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Marriage Equality Round-Up – April 6th

Wednesday, April 6th, 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!

POP CULTURE: Cartoon Network show Teen Titans Go! is being praised for a ‘gay love scene’ between the three main male characters. full story

POP CULTURE: GLAAD’s Sarah Kate Ellis, Empire’s Sanaa Hamri, Transparent’s Alexandra Billings, the Prancing Elites, and more discuss how to improve inclusivity in LGBT media. full story

AUSTRALIA: MARRIAGE equality activists have labelled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a “puppet of the right wing conservatives in his party” and plan to host a march to his electorate office with a group of influential leaders to voice their support for the issue. full story

UK, WALES: The Church in Wales has decided not to proceed with proposals to allow gay marriages in its churches. full story

USA: As part of a wildly unfunny bit that recently aired on ‘The O’Reilly Factor,’ grimly smug Fox New journo Jesse Watters insinuated himself at a DC protest hoping to eradicate the influence of highly wealthy donors, and made fun of a bi protester. full story

USA: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia have debated religious discrimination bills this year. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: A state bill that would make single-stall restrooms throughout California gender neutral advanced out of committee Tuesday morning. A similar gender-neutral bathroom law was unanimously passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday. full story

USA, FLORIDA: Lambda Legal filed a motion seeking class action status in its federal lawsuit on behalf Hal Birchfield and Paul Mocko, two gay widowers. The motion for class certification would extend the scope of those represented in the lawsuit to all same-sex spouses whose marriages Florida unconstitutionally disregarded at the time of their spouses’ deaths and who wish to obtain accurate death certificates. full story

USA, GEORGIA: A few hundred opponents of Georgia’s “religious liberty” bill gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to celebrate Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto last week of the controversial legislation. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: An Illinois couple who refused to host a gay civil union ceremony at their idyllic bed and breakfast five years ago was defiant Tuesday after being ordered to pay an $80,000 fine and hold a celebration for the pair. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Tuesday morning, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed HB 1523 into law, endorsing a veritable catalog of discrimination against LGBT people and even those who have sex before marriage. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Gay New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell urged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the state’s official travel ban on North Carolina to Mississippi. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: New York state has banned non-essential state-funded travel to Mississippi after that state’s governor signed a law allowing religious groups and some businesses to refuse service to gay couples. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: Upon news that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed the discriminatory House Bill 1523 into law, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement denouncing the law. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: A humanitarian nonprofit has mocked Mississippi’s latest anti-LGBT legislation with a hilarious billboard. The sign, installed in Jackson, depicts an appalled Jesus saying: ‘Guys, I said I hate figs and to love thy neighbor’. full story

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USA, NEW YORK: A transgender New York man has alleged that he was humiliated over a period of six months by co-workers who referred to him as “she, her, or it,” and is now suing the company. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: This morning, April 5, Paypal, a global company dedicated to facilitating online payments, announced that it is withdrawing plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Gov. Peter Shumlin has invited PayPal to locate a planned expansion that would create 400 jobs in Vermont after the company announced it would cancel prior expansion plans in North Carolina over disagreements with that state’s anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Red Ventures is also considering pulling out of their 500 person expansion in 2016 after HB2 was passed. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-gay activist Mark Creech of the Christian Action League, who once declared that gay marriage is “an attempted gang rape of our culture,” is organizing a show of support for North Carolina’s recently passed anti-LGBT law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: City council members voted 8-1 Tuesday in favor of a resolution opposing House Bill 2. HB2, or the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, is a new state law which says transgender individuals must use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex listed on their birth certificate. Council members called the bill an “overreach” by the state. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: High Point Market Week event CEO Bob Maricich issued a statement which slams the “appalling” law and declares that any anger directed towards them is “misplaced.” full story

USA, WASHINGTON DC: A D.C. Superior Court judge on March 18 handed down a sentence of 12 months’ probation for a transgender woman arrested last November for repeatedly firing a gun on the roof of a downtown office building that led to a 10-hour standoff with D.C. police. full story

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USA, WISCONSIN: On Monday night, Rachel Maddow took a look at Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley, who today is up for reelection in the Badger State. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: Hillary Clinton waded into local politics during her visit to Wisconsin, criticizing Rebecca Bradley, a state Supreme Court candidate whose college writings two decades ago slammed gays, abortion rights, and even Clinton’s husband former president Bill Clinton. full story

USA, WISCONSIN: Bradley was elected to a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court last night, in a decisive victory over state Appeals Judge JoAnne Cloppenburg. 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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‘Rainbow Profile Pictures for Sex Offenders’ – Homophobia NOT Satire

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was one of 26 million people who used the rainbow filter on his profile picture. SOURCE: Facebook

IT’S LATE – my phone rings. It’s someone I haven’t heard from in a while. I answer.

His greeting is warm, but it sounds like he’s been drinking.

He chats about Facebook – he says he doesn’t use it much but he’s logged in and noticed the rainbow filter on my profile picture, the only one among his list of friends on the site.

He says he is concerned because he has just read an article claiming that sex offenders have been ordered to use rainbow profile pictures on social media so others can easily identify them as potential predators. Click to continue »

New Gallup Poll Finds Majority in US Think Gays Are Born That Way

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

titleA new Gallup poll shows that 51% of Americans now think gays are born gay.

The Advocate reports:

Affirming what most LGBT people already believe, the results of a new Gallup poll, published yesterday, indicate that a majority of Americans now believe that gay and lesbian people are “born, not made.” In the poll, over 51 percent of those surveyed said they think same-sex orientation is a matter of birth versus “something that is determined by their upbringing or environment,” writes Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones in an article on the results. As he points out, this is the first time that a majority of Americans have expressed this belief.

The same poll also showed that Americans continue to overestimate the size of the LGBT community.

Joe.My.God reports:

The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.

So… progress?

42% in US Think Gays Are Born That Way

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

titleA new Gallup poll shows we still have a long way to go on public education about gays and lesbians.

The Washington Post reports:

Are people born gay or lesbian, are do they become that way due to their upbringing or environment? Though opinions are changing, it turns that America is still deeply divided on this “nature vs. nurture” question. Gallup polls taken over nearly four decades show a sharp rise in the view that people are born gay or lesbian, from about 12 percent in 1977 to 42 percent in 2014. The percentage of people saying that homosexuality is due to a person’s upbringing or environment has fallen, from more than 50 percent in the late 1970s to less than 40 percent today.

Gallup Poll on Homosexuality

Unfortunately, the poll shows a bit of a drop-off since last year.