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New Poll: Britons Think Marriage Equality is the Best Thing Conservatives Have Done

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

titleA new poll shows that only 28% of Britons think that marriage equality was a bad thing the Torys accomplished, compared with much higher negative percentages for their other acts:

The only Tory policy perceived to be “good for Britain” by the public was the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which came into effect on 29 March 2014.
39% said they thought same-sex marriage was good for Britain, 24% said it was neither good nor bad and 28% said it was bad for Britain. The Comres poll for ITV fond that a majority of Britons, 57%, think the management of the NHS under the Tories has been bad for Britain, that 55% thought changes to tuition fees were bad, 56% agreed that increased overseas aid spending was bad for Britian, and 65% said they thought the way immigration has been managed was also bad for Britain.

When you add the Goods, the I Don’t Knows, and the Neutrals, 82% think that marriage equality is either a good thing or does no harm.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 10/1/14

Wednesday, October 1st, 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!

Australia: Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm says he will postpone his gay marriage bill for a couple weeks or months because of advice from the major parties. full story

Brazil: An LGBT group has launched a website to promote awareness of candidates who publicly support LGBT rights. full story

Denmark: Marriage equality became the law of the land in Denmark 25 years ago today. full story

Latin America: John Feeley, a senior US State Department official, says that overcoming machismo remains among the most difficult challenges facing LGBT rights advocates in Latin America. full story

Mexico: LGBT activists have launched a boycott on social media against the evangelical church behind an anti marriage equality march Sunday in the Mexican state of Coahuila. full story

USA: A new study finds that anti gay laws damage same sex couples financially. full story

USA: Joe.My.God reports that the US Supreme Court did not decide to take a marriage equality case today – next possible date is 10/6. full story

USA, Maryland: The state’s new transgender protections law takes effect today. full story

USA, North Carolina: An estimated 2,200 people attended an anti-marriage equality rally yesterday. full story

USA, North Caroluna: A pastor’s blog post “If I Have Gay Children” has gone viral. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: A straight couple who cancelled their wedding after their venue refused to allow a lesbian couple to marry has withdrawn their lawsuit to recover their deposit. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: 200 couples who married before marriage equality became legal in the state will have their marriages recognized with a start date of 5/20/14 under a new settlement. full story

Seriously? What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Seriously?Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay marriage equality opponents are saying and doing around the world.


Keep The Gays Away from the Normal People

A fringe presidential candidate in Brazil, Levy Fidelix, went on a homophobic rant during a presidential debate. Towleroad.com reports:

“On the Sunday debate, he said that gay people “need psychological care” and are better kept “well away from” other people. He also suggested that Brazil’s population would be reduced by half if homosexuality were encouraged because “the excretory system” does not function as a means of reproduction.”

Apparently the other candidates aren’t particularly staunch supporters of the LGBT community, because none of them commented on his asinine remarks.

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Men Were Born to Have Sex With Animals

Bryan Fischer’s back in our pages, commenting on a bestiality case where a man was convicted for having sex with a puppy:

“How long before an attorney defends a guy like this on grounds it’s his orientation, he was born this way?”

Yes, because sex between two consenting adults is exactly the same as forcing yourself upon an animal, right? Come on, Bryan, you can do better than that.

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I’m Totally Not A Hater – I Just Think Gays Will Burn in Hell

Mat Staver protests that he doesn’t hate gay people:

“For me believing in something that is that obvious. I am considered by some groups to be a hater. But I hate no one. I hate no one, but I believe in God’s truth and I will not be silent in the face of intimidation.”

Of course, then he kinda blew the whole thing by saying same sex marriage “is an absolute lie from the very pit of Hell”

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The Human Rights Campaign Is Like The Khmer Rouge

Robert Oscar Lopez is back in our pages today with a lovely comparison:

“The main item on the gay lobby’s agenda is patently insane. People don’t generally want to let lesbians milk sperm out of their testicles. People don’t usually like the idea of gay men gestating babies in their wombs and then taking them away. (And no, ‘visitation’ plans where these gamete donors get to see their progeny a few times a month are not a good arrangement; that stuff’s really creepy.) [snip] According to some historians of the so-called killing fields, in the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge hunted down people with eyeglasses and killed them en masse. They did this ostensibly because they worried that people who were too intelligent might challenge the draconian policies of the government. Fortunately, the Human Rights Campaign has no killing fields, so I and my contact lenses are safe for now. God grant that the awakening of reason come earlier rather than later.”

The Khmer Rouge – the poor man’s Nazis. And you know what they say – when you play to the Nazi card, you’ve lost the argument.

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Gay Rights Activists Are Demonizing Us Christians

Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is back too, with his own Nazi card:

“This demonization is just – it’s what’s been done to minorities [in] the past and like I said, it’s what the Nazis did to the Jews. We’re losing our freedoms.”

And if anyone knows what demonization is, it’s LaBarbera. Lord knows he’s done it to us enough times during his illustrious career.

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Halla to the Haters at HRC

Looks like it’s full-court press time against the HRC and other gay organizations – The World Congress of Families issued a statement against them this week:

“The grossly misnamed Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a so-called ‘report’ titled “The Export of Hate” that is nothing but an intentionally misleading, hate-filled attack on individuals and organizations and Christians who oppose their agenda of forcing a redefinition of marriage in America, and throughout the world. The ‘report’ has enjoyed some attention among uncritical, leftist online media outlets. As is their custom, the HRC cites long-discredited and ideologically partisan sources such as the Southern Poverty Law Center to give apparent credibility to their hate-filled invective. They also intentionally misrepresent facts, twisting them beyond recognition to justify the charge that somehow supporting marriage as the union of one man and one woman around the world is wrong.”

This is over a report that exposed what these organizations have been doing around the world against the LGBT community. Guess they don’t like a little sunlight…

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Gays Deserve to Die from AIDS

Gosh, we’ve got the whole anti-gay team together again today. Matt Barber wants you to know you deserve death for being gay:

“The wages of sin is death. I’m honored to say that I’m one of those ‘haters’ called by God to sound the alarm. While folks do send me positive and encouraging notes on a regular basis, I likewise receive a steady stream of hate mail – chiefly when I write (or speak) on the issues of marriage, God’s moral law and His natural order for human sexuality. While the positive correspondence is always heartening, it is, believe it or not, the nasty stuff – the uglier the better – that especially lifts my spirits. Christ’s promises are true: ‘Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake’ (Matthew 5:11). When God calls you to be an instrument of His truth, the biblical harmonies you play will often strike sour with those in rebellion against Him, sending them into blind rage and deep denial. This is a spiritual battle old as time itself. It is between good and evil. It is sublimely humbling to be used of God in this way”

Is it just me, or are these folks ramping up the rhetoric again because they know they are losing?

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Gay Marriage Will Lead To Marrying Dogs & Adopting The Puppies

Mexican Catholic Bishop Jose Maria de la Torre Martin thinks that if his state legalizes marriage equality, we’ll see a rash of interspecies weddings:

“Bishop Jose Maria de la Torre Martin is very concerned that if his Mexican state of Aguascalientes were to approve its proposed same-sex marriage bill, next will come “allowing a man to marry a dog and they can inherit the puppies.”

Look, do we have to explain the whole “two people” vs. “a person and an animal” thing AGAIN???

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/30/14

Tuesday, September 30th, 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!

Brazil: Actor Mark Ruffalo withdrew his support of Brazilian presidential candidate and environmental activist Marina Silva over her opposition to marriage equality. full story

Burundi: The Burundi man who was arrested on charges of homosexuality has been released. full story

Italy: A Florence court has overturned a marriage equality ruling on a technicality, sending it back to the lower court. full story

UK: Former shadow Home Secretary David Davis says introducing same-sex marriage “was a disaster” politically for the Tories because it “looked like a distraction”. full story

UK: A poll of Tory councillors finds that 60% oppose the new marriage equality law and the party’s efforts to pass it. full story

UK: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says it’s “very difficult” to bring up the subject of gay rights with anti-gay leaders of other nations. full story

UK: A new study shows that homophobia is rampant in Southeastern England. full story

Uganda: The Ugandan judges who invalidated the country’s draconian anti gay law have experienced a backlash for their action. full story

USA: Equality on on Trial reports on the US Supreme Court’s conference yesterday, and reaction to it. full story

USA: New studies estimate the extent of the US LGBT population – 9.5 million people, 124k married couples, with 30k children. full story

USA, California: California Governor Jerry Brown just signed four new laws to bolster LGBT rights: banning the gay panic defense, respecting the identities of transgender people after death, training health professionals to work with LGBT and intersex people, and protecting sex workers from prosecution for carrying a condom. full story

USA, Minnesota: HRC is condemning a transphobic ad aimed at the Minnesota High School League. full story

USA, Missouri: A judge heard the city of St. Louis’ challenge to the state’s marriage equality ban yesterday. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: A deal has been proposed to recognize the marriages of couples who wed before the state officially allowed same sex marriage. full story

49% in Utah Support Marriage Equality

Monday, September 29th, 2014

titleMarriage equality support in Utah has risen to record levels:

On Top Magazine reports:

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they should be allowed, while 48 percent said they remain opposed. Majorities of Democrats (79%) and independents (51%) support marriage equality, as do 29 percent of Republicans. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said same-sex marriage would not affect their families. Ninety-four percent of married respondents said allowing gay couples to marry would affect their own marriages not much or not all, while 5 percent said it would a great deal or somewhat. A large majority (67%) of respondents also want the Supreme Court to decide the issue and 66 percent believe the court will strike down state marriage bans.

That’s almost 50% in the state that’s home to the Mormon Church!!!

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/29/14

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Gay WeddingHere’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: The youth wing of the Liberal Party is campaigning to end the country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years.
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Mexico: Thousands protested marriage equality in the state of Coahuila. full story

Nigeria: A ruling on a case seeking to repeal the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act has been postponed for the second time. full story

UK: A new survey shows that 16% have had sex with someone of the same sex. full story

UK: The same survey also showed that 16% (presumably a different group) think that gay sex should be illegal. full story

USA: In honor of gay history month, Gay Star News looks at 8 states where gay rights history was made. full story

USA: Michelle Bachmann clarified that her statement that the marriage equality issue was “boring” was targeted at the media for only asking Republicans about it, not democrats. full story

USA, Missouri: A legal challenge to Missouri’s marriage equality ban by the city of St. Louis is due back in court today. full story

USA, Vermont: Two centuries before the Windsor decision, a lesbian couple married in Vermont and lived together for 40 years. full story

Matt Baume’s Marriage News Watch 9/29/14

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Matt BaumeThis is the week when the Supreme Court meets to decide whether to take a marriage case.

After meeting in conference on Monday, the Justices will announce their decision next week, on October 6th.

Currently, cases from Virginia, Indiana, Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma are ready for consideration.

The court could take one case, or several, or none at all.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Supreme Court Could Choose a Marriage Equality Case Tomorrow

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

US Supreme Court ColorTomorrow is the first day the US Supreme Court could actually choose a case or cases in the marriage equality fight this year.

NBC News reports:

The justices, who will meet in a closed-door conference on Monday, will consider whether to hear any of three same-sex marriage lawsuits during the next term, which officially starts Oct. 6. If they decide to review one or more of the cases, a ruling could be reached by July on whether same-sex marriage must be allowed nationwide. If they choose not to hear the cases, the decision would allow gay nuptials in the ten states covered by the three lawsuits. The court could also wait for a circuit court to disagree with the others and support the state bans. The justice have until January 2015 to make their decision. Both opponents and supporters of gay marriage predict that the justices will hear at least one of the cases.

Which case do you think they will take, if any? Utah, Oklahoma, or Virginia?

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New Poll Shows Three Quarters Want to Keep Marriage Equality Law

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

titleSome great new polling out of France this morning on marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

“…a poll today may crush the hopes of those wishing to block same-sex marriage – as a majority of UMP members now support keeping the law, as well as an overwhelming majority of the French public. 56 percent of UMP voters now support keeping the law in place, despite many being fiercely opposed before the law was implemented, with just 44 percent wanting it repealed. Across the public, at large, 73 percent now want the law to remain in place, with just 26 percent opposed and 1 percent unsure. Over 7000 same-sex couples married in France last year, with Paris alone recently celebrating its 2000th marriage – meaning any attempt to repeal the law would likely be a bureaucratic nightmare.”

Looks like marriage equality is here to stay in France, regardless of what Sarkozy says.

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 9/28/14

Sunday, September 28th, 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!

Internet: There’s a migration underway of LGBT internet users to the new social media site Ello in the wake of the Facebook “real names” scandal. full story

Uganda: The Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje, was denied a visa to the US because of of his stancw against homosexuality. full story

UK, Wales: The Church in Wales has launched a consultation to decide whether it should solemnise same-sex marriages.
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USA: US couple Shawn and Mike are one of three finalists in a competition to win an $80k dream wedding from an American theater company. full story

USA: Barney Frank said transgender people don’t have rights because they wouldn’t lobby for them in 2007. full story

USA, California: Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a new bill outlawing the “gay panic” defense in court. full story

USA, Florida: The mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg are joining a growing number of Florida cities that support lawsuits to overturn the state’s ban on marriage equality. full story

USA, Louisiana: The state ruling overturning the marriage equality ban has been appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court. full story

USA, Louisiana: A church in Keithville, Louisiana has ended its five year relationship with Alcoholics Anonymous over concerns that the church might have to allow a same-sex wedding in the future. full story