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USA, Pennsylvania: Marriage Equality Decision Could Come Quickly

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Pennsylvania mapPlaintiffs in one of the state’s marriage equality cases have asked for summary judgment without a trial, and the state has offered no defense.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Plaintiffs in a challenge to Pennsylvania’s 1996 law banning same-sex marriage made a big change in strategy Monday, asking a federal judge to bypass a trial in favor of a quick ruling in the case. The civil rights lawyers representing a widow, 11 couples and one of the couples’ two teenage daughters filed papers in federal court in Harrisburg asking for a decision on the law’s constitutionality. The lawyers said they no longer see the need for a trial, which had been scheduled to begin June 9, because they say lawyers for Gov. Tom Corbett have not disputed their claims.

Filings are due by May 12th, so if the judge agrees, he could rule at any time after that date. Would the state appeal?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/22/14

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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

World Wrestling Entertainment and NoH8

World Wrestling Entertainment and NoH8

India: The Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider its decision on the country’s anti-gay sodomy law. full story

Philippines: The Philippine National Police have endorsed a bill that would help LGBT crime victims. full story

Uganda: An anti-gay pastor is being accused of promoting homosexuality because he brings it up wherever he goes. Now that’s poetic justice. full story

USA: The WWE Supports marriage equality with NoH8 photo shoot. full story

USA: Twelve US states still ban “sodomy”. full story

USA: The GOP base is standing firm against marriage equality, a new poll says. full story

USA, Illinois: The Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting 15 free same sex weddings in support of marriage equality. Couples will be chosen in a contest out of 100 applicants. full story

USA, Indiana: A federal judge says the state hasn’t given him one valid reason why the state shouldn’t recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom is terminally ill. full story

USA, Ohio: The state gave the green light to signature collectors to overturn the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Oregon: National Organization for Marriage is trying to stick its long nose into the marriage equality lawsuit. full story

USA, Oregon: Representatives from more than a dozen groups working with the African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American communities announced their support for marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Texas: Openly lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker just introduced a broad anti discrimination bill. full story

USA, Virginia: 13 states and DC have filed an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality in the state. full story

USA, Virginia: A new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA says marriage equality spending could top $60 million in three years in the state. full story

USA, Wyoming: Governor Matt Mead affirmed his stance against marriage equality. full story

USA, Georgia: State Gets Marriage Equality Lawsuit – Only Four To Go

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Georgia mapOne of the five remaining states without a marriage equality lawsuit got one yesterday.

The Washington Blade reports:

Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban on behalf of three gay couples and a widow. “Georgia is our home,” said Christopher Inniss of Snellville, who has been with his partner, Shelton Stroman, for 13 years, in a press release before the group filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. “We own a home together, we own a business together, and we are raising our son, Jonathan, together. We have done everything we can to protect and take responsibility for our family but marriage is the only way to ensure that we are treated as the family that we are. We need the protection that marriage affords.”… Georgia had been among the five states in which same-sex couples had yet to file a lawsuit seeking marriage rights.

The four remaining US states without a lawsuit? Alaska, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. And South Dakota may get one soon.

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USA, Texas: Plurality Now Supports Marriage Equality

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

titleWe’re not at 50% yet, but this is the best polling we’ve seen out of Texas for marriage equality.

Joe.My.God reports:

According to a new independent poll conducted by Texas Tech, for the first time more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it. But only barely. “In the past, support for gay marriage in this state was below 40 percent,” he said. “Now, were closely divided on the issue. 48 percent of Texans think gay marriage should be recognized whereas 47 percent are against. Democrats and Independents strongly support gay marriage, while Republicans are strongly opposed to it.” The poll also shows that 44% of Texans approve of the Tea Party.

When we’re at the point where almost half of Texans support marriage equality, you know things have shifted.

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Peru: Poll Says 61% Oppose Civil Unions

Monday, April 21st, 2014

titleIn an ironic twist, a majority opposes a civil unions bill, while majorities or near-majorities support almost everything it would do.

On Top Magazine reports:

According to Lima daily El Comercio, only 33 percent of Peruvians support civil unions, while 61 percent remain opposed. The paper found near majority support for the rights outlined in the bill, including the right of partners to make critical health care decisions (52%), inherit property and assets (49%), and access a partner’s pension (52%). Fifty-four percent also support the right to access a partner’s health insurance. A large majority (58%) of Peruvians do not believe such rights should be put to a vote of the people.

It reminds me of the Affordable Care Act, which has less than 50% support here in the US, while most of its provisions enjoy strong support. Are Peruvians so blinded by homophobia that they can’t see the forest for the trees?

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/21/14

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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

Canada, Ontario: A human rights tribunal will investigate a teen’s claims that his Catholic school engages in “homophobic discrimination”. full story

Malta: A Catholic Bishop says the Church should have been more vocal in its opposition to the civil unions bill. full story

Spain: The Spanish are the least homophobic people, according to a new survey. full story

USA: The consequences of a transgender rights ruling from two years ago are still reverberating through the Federal Government today. full story

USA, California: One of the parties in the gay juror case in San Francisco has asked for an en-banc hearing on the case at the 9th circuit, but not the part that has had such an impact on LGBT rights and marriage equality lawsuits. full story

USA, Colorado: Why Marriage Matters Colorado has enlisted veterans in a new ad for marriage equality. full story

USA, New Mexico: Should the Navajo Nation embrace marriage equality? full story

USA, Washington: The Boy Scouts may kick out a Seattle troop for having a gay leader. full story

Single in the Age of Marriage Equality

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Gay WeddingWhat good is being gay when you have no one to love? What good is same-sex marriage when you’re single?

During the periods when I was single, I watched a lot of films, at home, alone. The selection process had to be very cautious. Romance was out. Drama too, as my emotions were too raw after breakups. Suspense and mystery were iffy; I’m more easily spooked when I don’t have someone to protect. Sci-fi creeped me out. Comedy was about the only choice left.

Silly me: I confused animated films with comedies. Despite Eddie Murphy’s excellent donkey portrayal, “Shrek” was not a good choice. Even a big green ogre with funny ears had someone to love! The poor-me’s took over that night and afterwards I went back to the likes of Jackie Chan and “Men in Black.” Goddess willing and the creek don’t rise, I won’t ever be single again. I’m not sure I could survive all the great news about winning our rights to marry.

Authored By Lee Lynch – See the Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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USA, Oregon: Marriage Equality Lawsuit to Be Heard This Week

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Oregon Gay MarriageOregon’s marriage equality lawsuit gets its day in court this week – with no one defending the ban.

KOIN reports:

Oregon’s attorney general, Democrat Ellen Rosenblum, says the state’s ban is legally indefensible. Her office filed a lengthy brief urging judge U.S. District Judge Michael McShane to throw it out. There have been no legal arguments submitted for upholding the ban… For Oregon’s ban, oral arguments are scheduled for Wednesday at U.S. District Court in Eugene. The court is deciding two cases that have been consolidated. Portland attorneys Lake Perriguey and Lea Ann Easton filed a lawsuit in October on behalf of two women in a relationship for more than 30 years. Two months later, the American Civil Liberties Union and lawyers from two firms went to court on behalf of a lesbian couple and a gay couple.

So if the judge throws out the ban, and the state refuses to appeal it, is it marriage equality time in Oregon?

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Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 4/21/14

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Matt BaumeThe lawyer who led the defense of Proposition 8 now says his attitudes are evolving as he plans his daughter’s lesbian wedding.

Michigan officials are trying to invalidate hundreds of couples’ marriage licenses, but now those couples are fighting back.

And a Judge in Ohio has issued one of the most strongly-worded rejections of a marriage ban to date.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 4/19/14

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

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

Ghana: This African nation has won a dubious prize – the least gay friendly country in the world. full story

Malta: The first civil unions under the country’s new law are expected to be performed in June. full story

USA: Rachel Maddow took a look at the weird week in marriage equality on Friday. full story

USA, Arkansas: A plaintiff in the marriage equality lawsuit that was heard on Thursday said ““I’ve been waiting 44 years to get over this damn rainbow. So, a couple more weeks isn’t going to matter to me.” full story

USA, Colorado: A gay man who married his partner in the US in 1975 is asking that his marriage be recognized. full story

USA, Illinois: Six state GOP officials who pushed for the ouster of a pro-gay party head were replaced this week. full story

USA, South Carolina: After state lawmakers approved a proposed cut in University funds over the listing of a lesbian-themed book in the school’s reading program, tickets were selling out quickly for performances of a play based on the book. full story

USA, Washington DC: Gay activists demonstrated outside the Ugandan embassy in DC. full story