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(AP) Last month's Supreme Court ruling on
same-sex marriage has some conservatives
warning that the IRS could start revoking the
tax-exempt status of religious groups that
oppose gay marriage.
The attorneys general of 15 states have
written Congress asking for legislation to
protect religious schools and other groups.
Bills in the House and Senate are gaining
Officials are responding to the Supreme
Court ruling in June that required every state
to recognize same-sex marriages.
In a brief statement, the IRS said Thursday
the ruling will not affect the standards agents
use to evaluate tax-exempt organizations.
Democrats, meanwhile, say Republicans are
creating a straw man to fire up the GOP base
as they try to resist America's changing social
Conservatives Warn IRS Could
Target Gay Marriage Opponents
US Judge Awards Attorney Fees in
W.Va. Gay Marriage Case
(AP) A federal judge has ruled that West Virginia must pay
about $92,000 to lawyers who fought the state's same-sex
The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1HD07oq
) that fees approved Thursday by U.S. District Judge Robert
Chambers were less than one-third the amount the lawyers
requested. He said the number of hours billed and the hourly
rates were excessive for West Virginia.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office had opposed
awarding the attorney fees, saying the county clerks who
were named as defendants acted in good faith when they
enforced the ban. Chambers said the 11 attorneys from three
firms brought a proper lawsuit and deserved to be paid.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the
Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to
Bigoted Bakers Make Big Bucks
(EDGE) Bigots sure do take care of their own.
The anti-gay religious right persecution machine would
like you to think that Alan and Melissa Klein are in financial
ruin. Guess again.
Faced with a court order to pay $135,000 in damages for
violating Oregon's anti-discrimination law for refusing
to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple on religious
grounds, Alan and Melissa Klein hit the jackpot with a
crowdfunding campaign, whose revenue has far exceeded
any well-deserved fines the pair of bigoted bakers have to
As reported by Politico , Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes
by Melissa owners Alan and Melissa Klein turned to
crowdfunding to raise money after their business closed in
2013 as a result of the lawsuit against them. They managed to
raise $109,000 from a GoFundMe campaign that was pulled
by the crowdsourcing site, when they changed their policy
involving fundraising for discrimination.
After being 86'd from GoFundMe, the Kleins moved their
online fund raising initiative to the faith based fundraising
company Continue to Give. That's when the real money
started pouring in.
As of this writing, in less than 12 weeks the Kleins have
received over $370,000 from the Continue to Give campaign
alone. That in addition to the $109,000 they were allowed to
keep from their GoFundMe campaign.
And while the Kleins may have grossed nearly $480,000
from donations (a huge chunk of which will have to cover
court costs, legal expenses and that $135,000 damages
ruling), their windfall pales in comparison to the $844,000
donated online in support of the owners of the Indiana pizza
shop who said they would refuse to cater pizzas for gay
Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner
Start Digital Newsletter
(EDGE) "Girls" creator Lena Dunham and her production
partner Jenni Konner are getting into the newsletter business,
according to a recent article in CNN.
The newsletter will be a viable business, but the women say
it's also another outlet for their opinions and ideas.
While "Girls" on HBO is scripted, the free newsletter is a
long-form way to "share our voices," Konner told CNNMoney.
The weekly newsletter will be called Lenny and will launch
in September. Dunham and Konner invited people to sign up
for it on Tuesday.
"We're going digital, Lena and I," said Konner, noting that
Lenny is "the name that people call us by accident all the time
on the walkie-talkie" on the set of "Girls."
"It's also the name of an old Jewish man, and we love old
Jewish men," she quipped.
Konner said the newsletter is "going to be about feminism
and politics and fashion and current events... Talking to
our girls, the audience we know to be our girls, girls in their
twenties who are looking for a little bit more on the Internet."
She also said "we'll probably go pretty hard at politics,"
including issues like reproductive rights that the women have
spoken about before.
On Tuesday the women announced Jessica Grose, formerly
of Jezebel and Slate, as editor-in-chief of the newsletter, and
Benjamin Cooley as CEO.
Dunham told Buzzfeed that she wants subscribers who
have a wide variety of interests: "People who want to talk
about radical politics but also want to talk about fashion and
also want to talk about Rihanna, and also understand that all
of those things can be happening at the same time."
Insurance Offered to Spouses of Gay
La. State Workers
(AP) The health insurance program for Louisiana state
employees, retirees and some public school systems is taking
applications for coverage for same-sex spouses and their
The Office of Group Benefits says those who were married
before June 26 have until Aug. 11 to apply. Those married on
or after June 26 have 30 days after the marriage to apply for
June 26 is the date that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that
marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans.
The Office of Group Benefits opened the enrollment
period July 10. The Retired State Employees Association sent
a notice about the enrollment period Tuesday.
Applications must be faxed or postmarked by Aug. 11 .
Coverage for newly enrolled dependents will begin on Aug.
1 for couples married before June 26.
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