Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 19th

Written by scott on November 19th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Eddie Redmayne has reflected on playing a trans character, saying it is “shocking” that trans issues have not improved in the past century. full story

PEOPLE: Jill Soloway, the creator of Amazon’s hit show “Transparent,” joined HuffPost Live on Tuesday and weighed in on the negative reactions to Caitlyn Jenner’s Glamour “Women of the Year“ honor. Soloway said she was disappointed to hear that one man even returned his wife’s posthumous “Women of the Year” award, with which she was honored after her death on 9/11. full story

POP CULTURE: A Barbie ad that features a boy playing with dolls for the first time won’t be appearing on TV any time soon, after the product’s limited run sold out. full story


AUSTRALIA: Senator Ricky Muir, who once said he would disown a child who came out as gay, has explained how he became a firm supporter of equal marriage. full story

Australian Senator Ricky Muir

CHINA: Officials in Hong Kong have decided to leave same-sex couples off next year’s census – arguing that some will be too afraid to disclose their relationship in front of family members and that no data is better than inaccurate data on the make up of Hong Kong’s population. full story

ISRAEL: Four years ago, a trans woman became estranged from her family and dedicated her life to LGBTI rights, activism and supporting the community, but now, her mother is attempting to stop the cremation of her body claiming it is offensive to her ultra-Orthodox beliefs. full story

JAPAN: A 38-year-old transgender man named Yoshi Tsuchida was found dead, mutilated and draped in a blanket last Friday the western suburb of Fussa, Tokyo. full story

KENYA: Kenya’s parliament has officially thrown out a proposal that would have punished homosexuality with death by stoning. full story

RUSSIA: The US Embassy in Moscow has called out a Russian newspaper for publishing a forged letter from the state department to a gay activist, helpfully pointing out the many errors that show it’s a fake. full story


UK: A government minister has spoken out about anti-gay laws in the Commonwealth, as the majority of countries continue to enforce colonial-era laws criminalising homosexuality. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: The leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party is stepping down… but his replacement isn’t likely to be any less anti-gay marriage. full story

USA: Social media giant Twitter has stopped hosting blood drives at their headquarters because of their policy banning gay men from donating. full story

USA: America’s top companies and law firms have stepped up in record numbers to provide their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers around the world the vital non-discrimination protections they deserve, according to the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, released today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. full story

USA: Today, in a status conference with Lambda Legal in federal court in Chicago, the Department of Justice announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark marriage ruling retroactively and process pending spousal benefits claims for same-sex couples who lived in states that did not previously recognize their marriages. full story

USA: On the National Day of Action to End Trans Detention, Transgender Law Center, along with members of the #Not1More campaign, announced a new national initiative, Honor Trans Immigrant Lives, to build leadership and capacity within transgender immigrant communities. full story


USA, ALABAMA: The Alabama Baptist Convention, meeting this week at Eastern Shore Baptist Church in Daphne, criticized the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission today (Wednesday, November 18) unanimously approved an LGBT historic document that’s meant to help hold on to gay spaces in the city. full story

USA, INDIANA: Indiana republicans have introduced the most anti-LGBT LGBT rights bill ever. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A member of Survivor yesterday filed a lawsuit against Mike Huckabee for playing Eye Of The Tiger during the rally celebrating Kim Davis’ release from jail. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filedby a group of transgender people against Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. full story

USA, TEXAS: Houston’s haters have launched yet another anti-trans ad in which they warn that men will rape little girls in public restrooms if pro-LGBT City Council members are reelected in next month’s runoff. full story

USA, TEXAS: HRC’s Chad Griffin said stronger business support and pushing back on transphobic lies are two lessons from the Houston defeat. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Delegate Marcus Simon has proposed a bill that aims to remove the language banning same-sex marriage and unions from the state’s code of laws. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Out of a total of 70 hate crime incidents reported in D.C. in 2014, 29 (41 percent) were motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation and 15 (21 percent) were motivated by the victim’s gender identity, according to an FBI hate crime statistics report released this week. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 18th

Written by scott on November 18th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

Gay Rights

GENERAL: A company has launched a special range of period-absorbing male underwear, for transgender men who still menstruate. full story

GENERAL: Women are twice as likely to stand up to homophobia than men, according to a new study. full story

PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner was in Iowa last weekend with camera crews for her reality show I Am Cait and wanted to get a ticket into the Democratic presidential debate, but says she still plans to vote for a Republican. full story

POP CULTURE: Department store retailer Kohl’s features a gay couple in a new holiday commercial titled, “Celebrate Togetherness.” full story

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly has voted to wipe out historic gay sex crimes. full story

AUSTRALIA: TASMANIA’S lower house has passed a motion of support for same-sex marriage with senior Liberal government MPs among those voting in favour. full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s Constitutional Court is about to rule on the legality of same-sex marriage and local media believe that six of the nine justices are likely to support gay couples being allowed to marry. full story

ESTONIA: At a cabinet meeting last week, Estonia‘s government failed to reach a consensus on the implementation of laws allowing for same-sex marriage after conservatives blocked it. full story

UK: One in five people have admitted making offensive comments about LGBT people. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: LGBT activists are planning to protest the conference of Northern Ireland’s DUP – after the party used powers from the peace process to veto same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Since the US Supreme Court ruling, some 96,000 couples have and their guests (i.e. out-of-state visitors booking hotels, etc) have spent approximately $813 million on their associated wedding costs. full story

USA: The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus announced the creation of the Transgender Equality Task Force, which will be chaired by Rep. Mike Honda, D-Silicon Valley, today (Tuesday, Nov. 17), just three days before the 2015 Transgender Day of Remembrance. full story

USA: The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus held the first-ever Congressional Forum on Violence Against the Transgender Community in an effort to raise awareness of the scourge of violence impacting the transgender community – particularly transgender women of color, and Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) testified before Congress emphasizing the need to implement and enforce legislation that will protect transgender Americans and curb the rampant violence against their community. full story

USA: Anti-gay Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal suspended his campaign for the presidency on Tuesday. full story

USA, INDIANA: Lambda Legal has blasted Indiana lawmakers’ latest efforts at introducing LGBT protections in the state. full story

USA, KANSAS: A Kansas legislative committee’s chairman has raised questions about whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve as foster parents for abused and neglected children. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Justice Scalia reportedly suggested that Supreme Court rulings that lack a warrant in the text or original understanding of the Constitution (including Obergefell) don’t need to be followed. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kentucky’s outgoing Democratic governor says the state will recognize the marriage licenses that county clerk Kim Davis altered because of her religious beliefs. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The state opposes a gay couple’s request for legal fees now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: After parents complained about a newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Club at Rutherford County K-12 public charter school, the school’s board of directors suspended all clubs’ activities. full story

USA, TEXAS: Opponents of Houston’s recently defeated Equal Rights Ordinance, which would have protected LGBT people and others from discrimination, hope new advertisements about the ordinance will boost turn out in December run-offs for a handful of local elections that could decide the ordinance’s ultimate fate. full story

USA, UTAH: The vote count is official. Jackie Biskupski has been elected Salt Lake City’s mayor, beating incumbent mayor Ralph Becker. She’s the first openly gay person to hold the office. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 16th

Written by scott on November 17th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Despite his long opposition to homosexuality, TV preacher Pat Robertson has admitted that “Sodomites” aren’t gay people punished by God. full story

PEOPLE: To mark Transgender Awareness Week, Lily Allen posted a meme to her Facebook page, and got a fierce backlash. full story


PEOPLE: Charmed actress Rose McGowan has hit out at Caitlyn Jenner – claiming she has “male privilege” and “doesn’t understand” being female. full story

POP CULTURE: An author has released a fairytale featuring a heartwarming story of a trans princess. full story


USA: The coming-of-age story of Cole Ray Davis — a young white transgender man in rural, low-income North Carolina —is one that Deep Run executive producer Susan Sarandon says needed to be told, especially now. full story

Cole Ray Davis

INTERNATIONAL: The stark contrast between LGBTQ rights in the Western world and other countries led Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols, a lesbian couple from San Francisco, to travel around the world to witness firsthand the experiences of LGBTQ people in countries where they’re not accepted. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Catholic church is being investigated by Tasmania’s anti-discrimination commissioner over claims an anti-same-sex-marriage booklet it published was offensive and insulting. full story

IRELAND: Marriages between same-sex couples are legally recognized in Ireland as of Monday, according to Irish media outlets, but due to delays and Ireland’s complex betrothal system, the first weddings may take place Tuesday. full story

IRELAND: Fresh off of the country’s first same-sex weddings, Ireland’s government is pushing forward with more changes – amending LGBT equality law exemptions for schools and hospitals full story

IRELAND: Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly, both 35, were the first to receive their marriage certificate, marrying in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. full story

Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly

UK: Manchester, UK-based artist Conor Collins has created a new portrait of WWII enigma codebreaker and mathematician Alan Turing using blood from gay men. full story


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USA: The Westboro Baptist Church has been globally synonymous with homophobia since members protested the funerals of AIDS sufferers in the early 1990s and that of Matthew Shepard, with “Matt in Hell” signs, in 1998. full story

Megan Phelps-Roper

USA: Friday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) released a comprehensive report on the epidemic of violence against transgender people – particularly transgender women of color. full story

USA: One of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country is laying off employees because donations are down — possibly a side effect of tension between the Scouts and the Mormon Church over this summer’s decision to allow gay Scout leaders. full story

USA: Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in last summer’s historic Supreme Court case legalizing gay marriage nationwide, is voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016. full story

USA: The National LGBTQ Task Force has announced that Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan has joined the organization as the new Trans/Gender Non-Confirming Justice Project Director. full story


USA: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will not rest until marriage equality is no longer nationwide. full story

USA: U.S. Roman Catholic bishops, at their first assembly since gay marriage became legal nationwide, vowed Monday to uphold marriage as only the union of a man and a woman and to seek legal protections for those who share that view. full story

USA: The Supreme Court’s decisions protecting gay rights were not rooted in the Constitution, and their logic could as easily apply to child molesters, Justice Antonin Scalia told a room filled with first-year law students at Georgetown University on Monday. full story

USA, ALABAMA: A lesbian mother in Alabama is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision refusing recognition of her as an adoptive parent of three children. full story

USA, FLORIDA: A team of Jacksonville lawyers who won the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Florida wants the state to pay it more than $450,000 in legal fees. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: The mother of a transgender high school student said her daughter has suffered greatly after being banned from a suburban Chicago girls’ locker room, the family’s first comments since the U.S. Department of Education found the school district had violated her rights. full story

USA, INDIANA: Pastor Ron Johnson and busloads of fellow haters will descend upon the Indiana Statehouse during the ceremonial first day of the legislative session, just in case anybody tries to pull a fast one and grant LGBT Hoosiers the same civil rights enjoyed by Christians. full story

USA, INDIANA: Leaders in the Indiana Senate have vowed to extend protections to LGBT people, but compromised on adding religious freedom for “balance”. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: In the Kim Davis case, state officials have filed a brief stating that they will recognize marriages performed even using the altered licenses, but also they’re not the official arbiters of whether the licenses are totally valid. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Gay Duke University freshman Jack Donohue is speaking out after his life was threatened by homophobic vandals who scrawled anti-gay graffiti in his dorm that read, “Death to all fags, @Jack.” full story

USA, UTAH: The Utah judge who last week ordered that a foster child be taken away from a lesbian couple, then reversed his decision, is now off the case. full story


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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 16th

Written by scott on November 16th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: The husband of a deceased police officer who was previously named Glamour’s Woman of the Year has returned her award – after transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner picked up this year’s prize. full story

POP CULTURE: Following the defeat earlier this month of an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance in Houston, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday mocked the fear-mongering anti-trans TV ads that were blamed for the loss. full story

POP CULTURE: The new Moschino Barbie is a huge hit (currently sold-out!), and its commercial is breaking boundaries by featuring a young boy in it. full story

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AUSTRALIA: More than 200 marriage equality supporters gathered for a rally in Ipswich, organised by the Ipswich and Lockyer Greens party, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Ipswich and Australian Marriage Equality. full story


IRELAND: The first same-sex weddings begin today in Ireland. full story

USA, TEXAS: The arguments against HERO echo those used to support Jim Crow Laws 150 years ago. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 15th

Written by scott on November 15th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose has been named Australia’s Woman of the Year. full story


CHINA: Hong Kong’s LGBTI rights group The Pink Alliance will formally call on the UN Committee Against Torture next week to rebuke the government for its ill-treatment of transgender people. full story

IRELAND: Marriage equality in Ireland is set to attract more investment into the country, according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook. full story

UK: A poll has found that most people greatly underestimate the number of countries that continue to criminalise homosexuality. full story

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UK: A gay Ugandan man is fighting his case – after he was initially rejected for asylum on the grounds of his sexuality. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland is making no significant difference to the safety of its blood supply by permanently banning gay men. full story

URUGUAY: Uruguay is the latest country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBT rights around the world. full story

USA: Hoping to drum up support in the early primary state of South Carolina, Ted Cruz told evangelicals there on Saturday he would continue to “fight” same-sex marriage. full story

USA, UTAH: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) filed a formal complaint and called for a full investigation into now-infamous Utah Judge Scott Johansen, who is reported to have ordered a child removed from the home of her married foster parents because they are a same-sex couple. full story

USA, UTAH: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could lose hundreds of its faithful because of a new plan not to baptize the children of same-sex parents. According to CNN, many plan to officially resign from the church today. full story

USA, UTAH: Protesters have staged a mass resignation from the Mormon Church at its HQ in Salt Lake City, after new rules branded gay people ‘apostates’. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 14th

Written by scott on November 14th, 2015


Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: The Department of Justice has filed a brief in Chelsea Manning’s case against the United States government challenging her request to grow her hair beyond the two inches allowed by military regulation. full story

PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner on Thursday said she would like to work with the U.N. to promote transgender rights around the world. full story


POP CULTURE: In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, MTV and Logo will air True Life: I’m Genderqueer next week. full story


AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s proposal to reinstate civil partnerships for straight and same-sex couples has received support from Anglicans and Baptists, while other Christians continue to oppose the move. full story

CYPRUS: A vote in parliament on civil unions in Cyprus has been postponed since July because of concerns regarding the adoption of children by same sex partners. full story

EUROPE: The EU commission has cautioned Turkey and Bosnia Herzegovina to improve the situation of LGBTI citizens if they want to join the European Union. full story

KENYA: The deputy head of protection for United Nation’s refugee agency said that staff have said that as Christians they could not work with, or talk to, a gay man seeking refuge. full story

FRANCE: France will end its ban on blood donations by gay men, its health minister said last week, calling the move the end “of a taboo and discrimination.” full story

LITHUANIA: Lithuanian lawmakers have postponed a vote on a new anti-LGBT law that emulates Russia’s ban on ‘gay propaganda’. full story

POLAND: Former high-ranking Catholic priest Krzysztof Charamsa, who was defrocked after publicly revealing that he is gay, has said that he has no regrets doing so. full story

UK: Tara Hudson, the trans female prisoner originally placed in an all-male prison, is “receiving the care she needs,” according to Caroline Dinenage, Junior Minister for Women, Equalities and Family Justice. full story

Tara Hudson

USA: The Trans-Pacific Partnership may lack explicit provisions addressing anti-gay laws in Malaysia and Brunei, but the White House is confident about the human rights standards in the agreement. full story

USA, FLORIDA: A wedding photographer from Florida recently found himself out of a job when a bride-to-be fired him upon learning he supported gay marriage. so he donated the non-refundable $1,500 retainer to GLAAD. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Gobernatorial candidate David Vitter says that Christians are becoming second class citizens because gays keep shoving their marriages down the throat of Jesus. full story

USA, OHIO: The first transgender facility for the treatment and support of trans veterans opened in Cleveland today at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: After appearing at an Iowa rally last weekend organized by Pastor Kevin Swanson, who advocates the death penalty for gay people, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz will host his own anti-LGBT hatefest in South Carolina on Saturday. full story

USA, TEXAS: Jared Woodfill, a spokesman for the group that repealed Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, is now calling on the Texas GOP to move its 2016 party convention out of Dallas over the City Council’s decision this week to strengthen transgender protections. full story

Jared Woodfill

USA, UTAH: Membership or priesthood privileges for children who are already baptized and living primarily with a same-gender couple won’t be affected by the recent updates to the Handbook 1, according to the LDS church’s statement issued on Friday. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The nation’s capital has some of the nation’s most extensive nondiscrimination protections for transgender people, but a new study of the capital’s trans residents shows that protections alone don’t alleviate their burdens of discrimination and destitution. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 13th

Written by scott on November 13th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

GENERAL: Keeping the names of those killed due to anti-trans hate takes a toll full story

GENERAL: A new survey by a women’s dating app debunks a number of lesbian stereotypes. full story

HISTORY: Long before the fight over same-sex marriage took over national media, long before Kentucky clerks were being arrested for denying gay couples’ marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to find a way to marry. full story

Photo by Paul Hagen

Photo by Paul Hagen

PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner confronted protesters who were attacking her outside a keynote speech she gave at a luncheon for 1000 people at the Hilton Chicago on Thursday for Chicago House. “You are an insult to trans people, you are an insult to women. You have no right to represent us,” the protesters shouted through a bullhorn outside the event. full story

PEOPLE: Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence calls Davis that “lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky.” full story

Jennifer Lawrence

PEOPLE: Anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez faces termination from his professorship at California State University over charges that he retaliated against students who complained about him. full story

POP CULTURE: The first ever trans actor to play a trans character in the UK’s soap Hollyoaks has said there will be surprises in store. full story

POP CULTURE: ABC execs have reportedly shut down requests to feature two men dancing together for a performance of a new song by Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and newcomer Who Is Fancy. full story

AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Upper House in Melbourne has passed legislation that will allow same-sex couples to adopt. The Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015 was approved in the lower house last month. full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s Constitutional Court has given the country’s civil registry 30 days to change its forms so that children born to same-sex couples can have both their legal parents recognized on their birth certificates. full story

COSTA RICA: When Jazmin Elizondo Arias was born in 1991, someone goofed and noted on her birth certificate that she was male, a clerical error that led to the country’s first (brief) same sex marriage. full story

INDIA: Kerala state on Thursday unveiled a new policy to end discrimination and societal stigma against the transgender people. full story

IRELAND: With the first same-sex marriages expected in Ireland as early as next week, it has been confirmed that religious institutions will not be forced to marry gay couples. full story

JAPAN: Tokyo police are investigating the murder of a transgender man whose face was ‘cut off,’ according to local media. full story

MOROCCO: Morrocco’s tourism minister has called for the decriminalization of homosexuality and consensual sex outside marriage. full story

UKRAINE: According to a local gay journalist, the country’s new LGBT protections are set to expire soon, making the bill a mere end-run around the EU’s requirements. In addition, the bill only passed after MPs were promised that same-sex marriage will never be legalized in Ukraine. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A Northern Ireland deputy mayor has been urged to stand down after he suggested gay people can be cured through prayer. full story

USA: Using the hashtag #DumpSPLC, hate groups today launched a “tweetfest” against the Associated Press, who earlier this year correctly identified the Liberty Counsel as a hate group. full story

USA: Right Wing Watch reports today that their YouTube channel has been suspended due to “baseless copyright claims” filed over videos that feature Pastor Kevin Swanson, who repeatedly called for the genocide of homosexuals at last weekend’s “religious liberty” conference where the headlining speakers included Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal.full story

USA: Mike Huckabee claimed not to know anything about Pastor Kevin Swanson calling for the genocide of LGBT Americans, just minutes after speaking at the Pastor’s conference. full story

USA: Days after attending an Iowa conference hosted by a vehemently anti-gay pastor who called for the death penalty for gays, three Republican presidential candidates remain silent on his tirade and have not repudiated the remarks. full story

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USA, CALIFORNIA: Teacher Cathy Figel is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District for discriminating against her because she’s a lesbian full story

USA, FLORIDA: Hillsborough County already has a Human Right Ordinance passed by the County Commission in 2014; however, an initiative would make a permanent change to the county charter and allow the people of Hillsborough County to have a vote in saying whether they welcome equality. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: An employee of a Catholic church in the Chicago Archdiocese has filed a complaint saying he was fired after he got married to his male partner, his lawyers said Thursday. full story

USA, INDIANA: Another business group has formed to lobby for extending Indiana’s civil rights protections to members of the LGBT communities. full story

USA, IOWA: When 22-year old black trans woman Meagan Taylor checked into the Des Moines, Iowa, Drury Inn hotel in July, she was harrassed and called a sex worker by staff and ultimately arrested. She is now suing the hotel. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti-LGBT groups will face a much higher bar for getting a referendum on the ballot in Dallas than in Houston thanks to the city’s charter, which would give them 60 days to gather signatures on a petition from 10 percent of the city’s voters, or roughly 50,000 people. full story


USA, TEXAS: In the wake of the defeat of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, a group of gay and transgender activists are planning to visit the church of one of the pastors who led opposition to HERO. full story

USA, UTAH: At a news conference on Thursday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert weighed in on the case of a judge who ordered a child removed from the care of gay foster parents because of supposed “research” (which he did not provide) that allegedly proves the child would be better off with heterosexual parents, saying the judge should “follow the law.” full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A group that represents LGBT employees of the Fairfax County School District has called upon a school board member who voted against adding gender identity to an anti-discrimination policy to apologize for linking to an article that describes transgender people as mentally ill. full story

VATICAN: Randy Berry, the first-ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons, met with Vatican officials on Tuesday in a private meeting that was the first ever of its kind. full story

Randy Berry


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Ceremonies by Bethel, San Diego, California

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 12th

Written by scott on November 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!

PEOPLE: Freedom to Marry President/founder Evan Wolfson Nov. 4 attended a retrospective on his achievements as a driving force of marriage equality and his thoughts as to the next challenges facing the LGBTQ community. full story

PEOPLE: A gay couple have been left stunned after anonymous strangers trolled a photo of their family, taken as part of the ‘Love Has No Labels’ campaign. full story


PEOPLE: A batboy for a Major League Baseball team has shared his coming-out story.
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POP CULTURE: Fans of the hit show Transparent won’t have to wait much longer for the highly anticipated season 2, and a new trailer just released. full story

POP CULTURE: At the Out 100 event, title sponsor MassMutual will present Freedom To Marry head Evan Wolfson the Vow to Protect Equality Award. The clip below isn’t so much of an ad as the company’s logo only appears briefly at the end after several married couples tell their stories, which are alternately amusing and touching. full story

INTERNATIONAL: A new infographic breaks down some of the numbers on marriage equality. full story


AUSTRALIA: The Senate has joined the state parliaments of NSW (New South Wales) and Western Australia in officially backing a motion that rejects a marriage equality plebiscite and urges Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to grant his Liberal Party a free vote on the issue. full story

AUSTRALIA: A motion to protect the Catholic church’s right to distribute an anti-marriage equality booklet that marriage equality advocates have labelled “divisive” has been shot down by the Senate. full story

COSTA RICA: Two women who used a legal loophole to marry in Costa Rica could now face criminal charges. full story

INDIA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (9 November) said the government needs to ‘change its outlook’ on transgender people. full story

INDIA: Calls have been made for Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue of the re-criminalisation of homosexuality with the Indian Prime Minister. full story

LITHUANIA: Politicians are set to vote in a bill today that’s modeled on Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. full story

UKRAINE: In a sharp u-turn, the Ukrainian Parliament has passed a bill granting gay workers workplace protection against discrimination – and bringing Ukraine closer to possibly becoming a member of the European Union. full story

USA: Ttransgender people may already be protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act – the law bans discrimination by “sex,” and in 1989, the Supreme Court said this meant that employers cannot discriminate against women for not acting feminine enough. Legal scholars say that the precedent against “sex-stereotyping” may extend to transgender people, if they are discriminated against because they do not behave according to the sex assigned to them at birth. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: A former Arkansas Supreme Court justice says the court voted last year to strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage but never issued the ruling, waiting instead until the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal nationwide in June. – See more at: full story

USA, FLORIDA: It looks like Pensacola is headed toward adding a human rights ordinance that would protect its citizens against discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, IOWA: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Iowa on Nov. 10 filed a complaint with the state’s Civil Rights Commission on behalf of a black transgender woman who claims a hotel discriminated against her. full story

USA, MARYLAND: The Transgender March of Resilience will serve to raise awareness for the Trans Day of Remembrance and to recognize the need to lift all voices in the community. full story


USA, OKLAHOMA: Nearly 4,000 gay couples in Oklahoma have tied the knot, according to Oklahomans for Equality. full story

USA, TEXAS: Two women fired by a Houston-area daycare say their rights were violated when they were terminated for refusing to accept the transgender child of a gay couple, and ProjectQ reports they’re threatening to file a federal lawsuit. full story

USA, TEXAS: ‘It’s never hate that gets us, it’s ignorance,’ Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor said about the HERO loss in Houston. ‘It’s non-education. It’s people not paying attention.’ full story

USA: Twelve-year-old Evan Singleton has a message for anyone who questions his transgender status. “I’d say, ‘Well, you’re not the person to tell me who I am,’” full story

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USA, UTAH: Thousands plan a mass exodus from the Mormon church this weekend over its decision to no longer baptize the children of gay parents. full story

USA, UTAH: Utah state child welfare officials on Wednesday were reviewing a ruling by a juvenile court judge who ordered a baby to be taken from lesbian foster parents and instead placed with a heterosexual couple for the child’s well-being. full story