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Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 9th

Friday, October 9th, 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!

PEOPLE: A trans teen has snapped 1,400 selfies to document his transition. full story

PEOPLE: The parents of Matthew Shepard have released letters sent to them after he was killed. full story


PEOPLE: TThe couple whose photo quickly became a symbol of the post-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era in the US got married last weekend in Honeoye Falls, New York. full story


POP CULTURE: The producers of hit BBC soap series EastEnders have announced the casting of a trans actor in an ongoing character role. full story

Riley Carter Millington

SCIENCE: Tuck Ngun, a researcher from UCLA, claims he has discovered that a saliva can predict sexual orientation with a high rate of success. full story

SCIENCE: The lead researcher, who is gay, is so concerned about the possible consequences of the research that he has now decided to not pursue it further. full story

IRELAND: A priest in Ireland suggested the devil was behind the country’s recent legalization of “gay marriage,” and now his bishop is apologizing for the comment. full story

MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s highest court on Thursday overturned a landmark ruling that declared unconstitutional a state law banning Muslim men from wearing women’s clothes in public. full story

SOUTH AFRICA: History was made in South Africa today, when one of the synod of what was once probably the most conservative church on the planet, the Dutch Reformed Church, (NG Kerk/ DRC) in an overwhelming majority, voted in favor of ordaining gay ministers and blessing same sex unions. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Northern Ireland’s Rainbow Project this morning announced on Facebook that their clients’ same-sex marriage ban challenge will be heard on December 3rd. full story

USA: On the evening after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld same-sex marriage, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entertained by her conservative colleague Antonin Scalia singing “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” full story

USA: Ben Carson said straight families have a higher value than LGBT families or single-parent families. full story

USA: The American Principles Project, a right wing think tank co-founded by former NOM chairman Robert George, has issued a call for “all federal and state officeholders in the United States” to defy the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill which bans the state from doing business with companies that fail to offer equal benefits to transgender employees. full story

USA, COLORADO: It has been one year since gay marriage became legal in Colorado. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A federal judge has ruled that Georgia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage could not be enforced. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The director of the Fairness Campaign and two others were arrested in August while demonstrating at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual Country Ham Breakfast, but charges have now been dropped. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Antigay Kentucky clerk Casey Davis will once again issue marriage licenses, but only for couples who are male and female, not for same-sex couples. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Police in Rock Hill, S.C. were called to a local Wal-Mart after receiving multiple calls about a mother who had allegedly shaved her 10-year-old son’s head, dressed him in women’s clothing, and “paraded him around” the store as a form of punishment for fighting and making homophobic remarks in school. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: A YMCA near Seattle recinded its new policy, which would have allowed transgender members to use the locker room of their choice. full story

VATICAN: Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckley of Archdiocese of Accra, who is in Rome to attend a three-week meeting on the family, said countries need “time to deal with” homosexuality. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 8th

Thursday, October 8th, 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: Chris Burns, the assistant men’s basketball coach at Bryant University, has come out as gay, and is the nation’s first Division 1 coach to do so. full story


POP CULTURE: America’s Next Top Model contestant Nyle DiMarco revealed on Twitter that he is sexually fluid. full story

Nyle DiMarco

OPINION: When I was 14, I found the word bisexual through a Google search. I did not know you could have crushes on both girls and boys. full story

CANADA: Harbaljit Singh Kahlon, an NDP candidate who once told a TV program same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy and public nudity, is offering an apology and says he no longer holds those views. full story

Harbaljit Singh Kahlon

CANADA: The Conservative Party of Canada has found itself without a candidate in the electoral district of Mississauga-Malton in Ontario province ahead of an election after it disavowed itself from a candidate over his alleged views on homosexuality when it was too late to replace him. full story

Jagdish Grewal

INDIA: Transgender people will be among the judges of Kolkata’s Durga Puja religious festival for the first time this year as Hindus compete to build the best offering displays to the goddess Durga. full story

INDIA: India’s Kerala state is set to become the first in the country to provide transgender people with their own separate prison accommodation according to plans announced this week. full story

IRELAND: The Department of Education in Ireland is currently looking to provide transgender students with both suitable uniforms and restroom facilities in an effort to create more inclusive environments. full story

SLOVENIA: Ljubljana Archbishop Stanislav Zore, one of the leading Catholic voices in Slovenia, has backed the campaign for a referendum on same-sex marriage in the hope that the right can be stripped away. full story

Archbishop of Ljubljana Stanislav Zore

UK: Conor Collins, a gay artist who painted a picture of Caitlyn Jenner made out of the hateful comments that have been sent to her, got a piece of hate mail and turned his skills to “redecorating” it. full story


USA: Two thirds (67%) agreed that government official should be obligated to serve all of the public and perform all duties, regardless of their religious beliefs. This rose to 78% of LGBT Americans. And Sixty percent of Americans (and 80% of LGBT individuals) believe that business owners should not be permitted to turn away anyone based on their personal religious beliefs. full story

USA: Chelsea Manning, the imprisoned national security leaker, is once again asking in federal court to wear a feminine hairstyle. full story

USA: A new study found that trans people were more likely to experience discrimination if they were perceived to be trans or gender nonconforming full story

USA, ALABAMA: The opening brief in the appeal of Paul Hard’s Alabama marriage case has been filed. His mother in law, Pat Fancher, is appealing the money that Hard got as part of a wrongful death lawsuit in which his husband was killed. full story

USA, ARIZONA: A Glendale, Arizona anti-discrimination ordinance proposed last year to protect LGBT residents and visitors in is proving to be a divisive issue, reports AZ Central. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: California Gov. Jerry Brown today signed three major pro-LGBT bills into law today. full story

USA, COLORADO: It has been one year since gay marriage became legal in Colorado full story

USA, FLORIDA: An unnecessary, anti-gay bill that purports to protect religious leaders from being forced to conduct same-sex weddings is one step closer to becoming law after the House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted 9-4 to advance it. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The website MuckRock has launched a crowd-funding campaign to obtain the emails of Kim Davis. Under the Kentucky Open Records Act, Davis is required to hand over her emails upon request, but she tells MuckRock that each email must be printed and physically mailed because she’s “old school.” And she wants $1200 for that. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drew a strong contrast on Wednesday between herself and Republican hopefuls who back Kim Davis, telling the Kentucky clerk “enforce the law or you resign.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: An online makeup artist has created a guide to getting Kim Davis’ look. full story

Kim Davis Look

USA, KENTUCKY: Adult film production company The Dogfart Network, which claims to be “the leading online destination for Adult Interracial content,” has offered Davis $500,000 to participate in an interracial lesbian porn scene. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The state of Michigan has paid the nearly $2 million legal tab for the Michigan couple whose lawsuit helped clear the way for same-sex couples to legally marry. full story

USA, TEXAS: According to a poll issued today, 52% support retaining Houston’s HERO law. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: D.C. is among the school districts across the country that will adopt a pilot program designed to improve the safety of LGBT students. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: Under a bill introduced by GOP Wisconsin state Rep. Jesse Kremer, parents would be able to sue a public school if a transgender student were to use the “wrong” restroom. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 7th

Wednesday, October 7th, 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: For its episode on asexuality, PBS’ First Person spoke with Kara Kratcha, who has been working on a thesis discussing asexuality in Sherlock fan fiction. full story

AUSTRALIA: A report by major Australian bank ANZ has concluded that introducing same-sex marriage in Australia could inject a potential AU$1billion ($710,000/€630,000) in to the Australian economy in the first year following any change in the law. full story

IRELAND: The legislation paving the way for same-sex marriage has passed all stages in the Dáil and now goes to the Seanad. full story

UK: David Cameron said that LGBT equality is at the centre of the Conservative Party’s mission. full story

UK: LGBT asylum seekers who were forced to flee for their lives may be sent back to their home countries, if homosexuality is decriminalised. full story

UK: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on Monday signed the Commonwealth Charter aimed at upholding certain principles and ending discrimination across the 54 countries that make up the British Commonwealth, but it leaves out LGBT right. full story

UK, ISLE OF MAN: Isle of Man Chief Minister Allan Bell, one of the few parts of Britain left without marriage equality, has revealed that he is gay – not that it was ever a secret for him. full story

USA: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today said that President Obama isn’t prepared to endorse the Equality Act. full story

USA: Ben Carson jumped back into the gay marriage fray, saying that legalizing gay marriage is like requiring car seats to accommodate conjoined twins. full story

USA: 10 universities that allow students to choose their preferred gender pronouns. full story

USA: Elmore County probate judge John Enslen asked the Alabama Supreme Court to issue an order stating Alabama will no longer issue same-sex marriage licenses, and to issue an order declaring the state will only honor same-sex marriage licenses either issued by the federal government or a state that has a state law allowing gay marriage. full story


USA, ALABAMA: Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker called for state supreme courts stand up to the U.S. Supreme Court in defiance of its ruling in the Obergefell decision. full story

Tom Parker

USA, CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) that would update the state’s sexual health and HIV prevention curriculum to provide more current, inclusive and comprehensive instruction. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A federal appellate panel on Monday questioned whether California prison officials accelerated the release of a transgender female prisoner to avoid having to provide her with sex-reassignment surgery. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Pastor Protection Act, filed in August by Republican Rep. Scott Plakon to make it illegal to sue churches that refuse to perform same-sex weddings, goes for a vote before the House Civil Justice subcommittee on Oct 7th. full story

USA, INDIANA: The city council in Carmel, Indiana passed a human rights ordinance Monday night on a 4-3 vote that will protect Carmel’s LGBT citizens from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: Versailles might be the next central Kentucky city to consider an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Supporters and critics of several transgender bills clashed at a hearing. full story

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: A pastor says he is leaving his post at a Fargo church due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to legalize same-sex marriages nationwide. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: Couples in the state marked the one year anniversary of the end of the gay marriage ban. full story

USA TENNESSEE: The Blount County Commission on Tuesday night declined to take up an agenda that featured a resolution that would have asked God to spare the citizens of Blount County from an anticipated wrath associated with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June that legalized gay marriage across the country. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: Commissioner Karen Miller says she will “most likely” reintroduce the resolution at a future meeting. full story

USA, TEXAS: A Texas judge has for the first time recognised a same-sex common law marriage. full story


USA, UTAH: Salt Lake City is considering a proposal to name a street near Mormon headquarters in honour of Harvey Milk. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Tuesday said the commonwealth has issued 2,670 marriage licenses to same-sex couples over the last year since it became legal. full story

VATICAN: Catholics should stop using condescending language such as “pity” towards homosexuals and find ways to welcome them as sons and daughters of the Church, bishops have told a major gathering on the family. full story

VATICAN: A former Catholic priest has claimed that the Vatican is funding therapy to ‘cure’ the homosexuality of gay clergymen. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 6th

Tuesday, October 6th, 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: LGBT Catholics from over 31 countries have launched a global network – the Rainbow Catholic Network – as the Pope speaks out against against same-sex marriage. full story

POP CULTURE: US Champion silver medalist Adam Rippon came out in a recent interview with Skating magazine. full story

POP CULTURE: Two gay dads do competing Darth Vader impressions in a cute new ad from Campbell Soup. full story

AUSTRALIA: The state Labor government of Victoria has announced plans to go ahead and recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas while LGBTI Australians continue to wait for the Australian Government to move on the reform. full story

HONDURAS: More than 300 people from across the Western Hemisphere gathered in the Honduran capital from Oct. 2-3 for a conference designed to bolster further LGBT political engagement in the region. full story

INDIA: A trans man who has lived in the US since the age of three but was trapped by his parents in Indian will finally be allowed to return home. full story


ITALY: The Voic of America looks at the current situation with Italy’s proposed civil unions bill. full story

KYRGYZSTAN: Kyrgyzstan is on the verge of passing a law that would be the first of its kind — a “propaganda” law that would result in people being thrown in jail for expressing the most basic sentiments about their own identities. full story

MALTA: Malta has shot up to a historic first place in the International Lesbian-Gay Association’s ‘Rainbow Europe’ league for LGBTIQ rights. full story

TUNISIA: Tunisia has been urged to free a 22-year-old man who was jailed for having gay sex. full story

UK: Campaigners are calling for a gender-neutral legal third gender, and will give evidence to Parliament. full story

UK: A UK Court has rejected a man’s legal challenge to current pension laws that “discriminate” against married same-sex couples. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Police are investigating after a trans woman’s home was bombed in Northern Ireland. full story

USA: The United Church of Christ is scheduled to sign an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America to affirm the right of UCC congregations to charter Boy Scout troops that are in line with its religious principle of inclusion without discrimination. full story

USA: The Atlantic chronicles the downfall of the ex-gay movement. full story

USA: Speaking at the HRC National Dinner over the weekend, Joe Biden took a not-so subtle swing at the Republican field of candidates, saying that homophobes still exist, and most of them are running for President. full story

USA: A Southern Baptist theologian sharply criticizes ‘reparative therapy’, but claims the only way to change the “sin” of same-sex attraction is to turn to your nearest BIble. full story

USA: Salon points out that Bernie Sanders took a while to support marriage equality, too. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A gay man is upset he was turned away on a Disneyland ‘Gay Day’ for wearing short shorts – despite women getting through in similar outfits. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Administrative Law Judge William J. Borah ruled that Hobby Lobby violated the Illinois Human Rights Act when it refused to let long-time employee Meggan Sommerville use the women’s room after she transitioned. full story

USA, INDIANA: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has reportedly had meetings about a proposed LGBT rights bill similar to the so-called “Utah compromise” – in other words, there would be protections in housing and employment but none in public accommodations. full story

USA, KANSAS: Two same-sex couples are asking a federal court to order Kansas to change their children’s birth certificates to include the children’s adopted parents, not only their biological parents. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will focus on what it calls the “present crisis” of gay and transgender issues. full story

USA, MARYLAND: A Maryland law that allows transgender and intersex people to change the gender on their birth certificates took effect on Oct. 1, 2015. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Hundreds of students were ready when Westboro rolled into Kansas City to protest a transgender homecoming queen, and sent them packing within minutes. full story


USA, NEW JERSEY: A New Jersey Assembly candidate who dropped out of the race after a book of rants he wrote about gays, breast-feeding moms and others surfaced has also resigned from his council seat. full story

USA, NEVADA: Three conservative state lawmakers are criticizing a new anti-bullying law that broadly protects transgender students. full story

VATICAN: David Berger, an openly gay academic who formerly worked for the Vatican, said the number of gay men working in the Catholic Church was well above average – even more so in the papal state. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 5th

Monday, October 5th, 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: Rapper 50 Cent has blamed the ratings drop on TV show ‘Empire’ on too much “gay stuff”. full story

INDONESIA: Two women suspected of being lesbians, 18 and 19 years old, will be sent for ‘rehabilitation’ after Sharia police officers found them guilty of being too ‘intimate’ together. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: Islamic State (ISIS) militants executed four more gay men in Iraq over the weekend. full story


NORWAY: 59-year-old Stein Erik Hagen, Norway’s second richest billionaire, has come out as bisexual. full story


USA: Hillary Clinton’s speech on Saturday was a welcomed laundry list of promises to LGBT voters who she’s wooing for her presidential campaign, but it might also have reassured them about any lingering doubt that she’s truly their ally. full story

USA: Yayo Grassi, the Pope’s gay former pupil who brought his partner to meet the pontiff in Washington D.C., is speaking out more about his experience, saying the religious leader treated him like an old friend. full story

USA: Ellen Page gave another heartfelt speech at a Human Rights Campaign national dinner, where she accepted the Vanguard Award for being an “inspiration to millions”. full story

USA: The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Liberty Counsel as an anti-gay hate group for spreading false information. full story

USA: The Associated Press today published a story which rips the Liberty Counsel’s “imaginary” Peruvian soccer stadium story and points out that the SPLC has very good reasons for categorizing them as a hate group. full story

USA: Vice President Joe Biden praised the LGBT community and declared his support for trans people serving openly in the U.S. military. full story

USA, ALABAMA: The unique needs of transgender students were the focus of a recent conference at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Following the Kim Davis debacle, Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz has announced that she will only issue marriage licenses to heterosexual couples. full story

Kay Schwartz

VATICAN: The pro-LGBT group Faithful America has posted a petition to Pope Francis which calls for firing Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano for his role in embarrassing the Vatican in the Kim Davis debacle. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 4th

Sunday, October 4th, 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: Freedom To Marry may have already held its “going out of business” party, but founder Evan Wolfson has been invited by the US State Department to campaign for marriage equality in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. full story

HONDURAS: U.S. Ambassador to Honduras James Nealon on Friday said anti-LGBT violence and discrimination are indicative of the “very serious challenges” the country continues to face. full story

USA: Vice President Joseph Biden, who delivered the keynote address at the HRC dinner, touted the significance of the court ruling on marriage, but also turned toward other issues relevant to the LGBT community. full story

Joe Biden HRC

USA: Hillary Clinton spoke to the Human Rights Campaign in D.C. yesterday and took shots at both Ben Carson and Ted Cruz for their gay marriage “ridiculousness.” full story

USA: Hillary Clinton played a bartender named Val on SNL, serving and comforting a distraught, pretend Hillary Clinton sitting at the bar. Along the way, the candidate did a killer Donald Trump impression and laughed at her own delayed support for gay marriage and opposition to Keystone XL pipeline. full story

Hillary and Hillary

USA: Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said the U.S. still has a long way to go in the fight for LGBT rights. full story

Tim Cook

USA: A Bernie Sanders spokesperson told the Washington Blade late Saturday the candidate never received an invite to speak at the 19th annual dinner or any other earlier dinner hosted by the organization. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Some judges in the southern American state of Alabama are reportedly using a long-forgotten amendment written in 1961 to prevent mixed-race marriages to get out of the marriage business altogether rather than risk issuing even one wedding license to gays or lesbians. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Singer Miley Cyrus mocked Davis in a musical homage on SNL. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis’s attorneys are claiming Vatican officials solicited the meeting. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: On Tuesday the county commissioners of Blount County, Tennessee will vote on a resolution which asks God to “pass us by” during “His Coming Wrath” when he punishes the rest of America over gay marriage. full story

VATICAN: The Synod of Bishops on the Family will convene Sunday at the Vatican, with bishops from around the world meeting to discuss a variety of issues related to the family, including divorce, remarriage, and birth control as well as LGBT issues. full story

VATICAN: The Pope opened a divisive meeting of the world’s bishops on family issues by forcefully asserting that marriage is between a man and woman. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 3rd

Saturday, October 3rd, 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: Chris Steed, a favourite on Channel 4’s Gogglebox (UK), has gotten engaged… but not to his co-star Stephen. full story


AUSTRALIA: Queensland’s Liberal-National Opposition is likely to vote against the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plans to reinstate civil unions and state-sanctioned ceremonies. full story

GERMANY: Starting Nov. 1, Germany will become the world’s first country allowing parents to not choose a gender on their newborns’ birth certificates full story

INDONESIA: Two young women in Banda Aceh have been arrested for allegedly being a lesbian couple after the two were seen sitting and hugging in a public space. full story

IRAN: Eight transgender women are part of Iran’s women’s football squad, according to reports. full story

POLAND: President Andrzej Duda vetoed the Gender Accordance Act, which would have eased the lives of transgender people across Poland. full story

UK: A straight couple claim they are being ‘discriminated’ against because they cannot obtain a civil partnership in the UK. full story


UK, ISLE OF MAN: The chief minister of the Isle of Man has announced a public consultation on same-sex marriage, which will begin later this month. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Mat Staver, Davis’s lawyer and chairman of certified anti-LGBT hate group Liberty Counsel, issued a statement pushing back on the Vatican’s attempt to downplay the significance of Davis’s papal audience. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: One Vatican official said there was “a sense of regret” that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: According to a report published today by the New York Times, Vatican observers expect US Papal Nuncio Carlo Vigano to be removed at the “first respectable opportunity” for his “grave misstep” in secretly orchestrating the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: Kim Davis’s attorney, Mat Staver, now claims they never said that the Pope had supported her. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Joe.My.God points out that the magazine Inside The Vatican, which first reported in the Davis meeting with the Pope, is registered in – wait for it – New Hope, Kentucky. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: Jersey City is expanding the health care it offers city workers to include coverage for transgender medical care and related procedures, including gender reassignment surgery, reports. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The New York City Council voted this week to make the Stonewall Inn a historic landmark. This finalizes the vote the Landmarks Preservation Commission took in June. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: In addition to meeting with Davis and others, Pope Francis also met privately with a gay couple, a meeting he arranged himself with a longtime friend. full story


USA, WASHINGTON DC: The Washington Post interviewed Yayo Grassi, Pope Francis’s gay friend. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that it will tomorrow honor Apple CEO Tim Cook at its annual National Dinner in Washington, DC. full story

VATICAN: The Vatican has fired Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in the Vatican’s doctrine office who came out as gay. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 2nd

Friday, October 2nd, 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: PBS’ “First Person” talks about bisexual erasure. full story

SCIENCE: Men are less likely to be bisexual than women and men are five times more likely to be gay than bisexual, research has revealed. full story

SCIENCE: People in managerial roles are far more likely to identify as gay, new data reveals. full story

INTERNATIONAL: GLAAD, the US organization for LGBTI representation in media, is going global, investing $1 million of its funding into international expansion. full story

DENMARK: Axel and Eigil Axgil became the first couple to legally register their relationship in 1989, when Denmark allowed same-sex couples to do so. full story


SPAIN: Made by Spain’s State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, a new video shows a gay couple asking people on the street to translate a homophobic letter from a hostel owner. full story

UK: Two Church of England clergymen are running to sit on the Church’s main governing body – after they both separately defied rules by marrying their same-sex partners. full story

UK gay clergy

USA: U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell headed to Capitol Hill to lead dozens of advocates in a day of lobbying for the Equality Act on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign. full story

USA: Bernie Sanders tweeted about transgender housing issues: “In many states, it is legal to deny someone housing for being transgender. That is wrong and must end.” full story

USA: Last night CNN host Don Lemon asked Donald Trump point-blank if he is a homophobe. Trump, in standard fashion, dodged the question, saying “I’m a very nice person” before launching into litany of all the people who love him full story

USA, KANSAS: Governor Sam Brownback is predicting that Obergefell v. Hodges, the case behind the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage, will go the way of Roe v. Wade, and a decades-long culture war will ensue. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: This morning the Vatican formally distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis in a statement which declares that his meeting with her “should not be considered a form of support.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis’s meeting with the Pope was apparently arranged by a conservative Vatican official. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Sixth Circuit Court today agreed to a Liberty Counsel request to consolidate all their various appeals on behalf of Kim Davis. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A new Funny or Die video depicts the non-Catholic Davis beating out people who help the poor, visit prisoners, or devote their lives to the Catholic Church for the privilege of a clandestine meeting with, as the parody version of Davis calls him, this “guy in a funny hat.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Talk show host Conan O’Brien has torn into the Pope’s controversial secret meeting with Kim Davis. full story

USA, OHIO: University of Akron President Scott L. Scarborough apologized Wednesday for anti-gay comments he made as a student government president in 1985. full story

USA,TENNESSEE: Tennessee high school senior Lance Sanderson was berated on line by a Lakeland Commissioner named Clark Plunk for going public about not being allowed bring a boy to Christian Brothers High School’s homecoming dance. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – October 1st

Thursday, October 1st, 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: Ellen Page sat down with Stephen Colbert last night to talk about her new film Freeheld, religious liberty, and LGBT rights. full story

POP CULTURE: Radio host Joe Votruba mcame out to a conservative audience on the air of New Jersey 101.5, the largest FM talk radio station in America. full story

Joe Votruba

POP CULTURE: Olympic diver Tom Daley has announced his engagement to his boyfriend Dustin Lance Black. full story

POP CULTURE: Raven-Symoné, talking to Rick Santorum on the view, got him to admit that same-sex couples can provide a “very positive and nurturing environment” for children. full story

POP CULKTURE: Logo announced the premiere of Beautiful As I Want To Be, a digital-exclusive video series spotlighting transgender youth full story

AUSTRALIA: A Sunshine Coast LGBTI advocate has accused two local LNP MPs of lying to him over their positions on civil unions which are looking to be restored in Queensland by the Palaszczuk Labor government. full story

BERMUDA: Authorities in Bermuda have banned a D.C. man from traveling to the island because of a speech in which he criticized homosexuality and marriage between interracial couples. full story

IRELAND: Ireland has passed another legislative hurdle in the journey to same-sex weddings, after its marriage bill was waved through committee stage.
full story

ISRAEL: The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Shlomo Amar, has said he believes homosexuality will “disappear” because Jerusalem is “disgusted” by it. full story

PERU: After the Liberty Counsel was busted in that whopping lie about 100,000 Peruvians gathering in a soccer stadium to pray for Kim Davis, they tried to pin the ridiculous story on their (now probably former) pal, Peruvian congressman Julio Rosas, whom they claim told them about the event and gave them the photo. Slight problem: Rosas is flatly denying that the event took place. full story

RUSSIA: The lawmaker who called on Russia to pass a law that banned ‘gay propaganda’ is now taking on the rest of the world – Vitaly Milonov has said he is establishing an international organization in order to ‘save the international community from gays’. full story

Vitaly Milonov

THAILAND: A new bra ad explores gender fluidity. full story

UK: The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed their findings today (1 October), saying only 1.1% of British people identified as gay and 0.5% said they were bisexual. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton fumed when the State Department replaced ‘mother and father’ with the gender-neutral ‘parent one and two’ on passport applications without her knowledge, an email released on Wednesday (30 September) reveals. full story

USA: A pro-transgender campaign launched today is the fruit of a seed planted by the Obama administration, when it invited LGBT technology experts and activists to the White House last month to help work on some of the major issues facing the country, including employment, criminal justice, and citizenship. The volunteer-led group Wednesday announced the hashtag #transneeds — an effort to get input from the widely diverse transgender population on how the federal government and society as a whole could better protect and serve trans people. full story

USA: Two years after the antigay movement Exodus International closed its doors, its former president Alan Chambers is finally speaking out about his time leading the world’s largest “ex-gay” group. full story

USA: The U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to deliver major LGBT rulings in its upcoming term. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The lesbian parents of a 5-year-old girl were recently notified that their daughter would no longer be able to attend the school, where she’d also gone to preschool and summer camp. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Governor Steve Beshear urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by Rowan County clerk Kim Davis because her legal arguments “demonstrate the absurdity” of her position. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Zack Ford recaps what we know about Kim Davis’s meeting with the pope. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: LGBT Catholic group New Ways Ministry Executive Director Francis DeBernardo released a statement saying that the meeting between Davis and the pontiff “raises a red flag about where he stands on LGBT issues.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The man whose lawsuit sparked the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the U.S. wrote an open letter Wednesday condemning Kim Davis. full story

USA, NEVADA: Last week, the school board in Elko County, Nevada unanimously denied a request to allow Michelle Gonzalez’ trans son to use the boys’ restroom. full story

USA, OREGON: The owners of the Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple are now refusing to pay damages – despite raising $500,000 online. full story

USA, TEXAS: Lambda Legal client Deborah Leliaert today confirmed that she has been able to enroll her wife, Paula Woolworth, in the spousal health insurance plan administered by the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) for state employees. full story

USA, TEXAS: Nearly half of Texans support gay marriage — up from 29 percent in 2009 — according to a Texas Lyceum poll released Wednesday. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: What it’s like to be a trans man on Capitol Hill. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 30th

Wednesday, September 30th, 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: Fourteen global companies have come together to create a business-led coalition to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion around the world – Open For Business. full story

INTERNATIONAL: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has insisted the UN is still committed to equality despite stripping LGBT rights out of its global goals. full story

INTERNATIONAL: Twelve UN agencies have issued an unprecedented joint call for countries to end violence and discrimination against LGBTI people. full story

POP CULTURE: Matt Baume explains the dangerous double standard behind Matt Damon’s comments on gay actors in Hollywood. full story

POP CULTURE: Katy Perry looked horrified as she was passionately kissed and fondled on stage by a female fan. full story

TECH: Microsoft is making changes to Windows 10’s family settings – after PinkNews reported it could ‘out’ children to their parents. full story

CANADA: A parent of a trans kid blamed a sex shop that a sold chest binder to their teen for ‘making’ him trans. full story

CHINA: A marriage proposal on the Beijing underground has been the talk of Chinese social media – because it took place between two men. full story

China proposal

FRANCE: Sabrina Hout, the deputy Mayor in the southern French city of Marseille, has been sentenced to a five-month suspended prison sentence for refusing to marry a same-sex couple supposedly on the basis of her “religious convictions.” full story

HONDURAS: Hundreds of LGBT rights advocates from across Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to gather in Honduras this week for a conference designed to spur further participation in the political processes of their respective countries. full story

ITALY: Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome, who supports marriage equality, as someone who “pretends to be Catholic”. full story

JAMAICA: As British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Jamaica, he has been urged to speak out against a surge in homophobic violence and the nation’s colonial-era anti-gay laws. full story

PERU: After spending Monday defending the photo of what they said was a massive Kim Davis rally in Peru, Liberty Counsel has admitted that the rally was not for Davis. full story

USA: Hillary Clinton has appointed a staffer to serve as her LGBT liasion for her Presidential bid. full story

USA: A liberal watchdog group is accusing Carly Fiorina of falsely asserting that she never called the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage the “law of the land.” full story

USA: A new survey of nearly 800 companies has revealed that some major tech companies are offering transgender people free gender-reassignment surgery and a benefit. Around 415 out of these 780 companies are among those who are being praised for this benefit. full story

USA: Ben Carson says the Roman Empire fell because of gay marriage. full story

USA, ALASKA: Anchorage, Alaska has passed an historic ordinance (it’s the first of its kind in the state) by a vote of 9-2, protecting its citizens on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity full story

USA, ALASKA: Bethel city employees could soon be protected from sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination under changes to the city’s municipal code. full story

USA. ARIZONA: The state will pay $200,000 to lawyers who won gay marriage case. full story

USA, INDIANA: GOP Indiana House Majority Leader Jud McMillin abruptly resigned yesterday after a sex video was sent from his phone to unknown persons. McMillin, one of his state’s most ardent opponents of same-sex marriage, claims that his phone was “stolen in Canada.” full story

USA, NEBRASKA: The attorney general’s office is objecting to a new effort by a civil liberties group to have both same-sex spouses listed as parents on their children’s birth certificates. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The St. Patrick’s Day committee has agreed to allow an Irish LGBT group to march in New York City’s 2016 parade while carrying a banner after a vote to grant Lavender and Green Alliance, an LGBT Irish group from Queens, NY, a permit. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-gay legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly are seeking to eradicate local ordinances throughout the state that provide non-discrimination protections to LGBT people. full story

USA, TEXAS: Since 2012, more than three-quarters of school districts in the state have taken steps to protect students against harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The unofficial website Inside The Vatican says Pope Francis secretly met with Kim Davis and her husband Joe Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington DC last Thursday. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The Vatican is refusing to confirm or deny that Pope Francis met privately with Kim Davis. full story