Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 1st

Written by scott on February 1st, 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!

Canada, Alberta: Students at Onoway Jr/Sr High School in Edmonton are pushing back against an administrative decision to cover up one student’s mural depicting two boys kissing. full story

Gay Kiss Mural in Alberta

USA: A new Hallmark Valentine’s Day ad features a lesbian couple. full story

Poland: Poland’s first openly transgender lawmaker, Anna Grodzka, reportedly plans to run for President. full story

UK: Actor Stephen Fry is campaigning for pardons for gays convicted under the infamous section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885. full story

USA: Fox’s new show Empire is one of the first to tackle the rampant homophobia in the black community. full story

USA: After months of speculation, a source close to Bruce Jenner’s family has confirmed that the former Olympic track and field athlete is in the transition process. full story

USA: The head of the American Military Partner Association is calling on Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter to address outstanding LGBT military issues when speaking to U.S. Senators at his confirmation hearing. full story

USA, Alabama: Supporters of marriage equality are organizing free weddings in Huntsville once a judge’s ruling legalizing same-sex unions takes effect. full story

USA, Arizona: The social conservative group behind 2014’s failed “right to discriminate” legislation has been meeting with Republican lawmakers to craft its 2015 agenda in the Arizona Legislature. full story

USA, California: A California Supreme Court ruling on sex crimes that says oral sex is worse than intercourse has been criticized as unfair to gays. full story

USA, California: Act-Up’s protests of HRC spread to the Castro yesterday. full story

USA, Florida: Attorney General Pam Bondi will not file a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case that is likely to settle the issue of marriage equality in the nation. full story

USA, Georgia: A case challenging the state’s ban on marriage equality moves to an appeals court after a federal judge refused the state’s request to stay the case until the Supreme Court rules in four similar cases. full story

USA, Hawaii: Hawaii GOP State Rep. Bob McDermott has proposed allowing state voters to decide whether to add a constitutional ban on marriage equality. full story

USA Idaho: State Rep. Linden Bateman, who was “touched” by the plight of LGBT citizens, still voted against passage of an LGBT protections bill. full story

USA, Louisiana: Lambda Legal and the lawyers representing Forum for Equality Louisiana and seven same-sex Louisiana couples asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review September’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Montana: On a party-line vote, state lawmakers heard testimony, voted against and then tabled a bill that would have provided protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and other people in the state. full story

USA, Texas: The Fox TV station in Houston has repeatedly mischaracterized the city’s non-discrimination law, falsely stating that it would allow men to enter women’s restrooms. full story

USA, Washington DC: Act Up also protested HRC at their DC offices. full story

USA, Wyoming: A “right to discriminate” bill has received initial approval in the state House of Representatives – the bill would allow businesses to deny services when their religion disagrees with another person’s actions, including potentially allowing county clerks to deny issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story


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