Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Australia Enacts Emergency Hate Speech Law Due To Anti-LGBT Vitriol Spawned By Marriage Plebiscite

Reuters reports: The alarming volume of hate-speech during Australia’s ballot over whether to legalize same-sex marriage spurred parliament to pass emergency legislation on Wednesday to outlaw opponents spewing their vitriol while the vote was in progress. Australia began a non-compulsory postal vote on Tuesday that will determine whether it becomes the 25th country to legalize same-sex marriage. But with an ...

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Obama Pays Tribute To Edith Windsor: She Spoke Up Not For Special Treatment, But For Equal Treatment

Posted tonight to President Obama’s Facebook page: America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right. Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few made as big a difference to America. I had the privilege to ...

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Civil Rights Groups Pay Tribute To Edith Windsor

From the ACLU: Today, we lost one of this country’s great civil rights pioneers, Edie Windsor. The wheels of progress turn forward because of people like Edie who are willing to stand up in the face of injustice. One simply cannot write the history of the gay rights movement without reserving immense credit and gratitude for Edie Windsor. We were ...

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BREAKING: Edith Windsor Dies At Age 88

The New York Times reports: Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights to myriad federal benefits, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 88. Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death but did not specify ...

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull Urges YES Vote In Non-Binding Marriage Plebiscite: It’s A Conservative Ideal

The BBC reports: Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have come out in support of a campaign for same-sex marriage. More than 20,000 people gathered in Sydney to campaign ahead of a non-binding postal vote on changing Australia’s marriage act. Mr Turnbull made a surprise appearance and speech at the launch of the New South Wales Yes campaign. ...

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DOJ Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief Backing Anti-Gay Baker

Via press release from the ACLU: The Justice Department filed a brief today with the Supreme Court arguing that businesses that are open to the public have a constitutional right to discriminate against LGBT people. The brief was filed in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the case in which a Colorado bakery refused to serve a same-sex couple ...

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House And Senate Republicans To File Supreme Court Amicus Brief In Support Of Anti-Gay Colorado Baker

The Hill reports: House and Senate Republicans are throwing their support behind the owner of a Colorado cake shop who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in a case headed to the Supreme Court. GOP lawmakers announced plans Thursday to send an amicus brief on behalf of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. Phillips is challenging ...

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AUSTRALIA: High Court Rules 7-0 That Non-Binding Postal Survey On Same-Sex Marriage Will Go Forward

ABC News reports: The High Court has ruled 7-0 to dismiss challenges to the Federal Government’s $122 million same-sex marriage postal survey, clearing the way for it to go ahead. The Federal Government welcomed the unanimous High Court ruling, announcing the survey would continue as planned and the final result would be declared by the chief statistician at 11:30am on ...

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BREAKING: Mattis Freezes Transgender Policy, Allows Troops To Continue Serving Pending Pentagon Study

USA Today reports: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis late Tuesday announced that transgender troops will be allowed to continue serving in the military pending the results of a study by experts. The announcement follows an order from President Trump — first announced in a tweet — declaring that transgender service members can no longer serve in the military, effectively reversing an ...

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AUSTRALIA: Christian Hate Group Runs Anti-Marriage Ad Claiming Boys Will Be Forced To Wear Dresses

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: The first television advertisement for a ‘say no to same sex marriage’ campaign has aired on Australian television tonight. The advertisement from the Coalition for Marriage — the key organisation behind the ‘No’ campaign — features Australian mothers who speak out as part of a series aimed at highlighting what they claim are issues that ...

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FRIDAY DOCUMENT DUMP: Trump Signs Transgender Ban As Hurricane Coverage Dominates All Networks

CNN reports: President Donald Trump on Friday directed the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces, following through on his intentions announced a month earlier to ban transgender people from serving. The presidential memorandum also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to ...

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AUSTRALIA: Marriage Plebiscite May Backfire On Right Wing As Millennials Swarm To Vote For Their First Time

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: A last-minute surge has seen a record number of Australians enrolled to vote ahead of the upcoming postal survey on same-sex marriage. The Australian Electoral Commission on Friday released figures it described as “extraordinary” that show 90,000 new voters – mostly the young – had joined the roll since the survey was announced on August ...

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INDIA: Supreme Court Ruling On Privacy Opens Door To Overturn 2013 Ruling Recriminalizing Homosexuality

The Hindustan Times reports: The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday Indians have a constitutional right to privacy, a verdict that could have wide-reaching implications on broader civil rights issues, including homosexuality and prohibition. Experts have said the ‘right to privacy’ case would be a test of our democracy, with the possibility of citizens challenging laws based of individual rights. Privacy ...

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White House Sets Rules For Transgender Military Ban

The Wall Street Journal reports: The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, issuing a policy that will allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to consider a service member’s ability to deploy in deciding whether to kick them out of the ...

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Hate Group Sues SPLC Over Hate Group Label

From a press release published by Christian Newswire: Dr. Frank Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer at D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM), announced that DJKM filed suit today in the United States District Court against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the SPLC illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services ...

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AUSTRALIA: “Stop The Fags” Hate Posters Appear In Advance Of Postal Plebiscite On Same-Sex Marriage

The Guardian reports: Materials labeling homosexuality a “curse of death” and claiming 92% of children of gay parents suffer abuse have surfaced in two separate incidents of homophobic campaigns against same-sex marriage. Advocates have condemned the material, which included a poster urging Australians to “stop the fags” in Melbourne and a leaflet printed in English and Mandarin found in Hurstville, ...

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AUSTRALIA: Olympic Gold Medalist Ian Thorpe And Partner Issue Video Promoting Marriage Plebiscite

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: Ian Thorpe and his partner Ryan Channing have released a new video urging Australians to vote in next month’s postal plebiscite on whether to legalise gay marriage. The Olympic swimming champ is making a last-ditch effort to get Australians to update their electoral roll details before the list is finalised this Thursday ahead of the ...

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Court Upholds Marriage Ban

The Belfast Telegraph reports: A high court judge in Belfast has ruled the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland is lawful. Mr Justice O’Hara ruled on two separate cases that were heard together due to the similarities of the arguments. Both cases were rejected by the Judge, insisting the ban did not violate the rights of LGBT couples in ...

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TEXAS: Anti-Trans “Bathroom Bill” Is Formally Dead

NBC News reports: A Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people died again late Tuesday along with many of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s summer demands as an already bruising legislative session was derailed by Republican backbiting that could preview an even nastier 2018 primary season. It is the second time that North Carolina-style bathroom restrictions have failed to pass in Texas, ...

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Your Weekly LGBT Debrief With Matt Baume [VIDEO]

Clip recap: I’m in Reykjavik to cover Iceland Pride! I have updates on Rentboy.com, on a group of heroes fighting back against Trump’s military ban, and on basic rights being put to a vote in the worst possible way. Let’s dive in on a hinsegin dagar edition of Weekly Debrief.

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