Marriage Equality Round-Up 8/22/14

Written by scott on August 22nd, 2014

Gay WeddingHere’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!

Australia: An Australian MP who had called a colleague sign a “pillow biter” and “shirt lifter” resigned from his role as deputy chief minister. full story

India: Members of the country’s community have formed “The Gaysi Family”, and have released a new video about their struggles in India. full story

Russia: Because one half of a lesbian couple is transgender and is still legally male, a civil registry office had no choice but to give the couple a marriage license. full story

UK: Andrew Newbury, a leading family lawyer, says the relatively low number of same-sex weddings taking place in UK since marriage equality became legal may be due to the large number of couples already and civil partnerships, who are not allowed to convert their partnerships to marriages until December 10th. full story

UK: BBC2 has just ordered the country’s first transgender sitcom. full story

USA: The group Queer Nation is targeting 34 House Democrats in a campaign to get them to support comprehensive federal civil rights legislation. full story

USA: A new article in Bay Area Bites profiles LGBT farmers. full story

USA, Colorado: The 10th circuit has just issued a stay in a marriage equality case. Without the stay, weddings could have begun on August 25th. full story

USA, Indiana / Wisconsin: The Seventh Circuit will hear marriage equality cases from Indiana and Wisconsin next Tuesday. full story

USA, Kentucky: The city of Owensboro is putting off and LGBT rights ordinance for at least a year, to give things time to “cool down”. full story

USA, Michigan: A federal judge heard arguments yesterday on whether the state must recognize hundreds of weddings that were performed in the brief window after another court overturned the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Nevada: The Ninth Circuit has asked both sides in the marriage equality case to address questions of standing. full story

USA, New Mexico: One year ago, the County Clerk in Dona Ana County started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, New York: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling in the legislature to outlaw gender identity discrimination. full story

USA, New York: After officiating for a gay couple’s wedding, comedian Joan Rivers said that marriage quality opponents can “Go fuck yourselves.” full story

USA, Oregon: A group of plaintiffs in Oregon’s marriage equality case has reached an agreement with the state to cover $133k in legal costs for the case. full story

USA, Tennessee: The mayor of Nashville, Tennessee has just endorsed marriage equality. full story


Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Fleur-tatious Floral Design, Boston, Massachusetts

Written by scott on August 21st, 2014

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 8/21/14

Written by scott on August 21st, 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!

Luxembourg: The country’s openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, has announced he will marry his partner soon. full story

Philippines: Aiza Seguerra, a well-known Filipino actor and singer, has just come out as transgender. full story

Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni just signed a new bill into law that criminalizes the transmission of HIV. full story

UK: Prime Minister David Cameron says he hopes that prejudice will not stop same-sex couples from adopting children. full story

UK: More than 1400 couples have gotten married in the UK since the new law went into effect three months ago. full story

UK: Of all the same-sex couples recently married in the United Kingdom, 56% were women and 44% were men. full story

USA: Transgender teens face many obstacles in sports, including harassment and confusing rules. full story

USA: Actress Kristin Chenoweth has released a new marriage equality video in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign. full story

USA: Jonathan Merritt looks at the shift in the Christian music industry on marriage equality. full story

USA, California: A new state law requires insurance companies to provide LGBT people with courage for fertility treatments, including artificial insemination and a donation costs. full story

USA, Florida: The city of West Palm Beach just voted to require contractors doing at least $50,000 in business with the city to offer equal benefits to all employees, including married same-sex couples. full story

USA, Indiana: The state has just appealed the recent ruling saying it must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. full story

USA, Massachusetts: Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively has qualified for the gubernatorial ballot in Massachusetts. full story

USA, Michigan: The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival is still refusing to allow transgender women to attend. full story

USA, Michigan: The Mennonite church will review the credentials of a pastor who officiated for a same-sex wedding in violation of church policy. full story

USA, Nevada: Las Vegas offers everything that marriage to LGBT tourists. full story

USA, New Jersey: A 13-year-old transgender girl will be allowed to return to school without dressing like a boy. full story

USA, Texas: AT&T defended its $125,000 in campaign donations to anti-gay Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, saying in effect that it still loves the gays. full story

USA, Utah: Greeting cards for same-sex weddings were quickly removed from the Brigham Young University bookstore yesterday, after having been placed there by Hallmark. full story


Why the Whole Transgender Debate is Wrong

Written by scott on August 21st, 2014

Transgender FlagI can’t remember how old I would have been when I realized that telling people I wanted to be a girl was not a wise thing to do.

Certainly I knew before I was seven. When the whole world is telling you that you’re a boy simply based on what’s between your legs, it takes a very strong-minded child indeed to stick to your convictions.

I wasn’t that strong-willed, and the physical evidence was hard to ignore. It’s why I’m so much in awe of those children who identify as trans and their parents who act constructively on it.

But that doesn’t mean that I was socialized as a boy. Instead I grew up looking in on the world as an outsider. I didn’t understand why things like football and climbing trees were supposed to be fun. I spent my primary school playtimes playing hopscotch, cats cradle and skipping games with the girls – until they decided that it wasn’t cool to have a boy in their group. I learnt to filter my responses, working out what I was supposed to say or do rather than following my natural instincts.

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“Armagayddon” Coming to Ireland in Hilarious Marriage Equality Video

Written by scott on August 21st, 2014

ArmagayddonA hilarious new marriage equality video previews the Armagayddon to come when Ireland passes a marriage equality referendum next year.

Joe.My.God reports:

It’s “somewhere in Ireland, 2017″ and a straight couple has barricaded themselves in their home because of the “armagayddon” wrought by same-sex marriage. Watch every hilarious second of this.

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Virginia Marriage Equality Blocked by US Supreme Court

Written by scott on August 21st, 2014

US Supreme CourtThe US Supreme Court stepped in and extended the stay on same-sex weddings in Virginia yesterday.

The Washington Blade reports:

Without explanation, the court announced in a single-page order it has stayed the ruling by the U.S. Fourth Circuit of Appeals in Schaefer v. Bostic, which affirmed Virginia’s prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Although Chief Justice John Roberts is responsible for stay requests in the Fourth Circuit, the order indicates he referred the matter to the entire court. The vote by the Supreme Court on the decision isn’t included in the order. The court adds that if the court ends up declining a writ of certiorari to hear the case, the stay will terminate automatically. But if the court decides to hear the case, the stay will continue until judgment is issued.

Weddings would have begun today if the stay had not been extended. Now we wait to see if the Supreme Court will take up the case. If not, the stay will automatically expire.

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on August 21st, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.

When Heterosexuality is Outlawed

From Matt Barber’s site, via Joe.My.God:


You just have to laugh. These people are so deep in their own paranoia they can’t even see straight, pun intended.

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Lesbians Win the Competitive Victimhood Derby

Arguing that lesbians are more dangerous than gay men because they are also women, Robert Stacy McCain issues this warning:

While much conservative criticism of the gay-rights movement has focused on male homosexuals, however, few conservatives noticed that lesbians actually bring greater ideological resources to the battlefields of the Culture War. They are both gay and women and, in terms of the Competitive Victimhood Derby that is modern progressivism, this places lesbians in a position to claim that they are suffering from double discrimination. Because feminism has always been a movement of the political Left, and because the Left is fanatically committed to gay rights, no woman who considers herself a feminist would dare disparage the militant lesbians who increasingly dominate the official institutions of feminism. Heterosexual women concerned about workplace harassment or abortion rights might not publicly lock arms in solidarity with lesbian radicals. The ‘mainstream’ feminist may quietly ignore the angry dykes ranting about the heteronormative patriarchy. Yet no woman could hope to maintain her status as a feminist if she were to publicly denounce the academic radicals who relentlessly strive to teach girls that lesbianism is the feminist ideal.

In fact, lesbians were excluded from the women’s rights movement for many years. But unlike the Right, the Left has learned to include people, not exclude them.

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Six Loony Anti Gay Rants

John Gallagher at Queerty has pulled together six crazy anti-gay rants from this week, including:

Michelle Duggar, a Z-list reality star from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, is making robocalls against a nondiscrimination measure in Fayetteville, Ark., claiming that transgender people are “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female.” (Proof that the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, oldest son Josh works for the homophobic Family Research Council.)

These people would be hilariously backward if they weren’t so bent on denying rights to the LGBT community

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Gay Marriage is a Tidal Wave

Masterfully combining the current far right trend of comparing gay marriage to things and blaming it for natural disasters, “ex-gay” Robert Oscar Lopez had this to say this week:

“I supported marriage for a long time, but the problem is that the people who have supported gay marriage have chosen to yoke gay marriage and gay parenting together. That put me in the horrible situation where I have to oppose gay marriage, because it ultimately means that in order to protect the sexual relationship between two adults, you have to shatter the relationship between a child and either his father or his mother. A lot of the people who I might have disagreed with ten years ago, who kept on warning that gay marriage was a portal to new things, unfortunately those people were right and gay marriage became this tidal wave that then swept up children.”

I call bullshit. Gays and lesbians were raising children before they were able to marry, and the only difference now is that those families will have the same protection that Street families have.

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My Gay Son Is a Pillow Biter and Shirt Lifter

Australian Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister Dave Tollner had some homophobic things to say about another politician’s son:

“An Australian deputy chief minister is in trouble for allegedly calling the gay son of another politician a “pillow biter” and “shirt lifter”… The incident happened during a row over the content of a draft speech.

It’s bad enough that these folks say nasty things about gays in general, but to go after the son of one of your fellow politicians in such a personal manner? Disgusting.

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Gay Marriage is a Tidal Wave II

Writing on BarbWire, “Pastor” Scott Lively picks up the title wave theme:

“…one last barrier to ‘gay’ cultural hegemony remains: the Christian church. All of the battle-hardened ‘gay rights’ activists with all of their formidable resources are mobilized for an assault on Christianity itself under the hijacked rainbow banner of ‘Gay Theology. Indeed, the process has already begun, like the retreat of the tide before the tsunami.”

The Christian church was never the target here. Equal rights are the target. No one fighting for LGBT rights is suggesting that churches should be forced to marry same-sex couples. However many on the far right among Christian churches are suggesting that same-sex couples should not be allowed to be married at all. So who is really pushing an assault here?

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago

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Lambda Legal Sues Veterans Affairs Over Marriage Recognition

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

Department of Veteran's Affairs logoLambda Legal has brought a new lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs seeking to force the agency to recognize same sex marriages in all 50 states.

The Washington Blade reports:

Lambda Legal, along with Morrison and Foerster LLP, filed the lawsuit on Monday on behalf of the LGBT military group known as the American Military Partner Association. The defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert MacDonald. The litigation alleges the Obama administration’s decision to withhold certain spousal benefits to married same-sex couples in states without marriage equality runs afoul of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against the Defense of Marriage Act. “Having weathered the federal government’s past, longstanding discrimination against them, lesbian and gay veterans and their families find themselves once again deprived of equal rights and earned benefits by the government they served and the nation for which they sacrificed,” the complaint says.

One more piece of the Federal benefits puzzle…

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Another Indiana Marriage Equality Ruling

Written by scott on August 20th, 2014

IndianaAnother judge struck down the Indiana marriage equality ban yesterday.

Think Progress reports:

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young, a Clinton appointee, issued a follow-up marriage equality ruling in Indiana, ordering that the state must also recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. Young’s brief follow-up decision does not further weigh the merits of the right for same-sex couples to marry, but it does take aim at Gov. Mike Pence (R) for doing “what he claimed he could not do.” Pence had explained in a filing last year that he had no authority to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, so the court agreed to remove him as a defendant. In the wake of Young’s earlier marriage equality ruling, however, he demonstrated just the opposite — what Young described as a “bold misrepresentation.”

So are we in now for another streak of wins? Or will things be a little more mixed in the wake of the recent Tennessee ruling against marriage equality?

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