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Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 3rd

Monday, August 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: A gay, African-American superhero is set to debut on the TV show ‘Arrow’. full story

ISRAEL: Thousands rallied in protest against the stabbing attack at Jerusalem Pride. full story

RUSSIA: Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday. full story

SPAIN: The Catholic Church is standing behind its decision to ban a transgender man from being a godparent. full story

UK: A police force covered a patrol car and a motorbike in rainbow colours ahead of Brighton Pride this weekend. full story

Rainbow Police Car

USA: A new article published in the August issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health, the official journal of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine finds the prevalence of eating disorders in transgender college students is far greater than any cisgender man or woman. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: A couple in Houma, Louisiana claims a local bakery refused to to make them a wedding cake after discovering they were same-sex. full story

Lesbian Couple

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 2nd

Sunday, August 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!

USA: Leslie Jordan on the Starbucks incident: “It was sweet iced tea, not coffee” that he threw at the homophobes. full story

COLOMBIA: The Colombian court is expected to hand down its ruling on marriage equality as early as next month. full story

ISRAEL: An Ultra Orthodox leader, Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern, visited victims of the city’s Pride parade attack in hospital on Friday. full story

SWEDEN: An Italian gay couple sent a message to their home country by marrying at Sweden’s biggest LGBT event. full story

Diego Angemi & Francesco Ceccarini

THAILAND: A strict new law went into effect this week banning surrogacy in Thailand unless a couple has been married at least three years and one of them is a Thai citizen. full story

UK: A leading, gay UKIP member has warned that the party is “overflowing with racists, homophobes and bigots”. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Calls for civil marriage equality in Northern Ireland have been made as the annual Belfast Pride parade attracted tens of thousands of people to the streets of the city. full story

USA: It will take at least six months for the ban on transgender troops to be lifted, the Defense Department said. full story

USA: Scott Walker said he would focus on defending “religious liberties” as President. full story

USA: The Republican National Committee is set to vote during its summer meeting on resolutions against same-sex marriage and in favor of anti-gay sex education in schools, the Washington Blade has learned. full story

USA, NAVAJO NATION: Alray Nelson, the young Navajo man who is leading the push to have the largest Indian reservation in the U.S. legalize same-sex marriage, is considering a lawsuit to challenge the anti-gay Dine Marriage Act, which was passed 10 years ago. full story

Navajo Man Pushes for Marriage Equality Lawsuit

Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 1st

Saturday, August 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!

CANADA: A look back at marriage equality in Canada, ten years later. full story

GAMBIA: A Gambian court on July 30, 2015, acquitted three men who had faced charges of “aggravated homosexuality.” full story

GERMANY: A German right-wing party has demanded for LGBTI “propaganda” to be banned, as it is in Russia. full story

ISRAEL: A member of the Knesset came out in the wake of the Jerusalem Pride knife attack. full story

Itzik Shmuli

USA: The mayor of the Jamaican capital on Friday will speak at the first Pride event, saying that she has “a responsibility” to represent all of her city’s residents, including those who are LGBT. full story

SENEGAL: A journalist in Senegal has been sentenced to six months in prison for ‘acts of homosexuality’. full story

Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye

UK: The problems with the gender recognition process in the UK has been a hot topic over the last few weeks. full story

USA: The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service vowed in a Senate hearing this week that the federal agency will not strip Christian colleges and universities of their tax-exempt statuses should those institutions refuse to update school policies to be more accommodating toward gay marriages. full story

USA: Jim Obergefell is the face of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry, is interviewed. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Scott Walker said a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality would not a top priority. full story

USA, IOWA: GOP kingmaker Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) gave a short statement on Thursday saying that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision now means men can marry their lawnmowers. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Equality Illinois is hosting marriage equality training sessions for local to national level business executives and corporate decision-makers as well as diversity and inclusion, community affairs and HR professionals. full story

USA, KANSAS: A Kansas Department of Children and Families official said Friday that the state will continue to allow qualified single adults to serve as foster parents for abused and neglected children, but she said her agency isn’t ready to say whether it will allow married same-sex couples to do so. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Liberty Counsel yesterday filed a motion in the ACLU’s lawsuit against four-times-married Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in which they characterize her as being similar to an anti-war conscientious objector. full story

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

USA, TEXAS: More than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, Texas is not fully recognizing the landmark ruling and refuses to issue death certificates that recognize same-sex marriages. full story

TexasDC

USA, TEXAS: A Social Security office south of Oak Cliff refused to process a name change for a same-sex couple but a persistent effort forced them to relent full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 31st

Friday, July 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!

POP CULTURE: Openly gay actor Leslie Jordan reportedly helped expel a group of men yelling antigay slurs at a West Hollywood coffee shop. full story

POP CULTURE: The gay President of HBO has apologised for axing gay drama series Looking – but has confirmed work on a one-off film to wrap up the series. full story

SCIENCE: The argument that same-sex relationships are somehow “unnatural” is often wheeled out by those opposed to gay rights – these animals prove that they couldn’t be more wrong.
full story

COLOMBIA: Colombia’s highest court on Thursday held a hearing on the extension of marriage rights to same-sex couples in the country. full story

IRELAND: The Court of Appeals in the Republic of Ireland has dismissed challenges to the marriage referendum that were delaying the first same-sex weddings. full story

ITALY: New reports have suggested the Vatican could be ready to back civil unions for gay couples in the country as the ‘lesser of two evils’. full story

MEXICO: Tens of thousands took to the streets of major Mexican cities under the slogan “Mexico is One for the Children,” to ask the government to respect state constitutions that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, after a recent Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex unions throughout the country. full story

USA: A new study has been released revealing that support for same-sex marriage has increased in many US demographics. full story

Poll

USA: Watermark profiles Gina Versace, a trans woman who is lodging a discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. full story

USA: Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals how she would have written the marriage equality decision. full story

USA: In several cases, same sex couples are now securing retroactive marriage equality rights. full story

USA: David Baldwin, the man responsible for the lawsuit leading to a landmark EEOC decision in favor of gay rights, is profiled. full story

David Baldwin

USA: The Daily Show takes on claims of discrimination against “religious liberty”. full story

USA: The far right hopes to win the presidency, stack the Supreme Court, and reverse marriage equality. full story

USA: Republican presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee believes transgender soldiers will make the military into a “social organization,” and that providing access to gender-affirming surgeries is like providing breast enhancement for a woman who wants to be “a 38D rather than a 34A.” full story

USA: The owners of the anti-gay Görtz Haus Gallery in Iowa are launching a billboard campaign saying Marriage Equality is one man, one woman. full story

billboards

USA: The Mormon Church is reportedly considering creating an anti-gay alternative to the Boy Scouts. full story

USA: Fox News claims trans people plan to eliminate urinals. full story

USA, ALABAMA: In its filing, the SPLC says State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has committed new ethics violations by improperly commenting on pending or impending cases in numerous speeches and interviews; by suggesting that Supreme Court precedent need not be followed; and by announcing that he would recuse himself from cases rather than apply precedents with which he disagreed. full story

USA: The heterosexual wedding tradition of the bouquet toss took a gay turn at a recent wedding. full story

USA, DELAWARE: A three-page flier denouncing gays and female clergy members was placed on as many as 75 cars parked outside All Saints Episcopal Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del., last Sunday, according to Father Max Wolf, the church’s rector. full story

USA, FLORIDA:The CIA will serve as a sponsor of the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale next month. full story

USA, INDIANA: The CEO of a massive gamers’ convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law said Thursday that organizers are “shopping the show” to other cities and could relocate if lawmakers don’t expand protections for gays and lesbians. full story

USA: An ‘ex-lesbian’ is using GoFundMe to raise money to make herself over as a straight woman. full story

Ex Lesbian

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Couples who challenged South Carolina’s gay marriage ban in the federal courts can now seek tens of thousands of dollars in court costs. full story

USA, TEXAS: The GLBT Chamber 0f Commerce began a new campaign for businesses in reaction to businesses and even government employees claiming a right to discriminate against anyone. “When it comes to business we believe in one simple mantra: Welcome Everyone,” the GLBT Chamber wrote on its website and is selling stickers for businesses to display on their doors and windows. full story

GLBT Chamber

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 30th

Thursday, July 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: Britain’s Surf laundry detergent tweeted an ad that shows three sexy shirtless lads about to do some wash above copy that riffs of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s classic anthem “I Like Big Butts” and reads: I like big loads and I cannot lie #CleanTune. full story

Surf Laundry

POP CULTURE: Olympic athlete Blake Skjellerup tied the knot with his boyfriend Saul Carrasco. The gorgeous couple shared the exciting news on social media yesterday, showing off pictures from their Hawaiian wedding. full story

Blake

POP CULTURE: According to the gossip site, “the same unauthorized sex tape that included Hulk’s bigoted attack against black people also features a disgusting section in which he unleashes the ‘F’ word and more disturbing homophobic slurs.” full story

POP CULTURE: According to Jake Gyllenhaal – who recently released an emotional tribute to his co-star:”[Heath Ledger] was extraordinarily serious about the political issues surrounding the movie.” full story

POP CULTURE: An American sports journalist claims he has talked to two players who are gay and would go public – but are terrified of the media reaction. full story

POP CULTURE: The newest season of Calvin Klein Jeans ads will feature same-sex couples, for the first time in the brand’s history. full story

Calvin Klein Ad

POP CULTURE: Jon Stewart decided to set his sights on a topic that doesn’t get nearly as much exposure from the LGBT-loving national media’s attention: anti-Christian discrimination. full story

AUSTRALIA: Ahead of any votes on the divisive subject, two of the country’s most prominent politicians have engaged in a heated live debate on the issue. full story

BRAZIL: Brazilian couple Felippe and Marlon wanted to raise awareness about homophobia in their country. So they did what any good homosexuals do when the want to protest: They stripped down to their birthday suits and boots and posed for a photo shoot on Paulista Avenue, one of the busiest streets in the heart of São Paulo. full story

Felippe and Marlon

EL SALVADOR: Alex Peña, director of the Association of Transgender Men in El Salvador, claims police in the Central American country attacked him late last month after a Pride march in the country’s capital of San Salvador. full story

ISRAEL: The 14th Annual March for Pride and Tolerance in Jerusalem will take place today, to celebrate the diversity within the city and challenge those who continue to oppose LGBT rights in Israel. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said this week that he believes that it is only a matter of when, not if, same-sex marriage is legalized in Northern Ireland despite a bill towards that goal being defeated in Northern Ireland’s legislative assembly as recently as April. full story

UGANDA: Did President Obama Snub Uganda because of its Anti-Homosexuality Stance? full story

USA: The Advocate has a collection of recent transgender battles fought in the courts full story

USA: On Monday the Pentagon will begin to dismantle its ban on transgender service, according to a new report. full story

USA: YouTube content creator Raymond Braun shared his latest video featuring Sergeant Shane Ortega, the first trans man to serve in the U.S. military. full story

USA: Will civil rights groups support the Equality Act? full story

USA: Matt Baume looks at marriage equality and the US Constitution. full story

USA: Two rabidly anti-gay billionaire brothers from Texas have made a record contribution of $15 million to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Alabama mother-in-law Pat Fancher and the Foundation For Moral Law have finally lost their attempt to deny gay widower Paul Hard the proceeds from a wrongful death suit filed on behalf of his late husband, who died in a car accident in 2011. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A black pastor who spoke out passionately in defense of gays does not support LGBT rights or marriage equality. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts lawmakers on July 28 held a hearing on a bill that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” for minors in the state. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Davison County has not issued any same-sex marriage licenses since the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize such unions a month ago. full story

USA: A state district judge has ordered the city to process a previously rejected petition that would enshrine a transgender bathroom ban in the city charter. full story

If I Must Accept the Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

US Supreme Court Color

June 2014: the Supreme Court hands down its opinion in a controversial case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In a 5-4 vote, the court allows corporations to claim religious exemptions from federal laws. Opponents are angered but accept the court’s decision as the final word on the subject.

June 2015, the Supreme Court hands down its opinion in a controversial case, Obergefell v. Hodges. In a 5-4 vote, the court grants same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. Opponents are angered and do not accept the court’s decision as the final word on the subject. With excessive pouting, they demand an end to the Supreme Court as we know it.

Texas senator Ted Cruz, self-appointed leader of the outraged, convened a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting titled, ‘With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions.’ He spoke gravely with lots of heavy sighs and theatrical turns of phrase: “Much to my great disappointment, this past term, the court crossed a line. Continued its long descent into lawlessness. To a level that I believe demands action. [dramatic pause] The court today is not a body of jurists. It is not a body of judges following the law, but rather it has declared itself, in effect, a super-legislature.” A musical stab would have worked wonderfully here to punctuate his point. He continued in a supremely serious tone: “Five unelected judges declared that the marriage laws of all 50 states were now, somehow, transformed into being unconstitutional … That’s not law. That’s not judging. That’s policy-making.”

By Domenick Scudera – Full Story at the Huffington Post

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 29th

Wednesday, July 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!

Gay Rights

POP CULTURE: Jan Gooding – Aviva’s Group Brand Director – claims that more needs to be done to ensure gay people are featured in advertising and marketing campaigns. full story

POP CULTURE: Openly gay football player Michael Sam to make Alouettes debut this weekend. full story

AUSTRALIA: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is reportedly plotting to kick the issue of same-sex marriage into the long grass – by planning for a public ballot taking place after the next election. full story

IRAQ: A medical student from Iraq has opened up about how his parents were willing for him to be killed by ISIS because he is gay. full story

SPAIN: The bishop has determined that a 21-year-old trans man may not serve as a godparent of his nephew. full story

USA: Why did the Boy Scouts of America ban LGBT adults in the first place? Matt Baume debunks the flimsy lies that kept the discriminatory policy in place. full story

USA: Some straight women are arbitrarily caught up under the ban – because they are transgender, and the FDA sees them as men. full story

USA: Under the new Boy Scouts rule allowing gay adults, church-organized local units can still consider an individual’s sexual orientation when deciding who can volunteer and lead Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews. full story

USA: Today, just days after the introduction of the historic Equality Act in Congress, five new major American companies announced their support for comprehensive, federal LGBT non-discrimination protections – American Airlines, Facebook, General Mills, Google and Nike. full story

USA: DignityUSA and GLAAD have sent a letter requesting such a meeting when the pope visits the U.S. full story

USA, COLORADO: A transgender woman is demanding that Aetna Life Insurance Company cover her medically necessary gender reassignment surgery, noting that Aetna’s Coverage Denial Violates Colorado Law. full story

USA NEW YORK,: A congregation was in for a big surprise recently when their priest came out as gay before divorcing his wife and marrying a younger man. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: In first month, only 40 gay couples applied to be married in South Dakota. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A Tennessee lawmaker has sent a letter to all 95 county clerks in Tennessee urging them to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, USVI: Rick Weinstein and Tom Eggleston, retirees living in Mahogany Run, tied the knot on July 8 in a private wedding ceremony at Pretty Klip Point. Officiated by Stuart Scott, the two men were the first same-sex marriage in the territory after the ground-breaking ruling in June by the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A federal judge on Monday dismissed arguments that a Virginia school district’s policy requiring students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their “biological gender” violates Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 27th

Tuesday, July 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!

PEOPLE: Meet 28-year old Elle Hearns, an activist who is fighting for black, trans women to have the right to be safe. full story

POP CULTURE: Colin Farrell has promised to be best man at his brother’s wedding in Ireland, now that same-sex marriage is officially legal in the country. full story

POP CULTURE: I Am Cait, the reality doc-series about Caitlyn Jenner’s life post-transition, premiered on E! on Sunday, July 26. full story

POP CULTURE: ThinkProgress invited three trans people and one ally to watch the premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show ‘I Am Cait.’ full story

POP CULTURE: Janae Marie Kroc, who made a name for herself as powerlifter Matt “Kroc” Kroczaleski, has come out as transgender. full story

Janae Marie Kroc

GENERAL: Queerty looks at Asexuality in the culture. full story

IRAQ/SYRIA: Yet another huge crowd has gathered to watch ISIS execute a man accused of being gay – some even brought their children. full story

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: The tide of public opinion has shifted decisively in favour of gay marriage in Northern Ireland and it is only a matter of time before it is legalised, a leading campaigner has claimed. full story

USA: Members of Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board on Monday voted 45-12 to end the organization’s ban on openly gay adults from holding leadership positions. full story

USA: The Mormon Church issued a press release in which they threaten to end their relationship with the Boy Scouts over the end of the ban on openly gay leaders. full story

Boy Scouts

Photo by Michael Key

USA: The Justice Department has been slammed for ducking on whether the trans exclusion in ADA is unconstitutional. full story

USA: More than 100 lawmakers on Monday called upon the State Department to deny visas to the spouses of diplomats from countries that refuse to recognize the same-sex spouses of Foreign Service personnel. full story

USA: The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana area has come out as gay in an emotional sermon at a recent ELCA youth conference, but says he will stay with his wife. full story

USA: Kicking off an afternoon swing through Central Florida, Jeb Bush told a group of pastors that Christian businesses should not be “compelled” to participate in gay weddings. full story

USA: Several major LGBT and workplace equality organizations are urging Walmart CEO Douglas McMillion to reimburse employees denied health care benefits for their same-sex spouses. full story

USA: Thirteen counties in Alabama are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. full story

Alabama Counties Map

USA, CALIFORNIA: The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, a public arts high school in San Francisco, will soon be offering an LGBT history class. The planned course will cover the Stonewall riots, the AIDS crisis and marriage equality. full story

USA, COLORADO: A school which refused to allow a valedictorian come out as gay in his graduation speech did not discriminate, a lawyer for the school claims. full story

USA, MISSOURI: The Missouri Courage Scholarship announced today it has raised $12,000 in 12 days – 1K for each month the Missouri county voted to mourn traditional marriage – receiving donations from across the country and as far away as Brazil. full story

USA, NEVADA: The American flag was lowered over the weekend, replaced temporarily with the LGBT pride flag. By Sunday evening, the pride flag had been removed. full story

USA, TEXAS: the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas announced it will continue to prohibit same-sex marriages in its congregations after the church’s new laws take effect Nov. 1st. full story

USA, TEXAS: Anti gay groups are are planning an eight-city “Faith Family Freedom” tour in August, September and October. full story

Faith Family Freedom tour

USA, TEXAS: GOP Rep. Dan Flynn is claiming that same-sex marriage licenses issued in Texas are void, and that benefits extended to the spouses of gay state employees are invalid, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. full story

Dan Flynn

USA, UTAH: The poll shows 58 percent of residents oppose the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that made same-sex marriage a constitutionally protected right, while 37 percent support it. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: At a hearing today, Gavin Grimm, 16, went before a Federal District judge to fight for his right to use the bathroom of the gender he identifies with. full story

USA, WASHINGTON: Blogger Anthony Rebello, known for calling gay marriage a “cry for attention,” was the sole participant in a straight pride parade he created and held at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Saturday full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 27th

Monday, July 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!

AUSTRALIA: Senator Penny Wong teared up during emotional speech on marriage equality. full story

ETHIOPIA: A rainbow has appeared in Ethiopia ahead of a visit from US President Barack Obama – who is expected to raise the country’s anti-gay law with leaders. full story

ETHIOPIA: The country’s leaders opposed President Obama’s stance on gay rights ahead of his upcoming visit. full story

ITALY: An Italian politician thinks passing same-sex marriage is a “waste of time,” and has proposed instead that gay and lesbian people change their gender identities. full story

KENYA: A White House official told the Washington Blade that LGBT advocates were among the more than 70 members of Kenyan civil society who attended a “town hall” with President Obama in Nairobi. full story

KENYA: Church leaders in the country have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta for rebuking President Obama during a press briefing held at the State House over the weekend. full story

MEXICO: Thousands of people on Saturday turned out to demonstrate against a recent ruling by Mexico’s highest court that effectively allows gay and lesbian couples to marry. full story

USA: The Advocate profiles the transgender women killed in the US in 2015. full story

Transgender Women Killed in 2015

USA: The Mennonite Church is still struggling with the concept of same sex marriage. full story

USA: The Log Cabin Republicans has indicated it might not endorse a sweeping new Equality Act because it does not provide religious exemptions. full story

USA: At least three Christian colleges – Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University, and Hope College – have amended their policies to include employees in committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships, as well as recognizing gender identity. full story

USA, ALASKA: An LGBT activist has bought up a web domain in the name of Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson – and re-directed it to a gay chatroom. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 26th

Sunday, July 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!

AUSTRALIA: A group of Canberra young people are planning to give federal Parliament a wake-up call on marriage equality on Sunday, with hundreds expected at a walk around Lake Burley Griffin. full story

AUSTRALIA: Labor leader Bill Shorten will move to legalise same-sex marriage in his first 100 days if he becomes prime minister. full story

AUSTRALIA: At the same time, the Labor Party has confirmed its MPs will be given a free vote on upcoming same-sex marriage legislation – and will not be forced to vote in favour. full story

ITALY: Italian activists say civil unions aren’t enough, and are calling for full marriage equality. full story

KENYA: At a joint news conference with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi today, President Obama made good on his plan to discuss the issue of gay rights in Africa. full story

USA: The Boy Scouts of America is set to confirm on Monday that it will end its ban on openly gay adult leaders. full story

USA: GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was all doom-and-gloom at his sparsely attended congressional hearing about the dangers of ‘judicial tyranny.’ full story

USA, GEORGIA: Openly gay Pastor Rick Sosbe, whose church was vandalized with anti-gay phrases, said his church will continue to “spread the message of God’s inclusive love” by welcoming all to worship, feeding the homeless and doing volunteer work in the community. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Earlier this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 3930, an enhanced hate crime protections law that explicitly includes crimes against transgender people. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Lawyers for a Hazel Park couple who helped legalize same-sex marriage across the nation asked a federal judge Saturday to force the state to pay more than $1.9 million in legal fees. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a respected group that publishes reports on public policy, believes it’s time to ask voters to erase parts of the constitution that are dead, including the ban on same sex marriage. full story

USA, NEW YORK: A gay couple living in Wynantskill, New York had their home and car struck by vandals this week, including the phrase “Jenner Fags”. full story

Jenner Fags

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A mixed-race couple who was denied a marriage ceremony in Forsyth Co. decades ago thinks that history is repeating itself. full story

USA, OREGON: In an interview with Willamette Week, Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, the lesbian couple turned away by Melissa’s Sweet Cakes, finally break their silence on the story and detail the shame and embarrassment felt after being turned away from Sweet Cakes owners Melissa and Aaron Klein. full story

cryer

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: In a heartwarming new video from Mashable, trans teen Chase Culpepper and her mother Teresa recall the conversations they’ve had together over the years as the two of them came to terms with who Chase really is. full story

VATICAN: The Pope’s approval rating has plummeted among US citizens – after the Church ditched planned to ‘welcome’ gay people and rallied against same-sex marriage. full story