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Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 4th

Monday, May 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!

Kenya: William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya has told religious leaders he will not allow homosexuality to become legal. full story

Thailand: A prestigious university in Bangkok has fired a transgender lecturer for ‘inappropriate behavior’ in the media. full story

UK: Nigel Farage has fired back at claims that UKIP is anti-gay following the publication of its Christian manifesto. full story

USA: Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch focuses on the aftermath of the US Supreme Court hearings, full story

USA: during his keynote speech at the Gill Foundation’s annual OutGiving Dinner in Dallas, VP Joe Biden said “this is no time to let up” on the fight for LGBT rights. full story

USA: Right wingers have been in an uproar all week after CBS’ Face The Nation host Bob Shieffer correctly called the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group in the opening to his interview with Tony Perkins last Sunday. full story

USA: NOM’s Maggie Gallagher wrote an open letter to Justice Kennedy, begging him to uphold state marriage equality bans. full story

USA: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said states are “well-equipped” to handle the marriage issue on their own terms. full story

USA: Rick Santorum tried to walk back his apparent support for Bruce Jenner. full story

USA: A powerful new video from Vox counts the number of people living in a marriage equality state, along with clips, percentages, and a map. full story

Marriage Equality Video Vox

USA, Hawaii: A proposal to allow people to change gender on their birth certificates without having to undergo surgery cleared a legislative hurdle Thursday, sending the bill to the full Legislature for a vote on the brink of a legislative deadline. full story

USA, Minnesota: High school students gathered at the Minnesota Capitol on Saturday to protest a billboard promoting “ex-gay” therapy on State Highway 10 in the town of Elk River. full story


USA, New Mexico: The Santa Fe public works committee voted 3-2 in favor of the restrooms in public and government buildings, which are designed to cater to the transgender community. full story

USA, Ohio: The Dispatch recently asked central Ohio’s congressional delegation and the state’s two senators for their thoughts on marriage equality. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 3rd

Sunday, May 3rd, 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: Returning to the Weekend Update desk on SNL this Saturday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kate McKinnon) took aim at Tuesday’s oral arguments in the gay marriage case. full story

Kate McKinnon as RBG

Argentina: A lesbian couple and the biological father of their child have all been listed on the child’s birth certificate, which gives them all legal recognition as parents of the child. full story

Ireland: The center-right Fine Gael Party, the senior partner now ruling Ireland in coalition with the Labour Party, put out a video endorsing marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Paddy Manning, a conservative gay man, spoke out against marriage eqwuality on TV this week: “”I know what it’s like to love, I know what it’s like to lose – and I know the heartbreak. But I also know that the best place for children is with a mother and a father.” full story

Ireland: Two women were photographed defiantly kissing in front of an anti-same sex marriage protester, and the photo has gone viral. full story

lesbian kiss Ireland

Ireland: The leader of Ireland’s Catholics has warned that if the Republic endorses gay marriage in the forthcoming referendum, religious organisations could face legal action for refusing to marry same-sex couples in their churches. full story

Russia: A gay rights contingent prominently marched alongside 90,000 other activists in a massive rally on Labor Day along Nevsky Prospect, St Petersberg’s main street. full story

UK: UKIP leader Nigel Farage has defended the “conscience clause” of his party’s Christian manifesto, saying Christians and Muslims should be able to disapprove of gay lifestyles. full story

USA: Children of same-sex parents are getting more one-on-one time with their parents than children with different-sex parents, according to a new study published in the June issue of Demography. full story

USA: Conservative radio host Rick Wiles on Thursday predicted “swift, sudden and devastating consequences”, including a “fireball from space”, if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on marriage equality. full story

USA: Emma Margolin at MSNBC asks “What if gay marriage loses?” full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Rick Santorum said we should ‘love and accept’ Bruce Jenner as a woman. full story

USA: A number of LGBT and immigration groups have called for Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and the Department Of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately release all LGBTQ-identified individuals in detention centers, halt deportations of all LGBTQ-identified individuals, and immediately provide relief for the LGBTQ undocumented community. full story

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USA, Indiana: More than a dozen Indiana communities have adopted ordinances to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity following an uproar over a religious objections law that critics charged was anti-gay. full story

USA, Massachusetts: Smith College has formally changed its admission policy to be inclusive of trans-feminine people. full story

USA, Ohio: Ohio Governor John Kasich on Friday refused to elaborate on why he’s okay with attending the same-sex wedding of a friend while opposing marriage equality. full story

USA, Oregon: An Oregon Senate committee voted 3-2 to advance a bill to ban conversion therapy for youth. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: The former Lebanon, Pa., Methodist minister who was defrocked for officiating at his gay son’s wedding and later reinstated says the issue does not seem as contentious in Pennsylvania now that gay marriage is legal in the state. full story

USA, Texas: LGBT advocates in Texas say they’re prepared to endorse legislation championed by two anti-gay hate groups protecting pastors and churches from being forced to participate in same-sex weddings, as long as it is written narrowly. full story

USA, Washingtion DC: A bill that bans discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools became law yesterday after congress declined to intervene. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 2nd

Saturday, May 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!

Pop Culture: San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt urged his fellow Christians to let go of their hatred toward LGBT people, insisting on his blog that both the Church and its followers become “beacons of love.” full story

Australia, Tasmania: Tasmania’s anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks has in her final report recommended that the state implements a dedicated scheme to erase historical convictions for consensual sexual activity between adult men. full story

Ireland: Irish singer Róisín Murphy has predicted that Ireland’s upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage will be a victory for equality. full story

Ireland: The National Organization for Marriage is asking for money to fight marriage equality in the country. full story

Ireland: Proud Irish-American Chuck Feeney, who made an estimated $7.5 billion as the world’s king of duty-free shops, is giving huge financial support to marriage equality advocates in Ireland. full story

Ireland: Irish priest says ‘ordinary people’ being intimidated into voting for equal marriage full story

Serbia: An army major who transitioned and now lives openly as a woman is profiled. full story

USA: The Huffington Post looks at some of the recent polling on marriage equality. full story

USA: After being used by a number of anti-gay businesses to raise money, GoFundMe clarified its policy to explicitly ban campaigns to support those charged with “discriminatory acts.” full story

USA: Thursday’s episode of The Nightly Show spotlighted the Supreme Court’s gay marriage hearing from earlier this week, with host Larry Wilmore looking at the sexual discrimination argument as well as one of the more insane anti-gay arguments claiming marriage equality will directly lead to 900,000 new abortions. full story

Nightly Show

USA: In a blog post this week, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) endorsed nationwide marriage equality in support of thousands of youth in need of foster or adoptive parents. full story

USA: Alan Keyes says a “yes” ruling on marriage equality from the Supreme Court would be “just cause for war”. full story

USA: A newly formed right-wing group is doing its best to drum up outrage over an openly gay official at Catholic Relief Services. full story

USA: has collected seven of the craziest predictions about what could happen if the US Supreme Court legalizes marriage equality nationwide. full story

USA: Robert Oscar Lopez, the son of a same sex couple who has gone full anti-gay conservative, says the US Government will be forced to pay reparations to kids who grew up in same sex households one day. full story

USA: Scouts for Equality is offering the Boy Scouts $50k that it raised on a crowdfunding site to drop its ban on LGBT adults. full story

USA, Alaska: Mayoral candidate Amy Demboski insinuated that there might be some truth to allegations about her LGBT-friendly opponent Ethan Berkowitz supported the idea of incestuous marriages. full story

USA, California: Santa Monica Boulevard will host the “Love No Hate Rally” at 3 pm today at HOME, America’s first privately owned LGBTQ center located at 7990 Santa Monica Boulevard. full story

USA, Maryland: A transgender woman arrested during the anti-police riots in Baltimore was detained Wednesday in an all-male holding facility. She was released Friday. full story

USA, Oklahoma: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that allows ministers to refuse to perform same-sex marriages if such marriages conflict with their religious beliefs. full story

USA, Texas: A week after Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance finally took effect, a new survey shows 51% of residents in the nation’s largest solidly red metropolitan area now support marriage equality. full story

USA, West Virginia: The five citizens of Thurmond voted unanimously to ban anti-LGBT discrimination. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – May 1st

Friday, May 1st, 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!

Australia, TAS: Tasmania’s lower house has passed a bill that would religious schools in the Australian state to refuse LGBTI students on grounds of their beliefs. full story

Japan: The Japanese ministry of education Thursday (30 April) issued a notice to local education boards urging schools to do more for transgender students. full story

Nigeria: A Nigerian bishop has complained that the US shouldn’t make foreign aid contributions conditional on “accepting anti-life values”, such as gay rights. full story

UK: A group of Catholic hermits have been ordered to leave a presbytery in the Diocese of Northampton – after PinkNews reported on the distribution of a number of extreme anti-gay leaflets. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A parliamentary candidate Susan Anne White has claimed to have “proof” that gay people are 40 times more likely to abuse children than the general population. full story

USA: The Associated Press-GfK poll shows 56 percent saying it’s more important for the government to protect religious rights than LGBT rights, with 40 percent saying the opposite, the AP reports. “But fewer Americans — just 40 percent — think most business owners should be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds,” the AP reports. full story

USA: Zack Ford at Think Progress says a Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality won’t hurt polling. full story

USA: Rabbi Jonah Pesner argues that striking down marriage equality bans would actually enhance religious liberty. full story

USA: In the 26 days leading up to #40ToNoneDay, #Pizza4Equality has raised $160,000 from 4,224 donors! full story

USA: As California lawmakers debate a bill aimed at providing better protections for transgender foster youth, President Barack Obama has voiced support for policies that protect all LGBT youth in foster care. full story

USA: In what is almost certainly a presidential first, President Obama highlighted an historic gay rights riot as he issued the annual “Loyalty Day” proclamation Thursday. full story

USA: On Wednesday night, members of Congress came together with religious leaders in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall for an annual prayer service to warn of heavenly punishments if the U.S. legalizes same-sex marriage, reports Right Wing Watch. full story

USA: Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) repeated the lie that ministers would be forced to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. full story

USA: Conservative commentator Glenn Beck on Thursday predicted that church attendance would shrink by half in the next five years if the Supreme Court declares gay marriage bans unconstitutional. full story

USA, FL: Equality Florida has launched a new video campaign supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples. full story

USA, Georgia: The pastor of a church in Milledgeville, Ga., recently changed the sign outside his church to read, “Homosexuality is a death worthy crime.” full story

Death to Gays sign in Georgia

USA, Minnesota: The Minnesota Senate has shot down a move to restrict transgender students’ access to school restrooms and locker rooms. full story

USA, Missouri: Missouri officials would lose their jobs for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — or recognizing their unions for any purpose — under a bill introduced by a Republican state Sen. Ed Emery (R). full story

USA, Texas: Democratic Sen. Jose Menéndez, D-San Antonio, stepped in Thursday morning to derail an anti-gay-marriage bill from the Senate fast track. full story

USA, Texas: Not surprisingly, anti-LGBT groups say they plan to appeal a judge’s recent decision upholding Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance. full story

USA, Virginia: A Virginia health clinic is expanding its transgender services, WSLS 10, an NBC affiliate in the region, reports. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 30th

Thursday, April 30th, 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: Zack Ford looks at media coverage of the Bruce jenner interview, and finds it lacking. full story

Australia: Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Bill Shorten has distanced himself from a campaign by his deputy leader to have the next ALP national conference decide to bind all Labor lawmakers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage. full story

El Salvador: El Salvador’s congress has approved a measure banning gay marriage, 47-0. The change cannot take effect unless it is ratified by a two-thirds majority, 56 votes, in the 2015-2019 legislative session, which starts on 1 May. – See more at: full story

Ireland: Openly gay Sherlock actor Andrew Scott has shown his support for same-sex marriage, ahead of Ireland’s referendum on the issue. full story

Ireland: During a debate last Sunday on Ireland’s upcoming same-sex marriage referendum, a ‘Yes’ campaigner was continually badgered by his opponent about how two men actually have sex. full story

Ireland: Mark Savage, a former Irish political candidate, is calling on Google to take down any published item that branded him as a homophobe, after he called gays “perverts”. full story

Ireland: A group of teachers has released a new video in favor of marriage equality. full story

Ireland: A gym has launched a #plank4equality” campaign ahead of the marriage equality referendum. full story

Russia: Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the right-wing LDPR party, said youths were ‘corrupted’ after they received U2’s new album Songs Of Innocence in September 2014, claiming the album is gay porn. full story

UK: A Conservative MEP has questioned a ruling by the European Court of Justice, after the court ruled it “may be justified” to ban men who have sex with men (MSM) from giving blood for life. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The Rainbow Project, an LGBT support group, has rejected calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: A new memo from the DNC neatly sums up what the GOP candidates said about attending a same sex marriage. full story

USA: 17-year-old vlogger Andrew Demnter interviewed Westboro Baptist Church’s Shirley Phelps, and told him he would burn in hell for bewing a fag enabler. full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Ben Carson called for the impeachment of judges who give “extra rights”. full story

USA: Wisconsin Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker repeated his calls for a federal marriage amendment preserving state bans on gay marriage in an interview with the conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts. full story

USA: The National Organization for Marriage plans to launch a “nationwide effort to pass legislation to protect people from having to participate in same-sex ‘weddings’ in states that have redefined marriage”. full story

USA: Cyndi Lauper testified before a Senate subcommittee on youth homelessness. full story

USA, Supreme Court: Ari Ezra Waldman looks at the possibility of a partial victory based on “sex discrimination”, and why that would be bad. full story

USA, Supreme Court: Matt Baume recaps the oral arguments at the Supreme Court and makes some guesses. full story

USA, Supreme Court: William Saletan looks at one of the glaring contradictions in the arguments against marriage equality. full story

USA, Supreme Court: Making her way through the large throng outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, gay rights activist Cari Searcy found herself in the wrong rally. full story

USA, Supreme Court: After a protester shouted “If you support gay marriage, you will burn in Hell!”, Justice Scalia joked “It was rather refreshing, actually.” full story

USA, Supreme Court: Joel Trambley at LGBT Weekly updates his predictions for the US Supreme Court marriage equality rulings. full story

USA: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration remains “very confident” in the aftermath of oral arguments about the case presented by the federal government. full story

USA, Supreme Court: Americans’ support for gays’ right to marry now — as the Court considers the marriage equality cases currently before it in Obergefell v. Hodges — is substantially higher than it was for interracial marriage in 1967 or abortion rights in 1973. full story

interracial marriage, abortion, marriage equality chart

USA, Supreme Court: Ben Shapiro acknowledged that the anti-gay side isd going to lose. full story

USA, Supreme Court: Jon Stewart took down the anti-gay forces at the US Supreme Court, saying they “got nothin.” full story

USA, Supreme Court: LGBT rights advocates around the world continue to await the outcome of the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that could extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians across the country. full story

USA, Alabama: Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen two weeks ago said county commissioners showed support for “bringing gay marriage to our county courthouse” by not taking action on his request to hire a lawyer full story

USA, Alabama: state Senator Greg Albritton, R-Range, wants to take Alabama out of the marriage license business, saying he’s not targeting same-sex couples but trying to remove government from the process. full story

USA, Arkansas: Officials in Arkansas’ most populous county and one of its most popular tourist destinations said Tuesday they’re considering prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding the pushback against a new state law criticized as anti-gay. full story

USA, Arkansas / Missouri / Nebraska / South Dakota: The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals deferred arguments and a decision Wednesday on same-sex marriage cases in four states until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue. full story

USA, California: Two pro LGBT bills from freshman legislators advanced in the Assembly this week. full story

USA, Hawaii: A new documentary looks at mahu, transgender people that are familiar and accepted in native Hawaiian culture. full story

USA, Kentucky: U.S. Senior District Judge John G. Heyburn II, a Republican who carved an independent and progressive path in three decades on the federal bench, upholding school desegregation and striking down laws that forbade gay marriage, died Wednesday. full story

USA, Michigan: Democrat lawmakers are asking the Legislature to add protections for LGBT people to Michigan’s civil rights act. full story

USA, New York: The New York State Assembly has voted 94-23 to approve a ban on harmful gay “conversion therapy” for minors. full story

USA, Ohio: The death of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, who begged people to fix society before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer on a highway, has been deemed a suicide. The report refers to Leelah as “Mr. Alcorn.” full story

Leelah Alcorn

USA, Texas: Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) appeared on Tony Perkins’ Washington Watch radio show yesterday and linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage. full story

Vatican: One day after the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges—the outcome of which may dictate the future of same-sex marriage in the United States—Pope Francis on Wednesday publicly affirmed his stance on so-called traditional marriage between men and women. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – Everything Else

Wednesday, April 29th, 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: In advance of Mother’s Day on Sunday May 10, Hallmark has launched a campaign called #PutYourHeartToPaper, and its 90-second spot featuring Alex and his mother Pam will have you #PutYourEyesToKleenex in as much time. full story

Pop Culture: Mad Men actor Kit Williamson is engaged to boyfriend of more than eight years John Halbach. – See more at: full story

Pop Culture: Men, and women, around the world are painting their nails in support of Bruce Jenner, who came out as transgender last week. full story

Pop Culture: Trans man Scott Turner Schofield has been cast as a ‘transgender mentor’ in one of the world’s most-watched soap operas.
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Canada: “Nobody’s Memories,” a new ad from FCB for LGBT advocacy group PFLAG Canada, imagines—and laments—the joys missed by couples unable to legally marry in years past. full story

Europe: A top European court has ruled that some countries refusing to allow gay or bisexual men to donate blood “may be justified”. full story

Ireland: The drag star of TV’s Mrs Brown’s Boys has posted a moving ‘message from mammy about marriage equality’ video ahead of the upcoming referendum in Ireland. full story

Ireland: Homophobic fliers likening homosexuals to paedophiles and gang rapists have been handed out in Dublin. full story

Mexico: While the US continues to grapple with recognizing and granting same-sex marriages, the Mexican Supreme Court has been quietly paving the way for marriage equality. full story

Russia: Russia will shut down a registry office after it gave a gay couple a marriage license. full story

UK: Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to end conversion therapy and to consider the introduction of Gender X passports. full story

UK: When accused of “forcing” same-sex marriage on Britain, Nick Clegg gave an amazing response. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: Ed Miliband has been challenged to take a stronger stance calling for gay rights in Northern Ireland. full story

USA, Northern Ireland: Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness has said the country should hold a referendum on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Sean Buckley, great-nephew of the late conservative commentator and National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. and grandson of James L. Buckley, a former U.S. senator and federal judge.full story

USA: A poll has shown that 56% of Republicans would attend the same-sex wedding of a friend or loved one. full story

USA, Alaska: Rally calls on Governor, AG to stop defending marriage equality ban. full story

USA, Florida: The office of Florida State Rep. Frank Artiles confirms his controversial bill, aimed to punish anyone who uses a public bathroom that doesn’t match the sex they were assigned at birth, is dead — and cannot be revived, as this legislative session is over. full story

USA, Indiana: A new LGBTQ rights group has started in South Bend and it’s run by Notre Dame students. full story

USA, Louisiana: In response to Governor Jindal’s April 23 Op-Ed in the New York Times, HRC has penned (literally) a particularly imaginative response, going over the Op-Ed with a fine tooth comb. full story

USA, Louisiana: The Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution urging Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to recuse themselves from the marriage cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, Washington: A flower shop owner in Richland who lost a lawsuit over her refusal to provide services for a same-sex wedding wants the state Supreme Court to review the case. full story

USA, West Virginia: Gay high school students Michael Martin and Logan Westrope shared the photos of their big prom date. full story

Gay prom

Marriage Equality Round-Up – Supreme Court Hearing

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The US Supreme Court held hearings on marriage equality cases from four states yesterday. Here’s our round-up of what happened, how we got here, and what people are saying about it.


Record Number of Briefs: This week’s same-sex-marriage cases at the Supreme Court brought in a record number of friend-of-the-court briefs — 148 of them, according to the court, beating the previous record of 136 in the 2013 Obamacare case. full story

Ginsburg’s Role: MSNBC looks at how Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped pave the way for marriage equality. full story

Ohio Plaintiff Speaks Out: The Advocate has the video from Jim Obergefell, one of the plaintiffs who lost his husband after they married. full story

Americans Split on Ruling: Americans are evenly split on whether the Supreme Court should rule that same-sex marriage must be legal nationwide, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. full story

Outside the Court

Nine Signs Show Love is Winning: ThinkProgress was on hand to document the spectacle, including the many signs on display. full story

Nine Signs

More Photos from Outside: Joe.My.God has more photos from outside the Court and around the country, taken by Father Tony. full story

Photo by Father Tony

Even More Photos: collected a bunch of photos from outside the Courthouse off of Twitter feeds. full story

Elizabeth Warren

Gay Men’s Chorus Sings: Adding to the circus-like atmosphere a Gay Men’s Chorus showed up to serenade the crowd. Hiot the link for the video. full story

GOP Senator Joins Marriage Equality Rally: Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) joined the rally yesterday, publically throwing his support behind marriage equality. full story

Same Sex Couples Take on Haters: If same-sex couples were stuck in an elevator with Justice Scalia, here is what they’d say to him. full story

Opponents Outside Ranted Non-Stop: Joe.My.God collects some of the videos of marriage equality opponents outside the Court. full story

Kochs fund Group Protesting at Court: Concerned Women for America, an organization that hosted an anti-gay marriage rally outside the Supreme Court this morning, has received the great majority of its funding in recent years from Freedom Partners, the “secret bank” of Charles and David Koch. full story

What the Protesters Said: A massive crowd appeared on the steps of the Supreme Court for Tuesday’s historic oral arguments over nationwide same-sex marriage. Here’s what some of them had to say. full story

The Hearing

What Happened Inside: The Advocate has a great rundown of what happened behind the closed doors of the Court today. full story

What Happened Inside II: SDGLN also has a run-down of the hearings. full story

Quotes from the Hearing: US News and World Report has gathered a bunch of quotes from the hearing. full story=

Protester Disrupts Hearing: An anti-gay protester interrupted the start of the U.S. Supreme Court hearings on marriage equality today, shouting “Homosexuality is an abomination!” full story


Scalia Loves Lopez: @briantashman says that Scalia loved the brief from four children of same sex marriage opposing marriage equality. full story

Kennedy’s Telling Statements: Erin Fuchs looks art two telling statements Justice Kennedy made, one about how the current definition of marriage has been with us for millennia, and the other about affording dignity to same sex couples. full story

Surprising Questions from Roberts, Scalia: Erin Fuchs also looks at some of the tough questions two of the Courts’ conservatives had for opponents of marriage equality. full story

Ginsburg Takes Down Millennium Argument: During the hearing, Justice Ginsburg tackled the idea that because something has been around for so long, it should never be changed. full story

You Can’t “Un-Marry” Us: States would never try to ‘unmarry’ couples past childbearing age — so they shouldn’t be able to do the same to same-sex couples, argued pro-equality attorneys. full story

Early Reports: Chris Johnson tweeted a series of reports from the hearing ebncapsulating the Justices’ questions and thoughts. full story

Bonauto’s Closing Statement: Queerty flags Mary Bonauto’s “eloquent closing statement.” full story

Nine Most Awkward Moments: Politico rounds up the most awkward moments from the hearing. full story

Audio of Question One: Here is audio from Question 1 of the marriage arguments before the Supreme Court today: ” Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?” full story

Audio of Question Two: Here’s the audio from Question 2″ “Does the Fourteenth Amendment allow a state to refuse to recognize valid marriages performed out of state?” full story


Will We Become a Protected Class?: John Gallagher at Queerty looks at how the Justices might arrive at their decision. full story

Will John Roberts Vote Yes?: Trudy Ring at the Advocate asks the question. full story

Will John Roberts Vote Yes? II: In a telling moment at Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. suggested that he may have found a way to cast a vote in favor of the gay and lesbian couples in the case. full story

Inside Kennedy’s Head: Neal Broverman at The Advocate tries to figure out what Justice Kennedy is really thinking. full story

Expanded 14th Amendment?: Stephen Henderson at Detroit Free Press asks if the Court will expand the 14th Amendment? full story

Ari’s Analysis, Part One: legal editor Ari Ezra Waldman listened to the hearing as the audio became available and issued a great series of analyses. Here’s the first one, on Question 1. full story

Ari’s Analysis, Part Two: Some additional notes on Question 1. full story

Ari’s Analysis, Part Three: Ari looks at the states’ arguments. full story

Ari’s Analysis, Part Four: Ari looks at the arguments on Question 2 – whether states must recognize valid marriages from other states. full story

Did State Lawyer Screw Up?: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress thinks one of the defense lawyers may have talked himself out of a victory. full story

Experts Predict the Outcome: The Detroit Free Press rounded up a number of expert views on the coming rulings. full story

From a Transgender Perspective: Stephanie Mott looks at the hearings from a transgender woman’s perspective. full story

Don’t Panic Over Kennedy’s Questions: Legal expert Anthony Michael Kreis says we shouldn’t freak out over Justice Kennedy’s questions about marriage equality and tradition. full story

Supporters’ Responses:

USA: Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has changed her 2016 presidential logo on social media outlets to rainbow ahead of the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling on same-sex marriage. full story

Hillary Logo

17 Stars Tweeting for Marriage Equality: The Advocate profiles a bunch of celebrities who tweeted in support of marriage equality. full story

Queen Latifah for Marriage Equality: Queen Latifah spoke out for marriage equality and against homophobia in the black community. full story

AG Lynch Chimes In: Newly sworn-in Attorney General Loretta Lynch said “I am committed – as is this department – to ensuring equal dignity and equal treatment for all members of society, regardless of sexual orientation. As we argued today before the Supreme Court, same-sex couples deserve that treatment now.” full story

Opponents’ Responses:

This Will Never Be Over: FRC staffer Cathy Ruse says the fight will never be over, despite what the Court may say. full story

Christians Will Be Sent to Jail: Right wing anti-gay activist Janet Porter says marriage equality will send Christians to jail. full story

NOM Encouraged About Kennedy: NOM chairman John Eastman says he ius encouraged by the questioning from Justice Kennedy, especially his comment about marriage being the same for “millennia”. full story

Heritage Foundation Smells a Win: Ryan T. Anderson tweets “oral arguments at Supreme Court suggest Court will uphold man-woman marriage laws.” full story

Liberty Counsel Pledge to Disobey SCOTUS: Mat Staver at the Liberty Counsel wants all GOP presidential candidates to sign a pledge to disobey the Court’s ruling. Huckabee and Santorum have already signed. full story

Tweets from the Opponents: Queerty gathers a bunch of tweets from opponents of marriage equality, and they’re pretty out there. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 27th

Monday, April 27th, 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!

Advice: What to do if you meet a transgender person for the first time and thereafter. full story

Australia: The acting opposition leader plans to push to make Labor MPs vote for marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Students in Ireland set a new record for the largest love heart, in a rally for marriage equality. full story

Ireland Love Heart

Ireland: The no on marriage equality side has a new ad out. full story

USA, Northern Ireland: The human rights organisation Amnesty has urged Northern Irish Politicians to push for same-sex marriage. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: Health Minister Jim Wells has resigned as Northern Ireland’s Health Minister after last week claiming that children who are raised by same-sex parents are “more likely” to be abused. full story

USA: Matt Baume with American Foundation for Equal Rights reports on what to expect at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the National Organization for Marriage’s latest legal defeat, Ted Cruz’s two new anti-LGBT bills, and more. full story

USA: President Obama made a couple great gay jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. full story

USA: Marriage equality rallies are planned in more than 40 cities over the next few days to mark Tuesday’s oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA: With the Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments in another key gay marriage case, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said on Sunday that “when we talk about this issue, we need to talk about it terms of tolerance.” full story

USA: A Gallup poll released Friday found that nearly 2 million adults are in either a same-sex marriage (780,000) or a domestic partnership (1.2 million). full story

USA: The Williams Institute sent out some bullet points in advance of tomorrow’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court. full story

USA: A national television ad campaign kicked off Sunday supporting same-sex marriage as attorneys on both sides of the issue prepare to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. full story

USA: Brian Brown says the National Organization for Marriage (except for the gays) is going global. full story

USA: Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer told Tony Perkins that the show almost didn’t have him on because he is a known hate group leader. full story

USA: Anti gay presidential candidate Ted Cruz says marriage equality has “radicalized” the democrats. full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Marco Rubio says there is no constitutional right to marriage equality. full story

USA: The usual suspects delivered boxes of “restraining orders” to the US Supreme Court. full story

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USA, Georgia: A lesbian couple who were turned away from a franchised Alphagraphics store took their complaint to AlphaGraphics’ main office and received a full apology, and the company produced their custom wedding invitations at no charge. full story

USA, New York: The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus has canceled a fundraiser at the OutNYC after the owners hosted a reception with anti-gay presidential candidate Ted Cruz. full story

USA, New York: The owner of the OutNYC apologized for hosting anti-gay presidential candidate Ted Cruz. full story

USA, New York: Despite yesterday’s apologies by Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, activists are going forward with tonight’s protest at their midtown hotel. full story

=USA, Washington: The GoFundMe page for Baronelle Stutzman and Arlene’s Flowers has been deleted, presumably for the same reason that the page for the Oregon bakery was removed. full story

USA, Washington DC: A handful of same-sex marriage opponents on Sunday protested a church in Northwest D.C. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 20th

Monday, April 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!

Australia: Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end. full story

Australia: Author Liam Miller looks at the ethocs of marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Breda O’Brien says gay people who want to live a Christian way of life should abstain from sex and should not be allowed to marry. full story

Japan: A lesbian couple has married in Japan, despite that the country does not currently recognise same-sex marriages. full story

UK, Scotland: The Scottish National Party have pledged support for the creation of an LGBTI rights envoy in their manifesto. full story

Vietnam: The country’s ministry of health is finalizing draft amendments to the civil code that will likely acknowledge transgender people for the first time. full story

USA: Thursday eight organizations came together under Unite for Marriage, a partnership working together to show support for marriage for same-sex couples as the question stands before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA: In a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed say by 51%-35% that it’s no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them. full story

USA: The same poll found that people were more concerned about RFRA laws’ impact on LGBT couples than on Christians. full story

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USA: Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich said Sunday that not only would he attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one, he’s already accepted such an invitation. full story

USA: LGBTQ Nation profiles Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. full story

USA: Former military officials have filed a brief saying that the patchwork of marriage laws around the country hurts military families and threatens national security. full story

USA: The attorneys general of fifteen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they predictably argue that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. full story

USA: Over 100 alleged scholars have a filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they argue that the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to an increase in the abortion rate. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at the complete mess of anti-gay briefs before the US Supreme Court. full story

USA: On Face the Nation, Senator Marco Rubio said that he did not believe sexual preference is a choice. full story

USA: Christian conservative James Dobson said “I would like them to think, just for a moment, about LGBT. The B stands for bisexual! Those are, that’s orgies! Are you really going to support this?” full story

USA, Alaska: The state’s LGBT rights organizations have formally asked Gov. Bill Walker to end the state’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, California: An anti gay group is once again trying to get an anti-transgender bathroom bill on the ballot. full story

USA, Michigan: The state’s marriage equality plaintiffs are profiled. full story

USA, Michigan: Several protestors had a heated debate with Brian Klawiter’s supporters about his decision to refuse service to gay customers. full story

USA, Ohio: Robert Grunn, a Cincinnati gay man who’s been a licensed funeral director for more than two decades, joined cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in Ohio and other states. full story

USA, Tennessee: The state’s marriage equality plaintiffs are profiled. full story

USA, Washington DC: A House committee that oversees D.C. government affairs has decided not to take up a resolution to kill a law passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that would ban discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools in the District. full story

USA, Washington DC: LGBT activists from around the world came to Washington, D.C. this week to take part in events surrounding the World Bank’s annual meeting to advocate for more LGBT-inclusive policies at the Bank. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 19th

Sunday, April 19th, 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!

Pop Culture: Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston called for an end to discrimination against the LGBT community. full story

Pop Culture: In an interview with Dallas Voice writer Chris Azzopardi, Scott Eastwood says that he loves having a big gay fan base, and that he’s a huge supporter of LGBT rights—especially marriage. full story

Singapore: Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong’s upcoming Vision magic show in July. full story

UK: A gay rights campaigner who said he was “slapped across the face” by a UKIP councillor has since received homophobic abuse on Twitter. full story

USA: The upcoming Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could shake up the 2016 race for the White House. full story

USA: In the ad released by Pataki’s PAC, the former three-term governor says indulging in a debate over abortion and LGBT rights can only help one person: Hillary Clinton. full story

USA: Uber and Lyft both include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies, and because they’ve been involved in drafting regulation legislation, LGBT protections are generally included. full story

USA: Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, was asked by a reporter if he would attend a gay wedding, and said he had attended a reception for a gay relative who had been married. full story

USA, Alabama: A coalition of pastors on Friday honored Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for his vocal opposition to marriage equality.
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USA, Colorado: In a forthcoming documentary, “Limited Partnership,” a county clerk describes what led her to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in 1975, and reunites decades later with one of the couples, Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan. full story

USA, Guam: The Guam Youth Congress — a body of elected youths made up of members that can be between ages 14 and 24 — unanimously passed a resolution that recognizes “the legality of same-sex marriages” and supports the equal protection of people, “regardless of sexual orientation.” full story

USA, Indiana: The friend of a soon-to-be-wed Indiana gay couple is hoping to take up an offer made by actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison to provide pizza for a gay wedding. full story

USA, Maine: Parents were unhappy they weren’t informed before the book ‘I Am Jazz’, about trans teenager Jazz Jennings, was read to their children at a primary school in Kittery Point. full story

USA, Michigan: Grand Rapids bankruptcy attorney Jeffrey Mapes (pictured below) has penned the perfect response to Brian Klawiter, the owner of the Grandville, Michigan auto shop who declared this week he “would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons” but that gun owners would receive a discount at his shop. full story

USA, Ohio: The plaintiffs in Ohio’s marriage case to be heard by the Supreme Court in D.C. will get a grand sendoff from Cincinnati Friday. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Students at a Pennsylvania high school allegedly staged a protest of the Day of Silence, which included intimidation and physical harassment of LGBT students and their allies.
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USA, Washington DC: NOM has revealed the list of speakers for its upcoming hate march. full story

NOM Hate March