And some state leaders advised county officials that they may opt out of their duties if they have a religious objection to same-sex marriage.
Some county clerks in Texas are refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of their religious beliefs, despite the Supreme Court's landmark decision requiring all states to allow gay couples to wed. “Appropriate accommodations may be made for state employees who express a religious objection to involvement in issuance of same-sex marriage licenses, and judges and justices of the peace may not be forced to officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony when other authorized individuals who have no religious objection are available,” Thomas Enright Jr., executive counsel to the governor, said in a memo.
County clerks in Southern states that had struck a defiant tone on same-sex marriage began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Monday, with state leaders pledging to protect the religious liberties of county workers who oppose such unions.
Gay couples reported receiving marriage licenses in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, the two holdouts among the 14 states that before Friday’s U. Supreme Court ruling had not allowed same-sex couples to legally marry.
Last year, the anthropologist Peter Wood went so far as to call the rise of casual sex “an assault on human nature,” arguing in an article in the conservative article from 2012, “Boys on the Side,” Hanna Rosin urged women to avoid serious suitors so that they could focus on their own needs and careers.
And yet, despite her apparent belief in the value of casual sex as a tool of exploration and feminist thinking, Rosin, too, seemed to conclude that casual sex cannot be a meaningful end goal.
The Web site she started in 2014, casualsexproject.com, began as a small endeavor fuelled by personal referrals, but has since grown to approximately five thousand visitors a day, most of whom arrive at the site through organic Internet searches or referrals through articles and social media.
To date, there have been some twenty-two hundred submissions, about evenly split between genders, each detailing the kinds of habits that, when spelled out, can occasionally alert Internet security filters. Does it benefit us in any way—or, perhaps, might it harm us? Up to eighty per cent of college students report engaging in sexual acts outside committed relationships—a figure that is usually cast as the result of increasingly lax social mores, a proliferation of alcohol-fuelled parties, and a potentially violent frat culture.
Hedo is known for its swingers' parties, so we basically thought it would be one big orgy (which frankly kind of frightened me).
Even though Hedonism II wasn't exactly what we anticipated, we learned a lot. As we stood nude on our suite deck about to step out into the world of Hedo for the first time, I turned to John and said, "Oh my God. I can't do this." He handed me the bottle of champagne. Then he took my hand and escorted me to the poolside bar on the Nude side.
(Reuters) Among those officials was Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), who on Sunday called the Supreme Court ruling a “lawless decision” and pledged to assist clerks who face legal challenges. The situation was different in Mississippi, where Attorney General Jim Hood (D) had informed county officials last week that same-sex marriage was not technically permitted in the state until a lower court confirmed the ruling.
But on Monday, he sent an e-mail to clerks clarifying that there would be “no adverse action” if they issued same-sex marriage licenses.
This was not a technical malfunction on her end; rather, the site had been blocked.