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

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Black Tie Caterers, Baltimore, Maryland

Written by scott on December 8th, 2014

Black Tie Caterers - BaltimorePeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Food & Beverage in Baltimore, MD, USA. Full service caterering company. Here to offer that Black Tie Service that we are known for. We do wedding, reunions, business luncheon, birthday partiers, cook-out.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Maryland

 

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch – November 8th

Written by scott on December 8th, 2014

Matt BaumeI kind of don’t want to believe it until it actually happens, but it’s looking increasingly likely that marriage is actually going to start in Florida in less than a month. That’s despite the best efforts of state AG Pam Bondi, who’s filed one futile brief after another to stop weddings from happening. Not a bad gift for the holidays, provided the Supreme Court doesn’t step in and say “never mind.”

Plus, after last week’s big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. And Kansas just lost their latest attempt to hold back the start of marriage.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 8th

Written by scott on December 8th, 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!

Worldwide: Bioware writer Patrick Weekes says he wanted to include a trans character in “Dragon Age: Inquisition” who was not ‘monster or a joke’. full story

Australia, ACT: GLAAD has embarked on a global campaign to honor what would have been the first anniversary of same sex couples married in the ACT last year. full story

Fiji: Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum called for the rights of LGBTI people to be respected in the Pacific island nation. full story

Ireland: Is a Broadcasting Authority of Ireland forcing radio stations to include anti-gay guests whenever LGBT rights are discussed stifling debate? full story

Japan: The Shunkoin Temple in Kyoto, Japan has become the first zen Buddhist temple to offer to officiate symbolic same sex weddings in the country. full story

Korea: A group of protesters staged a sit-in at Seoul City Hall, after the government dropped plans for a human rights charter which would have banned discrimination against gays. full story

USA, Michigan: According to Jurist, the state is earning an anti-gay reputation as the “Mississippi of the North”. full story

USA, Texas: Tarrant County officials say they have no intention of giving marriage licenses to same sex couples when the current stay expires. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Your-First-Step, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Written by scott on December 7th, 2014

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Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiants in North Myrtle Beach, SC, USA. Officiant and more – Ordained minister. Our wedding packages honor all people and faith traditions regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation. We have packages to assist same sex couples by sending them to DC or NY for a legal marriage and then have a commitment ceremony in the Carolinas. We have different types of ceremonies for you to choose or assist you in writing your own. Indoor-outdoor or destination ceremonies, whichever you choose.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in South Carolina