Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/26/14

Written by scott on September 26th, 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!

Internet: A question posed on Reddit, which asked same-sex couples “What is the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?”, has generated hundreds of replies from gay and transgender parents. full story

Worldwide: The U.N. Human Rights Council is expected to vote today on a proposed resolution that expresses “grave concern” over anti-LGBT violence and discrimination. full story

Australia: Several gay asylum seekers in Australia who fled persecution in their home countries could be resettled in Papua New Guinea, where homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. full story

Azerbaijan: After local news outlets reported that a gay couple in Azerbaijan was engaged, the couple was forced to go into hiding because of the threat of homophobia. full story

Burundi: A man who was arrested for having sex with a Vietnamese man in hiding after he escaped police who wanted to arrest him on gay sex charges. full story

Cameroon: The old website of the Camaroonian National Assembly was hacked in protest of the country’s persecution of gay people. full story

Egypt: LGBT activists are planning demonstrations at Egyptian embassies around the world on October 18th.
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Kazakhstan_Poster_0Kazakhstan: A Kazakh ad agency has been fined for creating a poster for a gay club that showed Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. full story

Taiwan: None of the three candidates for mayor in Taipei have LGBT policies in place. full story

Philippines: The province of Agusan del Norte has become one of the few areas in the country to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance protecting people irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. full story

Trinidad & Tobago: The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago says the country is nowhere near ready to decriminalize homosexuality – “it is not legally possible.” full story

Uganda: An MP who visited LGBT rights activists in San Francisco and then wrote that she supports all her constituents has been subjected to nasty online attacks. full story

USA: Rep. Mike Honda sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the commission to ensure that federally-mandated online filtering software used by public schools and libraries do not block resources for the LGBT community. full story

USA: Freedom to Marry is launching a new ad hilighting anti marriage equality discrimination. full story

USA: Three prominent antii-gay groups are targeting the campaigns of three Republican congressional hopefuls over their support for such unions. full story

USA: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed two federal lawsuits alleging that employers in Florida and Michigan broke the law when each fired a transgender woman. full story

USA: After ten years pursuing priesthood in the Jesuit order, Benjamin Brenkert left the Catholic Church because of recent firings of lesbian and gay people from Catholic institutions, sending a letter to Pope Francis explaining his decision. full story

USA: 250,000 gay and lesbian couples have married in the first ten years of marriage equality in the US. full story

USA: The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to file a brief in support of a woman who wants the state of Mississippi to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. full story

USA: HRC head Chad Griffin says President Obama should consider appointing an openly gay AG. full story

USA, Arkansas: The leader of Arkansas’ Roman Catholic diocese wants to file a brief with the state Supreme Court supporting the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban. full story

USA, California: The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention has kicked out a pro-LGBT California church. full story

USA, California: Sister Roma offered some insight from behind the scenes of her recent meeting with Facebook brass over the “real name” requirements. full story

USA, Louisiana: A federal challenge to Louisiana’s marriage equality ban is on the fast track for review at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a move that could help push the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, Louisiana/Texas: Challenges to marriage equality bans from both states will be heard by the same three judge panel at fifth circuit. full story

USA, Massachusetts: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) has filed a charge of discrimination on behalf of a lesbian Walmart employee in Swansea, Massachusetts who was denied spousal health insurance for her wife. full story

USA, Michigan: New legislation which would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination has been proposed this week by Republican Brandon Dillon of D-Grand Rapids, Michigan. full story

USA, Missouri: The judge who heard the marriage equality case yesterday promised to rule quickly on the issue. full story

USA, New York: The owners of a wedding venue that was fined for turning away a same sex couple says they don’t hate gays, just gay weddings. full story

USA, North Carolina: Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) is claiming that he did not make comments supporting anti-LGBT employment discrimination, although the exchange is on tape. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: More than 300 people attended a Philadelphia rally urging the passage of the proposed hate crimes bill. full story


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