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Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 3rd

Thursday, September 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: YouTube personalities Davey Wavey and Riyadh shot a new video where they flip the script on stereotypical questions gay men are often asked and put them to straight men. full story

POP CULTURE: Bond villain Pussy Galore comes out as a lesbian in a new Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz. full story

POP CULTURE: Media charity GLAAD has announced it will no longer publish an annual report monitoring the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT representation on TV. full story

AUSTRALIA: Prominent backbench federal MP Warren Entsch has warned against slow progress on a marriage equality plebiscite and has said if Greece could organize a referendum on a multi-billion dollar bailout within 10 days, Australia should be able to organize a “people’s vote” on marriage equality before 2018. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Council of Academic Public Health Associations (CAPHIA) have become the latest health authorities to urge the Australian Government to stop obstructing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia. full story

BURMA: Nine gay men have been arrested in Mandalay for ‘acting inappropriately’ even though they had not committed any crimes. full story

ITALY: Premier Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday that Italy’s parliament will approve a long-awaited civil unions bill by the end of the year. full story

KENYA: A dozen gay prostitutes arrested in Kenya could face up to 14 years in jail. full story

LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg’s openly gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is being called on to discuss gay rights when he meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the next few weeks. full story

USA: 60% of US Catholics said gays and lesbians should have the legal right to marry, while almost 53% disagreed that same-sex marriage goes against their religious beliefs, while 42% agreed, and 76% of Catholics favoured laws to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination, while 21 per cent opposed the policy. full story

USA: For example, 84% of Catholics say it is acceptable for unmarried parents who live together to bring up children, including 48% who call this as good as any other arrangement for raising children. And fully two-thirds of American Catholics think it is acceptable for same-sex couples to raise children, including 43% who say a gay or lesbian couple with children is just as good as any other kind of family. full story

Catholic Poll

USA, CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has finalized plans to stop classifying transgender inmates who have not had surgery according to their birth sex. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Assembly today passed two bills authored by Senator Mark Leno that provide protections and equal benefits to transgender Californians. full story

USA, COLORADO: The Denver Clerk and Recorder’s Office issued 7,126 marriage licenses in 2014, the most ever issued. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Republican president of the Kentucky state Senate has asked a federal judge to withhold his ruling ordering a Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples against her religious beliefs to give the state legislature time to pass a law that would exempt the Rowan County Clerk from issuing marriage licenses. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: On Wednesday, Davis again asked Judge Bunning to delay his order so she can appeal an earlier decision on a related issue. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis urged a federal judge not to find her in contempt ahead of hearing in which she could face penalties for her actions. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: On Wednesday, Davis denied another gay couple, Robbie Blankenship and Jesse Cruz, seeking a marriage license from her office. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deferred to judges Wednesday on the appropriate fate for a Kentucky clerk who’s facing charges of contempt for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on Davis to comply with the law or resign. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A lesbian couple denied a license by Davis’s office is profiled. full story

USA: Couple David Ermold and David Moore, together 17 years, have been turned away four times by Kim Davis, and say the experience has been devastating. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: HRC President Chad Griffin appeared on MSNBC to discuss the ongoing situation in Rowan County, Ky., where County Clerk Kim Davis continues to flout the law by denying marriage licenses to couples. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Think Progress looks at the penalties Davis could face. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Think Progress looks into Kim Davis’s religion. full story

USA: NBC News looks at the legal underpinnings of Davis’s case. full story

USA, KENTUKY: MSNBC Host Steve Kornacki smacked down Liberty Counsel Head Mat Staver over the Kim Davis case. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee called Davis to congratulate her for turning away the gays. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Sen. Rand Paul has come to the defense of Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Franklin Graham says we need more clerks like Kim Davis. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: According to Focus On The Family spokesman Stuart Shepard, the real reason that activists are so angry at Kim Davis is because they secretly hate themselves. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Funny or Die uses clips from Parks and Rec to spoof Kim Davis. full story

USA KENTUCKY,: Queerty has gathered some of the best Kim Davis memes. full story

Kim Davis Meme

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: 48-year-old transgender woman has been temporarily blocked from obtaining gender confirmation surgery after her parents went to court, claiming she is legally incompetent due to depression and a learning disability. full story

Christine Kitzler (AP)

USA, MARYLAND: A Maryland appeals court has ruled that a lesbian woman has no right to visitation or custody of a child who the woman’s former partner gave birth to before the couple married. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: A lesbian couple is planning a mass wedding at Mount Rushmore. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A judge in Tennessee has refused to grant a straight couple their requested divorce because all marriage laws are now meaningless due to the Obergefell ruling. full story

USA, TEXAS: U.S. district Judge Orlando Garcia canceled Attorney General Ken Paxton’s contempt of court hearing full story

VATICAN: The Vatican has said it is ‘impossible’ for transgender people to be godparents because they do not live by the teachings of the Catholic church. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 2nd

Wednesday, September 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!

AUSTRALIA: The Voice’s Darren McMullen brands former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s U-turn on marriage equality ‘pathetic’ and ‘too little, too late’. full story

POP CULTURE: New trailer for The Danish Girl. full story

CAYMAN ISLANDS: Grant Shapps MP, acting UK overseas territories minister, says the UK government will not meddle with the Cayman Islands’ decision regarding same sex marriage, but also says that civil liberties should be for all. full story

CHINA: Seek McCartney will become the first gay film to show in Chinese theaters later this year. full story

FAROE ISLANDS: Faroe Islanders headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new parliament following a one-month campaign dominated by gay marriage and whether to raise taxes on fishing firms. full story

FRANCE: Sabrina Hout avoided marrying a same-sex couple when she was a deputy mayor of Marseille, and now faces charges of discrimination. full story

GHANA: A young Ghanaian man has been rescued by a passing soldier after he was lured into a park and beaten for being gay. full story

MALDIVES: Maldivian police Saturday arrested two men on accusations of ‘homosexuality activity.’ full story

MEXICO: Two Tijuana residents have become the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Baja California’s largest city. full story

UGANDA: Ugandan lawmakers on Tuesday debated a bill that LGBT rights activists contend would further hinder their advocacy efforts in the country. full story

UK: A Church of England clergyman who was sacked after he married his partner, has been told to wait until next year for the verdict of his tribunal. full story

UKRAINE: Ukrainian neo-Nazis have destroyed an LGBTI group’s office, nearly killing a man in order to do it. full story

VENEZUELA: Tamara Adrián, a transgender lawyer from Caracas, would be the first openly LGBT person elected to the Venezuelan National Assembly if she were to win her race later this year. full story

USA: John Wright at Towleroad looks at the next big fight for LGBT rights in the US – religious exemption laws. full story

religious exemption map

USA: Ted Cruz doubled-down on his “repeal gay marriage” nonsense – in front of an all male, white crowd. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Attorneys that represented the lesbian couple that successfully sued to overturn Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban are asking the state to reimburse them for nearly $200,000 in legal fees and costs. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A Republican state lawmaker from Georgia opposed to marriage equality has admitted to being ‘involved’ in the website Ashley Madison full story

USA, KENTUCKY: County Clerk Kim Davis, who still refuses to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, said “I’m willing to face my consequences as you all will face your consequences when it comes time for judgment.” full story

Kim Davis

USA, KENTUCKY: “It is not a light issue for me,” Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said through her lawyers. “It is a heaven or hell decision.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: David Taffet at the Dallas Voice pulls together a bunch of info about Davis and the situation, including the fact that she is a Democrat. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Heritage Foundation says Davis is wrong to deny marriage licenses to all couples. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: NOM is using the Kim Davis fight to beg for money. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Bryan Fischer claims that Davis “is the ONLY one who is obeying the law.” As in, the law the US Supreme Court overturned. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Protesters called on Davis to do her job. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: SDGLN has helpfully compiled a list of jobs that Kin Davis’s religious beliefs may disqualify her from holding. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Pat Robertson, host of the weekday religious TV program The 700 Club, defended Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, calling her a victim of persecution. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Is Davis fashioning herself after Kathy Bates in Misery? full story

Kim Davis as Kathy Bates

USA, KENTUCKY: Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has become the first 2016 hopeful to weigh in on the controversy over a Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of nationwide gay nuptials, saying the act of civil disobedience is “not appropriate.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Rand Paul calls her actions “part of the American Way.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis conceived twins with her future third husband while married to her first husband, and the children were later adopted by her second husband. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Dan Savage took on Kim Davis on MSNBC. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Meet the trans man and pansexual woman married by Kentucky cClerk Kim Davis. full story

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USA, MISSOURI: Nearly 200 students at Hillsboro High School walked out of class Monday in a dispute over a transgender classmate using the girls’ locker room. full story

Lila Perry

USA, MONTANA: A federal appeals court has formally dismissed Montana’s gay marriage case now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to wed. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: State Attorney General Marty Jackley says over 50 gay marriage licenses have been issued in South Dakota without incident since the Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The anti-gay hardware store owner is back, posting rants on Facebook. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: A transgender woman has filed a federal suit against Bloodworks Northwest, formerly known as Puget Sound Blood Center, a Seattle-based blood clinic, for terminating her employment on the basis of sex. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 1st

Tuesday, September 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!

GENERAL: Matt Baume takes a look at the history of “conversion therapy. full story

GENERAL: The Advocate profiles 14 ex-ex-gays. full story

ex ex gays

POP CULTURE: Following in the footsteps of Keegan Hirst, Sam Stanley has become the second British pro rugby player to reveal publicly that he is gay. full story

POP CULTURE: Miley Cyrus has released a graphic new song about having sex with a woman on her new album. full story

AFRICA: LGBT Catholics in Western Africa continue to face discrimination and persecution from the church and their countries’ respective governments. full story

AUSTRALIA: One of Australia’s oldest football teams, the University Blacks, decided to forego tradition and change up their uniforms to show support for LGBT people. full story

University Blacks

AUSTRALIA: The Guardian profiles a lesbian couple desperate for marriage equality before Alzheimer’s takes hold. full story

Anne Tudor, 65, and Edie Mayhew, 64

USA: full story

ISRAEL: New research suggests there are 10 times as many bisexuals in Israel as gays and lesbians. full story

JAPAN: More than 40% of gay and bisexual male teenagers in Japan have been bullied because of their sexual orientation, a survey has found. full story

SINGAPORE: Singapore will no longer ban people with HIV from visiting the country. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: On Monday evening, the Supreme Court denied clerk Kim Davis’s request for a stay in a single sentence order. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis’s attorneys also filed a confusing second appeal. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Over 4000 have signed a petition to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, demanding that county clerk Kim Davis be held personally liable for the legal costs associated with her battle against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: After being turned away for a marriage license for the third time last week, a Kentucky gay couple has sued Rowan County and clerk Kim Davis in federal court. full story

USA: Kentucky’s attorney general is considering appointing a special prosecutor to investigate whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is in violation of the state’s misconduct statute for refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis’s office rejected requests for marriage licences from the first two same-sex couples to enter the courthouse this morning — just hours after the Supreme Court ruled against a request from Davis to be excused from issuing such licenses. full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas Republican Congressman Pete Sessions, an Eagle Scout, says gays are intentionally trying to ruin the Boy Scouts. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 31st

Monday, August 31st, 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!

GENERAL: In a new Buzzfeed video, Asexual people tell us what they want us to know. full story

POP CULTURE: A new animated series called Gen Zed will have a transgender actress in the feature role. full story

AUSTRALIA: The mining town of Port Hedland has become the latest local government in Australia to formally recognize gay couples. full story

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales Young Nationals have voted to support marriage equality, putting the youth wing of the party at odds with its federal parliamentary branch. full story

AUSTRALIA: 2013 Australia’s Got Talent runner-up Greg Gould just came out ans threw his support behind marriage equality. full story

Greg Gould

Photograph: David Maurice Smith for the Guardian

BELGIUM: The country had the highest rate of same sex marriages after legalization, a new study has found. full story

IRELAND: President Michael D Higgins may have signed the marriage equality bill into law, but it could be after Christmas before we see the first same-sex marriages take place. full story

PHILIPPINES: The highest ranking clergyman in the Philippines’ Catholic Church has ordered Catholics to have nothing to do with same-sex marriages or anything that resembles them. full story

USA: Can the Log Cabin Republicans find success battling right to discriminate bills in red states? full story

USA: A new poll shows that 54% support allowing transgender persons to serve openly in the U.S. Military and 58% supporting other military branches adopting the U.S. Air policy that states transgender airmen and airwomen will not face “separation” — release from active duty — for openly identifying as transgender or receiving a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. full story

USA: Add Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s name to the list of Republican presidential candidates who as president would seek to employ the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service to uphold religious freedom — which is seen as code for enabling anti-LGBT discrimination. full story

USA, INDIANA: The Indianapolis Star is launching an unprecedented campaign in support of LGBT rights that likely will set a new standard for what it means to be a gay-affirming daily newspaper. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader has just slammed the Liberty Counsel, who are representing anti-gay clerk Kim Davis, calling the group “un-American”. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Nine-year-old Charles Evans who became one of the many faces of Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago after boldly telling an NBC cameraman the stark reality of the hurricane’s aftermath in 2005, has come out as a transgender woman full story

Arianna Evans

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 30th

Sunday, August 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!

POP CULTURE: Sam Stanley became the first English professional rugby union player to come out as gay. full story

Sam Stanley

AUSTRALIA: Rugby league giant and captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs Greg Inglis has gotten himself tattooed for marriage equality. full story

Greg Inglis

AUSTRALIA: Focus on the Family is using an awkward series of TV ads to try to raise funds to fight marriage equality in the country. full story

CANADA: A bus driver in Calgary has pledged to quit his job rather than drive his city’s new rainbow bus, because he’s a ‘Christian’. full story

IRELAND: Marriage equality is now enshrined in Irish law after President Michael D. Higgins this evening gave legal effect to May’s referendum. full story

NEPAL: Hundreds of LGBT activists have protested in Nepal to push for LGBT protections in the country’s new constitution. full story

UGANDA: Lawmakers in Uganda are preparing to introduce legislation that could lead to any organization that advocates for LGBT rights being declared illegal. full story

USA: YouTuber Raymond Braun interviewed Sergeant Shane Ortega the first openly trans man in the U.S. Military on his life, trans rights and his time in the military on a Hawaiian beach. full story

USA: NOM’s Brian Brown has denounced GOP front-runner Donald Trump. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage, closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Advocate has photos of the rally. full story

Kentucky Rally

USA, KENTUCKY: Michelangelo Signorile believes that while Davis will surely lose her battle – that loss will be a win for the GOP’s “religious liberty” crazies. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Local trans man Camryn Colen (third from left in photo) just outed himself to the press as having been issued a marriage license by the office of anti-LGBT county clerk Kim Davis. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: A gay father sounds off on Kim Davis’s refusal to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Thousands attended the self-proclaimed ‘Pro-Family Rally’ fagainst marriage equality, which eatured speeches from Texas-based Presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Rick Perry. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The University of Tennessee is encouraging tutors to ask students which pronouns they want to be referred to using. full story

USA, TEXAS: A petition aimed at enshrining a transgender bathroom ban in the Houston City Charter isn’t likely to appear on the November ballot. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 29th

Saturday, August 29th, 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: Sherlock star Andrew Scott backed marriage equality in Ireland’s referendum – but he has revealed he doesn’t want to head down the aisle himself. full story

Andrew Scott

DENMARK: On Saturday, a Christian church of Ringsted, west of Copenhagen, will hold the first religious wedding of a transsexual couple in Denmark. full story

INDIA: Indian’s parliament has been urged to include intersex people in a bill to protect the rights of trans people. full story

IRELAND: Two men, one a Catholic [PHOTO] who was once jailed for contempt of court after declaring that the government had no right to dissolve his holy marriage-in-Jesus, have appealed Ireland’s marriage referendum to the Supreme Court. full story

SENEGAL: Calls have been made to release seven men arrested in July and sentenced to six months in prison for ‘homosexual acts’. full story

UK: The majority of strong Catholics in the UK don’t oppose same-sex marriage – despite a continuing hardline stance from the Catholic Church. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Campaigners have welcomed a new opinion poll which shows that 71% across Co Derry support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Northern Ireland. full story

USA: The DNC unanimously approved a resolution in support of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage full story

USA, FLORIDA: With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office argued this week that a long-running legal fight about Florida’s gay-marriage ban is moot and doesn’t need to be addressed further by a judge. full story

USA, INDIANA: The editorial board of The Indianapolis Star today published a call to capitol politicians to enact statewide protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Anti-gay Kentucky county clerk Casey Davis, who says the he’ll die to stop gay marriage because homosexuals deserve to know they are going to hell, has launched a new stunt, cycling across the state. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: As expected, Rowan County clerk Kim Davis is attempting to get the highest court in the land to intervene in her anti-gay crusade. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Rowan County, Kentucky government filed an official misconduct charge against anti-gay clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Four lesbian couples are asking a federal judge to immediately stop the state from enforcing a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting or taking children into foster care. full story

USA, TEXAs: Someone carved “fags” into the bench sponsored by the LGBT Alliance at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, previously known as the University of Texas Pan American, in Edinburg. full story

Texas bench

USA, TEXAS: The coalition supporting HERO — which will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot as Proposition 1 — responded to its opponents with its own advertising spot, in which a Houston minister tackles head on the transgender bathroom myth. full story


USA, WASHINGTON DC: A D.C. Superior Court judge on Aug.25 denied a motion by the estate of the deceased partner of a gay man calling for dismissing a petition by the gay man to have his and his partner’s relationship affirmed by the court as a common law marriage. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 28th

Friday, August 28th, 2015

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

INTERNET: When the online and catalog based company Suddenly Fem, serving the transgender community, tried to advertise through Facebook in summer 2015, in order to reach transgender customers, their ads and content were rejected as “adult” by the social media website. Facebook has since apologized. full story

Suddenly Fem

POP CULTURE: Miley Cyrus has confirmed she identifies as ‘pansexual’ – and not bisexual as widely reported in the media. full story

ITALY: Pope Francis sent letter praising a children’s book, Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg), that includes gay and lesbian families. full story

MIDDLE EAST: These documentaries reveal precarious, uncertain, and inscrutable queer existence in Syria, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. full story

USA: Donald Trump couldn’t explain to a gay child why he opposes marriage equality. full story

USA: Ted Cruz’s father says the Supreme Court’s ruling means that churches will be forced to hire gay pastors. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Evil mother-in-law Pat Fancher has appealed a lower court’s ruling awarding her son’s estate to his husband to the Eleventh Circuit Court. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Schools in the Springfield diocese won’t turn away children of gay parents, but they may make them feel unwelcome, a Bishop says. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: James Yates and William Smith Jr. tried for a third time to apply for a marriage license but were denied by a deputy working under County Clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Rowan County clerk Kim Davis will petition U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for a stay on the order full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting protesting the Farm Bureau’s stance on gay rights and other issues. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The Maroon chronicles the slow shift toward tolerance in the state. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Two grooms may have won the prize for most fabulous wedding entrance ever by turning up on unicorn jet skis. full story

Unicorn Jet Skis

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: The state of North Dakota has agreed to pay $58,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs in one of two lawsuits filed in federal court that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, OREGON: In what may be a historic first, a Catholic school that ended a contract with a teacher for being openly gay has reversed course, challenging Church teaching by instituting hiring polices that welcome LGBT people. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Democrats are taking another run at a comprehensive LGBT rights bill. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The body that governs high school sports in South Dakota has OK’d keeping a policy that allows transgender students to play on the teams of their choice, increasing the likelihood that conservative legislators will try to undermine it with a birth certificate requirement and possibly even genital exams. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Dallas Voice recaps the fight to date over Houston’s HERO ordinance. full story

USA, TEXAS: Keller school board trustee’s transphobic comments revealed as she continues to try to derail an LGBT nondiscrimination and harassment policy. full story

Keller ISD Trustee Jo Lynn Haussmann

USA, TEXAS: The state is running into unexpected complications as it overhauls the policies for issuing birth certificates to children of same sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: A gay couple claims that a homophobic Hilton Garden Inn chef refused to cater their wedding. full story

USA, WYOMING: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a right-wing law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 27th

Thursday, August 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!

INTERNET: Matt Baume on the Raid: ‘Should Sex Work Be A Crime?’ full story

POP CULTURE: Halangarde Pictures in association with Skydive Films, knapptimecreative, and Casting Life Films have released the first trailer for the upcoming school bullying documentary Hear Me Now. full story

POP CULTURE: Oxford Dictionaries has added the gender neutral title Mx, as well as ‘pwnage’, ‘butthurt’, and ‘awesomesauce’. full story

ITALY: ‘There will be no gay pride in my Venice,’ Luigi Brugnaro has said, describing the event as ‘farcical’ and ‘kitsch’. full story

NIGERIA: A local reporter looks at the politics of gay marriage in the country. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: The Ulster Unionist Party, a key opponent of same-sex marriage, is set to withdraw from the power-sharing Northern Irish Executive. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: Nicola Sturgeon has plenty of jobs as Scotland’s First Minister, but she added another one to the list as she helped one gay couple get engaged. full story

USA: A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church’s teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population, and a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage. full story

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USA: Despite the Boy Scouts of America welcoming gay adult leaders into the fold, the Church of Latter Day Saints said it will continue its relationship with the organization, because the organization will still allow the Church to exclude gays. full story

USA: Christian Party Presidential hopeful Darrell Trigg has said that if elected to the nation’s top job, he will ban homosexuality and make Christianity the official religion of the United States. full story

USA, GUAM: Guam law now defines marriage between two people, regardless of gender, aligning local statute with a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, after the Governor didn’t sign or block it. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: In a three-page decision, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals says it cannot grant county clerk Kim Davis a stay pending appeal on a district court injunction requiring her to give marriage licenses to same-sex-couples because she’s unlikely to succeed in the lawsuit. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: County clerk Casey Davis has declared that fighting against marriage equality is the hill he’s willing to die on—literally. full story

USA, OREGON: St. Mary’s Academy President Christina Friedhoff says the school reversed a decision to hire an employee because of a same-sex marriage. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: A South Dakota legislator wants transgender athletes to show their birth certificate and undergo a genital exam before they can compete. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 26th

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

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

POP CULTURE: Transgender sitcom star Rebecca Root says trans actors should play trans roles. full story

POP CULTURE: An economist has worked out the chance of there not being a single gay man in professional baseball – there is a one in two sextillion chance of there being not a single man who likes to have sex with other men in the game. full story

POP CULTURE: Muslim Drag Queens, a Channel 4 documentary that examines the lives of gay men and trans women who perform in a way that some view as completely opposite to their religion, has drawn death threats for one of the featured queens. full story

Asifa Lahore

POP CULTURE: For PBS Digital Studios’ First Person series, Kristin Russo talks about why we need to get used to using non-binary pronouns. full story

POP CULTURE: Pierce Brosnan said he would be open to a gay James Bond – but producers may think differently. full story

AUSTRALIA: Now that it doesn’t matter, ex-PM Julia Gillard has come out in support of marriage equality and against having a public vote on it. full story

AUSTRALIA: A documentary about gay parenting has been banned in schools in New South Wales. full story

GERMANY: Germans would rather have a Jewish neighbor than a gay neighbor, a study has found. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: Two gay men who lived in ISIS-controlled areas are speaking out for the first time about the brutality and fear they and others faced living under the draconian regime. full story

ITALY: The government will forge ahead with plans to enact civil-union legislation to protect same sex couples, a cabinet minister told a Catholic lay group. full story

UK: Leaflets which urge householders not to support Margate’s LGBT Pride event have been distributed just days before the celebrations are set to take place. full story

Margate Pride flier

UK: A new set of letters written by genius mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing in the ’50s after his conviction for gross indecency and sentence of ‘gay cure’ hormone therapy offer insight into his state of mind. full story

Alan Turing Letters

USA: full story

USA: The Pentagon’s ban on transgender troops would end May 27 under a draft timeline on repeal of the policy that affects about 12,000 troops, according to a document obtained by USA TODAY. full story

USA: The 18 transgender women killed this year ‘had value, had purposes, and were loved,’ Mock affirms. ‘And they will be missed.’ full story

USA: PayPal has become the latest big company to announce its backing for the proposed Equality Act that’s currently before US Congress. full story

USA: In his latest attack on LGBT rights, Ted Cruz seems to have also come out against 1964’s Civil Rights Act. full story

USA: Excerpts of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 28-page majority opinion have been making their way into gay and straight wedding ceremonies. full story

USA: Presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went against the grain of his fellow Republican candidates and conservatives stating that he believes businesses should not be allowed to discriminate against its customers. full story

USA: Four of the 17 Republican presidential candidates have pledged to support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman – Cruz, Santorum, Jindal and Carson. full story

USA: Jeb Bush emails hilight feelings about same sex marriage in 2004. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Jefferson County School District, which includes Louisville and is Kentucky’s largest, voted overwhelmingly on Monday night to protect transgender students and employees full story

USA, TEXAS: A Methodist congregation in Austin, Texas stood, cheered, and applauded after a gay man made a surprise marriage proposal on the altar during the church service. full story

First United Methodist Church of Austin

USA, TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton is asking a judge to cancel a contempt of court hearing after he caved in birth and death certificates. full story

USA, TEXAS: Log Cabin just announced endorsements of three of the six City Council members who voted against HERO when it was approved in May 2014 full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Nearly 200 people gathered in a D.C. park on Tuesday to protest violence against transgender women of color. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: A transgender Wisconsin prison inmate is suing officials, saying they’re violating her rights by not allowing her to live as a woman. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 25th

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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

INTERNATIONAL: In a historic first, U.N. Security Council convened to discuss LGBT rights full story

POP CULTURE: In an ABC What Would You Do? segment, strangers step up to defend a gay couple who wants to adopt. full story

USA: Chanel model and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp has come out as sexually fluid on Instagram. full story

Lily-Rose Depp

IRAQ/SYRIA: ISIS militants threw nine men charged with being gay from a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: The head of an international gay rights organization is telling the U.N. Security Council that the Islamic State extremist group has executed at least 30 people for sodomy. full story

UK: A major investigation into attitudes in the UK construction industry has concluded that homophobia is running rife in the sector, with 85% of gay men and women working for contracting firms encountering homophobic comments in the workplace in the last 12 months. full story

USA: Women are more likely than men to be bisexual and three times more likely to change their sexual identities in their twenties, a new study has found. full story

USA, IOWA: GOP Representative Steven King gave an interview saying LGBT employees should keep quiet about their sexuality in the workplace. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Taxpayers in Kentucky could be landed with a legal bill of over $2.3 million – after the state’s protracted legal fight against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Liberty Counsel President Mat Staver called on Governor Beshear to allow clerks to discriminate against gays and lesbians, or resign. full story

USA, MAINE: NOM has finally handed over its donors list in Maine and as we all suspected, the hate group only has six of supporters. full story

USA, MAINE: profiles NYC hedge fund manager Sean Fieler, the primary donor for NOM’s anti marriage equality campaign. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Missouri teen Landon Patterson is making history as the first transgender person to be in the running to be her school’s Homecoming Queen – and is probably the first in her state as well. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A group of students from Duke University have refused to read a graphic novel over its gay themes. full story

Fun Home

USA, TEXAS: As of Monday birth and death certificates in Texas have to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, and that means the proper birth certificate indicating both parents. full story

USA, TEXAS: pponents of HERO launched their “Campaign for Houston” this week with an incendiary radio ad attacking transgender women. full story

USA, TEXAS: The anti-LGBT ordinance campaign also focused on the new favorite target of the religious right – the false claim that “men” will be allowed in women’s bathrooms. full story


USA, VERMONT: A new documentary explores the state’s groundbreaking grassroots movement for marriage equality. full story