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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/24/14

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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

Worldwide: The Washington Blade profiles the UN and its actions on LGBT rights. full story

India: The Indian government says it has no plans to repeal a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex until the Supreme Court finishes its third review of the law. full story

Kenya: A transgender rights group just won the right to officialy organize under a court ruling. full story

UK: Openly gay actor John Barrowman helped kick off the Commonwealth games with a gay kiss. full story

UK: The Quakers are asking the UK government to allow them to perform wedding ceremonies for same sex couples. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A Christian group released a poll showing that 60% disapproved of an action against a baker that refused to make a “marriage equality” cake. full story

USA: ExxonMobil anti-gay bias lawsuit to move forward. full story

USA: The Washington Blade profiles transgender southerners. full story

USA: Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) has introduced a fix for the Social Security issues related to marriage equality. full story

USA: Openly gay US Rep. Jared Polis is starting a discharge petition on ENDA to trie to force a vote in the House. full story

USA, Alaska: The state’s marriage equality lawsuit will get its day in court on 10/10. full story

USA, Florida: An appeals court has turned down a request to list the stay on same sex weddings in Monroe County. full story

USA, Indiana: Ten other states have joined Indiana’s appeal of its marriage equality case – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah. full story

USA, Maryland: The state now offers health care for transgender people during transition. full story

USA, New York: The NY Giants just hired an NOM spokesman as the director of player development. full story

USA, North Carolina: A lesbian couple encountered about 150m anti-gay protesters as they tried to get a marriage license in Marion. full story

USA, Texas: A new report from the Williams Institute, says that marriage equality could boost the state economy by $181.6 million over three years. full story

USA, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen claims there’s no fundamental right for same sex couples to marry. full story

Wisconsin Marriage Equality Poll Shows 56% Support

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

titleA new Wisconsin marriage equality poll shows majority support.

Fox11 reports:

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages. The poll of 804 registered voters was done between July 17 and Sunday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Wisconsin’s marriage equality case is awaiting a date at the Seventh Circuit court of appeals.

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Another Colorado Marriage Equality Ruling – But Then a Stay

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

ColoradoAs expected, a Federal Judge struck down the state’s marriage equality ban… and then stayed his ruling.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional on Wednesday, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore’s ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state’s ban no longer be enforced. Colorado Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court – though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional.

Attorney General John Suthers has appealed the ruling.

Joe.My.God reports:

Notice is hereby given that John Suthers, in his official capacity as the Attorney General of Colorado, in the above named case, hereby appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from the order granting a preliminary injunction entered in this action on the 23rd day of July, 2014. Respectfully submitted this 23rd day of July, 2014.

In the meantime, a state judge jas once again denied a request to block Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall from giving marriage licenses to same sex couples.

On Top Magazine reports:

A Colorado judge on Wednesday denied a stay of his ruling allowing Boulder County to continue issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. “In actuality, the State is asking this Court to reconsider its July 10, 2014 ruling and block Clerk Hall from issuing same sex marriage licenses,” District Court Judge Andrew Harman said in his ruling. Harman said he was denying the request because the state “has offered no actual support in favor of reconsideration, more cases have found same sex marriage bans unconstitutional since the Court issued its ruling and the State [has] not met its burden to obtain a stay pending appeal under established Colorado law.”

Dot429 interviews Hall:

dot429: What was the moment you first identified with LGBT rights?

Hillary Hall: My very first experience was when I was in high school and we had a youth minister from a neighboring church whom everyone thought so highly of. He put on religious plays, and he would go around and tour on spring break. One year, he had a play that featured a gay character, and shortly after that he came out himself. And I just remember how these people who had loved and adored him turned on him. That hadn’t—and still never—makes sense to me.

Correction: we reported yesterday that Hall had stopped issuing licenses – but we cannot find any further substantiation of that report.

The Colorado fight is now proceeding on two separate tracks – one in state court and one in the Federal Courts. Which will get there first?

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Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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

Your Anus Isn’t a Vagina, So No Marriage For You
Seriously, that’s the final argument by writer Stephen H. Webb against marriage equality. Mark Joseph Stern takes him down a peg or two. Webb says, facetiously: “The anus is the same as the vagina. The most intimate act of self-giving, of penetration, in homosexuality is just as sacred, just as physically and psychologically healthy, just as fecund, just as spiritually uplifting, just as mutually pleasurable, and just as tenderly beautiful as the sexual intercourse of a heterosexual couple.” Stern takes him down far better than I could: “The problem with this logic, aside from reducing the marriage bond to an act of genital penetration, is that it surely finds no support outside of orthodox Catholic circles. Very few married couples view penile-vaginal intercourse as the core of their relationship, the physical, spiritual, emotional connection without which their entire marriage would be a sham.”
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The Militant LGBT Agenda
Fox News correspondent is very unhappy with the new executive order on LGBT employment for federal contractors. Maybe he shoulda supported ENDA with its religious loopholes? He says President Obama is “hell-bent on forcing Christians to assimilate to the militant LGBT agenda.” Um, just what is the “militant LGBT agenda, exactly? My only agenda is to marry my partner, just like my mother married hers, and my brother and sister married theirs. And this is militant?
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Obama is Treating Christians Like Second Class Citizens
By taking away their “right” to discriminate against gays. The AFA is pissed: “Obama is ordering Christians to embrace sin and forfeit their faith convictions if they want to have the same business opportunities as non-Christian businesses. Obama has overstepped his authority and treats Christians as second-class citizens.” Gee, being treated like a second class citizen. I wonder what that would feel like? I’ll bet it would suck.
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You Are Possessed By Pig-Scaring, Putrid Demons
Bert Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, knows why you sometimes get gassy. You and all the other gays are possessed by putrid demons. “Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid smelling demon that other demons don’t even like to hang around it. There is an account in the Bible where Jesus casts out 2,000 demons out of a man. The demons came out screaming and begged Jesus to send them into the pigs. The pigs didn’t want them, so they ran down a steep hill and were drowned in the sea.” So the next time you think you need a little beano, don’t worry, it’s just that putrid demon inside of you. LOL… who knew?
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The Non-Fasting Fast
The Virginia-based Family Foundation is fasting to protest the upcoming appeals court hearing on marriage equality. But this is a special kind of fast – the kind where you eat food. “We are asking the entire Body of Christ to join us for this feast – giving up physical food isn’t necessary – but feeding on the spiritual food provided is vital.” Wow, such dedication to the cause. Hmmm… I think I’ll fast for marriage equality this week. Going out for Starbucks – anyone want anything?
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Another Colorado Marriage Equality Ruling Imminent

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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

ABC News reports:

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

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

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

Pink News reports:

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

Will weddings resume today in the state?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/23/14

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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

Worldwide: Lisa L. Spangenberg looks at the real history of marriage, and debunks a few myths. full story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marriage Equality Round-Up 7/22/14

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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

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

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 21st, 2014

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

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

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

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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