Marriage Equality

FLORIDA: Attorney General Pam Bondi Objects To Paying Legal Fees For Same-Sex Marriage Battle

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi doesn’t think the state should have to pay the legal fees of the gay couples who successfully overturned her state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Because reasons. Via the Tampa Bay Times: Last week, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi objected to a motion concerning legal fees from lawyers who represented gay couples seeking to have their ...

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AUSTRALIA: Thousands Rally For Marriage, Angrily Denounce Anti-Gay Prime Minster Tony Abbott [VIDEO]

Thousands of Australians rallied in Melbourne today in protest of Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s continued opposition to a free vote on marriage equality in Parliament. Via the Age: On a bustling city street under overcast skies, they came in their thousands. Some came in hope, optimistic that change was inevitable. Some came in anger, outraged at a prime minister standing ...

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KENTUCKY: Newspaper Slams Liberty Counsel’s “Losing Cause” In Support Of Renegade Clerk Kim Davis

The Lexington Herald Leader has published a BLISTERING editorial which attacks the finances and motives of the Liberty Counsel in their defense of renegade county clerk Kim Davis. An excerpt: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has chosen to prolong her moment in the limelight by defying a federal judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to legally qualifed people who apply ...

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FLORIDA: State’s First Same-Sex Couple To Marry Denied Birth Certificate Rights For Newborn Twins

The National Center for Lesbian Rights has already filed a lawsuit. Via press release: Just days ago, Cathy Pareto and Karla Arguello—the first same-sex couple to be married in Florida—celebrated the birth of their twin son and daughter. But the couple’s joy was soon mixed with fear and frustration when the hospital denied Cathy the right to add her name ...

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KENTUCKY: Office Of County Clerk Kim Davis Defies Court, Turns Away Two Gay Couples Seeking Marriage Licenses

Late yesterday Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was ordered to issue marriage licenses to all qualified couples. Yet this morning her office turned away two gay couples. Via the Associated Press: A Kentucky clerk’s office has turned away two gay couples seeking marriage licenses, defying a federal judge’s order that dismissed her argument involving religious freedom. Hours after the judge’s ...

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AUSTRALIA: American Daughter Of Lesbian Parents Takes Her Anti-Gay Marriage Crusade To Canberra [VIDEO]

Katy Faust was the darling of US hate groups in the run-up to the Obergefell ruling and having failed at home, she’s now taking her anti-gay marriage crusade to Australia’s federal government. Last night she appeared on ABC News there: American Katy Faust was raised by her lesbian mother and her partner and she now runs a blog called asktheBigot, ...

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Australians To Rally Against PM Tony Abbott

Furious with Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s threat to fire party leaders who vote for same-sex marriage, this Saturday activists will rally in Melbourne. Via press release: This Saturday over 20,000 people will head into the Melbourne CBD to show their anger at Abbott’s manoeuvring to maintain homophobic discrimination in Australian law. Five reasons to join us and rally: 1. Eleven ...

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BREAKING: Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis Ordered To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses UPDATE: Appeal Filed

A federal court ruled this afternoon that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis must issue same-sex marriage licenses. The Lexington Herald Leader reports: A federal judge ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis on Wednesday to resume issuing marriage licenses despite her religious objection to same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge David Bunning granted a preliminary injunction against Davis that was requested by ...

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AUSTRALIA: Labor MP Tim Watts Delivers Passionate Speech About His Uncles Who Couldn’t Marry [VIDEO]

Labor MP Tim Watts has made waves in Australia with a passionate marriage equality speech about his uncles who could never marry. From the Sydney Morning Herald: A Labor MP has attacked the Coalition government’s Senate leader Eric Abetz as an “anachronistic joke” in an impassioned speech recounting the story of a gay uncle who died of AIDS without the ...

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AUSTRALIA: Prime Minister Tony Abbott Threatens To Fire Party Leaders Who Vote For Same-Sex Marriage

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today threatened to fire party leaders who “break ranks” and vote for same-sex marriage. Nine News reports: The Prime Minister was responding to a potential vote on the legalisation of same-sex marriage, if MP Warren Entsch were to successfully introduce a cross-party bill to parliament this morning. “It is … the standard position of our ...

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AUSTRALIA: Marriage Poll By Anti-Gay Group Backfires

The anti-gay nutters at Marriage Alliance probably aren’t too happy about their poll. From the good guys: Marriage equality advocates have welcomed a new poll showing almost 60% of Australians believe marriage equality is a medium to high priority. The poll, conducted for anti-marriage equality group, the Marriage Alliance, found that marriage equality is, on average, the 13th most important ...

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OHIO: Ethics Board Rules That Judges Who Perform Weddings Must Marry Same-Sex Couples Couples

Ohio Judge Allen McConnell has lost his battle not to marry gay couples. The Star-Tribune reports: Judges who perform marriages in Ohio can’t refuse to marry same-sex couples on personal or moral grounds or because of religious beliefs, according to a state judicial conduct board. In addition, judges who stop performing all marriages to avoid marrying same-sex couples may be ...

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TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton No Longer Faces Contempt Charges Over Death Certificates Issue

From the Dallas NBC affiliate: A lawyer says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton no longer faces a contempt of court hearing after the state agreed to update vital record policies for same-sex couples. The cancellation Monday means that Paxton must no longer appear before a federal judge and possibly be held in contempt over whether Texas has impeded gay rights ...

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SOUTH CAROLINA: AG Alan Wilson Ordered To Pay Couple $135K In Legal Fees Over Marriage Battle

BOOM! The Associated Press reports: A federal judge ordered South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Monday to pay more than $135,000 in legal fees for a couple who challenged the state ban on same-sex marriage. Wilson must reimburse seven attorneys a total of $130,600 for 390 hours of work, or nearly 90 percent of what they requested. Judge Richard ...

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AUSTRALIA: PM Tony Abbott Calls Meeting To Discuss Free Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Bill UPDATE: Free Vote Rejected

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Coalition MPs are holed up at Parliament House in a marathon meeting to debate same-sex marriage. Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a special joint Liberal-National parties meeting on Tuesday afternoon so government MPs could discuss whether they should have a free vote on the reform. However the decision to include National MPs – who are ...

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AUSTRALIA: Haters Thank Anti-Gay Pols With Flowers, Take Out Ads Against Marriage Equality Bill

Via the Associated Press: Thousands of flowers have been placed in front of Parliament House from Australians who want to thank Tony Abbott for standing by traditional marriage. But the prime minister was unable to personally accept their thanks. The gesture was organised by the Christian Federation, which has called for a civil conversation on changing the Marriage Act. “There ...

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Michigan Tea Party Rep: I Made Up That Gay Hooker Story About Myself Because I Was Being Blackmailed

The Detroit News reports: Embattled state Rep. Todd Courser, R-Lapeer, sent his own audio tape early Monday morning, saying he sent a false e-mail about paying for gay sex because he was being blackmailed. The long and rambling audio tape blames his former staffers, Ben Graham, Josh Cline and Keith Allard, for colluding with the Lansing “mafia” establishment to bring ...

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AUSTRALIA: Network Gets Blowback After Airing Titanic-Themed Anti-Gay Marriage Ad [VIDEO]

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: Foxtel is facing a backlash from some subscribers after it decided to screen advertisements opposing same-sex marriage. The ads, created by anti-gay marriage group Marriage Alliance, were knocked back by the Seven and Ten networks but have been screened by the pay TV provider. People took to Facebook to vent their anger, with many saying ...

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AUSTRALIA: Canberra Airport Lights Up In Rainbow To Greet MPs Arriving For Same-Sex Marriage Bill [VIDEO]

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Canberra Airport has been lit up in rainbow colours to greet federal MPs flying into the capital, ahead of the introduction of a cross-party bill to support gay marriage expected this fortnight. And Australian Marriage Equality’s new national campaign slogan, #WeCanDoThis, is also on display with hopes the momentum in the community for same-sex marriage ...

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