Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 25th

Written by scott on January 25th, 2016

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!

PEOPLE: Ricky was cagey about liking guys back in the ’90s; now he’s giving mixed messages about his feelings for women. Seems like being bisexual is now the big taboo, writes Mike Szymanski. full story

PEOPLE: The head of the Catholic Church sat down Friday for approximately 15 minutes with Apple CEO Tim Cook, beginning at 11:30 a.m. local time, reports ABC News. full story

PEOPLE: Disgraced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who was fired by the BBC last year for punching a producer, said parents who support their transgender children are guilty of ‘poisoning’ their minds. full story

POP CULTURE: Ray Liotta says a bisexual twist for his Shades of Blue character left him doing a double take. full story

Shades of Blue

POP CULTURE: The Edmonton Oilers became the first NHL team to use Pride Tape, a multicolored tape to promote inclusiveness in sports. full story

Edmonton Oilers - Pride Tape

POP CULTURE:A thought-provoking new photography project captures a host of international celebrities posing as same-sex couples and families in a bid to show ‘love is love’. full story


AUSTRIA: First launched by the Austrian interior ministry, a new ‘behavior guide’ includes drawings of a man hitting a woman – covered by a red cross – and an image of gay kissing – approved with a tick. full story


EUROPE: Legal recognition of same-sex partnerships is far from uniform across Europe. full story

Europe Marriage Equality

INDONESIA: Muhammad Nasir, minister of research, technology and higher education, said LGBTI students should be banned from university. full story

Muhammad Nasir

ITALY: Different polls show that support for same-sex civil unions has dropped to 46 percent in January, compared with 67 percent last May. A poll conducted in January by Ipr, an independent polling and marketing firm, also found that only 15 percent of respondents supported stepchild adoption for gay couples. full story

NEW ZEALAND: Despite its reputation of being one of the most LGBTI friendly countries on the planet, New Zealand is still holding out on removing past convictions for sex between men from people’s permanent records. full story

USA: Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will give a speech on the topic of “the importance of family” to the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTIQ, pro-Christian, Republican-aligned lobby, which opposes abortion, wants to end gay marriage and is pushing to roll back some feminist advances. full story

USA, COLORADO: As part of a broad reexamination of restrooms on its campuses, Naropa University has created two “all gender” restrooms at its Nalanda campus in Boulder. full story

USA, INDIANA: Fewer than half of convention planners and prospective tourists agree that “Indy Welcomes All” or “Indiana Welcomes All” in the wake of last year’s controversy over the state’s anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act. full story


USA, IOWA: A former Iowa women’s field hockey coach has a “reasonable possibility” of proving that gender or anti-gay discrimination played a role in her firing. full story

\USA, MISSOURI: Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny, of St. Louis, filed a bill that would ban housing and employment discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

USA, MONTANA: Greg Gianforte, the front-runner in the race for Montana governor, is one of the state’s leading financial backers for anti-gay organizations including Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and Alliance Defending Freedom. full story

Greg Gianforte

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students is gaining traction in South Dakota. Scheduled for a hearing on Monday in the House State Affairs committee, HB 1008 seeks to prevent transgender students in public schools from using restrooms or locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity and requires taxpayers to assume the costly financial consequences in resulting legal challenges. full story


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