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Another Colorado Marriage Equality Ruling Imminent

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ColoradoThe Federal Judge who heard testimony yesterday against the state’s ban on marriage equality said he will strike it down today.

ABC News reports:

A federal judge in Denver is expected to rule Wednesday whether Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban should be overturned immediately, or if the issue should be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore’s decision will be in response to a lawsuit by six gay couples who want an injunction declaring Colorado’s ban unconstitutional. While Moore indicated the injunction is expected to be granted, he said the question is whether to put his decision on hold.

If no stay is issued, it could open the door for couples to begin marrying across the state.

Ironically, the last clerk who was issuing licenses to same sex couples reluctantly agreed to stop yesterday.

Pink News reports:

Hillary Hall, the county clerk who issued over three dozen same-sex marriage licenses in Boulder, Colorado, has reluctantly agreed to stop. Hall ceased to issue same-sex marriage licenses only after a ruling last Friday by the state’s highest court ordered a Denver County clerk to stop.

Will weddings resume today in the state?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/23/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Gay Wedding - RingsHere’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: Lisa L. Spangenberg looks at the real history of marriage, and debunks a few myths. full story

Worldwide: Gaymers celebrated Final Fantasy XIV’s newfound marriage equality with an online pride parade. full story

USA: ExxonMobil announced that it will comply with President Obama’s new executive order requiring federal contractors not to discriminate against LGBT workers. full story

Europe: An Advocate General of the European Court of Justice issued an opinion saying that people have the right to define their own sexual orientation when asking for asylum instead of being forced to “prove” it. full story

Malaysia: Penang Freedom to Love is asking the National Unity Consultative Council to continue supporting a proposed anti-discrimination law. full story

Russia: A Russian court in St. Petersburg has ruled that a local LGBT group ism a “foreign agent.” full story

USA: Actress Susan Sarandon has joined HRC’s group Americans for Marriage Equality. full story

USA: HRC is calling for stronger protections for transgender women. full story

USA, Florida: in preparation for marriage equality in the state, Monroe County (home to Key West) has changed their marriage license forms to accommodate same sex couples. full story

USA, Florida: The town of Miami Shores rejected a resolution supporting marriage equality 3-2. full story

USA, Idaho: A group of LGBT rights activists who blocked the doors to the state house were praised by the judge hearing the case against them, and then ordered to pay the court costs. full story

USA, Indiana: Attorneys for the marriage equality lawsuit plaintiffs are objecting to the state’s request for an en-banc hearing at the seventh circuit. full story

USA, Kentucky: The three judge panel hearing the Kentucky marriage equality case at the 6th Circuit includes two GOP appointees. full story

USA, North Dakota: The attorney representing the plaintiffs in the state’s mariage equality lawsuit is asking the judge to strike down the ban without a hearing. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/22/14

Tuesday, July 22nd, 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!

USA, Calfornia: Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin just married his partner in San Pedro. full story

USA, Colorado: The county clerk in Pueblo County has reluctantly ceased offering marriage licenses to same sex couples. Boulder county continues to issue licenses. full story

USA, Colorado: A federal judge will hear arguments in a marriage equality case in the state today. full story

USA, Florida: News4 reports on rallies around Florida in the wake of the Key West ruling. full story

USA, Florida: The Key West marriage equality ruling may help one lesbian couple finally get a divorce. full story

USA, Florida: Bradenton.com looks at the business response to the marriage equality ruling in Key West. full story

USA, Florida: The Tampa Bay Times has called out state Attorney General Pam Bondi as its “Loser of the Week” for appealing the marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, Florida: GOP Rep. David Jolly just endorsed marriage equality in a statement to the Washington Post. full story

USA, Florida: The judge who overturned the state’s ban on marriage equality denied a request to lift his stay on the ruling. full story

USA, Georgia: The state is asking a judge to dismiss the marriage equality lawsuit there, saying residents had a right to define marriage by excluding gays and lesbians. full story

USA, Idaho: Several LGBT rights advocates who blocked access to the Idaho state house are set to be sentenced. full story

USA, Montana: State Attorney General Tim Fox is asking a federal court to uphold the state’s marriage equality ban. The state’s Democratic Governor disagrees. full story

USA, Oregon: A school who refused to allow a transgender male student to live in a men’s dorm has relented, sort-of. The school will allow it only after a student has gender reassignment surgery. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: A lesbian couple is asking a judge to validate their marriage, which took place before the state officially accepted marriage equality. full story

USA, Wisconsin: The ACLU is objecting to the state’s request for an en-banc hearing at the 7th circuit in the marriage equality case, saying it would cause unnecessary delays. full story

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, July 22nd, 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.

It’s Viewpoint Blackmail!
The voices on the far right were shrill yesterday over President Obama’s new executive order protecitng LGBT employees. Tony Perkins cries ‘blackmail’: “President Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles, and practices in the name of political correctness. This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior. This order gives activists a license to challenge their employers and, expose those employers to threats of costly legal proceedings and the potential of jeopardizing future contracts.” Funny how the bigots are always painted as the victoms… what perkins is really saying is that they will be stripped of their “rights” to fire someone just for being LGBT. Oh, the horror.
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Obama Is Telling Christians to Drop Dead
That’s Bryan Fischer’s take on the order: “Obama’s message in LGBT exec order to every Christian-run business in America: drop dead. It’s faith or funding. In LGBT order, Obama elevates deviancy, sexual disorders and sexual confusion above the First Amendment.” Funny, I wasn’t aware the First Amendment guaranteed federal contracts to Christian-owned businesses. You know there are two other options besides dropping dead. You could just treat your LGBT employees fairly. Or you could stop taking money from the government. You know, like most businesses do?
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The Executive Order is A Weapon That Will Be Used to Punish Us
And NOM’s Bryan Brown chimes in: “The fact is that non-discrimination rules like the order issued by President Obama can become a weapon used to punish and harass individuals and groups who support marriage as the union of one man and one woman. As with the flawed ENDA legislation that was rejected by Congress, President Obama’s order has the great potential of putting employers in the position of standing up for their faith values or violating the new order. This will unnecessarily subject people of faith to harassing complaints and lawsuits.” And Brown ought to know about using rules and laws as weapons. He and NOM pummeled the LGBT community often enough with Prop 8 and its hateful ilk in state after state across the country.
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10 Hysterical Things Conservatives Have Said About Anal Sex
Just for fun, we’re including a link to this great article over at Queerty on the funny things conservatives say about butt sex.
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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/21/14

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Gay WeddingHere’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: Version 5 of the official rules for the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons embraces different gender expressions and sexualities for the first time. full story

Kyrgyzstan: LGBT activists in the country are calling for help to fight their country’s proposed ban on “gay propaganda.” full story

UK: Retired basketball star John Amaechi says the Commonwealth Games should be used as an education platform for LGBT rights. full story

USA: Author and Journalist Randy Jernigan is coming out with a new book on marriage equality – “Freedom to Love.” full story

USA: Buzzfeed has an advance (unconfirmed) copy of the President’s executive order on LGBT employment. full story

USA, California: San Francisco City Attorney Therese Stewart, who led the fight against Prop 8, has been confirmed to the California Court of Appeal. full story

USA, Florida: Attorney General Pam Bondi defended her appeal of the marriage equality ruling out of Key West, saying “It’s my job.” full story

USA, Illinois: Sears promoted marriage equality on a float at Chicago Pride. full story

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 7/21/14

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Matt BaumeSeems like every state with a marriage lawsuit is getting ready for the big showdown at the Supreme Court.

In just the last week, there’s been a bunch of activity: one circuit scheduled arguments and then immediately canceled them; Colorado is letting some couples get married but not others on a county-by-county basis; and Oklahoma is catching up to Utah with a major victory of their own.

But the really really big news is the Department of Justice announcing that they’ll defend the freedom to marry before SCOTUS. It’s not a huge surprise, but it’s a pretty big deal.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Gay Marriage Hasn’t Threatened My Union

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Gay WeddingLater this week, my wife and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage. It’s a special milestone, and the positive feelings associated with it are difficult to put into words.

A couple of weeks from now, it will have been one year since Minnesota law was changed so people of the same gender can marry one another. One of the claims made in the debate about the legalization of same-gender marriage in Minnesota was it would ruin “traditional marriage.” I believe the union between my wife and me fits the expectations of a “traditional marriage.” I’m happy to report the change in the law did not negatively affect our marriage. I didn’t expect it to.

What we have seen, though, is rings surround the fingers of gay friends and acquaintances. We’ve watched welcomingly as people we know — one of them a soldier — get hitched to somebody of the same gender. We’ve continued to see opposite-gender couples continue to get married, too.

Authored By Tim Johnson – See the Full Story at the SC Times

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Monday, July 21st, 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.

We May Be on the Wrong Side of History, But You’re on the Wrong Side of Nature
Cardinal Francis George in Chicago came up with what he thought was a witty response to claims that the Catholic Church and other anti-gay groups are on the wrong side of history. “The law now holds that men and women are interchangeable in marriage, as if children did not need both a mother and a father to be born and raised with some security. These are laws that mark societies in decline, demographically as well as morally.” Americans should be “concerned that we are on the wrong side of what nature teaches us and therefore, at least in the long run, headed for historical failure as a society.” I know a couple gay penguins who would beg to disagree. And notice how they now have to include things like “in the long run”? That’s because none of their predictions of strife and horror in the short run have ever come true.full story

That’s a Strange Culture You Have There
A Catholic conference in Malawi will discuss “challenges” faced by families, including homosexuality. “Many rich countries are imposing strange cultures in poor nations, an issue that calls for discussion and intervention. As we try to search for solutions in regard to family matters, the Bishops will also pay attention to the issue of same sex which is at the helm.” Sounds like a fun conference. Too bad I’m busy promoting my strange culture in the office, around the house and in the back yard this week.
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Slovakia Anti Gay Activists Push to Ban Marriage Equality

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Slovakia - Google MapsThere’s a movement afoot in Slovakia to ban gay marriage via a referendum.

Joe.My.God reports:

The constitutional definition of marriage, which some gay-right-advocates openly called a ban on same-sex marriages, does not go far enough, some conservative activists say, as they gather signatures to force a referendum that would make the laws even stronger. Behind the referendum initiative is the Alliance for Family (AZR), which declares itself a non-partisan and non-religious organisation and which emerged during the preparations for the September 2013 March for Life as an alliance of dozens of pro-family organisations. It has collected over 300,000 signatures under its petition, which needs to be signed by 350,000 citizens in order to be binding for the president to hold a referendum. The AZR hopes to achieve this aim by the end of this summer, the Sme daily reported. The referendum could possibly be held together with the November 15 municipal elections.

Does it surprise you to know that a group of Catholic Bishops are backing the petition?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/20/14

Sunday, July 20th, 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!

USA: Atari will produce a new game that will let you plan your own virtual pridefest. The big news here? Atari is still a thing. full story

USA: LGBTQ Nation has a great primer on where things stand from state to state in the marriage equality fight. full story

USA, Florida: Governor Rick Scott gave a word-salad answer when asked about the marriage equality ruling in Key West. full story

USA, Nevada: Domestic Violence programs in the state are supporting marriage equality, because their state revenue comes form a fee on marriage licenses. full story

USA, Texas: Is the state AG stalling his appeal of the marriage equality lawsuit? His office has now received two extensions from the original deadline. full story