Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 8th

Written by scott on January 8th, 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: In another sign of the “transgender is hot” trend, designer Marc Jacobs announced this week his collection will feature transgender director and producer Lana Wachowski. full story

Lana Wachowski

POP CULTURE: The work of Toronto photographer Samra Habib focuses on images and interviews with queer Muslims. full story

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: A group of two dozen Dominican intellectuals and religious leaders have urged the country’s government to declare the gay U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic “persona non grata.” full story

MALAWI: Joyce Banda, a politician in Malawi, has called for gay people to be murdered – because apparently arresting them isn’t good enough. full story

TUNISIA: Six students in Tunisia are free after an appeals court ordered they receive a new trial after they were given the harshest punishment available and banished from their city by a court in Kairouan. full story

UK: A gay asylum seeker in the UK says he is facing deportation to Malawi – because he doesn’t have enough ‘proof’ of his sexuality. full story

USA: House Republicans defeated a motion in the U.S. House of Representatives to safeguard President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. full story

USA: Sen. Ted Cruz is bringing the transgender “bathroom wars” to the Republican presidential primary, in an apparent effort to scare people into thinking that if they don’t vote for him, their daughters will soon be sexually assaulted in school locker rooms. full story

USA: Right-wing activist Theodore Shoebat calls anti-LGBT activist Peter LaBarbera a “filthy pig” and “traitor” for not sharing his views that gay people should all be summarily killed. full story

Theodore Shoebat

USA, ALABAMA: Chief Justice Roy Moore says he’s not defying the Supreme Court ruling… just seeking orderly legal proceedings. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Two federal prosecutors have issued a statement that probate judges should follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Alabama’s first openly gay state representative, Patricia Todd, spoke about state supreme court chief justice Roy Moore’s order banning probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples: “Alabama’s a little slow to catch on, I guess. I’m not sure why he decided this order today but he’s wrong and my response is, get over it. You lost.” full story

USA, ALABAMA: At least a couple of county probate judges stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether as a way to comply with the conflicting court rulings: marriage licenses were halted for all couples, same-sex or otherwise, in Mobile and Elmore counties, and Madison County Probate Judge Tommy Ragland said his office in Huntsville stopped giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday but resumed handing them out a day later after the county attorney approved it. full story

Patricia Todd

USA, FLORIDA: In yet another step toward protecting LGBT people against job discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is urging a federal appeals court to rule in favor of a lesbian who claims she was fired by a Florida college because she married a woman. full story

USA, INDIANA: A Republican state senator proposed granting Indiana civil rights protections to LGBTQ people — but the new bill omits transgender rights altogether. full story

USA, INDIANA: Jim Lucas (R) has introduced legislation that would abolish state issued marriage licenses and replace them with private contracts. full story

USA, NEW YORK: On Dec. 12, the Empire State Pride Agenda abruptly announced it would shut down along with its foundation (though not its political action committee), something of a George W. Bush ‘mission accomplished’ moment because New York’s only statewide LGBT advocacy organization is closing its doors claiming having fulfilled its mission but without having secured enactment of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act as it had promised the transgender community. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: An anti-gay marriage bill filed in South Carolina last month compares the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision that declared marriage a constitutional right for same-sex couples to previous Supreme Court decisions that okayed forced sterilization and Japanese internment. full story

USA, UTAH: Republican state Rep. Kraig Powell will introduce a bill to repeal th constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and another to amend marriage licenses to say “spouse” instead of “husband” and “wife.” full story


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