Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 16th

Written by scott on December 16th, 2014

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

Egypt: The Washington Post reports that the media told government officials about the bathhouse that was raided last week, and then came to film the story. full story

Ireland: The Irish government is discussing the country’s marriage equality referendum at a meeting of the cabinet. full story

France: The far-right National Front party said Friday that the cofounder of a prominent gay rights group was joining it and will be a future candidate, a surprise move for a group long linked to homophobic views. full story

New Zealand: The 5 year wait for gay and bisexual men to donate blood without having sex has dropped to 12 months today, after being approved by Medsafe. full story

Russia: Government authorities are turning a blind eye to anti gay attacks in the country. full story

Russia: A notoriously homophobic lawmaker raided a gay club in St Petersburg after complaints from parents that their underage children were “trapped” in the venue. full story

Taiwan: The Taiwanese queen of pop Jolin Tsai kissed actress Ruby Lin in the music video for her new song, We’re All Different, Yet The Same. full story

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UK: The online electoral registration system is causing problems for the transgender community because it requires individuals to list their previous legal names with little information on how such personal data will be stored or who will see it. full story

USA: The creative team behind the Batgirl comic book series apologized for a transphobic storyline. full story

USA: The National Organization for Marriage is appealing a decision to deny it legal fees in the case dealing with leaked tax information from the IRS. full story

USA: Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin, along with 78 other congressional Democrats, urged the Obama Administration to lift the ban on gay men donating blood. full story

USA, Alabama: A group of Baptist ministers rallied on the steps of the Capitol in Montgomery against marriage equality. full story

USA, Florida: Equality Florida has launched TransAction Florida, a new statewide initiative to increase awareness and to educate and promote equality for the transgender community. full story

USA, Florida: Watermark profiles transgender activist Gina Duncan. full story

USA, Florida: AG Pam Bondi is asking the US Supreme Court to keep the stay on marriage equality in place past January 5th. full story

USA, New York: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova married Julia Lemigova yesterday in New York City. full story

USA, Ohio: Last night, the Columbus City Council was expected to approve a resolution supporting marriage equality in Ohio. full story

USA, Tennessee: The state is arguing against Supreme Court intervention in its marriage equality case. full story

USA, Texas: Mason Marriott-Voss, a 16-year-old from Austin with two moms, gave a rousing two-minute speech about the importance of bringing marriage equality to the state at an Austin town hall meeting. full story

USA, Virginia: Despite a backlash, Lamar Advertising, which owns and manages a billboard with an anti-gay ad, is keeping the ad in place. full story

USA, Virginia: Hundreds of people gathered in Richmond on Sunday to protest the anti-gay billboard along Interstates 64/95 that claims homosexuality is a choice. full story

Venezuela: Venezuelan LGBT rights advocates are mourning the death of Giniveth “Gini” Soto. a prominent marriage equality activist who was murdered over the weekend.
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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – December 15th

Written by scott on December 15th, 2014

Marriage News Watch

It’s been a weird week for marriage equality. South Carolina’s been fighting gay groups on marriage for years, and if they lose the latest round of litigation (which they almost definitely will) they might have to pay for both sides’ expenses.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe is willing to consider civil unions, which is very nice of him, except that it’s not 1994 and nobody’s interested in civil unions anymore. He knows he’s lost on the marriage issue, and it’s kind of crazy for him to be offering a compromise at this point.

And then there’s the news from Grindr: they just named Hillary Clinton the “Straight Ally of the Year” in part for her (better late than never) support of marriage equality. Hopefully she’ll get a complementary membership to go with the award.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 15th

Written by scott on December 15th, 2014

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

Worldwide: The Advocate profiles forty people who broke gender rules in 2014. full story

Worldwide: An enchanting new children’s book, Made by Raffi, shows that not all kids conform to gender stereotypes. full story

Canada: Tide’s latest commercial is an advertising ode to one of the more mundane aspects of gay life – laundry habits. full story

Canada, British Columbia: The province has revoked its approval of a Christian university’s plan to open a law school after learning of school’s covenant against homosexuality that students and faculty are required to sign. full story

Sweden: Lesbian skier skier Anja Paerson slammed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for not supporting and defending LGBTI athletes during the Sochi Games. full story

Taiwan: The government has decided that transgender people still must undergo psychiatric evaluations and surgery before legally changing gender. full story

Taiwan: 3,500 ran on Saturday morning in a rainbow run in Taiwan to support gay marriage and equal rights. full story

USA: Joe.My.God points out the advertising hypocrisy of the company that allowed an anti-gay billboard to be posted last week. full story

Billboard Hypocrisy

USA: An anti-gay activist is claiming discrimination after calling 13 prominent pro-gay bakers and asking for a cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on the cake – all refused. full story

USA, Missouri: The Advocate has updated its FAQ on the state of marriage equality in Missouri. full story

USA, New York: Barnard College is the latest women’s college to consider a formal policy for transgender students. full story

USA, North Carolina: The leaders of the two branches of the state legislature notified a federal court on Friday that they will ask the Supreme Court to rule promptly on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Texas: The mayor of Plano delivered an impassioned speech in support of rights for same-sex couples. full story

USA, Virginia: A Virginia school board last week approved a controversial policy requiring students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their “biological genders.” full story

USA, Wisconsin: The lawyers that successfully overturned Wisconsin’s ban on marriage equality is asking a federal court for nearly $1.25 million to cover attorney fees and costs. full story

 

Producers Looking for Same Sex Couple Getting Married

Written by scott on December 14th, 2014

Gay WeddingHey all… just got this in… if you fit the bill or know someone who does, please let them know:

Are you an engaged or soon to be engaged couple whose family disapproves of your relationship? Have family members made it clear that they will not attend your upcoming wedding? Have you found the love of your life, and desperately want the support of your whole family?

Introducing a new docu-series that follows star-crossed lovers who have family that disapproves of their relationship because of race, religion, sexual orientation, class, or culture? The series will work to break down barriers separating couples and their disapproving families.

If you fear the moment when the officiant asks those who do not approve to rise, we want to hear from you! Are you ready to put your love to the test?

To be considered for the show, please submit a brief bio, contact info, and recent photos of yourself and your significant other to:

starcrossedcasting@gmail.com

Kinetic Content
Casting Department
310-752-0846 – Main line
starcrossedcasting@gmail.com
http://www.kineticcontent.com

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 14th

Written by scott on December 14th, 2014

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

South Korea: The Mayor of Seoul has issued an apology to LGBT activists, after canceling a human rights charter that would have outlawed discrimination against gays. full story

UK: Sir Elton John will to marry his partner David Furnish next week, in a “small and intimate” ceremony. full story

USA: The FDA announced it has no further plans to discuss changing its longstanding ban on gay men donating blood at this time. full story

USA, Missouri: St. Louis Today profiles a same sex couple seeking a divorce in the state. full story

USA, Texas: The group that tried to repeal Houston’s LGBT rights ordinance is going after Plano’s as well. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 13th

Written by scott on December 13th, 2014

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

Albania: A new residential shelter for LGBT people opened on Thursday in Tirana. full story

UK, England: West London Synagogue has performed its first same-sex weddings, since the final regulations governing ceremonies came into place. full story

USA: The ACLU says it will fight a new round of “right to discriminate” bills. full story

USA: New Medicare, Medicaid rules to require recognition of same sex spouses. full story

USA, Alabama: A personalized license plate that reads NoHomo slipped past a review panel in Alabama, and the state said it will recall the tag. full story

USA, Ohio: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine signaled on Friday he agrees the U.S. Supreme Court should take up litigation seeking recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages in Ohio, hoping the Court will uphold the state’s ban. full story

USA, Texas: Austin just became the first city in Texas to add transgender-inclusive health benefits for employees. full story

USA, Texas: A federal judge will not allow Texas same-sex couples to marry before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals can rule on the case. full story

USA: Turns out the man featured in an anti-gay billboard of two twins saying that one is gay and one is not isn’t a twin. And he’s gay. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 12th

Written by scott on December 12th, 2014

Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just 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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Gambia: Thousands of people took part in an anti-gay march in The Gambia last Tuesday. full story

Finland: Finland finalized its approval of same-sex marriage, but it will not take effect until at least 2016. full story

India: More than 500 LGBT activists yesterday attended a hearing in New Delhi on the consequences of India’s recriminalization of gay sex. full story

UK, Scotland: The Episcopal Church is warning clergy not to marry same-sex couples as marriage equality comes into force in the country at the end of this month. full story

USA: According to a new report from the Williams Institute, marriage equality nationwide could mean a $2.6 billion spending boom, resulting in $184.7 million in state and local tax revenue and support 13,058 jobs. full story

USA: Another new study by the Williams Institute found that gay and lesbian couples who marry are half as likely to divorce as straight couples. full story

USA: In yet another study, researchers from Columbia University and the University of California-Los Angeles found that openly gay canvassers were far more effective than straight canvassers in shifting voters’ views toward support for same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Kansas: The state has started issuing gender-neutral marriage forms amid ongoing litigation over its marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Kentucky: A business in Lexington has appealed a ruling by the city’s Human Rights Commission that it discriminated against an organization by refusing to print T-shirts for a gay rights festival. full story

USA, South Carolina: The lawyers who won the Charleston marriage equality lawsuit against Attorney General Alan Wilson have filed a petition in federal court seeking $152,709 in attorneys’ fees. full story

USA, Texas: At least 8 usually gay-friendly corporations won’t come out against “right to discriminate” bill. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 11th

Written by scott on December 11th, 2014

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

Chile: A marriage equality bill was formally introduced on Wednesday. full story

Finland: Finland Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen has vowed to challenge last Friday’s decision by MPs to legalize gender-neutral unions. full story

India: It’s exactly one year since India recriminalized same-sex relationships. full story

Romania: Slate has a report on what it’s like to be gay in the country. full story

South Korea: Seoul Mayor Won Soon Park has agreed to meet with activists occupying city hall, to discuss his decision not to proclaim a new human rights charter over concerns that it has caused “social conflicts.” full story

Syria: ISIS posted photos of militants throwing a man reported to be gay from a roof and stoning him to death. full story

UK: The Chairman of Grassroots Conservatives says Prime Minister David Cameron’s support for marriage equalitymeans the party “has little chance of winning a majority at the general election”. full story

USA: A new map shows US states that have marriage equality, and states that have no LGBT employment protections. full story

Marriage equality and employment protections map

USA: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) announced that he will introduce a sweeping federal LGBT rights bill that will cover employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. full story

USA: The top civilian leader of the Air Force says she supports allowing transgender people to serve openly in the armed forces, and expects a review of the issue to take place soon. full story

USA, Arkansas: Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he remains opposed to marriage equality, but might support civil unions. full story

USA, Arkansas: Marriage equality plaintiffs delivered a petition urging AG McDaniel to not appeal the case. full story

USA, Arkansas: The Advocate has a great primer on the fight for marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Arkansas: HRC asks why TLC is still supporting the Duggar family after their successful transphobic repeal campaign against Fayetteville’s LGBT protections ordinance. full story

USA, Florida: AG Pam Bondi is being mum about her plans to deal with the expiration of a stay on a marriage equality case on January 6th. full story

USA, Maryland: NerdWallet.com crunched some numbers, and its analysis indicates that Maryland netted $52.7 million from same-sex nuptials. full story

USA, Missouri: A judge in Jackson County has rejected an attempt by the Missouri General Assembly’s GOP leadership to stop Kansas City from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states. full story

USA, South Carolina: Attorney General Alan Wilson will appeal a prominent lawsuit that resulted in same-sex marriages from other states being recognized in the state. full story

Vatican: Vatican officials are once again polling the world’s Catholics about their opinions on controversial “family issues” such as abortion, divorce, and homosexuality. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 10th

Written by scott on December 10th, 2014

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

Gambia: Gambian LGBT activists are calling for a variety of efforts against the anti-gay regime, including further, harsher action from bilateral donors and a stronger message from the U.S. government. full story

Korea: LGBT activists have occupied city hall now for five days. full story

Nigeria: A group of Nigerian human rights defenders are launching an LGBT rights campaign. full story

Spain: After a gay couple was told to leave a Burger King in Madrid after kissing, gay couples and allies gathered together to kiss in protest. full story

UK, England/Wales: As of mnpw, all couples have the right to marry in England and Wales, as the first civil partnership conversion ceremonies take place. full story

Uganda: A new docuseries follows the life of Cleopatra Kambugu, the first transgender woman to openly transition while living in Uganda. full story

USA, Arkansas: With only 29% voter turn-out, Fayetteville voters repealed the city’s LGBT rights ordinance. full story

USA, Florida: The Advocate has a great recap on recent and upcoming marriage equality news in the state. full story

USA, Kansas: A Jackson County judge denied the General Assembly’s attempt to stop Kansas City from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states. full story

USA: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is calling on the US Supreme Court to review the state ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Kentucky: The town of Murray held a public forum on whether a gay rights ordinance should be adopted. full story

USA, Mississippi: The Advocate has a great recap on recent and upcoming marriage equality news in the state. full story

USA, Nebraska: Mayor Chris Beutler approved changes that will allow same-sex spouses of city employees to receive health insurance and other benefits. full story

USA, New Jersey: Legislation passed a Senate committee to make it easier for people who have changed their sex and names to get new birth certificates in New Jersey. full story

USA, New York: A new group has been founded to fight public accommodation laws after an anti-gay wedding venue was fined for turning away a gay couple. full story

USA, South Carolina: State Sen. Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg) is proposing a “Right to Discriminate” bill for country clerks who refuse to give marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

USA, Texas: Austin may become the first city in Texas to offer transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits to its employees. full story

USA, Virginia: PFOX has put up an anti-gay billboard in Richmond. full story

Richmond Pfox Billboard

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 9th

Written by scott on December 9th, 2014

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

Worldwide: The Olympic Charter has been amended to explicitly safeguard lesbian, gay and bisexual athletes, but specifically left off transgender athletes. full story

Egypt: Dozens of men have been arrested in a raid on a bathhouse in Cairo, Egypt, for “perversions”, and a program will air this week on “the dens for spreading AIDS in Egypt”. full story

Jamaica: An Anglican priest washed the feet of several LGBT Jamaicans as part of a service calling for the Church to be more forthright in its demand for the recognition and respect of human rights for all. full story

Kenya: A court has issued a birth certificate to an intersex child, a first for Kenya. full story

Russia: A prominent gay activist has been awarded $55 in damages after the west Russian city of Kostroma banned a pride parade he organized and two protests against the country’s anti-gay law. full story

Russia: Fathead, plans to sue the Russian state-run TV network over the apparent doctoring of one of their commercials that, according to Mary Chastain over on Breitbart.com, “[manipulates] a commercial to use as evidence against the “erosion of morals” in the West with “sex education and tolerant views toward homosexuals.” full story

USA: The Log Cabin Republicans are slamming the GOP for trying to stall an executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors. full story

USA: The Federal Government issued new guidelines to prohibit police profiling based on sexual orientation or perceived gender. full story

USA, Alabama: The state has ok’d the issuing of a “nohomo” license plate. full story

Nohomo license plate in Alabama

USA, Florida: A Broward County judge who vacated his marriage equality ruling on a technicality has again ruled against the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Kansas: The ACLU on Monday expanded its marriage equality lawsuit, asking a federal judge to order the state to recognize marriages that have already been performed here and in other states. full story

USA, Kansas: The Tenth Circuit turned down the state’s request for an en-banc hearing in the marriage equality case. full story

USA, Kansas: The legislature may resurrect the “right to discriminate” bill. full story

USA, Michigan: One pf the plaintiffs in the state’s marriage equality lawsuit may not live to see its outcome. full story

USA, Mississippi: HRC as released the final ad in the All God’s Children campaign for LGBT rights in the state. full story

USA, Missouri: Kansas City filed a motion against GOP efforts to intervene in the marriage equality case, and plans to revise its pension plan to include benefits for same-sex couples. full story

USA, New York: New York City just made it easier for transgender people to obtain accurate birth certificates, removing surgery requirements for gender recognition. full story

USA, Texas: The City Council in Plano passed an ordinance 5-3 Monday night to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. The state’s incoming AG is opposed. full story

Vatican: In an interview in La Nacion, Pope Francis said the church is not reconsidering its stance against marriage equality. full story