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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 6th

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’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!

India: Acclaimed India actor Manoj Bajpayee says he “will go to any extent” to get his film about a gay professor past censors. full story

Ireland: An Irish company has refused to print wedding invitations for a gay couple. full story

Latvia: A group of anti-gay activists is trying to kill off EuroPride 2015, due to be held in Riga, Latvia, booking a protest for “sexual deviations and various perversions, as well as other strange things” at the time and in the locations the gay pride group wanted to use. full story

Singapore: A Singapore court fined a prominent dissident blogger on Wednesday for questioning the timing of two constitutional challenges to the city-state’s ban on gay sex. full story

Slovenia: Marriage equality opponents might try to put the new marriage equality law to a vote – a bill can be called if 40,000 citizens with their signatures back such a vote. full story

UK: Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has designed a new LGBT rights tote bag for Gay Star News. full story

UK: World Rugby and International Gay Rugby have signed a historic agreement agreeing to collaborate to ensure the game promotes equality and inclusivity. full story

Zimbabwe: The Government’s hostility towards gay people is hampering the its ability to tackle HIV, a leading gay rights campaigner has warned. full story

USA: The Supreme Court scheduled a hearing on the marriage equality cases for Tuesday, April 28, over 2 1/2 hours. full story

USA: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the state’s Republican establishment threw their support behind marriage equality in a brief to the US Supreme Court. full story

USA: Openly lesbian Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey plans to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the federal Constitution prohibits discrimination against same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Thursday filed a brief supporting same-sex marriage cases coming up before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA: 379 companies, including Amazon, Apple, Google, Target, Comcast, Cox, Cablevisition, Coca Cola, Microsoft, and Twitter, signed an amicus brief for marriage equality. full story

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USA: The business brief also includes the New England Patriots and the San Francisco Giants. full story

USA: A new report from the Williams Institute estimates that there are now 350K legally married same sex couples in the US. full story

An estimate of same sex couples according to the 2010 Census.

An estimate of same sex couples according to the 2010 Census.

USA: After Ben Carson backtracked on a statement calling being gay a choice, the Tea Party freaked out. full story

USA: Bryan Fischer also turned on Ben Carson. full story

USA: And so did NOM’s Maggie Gallagher. full story

USA: Pat Robertson advised parents not to attend their child’s same sex wedding. full story

USA: Far-right activist Walid Shoebat has said that Islamists in the Middle East want to introduce anti-Christian laws that will lead to “homosexual rights” and “cannibalism.” full story

USA: 2014 Survey confirms that 56% of Americans now support marriage equality. full story

USA: A military appeals court is recognizing the transgender defendant accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks as a woman. full story

USA: Under a new Department of Labor rule, workers in legal, same-sex marriages now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federally protected job leave. The rule also allows all married couples to have the same rights, no matter which state they live in. full story

USA: James Russell at The Dallas Voice looks at some of the potential GOP presidential candidate’s stands on marriage equality. full story

USA, Alabama: Marriage equality advocates promised not to give up after the Alabama Supreme Court halted same sex weddings across the state. full story

USA, Alabama: Think Progress profiles some of the same sex couples thrown into limbo by the state Supreme Court’s decision. full story

USA, Arkansas / Nebraska: Hundreds of businesses in both states have signed a pledge with the Human Rights Campaign to advance workplace equality for members of the LGBT community. full story

USA, California: A new bill would prohibit state agencies from doing business with companies that discriminate against their employees based on gender identity, including by denying transgender workers the same benefits and healthcare coverage they offer all other workers. – See more at: http://sdgln.com/news/2015/03/05/california-equal-benefits-bill-introduced#sthash.v0za2Uiy.dpuf full story

USA, Florida: Transgender Floridians would have to use public bathrooms designated for their birth gender, unless they have a license or passport that proves they’ve completed their transition to their new sex under a bill that passed its first legislative committee on Wednesday. full story

USA, Georgia: By a vote of 37-15, the state Senate passed a :right to discriminate” bill that will allow people in the state to use their religion to discriminate against LGBT individuals. full story

USA, Massachusetts: The all-women’s Wellesley College will now admit transgender students who identify as female. full story

USA, Michigan: Doctors and EMT workers will be allowed to legally refuse life-saving services to gay and lesbian persons if the proposed “right to discriminate” bill passes. full story

USA, Michigan: The Michigan House of Representatives will soon consider House Bills 4188, 4189, and 4190, three pieces of legislation that would empower publicly-funded adoption organizations to turn away LGBT parents interested in adopting a child. full story

USA, Nebraska: The Eighth Circuit placed a hold on a ruling against Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage, blocking weddings from taking place in the state starting Monday, and will hear the case along with others from Arkansas, South Dakota and Missouri on 5/12. full story

USA, Nebraska: In response, Wikipedia issued a new marriage equality map. full story

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

USA, Texas: For the second time in four months, the Family Research Council will host an anti-gay event at a Houston megachurch next week. full story

USA, Texas: Anti gay Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will headline a hate rally in Austin on 3/23. full story

USA, Utah: A combined LGBT rights/religious rights bill passed a state Senate panel unanimously. full story

USA, Utah: Zack Ford at Think Progress analyzes the new bill. full story

USA, Utah: Government employees could refuse to marry gay couples – but would lose their privilege of marrying anyone – under a new bill released Thursday. full story

USA, Virginia: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said local school boards have the authority to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their anti-discrimination policies. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 5th

Thursday, March 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!

India: Indian censors have muted the word “lesbian” in the film Dum Laga Ke Haisha released on Friday, sparking cries of homophobia. full story

Italy: Premier Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party on Friday vowed to set up a work group to frame a law governing civil unions in Italy, after a meeting with LGBT groups in Rome. full story

Kyrgyzstan: The Human Rights Watch has urged Kyrgyzstan to reject an anti-gay bill similar to Russia
s anti-gay law. full story

Morocco: A Moroccan court has jailed two men for gay sex in what a human rights group says seems like an unfair trial. full story

UK: Tory minister David Lidington has rejected proposals to follow the United States in appointing a specialised LGBT rights envoy. full story

UK: Labour’s LGBT rights envoy Lord Cashman has attacked the Tories for ruling out the creation of a similar role. full story

UK: The government has written to the authorities in more than 70 countries and foreign jurisdictions in an attempt to clarify the rights of gay people who are working or travelling abroad. full story

UK: The Labour Party’s Ed Miliband says that if the party wins the upcoming elections, they will expunge the records of men convicted of gay sex offenses, but that the men would not be pardoned. full story

UK: UKIP is the natural home for Catholic voters who are angry over same-sex marriage and other social reforms, deputy leader Paul Nuttall has claimed. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The Church of Ireland is split over a proposed “right to discriminate” bill. full story

USA: USA Today columnist Cal Thomas called marriage equality a sign of the “End Times”. full story

USA: There is growing body of evidence that gender identity is hard-wired into the brain and not simply a matter of psychology, according to a new Boston University School of Medicine study. full story

USA: HRC called out Presidential candidate Ben Carson for his statement that being gay was a choice because people become gay in prison. full story

USA: The AFA’s Bryan Fischer (yes, he still works there) thinks every GOP candidate should be asked if they agree with Ben Carson that being gay is a choice. full story

USA: On Sean Hannity’s radio show, Carson said he would no longer talk about marriage equality. full story

USA: Carson later apologized on Facebook for the statement. full story

USA: Brynn Tannehill at SDGLN reviews the pending anti trans bathroom bills in three state. full story

USA: Psychology Today reversed course after intense pressure, making the decision to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people. full story

USA: American Airlines announced on its Twitter feed Tuesday that it will join several other prominent companies, Apple among them, and filed a brief Friday in support of marriage equality. full story

USA: Wall Street’s leading banks have signed a brief pressing the Supreme Court to back same-sex marriage. full story

USA: A new video from the Ad Council, Love Has No Labels, shows that love looks the same no matter what the couples look like. full story

USA, Alabama: The Human Rights Campaign has condemned an Alabama Supreme Court ruling ordering probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, Alabama: As of noon on Wednesday, HRC Alabama was unable to confirm any Alabama counties that are issuing licenses to same-sex couples, in the wake of an order by the Alabama Supreme Court late Tuesday night. – See more at: http://sdgln.com/news/2015/03/04/hrc-no-counties-now-issuing-marriage-licenses-same-sex-couples-alabama#sthash.rYZ29sca.dpuf full story

USA, Alabama: A conservative black pastors’ group, the Coalition of African American Pastors, is giving Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore their first ever “Letter from Birmingham Jail Courage Award” in recognition of Justice Moore’s stand against marriage equality. It’s about as disgusting a thing as I have ever seen.full story

Judge Roy Moore

USA, Alabama: George Takei wants you to give Alabama the finger. The ring finger, that is. full story

George Takei

USA, Alabama: AL.com issued a scathing editorial against the state Supreme Court’s ruling. full story

USA, Alabama: The Liberty Counsel is now claiming that all existing same sex marriages in the state are void in the wake of the state Supreme Court decision. full story

USA, Arizona: Even though marriage equality is now legal in Arizona, one judge is refusing the request of a lesbian couple to file for divorce. full story

USA, Arkansas: Federal Judge Kristine Baker said today she would not be lifting her stay on her marriage equality ruling because her case is still pending before the Eighth Circuit. full story

USA, Arkansas: Residents in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas are taking matters into their own hands to protect the rights of gay people after the state last month passed a law banning local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, California: NewdWallet.com says marriage equality has brought a $424 million boost to the state’s economy. full story

USA, California: A petition is being circulated to disbar an attorney who is trying to qualify a ballot measure calling for the execution of gays. full story

USA, Georgia: Republican lawmakers waited until a democratic lawmaker took a bathroom break, and then forced a “right to discriminate” bill through committee without him. full story

USA, Maryland: Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman proposed a bill to restructure the county’s Human Rights Commission and also update the definition of sexual orientation. full story

USA, New York: The Advocate looks at the impact of a new law in New York City that allows transgender people to more easily change their sex on their birth certificates. full story

USA, Texas: Tarrant County will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if the Fifth Circuit rules, according to Fairness Fort Worth President David Mack Henderson. full story

USA, Utah: Utah lawmakers introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill Wednesday that protects LGBT individuals while also carving out protections for the Boy Scouts of America and religious groups. full story

USA, Utah: HRC has thrown its support behind the compromise LGBT rights/religious rights bill in the state. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 4th

Wednesday, March 4th, 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: Trevor Moore has written a funny country music parody of all the things that go wrong when gays get married. full story

Internet: Photographer Jess Dugan took the series of photographs of transgender people over 50 because she felt older transgender people lacked representation. full story

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TV: The TV show “Teen Wolf” will get two new gay characters this season. full story

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USA: “The Fosters” this week included a same-sex kiss which is believed to be the youngest ever portrayed on screen. full story

Fosters kiss

Cuba: An LGBT activist is among the Cuban human rights advocates with whom House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of the U.S. House of Representatives met during their trip to the country last month. full story

Falkland Islands: The Falkland Islands will reportedly legislate to introduce civil partnership legislation in the near future. full story

Iraq/Syria: ISIS has released yet more images of another man being thrown from a building for being gay, before being stoned to death. full story

Slovenia: LGBT rights opponents have vowed to push for a public vote to repeal the new marriage equality law. full story

Uganda: The “kill the gays” bill is back, but this time it faces increased opposition from LGBT activists and allies. full story

UK: A Nigerian lesbian fighting for asylum in the UK after being sentenced to death under sharia law in her home country. full story

UK, Scotland: A petition which urged politicians to redefine adultery to take into account same-sex marriage has been rejected by Members of the Scottish parliament. full story

USA: An impressive array of Republicans and Gen. Stanley McChrystal will be filing an amicus brief on Friday in support of marriage equality with the Supreme Court in DeBoer v. Snyder. full story

USA: One of the signatories is right-wing funder David Koch, best known for pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns to elect Republicans to political office each cycle. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign announced that 207,551 Americans from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined as signatories on its unprecedented “The People’s Brief” in support of marriage equality. full story

USA: More than 200 mayors across the country have signed a brief in support of marriage equality. full story

USA: BiLaw, the first ever national organization of bisexual-identified lawyers, academics, law students, and their allies in the US, is filing an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality. full story

USA: Psychology Today has been criticised by the Human Rights Campaign for allowing listings promoting the controversial practice of gay conversion therapy. full story

USA: Psychology Today told HuffPost that the magazine will bot remove those quacks from the magazine’s directory, basically because their money is as green as anyone else’s. full story

USA: Matt Barber is warning that gays will use a potential marriage equality ruling on marriage equality as a “sledgehammer” to destroy the Church. full story

USA: According to new data from the Pew Center, 61 percent of Republicans under thirty support gay marriage. full story

USA: Possible Presidential Candidate Ben Carson (R) said prisons prove being gay is a choice because people go into prisons straight and come out gay. full story

USA, California: A California man would like to make it legal to shoot “any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification.” full story

USA, California: In response, LGBT Weekly is calling for a bill to ban ballot measures that would infringe upon the civil rights of California citizens full story

USA, Florida: A House subcommittee is considering a bill to ban transgender people from using restrooms that align with their gender identities. full story

USA, Florida: The ruling in the case of a proposed GSA at Carver Middle School is not expected until April. full story

USA, Nebraska: The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to decide by Monday whether or not to issue an emergency stay of a Federal Judge’s marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, Nebraska: Archbishop of Omaha George Lucas is NOT HAPPY about this week’s marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, New York: A First Circuit appeals court reinstated claims against Bank of America Corp by a former bisexual call center employee who says the harassment she faced when she began dating a female coworker led to her termination. full story

USA: A House judiciary committee scheduled debate for today on a “right to discriminate” bill, which cleared the Senate last week. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Andrea Anastasi reports on the work that’s still left to be done on LGBT rights in the state. full story

USA, South Dakota: A measure that would have required transgender students to use the sex on their birth certificates to determine the sports team they played on was defeated by a South Dakota Senate committee Tuesday, but another bill on the issue is being considered later this week. full story

USA, Texas: On Texas Independence day, five Democratic state senators introduced an omnibus LGBT rights bill that is the first of its kind in the state’s history. full story

USA, Utah: Lawmakers from both parties, Mormon Church leaders and local gay equality advocates are expected to announce a bill to protect both the LGBT community and religious opponents from discrimination. full story

USA, Washington, DC: Vice President Joseph Biden will address the annual HRC Spring Equality Convention. full story

USA, West Virginia: The state’s “Don’t Tread on Me” spirit may be what ultimately killed an anti LGBT rights bill. full story

Rainbow Don't Tread on Me

Slovenia Approves Marriage Equality

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Slovenia - Apple MapsSlovenia has become the first central European country to legalize gay marriage

Parliament Tuesday (3 February) extended all marriage rights, including adoption, to gay couples by a vote of 51 to 28, with five absentations.

United Left MP Matej Vatovec said parliamentary support ensured Slovenia would become a “truly tolerant and inclusive community. Today Slovenia is entering the 21st century,” he said.

By Darren Wee – Full Story at Gay Star News

Federal Judge Strikes Down Nebraska Marriage Equality Ban

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

A Federal Judge struck down Nebraska’s marriage equality ban, with an effective date in one week.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge blocked Nebraska’s same-sex marriage ban on Monday… The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska sued the state in November on behalf of seven same-sex couples challenging the ban, which passed with the approval of 70 percent of voters in 2000. In addition to prohibiting gay marriage, the ban also forbids civil unions and legalized domestic partnerships. Same-sex couples miss out on medical and financial benefits that are available to heterosexual married couples, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said in issuing the injunction, which takes effect March 9.

The state immediately appealed the decision to the 8th circuit.

Zack Ford at Think Progress says the Eighth Circuit may be inclined to issue a stay:

Marriage equality would thus take effect on March 9, provided the Eighth Circuit doesn’t institute a longer stay. Unlike in other circuits, the Eighth Circuit might be inclined to do just that. Battalion has actually ruled against Nebraska’s ban before, way back in a 2005 case called Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning. The state appealed, and a three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit unanimously overturned his decision, ruling that the ban did not violate same-sex couples’ equal protection under the law. The Eighth Circuit is the only appeals court that has a precedent for upholding marriage bans.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts denounced the ruling.

The Republican governor said Monday that the issue should be left to Nebraskans, and not an “activist judge” subverting their will. Ricketts say he will work with Attorney General Doug Peterson, a fellow Republican, to uphold the current constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2000.

Meanwhile, LGBT couples celebrated:

As it stands now, the ban on gay marriage has been lifted and is set to go into effect March 9th. It’s a day Roby and Tubach have been waiting for, for nearly 30 years. “This is our home. I’m not going to go somewhere else. I’m going to stay here and work through the process so that we can do this here,” said Roby. “I am most interested in being able to move this ring from my right hand ring finger to my left hand ring finger,” said an emotional Tubach.

And Rep. Brad Ashford (D) released a statement in support of the decision.

Discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation has no place in this country. Courts across the country are demanding equal treatment under the law, and today, Nebraska took a major stand against inequality in this country. This decision does not ask individuals to abandon their principles on the issue, but rather, to accept that this country is overwhelmingly diverse, and we must embrace those who might not hold our same beliefs. The many differences of individuals are what make this a great nation, and today’s decision recognizes that same-sex couples deserve equal rights under the law. I applaud this decision and commit to continue working for equality for all Nebraskans in the future.

In related news, the state’s welfare officials have been ignoring a ban on gay foster parents:

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services established a policy in 1995 that prohibited the placement of foster children with gay and lesbian couples or unmarried couples unless they are related to the children. During a review of state agencies, Ricketts’ office learned that the DHHS has been ignoring the policy, his spokesman Taylor Gage said. He said he didn’t know when the state began placing children with such couples or how many children had been placed in such homes.

The Dallas Voice has a new marriage equality map:

Dallas Voice marriage equality map

So does Wikipedia:

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 3rd

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’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: The Russian Government has warned it may intervene at the United Nations to stop gay and lesbian employees of the UN receiving equal partner benefits regardless of the laws of the country they are working in. full story

Cambodia: The first in-depth study of LGBTI Cambodians under the Khmer Rouge has uncovered widespread sexual and emotional abuse. full story

China: A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country’s annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow. full story

China: Millions of Chinese gay men are believed to be in opposite sex marriages and some of their “homowives,” as they are known in China, have begun to advocate for gay rights and same-sex marriage in a campaign to stop these loveless unions. full story

Peru: Hundreds attended a vigil in the Peruvian capital of Lima Monday in support of legislation that would allow civil unions between people of the same sex took. full story

Slovenia: Parliament is due to vote on a marriage equality bill tonight. full story

USA, United Kingdom: The chairman of a UKIP branch in Cornwall believes Tory support for same-sex marriage “will cost the Conservatives dearly” as it “needlessly stirred up trouble for the gay community”. full story

United Kingdom: A Welsh miners’ group and a number of gay rights campaigners who inspired the film “Pride”, will reunite. full story

USA: Attorney General Eric Holder stood up for marriage equality in an editorial in USA Today. full story

USA: The Obama administration will file a brief this week with the Supreme Court urging it strike down state laws and amendments which ban marriage equality. full story

USA: A new TV spot from Tiffany and Co. includes a gay couple. full story

USA: After meeting with Jeb Bush at CPAC, Tony perkins says the GOP Presidential hopeful seems open to working anti-gay themes into his campaign. full story

USA, Alabama: A federal judge on Monday postponed a hearing to consider a request for a preliminary injunction ordering Mobile County’s probate judge to immediately process an adoption petition by a woman who won lawsuit challenging Alabama’s gay marriage ban. full story

USA, Arkansas: State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge office asked a federal judge who struck down the state’s gay marriage ban as unconstitutional to not allow same-sex couples to wed while the ruling is being appealed. full story

USA, California: The US Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from marriage equality opponents in California who want to keep the identities of their campaign donors secret. full story

USA, California: The Culver City council approved support for a brief filed by a coalition of “Mayors for the Freedom to Marry”. to lend the city’s support to marriage equality in cases before the United States Supreme Court. full story

USA, California: An Orange County lawyer has filed a notice with the State of California that he intends to circulate an initiative measure that would call for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the Golden State. full story

USA, Florida: The fight for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle school officially had its first day in court. full story

USA, Idaho: Police arrested roughly two dozen LGBT rights activists Monday after protesters refused to leave the Idaho Senate and House chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections. full story

USA, Indiana: Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell did a study to determine the real reason for opposition to marriage equality – moral disapproval. full story

USA, Missouri: Another “right to discriminate” bill has popped up, and this one would make it a crime to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and would mean job loss for any public employee who does so. full story

USA, North Carolina: Catholic Bishop Peter J. Jugis denounced Charlotte’s proposed LGBT rights ordinance. full story

USA, North Carolina: Anti gay Christians held a rally against a proposed LGHBT rights ordinance in Charlotte on Monday. full story

USA, North Carolina: During the hearing, Pastor Flip Benham confronted a transgender 17 year old who had just used the women’s bathroom, calling her a pervert. full story

USA, North Carolina: Ultimately, the bigots got what they wanted, as the Charlotte city council rejected the LGBT rights ordinance on a 6-5 vote. full story

USA, Washington DC: Reason TV looked for the closeted gays at CPAC. full story

USA, Washington DC: Anti gay activist Scott Lively is calling for a SCOTUS vigil until the marriage equality ruling is issued. full story

USA, Washington DC: Michelangelo Signorile interviewed anti-gay Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly this weekend at CPAC. full story

USA, West Virginia: Senator Joe Manchin is the only Democrat in the US Senate who does not support marriage equality, and will not sign a brief in support of it. full story

Marriage News Watch – They’re Getting Desperate

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Matt BaumeIt’s hard to keep count of all the ways that homophobic Texas lawmakers dropped the ball: they got their dates wrong, sent a complaint to the wrong judge, and totally misunderstood how the law works in a hand-scrawled complaint.

It’s just not their week.

Also, I don’t know why it looks like I’m wearing a wig in this episode. I’m not, I swear.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 2nd

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’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!

China: Lin Xianzhi, the father of a gay man, has written to 1,000 Chinese lawmakers calling for the legalization of marriage equality. full story

Egypt: Egyptian police arrested seven young people for “debauchery,” a charge routinely used to harass gay men. The seven detainees were identified as “transsexuals” by tabloid Al-Youm el-Saba. full story

Ireland: Two and a half months ahead of the public referendum, a new marriage equality campaign has been launched. full story

Thailand: Hundreds attended a United Nations-sponsored meeting last week in Bangkok to discuss ways to bolster LGBT rights movements in Asian countries. full story

United Kingdom: UKIP appears to be running out of ways to say sorry for its homophobia, after releasing identical statements about two separate instances. full story

United Kingdom: Officials are putting the brakes on a pardon for 49K men convicted of gay sex, because some may have had sex with a minor. But no such records were kept in most of the cases, because gay sex was illegal despite the person’s age. full story

United Kingdom: Sam Smith is planning to set up his own gay rights charity, using money raised from a series of concerts. full story

United Kingdom: Florist Marks and Spencer has removed the word “gay” from a banned list that prohibited customers from using it in gift messages. full story

USA: Frederick Clarkson at LGBTQ Nation looks at the possible Christian backlash if the US Supreme Court approves nation-wide marriage equality. full story

USA, Alaska: The joint council representing the indigenous Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska have unanimously agreed to amend traditional tribal laws in order to recognize same-sex marriages. full story

USA, California: Two of the Tennessee plaintiffs in a historic gay marriage case set to be reviewed by the Supreme Court this summer made a stop in Palm Springs Sunday, calling for marriage equality and human rights for same-sex couples across the United States. full story

USA, California: In a historic move, the California Republican Party on Sunday officially recognized the Log Cabin Republicans. full story

USA, Indiana: 111 Cakery, an Indianapolis bakery that made headlines last year for refusing to make a cake for a gay couple’s commitment ceremony because the owners claimed it was a “commitment to sin,” has closed. full story

USA, New York: Guinness has announced it will return as a sponsor of NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade after the parade organizers said they would let a gay group march in this year’s parade for the first time. full story

USA, North Carolina: David Benham is pushing the often-used lie that a proposed LGBT rights ordinance will let men use women’s restrooms. full story

USA, Texas: Tea party state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who is so supportive of the “sanctity of marriage” that he himself has been married five times, filed a complaint against the judge who allowed a same sex wedding in Travis County – and then picked the wrong judge. full story

USA, Wyoming: The Casper Star-Tribune looks at the aftermath of the fight over a failed LGBT rights law in the state. full story

USA, Wyoming: A new documentary film “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine”, produced and directed by Matthew’s onetime schoolmate Michele Josue, seeks to let audiences know there were so many things important about Matthew beyond the way he died full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 1st

Sunday, March 1st, 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!

Russia: The executive director of Log Cabin Republicans at CPAC said yesterday that “…Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created… an army of anti-gay vigilante crusaders who target gay people and people merely suspected of being gay for extreme violence.” full story

United Kingdom: The TV series “EastEnders” is set to introduce the first major transgender character in the soap’s history. full story

United Kingdom: Bisexual Liberal Democrat MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes today said he hopes the government will pardon 49,000 men for gay sex convictions before the May General Election. full story

United Kingdom: Former Boxing promoter and UKIP candidate Kellie Maloney claimed she wanted to transition “very quietly” – despite signing up to appear on Celebrity Big Brother.
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United Kingdom: Equalities Minister Jo Swinson says more needs to be done to fight homophobia. full story

USA: Anti-gay almost reality star David Benham says baseball tickets can cure the gay. full story

USA: The Advocate has pulled five of the best arguments from the marriage equality plaintiffs’ briefs submitted yesterday. full story

USA, Alabama: A state appeals court reversed itself on Friday, ruling that a woman who separated from her same-sex partner in Georgia can pursue visitation rights in Alabama. full story

USA, Alabama: Presbyterians in south Alabama voted Saturday against allowing Presbyterian Church U.S.A. ministers to perform same-sex marriages, becoming the 29th presbytery in the nation and the only one in the state to vote down the measure. full story

USA, Alabama: In his defense of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, reality star Phil Robertson spoke at CPAC and insisted those “who practice perversion, legislate perversion” are controlled by “the evil one”. full story

USA, Missouri: A new bill, introuduced by Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar), would make it illegal for the state to enforce a marriage other than between a man and a woman, and could lead to the firing of government employees who issue such licenses. full story

USA, North Carolina: Anti gay forces are planning a rally against the proposed LGBT protections ordinance before the city council, claiming it’s not needed because the LGBT community does not face “widespread discrimination”. Note the use of the controversial transgender bathroom graphic in the logo. full story

Charlotte Hate Rally

USA, North Carolina: The Asheville Citizen Times takes a close look at the proposed “right to discriminate” law before the state legislature. full story

USA, Washington DC: At CPAC, talk of gay marriage has so far been either brief or nonexistent. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 28th

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Gay Wedding CakeHere’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!

China: The government appears to be clamping down on LGBT content online. full story

Colombia: A new documentary discusses what coming out and fending off homophobia looks like for LGBT Columbians. full story

Uganda: A new report shows rampant and grave abuse of LGBT citizens by police in the country, full story

United Kingdom: The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral has warned the Church of England it is seen as “toxic or oppressive” due to ongoing disagreements about gay people. full story

United Kingdom: The Liberal Democrats are set to pledge support for a campaign to pardon men convicted of historic gay sex offenses. full story

United Kingdom: UKIP would scrap the role of Minister for Women and Equalities if it gains power. full story

USA: As rumors swirl about Jeb Bush’s position on LGBT rights, HRC tells him what an LGBT friendly republican should support. full story

USA: Apparently responding to rumors he might “evolve” on marriage equality, Jeb Bush said Friday that he he remains opposed to same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday formally introduced Randy Berry as the U.S. special envoy to promote global LGBT rights. full story

USA, Alabama: In a sermon earlier this month, Gil McKee, the pastor of the Tuscaloosa church attended by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, recalled how he pleaded with the governor to stand with the state’s Chief Justice Roy Moore and refuse to follow a federal court ruling legalizing marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Arkansas: No surprise – the National Organization for Marriage threw its support behind an Arkansas “right to discriminate” bill that would allow businesses to turn away LGBT customers. full story

USA, California: Marriage Equality USA is holding their annual Los Angeles Garden Party + Awards, Sunday, March 1 from 1pm to 4pm PT at Traxx Restaurant and Courtyard. full story

USA, Kentucky: The KY plaintiffs have filed their opening brief in the Supreme Court. full story

USA, Kentucky: The state Senate voted Friday to force transgender students to use separate bathrooms in public schools, a move that recalled the dark days of segregation for some but for others represented a stand for privacy rights. full story

USA, Michigan: The MI plaintiffs have filed their opening brief in the Supreme Court. full story

USA, Mississippi: Two state Supreme Court justices say the court should find the ban on marriage equality unconstitutional now, and not wait for a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, Missouri: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have joined together to file a brief in support of the state’s marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Nebraska: A move to bring the state in line with the federal government’s system for granting tuition benefits for veterans and their dependents might violate the state’s ban on marriage equality, Gov. Pete Ricketts says. full story

USA, North Carolina: The anti-gay almost-reality stars the Benham Brothers are joining the fight against a proposed Charlotte LGBT rights ordinance. full story

USA, Ohio: The first brief has been filed in the four marriage cases that will be taken up by the Supreme Court in late April. full story

USA, South Carolina: Erskine College, a Christian college,has banned homosexuality after volleyball players Drew Davis and Juan Varona (below) came out last year. full story

Juan Varona

USA, Tennessee: The TN plaintiffs just filed the second brief in the four marriage cases that will be taken up by the Supreme Court in late April full story

USA, Washington, DC: There wasn’t much overt opposition to LGBT rights on Day 1 of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, but Sen. Ted Cruz proved to be the exception to the rule. full story