Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 9th

Written by scott on April 9th, 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: Out British singer Boy George says he doesn’t want to get married. full story

Pop Culture: Barry Manilow and his longtime manager Garry Kief tied the knot last year in a private ceremony. full story

Pop Culture: Best Buy posted a same sex marriage themed ad on Facebook Wednesday. full story

Best Buy ad

Australia: Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannot describe how ‘excrutiatingly painful’ the effects of gender dysphoria are. full story

Colombia: A local judge is defying a Constitutional Court order to allow a lesbian couple to adopt. full story

Dominican Republic: Former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía issued a non-apology apology for using a gay slur. full story

Guam: Guam on Wednesday rejected a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. territory. The couple plans to sue.full story

USA: In response to a campaign to raise money for an Indiana pizzeria which said it would refuse service to a gay couple, over $127,000 has been raised for a charity which works with homeless LGBT young people. full story

USA: Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay defended “religious freedom” laws against the attacks from people who “have chosen to be homosexuals,” saying that conservative Christians must be ready to “fight this battle to the bitter end.” full story

USA: NOM’s Brian Brown is encouraging millennials to march against marriage equality. full story

NOM

USA: Federal contractors as of Wednesday are no longer able to allow anti-LGBT discrimination in their workplaces as long as they conduct business with the U.S. government. full story

USA: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, today ruled that an employer’s refusal to allow a transgender employee access to restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity is sex discrimination under Title VII. full story

USA: Christian conservative James Dobson warned recently that if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage, it could lead to a civil war. full story

USA: Dot429 looks at the brewing battle over the rights of transgender inmates. full story

USA: The White House has formally thrown its support behind bans on “ex-gay” sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors as the result of a “We the People” petition signed earlier this year by more than 120,000 people. full story

USA, Alabama: Mobile County’s probate judge, Don Davis, has filed a motion to dismiss in Strawser, the potential class-action challenge to Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban. The ruling on whether the case will proceed as a class-action across all Alabama counties is still pending. full story

USA, Arkansas: Jonesboro city leaders have rejected a proposal to protect city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, Arkansas / Missouri / Nebraska / South Dakota: The Eight Circuit set a date to hear the four states’ marriage equality cases – May 12th. full story

USA, Colorado: A bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth in Colorado has been rejected by Republicans that control the state Senate. full story

USA, Florida: A Florida bakery may sue the Arizona activist who asked it to bake an anti gay cake. full story

USA, Florida: The State Senate has taken a small step toward striking the outdated language that prohibits adoption by gay people in the State of Florida. full story

USA, Indiana: Indiana native Tavis Smiley has called Indiana’s so-called religious freedom law “embarrassing.” full story

USA, Indiana: West Lafayette’s city council has passed a resolution reiterating the city’s commitment to diversity in light of Indiana’s new religious objections law. full story

USA, Indiana: The anti gay pizza parlor says they will give some of their crowdfunded riches to the anti gay florist in Washington State. full story

USA, Indiana: Talk-show host Seth Meyers took his trademark tongue-in-cheek approach to tackling the controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act — and the business that ignited a social media firestorm by publicly supporting the antigay discriminatory intent of the law, Memories Pizza. full story

USA, Nebraska: Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school have signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship. full story

USA, Nevada: Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would ban therapies aimed at turning gay young people straight. full story

USA, New York: Herlem’s hate pastor says: “if we’re gonna win this battle against Obama, the long-leggy mack daddy, the quasi-Muslim freak, the vice president of both death and hell, against the sodomites, against racism – we’re gonna have to be willing to kill as well.” full story

USA, North Carolina: North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Dyker Beach Golf Course, New York, New York

Written by scott on April 8th, 2015

Dyker Beach Golf Course

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.

In the middle of Brooklyn, in the shadow of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, you’ll discover an oasis of lush tranquility at the Dyker Beach Golf Course. We offer exceptional choices for weddings, special events and holiday parties, a hidden treasure and a truly unique find in New York City. Our historic facility, originally opened in the 1890’s, has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, restoring it to its original beauty and grace.

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Springfield, Missouri Repeals LGBT Rights With Heartbreaking 51.4% Vote

Written by scott on April 8th, 2015

Springfield, MissouriThe religious right has it figured out – put LGBT rights repeals on the ballot in special elections, and they can turn-out enough people to get them off the books. It happened again in Springfield, Missouri yesterday:

Voters in Springfield, Missouri today repealed protections for LGBT citizens which were added by the City Council to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance last October, KY3 reports: With all the votes tallied, about 51.4 percent of the voters on Tuesday said they wanted to repeal the City Council’s action, while 48.6 percent wanted to retain it. The raw numbers are 15,347 people voted “yes” to repeal the anti-discrimination ordinance and 14,493 people voted “no” to keep it on the books. For a brief time on Tuesday night, when about 60 percent of the precincts were counted, the “no repeal” votes had a slim lead over the “yes, repeal” votes. As more precincts were counted, however, the “yes” votes went back on top.

They did it with the same pack of lies that has worked elsewhere, using scary lines about men using women’s bathrooms. It just makes me crazy to see these hateful lies used again and again, and even more to see that they work.

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 9th

Written by scott on April 8th, 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 delegation from the HRC civil-rights organization, this week will participate in the United Nation’s (UN) assessment of human rights in the United States. full story

Pop Culture: Sir Elton John, the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and foundation ally Michael Stipe, musician and activist, called for better protections for transgender inmates. full story

Pop Culture: General Mills created a commemorative box of Wheaties with Freedom to Marry’s President Evan Wolfson. full story

Pop Culture: The soap opera Coronation Street will feature a storyline in which a homophobic hotel owner refuses to give a room to two gay men. full story

Evan Wolfson Wheaties

Russia: A court in Russia has authorized the government to block the social network page of a support group for LGBT teens full story

Taiwan: Taipei has rejected a lesbian couple’s application to participate in the city’s annual mass wedding, despite promises to include same-sex couples this year. full story

USA: According to a new poll, 65 percent of Millennials support comprehensive nondiscrimination protections, and 50 percent of Millennials strongly support such legislation. full story

USA: Christian conservative Bryan Fischer has compared an Indiana pizzeria owner who vowed not to cater gay weddings to Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust. full story

USA: NOM chairman John Eastman has authored an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in which he argues, among other reasons, that same-sex marriage must not be approved because surveys on the issue are designed to favor gays. full story

USA: World Net Daily columnist Jesse Lee Peterson defended his claim that discrimination is a good thing on Alan Colmes’ show, saying he has no problem if a restaurant refuses to serve him because he is black. full story

USA, Arkansas: Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says his state’s image was helped by how it dealt with a “religious freedom” bill which critics argued could be used to refuse service to gay men and lesbians. full story

USA, California: The San Diego City Council approved an amendment to add gender identity and gender expression as types of unlawful discrimination to the City of San Diego’s Nondiscrimination in Contracting Ordinance. full story

USA, Florida: House Bill 7111, or the anti-gay adoption bill, has been added to the agenda for the Florida House’s April 8 session. full story

USA, Florida: State Rep. Dennis Baxley (R) explained that after initially supporting the bill, he prayed on it and decided that he had to reverse his vote because he couldn’t affirm homosexuality. full story

USA, Georgia: The Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest in the Middle District of Georgia in Diamond v. Owens, et al. The plaintiff in that case, a transgender prisoner, alleges that the Georgia Department of Corrections failed to provide adequate care for her gender dysphoria. full story

USA, Indiana: Queerty looks at five ways that the landscape is now changed in favor of LGBT rights thanks to the bad motives of Indiana legislators. full story

USA, Indiana: A lesbian couple donated money to the anti-gay Memories Pizza, saying that they were upset with how the pizzeria was treated and are small business owners too. full story

USA, Indiana: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) highlighted Sen. Rand Paul’s long history of opposing LGBT equality and called on him to take a position regarding Indiana’s anti-LGBT law signed by Gov. Mike Pence. full story

USA, Indiana: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday rescinded an executive order she issued on March 31 that had banned the use of city funds for travel to Indiana full story

USA: Indiana Family Institute head Curt Smith, has left his day job with a law firm because the firm supports inclusiveness. full story

USA, Louisiana: More people in Louisiana oppose legalizing same-sex marriage (51 percent) than support it (42 percent), putting Louisiana out of sync with national public opinion. full story

USA, Louisiana: A “religious liberty” introduced in Louisiana last week is as aggressive and anti-gay as the one that caused nationwide outrage in Indiana last week and Governor Bobby Jindal now says he’ll support it full story

USA, Louisiana: Governor Jindal is also “disappointed” about changes to Indiana’s right to discriminate law, saying he’s worried about discrimination against Christian business owners. full story

USA, Louisiana: Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor and Monroe City school board president Bishop Rodney McFarland Sr. contacted student Claudetteia Love to inform her that she will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom on April 24. full story

USA, New Hampshire: The City Council voted 7-2 to support a resolution offered by Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine in support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians. full story

USA, New York: The reedom From Religion Foundation ran a full-page anti-RFRA ad in The New York Times. full story

Freedom From Religion Foundation RFRA ad

USA, New York: Alexia Daskalakis, a 22-year-old transgender woman living in Brooklyn, N.Y., has filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Forever 21, alleging that the clothing store’s management harrassed and discriminated against her, then fired her when she filed a formal complaint full story

USA, North Dakota: Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson said Tuesday he “probably” considered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when he crafted a nondiscrimination policy for state employees 34 years ago. full story

USA, Oregon: Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Brett Brigham has alleged that he was fired by his school district last Friday after speaking openly about being gay. full story

USA, Puerto Rico: The plaintiffs challenging Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their reply brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. full story

USA, Texas: Texas lawmakers and the head of the Texas Association of Business joined with civil liberties organizations at a press conference warning against numerous bills filed this year that promote discrimination against LGBT Texans. full story

USA, Texas: Anti-LGBT Houston activist Dave Wilson turned in his petition seeking to repeal transgender protections in both the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and Mayor Annise Parker’s 2012 executive order covering city employees, but submitted 3K less than the required 20K signatures. full story

USA, Vermont: A federal judge has delayed a Vermont woman’s lawsuit against people she maintains helped her former same-sex partner and their daughter flee the country rather than comply with child custody orders. full story

USA, Utah: “We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God himself established,” Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry told a Mormon Conference Saturday full story

USA, Washington: A GoFundMe.com campaign to help the Washington florist who was fined for refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding has raised more than $123,000. full story

USA, Wisconsin: onathan Dellinger, a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is under scrutiny after emails in which he offered bisexual students extra credit were released by website Campus Reform. full story

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 7th

Written by scott on April 7th, 2015

Gay Wedding - RingsHere’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: “Good Wife” co-creators and writers Robert and Michelle King discuss why they decided to address marriage equality vs. religious freedom. full story

Pop Culture: ABC News has confirmed it is planning to air a “far-ranging” interview with Bruce Jenner – in which the former Olympian is widely expected to come out as transgender. full story

Pop Culture: American Idol alum David Archuleta tweeted that only straights can find true love, then apologized. full story

Pop Culture: Gay columnist Michael Musto urged Warren Beatty and Annette Bening to be more publicly supportive of their trans son. full story

>Pop Culture: L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers, one of the few openly gay athletes in professional sports, reminds the FIFA about LGBT rights. full story

Chile: A Chilean court has upheld the constitutionality of the South American country’s civil unions bill that received final approval earlier this year. full story

Dominican Republic: Former Dominican Republic president Hipólito Mejía is running again, and says he won’t act like a faggot to win. full story

France: France is sending a gay ambassador to Vatican City. full story

Ireland: A paper company in Ireland has started making wedding confetti out of homophobic leaflets opposing same-sex marriage. full story

Mexico: An LGBT couple who fought for same-sex marriage rights in a Mexican state were beaten and robbed by assailants in their own salon. full story

Pakistan: Three Pakistani transgender women were attacked by an armed group of men after performing at a wedding but the motive for the crime appears to be sexual rather than religious. full story

Russia: Russia’s main support group for teenagers who identify as LGBT is to be blocked under the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law. full story

USA: A look at the proposed changes to the ban on blood donations for gay and bi men. full story

USA: Jonathan Drew at the AP looks at the US tribes that still oppose marriage equality. full story

USA: Top Web site development company, Drupal Connect has announced that it is spearheading a massive nationwide fundraising campaign to help efforts to combat recent legislative measures that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning individuals. full story

Drupal Connect

USA: The Supreme Court says the parties will get one advocate to argue for each question – Mary Bonauto will argue for the same-sex couples on the question of whether states must license same-sex marriages. Douglas Hallward-Driemeier will argue for the couples on the question of whether states must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed outside of the state
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USA: Two friend-of-the-court briefs have urged the justices to look abroad before deciding whether there is a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The Foundation For Moral Law, which was founded by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, has filed a Supreme Court amicus brief which declares, among other reasons, that the bible says homosexuals must be put to death and therefore same-sex marriage must be stopped. full story

USA: The anti-gay Family Research Council will begin a 21-day fast tomorrow, in order to thwart an expected ruling from the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Pat Robertson went on one of his patented rants about anal sex, arguing that he will never change his mind about gay marriage until someone proves that anal sex can lead to pregnancy. full story

USA: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) briefly appears in a new documentary that argues gay rights are a threat to Christianity. – See more at: http://sdgln.com/commentary/2015/04/06/rand-paul-appears-new-antigay-documentary#sthash.jBRl4Fjr.dpuf full story

USA: In the likely event that the Supreme Court brings marriage equality to all 50 states this summer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants to strip the entire federal judiciary of its power to hear cases brought by same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. full story

USA: World Net Daily is no longer pretending that “religious freedom” does not equal; discrimination: “America was much better off when its businesses routinely posted signs that read, ‘We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,’ and meant it.” full story

WND

USA, Florida: A central Florida baker says she has received death threats after she refused to bake a cake with an anti-marriage equality message full story

USA, Florida: Yet another business is making money off bigotry through crowd-funding – Cut the Cake in Longwood has raised more than $13,000 online. full story

USA, Indiana: Jon Stewart finally took a look at the bigoted goings-on in Indiana last week and the news bytes featuring various wingnuts surrounding it, particularly those who compared gay loving couples to a hate group. full story

USA, Texas: In Texas, a proposed state constitutional amendment by tea party-backed state Sen. Donna Campbell of New Braunfels would have essentially the same effect as Indiana’s right to discriminate law. full story

USA, Washington: The florist who was fined $1,001 after discriminating against a same sex couple has now received more than $100K in a crowdfunding effort. full story

 

The Four Worst Supreme Court Arguments on Marriage

Written by scott on April 6th, 2015

Matt BaumeMichigan says that they don’t want to let gay people get married because that would be demeaning to gay people.

Kentucky says that their marriage ban isn’t discriminatory, since LGBTs are free to get straight-married.

Ohio wants to maintain its marriage ban out of concern for the people who voted for it. And Tennessee is just fixated on sex.

By Matt Baume – Full Story at AFER

 

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 6th

Written by scott on April 6th, 2015

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’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!

USA: Sunday night’s episode of The Good Wife, “Loser Edit,” contained a major arc in which Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) defends a gay couple in a lawsuit against a wedding planner who refused to work with them because she is a Christian who does not believe in same-sex marriage. full story

Pop Culture: Rob Lord, San Diego-based, LGBT singer-songwriter, is producing a music video whose aim is to bring all types of LGBT citizens and their allies together. The goal is to raise awareness about LGBT rights beyond the Marriage Equality movement. full story

Religion: Max Mills at AmericaBlog looks at what the Bible really says about gays. full story

Pop Culture: Louis Theroux’s documentary starring children and their families as they transition can teach us all a thing or two about self-acceptance. full story

UK: The UK’s largest teachers’ union has called on the next government to make it compulsory to teach about same-sex relationships. full story

USA: Slate looks at the inherent conflict between marriage equality and religious freedom. full story

USA: Joe.My.God points out that 242 GOP members of Congress did NOT sign an anti-marriage equality brief. full story

USA: Former congressman Barney Frank has predicted an end to homophobia in the United States within ten years. full story

USA: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee blames the “militant gay community” for a backlash against so-called religious freedom bills. full story

USA: Luis Torres of the League of United Latin American Citizens says Indiana’s antigay legislation is as insidious as Arizona’s anti-Latino bill, and the Latino community needs to fight it and bills like it. full story

USA: Dan Savage has hit back at Senator Tom Cotton’s claims that gay people need to get perspective and stop being so outraged by the religious freedom laws in the US, saying it’s the anti-gay Senator who needs to get some perspective. full story

USA, Arkansas: First United Methodist of Eureka Springs applied to be in the Easter parade but were turned away, possibly because of their support for the LGBT community. full story

USA, Colorado: Owners of a Denver bakery did not discriminate against a customer by refusing to fulfill an order requesting two cakes with ant-gay imagery and wording on them. full story

USA, Illinois: Two Chicago men were left shocked and one injured this week after they were kicked out of a cab on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive for sharing a kiss. full story

USA, Indiana: Pat Haden, University of Southern California Athletic Director, is refusing to attend the College Football Playoff Committee meeting in Indiana amid controversies surrounding the state’s religious freedom laws. full story

USA, Indiana: Out basketball player Jason Collins says he is proud of the NCAA’s “bold” leadership against Indiana’s religious objections law, and the association should avoid putting future Final Fours in states that do not protect the rights of LGBT individuals. full story

USA, Indiana: Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and transgender individuals to the state’s civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters cheers of support. full story

USA, Indiana: A gay-inclusive Christian choir Performed outside of the homophobic Memories Pizza. full story

USA, Indiana: Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison have offered to provide pizza for same-sex weddings in Indiana – after a pizza shop declared it would not.
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USA, Indiana: Likely Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is sad that the Indiana law was “fixed”. full story

USA: While performing at the March Madness Music Fest in Indianapolis on Saturday night, Rihanna took a few seconds out to take aim at the state’s antigay “religious discrimination” laws. full story

USA, Louisiana: Louisiana is the latest state considering adopting a right to discriminate bill, after state Rep. Mike Johnson (R) introduced legislation Friday that could allow businesses to refuse service for same-sex weddings and deny benefits to employees in same-sex marriages. full story

USA, Louisiana: As the state considers right to discriminate bill, Gov. Bobby Jindal cautions about creating “special rights” – for gays. But special rights for Christians are OK. full story

USA, Washington: Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in eastern Washington state fined $1,000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers and also facing a consumer-protection lawsuit, has netted about $90,000 in a crowdfunding campaign. full story

 

Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Janet Villas, New York, New York

Written by scott on April 5th, 2015

Janet Villas

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.

Janet Villas is a professional New York wedding entertainer who has sung at hundreds of weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, and other ceremonies for gay and straight clients, personalizing the experience for all involved. She has sung in Unitarian, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches as well as at beaches, lakes, homes and restaurants.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 5th

Written by scott on April 5th, 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: Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, an anti-gay Nigerian bishop, has been appointed as the new head of the Anglican Communion. full story

Ireland: The legislature has given final approval to same sex adoption in the country ahead of May’s marriage equality referendum. full story

New Zealand: Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall says that it’s wrong that claiming a victim made a gay sexual advance can be used by a killer to downgrade a murder conviction to manslaughter. full story

UK: A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated. full story

UK: The BBC has admitted it removed scenes of Russia being booed over anti-gay laws from the broadcast of Eurovision’s Greatest Hits. full story

USA: Robert Oscar Lopez filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which he argues that same-sex marriage must not be approved because gay writers have just been horrible to him. full story

USA: The “ex-gay” loony tunes at PFOX have filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in which they argue that same-sex marriage must not be approved because, among other nonsensical reasons, people make fun of them. full story

USA: Anti-gay gadfly Eugene Delguadio submitted a brief opposing marriage equality because Jesus. full story

USA: Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. full story

USA: North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz wrote an open letter to Mike Huckabee, asking him to end the war against LGBT people. full story

USA: “Pizza for Equality”, a campaign to raise money for homeless LGBT youth in the US has earned $16,000 in just 24 hours in a marked contrast to a campaign set up to boost the failings of a family owned pizzeria which would refuse services to gay couples. full story

USA: Leaders of the Mormon Church have re-affirmed their opposition to homosexuality and marriage equality: “We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God Himself established.” full story

Pizza for Equality

USA, California: Joe Decker of San Jose filed the “Shellfish Suppression Act” to mock the “Sodomite Supression Act” that calls for the execution of gays: “Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad.” full story

Shellfish

USA, Florida: A Florida bakery is turning the tables on an Arizona evangelist who posted an online video attacking the bakery when it refused to provide a cake decorated with the words “‘We do not support gay marriage.” full story

USA, Illinois: A Chicago-area restaurant, Big Guys Sausage Stand, has named its GoFundMe page ‘Non-Bigoted Restaurant Wants Cash’. full story

USA, Indiana: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Saturday that he was lifting the ban on state-funded travel between Connecticut and Indiana. full story

USA, Indiana: A crowdfunding campaign for an Indiana pizzeria that came under fire after its owners said their religious beliefs wouldn’t allow them to cater a gay wedding has raised more than $840,000. full story

USA, Indiana: The law may be “fixed”, but the damage has been done to Indiana’s image, an Evansville paper says. full story

USA, Louisiana: A lesbian student in Louisiana says she is going to skip her prom because the school principal won’t let her wear a tuxedo. full story

USA, Michigan: A same-sex couple is asking a federal court to order Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage immediately as one man’s fight with brain cancer worsens. full story

USA:, Missouri A Springfield gay man filmed a video that endorses the repeal of the city’s LGBT rights ordinance. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf launched a petition this week calling on lawmakers to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Pennsylvania’s nondiscrimination statutes. full story

USA, Texas: A transgender man has settled his 15-month-old discrimination claim against AT&T Inc., despite what his attorney calls “broken” LGBT protections in San Antonio. full story

 

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Strathallan Hotel, Rochester, New York

Written by scott on April 4th, 2015

Strathallan Hotel

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.

The Strathallan’s neighborhood is home to the best mix of culture and business, fine dining and nightlife, history and urban lifestyle in downtown Rochester. We’re just steps from the East End and Park Ave, and in easy reach of downtown, major interstates, and the airport.

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