Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 2nd

Written by scott on July 2nd, 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: CEO Mark Zuckerburg also had this to say about FB’s real Names” policy: “Real name does not mean your legal name. Your real name is whatever you go by and what your friends call you… In this way, we should be able to support everyone using their own real names, including everyone in the transgender community.” full story

POP CULTURE: In a new video for Cosmopolitan.com, Comedian Megan MacKay hilariously uses face makeup as a metaphor for the historic gay marriage ruling. full story

POP CULTURE: Actress Cynthia Nixon says now is not the time to give up the fight. full story

POP CULTURE: Beyonce had a rainbow-tastic dance party to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday legalizing same-sex marriage. And luckily she shared it on social media. full story

AUSTRALIA: John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia, has defended his legacy on “traditional marriage”. full story

AUSTRALIA: In a gorgeous show of solidarity, some straight allies in Australia have taken to covering their ears during the state-mandated portion of wedding vows that explicitly note that marriage is only between a man and a woman. full story

CANADA: Vancouver is celebrating ten years of marriage equality. full story

CHINA: A lesbian couple in China have held a wedding ceremony, with a view to pushing for legal recognition of same-sex relationships there. full story

IRELAND: First same sex weddings could be delayed until 2016 by lawsuit. full story

IRELAND: Fine Gael politician Jerry Buttimer said there should be more LGBT characters in children’s television. full story

ITALY: A member of the Italian Government has gone on hunger strike in order to push for a date for civil unions to be voted on. full story

TURKEY: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission came out in sharp reproach today after Turkish police officers employed tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets on parade goers at Istanbul’s LGBTI Pride Parade on Sunday. full story

UK: A new study has found that LGBT people are not reporting hate crimes because they happen so frequently. full story

USA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted that the Republican Party has run out of legislative options when it comes to fighting gay marriage. full story

USA: Here is a look at some of the truths about the lives of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people that Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts had to ignore or set aside in order to rule against same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Twitter users took Governor Bobby Jindal to task for his anti-gay executive order during a Twitter town hall. full story

USA: George Takei says of Donald Trump “When I met him, he said, ‘You know what, George? I just came from a gay marriage’ — he had come from a wedding of a very important Broadway personality, Jordan Roth [who married the producer Richie Jackson]… He told me, ‘They’re good friends of mine. It was a beautiful marriage. They’re wonderful friends.’” But he’s still for “traditional” marriage.full story

USA: One of Matt Barber’s columnists said people who support “sodomites” are “worthy of capital punishment”. full story

USA: The Fifth Circuit Court has finally issued its long-postponed ruling on the cases out of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. full story

USA: The Episcopal Church voted late Wednesday to adopt two new liturgies on a trial basis that aim to enable same-sex couples to marry in the church. full story

USA, ALABAMA: http://www.dallasvoice.com/glen-maxeys-rainbow-report-200-counties-issuing-marriage-licenses-10199846.html full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at some of the worst reactions to the US Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA: Rachel Maddow updates us on marriage equality in AL, LA, MS and TX. full story

USA: A study has found that bisexual people are more likely to live in poverty or have poor health than other groups. full story

USA, ALABAMA: AL.com looks at who will foot the bill for the state’s intransigence on marriage equality. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: History was made Tuesday when NAVAIR North Island celebrated their first LGBT Pride event. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Yesterday California Attorney General Kamala Harris rejected another attempt to place the Sodomite Suppression Act on the 2016 ballot, a constitutional amendment instead of a law change – McLaughlin has threatened to sue. Enjoy his apparent yearbook photo below.full story

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USA, GEORGIA: Police in Forsyth County, Georgia are investigating the burning of a rainbow gay pride flag as a hate crime. full story

USA, INDIANA: Ellettsville resident Becky Wegner Rommel recently took a break from house cleaning to record a cellphone video about marriage equality, and it’s a real doozy. full story

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USA, KENTUCKY: Despite orders from the state’s Governor, Attorney General, and local attorneys, three Kentucky county clerks have stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether to avoid licensing same-sex couples.
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USA: Gov. Bobby Jindal delayed — for the second time — the recognition of same-sex marriage by the Louisiana state government on Wednesday evening. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana yesterday announced plans to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal‘s “Marriage and Conscience Order” legislation. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: A new documentary features the lives of nine transgender and drag individuals in Puerto Rico. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The hardware store owner who had put up a “no gays allowed” sign stands by it, but he replaced the sign with a new one. full story

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USA, TEXAS: Close to 200 counties are now issuing marriage licenses, about 50 are “having problems with the forms” and three are saying “hell no”. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Teachers Retirement System of Texas, which provides benefits to the state’s retired public school employees, announced late yesterday (Tuesday, June 30) it extend benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex marriages effective immediately. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Dallas Voice calls for the resignation of AG Paxton. full story

USA, TEXAS: A married lesbian who was turned down for a drivers license with her married name last week had no problem getting one this week. full story

USA, TEXAS: Baylor University in Waco has dropped language in its sexual conduct policy specifically outlawing sexual relationships between same-sex partners. full story

USA, US VIRGIN ISLANDS: The Virgin Islands have become the final US territory to comply with SCOTUS. full story

USA, UTAH: The Mormon Church has made its first-ever donation to an LGBT organization. full story

USA, UTAH: The Mormon definition of marriage remains one man and one woman…unless God says otherwise. full story

VATICAN: TThe Vatican reserved 50 VIP Papal Audience tickets for a group of LGBTI Catholic pilgrims earlier this year, it has emerged. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 1st

Written by scott on July 1st, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: Jon Stewart went after the GOP and specifically Donald Trump over the opposition to marriage equality. full story

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POP CULTURE: Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to sanction marriage equality in all 50 states, Jimmy Kimmel turned to one important group to hear their thoughts on the subject: kids. full story

POP CULTURE: Conservatives are trying to use American flag avatars to counter the 26 million Facebook rainbow profile pics that users created after SCOTUS legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. full story

POP CULTURE: Michael Sam, back after a personal leave, says he is fully committed. full story

POP CULTURE: CEO, Mark Zuckerberg addressed this issue today in an hour-long Q&A on Facebook . He claims the main reason using a real name is important is for safety reasons. full story

AUSTRALIA: The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on June 30 he was confident that the “great debate” among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country. full story

AUSTRALIA: A group of MPs from various political parties are set to introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in August. full story

EUROPE: The Vice President of the European Commission has said he wants all 28 EU countries to recognise or legalise same-sex marriage. full story

IRAQ: One of Hillary Clinton’s newly-released emails shows she called for support for LGBT rights in the country in 2009. full story

NEW ZEALAND: A trans woman in New Zealand has spoken of being called “half man, half woman” when using a changing room in a clothing store. full story

NIGERIA: A new report published by the PEN American Center and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice has called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (above) to end discrimination against LGBT people, reports LGBTQ Nation. full story

USA: A new poll shows that 59 percent said they agreed with the Court’s decision to legalize marriage equality in all 50 states. full story

USA: Sen. Elizabeth Warren knocked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for calling for a Constitutional amendment that would allow states to ban gay marriage. full story

USA: Will GOP’s continued intransigence on marriage equality hurt them in 2016? full story

USA: Presidential hopeful Ben Carson says Congress can negate the US Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA: Gov. Chris Christie, the newest Republican presidential aspirant, holds the distinction of being the only candidate to veto marriage equality. full story

USA: The NRA is trying to use the “reciprocity” argument from the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling to force all states to recognize open carry laws. full story

USA: Speaking Sunday to NPR, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said that his campaign for the White House will feature his opposition to marriage equality and Obamacare. full story

USA: Jonathan Rauch argues that polygamy is not the next marriage equality. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: LGBT Chicano mural depicting a trans man, a lesbian couple, and a gay Chicano couple was vandalized for a third time last night, set on fire. full story

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USA, CALIFORNIA: An appeals court found it ‘plausible’ that a prison denying Mia Rosati surgery violated her right to equal protection.’ full story

USA, CONNECTICUT: Connecticut becomes the eighth U.S. state to make it easier for transgender citizens to obtain documents that reflect their authentic gender. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: At least two county clerks in Kentucky are not issuing marriage licenses to any couple – gay or straight. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: If a parish is shaded blue, that means The Advocate has confirmed it’s issuing licenses. If a parish is shaded yellow (or green-ish on some devices/screens), that means The Advocate hasn’t reached anyone at the parish for comment. If a parish is shaded red, that means the clerk has confirmed to The Advocate that it isn’t issuing licenses. full story

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USA, MARYLAND: Some suspect that the story about a woman whose yard was called “relentlessly gay” was a hoax. full story

USA, MARYLAND: Equality Maryland’s board of directors and its foundation announced today that, as a result of declining donations, it is taking action to either reduce — or possibly cease — operations next month. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: A controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill could see action this summer in Michigan’s Republican-led Senate following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The state of Mississippi could refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone – to stop gay people from marrying. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Attorney General Jim Hood ordered licenses to be issued on Monday, June 29, and clerks around the state began issuing licenses. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: A clerk has announced her resignation citing the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: N.J. – Last night, on the day before announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act – that would have modernized New Jersey law by giving legal parental rights of a child carried by a gestational surrogate to the intended parent at birth. full story

USA, NEW YORK: John Dunleavy is out as chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade after saying that gay groups would not be allowed to march in next year’s parade. full story

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision outlawing bans on same-sex marriage is a victory for the mentally ill, North Dakota state legislator Dwight Kiefert (R) claimed in a social media post. full story

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USA, OHIO: A first-grader named Zea was captured by photographer Mara Gruber as she faced down a street preacher holding a sign saying “Jesus Saves from Hell” at ComFest in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. full story

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USA, TENNESSEE: All of Tennessee’s county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: An East Tennessee hardware store owner has hung a sign that reads “No Gays Allowed.” full story

USA, TERRITORIES: The Advocate looks at the status of marriage equality in Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. full story

USA, TEXAS: Counties representing 84% of the state’s population are now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

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USA, TEXAS: And a newer TX map for you, this one from the Dallas Morning News. full story

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USA, TEXAS: Starting today, the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will extend benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees. full story

USA, TEXAS: The city of Longview has declared August “Celebrate Traditional Marriage Month.” full story

USA, TEXAS: The state, and some counties, do not plan to keep a separate count of same-sex licenses. full story

USA, TEXAS: San Saba County still denying licenses. full story

USA, TEXAS: Hood County Clerk Katie Lang has reversed her previous decision to not allow anyone in her office issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A small town came together to celebrate a same-sex couple’s wedding day. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: In order to make up for the $100k donation refunded to an anti-trans donor, the Girl Scouts set up a crowdfunding page on Indiegogo yesterday hoping to raise $100,000, and have now raised close to $200k. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The idea to bathe the White House in rainbow lights was conceived months ago. full story

USA: Police in Washington, D.C. yesterday arrested six people during a protest against the detention of undocumented LGBT immigrants. full story

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 30th

Written by scott on June 30th, 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!

HISTORY: How the rainbow became the symbol of gay pride. full story

POP CULTURE: Caitlyn Jenner attended her first pride parade since coming out as transgender. full story

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POP CULTURE: Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver dedicated a segment of his show on Sunday to looking at the state of transgender rights in America. full story

POP CULTURE: Another transgender person has been kicked off Facebook for using an ‘incorrect name’. full story

POP CULTURE: Inclusive dating website OkCupid is allowing users to share their stories and definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation. full story

>POP CULTURE: Twenty six million people added rainbows to their Facebook profiles. full story

AUSTRALIA: An Australian lawmaker has said that marriage equality will lead to incestual marriage. full story

ITALY: In an unprecedented landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal of Milan agreed to recognise a marriage contracted between a man and a trans woman in Argentina in 2011 earlier this month. full story

NEW ZEALAND: Dunedin city councillors have backed adding an intersex option to the next New Zealand census. full story

NIGERIA: A new poll indicates 87 percent of Nigerians support their country’s law that criminalizes same-sex marriages. full story

SOUTH KOREA: Anti-gay activists attempted and failed to shut down Pride celebrations in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. full story

THAILAND: The Thai unit of Walls, an ice cream company owned by Unilever, has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting with the caption #LOVEWINS posted a day after the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: NHS England is launching a new initiative to improve services for trans and non-binary issues. full story

USA: After last Friday’s historic United States Supreme Court decision granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry, Our Tomorrow is calling on the LGBTQ community across the country to share their hopes, fears and ideas in their own words to help shape the future of the movement. full story

USA: The agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants unveiled new guidance on Monday for a “respectful, safe and secure environment” for transgender people in immigration detention. full story

USA: Last Sunday, the Presbyterian Church officially amended its Constitution accordingly, redefining marriage as “a commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman,” the New York Times reports. full story

USA: The United Methodist bishop of North Alabama has issued a statement clarifying the denomination’s stand against gay marriage after Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal in every state. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley alled for the addition of LGBT employment and housing protections in federal law. full story

USA: Lambda Legal has introduced the Marriage Tracker, a platform allowing same-sex couples and families to report issues they have encountered while seeking a marriage license or recognition of their marriage by businesses, employers, insurers, or state or local authorities. full story

USA: Senator Ted Cruz says he believes the Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriage and national health care “rewrote the Constitution.” full story

USA: Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz says the 9 states that weren’t part of the group of four states selected by the US Supreme Court for the marriage equality decision are not bound by it. full story

USA: Reporter Jessica Bennet, whose article on polyamory was cited by Justice Roberts in his dissent, says Roberts missed the point. full story

USA: The Blaze gathers together the comments by seven well-known pastors speaking out against marriage equality. full story

USA: Justice Scalia threw in yet another dissent against marriage equality in a totally unrelated death penalty case. full story

USA: When the US Supreme Court announced its decision to legalise same-sex marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its congregation had a split reaction. full story

USA, ALABAMA: The Alabama state supreme court today issued an order that effectively keeps probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Nearly one-third of Alabama counties (22 of them) June 29 were not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, or had shut down marriage license operations altogether. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: A Cleburne county clerk plans to resign effective Tuesday because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Louisiana has finally begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Louisiana had been the only state in which same-sex marriages had not been performed after the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Political fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage will likely show up first in Kentucky, one of the few conservative states where Democrats still control state government. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Defying the Supreme Court and Gov. Steve Beshear’s orders, clerks in at least five counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples to avoid having to grant them to gay and lesbian partners. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Gov. Bobby Jindal is following the lead of Texas and today declared that state employees can opt-out if they have religious objections. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Attorney General’s Office has issued a letter giving the OK for circuit clerks to move forward with same-sex marriage licenses after stating on Friday the Supreme Court decision was not yet effective in Mississippi. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Members of the antigay Jewish Political Action Committee hired day laborers to hate on their behalf. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The owners of an upstate New York wedding venue are appealing a finding that they violated state antidiscrimination law by turning away a same-sex couple — and in the process, they are claiming that the couple knew in advance that they would refuse and targeted them in an “orchestrated set-up.” full story

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: Today, in the Lambda Legal case Jorgensen v. Montplaisir, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota lifted the stay on the case and struck down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: A restaurant in Philadelphia named its breakfast special “The Antonin Scalia Is A Douche Special” after Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, after his scathing attack on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The “zombie” Pennsylvania county clerk who has attacked marriage equality long after it was clear her efforts were fruitless was finally denied her request to defend the marriage equality ban to the Supreme Court. full story

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USA, TEXAS: Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips was sued by private counsel, according to Lambda Legal Supervising Senior Staff Attorney Ken Upton. Smith County includes Tyler. full story

USA, TEXAS: Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips, who was facing a lawsuit filed by private counsel after refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, has folded and issued the license full story

USA, TEXAS: Denton County Clerk Juli Luke — who personally opposes gay nuptials — started granting licenses on Monday morning after originally declining to do so following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA: The Collin County Clerk’s office will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning today, becoming the latest North Texas county to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision. full story

USA, TEXAS: Navarro County Clerk Sherry Dowd said her office will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning today. full story

USA, TEXAS: Parker County may start issuing marriage licenses today, too. full story

USA, TEXAS: After a state computer glitch was fixed, Dallas County continued pumping out marriage licenses at a faster pace than they did on Decision Day. full story

USA, TEXAS: Trinity County Clerk Shasta Bergman issued a statement Monday that said she will not issue licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons and as a matter of conscience. full story

USA, TEXAS: State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, urged the U.S. Department of Justice to assure same-sex couples in Texas are not prevented from getting marriage licenses. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Veteran’s Administration has confirmed they would begin extending benefits to legally married same-sex couples nationwide as a result of the historic marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court last week, according to American Military Partner Association. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: The Girl Scouts of Western Washington returned a $100k donation after being told it could not be used to support transgender children. 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

 

A Million People Cheered for Our Marriage

Written by scott on June 29th, 2015

Scott and Mark at SF Pride

Yesterday, we marched with Marriage Equality USA at San Francisco Pride.

We carried two pink hearts – one said “Scotti + Marco”, and the other one said simply “23 Years”.

It was a truly amazing experience.

Time after time, people would point oat our signs and smile and cheer, or sometimes should out “congratulations.”

We’ve been to tons of pride events, but this one was different. It was huge – probably a million people – they were stacked back from Market Street to the buildings behind.

And there was such an air of love and goodwill in the air – it was a celebration of the triumph of love, after a decades-long fight.

We’re thrilled to have been a part of that fight, and to have been blessed to march with MEUSA – it was a once in a lifetime experience.

After all, how many people get to say that a million people cheered for their marriage?

Here are some pics from the day. enjoy!

–Scott and Mark

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 29th

Written by scott on June 29th, 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: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has welcomed Pride weekend and marriage equality around the world. full story

POP CULTURE: Actress Tyne Daly gave an emotional speech about marriage equality and interracial marriage to the audience of It Shoulda Been You that evening. full story

POP CULTURE: Sean Hayes and his husband Scott Icengole were so elated by the Supreme Court’s decision Friday legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide they decided to make a video celebrating the momentous occasion. full story

Sean Hayes video

POP CULTURE: To celebrate nationwide marriage equality YouTube put out a spot in recognition of the historic decision. full story

POP CULTURE: From Absolut to Zappos, major companies are getting behind the Supreme Court decision. full story

INTERNATIONAL: Forbes has a new map of countries where marriage equality is now legal. full story

Forbes marriage equality map

ISRAEL: Two bill proposals in the Knesset are hoping to bring civil marriage to Israel and legalize gay marriage like in the US. full story

MOZAMBIQUE: New law will make clear that security measures cannot be taken against those who engage in ‘vices against nature’ full story

PORTUGAL: The Parliament unanimously approved a measure to formally adopt 17 May as the National Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia’. full story

TURKEY: Turkish police on Sunday used tear gas and water cannons against people who were about to take part in a Pride march in Istanbul. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at the states that are still dragging their heels on marriage equality. full story

USA: Matt Baume debunks the four Justices’ dissents in the marriage equality case. full story

USA: The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins said during interviews with CBSN and FOX News that despite the overwhelming win for same-marriage rights on Friday, the fight against gay marriage isn’t over. full story

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USA: Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump supports “traditional marriage” but has been married three times. full story

USA: Mike Huckabee is calling on opponents of marriage equality to engage in acts of civil disobedience. full story

USA: Pushing for a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage would not only fail, but also hurt the Republican Party, 2016 presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) said Sunday. full story

USA: Presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal said President Obama and Hillary Clinton only backed gay marriage for popularity. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Rand Paul said gays should be able to enter into contracts, but not marriage. full story

USA: Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has said the next US president should try to change the Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA: After months of vows about civil disobedience, a coalition of over 100 evangelicals organized by the Southern Baptist Convention have signed onto a statement that discourages “outrage and panic” about the Supreme Court ruling on marriage. full story

USA: A disabled trans lesbian explains how the U.S.’s ‘marriage penalty’ on disability benefits prices out some of the most vulnerable LGBT people, despite Friday’s ruling. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Chicago Pride celebrated marriage equality. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The state will comply with the Supreme Court’s order legalizing same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Sunday. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Provincetown celebrated marriage equality. full story

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USA, NEW YORK: NY Pride celebrates marriage equality. full story

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USA, PUERTO RICO: The territory will begin marrying same-sex couples in early July. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Dallas Voice has a gallery of photos from the Tarrant County Clerk’s office from Friday morning, June 26. full story

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USA, TEXAS: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion on Sunday encouraging county clerks to ignore the Supreme Court and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: The number of counties complying with the US Supreme Court ruling continues to increase. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Joyous cheers and disco music marked a Seattle Gay Pride parade held in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country. full story

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USA, WASHINGTON DC: Towleroad.com has a stunning timelapse of the White House lighting up in rainbow colors. full story

 

Today We March

Written by scott on June 28th, 2015

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Twenty three years ago, I walked into the Pacific Center, an LGBT center in Berkeley, California, for a gay men’s night, having no idea that I would meet the love of my life, my husband Mark.

That I can call him my husband, legally, under the laws of both the Federal Government and all fifty states, would have seemed an impossibility to me back then.

The first gay wedding I ever attended was in the late 80’s, when a high school friend of mine “married” his partner in Southern California. I put the word “married” in quotes because, back then, it was such an impossible concept – this idea that two men could marry – and it was at once an act of defiance and an act of love.

The ceremony, such as it was, involved five of us – the two grooms and three friends. We went to the Huntington Museum – a gorgeous place in Arcadia, California – and together we entered the bamboo garden. There, amidst the tall stands of bamboo, with the three of us huddled protectively around the couple so no one else could see, they exchanged hurried vows and rings.

I was all of 22 years old.

What a different world the young adults of today are entering into. When Mark and I met in 1992, we didn’t believe this day would come in our lifetimes. When we started our LGBT wedding directory, PurpleUnions.com, the name itself implied that we were lucky to get the recognition of civil unions. I still kick myself for not also having bought PurpleWeddings.com. LOL…

In 2008, we jumped into advocacy with both feet, starting the Gay Marriage Watch blog, which later became Marriage Equality Watch. In that year, anti gay laws were still gaining ground, and our bright, beautiful victory in California at the state Supreme Court was quickly eclipsed by the lies and hatred of Prop 8. Even then, just seven years ago, we didn’t know if we would get here.

The fall of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell put the foot on the accelerator, as the country saw out and proud military veterans for the first time, and all that activist energy flowed from the military into marriage equality and other LGBT movements.

The US Supreme Court rulings in 2014 only threw more fuel on the fire. I had hoped for marriage equality nationwide by 2020. I didn’t dare dream it would arrive so soon.

Mark and I have married twice – once in 2004 in San Francisco, only to see it snatched away from us, and again in 2008, also in The City. Many other same sex couples have now done the same around the country and around the world.

There are still other battles to be fought. In many states in the US, you can be fired or kicked out of your home for being LGBT. Transgender rights deserve much more of our attention. And there are many places around the world where it’s still a criminal act to be gay.

But those are fights to start tomorrow.

Today Mark and I will celebrate what has come before, and where we are now.

Today, in San Francisco, we march.

 

Marriage Equality Round-up – June 28th

Written by scott on June 28th, 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!

HISTORY: The Miami New Times has uncovered a pamphlet published by Florida lawmakers in the January 1964 that somehow manages to be the most homophobic and homoerotic materials ever produced. full story

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HISTORY:Media startup called Vox Media put together a fun, multi-graphic video detailing the historic events of marriage equality, from evolution to revolution. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The Advocate looks at some of the celebrations of US marriage equality held worldwide. full story

POP CULTURE: Stephen Colbert joined those celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide Friday with a new video commenting on the news. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: On the day LGBTIs and their allies around the world celebrated the US Supreme Court’s historic ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, four gay men were reportedly tossed off a building to their deaths in front of dozens of spectators. full story

USA: Some American Muslims celebrated Friday’s Supreme Court decision and chided their co-religionists who said judgment day was nigh. full story

USA: Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, U.S. employers may shed same-sex domestic partner coverage to cut costs, say benefits consultants already working with employers on such moves. full story

USA: NOM is asking for money, claiming they can somehow reverse the Supreme Court decision and the tide of public opinion. full story

USA: Jay Michaelson says the conservative justices’ incendiary dissents in Obergefell are a shocking betrayal of judicial responsibility. full story

USA: Five states are still resisting marriage equality. full story

USA: Arnold Schwarzenegger, action star and former California governor who vetoed marriage equality bills twice, said in a press conference that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide was “the right decision” – and he rebuffed those politicians “not having the balls” to lead. full story

USA: Pink News points out that Justice Clarence Thomas is in an interracial marriage that would have been illegal without the Court’s intervention. full story

USA: While other GOP hopefuls bashed the high court’s decision to one degree or another, Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul didn’t say anything or release a statement or respond to requests for comment from POLITICO. full story

USA: Florida photographer Clinton Brentwood Lee donated an anti-gay client’s deposit to GLAAD. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to begin marriage equality immediately. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: Senator Jim Inhofe said “a lot of people who are friends of mine in the gay community, who also think it was a bad decision.” full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (right) wants to let county clerks, justices of the peace and judges refuse to participate in same-sex marriages based on religious beliefs. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Texas pastor has clarified comments he made ahead of the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage to say he didn’t mean he would literally set himself on fire. full story

 

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

Written by scott on June 27th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

OVERVIEW:

MAP: The last US marriage equality map. full story

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

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

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

POP CULTURE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN THE STATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANA: Indiana celebrates the ruling. full story

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

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

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

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

NEW YORK: NYC celebrates the ruling. full story

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

PENNSYLVANIA: Great meme from Brian Simms. full story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ANALYSIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUPPORTERS

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

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

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

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

OPPONENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Breaking News: US Supreme Court Issues Historic Marriage Equality Ruling

Written by scott on June 26th, 2015

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Today, on the anniversaries of the Windsor and Lawrence V. Texas rulings that advanced LGBT equality, the US Supreme Court issued its long expected ruling on marriage equality.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that sexual orientation is covered under the 14th amendment. Justice Kennedy was the swing vote, as many expected.

The ruling means that marriage equality is basically legal immediately in all 50 states, including the 13 stragglers. While there will inevitably be some foot dragging in some states, the fight is basically over.

Marriage equality events will be held across the country today to celebrate. Our partner Marriage Equality USA has a list:

http://www.marriageequality.org/scotus_decision_day_events

wedding dayMark and I stood together at the top of the stairs on city hall to get married on March 11th, 2005, only to see the state Supreme Court wipe away our marriage.

We married again on November 1st, 2008, just three days before the passage of Prop 8. This time, things were different – it was the anti-gay law that was wiped away, not our marriage.

Now couples like us in every state in the nation now have the freedom to marry.

It’s a beautiful day.

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 26th

Written by scott on June 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!

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HISTORY: The riots of June 28, 1969, not only gave birth to the movement for LGBT rights but empowered closeted journalists to come out and lead their own revolution. full story

INTERNET: Medical researchers are launching a new “PRIDE Study” to shed some light on the unique health needs of LGBT folks–and they’re using iPhones to conduct it. A new ResearchKit app developed by the University of California at San Francisco will survey a wide range of LGBT folks about health issues like HIV/AIDS, smoking, cancer, obesity, mental issues and depression. full story

POP CULTURE: Amazon has already ordered a third season of transgender TV show Transparent – before the second season has even aired. full story

POP CULTURE: People are complaining about a “transgender” dinosaur in Jurassic World – after the toy version of a female dinosaur was identified as male. full story

POP CULTURE: Supermodel Linda Evangelista has spoken out in favor of marriage equality. full story

POP CULTURE: Professional baseball has welcomed its first out gay player, in a minor league game. full story

POP CULTURE: On the last day before public voting closes in the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy competition, trans model Aydian Dowling is still in the number one spot. full story

INDIA: A transgender lecturer fired for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ has lost her appeal to one of the most pretigious universities in Thailand. full story

NORWAY: The government in Norway has proposed extending the right of its citizens to change their legal gender to children. full story

PARAGUAY: Simón Cazal of Paraguay will be the first married gay activist to have a public meeting with the pope — and he’s being hopeful but realistic about what may come of it. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia says it will support human rights as long as they can still kill gay people, full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles are currently in court challenging Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: There was no ruling on the marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges from the Supreme Court Thursday. full story

USA: [A]n Obergefell decision on Friday would coincide w/anniversary of Lawrence [v. Texas] (6/26/03) & [United States v.] Windsor (6/26/13). Coincidence? full story

USA: Another poll shows 57% support for a “yes” decision from the Supreme Court. full story

USA: A new survey found 39 percent of Republicans are in “favor of allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.” full story

USA: A new study has concluded that the spending power of the LGBT market in the US is worth an estimated $884 billion. full story

USA: Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has spoken ahead of the anticipated imminent ruling of the US Supreme Court, to say it is time for the US to move on and allow gay couples to marry. full story

USA: President Obama says marriage equality is about ‘our civil rights’. full story

USA: The State Department’s long-delayed annual human rights report that it released on Thursday notes anti-LGBT persecution and discrimination were pervasive throughout the world in 2014. full story

USA: John Gallagher at Queerty looks at the link between white supremacy and homophobia. full story

USA: Glenn Beck and David Barton joined forces earlier this week to warn about the catastrophe anti-gay Christians face if SCOTUS rules in favor of same-sex marriage, including pedophilia and the Bible being outlawed. full story

USA, ALASKA: An Alaskan LGBT community center is flying a half-burned rainbow flag after someone vandalized the organization for the third time in less than a year. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: BART police have adopted a policy guiding how officers will deal with transgender people, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system has announced. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: The jury in the “conversion therapy” case unanimously found against JONAH on all counts, meaning it will have to pay upwards of $25,000 in damages to the clients and their families for undergoing ex-gay therapy. full story

USA, OHIO: Mahoning County Probate Judge Robert Rusu says he’s ready for a pro-marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, OHIO: Governor Kasich says he’ll obey the US Supreme Court if it legalizes marriage equality. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: An Archbishop has banned people from discussing LGBT rights during a Philadelphia conference that is set to be attended by the Pope.
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USA, TEXAS: A new poll found that more Texas voters (44 percent) support same-sex marriage than oppose it (41 percent), while 14 percent are unsure. full story

USA, TEXAS: Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement ahead of a pending Supreme Court decision on marriage equality urging county officials to wait for a legal decision from his office before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas Values head Jonathan Saenz has sent a letter to Dallas County Clerk John Warren, warning that no matter how the Supreme Court rules, issuing a same-sex marriage license will be a criminal act. full story

USA, TEXAS: A married lesbian couple who moved to the state was denied a driver’s license with their married names on it. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: In what may be just the second case of its kind in the District, a gay man has filed a petition in D.C. Superior Court seeking a declaration affirming the existence of a common law marriage between him and the man he considered to be his spouse, who died one year ago. full story