Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 9/22/14

Written by scott on September 22nd, 2014

Matt BaumeA surprising reveal this week from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg about the court’s plans for taking up a marriage case — or maybe not taking up any.

An Arkansas clerk breaks ranks with top state officials, declaring for the first time that the state’s marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Plus: numerous states freeze their marriage lawsuits while they wait for a Supreme Court ruling.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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After Transgender Girl Fined By School, Boys Wear Skirts in Protest

Written by scott on September 21st, 2014

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My favorite story of the week:

Nine days after transgender student Maria Muniz was fined by school officials for wearing a skirt, a group of her Colegio Pedro II classmates decided to stage a protest: both male and female students would all wear skirts on the same day. Soon after their demonstration an ecstatic Muniz learned that the school’s decision was overturned, reports the UK’s Orange News. Pedro II’s principal told Brazil’s Globo that the school will consider relaxing their dress code. After the protest, school officials posted a picture of their male and female students wearing wearing skirts to social media, where it became widely shared. Supporters have been writing their support to Muniz using the hashtag #VouDeSaia.

I mean, how cool is that?

Authored By Mitch Kellaway – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/21/14

Written by scott on September 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!

Australia: The Australian Football League just asked a partnership with Brunei Airlines over the country’s anti-gay policies. full story

USA, Indonesia:The Aceh Province in Indonesia is ready to introduce a law that would punish gay sex with 100 lashes. full story

Mexico: Graham Gremore at Queerty profiles the life of LGBT Mexicans. full story

USA: The group Freedom to Marry commissioned poet Richard Banco, who was Barack Obama’s second inauguration poet, to write a poem about marriage equality. full story

USA: A new study says that ending the ban on blood donations from gay men in the US could potentially save more than 1 million lives. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign just released a new report on bisexual youth. full story

USA, Illinois: Pope Francis selected a moderate to lead the church in Chicago. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Tom Wolfe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has just endorsed a hate crimes bill for the state. full story

USA, Texas: a Texas woman who changed her last name after marrying her partner in California has been refused a new driver’s license in Texas. full story

USA, Utah: LGBT groups condemned the organizers of an anti-gay Salt Lake City rally for using pictures of two gay families to attack gay marriage. full story


Expect a US Supreme Court Ruling in Marriage Equality Soon

Written by scott on September 20th, 2014

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Over the last year, lower federal court judges have removed most of the suspense from the questions of whether and when the Supreme Court might rule marriage equality to be a federal constitutional right. In case after case, in red states and blue, judges have ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. This makes it very likely that the Supreme Court will grant review in such a case this year, and even more likely, assuming it does, that it will rule that the Constitution requires states to extend marriage equality to gay couples.

Just one year ago, I wouldn’t have been nearly so confident in making such predictions. In June 2013, the court by a vote of 5 to 4 invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act, under which the federal government declined to recognize even those marriages between gay couples that were valid under state law.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s majority opinion in United States vs. Windsor was a masterpiece of intentional ambiguity, providing roughly equal amounts of support to two very different interpretations. On one hand, Kennedy’s opinion seemed to be grounded in concerns about the limited power of the federal government over marriage, a ruling that would have had no implications for state bans on same-sex marriage.

On the other hand, language in Kennedy’s opinion regarding the equal dignity and respect to which gay couples were entitled and the important interests of their children suggested that state prohibitions on gay marriage were vulnerable to constitutional challenge. One might reasonably have predicted after Windsor that lower federal court judges, who are no less politically polarized than the rest of the nation, would have divided roughly down the middle on how to interpret Windsor.

Authored By Michael J. Klarman – See the Full Story at the LA Times

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US Marriage Equality Support Reaches 56%, Opposition Drops to 37%

Written by scott on September 20th, 2014

titleA new poll shows that opposition to marriage equality has dropped to a new low.

Pink News reports:

The New York Times/CBS poll, released this week, asked voters: “Do you think it should be legal or not legal for same-sex couples to marry?” The long-running poll recorded 56% of people in favour of same-sex marriage across the US, while just 37% now oppose it. The poll, which has run with the same wording for several years, registered a three-point drop in opposition from a similar poll conducted in July this year, when 40% of people had still opposed same-sex marriage. The 37% finding also demonstrates a sharp fall in opposition from just two years ago, with a July 2012 poll finding 44% opposition.

I wonder what those 7% in the middle are thinking?

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on September 20th, 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.

We Enjoy the Freedom to Fire Gays

North Carolina Representative Robert Pittenger was asked if he supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act:

“It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. … If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?”

This very white representative was then asked if he would support a company’s ability to fire someone for being black. He would not answer the question.

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Being Gay Is Fine, As Long As You Don’t Have Sex

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, responding to critics who don’t like the fact that he will still march in next year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade after a gay group was allowed to march as well, said:

“…the most important question I had to ask myself was this: does the new policy violate Catholic faith or morals? If it does, then the Committee has compromised the integrity of the Parade, and I must object and refuse to participate or support it. From my review, it does not. Catholic teaching is clear: “being Gay” is not a sin, nor contrary to God’s revealed morals. Homosexual actions are–as are any sexual relations outside of the lifelong, faithful, loving, lifegiving bond of a man and woman in marriage–a moral teaching grounded in the Bible, reflected in nature, and faithfully taught by the Church.”

While we appreciate the fact that Cardinal Dolan has conceded that being gay is not a sin, it is a little ironic that the Catholic Church wants to withhold marriage from gays, and then wants to say they’re committing a sin because they are having sex outside of marriage.

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Marriage Equality Round–Up 9/20/14

Written by scott on September 20th, 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!

Worldwide: Matt Northrup at Dot429 has five examples from the new HRC report on the export of homophobia from the US to other countries. full story

Turkey: A transgender journalist has been fired for television station in Turkey. full story

UK: TV host Rylan Clark is engaged to his boyfriend, former UK big Brother star Dan Neal. full story

USA: US Census Bureau is now counting married same-sex couples as “families”. full story

USA: LGBT rights groups are pressuring Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to recognize same-sex marriages performed in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Arkansas. full story

USA: Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney’s openly lesbian daughter, says she supports marriage equality because she is a Republican. full story

USA, Arizona: State attorneys are arguing that marriage equality will lead to fewer straight couples marrying. full story

USA, Montana: A Catholic church in Lewiston has banned a same-sex couple from receiving communion after the men got married in Washington state. full story

USA, Texas: Football player Michael Sam is reportedly doing well on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. full story

USA, UT: Several hundred opponents of marriage equality held a rally at the Utah state capital. full story

USA, UT: Two billboard companies and salt Lake City have rejected a “God Loves Gays” billboard. full story

USA, Washington DC: The group “Black Trans* Women’s Lives Matter” plans to hold a vigil in DC on to tender 27th. full story


Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Written by scott on September 19th, 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.

Disordered Gays Have No Recourse To Marriage, Sadly

Father Charles Pope, writing for the Archdiocese of Washington, says the poor gays who are unable to change their orientation just need to buck-up and realize they can’t get married:

“The Scriptures are very clear in unambiguously declaring homosexual acts as a serious sin and as disordered. ‘Disordered’ here means that they are acts that are not ordered to their proper end or purpose. Sexual acts are, by their very nature, ordered to procreation and to the bonding of the mother and father who will raise the children conceived by their sexual intimacy. There can be no sexual intercourse for any who are not in a valid heterosexual marriage. We cannot give approval for it; we do not have the power to do this, no matter how insistent, forceful, or even punitive the demands that we do so become. This will not change because it cannot change. Sadly those of unalterable same-sex attraction have no recourse to marriage. But all of us bear burdens of one sort or another, and not everyone is able to partake in everything life offers.”

“Yeah, it said you gays can’t get married. But hey, everyone has their burdens.” First off, the only reason we haven’t been able to get married is because of jerks like this guy. And second,, makes you wonder what his “burden” is, doesn’t it?

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Ban Gay Marriage Because Droughts, Floods, Severe Winters, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Plagues, Arctic Vortex, Tsunamis, Sinkholes, Mudslides, Blizzards, Hip and Knee Replacements, Cancers, and Ebola

Susanne Atanus, a fringe Republican candidate for Congress, thrw the entire kitchen sink at marriage equality in a handwritten letter to the US Supreme Court:

Homosexuality is sin and we are a nation under God and it is sinful to disobey God’s word in the Bible,” Atanus said in her 4-page letter. “We have seen the consequences of sin that is harmful to all mankind: droughts, floods, severe winters, tornadoes, hurricanes and many diseases, ailments, sickness, cancers, bacterial infections, etc. Also plagues, arctic vortex, tsunamis, sink holes, mudslides… we don’t want to anger or provoke God for more diseases. In conclusion, we are experiencing the harmful effects of sin including homosexuality and same sex marriage with deadly diseases, ailments and many with multiple hip and knee replacements, cancers, sicknesses, bacterial infections, including Ebola and severe and catastrophic and deadly weather. And therefore the Ninth Circuit [Court] of Appeals and other courts should not lift the same sex marriage ban, because same sex marriage and homosexuality is sin and the consequences of sin to all mankind is harmful that causes suffering, sickness and death and severe bad and extremely cold weather that can cause death, physical destruction and injury to mankind with catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, mudslides, blizzards, etc.

Wow. I mean, just wow. I’ve seen gays blamed for particular events, like Hurricane Katrina, or the flooding in the UK. I’ve seen is blamed for particular diseases, most famously AIDS. but I’ve never seen someone blame the LGBT community and marriage equality for the entire sum of human misery. That’s ambitious.

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HRC is Trying to Murder Me

Drama queen Scott lively is freaking out about a new report in which the Human Rights Campaign details his role in exporting homophobia to other countries:

“The so-called Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has taken a page from the left wing hate group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and published a new report called ‘The Export of Hate.’ A’ la SPLC, this publication is nothing less than an enemies list designed to help people like ‘gay’ activist Floyd Lee Corkins identify their assassination targets. I have special cause for concern in this matter because I am listed by HRC as Target #1. Not every ‘gay’ activist is physically violent, thankfully. Most limit their ‘human rights advocacy’ to harassment, intimidation and slander. But make no mistake, if they thought they could get away will killing every person on the HRC and SPLC hit lists, they would do it. They smolder with malicious hatred against anyone who stands in their way. I believe they are now deliberately trying to incite murder against me and every other person on their enemies list. That might have sounded a bit paranoid in years past, but post-Corkins it is just cold hard fact that some ‘gay’ activists are incited to murder by inflammatory leftist rhetoric. The HRC knows that, and yet their rhetoric in this Exporting Hate publication is MORE inflammatory than the SPLC’s rhetoric the drove Corkins over the edge!”

“Not every ‘gay’ activist is physically violent, thankfully.” okay, let’s say we just give you Floyd Lee Corkins. Although I’d argue he’s more and unstable man then and LGBT rights activist. In any case, that’s one. But stacking up against the hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands of people who have committed violent acts in the name of religion. And let’s take a look at the rhetoric you’ve used against LGBT community.

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Gay Marriage Leads to Abortion

Linda Harvey is back, this time tackling two birds with one bigoted stone:

“The Planned Parenthood and anti-life lobby is heavily imbued and connected to homosexuality. They’re in favor of opening up the doors and spreading the boundaries of sexuality all across the board. That includes homosexuality. The lines are very blurred, and unless you stand strong on this issue, you’re going to see much more, and you do see much more, out of wedlock sexuality and then of course, more abortion.”

She makes this claim despite the fact that the US abortion rate has reached its lowest level since 1973, while marriage equality is ascendant.

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Marriage Equality Round–Up 9/19/14

Written by scott on September 19th, 2014

Gay Wedding - RingsHere’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!

Nigeria: Melanie Nathan speaks with the state attorney who is fighting Nigeria’s anti-gay laws. full story

Peru: Michael K. Lavers at The Washington Blade profiles the fight for LGBT rights in the country. full story

Thailand: A new report from the US Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Programme says that LGBT Thais face stigma and limited job opportunities in the country. full story

USA: A gay London vicar who married his partner calls the current discussions with the Church over marriage equality and same sex weddings “pointless”. full story

UK: A gay Anglican clergyman is facing opposition to his plan to add a blessing for same-sex weddings at his local church. full story

USA: Southern Baptists are taking exception to a new group called Evangelicals For Marriage Equality, saying the group’s position contradicts “God’s Word”. full story

USA: Openly gay Democratic Rep. Jared Polis’s ENDA discharge petition so far has 75 signatures, all of them Democrats. full story

USA: Representative Polis also introduced a bill that would change copyright law to recognize same-sex marriage for inheritance purposes. full story

USA: The White House is backing representative Polis’s ENDA discharge petition, but won’t say whether they support the narrowed religious exemption in the bill. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel is calling on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse yourself from the upcoming marriage equality cases, because she spoke publicly on the issue. full story

Values Voters Summit

USA: Joe.My.God Has the scoop on the final list of speakers for the Values Voters Summit. full story

USA, Arizona: A coalition of Latino leaders has announced its support for marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Colorado: The 10th Circuit just put the state’s marriage equality case on hold pending a Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA, Philadelphia: A Catholic Archbishop who opposes marriage equality has condemned an anti-gay attack in the state. full story

USA, Texas: A Dallas hotel has reportedly canceled the stay of Uganda’s President Museveni. full story

USA, Texas: The couple in the marriage equality case is profiled. full story

USA, Vermont: Sunmin Kim Profiles Ben & Jerry’s long history of support for the LGBT community. full story

USA, Wisconsin: The Wisconsin marriage equality decision has been stayed by a federal appeals court until the US Supreme Court weighs in. full story

Vatican: The anti-gay head of the Vatican’s “Supreme Court”, Cardinal Raymond Burke, is about to lose his position. full story


Ninety Year Old Newlyweds Talk About How They Fell in Love

Written by scott on September 18th, 2014


Lesbian Couple IowaRemember that lesbian couple who married in Iowa after being together for 72 years? They have an adorable video about how they met and fell in love. reports:

I wrote the other day about Vivian Boyack and Nonie Dubes of Iowa, ages 91 and 90, getting married the other day after 72 years of being a couple. Well, the women did an interview with the Des Moines Register. A-DOR-able.

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