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Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Equality Hearing Tomorrow

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Seventh CircuitTwo more states, Indiana and Wisconsin, will go before an appeals court this week.

WLFI reports:

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the Indiana gay marriage case in a Chicago courtroom Tuesday morning beginning at 10:30 Lafayette time. There will be 20 minutes set aside for attorneys for same sex couples and another 20 minutes for the state. Solicitor General Thomas Fisher will make those arguments. Then, both sides in a Wisconsin case will get the same opportunity. A three judge panel that will be drawn from the 10 judges in the 7th Circuit will decide the case. Seven of them were appointed by Republican Presidents, Three by Democrats.

Ten states are urging the judges to uphold the bans.

Chicago pride reports:

Ten states have joined in filing an amicus brief in support of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana. The states are urging the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to uphold restrictive marriage bans in two challenges to be heard before the court on Tuesday… States involved in the brief include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

The Wisconsin plaintiffs got a send-off in Madison.

WBAY reports:

Two gay couples suing for the right to marry are off to Chicago to listen to oral arguments before a federal appeals court. Carol Schumacher and Virginia Wolf and Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning boarded a bus Monday morning after a send-off at the OutReach LGBT Center in Madison. About two dozen people showed up to see them off.

So did the Indiana plaintiffs, in Indianapolis.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gay couples heading to Chicago to challenge Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban told supporters Monday that they believe they are on the right side of history. Nearly 100 supporters at a rally sponsored by Hoosiers Unite for Marriage gathered at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis to wave off the four couples as they left to attend legal arguments before a federal appeals court on Tuesday. The couples planned to attend other rallies in support of same-sex-marriage along the way in Lafayette, Munster and Chicago and said they hoped supporters and plaintiffs would join their convoy en route.

All eyes are on the Seventh Circuit tomorrow.

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Taiwan: As Legislature Considers Marriage Equality, Protesters Rally for Both Sides

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Protesters for both sides in the marriage equality debate scuffled in Taipei’s Freedom Square on Sunday.

Gay Star News reports:

Both sides of the debate held protest rallies in Taipei’s Freedom Square with some scuffles occurring between the two groups. Supporters of marriage equality were decked out in the rainbow gay pride colors while opponents wore cardboard hats depicting a mother and father panda and two panda cubs. The pro-heterosexual marriage rally was organized by the Taiwan Happy Family Alliance – a coalition of Christian churches – and they claim 20,000 people attended their rally. Taiwanese media did not give estimates for the number of people protesting for same-sex marriage. However supporters of marriage equality were joined by two Taiwanese Tibetan Buddhist nuns who had come to show their support.

Ironically, the anti gay marriage rally was called “Happy Family”, but apparently the familes there were anything but, as they pushed and tried to force out marriage equality supporters.

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USA: Marriage Equality Rallies Planned for Utah, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California for Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

MEUSA LogoToday is national Freedom to Marry Day and in two days’ time we will celebrate love, romance and marriage on Valentine’s Day. Each year during this week loving, committed same-sex couples, accompanied by their friends and supporters, attend events to render visible the harm that excluding them from marriage causes them and their families.

In states that still do not have the freedom to marry, same-sex couples will ask for marriage licenses. In states that do now have marriage equality, people will go to their local Clerk-Recorders to thank them for their work and support and to congratulate the couples obtaining marriage licenses that day.

Today in San Francisco, couples will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the marriages performed in San Francisco City Hall beginning February 12, 2004. “February 12 is our 10-year wedding anniversary, and the end of Proposition 8 was perfect anniversary gift,” said Stuart Gaffney, who has been together with his husband John Lewis for 27 years. “Finally being able to say ‘I Do’ was the happiest day of our lives together.”

In Utah, local organizers, Colleen and Jolene Mewing are in the midst of experiencing the highs and lows of the marriage equality movement. “We hope there is a huge turnout for this year’s Valentine’s Day action,” said Colleen Mewing. “The case in Utah could set the precedent for other states that currently have an amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman.” Jolene added, “I believe the more people who participate this year, and the more visible we are, the better chance we have of obtaining marriage equality for all.”

In Pennsylvania, couples across the state are inspired by Philadelphia’s history as a city of liberty and freedom. “Loving, committed couples want to show their dedication to each other and should be rewarded and welcomed by their city. It is time for Philadelphia to live up to her name and open her arms to all of her citizens. After all, she is a city of LOVE,” said Thomas Hall, Regional Organizer with Marriage Equality for Pennsylvania

This is the 16th year in a row that marriage equality supporters have appeared at clerks’ offices across the country on Valentine’s Day. These annual actions, started by Marriage Equality USA in the mid-90’s, will be taking place this year in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, and other locales. Information about these events and a list of actions can be found at www.LicenseOurLove.org.

“These annual events serve as a powerful and visual reminder of the decades-long movement for committed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples across this country to simply be able to marry the person they love,” concluded Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA.

USA, Virginia: Marriage Equality Rallies Across the State on Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Valentine's DayFaith groups are holding rallies all across Virginia for marriage equality on Friday.

Metro Weekly reports:

Virginians of various faith communities hoping to extend equal rights to LGBT people will host 23 demonstrations at county courthouses across the commonwealth on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, to call attention to Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage and to begin a yearlong process of engaging Virginians to pressure General Assembly lawmakers to allow debate on a proposed repeal of that ban. The group, People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV), has been organizing such Valentine’s Day ”Witness for Love!” demonstrations for 10 years, beginning initially in Richmond and later extending to other jurisdictions across the state, including Arlington, Fairfax, Winchester and Norfolk. The 23 events will occur at various times throughout the day in all regions of the state. A schedule of events can be found on POFEV’s website, pofev.org.

Maybe we’ll get lucky and the judge in the marriage equality lawsuit will give us a Valentine’s Day present? 🙂

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Russia: LGBT Rights Update 2/10/14

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Another day, some more news out of and about Russia, LGBT rights and the Olympic Games.

ChobaniFirst off, Chobani, the yogurt company who spoke out against the anti gay laws the other day, has the best tweeted pic of the day, with the tagline “Naturally Empowering Everyone.” Joe.My.God clued us into this one.

And Vodka maker Stoli is stepping up to support LGBT rights in Russia.

Passport Magazine reports:

Queer Nation’s boycott of Stolichnaya vodka has been ongoing since July. But for gay Stoli fans in Boystown, Chicago, the drought is over. Yesterday Stoli pledged a donation of $150,000 to the Russia Freedom Fund. This effort, in combination with Stoli’s previous donation of $300,000 to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Leadership LAB program, has convinced many that the company has LGBT interests at heart.

Formula One Lotus TweetFormula 1 team Lotus had to apologize for tweeting a hot photo of two guys kissing in support of LGBT rights in Russia after management and shareholders complained.

Towleroad.com reports:

Formula 1 team Lotus was forced to apologize after publishing a tweet that featured two men kissing with the message: “Ahead of the opening ceremony, we would like to wish all athletes a successful 2014 Olympic Winter Games #Sochi2014” The BBC reports: The Lotus F1 tweet upset top management and shareholders of the team, who are owned by the investment group Genii Capital, because it was causing problems for their business.

In Croatia, a lesbian choir sang a song to honor Russia’s LGBT community.

Joe.My.God reports:

On the occasion of the opening of Olympic games in Sochi, Le Zbor, the first lesbian and feminist choir in southeastern Europe, published a video for the song Katjusha, expressing its solidarity with the LGBT citizens of Russia and worldwide. The video for Katjusha, directed by Tomislav Fiket, recorded by Jovan Kliska and edited by Fran Sokoli, most probably would be prohibited in Russia as “gay propaganda”. Thus, at the beginning of 2014, Katjusha is again a Russian rousing song!

More than 200 well known authors from around the world wrote an open letter to Putin urging an end to the country’s anti-gay laws.

Towleroad.com reports:

The letter, signed by Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Carol Ann Duffy, Jonathan Franzen and others, is a part of PEN International’s newly launched Out in the Cold campaign to raise awareness of threats to free expression around the globe.

“The story of modern Russia is the story of dramatic, almost seismic change. Russian voices, both literary and journalistic, have always striven to make themselves heard above the clamour of their nation’s unfolding story – commenting on it, shaping it and, in doing so, contributing to the political and intellectual shape of the world far beyond their country’s borders. But during the last 18 months, Russian lawmakers have passed a number of laws that place a chokehold on the right to express oneself freely in Russia. As writers and artists, we cannot stand quietly by as we watch our fellow writers and journalists pressed into silence or risking prosecution and often drastic punishment for the mere act of communicating their thoughts.”

At the games, an out lesbian from the Netherlands won a gold medal.

Buzzfeed reports:

Ireen Wüst, a speedskater from the Netherlands, won first place Sunday in the 3,000-meter competition in Sochi, defeating the defending champion from Czech Republic. She is one of few out LGBT olympians competing in Sochi. Wüst finished in just 4 minutes, 0.34 seconds — just ahead of Martina Sablikova, the defending champ. Sablikova took silver after stopping the timer at 4 minutes, 1.95 seconds, while Russia’s Olga Graf won the bronze medal, finishing in 4 minutes, 3.47 seconds. Graf’s medal is the first in the games for Russia, the host nation.

A straight Olympic bobsledder from Canada is accusing Russia of censoring his blog because of the “gay propaganda” law.

Gay Star News reports:

Straight Canadian Olympian Justin Kripps is accusing Russia of censoring his website for allegedly violating gay propaganda laws. The bobsledder used his site to keep fans updated on his activities, but after arriving in Sochi and trying to log on, he found himself blocked… Thouugh no decisive reason for the block has been given yet, it has been speculated that Kripps’ site was blocked due to Russia’s 2013 ban on the ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations amongst minors’, essentially the promotion of LGBT rights.

In a bit of irony, the gay anthem YMCA blared over the loudspeakers on Saturday.

Edge Boston reports:

Y.M.C.A,” for many a gay anthem, was played at full blast by organizers over the public address system at the Adler Arena speedskating oval during Saturday’s competition. With the crowd dancing and hopping to the disco hit of the Village People, the organizers pre-empted a difficult choice for the Dutch brass band that always performs at Olympic speed skating ovals, since Kleintje Pils feared performing the song might antagonize the Russian authorities.

Melanie Nathan talks about on the life of the LGBT community in Russia.

O-blog-dee-o-blog-da reports:

Channel 4 BBC TV went to Russia and did an in depth documentary on what life is really like being Gay in Russia. Will those crowds sitting cheering on the stands of SOCHI say “we did not know?” Will Johny Weir, Billie Jean King, Brian Boitano, our very own LGBT community members continue to turn their backs using fluffy inexcusable rhetoric, “we will wave our Rainbow Flag” as their ongoing excuse for ignoring the harsh reality and what really should be said and done? Will NBC and Matt Lauer continue their shameless silence with a “‘rah-rah’ we love the non-political games?” And what about the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the athletes and the coaches and the teams – how do you feel about participating in Valdimir Hitler Putin’s games? And as for VISA, Coca Cola et al- well you know what is going on and yet you take us so proudly to Sochi and ask for our support and even HRC, Human Rights Campaign, the preeminent and largest U.S. Gay organization continues its support for you, by serving up at Coke at its latest event.

Edge Boston profiles life in gay Sochi.

The mascara-lined eyes of a petite man dressed in a tuxedo greet visitors after they buzz at the armor-plated door of a one-storey building. Welcome to the Mayak cabaret, the most reputable gay club in Sochi, and one of the few safe places for gays in the Olympic host city to meet. Most of Mayak’s clients shy away from cameras and plead for anonymity. Not so Andrei Ozyorny, a 24-year-old Sochi native. Ozyorny, one of Mayak’s regulars, has recently done something that he feels proud of and which makes his partner fear for his business and safety.

And over at the Washington Blade, they’re profiling a gay Russian Doctor who is seeking asylum in the US.

A gay Russian doctor told the Washington Blade during an exclusive interview on Feb. 7 that he plans to seek asylum in the U.S. because of anti-gay persecution he said he faced in his homeland. “I have suffered persecution and discrimination in Russia due to my political views and sexual orientation,” said George Budny. “I am fearful for my safety, the safety of my family and friends and fearful of the fact that I will never be allowed to become a productive and successful member of society in my home country.” Budny, who is from St. Petersburg, spoke with the Blade in Dupont Circle hours after the 2014 Olympic Games officially opened in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi – and police in his hometown and Moscow arrested 14 LGBT rights advocates. Budny and his boyfriend also attended an opening ceremony viewing party at the Human Rights Campaign.

Russia: LGBT Rights Update

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Lots of news from and about Russia for you this morning. First, lots more folks against the country’s anti gay laws.

Chobani YogurtChobani Yogurt, for one. Towleroad.com reports:

The CEO of Chobani yogurt a U.S. Olympic Committee sponsor tells CNBC: “We oppose Russia’s anti-LGBT law.” Chobani follows AT&T, which two days ago denounced Russia’s anti-gay law and urged other USOC sponsors to come out and do the same<./blockquote>

And Devry University:

“As a USOC sponsor,DeVry Uni & its parent organization DeVry Education Grp ,supports the diversity of our US Olympic &Paralympic athletes…as well as our DeVry Grp colleagues around the world. We are against Russia’s anti-LGBT law & support efforts to improve LGBT equality.”

And firms across the UK. From Gay Web Source:

Many businesses including bars and restaurants will be Boycotting broadcasts of the Winter Olympics, including sports bars. One such venue is the Elbow Room which has two locations in Bristol and Leeds – in a statement to TheGayUK they said: The Elbow Room will not be screening any coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics games in protest at President Putin’s 2013 law prohibiting the distribution of ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations’ and the consequential rise in anti-gay violence and hate crimes in Russia.

And gay dating site Squirt.org. LGBT Weekly reports:

Pink Triangle Press, operator of gay adult dating site Squirt.org is launching its social media campaign just in time for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The campaign portrays images of Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in explicit gay sexual acts with quotes from Putin himself. The goal of the campaign is to protest against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law.

Annie Russia KissAnd Norwegian pop star Annie, who released a song called Russian Kiss with an accompanying video, full of gay kissing. Towleroad.com reports:

Towleroad previewed Norwegian pop dance artist Annie’s “Russian Kiss” collaboration with Richard X earlier this week and now the full track is out, complete with a video full of same-sex kissing.

Berlin Rainbow FlameAnd Berlin gay rights advocates. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gay rights activists in Berlin on Friday cheered and waved placards reading “Stop Homophobia” at the lighting of an Olympic-style ‘”Rainbow Flame” that will burn for the next 16 days while the Winter Olympic games takes place in Sochi, Russia. The project, by Berlin-based advocacy group Enough is Enough, is intended to highlight anti-LGBT violence and human rights violations in Russia.

Think Progress wonders if the protests in Sochi will ultimately have any effect:

Among Russians who oppose the law, there is concern that protesting it at the Olympics won’t change Putin’s mind. Instead, they worry, it could have the opposite effect. “Putin is not the kind of person who concedes under pressure, and has never been,” Masha Lipman, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Moscow Center, said during a roundtable discussion in November. “It’s just the opposite. The more there’s pressure, the more aggressive he gets. I would say this makes him popular. We’re a proud nation. We would not allow anyone to teach us or preach to us.”

Putin is discouraging any protests. Reuters reports:

President Vladimir Putin made clear on Friday that he believed the Sochi Winter Olympics were not the place to debate Russia’s treatment of gays. Putin used a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country has criticised Russia on gay rights, to underline the message that politics and sport should not be mixed. “I know you always give much attention to humanitarian issues and adherence to human rights,” Putin told Rutte in Sochi, shortly before the Games opening ceremony. “We are always open to discussion.” But the Russian leader added that he had seen a television report in which he said a man in a gay club in the Black Sea resort told journalists: “Leave us alone. Sport is sport. The Olympics are the Olympics. Let’s focus.”

olympic-flag-bloodSpeaking of protests, the NYC one included dumping blood on the Olympic flag. Queerty reports:

There’s blood on the Olympic flag. Fake blood, for now, but with Russian police now arresting LGBT organizers in multiple cities, that could change. Queer Nation held a protest in New York yesterday, dumping fake blood on an Olympic flag outside the Russian Consulate. According to Queer Nation spokesman Ken Kidd, “We’ve focused on NBC and major Olympic sponsors like Coke and McDonalds, who pay lip service to equality while profiting from inequality and ignoring Putin’s human rights atrocities.”

In Australia, activists plan for 70,000 to hold hands in solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community on Sunday. Gay Star News reports:

70,000 will hold hands at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to show their support for gay people in Russia. The event on 9 February will see Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras join forces with the Asia Pacific Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA-AP) to stage a mass photo of people holding hands to voice their support for the LGBTI community in Russia. The project aims to show solidarity for competitors in the Winter Olympics and LGBTI people who face discrimination from the Russian government.

The number of arrests in Russia this week of gay activists has now grown to at least 14. On Top Magazine reports:

The AP reported that 4 gay rights activists were arrested in St. Petersburg on Friday. The demonstrators, who gathered on St. Petersburg’s Vasilyevsky Island, barely managed to unfurl a banner quoting the Olympic Charter’s ban on any form of discrimination before they were carted off by police. Russia in June outlawed the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors. The Russian online news site Grani.ru reported 10 additional arrests in Moscow.

Think Progress has a list of attendees to watch for “gay propaganda” during the Games:

1. David Remnick: NBC has hired New Yorker editor David Remnick to offer commentary on political issues from Sochi, which means it will literally be his job to discuss the impact of the “gay propaganda” law. Remnick has said he plans to be “honest in my analysis,” analysis that will surely reflect his extensive understanding of Russian politics and support for LGBT equality.

The Irish Mirror looks at some of the colorful fashion being worn at the Games in defiance of Putin’s ban:

The start of the Winter Olympics became the open ceremony yesterday as athletes protested Russia’s tough anti-gay laws in colourful fashion in Sochi. President Vladimir Putin was left red-faced at the £30billion extravaganza when the German team proudly showed off rainbow uniforms in defiance of his “gay propaganda” ban. This followed a number of embarrassing slip-ups at the opening ceremony, including the fifth giant Olympic ring failing to open at the Fisht Stadium. Earlier, Google showed its support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes by using a rainbow – the symbol for gay pride – instead of its iconic logo.

Former Vikings player and gay rights ally Chris Kluwe took the IOC to task for its hypocrisy. LGBT Weekly reports:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), chief benefactor of these big money sponsors, has determined that any athlete speaking out in “accredited areas” against the human rights violations occurring in Russia right now will be found in violation of the Olympic Charter, banned from the games, and stripped of any medals. Corporate sponsorships, the pot of gold at the end of the Olympic rainbow, will disappear. A lifetime spent preparing, training, hour after agonizing hour, will have been for naught if an athlete dares to make a political statement at the wrong time about political events happening in a politicized Olympics; politicized in no small part by the IOC refusing to uphold their own charter when it applies to themselves. How can the IOC get away with this blatant disregard of their own rules? Easy. The IOC has what Olympic athletes want. Money. Power. Fame.

And President Obama just admitted to sending a message to Russia with the US’s choice of delegates to the Games. Towleroad.com reports:

“There is no doubt we wanted to make it very clear that we do not abide by discrimination in anything, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. One of the wonderful things about the Olympics is that you are judged by your merit, how good you are regardless of where you come from, what you look like, who you love and that I think is consistent with the spirit of the Olympics.”

In addition to Google and Channel 4, a number of other organizations have changed their logos to protest the Russian laws. They include Varmlands Folkblad, a Swedish daily. Joe.My.God reports:

Perhaps having noted the action of Britain’s Channel 4, one of Sweden’s most-read dailies has rebranded its logo in rainbow colors in solidarity with Russia’s LGBT people. From the editor: “Inauguration ceremonies for the Winter Olympics have begun in Sochi. We will be watching the competition, but we also want to show that we do not like that the organizers have brutally exploited the workers who built Sochi’s facilities. Additionally, we want to protest against the Russian authorities and their persecution of homosexuals. We do this by using the LGBTQ movement’s rainbow flag. As long as the Sochi Olympics are in progress, the VF logo will be seen in the rainbow’s beautiful and tolerant colors. We stand for human rights and equality of all people.”

UK Guardian GayIn addition, The Advocate notes that The Guardian in the UK, along with a number of other groups and organizations, has gone gay in support of Russia’s LGBT community:

Likewise, The Guardian also went over the rainbow on its online news site, posting a modified logo with a rainbow-colored “g” in its title.

Taiwan: Supporters, Opponents of Marriage Equality Rally in Taipei

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

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Both sides of the gay marriage fight held rallies in Taipei today.

Gay Star News reports:

Opposing groups for and against gay marriage rallied in Taipei today, as the legislature examines a draft amendment that could legalize gay marriage. The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – who proposed to new legislation to give rights to same-sex couples, among other changes to marriage law – met at 1.40pm in front on the Legislative Yuan (the parliament) in central Taipei, with supporters were encouraged to wear white shirts…

Meanwhile Greater Taoyuan Alliance for Happy Families (GTAHF) held an anti-gay marriage rally on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office. Wen Mu-tian, a member of the alliance, said to Taipei Times earlier this week: ‘If people of the same sex can get married, how can we face our ancestors? How can we pass down our values to future generations? How do we record the names of same-sex couples in the pedigree of our family clan?’

The bill, which was proposed by the opposition party, has not yet been endorsed by the ruling KMT Party, so it’s hard to tell what its chances are.

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Australia: Huge Marches for Marriage Equality

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Melbourne Marriage Equality Rally 11/24/13

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Australia’s LGBT community marched for marriage equality across the country today.

O-blog-dee-o-blog-da reports:

Thousands of LGBT people and allies braved the rain and marched in Australia today, in support of marriage equality, in different centers, including Melbourne, where a crowd of about 600 descended on Parliament. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is anti-marriage equality. Although he attended his gay sister’s wedding to support her, he does not believe marriage should be a civil right for gays and lesbians. Many called for an end to his homophobia.

Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbot is still refusing t bring the marriage equality bill up for a vote. Recent polls have shown that between 62 and 64% of Australians approve of marriage equality.

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USA, Tennessee: Marriage Equality Battle Gearing Up

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Tennessee mapThe battle for marriage equality in Tennessee is about to go into high gear.

Dot429 reports:

In a novel and methodical approach to the same-sex marriage rights issue, Marriage Equality Tennessee and the Human Rights Campaign have for weeks been signing up couples across the state to apply for marriage licenses at key counties. As expected, the licenses have been rejected by county officials, but the legal stage is being set for a future turnaround, say marriage equality advocates. Meanwhile, LGBT leaders are organizing a series of six statewide rallies across the state on August 31, which they have declared to be Tennessee Marriage Equality Day. The opponents pushing their own agenda in the state legislature have countered with “Traditional Marriage Day,” also on August 31.

We are seeing actions like this in state after state, and currently the only state I’m aware of that’s looking at going the other direction is Indiana. And even there there’s pushback.

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USA, Tennessee: Gay Activists Plan to Counter Traditional Marriage Day With Marriage Equality Rallies

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Tennessee Marriage Equality DayTennessee lawmakers created Traditional Marriage Day earlier this year. And now LGBT activists are planning their own counter rallies for the August 31st event. Nooga.com reports:

Lawmakers passed a resolution in April to dedicate the date as a celebration of a “traditional marriage,” which, according to the official document, is “expressed only between a man and a wife.” An organization called Tennessee Equality Project responded with plans for their own celebration to take place on the same day. The organization recognizes “all loving and committed relationships regardless of the genders or orientations involved,” according to the event website. Rallies to support Tennessee Marriage Equality Day will be held in both Nashville and Chattanooga.

Once again, we’re finally taking this fight to the red states.

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