Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 10th

Written by scott on April 10th, 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: Actress Hilary Swank says It’s ‘astonishing’ how much bigotry remains since Boys Don’t Cry. full story

USA: A Congressman in Brazil has come under fire for suggesting that hospital patients should be allowed the choice to reject “gay” blood. full story

Cuba: The thaw in Cuban-American relations may hold promise for the island’s LGBT community. full story

USA, India: A gay man in a sham marriage has written about his situation in one of the country’s largest papers. full story

Iran: Queerty looks at the country’s policy of forcing gay men to undergo gender reassignment surgery. full story

Ireland: After last month’s #RingYourGranny clip went locally viral to the tune of 144K views, marriage equality activist James Mitchell called his grandmother back to tell her about it. The referendum is on May 22nd. full story

Jamaica: President Obama met with LGBT advocates in Jamaica, a country that still criminalizes same-sex relationships. Following the meeting, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice tweeted, “Anti-LGBT discrimination and violence is unacceptable everywhere. This is US policy globally, as we discussed here in Jamaica today.” full story

Syria: A man in Western Syria suspected of being a homosexual was blindfolded and made to run through a field by Islamic State fighters as they stoned him to death – See more at: full story

UK: The leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, said she thinks England should boycott the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, based on the country’s record on gay rights issues. full story

Vatican: Pope Francis has reportedly refused to accept the nomination of the new French ambassador because he is gay. full story

USA: Twenty years of LGBT rights fights in 4 minutes. full story

USA: Same-sex couples across the U.S. may soon have the legal right to marry. In 28 states, their employer will still have the legal right to fire them. full story

USA: A majority of Americans (54%) believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday. full story

USA: Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner has profiled Doug Hallward-Driemeier, who will argue the issue of marriage recognition before the Supreme Court. full story

USA: Likely 2016 GOP candidate Ben Carson suggested the LGBT community is the “flavor of the day” in today’s political discourse. full story

USA: Rick Santorum told Iowa legislators that he’ll be a great president because he fought so hard to keep homosexuality illegal. full story

USA: The Family Research Council says angels in Heaven are supporting their anti-marriage equality fast. full story

USA: Last November 29-year-old, openly bisexual Kenneth Lombardi quit his job as a video producer at CBS after, he says, he endured months of sexual harassment. Now he’s filing a suit against his former employer, claiming to have been “repeatedly drunkenly groped and kissed by powerful men at the network,” full story

USA: With the U.S. Supreme Court about to take up the momentous issue of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples in Obergefell v. Hodges, it’s noteworthy that on April 10, 48 years ago, the court heard oral argument in Loving v. Virginia, a case that produced the court’s most important ruling to date vindicating the fundamental right to marry. full story

USA: David Taffet at The Dallas Voice looks at what to expect when the Supreme Court hands down its rulings on marriage equality this summer. full story

USA, Alabama: According to the Alabama Department of Public Health Department, 545 gay couples married in Alabama while it was legal to do so from February 9 to March 3.

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USA, Arizona: Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has turned away a same-sex couple seeking help to arrange a stepparent adoption for one of the spouses. full story

USA, Arkansas: Two Arkansas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday recused themselves from a newly created case to determine how the court should proceed in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Arkansas: Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he’ll quickly appoint three special justices to hear a case a majority of the state Supreme Court says must be addressed before they can rule on whether to legalize gay marriage. full story

USA, Arkansas: Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he doesn’t see an urgent need to expand workplace anti-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers reworked a religious objections measure to address concerns it was discriminatory. full story

USA, California: The hedge fund honcho who despises transgender kids and the gays has been fined $200k for violating California campaign laws. full story

USA, Florida: The anti-gay adoption bill will now makes it way to the state Senate after the Florida House passed the bill 75-38. full story

USA, Florida: In a stunning turnaround late this afternoon, the Florida Senate blocked efforts to allow Indiana-style discrimination in adoption. In doing so they derailed an effort that originated in the House of Representatives to reintroduce an anti-gay adoption law in Florida. full story

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USA, Indiana: Alexander C. Kaufman profiles Marc Benioff, the CEO who took on Indiana’s anti-LGBT law – and won. full story

USA, Iowa: A group of students walked out of a Catholic High School after the school fired a teacher for being gay. full story

USA, Louisiana: The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has come out against a proposed right to discriminate law that would protect businesses that might discriminate against gay and lesbian couples. full story

USA, Maryland: Maryland lawmakers this week gave their final approval to a bill that would make it easier for transgender people to amend their birth certificates. full story

USA, Michigan: Supporters of two Hazel Park nurses fighting Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban in the U.S. Supreme Court are using the example of a crowdfunding campaign on behalf of a pizzeria in Indiana criticized as anti-gay to raise funds for the effort. full story

USA, Michigan: The lawyer arguing in favor of Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban before the Supreme Court later this month defended the state’s pursuit of the case, despite the fact that it runs contrary to a wide swing in public opinion since a 2004 voter-approved definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. full story

USA, Nebraska: Students, parents and staff at an Omaha Catholic high school are rallying behind a gay teacher who was told to call off his marriage engagement or be fired. full story

USA, Tennessee: A bill in the Tennessee legislature would allow graduate counseling students to reject unmarried clients who engage in sex, LGBT clients or others for religious reasons full story

USA, Texas: Anti-LGBT activist Dr. Steve Hotze testified at the state legislature, likening gays to murderers and marriage equality to the holocaust. full story

USA, Washington: Republican lawmakers in Washington state unsuccessfully tried to strip verbal counselling from a bill to ban attempts to change people’s sexuality on the grounds that it might harm free speech and patient-counselor confidentiality. full story

USA, Washington, DC: In a symbol of solidarity with the LGBT community, the Obama administration has unveiled a gender-neutral bathroom within the White House. full story

USA, Washington, DC: A gay man has filed a discrimination complaint with the D.C. Office of Human Rights charging the manager of the Starbucks at 1700 Connecticut Ave., N.W., in Dupont North with calling him and his boyfriend anti-gay names and assaulting him in an altercation outside the store. full story

USA, Washington DC: Issues facing transgender women of color were the focus of a first-of-its-kind White House briefing that took place last week on the National Transgender Day of Visibility. full story


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