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Seriously?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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

I Totally Didn’t Have Anything to Do With Uganda
So says Scott Lively, anti-gay activist whose repeated trips to the country are credited with helping incite the rampant homophobia now consuming it, says he had absolutely nothing to do with it. Oh come on, seriously?
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Marching for Homophobia
Uganda celebrated its new anti-gay law with a parade today. What’s next, a “we’ve taken Uganda back to the dark ages” picnic and barbecue?
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White Supremacists Support Marriage Equality Ban
Michigan’s anti-gay Attorney General has some great company in his opposition to marriage equality – a white supremacist group has filed an amicus brief supporting the state’s ban. That’s who the opposition is down to – opportunistic politicians and far-right nut-jobs.
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How Dare You Boycott Mozilla?
Apparently only the religious right is allowed to threaten boycotts. Maggie Gallagher is all over the boycott of the browser company by LGBT rights supporters. Conveniently forgetting the massive boycott threatened by the right against World Vision when they tried to be tolerant toward same sex couples. Guess they can dish it out, but they can’t take it.
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It’s Over, and We Lost
British Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond, who fought the marriage equality bill in the UK and lost, says its time to move on. Finally, someone who gets it.
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USA, Oklahoma/Utah: Tenth Circuit Panel Announced for Marriage Equality Cases

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Tenth CircuitThe judges who will hear the two marriage equality cases about to come before the tenth circuit were announced today.

Equality on Trial reports:

The Tenth Circuit has announced the three-judge panel that will hear oral arguments in Kitchen v. Herbert, the challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban. The three judges will be Judge Paul J. Kelly, Jr., an appointee of President George H. W. Bush, along with Judge Carlos F. Lucero, appointed by President Bill Clinton, and Judge Jerome A. Holmes, appointed by President George W. Bush. The Tenth Circuit has previously said that the Utah case and the Oklahoma case, Bishop v. Smith, will be heard by the same panel, though the judge’s names aren’t listed on the case page for the Oklahoma case as of this writing.

Apparently the judges have a bit of a conservative bent.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

“My sense is this panel is slightly more politically conservative than an average 10th Circuit panel, but how any specific judge will resolve this issue is unclear and may not reflect political views,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and a judicial appointment expert.

The Utah case will be heard on April 10th; the Oklahoma case on April 17th. Anyone wanna lay odds on which of the many cases makes it to the Supreme Court?

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 3/31/14

Monday, March 31st, 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!

Malta: The country’s civil unions bill is expected to pass soon. full story

Mexico: Marriage equality in Mexico City has sparked a revolution across Latin America. full story

UK: Actor Ricky Gervais shot back at anti marriage equality trolls on Twitterm saying “You can’t take equality ‘too far’.” full story

UK: Our Gay Wedding: The Musical will hit British screens tonight. full story

USA: The soap opera Days of our Lives will have its first gay wedding in April. full story

USA: After it was revealed that new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich donated money to the Prop 8 Campaign, Mozilla put out a statement saying it supports marriage equality. full story

USA, Iowa: The state is celebrating the five year anniversary of marriage equality. full story

USA, New York: LGBT activists protested in front of a church whose sign advocated stoning gays, and whose pastor has called gays “homo demons”. full story

USA, Oklahoma/Utah: Much of the legal battle over marriage equality is centered on kids. full story

USA, Wyoming: Wyoming Equality held a panel discussion of marriage equality in Laramie on Thursday. full story

How The “Duck Dynasty” Stars’ Homophobia Destroyed Their Brand

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Duck DynastyBefore December of 2013, Duck Dynasty was a network’s dream: an inoffensive, semi-scripted reality program that received little attention outside of its core audience but still attracted millions of viewers. By any standard, Duck Dynasty was a smash. The season 4 premiere drew 11.7 million viewers. Even for a buzzed about scripted drama like Scandal, those numbers would be big. For a cable network, they were enormous.

The Duck Dynasty stars and A&E also cashed in on merchandising and branding, with their likenesses being found on anything from sweatshirts to coffee mugs and even a Chia Pet. This is an operation that could’ve chugged on for years, continued to make money for its network and stars, entertain the core audience, and be pretty much ignored by the rest of us. The nice smooth ride then came to a screeching halt in late 2013 in one of the biggest network PR Blunders in recent memory.

In an interview for GQ magazine, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson had some extremely incendiary things to say regarding gays and the bible. When asked by reporter Drew Magary about what constitutes “sin” he stated: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers–they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Authored By Rob Snith – See the Full Story at Queerty
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USA, Virginia: New Poll Says Marriage Equality Support at 50%

Monday, March 31st, 2014

titleA new poll shows that half of Virginians support marriage equality.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports:

Support for same-sex marriage among Virginia voters remains unchanged since last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a new poll finds. Up to 50 percent favor allowing gay marriage, while 42 percent oppose it, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University this morning… Same-sex marriage finds stronger support among women, 54 percent to 38 percent. Men are divided, with 46 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed. \0x200BMarriage equality also remains a partisan issue, with 69 percent to 22 percent among Democrats and 52 percent to 42 percent among independent voters. Republicans oppose it with 70 percent to 23 percent.

Polls last year showed a range of support from 45-55%, so this one is right in the middle.

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Vietnam: 33.7% Support Marriage Equality

Monday, March 31st, 2014

titleThere’s a new poll out on Vietnamese support for marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

New polling has found that one in three people in Vietnam are supportive of same-sex couples being allowed to marry while only a slim majority are opposed. The ‘Social Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage’ study polled over 5,000 Vietnamese people and found that 52.9% of the participants oppose same-sex marriage while 33.7 percent support it. 41.2% supported the idea of same-sex couples living together as a household and 62% admitted to knowing of a same-sex couple who were living together.

Vietnam’s marriage equality movement has been slowly growing, and last year the country got rid of fines for same sex couples holding wedding ceremonies, although they are not officially recognized.

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Matt BaumeMichigan Governor Rick Snyder has good news and bad news marriage in Michigan. One Missouri lawmaker is taking a stand for equality.

We have more good news from national polling. And five couples in Mississippi requested marriage licenses last week. What happened next will probably not surprise you.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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China: Gay Man Sues Government for Recognition of Marriage Equality Group

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Great Wall of ChinaAfter China denied his application to register his group, Same-Sex Love Assistance Network, as an NGO, a gay man has decided to sue.

Towleroad.com reports:

The LGBT activist, Xiang Xiaohan, is the first gay man to do so. Xiaohan had attempted to register his group, Same-Sex Love Assistance Network, as a non-governmental organization (NGO) but his application was denied. In response, Xiaohan filed a defamation lawsuit in February but the case was thrown out of court earlier this month.

The BBC reports: Xiang Xiaohan filed the lawsuit in the provincial capital, Changsha, after the Hunan government turned down his application to register his organisation. In a written reply to him, the local government said homosexuality had no place in Chinese traditional culture and “the building of spiritual civilisation” – a catchphrase in modern China for what many believe is the party’s indoctrination. “I believe what the government said [in the reply] defames the reputation of the gay and lesbian community in China, and I want them to issue a written apology,” said Mr Xiang.

It’s a step forward in China, not historically known for LGBT rights.

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Seriously?

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

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

Your Gayness Can Be Cured
Newsweek Owner Johnathan Davis apparently thinks being gay can be cured. Unlike being an a**hole.
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I’m Totally in Love With Putin’s Anti Gayness
Rev. Franklin Graham is still talking up the virtues of Russian President Vladamir Putin. Because no matter how much of an imperialist conquerer you may be, all can be given for a little homophobia.
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