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Indiana will recognize another couple’s same-sex marriage in the event of death


A federal judge in Indiana on Thursday approved an agreement for the state to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple while the state appeals a ruling overturning its same-sex marriage ban.

Veronica Romero and Mayra Yvette Rivera filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week asking a judge to order Indiana to recognize their Illinois marriage because Rivera has advanced ovarian cancer, reports the Northwest Indiana Times.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen acknowledged the agreement and stayed the case while Indiana appeals a separate ruling that struck down its same-sex marriage ban in June.

In the agreement, Indiana said it would recognize the couple’s marriage and, in the event of Rivera’s death, issue a death certificate listing her as married and recording Romero as the surviving spouse.

The Indiana State Department of Health also agreed to assist local health departments, funeral homes, physicians, coroners and others involved in completion of a death certificate to understand their duties in the couple’s case.

The agreement comes following an order in a separate federal case in which Indiana was ordered to recognize the marriage of another lesbian couple. That emergency order, issued by U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, applies only to Munster residents Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, who also is fighting advanced ovarian cancer.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement that while he has a duty to defend the laws passed by the Indiana General Assembly, he must respect previous decisions by the courts.

“Our 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has previously made an exception to Indiana’s existing statute and recognized a plaintiff’s out-of-state marriage under similar, difficult circumstances.” Zoeller said. “In this new case, the stipulation both sides filed mirrors the 7th Circuit’s earlier approach.”

The challenge to Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban involving Sandler and Quasney is one of seven cases that have resulted in marriage bans being overturned in Indiana, Wisconsin, UtahOklahoma, Virginia and that have been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court will conference on the cases on Sept. 29, and could decide to hear one or more of the cases in the coming months, potentially leading to a national ruling on marriage equality.

Via: NWI Times

4 Reasons Why Your Banking Relationship Is About to Significantly Change

4 Reasons Why Your Banking Relationship Is About to Significantly Change

U.S. Financial Companies As Russia Sanctions Loom

Will Google be your business banker? Think about it: Does your business really need a bank? Or maybe, you should just let Google handle it all.

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‘God Loves Gays’ billboard goes viral in Topeka Kansas

‘God Loves Gays’ billboard goes viral Group called ‘The Facebook of God’ put up the sign in Topeka, Kansas


A new billboard in Topeka is going viral and getting national attention due to its message and location. The group known as “The Facebook God” raised more than $80,000 to pay for a billboard that says “God Loves Gays” located near 21st and Western in the capitol city. The “Facebook God” page has more than 1.7 million likes and used a popular online crowd funding website called to generate funds for the message. The indiegogo page said the group wants to promote love.

WIBW reached out to the founders of the group for comment and “God” responded, claiming to be the deity behind the whole thing. God said He is working with the Equality House in Topeka on the campaign. God said the billboard will be up for one year or “perhaps much longer.” Topeka is home to the Westboro Baptist Church, known internationally for its anti-gay protests.


CNBC Reports: Pennsylvania Chipotle reopens after walkout


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A Chipotle restaurant in State College, Pennsylvania, reopened after it was closed for several hours Wednesday. A few employees had quit, locking out a majority of the other workers who were “enthusiastic” to return, a Chipotle spokesman told Thursday.

According to website Consumerist, a sign in the window of the Pennsylvania location Wednesday claimed managers and crew membersquit in protest of “borderline sweatshop conditions.”

A sign taped to a window read, “Ask our corporate offices why their employees are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions,” according to the sign. (see the sign below)

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Fist Fighting Palins: Stretch Hummers. A bloody brawl. And Sarah Palin?

Stretch Hummers. A bloody brawl. And Sarah Palin?


This story has it all. Stretch Hummers. Booze. A right hook. And a former vice presidential candidate screaming, “Do you know who I am?”

Just another Saturday night in Anchorage with the Palins?

Several Alaska bloggers reported a brawl at a house party over the weekend for the Iron Dog snowmobile race (that Todd Palin has won four times). And it allegedly involved the former first family of Alaska.

UPDATE: Anchorage Police Department’s communications director Jennifer Castro confirmed to the Loop what others have reported that there was a fight at a party where the Palins were in attendance:

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Yahoo Faced $250,000-Day Fine for Not Giving U.S. Its User Data

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Yahoo! Inc. said the U.S. government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it refused to comply with requests for its Internet user data in national security investigations.

The disclosure came as Yahoo today released more than 1,500 pages of “once-secret” documents stemming from its legal challenge in 2007-2008 to U.S. surveillance laws.

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the “secret” courts that oversee government surveillance requests, decided to declassify the documents, Yahoo said in a blog post.

“We refused to comply with what we viewed as unconstitutional and overbroad surveillance and challenged the U.S. government’s authority,” Ron Bell, Yahoo’s general counsel said in the blog.

By Chris Strohm at Bloomberg Source

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka get married in Italy

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka married in Italy on Saturday, September 6, 2014

The “How I Met Your Mother” star and his actor-chef groom had been dating for 10 years and are parents to 3-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper. The grooms wore custom Tom Ford tuxedos and Elton John performed at the reception.

“Yup, we put the ‘n’ and ‘d’ in ‘husband,’” Harris tweeted Monday. His publicist later confirmed the news.

Harris, 41, just won a Tony Award for his role in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” He has been in several Broadway productions, including “Assassins,” ”Proof” and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in “Cabaret.”

Burtka, 39, played Tulsa in the Bernadette Peters-led revival of “Gypsy,” was seen off-Broadway in “The Play About the Baby” and is also a chef.

“How I Met Your Mother” producer Pam Fryman officiated at the wedding. Same-sex marriages are not allowed in Italy so it was not legally binding in that country.

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Will Republican’s Be Doing a Male version of Orange is the New Black?


5 Things You Never Knew About Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers was a remarkable comedian, known for her acerbic wit and blunt honesty.

Many saw her stand-up routines or watched her E! TV show, “Fashion Police,” but Rivers, who died Sept. 4. at 81, was a complicated, vivacious woman with a storied past. Here are a few things about her that casual fans may not have known.

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1. Joan Rivers Was Not Her Given Name: The comedian was born Joan Molinsky, but at the behest of her agent, Tony Rivers, she adopted a stage name. On a whim, she chose “Joan Rivers,” just because it felt right. “Having a stage name made it easier to perform in those raunchy nightclubs,” she told the Evening News newspaper in 1986. “Joan Rivers was like a party dress I put on, so in those early days, she was only the tiniest part of me and Joan Molinsky was still frightened and confused and bewildered in her life.”

2. Bill Cosby Was Responsible for Her Big Break: At first, Rivers became famous for being a guest host on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” “The night before I went on Carson, a comic bombed and Bill Cosby — who was white hot at that moment — he had seen me in the Village and he said to them, ‘You might as well use Joan. She can’t be any worse than the guy you had on last night!'” she told Entertainment Weekly. “I was brought on in the last 10 minutes of the show — the worst slot. And God bless Johnny Carson, he said right there on the air, ‘You’re going to be a big star.'” He was right.

3. She Was Open About Everything, Even Plastic Surgery: “I just hosted the Miss USA Pageant and, let me tell you, beautiful gets you everywhere. The New York Times had an article maybe six months ago: Babies respond to pretty faces. So stop telling everyone it’s OK not to be pretty! If you can fix it, fix it!” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2010. “If it makes you happier. I love to look in the mirror and say, ‘For 77, you look good.’ That’s all. I don’t care what anyone says. Not bad for 77.” However, it wasn’t always easy. In a clip from her reality TV series with her daughter, Melissa, Rivers was captured by cameras crying before going into surgery. “Oh God, what a s***** business this is,” she said. “You have to look good.”

4. She Had a Big Social Circle: The one regret Rivers had about the 2012 documentary made about her, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” was that it included a mean statement she made about fellow comedian Kathy Griffin. “She’s my best friend. I adore Kathy,” Rivers told EW. “I wish they had made my love of her stronger.” Rivers also talked about a friendship with Barbara Walters and Nancy Reagan.

5. She Was a Huge Animal Lover: After her husband committed suicide in 1987, she too considered ending her life. However, she was saved by her dog, Spike. “I was sitting in this big empty house in Bel Air, with a phone with five extensions which we no longer needed. I had the gun in my lap, and the dog sat on the gun. I lecture on suicide because things turn around,” she told the Daily Beast. “I tell people this is a horrible, awful dark moment, but it will change and you must know it’s going to change and you push forward. I look back and think, ‘Life is great, life goes on. It changes.'” As she got older, she made sure to set aside money for her pets when she made her will.

Sep 4, 2014, 3:09 PM ET By  via GOOD MORNING AMERICA

“I’m a senior GOP spokesman, and I’m gay. Let me get married.” says James Richardson.

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James Richardson, a former spokesman and adviser for the Republican National Committee.

James Richardson, a former spokesman and adviser for the Republican National Committee and Governors Haley Barbour and Jon Huntsman, comes out publicly in the Washington Post, and opines on being gay, Republican, and his desire to marry.

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