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Houston’s LGBT Protections Ordinance Survives Initial Attack

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Texas mapThe City of Houston determined that the opponents of a new LGBT civil rights ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to put a repeal on the ballot.

The Dallas Voice reports:

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance will not appear on the November ballot, Mayor Annise Parker announced at a press conference today. “The petition is simply invalid,” said David Feldman, the city’s attorney. Officials said there were too many irregularities in the petition. Some of the pages weren’t notarized, and too many of the signatures were not registered voters, they said. Feldman said, essentially, that there were so many problems with the petition as it was submitted that the city couldn’t accept it. Mayor Annise Parker predicted that opponents will take legal action. Because of expected legal action, she will then delay implementation of the ordinance.

It’s sad that the implementation has been delayed, but this does shift the fight to the courts, which are a lot harder to sway than public opinion with lies and deception.

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India: New Challenge to Anti Gay Law

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Naz Foundation IndiaThe Naz Foundation, an HIV support group, petitioned the Indian Supreme Court to reconsider its decision about the country’s anti gay law.

Pink News reports:

Campaigners in India have begun a new challenge against the Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise homosexuality. The Naz Foundation, an HIV support group, yesterday filed a curative petition challenging last December’s verdict. It argues that the court made a “mistake” in its judgment and is guilty of a “gross miscarriage of justice”.

Courts don’t generally like to be told that they were wrong, and with a new conservative government in power, it may be years before this injustice is finally addressed.

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Australia: New Conservative Federal Government Promises to Quickly Quash ACT’s Marriage Equality Law

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Australia MapWasting no time, Tony Abbott’s Liberal government plans to move against the yesterday capital territories new marriage equality law.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Attorney-General George Brandis said on Tuesday he would ask for an expedited hearing in the High Court – in part to minimise any ”distress” that the hundreds of gay couples expected to marry in the national capital from mid-December onwards might experience if the court sides with the Commonwealth. ‘It would be very distressing to individuals who may enter into a ceremony of marriage under the new ACT law, and to their families, to find that their marriages were invalid. In that context, the government will request the High Court to give the case an expedited hearing,” a spokeswoman for Senator Brandis said.

We’ve heard this line before – it’s all about the poor couples, we wouldn’t want them to suffer any distress when they find out we invalidated their marriages. It’s bullshit. Just on your bigotry.

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USA, California: Supreme Court Turns Down San Diego Clerk’s Bid to Halt Same Sex Weddings

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Prop 8 OverThe California Supreme Court just quashed the San Diego County Clerk’s request to immediately halt all same sex weddings in the state. The Los Angeles Times reports:

The California Supreme Court once again refused to stop gays from marrying, rejecting a bid Tuesday by a San Diego County clerk. In a closed session, the state high court turned down a request by San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. for a temporary hold or “stay” on same-sex marriages. The court rejected a similar request last week by the sponsors of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage. Dronenburg asked the court Friday to stop the marriages while it considers whether a 2010 federal injunction required him and other county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He noted that the California Constitution continues to define marriage as an opposite-sex union.

They will still look at the challenges in August. But for now, the weddings will go on!

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Australia: Is This Why Prime Minister Gillard is Against Marriage Equality?

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Australia PM Julia GillardWe’ve long wondered why single, atheist, left-wing PM Julia Gillard has been so dead-set against marriage equality. A new article from Gay Star News offers a possibility:

A rift between marriage-equality supporting members and social conservative leaders has erupted in Australia’s largest trade union, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA). The conflict has potentially far-reaching consequences as the national leader of the SDA is Joe de Bruyn who is hugely influential in the Labor Party and rumored to be the reason Prime Minister Julia Gillard is so stubbornly opposed to marriage equality.

Of course. It’s politics.

A group within the union is now challenging de Bruyn’s stance on the issue:

SDA Members for Marriage Equality was formed in response to de Bruyn’s public anti-gay-marriage statements in 2010. ‘He was committing the union to campaign against gay marriage,’ said Hart. ‘Since then we’ve made it our mission to try to show that the SDA leaders who act like they speak on behalf of their members, the 250,000 members of the SDA, do not represent the members.’ Last year SDA made a anti-gay-marriage submission to the Senate inquiry looking at proposed changes to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage.

The union has repeatedly refused to survey its members on the issue, claiming they are overwhelmingly against marriage equality.

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Brazil: Conservative Party Challenges Marriage Equality Ruling

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

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Brazil is not quite there on marriage equality, yet – a conservative political party has challenged the recent court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the country. Edge Boston reports:

The Social Christian Party filed its appeal Tuesday with the Supreme Court arguing that the council’s ruling was unconstitutional because Congress has not approved it. One of the party’s leaders is Congressman Marco Feliciano, an evangelical pastor who is president of the Commission for Human Rights and Minorities. He has said on his Twitter page that AIDS is a “gay cancer.”

Hopefully the challenge is dealt with quickly so Brazil’s gay and lesbian couples can officially marry throughout the country.

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Spain: Constitutional Court Upholds Marriage Equality Law

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Spain’s Constitutional Court has upheld the country’s seven-year-long equal marriage law. On Tuesday evening, it rejected an appeal by the ruling conservative Popular Party.

The party’s leader, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, had previously said he supports civil unions for gay couples, but does not think they should be called marriages.

According to AFP, the court voted 8-3 to dismiss the appeal of the Popular Party.

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Spain: Constitutional Court to Rule on Challenge to Marriage Equality Law Soon

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Seven years since it was legalized, the top court in Spain is set to rule on an appeal challenging the country’s marriage equality law, the AP reports:

The conservative Popular Party filed the appeal in 2005 on the grounds that “marriage” in the Spanish constitution meant the union of a man and a woman in matrimony.

A court spokesman said the tribunal will meet later Tuesday to study the appeal and is expected to vote.

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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New York Court Rejects Challenge to Marriage Equality Law

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

New York Court Rejects Challenge to Marriage Equality LawThe top court in New York declined to hear a challenge to the state’s marriage equality law Tuesday in a move that appeared to end any immediate legal threats to the measure passed last year.

Gannett Albany reports the state’s Court of Appeals tossed out the challenge brought by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a conservative religious group that lobbied against the law’s passage. Its lawsuit challenged the law on procedural grounds, with claims that the Republican-controlled state Senate had violated the state’s open meetings law by meeting behind closed doors to discuss the legislation with advocates such as New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Last November a state Supreme Court judge in Livingston County ruled the lawsuit could proceed, but the Appellate Division unanimously rejected the challenge earlier this year. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms then appealed to the state’s highest court.

Authored By Julie Bolcer – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Michigan, USA: Lesbian Couple Challenging Marriage Equality Ban

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Michigan, USA: Lesbian Couple Challenging Marriage Equality BanA lesbian couple is challenging Michigan’s gay marriage ban. April DeBoer and her partner Jayne Rowse of Hazel Park on Friday amended their lawsuit seeking to jointly adopt their three foster children to instead challenge the state’s ban on gay nuptials.

The idea of amending the complaint was the suggestion of U.S. District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman.

“This is totally not what we expected by any means,” Rowse told the Detroit Free Press. “We wanted to keep the kids’ rights at the forefront, the rights that any other child has.”

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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