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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 6th

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Australia, South Australia: The government is seeking the public’s views on whether to allow gays to adopt. full story

Uganda: Gays in the country live under a constant threat of violence. full story

USA: A new map shows the percentage of politicians (governors and members of congress) by state that support marriage equality – white is 0% and dark purple is 100%. full story

Washington Post marriage equality map - politicians

USA: An appeals court has refused to dismiss a case against homophobic pastor Scott Lively, who is set to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
full story

USA: House Republicans are trying to stall an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees. full story

USA, Alaska: The state’s new Attorney General, Craig Richards, says he will review litigation over same-sex marriage in the state strictly along constitutional lines. full story

USA, Illinois: The former music director of a suburban Chicago parish has filed a human rights complaints after he was fired earlier this year following his engagement to his partner. full story

USA, Kansas: Westboro Baptist Church once again wants to intervene in the marriage equality case in the state. full story

USA, Kansas: Reverend Jackie Carter, one of the first ministers in Kansas to perform same-sex weddings, has revealed that she is getting frequent death threats. full story

USA, Tennessee: In a little-noticed case, the Governor asserts that “transsexual individuals are protected from discrimination on the basis of sex (including discrimination for failure to conform to gender stereotypes) by the THRA [Tennessee Human Rights Act] – See more at: http://sdgln.com/commentary/2014/12/05/did-lgbt-tennesseans-just-get-legal-protections#sthash.caTcUnvw.dpuf…” full story

Three New Marriage Equality Maps

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

We’ve got three new marriage equality maps for you from yesterday – the drtails are a little different because they came out at different times of the day – what a difference an hour can make!

First, Wikipedia:

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

Next, Think Progress:

Think Progress Marriage Equality Map

And finally, The Dallas Voice:

The Dallas Voice Marriage Equality Map

Enjoy!

New US Marriage Equality Maps

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

We have three new US marriage equality maps for you. For the first time (at least for me) it really looks like the marriage equality states are dominant on the map:

Pew Forum has a great interactive map (with a slider) showing marriage equality by state over time. See the Interactive Map

Pew Map

Think Progress also has a new marriage equality map. full story

Think Progress Map

Wikipedia has a new marriage equality map too. full story

Wikipedia Map

Enjoy!

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New Maps Show How Far We Have to Go on Transgender Rights in the US

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The fight for marriage equality in the US may be almost over, but the fight for transgender rights is just starting.

Vocative has five maps and the story:

…as important as visibility is for creating awareness, it’s just one step toward equality. For all the positive changes taking place, transgender Americans are still treated as lesser-thans when it comes to policy and legislation that affords them legal rights and protections. “The recent media attention that the trans community has received is a helpful starting point for working toward greater rights and equal rights,” says Arli Christian, policy counsel at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). “Now we have all of these legal and policy changes that really need to be made. And looking at the number of states that have more accessible trans policies versus the states that need to improve their policies, we have a ways to go.”

Here are a couple of the maps to back up that point.

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New Marriage Equality Maps

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

A couple new marriage equality maps this morning. The first is the wikipedia map, the ninth this week. Amazing. Joe.My.God flagged this:

wikipedia-map

Then there’s this animated gif, flagged by Andrew Sullivan at The Dish:

marriage equality gif

It’s really cool to watch the progress of marriage equality state by state.

Enjoy!

The New Marriage Equality Maps – 60% of US to Have Marriage Equality Shortly

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

It’s as inevitable as the sunrise – no, not marriage equality (though we hope so), but the advent of new US marriage equality maps after every state decision.

So here we go – and this was a big non-decision decision.

Nate Silver’s 538 has a marriage equality map, too:

538 marriage equality map

Silver says more than half of the US population lives in a marriage equality state for the first time:

That means for the first time, same-sex marriage is legal for the majority of the U.S. population. The 26 states where the practice is not legal have a total population of about 151 million. The Supreme Court’s decision may also lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. Those states have an additional 25 million people combined. If they follow suit, 30 states and the District, totaling about 60 percent of the U.S. population, would allow same-sex marriage.

There’s also a new map from Think Progress – looks like those grays are filling in nicely:

Think Progress Marriage Equality Map

Next, a lovely purpley one from The Dish:

The Dish Marriage Equality Map

And an updated map from Wikipedia:

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

Wikipedia Marriage Equality Map

MSNBC also has a nice interactive map:

MSNBC marriage equality map

Marriage Equality USA Launches New Interactive Maps

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

MEUSA Maps

Knowledge is power! With our new, interactive marriage equality maps, you can instantly find out what you need to know – an overall picture of the movement in addition to court cases, legislation, ballot initiatives and current polling!

Our maps are divided into 5 categories: State of the States (the current status regarding marriage equality for each state); Legislation; Litigation/Lawsuits; Ballot Initiatives; and, Polling. You can download each map, resulting in a clear, attractive PDF.

Did you know that via our State of the States Map, you can find the 10 states that ban marriage equality via the state constitution and also have a state law banning same-sex marriage?

Or, that on our Legislation Map you are able to see see which 7 states legalized marriage equality via state legislation, not the courts or the ballot box.

By using our Litigation/Lawsuits Map, you can find the 4 states with marriage equality cases at the state court level, and each state with a case at the federal level.

On the Ballot Initiatives Map you can locate the state which banned same-sex marriage via a ballot initiative, and which now has an initiative pending to legalize same-sex marriage.

And, our Polling Map shows you the states that are just about to break 50% support for marriage equality! As well as the 1 U.S. Territory with marriage equality polling on record.

Please check out, use and download these new, interactive maps! Send us your input if you are aware of marriage equality data that would be appropriate for our maps, or, if you have specific questions or suggestions, please let us know! Just email info@marriageequality.org

I hope you enjoy perusing our map data – definitely feel free to share this email!

USA: This Map Explains Where We Are With Marriage Equality

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Buzzfeed is out with a great new map which shows the status of marriage equality by US Circuit Court district.

Buzzfeed Marriage Equality Map

Buzzfeed reports:

Advocates expect the Supreme Court to decide a case addressing same-sex couples’ marriage rights in the next few years. But to get there, cases have to be heard by lower courts first. With a rush of court filings since the Supreme Court ruled this past June striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages, lawyers and organizations have been racing and fighting to get a marriage case back to the high court. Trial court decisions started coming down on Dec. 20, 2013, and they haven’t stopped since. Here’s where things stand as of March 12 with cases that have reached a trial court decision and could eventually reach the Supreme Court.

Marriage Equality’s own Ned Flaherty has his own list of pending lawsuits here. he also recaps past lawsuits.

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The Marriage Equality End Game

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

pew-marriage1I confess once again to being a little sideswiped by the sudden uptick of momentum in national support for marriage equality. I shouldn’t be. It was perfectly clear three decades ago that the arguments for equality were much stronger than the arguments against. And key debating points have been seriously and consecutively won, culminating in the logical devastation of the case against marriage equality in the Prop 8 trial.

But what I under-estimated, I think, was Pew Marriagethe personal dynamic. Simply put: it’s extremely hard to oppose marriage equality when you know someone who is gay. It requires you to hold a position that clearly treats the human being in front of you as inferior – or at least it sure can feel that way. This doesn’t mean there isn’t a reasoned, theological argument that gays should be denied equal treatment under the law. It simply means that even if you hold that principled position, you will increasingly feel like an isolated asshole with gay friends, family members and colleagues. And few actively want to be an asshole. I think that’s in part what fuels Rod Dreher’s passion. He’s a decent guy, and it anguishes him to think others will think he isn’t. He’s a humane person who nonetheless has to come off as inhumane to almost any gay person and many straight ones.

But when people resolve the struggle between theory and the human person – and it’s only resolved by embracing the whole person, including her sexual orientation – the denial of equality can seem increasingly outrageous. No straight person would ever acquiesce to the idea that he or she does not have a right to marry. Such a denial seems redolent only of slavery’s evil treatment of African-Americans. And who can really demand that another human being never experience love, commitment and intimacy? And so, over time, the country is sorting itself into two camps: most everyone in one camp, and older, white evangelicals – who have often never met a gay person – in the other. Which means a huge headache for the GOP.

Authored By Andrew Sullivan – See the Full Story at the Dish

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Marriage Equality Round-Up 1/29/14

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Gay Rights Map

Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Italy: Catholics are urging the Pope to speak out against laws that criminalize homosexuality. full story

Nigeria: Trials of gay men accused of homosexuality have been put on hold amid fears of mob violence against them. full story

Russia: UK pop singer Ellie Goulding says she won’t play in Russia because of the country’s anti-gay laws. full story

Singapore: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong doesn’t want the government to get ahead of the people on LGBT rights. full story

UK: Prime Minister David Cameron won’t attend the Sochi Games. full story

USA: A new report on anti-gay discrimination ranks each state and looks at how momentum for protections and other initiatives has slowed, even as marriage equality advances. full story

USA: ENDA has a new GOP co-sponsor, Rep. Michael Grimm from New York. full story

USA: President Obama did not discuss ENDA in his State of the Union speech last night. full story

USA: Singer Mary Lambert, the female vocal on “Same Love”, speaks out about the experience at the Grammys. full story

USA: A new study pinpoints discrimination as a suicide risk for transgender people. full story

USA, Mississippi: Mississippi Republican representative Steve Palazzo kicked off an anti-gay campaign on Facebook in the wake of the wedding ceremony on the Garmmys. full story

USA, Texas: The gay couple fighting for marriage equality in San Antonio, Texas is profiled. full story

USA, Texas: 4,000 gay rights advocates will converge on Texas today for the Creating Change Conference. full story

USA, Utah: Marriage equality supporters and foes held dueling rallies in Salt Lake City last night. full story