Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 25th

Written by scott on April 25th, 2015

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

Pop Culture: A new ad from the national bank branch Wells Fargo shows a lesbian couple learning sign language in order to adopt a child. full story

Pop Culture: A new video featuring celebrities for marriage equality includes Susan Sarandon, Tony Hawk, Anthony Boudain, Kristin Chenoweth, John Ridley, and many more. full story

Pop Culture: ABC on Friday aired Diane Sawyer’s long-anticipated interview with Bruce Jenner during which the former Olympian and reality star comes out as transgender. full story

India: The Upper House passed a bill that aims to protect the rights of transgender persons and end discrimination against them through a national commission and special courts. full story

Kenya: The country’s High Court ruled that the government can no longer block LGBT groups from formally registering their organizations. full story

USA: The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) is calling for federal legislation that affords non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. full story

USA: Anti-gay activist Tony Perkins is calling for the impeachment of US Supreme Court Justices if they rule in favor of marriage equality. full story

USA: The number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has tripled in the last year, with about 1 in 6 living in a state that does not recognize their marriage. full story

Same Sex Couples - Williams Institute

USA: Tylenol went red in support of marriage equality, becoming the first company this year to change their profile picture on social media to HRC’s viral red logo. full story

USA: On the heels of Rep. Steve King’s outrageous announcement Wednesday of his “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) today proposed the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act,” which would prevent Steve King from abusing taxpayer dollars by substituting the judgments of the nation’s duly serving judicial branch of government with his own beliefs. full story

USA, Alabama: A lawsuit seeking to force all Alabama probate judges to grant marriage licenses to gay couples can continue, a federal judge in Mobile ruled Friday. full story

USA, Georgia: Citing his religious beliefs, the owner of an AlphaGraphics print shop franchise in suburban Atlanta has refused to print wedding invitations for a lesbian couple.full story

USA, Georgia: Anti-gay GOP Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says that however SCOTUS rules on same-sex marriage, he will accept the result. full story

USA, Indiana: Despite vigorously defending a state’s right to prohibit same-sex marriages for years, the Indiana attorney general’s office is not weighing in on the Supreme Court cases that is expected to settle the issue. full story

USA, Indiana: Three Floyds Brewery in Munster is dedicating an annual special release day to LGBT rights. full story

USA, Kentucky: Tucked in the hills 100 miles east of Lexington, Magoffin County has the highest percentage (94%) in any Kentucky county of those who voted for the marriage equality ban amendment. full story

USA, Louisiana: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an “unholy alliance” with the same liberal elites who support more taxes, regulation and “demonize” profit-making. full story

USA, Michigan: Three anti-gay adoption bills were passed 4-1 along party lines by a Michigan Senate committee Wednesday, and could allow religious adoption agencies to refuse to work with same sex couples. full story

USA, New York: After the owner of the 42West club hosted a private reception for Senator Ted Cruz, Broadway Cares cancelled a planned event there. full story

USA, North Carolina: After a Catholic Bishop canceled an event featuring Sister Jeannine Gramick, a pro LGBT nun, an LGBT-affirming Baptist church stepped in to host the talk on inclusion. full story

USA, Oregon: The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says. full story

USA, Oregon: GoFundMe deleted the money beg for the Oregon bakers who yesterday were hit with a recommended $135K fine for refusing to serve a lesbian couple, but the bvakery will still receive the $110k raised. full story

USA, South Carolina: A transgender South Carolina teenager has settled a lawsuit challenging the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ policy governing a person’s choice to take a driver’s license photo wearing makeup full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 24th

Written by scott on April 24th, 2015

Sorry we haven’t had a round-up in a couple days – we’ve been moving, and were simply overwhelmed. But we’re mostly settled now, so we’re back! :)

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

History: A gay couple in 1975 received a letter from a district director of the Justice Department’s Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). He told them that their marriage could not be recognised because they: “failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.” full story

Pop Culture: NBC Nightly News is airing a series on transgender kids this week and the first episode is about how the parents of a young child accepted his identity. full story

NBC Show Trans Child

Pop Culture: ACLU has pout together a pop culture supercut on the journey to marriage equality. full story

Pop Culture: For the first time in its history, American Vogue has profiled a transgender model – Andreja Pejic, a 23-year-old Serbian. full story

Pop Culture: Original “X-Men” member Iceman is set to make a big revelation this week: he’s gay. full story

Iceman Gay

Pop Culture: Jon Stewart mocked all the Republican candidates who gave all sorts of answers to the question of whether they’d go to a gay wedding. full story

Ecuador: Lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow for the legal recognition of civil unions in the South American country. full story

Ireland: The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has joined other religious groups in speaking out against same-sex marriage. full story

Ireland: A warning letter has been sent from Dublin City Council calling for the giant same-sex marriage mural in Dublin city centre to be removed. full story

Italy: A precedent for marriage equality may have been set by a same-sex couple, where one of the women is transgender. full story

Singapore: IKEA Singapore has refused to cut ties with an anti-gay pastor, after coming under fire for providing a discount to his Christian magic show. full story

Taiwan: Gamania has become the first listed company in Taiwan to recognize same-sex marriage by extending marital leave to gay employees. full story

Vatican: A French newspaper reports that Pope Francis met France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, who is openly gay, and told him that the Vatican would not accept his appointment. full story

USA: A record-high 6 in 10 Americans support same-sex marriage and a similar share say individual states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. full story

Marriage Equality Map

USA: A new HRC report shows that 22 percent of likely voters surveyed reported that they personally know or work with a transgender person, up from 17 percent who said they did in a similar poll last year. And 66 percent of those who said they know a transgender person expressed favorable feelings toward them, compared with 13 percent who did not — a net favorability of 53 percentage points. full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Rick Perry says he would probably attend a same sex wedding. full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended a private reception with the gay owner of the OutNYC hotel. full story

USA: Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, Senator Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that bar gay couples from marrying. full story

USA: Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is calling for two liberal Justices to recuse themselves from the marriage equality cases. full story

USA: A new poll released this week found that the majority of most major religious groups now fully embrace marriage equality, and that even groups who oppose the right to marry are abandoning anti-LGBT views at a surprising rate. full story

Religious groups and marriage equality

USA: The New England Journal of Medicine, the oldest medical in the country, has just backed marriage equality, and urged the Supreme Court to do the same. full story

USA, Alabama: A state House Committee voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples on religious grounds. full story

USA, Arizona: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is instructing a state agency to allow all legally married couples, including same-sex couples, to jointly be adoptive and foster parents. full story

USA, Arkansas: Little Rock officials voted Tuesday to prohibit the city and companies contracting with it from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay. full story

USA, Arkansas: An effort to repeal a new Arkansas law preventing local governments from extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT residents moved closer toward appearing on next year’s ballot after the state’s attorney general gave initial approval to the referendum. full story

USA, Guam: 55% of Guamanians say they would like to see same-sex marriage legalized in Guam, a new poll by the University of Guam has revealed. full story

USA, Indiana: A tech-savvy rights activist has bought up domains related to politicians in Indiana who voted through the state’s anti-gay law.
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USA, Michigan: The state Senate is poised to consider three extreme anti-LGBT adoption bills. full story

USA, Michigan: A federal court in Michigan ruled Tuesday it won’t allow state recognition of a gay man’s out-of-state marriage based on legal precedent established by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. full story

USA, Montana: Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock signed the Bully Free Montana Act at Jefferson Elementary School in Helena. full story

USA, Nevada: The Nevada Assembly has rejected a bill that outraged transgender advocates and would have required students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex. full story

USA, New York: The state’s attorney general’s office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation. full story

USA, North Carolina: The leader of the North Carolina House says his chamber won’t debate a “religious freedom” bill this year that supporters promoted as protecting religious liberties but others criticized as legalizing discrimination against LGBT individuals. full story

USA, Oklahoma: Legislation that protects members of the clergy and others authorized to perform weddings who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate. full story

USA, Texas: A bill in the state House that would bar county and state officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses passed in committee today full story

USA, Virginia: The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled that a transgender woman who is incarcerated at a federal prison can legally change her name. full story

USA, Washington DC: NOM marches on SCOTUS tomorrow. full story

NOM March


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 21st

Written by scott on April 21st, 2015

We’re moving this week so some of these recaps will be a little short!

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

Ireland: In a new video, “Kids Say Yes for Marriage Equality in Ireland,” a few kids offer their opinions about same-sex couples getting married. full story

Ireland: Irish pop star Hozier supports Ireland’s Yes Equality campaign. full story

Malawi: Advocates contend a new Malawi law designed to curb rates of child marriages will subject LGBT people in the African country to additional discrimination. full story

South Korea: South Koreans have become more tolerant of homosexuality and more supportive of gay marriage, according to annual surveys conducted over the last four years – the number of respondents showed no reservations about homosexuality increased from 15.8% in 2010 to 23.7% in 2014. full story

Tonga: The Polynesian island nation of Tonga has moved to explicitly ban same-sex marriage after community and church leaders expressed concerns that the country’s expected ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) would open the door to same-sex marriage. full story

Uganda: A new law has been drafted in Uganda that could be used to ban all pro-gay charities and LGBT rights groups. full story

USA: An evangelical Christian organization has called on right-leaning pastors to “investigate” the family and staff of U.S. presidential candidates in order to expose anyone who is secretly gay or who supports LGBT rights. full story

USA, Arkansas: After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections. full story

USA, Florida: The Florida Senate Rules Committee on Monday didn’t vote to move forward with a proposal allowing private agencies to deny adoptions by gay and lesbian couples on religious or moral grounds. full story

USA, Guam: Gay The Millionaire Matchmaker cast member David Cruz III has written to Guam Governor Eddie Calvo urging him to follow the law and approve same-sex marriage for the island and also recorded a heartfelt video full story

USA: Anthony Apuron, the Archbishop of Guam describes the very concept of being gay as an “intrinsically moral evil” and insists that the only way to deal with homosexuality on a wide scale is to think of it as a disorder to be treated. full story

USA, Michigan: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced in a legal brief filed late last week he opposes state recognition of the marriage of gay man in the Wolverine State who’s terminally ill. full story

USA, Michigan: Anti-gay auto mechanic’s GoFundMe page raises $0. full story


USA, Ohio: The Cleveland City Council passed a resolution supporting gay marriage in the state of Ohio Monday evening. full story

USA, Oregon: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear one last legal attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to overturn a federal judge’s ruling allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon. full story

USA, Texas: San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor says the city’s LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance — which she voted against when it passed in 2013 — was a “waste of time.” full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 20th

Written by scott on April 20th, 2015

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

Australia: Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end. full story

Australia: Author Liam Miller looks at the ethocs of marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Breda O’Brien says gay people who want to live a Christian way of life should abstain from sex and should not be allowed to marry. full story

Japan: A lesbian couple has married in Japan, despite that the country does not currently recognise same-sex marriages. full story

UK, Scotland: The Scottish National Party have pledged support for the creation of an LGBTI rights envoy in their manifesto. full story

Vietnam: The country’s ministry of health is finalizing draft amendments to the civil code that will likely acknowledge transgender people for the first time. full story

USA: Thursday eight organizations came together under Unite for Marriage, a partnership working together to show support for marriage for same-sex couples as the question stands before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA: In a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed say by 51%-35% that it’s no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them. full story

USA: The same poll found that people were more concerned about RFRA laws’ impact on LGBT couples than on Christians. full story

USA Today Poll

USA: Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich said Sunday that not only would he attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one, he’s already accepted such an invitation. full story

USA: LGBTQ Nation profiles Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. full story

USA: Former military officials have filed a brief saying that the patchwork of marriage laws around the country hurts military families and threatens national security. full story

USA: The attorneys general of fifteen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they predictably argue that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. full story

USA: Over 100 alleged scholars have a filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they argue that the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to an increase in the abortion rate. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at the complete mess of anti-gay briefs before the US Supreme Court. full story

USA: On Face the Nation, Senator Marco Rubio said that he did not believe sexual preference is a choice. full story

USA: Christian conservative James Dobson said “I would like them to think, just for a moment, about LGBT. The B stands for bisexual! Those are, that’s orgies! Are you really going to support this?” full story

USA, Alaska: The state’s LGBT rights organizations have formally asked Gov. Bill Walker to end the state’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, California: An anti gay group is once again trying to get an anti-transgender bathroom bill on the ballot. full story

USA, Michigan: The state’s marriage equality plaintiffs are profiled. full story

USA, Michigan: Several protestors had a heated debate with Brian Klawiter’s supporters about his decision to refuse service to gay customers. full story

USA, Ohio: Robert Grunn, a Cincinnati gay man who’s been a licensed funeral director for more than two decades, joined cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in Ohio and other states. full story

USA, Tennessee: The state’s marriage equality plaintiffs are profiled. full story

USA, Washington DC: A House committee that oversees D.C. government affairs has decided not to take up a resolution to kill a law passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that would ban discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools in the District. full story

USA, Washington DC: LGBT activists from around the world came to Washington, D.C. this week to take part in events surrounding the World Bank’s annual meeting to advocate for more LGBT-inclusive policies at the Bank. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 19th

Written by scott on April 19th, 2015

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

Pop Culture: Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston called for an end to discrimination against the LGBT community. full story

Pop Culture: In an interview with Dallas Voice writer Chris Azzopardi, Scott Eastwood says that he loves having a big gay fan base, and that he’s a huge supporter of LGBT rights—especially marriage. full story

Singapore: Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong’s upcoming Vision magic show in July. full story

UK: A gay rights campaigner who said he was “slapped across the face” by a UKIP councillor has since received homophobic abuse on Twitter. full story

USA: The upcoming Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could shake up the 2016 race for the White House. full story

USA: In the ad released by Pataki’s PAC, the former three-term governor says indulging in a debate over abortion and LGBT rights can only help one person: Hillary Clinton. full story

USA: Uber and Lyft both include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies, and because they’ve been involved in drafting regulation legislation, LGBT protections are generally included. full story

USA: Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, was asked by a reporter if he would attend a gay wedding, and said he had attended a reception for a gay relative who had been married. full story

USA, Alabama: A coalition of pastors on Friday honored Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for his vocal opposition to marriage equality.
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USA, Colorado: In a forthcoming documentary, “Limited Partnership,” a county clerk describes what led her to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in 1975, and reunites decades later with one of the couples, Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan. full story

USA, Guam: The Guam Youth Congress — a body of elected youths made up of members that can be between ages 14 and 24 — unanimously passed a resolution that recognizes “the legality of same-sex marriages” and supports the equal protection of people, “regardless of sexual orientation.” full story

USA, Indiana: The friend of a soon-to-be-wed Indiana gay couple is hoping to take up an offer made by actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison to provide pizza for a gay wedding. full story

USA, Maine: Parents were unhappy they weren’t informed before the book ‘I Am Jazz’, about trans teenager Jazz Jennings, was read to their children at a primary school in Kittery Point. full story

USA, Michigan: Grand Rapids bankruptcy attorney Jeffrey Mapes (pictured below) has penned the perfect response to Brian Klawiter, the owner of the Grandville, Michigan auto shop who declared this week he “would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons” but that gun owners would receive a discount at his shop. full story

USA, Ohio: The plaintiffs in Ohio’s marriage case to be heard by the Supreme Court in D.C. will get a grand sendoff from Cincinnati Friday. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Students at a Pennsylvania high school allegedly staged a protest of the Day of Silence, which included intimidation and physical harassment of LGBT students and their allies.
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USA, Washington DC: NOM has revealed the list of speakers for its upcoming hate march. full story

NOM Hate March


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 18th

Written by scott on April 18th, 2015

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

Pop Culture: Four intersex people discuss their identities in a new documentary – and what doctors told them they should be.
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El Salvador: A package of constitutional reforms approved Thursday night would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador and also bar same-sex couples from adopting children. full story

Malawi: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today raised serious concerns about discriminatory provisions in a law signed by Malawi’s President Mutharika that is expected to go into effect today. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton’s third campaign ad is all about her recent declaration in support of a pro-equality marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court this year. full story

USA: Efforts are underway to change the way intersex children are treated. full story

USA: A Catholic priest in training came out as gay on Friday, saying his sexuality shouldn’t define him before God and calling for the Church to be more welcoming to outsiders. full story

USA: In the last set of briefs filed before the Supreme Court in the marriage cases, attorneys for same-sex couples on Friday responded to states defending prohibitions on gay nuptials. full story

USA: NOM’s Maggie Gallagher has penned an open letter to a “gay friend” saying she could not attend their wedding. full story

USA: Focus on the Family, a noted anti-LGBT group, held the “Day of Dialogue” Thursday in order to give voice to what it perceives as a bullied group: Christians. full story

USA, Alabama: The state Senate Thursday moved a bill, which would prevent marriage officiants from presiding over weddings they object to, to a new committee, likely slowing down its progress in the upper chamber. full story

USA, Arizona: The ACLU says Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s refusal to help married same-sex couples with adoptions must be rescinded or they will sue. full story

USA, Colorado: Senate Republicans have put an end to a Democratic attempt to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates. full story

USA, Colorado: Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is facing calls to boycott an upcoming conservative summit in Colorado over its decision to disinvite a local chapter of Log Cabin Republicans to the event. full story

USA, Louisiana: Governor Bobby Jindal is digging in his heels in the face of opposition to his right to discriminate bill. full story

USA, Michigan: The auto shop owner who posted on Facebook that he would refuse to serve openly gay customers does not have a city business license, according to Grandville administrators. full story

USA, Texas: Anti-LGBT discrimination is now illegal in the nation’s fourth-largest city, after a judge ruled Friday that a petition to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) doesn’t have enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. full story

USA, Texas: Rep. Scott Sanford (above) has introduced a measure — similar to a proposal in Florida — that would allow child welfare providers to discriminate based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.” full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 17th

Written by scott on April 17th, 2015

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

France: A French court has authorized four lesbian women to adopt children born to their wives abroad through artificial insemination. full story

Ireland: If same-sex marriage is passed in the Republic of Ireland, the Catholic Church has threatened to stop performing legal marriages. full story

Ireland: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out any potential “conscience clause” being inserted in the referendum on marriage equality. full story

Ireland: In a demonstration of the support for same-sex marriage, Irish students will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest crowd of humans standing in the shape of a heart. full story

Ireland: The No side’s strategy in Ireland has just been revealed in a video where the Iona [Institute] group’s David Quinn explicitly links the campaign against same sex marriage to the campaign against abortion. full story

Mexico: The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday announced it had found Sinaloa’s law banning same-sex marriage to be “discriminatory.” full story

United Kingdom: The Liberal Democrats have claimed on an official parody website that equal marriage could be abolished, if the Conservatives go into coalition with UKIP and the Northern Irish DUP. full story

UK: Senior Conservatives have dismissed Liberal Democrat claims that they would abolish same-sex marriage as part of a coalition with UKIP. full story

UK: Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed to be a “warrior” for equality and social justice for gay people if elected. full story

UK: The House of Commons is expected to break its own record for the world’s highest proportion of openly gay MPs after next month’s election, according to a study. full story

UK: Journalist and broadcaster Cristo Foufas goes undercover at a “gay cure” lecture in London. full story

USA: In a voice vote Wednesday night, senators approved a motion calling on colleagues working out a budget deal with the House to include language assuring that “all legally married same-sex spouses have equal access to the Social Security and veterans’ benefits they have earned and receive equal treatment under the law pursuant to the Constitution.” full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign has sent a new case study to state lawmakers across the country urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills like the religious refusal bill in Indiana that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination. full story

USA: The Washington Post profiles Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule. full story

USA: The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce says that marriage equality across the US will help businesses owned by gay couples. full story

USA: Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz has joined a campaign calling on pastors to hold a two-hour prayer service on the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging gay marriage bans in four states. full story

USA: Republican former Senator Rick Santorum has said attending a same-sex wedding would be a “violation” of his faith. full story

USA: A coalition of anti-gay hate groups has filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court which argues, among other reasons, that same-sex marriage must not be approved because otherwise the nation will be overrun with trampy girls and violent boys. full story

USA: Zack Ford at Think Progress rounds up “ten novel, absurd and irrelevant” arguments” made against marriage equality at the Supreme Court. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel says that if thewy win at the US Supreme Court this year, they will work to repeal state marriage equality laws across the country. full story

USA: Theodore Shoebat, a regular on Matt Barber’s site Barbwire, has again called for the death penalty for homosexuality. full story

USA: Right-wing lawyer Mat Staver has claimed that homosexuality has cost the government more than $225 billion – so how much has straight sex cost? full story

USA, Alabama: Joseph Pedro at Passport looks at three anti-LGBT bills working their way through the state legislature, and the damage they could do. full story

USA, Colorado: The Colorado Republican Party has invited a gay GOP group that wasn’t allowed to set up a table at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver to share its booth. full story

USA, Guam: HRC and Guam’s biggest newspaper are blasting the territory’s governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Guam: Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson is not wavering in her support of marriage equality. full story

USA, Indiana: Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s approval rating has plummeted to 35%. full story

USA, Indiana: Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle has announced he is stepping down as CEO and will re-enter politics in an effort to help fix Indiana’s “badly damaged” reputation following the firestorm over the state’s “religious freedom” law. full story

USA, Kentucky: Ruling in favor of two gay couples seeking marriage licenses in Kentucky, a Franklin Circuit Court judge on Thursday found that Kentucky law banning same-sex marriages violates rights guaranteed by the Constitution. He then stayed the ruling. full story

USA, Kentucky: ABC News profiles the Kentucky marriage equality plaintiffs. full story

USA, Louisiana: IBM has again waded into the RFRA battle, this time with a letter to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal urging him to stop the state’s pending right to discriminate bill. full story

USA, New Mexico: Students at the University of New Mexico have voted to make all pronouns in the student government’s constitution gender-neutral. full story

USA, Texas: Eric Arthur, a McKinney, Texas, resident, was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime this week. full story

McKinney Man's Home Vandalized

USA, Texas: A bill that would have banned transgender people from using toilets in Texas schools has been withdrawn by the House State Affairs Committee. full story

USA, Washington DC: On May 1st, the Supreme Court will consider whether to take up a transgender inmate case from Massachusetts and a conversion therapy ban from New Jersey. full story

USA, Washington DC: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution in the U.S. House on Tuesday calling on Congress to disapprove a bill passed by the D.C. City Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that would ban discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 16th

Written by scott on April 16th, 2015

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

Bahamas: A survey shows 74.5% of respondents strongly disapprove of same-sex marriage, with just under 10% approving of it to any degree. full story

Egypt: A judgement issued from Egypt’s Administrative Court has set a precedent allowing the Interior Ministry to forcibly deport people suspected of being LGBT. full story

France: The French Government says it will not back down on its choice of senior diplomat and openly gay man Laurent Stefanini as its next ambassador to the Holy See but officially the Vatican is giving him the silent treatment. full story

India: Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex. “Eyes do not discriminate, the perspective and perception of people do. We have decided to pledge our eyes as a thank you gesture to Justices A K Sikri and K S Radhakrishnan who had passed the landmark judgment,” transgender activist Laxmi Naryan Tripathi told the Press Trust of India. full story

Iran: A prominent Iranian cleric is teaching that men who fantasize about other women while impregnating their wives will cause their children to be gay. full story

Ireland: A new ad was just released by BeLonG To Youth Services which encourages people to bring family members to the polls for marriage equality. full story

Ireland: A mural in Dublin encouraging people to vote for same-sex marriage has been vandalized. full story

Spain: Spain’s interior ministry revealed some disturbing statistics on hate crimes on Tuesday, revealing that 40 percent of bias crimes reported in 2014 targeted gays and lesbians. full story

UK: A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign from fashion brand Matalan, showcasing the modern family in Britain. full story

UK: The UK Independence Party has defended not making a single mention of LGBT people in its manifesto. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The Northern Irish Assembly has been warned that a proposed “conscience clause” could lead to the same level of boycott which led the US state of Indiana to hire a PR company to perform damage limitation this week. full story

USA: A Mormon couple in a mixed-orientation marriage are objecting to their inclusion in a U.S. Supreme Court case filing because it argues that legalized gay marriage would demean the marriages of couples like themselves. full story

USA: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for filing taxes can be a stark reminder for thousands of legally married same-sex couples of the inequality they face if they happen to live in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton supports a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court granting the right of same-sex couples to marry across the nation, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday. full story

USA: Marco Rubio said he would attend a gay wedding if it was for someone he cared about. full story

USA: Public support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 states since 2004, especially in states that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to a report released today by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Drexel University. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at how the next president could impact LGBT rights in the US. full story

USA: Richard Wolf at USA Today looks at five key arguments in the pending marriage equality cases before the US Supreme Court. full story

USA: Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s is allowing users to create custom wedding invitations and then sends their invitations to every member of the Supreme Court. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and HRC Alabama kept up pressure on the Alabama legislature to halt the progress of Indiana-style “religious freedom” bills (H.B. 56)(H.B. 296/S.B. 261) that would allow discrimination in the arenas of marriage recognition and adoption. full story

USA, California: In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.” full story

USA, Colorado: Organizers of a conservative conference in Denver this summer have told the Log Cabin Republicans that they cannot have a booth at the event. full story

USA, Florida: Watch as a gay couple, both Disney employees, gets engaged. full story

USA, Guam The governor of Guam, a tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific, on Wednesday backed legislation allowing same sex marriage but said the issue, which has sharply divided Americans, should be put to a referendum. full story

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USA, Maine: A Republican Maine senator says he’s withdrawing his “religious freedom” bill that’s similar to proposals that have caused protests in other states, saying the bill wouldn’t get a fair hearing. full story

USA, Michigan: The owner of a Grandville auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.” full story

USA, New York: The Harlem hate church sign has a new anti-gay message. full story

Harlem Hate Church sign

USA, North Dakota: One family breaks the silence on marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Ohio: A new bill is being introduced at the Ohio Statehouse that would allow officiants to refuse to marry same sex couples in Ohio. full story

USA, Texas: A top House Republican, Pasadena Republican Rep. Gilbert Pena, delayed a hearing on controversial legislation Wednesday that would limit transgender students’ use of school bathrooms and locker rooms, saying the author needed to its soften language. full story

USA, Texas: State Affairs Chairman and Republican Representative Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, voiced his explicit support today (Wednesday, April 15) for legislation that would allow same-sex couples and legal guardians of a child to receive a supplementary birth certificate reflecting both of their names. full story

USA, Washington DC: April 17 marks the 50th anniversary of what many LGBT rights advocates believe was the first-ever gay rights demonstration held outside the White House. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 15th

Written by scott on April 15th, 2015

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

Pop Culture: There’s a new book out about the fight for LGBT rights – “It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, & Winning True Equality” by Michelangelo Signorile. full story

Pop Culture: Trans model Aydian Dowling is a frontrunner for Men’s Health’s Ultimate Guy Search that could put the man who receives the most votes on the cover of an upcoming issue. full story


Pop Culture: ABC News released a promo for its upcoming April 24 Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner. full story

Pop Culture: LGBT film characters are still mostly male, still mostly white and it’s not improving fast enough. full story

Brazil: Brazil’s 8 million–member Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is at the head of a social conservative movement whose coalition of political parties wrested control of the country’s National Congress after an election in October with a stated goal of reversing the 2013 court decision that brought marriage equality to the nation. full story

Ireland: Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has affirmed his support for equal marriage, and called for cross-party consensus on the issue. full story

Ireland: The Sinn Fein party said they will “campaign vigorously” for marriage equality in every constituency in the run-up to next month’s election. full story

Italy: Rome’s mayor Ignazio Marino is to perform mass civil unions – gay and straight – while the country debates same-sex unions. full story

Peru: The Justice and Human Rights Committee of Peru’s Congress has permanently archived the same-sex civil union bill previously rejected in March, said committee president Juan Carlos Eguren. full story

UK: The Green Party has outlined a number of equality measures in its manifesto – including pension equality for gay couples, mandatory sex and relationship eduction, and stronger legislation against hate crime. full story

UK: The UK Independence Party has outlined its opposition to giving an inclusive relationship education to primary school pupils – claiming it would “encourage experimentation”.
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UK: The Tory manifesto includes a pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act, and replace it with a “British Bill of Rights”, withdrawing from the European Court of Human Rights. full story

USA: Zack Ford at Think Progress looks at how the GOP presidential candidates are justifying discrimination against the LGBT community. full story

USA: The Unite for Marriage Coalition is planning marriage equality rallies nationwide. full story

USA: Verizon’s Chairman & CEO Lowell C. McAdam, Executive Vice President & President of Operations John G. Stratton, and Executive Vice President & President of Product Innovation & New Businesses Marni M. Walden have added their names to a historic statement calling for comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. full story

USA: Anti-gay groups are once again urging parents to keep their children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence. full story

USA: During an interview with the Marco Rubio on Tuesday afternoon, CNN’s Jake Tapper said “On that issue, same-sex marriage, Senator, you’re the candidate of yesterday.” full story

USA: Presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he never supported a national constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but a 2010 voter guide suggests otherwise. full story

USA: According to a new study released Tuesday, support for gay marriage accelerates when state bans end. full story

USA, Alabama: Several new motions have been filed in Strawser v. Strange, the state’s Federal marriage equality case. full story

USA: Columnist Elise Patkotak takes Governor Bill Walker to task for allowing his AG to join a brief opposing marriage equality. full story

USA, Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill that would have given county attorneys the option instead of a mandate to help with uncontested adoptions, after Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who pushed for the bill, adopted a policy of not helping gay couples adopt. full story

USA, Arkansas: A former Supreme Court justice who helped strike down Arkansas’ ban on gay foster parents and an ex-legislator who tried to reinstate that prohibition were appointed Tuesday to help decide a case related to the challenge over same-sex marriage. full story

USA, California: US Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, re-introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution, which calls on states to protect minors from the discredited practice of reparative therapy, also known as “conversion therapy.” full story

USA, Florida: The State House Judiciary Committee has scheduled their final meeting and the “bathroom bill” was not placed on the agenda moving it one step closer to not being heard in this legislative year. full story

USA, Florida: The Florida Senate passed a bill to repeal the gay adoption ban Tuesday on a 27-11 vote, but not before several Republicans questioned getting rid of the ban. The bill now goes to the Governor. full story

USA, Florida: A spokesperson for Gov. Rick Scott on April 14, 2015, declined to say whether the Republican would sign a bill that would formally repeal a state law banning gays and lesbians from adopting children. full story

USA, Guam: Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson on Wednesday directed officials in the U.S. territory to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Indiana: Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis wants to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for gays, lesbians and others under the state’s nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law. full story

USA, Indiana: A bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to Indiana’s civil rights law in education, employment, and housing was rejected by House Republicans yesterday. full story

USA, Kansas: The state argues in a new court filing that same-sex couples’ ability to obtain marriage licenses in many counties should prompt a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, Louisiana: Senate President John Alario is opposing the state’s right to discriminate bill, saying “it puts Louisiana in a light of hatred and bigotry and discrimination.” full story

USA, Michigan: Supporters of same-sex marriage in Flint will March through downtown April 28. full story

USA, Nevada: A controversial Nevada bill that aims to restrict transgender students’ access to the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender passed its first legislative hurdle Friday. full story

USA, New Jersey: The Liberty Counsel is appealing its loss against the state’s ban on conversion therapy to the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Puerto Rico: The First Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order this morning declining to set oral arguments in the challenge to Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban delaying further proceedings until after the US Supreme Court’s decision. full story

USA, Texas: Texas Competes say they have more than 100 pledges from major firms and others joining their new effort to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. full story

USA, Washington DC: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker delivered an emotional, impassioned speech on the Senate floor Monday night urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. full story

USA, Washington DC: Washington, D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Yvette Alexander will introduce a bill that would “require continuing education for licensed health professionals on the subject of cultural competence and appropriate clinical treatment for individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.” full story


Marriage News Watch – NOM Clueless Before US Supreme Court

Written by scott on April 14th, 2015

Matt BaumeWe have more details about the Supreme Court arguments at the end of the month.

The National Organization for Marriage has fumbled yet another brief.

And two public officials are suing for the right to discriminate.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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