Tag Archives: LGBT History

French Papers React To Marriage Vote

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TODAY: Final French Marriage Vote, Police Place Water Cannons Outside Parliament
UPDATE: The Final Debate Has Begun
UPDATE II: Marriage PASSES 331-225!!!

Today at about 11:30AM New York City time, the French National Assembly will make the final legislative vote on same-sex marriage.  As the anti-gay protests have grown increasingly violent and especially in light of yesterday’s death threat against the president of the Assembly, police are taking “extraordinary” security measures. Paris police have stepped up security ahead of a final parliamentary ...

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Gay News Of The Week: Let’s Have A Kiwi

Amidst all the horror of the last seven days, the one shining moment for LGBT people around the world came in the form of a celebratory and impromptu song.  The below video from official YouTube channel of New Zealand’s Parliament continues to go viral and now has almost 1.2 million views.  If you missed it earlier, watch this.  Even if ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Broadway Cares To Host Public Meeting On AIDS Survivorship

On May 9th in New York City, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will hold a public meeting to address the issues of the generation of gay men who survived the plague. The Medius Working Group presents a free community forum to assess what it’s like to be part of the “AIDS Generation,” to have lived through the epidemic in the 1980s ...

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History In New Zealand: Marriage Passes

The singing! With the flowers is MP Louisa Walls, the bill’s main sponsor. Parliament has just passed a law legalising gay marriage, 77 votes to 44, amid loud shows of jubilation from the floor and the gallery. The declaration of the vote was followed by a waiata. MPs held a conscience vote on the private member’s bill sponsored by gay ...

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TOMORROW: Victory In New Zealand

Tomorrow evening the New Zealand Parliament will finalize the legalization of same-sex marriage. New Zealand is expected to become the 13th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage this evening as a bill to amend marriage law comes before Parliament for its final hurdle. MPs will debate the biggest change to gay and transgender rights since homosexual law reform ...

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NEW ZEALAND: Parliament To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Vote This Week

New Zealand’s Parliament is expected to make its final vote to legalize same-sex marriage this week. Labour MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality member’s bill is due to have its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday night. The bill passed its committee stages with 77 votes to 43 last month and little change was anticipated for the final vote. Big crowds, ...

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The Lost Gay Bars Of San Francisco

From the Pop-Up Museum Of Queer History, an interesting map. I recently began a mapping project of lost San Francisco gay bars using ads from magazines, matchbooks from archives and mentions in gay papers to try and reconstruct San Francisco in the years before the epidemic. What struck me most is that —in a far more hostile era there seemed ...

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French Senate Approves Full Marriage Bill

Today the French Senate finalized its vote on same-sex marriage! The French Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer. The vote in the upper house of parliament — led by President Francois Hollande’s Socialists — comes despite boisterous protests. Opponents — mostly conservatives and fervent Roman Catholics ...

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And Still They Danced

At tonight’s gala fundraiser marking the 30th anniversary of the NYC LGBT Community Center, the headlining honoree was DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor. Upon taking the stage, Edie led us through her 42-year relationship with her late wife, Thea Spyer, starting with their closeted courtship and through the decades until their 2007 wedding in Toronto. During her speech, Edie spoke of ...

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FRANCE: Marriage Debate Almost Done

JMG reader David in Paris sends us the translation of the above tweet from the Senate sponsor of France’s marriage equality bill: “All the articles have been voted on. From this point on, we’ll tackle additional amendments! Finish line in sight!”

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French Senate Approves Adoption Component Of Marriage Equality Bill

Tonight the French Senate approved the portion of its marriage equality bill that guarantees adoption rights to same-sex couples.  Anti-gay groups had been clinging to that aspect of the bill as their last possible chance to block final passage. Via Le Monde: Après l’adoption de l’article 1 du projet de loi sur le “mariage pour tous”, ouvrant la voie au ...

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Uruguay Finalizes Marriage Equality

Today the finishing touches on Uruguay’s marriage equality bill were made after minor changes to the original bill were reconciled between the two national legislative chambers. President Jose Mujica has promised to sign the bill and marriages should commence within a few months.

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FRANCE: Senate Approves Section One Of Marriage Bill By 179-157 Vote!

The most critical portion of France’s marriage equality bill was approved late tonight by a vote of 179-157.  Here’s how the news is reported on a French news site. Le Sénat a adopté mardi soir par 179 voix contre 157 le premier article du projet de loi sur le mariage homosexuel, le plus important, celui qui ouvre le mariage aux ...

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Lambda Legal Celebrates 40 Years

A beautiful recounting of 40 years of work.

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Margaret Thatcher In 1987

“Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay. And children who need encouragement—and children do so much need encouragement—so many children—they are being taught that our society offers them no future. All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life—yes cheated. ...

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Will Marriage Weaken LGBT Groups?

Activists for social causes often like to say that their ultimate goal is their own extinction, the end of the need for their existence.  Would full civil marriage equality mean the end of or the weakening of LGBT rights groups? Cart before the horse and all that, but today Buzzfeed cites the collapse of the movement, to some degree, in ...

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Salon’s Gay Marriage Courage-O-Meter

Posted today on Salon: Amid Supreme Court arguments this week on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, political leaders exhibiting varying degrees of courage have lined up to announce their support of marriage equality. Some just came off of reelection, meaning they won’t face voters for six years. One was a Republican prompted to change his position by ...

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Quote Of The Day – Charles Blow

“Witnessing a historic moment is such an odd and exhilarating thing. It is hard to register the full scope of it because you are chest deep in it.That is how I feel about the gay-marriage arguments made before the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday.However the court rules on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act, ...

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Obama On SCOTUS: No Predictions

Yesterday President Obama spoke with the nation’s two largest Spanish-language networks regarding this week’s marriage cases before the Supreme Court.  Speaking to Univision: “I never predict what the court will do. But I used to teach constitutional law, and there is certainly a strong basis for determining that in this age, given what we now know, given the changes that ...

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