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The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho says it will not challenge a northern Idaho wedding chapel's refusal to conduct gay marriages because the chapel falls under a religious exemption. Interim Executive Director Leo Morales said in a news conference Thursday that the Hitching Post became a religious corporation in Idaho nearly a month ago.
FORT LAUDERDALE - Attorney General Pam Bondi filed papers opposing a gay South Florida woman's bid to get a divorce from her former partner. Bondi's office filed the papers late Wednesday in Broward County Circuit Court saying a judge should not grant Heather Brassner's petition for a divorce from Megan Lade.
In Rome, where politicians are sensitive to Vatican policy, the leader of Italy's largest center-right party told reporters Thursday that allowing civil unions by gays would be the "right compromise" between freedom for all and "deep respect for Christian values and for families." Berlusconi's fiance, Francesca Pascale, recently told a radio interviewer that she favors the legalization of gay marriage and civil unions.
The U.S. Navy is trying to recruit at least 400 of its gay, lesbian, and bisexual sailors to take a survey designed to gauge their military experience since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." "The repeal of this policy really implemented a culture change for the U.S. military and it's incredibly important to comprehend how this shift is not just impacting our people, but also affecting readiness," said Capt.
The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional. But officials in the three states are refusing to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses without a court order directing them to do so.