Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 22nd

Written by scott on July 22nd, 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: Alana Hubbard, a portrait photographer working out of New Jersey who specializes in “princess and me” photo sessions, did a special “prince and prince” wedding shoot. full story

Prince and Prince wedding

POIP CULTURE: Out filmmaker Roland Emmerich released a statement and some stills from the upcoming film Stonewall, due for release on September 25th. full story

Stonewall film

RELIGION: Writing in The Daily Beast, gay man and former Catholic priest Bill Dickinson explains why the church needs to “help, instead of hurt, LGBT people.” full story

CANADA, ONTARIO: A professor at St. Lawrence College has come under fire for a virulent anti-gay post on Facebook in which he called for the hanging of gays. full story

Facebook rant

USA: Blued, a gay dating app which was started in 2012, has over 15 million users, and recently launched an English language version. full story

KENYA: “That is a non-issue to the people of this country, and it is definitely not on our agenda at all,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said of LGBT rights. full story

SAUDI ARABIA: A school in Saudi Arabia was fined because the rainbows painted on its building were seen as promoting homosexuality. full story

Rainbows - Saudi Arabia

THAILAND: Since January, Gordon Lake and his husband, Manuel Santos Valero, have been afraid to leave their apartment in Bangkok out of fear their daughter, Carmen, will be stolen from them by the surrogate mother. full story

UGANDA: Several Ugandan LGBT rights advocates last week met with the special U.S. envoy to promote global LGBT rights while he was in the African country. full story

USA: More than 3,000 faith leaders and clergy sent a letter today to members of Congress urging their opposition to the First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), the House’s right to discriminate bill. full story

USA: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) won’t rule out a vote on a federal right to discriminate bill. full story

USA: NOM’S Brian Brown called on the GOP to “contain” the marriage equality decision until it can be overturned. full story

USA: GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple who operates a wedding services business and refused to do business with a same-sex couple. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Apple Model Management L.A. is ready to trans-form the modeling industry as the world’s first agency to represent all-transgender models. full story

USA, GEORGIA: An inclusive church was vandalized with an anti gay threat. full story

georgia church

USA, KANSAS: The state has asked for dismissal of a civil rights group’s demand that Kansas’ gay marriage ban be ruled unconstitutional — and not simply dismissed as moot — in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that legalized same-sex unions nationwide. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Liberty Cousel’s lawyer claimed that a gay couple who were denied a license didn’t really want to get married, but only want to “stamp out every vestige of dissent”. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: A gay man denied communion at his mother’s funeral has received an apology from members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Their lawsuit erased Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. Now, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will be getting married on August 22. full story

USA, NEW YORK: Nearly a month after a report critical of how New York State treats transgender and gender-nonconforming students, the state’s Education Department Monday released guidelines on how school districts should accommodate them. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Fired for being gay, the former Director of Religious Education at Waldron Mercy Academy, Philadelphia, said she will not pursue legal action, but intends to “raise awareness” of the anti-LGBT discrimination within the Catholic community. full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: Some LGBT advocates expressed concern about the proposed Equality Act because it could open up the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to other changes. full story


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