Time to Cancel Exxon’s Government Contracts?

Written by scott on September 2nd, 2014

Exxon-Mobil logoIssuing an executive order banning LGBT workplace discrimination was a critical step. Enforcing it will make history.

The order prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment by amending an existing order banning sexual orientation discrimination within the federal workforce. It also prohibits the federal government from contracting with companies that discriminate against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by amending an order prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

What better place is there to start enforcing the executive order than with Exxon Mobil, the worst-rated company in the history of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index? Until Exxon finally implements employment nondiscrimination protections for its LGBT employees and works to create an equal-opportunity environment, the federal government should cancel Exxon’s $424 million in 2014 primary contracts (as of August 7) and refuse to sign new ones. Exxon is also a subcontractor on additional contracts, but these dollar amounts are not publicly available. These, too, should be canceled and no new ones signed.

Authored By Antonia Juhasz – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Mexico: Coahuila Legislature Legalizes Marriage Equality

Written by scott on September 2nd, 2014

Coahuila - Google MapsAnother Mexican state, just south of Texas, has legalized marriage equality, but this time via the legislature.

Rex Wockner reports:

For the first time, a Mexican state legislature has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The Sept. 1 vote by the Congress of the state of Coahuila was 19-1. The new law, which alters more than 40 parts of the state’s Civil Code, takes effect in one week. According to reports, the law says, “Marriage is the free union with full consent of two people, which has as its objective to realize community life where both [people] seek respect, equality and mutual aid, and make in a free, responsible, voluntary and informed way reproductive decisions that fit their life project, including the possibility of procreation or adoption.”

By our count, this makes Coahuila the fourth Mexican jurisdiction to allow same sex couples to wed, after Mexico City, Quintana Roo and Chihuahua, although the marriages are then recognized in all 31 states.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/2/14

Written by scott on September 2nd, 2014

Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Worldwide: The World Health Organization is considering removing five “homosexuality related psychological disorders” from the International Classification of Diseases. full story

Australia: The Australian Football League has come out in support of marriage equality. full story

Denmark: A new law allows transgender citizens to have their gender legally recognized without surgery, but does still include a six-month “reflection period”. full story

Italy: The Brothers of Italy political party stole a photographer’s photo for use in an anti-gay adoption ad, reading “a baby is not a whim – no adoption for the gays.” full story

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Malaysia: A lesbian couple was arrested in their hotel room after a sex toy was found by religious officers. full story

Russia: Nikolai Alekseev, a prominent attorney and gay-rights activist in Russia, was attacked in the city of Kostroma. full story

Switzerland: A Swiss gay couple has been legally recognized as the parents of a child conceived via a surrogate mother. full story

UK, England: The town of Glastonbury just celebrated its first same-sex marriage. full story

UK, Scotland: The Church of Scotland is facing a staffing crisis, after several ministers quit over the issue of gays in the clergy. full story

USA: After Michael Sam was cut loose by the St. Louis Rams, no other team picked him up. full story

USA, Indiana: The debate about marriage equality in Indiana is playing out in many political races throughout the state. full story

USA, Vermont: In a new book, former Gov. Jim Douglas makes no apologies for vetoing a marriage equality bill in 2009. full story

USA, Virginia: Same-sex couples in Virginia are once again on hold, waiting for marriage equality. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Arnie Abrams Entertainment, Freehold, New Jersey

Written by scott on September 1st, 2014

Arnie Abrams Entertainment  - Wedding EntertainerPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Entertainment in Freehold, NJ, USA. New Jersey pianist Arnie Abrams will add sparkle to your event with his expressive and energetic piano entertainment. NJ piano player Arnie performs live piano music for weddings, parties, corporate events, and most any special occasion. Arnie can provide his professional portable keyboard and sound system for small, intimate gatherings, or larger venues.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on September 1st, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.


John the Baptist Was Killed for Fighting Gay Marriage

At least, that’s what Pete Baklinski implies in an article over at Life Site News:

A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real marriage is more pertinent today than ever before.

Of course, the “ruler’s partner” was a woman, the wife of the King’s brother, so the story really has nothing to do with men marrying men or women marrying women at all. If anything, it ought to be a rallying cry to make marrying your brother’s wife illegal in every state. Funny how you don’t hear him making THAT argument.

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Christians Should Be Able to Discriminate against Gays Because Michael Sam

Somehow in Bryan Fischer’s mind, the fact that the St. Louis Rams cut Michael sam from the team means that “Christian” wedding vendors should be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples. he tweeted:

“Homophobia alert: Rams discriminate against homosexual player. Rams refuse to do business with a homosexual because his conduct falls short of their deeply held standards. If Rams can discriminate against a homosexual because his behavior doesn’t measure up, so can bakers and photographers.”

What Fischer fails to mention is that Sam’s “conduct” was his playing ability on the field as measured against the other players on the team, and had absolutely nothing to do with his being gay. Which is entirely different from turning away a same-sex couple BECAUSE they are gay. But these subtleties often escape these folks’ grasp.

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Gavin Newsom Deserves Credit for Marriage Equality

Written by scott on September 1st, 2014

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin NewsomAs the country races to the inevitable day when marriage equality is the law of the land, most of the focus has been on the plaintiffs and celebrity lawyers who have led the legal challenge to marriage bans. Lost in the shuffle has been the man who actually did something when marriage equality still seemed a faraway dream: Gavin Newsom.

As the dashing and telegenic mayor of San Francisco in 2004, Newsom simply decided to do the right thing. He declared that the city should issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples. The subsequent outpouring of joy from lesbian and gay couples — and handwringing from other politicians — changed the landscape forever. Here are five reasons why Newsom deserves to be in the front ranks of heroes when the history of marriage equality is written.

1. Newsom made marriage equality a reality for the first time.
Up until 2004, marriage equality was largely a theoretical debate. The issue had been debated in Hawaii in the 1990s, and courts in New England were grappling with it. But the actual first same-sex marriages were still three months away (in Massachusetts) when Newsom decided that the city should start issuing marriage licenses. Suddenly, the theoretical became very real, very fast.

Authored By John Gallagher – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/1/14

Written by scott on September 1st, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

China: 40% of Chinese textbooks classify being gay is a mental illness, even though homosexuality was removed from the countries list of mental disorders in 2001. full story

Uganda: President Mugabe says he prefers to receive aid from China instead of from the West because China does not pressure his country to embrace homosexuality. full story

UK: 70 same-sex couples were married in a mass wedding in London. full story

UK: Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan, who voted against the marriage equality bill, now says it’s great that same-sex couples can marry in England and Wales. full story

UK: A Christian registrar who was let go after refusing to perform same-sex weddings won her case on appeal. full story

USA: After openly gay football player Michael Sam was dropped from the Rams, no other team chose to pick him up. full story

 

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 9/1/14

Written by scott on September 1st, 2014

Matt BaumeAnti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they’ll take up in their fall session. There’s another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization for Marriage still isn’t giving up in Oregon, despite having lost months ago.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: A Little To The Left, San Diego, California

Written by scott on August 31st, 2014

A Little To The Left Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Gifts & Registries in San Diego, CA, USA. I decided to start my own greeting card business called A Little To The Left. I call it that because my intent is that everything I do will be considered to be a “little to the left” of that which is considered to be “normal”. My first line of cards is my Gay Friendly cards wherein I offer wedding/commitment ceremony cards and anniversary cards.

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Gay Couples React to Anti Gay Ads

Written by scott on August 31st, 2014

Gay Couples React

OK, something fun for your Sunday – gay couples react to anti-gay ads together:

Towleroad.com reports:

Remember those hilariously awful anti-gay marriage ads a few years back? The ones that tried to paint a ominous future for America should we (God forbid!) allow gay couples the same rights as heterosexual couples? Well YouTube user Michael Rizzi has dug up some of those absurd ads and asked gay couples to watch and react. The results, as you can probably image, are quite entertaining.

It’s hilarious and heartbreaking. “Is it possible to want to laugh and cry at the same time?” one of the guys asks.

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