Marriage Equality Round-Up – September 5th

Written by scott on September 5th, 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!

GENERAL: Dot429 looks at five misconceptions society has about pansexuals. full story

POP CULTURE: Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner has been cast a new play exploring transgender issues. full story

POP CULTURE: Trans people react to UK’s new trans sitcom Boy Meets Girl. full story

POP CULTURE: Nearly 7,000 people have called on Brewdog, a British craft beer company, to remove a fundraising advert many are considering transphobic. full story

POP CULTURE: Ellen DeGeneres confronted Caitlyn Jenner on being a Republican and gay marriage. full story

POP CULTURE: ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez came out publicly, and announced that he’s getting married. full story

Israel Gutierrez

POP CULTURE: A television star has said he was blocked from appearing on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing after he requested a male dance partner. full story

AUSTRALIA: If Australia were to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, it could weaken federal power to legislate on marriage, top legal experts have warned. full story

MALAWI: A spokesperson from the Malawian Government has quashed the notion that it has plans to hold a referendum on the country’s law criminalizing homosexuality or on whether to legalize same-sex marriage just days after President Peter Mutharika appeared to indicate that one would be held. full story

IRELAND: Ireland’s government has given the green light for its revolutionary new Gender Recognition Act to come into effect – meaning transgender people can gain legal recognition from next week without seeing a doctor. full story

USA: Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., urged Attorney General Loretta Lynch to ensure same-sex couples face no barriers to receiving marriage licenses. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Several Alabama probate judges made the same decision Davis made and could also be jailed if sued in federal court for refusing to issue marriage licenses. full story

USA, GEORGIA: Leaders of an Atlanta museum want the space focused on modern and historic civil rights to contribute to a national push to ensure LGBT rights, particularly in southern states. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Deputy clerks in Rowan County, Kentucky have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. James Yates and William Smith Jr were the first same-sex couple to receive a license, after five previously unsuccessful attempts. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: At least three gay couples received marriage licenses Friday in Rowan County, embracing and celebrating as the defiant clerk sat remained jailed. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Advocate collected the most heartwarming images from today’s long-overdue victory. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Dozens of protesters gathered outside the clerk’s office: One group cheered on the gay couple who got the license, while the other group preached and supported the clerk on Friday. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: At least one religious protester called out “perverts” as same sex couples received their licenses. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The husband of a Kentucky court clerk jailed for refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples says she won’t resign and will stay in jail for as long as it takes. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Davis’s husband also greeted gay couples arriving at the clerk’s office with a sign that said “Welcome to Sodom and Gomorrah”. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kim Davis will appeal the contempt of court ruling against her by the end of the day, her attorney told reporters today at a press conference outside the detention center where she is being held. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kentucky Republicans have wasted no time in capitalizing on Kim Davis’s incarceration for their own political gain, lashing out at Democratic Governor Steve Beshear. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: According to hate group leader Mat Staver, Kim Davis has declared from her jail cell that the marriage licenses issued today in Rowan County are invalid without her signature. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, on Wednesday compared Kim Davis’ plight to that of a Jew living in Nazi Germany. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Anti-Defamation League has condemned comments by the lawyer of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis – after he compared his client’s treatment to the gassing of Jews in the Holocaust. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is scheduled to visit a Kentucky jail next week to meet with a county clerk imprisoned because she ignored repeated court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Huckabee also bought the domain name to use for money begs. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Donald Trump hedged on the Davis situation – “I’m a believer in both sides of the picture.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz fired off a statement defending the antigay Christian martyr and calling for “every lover of liberty to stand with Kim Davis.” full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took to Twitter to blast Trump for not condemning the jailing of Davis who is against same-sex marriage on religious grounds. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: The Human Rights Campaign has launched a new digital campaign asking Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Donald Trump to take a position regarding the Davis situation. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Breitbart legal editor Ken Klukowski criticized Davis for trying to force her will on other employees full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Matt Baume looks at the Kim Davis controversy. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Queery has a handy flow chart for deciphering Davis’s marriage past. full story


USA, KENTUCKY: John Gallagher looks at why the right loves Kim Davis, despite (or because of) her hypocritical past. full story

USA, OREGON: Marion County Judge Vance Day, a former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, has requested his clerks send same-sex couples planning to be married to other county judges. An ethics investigation has been launched as a result of his decision. full story

USA, TEXAS: A chef at a Dallas-area Hilton hotel who allegedly refused to cater a gay couple’s wedding no longer works at the property. full story

USA, TEXAS: Texas should be ordered to pay almost $741,000 in legal fees after losing the court fight to preserve its ban on same-sex marriage, lawyers told a federal judge Friday. full story

Vatican: HRC condemned the Catholic Church for its “harmful” decision to deny trans people the right to be godparents. full story


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