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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, August 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.

Gays Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Hold Public Office

Talking about Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who he claims is a lesbian, Bryan Fischer says gays aren’t aren’t qualified because you are a sexual deviant:

My view of public service is that somebody who is engaged in sexually deviant behavior is not qualified to hold public office. That’s why if you get a conviction for rape, you can’t hold public office. You get a conviction for pedophilia, you can’t hold public office. You might even get run out of office on a prostitution charge because it’s sexually deviant behavior. Now lesbianism is sexually deviant behavior because it deviates from God’s plan and design for human sexually. So I believe that this is a person who, because she’s involved in sexually deviant behavior, should be, ought to be disqualified from public service.”

How about anti gay bigots are they fit to be Christians?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 8/19/14

Tuesday, August 19th, 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!

China: For gay men in China, marrying a woman can prove costly. full story

Cuba: Mariela Castro cast a solitary protest vote against an employment rights bill, because it failed to prevent discrimination based on gender identity. full story

Israel: Dot429 looks at the tension over marriage in the country. full story

Italy: An Italian magazine is in hot water after it sent out a free book of “gay jokes” to its subscribers. full story

Italy Gay Joke Book

Uganda: After losing funds from the USA, The Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese, John Baptist Odama, is calling for people to leave gays alone. full story

USA, New York: The anti-gay Sultan of Brunei is looking to expand his hotel network to New York. full story

USA, South Carolina: LGBT activists hope the buzz surrounding a gay wedding expo in Charleston will show how much moneythe state’s businesses are losing to the ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA,Texas: AT&T has contributed $75K to anti-gay Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for governor. full story

USA, Utah: The state asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for more time Monday to file its appeal in a same-sex marriage recognition case. full story

USA, Virginia: The People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV) released a list of 66 officiants ready to marry same-sex couples on the day the ruling becomes final and gay marriage in Virginia is legal. full story

Virginia Marriage Equality Updates

Monday, August 18th, 2014

VirginiaVirginia marriage equality took some twists and turns today.

First off, the ACLU is asking the US Supreme Court to allow weddings to go ahead later this week.

SDGLN reports:

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal today will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the motion filed Thursday by Prince William County Clerk Michele McQuigg seeking to stay the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Schaefer v. Bostic striking down Virginia’s discriminatory marriage ban. They will join the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the primary sponsor of the Bostic case. Chief Justice John Roberts, the Circuit Justice for the Fourth Circuit, is overseeing the request, and last Friday he set a deadline of 5 pm Monday EST for responses.

But according to NBC4, the AG may have cut a deal to delay the weddings.

NBC4 reports:

Gay marriage in Virginia was set to begin on Thursday — but now, the state’s Attorney General has said he agrees to a delay. Attorney General Mark Herring also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case quickly and settle the issue. The move seems designed to prevent what has happened in states including Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Wisconsin, where gay-marriage bans have been struck down by courts and then reinstated on appeal.

The Washington Blade explains the state’s position:

Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael, who takes a different approach in the 19-page filing he submitted before the Supreme Court, saying harm may occur either way and a stay on Virginia same-sex marriages is the best option. “Irreparable harm is threatened whichever way the Court decides the stay request, although determining if the harm is irreparable depends on whether Virginia’s ban is unconstitutional,” Raphael writes. “Under these circumstances, the balance of hardships favors a stay. The unintended consequences and injury to third parties if this Court were to permit the district court’s injunction to take effect prematurely and later uphold Virginia’s ban are greater than the injury to the named plaintiffs if the stay is granted but the ban is later invalidated.”

Does the state’s capitulation make it much more likely a stay will be issued?

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Republicans Should Pray The Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage

Monday, August 18th, 2014

GOProudOne of the most widely discussed issues on the political right is the danger supposedly posed by judicial “activism,” when judges are said to substitute their personal preferences for the clear intent of the law and the Constitution. The Supreme Court in particular has been a target of those who oppose judicial overreach.

Overlooked by these critics, however, is the fact that many of the Supreme Court decisions the right loves to hate (from Roe v Wade to Lawrence v Texas) have actually expanded individual rights and limited government power, making them entirely consistent with the presumption of liberty found in the Constitution.

The latest issue to spark outrage on the right is gay marriage. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, for example, railed against it at a rally for traditional marriage this past spring in Washington, D.C. “Judicial supremacy is a curse upon this great Republic,” he screamed, calling last year’s Supreme Court rulings in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 cases the “greatest heresy of our time.” In the DOMA case, the court overturned that part of DOMA that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the purpose of awarding federal benefits and legal privileges.

By David Lampo – Full Story at Daily Caller

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Monday, August 18th, 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.

Our Party is Plagued With Grotesque Transsexuals

Former UKIP candidate Julia Gasper in the UK had some truly, dumbfoundingly ignorant things to say about transgender people in the party:

“UKIP seems to be plagued with transsexuals. Ex-boxer Frank Maloney will never pass for a woman. Look at that jaw, that thick neck, those bulky shoulders and his huge hands. He has painted his nails red (ugh) and he looks absolutely grotesque. It is mutilation. The whole thing is totally barmy – and how pathetic that he can find nothing better to do with his life.

“The idiotic MEP Nikki Sinclaire tried to pass himself off as a woman despite being 6ft 4 with size 11 feet and a baritone voice. Having changed from man to ‘woman’ he then announced that he was a lesbian. He’s so mixed-up his brains must have been through an electric blender. Hiding or cutting off the genitals you were born with does not make you into a woman. To claim that it does is to insult women – to imply that we are just men without a penis. A man who has his genitals surgically removed is a eunuch, not a woman. He is also insane.”

Seriously, this is some of the most offensive, ignorant bullsh@t I have ever heard someone spout about the transgender community, and I’ve heard some serious crap. There’s a reason Ms. Gasper is an “Ex” candidate.

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Let’s Get Rid of All the Judges

Apparently we don’t need an independent judiciary in this country, at least of they don’t always rule the way we want. Tony Perkins mouths off:

“Just this week, another judge struck down a state marriage amendment. One of the most novel was Judge Jones in Pennsylvania back in May – he struck down Pennsylvania’s marriage amendment saying ‘it’s time to throw marriage laws onto the ash heap of history’. Frankly, I think it’s time we throw the opinions of unelected judges onto the dunghill of history where they belong.”

Perkins isn’t clear on how he would accomplish this, exactly. Get rid of all judges Make them all elected? Just selectively get rid of the opinions he doesn’t like? It’s always amazing to me how these conservatives who profess to LOVE this country and its principles, when faced with an outcome they don’t like, attack the very bedrock principles upon which it was founded.

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Ireland Marriage Equality Poll: 86% Support Same Sex Relationships

Monday, August 18th, 2014

titleA new poll out of Ireland shows some of the strongest support for same sex couples that we’ve ever seen.

Pink News reports:

A poll in Ireland has found that 86% of people approve of same-sex relationships. The poll – conducted by the Sunday Times – surveyed 954 people, and found overwhelming support for same-sex couples… Kieran Rose, of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said: “This is another welcome demonstration of the transformation in attitudes to lesbian and gay people and of the generosity of Irish voters in their willingness to extend equal status and dignity to lesbian and gay people and lesbian and gay headed families.

The new poll bodes well for the planned 2015 referendum on marriage equality in the country.

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Utah Marriage Equality Poll: 61% Opposed

Monday, August 18th, 2014

titleA new Utah marriage equality poll shows pretty much what you’d expect – almost two-thirds are opposed to it. reports:

A new Zions Bank/ poll, conducted by Dan Jones and Cicero Group, shows that 61 percent of Utahns oppose same sex marriage; only 29 percent support it. And by far most “very active” Mormons oppose same sex marriage (88 percent), as their religion now teaches. At the same time, those who told Jones that they have no religion, 88 percent favor same sex marriage. A complete flip-flop connected to Mormons and the unreligious. Even though most Utahns – 61 percent – oppose same sex marriage, 58 percent believe the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately rule unconstitutional Utah’s state ban denying gay couples the right to marry.

As the article concludes, things are unlikely to change much unless and until wither the Mormon Church approves marriage equality, non-Mormons become a majority, or the younger Utahns grow up and replace their more conservative elders.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 8/18/14

Monday, August 18th, 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!

Ireland: Almost 3K people have entered into civil partnerships in the first six months of the year, with over half taking place in Dublin. – See more at: full story

New Zealand: 926 same-sex couples have been married in New Zealand since same-sex marriage came into effect a year ago.
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USA: Ex-gay group PFOX has issued an evacuation plan for escaping from homosexuality. full story

PFOX Evacuation Plan

USA: Billionaire investor Paul Singer’s American Unity super PAC will donate at least $2 million to the campaigns of GOP House candidates who endorse same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Kyler Geoffroy at looks at how the Evangelical community has responded to LGBT rights over the years. full story

USA: More info from that Marist Poll – 68% of Republicans would vote for a gay candidate, but 63% still oppose marriage equality. full story

USA, North Carolina: WCNC looks at the state of the marriage equality fight in North Carolina. full story

USA, Ohio: An openly gay pastor just installed in Ohio says he thinks critics of homosexuality have misinterpreted the bible.
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USA, Virginia: NOM’s Brian Brown is calling on the US Supreme Court to stay same sex weddings in Virginia. full story

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 8/18/14

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Matt BaumeMajor news in Virginia this week, where the Fourth Circuit has refused to delay marriage equality for any longer.

Now anti-gay defendants have asked the US Supreme Court to step in at the last minute.

A judge in Tennessee has upheld that state’s marriage ban, on the basis of outdated arguments regarding procreation. And over a dozen couples successfully register marriage licenses in Mississippi during a coordinated day of action.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 8/17/14

Sunday, August 17th, 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!

India: The head of the ruling party in Mumbai says he will push for the decriminalization of homosexuality. full story

Kenya: The Advocate looks at the terrible situation for gays in Kenya’s refugee camps. full story

USA, California: flags a beautiful wedding video – Ben and Daniel – married in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. full story

Santa Cruz Mountains Gay Wedding

USA, Minnesota: The Vikings and gay ally Chris Kluwe have reached a settlement following Kluwe’s pursuit of a lawsuit against the football franchise over the team’s homophobia. full story

USA, Ohio: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley called on the Sixth Circuit to strike down Ohio’s marriage equality ban. full story