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USA: New Poll Says 60% of Likely Voters Support Marriage Equality

Friday, February 13th, 2015

titleA new poll from HRC shows a heightened level of support for marriage equality among likely voters.

Politico reports:

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule this spring on whether same-sex couples nationwide should have the right to marry, a gay rights organization on Friday released a new survey showing support for gay marriage at 60 percent among likely voters in the 2016 election. The Human Rights Campaign — a Washington, D.C.-based tax-exempt nonprofit that works to “achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” — says its survey shows conservatives who claim the country will balk at court-imposed marriage rights are out of step with public opinion. The poll was conducted late last month by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. According to the survey, 60 percent of likely voters say they favor “allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally,” while 37 percent oppose allowing gays to marry.

While the poll measures likely voters vs. people in general, it’s still a great number to see.

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New HRC Report Exposes World Conference of Families’ Anti Gay Bigotry

Monday, August 25th, 2014

World Congress of FamiliesA new report from the Human Rights Campaign profiles the anti gay activities of the World Conference of Families.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The report by the HRC Foundation, the educational arm of HRC, documents: WCF’s origins and founding members; a timeline of its major international events; affiliations with prominent American officials, political groups, and religious organizations; engagement and lobbying with leaders and lawmakers abroad; and the primary regions in which the group has been most active. According to the report, the WCF and its affiliates are connected to anti-LGBT advocacy in Uganda, Russia, Nigeria, and many other countries. “This organization and their affiliates’ global advocacy have corresponded with a dangerous rise in anti-LGBT laws, discrimination, and even violence around the world,” said Cobb.

See the full report here.

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The Most Awesome Response to Westboro Baptist Church, Ever

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Panic at the DiscoThe band Panic! At the Disco turned a WBC protest into an HRC fundraiser in a brilliant response to the homophobic group’s pathetic rally outside the band’s concert in Kansas City.

Queerty reports:

The Bible-thumping gang that just loves to hate recently put out the most nails-on-a-chalk-board version of Panic At The Disco’s pop-punk anthem “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” which they call “You Love Sin What a Tragedy.”… They also announced plans to picket Panic’s show in Kansas City, Mo this past weekend. Because apparently there weren’t any bigger sinners to harass that day. Well the band fired back in just about the prefect way imaginable. Frontman Brendon Urie (who is married to a woman but doesn’t shy away from talking about past experiences sleeping with men) and co. posted this message to Twitter, pledging a $20 donation to HRC for every Westboro protester.

Only 13 showed up, so the band upped their donation from $260 to an even grand. How awesome is that? They also donated 5% of their merchandise sales for the show. Love these guys!

USA: Joe Biden Speaks Out at HRC Dinner

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Vice President Joe BidenVice President Joe Biden gave a rousing speech at the HRC gala yesterday.

The Advocate reports:

“Because of what all of you’ve done,” he said during the Human Rights Campaign’s Los Angeles gala, “my granddaughter is going to grow up in a better country, and a more just country, and a more fair country.” Biden said that among the many wins for marriage equality, the silent majority has been liberated to speak up. “You liberated tens of millions of straight guys and straight women,” he told the room. Adding later, “they know they are not the exception, they know they are the majority.”

Give ’em hell, Joe!

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USA, Utah: County Clerks Can Finish Same-Sex Marriage Paperwork Already in Progress

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Utah MapEnding one small part of the uncertainty around the marriage equality lawsuit in Utah, the Attorney General ordered the state’s county clerks to finish any paperwork on same-sex marriages that was started before the Supreme Court’s stay.

Joe.My.God reports:

The stay remains in effect while the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considers the long-term question of whether gay couples have a right to wed in Utah. In Weber County, about 30 couples married before the ruling, but their marriage certificates were not completed after county attorneys said to put them on hold. Reyes’ new advice was issued to clear up some confusion and only applies to marriages that were solemnized, his spokeswoman Missy Larsen said. “As long as the marital ceremony happened prior to the stay, then the marriage can receive documentation,” Larsen said. The attorney general’s office said Thursday’s guidance is not a decision on whether the marriages are valid.

So that’s something.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign is asking the US Attorney General to ensure that Utah’s new same-sex marriages are recognized federally.

Pink News reports:

The AP has obtained a letter from the HRC which calls on the US Attorney General to immediately recognise the marriages of those couples, and allow them federal benefits.
A US Supreme Court ruling in June 2013 extended over a thousand benefits to same-sex married couples. The same court is expected to decide some time in February whether Utah same-sex couples will be able to marry going forward.

And the Mormon church is not filing a brief in the case at this point.

Gay Star News reports:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has said it will not get involved in the Utah state government’s appeal to the legalization of same-sex marriage by a District Court for now – but has not ruled out becoming involved at a later date. Church spokeswoman Jessica Moody told Fox News 13 that the Mormons were not currently seeking to file a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the appeal of the District Court ruling that allowed over 1,300 same-sex couples to marry since 20 December – although the US Supreme Court has now stayed any further same-sex couples marrying until an appeal is heard.

Briefs in the case are due by February 25th, and the case could be heard as soon as March 17th by the 10th circuit. Could this be the case that blows away all those same-sex marriage bans? Or will the Supreme Court still be cautious once a case reaches them?

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USA: HRC Launches New Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Defense of Marriage ActLGBT Weekly reports on a new coalition of Fortune 500 companies for marriage equality, put together by HRC:

The Human Rights Campaign, announced today the formation of a business coalition made up of Fortune 500 and brand name companies that support ending federal discrimination against legally married gay and lesbian couples. Currently, because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), lawfully married same-sex couples are not recognized by the federal government and are thereby denied more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits – including filing taxes jointly, taking unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse, and Social Security survivor benefits – that come with marriage.

The list includes Marriott an some other heavy hitters:

Joining Marriott as members of the Business Coalition for DOMA Repeal are: A|X Armani Exchange, Aetna Inc., Biogen Idec, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Diageo North America, eBay Inc., Electronic Arts, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group LLC, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Replacements, Ltd., Sun Life Financial U.S., and Thomson Reuters.

In the end, money always talks.

HRC: NOM is Done

Friday, January 18th, 2013

National Organization for MarriageThe Human Rights Campaign today issued a press release roundly mocking NOM for their failures to make good on their threats. An excerpt:

Opponents’ financing is drying up. They were outspent almost three to one last year, $12 million to $34 million in the ballot campaigns. More broadly, tax documents obtained by HRC last fall show that NOM’s funding declined by one-third for 2011 – and that a whopping 75 percent of the anti-gay organization’s funding came from just two donors. It’s not surprising then that NOM is unable to follow through on the threats the group makes to Republicans supportive of marriage equality.

NOM promised, for instance, that it would spend $2 million to defeat the four Republican State Senators in New York who backed the legislature’s same-sex marriage bill in 2011. NOM then backpedalled, saying it would spend $250,000 in the primary fights. According to NOM PAC NY’s campaign finance reports, it only raised $45,000 and only spent $40,000 in 2012 – nowhere near what it claimed it would spend.

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USA: New HRC President Ready to Wade Into More Marriage Equality Fights

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

New Human Rights Campaign President Ready to Wade Into More Marriage Equality FightsSince Chad Griffin took over the reins of the Human Rights Campaign last June, three US states made history by passing ballot measures making gay marriage legal.

Now the head of the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US is looking ahead to 2013 with even more ambitious goals.

‘Campaigns are gearing up to pass marriage equality in the state legislatures of Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island in 2013 – some potentially in the next few months,’ Griffin writes in a letter sent to supporters this week in which he is seeking end-of-the-year donations to HRC.

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