Marriage Equality Round-Up – July 24th

Written by scott on July 23rd, 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

INTERNET:, a Web site devoted to sharing coming out stories with a new generation of young LGBT people, has been launched. full story

CHINA: The country’s first-ever queer show, an online sitcom has reached a viewership of 24 million people over several streaming platforms. full story

KAZAKHSTAN: Human Rights Watch on Thursday issued a 31-page report documenting violence and discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face in the Central Asian nation. full story

KENYA: A nude protest against homosexuality did not take place on Wednesday following a call from State House, its organiser has said. full story

UGANDA: A new revealing report on persecution and discrimination against Uganda’s LGBTI community has been released by the Consortium on Monitoring Violations Based on Sex Determination, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation. full story

UK: A new poll estimates that thousands of U.K. medical professionals believe that same-sex attraction can be “cured.” One in 10 respondents in this field reported overhearing their co-workers express such a view. In London, that ratio increased to 1 in 5. full story

UK, SCOTLAND: Glasgow’s Free Pride has decided to rescind its ban on drag performers. full story

USA: FCKH8’s beautiful new video shows us that there is still a long fight before LGBT Americans have full and equal rights. full story

USA: Swing-state voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia are embracing the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. full story

USA: Great fanfare marked the introduction of legislation in Congress on Thursday that would enshrine sweeping protections against anti-LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law. full story

USA: Apple, Dow and Levi have embraced the Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT rights bill. full story

USA: Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley became on Thursday the first candidate in the 2016 race for the White House to endorse the Equality Act. full story

USA: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen refrained from backing the equality act because “I have concerns about the current proposal’s broadness and how it will impact religious organizations”. full story

USA: Rachel Maddow sat down with Rick Santorum on her show, and gave him a lesson in civics. full story

USA, ARKANSAS: The state Supreme Court voted on a narrow part of the state’s case over gay marriage last month but only planned on issuing that decision if the nation’s highest court didn’t legalize same-sex marriage, a justice said Thursday full story

USA, INDIANA: A Southern Indiana woman is suing the county and the county clerk for firing her after she refused to process same-sex couples’ application for marriage licenses because doing so goes against her “sincerely held” religious beliefs. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Nine Methodist pastors in Michigan may face a church trial and for attending a same-sex wedding. full story


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