Marriage Equality / LGBT Rights Updates 5/19/13

Written by scott on May 19th, 2013

Gay WeddingUpdates on a bunch of stories we’re following:

BISBEE REVISES CIVIL UNIONS ORDINANCE

Bisbee city officials have hammered out a revised civil unions ordinance after opposition to it from the state’s Attorney General. AZCentral.com reports:

The ordinance’s use of the word “union” had been a point of controversy during the debate. While there is nothing in state law that explicitly addresses civil unions, the state Constitution defines marriage as “only a union of one man and one woman,” and state law prohibits same-sex marriage. Other Arizona cities have gotten around those prohibitions by creating what they call registries.

Bisbee’s revised version still calls the action a “civil union,” but describes it as a contractual agreement. It also omits a line that had said couples in a civil union would be recognized as “married” and another calling them “spouses.”

MINNEAPOLIS CHURCH CELEBRATES MARRIAGE EQUALITY

The New York Daily News reports on a church celebrating marriage equality with rainbow communion bread:

Revolution Church in Minneapolis served congregants rainbow-colored communion bread during its inaugural service last Sunday. Head pastor Rev. Jay Bakker thought the bread – and the state’s embrace of gay rights – tasted “kind of sweet. So many people have been hurt by the church and by Christianity,” Bakker told the News. “But this was a beautiful moment.” The colorful nod to gay rights was baked up early Sunday morning by photojournalist Courtney Perry. She thought of the idea after Minnesota’s House approved a same-sex marriage bill on May 9. State leaders expected the bill to pass the Senate as well and Perry was ecstatic.

FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OFFERS MARRIAGE EQUALITY CASE PREDICTIONS

At Keen News, they’re reporting on former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and his thoughts on the marriage equality cases currently before the court:

Former Justice John Paul Stevens, 93, who retired from the high court three years ago after 35 years of service, recently offered his prediction for what the court will do on the two landmark marriage equality cases pending before it. He said he thinks the court will dismiss the Yes on 8 appeal of the Proposition 8 case out of California on procedural issues, and find the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

FINLAND’S PRO MARRIAGE EQUALITY ENTEY PLACES 24TH AT EUROVITION

In pop culture news, Finland’s Eurovision entry, a pro gay marriage song, didn’t win the competition. Pink News reports:

Krista Siegfrids, the Finnish Eurovision singer, said her song was intended as a hint to her boyfriend to propose to her, but was also meant as a message of marriage equality. She found herself with a place in the final, following her performance of her pro-equal marriage song, which included a lesbian kiss. Siegfrids insisted that her song ‘Marry Me’ was not political, but did go on to say that she did want to make a statement about the lack of legal recognition of same-sex marriages in Finland. Organisers forbid “lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature”.

 

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