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This is Why We Need Marriage Equality

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Richard and Roberto were partners for 3 years. They were deeply in love. One day Richard complained about a pain in his neck and was hospitalised a short time later.

Roberto said: ‘They banned me from seeing him. They said I didn’t count as family. I was able to sneak into his room for only two minutes. Enough time to hold his hand and tell him that I loved him. He died the next day. I wasn’t allowed to be there.

‘This happened because we were a gay couple in Peru and there’s no law to protect us. But, next Tuesday there’s a vote to decide whether families like mine can be protected with civil unions.’

ee the Full Story at the Gay UK

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/23/14

Wednesday, April 23rd, 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!

Mexico: A gay couple was arrested for kissing in La Paz, Mexico. full story

UK, England: The Archbishop of Wales thinks the Church may eventually evolve on marriage equality. full story

UK, Scotland: The National Secular Society says Scotland’s marriage equality legislation leaves the door open for discrimination against gays because registrars are allowed to opt out. full story

USA: Betty White says she doesn’t understand why some people oppose marriage equality. full story

USA: Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson looks at the 65 marriage equality cases currently winding their way through the US court system. full story

USA: There are only four states left that are not facing a marriage equality lawsuit. full story

USA: Lisa Keen takes on Jo Becker’s new marriage equality book, that leaves out significant chunks of gay marriage history. full story

USA: Wrestler ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin came out in favor of marriage equality yesterday. full story

USA, Arizona: Plaintiffs in one of the marriage equality cases are asking for a judgment without a hearing. full story

USA, Louisiana: An anti-discrimination bill has been shelved for this session. full story

USA, Michigan: The city of Saginaw has postponed consideration of a human rights ordinance indefinitely. full story

USA, Missouri: The state’s hispanic business community has come out in support of a proposed non-discrimination bill. full story

Seriously?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay, anti-marriage equality folks are saying and doing around the world.

Same Sex Marriage is Make-Believe
Conservative talk radio show host Steve Deace thinks gays are imaging being married: “…someone might think, I have the right to fly and I’d love to fly and I have a desire to fly and I even found a judge that gave me a piece of paper that told me I have the right to fly. But when I fling myself off the top of a skyscraper, I run smack-dab into the law of gravity. It didn’t change because some judge said so. It still exists.” Difference is, when Mark and I got married, we acquired a specific set of rights and responsibilities, which were expanded when the Windsor case was decided by the US Supreme Court. We didn’t run into “gravity”, unless you define gravity as jerks like yourself.
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We Will Phase In Our Stoning of Gays
Gays in brunei won a slight delay of the country’s new stoning law for those accused of a sexual crime, but it was only an administrative one, not a change of heart. The country reassures the world that the law will be implemented in phases, so basically “don’t worry – we probably won’t get around to stoning you gays to death until sometime later this summer.” What a relief!.
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We’re Pulling Out All the (Nazi) Stops
Jeremy Hooper notes that, as they lose in the courts and legislators, the anti-gay groups are resorting more and more to Nazi imagery and words to describe the LGBT community. “In the year 2014, there has been a startling rise in the anti-LGBT far-right’s employment of these terms and more. As they continue to lose actual policy battles in legislatures, courts, and public opinion polls, a startlingly number of commentators have begun an all-out onslaught against the heart, mind, and character of the LGBT equality movement.” Click the link for more.
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USA, Oregon: Judge Denies NOM Request to Join Hearing, But Will Consider Intervention

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

NOM LogoA Federal Judge turned down National Organization for Marriage’s request to defend the state’s ban on marriage equality. For now.

Joe.My.God reports:

Moments ago, Judge Michael McShane denied the National Organization for Marriage’s attempt to delay tomorrow’s scheduled oral arguments in federal lawsuit challenging Oregon’s marriage ban. Previously, no party had stepped up to defend the ban. But this morning, the D.C.-based NOM filed a motion requesting to intervene in the case, simultaneously urging the judge to delay Wednesday’s oral arguments as he considers the last-minute motion. With Judge McShane’s ruling today, oral arguments will proceed as scheduled tomorrow afternoon at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene.

However, NOM has its foot in the door.

Oregon Live reports:

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane on Tuesday said he won’t rule on the legality of Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage until at least May 14, when he will hold oral arguments on the request by an anti-gay marriage group to intervene in the case. McShane issued an order laying out a schedule for hearing the intervention request of the National Organization for Marriage, which is seeking legal status to defend Oregon’s constitutional prohibition limiting marriage to one man and one woman… McShane said he will hold another round of oral arguments on May 14 on the request by the National Organization of Marriage to intervene.

Why an out-of-state group that no one in the state wants in the case – plaintiffs or defendants – is beyond me. If they do gain legal standing, it could drag out the case for months or longer.

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USA, Pennsylvania: Governor Agrees to Expedited Ruling

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Tom CorbettGovernor Tom Corbett has agreed with plaintiffs to request a ruling without a hearing in one of the marriage equality cases.

Edge Boston reports:

Gov. Tom Corbett is now asking a federal judge to decide a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage without a trial. Corbett’s administration, which is defending the law’s constitutionality, made the filings Monday night in federal court. That was about 10 hours after plaintiffs’ lawyers requested a decision without a trial.

The last time I checked, Corbett’s administration was opposed to marriage equality. So why is he willing to forgo a hearing?

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USA, Pennsylvania: Marriage Equality Decision Could Come Quickly

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Pennsylvania mapPlaintiffs in one of the state’s marriage equality cases have asked for summary judgment without a trial, and the state has offered no defense.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Plaintiffs in a challenge to Pennsylvania’s 1996 law banning same-sex marriage made a big change in strategy Monday, asking a federal judge to bypass a trial in favor of a quick ruling in the case. The civil rights lawyers representing a widow, 11 couples and one of the couples’ two teenage daughters filed papers in federal court in Harrisburg asking for a decision on the law’s constitutionality. The lawyers said they no longer see the need for a trial, which had been scheduled to begin June 9, because they say lawyers for Gov. Tom Corbett have not disputed their claims.

Filings are due by May 12th, so if the judge agrees, he could rule at any time after that date. Would the state appeal?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/22/14

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Here’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!

World Wrestling Entertainment and NoH8

World Wrestling Entertainment and NoH8

India: The Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider its decision on the country’s anti-gay sodomy law. full story

Philippines: The Philippine National Police have endorsed a bill that would help LGBT crime victims. full story

Uganda: An anti-gay pastor is being accused of promoting homosexuality because he brings it up wherever he goes. Now that’s poetic justice. full story

USA: The WWE Supports marriage equality with NoH8 photo shoot. full story

USA: Twelve US states still ban “sodomy”. full story

USA: The GOP base is standing firm against marriage equality, a new poll says. full story

USA, Illinois: The Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting 15 free same sex weddings in support of marriage equality. Couples will be chosen in a contest out of 100 applicants. full story

USA, Indiana: A federal judge says the state hasn’t given him one valid reason why the state shouldn’t recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom is terminally ill. full story

USA, Ohio: The state gave the green light to signature collectors to overturn the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Oregon: National Organization for Marriage is trying to stick its long nose into the marriage equality lawsuit. full story

USA, Oregon: Representatives from more than a dozen groups working with the African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American communities announced their support for marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Texas: Openly lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker just introduced a broad anti discrimination bill. full story

USA, Virginia: 13 states and DC have filed an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Virginia: A new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA says marriage equality spending could top $60 million in three years in the state. full story

USA, Wyoming: Governor Matt Mead affirmed his stance against marriage equality. full story

USA, Georgia: State Gets Marriage Equality Lawsuit – Only Four To Go

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Georgia mapOne of the five remaining states without a marriage equality lawsuit got one yesterday.

The Washington Blade reports:

Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban on behalf of three gay couples and a widow. “Georgia is our home,” said Christopher Inniss of Snellville, who has been with his partner, Shelton Stroman, for 13 years, in a press release before the group filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. “We own a home together, we own a business together, and we are raising our son, Jonathan, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are. We need the protection that marriage affords.”… Georgia had been among the five states in which same-sex couples had yet to file a lawsuit seeking marriage rights.

The four remaining US states without a lawsuit? Alaska, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. And South Dakota may get one soon.

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USA, Texas: Plurality Now Supports Marriage Equality

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

titleWe’re not at 50% yet, but this is the best polling we’ve seen out of Texas for marriage equality.

Joe.My.God reports:

According to a new independent poll conducted by Texas Tech, for the first time more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it. But only barely. “In the past, support for gay marriage in this state was below 40 percent,” he said. “Now, were closely divided on the issue. 48 percent of Texans think gay marriage should be recognized whereas 47 percent are against. Democrats and Independents strongly support gay marriage, while Republicans are strongly opposed to it.” The poll also shows that 44% of Texans approve of the Tea Party.

When we’re at the point where almost half of Texans support marriage equality, you know things have shifted.

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Peru: Poll Says 61% Oppose Civil Unions

Monday, April 21st, 2014

titleIn an ironic twist, a majority opposes a civil unions bill, while majorities or near-majorities support almost everything it would do.

On Top Magazine reports:

According to Lima daily El Comercio, only 33 percent of Peruvians support civil unions, while 61 percent remain opposed. The paper found near majority support for the rights outlined in the bill, including the right of partners to make critical health care decisions (52%), inherit property and assets (49%), and access a partner’s pension (52%). Fifty-four percent also support the right to access a partner’s health insurance. A large majority (58%) of Peruvians do not believe such rights should be put to a vote of the people.

It reminds me of the Affordable Care Act, which has less than 50% support here in the US, while most of its provisions enjoy strong support. Are Peruvians so blinded by homophobia that they can’t see the forest for the trees?

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