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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 27th

Monday, April 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!

Advice: What to do if you meet a transgender person for the first time and thereafter. full story

Australia: The acting opposition leader plans to push to make Labor MPs vote for marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Students in Ireland set a new record for the largest love heart, in a rally for marriage equality. full story

Ireland Love Heart

Ireland: The no on marriage equality side has a new ad out. full story

USA, Northern Ireland: The human rights organisation Amnesty has urged Northern Irish Politicians to push for same-sex marriage. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: Health Minister Jim Wells has resigned as Northern Ireland’s Health Minister after last week claiming that children who are raised by same-sex parents are “more likely” to be abused. full story

USA: Matt Baume with American Foundation for Equal Rights reports on what to expect at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the National Organization for Marriage’s latest legal defeat, Ted Cruz’s two new anti-LGBT bills, and more. full story

USA: President Obama made a couple great gay jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. full story

USA: Marriage equality rallies are planned in more than 40 cities over the next few days to mark Tuesday’s oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA: With the Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments in another key gay marriage case, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said on Sunday that “when we talk about this issue, we need to talk about it terms of tolerance.” full story

USA: A Gallup poll released Friday found that nearly 2 million adults are in either a same-sex marriage (780,000) or a domestic partnership (1.2 million). full story

USA: The Williams Institute sent out some bullet points in advance of tomorrow’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court. full story

USA: A national television ad campaign kicked off Sunday supporting same-sex marriage as attorneys on both sides of the issue prepare to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. full story

USA: Brian Brown says the National Organization for Marriage (except for the gays) is going global. full story

USA: Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer told Tony Perkins that the show almost didn’t have him on because he is a known hate group leader. full story

USA: Anti gay presidential candidate Ted Cruz says marriage equality has “radicalized” the democrats. full story

USA: Likely presidential candidate Marco Rubio says there is no constitutional right to marriage equality. full story

USA: The usual suspects delivered boxes of “restraining orders” to the US Supreme Court. full story

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USA, Georgia: A lesbian couple who were turned away from a franchised Alphagraphics store took their complaint to AlphaGraphics’ main office and received a full apology, and the company produced their custom wedding invitations at no charge. full story

USA, New York: The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus has canceled a fundraiser at the OutNYC after the owners hosted a reception with anti-gay presidential candidate Ted Cruz. full story

USA, New York: The owner of the OutNYC apologized for hosting anti-gay presidential candidate Ted Cruz. full story

USA, New York: Despite yesterday’s apologies by Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, activists are going forward with tonight’s protest at their midtown hotel. full story

=USA, Washington: The GoFundMe page for Baronelle Stutzman and Arlene’s Flowers has been deleted, presumably for the same reason that the page for the Oregon bakery was removed. full story

USA, Washington DC: A handful of same-sex marriage opponents on Sunday protested a church in Northwest D.C. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 20th

Monday, April 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!

Australia: Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end. full story

Australia: Author Liam Miller looks at the ethocs of marriage equality. full story

Ireland: Breda O’Brien says gay people who want to live a Christian way of life should abstain from sex and should not be allowed to marry. full story

Japan: A lesbian couple has married in Japan, despite that the country does not currently recognise same-sex marriages. full story

UK, Scotland: The Scottish National Party have pledged support for the creation of an LGBTI rights envoy in their manifesto. full story

Vietnam: The country’s ministry of health is finalizing draft amendments to the civil code that will likely acknowledge transgender people for the first time. full story

USA: Thursday eight organizations came together under Unite for Marriage, a partnership working together to show support for marriage for same-sex couples as the question stands before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA: In a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed say by 51%-35% that it’s no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them. full story

USA: The same poll found that people were more concerned about RFRA laws’ impact on LGBT couples than on Christians. full story

USA Today Poll

USA: Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich said Sunday that not only would he attend the same-sex wedding of a loved one, he’s already accepted such an invitation. full story

USA: LGBTQ Nation profiles Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. full story

USA: Former military officials have filed a brief saying that the patchwork of marriage laws around the country hurts military families and threatens national security. full story

USA: The attorneys general of fifteen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they predictably argue that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. full story

USA: Over 100 alleged scholars have a filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they argue that the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to an increase in the abortion rate. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at the complete mess of anti-gay briefs before the US Supreme Court. full story

USA: On Face the Nation, Senator Marco Rubio said that he did not believe sexual preference is a choice. full story

USA: Christian conservative James Dobson said “I would like them to think, just for a moment, about LGBT. The B stands for bisexual! Those are, that’s orgies! Are you really going to support this?” full story

USA, Alaska: The state’s LGBT rights organizations have formally asked Gov. Bill Walker to end the state’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, California: An anti gay group is once again trying to get an anti-transgender bathroom bill on the ballot. full story

USA, Michigan: The state’s marriage equality plaintiffs are profiled. full story

USA, Michigan: Several protestors had a heated debate with Brian Klawiter’s supporters about his decision to refuse service to gay customers. full story

USA, Ohio: Robert Grunn, a Cincinnati gay man who’s been a licensed funeral director for more than two decades, joined cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in Ohio and other states. full story

USA, Tennessee: The state’s marriage equality plaintiffs are profiled. full story

USA, Washington DC: A House committee that oversees D.C. government affairs has decided not to take up a resolution to kill a law passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that would ban discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools in the District. full story

USA, Washington DC: LGBT activists from around the world came to Washington, D.C. this week to take part in events surrounding the World Bank’s annual meeting to advocate for more LGBT-inclusive policies at the Bank. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 19th

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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

Pop Culture: Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston called for an end to discrimination against the LGBT community. full story

Pop Culture: In an interview with Dallas Voice writer Chris Azzopardi, Scott Eastwood says that he loves having a big gay fan base, and that he’s a huge supporter of LGBT rights—especially marriage. full story

Singapore: Ikea Singapore has come under fire from LGBT groups and individuals for supporting and promoting prominent anti-gay pastor Lawrence Khong’s upcoming Vision magic show in July. full story

UK: A gay rights campaigner who said he was “slapped across the face” by a UKIP councillor has since received homophobic abuse on Twitter. full story

USA: The upcoming Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage could shake up the 2016 race for the White House. full story

USA: In the ad released by Pataki’s PAC, the former three-term governor says indulging in a debate over abortion and LGBT rights can only help one person: Hillary Clinton. full story

USA: Uber and Lyft both include sexual orientation and gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies, and because they’ve been involved in drafting regulation legislation, LGBT protections are generally included. full story

USA: Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, was asked by a reporter if he would attend a gay wedding, and said he had attended a reception for a gay relative who had been married. full story

USA, Alabama: A coalition of pastors on Friday honored Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore for his vocal opposition to marriage equality.
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USA, Colorado: In a forthcoming documentary, “Limited Partnership,” a county clerk describes what led her to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in 1975, and reunites decades later with one of the couples, Richard Adams and Anthony Sullivan. full story

USA, Guam: The Guam Youth Congress — a body of elected youths made up of members that can be between ages 14 and 24 — unanimously passed a resolution that recognizes “the legality of same-sex marriages” and supports the equal protection of people, “regardless of sexual orientation.” full story

USA, Indiana: The friend of a soon-to-be-wed Indiana gay couple is hoping to take up an offer made by actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison to provide pizza for a gay wedding. full story

USA, Maine: Parents were unhappy they weren’t informed before the book ‘I Am Jazz’, about trans teenager Jazz Jennings, was read to their children at a primary school in Kittery Point. full story

USA, Michigan: Grand Rapids bankruptcy attorney Jeffrey Mapes (pictured below) has penned the perfect response to Brian Klawiter, the owner of the Grandville, Michigan auto shop who declared this week he “would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons” but that gun owners would receive a discount at his shop. full story

USA, Ohio: The plaintiffs in Ohio’s marriage case to be heard by the Supreme Court in D.C. will get a grand sendoff from Cincinnati Friday. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Students at a Pennsylvania high school allegedly staged a protest of the Day of Silence, which included intimidation and physical harassment of LGBT students and their allies.
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USA, Washington DC: NOM has revealed the list of speakers for its upcoming hate march. full story

NOM Hate March

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 18th

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’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: Four intersex people discuss their identities in a new documentary – and what doctors told them they should be.
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El Salvador: A package of constitutional reforms approved Thursday night would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador and also bar same-sex couples from adopting children. full story

Malawi: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today raised serious concerns about discriminatory provisions in a law signed by Malawi’s President Mutharika that is expected to go into effect today. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton’s third campaign ad is all about her recent declaration in support of a pro-equality marriage ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court this year. full story

USA: Efforts are underway to change the way intersex children are treated. full story

USA: A Catholic priest in training came out as gay on Friday, saying his sexuality shouldn’t define him before God and calling for the Church to be more welcoming to outsiders. full story

USA: In the last set of briefs filed before the Supreme Court in the marriage cases, attorneys for same-sex couples on Friday responded to states defending prohibitions on gay nuptials. full story

USA: NOM’s Maggie Gallagher has penned an open letter to a “gay friend” saying she could not attend their wedding. full story

USA: Focus on the Family, a noted anti-LGBT group, held the “Day of Dialogue” Thursday in order to give voice to what it perceives as a bullied group: Christians. full story

USA, Alabama: The state Senate Thursday moved a bill, which would prevent marriage officiants from presiding over weddings they object to, to a new committee, likely slowing down its progress in the upper chamber. full story

USA, Arizona: The ACLU says Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s refusal to help married same-sex couples with adoptions must be rescinded or they will sue. full story

USA, Colorado: Senate Republicans have put an end to a Democratic attempt to make it easier for transgender people to change their birth certificates. full story

USA, Colorado: Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is facing calls to boycott an upcoming conservative summit in Colorado over its decision to disinvite a local chapter of Log Cabin Republicans to the event. full story

USA, Louisiana: Governor Bobby Jindal is digging in his heels in the face of opposition to his right to discriminate bill. full story

USA, Michigan: The auto shop owner who posted on Facebook that he would refuse to serve openly gay customers does not have a city business license, according to Grandville administrators. full story

USA, Texas: Anti-LGBT discrimination is now illegal in the nation’s fourth-largest city, after a judge ruled Friday that a petition to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) doesn’t have enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. full story

USA, Texas: Rep. Scott Sanford (above) has introduced a measure — similar to a proposal in Florida — that would allow child welfare providers to discriminate based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.” full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 17th

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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

France: A French court has authorized four lesbian women to adopt children born to their wives abroad through artificial insemination. full story

Ireland: If same-sex marriage is passed in the Republic of Ireland, the Catholic Church has threatened to stop performing legal marriages. full story

Ireland: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out any potential “conscience clause” being inserted in the referendum on marriage equality. full story

Ireland: In a demonstration of the support for same-sex marriage, Irish students will attempt to break the Guinness world record for the largest crowd of humans standing in the shape of a heart. full story

Ireland: The No side’s strategy in Ireland has just been revealed in a video where the Iona [Institute] group’s David Quinn explicitly links the campaign against same sex marriage to the campaign against abortion. full story

Mexico: The Mexican Supreme Court on Wednesday announced it had found Sinaloa’s law banning same-sex marriage to be “discriminatory.” full story

United Kingdom: The Liberal Democrats have claimed on an official parody website that equal marriage could be abolished, if the Conservatives go into coalition with UKIP and the Northern Irish DUP. full story

UK: Senior Conservatives have dismissed Liberal Democrat claims that they would abolish same-sex marriage as part of a coalition with UKIP. full story

UK: Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed to be a “warrior” for equality and social justice for gay people if elected. full story

UK: The House of Commons is expected to break its own record for the world’s highest proportion of openly gay MPs after next month’s election, according to a study. full story

UK: Journalist and broadcaster Cristo Foufas goes undercover at a “gay cure” lecture in London. full story

USA: In a voice vote Wednesday night, senators approved a motion calling on colleagues working out a budget deal with the House to include language assuring that “all legally married same-sex spouses have equal access to the Social Security and veterans’ benefits they have earned and receive equal treatment under the law pursuant to the Constitution.” full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign has sent a new case study to state lawmakers across the country urging them to reject anti-LGBT bills like the religious refusal bill in Indiana that would put LGBT people at risk for discrimination. full story

USA: The Washington Post profiles Ryan T. Anderson, the conservative movement’s fresh-faced, millennial, Ivy League-educated spokesman against same-sex marriage, has another busy schedule. full story

USA: The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce says that marriage equality across the US will help businesses owned by gay couples. full story

USA: Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz has joined a campaign calling on pastors to hold a two-hour prayer service on the day the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case challenging gay marriage bans in four states. full story

USA: Republican former Senator Rick Santorum has said attending a same-sex wedding would be a “violation” of his faith. full story

USA: A coalition of anti-gay hate groups has filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court which argues, among other reasons, that same-sex marriage must not be approved because otherwise the nation will be overrun with trampy girls and violent boys. full story

USA: Zack Ford at Think Progress rounds up “ten novel, absurd and irrelevant” arguments” made against marriage equality at the Supreme Court. full story

USA: The Liberty Counsel says that if thewy win at the US Supreme Court this year, they will work to repeal state marriage equality laws across the country. full story

USA: Theodore Shoebat, a regular on Matt Barber’s site Barbwire, has again called for the death penalty for homosexuality. full story

USA: Right-wing lawyer Mat Staver has claimed that homosexuality has cost the government more than $225 billion – so how much has straight sex cost? full story

USA, Alabama: Joseph Pedro at Passport looks at three anti-LGBT bills working their way through the state legislature, and the damage they could do. full story

USA, Colorado: The Colorado Republican Party has invited a gay GOP group that wasn’t allowed to set up a table at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver to share its booth. full story

USA, Guam: HRC and Guam’s biggest newspaper are blasting the territory’s governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Guam: Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson is not wavering in her support of marriage equality. full story

USA, Indiana: Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s approval rating has plummeted to 35%. full story

USA, Indiana: Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle has announced he is stepping down as CEO and will re-enter politics in an effort to help fix Indiana’s “badly damaged” reputation following the firestorm over the state’s “religious freedom” law. full story

USA, Kentucky: Ruling in favor of two gay couples seeking marriage licenses in Kentucky, a Franklin Circuit Court judge on Thursday found that Kentucky law banning same-sex marriages violates rights guaranteed by the Constitution. He then stayed the ruling. full story

USA, Kentucky: ABC News profiles the Kentucky marriage equality plaintiffs. full story

USA, Louisiana: IBM has again waded into the RFRA battle, this time with a letter to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal urging him to stop the state’s pending right to discriminate bill. full story

USA, New Mexico: Students at the University of New Mexico have voted to make all pronouns in the student government’s constitution gender-neutral. full story

USA, Texas: Eric Arthur, a McKinney, Texas, resident, was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime this week. full story

McKinney Man's Home Vandalized

USA, Texas: A bill that would have banned transgender people from using toilets in Texas schools has been withdrawn by the House State Affairs Committee. full story

USA, Washington DC: On May 1st, the Supreme Court will consider whether to take up a transgender inmate case from Massachusetts and a conversion therapy ban from New Jersey. full story

USA, Washington DC: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution in the U.S. House on Tuesday calling on Congress to disapprove a bill passed by the D.C. City Council and signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser that would ban discrimination against LGBT students attending religious schools. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 16th

Thursday, April 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!

Bahamas: A survey shows 74.5% of respondents strongly disapprove of same-sex marriage, with just under 10% approving of it to any degree. full story

Egypt: A judgement issued from Egypt’s Administrative Court has set a precedent allowing the Interior Ministry to forcibly deport people suspected of being LGBT. full story

France: The French Government says it will not back down on its choice of senior diplomat and openly gay man Laurent Stefanini as its next ambassador to the Holy See but officially the Vatican is giving him the silent treatment. full story

India: Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex. “Eyes do not discriminate, the perspective and perception of people do. We have decided to pledge our eyes as a thank you gesture to Justices A K Sikri and K S Radhakrishnan who had passed the landmark judgment,” transgender activist Laxmi Naryan Tripathi told the Press Trust of India. full story

Iran: A prominent Iranian cleric is teaching that men who fantasize about other women while impregnating their wives will cause their children to be gay. full story

Ireland: A new ad was just released by BeLonG To Youth Services which encourages people to bring family members to the polls for marriage equality. full story

Ireland: A mural in Dublin encouraging people to vote for same-sex marriage has been vandalized. full story

Spain: Spain’s interior ministry revealed some disturbing statistics on hate crimes on Tuesday, revealing that 40 percent of bias crimes reported in 2014 targeted gays and lesbians. full story

UK: A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign from fashion brand Matalan, showcasing the modern family in Britain. full story

UK: The UK Independence Party has defended not making a single mention of LGBT people in its manifesto. full story

UK, Northern Ireland: The Northern Irish Assembly has been warned that a proposed “conscience clause” could lead to the same level of boycott which led the US state of Indiana to hire a PR company to perform damage limitation this week. full story

USA: A Mormon couple in a mixed-orientation marriage are objecting to their inclusion in a U.S. Supreme Court case filing because it argues that legalized gay marriage would demean the marriages of couples like themselves. full story

USA: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for filing taxes can be a stark reminder for thousands of legally married same-sex couples of the inequality they face if they happen to live in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton supports a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court granting the right of same-sex couples to marry across the nation, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday. full story

USA: Marco Rubio said he would attend a gay wedding if it was for someone he cared about. full story

USA: Public support for same-sex marriage has increased in all 50 states since 2004, especially in states that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to a report released today by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Drexel University. full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at how the next president could impact LGBT rights in the US. full story

USA: Richard Wolf at USA Today looks at five key arguments in the pending marriage equality cases before the US Supreme Court. full story

USA: Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s tietheknot.org is allowing users to create custom wedding invitations and then sends their invitations to every member of the Supreme Court. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and HRC Alabama kept up pressure on the Alabama legislature to halt the progress of Indiana-style “religious freedom” bills (H.B. 56)(H.B. 296/S.B. 261) that would allow discrimination in the arenas of marriage recognition and adoption. full story

USA, California: In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.” full story

USA, Colorado: Organizers of a conservative conference in Denver this summer have told the Log Cabin Republicans that they cannot have a booth at the event. full story

USA, Florida: Watch as a gay couple, both Disney employees, gets engaged. full story

USA, Guam The governor of Guam, a tiny U.S. territory in the Pacific, on Wednesday backed legislation allowing same sex marriage but said the issue, which has sharply divided Americans, should be put to a referendum. full story

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USA, Maine: A Republican Maine senator says he’s withdrawing his “religious freedom” bill that’s similar to proposals that have caused protests in other states, saying the bill wouldn’t get a fair hearing. full story

USA, Michigan: The owner of a Grandville auto repair shop says he won’t hesitate “to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons.” full story

USA, New York: The Harlem hate church sign has a new anti-gay message. full story

Harlem Hate Church sign

USA, North Dakota: One family breaks the silence on marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Ohio: A new bill is being introduced at the Ohio Statehouse that would allow officiants to refuse to marry same sex couples in Ohio. full story

USA, Texas: A top House Republican, Pasadena Republican Rep. Gilbert Pena, delayed a hearing on controversial legislation Wednesday that would limit transgender students’ use of school bathrooms and locker rooms, saying the author needed to its soften language. full story

USA, Texas: State Affairs Chairman and Republican Representative Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, voiced his explicit support today (Wednesday, April 15) for legislation that would allow same-sex couples and legal guardians of a child to receive a supplementary birth certificate reflecting both of their names. full story

USA, Washington DC: April 17 marks the 50th anniversary of what many LGBT rights advocates believe was the first-ever gay rights demonstration held outside the White House. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 15th

Wednesday, April 15th, 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: There’s a new book out about the fight for LGBT rights – “It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, & Winning True Equality” by Michelangelo Signorile. full story

Pop Culture: Trans model Aydian Dowling is a frontrunner for Men’s Health’s Ultimate Guy Search that could put the man who receives the most votes on the cover of an upcoming issue. full story

Aydian

Pop Culture: ABC News released a promo for its upcoming April 24 Diane Sawyer interview with Bruce Jenner. full story

Pop Culture: LGBT film characters are still mostly male, still mostly white and it’s not improving fast enough. full story

Brazil: Brazil’s 8 million–member Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is at the head of a social conservative movement whose coalition of political parties wrested control of the country’s National Congress after an election in October with a stated goal of reversing the 2013 court decision that brought marriage equality to the nation. full story

Ireland: Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has affirmed his support for equal marriage, and called for cross-party consensus on the issue. full story

Ireland: The Sinn Fein party said they will “campaign vigorously” for marriage equality in every constituency in the run-up to next month’s election. full story

Italy: Rome’s mayor Ignazio Marino is to perform mass civil unions – gay and straight – while the country debates same-sex unions. full story

Peru: The Justice and Human Rights Committee of Peru’s Congress has permanently archived the same-sex civil union bill previously rejected in March, said committee president Juan Carlos Eguren. full story

UK: The Green Party has outlined a number of equality measures in its manifesto – including pension equality for gay couples, mandatory sex and relationship eduction, and stronger legislation against hate crime. full story

UK: The UK Independence Party has outlined its opposition to giving an inclusive relationship education to primary school pupils – claiming it would “encourage experimentation”.
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UK: The Tory manifesto includes a pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act, and replace it with a “British Bill of Rights”, withdrawing from the European Court of Human Rights. full story

USA: Zack Ford at Think Progress looks at how the GOP presidential candidates are justifying discrimination against the LGBT community. full story

USA: The Unite for Marriage Coalition is planning marriage equality rallies nationwide. full story

USA: Verizon’s Chairman & CEO Lowell C. McAdam, Executive Vice President & President of Operations John G. Stratton, and Executive Vice President & President of Product Innovation & New Businesses Marni M. Walden have added their names to a historic statement calling for comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. full story

USA: Anti-gay groups are once again urging parents to keep their children home from school on LGBTI Day of Silence. full story

USA: During an interview with the Marco Rubio on Tuesday afternoon, CNN’s Jake Tapper said “On that issue, same-sex marriage, Senator, you’re the candidate of yesterday.” full story

USA: Presidential candidate Marco Rubio says he never supported a national constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, but a 2010 voter guide suggests otherwise. full story

USA: According to a new study released Tuesday, support for gay marriage accelerates when state bans end. full story

USA, Alabama: Several new motions have been filed in Strawser v. Strange, the state’s Federal marriage equality case. full story

USA: Columnist Elise Patkotak takes Governor Bill Walker to task for allowing his AG to join a brief opposing marriage equality. full story

USA, Arizona: Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill that would have given county attorneys the option instead of a mandate to help with uncontested adoptions, after Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who pushed for the bill, adopted a policy of not helping gay couples adopt. full story

USA, Arkansas: A former Supreme Court justice who helped strike down Arkansas’ ban on gay foster parents and an ex-legislator who tried to reinstate that prohibition were appointed Tuesday to help decide a case related to the challenge over same-sex marriage. full story

USA, California: US Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, re-introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution, which calls on states to protect minors from the discredited practice of reparative therapy, also known as “conversion therapy.” full story

USA, Florida: The State House Judiciary Committee has scheduled their final meeting and the “bathroom bill” was not placed on the agenda moving it one step closer to not being heard in this legislative year. full story

USA, Florida: The Florida Senate passed a bill to repeal the gay adoption ban Tuesday on a 27-11 vote, but not before several Republicans questioned getting rid of the ban. The bill now goes to the Governor. full story

USA, Florida: A spokesperson for Gov. Rick Scott on April 14, 2015, declined to say whether the Republican would sign a bill that would formally repeal a state law banning gays and lesbians from adopting children. full story

USA, Guam: Guam Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson on Wednesday directed officials in the U.S. territory to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Indiana: Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis wants to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for gays, lesbians and others under the state’s nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law. full story

USA, Indiana: A bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to Indiana’s civil rights law in education, employment, and housing was rejected by House Republicans yesterday. full story

USA, Kansas: The state argues in a new court filing that same-sex couples’ ability to obtain marriage licenses in many counties should prompt a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, Louisiana: Senate President John Alario is opposing the state’s right to discriminate bill, saying “it puts Louisiana in a light of hatred and bigotry and discrimination.” full story

USA, Michigan: Supporters of same-sex marriage in Flint will March through downtown April 28. full story

USA, Nevada: A controversial Nevada bill that aims to restrict transgender students’ access to the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender passed its first legislative hurdle Friday. full story

USA, New Jersey: The Liberty Counsel is appealing its loss against the state’s ban on conversion therapy to the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Puerto Rico: The First Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order this morning declining to set oral arguments in the challenge to Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban delaying further proceedings until after the US Supreme Court’s decision. full story

USA, Texas: Texas Competes say they have more than 100 pledges from major firms and others joining their new effort to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. full story

USA, Washington DC: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker delivered an emotional, impassioned speech on the Senate floor Monday night urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. full story

USA, Washington DC: Washington, D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Yvette Alexander will introduce a bill that would “require continuing education for licensed health professionals on the subject of cultural competence and appropriate clinical treatment for individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.” full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 14th

Tuesday, April 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!

International: President Obama was among those who raised LGBT rights during the 2015 Summit of the Americas that took place in Panama this past weekend.
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Chile: Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on April 13, 2015, signed her country’s civil unions bill into law. full story

Ireland: The former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage. full story

Jamaica: Jamaican Activist Jason Latty asked President Obama to keep Visa Ban of gay hate Reggae Artists full story

Malta: Pro-gay marriage priest Father Mark Montebello has gone against Church teachings to bless rings at a gay engagement ceremony. full story

Malta: Since the passing of the civil union bill in parliament a year ago, 47 civil unions were registered across Malta and Gozo. full story

Romania: TV star Mihaela Rădulescu’s blog post compares homosexuality to terrorism, and asks for LGBTI events to be shut down. full story

Russia: The video announcement of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign launch has been issued with an ’18+’ age rating in Russia for gay content. full story

Russia: Apple’s virtual assistant Siri refuses to discuss homosexuality in Russia. full story

UK: The Conservative Party has pledged to extend pardons to gay men convicted of historic sex offenses. full story

UK: A ‘gay cure’ convention scheduled to take place in London later this month is now cancelled. full story

USA: Anti-gay Senator Marco Rubio jumped into the Presidential race Monday. full story

USA: Anti-gay activist Dr. Ben Carson is expected to officially declare his decision on whether to run for president May 4 in his hometown of Detroit. full story

USA: A group of four House Democrats have introduced a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people should be protected from discrimination under the law.” full story

USA: A group who call themselves “same-sex attracted men and their wives” filed a brief saying that the Supreme Court must not protect gay couples’ marriages, because doing so would demean marriages between gay men and their wives. full story

USA: A children’s book that tells the story of two male penguins raising a child together is still the third-most banned book in the US.
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USA: MSNBC Interviewed the gay couple featured in Hillary Clinton’s announcement video. full story

USA, Alabama: HRC Alabama confirmed that no probate office in the state is distributing certificates of marriage to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Arkansas: A group representing downtown Little Rock’s businesses is calling on Arkansas’ governor to issue an order extending workplace anti-discrimination protections to gay and lesbian state employees. full story

USA, California: A gay San Franciscan has launched an “I’d Bottom for Hillary” campaign and is selling t-shirts and tank tops that promote one’s willingness to receive anal penetration (metaphorically, of course) from the former Secretary of State who is now the top (ahem) Democratic candidate. full story

Bottom for Hillary

USA, Florida: Lakeland Eye Clinic settled a suit by a transgender employee, admitting no wrongdoing but agreeing to pay her $150,000 in backpay and damages and agreeing to implement gender identity nondiscrimination protections and trainings for employees. full story

USA, Indiana: HRC’s new poll, conducted by Greenberg, Quinlan Rosner Research, finds Governor Pence tied 47-47 in a potential matchup with Democrat John Gregg, after fallout from the state’s RFRA law. full story

USA, Indiana: Democratic lawmaker said Monday he wanted to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for LGBT individuals under the state’s nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law. full story

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USA, Louisiana: A national Mississippi-based finance company fired a transgender man in Louisiana after he refused to agree to dress and be treated as female, according to a federal employment discrimination lawsuit filed today by civil rights advocates. full story

USA, Louisiana: Despite controversy in Indiana and Arkansas over attempts to enact religious freedom legislation seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination, Gov. Bobby Jindal made passage of such legislation in Louisiana on Monday a legislative priority in his “State of the State” address. full story

USA, New York: A cab driver from New York City has been fined $10,000 for telling a lesbian couple to stop kissing, and for threatening to kick them out of the car. full story

USA, Ohio: Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was joined last Wednesday at the Statehouse in Columbus by other city leaders who invited businesses to cross the border and invest in Ohio.” full story

USA, Ohio: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is joining a Cincinnati resident fighting for marriage equality before the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, Texas: A judge in Texas has refused to allow two gay fathers to be listed on their sons’ birth certificates – despite being their biological fathers. full story

Texas gay parents

USA, Texas: Testifying before a Texas House Committee over a bill that prohibits state or local funds from being used to issue a same-sex marriage licenses, an anti-gay activist compared gays to murderers and rapists who also, in his words, commit “immoral acts.” full story

USA, Utah: A married lesbian couple is suing to be recognised as legal parents. full story

USA, Washington DC: NOM is turning to crowdfunding to help fund its “March for Marriage” on 4/25. full story

March for Marriage crowdfund

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 13th

Monday, April 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!

Pop Culture: Discovery Life Channel premiered its newest reality series – New Girls on the Block – which follows the lives of five transgender friends living in Kansas City. full story

Pop Culture: UK singer Lucy Spraggan, a former X Facto contestant, has announced her engagement to her girlfriend Georgina Gordon. full story

Asia: Forbes looks at why marriage equality has yet to catch on in Eastern Asia. full story

China: Winnie Liu, a national model citizen who took care of her sick mother for 15 years has made headlines again in China after undergoing gender reassignment surgery. full story

France: The French Minister of Health has announced changes to the rules for blood donors in a bid to allow homosexual people to donate blood. full story

Guam: A lesbian couple on Guam has filed a legal challenge to the territory’s marriage laws after they were barred from submitting a license to wed. Loretta Pangelinan and Kathleen Aguero filed their lawsuit on Monday in US district court. full story

Ireland: Polls put the yes campaign for marriage equality ahead, but proponents fear the public may spring yet another shock defeat on the Dublin elite. full story

Kyrgyzstan: An LGBTI organization was targeted in an attempted arson attack earlier this month in Kyrgyzstan. full story

Norway: Health and human rights groups in Norway this week urged the country to drop ‘appalling’ surgery and sterilization requirements for gender recognition. full story

UK: The Labour Party has released its manifesto ahead of next month’s election, and included within were several pledges related to LGBT issues. full story

UK: The UK Independence Party has defended a candidate who is set to speak at an event for people trying to cure “unwanted same-sex attraction”.
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USA: Hillary Clinton’s announcement video stars several same sex couples. full story

USA: The gay couple in Hillary Clinton’s announcement video is profiled. full story

Nathan Johnson and Jared Milrad

USA: The couple, who split their votes between Clinton and Barack Obama back in 2008, are now hoping the former First Lady can take part in their wedding July 19. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton has selected Robby Mook, a relatively unknown and openly gay man who ran the 2013 campaign of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, to be her campaign manager. full story

USA: Melanie Nathan rounds up the top ten reasons Hillary Clinton would be good for the LGBT community. full story

USA: Queerty lists six things that Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should to do to prove that she is serious about wanting our vote. full story

USA: Presidential Candidate Rand Paul isn’t endorsing same-sex marriage, but said Sunday that “people ought to be treated fairly under the law” – while calling for the decision on whether to allow same-sex marriage to be left to the states, full story

USA, Georgia: A Georgia prison has reinstated hormone therapy for transgender inmate Ashley Diamond, but Diamond’s lawyers say the dosage appears to be too low to be therapeutic. full story

USA, Indiana: Frederick Clarkson looks at the aftermath of the fight over the state’s right to discriminate law. full story

USA, North Dakota: A worker-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been “99.9 percent positive” and that he made his point, even if a few people didn’t like it. full story

USA, Texas: Nearly a year after the Houston City Council approved an Equal Rights Ordinance, a judge is expected to rule this week on whether anti-LGBT groups gathered enough valid signatures to place a repeal of the measure on the ballot. full story

USA, Texas: Supporters of the LGBT community came together in Corpus Christi on Saturday to hold a march and rally for Marriage Equality. full story

USA, Texas: An anti-LGBT Texas lawmaker’s staff refused to meet with a gay constituent last month, saying it would be “a waste of time.” full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 12th

Sunday, April 12th, 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!

Cuba: A lawyer who works for an organization run by the daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Friday dismissed LGBT advocates on the island who continue to publicly criticize its government. full story

Guam: Guam’s Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson said that she is “deferring answering further questions on the issue of gay marriage until a later time.” full story

Ireland: An enormous four-story mural of two men embracing by Irish illustrator and street artist Joe Caslin went up overnight on South Great Georges Street in downtown Dublin, meant to be a “poignant representation of same-sex love in the city” ahead of the Irish marriage referendum on May 22. full story

Gay Mural Dublin

Ireland: Church of Ireland bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Michael Burrows reiterated his support for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on May 22. full story

UK: A new survey has revealed that 33% of self-identified Christians will not vote for David Cameron over marriage equality support. full story

UK: Liberal Democrat minister Stephen Williams has admitted he would find it “impossible” to vote for some of his colleagues who voted against same-sex marriage. Full Story

UK: Channel 4 has predicted that the UK will see a royal same-sex couple tie the knot before the year 2120. full story

UK: A church in London will host a number of ‘ex-gay’ activists who have attempted to ‘cure’ people of homosexuality. full story

USA: Can President Obama shoot rainbows from his hand? full story

President Obama Shoots Rainbows

USA: The stacks of Supreme Court briefs filed on both sides of the same-sex marriage cases to be heard this month are roughly the same height. But they are nonetheless lopsided: There are no major law firms urging the justices to rule against gay marriage. full story

USA: Tony Perkins, the president of the anti-gay Family Research Council (FRC) has said Christians who make biblical arguments in favor of homosexuality are committing heresy. full story

USA, Nevada: Refusing to let a federal appeals court ruling in favor of marriage equality be the final word in Nevada, an anti-gay group six months later after the decision has called on the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. full story

USA, New Jersey: The Catholic high school religion teacher who got caught unloading her antigay views on Facebook is returning to the classroom, reports Advance Media. full story