Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 26th

Written by scott on 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

Jenner Fags

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


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


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Bacon Mansion B&B, Seattle, Washington

Written by scott on July 25th, 2015

Bacon Mansion

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.

Ideal Capitol Hill location for weddings and receptions for up to 75 in summer months and 50 other months. Though primarily a bed and breakfast we have a nice outdoor patio, large living room with grand piano, library and large dining room for buffet receptions. Accommodations also available for your guests but not required.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 25th

Written by scott on July 25th, 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: “Big Brother’s” first transgender houseguest Audrey Middleton was finally evicted with a nine-to-one vote after a summer long campaign to get her out of the house. full story

Audrey Middleton

Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS

AUSTRALIA: The lesbian sister of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is campaigning for marriage equality. full story

AUSTRALIA: A colourful parade and rally in Adelaide has drawn hundreds of supporters of marriage equality. full story

CARIBBEAN: A leading Jamaican LGBTI activist and lawyer has made a convincing case that the European Court of Human Rights decision that Italy must provide legal recognition to same-sex relationships sets a legal precedent that can apply as far away as Britain’s remaining possessions in the Caribbean – The Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Monserrat, and The Turks and Caicos Islands. full story

CYPRUS: Accept-LGBT Cyprus on Friday welcomed a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and hoped that it would lead to civil unions for same sex couples. full story

GERMANY: A majority of Berlin members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are still opposed to same-sex marriage, it was announced on Friday. full story

IRELAND: The President of Ireland has signed the state’s new Gender Recognition Act into law – meaning transgender people will be legally recognised this year. full story

IRELAND: The Catholic Church has admitted it will not stop performing legally-recognised weddings in Ireland, despite threatening to over same-sex marriage. full story

KENYA: President Obama on Thursday dismissed the series of anti-gay comments that Deputy Kenyan President William Ruto made earlier this month. full story

POLAND: Polish parliament has passed the country’s first ever transgender recognition legislation. full story

TAIWAN: The Taipei City Government Department of Civil Affairs petitioned the Constitutional Court to legalize same sex marriage. full story

UKRAINE: After walking through the streets of Kiev holding hands, a gay couple was approached by a dozen or so neo-Nazis, and things quickly escalated. full story

UNITED KINGDOM: A Petition to the UK Parliament to allow transgender people to self-define their own legal gender has gained nearly 10,000 signatures. full story

USA: The US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling also opened the door for some transgender couples to marry. full story

USA: Matt Baume debunks the opponents of the Equality Act. full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed the Equality Act. full story

USA: Former New York governor and 2016 presidential hopeful George Pataki made his pitch for LGBT support. full story

USA: Rep. Dan Lapinski (D-IL) is the only democrat to sponsor the woefully misnamed First Amendment Defense Act. full story

USA: Pink News has the details of National Organization for Marriage’s plan to reverse marriage equality in the US. full story

USA, ALABAMA: On Friday, retired Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge James Reid granted the adoption for Cari Searcy in Mobile County Probate Court. His approval of the measure ended a winding and politically fraught legal battle for Searcy and her wife Kim McKeand, Khaya’s biological mother. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A black preacher has delivered a fiery sermon against antigay church leaders. “We have done what the slave master did to us,” he stated. “Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Lawmakers — both Republican and Democrat — have proposed at least two measures to protect county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday suspended the enforcement of a recently enacted LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Houston, ordering the city council to repeal the measure or put it on the ballot before voters. full story

USA, TEXAS: Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the city will put the HERO ordinance before voters, and is confident it will pass. full story


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: All Ears DJ, Kansas City, Missouri

Written by scott on July 24th, 2015

All Ears DJ

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.

It’s ok to admit that you’re scared of wedding DJs. Here is the good news: it does not have to be that way. All Ears DJ will rock your wedding party with music that exudes good taste.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 24th

Written by scott on July 23rd, 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!

Gay Rights

INTERNET:, a Web site devoted to sharing coming out stories with a new generation of young LGBT people, has been launched. full story

CHINA: The country’s first-ever queer show, an online sitcom has reached a viewership of 24 million people over several streaming platforms. full story

KAZAKHSTAN: Human Rights Watch on Thursday issued a 31-page report documenting violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face in the Central Asian nation. full story

KENYA: A nude protest against homosexuality did not take place on Wednesday following a call from State House, its organiser has said. full story

UGANDA: A new revealing report on persecution and discrimination against Uganda’s LGBTI community has been released by the Consortium on Monitoring Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. full story

UK: A new poll estimates that thousands of U.K. medical professionals believe that same-sex attraction can be “cured.” One in 10 respondents in this field reported overhearing their co-workers express such a view. In London, that ratio increased to 1 in 5. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: Glasgow’s Free Pride has decided to rescind its ban on drag performers. full story

USA: FCKH8’s beautiful new video shows us that there is still a long fight before LGBT Americans have full and equal rights. full story

USA: Swing-state voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia are embracing the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. full story

USA: Great fanfare marked the introduction of legislation in Congress on Thursday that would enshrine sweeping protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law. full story

USA: Apple, Dow and Levi have embraced the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT rights bill. full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley became on Thursday the first candidate in the 2016 race for the White House to endorse the Equality Act. full story

USA: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen refrained from backing the equality act because “I have concerns about the current proposal’s broadness and how it will impact religious organizations”. full story

USA: Rachel Maddow sat down with Rick Santorum on her show, and gave him a lesson in civics. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: The state Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state’s case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation’s highest court didn’t legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday full story

USA, INDIANA: A Southern Indiana woman is suing the county and the county clerk for firing her after she refused to process same-sex couples’ application for marriage licenses because doing so goes against her “sincerely held” religious beliefs. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Nine Methodist pastors in Michigan may face a church trial and for attending a same-sex wedding. full story


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: A Little To The Left Greetings, Los Angeles, California

Written by scott on July 23rd, 2015

A Little To The Left Greetings

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.

A Little To The Left Greetings was started by Sandi Timberlake, the mother of a gay son and PFLAG member, in 2008. After griping for over 15 years about not being able to find a tasteful card to send to her son and son-in-law on their anniversary and holidays, she realized that she could not be the only mom out there with the same problem. She kept saying “I could make better cards myself.” Finally her son said, “Mom, why don’t you just do it?” So she did.

See the A Little To The Left Greetings Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

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Comment: Not Having Surgery Doesn’t Make Trans People Less Trans

Written by scott on July 23rd, 2015

Transgender FlagSome trans people take hormones or have surgery as part of their transition. Some do not. Any of these options are valid and don’t make anyone more or less trans than anyone else. This might not seem like a radical notion, but it’s an amazingly contentious issue, even among trans people.

There is a divide between those who go through or want to have a medical transition, and those who do not. The former can accuse the latter of not being “trans enough”, and then the latter accuse the former of upholding cis normative body standards.

This can then lead to cis people believing that the only way to be “properly trans” is to undergo medical transition, or you’ll never quite be real.

Authored By Naith Payton – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 23rd

Written by scott on July 23rd, 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: Speaking ten years after the release of Brokeback Mountain, Jake Gyllenhaal has celebrated the legalisation of same-sex marriage. full story

POP CULTURE: Musician Dave Koz on marriage equality: ” I was overcome with gratitude to all the different players who had a hand in making this happen over the years.” full story

POP CULTURE: It’s the long-awaited debut of Caitlyn Jenner’s docuseries charting her new life as a transgender woman. full story

AUSTRALIA An Australian man’s emotional story of coming out as gay to his family has inspired a Liberal MP to continue to his push for marriage equality legislation. full story

AUSTRALIA: Ashfield Mayor Lucille McKenna (Sydney) cast the deciding vote on a marriage equality resolution. full story

GAMBIA: In a new report, Amnesty International said Wednesday the human rights situation has deteriorated sharply this past year. full story

NIGERIA: The Nigerian President apparently this week “flatly rejected” calls from the US to reverse his country’s anti-gay law. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: A Pride event in Scotland has overturned a ban on drag performers – and now says drag will be welcomed at the event. full story

USA: Ted Olson and David Boies, the legal eagles behind the reversal of California’s Prop. 8, have come out in favor of new legislation being introduced in Congress tomorrow that would extend non-discrimination protections to all LGBT Americans. full story

USA: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released the results of a new Democracy Corps survey from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, demonstrating that 59% of likely 2016 voters are less likely to support a candidate who opposes non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. full story

USA: Within hours after his announcement, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT rights advocate, released a video highlighting Governor John Kasich’s record on LGBT issues. full story

USA: Yesterday Ted Cruz convened a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, which he chairs, in order to call for reining in the “judicial tyranny” of the Supreme Court. full story

USA: On the Rachel Maddow show, Rick Santorum apologized for his infamous “man on dog” comment, sort of. full story

Rick Santorum

USA, ALABAMA: Houston and Henry counties, which had previously refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage, have now relented. full story

USA: At least nine Alabama counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples, gay or heterosexual, nearly a month after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Governor Steve Beshear has a message for county clerks in his state who are refusing to marry same-sex couples: be prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or resign. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office has been billed more than $330,000 in legal fees to defend Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage in court. full story

USA, TEXAS: The ACLU of Texas and several organizations will host a series of town hall meetings in Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen beginning Monday. full story


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Reverend Larry Steckling, San Diego, California

Written by scott on July 22nd, 2015


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.

Reverend Larry is ordained for life with Universal Life Church and World Christianship Ministries, he’s married hundreds of couples in California. He enjoys meeting the couples and truly desires to make their wedding ceremony reflect their two personalities. Simple but thoughtful poems are sometimes used and rituals, such as the sand unity ritual, can be easily included, as well as an opening and closing prayer, if desired. Ceremonies from the heart, performed with loving care.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 22nd

Written by scott on July 22nd, 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: Alana Hubbard, a portrait photographer working out of New Jersey who specializes in “princess and me” photo sessions, did a special “prince and prince” wedding shoot. full story

Prince and Prince wedding

POIP CULTURE: Out filmmaker Roland Emmerich released a statement and some stills from the upcoming film Stonewall, due for release on September 25th. full story

Stonewall film

RELIGION: Writing in The Daily Beast, gay man and former Catholic priest Bill Dickinson explains why the church needs to “help, instead of hurt, LGBT people.” full story

CANADA, ONTARIO: A professor at St. Lawrence College has come under fire for a virulent anti-gay post on Facebook in which he called for the hanging of gays. full story

Facebook rant

USA: Blued, a gay dating app which was started in 2012, has over 15 million users, and recently launched an English language version. full story

KENYA: “That is a non-issue to the people of this country, and it is definitely not on our agenda at all,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said of LGBT rights. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: A school in Saudi Arabia was fined because the rainbows painted on its building were seen as promoting homosexuality. full story

Rainbows - Saudi Arabia

THAILAND: Since January, Gordon Lake and his husband, Manuel Santos Valero, have been afraid to leave their apartment in Bangkok out of fear their daughter, Carmen, will be stolen from them by the surrogate mother. full story

UGANDA: Several Ugandan LGBT rights advocates last week met with the special U.S. envoy to promote global LGBT rights while he was in the African country. full story

USA: More than 3,000 faith leaders and clergy sent a letter today to members of Congress urging their opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), the House’s right to discriminate bill. full story

USA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won’t rule out a vote on a federal right to discriminate bill. full story

USA: NOM’S Brian Brown called on the GOP to “contain” the marriage equality decision until it can be overturned. full story

USA: GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple who operates a wedding services business and refused to do business with a same-sex couple. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Apple Model Management L.A. is ready to trans-form the modeling industry as the world’s first agency to represent all-transgender models. full story

USA, GEORGIA: An inclusive church was vandalized with an anti gay threat. full story

georgia church

USA, KANSAS: The state has asked for dismissal of a civil rights group’s demand that Kansas’ gay marriage ban be ruled unconstitutional — and not simply dismissed as moot — in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that legalized same-sex unions nationwide. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Liberty Cousel’s lawyer claimed that a gay couple who were denied a license didn’t really want to get married, but only want to “stamp out every vestige of dissent”. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: A gay man denied communion at his mother’s funeral has received an apology from members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Their lawsuit erased Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Now, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will be getting married on August 22. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Nearly a month after a report critical of how New York State treats transgender and gender-nonconforming students, the state’s Education Department Monday released guidelines on how school districts should accommodate them. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Fired for being gay, the former Director of Religious Education at Waldron Mercy Academy, Philadelphia, said she will not pursue legal action, but intends to “raise awareness” of the anti-LGBT discrimination within the Catholic community. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Some LGBT advocates expressed concern about the proposed Equality Act because it could open up the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to other changes. full story