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Australia: Anti-Gay Groups Clash with Marriage Equality Rally In Sydney

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Sydney, AustraliaA group of anti-gay Christians try to interrupt the marriage equality rally in Sydney earlier today.

Gay Star News reports:

Pro-gay activists from Community Action Against Homophobia gathered for a demonstration in support of marriage equality six days before Australia’s federal elections. The day began with speeches outside Sydney town hall, followed by a march through the streets. The rally was quickly interrupted by anti-marriage equality campaigners, who countered the protest with anti-gay rhetoric. A man with a loudspeaker was joined by Christian activists waiving anti-gay banners warning homosexuals about ‘judgement day’.

The marriage equality group chanted “hey hey ho ho homophobia has to go” at the intruders, and police eventually moved into separate the two groups.

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Illinois, USA: Anti Gay Groups Can’t Join Marriage Equality Case, Court Says

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Illinois Anti Gay Groups Can't Join Marriage Equality Case, Court SaysThe Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division today denied motions to intervene by the Church of Christian Liberty, Grace Gospel Fellowship and the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) in Darby v. Orr, Lambda Legal’s case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois.

“We are now closer to the day these families can tell their stories in court, and explain in their own words why it is so hurtful and wrong to exclude them and their children ever from belonging to married families, without further unnecessary delays,” said Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project director for Lambda Legal.

“The Illinois government should be treating all families fairly. The freedom to marry the one unique and irreplaceable person you love, whether it is someone of the same sex or a different sex, is an essential liberty for all of us. Thousands of couples and their children across the state feel a sense of loss and experience discrimination every day because the state unfairly excludes them from marriage.”

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USA: Did Chick-fil-A Just Reverse Its Stance on Contributions to Anti-Gay Groups?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Did Chick-fil-A Just Reverse Its Stance on Contributions to Anti-Gay Groups?Could Chick-fil-A be turning over a new leaf?

A Chicago-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group reports that the restaurant chain — which was at the epicenter of a media firestorm this summer after its president confirmed his company’s anti-gay stance — has agreed to cease donations to right-wing groups that oppose same-sex marriage.

In a press release, the Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) cites Alderman Moreno as confirming that Chick-fil-A officials declared in an internal document that the company “will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation.” TCRA reportedly served as an advisor to Alderman as he negotiated these concessions with Chick-fil-A executives.

See the Full Story at the Huffington Post

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USA: Chick-Fil-A Gave Almost $2 Million to Anti Gay Groups in 2010

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

An analysis of charitable donations by Chick-Fil-A shows the fast-food chain gave nearly $2 million to antigay groups in 2010.

A previous investigation showed the company donating the same amount to antigay causes in 2009, despite constant statements from spokespeople denying that Chick-Fil-A supports an antigay agenda.

Full Story from The Advocate

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WA: Anti Gay Groups Already Out of Compliance With State Campaign Laws

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Washington State Gay Marriage OpponentsThe Oregon-based Faith and Freedom group of organizations — Faith and Freedom Network, Faith and Freedom Foundation, and Faith and Freedom PAC — has been playing a visible role in the campaign led by National Organization for Marriage’s local arm, Preserve Marriage Washington, attempting to overturn Washington’s civil marriage equality law.

Earlier this year, Faith and Freedom and NOM/PMW tried to block passage of the Law. Their efforts failed when bipartisan legislative majorities voted for the bill and Gov. Gregoire signed it into law. Faith and Freedom and NOM/PMW are now attempting to roll back the law via Referendum 74 on the November, 2012 ballot.

Faith and Freedom has been soliciting action and monetary donations from its supporters through almost daily blog posts and e-mails. And, much like its collaborator NOM has done in state after state after state, Faith and Freedom appears to be violating the law with its fundriasing and campaign finance practices.

Full Story from Pam’s House Blend

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US: Anti Gay Groups Outspent Gay Rights Groups Almost 3 to 1 in 2010

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

NOM LogoThe Movement Advancement Project has released its annual National LGBT Movement Report, which analyzes the financial documents of 40 prominent LGBT organizations. According to this year’s report, the number of individual donors to these groups constitutes at most 3 percent of the estimated LGBT population. Considering many of those donors are also heterosexual allies, the number is probably even lower.

As a result, organizations are relying more heavily on their largest contributors. The average LGBT organization receives 45 percent of its revenue from its 10 largest contributors, though this dependence is slightly lower for the largest groups. It’s alarming regardless — as the report points out, the top 10 anti-gay foes spend three times as much as all 40 advocacy groups considered in this analysis combined.

Full Story from Think Progress

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NC: Three Anti-Gay Groups Were the Force Behind Marriage Equality Ban

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

North Carolina Gay Marriage FightA trio of groups were behind the successful push to place a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples, on the 2012 primary ballot in North Carolina. Those groups — the Christian Action League, Return America and the North Carolina Family Policy Council — have a history of not only opposing any rights for LGBT people but also making false and inflammatory statements about the LGBT community.

The Christian Action League (CAL) got it’s start in 1937 as the Allied Church League, formed in response to the repeal of Prohibition. CAL continues to work to restrict access to alcohol and ban tobacco use, in addition to its opposition of rights for LGBT people.

CAL is one of only ten state-based affiliates of the American Family Association, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center calls an anti-gay hate group.

Full Story from the American Independent

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MN: Anti Gay Groups Fight New Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Minnesota Gay Marriage Ban AmendmentThe Minnesota Campaign Finance Board on Tuesday approved definitions and guidance on rules affecting campaign disclosure for ballot initiatives, and immediately drew criticism from anti-gay marriage groups because of implications the new rules have on the campaign seeking to ban same-sex marriage.

In June, the CFB voted that disclosure rules do apply to groups that make large donations to ballot campaigns, and requires groups that give at least $5,000 to a ballot measure to name those people who contributed $1,000 or more.

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, the National Organization for Marriage distributed a press release that said the CFB was “acting illegally in attempting to force NOM and other pro-family nonprofit organizations to disclose the names of donors.”

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Anti-Gay Groups React to Obama’s DOMA Decision

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Family Research Council

“This decision by President Obama and the Department of Justice is appalling. The President’s failure to defend DOMA is also a failure to fulfill his oath to ‘faithfully execute the office of President of the United States.’ What will be the next law that he will choose not to enforce or uphold? “Marriage as a male-female union has been easily defended in court and overwhelmingly supported by the American people.

There is absolutely no excuse beyond pandering to his liberal political base for President Obama’s decision to abandon his constitutional role to defend a federal law enacted overwhelmingly by Congress. “With this decision the President has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging Congress. It is incumbent upon the Republican leadership to respond by intervening to defend DOMA, or they will become complicit in the President’s neglect of duty.”

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Fast-Food Chain to Drop Support of Anti Gay Groups

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Chick-Fil-AChick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy says the company is dropping its support for anti-gay marriage groups. The announcement comes after gay website GoodAsYou.org blogged about the chicken restaurant’s sponsorship of a marriage seminar closely associated with the anti-gay marriage group Pennsylvania Family Institute.

In a two-minute-twenty-seven-second video message released nearly three weeks ago, Cathy denied that the company’s donation was an endorsement of its values.

“Let me be clear, Chick-Fil-A serves all people and values all people,” Cathy said.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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