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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 26th

Sunday, July 26th, 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!

AUSTRALIA: A group of Canberra young people are planning to give federal Parliament a wake-up call on marriage equality on Sunday, with hundreds expected at a walk around Lake Burley Griffin. full story

AUSTRALIA: Labor leader Bill Shorten will move to legalise same-sex marriage in his first 100 days if he becomes prime minister. full story

AUSTRALIA: At the same time, the Labor Party has confirmed its MPs will be given a free vote on upcoming same-sex marriage legislation – and will not be forced to vote in favour. full story

ITALY: Italian activists say civil unions aren’t enough, and are calling for full marriage equality. full story

KENYA: At a joint news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi today, President Obama made good on his plan to discuss the issue of gay rights in Africa. full story

USA: The Boy Scouts of America is set to confirm on Monday that it will end its ban on openly gay adult leaders. full story

USA: GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was all doom-and-gloom at his sparsely attended congressional hearing about the dangers of ‘judicial tyranny.’ full story

USA, GEORGIA: Openly gay Pastor Rick Sosbe, whose church was vandalized with anti-gay phrases, said his church will continue to “spread the message of God’s inclusive love” by welcoming all to worship, feeding the homeless and doing volunteer work in the community. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 3930, an enhanced hate crime protections law that explicitly includes crimes against transgender people. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Lawyers for a Hazel Park couple who helped legalize same-sex marriage across the nation asked a federal judge Saturday to force the state to pay more than $1.9 million in legal fees. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a respected group that publishes reports on public policy, believes it’s time to ask voters to erase parts of the constitution that are dead, including the ban on same sex marriage. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A gay couple living in Wynantskill, New York had their home and car struck by vandals this week, including the phrase “Jenner Fags”. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A mixed-race couple who was denied a marriage ceremony in Forsyth Co. decades ago thinks that history is repeating itself. full story

USA, OREGON: In an interview with Willamette Week, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, the lesbian couple turned away by Melissa’s Sweet Cakes, finally break their silence on the story and detail the shame and embarrassment felt after being turned away from Sweet Cakes owners Melissa and Aaron Klein. full story

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USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: In a heartwarming new video from Mashable, trans teen Chase Culpepper and her mother Teresa recall the conversations they’ve had together over the years as the two of them came to terms with who Chase really is. full story

VATICAN: The Pope’s approval rating has plummeted among US citizens – after the Church ditched planned to ‘welcome’ gay people and rallied against same-sex marriage. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – Supreme Court Edition – June 27th

Saturday, June 27th, 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!

OVERVIEW:

MAP: The last US marriage equality map. full story

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MAP: Well, not quite – we also have this beautiful, simple time lapse map. full story

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FULL TEXT: Read the full text of yesterday’s US Supreme Court Ruling. full story

GUIDE: Six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website http://MarriageEqualityFacts.org to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits, and protections that marriage affords. full story

POP CULTURE:

CARTOONS: Joe.My.God rounds up some of the best political cartoons full story

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CORPORATIONS: Joe also wraps up some of the best corporate responses. full story

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CELEBRITIES: The Huffington Post rounds up some of the celebrity reactions. full story

FASHION: The Observer rounds up the response from the fashion world. full story

ICE CREAM: Ben & Jerry’s is renaming one of its ice cream flavors, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, to “I Dough, I Dough” at participating stores. full story

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MEMES: Queerty rounds up some of the best marriage equality memes of the day. full story

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FACEBOOK: You can now rainbow your profile pic on the social media giant. full story

IN THE STATES:

NATIONWIDE: The Advocate gathers some of the places that went rainbow yesterday to celebrate marriage equality. full story

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ALABAMA: The state’s Chief Justice has vowed to block US Supreme Court’s ‘illegitimate’ marriage equality ruling. full story

ALABAMA: All couples in Mobile were allowed to pick up marriage licenses once again on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. full story

ARKANSAS: Marriage equality has returned to the state as the first new same sex marriage license was issued. full story

ARKANSAS: Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state will obey the ruling. full story

COLORADO: Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to celebrate the Supreme Court decision, full story

GEORGIA: Same sex couples married in a mass ceremony in Fulton County. full story

INDIANA: Indiana celebrates the ruling. full story

LOUISIANA: Arch-conservative Governor Bobby Jindal and GOP presidential candidate is doing what he can to stop same-sex weddings in his state. full story

MICHIGAN: See the reaction of the Michigan plaintiffs. ” target=”_blank”>full story

MICHIGAN: The Kent county clerk started taking applications for same-sex marriage licenses. full story

MISSISSIPPI: Attorney General Jim Hood is in no hurry to allow marriages in his state, preferring instead to wait until he absolutely has to. full story

NEW YORK: NYC celebrates the ruling. full story

NEW YORK: Celebration at the Stonewall Inn, where it all began. full story

PENNSYLVANIA: Great meme from Brian Simms. full story

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PENNSYLVANIA: In Philadelphia’s gayborhood, there was elation over the US Supreme Court ruling. full story

TEXAS: The Dallas Voice liveblogs the various counties as they start to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples (or don’t). full story

TEXAS: Dallas County issued 170 marriage licenses on Day 1 of marriage equality in Texas, according to Dallas County Clerk John Warren. full story

TEXAS: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said he will continue to defend religious freedom after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage. full story

TEXAS: Chad Mantooth took photos at the rally and march in Dallas celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding marriage equality nationwide. full story

TENNESSEE: The first gay marriage license was issued in Shelby County around 11:30 Friday morning. full story

WASHINGTON DC: Watch the crowd the moment they heard the news outside the US Supreme Court. full story

WASHINGTON DC: The White House lit up with the rainbow. full story

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WASHINGTON DC: President Obama called Ohio paintiff Jim Obergefell to congratulate him. full story

USA: The Advocate gathers some of the best photos from DC on Decision Day. full story

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ANALYSIS

MATT BAUME: Matt Baume has a new video out – what you need to know full story

SUNNIVIE BRYDUM: The Advocate reporter looks at what the ruling actually says. full story

JORDAN WEISSMAN: Justice Anthony Kennedy closes his opinion with one of the most beautiful passages you’ll likely read in a court case. full story

ZACK FORD AND JUDD LEGUM: Think Progress looks at some of the more ridiculous arguments in the Supreme Court dissents. full story

TARA CULP-RESSLER: There’s still work to be done. full story

ZACK FORD: No, the Supreme Court did not just ‘redefine’ marriage. full story

SUPPORTERS

PRESIDENT OBAMA: President Obama spoke passionately on Friday morning about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing national marriage equality. full story

HILLARY CLINTON: Hillary Clinton has reflected on the just-issued opinion by the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, saying she is “proud” of the “historic victory” for the country. full story

TIM COOK: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do,” the Apple CEO wrote on Twitter. full story

JOE BIDEN: According to his wife: “Joe is running through the halls with a rainbow flagged tied on like a cape high fiving everyone.” full story

OPPONENTS

JOHN ROBERTS: The Chief Justice’s dissent said that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states completely undermined America’s democratic process. full story

ANTONIN SCALIA: The Supreme Court Justice compared the ruling to a fortune cookie. full story

CLARENCE THOMAS: The right-wing justice denied that gays had their dignity taken away by anti gay marriage laws, making offensive statements about slaves and those in internment camps. full story

BOBBY JINDAL: The Louisiana Governor and presidential candidate: “I will never stop fighting.” full story

MIKE HUCKABEE: Governor Mike Huckabee didn’t waste any time in attempting to put a downer on the Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage across the US, branding it “tyranny”. full story

LINDSEY GRAHAM: The presidential candidate struck a conciliatory note, calling for everyone to move on. full story

RICK SANTORUM: “…leaders don’t accept bad decisions….” full story

TED CRUZ: Sen. Cruz proposed a constitutional amendment that would subject members of the Supreme Court to a retention election every eight years. full story

TONY PERKINS: The leader of the FRC says it ain’t over yet. full story

KEN PAXTON: The Texas Attorney General says the ruling will lead to more “displays of hate and intolerance against people of faith.” full story

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM: The badly mis-named group reacts. full story

JONATHAN SAENZ: He thanks the totally unnecessary “Pastor Protection Law” for stopping the Federal Government from forcing pastors and churches to perform same sex weddings. full story

BRYAN FISCHER: The AFA’s radio host says he “saw Satan dancing with delight” and “the twin towers of truth and righteousness were blown up by moral jihadists.” full story

BRIAN BROWN: The head of NOM called the decision “completely illegitimate.” full story

JIM GARLOW: California pastor Jim Garlow on Wednesday equated reversing gay marriage gains to ending slavery full story

JOSH ROBINSON: The Minnesota Vikings player compared marriage equality to pedophilia and incest. full story

A Transgender Soldier pens President Obama – .@POTUS @OnlyShaneOrtega

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Sergeant Shane Ortega

 

Originally seen on MilitaryFreedomCoalition.org:

To the Honorable President, Mr. Barack Obama:

My name is Sergeant Shane Ortega. I serve in the United States Army and I recently stepped forward into the public light via the Washington Post – to show our country what an active serving transgender military member looks like. So here I am. I have been working on LGBT policy in the military almost as long as I have been serving. It has been ten years this June. Today, like it was before the repeal of Don’t As Don’t Tell I am still fighting against discrimination and lack of equal opportunity protections for all LGBT military personnel. Unfortunately this discrimination doesn’t stop there, it has also permeated into our national legislation as well. In many states it is a criminal act to be your “authentic” self and use a restroom, one of the most basic of human needs.

I joined the military of our nation because I wanted to be an active citizen. I felt that the American freedoms I was fortunate to be born into were not to be met with a sense of entitlement. I have always known that someone before me has suffered and possibly died to make them tangible realities. The good fortune of being born in a democratic country is that it shapes your entire destiny and the quality of life you may lead. Therefore I honor that privilege by serving and giving back to our nation and it’s people the best I can. That means also working on human rights issues for LGBT people; who are often the smallest of heard voices in the crowd. I swore to defend the Constitution. That means, liberty for all.

I created awareness on the negative affects of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and now I want to help open transgender military inclusion and LGBT Equal Opportunity protections. Our nation’s military has some of the finest human beings, which I consider lucky to have the good fortune to serve with. These heroes are highly adaptable and cohesive team players. Our military is a diverse group made up of members of our society from different backgrounds. We evolve with the base knowledge of our society and the global scenarios of combat arenas. That is what makes us the best trained military forces. Without fail the American military has always developed and used the right tool for the right task. We are more knowledgeable and powerful when we encompassed our different experiences and perspectives into a unit to accomplish a mission. The force has gone through desegregation, women’s inclusion, equal pay for both sexes, repeal of DADT and equality benefits for gay married couples – all ahead of the nation on this and not a single failure. We are a “no-fail” organization. As such we learn how to use the new tools we are given and we move forward to greatness. That is who we are. That is our American fighting force.

Sir, as I near the middle of my career, the question comes up – should I stay or should I go? Can I keep serving authentically? Can I continue to live the values of a warrior – integrity, honor and selfless service? Can I do this while I continue to be mis-gendered and without discrimination protections? I have kept my word, my honor and commitment true for ten years now. I want to continue to serve our nation to the best of my ability. We need immediate action on this issue for our service members and our citizens. Daily I receive correspondence from both active service members and citizens that just want to serve the country they love as the person they are. Some of the active service members are desperate, alienated, alone and suicidal. They range from field grade officers to new privates. Everyone is fighting an internal war that no one wants to speak up for. I love this nation and it’s people more than anything in the world. It’s all that I have to show for my time spent on this planet.

Mr. President, I beg you please use your power as Commander-In-Chief to immediately halt transgender military discharges and begin a review to repeal the transgender military ban. I respect your office to the highest extent and thank you for how far you have lead the LGBT cause.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” – Nelson Mandela

Respectively and Sincerely,

Shane Ortega
SGT, US ARMY

 

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SGT Ortega is a three-tour combat veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a former Marine and current Army Soldier.

Petition: Sign to stop Mega-Churches From Abusing LGBT People!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Originally seen on SeanSala.com

WATCH WFAA story exposing Prestonwood

In a shameful move Prestonwood Baptist Church Clergyman Mike Buster sent an email to 2,500 Church members ENDORSING Political candidates. A CLEAR VIOLATION of their 501(c)(3)

Prestonwood Baptist has RIGGED the election for Plano, Texas and the IRS MUST investigate this.

Share and sign! If we do not stand up to Mega-Churches – this destruction of our dignity will continue. 

Mega-Church rigged Texas election – LGBT Activists Call for IRS Investigation:

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

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Originally seen on SeanSala.com

WATCH: WFAA story exposing Prestonwood

In a shameful move – Executive Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Mike Buster, sent an email to 2,500 church members endorsing political candidates. The question being poised is, how and why was this email list chosen and where did the list of 2,500 emails come from? The situation surrounding the Executive pastor, and Prestonwood, is a major red flag of a possible blatant violation of their tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.

It is believed that Prestonwood Baptist Church and their regional influence on their constituents rigged the recent election for Plano and the IRS must investigate this.

Because of Prestonwood’s blatant and presumably unapologetic endorsement,  two politicians were elected who tried to repeal an “Equal Rights Ordinance” that protects Gays and Veterans.

“It is the responsibility of the IRS to investigate any potential wrong doings and violations and we believe the executive pastor’s endorsement of five candidates is a clear and blatant violation. The IRS needs to investigate this fully.”

Signed,

Sean Sala – National LGBT Policy Activist 

Jason Hanna – Local Plano, Texas LGBT Activist 

Zachary Kolodny – Local Plano, Texas Equal Rights Activist 

A petition has been formatted for a full IRS investigation.

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Pastor Mike Buster

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 16th

Thursday, April 16th, 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!

Bahamas: A survey shows 74.5% of respondents strongly disapprove of same-sex marriage, with just under 10% approving of it to any degree. full story

Egypt: A judgement issued from Egypt’s Administrative Court has set a precedent allowing the Interior Ministry to forcibly deport people suspected of being LGBT. full story

France: The French Government says it will not back down on its choice of senior diplomat and openly gay man Laurent Stefanini as its next ambassador to the Holy See but officially the Vatican is giving him the silent treatment. full story

India: Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex. “Eyes do not discriminate, the perspective and perception of people do. We have decided to pledge our eyes as a thank you gesture to Justices A K Sikri and K S Radhakrishnan who had passed the landmark judgment,” transgender activist Laxmi Naryan Tripathi told the Press Trust of India. full story

Iran: A prominent Iranian cleric is teaching that men who fantasize about other women while impregnating their wives will cause their children to be gay. full story

Ireland: A new ad was just released by BeLonG To Youth Services which encourages people to bring family members to the polls for marriage equality. full story

Ireland: A mural in Dublin encouraging people to vote for same-sex marriage has been vandalized. full story

Spain: Spain’s interior ministry revealed some disturbing statistics on hate crimes on Tuesday, revealing that 40 percent of bias crimes reported in 2014 targeted gays and lesbians. full story

UK: A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign from fashion brand Matalan, showcasing the modern family in Britain. full story

UK: The UK Independence Party has defended not making a single mention of LGBT people in its manifesto. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The Northern Irish Assembly has been warned that a proposed “conscience clause” could lead to the same level of boycott which led the US state of Indiana to hire a PR company to perform damage limitation this week. full story

USA: A Mormon couple in a mixed-orientation marriage are objecting to their inclusion in a U.S. Supreme Court case filing because it argues that legalized gay marriage would demean the marriages of couples like themselves. full story

USA: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for filing taxes can be a stark reminder for thousands of legally married same-sex couples of the inequality they face if they happen to live in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton supports a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court granting the right of same-sex couples to marry across the nation, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday. full story

USA: Marco Rubio said he would attend a gay wedding if it was for someone he cared about. full story

USA: Public support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 states since 2004, especially in states that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to a report released today by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Drexel University. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at how the next president could impact LGBT rights in the US. full story

USA: Richard Wolf at USA Today looks at five key arguments in the pending marriage equality cases before the US Supreme Court. full story

USA: Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s tietheknot.org is allowing users to create custom wedding invitations and then sends their invitations to every member of the Supreme Court. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and HRC Alabama kept up pressure on the Alabama legislature to halt the progress of Indiana-style “religious freedom” bills (H.B. 56)(H.B. 296/S.B. 261) that would allow discrimination in the arenas of marriage recognition and adoption. full story

USA, California: In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.” full story

USA, Colorado: Organizers of a conservative conference in Denver this summer have told the Log Cabin Republicans that they cannot have a booth at the event. full story

USA, Florida: Watch as a gay couple, both Disney employees, gets engaged. full story

USA, Guam The governor of Guam, a tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific, on Wednesday backed legislation allowing same sex marriage but said the issue, which has sharply divided Americans, should be put to a referendum. full story

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USA, Maine: A Republican Maine senator says he’s withdrawing his “religious freedom” bill that’s similar to proposals that have caused protests in other states, saying the bill wouldn’t get a fair hearing. full story

USA, Michigan: The owner of a Grandville auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.” full story

USA, New York: The Harlem hate church sign has a new anti-gay message. full story

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USA, North Dakota: One family breaks the silence on marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Ohio: A new bill is being introduced at the Ohio Statehouse that would allow officiants to refuse to marry same sex couples in Ohio. full story

USA, Texas: A top House Republican, Pasadena Republican Rep. Gilbert Pena, delayed a hearing on controversial legislation Wednesday that would limit transgender students’ use of school bathrooms and locker rooms, saying the author needed to its soften language. full story

USA, Texas: State Affairs Chairman and Republican Representative Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, voiced his explicit support today (Wednesday, April 15) for legislation that would allow same-sex couples and legal guardians of a child to receive a supplementary birth certificate reflecting both of their names. full story

USA, Washington DC: April 17 marks the 50th anniversary of what many LGBT rights advocates believe was the first-ever gay rights demonstration held outside the White House. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 11th

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’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: After fighting GSA’s for a year, the government has done an about-face and will mandate them in all publicly-funded schools. full story

Egypt: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) sent letters to prominent business leaders scheduled to speak at the upcoming Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC), urging them to raise the issue of LGBT rights abuses in the country. full story

Ireland: The Catholic Bishop who said being gay was like having Down’s Syndrome also said gays should wait to have sex until marriage. full story

Ireland: A Catholic priest who compared gays to people with Down’s Syndrome is defending his homophobic remarks. full storyMalawi: Malawi will not change its laws against homosexuality, the country’s Health Minister says. full story

Peru: Catholic Monsignor Luis Barbaren called the civil unions bill’s sponsor, Rep. Carlos Bruce, the Spanish equivalent of “faggot.” full story

Peru: Congress rejected a proposed civil unions bill, and activists called for protests. full story

Slovenia: On the same day the country’s upper chamber rejected an attempt to veto the marriage equality bill, opponents turned in 80K petitions to try to force a referendum, far more than the 2500 required. Parliament now has to decide if it can move forward. full story

Uganda: Frank Mugisha, the head of the country’s leading LGBT organization, discusses his strategy for changing the nation. full story

UK: A transgender man who was ordered to use a disabled toilet by a nightclub has received an out-of-court settlement of £1,500. full story

UK: The Conservatives look set to lose Brighton Kemptown, long considered the heart of the British gay community, over their support for same-sex marriage. full story

USA: “Christian” conservative John Price, author of The End of America, last week encouraged Americans to flee to escape God’s coming wrath over gay marriage. full story

USA: Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore on Friday said that gay marriage opposition should be a litmus test for GOP presidential candidates – isn’t it already? full story

USA: The president of an anti-gay black pastors coalition has expressed his anger that President Barack Obama compared the civil rights movement to that for same-sex marriage at the Selma Anniversary. full story

USA: A new study has found that when transgender young people are allowed to fully identify with their gender and take steps toward transition, it significantly improves their depression and anxiety. full story

USA: The Family Equality Council, which represents LGBT families with children, last week filed along with the LGBT group COLAGE a 40-page “voices of LGBT youth and children” brief arguing the court should strike down prohibitions on same-sex nuptials based on the harms they inflict on children raised by gay parents. full story

USA: Ted Cruz is making a name for himself as the most anti-gay Presidential candidate. full story

USA: In a letter to the US Supreme Court, the conservative Heritage Foundation claims that anti-marriage equality bans are constitutional. full story

USA: A new class-action lawsuit has been filed seeks to recoup Social Security benefits given to married same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. full story

USA: Hot Air looks at the split over marriage equality on the GOP side in a new poll. full story

USA: The GOP-led Senate is calling FRC’s Tony Perkins to testify about “religious freedom”. full story

USA, Alabama: Attorney General Luther Strange is asking a federal judge to keep gay marriage in the state on hold until the US Supreme Court rules on the issue. full story

USA, Arkansas: In the wake of the anti-gay bill that stripped local LGBT protections, Rep. Greg Leding (D) filed HB 1959, which would add four words to the state civil rights law to prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, property transactions, credit or the political process on grounds of “sexual orientation, gender identity.” full story

USA, California: San Francisco Catholics are fighting the church over LGBT rights. full story

USA, Colorado: The House passed a ban on “conversion therapy” for youth 35-29. full story

USA, Florida: Lee County residents may be able to register as domestic partners as early as late spring. full story

USA, Florida: The state’s ban on adoption by gays was ruled unconstitutional back in 2010, but is still in the constitution. A South Florida state representative is hoping to strike the ban from state law. full story

USA, Oklahoma: The House voted 67-24 to get the state out of the marriage business, shifting licensing to members of the clergy. full story

USA, South Carolina: Anti-gay groups held a rally pushing for a bill to halt same sex marriages in the state. full story

USA, South Dakota: The full South Dakota Senate opted not to take up a proposal that would void a South Dakota High School Activities Association policy on transgender student participation in sports. full story

USA, Texas: An anti-transgender bathroom bill would not only prohibit schools from allowing transgender students to use restrooms in accordance with their gender identity, but would also award a $2,000 bounty — plus actual damages, court costs and attorneys fees – to students who spotted someone transgender using the “wrong” bathroom. full story

USA, Texas: Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, announced Monday that he would reconsider his “right to discriminate” bill after the Texas Association of Business, Equality Texas and others expressed concern it would discriminate against LGBT people. full story

USA, Utah: The state Senate has approved a proposal to allow government employees to refuse to marry same-sex couples if they opt out of their right to marry anyone. full story

USA:, Washington DC D.C. Police Sgt. Jessica Hawkins began work on March 3 as the new supervisor of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, becoming the first transgender person to hold the position. full story

Queeny “Ex-Gay Minister” Kegan Wesley claims to his salon stylist that he can “raise the dead”:

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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Originally seen on SeanSala.com

A couple of months ago an open letter to Kegan Wesley was issued by national LGBT activist Sean Sala, condemning  the ever so queenly and “delivered from homosexuality” minister. Yet the resident preacher queen has a new claim out about his experiences in ministry.

Kegan claims he was called to “raise the dead.”

At first you think he may be speaking figuratively, then in a video he posted about his “salon appointment” he tells his hairdresser that the dead “literally” have been raised.

A literal claim, that we challenge Kegan to prove scientifically that this even occurred. Surly God would make proof of that easy right?

Yes, Kegan Wesley has claimed that he has witnessed and been a part of “raising the dead” (In literal present tense.) See the “ever-so-not-gay” video here. Be sure to watch the whole thing if you can, your brain may hurt afterwards.

Here he claims he has the power to raise the dead.

In the shocking youtube video, Kegan claims that God purposely screwed up his hair appointment. He claims due to the event that he faced “immense paranoia” since someone else was working on his hair. Until, “God literally began to speak through him” to his hairdresser. Then when his “God words – filled up the salon stylist” he prayed that his hairdresser would not mess up his haircut since she was being “filled by God” in the hair salon.  After she “bursts into tears” because of the “power” flowing through him – he is quick to mention that there was a another salon artist nearby that quote, (paraphrased) “I knew he was a homosexual and his ears were burnin!!!”

You can’t make this stuff up.

Kegan continues to be as queeny as they come and out of his own obvious insecurity he points out the femininity in other men. Yet, he fails to remember on every sermon and Facebook post he seems to drop his purse without noticing.

Keep on queenin’ on girl. Your lies are destroying and marginalizing LGBT teens.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 31st

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’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!

International: ExxonMobil has finally officially added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to its officially protected classes. full story

International: Sam Kutesa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly whose election was protested internationally by LGBT rights groups, took a swipe at his opponents. full story

Africa: The President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, who is a staunch opponent of gay rights, has been appointed as the president of the African Union. full story

Bermuda: LGBT rights advocates are criticizing a local church for hosting a weekend conference that promotes the discredited “ex-gay” movement. full story

Brazil: Sao Paulo hopes to encourage transgender youth to return to school and finish their educations by offering them monthly payments. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: LGBTI activists are rallying against a new “right to discriminate” bill. full story

Tanzania: A stransgender man and his female partner have been arrested for “gay sex”. full story

USA: A new report shows that foundation funding for LGBT health totals less than 0.5 percent of all health funding, and funding for HIV/AIDS is drastically out of proportion. full story

USA: A new study finds that transgender children identity as consistently and innately with that gender identity as other kids their age who are not trans. full story

USA: A Coca Cola Superbowl ad will star out football player Michael Sam. full story

USA: Some same sex couples are facing an unexpected hurdle getting married – Jewish oppisition to interfaith marriages. full story

USA, Alabama: The couple that toppled Alabama’s marriage equality ban is urging an appellate court to let the judge’s ruling take effect. full story

USA, Alabama: The couple who won their marriage equality case this week also filed a response with the 11th circuit with the help of NCLR. full story

USA: In both Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange, Governor Robert Bentley asked the Eleventh Circuit to extend the temporary stay that’s due to expire on February 9 until the appeals process is over. full story

USA, Alabama: The Alabama Probate Judges Association has joined Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange in asking an appeals court indefinitely delay a court order mandating marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Georgia: Although the state’s marriage equality case has been put on hold pending the upcoming Supreme Court ruling, other parts of the case remain open for further review. full story

USA, Michigan: The Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night will vote on a resolution authorizing the city to be listed as a supporting municipality in a marriage equality amicus brief being filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, Montana: Lawmakers are weighing whether to strike down an invalidated voter-enacted ban on marriage equality from the state Constitution. full story

USA, New York: The gay couple from the recent Survivor Blood vs. Water season just got engaged. full story

USA, Utah: Gov. Gary Herbert used his sixth annual State of the State address Wednesday night to call on Utah lawmakers to pass a “right to discriminate” bill this session. full story

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Weddings A La Heart, Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Weddings A La Heart

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiants in Kailua-Kona, Big Island, HI, USA. Aloha Gay beloveds. I warmly welcome you to Weddings A La Heart and eagerly await creating a one-of-a kind sunset soul ceremony for you both, to touch your hearts deeply. Complete wedding services and civil unions with gracious personal service from beginning to end. Gorgeous private and public Hawaiian beach venues. We also travel anywhere in the world bringing the sacred and romantic traditions of the gay Hawaiian ceremony to you.

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