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Plano LGBT Ordinance Recall Effort Thrown Out – All Signatures Invalid

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Plano, Texas

Big news – the effort to repeal Plano’s new LGBT rights ordinance has failed in a spectacular fashion.

The Dallas Voice reports:

The team that screwed up the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance recall has proven to be equally incompetent in Plano. The “county of residence” requirement was omitted from the Plano petitions, which invalidated all of the signatures on it. In Houston, fewer than 4,000 signatures on petitions to overturn that city’s newly-enacted equal rights ordinance were valid out of more than 50,000 turned in. In Plano, none of the signatures were valid because that requirement was omitted. Plano spokesman Steve Stoler wrote in a press release this morning (Friday, Feb. 20), that the city of Plano has determined that the recently circulated petition is invalid and will not move forward. Plano’s city secretary was unable to certify the petition because it failed to meet state and local requirements for validation.

It’s great news for the ordinance and LGB rights, but it just hi-lights the fact that leaving out a transgender portion of the bill to protect bathroom access was a glaring mistake. It didn’t mute criticism of the bill, and divided supporters. Let’s hope this is a lesson going forward.

No word yet on whether the anti-gay forces plan to try again.

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Maryland Transgender Law Repeal Effort Fails

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Transgender FlagMaryland’s transgender rights bill will stand as anti-LGBT forces fail to collect enough signatures to force a public vote on the law.

The Washington Blade reports:

State Del. Neil Parrott (R-Washington County), who led the effort, said in an e-mail to supporters that his website, MDPetitions.com, collected 17,500 signatures — roughly 1,000 shy of the third of the 55,737 signatures it needed to submit to state election officials by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. Parrott said MDPetitions.com collected more than 6,000 signatures over the last two days, but it appears as though opponents never submitted them. “So many people did so much and we are very grateful for your enthusiastic support,” said Parrott. “It is difficult to come this close and then fall short, and yet we know that it was only through this effort that people became aware of the effects of this bill.”

They also failed to put a repeal of California’s law on the ballot. Could it be that transphobia is slowly fading in the US?

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Australia: Marriage Equality Bill Fails Again in Tasmania

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Australia MapA marriage equality bill failed for a second time in the Tasmanian Senate.

Pink News reports:

Equal marriage efforts in Tasmania have failed for a second time, as an attempt to reintroduce a bill to allow same-sex marriages failed in the state’s upper house. The measure was introduced by independent member Ruth Forrest, however it was defeated 8 votes to 6. It was thought that Tasmania would become the first state to allow same-sex marriage, as a bill passed in its lower house last year, however the upper house voted down the bill, also 8-6.

It would’ve been nice to have Tasmania join the Australian Capital Territory in the fight for marriage equality.

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Macedonia: Constitutional Ban on Marriage Equality Rejected

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Macedonia – Google maps

from Google maps

Macedonia’s Parliament rejected a ban on gay marriage on Tuesday.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An amendment to alter Macedonia’s constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman was defeated Tuesday, failing to reach a two thirds majority vote. Marriage is already defined as union between a man and a woman under the country’s Family Law, but the country’s ruling party, VMRO-DPMNE, proposed the amendment in order to block the possibility that the law might be amended in the future by a simple majority vote (42 legislators). In order to amend the constitution, 79 Macedonian Members of Parliament (MPs) out of 123 must vote in its favor, but only 47 voted supported it, with 26 against and 12 abstaining.

One anti-gay lawmaker offered this lovely thought:

“In socialism homosexuality was punishable by law and it was fine by me. It’s not hate, for me it is illness, and you are free to follow the trends if you want to. Just be aware when you walk around, you must stick your ass facing the wall.”

Ah, the good old days.

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IL, USA: Marriage Equality Ban Effort Falls Short

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Illinois Marriage Equality BanAn effort to put a non-binding referendum recommending that Illinois lawmakers ban gay marriage with a constitutional amendment has come up short.

Jim Finnegan, president of the conservative group Illinois Defense of Marriage Initiative, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he expects about 100,000 of the 500,000 signatures needed to put the issue on the November ballot to be collected by the end of the month.

In February, less than a year after the state approved a measure that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions, three openly gay lawmakers introduced a gay marriage bill.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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CA: Prop 8 Repeal Fails to Gather Enough Signatures

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

A proposed ballot measure that would repeal the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage has been set aside for the time being, as proponents failed to gather enough signatures to put the measure on the November ballot, according to measure spokesman John Henning.

“This is a heartbreaking moment,” said Henning, executive director of Love Honor Cherish. “Despite the dogged efforts of hundreds of volunteers across California, we did not get the signatures we needed within the 15–day window set by the state.” About 700,000 valid signatures were needed by the deadline today.

Henning said activists are now planning to qualify the measure for the 2012 ballot. Many in the movement had advocated against the 2010 ballot measure, saying the odds of passage would be better in 2012 – in part because a younger generation of voters, who are typically more open to gay marriage, would be going to the polls.

Full Story from the OC Register

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Prop 8 Repeal Doesn’t Get Enough Signatures to Make 2010 Ballot

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Just received this from Love Honor Cherish – sad, but not unexpected given that the major LGBT groups decided to wait for 2012. great work from our friends at LHC, tho!

Love Honor Cherish, which spearheaded an effort to place an initiative on the November 2010 ballot to repeal Proposition 8 and restore equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, announced today that the proponents did not gather the 694,354 signatures necessary to place the proposed initiative on the ballot. The group vowed to work toward the repeal of Prop 8 at the next general election in November 2012.

“This is a heartbreaking moment,” said John Henning, Executive Director of Love Honor Cherish. “Despite the dogged efforts of hundreds of volunteers across California, we did not get the signatures we needed within the 150-day window set by the state.”

Under California law, it is too late to mount a new effort to repeal Prop 8 in 2010. “Regrettably, Prop 8 will remain as a stain on our constitution until at least 2012, and perhaps later,” said Henning. He challenged activists statewide to rededicate themselves and unify behind a 2012 repeal effort.

Prop 8 passed by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. However, polls taken since the vote have shown that a majority of Californians now support the right of same-sex couples to marry, indicating that a new ballot proposition to repeal Prop 8 would be likely to pass in November 2010. In March, a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California showed a 6 percent increase in support for equal marriage rights in just the last year.

The proponents of the repeal initiative sought to seize the momentum unleashed by the passage of Prop 8 and parlay it into a victory at the polls. “This signature campaign was the right thing to do in the wake of Prop 8,” said Love Honor Cherish board member Lester Aponte. “We were determined to act affirmatively to achieve equality and we will continue to do that until Prop 8 has been finally repealed. We had hundreds of thousands of conversations with California voters about the right to marry and we know that we have moved hearts and minds. In the process, we have set the foundation for a future repeal effort and brought hope to thousands whose hearts were broken by the passage of Prop 8.”

Love Honor Cherish was one of more than 40 groups supporting the repeal of Prop 8 in November 2010, and was part of the Restore Equality 2010 coalition. The campaign utilized a unique web-based social networking tool, located at www.SignForEquality.com, which enabled volunteers to download the petition form, watch training videos and join teams.