Marriage Equality

SWITZERLAND: Voters Very Narrowly Reject Tax Bill That Defines Marriage As “One Man – One Woman”

Primarily thanks to residents of Bern and Zurich, today Switzerland’s voters very narrowly rejected a tax bill which contained a “Trojan horse” section which defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Swiss Info reports: What had seemed like a sure “Yes” in January became a close contest after an energetic “No” committee argued that the terms of …

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TENNESSEE: County Commission Narrowly Rejects Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution After Heated Debate

It could not possibly have been more heated than last night’s debate in Charlotte, which was hands down the most wacko I’ve ever seen. And that includes Hawaii. But here’s how things went last night in Tennessee’s Washington County as reported by the Johnson City Press: Washington County Commissioner Forrest Boreing attributed the early Tuesday morning failure of a resolution …

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ALABAMA: Haters File Complaint Against State Supreme Court Over Inaction On Blocking Obergefell

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and the rest of the his court are being attacked from the right. From World Net Daily: Marriage activists in Alabama have filed complaints with the state Judicial Inquiry Commission against the nine members of the state Supreme Court because they have failed to rule on the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Small Town Mayor Touts Same-Sex Marriage Support In US Senate Campaign Ad [VIDEO]

Back in 2013 the mayor of a Pittsburgh suburb won lots of fans here on JMG when he officiated the wedding a local gay couple in violation of Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. That mayor, John Fetterman, is now running for the US Senate and during last night’s MSNBC presidential town hall he aired a campaign ad touting his support …

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Trump Vows To Overturn Obergefell, Says Haters Can Trust Him On “Shocking” SCOTUS Ruling [VIDEO]

Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch: In an interview with Pat Robertson’s television network yesterday, Donald Trump insisted that anti-gay conservatives can rest assured knowing that he is committed to overturning the Supreme Court’s landmark decision striking down state bans on same-sex marriage. When the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody asked the GOP presidential frontrunner what he thought of the …

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PHILIPPINES: Leading Presidential Candidate Rodrigo Duterte Expresses Openness To Same-Sex Marriage

We know somebody who’ll be VERY unhappy about this. CNN Philippines reports: Should he win the national elections, presidential candidate Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte said he would consider legalizing same-sex marriage if a proposal is presented to him. “If it reaches me in whatever capacity, I’ll consider it,” Duterte said on Thursday (February 18). The Davao City mayor said the law …

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Panasonic Announces Global LGBT Protections Including Marriage Recognition For Its 250,000 Employees

This is major, especially for a Japanese corporation. Rocket News 24 reports: Panasonic, the Japanese electronics producer and one of the Olympic Games’ biggest sponsors, announces sweeping policy changes. LGBT rights in Japan have been in the headlines quite a bit the last few years, but today it looks like the LGBT community can count another win: Osaka-based Panasonic has …

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COLOMBIA: Marriage Equality Ruling Due Tomorrow

Tomorrow Colombia may join Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay and become the fourth South American nation to legalize same-sex marriage. From our very own Perchy Bird: Originally, the [Supreme] Court’s website wrote that the debate on the issue of whether gay couples can marry and if existing marriages performed by civil court judges should be annulled was planned on February 4th, …

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FINLAND: Marriage Equality Law Finalized

Finland’s parliament today finalized the details of the marriage equality law which goes into effect in March 2017: Parliament has approved legal changes that will allow same-sex couples in registered partnerships to convert their legal status to ‘married’ by notifying the authorities. MPs voted in favour of the legislation by 106 votes to 42. The move also eliminates registered partnerships …

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John Kasich: Obergefell Is Settled Law And That’s That

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was confronted today by a gay college student who demanded to know his positions on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. What followed was interesting: “If I see discrimination in anything, like I said earlier, I’m willing to do what I can,” Kasich said. “Whether it’s executive order or legislation. That’s fine with me. As for marriage …

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Gay Soldiers’ Wedding Kiss Photo Goes Viral

Via USA Today: Spc. Shane Adriano and Pfc. Tristian Resz chose the Greene County Courthouse as a venue because they wanted something small and intimate for their Feb. 11 wedding. It was to be just the happy couple, a few supportive friends and a judge. But after they shared their “first married kiss” photo on Facebook, their small ceremony turned …

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AUSTRALIA: Hate Group Leader Worries People Will Think He’s Gay If Marriage Equality Passes [VIDEO]

Sky News reports: Lyle Shelton, the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, says if Australia legalises same-sex marriage people could assume heterosexual men such as himself are gay. Speaking to Sky News on Sunday Mr Shelton says if there is a change to the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples it could no longer be assumed that ‘millions of …

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Obama Celebrates Gay Love On Valentine’s Day

Moments ago President Obama tweeted the above image with this message: “No matter who you are or whom you love, celebrate #Valentines Day with pride. #LoveIsLove.” We’re sure Ryan Anderson is unhappy. As you’ll see below, Ben Shapiro definitely is.

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Marco Rubio Forms Anti-LGBT Advisory Board On Repealing Windsor & Obergefell Marriage Rulings

Marco Rubio has recruited some anti-LGBT activists to create an advisory board on how to repeal same-sex marriage. Topping the list of recruits is crackpot Heritage Foundation hater Ryan T. Anderson. Via press release from the Rubio campaign: This morning, the Marco Rubio for President campaign is excited to announce the formation of Marco Rubio’s Marriage & Family Advisory Board. …

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CUBA: Pope Francis & Head Of Russian Orthodox Church Issue Joint Denouncement Of Gay Marriage

Last month the head of the Russian Orthodox Church declared that young men become terrorists because they are outraged about gay pride parades. Today he is in Cuba with Pope Francis for the first meeting between the heads of their churches in over 1000 years. With ten centuries worth of bickering to discuss, naturally the first thing they did was …

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VIRGINIA: By One Vote Margin State Senate Approves Bill Allowing Marriage Officiants To Refuse Gay Couples

By a 20-19 vote, today the Virginia Senate approved a bill which allows government employees to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages because Jesus. The bill was sponsored by GOP state Sen. Charles Carrico [photo], who has introduced a slew of other anti-LGBT bills. Democratic Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin reacts via press release: Senator Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) expressed deep …

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TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton Faces Ethics Probe For Telling Clerks They Don’t Have To Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

The Associated Press reports: Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in June. A month later, a complaint filed and co-signed by more than 200 attorneys said …

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KENTUCKY: Senate Panel Advances Bill To Create Separate Marriage Licenses For Same-Sex Couples

The Kentucky County Clerks Association says it wants to avoid having to ask “which is which” when they fill out the bride and groom portion of marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The Richmond Register reports: A state Senate committee gave approval to a bill that would alter Kentucky marriage licenses to accommodate county clerks who don’t want to sign licenses …

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GEORGIA: Orthodox Church Requests Police Protection For Man Who Filed Marriage Equality Lawsuit

You may recall that in May 2013 a mob of 20,000 rioters attacked a small gay rights rally in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi. The attackers were led by priests from the Orthodox Church, which doesn’t want a repeat situation after a man this week filed a same-sex marriage lawsuit. Eurasianet reports: In a first for the Caucasus, a Georgian man …

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Trump Waffles Again On Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

Donald Trump yesterday continued to contradict himself on same-sex marriage. The Daily Mail reports: Donald Trump gave a perplexing answer this morning on This Week with George Stephanopoulos when asked to better articulate his position on gay marriage. “We’ll see what happens,” Trump said, using similar phrasing several times while saying he would appoint the “absolute best judges” and then …

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