Tag Archives: LGBT rights

New Zealand TV Host Mocks Australia’s Haters With “Warning” On How Gay Marriage Wrecked His Country

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Finding the same-sex marriage debate heavy going? Well, it may surprise you to find out New Zealand’s been through all this already. Which is why, on the eve of the November 7 postal survey vote deadline, our friends over the “ditch” have decided to give us some sage advice. This tongue-in-cheek “Open Letter to Australia” ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Speaks At Values Voter Summit, First Sitting President To Address Hate Convention

The Independent reports: Donald Trump is to address the annual conference of an anti-LGBT group which has been classified as a hate group. The US president will become the first sitting president to address social conservative activists and elected officials at the Value Voters Summit in Washington DC on Friday. President Trump has addressed the event which is hosted by ...

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76 Major Companies Petition SCOTUS To Back LGBT Employment Rights: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft

The Associated Press reports: Some of America’s most well-known companies are urging the Supreme Court to rule that a federal employment discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, a position opposite of the one taken by the Trump administration. The 76 businesses and organizations – including American Airlines, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Starbucks and Microsoft – filed ...

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DNC Slams Trump/Pence On National Coming Out Day: We’ll Fight Their Anti-LGBT Actions “Tooth And Nail”

Via press release from the Democratic National Committee: “Today, on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate the fact that love is love and are resolute in our belief that all people deserve to be treated with dignity. We remember a time not long ago when living openly as a member of the LGBTQ community was nearly impossible. And we honor ...

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AUSTRALIA: Anglican Church Donates $1M To Anti-Gay Marriage Group, Liberal Reverends Issue Protests

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Several Sydney clerics are in revolt over the Anglican Church’s decision to donate $1 million to the “no” campaign on same-sex marriage, declaring themselves shattered and disappointed. Archbishop Glenn Davies revealed the donation at the opening of the 51st Synod on Monday, declaring same-sex marriage “unwarranted”. “The stakes are high and the cost is high,” ...

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MISSOURI: Republican AG Announces US Senate Bid

The guy who once advocated that Missouri legalize anti-LGBT discrimination (even though no statewide protections currently exist) today announced his run for the US Senate. The Associated Press reports: Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has made it official: He’s running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2018. Hawley, a 37-year-old in his first year of ...

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SCOTUS Sets Anti-Gay Baker Case For December 5th

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The U.S. Supreme Court has set Dec. 5 as the day for oral arguments on whether a Colorado baker has a First Amendment right to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples over religious objections. The high court announced Friday the case, known as Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, will be ...

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FRC Launches Snitchline To Report On LGBT Americans Who Flagrantly Have Civil Rights At The Workplace

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ), issued guidance directing federal agencies to respect religious freedom. As you may remember, President Trump issued an executive order on May 4 making clear that the administration will pursue policies that “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty ” and thus directing the DOJ to issue ...

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ROMANIA: US Christian Hate Groups Provide Help In Advance Of Referendum To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Politico reports: Romania is gearing up to hold a referendum to amend the constitution to prohibit gay marriage, a move that civil rights groups warn could put the country on an “illiberal” path alongside the likes of Hungary and Poland. Romania’s civil code forbids same-sex marriage, and civil partnerships — whether between heterosexual or gay partners — are not legal. ...

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Via Mediaite: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will hold a briefing with the White House press corps. One thing that’s sure to come up in today’s briefing: President Donald Trump’s cryptic (and somewhat ominous) declaration on Thursday night that a meeting of military leaders marked “the calm before the storm.” When asked what he meant by that, Trump said only: ...

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BREAKING: Sessions Issues Long-Feared And Sweeping “License To Discriminate” Against LGBT Americans

The Associated Press reports: In an order that undercuts federal protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated. The guidance, an attempt to deliver on President Donald Trump’s pledge to his evangelical supporters that he would ...

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DOJ Rescinds Transgender Employment Protections

Reuters reports: The U.S. Department of Justice has reversed course on whether federal law banning sex discrimination in the workplace provides protections for transgender employees, saying in a memo that it does not. The memo sent to U.S. Attorneys’ offices on Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 only prohibits discrimination on ...

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Sam Brownback Defends Anti-LGBT Actions At Hearing To Be International “Religious Freedom” Ambassador

The Associated Press reports: Sam Brownback, in line to be ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, on Wednesday defended his decision as Kansas governor to scrap an order that barred discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Brownback in 2015 rescinded the order issued in August 2007 by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that banned discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender ...

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Man Whose Life Was Saved By Married Lesbian Cop To Speak At National Convention Of Anti-LGBT Groups

Via press release from hate group leader Tony Perkins: There were times when we wondered if House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) would ever speak at VVS again. But next week, the miraculous recovery of my good friend will literally take center stage, as Steve makes a return trip to the biggest gathering of pro-family conservatives in the country after ...

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Australian Pollster: “Yes” On Marriage Is Winning

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Australians appear to be unmoved by anti-same-sex marriage warnings of creeping gender ideology, social destruction, or sexual confusion, with the case for change surging ahead. With more than a month to go in the government’s controversial postal survey, an aggregation of public polling and some recent unpublished research shows the “yes” case for legalising same-sex ...

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Egypt Escalates LGBT Crackdown After Rainbow Flag Waved At Concert: 33 Arrested, Forced Anal Exams

The BBC reports: Egyptian authorities have arrested at least 22 people in the past four days as part of a campaign against LGBT people, Amnesty International says. Thirty-two men and one woman have now been detained since rainbow flags were displayed at a pop concert in Cairo last month, according to activists. Anal examinations have been reportedly carried out on ...

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UN Human Rights Council Condemns Death Penalty For Homosexuality, United States Votes Against Resolution

Forbes reports: “Horrific laws” condemning people to death because of whom they love are the focus of a new international proposal. “The question of the death penalty” resolution to denounce the most severe punishment for consensual same-sex relations was passed on Friday by the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Twenty-seven nations voted in favor of the resolution; ...

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AUSTRALIA: Macklemore Performs Pro-Gay Anthem At National Rugby Final, Calls For LGBT Equality [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final. The performance at ANZ Stadium in Sydney follows a bizarre week in which the hip-hop artist became the focus of national attention due to his decision to play ...

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GERMANY: Same-Sex Marriage Begins [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany, on the day gay marriage became legal there. Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, exchanged their vows at the town hall in Schöneberg, Berlin. Registry offices in several German cities were opening, unusually, on Sunday to allow couples to wed on ...

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AUSTRALIA: Catholic Church Calls For Month Of Prayer And Fasting To Stop Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

From a press release published today by Christian Newswire: Australia is in the middle of a government mandated postal survey to decide the future of marriage between a man and a woman. The polls are predicting a defeat for those who believe in the biblical definition of marriage. Australian Christians are asking for prayer from all over the world for ...

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