Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 18th

Written by scott on May 18th, 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!

Online: A retreat for black lesbians has been forced to remove a Facebook page – after going viral and receiving racist, homophobic abuse. full story

Pop Culture: In promoting his new feature film, The D Train, actor Jack Black called on “oldies” to make way for LGBT rights. full story

Pop Culture: Taylor Swift’s new video Bad Blood includes a bisexual star, and a lesbian icon. full story

Pop Culture: Madonna caused a commotion once again on Instagram, posting a picture of a Jewish man about to kiss a Muslim man. She captioned it with an emoji and the hashtag #rebelhearts. full story


Indonesia: Some 89.3% of LGBTI people in Indonesia have experienced some form of violence due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, according to a new survey, and trans women are most at risk. full story

Ireland: In a new video, Lawyers for Yes explain why surrogacy is not an issue in the Marriage Equality Referendum. full story

Nigeria: Twenty-one young men were arrested in Nigeria for being in a ‘gay cult’. full story

Russia: Seventeen Russian activists were detained by police for a pro-gay IDAHOT event in Moscow full story

Taiwan: Kaohsiung has become the first city in Taiwan to recognize gay couples. full story

UK: Tory councillor Zoe Kirk-Robinson called for the “spousal veto”. which blocks transgender recognition if a spouse objects, to be removed from marriage legislation in the UK. full story

UK: A British trans man has reflected on when he was a teen and his mother backed him up in the best way possible when he was being bullied. full story

USA: The New York Times looks at the problem of prison rape for LGBT inmates. full story

USA: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce a bill to ban discrimination against LGBT people who seek to adopt children. full story

USA: Presumed Presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated in a new interview that he doesn’t believe that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. full story

USA: Jordan Gwendolyn Davis at The Advocate calls for conversion therapy protections for adults, too. full story

USA: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg coyly poked the haters this weekend as she officiated her third same-sex wedding. full story

USA, Massachusetts: Yesterday was the eleventh anniversary of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA: The Assembly just passed a bill protecting LGBT parents who use “gestational surrogacy”, and modernizing state law. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 17th

Written by scott on May 17th, 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!

Americas: The Advocate profiles trans women fighting for visibility and trans equality across the Americas. full story

Australia: Top Australian cricketer Brett Lee condemned homophobia in sport for IDAHOT day. full story

Chile: 50,000 marched in Santiago, calling on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens including full marriage rights for same-sex couples full story

France: 94 out of 100 delegates at the United Protestant Church of France’ synod voted for vicars to be allowed to bless same-sex marriages, but dissenters will not be forced to do so against their will full story

Gambia: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has joined the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) to urge the Obama Administration to take additional action against Gambian leaders as the regime continues to persecute LGBT citizens, calling on the White House to condemn the horrific human rights abuses taking place across The Gambia. full story

Gambia: The White House, via National Security Advisor Susan Rice, said Saturday that LGBT rights around the world are a “government priority” and slammed the president of Gambia for threats made against gays in his country. full story

Ireland: Anti-gay activist and Iona Institute mouthpiece Breda O’Brien has declined an invitation to debate Rory O’Neill – aka Panti Bliss – on grounds of illness full story

Ireland: A new video urges a “no” vote – but it’s not what you think. full story

Ireland: Supporters of a yes vote have accused opponents of a lack of transparency over finances and of accepting funding from rightwing Christian groups in the US, including NOM. full story

Ireland: Irish author Colm Tóibín, considered one of the country’s foremost writers, sat down with Washington Post London Bureau Chief Griff Witte for an interview on the referendum that would change the constitution to allow for same-sex marriage. full story

Ireland: Organizers of an evangelical alliance for a “no” vote believe that the votes of up to 200,000 African and eastern European immigrants, many of them conservative Christians and Muslims, could help swing the vote in favor of no. full story

Turkey: Deva Özenen could become the country’s first transgender MP in the election next month. full story

UK: Tim Farron, the frontrunner in the race to succeed Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats has expressed regret for abstaining in a gay marriage vote during the last parliament. full story

UK: Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan writes for PinkNews on the importance of celebrating IDAHOT, and why her department is flying a rainbow flag to mark the day. full story

UK, Scotland: The Church of Scotland will now permit ministers and deacons to enter into same-sex civil partnerships after a 309-183 vote of the church’s delegates earlier today. full story

USA: President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry both marked IDAHOT day for the second year in a row. full story

USA, Alabama: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said today America’s founders did not intend for the issues of the day – like same-sex marriage – to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, New Jersey: Reverend Warren Hall, a Catholic priest who posted a message on Facebook supporting the NO H8 campaign, says he was fired for the act. full story

USA, North Carolina: 200 angry parents attended a school meeting after teacher read a gay-themed children’s book to his class to address bullying. full story

USA, Texas: All but five Republican members of the Texas House have pledged to defend the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story


WATCH: United Nations ‘Free & Equal’ video marking #IDAHOT2015

Written by Kieran Bohan on May 17th, 2015

IDAHOT logoIn at least 76 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is illegal and, in ten countries, it is even punishable by death. In many more countries citizens are denied their right to live as their preferred gender identity.

As well as legal discriminations, social homophobia, biphobia and transphobia daily serve to deny millions of people across the world their basic human dignity. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to this issue.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. IDAHOT day is now celebrated in more than 130 countries.

It has received official recognition from international institutions such as the European Parliament. Most United Nations agencies also mark IDAHOT with specific events. LGBTI organizations, governments, cities, human rights organizations, corporations and celebrities have all taken action on May 17th to:

  • draw media attention to the issue of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • demand attention from policymakers and engage in lobbying activities
  • network with like-minded organizations and develop new partnerships, at home or beyond.

This year, the United Nations Human Rights Office ‘Free And Equal’ campaign has released this video called ‘Faces’, which asks: ‘Can you see past the label?’

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 16th

Written by scott on May 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!

Pop Culture: Emily Rush at Don429 asks if “bisexual” is a dirty word among celebrities. full story

Australia: Tasmanian woman Lee Bransden has achieved her dying wish to marry her partner in Rotorua, New Zealand but their marriage will not be recognized when they return home to Australia. full story

China: Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong’s first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors. full story

Colombia: Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo has confirmed the leading political party, the left-leaning National Unity Coalition, has every intention for gay couples to be able to get married soon. full story

Europe: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) released its 2015 Rainbow Map, an annual review of the human rights situation of LGBT people in Europe full story


Gambia: The US White House is so far quiet in response to Gambia’s President saying he would slit gays’ throats. full story

Ireland: Of the 1,200 voters surveyed, 58% said they would vote in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, 25% said they were voting against, while 17% were either undecided, or said they would not vote. full story

Ireland: A new Irish group called Teachers For No (TFN), which includes teachers, parents and academics, has come together fight next week’s same-sex marriage referendum full story

Ireland: A number of Irish politicians have defied requests to remove badges showing support for same-sex marriage in the Irish Parliament. full story

Ireland: rounds up some of the latest news on the upcoming marriage equality referendum. full story

Luxembourg: Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, married his partner Friday. full story

UK: A British couple are furious after going to a café and being handed a bill with the word ‘gays’ written at the top. full story

gays receipt

UK: A supermarket says it is “investigating” how a magazine cover featuring a gay kiss was covered up using a price label. full story

Gay Kiss cover

UK: A “Football v Homophobia” event at the University of Nottingham has been accused of discriminating against trans people. full story

UK: Guernsey’s chief minister called for changes to allow same-sex couples to adopt. full story

UK, Scotland: While the Church of Scotland already allows gay ministers, a new vote will see whether those in a civil partnership or a marriage will be allowed to preach full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders wants you to know he’s had a strong record on LGBT issues during his nearly 35 years as a public servant. full story

USA, Kentucky: Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration has paid $195,400 to a private law firm to defend the state’s gay marriage ban after Attorney General Jack Conway refused to do so. full story

USA, Michigan: State lawmakers are moving full-steam ahead on a bill that would eliminate local nondiscrimination protections statewide, which opponents have labeled the ‘Death Star’ bill. full story

USA, Nebraska: A bill that would have protected Nebraska’s LGBT community from discrimination in the workplace was tabled yesterday after a test vote in the state’s unicameral legislature failed to secure the necessary 25 votes to advance the measure. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: A regional governing body serving Presbyterian congregations in the Pittsburgh-area has voted to endorse same-sex marriage in church life. full story

USA, Texas: The majority of Texas House members signed a letter released this morning defending the state’s same-sex marriage ban. full story

USA, Texas: A gay couple from Virginia who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 15th

Written by scott on May 15th, 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!

International: A report issued yesterday by ILGA shows that the number of countries banning gay sex has fallen from 92 to 76 since 2006. full story

Pop Culture: On this week’s season finale of the ABC drama Nashville, the character of Will Lexington finally decided to stop hiding. full story

USA: Jason Qualls says gay sitcoms are failing not because of the gay content, but because they suck. full story

Map countries criminalizing gays

Ireland: One straight Irish dad wants his countrymen to know why he’s voting yes. full story

Ireland: Ger Brennan, an Irish Gaelic football star, has spoken up about his opposition to gay couples marrying, but insists he is not homophobic. full story

Ireland: Ursula Halligan, the political editor of one of Ireland biggest TV networks, has revealed she is gay and supports the marriage equality referendum. full story

Ireland: Taxi app Hailo has wrapped some its drivers’ cars in rainbow hues and is offering Dublin residents free rides to the poll on referendum day. full story


Uganda: The issue of anti-gay persecution in Uganda against LGBT people is explored in the latest episode of VICE on HBO, by reporter Isobel Yeung. full story

UK: A married gay couple have complained about the ‘homophobic’ name of a new road – because it’s called Bangays Way. full story

UK: An London Uber driver could be fired after he allegedly ejected a pair of gay friends from his car for kissing, telling them ‘no gays allowed’. full story

USA: A British monk has been charged with harassment of two women who said they were upset after receiving homophobic pamphlets. full story

USA: 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made another display of solidarity this week with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by penning a beautiful letter to the lesbian couple featured in her campaign announcement video. full story

USA: The Southern Poverty Law Center just added three churches (two in Texas and one in Harlem) and JPAC to its list of hate group. full story

USA: The Republican National Convention is gearing to approve a resolution reaffirming the party’s support for controversial “religious freedom” proposals generally seen as backlash bills in the wake of growing LGBT rights in many states. full story

USA, California: A gay man went to go to the North Hollywood dry cleaners to get four throw pillows cleaned, but one of them was torn and damaged and the dry cleaner called him a sodomite. full story

USA, Missouri: Anti-gay and anti-marriage equality House Speaker John Diehl, whose campaign website boasts his belief in “personal responsibility,” has resigned after being caught sexting with a 19-year-old college freshman who was part of the Missouri Capitol internship program. full story

USA, Nevada: The state Assembly passed an LGBT inclusive bill with anti-bullying protections for students. full story

USA, Texas: Dell Inc. has joined opposition to a Texas bill that would attempt to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized. full story

USA, Texas: The House GOP pulled a school finance bill to get it out of the way to try to pass an anti marriage equality bill instead. full story

USA, Texas: A bill that would have barred county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples died in the House this morning after opponents, including many Democrats, wused a process known as chubbing to slow the legislative process. full story

USA, Texas: Of twenty anti gay bills that were proposed this year in the House, only one made it to the House floor. full story

USA, Texas: The bill could still come back as an amendment to another bill. full story

USA, Wisconsin: Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, seeking a birth certificate listing both mothers as parents of their son, born in March 2015. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 14th

Written by scott on May 14th, 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!

Commentary: Brynn Tannehill has a few tips for LGBT organizations and activists on how to be better transgender allies. full story

Pop Culture: The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart marries boyfriend in a ceremony on the beach in Hawaii. full story

Greg Rikaart married television writer Robert Sudduth - See more at:

International: A new survey estimates that 4 million gay men are beaten worldwide each year. full story

International: United Nations’ Ban Ki-Moon stars in a powerful video for LGBTI rights posted today. full story

China: A British woman is fighting to live with her civil partner in Hong Kong. full story

Georgia: Georgian gay rights activists won a small victory after the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on May 12 that Georgian authorities must compensate gay-rights activists after they failed to protect them from assaults at a gay-pride event in May 2012 full story

Ireland: Photographer Colin Phelan took photos with same-sex couples and paired them with quotes from the anti-gay Iona Institute. full story

Iona Institute

Ireland: Google is now standing up for marriage equality in the country with a new video. full story

Ireland: As Ireland prepares to vote on extending marriage rights to same-sex couples May 22, anti-equality forces are recycling the tired and discredited argument that children would be harmed if same-sex couples are allowed to marry. full story

Ireland: Ireland’s Taoiseach revealed that he has had contact with gay people in his own family, ahead of his country’s equal marriage vote. full story

USA, Ireland: talked with some of the country’s senior citizens to get their views on marriage equality and the upcoming referendum. full story

Ireland: U2 star Bono said he supports the Republic of Ireland opening up marriage to same-sex couples. full story

Philippines: HRC and Gender Proud have launched a new campaign for trans visibility. full story

UK: Following a report by PinkNews, NatWest has agreed to update a trans woman’s title on her bank account to “Ms”, rather than “Mr”. full story

UK: The Prime Minister has promoted the first out lesbian MP to his Government as an Assistant Government Whip. full story

USA: The Atlantic profiles two sisters with opposing views on marriage equality. full story

USA: Rush Limbaugh thinks President Obama’s gay gestapo is making everyone say they are atheist. full story

USA: Verizon and Delta are among the companies reportedly phasing out unmarried same-sex partner benefits in states where same-sex marriage is legal. full story

USA: A former Jehovah’s Witness wrote an open letter of apology to the LGBT community. full story

USA: The overall number of hate groups of all types dropped 17 percent last year, from 939 to 784. But the number of anti-LGBT hate groups increased 10 percent, from 40 to 44 full story

USA, Florida: The elders of the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in South Tampa voted to allow same sex weddings at their church. full story

USA, Illinois: On Memorial Day the nation’s first-ever federally approved monument to LGBT veterans will be unveiled at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Chicago. full story

USA, Oklahoma: An Oklahoma man denied a personalized license plate, LGBTALY, supporting gay rights is asking a judge to force a state agency to fulfill his open records requests that he says were ignored. full story

USA, Texas: LGBT advocates are calling on the IRS to investigate a Southern Baptist megachurch in Plano, Texas, over a clergy member’s involvement in last week’s City Council elections. full story

USA, Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton endorsed an anti marriage equality bill, but was not willing to say that the state would follow the Supreme Court if it decided to rule in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage later this year. full story

USA, Texas: A new bill could support welfare providers who force kids into gay conversion therapy. full story

USA, Texas: There’s still been no action on an anti marriage equality bill in the state house. Tonight is the deadline. full story

USA, Texas: Democrats hope to block the anti marriage equality bill today, the final day of this year’s legislature. full story

USA, Utah: A Utah State University faculty member who has come under public scrutiny for signing an anti-gay marriage amicus brief sent to the U.S. Supreme Court says he has removed his name from the document because his views “have been misunderstood on both sides” of the issue. full story

USA, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have declared their support of and possible participation in the upcoming World Congress of Families (WCF) conference in Salt Lake City later this year. full story

USA, Wyoming: The Laramie City Council on Wednesday approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance in the college town where Matthew Shepard’s death triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays 17 years ago. full story


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

Written by Sean Sala on May 13th, 2015

Originally seen on

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. 


Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 13th

Written by scott on May 13th, 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!

International: An updated report by a human rights group in Europe found that over 1,700 transgender people have killed worldwide in the past seven years — and those are just reported murders. full story

Gambia: The Gambia’s notoriously anti-gay President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to slit the throats of gay men in the small West African nation and said there was nothing the West could do to stop him. full story

Ireland: Another great ad for the “yes” side. full story

Ireland: eBay created a video encouraging people to vote yes in the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum in Ireland. full story

Ireland: Twitter is backing the “yes” campaign. full story

Ireland: The Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he thinks same-sex marriage will pass at the referendum later this month, but that it may be closer than previously anticipated. full story

Russia: A new bill would close the loophole that allowed a trans woman to wed her girlfriend. full story

Sweden: A clever, tongue-in-cheek campaign by the The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society hopes to extend a welcome to incoming Russian ships that have been reported breaking maritime law in the nation’s seas. The underwater sign gives off a Morse code message in addition to its flashy sign that has a gyrating sailor and the message “Welcome to Sweden—Gay Since 1944.” A nod to the year that the Scandinavian country legalized homosexuality. full story

Sweden gay maritime defense

Turkey: Only around 60% of Turks now say gay and lesbian relationships are unacceptable according to new research by the Gender and Women’s Studies Research Center of Kadir Has University. full story

UK: The new Tory Minister for Equalities who voted against same-sex marriage and previously said the state has “no right” to redefine marriage, has said she “supports the law on same sex marriage.” full story

UK: Labour’s LGBT rights envoy Lord Cashman has said he is “deeply concerned” at the appointment of a Tory MP who voted against same-sex marriage as Minister for Equalities. full story

UK: Pink News takes a look at how David Cameron’s new team voted on same-sex marriage. full story

UK: A trans woman has criticised NatWest after she was told she cold not change her title on her bank account without a gender recognition certificate. full story

UK, Scotland: Scottish people are being urged to have their say on the future of civil partnerships by a leading LGBT rights group. full story

USA: Matt Baume takes down Ben Carson’s arguments against marriage equality. full story

USA: Responding in part to pressure from the Family Research Council, the US Census Bureau has decided to keep the marriage-related questions that appear on the survey it sends to nearly 300,000 households every month. full story

USA: The US Food and Drug Administration has officially proposed lifting its 32 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but the proposal is still discriminatory because it would replace the current ban with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year. full story

USA: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that President Obama’a views on lifting the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men will be “guided by the science.” full story

USA: The American College Of Physicians came out Monday in support of policies it says will improve the health of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including marriage equality. full story

USA: Rafael Cruz, a Christian conservative celebrity and the father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, recently described gay marriage as part of an ‘agenda to destroy America’. full story

USA, Arkansas: People in Eureka Springs voted Tuesday to keep a measure that would prohibit the city and private businesses from discriminating against someone based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, New Jersey: New Jersey’s high school wrestling champion Alec Donovan came out as gay during college recruiting trip. full story

USA, New Jersey: The New Jersey conversion therapy lawsuit could offer new options for those damaged by bogus gay-conversion schemes, including damages. full story

USA, Texas: The vote on the state’s anti marriage equality bill was delayed in the House. full story

USA, Texas: The San Antonio Express-News took state lawmakers to task for the anti-marriage equality bill. full story

USA, Texas: The House is also now scheduled to consider an anti-LGBT, “license to discriminate” adoption amendment. The amendment is designed to allow taxpayer-funded, faith-based adoption agencies such as Catholic Charities to turn away gay couples based on their religious beliefs. full story

Utah: Two hundred fifty Utah State University students, faculty, staff and alumni signed a letter of dissent directed toward two professors who signed an anti-gay marriage amicus brief last month. full story

USA, Washington: Barronelle Stuzman, the florist who turned away a gay couple, wrote an op-ed defending her “religious freedom” to discriminate. full story


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

Written by Sean Sala on May 12th, 2015


Originally seen on

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.”


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.

Pastor Mike Buster

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 12th

Written by scott on May 12th, 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!

Austria: The Eurovision Song Contest is often referred to as “Gay Christmas” and Vienna is getting ready to host the finals in two weeks with gay crosswalk signs. full story

Vienna gay crosswalk signs

China: A court has thrown out China’s first gay workplace discrimination suit due to lack of evidence. full story

Europe: The Council of Europe has published a report on the experiences of intersex people across the continent. full story

Ireland: Supporters of marriage equality in the Republic of Ireland have warned that complacency could lead to failure in the referendum. full story

Ireland: The alternative rock band Hawk has released a new track ‘Glass’ which is inspired by and supports the Marriage Equality Referendum in Ireland taking place 22 May. full story

Ireland: LA Galaxy star Robbie Keane publicly voiced his support for marriage equality in his native Ireland over the weekend. full story

Ireland: A straight family is going door-to-door to canvas for the marriage equality referendum. full story

Ireland: The Immigrant Council of Ireland has called for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. full story

Ireland: The Fine Gael party sent out a tweet clarifying what the referendum is and isn’t about. full story


Ireland: Irish ex-pats living in Canada have put together a video in support of the marriage equality referendum. full story

Ireland: the Catholic church is upping their campaign for a ‘No’ vote. full story

Lebanon: Lebanese celebrities have stepped forward to make a powerful video for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). full story

Uganda: As IDAHOT approaches, Ugandan gay rights activist Tony Kitara reflects on the past, present and future of homophobia in his country. full story

UK: A Tory MP who previously said the state had “no right” to redefine marriage, and who voted against same-sex marriage, has been appointed minister for equalities. full story

UK: Transgender woman Joni Bendall has spoken out about the abuse she faces in her home town of Ipswich. full story

USA: New guidance issued this week from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury affirms that insurance companies must provide the services for sex-specific procedures that are as important for transgender people as for others, like mammograms, prostate exams, and cervical Pap tests without discriminating on the basis of gender identity. full story

USA: The American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity will sponsor its first-ever LGBT Advocacy Day May 18-19. full story

USA: An anonymous Reddit user bought the domain name of an anti gay group when it expired without tipping off the protesters, and redirected it to a gay porn site. full story

USA: A group of “ex-gays” is demanding a meeting with President Obama. full story

USA: On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace brought up Ben Carson’s SCOTUS claim, as well as other “inflammatory” comments he’s made in the past. full story

USA: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina said she does not support a federal marriage amendment against marriage equality, and would accept a Supreme Court ruling favoring it. full story

USA: Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, AZ went on another anti-gay rant, calling gays “beasts” and “faggots” and “queers”: “Who thinks it’s a hard decision if some faggot wants you to make them a wedding cake? Anybody struggling with that right now? We don’t serve queers in this church,” Anderson continued. “The Bible does not say ‘Don’t hurt their feelings.’ The Bible calls them beasts!” full story

USA: Rush Limbaugh advises anti-gay bakers to turn away same sex couples by saying they “fear Muslim backlash”. full story


USA, California: A father took his children’s school district to task for cancelling a play about two gay penguins. full story

USA, Georgia: Atlanta Pastor Andy Stanley, the son of a Baptist preacher who once hired armed security guards on horseback to protect his church from Atlanta gay pride, has rejected his father’s anti-gay stance and voiced his support for LGBT youth. full story

USA, Georgia: On Friday, after telling the court she received a “sexually explicit” note while in church on May 3, Diamond was moved from an unspecified men’s prison in Milledgeville, Ga., to Rutledge State Prison in Columbus, Ga., a medium-security men’s facility. full story

USA, Kansas: Lawrence city commissioners are scheduled to authorize Mayor Jeremy Farmer to join the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry coalition. full story

USA, New Hampshire: Two-thirds of likely general-election voters in the state that holds the nation’s first presidential primary, including about half of Republican primary voters, say same-sex marriage should be legal in every state, according to a new Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll. full story

USA, New York: Mati Weiderpass, one of the two gay NYC hoteliers who ignited a firestorm after hosting a reception for Ted Cruz at their Manhattan penthouse last month, has penned an op-ed for The New York Observer in which he lashes out against so-called “gay extremists” who have called for boycotts of Wiederpass-owned establishments. full story

USA, Texas: SB 2065 by Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, which would protect clergy members from performing same-sex marriages passed 21-10. full story

USA, Texas: The Texas House will cast this session’s first floor vote today on one of more than a dozen Republican bills designed to thwart gay couples who may seek to wed in the Lone Star State. full story

USA, Texas: Nearly the entire Republican caucus has signed onto a bill that would bar county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, more legislators than any other piece of legislation explicitly targeting the LGBT community. full story

USA, Texas: As Texas lawmakers prepare to vote on legislation aimed at circumventing an anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage, the state’s business leaders are largely keeping quiet. full story

USA, Utah: Why Utah’s LGBT protections law will not be a model for the nation. full story