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Will Marriage Equality Arrive in South Carolina Thursday?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

South Carolina MapThe stay on a marriage equality ruling in South Carolina is due to expire on Thursday.

Joe.My.God reports:

Late last night the plaintiffs in that case filed a motion in opposition to state Attorney General Alan Wilson’s demand that the stay be continued while he flails about with appeals. Via the Post & Courier: “Currently 34 states permit same-sex couples to marry, or recognize marriages legally celebrated by same-sex couples in other states. If history is any indicator, the State’s claim of potential harm here is overstated, if not completely contrived,” the new filings says. Malissa Burnette, lead attorney in Condon’s case, has said she feels very optimistic the Fourth Circuit will uphold Gergel’s ruling. It is the same court that struck down Virginia’s constitutional gay marriage ban and was among those that triggered the recent cascade of legalized same-sex marriage across the nation.

All the motions and responses have now been filed with the Fourth Circuit.

Greenville Online reports:

The motion and response are in from the two sides of the gay marriage debate in South Carolina. Now it’s up to the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to decide whether to grant a stay – and stop marriages for same sex couples due to begin at noon on Thursday – as the state has asked.

The Atty. Gen. is latching onto the Sixth Circuit ruling against marriage equality, claiming that it means the US Supreme Court will have to weigh-in before the state is forced to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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Marriage Equality Roundup – November 18th

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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

LGBT-AfricaAfrica: Thom Senzee takes a look at the state of LGBT rights in Africa. full story

Ireland: Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was just demoted by the Pope, says he will deny communion to any politicians who support marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Three Democratic Unionist Members of Parliament have launched a petition in support of the bakery that refused to make a marriage equality cake. full story

Morocco: The government has dropped all charges against the gay British tourist who was jailed briefly this summer for “homosexual acts”. full story

Romania: Newly elected president Klaus Iohannis has opened the door for discussion of LGBT rights and marriage equality in the country. full story

Turkey: The country has a new umbrella organization for LGBT rights. full story

UK, Scotland: Independent candidate Philip Mitchell has pledged to “easily” stop same-sex marriages from happening if he is elected. full story

UK, Wales:The Liberal Democrats are leading a debate tomorrow on transgender issues in the country. full story

USA: Openly gay football player Michael Sam has been chosen for the cover of GQ’s men of the year issue. full story

Michael Sam GQ Cover

USA, Florida: Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi has formally appealed two marriage equality rulings. full story

USA, Kansas: 15 same-sex couples married in Wichita on the first full day of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Kansas: The mass wedding was interrupted by a protester chanting, “God says no.” The crowd full of gay rights activists chanted back saying, “God says yes.” full story

USA, Kansas: A state judge ordered three southeastern Kansas counties to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Kansas: Now that the US Supreme Court has refused to step in, the Kansas Supreme Court is weighing the marriage equality issue. full story

USA, Michigan: The Detroit Free Press has some excerpts from the petition that marriage equality advocates filed with the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Mississippi: The Human Rights Campaign has released the second in its “All God’s Children” marriage equality ad series. full story

USA, Missouri: A Christian homeless center has said that it will not allow married same-sex couples to stay together under its roof. full story

USA, North Carolina: The ACLU is challenging the GOP’s appeal of an already settled marriage equality case. full story

USA, Ohio:GOP Sen. Rob Portman says he feels “very comfortable” talking about his position of support for marriage equality. full story

USA, West Virginia: Officials at a West Virginia high school have reversed course, and will now allow a Gay Straight Alliance. full story

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch: Which States Still Don’t Have Marriage Equality?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Matt BaumeStates have been gaining marriage equality at the rate of one or two a week lately, but a few stubborn holdouts may remain a serious challenge.

There are currently 17 states with marriage bans still in effect, mostly concentrated around the plains, midwest, and southeast.

You can’t get married in Montana, though that could change very soon. A Ninth Circuit decision overturned bans in neighboring states, and a federal judge has indicated that he’ll be ready to rule on Montana’s ban any day now. State attorneys could conceivably appeal that decision, but they’re unlikely to get a friendly reception from the Ninth Circuit at this point.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at the Huffington Post

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 17th

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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

Worldwide: A group of US investors worth $210 billion are pushing top firms to support their LGBT workers around the world. full story

Australia: Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea married his actor boyfriend in New Zealand. full story

Brazil: At Rio’s GayPride celebration, activists called for an end to homophobia in the country. full story

India: The video game Dragon Age: Inquisition will not be released in India because it contains a gay character. full story

Israel: The country is started issuing new ID cards to the children of same-sex parents which allow them to be listed as father and father or mother and mother. full story

USA: David Lampo at The Hill suggest the Republican wave resulted in part from a de-emphasis of social issues, including gay marriage, by GOP candidates. full story

USA, Arizona: Cathy Herrod, the president of the anti-gay Center for Arizona Policy, is profiled. full story

USA, Colorado: Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado is complaining the President Obama is prioritizing LGBT rights while ignoring religious persecution abroad. full story

USA, Kansas: A mass gay wedding will take place in Wichita today. full story

USA, Michigan: The state’s marriage equality case will be appealed to the US Supreme Court today, joining the other Sixth Circuit cases from Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. full story

USA, Mississippi: Anti-gay religious leaders in the state are calling a new Human Rights Campaign ad, which makes a Christian argument for LGBT rights, misleading full story

USA, Mississippi: The case of a woman who wants to divorce her same-sex spouse is before the state Supreme Court. full story

USA, North Carolina: County commissioners in Gaston County, North Carolina has just approved a non-binding resolution opposing marriage equality. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up 11/16/14

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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

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USA: The NoH8 photo of a straight 11-year-old boy who is possibly harassed because of the kids think he is gay went viral yesterday. full story


France: Former conservative president Nicholas Sarkozy is calling for the marriage equality line the country to be repealed. full story

USA, Kentucky:The Sixth Circuit ruling in the Kentucky marriage equality case has now been appealed to the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Nevada: The Reno Gazette Journal profiles how marriage equality may change the city’s wedding industry. full story

USA, South Carolina: The Greenville News is calling on state government to drop its opposition to marriage equality in an editorial. full story

USA, Texas: Sen. Ted Cruz is headlining an anti-gay conference in Texas this weekend. full story

71% in Indiana Want US Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Equality Issue

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

titleA new poll Indiana highlights the fact that the state is ready for the fight over marriage equality to be over.

WISH-TV reports:

Gay marriage has been legal in Indiana for just over two months as the result of a federal appeals court ruling. That follows a battle that lasted more than a decade in the General Assembly and the Hoosier Survey found that support for gay marriage has leveled off… 47 percent favor it. That’s down a tick from 48 percent a year ago, but it’s still a tick above the 46 percent who remain opposed… Curiously, the Hoosier Survey found greater support for gay marriage in other states. 56 percent say that marriages conducted elsewhere should be recognized here, with just 40 percent opposed… But here’s the most interesting finding in the Hoosier Survey: more than two-thirds, 71 percent, would like to see the U.S. Supreme Court end the legal wrangling. Just 24 percent like the status quo.

Barring a surprise overturning of marriage equality in 33 states by the US Supreme Court, the fight IS over in Indiana.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 15th

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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

Gibraltar: And LGBT rights group in this British territory is calling on the government to introduce marriage equality. full story

Taiwan: Gayway, one of Asia’s largest gay websites was shut down for “disturbing obscene material”. full story

USA: Joe.My.God shares with us a new US marriage equality map – the Happy Purple Marriage Map. full story

Happy Purple Map

USA:Joe.My.God has the new US marriage equality map from Wikipedia, which now seems like a daily event. full story

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

USA: A new study shows that transgender men who conceive experience a lot of hostility. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign says a proposed change in policy for gay men who donate blood doesn’t go far enough. full story

USA, Alabama: In trying to defend its marriage equality ban, the state is bringing in discredited anti-gay researcher Mark Regnerus. full story

USA, Alabama: State Rep. Patricia Todd has renamed her LGBT employment protections bill for Apple CEO Tim Cook. full story

USA, Florida: Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi filed an appeal in a marriage quality case to the 11th circuit. full story

USA, Kansas: Several Topeka pastors, just minutes from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, have indicated they are ready to start marrying same-sex couples. full story

USA, Kansas: Johnson County is asking for permission to marry same-sex couples while an appeal proceeds through the court system. full story

USA, Michigan: The status file legal briefs arguing that 300 weddings performed on March 22 in the state should be invalidated by the Sixth Circuit ruling against marriage equality. full story

USA, Montana: A federal judge has indicated he will rule on the state’s marriage equality ban without a hearing. full story

USA, Ohio: The ACLU has appealed the Sixth Circuit decision in the marriage equality case here to the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Ohio: A state Supreme Court justice says language on marriage equality, for or against, doesn’t belong in the Ohio Constitution, but he would like to see that and the legal rights of same-sex couples addressed by the Legislature. full story

USA, South Carolina: Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson is asking the Fourth Circuit for a stay on this week’s marriage equality decision. full story

USA, South Dakota: The state’s request to dismiss the marriage equality lawsuit was denied by a federal judge. full story

USA, Tennessee: The National Center for Lesbian Rights has appealed the Tennessee case to the US Supreme Court. full story

Vatican: The Pope has invited a number of anti-gay US figures to a meeting on marriage at the Vatican. full story

Mexico’s Supreme Court Says Yes to Marriage Equality in Baja, California

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Baja CaliforniaThe Mexican Supreme Court just gave the go ahead for same sex weddings in Baja, California.

SDGLN reports:

The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the first same-sex marriage in Baja California. According to a news release from the court, the ruling stated that a provision in the Baja California Constitution limiting marriage to heterosexual couples is unconstitutional. “Excluding couples of the same sex goes against the right of persons to self-determination and for every individual’s personality to develop freely,” the statement said. “In addition, it implicitly creates a violation to the principle of equality, because it gives a different treatment to homosexual couples with respect to heterosexual couples.”

The ruling was the result of a planned wedding by a Mexican couple that the state objected to. The couple can now marry on November 21st.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – November 14th

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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

Botswana: And LGBT rights group has won the right to exist after a court battle. full story

India: The USA is urging India and its anti-gay discrimination laws. full story

Qatar: Sports minister Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser al-Ali says that gays will be regulated just like alcohol during the 2022 World Cup soccer games. full story

Russia: LGBT activists are still being fined in Russia for holding protests. full story

Russia: An anti-gay lawmaker is moving to close a loophole to let a transgender woman marry her female partner this last week. full story

Saudi Arabia: A gay man has been jailed for three years and find for posting naked photos of himself online. full story

Turkey: The Rev. Irene Monroe looks it Turkey schizophrenic attitude towards LGBT rights. full story

Uganda: The proposed new anti-gay bill lumps homosexuality in with beastialty. full story

USA: A new study shows that people who view God as male are more likely to be opposed to marriage equality. full story

USA: Right-wing darling Ben Carson says he is a libertarian who believes in live and let live, and yet he does not support marriage equality. full story

USA: A new study finds that bisexuals face more discrimination and are more affected by poverty, violence and health issues than their gay, lesbian, or straight counterparts. full story

USA: GLSEN released a new study showing that LGBT youth regularly hear anti-LGBT remarks in schools. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign is released at a list of 10 things you should know about Focus on the Family. full story

USA: Justice Clarence Thomas suggested that the US Supreme Court was divided over whether to hear marriage equality cases from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, which the court ultimately rejected. full story

USA: A Department of Health and Human Services committee has voted 16th two to cut the lifetime ban on blood donations by gay men to a one-year deferral. full story

USA: The State Department is hosting a global LGBT donor conference to bolster fundraising for global advocacy efforts. full story

USA, Arizona: A wedding planner in Phoenix is turned away a lesbian couple. full story

USA, Arkansas: A Unitarian Universalist church received a racist, anti-gay note after newspaper published a letter to the editor supporting marriage equality from the minister of the church. full story

USA, Florida: The state is threatening to cancel a same-sex couples drivers licenses because they change their names after they married in New York. full story

USA, Florida: A committee advanced a transgender rights bill by three to one vote in Miami-Dade County over loud “Christian” opposition. full story

USA, Florida: The city of Tallahassee has signed on to a brief supporting marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Kansas: Some counties are still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Kansas:The state Supreme Court will jump back into the marriage equality fray, planning a hearing for this coming Monday. full story

USA, Kansas: The National Organization for Marriage is urging Gov. Sam Brownback to ignore the ruling that struck down the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Michigan: Reports say AT&T executive has been quietly lobbying behind the scenes to get gender identity dropped from a proposed new LGBT protections bill. full story

USA, Mississippi: Attorney Roberta Kaplan, who argued the case in the Mississippi marriage equality lawsuit this week, says she would be shocked if the ban were upheld. full story

USA, Mississippi: A decision in the Mississippi marriage equality case could come down at any time. full story

USA, Mississippi: Circuit clerks are preparing for a possible rush for marriage licenses if a judge overturns the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Nevada: Gov. Brian Sandoval blindsided and anti-gay group, saying is no need for another trial on the marriage equality case because the issue is settled in the state. full story

USA, Ohio: State Supreme Court Justice Paul E. Pfeifer just revealed that his daughter is a lesbian. full story

USA, South Carolina: Atty. Gen. Alan Wilson is asking the Fourth Circuit for a stay on this week’s marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, Virginia: After the ban on marriage quality was struck down, some universities are now offering state benefits to same-sex spouses for the first time. full story

Mississippi Marriage Equality Hearing Held

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Mississippi MapA federal judge in Mississippi heard a marriage equality case yesterday.

WAPT reports:

One of the couples involved in the lawsuit, Carla Webb and Joce Pritchett, married in Maine last year and are raising their children in Jackson. They want legal recognition and protection for their family… The lawsuit, which was filed Oct. 20 by Webb and Pritchett; Rebecca Bickett and her longtime partner, Andrea Sanders, who were denied a Mississippi marriage license earlier this year; and a gay-rights group, Campaign for Southern Equality, alleges that Mississippi violates constitutional rights of gays and lesbians and denies same-sex couples the “rights, benefits and duties that automatically come with marriage.” The attorney general and governor said Mississippi’s marriage laws don’t discriminate.

Apparently, the hearing did not go well for the state.

Joe.My.God reports:

Via the Clarion-Ledger: New York-based attorney Roberta Kaplan presented a rapid-fire case for her clients, which include two Mississippi same-sex couples with children: Carla Webb and Joce Pritchett; and Rebecca Bickett and Andrea Sanders. At times excusing herself for speaking too quickly, Kaplan rattled off her reasons why she believes the state’s gay-marriage ban violates the constitution and her clients’ rights and padded her arguments with documented case law. Kaplan’s style was sharply contrasted by that of lead counsel for the state, Justin Matheny, who at times seemed to stumble through his arguments and admitted an unfamiliarity with many of the issues at hand. “When I found out I would be the one to come to court and argue this case, I had to do some research,” Matheny said near the opening of his remarks, eliciting a chuckle or two from the packed courtroom.

Judge: “What is the state’s rational basis that same-sex couples can’t marry and its prohibition of same sex couples from adopting children when all a child wants is to be loved, and they don’t care by whom?” Matheny: “Responsible procreation.” Judge: “You allow people in prison to be married, and there are no more conjugal visits. Old people can marry and they can’t bear children.” Yeah, we’ve got this one.

Although the judge expedited the hearing in the case, he gave no indication how soon he would rule.

The Clarion Ledger reports:

After hearing both sides, Reeves told the court he would take the matter under advisement and rule as soon as possible, but he gave no indication about how soon that would be. If he grants the injunction without a stay, gay marriage in Mississippi immediately would be legal — at least temporarily. If Reeves also issues a stay, it would cancel out the injunction for a period of time to be determined in the court order. Reeves could set a specific time line for the stay, like three days, or could pin its expiration on the outcome of another court decision, like the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on the pending Texas and Louisiana same-sex marriage ban cases.

So now, once again, we wait.

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