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The Final Marriage News Watch From Matt Baume

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Matt Baume

Matt in the Early Years

It’s kinda weird being on the back side of history. Matt Baume has done an amazing job chronicling the fight in the US. Here’s his swan song:

Only a few isolated locations in the country remain where same-sex couples can’t get married. Those opposed to equality are getting increasingly desperate, with stall tactics and long-shot legal games.

We’re also likely to see renewed attacks on other civil rights, so there’s still going to be a lot of work to do in order to protect equality.

But the story of marriage is changing from something we’re fighting to achieve to something we’re actually living. That’s why as of this week I’m wrapping up Marriage News Watch.

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 6th

Monday, July 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!

POP CULTURE: Hunky and straight vlogger Joe Santagato underscored the absurdity of arguments against same-sex marriage. full story

POP CULTURE: Football club CD Guadalajara has become the second Spanish team to take a stand against homophobia, after unveiling a new rainbow kit. full story

CD Guadalajara

AUSTRALIA: The Presbyterian Church is considering withdrawal from Australia’s Marriage Act if same-sex marriage is given the go ahead. full story

ISRAEL: Two bills on civil marriage in Israel failed to move through the Knesset Sunday, although one managed to technically stay alive. full story

KENYA: An anti-gay protest is taking place in Kenya today, but organisers may be disappointed that only 35 demonstrators turned up. full story

NIGERIA: Why is Nigeria scared of U.S. gay marriage? full story

UK: Britain’s Lloyds Banking Group has launched ‘GAYTMs’ in support of Pride. full story


USA: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday highlighted his record on LGBT rights but stopped short of endorsing the removal of tax-exempt status from religious organizations that refuse to recognize same-sex marriages. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Rock Perry on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – “I have no reason to think that’s going to be able to be done…that clearly has already…the horse is out of the barn.” full story

USA: Chris Christie on Sunday said that the type of judges he nominated to the New Jersey Supreme Court would not have struck down state gay marriage bans. full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum claimed Sunday that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision “disrupts the foundation of the world.” full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called the Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality and Obamacare “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.” full story

USA: Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on marriage equality – “the “means by which it was achieved is absolutely unacceptable.” full story

USA, IDAHO: Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A salty joke a Republican state senator shared about same-sex marriage has drawn the ire of local Democrats. He later pulled the joke. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Hundreds of people gathered at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s first LGBT rights demonstrations. full story


USA, TEXAS: Texas same-sex couples celebrated the arrival of marriage equality this Independence Day weekend with mass gay weddings in both Austin and Houston. full story

Mass Wedding in Austin

Will Gay Identity Really Disappear Now That We Have Marriage Equality?

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Gay RightsEvery great success carries with it a touch of sorrow, and that’s turning out to be the case with marriage equality. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling granting us the right to marry, a number of long-time activists are fretting that we are at risk of losing the things that make us unique.

“What do gay men have in common when they don’t have oppression?” Andrew Sullivan wondered to The New York Times. “I don’t know the answer to that yet.”

“People are missing a sense of community, a sense of sharing,” Eric Marcus, the author of “Making Gay History,” told the paper. “There is something wonderful about being part of an oppressed community.”

It’s not by accident that a lot of the wistfulness is emanating from people of a certain age, who experienced the AIDS crisis, ACT UP, Queer Nation, and the Defense of Marriage Act. The causes of the 1980s and 1990s energized an entire generation of lesbians and gay men.

By John Gallagher – Full Story at Queerty

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 5th

Sunday, July 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!

HISTORY: Yesterday marked 50 years since one of the largest early gay rights protests in the US. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australia’s Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has claimed that legalising same-sex marriage would damage relationships with Asian countries. full story

AUSTRALIA: Supermodel and actress Cara Delevingne has called for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to introduce same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Three leading experts broke down the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges this week on Free Speech TV’s “Gay USA.” full story

USA: This Independence Day weekend, hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian military veterans can take comfort in knowing they should soon be free access to some marital benefits for the first time. full story

USA: Check out the amazing RBG rapping about marriage equality. It’s awesome. full story

Supreme Court Rap

USA: How the Episcopalians embraced marriage equality. full story

USA: Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb on Thursday announced his bid for the White House
– the only Democratic candidate to oppose marriage equality. full story

USA: Mat Staver, the founder of the anti-gay legal group Liberty Counsel, said that marriage equality will force kindergartners to have same-sex relationships. full story

USA: The ten biggest losers in the marriage equality debate, and how we should deal with them. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal nationwide, the state Supreme Court declared the question moot for Arkansas. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: Puerto Rico is expected to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on July 15. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, years before gay marriage would become legal nationwide, secretly performed a same-sex marriage at the White House. full story

I’m Applying to Be a Game Warden

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

David TaffetI’ve decided to apply to Texas Parks and Wildlife to become a game warden.

Unfortunately, hunting is against my religion, so, once appointed, I won’t be issuing any legally sanctioned government licenses. I do expect to be paid my full salary and I expect everyone who likes to hunt to understand because otherwise they’ll be interfering with my deeply held religious beliefs.

That’s because our attorney general, Ken Paxton, believes people who work for the government should have the right to follow their religious beliefs — and I’m sure he wasn’t just talking about same-sex marriage.

By David Taffet – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Texas Gay Travel Resources

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July Fourth

Saturday, July 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!

MEDIA: The Federalist has a very regressive policy in regards to transgender people: “…it is indeed our style to use biological sex when referring to transgender people. Even if there is some hormone influence, except with XXY people (which are a very tiny minority, often do not identify as transgender, and for whom we would gladly use the pronoun of their choice) transgender people as a whole still either have XY or XX on every single cell in their bodies — which is why our pronoun policy is as it is.” full story

POP CULTURE: Work your way up from The Gay Brothers in 1895 to see how gender roles, stigma, homophobia and ultimately liberation tells the story of gay representation in a new video. full story

POP CULTURE: George Takei has posted an apology for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “a clown in blackface.” full story

AUSTRALIA: Senate leader Eric Abetz sent a letter to a local council admonishing them for publicly supporting same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The National Rugby League has pledged its support for marriage equality and their Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young has made a statement in favour of change.
Read more at full story

FINLAND: A Russian gay couple has reportedly been granted asylum in Finland, after fleeing persecution in their home country. full story

IRAN: Actor Bahram Radan has been forced to apologise after tweeting approval for same-sex marriage. full story

UK: Veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been detained by police, while protesting abuses by the Iranian government. full story

UK: The Chief Minister of the Isle of Man has signalled his support for same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Two Rabbis say same sex marriage does not violate religious rules. full story

USA: While the United States is celebrating same-sex marriage, newlyweds can be fired for being LGBT in 27 states. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he would sign “religious liberty” executive orders to protect “traditional” marriage, prosecute as hate crimes any attacks on the right of religious people to discriminate against LGBT people, and “protect” Christian military chaplains. full story

USA: A Mormon whose photo was featured in a church press release and Facebook post emphasizing the church’s doctrine against same-sex marriage was surprised to see it used there — she’s a supporter of marriage equality. full story

Mormon woman

USA: A new YouGov poll shows that 51% approve of the marriage equality decision, while 42% are opposed. full story

YouGov Poll

USA: A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds a consensus on same sex parenting – there are no differences in children raised by same-sex couples and different-sex couples. full story

USA: A new poll found that just 7 percent of Americans have so far attended nuptials for a gay or lesbian couple, and that just 46% would attend one if asked. full story

USA, COLORADO: One proposed ballot measure would reclassify existing same sex marriages as civil unions, while another would create a right to discriminate against same sex couples. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: In a contrite and moving open letter published in The New Orleans Advocate, a gay former staffer for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal sheds light on the “fringe” anti-gay “elements surrounding, insulating and shrouding” the Republican presidential hopeful. full story

USA, OREGON: The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa say they’ll appeal Oregon’s order this week that they pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to bake a wedding cake based on their religious beliefs. full story

USA, TEXAS: The state’s first openly gay legislator filed the complaint with the State Bar of Texas, saying Attorney General Ken Paxton is encouraging county clerks to defy the law by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: GOP lawmakers indicate they will push for some kind of right to discriminate bill. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 3rd

Friday, July 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!

HISTORY: The Dallas Voice has put together a timeline of the PROGRESS of marriage equality in the US. full story

POP CULTURE: Star Trek actor George Takei went on a scathing rant about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. full story

USA: One trans man’s fight with Facebook over its “real names” policy full story


MOROCCO: A person in the Moroccan city of Rabat has been violently beaten on video, for going out in public wearing a dress. It is unclear whether they were trans, gay, both or neither. full story

USA: A photo alluding to an iconic image from World War II meant to depict the struggle for gay rights has stirred controversy online. full story

Gay Iwo Jima

USA: The Navy and Marine Corps have toughened the rules for discharging transgender members, similar to recent moves by other branches of the U.S. armed forces. full story

USA: Freedom to Marry released a video in celebration of marriage equality. full story

USA: The 4 LGBT victories that could follow marriage equality. full story

USA: The US Supreme Court Decision to legalise gay marriage is set to see the American economy benefit from an influx of 1.3 million LGBT tourists spending USD$4.25 billion over the next three years. full story

USA: How a gay couple from L.A. became the “face” of marriage equality last Friday. full story


USA: Pastor Rick Wiles has renounced his US Citizenship over the marriage equality ruling. full story

USA, ALABAMA: A federal judge in Alabama has dismissed a discrimination complaint against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), but in doing so, outlined how exactly housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation might be prohibited under federal law. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: In July 2015, California will become the first state to ensure that transgender peoples’ death certificates are accurate regarding their gender. full story

USA, IOWA: Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has said that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Elena Kagan should be impeached following the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, reports TPM. full story

USA, KANSAS: Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he’s considering proposing a new right to discriminate law, and in the meantime, while same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses in all 105 Kansas counties, the state is not allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their names on driver’s licenses, nor has it said whether couples can file joint income tax returns. full story

USA, KANSAS: Legal battles over same-sex marriage have cost Kansas taxpayers nearly $100,000 since 2013, according to expense records from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. That amount does not include state staff time. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses rather than serve gay couples is being sued. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Casey Davis, a clerk from Casey County, said he could not issue same-sex marriage licenses because his conscience would not allow him to. He also told Hayes that, unlike at least one other county clerk opposed to same-sex marriage, he would not quit because he believes that doing so would be tantamount to abandoning his beliefs. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: After three courts told him he had to, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will finally allow his administration to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: New poll says that even Michigan Republicans think its state government is too anti-gay. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Gov. Phil Bryant and other opponents of gay rights are still looking for ways to enforce the “religious freedom” of people opposed to the decision. full story

USA, NAVAJO NATION: The fight for marriage equality is not over in the Navajo Nation. full story

USA, OHIO: Rick Hodges, head of Ohio’s Department of Health and named defendant in the landmark case that ended last week with the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage nationwide, gave a Bible reading Thursday at a gay wedding. full story

USA, OKLAHOMA: A central Oklahoma man is dropping his fight for a personalized license plate supporting gay rights due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that he said diminished his chances for a favorable outcome. full story

USA, OREGON: Anti gay bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa on Thursday was ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to serve a lesbian couple. full story

USA, OREGON: After making more than $110K on two funding sites, the anti gay baker Sweet Cakes by Melissa is asking for money on yet another website, and has earned at least $30k. full story

Melissa's Sweek Cakes money beg

USA, OREGON: The first openly gay person to be named the state’s Teacher of the Year said he was harassed by supervisors and colleagues, and has received a settlement in the case. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: The LGBT 50th Anniversary Weekend, a commemoration of one of the first gay rights protests that occurred in 1965 at Independence Hall, kicked off Thursday with a wreath laying near the site of the original protests. full story

USA, RHODE ISLAND: A church in Rhode Island displayed a set of rainbow doors in support of LGBT inclusion. full story

Rainbow Doors

USA, TENNESSEE: The entire staff at Decatur County clerk’s office in Tennessee has resigned following the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage full story

USA: The state has officially dropped its defense of its marriage equality ban at the Fifth Circuit. full story

USA, TEXAS: By 1 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 95 percent of Texas’ 254 counties were issuing or ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: After first saying she would not issue a marriage license to a same sex couple, Hood County Clerk Katie Lang relented. But when the couple arrived to get their license, they were told they would have to wait three weeks, and so now they are suing the county. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti gay forces held a rally in support of the Hood County clerk. full story

Hood County Clerk Rally

USA, TEXAS: At the Texas County & District Retirement System, members can designate their legal spouse as their beneficiary regardless of gender. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 2nd

Thursday, July 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: CEO Mark Zuckerburg also had this to say about FB’s real Names” policy: “Real name does not mean your legal name. Your real name is whatever you go by and what your friends call you… In this way, we should be able to support everyone using their own real names, including everyone in the transgender community.” full story

POP CULTURE: In a new video for, Comedian Megan MacKay hilariously uses face makeup as a metaphor for the historic gay marriage ruling. full story

POP CULTURE: Actress Cynthia Nixon says now is not the time to give up the fight. full story

POP CULTURE: Beyonce had a rainbow-tastic dance party to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday legalizing same-sex marriage. And luckily she shared it on social media. full story

AUSTRALIA: John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia, has defended his legacy on “traditional marriage”. full story

AUSTRALIA: In a gorgeous show of solidarity, some straight allies in Australia have taken to covering their ears during the state-mandated portion of wedding vows that explicitly note that marriage is only between a man and a woman. full story

CANADA: Vancouver is celebrating ten years of marriage equality. full story

CHINA: A lesbian couple in China have held a wedding ceremony, with a view to pushing for legal recognition of same-sex relationships there. full story

IRELAND: First same sex weddings could be delayed until 2016 by lawsuit. full story

IRELAND: Fine Gael politician Jerry Buttimer said there should be more LGBT characters in children’s television. full story

ITALY: A member of the Italian Government has gone on hunger strike in order to push for a date for civil unions to be voted on. full story

TURKEY: The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission came out in sharp reproach today after Turkish police officers employed tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets on parade goers at Istanbul’s LGBTI Pride Parade on Sunday. full story

UK: A new study has found that LGBT people are not reporting hate crimes because they happen so frequently. full story

USA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admitted that the Republican Party has run out of legislative options when it comes to fighting gay marriage. full story

USA: Here is a look at some of the truths about the lives of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people that Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts had to ignore or set aside in order to rule against same-sex marriage. full story

USA: Twitter users took Governor Bobby Jindal to task for his anti-gay executive order during a Twitter town hall. full story

USA: George Takei says of Donald Trump “When I met him, he said, ‘You know what, George? I just came from a gay marriage’ — he had come from a wedding of a very important Broadway personality, Jordan Roth [who married the producer Richie Jackson]… He told me, ‘They’re good friends of mine. It was a beautiful marriage. They’re wonderful friends.’” But he’s still for “traditional” marriage.full story

USA: One of Matt Barber’s columnists said people who support “sodomites” are “worthy of capital punishment”. full story

USA: The Fifth Circuit Court has finally issued its long-postponed ruling on the cases out of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. full story

USA: The Episcopal Church voted late Wednesday to adopt two new liturgies on a trial basis that aim to enable same-sex couples to marry in the church. full story

USA, ALABAMA: full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at some of the worst reactions to the US Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA: Rachel Maddow updates us on marriage equality in AL, LA, MS and TX. full story

USA: A study has found that bisexual people are more likely to live in poverty or have poor health than other groups. full story

USA, ALABAMA: looks at who will foot the bill for the state’s intransigence on marriage equality. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: History was made Tuesday when NAVAIR North Island celebrated their first LGBT Pride event. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Yesterday California Attorney General Kamala Harris rejected another attempt to place the Sodomite Suppression Act on the 2016 ballot, a constitutional amendment instead of a law change – McLaughlin has threatened to sue. Enjoy his apparent yearbook photo below.full story

Matt McLaughlin

USA, GEORGIA: Police in Forsyth County, Georgia are investigating the burning of a rainbow gay pride flag as a hate crime. full story

USA, INDIANA: Ellettsville resident Becky Wegner Rommel recently took a break from house cleaning to record a cellphone video about marriage equality, and it’s a real doozy. full story

Becky Wegner Rommel

USA, KENTUCKY: Despite orders from the state’s Governor, Attorney General, and local attorneys, three Kentucky county clerks have stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether to avoid licensing same-sex couples.
full story

USA: Gov. Bobby Jindal delayed — for the second time — the recognition of same-sex marriage by the Louisiana state government on Wednesday evening. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana yesterday announced plans to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal‘s “Marriage and Conscience Order” legislation. full story

USA, PUERTO RICO: A new documentary features the lives of nine transgender and drag individuals in Puerto Rico. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: The hardware store owner who had put up a “no gays allowed” sign stands by it, but he replaced the sign with a new one. full story


USA, TEXAS: Close to 200 counties are now issuing marriage licenses, about 50 are “having problems with the forms” and three are saying “hell no”. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Teachers Retirement System of Texas, which provides benefits to the state’s retired public school employees, announced late yesterday (Tuesday, June 30) it extend benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex marriages effective immediately. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Dallas Voice calls for the resignation of AG Paxton. full story

USA, TEXAS: A married lesbian who was turned down for a drivers license with her married name last week had no problem getting one this week. full story

USA, TEXAS: Baylor University in Waco has dropped language in its sexual conduct policy specifically outlawing sexual relationships between same-sex partners. full story

USA, US VIRGIN ISLANDS: The Virgin Islands have become the final US territory to comply with SCOTUS. full story

USA, UTAH: The Mormon Church has made its first-ever donation to an LGBT organization. full story

USA, UTAH: The Mormon definition of marriage remains one man and one woman…unless God says otherwise. full story

VATICAN: TThe Vatican reserved 50 VIP Papal Audience tickets for a group of LGBTI Catholic pilgrims earlier this year, it has emerged. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 1st

Wednesday, July 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: Jon Stewart went after the GOP and specifically Donald Trump over the opposition to marriage equality. full story

Jon Stewart

POP CULTURE: Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to sanction marriage equality in all 50 states, Jimmy Kimmel turned to one important group to hear their thoughts on the subject: kids. full story

POP CULTURE: Conservatives are trying to use American flag avatars to counter the 26 million Facebook rainbow profile pics that users created after SCOTUS legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. full story

POP CULTURE: Michael Sam, back after a personal leave, says he is fully committed. full story

POP CULTURE: CEO, Mark Zuckerberg addressed this issue today in an hour-long Q&A on Facebook . He claims the main reason using a real name is important is for safety reasons. full story

AUSTRALIA: The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on June 30 he was confident that the “great debate” among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country. full story

AUSTRALIA: A group of MPs from various political parties are set to introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in August. full story

EUROPE: The Vice President of the European Commission has said he wants all 28 EU countries to recognise or legalise same-sex marriage. full story

IRAQ: One of Hillary Clinton’s newly-released emails shows she called for support for LGBT rights in the country in 2009. full story

NEW ZEALAND: A trans woman in New Zealand has spoken of being called “half man, half woman” when using a changing room in a clothing store. full story

NIGERIA: A new report published by the PEN American Center and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice has called on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (above) to end discrimination against LGBT people, reports LGBTQ Nation. full story

USA: A new poll shows that 59 percent said they agreed with the Court’s decision to legalize marriage equality in all 50 states. full story

USA: Sen. Elizabeth Warren knocked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for calling for a Constitutional amendment that would allow states to ban gay marriage. full story

USA: Will GOP’s continued intransigence on marriage equality hurt them in 2016? full story

USA: Presidential hopeful Ben Carson says Congress can negate the US Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA: Gov. Chris Christie, the newest Republican presidential aspirant, holds the distinction of being the only candidate to veto marriage equality. full story

USA: The NRA is trying to use the “reciprocity” argument from the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling to force all states to recognize open carry laws. full story

USA: Speaking Sunday to NPR, Texas Senator Ted Cruz said that his campaign for the White House will feature his opposition to marriage equality and Obamacare. full story

USA: Jonathan Rauch argues that polygamy is not the next marriage equality. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: LGBT Chicano mural depicting a trans man, a lesbian couple, and a gay Chicano couple was vandalized for a third time last night, set on fire. full story

LGBT Chicano Mural

USA, CALIFORNIA: An appeals court found it ‘plausible’ that a prison denying Mia Rosati surgery violated her right to equal protection.’ full story

USA, CONNECTICUT: Connecticut becomes the eighth U.S. state to make it easier for transgender citizens to obtain documents that reflect their authentic gender. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: At least two county clerks in Kentucky are not issuing marriage licenses to any couple – gay or straight. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: If a parish is shaded blue, that means The Advocate has confirmed it’s issuing licenses. If a parish is shaded yellow (or green-ish on some devices/screens), that means The Advocate hasn’t reached anyone at the parish for comment. If a parish is shaded red, that means the clerk has confirmed to The Advocate that it isn’t issuing licenses. full story

Louisiana marriage license map

USA, MARYLAND: Some suspect that the story about a woman whose yard was called “relentlessly gay” was a hoax. full story

USA, MARYLAND: Equality Maryland’s board of directors and its foundation announced today that, as a result of declining donations, it is taking action to either reduce — or possibly cease — operations next month. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: A controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill could see action this summer in Michigan’s Republican-led Senate following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The state of Mississippi could refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone – to stop gay people from marrying. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Attorney General Jim Hood ordered licenses to be issued on Monday, June 29, and clerks around the state began issuing licenses. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: A clerk has announced her resignation citing the SCOTUS decision to legalize same-sex marriage. full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: N.J. – Last night, on the day before announcing his candidacy for president of the United States, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act – that would have modernized New Jersey law by giving legal parental rights of a child carried by a gestational surrogate to the intended parent at birth. full story

USA, NEW YORK: John Dunleavy is out as chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade after saying that gay groups would not be allowed to march in next year’s parade. full story

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision outlawing bans on same-sex marriage is a victory for the mentally ill, North Dakota state legislator Dwight Kiefert (R) claimed in a social media post. full story

No Gays Allowed

USA, OHIO: A first-grader named Zea was captured by photographer Mara Gruber as she faced down a street preacher holding a sign saying “Jesus Saves from Hell” at ComFest in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. full story


USA, TENNESSEE: All of Tennessee’s county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: An East Tennessee hardware store owner has hung a sign that reads “No Gays Allowed.” full story

USA, TERRITORIES: The Advocate looks at the status of marriage equality in Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. full story

USA, TEXAS: Counties representing 84% of the state’s population are now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

Texas County Map

USA, TEXAS: And a newer TX map for you, this one from the Dallas Morning News. full story

Texas map

USA, TEXAS: Starting today, the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will extend benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees. full story

USA, TEXAS: The city of Longview has declared August “Celebrate Traditional Marriage Month.” full story

USA, TEXAS: The state, and some counties, do not plan to keep a separate count of same-sex licenses. full story

USA, TEXAS: San Saba County still denying licenses. full story

USA, TEXAS: Hood County Clerk Katie Lang has reversed her previous decision to not allow anyone in her office issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A small town came together to celebrate a same-sex couple’s wedding day. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: In order to make up for the $100k donation refunded to an anti-trans donor, the Girl Scouts set up a crowdfunding page on Indiegogo yesterday hoping to raise $100,000, and have now raised close to $200k. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: The idea to bathe the White House in rainbow lights was conceived months ago. full story

USA: Police in Washington, D.C. yesterday arrested six people during a protest against the detention of undocumented LGBT immigrants. full story


Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 30th

Tuesday, June 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!

HISTORY: How the rainbow became the symbol of gay pride. full story

POP CULTURE: Caitlyn Jenner attended her first pride parade since coming out as transgender. full story

Caitlyn Jenner at NY Pride

POP CULTURE: Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver dedicated a segment of his show on Sunday to looking at the state of transgender rights in America. full story

POP CULTURE: Another transgender person has been kicked off Facebook for using an ‘incorrect name’. full story

POP CULTURE: Inclusive dating website OkCupid is allowing users to share their stories and definitions of gender identity and sexual orientation. full story

>POP CULTURE: Twenty six million people added rainbows to their Facebook profiles. full story

AUSTRALIA: An Australian lawmaker has said that marriage equality will lead to incestual marriage. full story

ITALY: In an unprecedented landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal of Milan agreed to recognise a marriage contracted between a man and a trans woman in Argentina in 2011 earlier this month. full story

NEW ZEALAND: Dunedin city councillors have backed adding an intersex option to the next New Zealand census. full story

NIGERIA: A new poll indicates 87 percent of Nigerians support their country’s law that criminalizes same-sex marriages. full story

SOUTH KOREA: Anti-gay activists attempted and failed to shut down Pride celebrations in Seoul, South Korea on Sunday. full story

THAILAND: The Thai unit of Walls, an ice cream company owned by Unilever, has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting with the caption #LOVEWINS posted a day after the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: NHS England is launching a new initiative to improve services for trans and non-binary issues. full story

USA: After last Friday’s historic United States Supreme Court decision granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry, Our Tomorrow is calling on the LGBTQ community across the country to share their hopes, fears and ideas in their own words to help shape the future of the movement. full story

USA: The agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants unveiled new guidance on Monday for a “respectful, safe and secure environment” for transgender people in immigration detention. full story

USA: Last Sunday, the Presbyterian Church officially amended its Constitution accordingly, redefining marriage as “a commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman,” the New York Times reports. full story

USA: The United Methodist bishop of North Alabama has issued a statement clarifying the denomination’s stand against gay marriage after Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal in every state. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley alled for the addition of LGBT employment and housing protections in federal law. full story

USA: Lambda Legal has introduced the Marriage Tracker, a platform allowing same-sex couples and families to report issues they have encountered while seeking a marriage license or recognition of their marriage by businesses, employers, insurers, or state or local authorities. full story

USA: Senator Ted Cruz says he believes the Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriage and national health care “rewrote the Constitution.” full story

USA: Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz says the 9 states that weren’t part of the group of four states selected by the US Supreme Court for the marriage equality decision are not bound by it. full story

USA: Reporter Jessica Bennet, whose article on polyamory was cited by Justice Roberts in his dissent, says Roberts missed the point. full story

USA: The Blaze gathers together the comments by seven well-known pastors speaking out against marriage equality. full story

USA: Justice Scalia threw in yet another dissent against marriage equality in a totally unrelated death penalty case. full story

USA: When the US Supreme Court announced its decision to legalise same-sex marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its congregation had a split reaction. full story

USA, ALABAMA: The Alabama state supreme court today issued an order that effectively keeps probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples for 25 days. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Nearly one-third of Alabama counties (22 of them) June 29 were not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, or had shut down marriage license operations altogether. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: A Cleburne county clerk plans to resign effective Tuesday because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Louisiana has finally begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Louisiana had been the only state in which same-sex marriages had not been performed after the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Political fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage will likely show up first in Kentucky, one of the few conservative states where Democrats still control state government. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Defying the Supreme Court and Gov. Steve Beshear’s orders, clerks in at least five counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couples to avoid having to grant them to gay and lesbian partners. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Gov. Bobby Jindal is following the lead of Texas and today declared that state employees can opt-out if they have religious objections. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The Attorney General’s Office has issued a letter giving the OK for circuit clerks to move forward with same-sex marriage licenses after stating on Friday the Supreme Court decision was not yet effective in Mississippi. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Members of the antigay Jewish Political Action Committee hired day laborers to hate on their behalf. full story

USA, NEW YORK: The owners of an upstate New York wedding venue are appealing a finding that they violated state antidiscrimination law by turning away a same-sex couple — and in the process, they are claiming that the couple knew in advance that they would refuse and targeted them in an “orchestrated set-up.” full story

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: Today, in the Lambda Legal case Jorgensen v. Montplaisir, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota lifted the stay on the case and struck down the state’s discriminatory marriage ban. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: A restaurant in Philadelphia named its breakfast special “The Antonin Scalia Is A Douche Special” after Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, after his scathing attack on same-sex marriage. full story

USA: The “zombie” Pennsylvania county clerk who has attacked marriage equality long after it was clear her efforts were fruitless was finally denied her request to defend the marriage equality ban to the Supreme Court. full story

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USA, TEXAS: Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips was sued by private counsel, according to Lambda Legal Supervising Senior Staff Attorney Ken Upton. Smith County includes Tyler. full story

USA, TEXAS: Smith County Clerk Karen Phillips, who was facing a lawsuit filed by private counsel after refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, has folded and issued the license full story

USA, TEXAS: Denton County Clerk Juli Luke — who personally opposes gay nuptials — started granting licenses on Monday morning after originally declining to do so following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling. full story

USA: The Collin County Clerk’s office will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning today, becoming the latest North Texas county to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision. full story

USA, TEXAS: Navarro County Clerk Sherry Dowd said her office will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning today. full story

USA, TEXAS: Parker County may start issuing marriage licenses today, too. full story

USA, TEXAS: After a state computer glitch was fixed, Dallas County continued pumping out marriage licenses at a faster pace than they did on Decision Day. full story

USA, TEXAS: Trinity County Clerk Shasta Bergman issued a statement Monday that said she will not issue licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons and as a matter of conscience. full story

USA, TEXAS: State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, urged the U.S. Department of Justice to assure same-sex couples in Texas are not prevented from getting marriage licenses. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Veteran’s Administration has confirmed they would begin extending benefits to legally married same-sex couples nationwide as a result of the historic marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court last week, according to American Military Partner Association. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: The Girl Scouts of Western Washington returned a $100k donation after being told it could not be used to support transgender children. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf Chelsea and Jessamy Torres, a married lesbian couple, seeking a birth certificate listing both mothers as parents of their son, born in March 2015. full story