Marriage Equality

CHINA: Court Accepts Same-Sex Marriage Case

Voice Of America reports: A Chinese court has accepted the country’s first same-sex marriage case, filed by a gay man in Hunan province against the government for refusing his application to marry his male partner. The decision is being hailed as a step forward for gay rights and as a major test case for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ...

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LAS VEGAS: County And Businesses Celebrate 5000th Gay Marriage With Gifts For Surprised Couple

The Associated Press reports: Clark County partnered with the Las Vegas business community to mark a local gay marriage milestone on New Year’s Eve. According to the county, Phoenix residents Ronald Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev received the 5,000th same-sex marriage license issued in Clark County since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of gay marriage in the ...

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KEY WEST: Drag Queen Sushi Marries After Traditional New Year’s Eve Pump Drop [VIDEO]

One of Key West’s most beloved traditions took place last night when local drag star Sushi was lowered to Duval Street in a giant glittery pump at the stroke of midnight. This year, however, Sushi (real name Gary Marion) finished the ritual by getting married before the adoring throngs. Watch it all below. I had the pleasure of meeting Sushi ...

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UTAH: Court Recognizes Common Law Gay Marriage, Widow Can Now Collect Benefits For Couple’s Son

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The best gift Nicki Bidlack got for Christmas in 2015 was a piece of paper. It’s an amended birth certificate for her 2-year-old son that lists both Bidlack and the late Sara Clow as the boy’s mothers. “This is what she would have wanted,” said Bidlack, 41, of Ogden, her voice trembling as tears slid ...

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TENNESSEE: State Rep Calls For Halt To All Marriage Licenses, “God Didn’t Create Adam And Winston”

The Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reports: Tennessee should stop issuing marriage licenses in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made gay marriage legal, state Rep. Rick Womick said. “The state Constitution says that marriage is between one man and one woman, and my personal belief is that God says that marriage is between one man and one woman,” ...

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KENTUCKY: Gov. Matt Bevin Faces Massive Legal Bill For His State’s Losing Battle Against Marriage

Back in August then-Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was hit with a $2.3 million legal fees bill from the winning side in his state’s battle against same-sex marriage. Beshear balked at paying the “unreasonable” amount and offered to settle for $581K – about 25% of the bill. Now the full bill is in the lap of newly-elected teabagger Gov. Matt Bevin, ...

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GALLUP: 64 Million Religious “Nones” In America

According to a just-issued Gallup poll, about 20 million Americans have left organized religion since 2008, bringing the estimated number of religious “nones” to about 64 million. Via Gallup: A review of over 174,000 interviews conducted in 2015 shows that three-quarters of American adults identify with a Christian religion, little changed from 2014, but down from 80% eight years ago. ...

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Ted Cruz Goes Soft On Gay Marriage When Talking To Big-Dollar Pro-Gay GOP Donor [AUDIO]

Via Politico: In June, Ted Cruz promised on NPR that opposition to gay marriage would be “front and center” in his 2016 campaign. In July, he said the Supreme Court’s decision allowing same-sex marriage was the “very definition of tyranny” and urged states to ignore the ruling. But in December, behind closed doors at a big-dollar Manhattan fundraiser, the quickly ...

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GREECE: Parliament Approves Civil Unions

Over the loud objections of the Orthodox Church and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, the Greek Parliament just approved same-sex civil unions by a wide margin. Earlier this month an Orthodox bishop called on his followers to literally spit on any lawmaker who votes in favor of civil unions, saying, “Deprecate them! Vote against them! They are not human! They ...

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KENTUCKY: Gov. Matt Bevin Signs Executive Order Removing Clerks’ Names From Marriage Licenses

We knew this was coming. Via the Louisville Courier-Journal: In one of his first major acts in office, Gov. Matt Bevin issued a series of executive orders Tuesday to remove the names of county clerks from marriage licenses in Kentucky and halt efforts by former Gov. Steve Beshear to restore voting rights to certain felons who have completed their sentences. ...

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SOUTH CAROLINA: GOP State Rep. Bill Chumley To Introduce Bill To “Nullify” SCOTUS On Marriage

South Carolina GOP state Rep. Bill Chumley has pre-filed a 2016 bill that aims to “nullify” the US Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. From the right-wing New American site: In an effort to protect the traditional definition of marriage within South Carolina, the bill states that “It is the policy of the State of South Carolina to defend natural ...

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Brian Brown Celebrates Slovenia Marriage Repeal

“I am happy to report that Slovenia voted by over 63 percent on Sunday to reject so-called same-sex ‘marriage.’ The government had rammed through the legislation and had done everything possible to stop traditional marriage and prevent the people from having a direct vote. “As occurred to our coalition in Washington, DC and elsewhere, the government claimed that the people ...

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CHINA: Gay Man Sues For Marriage Rights

Radio Free Asia reports: A gay man in the central Chinese province of Hunan has filed a lawsuit against the government for refusing his application to marry his male partner, in a move that has been hailed as a major test case for LGBT rights in the country, his lawyer told RFA on Monday. Sun Wenlin, 26, filed the complaint ...

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AUSTRIA: Court Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage

Last month lawyers for five children of gay parents sued the Austrian government, saying that the children were being stigmatized because their parents could not marry. Today the Administrative Court in Vienna ruled against the children, saying in part that children of unwed parents no longer face much social criticism. The lawsuit was not supported by HOSI Wien, Austria’s main ...

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SLOVENIA: Voters Repeal Same-Sex Marriage

Credit goes to Pope Francis and the local Catholic Church. Via the Associated Press: Preliminary referendum results have shown that Slovenians have rejected a same-sex marriage law by a large margin. The results released Sunday by authorities show 63 voted against a bill that defines marriage as a union of two adults, while 37 were in favor. The results are ...

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SLOVENIA: Pope Endorses Marriage Repeal Effort

Agence France-Presse reports: Pope Francis today urged Slovenian politicians to stand up for family values, four days before the country votes in a referendum on gay marriage. Without explicitly mentioning the vote, Francis told a group of Slovenian pilgrims that he encouraged “everyone, especially those with public responsibility, to support the family, a structural reference point for the life of ...

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SLOVENIA: Marriage Repeal Voting Begins Today

Slovenia’s Parliament approved same-sex marriage back in March, but anti-gay and Christian groups backed by the local Catholic Church successfully pushed the issue to a national repeal referendum. Politico reports: EU politicians, including European commissioner Violeta Bulc, are urging Slovenia to back same-sex marriage as early voting begins Tuesday on a referendum that could overturn a controversial marriage equality law. ...

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TENNESSEE: State Rep. Mark Pody Says God Told Him To Draft Bill To “Void” Obergefell Ruling [VIDEO]

Under the direct orders of White Jesus, GOP Tennessee state Rep. Mark Pody has drafted a bill to “nullify” the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling as “unauthoritative and void.” Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Pody declared that, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling, God told him that he was called to be a watchman, tasked with warning ...

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Marco Rubio: I’ll Undo Obergefell [VIDEO]

Following a similar promise made last month by Ted Cruz, yesterday Marco Rubio appeared on Meet The Press where he vowed to undo same-sex marriage via appointments to the Supreme Court and not by way of a constitutional amendment. Andy Towle has the quote: “As I’ve said, that would be conceding that the current Constitution is somehow wrong and needs ...

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AUSTRALIA: Fourth State Recognizes Foreign Marriages

Gay Star News reports: Same-sex couples who have married overseas will now have those marriages given legal recognition when they return home to the Australian state of Victoria after lawmakers passed the Relationships Amendment Bill. Same-sex marriage is still not legal in Australia despite overwhelming support from the Australian people so many Australian states have created relationship registers so that ...

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