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Marriage Equality USA Launches New Interactive Maps

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014


Knowledge is power! With our new, interactive marriage equality maps, you can instantly find out what you need to know – an overall picture of the movement in addition to court cases, legislation, ballot initiatives and current polling!

Our maps are divided into 5 categories: State of the States (the current status regarding marriage equality for each state); Legislation; Litigation/Lawsuits; Ballot Initiatives; and, Polling. You can download each map, resulting in a clear, attractive PDF.

Did you know that via our State of the States Map, you can find the 10 states that ban marriage equality via the state constitution and also have a state law banning same-sex marriage?

Or, that on our Legislation Map you are able to see see which 7 states legalized marriage equality via state legislation, not the courts or the ballot box.

By using our Litigation/Lawsuits Map, you can find the 4 states with marriage equality cases at the state court level, and each state with a case at the federal level.

On the Ballot Initiatives Map you can locate the state which banned same-sex marriage via a ballot initiative, and which now has an initiative pending to legalize same-sex marriage.

And, our Polling Map shows you the states that are just about to break 50% support for marriage equality! As well as the 1 U.S. Territory with marriage equality polling on record.

Please check out, use and download these new, interactive maps! Send us your input if you are aware of marriage equality data that would be appropriate for our maps, or, if you have specific questions or suggestions, please let us know! Just email

I hope you enjoy perusing our map data – definitely feel free to share this email!

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Wednesday, September 17th, 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 Are the Worst Creatures, Beheading Terrorists Say

The terrorist organization ISIS just put out a video that goes after gays, lumping them in with drug users and pedophiles:

“If you have family in these kafir [infidel] countries [i.e., countries ruled by non-Muslims], what is gonna happen most probably? You don’t have control of your children. Maybe in some of the countries it is a must for you to put your children in the kafir schools, and who’s gonna teach your children? It’s gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile, you know? So it’s very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people, Allah says that they are the worst of creatures.”

Being called evil by group like ISIS is almost a compliment – I mean, would you really want to be someone this horrible group actually liked? On the other hand, life must be truly awful for any LGBT people trapped in the territory that ISIS. controls,


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Parents Have a Right to Raise Their Kids as Bigots

Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has claimed that parents have a right to teach their kids that being gay is not normal:

“This is my problem with liberals. Here’s where my fear goes. You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do – for example is it going to become illegal to teach the politically correct view that being gay is not normal? I think we’ve gotten to the point, if we’re going to politically correct our kids, we might as well hand them over to the government and let them raise them.”

What’s fascinating to me here is that this was apparently a discussion about NFL player Adrian Peterson whipping his child with a stick. And where does Fox News go with it? Straight to gay marriage! I do have to say, though, that Sean Hannity is absolutely right here. Parents do have the right to raise her kids however they want. But society also has the right to treat such open bigotry with disgust. So what will those kids find when they enter the larger world?

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Gays and Lesbians Aren’t Real Parents

Ludovine de la Rochere, president of the group La Manif Pour Tous, claims gays and lesbians aren’t really parents:

“Since the adoption of same-sex marriage, there were 721 requests for adoption by homosexual couples. So there will be 721 more orphaned children, in the name of the law!”

In other words, being adopted by a gay or lesbian couple is just the same as being an orphan. This woman would really prefer that these kids be stuck in foster homes or state run homes than with a loving family, just because the family is gay?

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Could Tiny Norfolk Island Be Next for Marriage Equality?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Norfolk Island

The self-governing Australian territory us considering a bill to legalize gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry. The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

‘Over the years, gay and lesbian Norfolk Islanders have made a really important contribution to our community and I want to recognize this by giving them equality and dignity in return,’ Evans said. ‘That’s why I am tabling a draft Bill to allow same-sex couples to commit to each other through marriage and have the same rights and recognition heterosexual couples have. If the bill becomes law it will showcase to the world that Norfolk Island is an accepting and supportive community where everyone is valued.’

Norfolk Island would be the third South Pacific same sex wedding destination, by my calculations, after Hawaii and New Zealand.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources on Norfolk Island.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/16/14

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’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!

Bangladesh: The country will veto the International Conference on Population and Development proposal to provide rights for gay and lesbian people. full story

Canada: Amateur Hockey is opening its doors to transgender players. full story

Egypt: Police are using Grindr and other gay dating apps to track down and arrest gay men. full story

Italy: Bologna’s Catholic Diocese has denounced the city’s move to recognize same sex marriages. full story

Jamaica:The country’s parliament will consider repealing the anti sodomy law. full story

Kazakhstan: Anti-gay activists are pushing the government to pass an anti-gay propaganda law. full story

United Kingdom: Lord Fowler, a former Conservative Party Chairman and former member of the Thatcher Cabinet, has apologized for section 28, the law that banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools. full story

USA: A prominent Ugandan LGBT rights advocate has gained asylum in the US. full story

USA, Arizona: The state will likely be the next with a marriage equality ruling full story

USA, Arkansas: Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane just announced his support of for marriage equality. full story

USA, Missouri: A new study says marriage equality could add $36 million to the state’s economy. full story

USA, Tennessee: An anti-gay group in Tennessee has bought a billboard that says “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. – God. Love the sinner, hate the sin. full story

Tennessee Bilboard

USA, Texas: A group of 60 cops, firefighters, and paramedics submitted an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, West Virginia: The stay on the overturning of the state’s marriage equality ban has been extended until the US Supreme Court rules on marriage equality. full story

USA, Wyoming:A new study says marriage equality could add $2.4 million to the state’s economy. full story

Supremes May Wait on Marriage Equality if 6th Circuit Supports It, Ginsburg Says

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has indicated that the US Supreme Court may wait to wade back into the marriage equality debate unless there’s a disagreement at the Circuit Court Level.

ABC News reports:

Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role in the high court’s timing. She said “there will be some urgency” if that appeals court allows same-sex marriage bans to stand. Such a decision would run contrary to a legal trend favoring gay marriage and force the Supreme Court to step in sooner, she predicted. She said if the appeals panel falls in line with other rulings there is “no need for us to rush.”

If the Court doesn’t take any cases this year, the number of states with marriage equality would almost double very quickly as the circuit court rulings were applied to each state in those circuits. And it’s awfully hard to imagine the Supreme Court turning back marriage equality once it’s legal in 35 out of 50 states.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources.

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, September 16th, 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.

Gay Marriage Supporters Are Like ISIS

Because they will do anything, including beheadings, to get their special rights, say Christian radio hosts Vic Eliason and Mat Staver:

Reacting to a recent court ruling in favour of equal marriage, Staver said: “What we’re seeing is the complete abolition of marriage between a man and a woman. Eliason added: “People see something they want, they steal it or they kill somebody or behead them. “Some of this stuff now that’s going on, the beheading, which has become a very sacred thing to the Islamics to behead somebody because that is a special right that is deserved by the infidels.” Staver continued: “Yeah, that’s exactly right. I think what we’re seeing today is a meltdown of morality.

Yes, following democratic principles to secure equal rights by acting through the legislatures, the judges, and the ballot to secure equal rights is just like beheading someone to draw the West into a war. That these so-called “Christians” would even thin to invoke the terrible acts of ISIS in their own political service is despicable and disgusting.

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Our Ice Cream is for Straight People

A New York City gelateria is hoping straight people will boost ice cream sales:

Sensing an acute lack of heteronormative ice cream parlors in the West Village, one Italian restaurant has positioned itself to capture the elusive demographic of those who’ll have two scoops of whatever John Wayne’s having (raw hamburger). Gallo Nero is down the street from Big Gay Ice Cream’s second location on Grove Street at 7th Ave. Reached by telephone, a manager at the restaurant seemed confused about the nature of our call. “What’s the issue? We can call our ice cream whatever we want,” he said. Asked if the sign was a reference to Big Gay Ice Cream, or if he could see how it may be interpreted as homophobic, the manager, who declined to provide his name, replied, “They have their own way, we have our own way.”

I thought pretty much all ice cream was straight ice cream, like pretty much everything else.

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There Are Only 45 Gay Kids in Louisiana, and They’re Not Really Gay

Wingnut Linda Harvey is back in our pages again, this time urging anti-gay folks to tell gay kids they are really straight:

I wish our side had the kind of boldness to go forward into, you know, San Francisco, or, you know, Provincetown, or, you know, Key West. I’m thinking of all the places that, you know, are homosexual,” Harvey told BarbWire columnist Gina Miller. “But, I mean, we should have just as much conviction about what we’re doing and go forward to the Gay Pride parades and be saying what we believe is true.”

Harvey and Miller also dismissed an HRC survey on harassment of LGBT youth in Southern states such as Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. “These folks are highly sensitive – I’m not saying these things don’t happen, but I think all of this is exaggeration,” Harvey said. “‘One-in-three LGBT students,’ you might be talking about 45 people in the total of Mississippi and they are not born that way so the issue is we need to be educating and counseling and coming along these kids and saying ‘you don’t need to be in this lifestyle”and harassment can be punished right now, no matter what the reason, so it’s all false.”

I wish we had the guts to march into Harvey’s studio and tell her what an insensitive jerk she’s being when she attacks LGBT kids.

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Gay Marriage Will Make the Superstructure of Culture Crash Down

James Dobson of Focus on the Family warns that gay marriage will, like, totally destroy society:

“Well, the family is not just a Christian enterprise. You know, it goes all the way back. Every continent on Earth, every place that mankind has taken hold, the family, the marriage unit has been evident. When you start to weaken that, or undermine it, when it becomes less significant, it influences the entire culture. And, in fact, the entire superstructure of culture can come crashing down. That’s happened in Rome. It happened in Greece. It’s happened throughout history. And I don’t think that America can survive in the form we have known … if we allow the family to disintegrate. And that is, in fact, what’s happening.”

I think if you asked the historians, they would tell you that gays and lesbians winning the right to marry was not what brought the ancient empires of Rome and Greece down. There are serious issues facing the American Family today – poverty, homelessness, ansentee fathers, and divorce, just to name a few. When will the AFA start tackling some of those?????

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The Gays Are Making Christians Worship Sodomy

Colorado Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt is freaked out about a NY state ruling that a venue discriminated against a lesbian couple:

“[They] cannot worship Christ during a wedding, unless they also worship and participate equally in sodomy in their own home. Christians are fined $13,000 and may no longer celebrate the Christian sacrament of marriage in their own home, unless they also host lesbian weddings. Literally the court is banning Christian worship, saying these Christian farmers cannot worship Christ during a wedding, unless they also worship and participate equally in sodomy in their own home. They are now coming into our homes, and dictating our worship. This unconstitutional policy, to punish Christians (with no religious exemptions) will be law in all 50 states, if ENDA is passed.”

Not when your home is a BUSINESS, open to all. You also can’t worship God during a wedding if that worship includes believing in segregation and you own a wedding venue. Because you own a BUSINESS. I didn’t know God wanted to protect business owners and their profits. Guess that whole moneychangers thing in the temple was just a fluke?

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Lambda Legal Files for Quick Overturn of Puerto Rico Marriage Equality Ban

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Puerto RicoLambda Legal is asking a District Court to overturn the territory’s ban on same sex marriage.

Joe.My.God reports:

Today in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Lambda Legal filed a motion for summary judgment seeking to end the discriminatory ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Lambda Legal joined the lawsuit, Conde v. Garcia Padilla, in June on behalf of five gay and lesbian couples and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, an organization that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, said: “All families deserve to have their love and commitment recognized in Puerto Rico; they need the protections only marriage can provide as soon as possible, without discrimination. Every day that passes, our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender family members are told they are inferior to our other family members. They are living, working and caring for each other now and need the dignity and respect of marriage.”

Now it’s spreading out to the territories…

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Puerto Rico.

The Thirty Corporations Supporting Marriage Equality at the US Supreme Court

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Nike Be True

Last week, a group of thirty corporations submitted an amicus brief for marriage equality with the US Supreme Court.

Dot 429 has the List:

Alcoa Inc., Inc.
Aspen Skiing Company
Ben & Jerry’s
Bloomberg L.P.
CBS Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Cummins Inc.
Deutsche Bank AG
Eastern Bank Corporation
eBay, Inc.
General Electric Company
Intel Corporation
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
Levi Strauss & Company
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
NIKE, Inc.
Oracle America, Inc.
Outerwall Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Qualcomm Incorporated
Staples, Inc.
State Street Corporation
SunLife Financial (U.S.) Services Company
United Therapeutics Corporation

Let these companies know you appreciate their support for LGBT rights and marriage equality.

North Carolina Marriage Equality Support Reaches 45%

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

titleA new poll shows support has outpaced opposition to marriage equality in North Carolina.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An Elon University Poll surveyed more than 1,000 North Carolinians and found that 45 percent support gay marriage. Opposition stood at 43 percent. Twelve percent of respondents said they didn’t know or had no opinion. The results are still within the poll’s margin of error, but pollsters say it’s the first time in the history of their polling they’ve seen support for gay marriage rise above opposition. “Support for gay marriage has picked up 4 percentage points since a spring poll and opposition has dropped 3 percentage points,” Elon University Poll said in a release. “It is the first time that Elon University Poll has found support for gay marriage to be greater than opposition, though it is within the margin of error.”

Remember, the state’s ban passed 61% to 38% just two years ago.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in North Carolina.

Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/16/14

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’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!

Worldwide: A new report from the Human Rights Campaign titled “The Export of Hate” details how anti-gay US groups are spreading homophobia around the world. full story

Worldwide:Symantec will remove the option to filter LGBT words from its Norton Antivirus software. full story

Australia: The state of Victoria plans to erase the criminal records for men convicted of consensual homosexual acts. full story

Bangladesh: The UN ambassador from Bangladesh says LGBT rights go against the country’s values. full story

China: A gay activist is asking the World Health Organization to condemn “gay cures”. full story

France: Anne Hildalgo, the mayor of Paris, says she is thrilled that over 2000 same-sex couples have married in the city. full story

Italy: The city of Bologna is now recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples who wed overseas. full story

Jersey: Rev. Bob Key claims a proposal for civil unions on the island would ban church weddings. full story

Latin America: A new interactive map shows where same-sex couples can marry in Latin America. full story

Uganda: Melanie Nathan sounds the alarm in Uganda, telling Parliament “this is an American bill”. full story

UK: An anti-gay Tory MP is proposing civil partnerships for straight couples. full story

USA: Target snubbed an anti-gay boycott by including same-sex parents in its latest ad campaign. full story

USA, Arkansas: The state attorney general’s office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, FL: After the decision in a same-sex divorce case was vacated last week on a technicality, Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi says she will now contest the case. full story

USA, Idaho: Lewiston city councillors are speaking out against a proposed anti discrimination ordinance. full story

USA, Indiana: A stay has now been issued in the marriage equality case, meaning that same-sex couples cannot marry there until the Supreme Court takes up or rejects the case. full story

USA, Minnesota: Mike Priefer, a Minnesota Vikings coach who suspended for homophobic statements, has now been reinstated. full story

USA, Nebraska: HRC is launching a new chapter in Nebraska to fight for LGBT rights. full story

USA, New York: The Human Rights Campaign is applying to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. full story

USA, Wisconsin: A stay has now been issued in the marriage equality case, meaning that same-sex couples cannot marry there until the Supreme Court takes up or rejects the case. full story

USA, Wisconsin: A 19-year-old assembly GOP nominee is facing a backlash for an anti-gay tweets he sent for announcing his run for office. full story