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Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 28th

Friday, August 28th, 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: When the online and catalog based company Suddenly Fem, serving the transgender community, tried to advertise through Facebook in summer 2015, in order to reach transgender customers, their ads and content were rejected as “adult” by the social media website. Facebook has since apologized. full story

Suddenly Fem

POP CULTURE: Miley Cyrus has confirmed she identifies as ‘pansexual’ – and not bisexual as widely reported in the media. full story

ITALY: Pope Francis sent letter praising a children’s book, Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg), that includes gay and lesbian families. full story

MIDDLE EAST: These documentaries reveal precarious, uncertain, and inscrutable queer existence in Syria, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. full story

USA: Donald Trump couldn’t explain to a gay child why he opposes marriage equality. full story

USA: Ted Cruz’s father says the Supreme Court’s ruling means that churches will be forced to hire gay pastors. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Evil mother-in-law Pat Fancher has appealed a lower court’s ruling awarding her son’s estate to his husband to the Eleventh Circuit Court. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Schools in the Springfield diocese won’t turn away children of gay parents, but they may make them feel unwelcome, a Bishop says. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: James Yates and William Smith Jr. tried for a third time to apply for a marriage license but were denied by a deputy working under County Clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Rowan County clerk Kim Davis will petition U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for a stay on the order full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting protesting the Farm Bureau’s stance on gay rights and other issues. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The Maroon chronicles the slow shift toward tolerance in the state. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Two grooms may have won the prize for most fabulous wedding entrance ever by turning up on unicorn jet skis. full story

Unicorn Jet Skis

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: The state of North Dakota has agreed to pay $58,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs in one of two lawsuits filed in federal court that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, OREGON: In what may be a historic first, a Catholic school that ended a contract with a teacher for being openly gay has reversed course, challenging Church teaching by instituting hiring polices that welcome LGBT people. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Democrats are taking another run at a comprehensive LGBT rights bill. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The body that governs high school sports in South Dakota has OK’d keeping a policy that allows transgender students to play on the teams of their choice, increasing the likelihood that conservative legislators will try to undermine it with a birth certificate requirement and possibly even genital exams. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Dallas Voice recaps the fight to date over Houston’s HERO ordinance. full story

USA, TEXAS: Keller school board trustee’s transphobic comments revealed as she continues to try to derail an LGBT nondiscrimination and harassment policy. full story

Keller ISD Trustee Jo Lynn Haussmann

USA, TEXAS: The state is running into unexpected complications as it overhauls the policies for issuing birth certificates to children of same sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: A gay couple claims that a homophobic Hilton Garden Inn chef refused to cater their wedding. full story

USA, WYOMING: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a right-wing law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 27th

Thursday, August 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!

INTERNET: Matt Baume on the Raid: ‘Should Sex Work Be A Crime?’ full story

POP CULTURE: Halangarde Pictures in association with Skydive Films, knapptimecreative, and Casting Life Films have released the first trailer for the upcoming school bullying documentary Hear Me Now. full story

POP CULTURE: Oxford Dictionaries has added the gender neutral title Mx, as well as ‘pwnage’, ‘butthurt’, and ‘awesomesauce’. full story

ITALY: ‘There will be no gay pride in my Venice,’ Luigi Brugnaro has said, describing the event as ‘farcical’ and ‘kitsch’. full story

NIGERIA: A local reporter looks at the politics of gay marriage in the country. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: The Ulster Unionist Party, a key opponent of same-sex marriage, is set to withdraw from the power-sharing Northern Irish Executive. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: Nicola Sturgeon has plenty of jobs as Scotland’s First Minister, but she added another one to the list as she helped one gay couple get engaged. full story

USA: A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church’s teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population, and a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage. full story

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USA: Despite the Boy Scouts of America welcoming gay adult leaders into the fold, the Church of Latter Day Saints said it will continue its relationship with the organization, because the organization will still allow the Church to exclude gays. full story

USA: Christian Party Presidential hopeful Darrell Trigg has said that if elected to the nation’s top job, he will ban homosexuality and make Christianity the official religion of the United States. full story

USA, GUAM: Guam law now defines marriage between two people, regardless of gender, aligning local statute with a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, after the Governor didn’t sign or block it. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: In a three-page decision, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals says it cannot grant county clerk Kim Davis a stay pending appeal on a district court injunction requiring her to give marriage licenses to same-sex-couples because she’s unlikely to succeed in the lawsuit. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: County clerk Casey Davis has declared that fighting against marriage equality is the hill he’s willing to die on—literally. full story

USA, OREGON: St. Mary’s Academy President Christina Friedhoff says the school reversed a decision to hire an employee because of a same-sex marriage. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: A South Dakota legislator wants transgender athletes to show their birth certificate and undergo a genital exam before they can compete. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 26th

Wednesday, August 26th, 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: Transgender sitcom star Rebecca Root says trans actors should play trans roles. full story

POP CULTURE: An economist has worked out the chance of there not being a single gay man in professional baseball – there is a one in two sextillion chance of there being not a single man who likes to have sex with other men in the game. full story

POP CULTURE: Muslim Drag Queens, a Channel 4 documentary that examines the lives of gay men and trans women who perform in a way that some view as completely opposite to their religion, has drawn death threats for one of the featured queens. full story

Asifa Lahore

POP CULTURE: For PBS Digital Studios’ First Person series, Kristin Russo talks about why we need to get used to using non-binary pronouns. full story

POP CULTURE: Pierce Brosnan said he would be open to a gay James Bond – but producers may think differently. full story

AUSTRALIA: Now that it doesn’t matter, ex-PM Julia Gillard has come out in support of marriage equality and against having a public vote on it. full story

AUSTRALIA: A documentary about gay parenting has been banned in schools in New South Wales. full story

GERMANY: Germans would rather have a Jewish neighbor than a gay neighbor, a study has found. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: Two gay men who lived in ISIS-controlled areas are speaking out for the first time about the brutality and fear they and others faced living under the draconian regime. full story

ITALY: The government will forge ahead with plans to enact civil-union legislation to protect same sex couples, a cabinet minister told a Catholic lay group. full story

UK: Leaflets which urge householders not to support Margate’s LGBT Pride event have been distributed just days before the celebrations are set to take place. full story

Margate Pride flier

UK: A new set of letters written by genius mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing in the ’50s after his conviction for gross indecency and sentence of ‘gay cure’ hormone therapy offer insight into his state of mind. full story

Alan Turing Letters

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USA: The Pentagon’s ban on transgender troops would end May 27 under a draft timeline on repeal of the policy that affects about 12,000 troops, according to a document obtained by USA TODAY. full story

USA: The 18 transgender women killed this year ‘had value, had purposes, and were loved,’ Mock affirms. ‘And they will be missed.’ full story

USA: PayPal has become the latest big company to announce its backing for the proposed Equality Act that’s currently before US Congress. full story

USA: In his latest attack on LGBT rights, Ted Cruz seems to have also come out against 1964’s Civil Rights Act. full story

USA: Excerpts of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 28-page majority opinion have been making their way into gay and straight wedding ceremonies. full story

USA: Presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went against the grain of his fellow Republican candidates and conservatives stating that he believes businesses should not be allowed to discriminate against its customers. full story

USA: Four of the 17 Republican presidential candidates have pledged to support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman – Cruz, Santorum, Jindal and Carson. full story

USA: Jeb Bush emails hilight feelings about same sex marriage in 2004. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Jefferson County School District, which includes Louisville and is Kentucky’s largest, voted overwhelmingly on Monday night to protect transgender students and employees full story

USA, TEXAS: A Methodist congregation in Austin, Texas stood, cheered, and applauded after a gay man made a surprise marriage proposal on the altar during the church service. full story

First United Methodist Church of Austin

USA, TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton is asking a judge to cancel a contempt of court hearing after he caved in birth and death certificates. full story

USA, TEXAS: Log Cabin just announced endorsements of three of the six City Council members who voted against HERO when it was approved in May 2014 full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Nearly 200 people gathered in a D.C. park on Tuesday to protest violence against transgender women of color. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: A transgender Wisconsin prison inmate is suing officials, saying they’re violating her rights by not allowing her to live as a woman. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 25th

Tuesday, August 25th, 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!

INTERNATIONAL: In a historic first, U.N. Security Council convened to discuss LGBT rights full story

POP CULTURE: In an ABC What Would You Do? segment, strangers step up to defend a gay couple who wants to adopt. full story

USA: Chanel model and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp has come out as sexually fluid on Instagram. full story

Lily-Rose Depp

IRAQ/SYRIA: ISIS militants threw nine men charged with being gay from a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: The head of an international gay rights organization is telling the U.N. Security Council that the Islamic State extremist group has executed at least 30 people for sodomy. full story

UK: A major investigation into attitudes in the UK construction industry has concluded that homophobia is running rife in the sector, with 85% of gay men and women working for contracting firms encountering homophobic comments in the workplace in the last 12 months. full story

USA: Women are more likely than men to be bisexual and three times more likely to change their sexual identities in their twenties, a new study has found. full story

USA, IOWA: GOP Representative Steven King gave an interview saying LGBT employees should keep quiet about their sexuality in the workplace. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Taxpayers in Kentucky could be landed with a legal bill of over $2.3 million – after the state’s protracted legal fight against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Liberty Counsel President Mat Staver called on Governor Beshear to allow clerks to discriminate against gays and lesbians, or resign. full story

USA, MAINE: NOM has finally handed over its donors list in Maine and as we all suspected, the hate group only has six of supporters. full story

USA, MAINE: profiles NYC hedge fund manager Sean Fieler, the primary donor for NOM’s anti marriage equality campaign. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Missouri teen Landon Patterson is making history as the first transgender person to be in the running to be her school’s Homecoming Queen – and is probably the first in her state as well. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A group of students from Duke University have refused to read a graphic novel over its gay themes. full story

Fun Home

USA, TEXAS: As of Monday birth and death certificates in Texas have to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, and that means the proper birth certificate indicating both parents. full story

USA, TEXAS: pponents of HERO launched their “Campaign for Houston” this week with an incendiary radio ad attacking transgender women. full story

USA, TEXAS: The anti-LGBT ordinance campaign also focused on the new favorite target of the religious right – the false claim that “men” will be allowed in women’s bathrooms. full story


USA, VERMONT: A new documentary explores the state’s groundbreaking grassroots movement for marriage equality. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 24th

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: John Oliver tackled anti-gay discrimination on his show last night. full story

AFRICA: A new study concluded that sexual behaviour is “naturally varied”, and discrimination “unjustified”. full story

AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Tony Abbott says ‘it’s OK to be gay’ but insists same-sex marriage is not OK. full story

AUSTRALIA: Despite being a staunch opponent to it, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he will “wholeheartedly” accept same-sex marriage if the public approves it with a vote. full story

AUSTRALIA: A classic Australian cricket catch cry has been converted into a call for marriage equality by Adelaide artist Jake Holmes because he believes his two mums should have the choice to wed. full story


MALAYSIA: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak courted controversy this week for a strongly worded condemnation of LGBT rights in his country, comparing the LGBT Community to ISIS. full story

USA: Ted Cruz issued a campaign clip starring the same tired handful of martyred anti-gay Christianists that have been trotted out at every anti-gay event in the last couple of years. full story

USA, KANSAS: Westboro Baptist Church targeted a Foo Fighters concert at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Friday, Aug. 21, and the band fired back — with a Rickroll. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 22nd

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: The right-wing group One Million Moms wants Revlon to pull ads from the reality show about transgender teen Jazz Jennings. full story

INTERNATIONAL: Advocates remain largely skeptical of the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to strengthen its anti-discrimination provisions in the wake of the controversial 2014 Winter Olympics that took place in Russia against the backdrop of the country’s anti-LGBT rights record. full story

AUSTRALIA: The ex-wife of Labour MP Simon Danczuk has revealed her sexuality after an ex-girlfriend allegedly threatened to sell her story. full story

KAZAKHSTAN: The problems faced by the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are profiled. full story

RUSSIA: Going against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws, the US embassy in Moscow will screen the gay-themed drama I Am Michael. full story

I Am Michael

SENEGAL: Seven men have been sent to prison in Senegal after they were caught having sex during a raid, police informed a court in Dakar. full story

TAIWAN: A Taiwanese presidential candidate is celebrating Chinese Valentine’s Day with an inclusive video about love. full story

UGANDA: A new Ugandan LGBT publication, Bombastic Magazine, is looking to protect the community by telling their authentic stories. full story

UK: The number of new recruits in the British Army to have disclosed that they gay since new rules came into effect last year is less than five. full story

USA: On the heels of Michael Sam being drafted into the NFL and subsequently cut from the league, Out on the Fields, a new study, has found the United States to be the most homophobic English-speaking country in sports. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The lawsuit fighting for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School has been dismissed. full story

USA, IOWA: “X-Men” and “Juno” lesbian actress Ellen Page challenged Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on LGBT rights Friday during the Iowa State Fair, grilling him on the issue anti-LGBT workplace discrimination. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The anti-gay executive director of the Louisiana GOP, Jason Doré, has been outed for having an Ashley Madison profile. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 21st

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: The Amazon warrior and DC Comics superhero officiates her first same-sex wedding, of two women, in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Chapter 48, which is set for release on Thursday. full story

wonder woman wedding

POP CULTURE: Trans model Rain Dove is profiled. full story

Rain Dove

Photo by Lawrence Pope Givens

POP CULTURE: BBC has hired transgender actress and comedian, Bethany Black to star in one episode of Dr. Who series next season. full story

POP CULTURE: The Advocate looks back at 50 years of trans models. full story

Trans Models

AUSTRALIA: Queensland Australia is considering lowering the age of consent for anal sex to 16. Currently the sexual practice is considered consensual at age 18. full story

CANADA: A Kelowna woman will stop at nothing to have the freshly-painted, rainbow-colored crosswalks removed. full story

CHINA: A student is suing the Chinese Ministry of Education – because textbooks in her university refer to homosexuality as a disorder. full story

ISRAEL: A Ghana woman wishing to escape persecution and abuse in Africa was denied asylum in Israel for not being lesbian enough. full story

URUGUAY: Jose ‘Pepe’ Mujica, the former president of Uruguay, said this week that recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples is simply accepting ‘reality’. full story

UK: A Tory MP has said a campaign urging Polish nationals to donate blood shows that the system is lacking donors, and that gay and bisexual men should be allowed to donate blood to prevent a shortage. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A same-sex couple in Northern Ireland have launched legal action over the country’s ban on same-sex marriage – but in a surprising move, they are arguing it violates their religious freedom. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Sinn Féin has committed to bringing another same-sex marriage bill to a vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly – after being repeatedly blocked on the issue. full story

USA: A new study finds 31 percent of Americans under 30 say they are not ‘100% heterosexual.’ full story

USA: 18% of Americans say they have had gay sex and 82% say no. Among those who describe themselves as heterosexual, 12% have had a gay sexual experience. Meanwhile, 12% of Republicans say they have had a sexual experience with a member of the same sex – despite the party’s homophobic stance – compared to 19% of Democrats. full story

USA: The U.S. Department of Justice announced today (Thursday, Aug. 20), that the Social Security Administration will apply the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide retroactively and process pending spousal benefits claims for couples that lived in jurisdictions that didn’t recognize their marriages prior to the ruling. full story

USA: 130 major religious, education, civil rights, labor, LGBT, women’s, and health organizations delivered a letter to President Obama urging him to review and reconsider a “religious freedom” memo from the Office of Legal Counsel that has been used to permit taxpayer funded discrimination. full story

USA: Today, the Human Rights Campaign released new polling to show broad support for the newly introduced Equality Act in swing districts across the country. full story

USA: In a lengthy interview with The Hollywood Reporter made public on Thursday, Donald Trump refers to Jenner as male and uses her old name Bruce. full story

USA: Even though Republican frontrunner Donald Trump opposes marriage equality, he’s resigned himself to the Supreme Court’s ruling, saying an amendment to reverse it is “not going to happen”. full story

USA, FLORIDA: On Thursday, LGBT-rights group Equality Florida announced that beginning sometime in September, new state forms will identify each married partner as a “spouse.” full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law legislation that would ban “ex-gay” conversion therapy for LGBT minors, making his state the fourth in the country in addition to D.C. to prohibit the widely discredited practice. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Saying that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis will suffer “significant irreversible harm” if she’s forced to sign a single same-sex marriage license, last night the Liberty Counsel filed an emergency stay demand with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. full story

USA, OREGON: Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein sent cakes to ten LGBT groups, along with an anti-gay film on DVD. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: A US evangelical church faces being kicked out of its Baptist convention next month if it fails to reverse its decision to admit gays to all aspects of church life including marriage and ordination. full story

USA, TEXAS: Supporters of a proposed new policy that would have offered protections to LGBT people in the Keller Independent School District said this week that they were disappointed that the school board postponed a vote on the policy. But they intend to use the extra time to educate the public on the need for such a policy. full story

USA, WYOMING: A state judicial panel is investigating a western Wyoming local magistrate who was quoted in a local newspaper saying she would not perform same-sex marriages. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 20th

Thursday, August 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!

POP CULTURE: Artist Conor Collins says he was “horrified” at the hate tweets received by Caitlyn Jenner in the days after she came out as transgender and decided to use the transphobic and nasty messages to recreate Jenner’s famous Annie Leibovitz portrait from the cover of Vanity Fair. full story

Cait Jenner

POP CULTURE: Caitlyn Jenner once again appears on the cover of Vanity Fair, just three months after the first iconic cover hit newsstands, for a special edition. full story

Vanity Fair

POP CULTURE: Former winner Louis Smith of Strictly Come Dancing has voiced his support for same-sex dance couples on the show. full story

AUSTRALIA: A bill to call for a public vote on same-sex marriage has been introduced in Australia. full story

MALAYSIA: The Prime Minister of Malaysia has cited Islam in saying that the human rights of LGBT people will not necessarily be protected. full story

NEW ZEALAND: Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Zealand for two years – and the world still hasn’t ended. full story

POLAND: A rainbow art installation in Poland will be taken down after being set alight several times, apparently because it is perceived as a symbol of LGBT rights. full story

ROMANIA: Prince Nicholas De Roumanie was stripped of his royal title last week, along with his posture to possibly inherit the throne. But was the beloved “people’s prince” ousted from royalty for being gay? full story

UGANDA: Uganda has said it wants to ban countries with same-sex marriage from adopting its children. full story

USA: Nancy Pelosi visited the Amazon campus in Seattle on Tuesday to discuss the Equality Act, which would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at studies comparing gay and straight parenting. full story

USA: The GOP has found one democrat willing to jump on board their anti marriage equality amendment push – Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.). full story

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.)

USA: August 19 marks the launch of the new U.S. Trans Survey, developed and supported by a coalition of LGBT groups and researchers, and over the next month, thousands of transgender people will complete the module, documenting their experiences in employment, housing, health care, and the criminal justice system. full story

USA: Bryan Fischer argued that he and others like him were “born a Christian” and repulsed by homosexuality and so they ought to be entitled to have their associated rights respected and protected by the government full story

USA: The Washington Blade looks at the state of trans rights in US sports. full story

Fallon Fox

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal judge clarified on Wednesday that his decision to let a Kentucky county clerk continue not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples will expire on Aug. 31. full story

USA, MARYLAND: Baltimore resident Julie Baker, who scammed people with her “relentlessly gay front yard, announced this week that she’s returning all the money donated to her GoFundMe campaign. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The marriage equality plaintiffs will wed soon, closing the chapter on their historic fight for the right to marry and legally adopt each other’s children. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti-LGBT rights forces revive slogan from anti gay campaign i 1985. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Texas Supreme Court weighed in on ballot language for Houston’s LGBT rights ordinance, saying that voters in Houston must “yes” to whether they want an equal right ordinance in their city — and not “no” to whether the existing one should be repealed. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 19th

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

POP CULTURE: As drama maven Nene Leakes moves on from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, new housewife and transgender model Amiyah Scott is moving in. full story

Amiyah Scott

POP CULTURE: Statues opposite New York City’s iconic Stonewall Inn have been painted brown in protest of the new film. full story

stonewall statues

AUSTRALIA: Australian owned gay dating app Pash will give half of all profits earned in the 2015/16 financial year and free advertising to Australian Marriage Equality. full story


AUSTRALIA: Six police cars, six fire trucks and one hazardous materials unit were dispatched to deal with a glitter filled envelope yesterday after it appeared in the mail for an Australian lawmaker who opposes same-sex marriage. full story

AUSTRALIA: Wayne Bergmann, a businessman and former head of the Kimberley Land Council, called on more Aboriginal people to voice their support for same-sex marriage as he attacked the Abbott government for failing to support any immediate legislative change. full story

GAMBIA: The nephew of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says he faces life in prison or even death in his homeland because of a pro-gay message he posted to his Facebook page. full story

Alagie Jammeh

UKRAINE: A Ukrainian court last week banned an LGBT Pride march that had been scheduled to take place in the city of Odessa on Saturday. full story

Ukraine activists

UNITED KINGDOM: A doctor has been removed from an ethics committee after he claimed LGBT people were an “abomination”. full story

USA: The White House for the first time has hired an openly transgender person as a member of its staff, LGBT advocates and the Obama administration announced Tuesday. full story

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan

USA: The State Department is fighting for the rights of gay envoys. full story

USA: Many Native American tribes have passed laws preventing same-sex marriages on tribal lands; other tribes still under federal jurisdiction generally discourage it. full story

USA: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay nuptials “needs to be enforced across our country.” – See more at: full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on Monday refused to answer whether she supports the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry, full story

USA: Donald Trump has consistently opposed same-sex marriage and he voiced that again in his recent interview with NBC’s Church Todd. full story

USA: The Republican National Committee quietly agreed to a measure in favor of a federal right to discriminate bill. full story

USA, ALASKA: A short history of Alaska LGBT rights. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The California Senate has approved a bill that seeks to discourage frivolous ballot questions by raising filing costs, following a measure advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people. full story

USA, KANSAS: A Kansas City woman has been granted joint custody of two children she had with her lesbian partner. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: LGBT Catholics who plan to hold a series of events in Philadelphia during Pope Francis’s visit are looking for a new venue, having been told the events are not welcome in a Catholic church. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 18th

Tuesday, August 18th, 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: The newest advertisement from H&M-owned & Other Stories proves trans people are beautiful, too. full story

& Other Stories trans ad

AUSTRALIA: Just two Australian government frontbenchers dared to show their face as a same-sex marriage bill was introduced today. full story

AUSTRALIA: John Challis, 87 and his partner Arthur Cheeseman, 83 – who live in Sydney, Australia – have been in a relationship for nearly fifty years but now say they want the right to marry before either of them passes away. full story

Elderly Gay Couple

AUSTRALIA: The TV show Q&A hosted an hour-long debate on marriage equality full story

AUSTRALIA: Late last week, a group of 30 Indigenous Australians, backed by evangelical Christian groups, presented an “Uluru bark petition” opposing marriage equality to the federal government via Senator Eric Abetz. full story

Aboriginal petition

AUSTRALIA/UNITED KINGDOM: A recent study focusing on the ‘life satisfaction’ of sexual minorities discovered that bisexual people have a lower life satisfaction than most. full story

CAYMAN ISLANDS: The Cayman Islands has passed a motion reaffirming its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage following a European Court verdict which could lead to gay civil unions across the British Caribbean full story

ISRAEL: An Israeli MP has refused to apologise – after referring to a Pride event as an “abomination parade”. full story

JAPAN: Last week, HRC staff met with Hideyuki Nishimura, a Japanese LGBT advocate from the organization Equal Marriage Alliance (EMA) Japan. full story

UNITED KINGDOM: A boy who was raped at a youth training centre was later given electric shock treatment in an effort to “cure” his homosexuality. full story

USA: The White House has been urged by a new petition to launch a formal investigation into the shockingly high number of trans people murdered every year. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Attorneys on behalf of the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics filed a motion for clarification Aug. 13, essentially asking whether the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage applies to vital statistics records and whether the existing gender-specific language somehow exempts the state from birth certificates. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The commissioners of Florida’s Osceola County, population 275,000. have unanimously approved an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance with exemptions for religious belief. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal judge on Monday gave a Kentucky county clerk room to continue denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians while she takes her religious objections case to a higher court. full story

USA, TEXAS: Houston, the last major US city to pass LGBT protections, is now likely to be the site of the most expensive battle in history over a local nondiscrimination ordinance. full story

USA, TEXAS: Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton have settled their federal lawsuit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang for what they’ve spent in attorneys’ fees. full story