Marriage Equality Round-Up – August 6th

Written by scott on August 6th, 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: Would a family ever disown their gay son for NOT having a ‘Gay Wedding’? Matthew Ware created a comedy sketch exploring what would happen if a gay couple refused their supportive family’s demand to plan a wedding. full story

POP CULTURE: As Jon Stewart prepares to sign off for the last time, Queerty looks at the six gayest moments on the Daily Show. full story

Daily Show Gay

AUSTRALIA: Same-sex couples are barraging Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott with wedding invites – as he decides whether to block equal marriage. full story

NORWAY: Children as young as seven years old will be able to change their legal gender with parental consent under new legislation proposed by the Norwegian government. full story

USA: On Monday, President Obama echoed remarks made in favor of gay rights during a recent trip to Africa while addressing a group of young African leaders, equating racial discrimination to anti-gay discrimination. full story

USA: The Nielsen research team gathered data from around the United States and discovered that LGBT shoppers make ten percent more trips to the cash register than straight people. They also found that LGBT shoppers opened their wallets to spend $4,135 on average in retail stores in 2014. That’s seven percent more than non-LGBT consumers. full story

USA: Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that it is launching a new social media campaign featuring Ohio native Jim Obergefell, asking candidates to #StandwithJim and defend his marriage in advance of the debate Thursday in Cleveland. full story

USA: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has made Betty and Richard Odgaard, the couple who plans to put 1,000 anti gay billboards up around the US, part of his Iowa leadership team. full story

USA: The Republican National Committee has nixed a pair of controversial anti-gay resolutions that were proposed for consideration during its summer meeting. full story

USA: A auto rental company jumps on the Caitlyn exploitation bandwagon. full story


USA: A mother of a bisexual teen reacted perfectly to anti gay graffiti sprayed on the family’s garage door. full story



USA, ARKANSAS: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says that justices of the peace could use the state’s new religious objections law as a defense if they refused to preside over a gay wedding ceremony, but it’s unclear whether such a defense would prevail in court. full story

USA, INDIANA: Advance America, led by Eric Miller, is working overtime to hold back LGBT rights in towns across Indiana. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Anti-gay Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has filed a lawsuit against the state’s governor, Steve Beshear, alleging that by forcing her to obey the law of the land and grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples he violated her so-called “religious freedom.” full story

USA, MISSOURI: The Ridge Haven Chalet in Hawk Point turned away a lesbian wedding. full story

USA, OHIO: A local radio host is taking aim at Caitlyn Jenner’s transition on a new billboard ad – in a town where a trans woman was nearly beaten to death last year. full story

Star 105 Billboard

USA, OHIO: The billboard was taken down today. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Attorney General Alan Wilson says the state shouldn’t have to pay legal fees for a couple who challenged the state’s gay marriage ban because he was merely defending the law of the land as it stood before the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on gay marriage in late June.. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Houston City Council continued to support the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) today, rejecting a move to repeal the nondiscrimination protections and instead sending it to the ballot for a vote this Nov. 3. full story
USA, TEXAS: The state of Texas is facing not one but two likely lawsuits for failing to issue accurate vital records to same-sex couples in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. full story

USA, TEXAS: Following the refusal of a Texas agency to amend the death certificate of a deceased gay man to reflect his same-sex marriage, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the state to make the change — and directed officials to appear before court to possibly hold them in contempt of court. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: Business is booming at the Wisconsin restaurant Gracie’s Gyros and Wraps, after its owner schooled an antigay commenter on Facebook. full story


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