Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 14th

Written by scott on March 14th, 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!

Egypt: Secretary of State John Kerry on March 13, 2015, made no mention of LGBT rights during his speech at an economic development conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. full story

Italy: The gay men behind Dolce and Gabbana launched an unexpected attack on LGBT families. full story

Russia: Swedish furniture giant Ikea has announced the closure of the Russian edition of its Family Live magazine to avoid violating the country’s anti-gay propaganda law, the BBC reports. full story

UK: A number of UKIP and Conservative Members of European Parliament have voted against or abstained on a motion praising same-sex marriage, nearly a year after the UK’s first weddings. full story

UK: Young gay men who remain banned from giving blood have been urged to sign up to the bone marrow register instead. full story

USA: The Washington Post looks at the schism on marriage equality in the Methodist Church. full story

USA: Singer Cyndi Lauper chastised the Family Research Council for trying to strip a provision to protect homeless LGBT youth from the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. full story

USA: Mat Staver says he’ll defy a US Supreme Court marriage equality ruling the same way he’d refuse to hand a Jew over to the Nazis. full story

USA, Alabama: The Alabama House on Thursday approved a right to discriminate bill saying no one can require a judge, minister or church to perform a wedding they don’t want to perform. full story

USA, Alabama: Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall on Thursday certified the divorce of a lesbian couple, even though marriage equality is on hold in the state by order of the state Supreme Court. full story

USA, Alabama: Equality on Trial has some additional updates from the state. full story

USA, Alabama: A. Eric Johnston, an attorney who helped write Alabama’s anti-gay marriage laws that were struck down earlier this year by a federal judge, said that more state laws need to be enacted to protect Alabamians from lawsuits if they are asked to violate their religious beliefs against gay marriage. full story

USA, Florida: A bi-partisan group of lawmakers is renew their push to add sexual orientation and gender identity to state civil rights law, with 10 Republicans – including Sarasota Rep. Ray Pilon – and 15 Democrats co-sponsoring a House bill on the issue. full story

USA, Indiana: Indiana has agreed to pay $650,000 in legal fees to the lawyers who successfully challenged the state’s same-sex marriage ban. full story

USA, Michigan: Supporters of the Detroit LGBT community will come together for a fundraiser on March 27 to benefit Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, who will go before the United State Supreme Court to present Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage this spring. full story

USA, Massachusetts: Organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade say a second gay rights group has been approved to march in this weekend’s event. full story

USA, Michigan: Former solicitor general John Bursch, who argued eight cases before the U.S. Supreme Court between 2011 and 2013, is being brought back as a special assistant attorney general to argue the state’s defense of a same-sex marriage ban before the court next month. – See more at: full story

USA, Ohio: The Baltimore Sun profiles the plaintiffs in the state’s marriage equality case before the US Supreme Court. full story

Ohio plaintiffs

USA, Oklahoma: A right to discriminate bill in Oklahoma that would allow businesses to refuse certain services to LGBT people has stalled, after Rep. Emily Virgin attached an amendment that would have required such businesses to post signs saying they were refusing service to gays. full story

Emily Virgin

USA, Oklahoma: Mother Jones takes a look at the slew of anti-gay bills in the state legislature. full story

USA, Oklahoma: Think Progress looks at the bill that aims to get the state out of the marriage business altogether. full story

USA, Utah: Eric Ethington thinks the state’s new LGBT rights / religious freedom law is a trojan horse other states will try to copy. full story

USA. Washington DC: The D.C. Office of Human Rights on Wednesday denied a request by the Willard InterContinental Hotel that it reverse an earlier finding of probable cause that the hotel illegally forced a gay assistant chef out of his job. full story


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