Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 1st

Written by scott on August 1st, 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!

CANADA: A look back at marriage equality in Canada, ten years later. full story

GAMBIA: A Gambian court on July 30, 2015, acquitted three men who had faced charges of “aggravated homosexuality.” full story

GERMANY: A German right-wing party has demanded for LGBTI “propaganda” to be banned, as it is in Russia. full story

ISRAEL: A member of the Knesset came out in the wake of the Jerusalem Pride knife attack. full story

Itzik Shmuli

USA: The mayor of the Jamaican capital on Friday will speak at the first Pride event, saying that she has “a responsibility” to represent all of her city’s residents, including those who are LGBT. full story

SENEGAL: A journalist in Senegal has been sentenced to six months in prison for ‘acts of homosexuality’. full story

Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye

UK: The problems with the gender recognition process in the UK has been a hot topic over the last few weeks. full story

USA: The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service vowed in a Senate hearing this week that the federal agency will not strip Christian colleges and universities of their tax-exempt statuses should those institutions refuse to update school policies to be more accommodating toward gay marriages. full story

USA: Jim Obergefell is the face of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry, is interviewed. full story

USA: Presidential candidate Scott Walker said a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality would not a top priority. full story

USA, IOWA: GOP kingmaker Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) gave a short statement on Thursday saying that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision now means men can marry their lawnmowers. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Equality Illinois is hosting marriage equality training sessions for local to national level business executives and corporate decision-makers as well as diversity and inclusion, community affairs and HR professionals. full story

USA, KANSAS: A Kansas Department of Children and Families official said Friday that the state will continue to allow qualified single adults to serve as foster parents for abused and neglected children, but she said her agency isn’t ready to say whether it will allow married same-sex couples to do so. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Liberty Counsel yesterday filed a motion in the ACLU’s lawsuit against four-times-married Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in which they characterize her as being similar to an anti-war conscientious objector. full story

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

USA, TEXAS: More than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, Texas is not fully recognizing the landmark ruling and refuses to issue death certificates that recognize same-sex marriages. full story


USA, TEXAS: A Social Security office south of Oak Cliff refused to process a name change for a same-sex couple but a persistent effort forced them to relent full story


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