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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 16th

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: The husband of a deceased police officer who was previously named Glamour’s Woman of the Year has returned her award – after transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner picked up this year’s prize. full story

POP CULTURE: Following the defeat earlier this month of an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance in Houston, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Saturday mocked the fear-mongering anti-trans TV ads that were blamed for the loss. full story

POP CULTURE: The new Moschino Barbie is a huge hit (currently sold-out!), and its commercial is breaking boundaries by featuring a young boy in it. full story

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AUSTRALIA: More than 200 marriage equality supporters gathered for a rally in Ipswich, organised by the Ipswich and Lockyer Greens party, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Ipswich and Australian Marriage Equality. full story


IRELAND: The first same-sex weddings begin today in Ireland. full story

USA, TEXAS: The arguments against HERO echo those used to support Jim Crow Laws 150 years ago. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 15th

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose has been named Australia’s Woman of the Year. full story


CHINA: Hong Kong’s LGBTI rights group The Pink Alliance will formally call on the UN Committee Against Torture next week to rebuke the government for its ill-treatment of transgender people. full story

IRELAND: Marriage equality in Ireland is set to attract more investment into the country, according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook. full story

UK: A poll has found that most people greatly underestimate the number of countries that continue to criminalise homosexuality. full story

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UK: A gay Ugandan man is fighting his case – after he was initially rejected for asylum on the grounds of his sexuality. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland is making no significant difference to the safety of its blood supply by permanently banning gay men. full story

URUGUAY: Uruguay is the latest country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBT rights around the world. full story

USA: Hoping to drum up support in the early primary state of South Carolina, Ted Cruz told evangelicals there on Saturday he would continue to “fight” same-sex marriage. full story

USA, UTAH: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) filed a formal complaint and called for a full investigation into now-infamous Utah Judge Scott Johansen, who is reported to have ordered a child removed from the home of her married foster parents because they are a same-sex couple. full story

USA, UTAH: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could lose hundreds of its faithful because of a new plan not to baptize the children of same-sex parents. According to CNN, many plan to officially resign from the church today. full story

USA, UTAH: Protesters have staged a mass resignation from the Mormon Church at its HQ in Salt Lake City, after new rules branded gay people ‘apostates’. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 14th

Saturday, November 14th, 2015


Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

PEOPLE: The Department of Justice has filed a brief in Chelsea Manning’s case against the United States government challenging her request to grow her hair beyond the two inches allowed by military regulation. full story

PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner on Thursday said she would like to work with the U.N. to promote transgender rights around the world. full story


POP CULTURE: In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, MTV and Logo will air True Life: I’m Genderqueer next week. full story


AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s proposal to reinstate civil partnerships for straight and same-sex couples has received support from Anglicans and Baptists, while other Christians continue to oppose the move. full story

CYPRUS: A vote in parliament on civil unions in Cyprus has been postponed since July because of concerns regarding the adoption of children by same sex partners. full story

EUROPE: The EU commission has cautioned Turkey and Bosnia Herzegovina to improve the situation of LGBTI citizens if they want to join the European Union. full story

KENYA: The deputy head of protection for United Nation’s refugee agency said that staff have said that as Christians they could not work with, or talk to, a gay man seeking refuge. full story

FRANCE: France will end its ban on blood donations by gay men, its health minister said last week, calling the move the end “of a taboo and discrimination.” full story

LITHUANIA: Lithuanian lawmakers have postponed a vote on a new anti-LGBT law that emulates Russia’s ban on ‘gay propaganda’. full story

POLAND: Former high-ranking Catholic priest Krzysztof Charamsa, who was defrocked after publicly revealing that he is gay, has said that he has no regrets doing so. full story

UK: Tara Hudson, the trans female prisoner originally placed in an all-male prison, is “receiving the care she needs,” according to Caroline Dinenage, Junior Minister for Women, Equalities and Family Justice. full story

Tara Hudson

USA: The Trans-Pacific Partnership may lack explicit provisions addressing anti-gay laws in Malaysia and Brunei, but the White House is confident about the human rights standards in the agreement. full story

USA, FLORIDA: A wedding photographer from Florida recently found himself out of a job when a bride-to-be fired him upon learning he supported gay marriage. so he donated the non-refundable $1,500 retainer to GLAAD. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Gobernatorial candidate David Vitter says that Christians are becoming second class citizens because gays keep shoving their marriages down the throat of Jesus. full story

USA, OHIO: The first transgender facility for the treatment and support of trans veterans opened in Cleveland today at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: After appearing at an Iowa rally last weekend organized by Pastor Kevin Swanson, who advocates the death penalty for gay people, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz will host his own anti-LGBT hatefest in South Carolina on Saturday. full story

USA, TEXAS: Jared Woodfill, a spokesman for the group that repealed Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, is now calling on the Texas GOP to move its 2016 party convention out of Dallas over the City Council’s decision this week to strengthen transgender protections. full story

Jared Woodfill

USA, UTAH: Membership or priesthood privileges for children who are already baptized and living primarily with a same-gender couple won’t be affected by the recent updates to the Handbook 1, according to the LDS church’s statement issued on Friday. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The nation’s capital has some of the nation’s most extensive nondiscrimination protections for transgender people, but a new study of the capital’s trans residents shows that protections alone don’t alleviate their burdens of discrimination and destitution. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 13th

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

GENERAL: Keeping the names of those killed due to anti-trans hate takes a toll full story

GENERAL: A new survey by a women’s dating app debunks a number of lesbian stereotypes. full story

HISTORY: Long before the fight over same-sex marriage took over national media, long before Kentucky clerks were being arrested for denying gay couples’ marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to find a way to marry. full story

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PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner confronted protesters who were attacking her outside a keynote speech she gave at a luncheon for 1000 people at the Hilton Chicago on Thursday for Chicago House. “You are an insult to trans people, you are an insult to women. You have no right to represent us,” the protesters shouted through a bullhorn outside the event. full story

PEOPLE: Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence calls Davis that “lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky.” full story

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PEOPLE: Anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez faces termination from his professorship at California State University over charges that he retaliated against students who complained about him. full story

POP CULTURE: The first ever trans actor to play a trans character in the UK’s soap Hollyoaks has said there will be surprises in store. full story

POP CULTURE: ABC execs have reportedly shut down requests to feature two men dancing together for a performance of a new song by Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor and newcomer Who Is Fancy. full story

AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Upper House in Melbourne has passed legislation that will allow same-sex couples to adopt. The Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015 was approved in the lower house last month. full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s Constitutional Court has given the country’s civil registry 30 days to change its forms so that children born to same-sex couples can have both their legal parents recognized on their birth certificates. full story

COSTA RICA: When Jazmin Elizondo Arias was born in 1991, someone goofed and noted on her birth certificate that she was male, a clerical error that led to the country’s first (brief) same sex marriage. full story

INDIA: Kerala state on Thursday unveiled a new policy to end discrimination and societal stigma against the transgender people. full story

IRELAND: With the first same-sex marriages expected in Ireland as early as next week, it has been confirmed that religious institutions will not be forced to marry gay couples. full story

JAPAN: Tokyo police are investigating the murder of a transgender man whose face was ‘cut off,’ according to local media. full story

MOROCCO: Morrocco’s tourism minister has called for the decriminalization of homosexuality and consensual sex outside marriage. full story

UKRAINE: According to a local gay journalist, the country’s new LGBT protections are set to expire soon, making the bill a mere end-run around the EU’s requirements. In addition, the bill only passed after MPs were promised that same-sex marriage will never be legalized in Ukraine. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A Northern Ireland deputy mayor has been urged to stand down after he suggested gay people can be cured through prayer. full story

USA: Using the hashtag #DumpSPLC, hate groups today launched a “tweetfest” against the Associated Press, who earlier this year correctly identified the Liberty Counsel as a hate group. full story

USA: Right Wing Watch reports today that their YouTube channel has been suspended due to “baseless copyright claims” filed over videos that feature Pastor Kevin Swanson, who repeatedly called for the genocide of homosexuals at last weekend’s “religious liberty” conference where the headlining speakers included Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal.full story

USA: Mike Huckabee claimed not to know anything about Pastor Kevin Swanson calling for the genocide of LGBT Americans, just minutes after speaking at the Pastor’s conference. full story

USA: Days after attending an Iowa conference hosted by a vehemently anti-gay pastor who called for the death penalty for gays, three Republican presidential candidates remain silent on his tirade and have not repudiated the remarks. full story

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USA, CALIFORNIA: Teacher Cathy Figel is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District for discriminating against her because she’s a lesbian full story

USA, FLORIDA: Hillsborough County already has a Human Right Ordinance passed by the County Commission in 2014; however, an initiative would make a permanent change to the county charter and allow the people of Hillsborough County to have a vote in saying whether they welcome equality. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: An employee of a Catholic church in the Chicago Archdiocese has filed a complaint saying he was fired after he got married to his male partner, his lawyers said Thursday. full story

USA, INDIANA: Another business group has formed to lobby for extending Indiana’s civil rights protections to members of the LGBT communities. full story

USA, IOWA: When 22-year old black trans woman Meagan Taylor checked into the Des Moines, Iowa, Drury Inn hotel in July, she was harrassed and called a sex worker by staff and ultimately arrested. She is now suing the hotel. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti-LGBT groups will face a much higher bar for getting a referendum on the ballot in Dallas than in Houston thanks to the city’s charter, which would give them 60 days to gather signatures on a petition from 10 percent of the city’s voters, or roughly 50,000 people. full story


USA, TEXAS: In the wake of the defeat of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, a group of gay and transgender activists are planning to visit the church of one of the pastors who led opposition to HERO. full story

USA, UTAH: At a news conference on Thursday, Utah Governor Gary Herbert weighed in on the case of a judge who ordered a child removed from the care of gay foster parents because of supposed “research” (which he did not provide) that allegedly proves the child would be better off with heterosexual parents, saying the judge should “follow the law.” full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A group that represents LGBT employees of the Fairfax County School District has called upon a school board member who voted against adding gender identity to an anti-discrimination policy to apologize for linking to an article that describes transgender people as mentally ill. full story

VATICAN: Randy Berry, the first-ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons, met with Vatican officials on Tuesday in a private meeting that was the first ever of its kind. full story

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 12th

Thursday, November 12th, 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!

PEOPLE: Freedom to Marry President/founder Evan Wolfson Nov. 4 attended a retrospective on his achievements as a driving force of marriage equality and his thoughts as to the next challenges facing the LGBTQ community. full story

PEOPLE: A gay couple have been left stunned after anonymous strangers trolled a photo of their family, taken as part of the ‘Love Has No Labels’ campaign. full story


PEOPLE: A batboy for a Major League Baseball team has shared his coming-out story.
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POP CULTURE: Fans of the hit show Transparent won’t have to wait much longer for the highly anticipated season 2, and a new trailer just released. full story

POP CULTURE: At the Out 100 event, title sponsor MassMutual will present Freedom To Marry head Evan Wolfson the Vow to Protect Equality Award. The clip below isn’t so much of an ad as the company’s logo only appears briefly at the end after several married couples tell their stories, which are alternately amusing and touching. full story

INTERNATIONAL: A new infographic breaks down some of the numbers on marriage equality. full story


AUSTRALIA: The Senate has joined the state parliaments of NSW (New South Wales) and Western Australia in officially backing a motion that rejects a marriage equality plebiscite and urges Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to grant his Liberal Party a free vote on the issue. full story

AUSTRALIA: A motion to protect the Catholic church’s right to distribute an anti-marriage equality booklet that marriage equality advocates have labelled “divisive” has been shot down by the Senate. full story

COSTA RICA: Two women who used a legal loophole to marry in Costa Rica could now face criminal charges. full story

INDIA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (9 November) said the government needs to ‘change its outlook’ on transgender people. full story

INDIA: Calls have been made for Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue of the re-criminalisation of homosexuality with the Indian Prime Minister. full story

LITHUANIA: Politicians are set to vote in a bill today that’s modeled on Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. full story

UKRAINE: In a sharp u-turn, the Ukrainian Parliament has passed a bill granting gay workers workplace protection against discrimination – and bringing Ukraine closer to possibly becoming a member of the European Union. full story

USA: Ttransgender people may already be protected by the 1964 Civil Rights Act – the law bans discrimination by “sex,” and in 1989, the Supreme Court said this meant that employers cannot discriminate against women for not acting feminine enough. Legal scholars say that the precedent against “sex-stereotyping” may extend to transgender people, if they are discriminated against because they do not behave according to the sex assigned to them at birth. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: A former Arkansas Supreme Court justice says the court voted last year to strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage but never issued the ruling, waiting instead until the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal nationwide in June. – See more at: full story

USA, FLORIDA: It looks like Pensacola is headed toward adding a human rights ordinance that would protect its citizens against discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, IOWA: The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Iowa on Nov. 10 filed a complaint with the state’s Civil Rights Commission on behalf of a black transgender woman who claims a hotel discriminated against her. full story

USA, MARYLAND: The Transgender March of Resilience will serve to raise awareness for the Trans Day of Remembrance and to recognize the need to lift all voices in the community. full story


USA, OKLAHOMA: Nearly 4,000 gay couples in Oklahoma have tied the knot, according to Oklahomans for Equality. full story

USA, TEXAS: Two women fired by a Houston-area daycare say their rights were violated when they were terminated for refusing to accept the transgender child of a gay couple, and ProjectQ reports they’re threatening to file a federal lawsuit. full story

USA, TEXAS: ‘It’s never hate that gets us, it’s ignorance,’ Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor said about the HERO loss in Houston. ‘It’s non-education. It’s people not paying attention.’ full story

USA: Twelve-year-old Evan Singleton has a message for anyone who questions his transgender status. “I’d say, ‘Well, you’re not the person to tell me who I am,’” full story

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USA, UTAH: Thousands plan a mass exodus from the Mormon church this weekend over its decision to no longer baptize the children of gay parents. full story

USA, UTAH: Utah state child welfare officials on Wednesday were reviewing a ruling by a juvenile court judge who ordered a baby to be taken from lesbian foster parents and instead placed with a heterosexual couple for the child’s well-being. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 11th

Wednesday, November 11th, 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!

PEOPLE: Hollywood’s brightest stars came out to play for Glamour’s Women of The Year Awards on Monday night at Carnegie Hall, and a sapphire-clad Caitlyn Jenner was honored with a Woman of the Year Award. full story

PEOPLE: Steve Grand kept his promise to attend the Marine Corps Ball with an out gay marine. full story


POP CULTURE: New Logo documentary Gen Silent examines the experiences of six aging LGBT people and the generation gap between gay youth and the elderly gay community. full story


FIJI: An unnamed 42-year-old transgender woman has had her bid to have her correct gender recognized by Fiji’s High Court rejected despite the country’s constitution stating that people must not be unfairly discriminated on the grounds of their gender identity. full story

IRELAND: In a brief ceremony Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Tanaiste Joan Burton officially enacted the historic Marriage Act before a crowd of hundreds, and weddings will begin on Monday. full story

USA: Marco Rubio just hired Eric Teetsel to handle faith outreach for his campaign, the executive director of the Manhattan Declaration, a 2009 manifesto declaring the “sanctity of life” and marriage signed by more than 550,000 people. full story

USA: Public transit agencies that receive federal funds are barred from discriminating against transgender people, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. full story

USA: In the letter sent Monday evening, Democratic members of Congress urged the state Legislature to pass transgender rights bills before going on holiday break next week. full story

USA: Prominent Evangelical and Catholic groups jointly warned that a proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule regarding abortion, gender identity and gay marriage could erode religious liberty. full story

USA: The White House endorsed legislation Tuesday that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, plunging into the next front in the national battle over LGBT rights. full story

USA: The President of Ford Foundation has said that the foundation is to cut back its spending on helping to advance LGBT rights in the US, following recent advances in legislation such as the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Instead, its charitable work will focus on combating inequality worldwide. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A former employee of a feminist publishing company associated with the City University of New York has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging she was fired for being a lesbian full story

USA, TEXAS: Jared Woodfill, the main spokesman for the campaign to defeat Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, is now defending a man who’s being sued for taking photos of women changing in a bathroom. full story

USA, TEXAS: Language adding to gender identity and expression to Dallas’ non-discrimination ordinance passed unanimously passed city council. full story

USA, TEXAS: An anti-LGBT hate group that helped repeal Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is vowing to do the same in Dallas after the City Council voted Tuesday to strengthen transgender protections. full story

USA, TEXAS: In documents leaked to The Daily Beast by an unnamed LGBT organization and reported earlier today, the people spearheading the campaign against HERO have a shockingly hateful resume, reciting pretty much every bigoted conspiracy theory about LGBT people in the book. full story

USA, TEXAS: Now that I’ve had time to do hard, solid thinking about the issue and read commentary from people who don’t live inside Beltway 8, it’s time to talk about the political train wreck I watched happen. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Starbucks has decidedly joined the Safe Haven program – where staff are trained on how to recognize hate crimes, call 911 to report them, and offer a safe space to the victims – and in doing so are training 2,000 of its employees across all the 97 stores they have in Seattle. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 10th

Tuesday, November 10th, 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!

PEOPLE: Caitlyn Jenner admits she felt ‘a little sad’ when legal name and gender change came through full story

PEOPLE: Behind the scenes at Janet Mock’s wedding in Hawaii. full story

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PEOPLE: President Obama is the first sitting president to pose for the cover of an LGBT magazine – he will be featured on the cover of the annual Out 100 Issue. full story

POP CULTURE: Yes, we know ‘what if Disney princesses were…’ is now beyond parody, but this is incredibly well done and very sweet. full story


AUSTRALIA: Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Iceland have accused Australia of falling behind its international peers when it comes to protecting the rights of LGBTI people through its continued ban on same-sex couples marrying. full story

CANADA: Canada’s newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made the internet love him even more by posing for a photo with the family of a gay Liberal MP. full story


COSTA RICA: Two women and their lawyer face up to six years in jail for holding a gay marriage in Costa Rica, despite a ban. full story

GREECE: Same-sex couples in Greece could soon have the protection of rights equal to marriage, with civil partnerships, if a newly released bill is passed. full story

UK: A new art exhibition highlights difficulties facing LGBT South Asians on the eve of Diwali. full story

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UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: The latest figures from the Police Service of Northern Ireland has revealed a significant rise in homophobic incidents since last year – up 27%. full story

USA: Rachel Maddow expressed horror at Kevin “Kill the Gays” Swanson’s ‘Religious Liberty’ event over the weekend, attended by Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz. full story

USA: Martin O’Malley unveiled on Monday a comprehensive plan to aid America’s veterans that includes a promise to ensure service members separated under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” have honorable discharges. full story

USA: Speaking on morning talk show Good Day DC, the daughter of a same sex couple whose family was featured in an American Girls ad fired back at One Million Moms, with little Amaya giving the best rebuttal possible to the bigots: “This is none of your business.” full story


USA, ARKANSAS: Anti-LGBT discrimination is illegal again in Fayetteville after a judge declined to block the ordinance. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: According to a poll released last week, 63% of Arkansans remain opposed to marriage equality, while 29% support it. full story

USA, KANSAS: A social studies teacher was reportedly asked to resign after showing an anti-bullying video, but he returned to school Monday. full story

USA, OREGON: On Monday, a judge who refused to perform same-sex marriages went before a judicial disciplinary commission. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The bishop of Buffalo has intervened after a furor over a message a local parish priest posted outside his church that appeared to endorse marriage equality. full story


USA, TENNESSEE: In a poll of 603 registered Tennessee voters released this week, 57 percent of respondents either “oppose” or “strongly oppose” gay marriage. That’s roughly the same as when MTSU asked the question in the spring. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 9th

Monday, November 9th, 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!

PEOPLE: Transgender activist and journalist Janet Mock has tied the knot to her long-time partner, photographer Aaron Tredwell. full story


CHINA: Nearly 10,000 people marched in the city’s LGBT pride parade to call for marriage equality. full story

CHINA: Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong Hop called on all the faithful to choose the “right” candidates in the city’s District Council elections on 22 November, by taking into account their views against marriage equality. full story

CHONA: Auxiliary Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung compared gay people to drug addicts while trying to clarify the church’s stance on homosexuality. full story

COLOMBIA: The largest anti-government guerilla group operating in Colombia has come out in favor of the country’s Constitutional Court’s decision to allow same-sex couples to adopt children they are not related to. full story

UK: A majority of Brits want the Human Rights Act to remain in place. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A legal challenge known as ‘X’s Petition’ will ask the courts to rule that the marriage of ‘X’ and his husband in England last year should be fully recognised here as a marriage rather than a civil partnership. full story

UK: The House of Commons could soon have gender neutral toilets. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton last night gave the keynote to speech at a a gala for South Carolina Equality, and laid out her plans to continue fighting for LGBT equality nationwide while pointing out some of the incidents locally in which South Carolina’s LGBT citizens have faced discrimination. full story

USA, KANSAS: A Kansas teacher who was placed on leave for showing students an anti-bullying video will return to the classroom Monday. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: four lesbian couples challenging Mississippi’s gay adoption ban in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. full story


USA, TEXAS: The leader of one of the groups opposing HERO is now advocating reparative therapy for trans people. full story

USA: The private owners of Children’s Lighthouse daycare in Katy, Texas have found themselves in the public eye after firing two employees who voiced concern that the school was allowing a 6-year-old transgender student to express their gender identity. full story

USA, UTAH: Elder D. Todd Christofferson clarified the Church’s recent handbook changes in church policy affecting same-sex couples and their children. “We regard same-sex marriage as a particularly grievous or significant, serious kind of sin that requires Church discipline.” full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 8th

Sunday, November 8th, 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!

GENERAL: Ten sexual orientations besides gay, straight or bi to round out your sexicon. full story

PEOPLE: Author and critic Camille Paglia called out ‘transgender mania’ as a symptom of cultural collapse in the US. full story

PEOPLE: A gay college dance student whose parents forced him into “reparative therapy” and kicked him out of the house has raised more than $60,000 online to pay for his tuition. full story


PEOPLE: More than 8.600 people have shared a photo posted to Facebook by Carla Lewis, a veteran discharged by the military for being transgender. In the photo, Lewis wears a “casual Friday t-shirt” highlighting the discrimination of trans service members. full story


PEOPLE: Hollywood star Cate Blanchett has called for more diversity in the portrayal of gay characters on screen.
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INTERNATIONAL: The long-awaited text of a controversial trade agreement the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries released on Thursday indicates it does not include any LGBT-specific provisions. full story

AUSTRALIA: An arm of the Anglican Church has come out in support of the Palaszczuk Government’s move to restore state-sanctioned same-sex civil union ceremonies. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: The Scottish National Party has called for full devolution of equality powers, to allow the Scottish Parliament to improve equality protections in Scotland, including through legislation and regulation. full story

USA: A counter campaign has been started to ‘keep the T’ in LGBT, after the ‘drop the T’ campaign was met with heavy criticism. full story

USA, INDIANA: More than seven months after Indiana’s disastrous Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law, a clear majority of Indiana residents say they support laws to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people from discrimination, according to a new poll. full story