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Chattanooga, Tennessee Rescinds Domestic Partnership Ordinance 63%-37%

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Tennessee mapIn a lopsided vote, city voters overturned the domestic partnership ordinance recently passed by the city council.

Think Progress reports:

Voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee overwhelmingly decided Thursday to undo a recently passed law that extended health benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. With a vote of 13,685-8,184, the town overturned the law originally passed 5-4 by the City Council. The Human Rights Campaign decried the vote as “hurtful and disappointing,” but Mayor Andy Berk was still hopeful. He told WTVC, “I have no doubt Chattanoogans value fairness and equality, and I am proud of the volunteers who spent nights and weekends to ensure our employees are treated equally.” He assured city employees, “Your work is valued and you are important to the future of our community.”

Once again, the lie that it’s only about the word “marriage” is exposed. It’s really about denying any and all rights to LGBT individuals, couples and families.

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USA, Virginia: Sodomy Law Finally Repealed

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

VirginiaThe House in Virginia finally voted to repeal the state’s unconstitutional “sodomy” ban.

Towleroad.com reports:

Virginia’s House of Delegates on Thursday unanimously passed in a 100 to 0 vote a bill that would eliminate the state’s unconstitutional ban on sodomy that criminalized oral and anal sex since 1950, ThinkProgress reports. Previously approved by the Virginia state Senate in a similar unanimous vote, the bill now awaits Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s signature or veto.

The statute in question, Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature law, technically should have been made defunct after the Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas which found that the state could not infringe on the rights of adult individuals to have consensual sex. However, many Republican legislators in Virginia, including former gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, fought to keep it in place. The sodomy ban was battered in the courts and the Supreme Court made sure to keep clear of the case.

Another victory in Virginia – amazing that the vote was 100 to 0. Now, Virginia really is for lovers.

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Moldova: “Gay Propaganda” Ban Overturned

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

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After passing a “gay propaganda” ban in June, the government has back-tracked.

Towleroad.com reports:

Last June Moldova passed a law banning the promotion of “relationships than those linked to marriage and the family” to children, a bit of legislation that was strongly supported and promoted by the Orthodox Church. However, the country is trying to secure membership in the European Union and lawmakers figured that following in the footsteps of Russia was probably not the best method to achieve that goal. Yesterday, the Moldovan government overturned the ban of promoting homosexuality to minors.

Sometimes international pressure does work.

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Kansas, USA: Two Cities Repeal Anti Discrimination Laws

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Kansas, USA: Two Cities Repeal Anti Discrimination LawsVoters in two Kansas cities, Salina and Hutchinson, Tuesday repealed gay-inclusive antidiscrimination laws that had been adopted this year by the cities’ governing bodies.

The Salina ordinance prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; the one in Hutchinson covered sexual orientation only.

The city councils in both communities agreed to put the ordinances to a public vote in response to petitions from opponents of the measures. Opponents’ arguments included denial that such discrimination exists and assertions that “sexual behavior” is not a reason for antidiscrimination protections.

Authored By Trudy Ring – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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