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Peru: Thousands March in Support of Civil Unions Bill

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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A large rally wound its way through the streets of Lima this weekend to support a proposed civil unions bill.

On Top Magazine reports:

Roughly 3,000 people on Saturday rallied in support of a proposed civil unions bill in Peru. Among those marching through the streets of Lima was the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Carlos Bruce. “This march is part of human diversity and our constitution allows this diversity to exist,” Bruce is quoted as saying by La Republica. “Now, what happens is that the law does not allow two people of the same sex to join with all the protection of the state.”

Another South American state considers relationship recognition for its LGBT citizens. It’s not marriage equality, but it’s a step.

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USA, Ohio: Marriage Equality Rally in Cincinnati on Saturday

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Last week, Federal Judge Timothy Black announced that he would issue a ruling that Ohio’s 2004 Marriage Ban violated the 14th Amendment. Judge Black’s forthcoming ruling is a huge step forward and will add greater momentum to our ongoing fight for equality here at home.

As you may have heard, Attorney General Mike DeWine has indicated that he will appeal Judge Black’s ruling. Supporters of the appeal include Gay RightsRep. John Becker, who repeatedly calls for the impeachment of Judge Black, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. To counter these anti-equality voices, FreedomOhio and Support Marriage Equality Ohio will join with other LGBT groups to rally this Saturday in support of Judge Black and his upcoming ruling.

Join us for a rally in downtown Cincinnati for Marriage Equality
When: Saturday, April 12, 11am to 2pm
Where: Downtown Cincinnati at 100 East 5th Street

Bring your family and friends and spread the word! Let’s show everyone that Ohio is all about love and equality!

RSVP ON Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438161453095596/

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you there!

Adam Hoover
Support Marriage Equality in Ohio

USA, Utah: Rally in Salt Lake City for Marriage Equality on 4/10

Monday, April 7th, 2014

MEUSA LogoOn 10 April 2014, the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Utah marriage equality case, Kitchen v. Herbert. Marriage Equality USA will be sponsoring a Community Rally in Utah and a national Community Call open to the public that evening.

“This hearing is the first federal appellate court hearing on the freedom to marry since last summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision overturning section 3 of DOMA,” said MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva. “All eyes will be on the 10th Circuit as unprecedented momentum for marriage equality continues nationwide.”

“Since the hearing will take place in Denver and many Utahns won’t be able to attend, Marriage Equality USA is hosting a local community rally in Salt Lake City that evening to keep the momentum going!” said MEUSA Utah Organizers Colleen and Jolene Mewing. “Over 1,000 Utah couples who are now legally married, just like us, are looking to the court to say ‘I Do’ to marriage so that all loving couples in Utah can once again exchange vows.”

EVENT: Community Rally in Support of Marriage Equality for Utah
WHEN: Thursday, 10 April 2014
TIME: 5:30-6:30pm MDT
WHERE: Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Meet on the north side of the Salt Lake City and County Building.
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah

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UK, Northern Ireland: Protests Held Over Lack of Marriage Equality

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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LGBT activists in Northern Ireland are not happy that they can’t participate in the marriage equality festivities taking place across the channel.

Gay Star News reports:

Demonstrations are taking place this evening by LGBT campaigners in Northern Ireland who are highlighting how it’s the last remaining part of the UK where equal marriage is yet to be legalised. The Equal Marriage Northern Ireland Campaign is holding two demonstrations at Belfast City Hall and the Guidlhall Square in Foyle from 5-6pm…

“In the South of Ireland, a referendum is expected in the early part of 2015, and early opinion polls suggest a significant majority in favour. Twice before, an equal marriage motion has been debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly, losing by a small margin both times. We are demonstrating today, to remind our political leaders and representatives that we do not want to be left behind in the march toward full legislative equality for LGB&/T people and their families.” Northern Ireland is the only remaining UK nation where equal marriage has not been legalised.

Northern Ireland’s government is becoming more and more isolated as all the other governments around it move to pass marriage equality. How long can they hold out?

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Uganda: Pastors Lead Anti-Gay Pride March

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Things continue to get uglier for Uganda’s LGBT community. On Sunday, a group of anti-gay pastors led a march through West Budama to “abolish” the gays.

Gay Star News reports:

Religious leaders marched in Uganda to drum up yet more hate for LGBTI people and back the new anti-gay law. Pastors led people through West Budama, east Uganda, yesterday (23 March) to show the public is in favor of ‘abolishing’ homosexuality. In a video posted on YouTube, a religious leader can be repeatedly seen shouting ‘No gays! No gays everywhere!’ to the sound of cheers and chanting.

In related news, the US is considering more cuts in aid to Uganda.

Joe.My.God reports:

Unnamed sources tell Buzzfeed that the Obama administration will take four new and immediate steps in reaction to Uganda’s criminalization of homosexuality. Money will be shifted away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, a group that has publicly come out in support of the anti-gay law and has received millions of dollars in grants from the United States to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some $2.3 million will continue to go to the IRCU to continue treatment for some 50,000 current patients, but an additional $6.4 million intended for the IRCU will go to other organizations.

And a retired Ghana MP thinks Africa should continue on its anti-gay path, despite boycotts and aid cuts.

Gay Star News reports:

Mike Ocquaye, deputy speaker of Ghana’s Parliament until January last year, believes that a closer relationship with Asia and refusing to buy products produced by Western nations will allow African countries to resist efforts to curb the persecution of LGBTI people across the African continent. ‘They should think again,’ Ocquaye was reported as saying by GhanaWeb over the weekend, ‘The balance of trade between African nations and Western nations shows that they have huge surpluses in their favor.’ ‘Western Banks, telephone companies, oil companies, cocoa-buying companies benefit tremendously from us.’

Where is the support in most of Africa for the LGBT community there?

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Australia, New South Wales: Advocates Hold Marriage Equality Rally in Albury

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Australia MapMarriage equality advocates had a strong showing in a small town in Australia’s New South Wales.

The Star Observer reports:

Hundreds attended the rally organised by Equal Love, including several Albury city councillors and mayor Kevin Mack. Many attending signed a petition in support of marriage equality to be presented to the area’s representatives in Federal Parliament. The rally came just days after Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley, whose federal seat of Farrah includes Albury, said on the ABC’s Q&A program her constituents weren’t ready for marriage equality. “It is an idea whose time hasn’t quite come in the area of regional and rural Australia that I represent,” Ley told the Q&A audience.

While marriage equality enjoys strong support in Australia, the politicians haven’t yet caught up.

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USA, Texas: Group Marches for Marriage Equality

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Corpus Christie RallyAn LGBT rights group marched for marriage equality in Corpus Christie, Texas.

KIII reports:

Despite mother nature, dozens of people took over the Bayfront in a march that’s now become somewhat of a tradition. The group is marching for equal gay marriage rights. We spoke with one couple in particular, which says they know they have a long way to go, but this rally is a great start.

We really have pushed the movement into the reddest of states.

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USA, Michigan: Day 3 of the Marriage Equality Trial

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MichiganYesterday was day three of the trial for marriage equality in Michigan.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA law school co-authored a book on demographics of the gay and lesbian population. He’s used census data to study the characteristics of same-sex couples. Gates is expected to testify Thursday in Detroit federal court. Detroit-area nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are asking a judge to overturn a 2004 constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. They say it violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

A group of religious leaders plans to rally for marriage equality in Kalamazoo tonight.

WWMT reports:

Friday night Kalamazoo area religious leaders will rally together in support of marriage equality in Michigan… Friday night’s rally will take place at Bronson Park at 6:00.

If anyone has been at the trial and wants to share their impressions, we’d love to hear from you.

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USA, Idaho: Gay Rights Activists Arrested

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Idaho43 gay rights activists from the Add the 4 Words movement were arrested in the Idaho legislature yesterday.

The Dallas Voice reports:

Police arrested dozens of gay rights activists Monday after a protest that blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers for more than two hours. Idaho State Police said they took 43 people into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing after demonstrators stood shoulder to shoulder and prevented lawmakers from getting past. Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, the Idaho Legislature’s first openly gay lawmaker and an organizer of the protest, was among those arrested. Ahead of the demonstration, she had said the group would block the entrances until lawmakers agreed to take up a bill adding anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people or until protesters were removed by authorities.

What do the protesters want? Edge Boston reports:

The demonstrators wore black-and-white “Add the Words Idaho” T-shirts and covered their mouths with their hands, a symbolic gesture intended to call attention to a bill that would add four words – sexual orientation and gender identity -to Idaho law banning discrimination in employment, housing and business services. Hill, R-Rexburg, and other Idaho Republicans have blocked passage of such a proposal for eight years, and they have declined to give a hearing to such a plan this year.

And this is happening in Idaho! Sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming…

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USA, Utah: Federal Government to Recognize Same Sex Marriages

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Utah MapThe Obama administration announced yesterday that the federal government would recognize the 1300 same-sex marriages performed in Utah before the Supreme Court issued a stay.

The New York Times reports:

The statement also provided a new twist in a fight that has pitted notions of individual equality against the right of states to define marriage as a majority of their voters see fit. It added to legal confusion surrounding the status of couples who married in a brief window after a Federal District Court judge unexpectedly struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages last month, before the Supreme Court stayed the ruling on Monday, effectively shutting down any further same-sex nuptials in the state for the duration of the litigation.

“I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in an unusual video announcement on the Justice Department website. “These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds.”

In related news, Maryland’s Attorney General said the state will also recognize Utah’s new same-sex marriages.

The Washington Blade reports:

“Maryland will continue to recognize valid out-of-state same-sex marriages as we continue to strengthen the Constitution’s promise of equal protection under the law,” said Gansler. “It is an affront to the idea of basic human rights that the battle for full marriage equality in this country remains in headlines and courtrooms.” Gansler told the Washington Blade his office on Thursday received a call from a gay Maryland couple who married in Utah about whether the state would recognize their union.

Yesterday also saw a rally inside the Utah State Capitol building for marriage equality.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Just hours after the Obama administration said it would recognize the 1,300 same-sex marriages in Utah, hundreds of marriage equality supporters gathered inside the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday calling on Republican Gov. Gary Herbert to do the same. And for the same-sex couples who have lived through a wave of emotions, the show of support from the federal government provided validation and turned the rally into a raucous celebration.

Now we wait for the 10th circuit hearing on marriage equality in Utah.

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