North Carolina stage hosts cute gay exchanging of vows

Gay couple kiss after renewing wedding vows on stage in North Carolina

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, most famous for their song ‘Home’, hosted a touching exchange of wedding vows between a same-sex couple.

‘I got an idea,’ frontman Alex Ebert starts.

‘Some friends of mine, once upon a time, got married. They were good friends. I didn’t get to go to the wedding. I thought that it would be the right thing if I were able to marry them myself. Or get them to re-pledge their vows.’

‘Jack and Daniel – do you promise to love as freely as you want in your life and be able to express that whenever and wherever you are?’

The couple replied ‘Hell yeah!’

‘I now pronounce you Jack… Daniels,’ Ebert said.

The crowd erupt into applause and are seen dancing and singing loudly.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are an American indie folk band and join a host of artists to send a message to North Carolina HB2 lawmakers.

‘HB2 was passed by an immoral minority – North Carolina has many thriving, creative, modern communities,’ Ebert said in a statement.

‘We were tempted to cancel the show, but decided at the last minute to rally the crowd instead by renewing the vows of our good friends onstage.’

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Mississippi defends anti-LGBTI law in court papers

Mississippi couple Stephen Thomas and Nykolas Alford (l to r) is suing the state for its anti-LGBTI law, HB 1523

The state of Mississippi insists LGBTI citizens have nothing to fear from its ‘religious freedom’ law, HB 1523.

In court papers filed early last week, the southern state asked the judge not block the statute. Mississippi faces a legal challenge from engaged couple Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Mississippi,

The legislation allows civil service employees, businesses, and social workers to deny services to LGBTI customers if they believe marriage is between a man and woman. Clerks can refuse to marriage certificates to  same-sex couples, and adoption agencies are allowed not to place children in homes if they think the couples are engaged in premarital sex.

The ACLU maintains HB 1523 contradicts  Obergefell v Hodges, the US Supreme Court decision making marriage equality legal in all 50 states. The ordinance singles out same-sex married couples, giving ‘a special right for governmental officials and for-profit businesses to discriminate against them.’

Special Assistant Attorney General Doug Miracle, representing the state, counters even if a same-sex couple is denied a license, someone in a clerk’s office must issue a certificate to the couple.

‘Even if some recusals are invoked in the future, these particular plaintiffs may seek a marriage license from a clerk’s office in which there have been no recusals,” Miracle wrote,’ according to The Clarion-Ledger.

Miracle added, according to The Clarion-Ledger the plaintiffs’ case is built on situations in a possible future. Therefore, Alford and Thomas have no standing.

‘The Supreme Court has consistently declined to find standing where an injury may occur at some unknown point in the future,’ Miracle wrote.

As of today, no hearing has been scheduled.

Alford v. Moulder was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Jackson).

Judy Molder is the state’s registrar of vital records.

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Watch this anti-gay preacher get hit by an angry student

The aftermath of the attack

In a self-filmed YouTube video, Brother Dean Saxton began hurling condemnation at students at Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona.

‘Attention Apollo high school, I am out here as a Christian to represent Jesus Christ to you guys today. I realise that there are a lot of students here who are confused,’ he shouted.

‘You need to get out of the gang of homosexuality,’ he continued.

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Over a heated few minutes, the students listening to the preacher’s hate were getting increasingly angered.

‘Do you know how ignorant you sound?’ asked one student

Many students and teachers approached Saxton to ask him to move on.

‘They get everything they need from their parents and teachers, they don’t need you,’ said one teacher.

It all came to a standstill when a student at the school, Tabitha Brubaker took matters into her own hands and hit Saxton over the head with a baseball bat.

Brubaker was arrested and charged with felony assault and marijuana possession after the attack.

The notoriously anti-gay preacher has a history of confrontational messages, once brandishing a sign with the words ‘You deserve rape’.

Watch the full video below (the baseball incident happens around the 17 minute mark)

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