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Marriage Equality Round-up – June 28th

Sunday, June 28th, 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!

HISTORY: The Miami New Times has uncovered a pamphlet published by Florida lawmakers in the January 1964 that somehow manages to be the most homophobic and homoerotic materials ever produced. full story

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HISTORY:Media startup called Vox Media put together a fun, multi-graphic video detailing the historic events of marriage equality, from evolution to revolution. full story

INTERNATIONAL: The Advocate looks at some of the celebrations of US marriage equality held worldwide. full story

POP CULTURE: Stephen Colbert joined those celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide Friday with a new video commenting on the news. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: On the day LGBTIs and their allies around the world celebrated the US Supreme Court’s historic ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, four gay men were reportedly tossed off a building to their deaths in front of dozens of spectators. full story

USA: Some American Muslims celebrated Friday’s Supreme Court decision and chided their co-religionists who said judgment day was nigh. full story

USA: Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, U.S. employers may shed same-sex domestic partner coverage to cut costs, say benefits consultants already working with employers on such moves. full story

USA: NOM is asking for money, claiming they can somehow reverse the Supreme Court decision and the tide of public opinion. full story

USA: Jay Michaelson says the conservative justices’ incendiary dissents in Obergefell are a shocking betrayal of judicial responsibility. full story

USA: Five states are still resisting marriage equality. full story

USA: Arnold Schwarzenegger, action star and former California governor who vetoed marriage equality bills twice, said in a press conference that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide was “the right decision” – and he rebuffed those politicians “not having the balls” to lead. full story

USA: Pink News points out that Justice Clarence Thomas is in an interracial marriage that would have been illegal without the Court’s intervention. full story

USA: While other GOP hopefuls bashed the high court’s decision to one degree or another, Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul didn’t say anything or release a statement or respond to requests for comment from POLITICO. full story

USA: Florida photographer Clinton Brentwood Lee donated an anti-gay client’s deposit to GLAAD. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called on Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to begin marriage equality immediately. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: Senator Jim Inhofe said “a lot of people who are friends of mine in the gay community, who also think it was a bad decision.” full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (right) wants to let county clerks, justices of the peace and judges refuse to participate in same-sex marriages based on religious beliefs. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Texas pastor has clarified comments he made ahead of the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage to say he didn’t mean he would literally set himself on fire. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – Supreme Court Edition – June 27th

Saturday, June 27th, 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!

OVERVIEW:

MAP: The last US marriage equality map. full story

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MAP: Well, not quite – we also have this beautiful, simple time lapse map. full story

Marriage Equality time lapse map

FULL TEXT: Read the full text of yesterday’s US Supreme Court Ruling. full story

GUIDE: Six LGBT advocacy organizations launched a joint website http://MarriageEqualityFacts.org to provide answers to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing the rights, benefits, and protections that marriage affords. full story

POP CULTURE:

CARTOONS: Joe.My.God rounds up some of the best political cartoons full story

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CORPORATIONS: Joe also wraps up some of the best corporate responses. full story

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CELEBRITIES: The Huffington Post rounds up some of the celebrity reactions. full story

FASHION: The Observer rounds up the response from the fashion world. full story

ICE CREAM: Ben & Jerry’s is renaming one of its ice cream flavors, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, to “I Dough, I Dough” at participating stores. full story

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MEMES: Queerty rounds up some of the best marriage equality memes of the day. full story

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FACEBOOK: You can now rainbow your profile pic on the social media giant. full story

IN THE STATES:

NATIONWIDE: The Advocate gathers some of the places that went rainbow yesterday to celebrate marriage equality. full story

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ALABAMA: The state’s Chief Justice has vowed to block US Supreme Court’s ‘illegitimate’ marriage equality ruling. full story

ALABAMA: All couples in Mobile were allowed to pick up marriage licenses once again on Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. full story

ARKANSAS: Marriage equality has returned to the state as the first new same sex marriage license was issued. full story

ARKANSAS: Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state will obey the ruling. full story

COLORADO: Hundreds gathered at the State Capitol to celebrate the Supreme Court decision, full story

GEORGIA: Same sex couples married in a mass ceremony in Fulton County. full story

INDIANA: Indiana celebrates the ruling. full story

LOUISIANA: Arch-conservative Governor Bobby Jindal and GOP presidential candidate is doing what he can to stop same-sex weddings in his state. full story

MICHIGAN: See the reaction of the Michigan plaintiffs. ” target=”_blank”>full story

MICHIGAN: The Kent county clerk started taking applications for same-sex marriage licenses. full story

MISSISSIPPI: Attorney General Jim Hood is in no hurry to allow marriages in his state, preferring instead to wait until he absolutely has to. full story

NEW YORK: NYC celebrates the ruling. full story

NEW YORK: Celebration at the Stonewall Inn, where it all began. full story

PENNSYLVANIA: Great meme from Brian Simms. full story

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PENNSYLVANIA: In Philadelphia’s gayborhood, there was elation over the US Supreme Court ruling. full story

TEXAS: The Dallas Voice liveblogs the various counties as they start to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples (or don’t). full story

TEXAS: Dallas County issued 170 marriage licenses on Day 1 of marriage equality in Texas, according to Dallas County Clerk John Warren. full story

TEXAS: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said he will continue to defend religious freedom after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage. full story

TEXAS: Chad Mantooth took photos at the rally and march in Dallas celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding marriage equality nationwide. full story

TENNESSEE: The first gay marriage license was issued in Shelby County around 11:30 Friday morning. full story

WASHINGTON DC: Watch the crowd the moment they heard the news outside the US Supreme Court. full story

WASHINGTON DC: The White House lit up with the rainbow. full story

Rainbow White House

WASHINGTON DC: President Obama called Ohio paintiff Jim Obergefell to congratulate him. full story

USA: The Advocate gathers some of the best photos from DC on Decision Day. full story

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ANALYSIS

MATT BAUME: Matt Baume has a new video out – what you need to know full story

SUNNIVIE BRYDUM: The Advocate reporter looks at what the ruling actually says. full story

JORDAN WEISSMAN: Justice Anthony Kennedy closes his opinion with one of the most beautiful passages you’ll likely read in a court case. full story

ZACK FORD AND JUDD LEGUM: Think Progress looks at some of the more ridiculous arguments in the Supreme Court dissents. full story

TARA CULP-RESSLER: There’s still work to be done. full story

ZACK FORD: No, the Supreme Court did not just ‘redefine’ marriage. full story

SUPPORTERS

PRESIDENT OBAMA: President Obama spoke passionately on Friday morning about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing national marriage equality. full story

HILLARY CLINTON: Hillary Clinton has reflected on the just-issued opinion by the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, saying she is “proud” of the “historic victory” for the country. full story

TIM COOK: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do,” the Apple CEO wrote on Twitter. full story

JOE BIDEN: According to his wife: “Joe is running through the halls with a rainbow flagged tied on like a cape high fiving everyone.” full story

OPPONENTS

JOHN ROBERTS: The Chief Justice’s dissent said that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states completely undermined America’s democratic process. full story

ANTONIN SCALIA: The Supreme Court Justice compared the ruling to a fortune cookie. full story

CLARENCE THOMAS: The right-wing justice denied that gays had their dignity taken away by anti gay marriage laws, making offensive statements about slaves and those in internment camps. full story

BOBBY JINDAL: The Louisiana Governor and presidential candidate: “I will never stop fighting.” full story

MIKE HUCKABEE: Governor Mike Huckabee didn’t waste any time in attempting to put a downer on the Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage across the US, branding it “tyranny”. full story

LINDSEY GRAHAM: The presidential candidate struck a conciliatory note, calling for everyone to move on. full story

RICK SANTORUM: “…leaders don’t accept bad decisions….” full story

TED CRUZ: Sen. Cruz proposed a constitutional amendment that would subject members of the Supreme Court to a retention election every eight years. full story

TONY PERKINS: The leader of the FRC says it ain’t over yet. full story

KEN PAXTON: The Texas Attorney General says the ruling will lead to more “displays of hate and intolerance against people of faith.” full story

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM: The badly mis-named group reacts. full story

JONATHAN SAENZ: He thanks the totally unnecessary “Pastor Protection Law” for stopping the Federal Government from forcing pastors and churches to perform same sex weddings. full story

BRYAN FISCHER: The AFA’s radio host says he “saw Satan dancing with delight” and “the twin towers of truth and righteousness were blown up by moral jihadists.” full story

BRIAN BROWN: The head of NOM called the decision “completely illegitimate.” full story

JIM GARLOW: California pastor Jim Garlow on Wednesday equated reversing gay marriage gains to ending slavery full story

JOSH ROBINSON: The Minnesota Vikings player compared marriage equality to pedophilia and incest. full story

Breaking News: US Supreme Court Issues Historic Marriage Equality Ruling

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Freedom to Marry - Marriage Equality

Today, on the anniversaries of the Windsor and Lawrence V. Texas rulings that advanced LGBT equality, the US Supreme Court issued its long expected ruling on marriage equality.

In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that sexual orientation is covered under the 14th amendment. Justice Kennedy was the swing vote, as many expected.

The ruling means that marriage equality is basically legal immediately in all 50 states, including the 13 stragglers. While there will inevitably be some foot dragging in some states, the fight is basically over.

Marriage equality events will be held across the country today to celebrate. Our partner Marriage Equality USA has a list:

http://www.marriageequality.org/scotus_decision_day_events

wedding dayMark and I stood together at the top of the stairs on city hall to get married on March 11th, 2005, only to see the state Supreme Court wipe away our marriage.

We married again on November 1st, 2008, just three days before the passage of Prop 8. This time, things were different – it was the anti-gay law that was wiped away, not our marriage.

Now couples like us in every state in the nation now have the freedom to marry.

It’s a beautiful day.

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 26th

Friday, June 26th, 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!

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HISTORY: The riots of June 28, 1969, not only gave birth to the movement for LGBT rights but empowered closeted journalists to come out and lead their own revolution. full story

INTERNET: Medical researchers are launching a new “PRIDE Study” to shed some light on the unique health needs of LGBT folks–and they’re using iPhones to conduct it. A new ResearchKit app developed by the University of California at San Francisco will survey a wide range of LGBT folks about health issues like HIV/AIDS, smoking, cancer, obesity, mental issues and depression. full story

POP CULTURE: Amazon has already ordered a third season of transgender TV show Transparent – before the second season has even aired. full story

POP CULTURE: People are complaining about a “transgender” dinosaur in Jurassic World – after the toy version of a female dinosaur was identified as male. full story

POP CULTURE: Supermodel Linda Evangelista has spoken out in favor of marriage equality. full story

POP CULTURE: Professional baseball has welcomed its first out gay player, in a minor league game. full story

POP CULTURE: On the last day before public voting closes in the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy competition, trans model Aydian Dowling is still in the number one spot. full story

INDIA: A transgender lecturer fired for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ has lost her appeal to one of the most pretigious universities in Thailand. full story

NORWAY: The government in Norway has proposed extending the right of its citizens to change their legal gender to children. full story

PARAGUAY: Simón Cazal of Paraguay will be the first married gay activist to have a public meeting with the pope — and he’s being hopeful but realistic about what may come of it. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia says it will support human rights as long as they can still kill gay people, full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles are currently in court challenging Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: There was no ruling on the marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges from the Supreme Court Thursday. full story

USA: [A]n Obergefell decision on Friday would coincide w/anniversary of Lawrence [v. Texas] (6/26/03) & [United States v.] Windsor (6/26/13). Coincidence? full story

USA: Another poll shows 57% support for a “yes” decision from the Supreme Court. full story

USA: A new survey found 39 percent of Republicans are in “favor of allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.” full story

USA: A new study has concluded that the spending power of the LGBT market in the US is worth an estimated $884 billion. full story

USA: Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has spoken ahead of the anticipated imminent ruling of the US Supreme Court, to say it is time for the US to move on and allow gay couples to marry. full story

USA: President Obama says marriage equality is about ‘our civil rights’. full story

USA: The State Department’s long-delayed annual human rights report that it released on Thursday notes anti-LGBT persecution and discrimination were pervasive throughout the world in 2014. full story

USA: John Gallagher at Queerty looks at the link between white supremacy and homophobia. full story

USA: Glenn Beck and David Barton joined forces earlier this week to warn about the catastrophe anti-gay Christians face if SCOTUS rules in favor of same-sex marriage, including pedophilia and the Bible being outlawed. full story

USA, ALASKA: An Alaskan LGBT community center is flying a half-burned rainbow flag after someone vandalized the organization for the third time in less than a year. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: BART police have adopted a policy guiding how officers will deal with transgender people, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system has announced. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: The jury in the “conversion therapy” case unanimously found against JONAH on all counts, meaning it will have to pay upwards of $25,000 in damages to the clients and their families for undergoing ex-gay therapy. full story

USA, OHIO: Mahoning County Probate Judge Robert Rusu says he’s ready for a pro-marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, OHIO: Governor Kasich says he’ll obey the US Supreme Court if it legalizes marriage equality. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: An Archbishop has banned people from discussing LGBT rights during a Philadelphia conference that is set to be attended by the Pope.
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USA, TEXAS: A new poll found that more Texas voters (44 percent) support same-sex marriage than oppose it (41 percent), while 14 percent are unsure. full story

USA, TEXAS: Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement ahead of a pending Supreme Court decision on marriage equality urging county officials to wait for a legal decision from his office before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas Values head Jonathan Saenz has sent a letter to Dallas County Clerk John Warren, warning that no matter how the Supreme Court rules, issuing a same-sex marriage license will be a criminal act. full story

USA, TEXAS: A married lesbian couple who moved to the state was denied a driver’s license with their married names on it. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: In what may be just the second case of its kind in the District, a gay man has filed a petition in D.C. Superior Court seeking a declaration affirming the existence of a common law marriage between him and the man he considered to be his spouse, who died one year ago. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 25th

Thursday, June 25th, 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: As the US Supreme Court prepares to make a decision about equal marriage, Australian author Amy Chung is doing her bit to educate the younger generation about different family relationships. full story

Wishful Wedding

POP CULTURE: Matt Hatzke, a former US soccer pro, is sharing his story now ‘to help the next guy find acceptance and happiness.’ full story

POP CULTURE: Professional wrestler Matt ‘Money’ Cage has come out as gay, writing on Facebook that he has “nothing to hide any more.” full story

USA: The word “Cisgender” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. full story

AUSTRALIA: An antigay couple in Australia vowed to divorce if the nation enacts marriage equality. A whole lot of people want to see that happen. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Archdiocese Of Sydney is ever so pissed at the 150+ Australian corporations that have placed a joint newspaper campaign in support of same-sex marriage. full story

CHINA: While so-called conversion therapy remains prevalent in China, one man, Yanzi Peng, recently brought unprecedented litigation against the local clinic that hypnotized him and gave him electroshock therapy…and he won a surprising legal victory. full story

CZECH REPUBLIC: In a new poll, 49 percent of respondents said they supported same-sex marriage with 47 percent saying no. full story

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyzstan’s anti-gay bill, even worse than Russia’s, will become law. full story

UK: Following a number of homophobic incidents reported by users, on demand car service Uber has announced a partnership with Stonewall. full story

UK: 154 same-sex couples have been married at British Embassies abroad. full story

USA: The US Supreme Court could rule as soon as today on the issue of same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The anti-gay side likes to talk a big talk about “tradition” in its fight against marriage equality, but what exactly does “traditional marriage” look like when we examine the institution through the lens of history? Matt Baume takes a look. full story

USA: Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., plans to introduce a bill to lift the ban on service by transgender military members, according to the American Military Partner Association. full story

USA: Why Does SCOTUS Wait Until the Last Minute to Decide Gay Rights Cases? Ari Ezra Waldman tries to answer the question. full story

USA: Transgender military advocate Jess Shipps killed herself. full story

Jess Shipps

USA: Blood Mirror by Jordan Eagles is a 7-foot-tall sculpture designed as a protest to the FDA’s discriminatory blood donation policy. full story

USA: Conservative religious schools all over the country forbid same-sex relationships, from dating to couples living in married-student housing, and they fear they may have to give up tax benefits if the US Supreme Court legalizes marriage equality. full story

USA: Out of the anti-gay documentary Light Wins: How to Overcome the Criminalization of Christianity comes the theme song for Christian homophobes the world over. full story

USA: Right wing activist Ben Shapiro mocked Caitlyn Jenner by suggesting sarcastically that she be added to the ten dollar bill. full story

Caitlyn Jenner

USA: As Bobby Jindal announces his campaign for president, HRC releases a video detailing his anti-gay past. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A coalition of leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and allied organizations has formed to battle a proposed ballot initiative targeting California’s transgender community. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Transgender activists plan to disrupt San Diego Pride with “die-ins.” full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: Closing arguments have started in the trial of a Jersey City nonprofit that was sued for claiming it could change gays to heterosexuals. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The New York Civil Liberties Union says its new report exposes illegal treatment of transgender and gender-nonconforming students throughout the state. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: President Obama chided a transgender advocate for heckling him “in my house”, which is very rarely done. The protestor was apparently an undocumented immigrant named Jennicet Gutiérrez, a founding member of FAMILIA TQLM, established to advocate for LGBTQ immigrants who the group says are often excluded in the immigration debate. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 24th

Wednesday, June 24th, 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 rainbow flag is flying over Starbucks HQ in Seattle. full story

Pride Flag at Starbucks HQ

POP CULTURE: Role-playing game Guild Wars 2 has added a transgender character. full story

Guild Wars 2 Trans Chacacter

POP CULTURE: Nintendo has confirmed the upcoming Fire Emblem came will allow same-sex marriage. full story

POP CULTURE: Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has spoken out – Spiderman should always be white and straight. full story

BOLIVIA: According to a survey conducted by local outlet Pagina Siete, 74 percent of Bolivians oppose same-sex marriage and 67 percent oppose legalizing access to abortion. full story

USA: A man in Egypt has been tortured and jailed for one year for going on gay hookup app. full story

ITALY: An Italian gay man has made one of the most adorable marriage proposal videos we’ve yet seen. full story

MALAYSIA: Human Rights Watch on June 21 criticized a Malaysian Islamic court for fining nine Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing and jailing two of them for a month. full story

THAILAND: Gordon “Bud” Lake and his husband are unable to take their daughter, Carmen Santos Lake, third from left, out of Thailand because her surrogate mother objects to the fact she will be raised by a same-sex couple. full story

UK: Members of Parliament and peers have formed a new All-Party Parliamentary Group, to tackle LGBT issues around the world. full story

UK: David Cameron has said he is “personally committed” to tackling hate crime in the UK – after giving a volunteering award to an anti-hate crime campaigner. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly will bring a motion before the Derry city council on Thursday calling on the “Super Council” to follow in the footsteps of the Republic which recently voted in favour of marriage equality. full story

USA: A challenge to Northern Ireland’s ban on same sex marriage goes to the High Court this week. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: A Scottish Bishop has revealed that he was in love “unexpectedly” with another boy when he was a teenager. full story

USA: A new poll says that 54 percent of Americans think there should be a federal law regarding same-sex marriage for all fifty states, 57% support legalizing same-sex marriage, 69% of Democrats and 59% if independents support it, and 30% of those who now support legalizing same-sex marriage say they once held the opposite view. full story

USA: The campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unveiled on Wednesday a new video celebrating same-sex marriage days before an expected decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide. full story

USA: The Supreme Court could require civil unions instead of full marriage equality, some scholars say. full story

USA: Did Justice Scalia tip his hand on marriage equality ruling in a separate case? full story

USA: The Office of Personnel Management informed federal carriers they must cover transition-related care for federal employees. full story

USA: On Monday Night, Rachel Maddow pointed out that many, particularly those ardently in favor of same-sex marriage, are already predicting how the Court will rule, and warned against second-guessing the Court. full story

USA: President Barack Obama has described LGBTI rights as one of the biggest ‘hits’ of his presidency. full story

USA: President Barack Obama isn’t expected to life the ban on transgender service in time for Pride. full story

USA: In an interview, presidential candidate Rick Perry suggested he would not pursue a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, should the Supreme Court rule in favor of same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Mike Huckabee says that, as President, he would block all federal recognition of marriage equality. full story

USA: If the Confederate battle flag is a symbol of racism, the rainbow flag is a symbol of anti-Christian bigotry, some far-right commentators claim. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Scott Walker’s anti marriage equality stance is causing him some financial headaches. The deep-pockets on Wall Street are keeping their wallets closed because they are convinced that Walker is an ideologue on the issue. full story

USA, IOWA: The Gortz Haus Gallery has decided to stop hosting any weddings, rather than allow same sex couples to use the facility. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Superior Court Judge Raymond M. Cadei struck down the “Sodomite Suppression Act”, saying that the initiative cannot be circulated for signatures. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: The Henry Gerber House in Chicago has been designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming the nation’s second LGBT related property to achieve such recognition, the U.S. Department of Interior has announced. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The Stonewall Inn was given official landmark status in New York City this week. full story

USA: Texas voters are split on whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry and on whether businesses should be required to provide services to them – 44% support marriage equality while 41% oppose it, and 45% said businesses should be required to provide services, while 41% disagreed. full story

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USA, TEXAS: In a rare moment of clarity, Texas voters say they believe transgender people face more discrimination than any other minority in the US, according to a new poll. full story

USA, TEXAS: Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas), who represents Houston’s Montrose gayborhood, compared same-sex marriage to polygamy and group marriage in a radio interview Monday. full story

USA, TEXAS: Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested that state officials would do “everything we can” to defend Texas’ anti-gay marriage amendment. full story

USA, TEXAS: Robert Teir’s alcoholic husband left one day and never came back. Two years later, Teir is fine with that — except for the fact that Texas won’t grant him a divorce. full story

USA, UTAH: Openly gay Utah state Sen. Jim Dabakis claims that the Utah attorney general already has a legal team preparing to suspend same-sex marriages should the ruling go against marriage equality. full story

VATICAN: A working document released by the Vatican on reveals there won’t be any movement towards accepting same-sex marriage when bishops gather in Rome for the Catholic Church’s October synod, but that gays should be welcomed and respected and that gays and their families should receive special pastoral care. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 23rd

Tuesday, June 23rd, 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!

HISTORY: Over a century of decisions paved the way for a ruling that would legalize marriage nationwide. full story

POP CULTURE: Oreo once again celebrates gay pride. full story

Oreo Pride

POP CULTURE: Esurance is kicking off LGBT Pride Week with an all-inclusive commercial and social media campaign. full story

AUSTRALIA: Government backbencher Dennis Jensen can’t understand why people shouldn’t marry their biological relatives if same-sex couples are allowed to marry and has asked the parliament to explain it to him full story

AUSTRALIA: Tasmania’s Catholic Archdiocese are distributing out copies of the church’s booklet that will explain to people its opposition to same-sex marriage. full story

RUSSIA: A Russian LGBT activist has been handed a £235 fine for holding an unsanctioned pride march in Moscow. full story

UK: Evidence suggests that tens of thousands of anti-LGBT hate crimes are going unreported each year in the UK. full story

UK: A campaign has been started urging the Church of England to sack a vicar who compared homosexuality to pedophilia. full story

UK: UKIP are being criticized once again for comparing their LGBTI group being banned from Pride in London to two gay men being jailed in Morocco for kissing. full story

UK: The Hampshire Police Force has released a new Pride-themed police car to raise awareness of LGBT hate crimes. full story

Hampshire

USA: The U.S. Supreme Court added Friday, June 26 as a day it will release opinions in addition to Thursday, June 25 and Monday, June 29. The marriage equality decision could be released on any of those days. full story

USA: There was no ruling on the marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges from the Supreme Court today. full story

USA: Jeb Bush told a gathering of religious conservatives here on Friday that the debate over same-sex marriage should continue “irrespective of what the courts say,” signaling that he would not consider a Supreme Court decision favorable to gay rights as the last word on the subject. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at NOM’s anti marriage equality pledge. full story

USA: Mike Huckabee compared the forthcoming marriage equality ruling to Dred Scott, the case that upheld slavery. full story

USA, MARYLAND: A woman targeted for her rainbow-themed yard decorations says she is ‘flabbergasted, in shock and also a wee bit terrified’ at receiveing $43k in donations on a crowdfunding site. full story

US, NEVADA: Trans state employees in Nevada, as well as trans family members of state employees, can breathe easier after July 1: their health insurance will now cover medically necessary transition-related medical procedures. full story

USA, NEW YORK: There’s a new short documentary out about the Harlem hate church. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Unified School District is set to be the first in the nation offering a site-based LGBT Studies course in its public high schools, starting in the fall of 2015. full story

USA, TEXAS: Rick Scarborough, the antigay Texas pastor who already made headlines with a full-page newspaper ad announcing that he had at least 44,500 followers who pledged to go to jail to defend so-called traditional marriage, is now threatening to set himself on fire to stop marriage equality. full story

Pastor Rick Scarborough

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 22nd

Monday, June 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!

HISTORY: “[W]e can achieve marriage for same-sex couples nationwide in 15 to 25 years,” the leaders of the LGBT movement declared on June 21, 2005 — a decade ago to the day. full story

POP CULTURE: YouTube creator and LGBT rights activist Raymond Braun recently sat down with Daniella Carter, who was featured on Laverne Cox’s The T Word, to discuss her journey and, importantly, what it takes to be a good trans ally. full story

AUSTRALIA: Bruce Notley-Smith, a NSW Liberal MP has told the Star Observer that Coalition colleagues who have called for civil unions as a compromise for full marriage equality are “squibbing” the issue. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian MP Kelvin Thomson is the latest to declare that he is now in favour of marriage equality. full story

MALAYSIA: An Islamic court in Malaysia has been criticised by human rights groups for jailing two trangsgender women. full story

MOROCCO: Two Moroccan men were sentenced to four months in jail Friday for kissing in public, the latest example of the majority Muslim country’s ongoing crackdown on homosexuality. full story

SOUTH KOREA: Taiga Ishikawa, Japan’s only gay politician, has spoken about South Korea’s progress on LGBT rights. full story

UK: The University of Northampton has opened gender-neutral toilets by popular demand of their students. full story

UK: The Cabinet Office has announced that it will fly the rainbow flag this week to celebrate Pride in London. full story

UK, WALES: The Welsh Government has today launched a consultation into how it can do more to ensure equality for transgender people. full story

USA: Out spoke with 11 trailblazing heroes of the marriage equality movement. full story

Pioneers

USA: Both Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have signed the “Defend Marriage” pledge. full story

USA: Maggie Gallagher is sticking to her claim that being gay is a choice, and conversion therapy is harmless. full story

USA: LGBT teachers are still on shaky ground, despite progress. full story

USA, INDIANA: A small-town judge who has no problem performing same sex weddings is profiled. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: In Tennessee, state and local officials say they are taking a wait-and-see approach to the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C. concluded on Friday, and it was as bad as you’d expect. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 21st

Sunday, June 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!

AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA: An anti-gay pamphlet, criticizing a local Adelaide council for flying the rainbow flag in a show of support of the LGBTI community, has been referred to police. full story

anti gay flier Adelaide

BELGIUM: The United Protestant Church of Belgium (UPC) has voted to allow openly gay and lesbian people to be ordainedfull story

ITALY: Rome on Saturday saw a turnout of hundreds of thousands who gathered in San Giovanni square to demonstrate against gay unions and the teaching of gender theories in schools. full story

USA: Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, still thinks the religious right will win the battle against same-sex marriage. full story

USA: New legislation introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has the stated intent of protecting institutions that oppose same-sex marriage, but LGBT advocates are opposing it for what they say is the potential to go further and “open a Pandora’s Box” of anti-LGBT discrimination. full story

USA: Wins against the ACA and marriage equality at the US Supreme Court could be bad for the GOP in 2016. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: IBM has cancelled Monday’s ribbon-cutting for its new National Service Center in Baton Rouge because of Governor Bobby Jindal’s anti-gay executive order. full story

USA, TEXAS: Pride Houston Inc. has now rejected anti-gay activist Dave Wilson’s pride parade application after his entry was brought to the group’s attention. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: Rev. Everett Mitchell, a Madison pastor who supports same-sex marriage and married two female church members in the church’s sanctuary, is naking waves in the black community. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 20th

Saturday, June 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: Lush Cosmetics is raising awareness and funds for LGBT rights with its #GayIsOk soap and campaign. full story

Lush #GayisOK soap

POP CULTURE: Think Progress rounds up the corporations and organizations celebrating pride with ad campaigns this month. full story

Amtrak Pride

USA: Google’s Android operating system has come out waving its rainbow flag with a new one-minute TV spot. full story

AUSTRIA: The National Assembly of Austria has taken a strong stance against equal marriage yesterday, with 26 voting for and 110 against a marriage equality resolution. full story

MOROCCO: More than 20 people have been arrested in Morocco accused of homosexuality, according to reports.full story

PITCAIRN ISLANDS: In a small but symbolic victory for marriage equality worldwide, the Pitcairn Islands have passed a new law that explicitly legalizes gay marriage. full story

UK: A Cameroon gay man who was tortured so badly that he can’t have sex is now fighting to stay in the UK. full story

USA: Researchers at the University of Georgia will partner with other universities as part of a national study on identity development in transgender populations, the largest study of its kind to date full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has warned that nationwide marriage equality threatens to ‘criminalize Christianity’. full story

USA: A gay man and his wife signed an amicus brief against marriage equality. full story

USA: Towleroad rounds up some of the demands of the anti-gay forces in the face of a likely US Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality full story

USA: One Million Moms is going after Tylenol for an LGBT friendly ad campaign. full story

Tylenol Ad

USA, ILLINOIS: Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois is the only Democrat to cosponsor a bill now before the House of Representatives that would give people the right to discriminate against same sex couples. full story

Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois

USA, INDIANA: Democratic Senate candidate Baron Hill is casting himself as a champion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, in an attempt to shift away from the anti-marriage equality image he had during his previous stint in Congress. full story

USA, INDIANA: Governor Mike Pence still can’t seem to say the word “gay”. full story

USA, MARYLAND: A woman who was told to tone down her “relentlessly gay” front garden has raised over $30,000 to “gay up” her house as well. full story

USA, TEXAS: In a 5-3 decision, the Texas Supreme Court agreed with an appeals court the state had no vested interest in a case affecting an Austin lesbian couple seeking divorce. full story