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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 16th

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

POP CULTURE: A production of Shrek The Musical in Canada must change its script after using the word ‘tranny’. full story

IRELAND: At least two gay couples are getting married every day in Ireland since it was legalised last year. full story

KENYA: A Kenyan rights group says it is going to court to decriminalize gay sexual relations between consenting adults. full story

UKRAINE: A gay couple has married in Ukraine, despite the fact that the country does not legally recognise their union. full story

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UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Marriage equality is a Northern Ireland Assembly election issue, campaigners said yesterday as they launched Love Equality, a new political campaign which aims to deliver equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. full story

USA: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced on Thursday it has revised the definition of the term “spouse” in federal regulations to strengthen an earlier policy change allowing federal employees with same-sex spouses to use the Family and Medical Leave Act. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bruce-springsteen-warns-michigan-not-pass-anti-lgbti-bathroom-bill/#rssowlmlink full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Today, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC announced that executives from the American Express Company, AXA Financial Inc., Bloomberg L.P., Capital One, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Campbell Soup Company, CohnReznick LLP, CrowdRise, eMaint Enterprises, LLC, Ernst & Young LLP, the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., John Hancock Financial, Kohler Co., Logitech, Plum Organics, RBC Capital Markets, REI, Strava Inc., The Hartford, Time Warner Cable, United Airlines, Visa Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 160 leading CEOs and business leaders urging Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory law that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Ted Cruz was evasive on Thursday under questioning over whether he supports North Carolina’s recently enacted anti-LGBT law, but indicated he think the statute is “perfectly reasonable” and lamented Democrats won’t join Republicans to enable discrimination in the name of religious liberty. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Duran Duran is going to push for the repeal of the state’s new anti-LGBTIQA law at Saturday’s Charlotte concert. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people remains “problematic” for the league, but he said there is no decision on moving next year’s All-Star Game out of Charlotte. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday that while HB2 is “problematic,” moving the game would be, in his opinion, “grandstanding.” full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: But wait, maybe the NBA hasn’t decided yet? “At no time did Adam affirm that the league would not move the All-Star Game; rather he stressed repeatedly that the legislation is problematic, that we feel it is best to engage with the community to work towards a solution, that change is needed and we are hopeful that it will occur.” full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Canadian-based circus company Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming stops in North Carolina by two of its touring shows to protest a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Nearly three dozen Minnesota state lawmakers signed a letter addressed to the governor of North Carolina, saying they support a recently enacted law that ties bathroom use to a person’s biological sex. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Here’s a list of celebs standing against the state, as well as others who took a different tact or are in the wait-and-see category. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The North Carolina law “overturns all state protections for gay and lesbians and puts new discrimination on the books,” according to Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin, who proposed the resolution that was approved on a 12-0 vote. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: A number of same-sex couples joined by civil unions are having trouble getting un-joined, because the law hasn’t kept up with the rapidly changing social issue. Now, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has agreed to hear a case involving one such couple from Philadelphia. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to undo the union of the first gay couple to legally wed in Texas. The court-ordered same-sex marriage of two Austin women had occurred months before such unions were legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 15th

Friday, April 15th, 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!

NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE: Today is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence, an annual silent protest of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. Each year, tens of thousands of students participate by taking a daylong vow of silence at school and sharing speaking cards that raise awareness of anti-LGBT bullying. full story

HISTORY: The Roller? The False Transvestist? The Ship’s Queer? This list of ‘homosexual types’ is insane. Back in 1958, it turns out they were a little more creative than just your standard bear and twink. Stand-up comic Ivan Kirby shared this insane find on Twitter, a sociological report prepared for the Home Office in the UK. full story

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POP CULTURE: Adam Lambert revealed in an interview with Digital Spy that the music industry still has a stigma against gay men singing about men in love songs. full story

BERMUDA: A two-question ballot — which will ask whether voters are in favour of same-sex marriage and whether they are in favour of same-sex civil unions — is likely to take place on Thursday, June 23rd. full story

CHINA: Though it was dismissed by the court in Changsha, China’s first legal challenge to a law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples has galvanized many of the hundreds of young Chinese gay rights supporters who gathered at the courthouse, some of them waving small rainbow flags. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) have been at the forefront of the attacks against the Safe Schools program, claiming that homosexuality is unnatural, unhealthy, psychologically damaging and a barrage of other homophobic slurs. full story

AUSTRALIA: Two comedians are tying the knot tonight in a bid to highlight the marriage equality issue. Zoe Coombs Marr and Rhys Nicholson, both gay, will be legally marrying tonight at the Comedy Festival Club. full story

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AUSTRALIA: Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn has attempted to downplay yesterday’s controversy by reinforcing the company’s support for marriage equality. full story

GERMANY: Stan and Olli, male king penguins, didn’t quite live up to the zookeepers’ plans for them to breed with the females at Berlin zoo. full story

UK: The head of Ofsted had admitted he has “never thought” about how to protect transgender students in bathrooms. full story

UK: Robert Hannigan, Director of British security agency GCHQ, used his morning speech to explain how GCHQ had become a more inclusive employer, and to apologize to former employees who had been dismissed because of their sexuality. full story

USA: Lesbian Country Singer Chely Wright said country musicians need to take a stand for the LGBT community and oppose bigoted laws. full story

USA: New data from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has revealed that there was a 28% increase in discrimination complaints from LGBT employees. full story

USA: Ted Cruz supports anti-trans bathroom restrictions: “Men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls.” full story

USA: Following criticism that he hasn’t aided candidates down ballot from the presidential race, Bernie Sanders has announced three congressional hopefuls he supports — and two of them are seeking to defeat openly gay contenders. full story

USA: Tony Spence, director and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service since 2004, unexpectedly resigned from that position Wednesday at the request of a U.S. bishops’ conference official, after tweets he had posted against so-called “religious freedom” bills in North Carolina and Georgia. full story

USA: According to a study, children of same-sex female parents fare the same as children of opposite-sex parents. full story

USA: Last night John Kasich reaffirmed his earlier statements that same-sex marriage is a settled issue. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Religious organizations are playing politics with the Florida Department of Children and Families and if they are successful, LGBT foster children lose. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Kentucky’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill that removes county clerks’ names from the state marriage license forms at the center of a controversy involving an official jailed last year for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. full story

USA, MARYLAND: The Maryland House of Delegates on March 9 passed the Equal Pay for Equal Work bill that contains protections based on gender identity by a 133-33 vote margin. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was heckled and booed when he failed to commit to legislation that would protect the rights of transgender people. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday defended a controversial anti-gay bill he signed into law, saying that it was needed to protect ‘the churches’ full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that more than 60 leading CEOS and business leaders, including executives from Bloomberg LP, CVS Health, Dropbox, Hilton Worldwide and Salesforce have signed onto an open letter calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and House Speaker Philip A. Gunn to repeal H.B. 1523. H.B. 1523, the so-called “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act,” allows almost any individual or organization to use religion as a justification to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspects of their lives, including at work, at school, and in their communities. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: Cincinnati City Council approved a measure to ban non-essential tax-funded travel to Mississippi and North Carolina by a 7-2 vote today. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Trans rock star Laura Jane Grace will not be joining artists like Bruce Springsteen in boycotting North Carolina, but instead plans to perform there to protest the state’s transphobic law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Ani DiFranco is the latest musician to cancel an upcoming show in North Carolina in protest of the state’s anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Debra Messing is not happy about being made to film in North Carolina over the state’s anti-LGBT law.
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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Governor McCrory’s net approval rating now stands at -4%. 50% of likely voters oppose the new law while only 38% support it. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: San Diego-based premiere consumer electronics audio company 1MORE USA Inc. has announced it will be boycotting sales to North Carolina until HB2 is repealed. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Mumford and Sons band has said it will donate profits from a concert in North Carolina tonight to local LGBT charities.
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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A lesbian waitress in North Carolina has come forward to reveal she was ‘tipped’ with a Leviticus Bible verse instead of cash. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte shouldn’t be punished for an ordinance that was ultimately overturned by legislation preventing local and state governments from mandating protections for LGBT people, Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Thursday at a town hall meeting designed to rally support for the repeal of the controversial measure. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the stars of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, said Thursday that they were ‘furious’ over a recently approved law in North Carolina that targets the LGBT community. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Yesterday a spokesman for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory called the Human Rights Campaign “a shadowy, left-wing group funded by anonymous donors that is recklessly leading the charge to mislead the public and smear North Carolina.” Today we get the below HRC clip with calls McCrory out on his lies. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Video of Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright speaking at the Greenville-Spartanburg Republican Women’s meeting shows the county’s top law enforcement officer threatening bodily harm to any transgender women who uses the ladies’ restroom in his presence. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Caleb Laieski wrote an innocuous email to South Carolina legislator Mike Fair asking him to consider a ban on so-called conversion therapy. You won’t believe the response. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 4th

Monday, April 4th, 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: Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish is surprised to find the pair are still experiencing discrimination in an antiquated system. full story

POP CULTURE: Caitlyn Jenner is joining the cast of the acclaimed Amazon streaming series “Transparent.” full story

BRAZIL: A group of international transgender activist colleagues have launched a worldwide petition — with the hashtag #SaveTransBrazil for social media visibility — to pressure Brazil’s government to fight the homicides of transgender individuals in the country. full story

TUNISIA: In a recent interview with the Human Rights Watch (HRW), four of the six Tunisian students who were imprisoned last December for sodomy spoke out about their nightmarish experience which involved forced anal examinations, beatings and humiliation. full story

USA: Stung by setbacks related to their access to public restrooms, transgender Americans are taking steps to play a more prominent and vocal role in a nationwide campaign to curtail discrimination against them. full story

USA: Anti-LGBT activists have their plans intact. They seem to know how to reach out to communities of color and gain their trust with ease. full story

USA, MASSACHUSETTS: The same state court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the U.S. is now being asked to decide a complicated case about the parental rights of a once-partnered but unmarried gay couple. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Michael Sam, the first out player to be drafted by the National Football League wants his home state to block a pending ‘religious liberty’ proposal. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Saturday directed state employees not to travel to North Carolina for nonessential business, citing what he called “appalling” legislation requiring transgender people to use bathrooms based on their gender at birth. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina and Governor Pat McCrory are being hit hard by opposition to the anti-LGBT bill which prohibits transgender people from using appropriate restrooms, repealed all local LGBT ordinances and prohibits any from being enacted. Here are sime updates. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Human Rights Campaign picks apart the many lies North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has spewed in the wake of national condemnation of his state’s hate bill. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A North Carolina church have taken the state’s new LGBT laws to tell a lesbian member – divorce your wife or you’ll be kicked out. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Hundreds of people marched in protest of the anti-LGBT bill HB 2 on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina, making their way down Jones Street to a spot in front of Governor Pat McCrory’s mansion full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Theatergoers in North Carolina won’t be seeing Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, or any of Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz’s many other shows due the state’s anti-LGBT hate law. full story

USA, UTAH: States passing anti-LGBT laws under the guise of religious freedom are “desperate,” Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor told those gathered Saturday night for the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ annual Palm Springs Garden Party. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 8th

Monday, February 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: Transgender fitness model Ben Melzer is about to grace the cover of Gemany’s edition of Men’s Health, becoming the first trans person to ever cover a men’s fitness magazine in Europe. full story

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PEOPLE: BBC radio DJ Adele Roberts has said she thinks people find it hard to be themselves on the radio. full story

POP CULTURE: Athletes in tight pants, Lady Gaga and Beyonce won’t be the only reasons to watch Super Bowl 50. A record six LGBTQ-inclusive commercials will vie for your attention, even though there is not yet a single openly gay player in the NFL. full story

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KUWAIT: The oil rich emirate of Kuwait is adopting a more tolerant approach towards same-sex attracted students in the country’s education system, with the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa telling the Al-Rai news agency that no students have been dismissed over their sexual orientation during his time in the job. full story

UK: A trans woman has quietly become the first to be appointed as a leading judge in the High Court. full story

UK: A protest is set to take place in London tomorrow, after allegations that a trans woman was sent to a men’s prison facility, and refused her HRT drugs. full story

UK: Richard Hendron, openly gay UKIP Greater London Assembly candidate for South West London, has resigned after being pitted by his own party against a radically homophobic politician. full story

UK: Will Young has claimed that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan “doesn’t give a s**t” about gay students being bullied. full story

USA: Donald Trump had a hard time explaining Sunday contradictory statements he made last week on gay rights — promising on one day to consider appointing justices to the U.S. Supreme Court day who would overturn marriage equality, pledging on another to move gay rights forward under his administration — but seemed more inclined toward the former. full story

USA: Anti-gay viewers have accused the NFL of trying to force the ‘gay agenda’ on the audience. full story

USA, FLORIDA: The Palm Bay City Council has rejected a human rights ordinance to protect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people from discrimination. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: The senate approved a bill that would make anal and oral sex felonies punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The audience audibly gasped at what one South Dakota state senator said on Saturday in support of a bathroom bill targeting transgender people in the state. “This is definitely a good bill. What’s this about?” he asked rhetorically. “This is about protecting our children. I’m sorry if you’re so twisted you don’t know who you are.” full story

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 28th

Thursday, January 28th, 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!

HISTORY: According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, some of the men interned for their homosexuality in Nazi Germany were immediately sent to prison again after World War II, forced to serve the Nazi sentences. full story

POP CULTURE: On Monday, “The Daily Show” aired a hilarious segment about the couple’s “father-son” relationship, playing on the right-wing “slippery slope” argument about same-sex marriage and incest. After visiting the couple and asking Esposito why he’s “banging” his son, correspondent Ronny Chieng determines that they have “some gross human equality fetish.” full story

AFRICA: The US’s first ever special envoy for LGBT rights has said there are “seeds of hope” in Southern African countries for sexual and gender minorities. full story

AUSTRALIA: Homophobic hate is alive and well in Melbourne, Australia. Someone is pasting signs in public areas of South Yarra that read “Cure AIDS: Kick a Poofter to Death.” “Poofter”, of course, is a gay slur equivalent to “faggot”. full story

AUSTRALIA: The Australian Government’s plan to hold a non-legally binding vote on same-sex marriage by the Australian people that will cost $160 million has been put in doubt after two government backbenchers revealed they would still vote against the reform even if the poll was successful. full story

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GEORGIA: Gay attorney Giorgi Tatishvili says he has ‘started the fight for the legalization of same-sex marriages and expects a positive decision by the Constitutional Court of Georgia’. full story

GREECE: Dimitris Konstantopoulos, a Greek MP, has asked God’s forgiveness because he voted for a measure to legalise same-sex civil partnerships. full story

INDIA: India’s Supreme Court could make a decision over the country’s law banning gay sex, according to a new report. full story

INDONESIA: An Indonesian government official is calling for gay and transgender students banned from college and university campuses if they show any public displays of affection or inappropriate behavior. full story

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IRELAND: A bisexual woman who alleged she fled her native Nigeria after her family threatened to kill her over being involved in lesbian activity has lost her High Court challenge to being refused refugee status. full story

ITALY: Crux looks at Pope Francis’s past and current positions on civil unions, and why he changed. full story

ITALY: Italy’s Senate on Thursday begins examining a civil union bill for same-sex couples, a topic which has profoundly divided the country and could prove toxic for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government. full story

LITHUANIA: Lithuania has refused to issue a temporary residence permit to the husband of a Lithuanian man. full story

TAIWAN: Tainan mayor William Lai announced Wednesday evening the city would become the fourth Taiwanese city to register gay couples. full story

USA: Ted Cruz assured voters that his presidency would not endorse the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right, calling it “fundamentally illegitimate, lawless, and unconstitutional.” full story

USA: Since June, Wolfson and his colleagues have been carefully preserving as much as possible from their successful campaign. full story

USA: Lou Correa, a southern California congressional candidate has pledged to push for undoing the dishonorable discharges of gay veterans under the military’s former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. full story

USA: Susan Sarandon has slammed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s record on gay rights. full story

USA, INDIANA: The Senate Rules Committee just decided to not advance SB66, the “Super RFRA” bill, meaning the bill is almost certainly dead for this legislative session. full story

USA, INDIANA: Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington state florist who became a national figure for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding is scheduled to testify in Indiana against two LGBT rights bills that will be taken up by a state Senate committee. full story

USA, INDIANA: During a town hall meeting Saturday in his hometown of Whiteland, in central Indiana, Republican Rep. Woody Burton compared LGBT rights protections to protections for psychopathic killers, pedophiles, and overweight people. full story

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USA, INDIANA: After hours of testimony from local and national hate groups as well as sobbing out-of-state martyred anti-LGBT business owners, the Indiana Senate Rules and Legislative Procedures committee tonight advanced a heavily-amended “LGBT rights” bill that actually worsens the already poor civil rights status of LGBT Hoosiers. full story

USA, NEBRASKA: The state’s defunct same-sex marriage ban could once again go before voters under a measure that seeks to remove it from the state constitution. full story

USA, NEBRASKA: On Wednesday, Nebraska Family Alliance and the Nebraska Catholic Conference both came out opposed to measures that would update language in state law to reflect last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down bans on gay marriage. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: By a vote of 58 to 10, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students. full story

USA, TEXAS: David Watts Jr., who’s running for the House District 7 seat in ultraconservative East Texas, refuses to let the LGBTIQ community gays might actually prefer to bend him over and dominate him. full story

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USA, VIRGINIA: “If I have a child who has cancer, there’s a chance we can cure that cancer with chemo therapy rather than watch that child suffer,” said state Sen. Charles Carrico (R-Galax) during a subcommittee hearing on a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapy in Virginia. “It is a form of therapy, the chemo therapy, and to know it goes in remission and find out the child has cancer again, that is a parents’ decision to try and help the child.” full story

USA, VIRGINIA: Brad Kutner, a journalist who writes for the Virginia paper GayRVA (you may remember he also broke the story of the anti-gay attack at Amazon that’s now being prosecuted as a federal hate crime), has penned an open letter to an anti-gay Republican lawmaker he discovered cruising on Grindr over the weekend. full story

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USA, VIRGINIA: Dan Savage thinks the closeted lawmaker is fair game:I disagree: this legislator’s votes against workplace protections for LGBT people, adoption rights for same-sex couples, and the judicial appointment of a qualified out gay man speak loudly of his hypocrisy and the the particular kind of damage done when closeted conservatives abuse their political power to protect their closets. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A state senator’s effort to allow local clerks to opt out of issuing marriage licenses to gay couples narrowly cleared committee Wednesday. Senate Bill 40 is heading for the Senate floor. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – January 10th

Sunday, January 10th, 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: Minnie Driver tweeted about something her 7 year old son Henry said: “Best convo of the last 5 yrs:I explained to my son that his friend’s Mum had become a man: ‘You can do that?’ ‘Yes’ ‘Then I wanna be a dragon.’ full story

POP CULTURE: There are still a lot of people – both LGBTIQ and straight – who say marriage today is ‘pointless’ or ‘redundant’. But a new video shows it still means a lot for people to be able to say they want to make a commitment, and they want their love to last the rest of their lives. full story

POP CULTURE: The Kiss Cam at last night’s Los Angeles Kings game featured a gay couple kissing, and they certainly didn’t hold back. full story

JAPAN: A ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court last month could lead to same-sex couples being able to marry. full story

UK: An open letter signed by over a hundred senior Anglicans urges the Church of England to “repent” for its treatment of gay and lesbian people. full story

UK: Presenter Rylan Clark has confronted CBB’s Winston McKenzie, the English Democrats’ candidate for London mayor who was ejected from Big Brother for homophobic comments. Rylan asked “Shouldn’t I be allowed to adopt?” full story

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USA: Anti-LGBTIQ lawmakers in South Carolina and Tennessee have introduced bills that essentially say the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell was just as bad as its rulings from the first half of the 20th Century upholding the constitutionality of forced sterilization and Japanese internment. full story

USA: Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that brought marriage equality to the entire country, has been invited to sit with first lady Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address. full story

USA, ALABAMA: The Birmingham News just eviscerated Roy Moore: “Roy Moore is delusional about Roy Moore. The only bad thing that has happened since Alabama acquiesced to the ruling of America’s Supreme Court is that Moore hasn’t got enough attention, so once again he has “ordered” probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to gay couples.” full story

USA, ALASKA: A state Republican has pre-filed legislation that would end all weddings at the state’s correctional facilities in order to prevent same sex weddings there. full story

USA, OHIO: An Ohio man threatened to ‘shoot up’ his gym for allowing gay people has been convicted of a hate crime. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: A member of the Virginia House of Delegates has introduced a bill that critics contend would make it all but impossible for transgender people to legally change the gender on their birth certificates. full story

Kim Davis – Let me show you what persecution looks like

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

KimDavisABClargeON US TV today (Sept. 22), the clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to ANY couple because she didn’t believe in same sex marriage has said what hurts her most about how she has been treated since she defied the Supreme Court ruling on marriage in June – being called ‘a hypocrite’.

Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been jailed, received a ‘Religious Liberty’ award for fighting ‘legal tyranny’, been called ‘the bravest woman in America‘ and compared to Abraham Lincoln by her lawyer. She has also been called a martyr and a victim of anti-Christian persecutionShe even admitted denying marriage licences to friends, and receiving death threats.

All because she believes in her Christian duty to break the oath she took as a US Government official to uphold the law, in a country whose constitution explicitly forbids the primacy of any religion. The First Amendment clearly states that the US government cannot make any law ‘respecting an establishment of religion.’ In the words of the Supreme Court, this generally means that the government can’t “pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another,” or otherwise become entangled in religious affairs.

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France: Gay French-Moroccan Couple Wins Right to Marry

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

First_France_Gay_Marriage_Montpellier_7A little-known provision in France’s marriage laws has prevented some same-sex couples in the country for marrying, when one of the partners comes from a certain country. At least one of those couples has now won the right to marry.

Gay Star News reports:

For when France legalized same-sex marriage in May, agreements we brought up from decades ago banning any ex-patriots from 11 countries marrying under the new law. In the court case held today, the prosecution used an agreement from 1981 between Morocco and France banning gay marriage between the two countries. They claimed international conventions have a higher authority under the French Constitution than the ‘Marriage for All’ law passed this year. The defense however implored the marriage law was changed for the ‘French international public policy’ – effectively excluding that French-Moroccan agreement. With the agreement being overturned, this sets a precedent giving hope to all binational gay couples living in France.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and to all other binational couples who now may be able to marry in France.

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USA: Difficult Time for Some LGBT Immigrants Applying for Marriage-Based Visas

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Department of Homeland SecurityAmir Rasoulpour graduated a year ago from the City University of New York law school and didn’t know exactly what he’d do. He got a job for a short time at a small Queens immigration firm but wanted something different, more creative, so he started looking around for opportunities. In late June he found one.

Shortly after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred gay couples from the federal benefits attached to marriage, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made clear that her immigration agents would start accepting marriage-based visa applications from same-sex couples.

“Immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse [will be reviewed] in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse,” Napolitano announced.

When Rasoulpour’s heard this he had two thoughts. On the one hand he was thrilled. As an Iranian-American whose parents immigrated to the U.S., Rasoulpour knows firsthand that opening legal routes to immigrate will change lives for the better. But he also worried that Napolitano’s assertion that gay and straight couples will be treated exactly the same could end up backfiring for some couples.

Authored By Seth Freed Wessler – See the Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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USA: Kerry Says Married Binational Same Sex Couples Officially Eligible for Visas

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

US Secretary of State John KerryIt’s official – binational same sex couples now have a way to avoid deportation once and for all. Just get married. The Advocate reports:

Following the lead of the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that the U.S. State Department will immediately begin offering visas to married same-sex couples in the same fashion it does to married opposite-sex couples. Kerry made the announcement at the U.S. Embassy in London Friday morning, citing the recent landmark rulings from the Supreme Court in support of marriage equality. “One of our most important exports by far is America’s belief in the equality of all people,” said Kerry. “Now, our history shows that we haven’t always gotten it right.”

It’s refreshing to see something so devastating to so many couples finally settled definitively in their favor, isn’t it?

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