New Gallup Poll Shows Marriage Equality Support at 60%

Written by scott on May 20th, 2015

Gallup Poll

Last year, we reported that nationwide approval for same-sex marriage had reached an all-time high according to Gallup, which then found that 55% of Americans support same-sex marriage. Those numbers have soared even higher in the 12 months since, now reaching 60% approval on the eve of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. As Gallup reports, support for same-sex marriage is also at an all-time high among both major political parties:

Though same-sex marriage continues to be politically divisive, support for its legal status has reached new highs among Americans of all political stripes — with Democrats at 76% support, independents at 64% and Republicans at 37%. […]

The party divide between Democrats and Republicans may hinge largely on the age groups that compose each party. Gallup has found that younger Americans are significantly more likely to lean Democratic, while older Americans skew Republican. And while majorities of each age group under 65 support marriage equality in 2015, those aged 65 and older are still more likely to oppose it. This is a new phenomenon for the 50- to 64-year-old group. Last year, just 48% of these middle-aged Americans supported legally recognizing gay marriage. But in 2015, this figure has climbed to a majority of 54%.

Authored By Sean Mandell – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 20th

Written by scott on May 20th, 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!

INTERNET: A trans woman is challenging a rule on Facebook that allows men to post photos of their nipples, but bans female ones. full story

POP CULTURE: Madonna’s provocative Instagram photo of a Jewish man and an Arab man about to lock lips is actually of two Israeli Jews: Imri Kalmann, 28, and Dekel Aiden, 24, two Tel Aviv party promoters who host a periodic gay club party called Dreck. full story

POP CULTURE: A trans character on The Bold and the Beautiful soap opera came out to her boyfriend. full story

POP CULTURE: A children’s biblical storybook accidentally showed two male lions getting on the ark together. full story

Noah's Gay Ark

AUSTRALIA: The Huffington Post profiles the two women who flew to New Zealand to marry because one is dying. full story

Image by Bill Hedges, Gotya Photography

Image by Bill Hedges, Gotya Photography

ARGENTINA: Two Argentine judges are under fire for reducing the sentence of a convicted child abuser on the grounds that his 6-year-old victim already “was making a precocious choice” of his sexuality, apparently a reference to homosexuality. full story

CHINA: The Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index 2015 is the first and only benchmark on workplace inclusion practices and initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in Asia. full story

INDIA: In a first for India, a newspaper carried a matrimonial ad seeking a same-sex partner. full story

India gay matrimonial ad

IRELAND: Irish Central arts editor Cahir O’Doherty wrote an article cabout growing up gay in Ireland’s northernmost and rural County Donegal, and asked for a Yes vote on the marriage equality referendum. full story

IRELAND: A new marriage equality mural was put up by muralist Joe Caslin on a castle in Galway. full story

Galway marriage equality mural

IRELAND: A group of stand-up comedians has released a video urging a Yes vote. full story

IRELAND: A “No” voter told a journalist that God gave her cancer for being gay. full story

IRELAND: Towleroad.com is also recapping the latest Ireland news. full story

IRELAND: Hailo, the LGBT friendly taxi company, has released another ad ahead of the marriage equality referendum – “The Heterophobic Taxi Driver”. full story

ISRAEL: The IDF has begun allowing same-sex partners to defer if they are called up for military service at the same time. full story

KENYA: The Kenyan Court’s groundbreaking decision which ruled in favor of the regstering the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) as an NGO under the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board Act, is now being appealed by the Kenyan Government. full story

NEW ZEALAND: As the country prepares to update its flag, some are calling for the inclusion of a rainbow. full story

New Zealand Rainbow Flag

RUSSIA: The 17 activists arrested in Russia were accused of “gay propaganda” in part because they wanted to release colorful balloons. full story

UK: Loose Women host Coleen Nolan has not apologised despite calls for her to be sacked from the show after she compared asking for a “support gay marriage” cake to asking for a “support ISIS” one. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: A group of ministers and elders in the Church of Scotland have formally expressed dissatisfaction about a decision to allow gay civil partners to become ministers. full story

USA: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today in support of the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, the first federal legislation proposed to ban the harmful, for-profit psychiatric therapies aimed at “converting” LGBT people, of which she is an original co-sponsor. full story

USA: Ex game show host Chuck Woolery claimed that churches would loose tax exempt status because of gay marriage. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is sick of answering gay marriage questions, but still talks about “religious liberty”. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: A bipartisan Illinois House majority yesterday approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: American Future Project, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s issues advocacy group, is running ads starting today in Iowa touting the need for protection for religious liberty in America. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The state’s right to discriminate bill is dead for the session after being blocked in committee. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Governor Bobby Jindal responded by issuing an executive order intended to protect the “religious liberty” of objectors to same-sex marriage in the state of Louisiana. full story

USA, OREGON: Marriage equality is now a year old in the state. full story

USA, OREGON: Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson, the state’s first legally married same sex couple, quietly celebrated their first anniversary. full story

USA, OREGON: Oregon became the third state in the country on Monday to ban widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors after Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice, according to LGBT advocates. full story

USA, TEXAS: Police escorted about a dozen pro-marriage equality protesters from the audience as Gov. Greg Abbott began his commencement address to graduates at the University of North Texas. full story

USA, TEXAS: LeTourneau University, an NCAA Division III school in Texas, has banned its gay student-athletes from dating and has banned all athletes from vocalizing support for same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Wisconsin: A state report shows the legalization of gay marriage last year boosted the number of couples tying the knot to the highest rate Wisconsin has reported since 2007. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 19th

Written by scott on May 19th, 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!

Austria: Vienna has decided to keep its gay-themed traffic lights after Eurovision – despite right-wing protests. full story

Canada: A same-sex couple have asked for the deposit for their wedding rings back after the jeweller put up a homophobic sign saying “The sanctity of marriage is under attack”. full story

Europe: Herman Kelly, a communications director at the eurosceptic group Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy, part of the European Union, tweeted “Gay Couples can only take someone else’s kids. Accept consequences of lifestyle choice”. full story

Ireland: The opposition has been able to find exactly two gay men who will say they are voting against marriage equality – so of course, there’s a video. full story

Ireland: Bill Baroni, a former NJ/NY Port Authority executive under indictment for allegedly taking part in a political retribution scheme at the George Washington Bridge, got approval from a federal judge to travel to Dublin, Ireland, for eight days, from Monday through next Tuesday, to campaign to pass the marriage equality amendment. full story

Ireland: Another new video – a married couple urges a “yes” vote. full story

Ireland: In yet another new video, Irish great-grandmother Madeline Connolly is inspiring four generations of voters ahead of the country’s marriage referendum on May 22. full story

Ireland: One more ad – “Be My Yes”. full story

Ireland: A group of fighters is also saying “yes” to marriage equality. full story

Ireland Fighters

Ireland: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has called for same-sex marriage to be made legal in Ireland ahead of this week’s referendum on the issue. full story

Ireland: Towleroad.com rounds up the latest Ireland marriage equality news. full story

USA: Former Irish president Mary McAleese has given an incredible speech for marriage equality. full story

Kenya: President Barack Obama has been urged by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, comprised of 700 pastors, not to “preach” and impose his views in support of same-sex marriage on the Kenyan people when he visits the African country in July. full story

Latvia: Only 2.5% of Latvians support EuroPride happening in Riga this year. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The new Health Minister has vowed to be “guided by science” on the gay blood ban – which his predecessors refused to lift with no evidence to support them. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A bakery which refused to provide a pro-same-sex marriage cake has been found guilty of discrimination. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The plaintiff in a case today which saw a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland be found guilty of discrimination, has said he would donate his £500 compensation to charity. full story

USA: Yesterday passed with no marriage equality ruling from the Supreme Court, which traditionally issues rulings on Mondays and Thursdays, but not always. full story

USA: According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, 56 percent of Republicans would show up for the nuptials of a loved one marrying a same-sex partner. full story

USA: On Tuesday morning, Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California will introduce a federal bill to ban commercial efforts to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity — often called conversion therapy. full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush said it’s “absolutely” ok for Christian wedding vendors to turn away same sex couples. full story

USA: Bush also feels that not only gays and lesbians shouldn’t be legally married, but that same-sex couples can’t be loving or provide a good household to children. full story

USA: NOM’s Maggie Gallagher is calling for the passage of a Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, “protecting” anti-gay vendors, with a carve-out to block businesses from turning people away because of their race. full story

USA: A daughter who hopes to be maid of honor at her moms’ wedding took to the steps of the US Supreme Court last month to campaign in favour of same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Alabama: Three months after being arrested while trying to perform a same-sex marriage in Alabama, a woman in Autauga County pleaded guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct. full story

USA, California: After a long legal battle, a trans prisoner in California is finally due to have gender confirmation surgery. full story

USA, Florida: Jaclyn Pfeiffer and Kelly Bardier, the preschool workers who were fired from the Aloma Methodist Early Childhood Learning Center in March for being gay, have reached a settlement with the Aloma United Methodist Church. full story

USA, Georgia: Art Smith, the self-proclaimed “Queerest Chef in America”, will oversee 101 gay weddings in Atlanta. full story

USA, Iowa: Hillary Clinton visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa. full story

USA, Iowa: Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee was in the state warning people about the supposed impact of gay marriage. full story

USA, Missouri: A Kansas City school bus driver has been fired after reportedly telling two eleven year old girls they were gay and would burn in hell for it. full story

USA, New York: New York Attorney General General Eric T. Schneiderman launched a new initiative to ensure that transgender New Yorkers have equal access to medical care throughout the state. full story

USA, New York: Anti gay State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is charging that Comptroller Scott Stringer denied his wife a job because she opposes same-sex marriage–even though Mr. Stringer’s office claims she was never offered a position. full story

USA, Oregon: The Advocate looks at Governor Kate Brown and the sudden change in bisexual visibility. full story

USA, Texas: Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, an anti-LGBT hate group, says Texas’ same-sex marriage ban has helped make it the most business-friendly state in the nation. full story

USA, Texas: An amendment that would have allowed child welfare providers to discriminate against LGBT people as well as those of other faiths, interfaith couples and anyone else to whom a provider objects for religious reasons was killed. full story

USA, Washington DC: Trans rights activists marched against transphobia Sunday. full story

 

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – That’s Not How Laws Work

Written by scott on May 18th, 2015

Matt BaumeTexas is setting itself up for a showdown with the Supreme Court.

A bill to defy the court’s rulings died in the House last week, but anti-gay politicians could find a sneaky way to revive it.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General of Texas refuses to say if he’ll obey the Supreme Court’s ruling in June.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 18th

Written by scott on May 18th, 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!

Online: A retreat for black lesbians has been forced to remove a Facebook page – after going viral and receiving racist, homophobic abuse. full story

Pop Culture: In promoting his new feature film, The D Train, actor Jack Black called on “oldies” to make way for LGBT rights. full story

Pop Culture: Taylor Swift’s new video Bad Blood includes a bisexual star, and a lesbian icon. full story

Pop Culture: Madonna caused a commotion once again on Instagram, posting a picture of a Jewish man about to kiss a Muslim man. She captioned it with an emoji and the hashtag #rebelhearts. full story

Muslim_Jew_Kissing_Madonna

Indonesia: Some 89.3% of LGBTI people in Indonesia have experienced some form of violence due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, according to a new survey, and trans women are most at risk. full story

Ireland: In a new video, Lawyers for Yes explain why surrogacy is not an issue in the Marriage Equality Referendum. full story

Nigeria: Twenty-one young men were arrested in Nigeria for being in a ‘gay cult’. full story

Russia: Seventeen Russian activists were detained by police for a pro-gay IDAHOT event in Moscow full story

Taiwan: Kaohsiung has become the first city in Taiwan to recognize gay couples. full story

UK: Tory councillor Zoe Kirk-Robinson called for the “spousal veto”. which blocks transgender recognition if a spouse objects, to be removed from marriage legislation in the UK. full story

UK: A British trans man has reflected on when he was a teen and his mother backed him up in the best way possible when he was being bullied. full story

USA: The New York Times looks at the problem of prison rape for LGBT inmates. full story

USA: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce a bill to ban discrimination against LGBT people who seek to adopt children. full story

USA: Presumed Presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated in a new interview that he doesn’t believe that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. full story

USA: Jordan Gwendolyn Davis at The Advocate calls for conversion therapy protections for adults, too. full story

USA: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg coyly poked the haters this weekend as she officiated her third same-sex wedding. full story

USA, Massachusetts: Yesterday was the eleventh anniversary of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA: The Assembly just passed a bill protecting LGBT parents who use “gestational surrogacy”, and modernizing state law. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 17th

Written by scott on May 17th, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’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!

Americas: The Advocate profiles trans women fighting for visibility and trans equality across the Americas. full story

Australia: Top Australian cricketer Brett Lee condemned homophobia in sport for IDAHOT day. full story

Chile: 50,000 marched in Santiago, calling on the country, which is lagging behind its more LGBT-friendly neighbors, to recognise the rights of its LGBTs citizens including full marriage rights for same-sex couples full story

France: 94 out of 100 delegates at the United Protestant Church of France’ synod voted for vicars to be allowed to bless same-sex marriages, but dissenters will not be forced to do so against their will full story

Gambia: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has joined the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) to urge the Obama Administration to take additional action against Gambian leaders as the regime continues to persecute LGBT citizens, calling on the White House to condemn the horrific human rights abuses taking place across The Gambia. full story

Gambia: The White House, via National Security Advisor Susan Rice, said Saturday that LGBT rights around the world are a “government priority” and slammed the president of Gambia for threats made against gays in his country. full story

Ireland: Anti-gay activist and Iona Institute mouthpiece Breda O’Brien has declined an invitation to debate Rory O’Neill – aka Panti Bliss – on grounds of illness full story

Ireland: A new video urges a “no” vote – but it’s not what you think. full story

Ireland: Supporters of a yes vote have accused opponents of a lack of transparency over finances and of accepting funding from rightwing Christian groups in the US, including NOM. full story

Ireland: Irish author Colm Tóibín, considered one of the country’s foremost writers, sat down with Washington Post London Bureau Chief Griff Witte for an interview on the referendum that would change the constitution to allow for same-sex marriage. full story

Ireland: Organizers of an evangelical alliance for a “no” vote believe that the votes of up to 200,000 African and eastern European immigrants, many of them conservative Christians and Muslims, could help swing the vote in favor of no. full story

Turkey: Deva Özenen could become the country’s first transgender MP in the election next month. full story

UK: Tim Farron, the frontrunner in the race to succeed Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats has expressed regret for abstaining in a gay marriage vote during the last parliament. full story

UK: Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan writes for PinkNews on the importance of celebrating IDAHOT, and why her department is flying a rainbow flag to mark the day. full story

UK, Scotland: The Church of Scotland will now permit ministers and deacons to enter into same-sex civil partnerships after a 309-183 vote of the church’s delegates earlier today. full story

USA: President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry both marked IDAHOT day for the second year in a row. full story

USA, Alabama: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said today America’s founders did not intend for the issues of the day – like same-sex marriage – to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, New Jersey: Reverend Warren Hall, a Catholic priest who posted a message on Facebook supporting the NO H8 campaign, says he was fired for the act. full story

USA, North Carolina: 200 angry parents attended a school meeting after teacher read a gay-themed children’s book to his class to address bullying. full story

USA, Texas: All but five Republican members of the Texas House have pledged to defend the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

 

WATCH: United Nations ‘Free & Equal’ video marking #IDAHOT2015

Written by Kieran Bohan on May 17th, 2015

IDAHOT logoIn at least 76 countries around the world, loving someone of the same sex is illegal and, in ten countries, it is even punishable by death. In many more countries citizens are denied their right to live as their preferred gender identity.

As well as legal discriminations, social homophobia, biphobia and transphobia daily serve to deny millions of people across the world their basic human dignity. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to this issue.

The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. IDAHOT day is now celebrated in more than 130 countries.

It has received official recognition from international institutions such as the European Parliament. Most United Nations agencies also mark IDAHOT with specific events. LGBTI organizations, governments, cities, human rights organizations, corporations and celebrities have all taken action on May 17th to:

  • draw media attention to the issue of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • demand attention from policymakers and engage in lobbying activities
  • network with like-minded organizations and develop new partnerships, at home or beyond.

This year, the United Nations Human Rights Office ‘Free And Equal’ campaign has released this video called ‘Faces’, which asks: ‘Can you see past the label?’

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 16th

Written by scott on May 16th, 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: Emily Rush at Don429 asks if “bisexual” is a dirty word among celebrities. full story

Australia: Tasmanian woman Lee Bransden has achieved her dying wish to marry her partner in Rotorua, New Zealand but their marriage will not be recognized when they return home to Australia. full story

China: Rankings were announced today for Hong Kong’s first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index – with some employees highlighted for specific honors. full story

Colombia: Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo has confirmed the leading political party, the left-leaning National Unity Coalition, has every intention for gay couples to be able to get married soon. full story

Europe: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) released its 2015 Rainbow Map, an annual review of the human rights situation of LGBT people in Europe full story

ILGA-2015-Rainbow-Map

Gambia: The US White House is so far quiet in response to Gambia’s President saying he would slit gays’ throats. full story

Ireland: Of the 1,200 voters surveyed, 58% said they would vote in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, 25% said they were voting against, while 17% were either undecided, or said they would not vote. full story

Ireland: A new Irish group called Teachers For No (TFN), which includes teachers, parents and academics, has come together fight next week’s same-sex marriage referendum full story

Ireland: A number of Irish politicians have defied requests to remove badges showing support for same-sex marriage in the Irish Parliament. full story

Ireland: Towleroad.com rounds up some of the latest news on the upcoming marriage equality referendum. full story

Luxembourg: Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, married his partner Friday. full story

UK: A British couple are furious after going to a café and being handed a bill with the word ‘gays’ written at the top. full story

gays receipt

UK: A supermarket says it is “investigating” how a magazine cover featuring a gay kiss was covered up using a price label. full story

Gay Kiss cover

UK: A “Football v Homophobia” event at the University of Nottingham has been accused of discriminating against trans people. full story

UK: Guernsey’s chief minister called for changes to allow same-sex couples to adopt. full story

UK, Scotland: While the Church of Scotland already allows gay ministers, a new vote will see whether those in a civil partnership or a marriage will be allowed to preach full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders wants you to know he’s had a strong record on LGBT issues during his nearly 35 years as a public servant. full story

USA, Kentucky: Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration has paid $195,400 to a private law firm to defend the state’s gay marriage ban after Attorney General Jack Conway refused to do so. full story

USA, Michigan: State lawmakers are moving full-steam ahead on a bill that would eliminate local nondiscrimination protections statewide, which opponents have labeled the ‘Death Star’ bill. full story

USA, Nebraska: A bill that would have protected Nebraska’s LGBT community from discrimination in the workplace was tabled yesterday after a test vote in the state’s unicameral legislature failed to secure the necessary 25 votes to advance the measure. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: A regional governing body serving Presbyterian congregations in the Pittsburgh-area has voted to endorse same-sex marriage in church life. full story

USA, Texas: The majority of Texas House members signed a letter released this morning defending the state’s same-sex marriage ban. full story

USA, Texas: A gay couple from Virginia who had taken legal action against United Airlines for harassment and vandalising their luggage, have had their case dismissed for a second time by a Houston federal court. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 15th

Written by scott on May 15th, 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!

International: A report issued yesterday by ILGA shows that the number of countries banning gay sex has fallen from 92 to 76 since 2006. full story

Pop Culture: On this week’s season finale of the ABC drama Nashville, the character of Will Lexington finally decided to stop hiding. full story

USA: Jason Qualls says gay sitcoms are failing not because of the gay content, but because they suck. full story

Map countries criminalizing gays

Ireland: One straight Irish dad wants his countrymen to know why he’s voting yes. full story

Ireland: Ger Brennan, an Irish Gaelic football star, has spoken up about his opposition to gay couples marrying, but insists he is not homophobic. full story

Ireland: Ursula Halligan, the political editor of one of Ireland biggest TV networks, has revealed she is gay and supports the marriage equality referendum. full story

Ireland: Taxi app Hailo has wrapped some its drivers’ cars in rainbow hues and is offering Dublin residents free rides to the poll on referendum day. full story

Hailo

Uganda: The issue of anti-gay persecution in Uganda against LGBT people is explored in the latest episode of VICE on HBO, by reporter Isobel Yeung. full story

UK: A married gay couple have complained about the ‘homophobic’ name of a new road – because it’s called Bangays Way. full story

UK: An London Uber driver could be fired after he allegedly ejected a pair of gay friends from his car for kissing, telling them ‘no gays allowed’. full story

USA: A British monk has been charged with harassment of two women who said they were upset after receiving homophobic pamphlets. full story

USA: 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made another display of solidarity this week with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by penning a beautiful letter to the lesbian couple featured in her campaign announcement video. full story

USA: The Southern Poverty Law Center just added three churches (two in Texas and one in Harlem) and JPAC to its list of hate group. full story

USA: The Republican National Convention is gearing to approve a resolution reaffirming the party’s support for controversial “religious freedom” proposals generally seen as backlash bills in the wake of growing LGBT rights in many states. full story

USA, California: A gay man went to go to the North Hollywood dry cleaners to get four throw pillows cleaned, but one of them was torn and damaged and the dry cleaner called him a sodomite. full story

USA, Missouri: Anti-gay and anti-marriage equality House Speaker John Diehl, whose campaign website boasts his belief in “personal responsibility,” has resigned after being caught sexting with a 19-year-old college freshman who was part of the Missouri Capitol internship program. full story

USA, Nevada: The state Assembly passed an LGBT inclusive bill with anti-bullying protections for students. full story

USA, Texas: Dell Inc. has joined opposition to a Texas bill that would attempt to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized. full story

USA, Texas: The House GOP pulled a school finance bill to get it out of the way to try to pass an anti marriage equality bill instead. full story

USA, Texas: A bill that would have barred county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples died in the House this morning after opponents, including many Democrats, wused a process known as chubbing to slow the legislative process. full story

USA, Texas: Of twenty anti gay bills that were proposed this year in the House, only one made it to the House floor. full story

USA, Texas: The bill could still come back as an amendment to another bill. 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

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 14th

Written by scott on May 14th, 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!

Commentary: Brynn Tannehill has a few tips for LGBT organizations and activists on how to be better transgender allies. full story

Pop Culture: The Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart marries boyfriend in a ceremony on the beach in Hawaii. full story

Greg Rikaart married television writer Robert Sudduth - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/us-soap-star-greg-rikaart-marries-boyfriend-ceremony-beach130515#sthash.OkkOF4QO.dpuf

International: A new survey estimates that 4 million gay men are beaten worldwide each year. full story

International: United Nations’ Ban Ki-Moon stars in a powerful video for LGBTI rights posted today. full story

China: A British woman is fighting to live with her civil partner in Hong Kong. full story

Georgia: Georgian gay rights activists won a small victory after the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on May 12 that Georgian authorities must compensate gay-rights activists after they failed to protect them from assaults at a gay-pride event in May 2012 full story

Ireland: Photographer Colin Phelan took photos with same-sex couples and paired them with quotes from the anti-gay Iona Institute. full story

Iona Institute

Ireland: Google is now standing up for marriage equality in the country with a new video. full story

Ireland: As Ireland prepares to vote on extending marriage rights to same-sex couples May 22, anti-equality forces are recycling the tired and discredited argument that children would be harmed if same-sex couples are allowed to marry. full story

Ireland: Ireland’s Taoiseach revealed that he has had contact with gay people in his own family, ahead of his country’s equal marriage vote. full story

USA, Ireland: Independent.ie talked with some of the country’s senior citizens to get their views on marriage equality and the upcoming referendum. full story

Ireland: U2 star Bono said he supports the Republic of Ireland opening up marriage to same-sex couples. full story

Philippines: HRC and Gender Proud have launched a new campaign for trans visibility. full story

UK: Following a report by PinkNews, NatWest has agreed to update a trans woman’s title on her bank account to “Ms”, rather than “Mr”. full story

UK: The Prime Minister has promoted the first out lesbian MP to his Government as an Assistant Government Whip. full story

USA: The Atlantic profiles two sisters with opposing views on marriage equality. full story

USA: Rush Limbaugh thinks President Obama’s gay gestapo is making everyone say they are atheist. full story

USA: Verizon and Delta are among the companies reportedly phasing out unmarried same-sex partner benefits in states where same-sex marriage is legal. full story

USA: A former Jehovah’s Witness wrote an open letter of apology to the LGBT community. full story

USA: The overall number of hate groups of all types dropped 17 percent last year, from 939 to 784. But the number of anti-LGBT hate groups increased 10 percent, from 40 to 44 full story

USA, Florida: The elders of the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in South Tampa voted to allow same sex weddings at their church. full story

USA, Illinois: On Memorial Day the nation’s first-ever federally approved monument to LGBT veterans will be unveiled at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Chicago. full story

USA, Oklahoma: An Oklahoma man denied a personalized license plate, LGBTALY, supporting gay rights is asking a judge to force a state agency to fulfill his open records requests that he says were ignored. full story

USA, Texas: LGBT advocates are calling on the IRS to investigate a Southern Baptist megachurch in Plano, Texas, over a clergy member’s involvement in last week’s City Council elections. full story

USA, Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton endorsed an anti marriage equality bill, but was not willing to say that the state would follow the Supreme Court if it decided to rule in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage later this year. full story

USA, Texas: A new bill could support welfare providers who force kids into gay conversion therapy. full story

USA, Texas: There’s still been no action on an anti marriage equality bill in the state house. Tonight is the deadline. full story

USA, Texas: Democrats hope to block the anti marriage equality bill today, the final day of this year’s legislature. full story

USA, Utah: A Utah State University faculty member who has come under public scrutiny for signing an anti-gay marriage amicus brief sent to the U.S. Supreme Court says he has removed his name from the document because his views “have been misunderstood on both sides” of the issue. full story

USA, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have declared their support of and possible participation in the upcoming World Congress of Families (WCF) conference in Salt Lake City later this year. full story

USA, Wyoming: The Laramie City Council on Wednesday approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance in the college town where Matthew Shepard’s death triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays 17 years ago. full story