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Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 22nd

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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

POP CULTURE: Alana Hubbard, a portrait photographer working out of New Jersey who specializes in “princess and me” photo sessions, did a special “prince and prince” wedding shoot. full story

Prince and Prince wedding

POIP CULTURE: Out filmmaker Roland Emmerich released a statement and some stills from the upcoming film Stonewall, due for release on September 25th. full story

Stonewall film

RELIGION: Writing in The Daily Beast, gay man and former Catholic priest Bill Dickinson explains why the church needs to “help, instead of hurt, LGBT people.” full story

CANADA, ONTARIO: A professor at St. Lawrence College has come under fire for a virulent anti-gay post on Facebook in which he called for the hanging of gays. full story

Facebook rant

USA: Blued, a gay dating app which was started in 2012, has over 15 million users, and recently launched an English language version. full story

KENYA: “That is a non-issue to the people of this country, and it is definitely not on our agenda at all,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said of LGBT rights. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: A school in Saudi Arabia was fined because the rainbows painted on its building were seen as promoting homosexuality. full story

Rainbows - Saudi Arabia

THAILAND: Since January, Gordon Lake and his husband, Manuel Santos Valero, have been afraid to leave their apartment in Bangkok out of fear their daughter, Carmen, will be stolen from them by the surrogate mother. full story

UGANDA: Several Ugandan LGBT rights advocates last week met with the special U.S. envoy to promote global LGBT rights while he was in the African country. full story

USA: More than 3,000 faith leaders and clergy sent a letter today to members of Congress urging their opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), the House’s right to discriminate bill. full story

USA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won’t rule out a vote on a federal right to discriminate bill. full story

USA: NOM’S Brian Brown called on the GOP to “contain” the marriage equality decision until it can be overturned. full story

USA: GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple who operates a wedding services business and refused to do business with a same-sex couple. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Apple Model Management L.A. is ready to trans-form the modeling industry as the world’s first agency to represent all-transgender models. full story

USA, GEORGIA: An inclusive church was vandalized with an anti gay threat. full story

georgia church

USA, KANSAS: The state has asked for dismissal of a civil rights group’s demand that Kansas’ gay marriage ban be ruled unconstitutional — and not simply dismissed as moot — in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that legalized same-sex unions nationwide. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Liberty Cousel’s lawyer claimed that a gay couple who were denied a license didn’t really want to get married, but only want to “stamp out every vestige of dissent”. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: A gay man denied communion at his mother’s funeral has received an apology from members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Their lawsuit erased Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Now, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will be getting married on August 22. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Nearly a month after a report critical of how New York State treats transgender and gender-nonconforming students, the state’s Education Department Monday released guidelines on how school districts should accommodate them. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Fired for being gay, the former Director of Religious Education at Waldron Mercy Academy, Philadelphia, said she will not pursue legal action, but intends to “raise awareness” of the anti-LGBT discrimination within the Catholic community. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Some LGBT advocates expressed concern about the proposed Equality Act because it could open up the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to other changes. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 21st

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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

POP CULTURE: Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner finally met. full story

Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner

USA: Matt Baumer has a new audio podcast to go with his marriage equality book. full story

USA: Get a hilarious (and informative) lesson in the trans lexicon from Funny or Die. full story

USA: Jim Obergefell is collaborating with Washington Post journalist Debbie Cenziper on a new book, “21 Years to Midnight.” full story

USA: The Advocate lists 27 trans film and TV portrayals that helped turn the tide. full story

trans film and tv portrayals

ITALY: The European Court of Human Rights condemned Italy on Tuesday for failing to provide legal recognition to same-sex couples and said the country should introduce some form of civil union for same sex couples. full story

KENYA: A Kenyan anti-gay activist, who is leading hordes of naked homophobes to protest against Barack Obama, has called for gays to be stoned. full story

UGANDA: A Ugandan presidential candidate has made history – by affirming that he opposes homophobia. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: A Pride event in Glasgow, Scotland is courting controversy for its decision to ban drag queens over concerns they would “make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable.” full story

UK, SCOTLAND: Almost all LGBT people in Scotland face discrimination, according to a new study. full story

WEST INDIES: The Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) has criticised the recent decision by the US Supreme Court to legalise same-sex marriages saying it endangers the belief of the church and violate the law of God. full story

USA: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) is planning to introduce the Equality Act, a highly anticipated bill that would explicitly bar anti-LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law. full story

USA: Republicans in Congress are pushing a bill to bar states from ‘discriminating’ against people who don’t want to serve gay people. The Daily Beast dissects the issue. full story

USA: The bill – introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), above left, and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), above right – is up to 130 sponsors in the House, and 36 co-sponsors in the Senate. full story

USA: The 25 day period to file for a marriage equality case rehearing with the US Supreme Court expires today. full story

USA: Another nugget from that recent AP-GfK poll – 56% said that protecting religious liberty should trump gay rights. full story

USA: Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro has filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department alleging battery against transgender Inside Edition reporter Zoey Tur. full story

USA: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. criticized the marriage equality ruling and supported Citizens United in an interview with Bill Kristol. full story

USA: LGBT family law still unsettled in the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. full story

USA: Conservative churches have a new target in the war against marriage equality – progressive churches. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Two conservative groups that sued to stop same-sex weddings earlier this year have urged the Alabama Supreme Court to resist the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision that gay and lesbian people have a fundamental right to marry. full story

USA, IDAHO: A Christian advocacy group is suing to allow a Coeur d’Alene chapel to ignore the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: A same-sex couple that appeared in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign launch video tied the knot Sunday. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal judge heard testimony Monday from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who said she prayed and fasted before she stopped issuing marriage licenses because same-sex marriage violates her religious beliefs. The judge said he will issue his ruling in August. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Same-sex marriage is among the topics the Michigan Civil Rights Commission discussed during its public meeting. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: A Michigan pastor who was forced to leave his post because he’s gay married on Friday. full story

USA, OHIO: Same-sex couples in the state can hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly and list their spouses on death certificates. full story

USA: However, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, AG Ken Paxton has dropped an effort to block the benefits that had been extended to gay couples by the Obama administration under the Family Medical and Leave Act. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 20th

Monday, July 20th, 2015

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

POP CULTURE: MSNBC host Thomas Roberts made history last night becoming the first openly gay man to anchor an evening newscast for a major network television station. full story

Thomas Roberts

FINLAND: An anti-gay petition in Finland has gathered enough signatures to force the parliament there to debate the reversal of the country’s gender-neutral marriage law. full story

TAIWAN: The government’s plans to draft a “same-sex partnership” law would make Taiwan the first region in Asia to legalise gay marriage. full story

UK: Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has vowed to fight for LGBT rights, saying they are “top of his agenda”. full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry expanded on his beliefs on gay Boy Scout leaders Sunday, saying on Meet the Press that he didn’t think openly gay Scout leaders belonged in the Boy Scouts. full story

USA: Scott Walker backtracked on his statements about the Boy Scouts, saying he doesn’t know whether being gay is a choice. full story

USA: The Boy Scouts’ pending policy would allow adult gays to serve, but would also allow troops at the local level to ignore the policy outright over religious concerns. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Cari Saercy and Kim McKean finally won the parenting rights they’ve been seeking since their son was born in 2005. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: Most Arkansas municipalities that have adopted broader anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians say they’ll keep enforcing the measures despite a new law taking effect this week intended to prohibit such ordinances. full story

USA, IOWA: At the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, Republican presidential candidates made it clear to social conservatives and evangelicals that they’re not going to give up their fight against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, KANSAS: Same-sex weddings could provide Kansas’ economy with a lot of cash – $14.1 million in the first three years, according to a 2014 report from a Los Angeles-based think tank. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 19th

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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

AUSTRALIA: A discrimination tribunal has awarded a victim of homophobic abuse AUD$25K in damages. full story

UK: Newly elected Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron had a bit of an uncomfortable time explaining his thoughts on gay sex in an interview with UK’s Channel 4 Friday night. full story

USA: A new Associated Press-GfK survey bucks the recent trend of pro-LGBT poll numbers, finding more respondents who disapprove of the Supreme Court’s ruling (41%) legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide than approve it (39%). full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign called on House Speaker John Boehner to remove Representative Scott Garrett (R-NJ) as subcommittee chair in the House Financial Services Committee over his hateful anti-LGBT objections to supporting his party’s congressional campaign committee because, according to Politico, it “actively recruited gay candidates and supported homosexuals in primaries.” full story

USA, ALABAMA: Cari Searcy, Kim McKeand and their 9-year-old son Khaya will go before a judge in Mobile next week to get the legal recognition for their family, and expect a judge to approve Searcy’s second-parent adoption petition for their son. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Jesuit president of the University of San Francisco (USF) has removed the University’s controversial social media post celebrating the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling last month. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A judge was caught on tape saying he won’t do weddings anymore because “it ain’t right.” full story

USA, LOUISIANA: A gay man was denied communion at his mother’s funeral Mass by a Catholic priest, and he claims it’s because he’s in a same-sex marriage. full story

Tim Ardillo

USA, NEW YORK: A New York farm that hosts wedding ceremonies for profit does not have a “religious freedom” right to discriminate against same-sex couples, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says in a friend-of-the-court brief. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: A lesbian couple on Friday exchanged vows in Puerto Rico, becoming the first gay couple to marry in the U.S. territory since the Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans in all 50 states. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 18th

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

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

POP CULTURE: The heroes and villains of The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl reveal how their character would’ve reacted to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. full story

TV Superheroes

POP CULTURE: Transgender model and bodybuilder Aydian Dowling has made the top ten of a competition to win a cover shoot for Men’s Health magazine. full story

Aydian Dowling

IRAN: According to unconfirmed reports, a 14-year-old boy was murdered after the mullah at an Islamic boys’ camp accused him of being gay. full story

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand government is changing the way it records gender – allowing people to identify as “gender diverse”. full story

USA, SOUTH AFRICA: Gay and lesbian couples, as well as single and surrogate parents, have been worst affected by the new law under which all minors under 18 should produce a passport and an unabridged birth certificate carrying particulars of both parents when exiting and entering the country. full story

USA: Americans’ views on gay marriage are stable following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that made same-sex marriage a right nationwide. The nearly six in 10 Americans (58%) who say gay marriages should be valid is similar to Gallup’s findings in May. full story

USA: Senate Democrats are urging the Obama administration to complete the rollback on the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood full story

USA: Three weeks after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right, conservative lawmakers continue pressing to have Congress weigh in with a response. full story

USA: Ben Shapiro really got into it with trans reporter Zoey Tur last night, as Shapiro repeatedly referred to Tur as “sir”. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A judge in Georgia has decided he’d rather quit doing part of his job — officiating at weddings — rather than have to do so for a same-sex couple. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Benjamin Hutchison, a pastor at Cassopolis United Methodist Church, was forced to resign for marrying his partner, and now his congregation are fighting for him to return. full story

Gay minister Benjamin Hutchinson

USA, NEVADA: With The Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, Bunny Ranch owner Dr. Dennis Hof is using his newly earned title of “minister” to make an offer to gay couples who want to join in a legal union. full story

USA, OREGON: Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, have raised more than $370,000 through Continue to Give, a crowdfunding site specializing in faith-based projects. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: The territory’s Supreme Court has denied a request by four lawmakers to halt same sex weddings. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: US territory Puerto Rico on Friday began recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: Most counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 17th

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Gay Rights

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 début of Amazon’s hit new transgender comedy Transparent was honoured yesterday – garnering a host of Emmy nominations for the year’s awards. full story

KENYA: A group of Kenyan high school students who argued in favour of gay rights during a debate, have been suspended for a week after they were accused of being homosexuals. full story

UK: Trans people in England could soon be facing waits of up to 12 years for NHS gender treatment, unless action is taken to tackle backlogs, a group has warned. full story

USA: In a historic decision, the agency of the U.S. government charged with enforcing employment civil rights law determined on Thursday workplace discrimination against people for being gay, lesbian or bisexual constitutes gender discrimination under current law. full story

USA: Under fire from gay rights groups, Scott Walker tried to distance himself from claims that he had implied gay men and youth are predatory. full story

USA: There’s a lot of soul searching going on over marriage equality and LGBT rights at the NAACP. full story

USA: According to a new poll, 49 percent of Republicans say the issue is not settled and want local officials to take steps to block gay couples from marrying. full story

USA: After uproar over so-called license to discriminate bills in several states, congressional Republicans are getting both support and condemnation for their effort to enact a national version. full story

USA: Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) told Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) during a closed-door House Financial Services meeting last week that he refused to pay the Republican’s campaign arm because it has a history of recruiting and supporting openly gay candidates. full story

USA: Media Matters goes undercover to the 2015 Future Conference, an anti gay event organized by a number or right-wing groups. full story

USA: Jeb Bush said Thursday that the right approach to barring discrimination against LGBT people in America is passing laws at the state-by-state level. full story

USA: The Republican presidential candidate says he supports the government’s move to allow transgender people to openly serve in the U.S. military. full story

USA, ALABAMA: A stepmother is still fighting her dead son’s husband over her son’s estate. full story

USA, FLORIDA: In the wake of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, a proposal by Republican lawmakers called the Pastor Protection Act could fuel a debate during next year’s legislative session. full story

USA, GEORGIA: When it comes to pastors and other religious leaders in Georgia, a lawmaker has proposed a pastor protection bill that would prevent the government from forcing church leaders to perform same-sex marriages. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Metro Weekly looks at the counties still holding out against marriage equality. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The health insurance program for Louisiana state employees, retirees and some public school systems is taking applications for coverage for same-sex spouses and their dependents full story

USA: Lambda Legal today filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) for violating the U.S. Constitution by denying spousal health insurance coverage for the same-sex spouse of a University of North Texas administrator. full story

USA, TEXAS: “I hope you … go to hell because of your stance on gay marriage,” a man on a flight told the state’s governor, using an epithet for emphasis. full story

USA: Fort Worth officials told the Star-Telegram Facebook executives checked the city’s LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance before announcing a new $1 billion data center investment here last week. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 16th

Thursday, July 16th, 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: What does the word “faggot” mean to you? And what about the people who use it? full story

GENERAL: Homophobic attitudes are more likely to found in individuals who harbour unacknowledged attraction towards the same sex, a series of psychology studies have found. full story

POP CULTURE: Filmmaker Coley Sohn has launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to start filming the gay marriage comedy “Dodie and Cheryl Get Hitched.” full story

POP CULTURE: Jimmy Barnes, the John Butler Trio and Josh Pyke are among several artists to donate songs to an album in support of the Australian marriage equality campaign. full story

Say Yes to Love

POP CULTURE: Caitlyn Jenner delivered the powerful speech during the ESPY Awards, as she accepted an award honouring her courage and achievements during her long and successful career. full story

MEXICO: Mexican Supreme Court Judge Margarita Luna announced on July 6 that she will present a motion to make it unconstitutional to deny adoption to same-sex couples. full story

CANADA: Gay bobsledder Simon Dunn won’t marry until his native Australia has marriage equality. full story

Simon Dunn

IRELAND: The Irish Parliament has today successfully passed a progressive new gender recognition law. full story

SOUTH AFRICA: A young gay Zulu couple who held a groundbreaking traditional wedding a few years ago is getting a divorce. full story

Zulu couple

UK: Same-sex marriage could be introduced in both Jersey and Guernsey by 2017, under separate proposals lodged this week on the two islands. full story

USA: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday likened controversy over the court’s decision to allow gay marriage to public reaction over the 1989 ruling that said burning an American flag was protected free speech. full story

USA: BLgT USA has an wesome idea – eat a BLgT sandwich and fund an LGBT center – and they are launching a crowdfunding campaign. full story


USA: A new video released today by Freedom to Marry, the civil rights advocacy organization responsible for campaigning for the right of same-sex couples to marry in the United States, follows the jarring road that culminated in last month’s landmark Supreme Court decision. full story

USA: HRC has a new video out about presidential candidate Scott Walker’s anti-gay views. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A coalition of LGBT legal groups in California is blasting the lack of LGBT judges on the state bench in what it is describing as a “first in the nation survey.” full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Tuesday night, San Diego’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral lit up its facade in rainbow colors. full story

San Diego - St.Paul's Cathedral

USA, CALIFORNIA: A bill that would require a number of state agencies in California to collect LGBT demographic information survived its first hearing in the Senate this week. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Two Republican state representatives have filed a bill that would protect county clerks from criminal or civil liability for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Former Gov. David Paterson claimed tonight that backing same-sex marriage cost him the support of African-Americans. full story

USA, OHIO: Couples in Guernsey County, Ohio will no longer be able to seek civil marriages because the county’s three judges have said they are getting out of the marriage business. full story

USA, OHIO: A northern Ohio minister who wouldn’t marry a gay couple while on duty at a county courthouse has apparently changed his stance. full story

USA,TENNESSEE: State Rep. Rick Womick is calling for impeachment of Gov. Bill Haslam for accepting the gay-marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and of the five justices for making the decision. full story

USA, TEXAS: One Texas county clerk appears to have conveniently delayed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until she could retire. full story

USA, UTAH: A federal judge has ordered the state of Utah to list the names of a lesbian couple on a birth certificate as the mothers of their new baby. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – 7/15/15

Tuesday, July 14th, 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: Trans teen Jazz Jennings is set to reveal more about her everyday life in a new reality show on TLC that premieres Wednesday. full story

Jazz Jennings

POP CULTURE: “Little Rascals” and “Full House” star Blake McIver finds lasting love and expresses his support for marriage equality in the video for his latest tune, “This Is Who We Are.” full story

IRELAND: A 36-year-old gay man has just received a second shot at asylum from the High Court in Ireland, after being initially rejected by the state. full story

ITALY: In a landmark judgement last week, the Court of Appeal of Naples has ordered to register the marriage of two French women, including full recognition of the rights attached to marriage. full story

KENYA: Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party has notified the authorities of its intention to mobilise 5,000 men and women to protest naked against President Barack Obama’s “aggressive support for homosexuality”. full story

TURKEY: The U.N. has expressed concern over a spate of violent and discriminatory acts against Turkey’s LGBT community and called on the country to combat homophobic acts and uphold gay rights. full story

USA: An LGBT-specific amendment to the proposed Every Child Achieves Act only received 52 of the 60 votes needed to overcome the typical Senate gridlock. full story

USA: On Tuesday, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo, above) has reintroduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act, aimed at building resources for aging LGBT Americans. full story

USA: The response from Republicans on Capitol Hill to the Pentagon’s plan to end its ban on transgender service members is resounding silence. full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is under fire for comments on made Tuesday against the Boy Scouts of America potentially lifting its ban on gay adults, saying the old policy “protected children.” full story

USA: A group of anti-LGBT leaders today launched a coalition to fight the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Calling themselves “REAL MARRIAGE: One Man/One Woman For Life,” the group aims to target unnamed businesses and politicians who don’t stand up against LGBT rights. full story

USA, HAWAII: Gov. David Ige signed a bill July 13 that will allow transgender men and women in Hawaii to more easily change the gender on their birth certificate. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Within 24 hours of expressing public approval of same-sex marriage, an openly gay but willingly celibate chaplain at Wheaton College, a conservative Christian school, has resigned from her position, raising questions as the the speed of her departure and the school’s ability to respond to the nationwide legalization of marriage equality. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: A Michigan man is suing his former employers, Ford Motor Co. and Rapid Global Business Solutions, alleging the companies violated his religious freedom when they fired him last year after he told the entire company that gay sex leads directly to death and the destruction of society. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: A Mississippi newspaper organization banning gay wedding announcements told employees to keep their opinions to themselves. full story

MISSOURI: Leaders in Dent County, Missouri, are no longer planning to lower flags at the county courthouse to “mourn” the Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage, thanks to an overwhelming backlash from county residents. full story

USA, OREGON: A crowdfunding campaign for the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa has set a site record by raising $352,500 in about two months after being kicked off the GoFundMe website, far exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. full story

USA, TEXAS: Hood County’s library will not ban two gay-themed books from its library. full story

US, TEXAS: Longview state Rep. David Simpson on Monday issued his second call for a special legislative session to deal with gay marriage matters – n addition to asking fellow lawmakers June 28 to divorce Texas from the marriage license business, Simpson now wants them to either provide benefits for same-sex couples or stop offering benefits to the families of state employees. full story

USA, TEXAS: On the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the mayor of one small, conservative Texas town took to Facebook to congratulate the LGBT community. full story

Texas mayor

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 14th

Tuesday, July 14th, 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: Matt Baume of Marriage News Watch fame has a new book out about marriage equality, and it’s free right now on Amazon. full story

FRANCE: A French Senator became the first out gay Parliamentarian to get married on Saturday. full story

GERMANY: German chancellor Angela Merkel, has said that while she agrees same-sex couples should get marital benefits, she does not believe a civil partnership should be called marriage. full story

ITALY: A popular Italian sports magazine has faced a backlash from readers after featuring a gay rugby couple on its most recent cover. full story

gay rugby kiss

TAIWAN: Thousands of demonstrators on Saturday called on the Taiwan government to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. full story

USA: The Pentagon is making final plans to lift the ban prohibiting openly transgender people from serving in the U.S. military and is expected to announce a plan later today to start the process. full story

USA: A Boy Scouts of America committee on July 10, 2015, unanimously approved a resolution that would allow openly gay adults to hold leadership positions within the organization. full story

USA: A majority of small business owners believe companies shouldn’t be allowed to withhold goods or services from lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people based on an owner’s religious beliefs, according to a survey released Monday. full story

Business Poll

USA: 86% of LGBT individuals participating in a new survey feel that marriage equality will fully improve their financial lives. full story

USA: The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that the US will continue to put pressure on countries like Nigeria which have anti-LGBT legislation in place. full story

USA: The U.S. Supreme Court invoked Confucius in its marriage equality ruling, with decidedly mixed results. full story

USA: Pastor David Ruzicka is urging Christians not to display rainbow flag which is associated with gay pride and supporting of same-sex marriage. full story

USA: NOM sent out a new money beg asking for $500K and saying “it is not time to panic.” full story

USA: Scott Walker called for an amendment against marrage equality, but says he supports a married same-sex couple within his own family. full story

USA: Scott Walker: “This is God’s plan for me and I am humbled to be a candidate for President of the United States… I support an amendment to the United States Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.” full story

USA: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul doesn’t know whether county clerks in his home state have a constitutional claim to religious liberty in defense of their refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. full story

USA: Republican Presidential wannabe Rick Santorum has decided that same-sex marriage shouldn’t be left to the states after all, and wants to ban it everywhere. full story

USA: Rick Santorum has pounced on Scott Walker’s wife Tonette admitting she’s ‘torn’ on the issue of same-sex marriage as an apparent weakness in Walker’s resolve on the issue. full story

USA, ALASKA: The State of Alaska has a commission whose sole purpose is to eliminate and prevent discrimination, but it can’t do anything when it comes to gender identity or sexual orientation. full story

USA, ARIZONA: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is famring out state adoption services so that LGBT couples can access them without the state having to provide them directly. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: Three same-sex couples have sued Arkansas health officials for not allowing both spouses to be named on their children’s birth certificates. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A central Georgia judge in Dodge County says he’s no longer performing wedding ceremonies because he doesn’t agree with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A federal judge has delayed a ruling on whether a local official can use her religious beliefs to justify not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, after the clerk’s lawyers said she was not officially notified of the lawsuit. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: In the first lawsuit filed against an employer for discrimination against married same-sex couples since the Obergefell decision in June, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, with Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. will sue Walmart on Tuesday. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Dent County will fly the flag at half-staff over public buildings the 26th of each month for the next year to protest what a county official calls a ‘despicable’ ruling. full story

USA, OHIO: The mayor of Columbus has performed several gay weddings in a ceremony outside city hall to celebrate this month’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: Judge Robin Cauthron denied Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s motion to dismiss a transgender workplace lawsuit, permitting the hostile work environment claim to move forward. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: Same-sex couples in Puerto Rico on July 13, 2015, began applying for marriage licenses. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope and two assistants, Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler, resigned, and the Mayor of Decatur County wasted no time filling the post with someone who would follow the law. full story

USA, TEXAS: Houston anti-LGBT activist Dave Wilson’s petition to ban transgender individuals from using the bathroom that matches their gender was rejected because it effectively seeks to repeal the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance, and so it needed to be submitted within 30 days of the law’s passage last year. full story

USA, TEXAS: Longtime anti-LGBT activist Dave Wilson is angry the city won’t heed his petition, which also demands businesses define ‘gender’ as one’s birth-assigned sex. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Rusk County Commissioners Court on Monday formally accepted the resignation of County Clerk Joyce Lewis-Kugle, apparently the first Texas elected official to quit office rather than abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage. full story

USA, TEXAS: In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality, officials in Texas say they are considering changes to the state birth certificates that currently only allow for a mother and father to be listed. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 13th

Monday, July 13th, 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!

USA: Out actor Daniel Franzese says that the fight for LGBT equality continues after last month’s landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states. full story

POP CULTURE: It’s been a little over half a year since the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and video game journalists continue to marvel over “gaming’s breakout gay character.” full story

POP CULTURE: Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank has revealed that he receives hate mail from “right-wing Christians” and death threats for playing a gay vicar. full story

POP CULTURE: Australian singer Delta Goodrem has posted a video of a pro-same-sex marriage song she wrote for a gay couple who married in Los Angeles last year. full story

Australian singer Delta Goodrem

AUSTRALIA: Speaking as efforts to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia gain momentum, the archbishop of Sydney has said Christians should not be “bullied” over the issue. full story

GHANA: A lecturer in Ghana has prophesied that churches risk “being dominated by homosexuals” if the clergy fails to stage a “blistering crusade” against same sex marriage in Ghana. full story

UK: A guest column carried by religious pressure group Christian Concern compares same-sex marriage to the massacre of British tourists in Tunisia. full story

USA: A Paraguayan LGBT activist is in high spirits after his historic public meeting with Pope Francis over the weekend, calling the meeting “very productive”. full story

Simón Cazal

RUSSIA: France’s Manif Pour Tous says Russia stole their design for their anti-gay flag. full story

Russian Heterosexual Pride Flag

RUSSIA: As same-sex marriage has now been legalised in the US, ChebuRussia TV of YouTube decided to conduct a social experiment to see what would happen when two men holding hands walked through the streets of Moscow, Russia. full story

USA: Two Christian colleges have extended employment benefits to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court’s June 26 gay marriage ruling. full story

USA: Former oppressors are now taking the role of the victim, with calls for “religious liberty” laws. full story

USA: In addition to opposing medically necessary treatment for transgender kids, Fox News’ Todd Starnes also clarified that Chick-fil-A is ‘the official chicken of Jesus.’ full story

USA: Although Presidential candidate Scott Walker’s son’s disagree with him on marriage equality, they say they respect his opinion and won’t try to change his mind. full story

Scott Walker's sons

USA: A Kentucky county clerk plans to argue in court today that she should be exempt from performing same-sex weddings due to her Christian faith. full story

USA, OHIO: Former Reds player Joe Valentine, who has two moms, is calling on the state to step up on LGBT rights. full story

USA, OREGON: More than $300,000 has been donated to a bakery found guilty of discriminating against a same-sex couple by refusing to make a wedding cake. The bakery was fined $135k. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: More than 100 same-sex opponents from several mid-south churches united in West Memphis, Arkansas Sunday to celebrate biblical love and protest marriage equality. full story

USA, TEXAS: Judge James R. DePiazza of Denton, north of Dallas, says he’ll “witness” same-sex weddings, but with several conditions that appear designed to insult gay couples. full story