Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 23rd

Written by scott on October 23rd, 2014

Gay WeddingHere’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: Hong Kong lawmakers have voted down a proposed transgender marriage law by a vote of 40-11. full story

Italy: Ignacio Marino, the mayor of Rome who just recognized the marriages of 16 same-sex couples, is considering taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights. full story

Italy: The Advocate has some great pictures from Rome of the mayor recognizing the marriages of 16 same-sex couples. full story

Italy: The country has its first openly gay ambassador, who is now working as the Ambassador to New Zealand, living there with his partner. full story

Nigeria: The High Court struck down a case against Nigeria’s anti-gay law on a standing technicality. full story

Uganda: Two people charged under the country’s draconian anti-gay law have had all charges against him dismissed by a court. full story

UK: LGBT activist Peter catchall says the ban on gays donating blood is medically unjustified discrimination. full story

UK: A proposed Recall Bill could threaten members of Parliament who voted for marriage equality law, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said full story

USA: The conservative Jewish Masorti movement has joined other groups in allowing its rabbis to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. full story

USA: Many right-wing activists are telling the GOP that opposition to marriage equality is a non-negotiable issue. full story

USA: Marriage equality could become the most important issue in the GOP race for the presidency in 2016. full story

USA: Efforts to have a naval vessel named after Harvey Milk may have stalled. full story

USA: Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi has joined human rights campaigns Americans for Marriage Equality. full story

USA: Singer Ariana Grande says she left Catholicism for her gay brother Frankie. full story

USA: Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade looks at the impact of marriage equality on the U.S. Senate races. full story

USA: More than half of LGBT students feel unsafe at school, a new report from GLSEN shows. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign has released a list of 10 fax that everyone should know about the National Organization for Marriage. full story

USA, Alaska: Atty. Gen. Michael Geraghty is requesting en banc hearing in the states marriage equality case that the Ninth Circuit. full story

USA, Arizona: GOP lawmakers are once again considering a “right to discriminate” bill in the wake of the arrival of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Arkansas: Atty. Gen. Dustin McDaniel says he has no objections to expediting the marriage equality case in the state. full story

USA, California: 15 current and former LGBT inmates at the San Bernardino County jail are filing a lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department, accusing it of discrimination. full story

USA, Idaho: The fight continues between the city of Couer d’Alene and the Alliance Defending Freedom in a bogus case about a wedding chapel the claims to be discriminated against. full story

USA, Idaho: Gov. Butch Otter is requesting en banc hearing in the states marriage equality case that the Ninth Circuit. full story

USA, Illinois: A hearing was held Tuesday at the Illinois Department of Human Rights, looking into Exxon Mobil’s refusal to add anti-discrimination language to its policies to protect its LGBT employees. full story

USA, Indiana: The University of Notre Dame is holding a conference to explore pastoral strategies for gay parishioners. full story

USA, Kansas: The candidates for governor discussed marriage equality during a debate Monday night. full story

USA, Michigan: The estatet of Dr. Henry Messer, one of the early founders of the Equality Michigan, has just donated $3 million to the group. full story

USA, Mississippi: The new marriage equality lawsuit in the state has been given a rapid schedule, with a hearing planned for November 12th. full story

USA, Nevada: The state issued 255 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first week of marriage equality. full story

USA, Nevada: Gov. Brian Sandoval has come out against efforts by opponents of same-sex marriage to request an en banc hearing at the Ninth Circuit. full story

USA, New Jersey: Nearly 4000 same-sex couples married during the first year of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA,m New York: New York Times columnist Ross Douthat apologized for inadvertently taking part in a fundraiser for the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-gay legal group. full story

USA, North Carolina: Anti-gay activists held a rally in support of the magistrate who quit his job rather than marry same-sex couples in Rockingham County. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: 21 anti-gay demonstrators protested marriage equality in Camp Hill on Wednesday. full story

USA, Texas: A lesbian widow who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Social Security Administration is profiled in the Dallas Voice. full story

USA, Utah: Is the Mormon church becoming more gay friendly since marriage equality has arrived in Utah? full story


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