it s with good reason that 41 states affirm marriage as the union of a man and a woman. All Americans have the freedom to live as they choose, but no one has the right to redefine marriage for all of us.
In 2010, DeMint was asked to apologise for saying gay people and unmarried pregnant women should be barred from teaching. On 26 March, the court will take up the case of whether to overturn Proposition 8, which in 2008 added a clause to the Californian constitution stating that marriage could only be recognised by the state if it were between a man and a woman, causing widespread controversy. The Supreme Court is also due on 27 March to hear evidence around the case of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, passed under President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Last week, the head of a well-known law firm and top attorney said that he expects the US Supreme Court to resoundingly support equal marriage, when it takes on two cases challenging equal marriage bans in America.
Earlier today, the former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, officially announced her support for equal marriage in a moving speech in which she calls moves towards equality breathtaking and inspiring .
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In one of the incidents detailed by the letter, one teacher told a student who said he did not receive any valentines day cards, that it is because you re gay and nobody wants to be with you . Another alleged incident involved an administrator who referred to a gay student s campaign to become homecoming queen as a joke . The letter went on to say that a teacher also told a student to take the gay headband off .
As well as the specific incidents outlined in the letter, it also stated that girls were instructed to wear dresses to their prom, and that boys were told to wear tuxedos. For their yearbook photos, students were told to wear gender-specific attire, the letter said, which is in violation of state and federal laws. It went on to say that administrators had censored gay straight alliance club s public announcements, flyers and activities, such as film screenings.
An openly gay teacher was also told she was a bad fit , after she assisted a student in filing a complaint about another teacher. Her contract at the school was not renewed. Kyle Bodda, the president of the Sultana High School s gay straight alliance commented, saying the atmosphere was proving to be distracting to learn in.
All students should feel safe and free to be themselves at school, he said. I m hopeful the administration does the right thing and creates a safe environment where we can be ourselves without fear of being harassed. The School District did not immediately respond to the letter, or address the allegations, but the letter requested written assurances from the district by 25 March that the discrimination would end.
Last week the ACLU threatened to sue a Pennsylvania school board which banned students from forming a gay-straight alliance. Meanwhile the Lake County School Board narrowly voted on Monday to allow extracurricular clubs, including a gay-straight alliance, after the ACLU put pressure on it to either allow the GSA or ban all clubs. Discuss this Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter!
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