Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 16th

Written by scott on December 16th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has appealed to Pope Francis to take action regarding homophobic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of the Dominican Republic, who attacked gay U.S. Ambassador Wally Brewster by calling him the “wife to a man” who should “focus on housework” rather than comment on affairs of that country. full story

USA: A politician in Ireland’s newest political party has quit – after Facebook posts in which she claimed the Vatican is “riddled” with gay sex. full story

MALTA: This is how Malta went from forbidding divorce to allowing same-sex unions in three years full story

NEW ZEALAND: The satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has won the right to perform legal marriages in New Zealand after the country’s Registrar-General of Marriages recognized the group as an organization with the purpose of upholding or promoting religious beliefs or philosophical or humanitarian convictions in line with the country’s Marriages Act. full story

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: A number of homes in a Northern Irish village have been sprayed with homophobic and sectarian graffiti. full story

VATICAN: In an interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared to support governments that recognize civil unions to provide non-traditional couples with access to benefits. full story

USA: Marco Rubio’s positions are universally hostile to LGBT people, and he has repeatedly taken positions that would roll back the rights of LGBT Americans in nearly every facet of life. full story
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USA: Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign launched a “prayer team” in November, and the team now says ‘we’re in a spiritual battle’ against gay marriage.” full story

USA: Marco Rubio is making a play for “traditional values” voters with a new campaign ad targeting those who Rubio says “feel out of place in our own country.” “A government incredibly out of touch, and millions with traditional values branded bigots and haters,” Rubio said. full story

USA: The Justice Department today issued new guidance to law enforcement agencies across the United States intended to stop gender bias in how police respond to crimes against women and the LGBT community, specificlly those involving sexual assault and domestic violence. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Internal Revenue Service believes being gay is a choice, according to a lawsuit filed by a St. Petersburg gay couple who claim that is the reason they were denied tax deductions for in-vitro fertilization and surrogacy. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: While the Roman Catholic Church continues to oppose marriage equality, many LGBT Catholics have not given up on the church and continue to offer their relationships as examples of love in action — like the couple profiled today by the Detroit Free Press. full story


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