Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 29th

Written by scott on December 29th, 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!

POP CULTURE: Kelly Clarkson has revealed that a same-sex proposal in the video of one of her songs was unplanned. full story

CHINA: A new book called “The Secret Emotional Life of Zhou Enlai” is claiming Communist China’s first premier was gay and had been in love with a male schoolmate. full story

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CHINA: A civil servant for the Hong Kong government is suing his employer for refusing to recognize his marriage to another man. full story

ISRAEL: On Monday, ultra conservative Israeli lawmakers boycotted the swearing-in of the first openly gay legislator elected to the country’s parliament, the Knesset. full story

JAPAN: Japan’s main opposition party will introduce a landmark bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when parliament opens next week. full story

KENYA: Intersex teen mutilated and killed by own family for wanting to be a boy full story

MALAWI: Lucius Banda, a so-called “legendary” Malawian musician and member of parliament, cancelled a concert on Christmas Day because he saw two men kissing in the crowd, making him feel “dirty”. full story

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TAIWAN: Life in a gay couple just got a little bit easier in Taiwan as the country’s two largest cities have teamed up on same-sex partnership registration. full story

TURKEY: A referee who was sacked by the Turkish Football Association for being gay will receive compensation. full story

USA: The National Catholic Reporter on Monday named Michael DeLeon and Gregory Bourke, two of the plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage, as its “persons of the year.” – See more at: https://www.thewrap.com/catholic-newspaper-names-gay-marriage-plaintiffs-persons-of-the-year/#sthash.IGXaUNQ9.dpuf full story

USA, NEW MEXICO: A judge dismissed a former University of New Mexico student’s lawsuit alleging she was ostracized by professors for anti-gay remarks made in a paper, federal court documents revealed. full story

USA, OREGON: The Sweet Cakes bakery owners, who denied service to a same-sex couple, have finally paid $135,000 in state-ordered damages — after refusing to do so for nearly six months. full story

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USA, TENNESSEE: The Unicoi County Commission voted unanimously to direct their county attorney to review two resolutions that ask the Tennessee General Assembly to uphold the state’s unconstitutional law banning same-sex marriage, and to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling. full story

USA, UTAH: Second District Judge Ernest Jones recognized a lesbian couple’s eight-year relationship as a common-law marriage — a decision believed to be the first for any gay couple in Utah. full story

 

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