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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 24th

Sunday, May 24th, 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: Mans Zelmerlow, the Swedish Eurovision contestant who had previously made anti-gay remarks, won the competition, saying “We are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in.” full story

CANADA: Manitoba has become the first Canadian province to ban conversion therapy which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay to straight. full story

IRELAND: With 43 of 43 constituencies reporting, the country has voted to amend its constitution to legalize same-sex marriage by a margin of 62.07% to 37.93%. full story

IRELAND: Only the Roscommon-South Leitrim Constituency voted “NO” and that was by barely more than one thousand votes. full story

Ireland vote map

IRELAND: The Advocate has photos of the marriage equality celebration. full story

IRELAND: Given that Hozier’s breakthrough song (Take Me to Church) is about sexual orientation and institutionalized bigotry and shame, it’s no surprise that the Irish singer took to Twitter on Saturday to celebrate the landmark referendum on gay marriage in his home country. full story

IRELAND: Actor Colin Farrell is also very happy. full story

IRELAND: The Advocate gathers other reactions form celebrities and others around the globe. full story

IRELAND: The Advocate also pulled together a bunch of celebrity tweets. full story

IRELAND: The International Business Times has the reactions from politicians around the world. full story

IRELAND: Queerty looks at five reasons the Irish vote will impact marriage equality in US politics. full story

ITALY: Will the country soon be the only one in Western Europe not recognizing same sex unions? full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland is now the only part of the British Isles without marriage equality. full story

USA: The ban on gay adults serving in the Boy Scouts could be lifted by October, President Robert Gates says. full story

USA, UTAH: For the second year, the LGBT group Mormons Building Bridges have been banned from popular Utah parades. full story

Ireland: First Same Sex Weddings Before Christmas!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Irish Times

Although the public just overwhelmingly approved a referendum on marriage equality, it’s gonna be a few more months before same sex couples can marry in the country.

The International Business Times reports:

Arrangements will start within the next few days to pass a law to give create the Constitutional amendment that will allow Ireland’s first same-sex marriage to take place before Christmas. The expected Yes vote will result in a new sentence being added to Article 41 of Ireland’s Constitution. It will read: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”…

To give effect to the amendment, the Oireachtas (Ireland’s parliament) will enact the Marriage Bill 2015, which will state in law that being of the same sex is no longer an impediment to marriage. Officials in the Department of Justice are due to start the drafting the legalisation next week. A spokesman said the Bill would be ranked with a view to it being passed by the Oireachtas before the summer recess. The law will set out the practical changes to come. When it comes into place, two people getting married will declare that they accept each other as “husband and wife” or as “spouses of each other”. It will also state that a change of gender will have no effect on marriage…

When the Marriage Bill has been drafted, it will go to Cabinet for a formal sign-off. It will then be enacted by the Oireachtas – probably in July – before practical work is done on changing marriage forms and procedures. Lastly, the Minister for Justice will sign a commencement order.

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 23rd

Saturday, May 23rd, 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!

INTERNET: Google search results for Ashers Bakery, the Irish bakery that came under fire for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake, now return a riff on the Keep Calm meme that reads “Keep Calm And Kill Faggots.” full story

POP CULTURE: The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes have signed former NFL defensive end Michael Sam to a two-year contract. full story

WORLDWIDE: I just edited Freedom to Marry’s map from yesterday to add Ireland. Look at all that pink!!! full story

world map

IRELAND: There’s a rainbow in Dublin as the country celebrates marriage equality. full story

Rainbow in Dublin

RUSSIA: Moscow Pride will be banned again this year for the tenth time in a row, Moscow town hall announced on Thursday. full story

SWITZERLAND: A Catholic bishop in Switzerland has walked back statements he made about “praying the gay away.” full story

UK: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said same-sex marriage contributes to the “greatest evil” in the country. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: It’s your turn. full story

USA: The Family Research Council is being very quiet about Josh Duggar’s resignation after allegations of molestation. full story

USA: A group of more than two dozen Senate Democrats led by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have become the latest to speak out against widely discredited conversion therapy for LGBT people. full story

USA: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wrapped up his group’s annual “Watchmen on the Wall” pastors’ conference by warning the conservative pastors in the audience that although they “may have five years” before they are dragged “kicking and screaming” out of their churches . full story

USA: The New Yorker takes an in-depth look at how a discredited marriage equality study went wrong. full story

USA, GUAM: Kathleen Aguero and Loretta Pangelinan, the lesbian couple challenging Guam’s same-sex marriage ban are not giving up on their fight to bring equality to U.S. territory. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Anti-gay activist Pete LaBarbera announced a “press conference” to be held today outside the Leather Archives during IML, but no press showed up, and there were only four protesters. full story

USA, TEXAS: Fearing backlash, a Texas church will now let gay couple dedicate their child in main sanctuary. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Anti marriage equality protesters are still hanging out in front of the Supreme Court. full story

Ireland Votes “Yes” on Marriage Equality

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

irelandThe voters in Ireland have embraced marriage equality, the first time this has happened on a national level.

From The Washington Blade:

Local media reports indicate a referendum to allow same-sex marriage in Ireland appears to have passed by a wide margin. “It is about removing discrimination,” Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told NBC News during an interview after voting in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples on Friday. “It is about removing inequality. It’s historic, and that’s why I’ll be voting yes.” Ireland is the first country in the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples through a popular vote.

According to Pink News, the “no” side has conceded defeat:

Anti-same sex marriage campaigners in Ireland have conceded defeat in the referendum. David Quinn of the anti-same sex marriage Iona Institute tweeted, just an hour after the count began, to congratulate the Yes campaign.

It looks like the measure passed with a wide margin:

The Republic of Ireland looked set to pass same-sex marriage this morning, with early counts indicated a margin of up to 2:1 for the measure. According to early tallies, a yes vote was likely in most of the 43 constituencies in Ireland, with some reports suggesting up to a 2:1 split in favour of same-sex marriage. Even in more conservative areas, early reports suggested only a 50/50 split, and an exceptionally high turnout in urban areas offered reassurance to those supporting the ‘yes’ campaign.

It’s an amazing day for Ireland, and for the world.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 22nd

Friday, May 22nd, 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: Sabra Hummus has launched a new 60-second spot featuring three couples, one of which happens to be real-life married couple Larry Sullivan and Dave Monahan. full story

POP CULTURE: The Lithuanian performance at the Eurovision semi-finals featured dancers swapping around and kissing their same-sex partners. full story

POP CULTURE: The Pride flags were out in force on Tuesday night during Russia’s performance at the Eurovision semi-final. full story

Pride Flags at Eurovision

AUSTRALIA: Former rugby pro turned independent senator Glenn Lazarus, AKA ‘The Brick With Eyes,’ has threatened to don the swimwear made famous by Borat if a popular vote on gay marriage were to fail in Australia. full story

IRELAND: Polls are open across the country for the marriage equality referendum. full story

IRELAND: Writer Colm Toibin has weighed in one day ahead of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum to say the Catholic Church “has no moral authority to speak on civil matters”.
full story

IRELAND: Despite opinion polls largely showing strong support for the Yes vote, there are fears the ‘silent opposition’ will overpower the outcome. full story

IRELAND: A moratorium preventing the discussion of same-sex marriage by broadcasters in Ireland has come into force, ahead of the country’s referendum tomorrow. full story

IRELAND: Channel Four looks at today’s referendum full story

IRELAND: Uber is joing its competitor Hailo to offer free rides to and from the polls as Irish voters decide whether or not the country will become the first on the planet to enact the right to marry for same-sex couples by popular vote. full story

IRELAND: With only a few hours until the first-ever national referendum for marriage equality, now is the time to stand with Ireland, writes Hayley Miller on the HRC Blog. full story

IRELAND: Towleroad once again rounds up a bunch of news on the referendum. full story

IRELAND: ABC News looks at what happens if the vote is “no”. full story

ITALY: Rome’s brand-new civil unions registry kicked off Thursday as 20 couples – 14 of them gay and six straight – sealed their commitment to one another at City Hall. full story

NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand’s opposition leader has apologizeed for a ‘flippant’ anti-trans joke he made during Thursday’s budget debate. full story

SWITZERLAND: The highest court in Switzerland has declined to recognise a gay couple as the fathers of their children. full story

UGANDA: Barack Obama’s recently-appointed special envoy for LGBT rights is heading to Uganda – where homosexuality is illegal. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Host Janet Street-Porter said that she had sided with Christian bakers who had refused to bake a cake with a message in support of same-sex marriage because she did not consider them to be bigots. full story

USA: The Central Conference of American Rabbis just condemned conversion therapy. full story

USA: BSA national president and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called on the organization to move swiftly to change its “unsustainable” national member prohibition on LGBT adults and vowed to ensure that local Scout councils that defy the current ban will not lose their charters. full story

USA: A group of nearly two dozen senators — led by lesbian Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) — are calling on the Pentagon to implement explicit non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and bisexual service members in the U.S. military. full story

USA: Anti-gay author and former Bush administration official Robert R. Reilly compared the fight for same-sex marriage to laws revoking citizenship of Jews in Nazi Germany. full story

USA: A donor who identified himself as gay asked Florida senator Marco Rubio to state his position on same-sex marriage during a closed-door question-and-answer session. full story

USA: The Girl Scouts of America announced a change to one of their policies that now allows transgender kids to become members. full story

USA: Asexual Outreach is planning the North American Asexuality Conference and working to provide asexuality resource kits in high schools, create an event finder, and fund their formal activist network, which is staffed entirely by volunteers. full story

USA: Will the Alabama ruling be the last change to the marriage equality map before the US Supreme Court issues its ruling? full story

Wikipedia Map

USA, ALABAMA: The federal judge in the marriage equality case finally issued another ruling, granting class action status, but then stayed it pending the US Supreme Court Decision. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: SF Pride has declined to ban Facebook from its parade, despite being asked to do so by a group upset about the social media giant’s “real name” policy. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A federal appeals court has placed a hold on gender reassignment surgery for Michelle Norsworthy over the course of her incarceration. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Queerty rounds up some of the best responses to Governor Bobby Jindal’s right to discriminate order. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hoping to counter the growing anti-LGBT narrative in his state with an executive order of his own. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Hotelier Ian Reisner, who took heat for hosting a meeting with anti-gay Ted Cruz, continued his apology tour, and donated $20K to the Fire Island Pines PAC. full story

USA, TEXAS: GOP Rep. Sarah Davis is the first Republican Texas lawmaker in history to come out in support of same-sex marriage. full story

USA, TEXAS: Michelangelo Signorile interviewed notorious Texas state Rep. Cecil Bell this week, grilling him about his quixotic pursuit of legislation that Bell believes would allow his state to defy the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, TEXAS: A bill reaffirming the rights of clergy to refuse to perform marriages — including same-sex marriages — that violate their religious beliefs has passed in the House on a bipartisan vote, after its sponsor reassured legislators clergy may only refuse to perform those marriages in their official capacity, not when they serve as county clerks, justices of the peace or in other government capacities. full story

USA, TEXAS: Despite rumors that Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, intended to try and attach his anti-marriage equality bill to the pastor protection bill as an amendment, the amendment never came. full story

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Oldest Home and Garden, Key West, Florida

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Oldest Home and Garden

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 21st

Thursday, May 21st, 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: HRC released a new trailer for the ABC Family documentary series Becoming Us. full story

CUBA: Leodan Suarez Quiñones, a transgender rights advocate, criticized government authorities for failing to respond to what she described as a hate crime. full story

BRAZIL: Late last week, the Brazilian National Council of Justice passed a resolution that requires all notaries, who perform marriages and civil unions in the country, to allow same-sex couples to marry. full story

IRELAND: Pink News takes apart the “reasons” for a “no” vote on marriage equality. full story

IRELAND: Same-sex marriage in Ireland has had a number of big-name celebrity endorsements – and now it’s been backed by Benjy the gay bull. full story

IRELAND: Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny, has made a final plea for a yes vote in the referendum to legalise gay marriage. full story

IRELAND: The AP takes a detailed look at the fight over the marriage equality referendum full story

IRELAND: Time Magazine also has a great Q&A about the vote. full story

IRELAND: once again rounds up the latest news. full story

KYRGYZSTAN: Members of a Kyrgyzstan LGBT group were attacked, threatened and insulted by anti-gay activists and abused by police on May 17th during commemorations for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Supermarket giant Tesco has said it is “reviewing” its stocking of Ashers Bakery products, after the company was yesterday found guilty of discriminating against a man by refusing to make a “support gay marriage” cake. full story

USA: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to the nation’s capital Tuesday and met privately with top leaders in the social conservative movement to reassure them about his stances against abortion and gay marriage. full story

USA: Jennifer Lukawski, lobbyist and co-host of an event to raise money for Marco Rubio, once worked for Gambian Dictator Yahya Jammeh, who recently said he would slit gays’ throats. full story

USA: In response, Pasamba Jow, spokesman for the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists, has called for Rubio to remove the lobbyist from the host committee for the event. full story

USA: Ted Cruz said the left should be talking about ISIS executing gays instead of marriage equality. full story

USA: Chris Cillizza analyzes the rapid rise in support for marriage equality in the USA. full story

Marriage Equality Poll

USA: A study that claimed that when voters were visited by canvassers promoting the legalization of same-sex marriage, they were profoundly more likely to change their minds if the canvassers were themselves gay-identified and shared their personal stories was apparently falsified. full story

USA: Bryan Fischer is calling on all Christians to disobey the US Supreme Court if it rules for marriage equality, saying “they can’t arrest us all.” full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Equal Protection for All Families Act, which updates California assisted reproduction laws to help ensure that all families are protected equally under state law, passed the Assembly May 18 with unanimous support. full story

USA, GEORGIA: The state GOP just elected its first openly gay state treasurer, while at the same time doubling down on aa planned ‘religious freedom’ bill. full story

USA, IOWA: Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum on Monday attended an event sponsored by The Family Leadership Summit, an Iowa group opposed to marriage equality. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: A New York state lawmaker has asked that state’s governor to enact a travel ban on Louisiana in response to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent executive order, which is modeled off religious freedom legislation critics say authorizes discrimination of LGBT people. full story

USA, Michigan: A mother came forward with new accusations against the local pastor who resigned after being outed as gay, saying that he told her son nearly drove him to suicide. full story

mother and gay son

USA, NEVADA: Flanked by 8th grade students who he challenged to ‘embrace your differences,’ Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed an anti-bullying bill into law on Wednesday. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The Harlem hate church has a new anti LGBT message. full story

Harlem hate church sign

USA, OREGON: When high school junior Makaila Ragan noticed two men waving anti-gay signs outside her mother’s Oregon workplace, she confronted them with a pro-gay sign of her own. full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, intends to attach an amendment similar to his previous bill barring the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples to a bill protecting clergy from being forced to perform same-sex marriages during a House floor vote on Thursday, May 21. full story

New Gallup Poll Shows Marriage Equality Support at 60%

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Gallup Poll

Last year, we reported that nationwide approval for same-sex marriage had reached an all-time high according to Gallup, which then found that 55% of Americans support same-sex marriage. Those numbers have soared even higher in the 12 months since, now reaching 60% approval on the eve of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. As Gallup reports, support for same-sex marriage is also at an all-time high among both major political parties:

Though same-sex marriage continues to be politically divisive, support for its legal status has reached new highs among Americans of all political stripes — with Democrats at 76% support, independents at 64% and Republicans at 37%. […]

The party divide between Democrats and Republicans may hinge largely on the age groups that compose each party. Gallup has found that younger Americans are significantly more likely to lean Democratic, while older Americans skew Republican. And while majorities of each age group under 65 support marriage equality in 2015, those aged 65 and older are still more likely to oppose it. This is a new phenomenon for the 50- to 64-year-old group. Last year, just 48% of these middle-aged Americans supported legally recognizing gay marriage. But in 2015, this figure has climbed to a majority of 54%.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 20th

Wednesday, May 20th, 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!

INTERNET: A trans woman is challenging a rule on Facebook that allows men to post photos of their nipples, but bans female ones. full story

POP CULTURE: Madonna’s provocative Instagram photo of a Jewish man and an Arab man about to lock lips is actually of two Israeli Jews: Imri Kalmann, 28, and Dekel Aiden, 24, two Tel Aviv party promoters who host a periodic gay club party called Dreck. full story

POP CULTURE: A trans character on The Bold and the Beautiful soap opera came out to her boyfriend. full story

POP CULTURE: A children’s biblical storybook accidentally showed two male lions getting on the ark together. full story

Noah's Gay Ark

AUSTRALIA: The Huffington Post profiles the two women who flew to New Zealand to marry because one is dying. full story

Image by Bill Hedges, Gotya Photography

Image by Bill Hedges, Gotya Photography

ARGENTINA: Two Argentine judges are under fire for reducing the sentence of a convicted child abuser on the grounds that his 6-year-old victim already “was making a precocious choice” of his sexuality, apparently a reference to homosexuality. full story

CHINA: The Hong Kong LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index 2015 is the first and only benchmark on workplace inclusion practices and initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in Asia. full story

INDIA: In a first for India, a newspaper carried a matrimonial ad seeking a same-sex partner. full story

India gay matrimonial ad

IRELAND: Irish Central arts editor Cahir O’Doherty wrote an article cabout growing up gay in Ireland’s northernmost and rural County Donegal, and asked for a Yes vote on the marriage equality referendum. full story

IRELAND: A new marriage equality mural was put up by muralist Joe Caslin on a castle in Galway. full story

Galway marriage equality mural

IRELAND: A group of stand-up comedians has released a video urging a Yes vote. full story

IRELAND: A “No” voter told a journalist that God gave her cancer for being gay. full story

IRELAND: is also recapping the latest Ireland news. full story

IRELAND: Hailo, the LGBT friendly taxi company, has released another ad ahead of the marriage equality referendum – “The Heterophobic Taxi Driver”. full story

ISRAEL: The IDF has begun allowing same-sex partners to defer if they are called up for military service at the same time. full story

KENYA: The Kenyan Court’s groundbreaking decision which ruled in favor of the regstering the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) as an NGO under the Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Board Act, is now being appealed by the Kenyan Government. full story

NEW ZEALAND: As the country prepares to update its flag, some are calling for the inclusion of a rainbow. full story

New Zealand Rainbow Flag

RUSSIA: The 17 activists arrested in Russia were accused of “gay propaganda” in part because they wanted to release colorful balloons. full story

UK: Loose Women host Coleen Nolan has not apologised despite calls for her to be sacked from the show after she compared asking for a “support gay marriage” cake to asking for a “support ISIS” one. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: A group of ministers and elders in the Church of Scotland have formally expressed dissatisfaction about a decision to allow gay civil partners to become ministers. full story

USA: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today in support of the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, the first federal legislation proposed to ban the harmful, for-profit psychiatric therapies aimed at “converting” LGBT people, of which she is an original co-sponsor. full story

USA: Ex game show host Chuck Woolery claimed that churches would loose tax exempt status because of gay marriage. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is sick of answering gay marriage questions, but still talks about “religious liberty”. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: A bipartisan Illinois House majority yesterday approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: American Future Project, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s issues advocacy group, is running ads starting today in Iowa touting the need for protection for religious liberty in America. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The state’s right to discriminate bill is dead for the session after being blocked in committee. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Governor Bobby Jindal responded by issuing an executive order intended to protect the “religious liberty” of objectors to same-sex marriage in the state of Louisiana. full story

USA, OREGON: Marriage equality is now a year old in the state. full story

USA, OREGON: Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson, the state’s first legally married same sex couple, quietly celebrated their first anniversary. full story

USA, OREGON: Oregon became the third state in the country on Monday to ban widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy for minors after Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice, according to LGBT advocates. full story

USA, TEXAS: Police escorted about a dozen pro-marriage equality protesters from the audience as Gov. Greg Abbott began his commencement address to graduates at the University of North Texas. full story

USA, TEXAS: LeTourneau University, an NCAA Division III school in Texas, has banned its gay student-athletes from dating and has banned all athletes from vocalizing support for same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Wisconsin: A state report shows the legalization of gay marriage last year boosted the number of couples tying the knot to the highest rate Wisconsin has reported since 2007. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 19th

Tuesday, May 19th, 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!

Austria: Vienna has decided to keep its gay-themed traffic lights after Eurovision – despite right-wing protests. full story

Canada: A same-sex couple have asked for the deposit for their wedding rings back after the jeweller put up a homophobic sign saying “The sanctity of marriage is under attack”. full story

Europe: Herman Kelly, a communications director at the eurosceptic group Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy, part of the European Union, tweeted “Gay Couples can only take someone else’s kids. Accept consequences of lifestyle choice”. full story

Ireland: The opposition has been able to find exactly two gay men who will say they are voting against marriage equality – so of course, there’s a video. full story

Ireland: Bill Baroni, a former NJ/NY Port Authority executive under indictment for allegedly taking part in a political retribution scheme at the George Washington Bridge, got approval from a federal judge to travel to Dublin, Ireland, for eight days, from Monday through next Tuesday, to campaign to pass the marriage equality amendment. full story

Ireland: Another new video – a married couple urges a “yes” vote. full story

Ireland: In yet another new video, Irish great-grandmother Madeline Connolly is inspiring four generations of voters ahead of the country’s marriage referendum on May 22. full story

Ireland: One more ad – “Be My Yes”. full story

Ireland: A group of fighters is also saying “yes” to marriage equality. full story

Ireland Fighters

Ireland: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has called for same-sex marriage to be made legal in Ireland ahead of this week’s referendum on the issue. full story

Ireland: rounds up the latest Ireland marriage equality news. full story

USA: Former Irish president Mary McAleese has given an incredible speech for marriage equality. full story

Kenya: President Barack Obama has been urged by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, comprised of 700 pastors, not to “preach” and impose his views in support of same-sex marriage on the Kenyan people when he visits the African country in July. full story

Latvia: Only 2.5% of Latvians support EuroPride happening in Riga this year. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The new Health Minister has vowed to be “guided by science” on the gay blood ban – which his predecessors refused to lift with no evidence to support them. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A bakery which refused to provide a pro-same-sex marriage cake has been found guilty of discrimination. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The plaintiff in a case today which saw a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland be found guilty of discrimination, has said he would donate his £500 compensation to charity. full story

USA: Yesterday passed with no marriage equality ruling from the Supreme Court, which traditionally issues rulings on Mondays and Thursdays, but not always. full story

USA: According to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, 56 percent of Republicans would show up for the nuptials of a loved one marrying a same-sex partner. full story

USA: On Tuesday morning, Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California will introduce a federal bill to ban commercial efforts to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity — often called conversion therapy. full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush said it’s “absolutely” ok for Christian wedding vendors to turn away same sex couples. full story

USA: Bush also feels that not only gays and lesbians shouldn’t be legally married, but that same-sex couples can’t be loving or provide a good household to children. full story

USA: NOM’s Maggie Gallagher is calling for the passage of a Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, “protecting” anti-gay vendors, with a carve-out to block businesses from turning people away because of their race. full story

USA: A daughter who hopes to be maid of honor at her moms’ wedding took to the steps of the US Supreme Court last month to campaign in favour of same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Alabama: Three months after being arrested while trying to perform a same-sex marriage in Alabama, a woman in Autauga County pleaded guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct. full story

USA, California: After a long legal battle, a trans prisoner in California is finally due to have gender confirmation surgery. full story

USA, Florida: Jaclyn Pfeiffer and Kelly Bardier, the preschool workers who were fired from the Aloma Methodist Early Childhood Learning Center in March for being gay, have reached a settlement with the Aloma United Methodist Church. full story

USA, Georgia: Art Smith, the self-proclaimed “Queerest Chef in America”, will oversee 101 gay weddings in Atlanta. full story

USA, Iowa: Hillary Clinton visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa. full story

USA, Iowa: Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee was in the state warning people about the supposed impact of gay marriage. full story

USA, Missouri: A Kansas City school bus driver has been fired after reportedly telling two eleven year old girls they were gay and would burn in hell for it. full story

USA, New York: New York Attorney General General Eric T. Schneiderman launched a new initiative to ensure that transgender New Yorkers have equal access to medical care throughout the state. full story

USA, New York: Anti gay State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. is charging that Comptroller Scott Stringer denied his wife a job because she opposes same-sex marriage–even though Mr. Stringer’s office claims she was never offered a position. full story

USA, Oregon: The Advocate looks at Governor Kate Brown and the sudden change in bisexual visibility. full story

USA, Texas: Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values, an anti-LGBT hate group, says Texas’ same-sex marriage ban has helped make it the most business-friendly state in the nation. full story

USA, Texas: An amendment that would have allowed child welfare providers to discriminate against LGBT people as well as those of other faiths, interfaith couples and anyone else to whom a provider objects for religious reasons was killed. full story

USA, Washington DC: Trans rights activists marched against transphobia Sunday. full story