Marriage Equality

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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Panti Bliss Makes Most Influential Europeans List

Irish civil rights goddess Panti Bliss has been ranked at #12 in Politico‘s annual list of the 28 most-influential Europeans. From their bio: The outspoken queen captured the public imagination in a country that didn’t decriminalize gay sex until 1993. O’Neill was surprised himself. He charts it up to the fact that drag queens, often considered “fun” and almost “cartoonish” in ...

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Anti-Gay Olympic Gold Medalist Resigns From USA Gymnastics To Become Mormon Missionary

Two-time 1984 Olympics gold medalist Peter Vidmar has resigned his chairmanship at USA Gymnastics to become a missionary for the Mormon Church. You may recall that Vidmar resigned from directing the United States gymnastics team at the 2012 London Games following media furor over his participation at anti-gay rallies and his donations to Proposition 8. USA Gymnastics has issued a ...

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KENTUCKY: Radio Campaign Calls On Gov. Matt Bevin To “Nullify” SCOTUS Ruling On Marriage [AUDIO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Today, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission sent out an email to activists announcing a new campaign aimed at urging state legislatures to “nullify” the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, beginning with “a national radio spot targeting the newly-elected Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin.” “Nullification” is the fringe idea that states have ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Federal Lawsuit Challenges Marriage Opt-Out For County Magistrates

A team of North Carolina attorneys has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law which allows officials to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses in the name of Jesus. The Charlotte Observer reports: Attorneys Jake Sussman, Luke Largess and John Gresham are part of the legal team that filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday. They claim ...

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Obama Takes Twitter’s Tweet Of The Year 2015

Twitter today released the list of the most retweeted political messages of 2015. At #1 is President Obama’s celebratory tweet on the day that the Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage. Politico reports: The president’s official account (@POTUS), which was launched in May of this year, also snagged the number 2, 3, 7, 16, 22 and 24 spots. The tweets ...

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Make Your Own Rainbow White House Ornament

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker has sent us the pattern for a do-it-yourself rainbow White House ornament. Click on this link and print out the pattern. You can throw Mr. Baker a buck or two via his PayPal account.

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Belfast Court To Issue Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit “After Christmas”

The BBC reports: Judgement in a landmark legal case challenging Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage will be delivered after Christmas. The case has been taken by two same-sex couples who were the first people in the UK to enter civil partnerships in 2005. Their lawyer claimed they are suffering state discrimination as a result of the ban. Judgement was ...

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MICHIGAN: Republican Lawmakers To Introduce Resolution Calling On State To Ignore Obergefell Ruling

Michigan Live reports: Michigan officials should “reclaim this state’s sovereignty by not recognizing or enforcing” the U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave same-sex couples the right to marry, according to a resolution set to be introduced in the state House. State Rep. Tom Hooker [photo], R-Byron Center, read his pending resolution out loud Wednesday during a “rally to protect religious ...

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AUSTRALIA: Former Queensland Attorney General Reverses, Says He Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Within weeks of his 2012 election to his state’s legislature, former Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie engineered the downgrading of civil unions to registered partnerships. But in what is being called a “breathtaking reversal,” Bliejie has declared that he now supports same-sex marriage. Q News reports: Mr Bleijie, who is a committed Christian and a marriage celebrant this week told ...

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AUSTRIA: Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Five Children Of Gay Parents

Austria’s The Local reports: Five Austrian children of same-sex parents are taking the government to court over Austria’s marriage laws, which don’t allow gay couples to marry. The children and their parents have taken their cases arguing for same-sex marriage to the Administrative Court in Vienna, and hope to change the law so that the children can become ‘legitimate’. Austria ...

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