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25K Rally in Support of Jamaica Anti-Gay Law

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Jamaica - Google Maps25,000 people attended a rally in support of the Jamaica anti-gay law.

Pink News reports:

Jamaican LGBT rights lawyer Maurice Tomlinson says last weekend’s rally in support of Jamaica’s buggery law was a “very frightening” moment. Mr Tomlinson, a legal advisor of marginalised groups at AIDS-Free World, referred to Sunday’s event by saying: “They really poured a lot of money into this, which to me is of great concern”. Participants and church leaders called on Jamaicans to stand up for “strong and healthy families” and “to resist the homosexual agenda”. The Jamaican Observer reports that police say an estimated 25,000 people took to the streets of Kingston for the protest organised by Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (CAUSE).

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Idaho Marriage Equality Supporters Rally

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

IdahoAfter the ninth circuit snatched away marriage equality at the last minute, several hundred Idaho marriage equality supporters rallied in Boise.

Edge Boston reports:

Waving rainbow flags and holding signs that read “Love will prevail,” nearly 200 gay rights supporters flocked to the steps of a county courthouse Friday to celebrate and protest the latest development in Idaho’s legal battle over same-sex marriage. The rally originally was planned as a party after a federal judge ruled earlier this week that the state’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. The judge said couples could marry starting Friday morning.

By Thursday, however, the ruling was temporarily put on hold by a federal appeals court deciding whether Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden should be granted a stay while they appeal. Not to be deterred, gay and lesbian supporters showed up at the Ada County Courthouse anyway to celebrate what they see as progress for the cause. Many arrived wearing rainbow-colored shirts and dresses. Some stood near the road holding pro-gay marriage signs and waved them at cars that honked back in support.

It’s sad that these couples came so close to having the chance to get married, and now must wait through the grinding appeals process.

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Peru: Thousands March in Support of Civil Unions Bill

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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A large rally wound its way through the streets of Lima this weekend to support a proposed civil unions bill.

On Top Magazine reports:

Roughly 3,000 people on Saturday rallied in support of a proposed civil unions bill in Peru. Among those marching through the streets of Lima was the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Carlos Bruce. “This march is part of human diversity and our constitution allows this diversity to exist,” Bruce is quoted as saying by La Republica. “Now, what happens is that the law does not allow two people of the same sex to join with all the protection of the state.”

Another South American state considers relationship recognition for its LGBT citizens. It’s not marriage equality, but it’s a step.

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USA, Ohio: Marriage Equality Rally in Cincinnati on Saturday

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Last week, Federal Judge Timothy Black announced that he would issue a ruling that Ohio’s 2004 Marriage Ban violated the 14th Amendment. Judge Black’s forthcoming ruling is a huge step forward and will add greater momentum to our ongoing fight for equality here at home.

As you may have heard, Attorney General Mike DeWine has indicated that he will appeal Judge Black’s ruling. Supporters of the appeal include Gay RightsRep. John Becker, who repeatedly calls for the impeachment of Judge Black, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. To counter these anti-equality voices, FreedomOhio and Support Marriage Equality Ohio will join with other LGBT groups to rally this Saturday in support of Judge Black and his upcoming ruling.

Join us for a rally in downtown Cincinnati for Marriage Equality
When: Saturday, April 12, 11am to 2pm
Where: Downtown Cincinnati at 100 East 5th Street

Bring your family and friends and spread the word! Let’s show everyone that Ohio is all about love and equality!

RSVP ON Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438161453095596/

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing you there!

Adam Hoover
Support Marriage Equality in Ohio

USA, Utah: Rally in Salt Lake City for Marriage Equality on 4/10

Monday, April 7th, 2014

MEUSA LogoOn 10 April 2014, the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Utah marriage equality case, Kitchen v. Herbert. Marriage Equality USA will be sponsoring a Community Rally in Utah and a national Community Call open to the public that evening.

“This hearing is the first federal appellate court hearing on the freedom to marry since last summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision overturning section 3 of DOMA,” said MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva. “All eyes will be on the 10th Circuit as unprecedented momentum for marriage equality continues nationwide.”

“Since the hearing will take place in Denver and many Utahns won’t be able to attend, Marriage Equality USA is hosting a local community rally in Salt Lake City that evening to keep the momentum going!” said MEUSA Utah Organizers Colleen and Jolene Mewing. “Over 1,000 Utah couples who are now legally married, just like us, are looking to the court to say ‘I Do’ to marriage so that all loving couples in Utah can once again exchange vows.”

EVENT: Community Rally in Support of Marriage Equality for Utah
WHEN: Thursday, 10 April 2014
TIME: 5:30-6:30pm MDT
WHERE: Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Meet on the north side of the Salt Lake City and County Building.
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah

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UK, Northern Ireland: Protests Held Over Lack of Marriage Equality

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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LGBT activists in Northern Ireland are not happy that they can’t participate in the marriage equality festivities taking place across the channel.

Gay Star News reports:

Demonstrations are taking place this evening by LGBT campaigners in Northern Ireland who are highlighting how it’s the last remaining part of the UK where equal marriage is yet to be legalised. The Equal Marriage Northern Ireland Campaign is holding two demonstrations at Belfast City Hall and the Guidlhall Square in Foyle from 5-6pm…

“In the South of Ireland, a referendum is expected in the early part of 2015, and early opinion polls suggest a significant majority in favour. Twice before, an equal marriage motion has been debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly, losing by a small margin both times. We are demonstrating today, to remind our political leaders and representatives that we do not want to be left behind in the march toward full legislative equality for LGB&/T people and their families.” Northern Ireland is the only remaining UK nation where equal marriage has not been legalised.

Northern Ireland’s government is becoming more and more isolated as all the other governments around it move to pass marriage equality. How long can they hold out?

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Uganda: Pastors Lead Anti-Gay Pride March

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Things continue to get uglier for Uganda’s LGBT community. On Sunday, a group of anti-gay pastors led a march through West Budama to “abolish” the gays.

Gay Star News reports:

Religious leaders marched in Uganda to drum up yet more hate for LGBTI people and back the new anti-gay law. Pastors led people through West Budama, east Uganda, yesterday (23 March) to show the public is in favor of ‘abolishing’ homosexuality. In a video posted on YouTube, a religious leader can be repeatedly seen shouting ‘No gays! No gays everywhere!’ to the sound of cheers and chanting.

In related news, the US is considering more cuts in aid to Uganda.

Joe.My.God reports:

Unnamed sources tell Buzzfeed that the Obama administration will take four new and immediate steps in reaction to Uganda’s criminalization of homosexuality. Money will be shifted away from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda, a group that has publicly come out in support of the anti-gay law and has received millions of dollars in grants from the United States to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Some $2.3 million will continue to go to the IRCU to continue treatment for some 50,000 current patients, but an additional $6.4 million intended for the IRCU will go to other organizations.

And a retired Ghana MP thinks Africa should continue on its anti-gay path, despite boycotts and aid cuts.

Gay Star News reports:

Mike Ocquaye, deputy speaker of Ghana’s Parliament until January last year, believes that a closer relationship with Asia and refusing to buy products produced by Western nations will allow African countries to resist efforts to curb the persecution of LGBTI people across the African continent. ‘They should think again,’ Ocquaye was reported as saying by GhanaWeb over the weekend, ‘The balance of trade between African nations and Western nations shows that they have huge surpluses in their favor.’ ‘Western Banks, telephone companies, oil companies, cocoa-buying companies benefit tremendously from us.’

Where is the support in most of Africa for the LGBT community there?

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Australia, New South Wales: Advocates Hold Marriage Equality Rally in Albury

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Australia MapMarriage equality advocates had a strong showing in a small town in Australia’s New South Wales.

The Star Observer reports:

Hundreds attended the rally organised by Equal Love, including several Albury city councillors and mayor Kevin Mack. Many attending signed a petition in support of marriage equality to be presented to the area’s representatives in Federal Parliament. The rally came just days after Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley, whose federal seat of Farrah includes Albury, said on the ABC’s Q&A program her constituents weren’t ready for marriage equality. “It is an idea whose time hasn’t quite come in the area of regional and rural Australia that I represent,” Ley told the Q&A audience.

While marriage equality enjoys strong support in Australia, the politicians haven’t yet caught up.

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USA, Texas: Group Marches for Marriage Equality

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Corpus Christie RallyAn LGBT rights group marched for marriage equality in Corpus Christie, Texas.

KIII reports:

Despite mother nature, dozens of people took over the Bayfront in a march that’s now become somewhat of a tradition. The group is marching for equal gay marriage rights. We spoke with one couple in particular, which says they know they have a long way to go, but this rally is a great start.

We really have pushed the movement into the reddest of states.

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USA, Michigan: Day 3 of the Marriage Equality Trial

Friday, February 28th, 2014

MichiganYesterday was day three of the trial for marriage equality in Michigan.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA law school co-authored a book on demographics of the gay and lesbian population. He’s used census data to study the characteristics of same-sex couples. Gates is expected to testify Thursday in Detroit federal court. Detroit-area nurses Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are asking a judge to overturn a 2004 constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage. They say it violates their rights under the U.S. Constitution.

A group of religious leaders plans to rally for marriage equality in Kalamazoo tonight.

WWMT reports:

Friday night Kalamazoo area religious leaders will rally together in support of marriage equality in Michigan… Friday night’s rally will take place at Bronson Park at 6:00.

If anyone has been at the trial and wants to share their impressions, we’d love to hear from you.

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