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Houston Gay Rights Opponents Turn in Signatures to Repeal LGBT Rights Ordinance

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

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It looks like opponents of the new LGBT rights ordinance in Houston have turned in more than enough signatures to force a public vote in November.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Opponents of Houston’s new LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance on Thursday delivered what they say are thousands of voters’ signatures requesting that it be repealed. The group, consisting of pastors and faith-based organizations, said they had collected more than 50,000 signatures calling for a ballot referendum aimed at repealing the measure; a total of 17,269 valid signatures are required to place the issue on the November ballot. They say they want the public to have a chance to vote on the anti-discrimination ordinance, and not just city council members.

It’s amazing to me that these folks hate us enough to want to block even employment and housing protections for the LGBT community. Remember how they always used to tell us it was just about the word “marriage”?

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USA, Oregon: Update from Oregon United for Marriage

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Oregon Gay MarriageOur friend Peter Zuckerman, Press secretary for OUFM, sent over an update on the fight there:

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It’s an incredible time for the freedom to marry in Oregon. In the courts or at the ballot, we will win—and defend—marriage in 2014!

RECORD HIGH SUPPORT

Support for the freedom to marry in Oregon is at a record high of 55%, according to polling Oregon United for Marriage released on February 20. This is a huge shift over just the past four years– which mirrors what we’re seeing nationally. More and more people are coming to understand that no one should be denied the freedom to marry the person they love.

OUR JOB NOW: DEFENDING AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

Over the next four months, we have a new–and huge–job ahead of us: we need to educate Oregonians on an effort by our opponents at the Oregon Family Council to qualify a discrimination initiative, a measure that would allow businesses to deny commercial services to people because of who they are and who they love. Treating people differently based on who they are is discrimination.

At a moment when Oregonians should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against loving, committed couples, we’re gearing up to fight another effort to write discrimination back into our laws. This hurtful measure weakens our current anti-discrimination laws so that corporations and commercial businesses can discriminate against gay and lesbian couples by denying them services on their wedding day. Freedom means freedom for everyone, and it is wrong to treat people differently because of who they are and who they love.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE FREEDOM TO MARRY IN OREGON?

Since we launched the Oregon United for Marriage campaign, our goal has been clear: secure the freedom to marry in Oregon through the surest, quickest means possible.

The amazing movement Oregonians have built is continuing the work to win and defend marriage. Oregon United for Marriage is sorting and prepping the signatures, so they’re ready to turn in on a moment’s notice if we need to. And supporters will keep organizing and talking to friends and neighbors to make the case that Oregon is ready for marriage–and not interested in adding discrimination back into our laws.

FREEDOM TO MARRY STATEWIDE TOUR

We hope you can join Oregon United for Marriage at one of the stops on the
TBD locations will be announced soon. Watch http://events.oregonunitedformarriage.org for more details in the coming days.

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The oral arguments in the marriage equality lawsuit are in mid April, and there could be a ruling as soon as May (though it may take longer). OUFM has until 7/3 to turn in their signatures to put marriage equality on the November ballot.

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USA, Illinois: Governor Quinn Hints at Possible Marriage Equality Vote Next Month

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat QuinnIllinois Governor Pat Quinn was encouraged that the groundwork was laid for marriage equality in the two day veto session this month.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s not discouraged that Illinois lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda. The Chicago Democrat says the days were valuable for discussion to “lay a foundation” on the state’s pension crisis and same-sex marriage. Both chambers adjourned for the week Wednesday afternoon, however neither issue came up for a vote before lawmakers left town. They’ll be back next month. Quinn says that’ll be the time to take votes.

But will Illinois lawmakers actually have the courage to take up marriage equality vote in November?

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USA, New Jersey: Dems to Attempt Override of Christie Marriage Equality Veto After Election

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

New Jersey mapThe New jersey Democratic party is revving up to try to pass the marriage equality bill again.

Pink News reports:

As of last year the Senate needed three more votes, as well as 12 in the Assembly, in order to override Christie’s veto, but its supporters are now confident that they can succeed. Democratic leaders have said they will attempt to override the veto in November during the lame duck season after the election. Campaigns have also begun on both sides of the argument. Republican legislators have been told they will be allowed to vote however they please on the issue, without pressure from the governor.

Why are they waiting until November? My guess is to give Republicans who might vote for it some cover, so they don’t have to go against the governor just before the election. Thoughts?

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New Jersey, USA: Should Marriage Equality Go to The Ballot Box?

Friday, April 5th, 2013

New JerseyShould NJ democrats go around the legislature and put marriage equality on the ballot this November? Jay R. Lassiter at PolitickerNJ thinks so, and here’s why:

10. We’re already won. Game, set and match. And by “we” I mean supporters of same-sex marriage in New Jersey and beyond. Find out how, why and when.

9. We won’t override Chris Christie’s marriage equality veto anytime soon. I’m no math major but I can do basic addition. (To wit, 400 + 20 = 420.) And no matter how many times I crunch the numbers, I simply don’t see the votes adding up to trump Christie’s veto pen.

8. Have you seen the latest Q Poll? I’m a liberal democrat so naturally I’m sick of hearing how popular the Governor is. Because you know what’s just as popular? Do the words “MARRIAGE EQUALITY” come to mind?

Follow the link above for the rest of the reasons. I’m of mixed mind here. On the one hand, I’d rather see these things done legislatively than by popular vote. On the other hand, barring a sudden change of heart by Christie, the Democrats had their bite at that apple during the lame duck session before he took office, and they refused to take it.

A popular vote might be the only way to do it in New Jersey before 2017.

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Nevada, USA: November Date for Marriage Equality Trial Set

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Nevada, USA: November Date for Marriage Equality Trial SetA federal judge in Las Vegas set a November date for arguments on a national gay rights advocacy group’s lawsuit challenging Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Chief Judge Robert Jones said Friday that he wants to quickly decide the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund against Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and various officials.

The lawsuit focuses on differences between rights granted by the state Legislature with a domestic partnership law in 2009 and a gay marriage ban that voters made part of the state constitution in 2002.

See the Full Story at 8 News Now

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USA: Why Marriage Equality Has a Shot at the Ballot Box in November

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Marriage EqualityOpponents of gay marriage have an unblemished track record in U.S. elections, chalking up 32 victories in 32 public votes.

They’ve won in blue states and red ones, among the most heavily religious areas and among the least-churched. North Carolina punctuated the winning streak just last month by comfortably approving a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex unions.

Gay marriage supporters are optimistic that they can end their losing ways this year, with four states voting on the issue in November. They’re particularly encouraged by the prospects in Washington and Maine. Meanwhile opponents have taken steps to maintain their unflawed record and believe their side will be motivated to hold the status quo.

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Washington, USA: Marriage Equality Law On Hold Until November

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Washington State's Marriage Equality Law On Hold Until NovemberOpponents of same-sex marriage in the state of Washington successfully filed more than 200,000 signatures Wednesday to place the legislation on hold by instating a referendum on November’s ballot.

Preserve Marriage Washington submitted its required signatures just one day before the monumental law was due to begin in the state.

“The current definition of marriage works and has worked,” said Joseph Backholm, the chair of Preserve Marriage Washington, as he stood next to stacked boxes of petitions. Legislation allowing same-sex marriage in the state of Washington was passed and signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier.

Full Story from LGBT Weekly

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