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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 9th

Thursday, April 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!

Pop Culture: Out British singer Boy George says he doesn’t want to get married. full story

Pop Culture: Barry Manilow and his longtime manager Garry Kief tied the knot last year in a private ceremony. full story

Pop Culture: Best Buy posted a same sex marriage themed ad on Facebook Wednesday. full story

Best Buy ad

Australia: Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannot describe how ‘excrutiatingly painful’ the effects of gender dysphoria are. full story

Colombia: A local judge is defying a Constitutional Court order to allow a lesbian couple to adopt. full story

Dominican Republic: Former Dominican President Hipólito Mejía issued a non-apology apology for using a gay slur. full story

Guam: Guam on Wednesday rejected a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. territory. The couple plans to sue.full story

USA: In response to a campaign to raise money for an Indiana pizzeria which said it would refuse service to a gay couple, over $127,000 has been raised for a charity which works with homeless LGBT young people. full story

USA: Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay defended “religious freedom” laws against the attacks from people who “have chosen to be homosexuals,” saying that conservative Christians must be ready to “fight this battle to the bitter end.” full story

USA: NOM’s Brian Brown is encouraging millennials to march against marriage equality. full story

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USA: Federal contractors as of Wednesday are no longer able to allow anti-LGBT discrimination in their workplaces as long as they conduct business with the U.S. government. full story

USA: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing federal workplace anti-discrimination laws, today ruled that an employer’s refusal to allow a transgender employee access to restroom facilities consistent with his or her gender identity is sex discrimination under Title VII. full story

USA: Christian conservative James Dobson warned recently that if the Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay marriage, it could lead to a civil war. full story

USA: Dot429 looks at the brewing battle over the rights of transgender inmates. full story

USA: The White House has formally thrown its support behind bans on “ex-gay” sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors as the result of a “We the People” petition signed earlier this year by more than 120,000 people. full story

USA, Alabama: Mobile County’s probate judge, Don Davis, has filed a motion to dismiss in Strawser, the potential class-action challenge to Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban. The ruling on whether the case will proceed as a class-action across all Alabama counties is still pending. full story

USA, Arkansas: Jonesboro city leaders have rejected a proposal to protect city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, Arkansas / Missouri / Nebraska / South Dakota: The Eight Circuit set a date to hear the four states’ marriage equality cases – May 12th. full story

USA, Colorado: A bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth in Colorado has been rejected by Republicans that control the state Senate. full story

USA, Florida: A Florida bakery may sue the Arizona activist who asked it to bake an anti gay cake. full story

USA, Florida: The State Senate has taken a small step toward striking the outdated language that prohibits adoption by gay people in the State of Florida. full story

USA, Indiana: Indiana native Tavis Smiley has called Indiana’s so-called religious freedom law “embarrassing.” full story

USA, Indiana: West Lafayette’s city council has passed a resolution reiterating the city’s commitment to diversity in light of Indiana’s new religious objections law. full story

USA, Indiana: The anti gay pizza parlor says they will give some of their crowdfunded riches to the anti gay florist in Washington State. full story

USA, Indiana: Talk-show host Seth Meyers took his trademark tongue-in-cheek approach to tackling the controversy surrounding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act — and the business that ignited a social media firestorm by publicly supporting the antigay discriminatory intent of the law, Memories Pizza. full story

USA, Nebraska: Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school have signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship. full story

USA, Nevada: Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would ban therapies aimed at turning gay young people straight. full story

USA, New York: Herlem’s hate pastor says: “if we’re gonna win this battle against Obama, the long-leggy mack daddy, the quasi-Muslim freak, the vice president of both death and hell, against the sodomites, against racism – we’re gonna have to be willing to kill as well.” full story

USA, North Carolina: North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 9th

Wednesday, April 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!

International: A delegation from the HRC civil-rights organization, this week will participate in the United Nation’s (UN) assessment of human rights in the United States. full story

Pop Culture: Sir Elton John, the founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and foundation ally Michael Stipe, musician and activist, called for better protections for transgender inmates. full story

Pop Culture: General Mills created a commemorative box of Wheaties with Freedom to Marry’s President Evan Wolfson. full story

Pop Culture: The soap opera Coronation Street will feature a storyline in which a homophobic hotel owner refuses to give a room to two gay men. full story

Evan Wolfson Wheaties

Russia: A court in Russia has authorized the government to block the social network page of a support group for LGBT teens full story

Taiwan: Taipei has rejected a lesbian couple’s application to participate in the city’s annual mass wedding, despite promises to include same-sex couples this year. full story

USA: According to a new poll, 65 percent of Millennials support comprehensive nondiscrimination protections, and 50 percent of Millennials strongly support such legislation. full story

USA: Christian conservative Bryan Fischer has compared an Indiana pizzeria owner who vowed not to cater gay weddings to Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust. full story

USA: NOM chairman John Eastman has authored an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in which he argues, among other reasons, that same-sex marriage must not be approved because surveys on the issue are designed to favor gays. full story

USA: World Net Daily columnist Jesse Lee Peterson defended his claim that discrimination is a good thing on Alan Colmes’ show, saying he has no problem if a restaurant refuses to serve him because he is black. full story

USA, Arkansas: Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson says his state’s image was helped by how it dealt with a “religious freedom” bill which critics argued could be used to refuse service to gay men and lesbians. full story

USA, California: The San Diego City Council approved an amendment to add gender identity and gender expression as types of unlawful discrimination to the City of San Diego’s Nondiscrimination in Contracting Ordinance. full story

USA, Florida: House Bill 7111, or the anti-gay adoption bill, has been added to the agenda for the Florida House’s April 8 session. full story

USA, Florida: State Rep. Dennis Baxley (R) explained that after initially supporting the bill, he prayed on it and decided that he had to reverse his vote because he couldn’t affirm homosexuality. full story

USA, Georgia: The Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest in the Middle District of Georgia in Diamond v. Owens, et al. The plaintiff in that case, a transgender prisoner, alleges that the Georgia Department of Corrections failed to provide adequate care for her gender dysphoria. full story

USA, Indiana: Queerty looks at five ways that the landscape is now changed in favor of LGBT rights thanks to the bad motives of Indiana legislators. full story

USA, Indiana: A lesbian couple donated money to the anti-gay Memories Pizza, saying that they were upset with how the pizzeria was treated and are small business owners too. full story

USA, Indiana: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) highlighted Sen. Rand Paul’s long history of opposing LGBT equality and called on him to take a position regarding Indiana’s anti-LGBT law signed by Gov. Mike Pence. full story

USA, Indiana: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday rescinded an executive order she issued on March 31 that had banned the use of city funds for travel to Indiana full story

USA: Indiana Family Institute head Curt Smith, has left his day job with a law firm because the firm supports inclusiveness. full story

USA, Louisiana: More people in Louisiana oppose legalizing same-sex marriage (51 percent) than support it (42 percent), putting Louisiana out of sync with national public opinion. full story

USA, Louisiana: A “religious liberty” introduced in Louisiana last week is as aggressive and anti-gay as the one that caused nationwide outrage in Indiana last week and Governor Bobby Jindal now says he’ll support it full story

USA, Louisiana: Governor Jindal is also “disappointed” about changes to Indiana’s right to discriminate law, saying he’s worried about discrimination against Christian business owners. full story

USA, Louisiana: Carroll High School Principal Patrick Taylor and Monroe City school board president Bishop Rodney McFarland Sr. contacted student Claudetteia Love to inform her that she will be allowed to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom on April 24. full story

USA, New Hampshire: The City Council voted 7-2 to support a resolution offered by Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine in support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians. full story

USA, New York: The reedom From Religion Foundation ran a full-page anti-RFRA ad in The New York Times. full story

Freedom From Religion Foundation RFRA ad

USA, New York: Alexia Daskalakis, a 22-year-old transgender woman living in Brooklyn, N.Y., has filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Forever 21, alleging that the clothing store’s management harrassed and discriminated against her, then fired her when she filed a formal complaint full story

USA, North Dakota: Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson said Tuesday he “probably” considered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when he crafted a nondiscrimination policy for state employees 34 years ago. full story

USA, Oregon: Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Brett Brigham has alleged that he was fired by his school district last Friday after speaking openly about being gay. full story

USA, Puerto Rico: The plaintiffs challenging Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban have filed their reply brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. full story

USA, Texas: Texas lawmakers and the head of the Texas Association of Business joined with civil liberties organizations at a press conference warning against numerous bills filed this year that promote discrimination against LGBT Texans. full story

USA, Texas: Anti-LGBT Houston activist Dave Wilson turned in his petition seeking to repeal transgender protections in both the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and Mayor Annise Parker’s 2012 executive order covering city employees, but submitted 3K less than the required 20K signatures. full story

USA, Vermont: A federal judge has delayed a Vermont woman’s lawsuit against people she maintains helped her former same-sex partner and their daughter flee the country rather than comply with child custody orders. full story

USA, Utah: “We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God himself established,” Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry told a Mormon Conference Saturday full story

USA, Washington: A GoFundMe.com campaign to help the Washington florist who was fined for refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding has raised more than $123,000. full story

USA, Wisconsin: onathan Dellinger, a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is under scrutiny after emails in which he offered bisexual students extra credit were released by website Campus Reform. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 7th

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Gay Wedding - RingsHere’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: “Good Wife” co-creators and writers Robert and Michelle King discuss why they decided to address marriage equality vs. religious freedom. full story

Pop Culture: ABC News has confirmed it is planning to air a “far-ranging” interview with Bruce Jenner – in which the former Olympian is widely expected to come out as transgender. full story

Pop Culture: American Idol alum David Archuleta tweeted that only straights can find true love, then apologized. full story

Pop Culture: Gay columnist Michael Musto urged Warren Beatty and Annette Bening to be more publicly supportive of their trans son. full story

>Pop Culture: L.A. Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers, one of the few openly gay athletes in professional sports, reminds the FIFA about LGBT rights. full story

Chile: A Chilean court has upheld the constitutionality of the South American country’s civil unions bill that received final approval earlier this year. full story

Dominican Republic: Former Dominican Republic president Hipólito Mejía is running again, and says he won’t act like a faggot to win. full story

France: France is sending a gay ambassador to Vatican City. full story

Ireland: A paper company in Ireland has started making wedding confetti out of homophobic leaflets opposing same-sex marriage. full story

Mexico: An LGBT couple who fought for same-sex marriage rights in a Mexican state were beaten and robbed by assailants in their own salon. full story

Pakistan: Three Pakistani transgender women were attacked by an armed group of men after performing at a wedding but the motive for the crime appears to be sexual rather than religious. full story

Russia: Russia’s main support group for teenagers who identify as LGBT is to be blocked under the country’s ‘gay propaganda’ law. full story

USA: A look at the proposed changes to the ban on blood donations for gay and bi men. full story

USA: Jonathan Drew at the AP looks at the US tribes that still oppose marriage equality. full story

USA: Top Web site development company, Drupal Connect has announced that it is spearheading a massive nationwide fundraising campaign to help efforts to combat recent legislative measures that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning individuals. full story

Drupal Connect

USA: The Supreme Court says the parties will get one advocate to argue for each question – Mary Bonauto will argue for the same-sex couples on the question of whether states must license same-sex marriages. Douglas Hallward-Driemeier will argue for the couples on the question of whether states must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed outside of the state
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USA: Two friend-of-the-court briefs have urged the justices to look abroad before deciding whether there is a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The Foundation For Moral Law, which was founded by Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, has filed a Supreme Court amicus brief which declares, among other reasons, that the bible says homosexuals must be put to death and therefore same-sex marriage must be stopped. full story

USA: The anti-gay Family Research Council will begin a 21-day fast tomorrow, in order to thwart an expected ruling from the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Pat Robertson went on one of his patented rants about anal sex, arguing that he will never change his mind about gay marriage until someone proves that anal sex can lead to pregnancy. full story

USA: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) briefly appears in a new documentary that argues gay rights are a threat to Christianity. – See more at: http://sdgln.com/commentary/2015/04/06/rand-paul-appears-new-antigay-documentary#sthash.jBRl4Fjr.dpuf full story

USA: In the likely event that the Supreme Court brings marriage equality to all 50 states this summer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants to strip the entire federal judiciary of its power to hear cases brought by same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. full story

USA: World Net Daily is no longer pretending that “religious freedom” does not equal; discrimination: “America was much better off when its businesses routinely posted signs that read, ‘We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone,’ and meant it.” full story

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USA, Florida: A central Florida baker says she has received death threats after she refused to bake a cake with an anti-marriage equality message full story

USA, Florida: Yet another business is making money off bigotry through crowd-funding – Cut the Cake in Longwood has raised more than $13,000 online. full story

USA, Indiana: Jon Stewart finally took a look at the bigoted goings-on in Indiana last week and the news bytes featuring various wingnuts surrounding it, particularly those who compared gay loving couples to a hate group. full story

USA, Texas: In Texas, a proposed state constitutional amendment by tea party-backed state Sen. Donna Campbell of New Braunfels would have essentially the same effect as Indiana’s right to discriminate law. full story

USA, Washington: The florist who was fined $1,001 after discriminating against a same sex couple has now received more than $100K in a crowdfunding effort. full story

The Four Worst Supreme Court Arguments on Marriage

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Matt BaumeMichigan says that they don’t want to let gay people get married because that would be demeaning to gay people.

Kentucky says that their marriage ban isn’t discriminatory, since LGBTs are free to get straight-married.

Ohio wants to maintain its marriage ban out of concern for the people who voted for it. And Tennessee is just fixated on sex.

By Matt Baume – Full Story at AFER

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 6th

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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

USA: Sunday night’s episode of The Good Wife, “Loser Edit,” contained a major arc in which Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) defends a gay couple in a lawsuit against a wedding planner who refused to work with them because she is a Christian who does not believe in same-sex marriage. full story

Pop Culture: Rob Lord, San Diego-based, LGBT singer-songwriter, is producing a music video whose aim is to bring all types of LGBT citizens and their allies together. The goal is to raise awareness about LGBT rights beyond the Marriage Equality movement. full story

Religion: Max Mills at AmericaBlog looks at what the Bible really says about gays. full story

Pop Culture: Louis Theroux’s documentary starring children and their families as they transition can teach us all a thing or two about self-acceptance. full story

UK: The UK’s largest teachers’ union has called on the next government to make it compulsory to teach about same-sex relationships. full story

USA: Slate looks at the inherent conflict between marriage equality and religious freedom. full story

USA: Joe.My.God points out that 242 GOP members of Congress did NOT sign an anti-marriage equality brief. full story

USA: Former congressman Barney Frank has predicted an end to homophobia in the United States within ten years. full story

USA: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee blames the “militant gay community” for a backlash against so-called religious freedom bills. full story

USA: Luis Torres of the League of United Latin American Citizens says Indiana’s antigay legislation is as insidious as Arizona’s anti-Latino bill, and the Latino community needs to fight it and bills like it. full story

USA: Dan Savage has hit back at Senator Tom Cotton’s claims that gay people need to get perspective and stop being so outraged by the religious freedom laws in the US, saying it’s the anti-gay Senator who needs to get some perspective. full story

USA, Arkansas: First United Methodist of Eureka Springs applied to be in the Easter parade but were turned away, possibly because of their support for the LGBT community. full story

USA, Colorado: Owners of a Denver bakery did not discriminate against a customer by refusing to fulfill an order requesting two cakes with ant-gay imagery and wording on them. full story

USA, Illinois: Two Chicago men were left shocked and one injured this week after they were kicked out of a cab on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive for sharing a kiss. full story

USA, Indiana: Pat Haden, University of Southern California Athletic Director, is refusing to attend the College Football Playoff Committee meeting in Indiana amid controversies surrounding the state’s religious freedom laws. full story

USA, Indiana: Out basketball player Jason Collins says he is proud of the NCAA’s “bold” leadership against Indiana’s religious objections law, and the association should avoid putting future Final Fours in states that do not protect the rights of LGBT individuals. full story

USA, Indiana: Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and transgender individuals to the state’s civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters cheers of support. full story

USA, Indiana: A gay-inclusive Christian choir Performed outside of the homophobic Memories Pizza. full story

USA, Indiana: Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison have offered to provide pizza for same-sex weddings in Indiana – after a pizza shop declared it would not.
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USA, Indiana: Likely Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is sad that the Indiana law was “fixed”. full story

USA: While performing at the March Madness Music Fest in Indianapolis on Saturday night, Rihanna took a few seconds out to take aim at the state’s antigay “religious discrimination” laws. full story

USA, Louisiana: Louisiana is the latest state considering adopting a right to discriminate bill, after state Rep. Mike Johnson (R) introduced legislation Friday that could allow businesses to refuse service for same-sex weddings and deny benefits to employees in same-sex marriages. full story

USA, Louisiana: As the state considers right to discriminate bill, Gov. Bobby Jindal cautions about creating “special rights” – for gays. But special rights for Christians are OK. full story

USA, Washington: Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in eastern Washington state fined $1,000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers and also facing a consumer-protection lawsuit, has netted about $90,000 in a crowdfunding campaign. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 5th

Sunday, April 5th, 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: Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, an anti-gay Nigerian bishop, has been appointed as the new head of the Anglican Communion. full story

Ireland: The legislature has given final approval to same sex adoption in the country ahead of May’s marriage equality referendum. full story

New Zealand: Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall says that it’s wrong that claiming a victim made a gay sexual advance can be used by a killer to downgrade a murder conviction to manslaughter. full story

UK: A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated. full story

UK: The BBC has admitted it removed scenes of Russia being booed over anti-gay laws from the broadcast of Eurovision’s Greatest Hits. full story

USA: Robert Oscar Lopez filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which he argues that same-sex marriage must not be approved because gay writers have just been horrible to him. full story

USA: The “ex-gay” loony tunes at PFOX have filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in which they argue that same-sex marriage must not be approved because, among other nonsensical reasons, people make fun of them. full story

USA: Anti-gay gadfly Eugene Delguadio submitted a brief opposing marriage equality because Jesus. full story

USA: Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. full story

USA: North Carolina Christian Pastor John Pavlovitz wrote an open letter to Mike Huckabee, asking him to end the war against LGBT people. full story

USA: “Pizza for Equality”, a campaign to raise money for homeless LGBT youth in the US has earned $16,000 in just 24 hours in a marked contrast to a campaign set up to boost the failings of a family owned pizzeria which would refuse services to gay couples. full story

USA: Leaders of the Mormon Church have re-affirmed their opposition to homosexuality and marriage equality: “We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God Himself established.” full story

Pizza for Equality

USA, California: Joe Decker of San Jose filed the “Shellfish Suppression Act” to mock the “Sodomite Supression Act” that calls for the execution of gays: “Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad.” full story

Shellfish

USA, Florida: A Florida bakery is turning the tables on an Arizona evangelist who posted an online video attacking the bakery when it refused to provide a cake decorated with the words “‘We do not support gay marriage.” full story

USA, Illinois: A Chicago-area restaurant, Big Guys Sausage Stand, has named its GoFundMe page ‘Non-Bigoted Restaurant Wants Cash’. full story

USA, Indiana: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Saturday that he was lifting the ban on state-funded travel between Connecticut and Indiana. full story

USA, Indiana: A crowdfunding campaign for an Indiana pizzeria that came under fire after its owners said their religious beliefs wouldn’t allow them to cater a gay wedding has raised more than $840,000. full story

USA, Indiana: The law may be “fixed”, but the damage has been done to Indiana’s image, an Evansville paper says. full story

USA, Louisiana: A lesbian student in Louisiana says she is going to skip her prom because the school principal won’t let her wear a tuxedo. full story

USA, Michigan: A same-sex couple is asking a federal court to order Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage immediately as one man’s fight with brain cancer worsens. full story

USA:, Missouri A Springfield gay man filmed a video that endorses the repeal of the city’s LGBT rights ordinance. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf launched a petition this week calling on lawmakers to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Pennsylvania’s nondiscrimination statutes. full story

USA, Texas: A transgender man has settled his 15-month-old discrimination claim against AT&T Inc., despite what his attorney calls “broken” LGBT protections in San Antonio. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 4th

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

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

International: This year, the UN will establish a new development agenda, and a committee will determine an international definition for LGBT rights. full story

Africa: The Fellowship Global (“TFG”), has launched a month long tour of key African nations where LGBTI communities continue to experience extreme discrimination and persecution. full story

Australia: An analysis of Australia’s LGBT residents finds ”psychological distress” is highest among those who’ve transitioned gender. full story

Australia: The Australian Marriage Forum ran commercials in which they likened gay marriage to single mothers being forced to give up their babies by the state and warned of a ‘motherless generation’ due to gay men becoming parents. full story

France: France’s National Consultative Ethics Committee this week advised the government to maintain its current ban on men who have sex with men giving blood. full story

Ghana: A Ghanaian man who is alleged to have arranged to pay another man for sex had to be put in jail by police so that he could escape an angry mob after the deal went sour. full story

Ireland: The Primate of All Ireland used his Holy Thursday Mass to talk about the “persecution” of Christians over marriage equality. full story

UK: Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero reflects on the ten years of the Gender Recognition Act. full story

USA: Dahlia Lithwick at Slate says the arguments against gay marriage can’t be reconciled with the arguments for religious freedom acts. full story

USA: Mark Joseph Stern speaks with the country’s leading constitutional law scholar about marriage equality. full story

USA: As a 7-year-old struggling with gender dysphoria, hearing a school counselor say, “There’s other people like you in the world and you are not alone” was life-changing for Nathan Jones, who is now 17, and was the subject of a recent profile on ABC’s Nightline. full story

USA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz are among 57 Republicans in Congress who are calling on the Supreme Court to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel today filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, arguing that same-sex marriage must not be legalized nationwide because homosexuality should still be criminalized in the first place. full story

USA: More than 60 briefs have been submitted urging the Supreme Court to uphold state bans against same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Conservative faith leaders have made religious liberty a rallying cry as gay marriage has spread throughout the states. And though stunned by Indiana’s retreat from a religious freedom law after an uproar over same-sex marriage, they vow not to give up. full story

USA, Colorado: The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has determined that a Denver bakery did nothing wrong when it refused to write anti-gay messages on a cake full story

USA, Indiana: Ari Ezra Waldman looks at the state’ “fix” – and concludes it’s not really a fix at all. full story

USA, Indiana: Max Levchin — the PayPal founder and Silicon Valley entrepreneur who Wednesday spearheaded a joint statement against potentially discriminatory religious freedom laws signed by a list of tech executives that has now grown to 70 names — said in a statement to Re/code that the “fox” doesn’t go far enough. full story

USA, Indiana: NCAA President Mark Emmert said April 2 the association is “very pleased” with revisions to Indiana’s religious objections law. full story

USA, Indiana: The Pizzeria owner who said she would not serve gays now says that, while she doesn’t have any gay friends she and her father “show no hatred” towards “the gays.” full story

USA, Indiana: Flush with nearly $800,000 in donations from supporters, the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana said ‘God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying Him.’ full story

USA, Indiana: An open letter on the Queerty site suggests the Pizzeria donate the money to charity. full story

USA, Indiana: Rosie O’Donnell responds to the pizzeria flap – ‘Gays were going to cater their wedding with pizza? Not even lesbians would do that.’ full story

USA, Indiana: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) says Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law was a major political misstep for the Republican Party. full story

USA, Indiana: George Takei reminds us that the battle for LGBT equality in Indiana is far from over, because you can still be fired just for being gay. full story

USA, Indiana: HRC also points out that we still have a long ways to go in the state in a new graphic. full story

Indiana HTC Graphic

USA, Indiana: The Minneapolis City Council passed a revised resolution Friday that calls on Indiana to create formal protections for gay citizens, but the resolution does not ban city-funded travel to the state. full story

USA, Indiana: Anti-Gay conservative commentator Todd Starnes is pissed at Governor Pence over the “fix”.full story

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USA, Indiana: Ben Shapiro’s not happy about it either. full story

Ben Shapiro Tweets

USA, Indiana: Chicago-based rock band Wilco says it’s going ahead with a May concert in Indianapolis now that Indiana lawmakers have tweaked a state law to address concerns that it would allow discrimination against LGBT individuals. full story

USA, Indiana: NOM has jumped on board the Angie’s List boycott. full story

USA: Singer Miley Cyrus took to Twitter and asked her nearly 20 million followers to help her ‘Stir Some Sh*t Up’ for Cotton for saying gays needed perspective when it came to controversial religious freedom laws in his state and Indiana. full story

USA, Indiana: Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates joined the mayors of Oakland and San Francisco in asking city officials and Bay Area residents to join the boycott against the state of Indiana in response to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. full story

USA, Kansas: The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee approved a bill designed to let religious groups on state university campuses limit membership based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or national origin. full story

USA, Louisiana: A new poll shows 58% would back a law protecting LGBT people from being fired for their orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, Louisiana: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called in to Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council radio show on Friday to say Christians are the real victims. full story

USA: Republican Rep. Mike Johnson, a newly-elected state lawmaker from Bossier City, filed a right to discirminate bill Friday for consideration in the Louisiana legislative session that begins April 13. full story

USA, Missouri: A bill that would prohibit public universities from enforcing campus non-discrimination ordinances and taking action against religious student groups that discriminate against LGBT individuals is currently making its way through the Missouri Legislature. full story

USA, Missouri: Opponents of a recently passed LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Springfield are asking voters to repeal the law on April 7. The video below urges voters to keep the ordinance. full story

USA, Nevada: Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would expand anti-discrimination language into parts of state law where it was omitted. full story

USA, Nevada: Nevada legislation criticized as giving businesses and corporations a license to discriminate against gay customers appears to have fizzled in light of nationwide outrage over similar “religious freedom” bills in Arkansas and Indiana. full story

USA, North Dakota: A day after North Dakota lawmakers killed legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, the third time in six years, The Forum newspaper used its front cover to shame those who voted against the bill. full story

USA, Texas: Dave Wilson (above), of Houstonians For Family Values, an anti-LGBT Houston activist says he has enough signatures to force a public vote on a charter amendment that would ban transgender protections in the city. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 3rd

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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

Pop Culture: Star Trek icon George Takei and his husband will star in comedy web series cleverly titled It Takeis Two. full story

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Ireland: Irish senators have approved plans for same-sex couples to adopt. full story

Morocco: A 35-year-old Canadian national has been arrested in Morocco after he allegedly filmed himself having sex with a local man who was employed by the resort he was staying at. full story

Russia: A new poll found that Russians’ tolerance of gays has plummeted in recent years, with 51 percent of those surveyed late last year saying they would not want a gay neighbor, up from 38 percent in 2012. full story

Taiwan: Taiwanese pop diva and gay icon A-mei has launched two ‘rainbow products’ to raise money for gay rights ahead of her April concert marathon in Taipei. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A gay artist in Belfast has been hit with a £60 fine after protesting for same-sex marriage by chalking the word ‘love’ on pavements – but he had the last laugh. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: A mother has complained to the police after her daughter was asked to rank homosexuality in a list of sins by a member of the Christian youth organisation The Girls’ Brigade. full story

USA: Delta Air Lines became the first major air carrier Thursday to make same-sex domestic partners whole for additional income taxes they owe for health care plans. full story

USA: The Transgender Day of Empowerment is April 10th. full story

USA: Reason.com looks at the states’ tired arguments against marriage equality. full story

USA: The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold state gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee as an affirmation of free speech, the anti-gay Liberty Institute argued Thursday in a brief filed ahead of next month’s arguments in the landmark case. full story

USA: Fifteen states, including eight with same-sex marriage, submitted a brief to urge Supreme Court to uphold marriage equality bans. The eight states on Thursday’s legal filing where gay and lesbian couples can marry after courts struck down bans on gay marriage are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virginia. full story

USA: Former Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank quipped that people like LGBT rights more than they like congress. full story

USA: Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Wednesday called for prayer in support of gay marriage bans.
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USA: Pat Robertson’s latest scare line – gays will force people to like anal sex, oral sex, and bestiality. full story

USA: Not to be out-done, Mat Staver said the gays are like Hamas. full story

USA: But likely Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee managed to top even that one, claiming the gays wouldn’t stop until there were no kore churches left. full story

USA: The Christian Science Momnitor thinks a big GOP shift toward marriage equality is unlikely: “Despite the well-meaning efforts of reformers, the evidence against moderation inside the GOP on same-sex marriage remains robust, even if it means losing the 2016 presidential election.” full story

USA, Arizona: Sean Warren, who plays football for Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona, came out in a unique way. full story

USA, Arkansas: The marriage licences issued to gay couples married in Arkansas last year are illegal and invalid, making those same-sex unions void, the state’s lawyer argued in response to a lawsuit seeking to force state officials to recognize gay marriages. full story

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USA, California: A city ordinance prohibiting discrimination against senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender San Franciscans by long-term care facilities and nursing homes was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. full story

USA, California: A gay couple from California who met on Instagram have shared their heartwarming marriage proposal video online. full story

USA, California: A judge has ordered the California prison system to grant gender confirmation surgery to a prisoner. full story

USA, Florida: The Florida House Judiciary Committee voted 11-4 in favor of the Conscience Protection for Private Child-Placing Agencies bill on April 2. full story

USA, Florida: During the debate, a GOP lawmaker cut off the testimony from a 10 year old boy who has a gay father, telling the boy he had exceeded the time limit. full story

USA, Florida: Gay-rights groups on Thursday strongly condemned a vote by the Florida House Judiciary Committee in favor of an adoption bill that would enable discrimination — with taxpayer dollars — against prospective LGBT parents, and place children seeking a permanent home at continued risk. full story

USA, Florida: Mayor Buddy Dyer declared April 2 to be “Everyone Matters Day” in the city of Orlando. full story

USA, Georgia: The lead sponsor of Georgia’s discriminatory “religious freedom” bill says that the bill is dead this legislative session. full story

USA, Georgia: Cocal Cola condemned right to discriminate laws in the state and elsewhere: “Coca-Cola does not support any legislation that discriminates, in our home state of Georgia or anywhere else.” full story

USA, Georgia: CNN’s Gary Tuchman visited five florists in rural Jeff Davis County, Georgia who all said they support the new law that would shore up their ability to turn away gay customers. full story

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USA, Hawaii: Joshua Alameda Franklin, a 31-year-old gay dad in Hilo, posted a video showing him talking to his 10- and 9-year-old sons about the bullying, harassment, and physical assaults they endure at school because their dad is gay. full story

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USA, Kansas: Rev. C.J. Conner of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Dodge City suggests that anti-gay wedding vendors contract directly with churches only for wedding related services. full story

USA, Michigan: Gov. Rick Snyder warned Thursday that he would veto religious objections legislation unless lawmakers also send him a bill extending anti-discrimination protections to gays. full story

USA, New York: A transgender woman who claims that her boss at Forever 21 told her that she ‘worked harder as a man’ before firing her, filed a lawsuit against the company on Wednesday. full story

USA, New York: The Boy Scouts’ New York chapter said Thursday that it has hired the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national scouting organization’s ban on openly gay adult members. full story

USA, North Dakota: For the third time in six years, the North Dakota legislature has killed legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. full story

USA, North Dakota: “Discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation is not acceptable,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a statement issued after the North Dakota Legislature killed the proposal. full story

USA, Oklahoma: After starting with more than a dozen anti-gay bills in the state legislature, only three remain – two saying that clergy cannot be forced to marry anyone and one to end the practice of marriage licenses being issued by court clerks. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: A federal judge in western Pennsylvania ruled Tuesday against a transgender student who had sued the University of Pittsburgh for discrimination. full story

USA, Texas: A hearing about the federal injunction against extending Family Medical Leave Act benefits to married same-sex couples in non-marriage-equality states has been scheduled for April 10th at 9 AM. full story

USA, Texas: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today that his office has filed an amicus brief “in support of states’ constitutional right to define marriage” with the US Supreme Court full story

USA, Texas: Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, compared gays to Nazis and Westboro Baptist Church members in defending a “right to discriminate” amendment this week. full story

USA, Texas: Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz said same-sex marriage is the equivalent of incest or marrying your stepchildren. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 2nd

Thursday, April 2nd, 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!

April Fools: A new study found that when certain conditions are met newly discovered particles dubbed ‘gaytrinos‘ can create a ‘gaydiation‘ field, breaking down straight marriages. full story

April Fools: Yelp has a new search filter – “serves homosexuals”. full story

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Pop Culture: Angel McCoughtry, the star forward for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream and an Olympic Gold medalist, came out Tuesday. full story

Pop Culture: Scott Eastwood, 29-year-old actor and son of Clint Eastwood, told PrideSource’s Chris Azzopardi that he “loves” the attention of his gay audience, and supports marriage equality. full story

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Pop Culture: Brazilian ESPN reporter Gabriela Moreira was filming a live interview segment with a Palmeiras fan recently when the fan tossed out a homophobic slur – she stopped him and shut it down immediately. full story

Australia: Lesbians fare better than straight women at work but gay men fare worse than straights, new study finds. full story

Canada: Michael Sam may join a Canadian football team. full story

Ireland: Senator Jim Walsh claimed it would be better to spend money ‘testing for HIV’ instead of voting on same-sex marriage. full story

Malta: Maltese lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously approved what LGBT rights advocates are applauding as one of the world’s most comprehensive gender identity bills, stating that a person “shall not be required to provide proof” of sex-reassignment surgery, or having undergone hormone therapy or “any other psychiatric, psychological or medical treatment to make use of the right to gender identity” in order to legally change their name or gender. full story

Nigeria: The reign of Nigeria’s antigay president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his People’s Democratic Party has come to its end. full story

Russia: Defying Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda, a Brazilian-born medical student recently dedicated his on-stage rendition of Hozier’s pro-equality international hit, “Take Me to Church,” to his boyfriend. full story

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South Korea: The country has banned schools from teaching about homosexuality in the conservative country’s first guidelines on sex education. full story

Taiwan: A gay fitness center in Taipei has said it has been raided 26 times in the last six months, sparking cries of discrimination. full story

USA: A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that millennials are more accepting of homosexuality than they are of casual hookups, abortion and sex between minors. full story

USA: The Wall Street Journal looks at where opposition to marriage equality is the strongest. full story

USA: Towleroad.com looks at how the Hobby Lobby case has encouraged the proliferation of right to discriminate laws. full story

USA: 39 tech industry leaders signed an unprecedented joint statement supporting the addition of non-discrimination protections for LGBT people to civil rights laws. full story

USA: According to polling done by the Pew Research Center, 61% of black Americans responded that they were in favor of legislation providing protections to LGBT-identified couples in danger of being refused service on religious grounds. full story

USA: In response to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly suggesting that all this RFRA uproar would go away if LGBT Americans were simply added to state anti-discrimination laws, the AFA issued a statement saying that gays don’t deserve rights because of AIDS. full story

USA: Target says everyone is welcome at its stores. full story

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USA: Stampp Corbin at The Huffington Post calls for a revision of the Civil Rights Act to include LGBT citizens. full story

USA, California: The ex-boss of the lawyer who authored the Sodomite Supression Act spoke out against the man. full story

USA, Colorado: The Democrat-led House gave preliminary approval to allow transgender citizens to able to change the gender listings on their birth certificates without getting surgery. full story

USA, Florida: You can now get married in the state if you’re gay, but getting divorced is a lot harder. full story

USA, Nebraska: The state has filed its opening brief in Waters v. Ricketts, the challenge to the state’s same-sex marriage ban. full story

USA, New Hampshire: Portsmouth’s Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine is asking City Council to support a resolution he’s authored in support of marriage equality. full story

USA, North Dakota: Slate looks at efforts to pass an LGBT non-discrimination law in the state. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 1st

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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

Pop Culture: The casts and creators from Arrow and The Flash weigh in on their shows’ inclusion of people of color, out actors, and LGBT characters.
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Pop Culture: Torchwood actor John Barrowman has also called for an openly gay superhero to get their own film or TV show. full story

Pop Culture: One of my favorite up and coming singers, Ryan Amador, has a great new song and video out with Jo Lampert on the spectrum of sexuality. You may remember their amazing video for Define Me. full story

Pop Culture: Comic on what it is like to be a bisexual woman shows how four unintentional oppressive moments can push bisexuals further into the closet. full story

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Pop Culture: Transgender teen Jazz Jennings says being transgender means having the courage to “love yourself no matter what.”
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Pop Culture: A new ad campaign, created by Brazilian company Zim Colored Powder in collaboration with advertising agency Tuppi, uses a set of stunning images of couples, two of which are LGBT, saturated with color, to show that love comes in all shapes and colors. full story

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Pop Culture: Gay Strictly Come Dancing Star Robin Windsor has said he would love the BBC show to feature a same-sex pairing. full story

Pop Culture: The anti-gay Media Research Center launched a campaign to have Dan Savage’s sitcom pilot canceled. full story

Australia: Anti-marriage equality group the Australian Marriage Forum (AMF) has had another advertisement pulled from Australian TV. full story

Ireland: The Maynooth University students’ union received the postcard that compares same-sex marriage supporters to paedophiles. full story

Kenya: Ugandan LGBTI asylum seekers are being stoned and poisoned in the world’s third largest refugee camp, as revealed in a new video about life in Kakuma camp in northern Kenya. full story

UK, Wales: The former Christian Party mayor of Llandrindod Wells, who banned unmarried couples from using double rooms in his B&B, will stand as a candidate in the general election. full story

Vatican: In an interview with LifeSite, Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke compared homosexuality and divorced Catholics with murderers. full story

USA: Starbucks is standing up against a rash of right to discriminate laws across the country. full story

USA: LGBT groups have chosen Mary L. Bonauto and Doug Hallward-Driemeier to represent the plaintiffs at the cases’ scheduled April 28 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA: Leaders of the Gap Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co. on Monday joined the growing chorus of business leaders opposed to bills critics say will allow businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community based on religious beliefs. full story

USA: A new survey indicates that seven percent of millenials identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. full story

USA: The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of 34,000 churches is ending its relationship with the Presbyterian Church USA over its decision to recognize same-sex marriage. full story

USA: “We’re headed to the point where a political candidate who is perceived as anti-gay at the presidential level will never connect with people under 30 years old,” GOP pollster Whit Ayers said. full story

USA: Presidential hopeful Rand Paul says he doesn’t believe in ‘rights based on behavior.’ full story

USA: The Huffington Post looks at the battles over marriage equality still raging in the lower courts. full story

USA: Bryan Fischer’s latest rant about #BigGay on twitter backfired as LGBT supporters took up the call. full story

USA, California: After years on the run, a young lesbian couple from Angolsa, surviving terrifying persecution, miraculously made their way to San Francisco where they are seeking asylum, and will soon be married at City Hall. full story

USA, Florida: A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows that 81 percent of voters say marriage equality has had either no impact or a positive impact on their lives. full story

USA, Georgia: The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) has called on Georgia legislators to put an end to the proposed “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA). full story

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USA, Massachusetts: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who a decade ago was one of the leading Republican lawmakers seeking to ban marriage equality, will officiate at state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s wedding to his partner. full story

USA, North Dakota: A North Dakota House committee opposed (11-2) legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, government, public services and the workplace, but the bill now goes to the full House for a vote. full story

USA, Tennessee: The ability of heterosexual couples — and not same-sex couples — to have children is one reason why the U.S. Supreme Court should not recognize gay marriage, attorneys for Tennessee say. full story

USA, Texas: Towleroad.com looks at the twenty anti-gay bills currently working their way through the state legislature. full story

USA, Texas: The U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal judge in Texas to reconsider his order temporarily blocking federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples. full story

USA: Lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker opens up about family, marriage in a new interview. full story

USA, Washington: Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts owner Barronelle Stutzman says she may lose her business and her home after being ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus $1 in court fees, for violating Washington’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws when she refused to sell two grooms a bouquet of flowers for their wedding back in 2013. full story