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Brazil: Conservative Party Challenges Marriage Equality Ruling

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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Brazil is not quite there on marriage equality, yet – a conservative political party has challenged the recent court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the country. Edge Boston reports:

The Social Christian Party filed its appeal Tuesday with the Supreme Court arguing that the council’s ruling was unconstitutional because Congress has not approved it. One of the party’s leaders is Congressman Marco Feliciano, an evangelical pastor who is president of the Commission for Human Rights and Minorities. He has said on his Twitter page that AIDS is a “gay cancer.”

Hopefully the challenge is dealt with quickly so Brazil’s gay and lesbian couples can officially marry throughout the country.

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New York, USA: Conservative Party Blocks Married Lesbian from Running for Office with GOP

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

New York, USA: Conservative Party Blocks Married Lesbian from Running for Office as RepublicanState Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long will not allow Janis Castaldi, a married lesbian candidate for the New York state Senate, to run on his party’s line.

Castaldi’s campaign to unseat Democratic Senator David Carlucci received the nod of the Republican Party committees and Conservative Party branches in Westchester and Rockland counties.

According to the New York Daily News, the groups were unaware that Castaldi married her wife in Connecticut in 2009.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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NY: Conservative Party Drops Endorsement for GOP Senator Who Voted for Marriage Equality

Monday, February 27th, 2012

New York Senator Mark Grisanti and Marriage EqualityA New York Republican senator is losing the backing of his local Conservative Party because he voted in favor of marriage equality last year.

In New York, a state that allows candidates to run on tickets for more than one political party, the Conservative Party largely backs Republican candidates. Instead of endorsing incumbent state senator Mark Grisanti, party chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said Grisanti no longer had the trust of the party after initially saying he was against marriage equality before voting for the bill in 2011.

Full Story From The Advocate

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NY: Gays Join Conservative Party to Protect Senator Grisanti

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

New York GOP Senator Mark GrisantiMore than 250 gay, lesbian, and same-sex marriage activists have officially registered as members of the Erie County Conservative Party, which strongly opposes same-sex marriage.

The reason? Organizers say they’re trying to protect someone who helped them – State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo).

Last June, Grisanti, who campaigned as an opponent of same-sex marriage, cast a vote crucial to legalizing it in New York State. The vote drew both applause and vilification. It also seriously jeopardized his chances at re-election.

Full Story from WGRZ

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Is the Conservative Party Ushering Homophobia Back into Canada?

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Homophobia in CanadaCanada has often boasted giving the LGBT community more equal rights than many other countries in the world. Gay and Lesbian Canadians have the right to get married, serve in the military, adopt children, and live their lives in peace and harmony. This is the reason I have always been proud to be Canadian and to live in a country that is so LGBT-friendly.

Unfortunately, even though Canada has been advanced in the acceptance of its LGBT community, homophobia and discrimination still exist. During the last few months, I have asked myself, “Is Canada about to lose its LGBT-friendly reputation?”

During the most recent federal election, Canadians elected the Conservative party to be the Majority Government of Canada. By doing so, they may have set LGBT rights back several years. Unfortunately, the Conservative track record for supporting the LGBT community is non-existent. Thoroughout Canadian history, the Conservatives have never supported any legislation that furthered LGBT causes. The fact is, the party has always fought to have LGBT rights taken away.

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NY: Head of Conservative Party Concedes Marriage Equality Bill Will Pass

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Mike Long, the chairman of the New York Conservative Party and a leading opponent of the bill to institue same sex marriage in New York, tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the bill will likely pass “by the end of the night.”

“I’m sorry to say that the bill’s going to pass,” Long told me in a phone interview minutes ago. He said that the recently released religious liberty amendment would serve as an “excuse for some Republican senators to hang their hat on.”

“I know they’ve got the 32nd vote, and I think they’ve muscled two more people” to give the vote some cushion.

Full Story from the Weekly Standard

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NY: Meet the Man Blocking Marriage Equality

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Michael LongYesterday the New York Times profiled Michael R. Long, the head of the New York Conservative Party and the man they charge with almost single-handedly blocking same-sex marriage.

“In order to get the endorsement of the Conservative Party, one of the deal breakers is traditional marriage,” Mr. Long said in an interview last week. “You say ‘I’m not for traditional marriage,’ you’re not going to get our endorsement. It’s as simple as that.” It is not an idle threat.

“New York is among a handful of states where elected officials can run on the ballot line of more than one party, and Republicans have come to rely on Conservative Party votes to win office in an increasingly Democratic-leaning state.”

Full Story from Joe.My.God

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NY: Conservative Party Threatens Pro Marriage Equality Lawmakers

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Conservative Party of New York State has passed a resolution that any state senators supporting supporting marriage equality will lose their support, the NY Daily News reports:

The party’s executive committee today passed a resolution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

But the key passage of the resolution is this: “Be it resolved that any elected official or potential candidate who does not support marriage as defined between one man and one woman, shall not have their name appear on Row C, the New York State Conservative Party position on election ballots, in any election.”

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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UK: What New Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government Means for Gay Rights

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

In many ways, you should be ecstatic, by no small measure the majority of the LGBT community according to PinkNews.co.uk polls voted for the Liberal Democrats, very few voted Conservative. The electoral system, with its inherent unfairness for a party with widespread but not concentrated support like the Lib Dems was always going to end up with the Liberal Democrats in bed with either Labour or the Conservatives in a hung parliament.

The Liberal Democrats made the right choice in partner no matter how uncomfortable it feels to have a work and pensions secretary (Iain Duncan Smith) who disagreed with equal parental rights for lesbian couples, a Conservative party chairman who once claimed the abolition of section 28 meant children were being “propositioned” for gay relationships (Sayeeda Warsi), or a minister for equality (Theresa May) who has consistently (bar the crucial civil partnership act) voted against gay rights -although she does seem an odd choice. Some might be upset that we have gone from three openly gay cabinet ministers to none.

An alliance with Labour had that party agreed to it would have resulted in an unstable Government and a hasty second general election. Both the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats are broke while the Tories would have relied on Lord Ashcroft’s cash.

Full Story from Pink News

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UK: Conservative Party’s Equality Manifesto Promises Consideration of Gay Marriage

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

The Conservative Party have once again attempted to reach out to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues) with an equality manifesto that promises to consider the case for civil partnerships to be renamed as civil marriages. It echoes a vague commitment given by shadow chancellor George Osborne to gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell but comes after a string of damaging accusations of homophobia by a number of Conservative candidates.

The equality manifesto with a foreword by shadow equalities minister Theresa May says: “Since the beginning of his leadership, David Cameron has made clear the Conservative Party’s commitment to sexual equality and gay rights – from his first conference speech, in which he proudly confirmed our support for civil partnerships, to his apology for our former stance on Section 28.

“We have supported tackling homophobic bullying and measures to tackle incitement to gay hatred, and we have opened up Conservative candidate selection to people from all backgrounds.”

Full Story from Pink News

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