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The Year in Bisexual Invisibility

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


This year has not been a great one for bisexual visibility. Time and time again, both straight and gay people have ignored or dismissed bisexuals. In news stories, in interviews with celebrities, and in movies and TV shows, bisexuals were hard to find.

Even though several studies indicate that bisexuals make up the largest portion of the LGBT population, they have some of the worst representation. Here are some of the most glaring examples of bi invisibility in 2014.

The New York Times: Early this year, The New York Times questioned whether bisexuals exist. In “The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists,” the Times questioned the legitimacy of bisexuality due to the “lack of” science-based evidence.

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Ohio Marriage Equality Ballot Initiative Cancelled for 2014

Friday, June 20th, 2014

OhioLooks like Ohio marriage equality won’t make the ballot this November.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A key organizer in the ballot effort to overturn Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban says a revised proposal lacks the required signatures to go before voters this fall. FreedomOhio’s executive director Ian James also said Thursday the campaign would not have had enough money to run an effective statewide campaign this year… With a July 2 signature deadline approaching, James confirmed the issue won’t meet the requirements to appear on 2014 ballots.

So now it’s all up to the courts.

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US, Ohio: Marriage Equality Group Has More Than Enough Signatures to Make the Ballot

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

OhioA group pressing for a 2014 or 2016 vote on marriage equality has gathered almost twice as many signatures as they need for the ballot, but are pushing for more.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

The group pushing to overturn Ohio’s 12-year-old constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman says it has 650,000 signatures on a petition to put a gay-marriage measure on the statewide ballot. FreedomOhio’s goal: a million signatures by this summer’s filing deadline for the November election. Only 385,247 valid signatures are needed. “We see strongest support amongst women, single moms, minority and youth voters, which is also termed the ‘rising American electorate,'” said the group’s leader, Ian James. “At FreedomOhio, we call these folks ‘the base.'”

But even if the group gets the million names, the decision on whether to go to the ballot in 2014 or 2016 remains up in the air. It will depend, James said, on “having the resources to identify and mobilize majority support.”

The last poll we’ve seen, from last April, favored marriage equality 48-44%.

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UK, Scotland: First Weddings in July?

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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It looks like same sex couples could start marrying a lot sooner than was originally expected.

Gay Star News reports:

The bill legalizing gay marriage in Scotland is expected to be pass overwhelmingly by Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in a free vote tomorrow (4 January). While it was expected the first gay weddings would take place in 2015, roughly a year after England and Wales, implementation could take far quicker than expected. The Scottish Government announced they would work with the UK Government to speed up the process, as long as it passes the final vote.

If so, gay and lesbian couples will begin marrying in Scotland just three and a half months after their England/Wales counterparts. Northern Ireland, however, continues to drag its feet, even though polls there show 57% support for marriage equality.

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UK, Scotland: Parliament Likely to Pass Marriage Equality Bill Overwhelmingly Tuesday

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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Scotland could join England and Wales with full marriage equality this week.

Towleroad.com reports:

MSPs are expected to pass Scotland’s marriage equality bill in an overwhelming vote on Tuesday, the Herald reports: The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill will legalise civil and religious same-sex marriages, with an “opt-in” procedure for faiths and celebrants willing to conduct ceremonies and legal protection for those who object. It also relaxes the rules on where civil marriages can take place, and establishes non-religious or “belief” marriage ceremonies. Health Secretary Alex Neil, who has piloted the law through Holyrood, will tell Parliament he expects the first same-sex marriages will take place in Scotland by the end of the year.

However, it’s possible weddings could begin there as soon as July.

In related news, one MP is taking a last whack at wrecking the bill with an amendment.

Gay Star News reports:

According to Scotland on Sunday, Glasgow Shettleston SNP politician John Mason, a devout Christian, has tabled several amendments to the bill and hopes other politicians will support them in the final vote. One of the amendments states no public sector employee should suffer any ‘detriment’ for believing in the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Mason suggests the same-sex marriage law should be delayed from coming into effect until suitable anti-discriminatory protection for public sector workers is signed into the Equality Act, which is currently passing through Westminster.

It seems unlikely that the effort will succeed.

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Luxembourg: Marriage Equality By Summer?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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The tiny European country of Luxembourg may see marriage equality this year.

Gay Star News reports:

Luxembourg is set to pass gay marriage this summer. If approved by parliament, gay couples could be finally walking down the aisle by the end of the year. Justice Minister Felix Braz announced the news this week, saying he hoped it would be finally made law after years of delays. Drawn up by the former government in 2010, the same-sex marriage draft law was due to be voted on late last year. But following a change of government in October, the vote was postponed.

Amazing – will all of Europe have marriage equality before the US does?

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USA, Indiana: House Speaker Expects Vote on Marriage Equality Ban Next Year

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Indiana House Speaker Brian BosmaIt looks like the fight over what could be the last state constitutional ban on gay marriage will come to a head in 2014.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he expects lawmakers to reach a conclusion this year on amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, but hasn’t decided on timetable for tackling the issue in the 2014 session. Bosma, a Republican, did not include the ban on a list of formal House GOP priorities presented at the Indiana Chamber of commerce’s annual legislative preview Monday. But the issue is still likely to dominate much of the 2014 session.

More and more people are lining up against it, including mayors, clergy, and universities across the state. Let’s pull a Minnesota and vote against it, and then turn around and make full marriage equality happen.

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USA, Ohio: LGBT Group Has Enough Signatures To Take Marriage Equality to the Ballot in 2014

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

OhioIt looks like Ohioans may have a chance to vote for marriage equality next November.

The Athens News reports:

Ohio voters likely will have an opportunity to vote on a state constitutional amendment for equal marriage rights next November. Athens native and Ohio University graduate Ian James, a co-founder of Freedom to Marry Ohio, said Tuesday the group has met its petition threshold for the ballot. James, who graduated from Athens High School in 1984 and Ohio University in 1989, said Tuesday that Freedom to Marry is continuing to collect signatures with the goal of getting 1 million Ohioans signed on to support the constitutional amendment.

The amendment itself is only 46 words long, and if passed would become the shortest amendment in the state’s history. It has three central provisions: Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into marriage regardless of gender; give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry; and give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage.

The last polling we have from Ohio, from April, shows state voters supporting the measure by 48% to 44%. A victory in Ohio would mean that both Indiana and Pennsylvania would be bordered by states on both sides with full marriage equality. It’s like the best game of Risk ever.

Editor’s note:

An update on the polling in Ohio from MEUSA’s Ned Flaherty:

On 19 August 2013, Public Policy Polling surveyed 551 OH voters and reported that 48% support marriage equality, 42% do not, and 10% are unsure.

On 3 September 2013, Public Religion Research Institute surveyed 1,001 adults representative of OH residents on same-gender civil marriage, and reported 47% in favor, 47% opposed, and 6% unsure or refusing. Regarding a ballot measure to amend the constitution to allow same-gender civil marriage, 45% favor it, 51% oppose it, and 4% don’t know or refused.

Thanks, Ned!

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Luxembourg: Prime Minister Wants Marriage Equality in Country by 2014

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Xavier Bettel, the incoming, openly gay prime minister of Luxembourg, once the country to pass the marriage equality bill next year.

On Top Magazine reports:

Bettel, the leader of the Democratic Party and the current mayor of Luxembourg City, on October 25 was designated as the nation’s “formateur” and as such will lead the formation of a coalition government. Bettel will not become the first openly gay person to head a nation when he takes over the reigns in a few weeks. Iceland’s former leader Johanna Siguroardottir served a 4-year term ending in May. Under her watch, Iceland extended marriage rights to gay couples. Neither will Bettel be the first gay male prime minister. Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo is also openly gay.

The tiny country, sandwiched between France, Belgium, and Germany, would become the 11th country in Europe to have marriage equality. Its two neighbors to the west, France and Belgium, already allow same-sex couples to marry.

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Ireland: Labour MEP Calls for Marriage Equality Referendum Next Year Instead of 2015

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Ireland MEP Emer CostelloAn Irish Member of Parliament wants to move up the vote to legalize marriage equality by a year.

Pink News reports:

Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015. The Irish Labour Party politician believes it will help boost turnout and safeguard a yes vote in favour of civil marriage rights for Ireland’s same-sex couples. Ireland’s cabinet this week formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.

Same sex couples in Ireland shouldn’t have to wait two more years.

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