Marriage Equality

NORTHERN IRELAND: Anti-Gay Bakers Begin Appeal

The Irish Times reports: Christian bakers found guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan could not commit a sin by going against their deeply held consciences, their lawyer has told an appeal hearing. The McArthur family, who run Ashers Baking Company in Belfast, are seeking to overturn a judgment which found they acted …

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ITALY: Civil Unions Bill Nears Final Vote

The Local reports: The justice committee of Italy’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved the Senate version of a hotly-contested same-sex unions bill, paving the way for the lower house to begin examining the bill’s full text on May 9th. The bill, which Prime Minister Matteo Renzi put his government on the line for after resorting to a confidence …

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BREAKING: Alabama Commission Files Ethics Charges Against State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore

UPDATE BELOW: Moore Has been suspended.  Earlier….. Just in from the SPLC: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore could once again be removed from the bench as the result of judicial ethics complaints filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after he instructed state court judges to defy a federal court order and enforce the state’s unconstitutional ban on same-sex …

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AUSTRALIA: $160M Budgeted For Marriage Vote

SameSame reports: Attorney-General George Brandis and Minister of Justice Michael Keenan have confirmed Australia’s Federal Government has set aside a sum of $160 million for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in tonight’s budget. “The Government has also made provision in the Contingency Reserve of $160 million for the plebiscite on same-sex marriage,” they confirm in a statement tonight. They’ve also …

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Kasich: People Are Probably Born Gay [VIDEO]

John Kasich yesterday shrugged and said “probably” when a gay San Francisco man asked if he believes that people are born gay. CNN reports: Kelly Bryan, 62, asked Kasich the question at a forum hosted by the Commonwealth of California Club, telling the Ohio governor, “Gay people are human beings and not a lifestyle choice. Please respond without prayer being …

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COLOMBIA: Constitutional Court Finalizes Marriage Ruling, Weddings To Commence Soon [VIDEO]

The Perchy Bird reports: On April 7th, Colombia’s Constitutional Court defeated a proposal from one of its conservative magistrates that would have barred same-sex couples from marrying on a vote of 6-3. The LGBT community and many supporters around the country rejoiced, but a successful counter-opinion from another magistrate in favor of expanding the right to marry was needed to …

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JAPAN: US Embassy Tweets Marriage Equality Message From Evan Wolfson To Promote Rainbow Week [VIDEO]

Less than a month after last year’s landmark ruling from the Supreme Court, Freedom To Marry held its “going out of business” gala and has since closed its offices. But founder Evan Wolfson is far from retired from fighting for LGBT equality. From the US Embassy in Tokyo: “To mark the beginning of Tokyo Rainbow Week starting tomorrow, here’s a …

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Roy Moore Has Had Enough Of Your Gay Shit [VIDEO]

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, flanked by his hate group leader wife and Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver, this afternoon held a press conference to denounce the mentally ill “atheists, homosexuals, and transgenders” who conspired with the SPLC to file ethics complaints against him with the state Judicial Inquiry Commission. AL.com reports: The JIC, which could determine whether …

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ALABAMA: State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore To Hold Presser On SPLC Ethics Complaint

Yesterday the Liberty Counsel announced that crackpot Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will hold a press conference at 3PM today about the SPLC’s ethics complaint against him. According to a columnist for the Montgomery Advertiser, Moore’s removal from the bench is all but guaranteed. From the Liberty Counsel: The Chief Justice and his attorneys will address complaints filed …

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CHARLOTTE: United Methodist Church Holds Same-Sex Wedding In Protest Of Anti-LGBT Policy [VIDEO]

Via press release: On Saturday, retired Bishop Talbert co-officiated with Rev. Val Rosenquist at the wedding of Jim Wilborne and John Romano at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., with other clergy present in support. The ceremony may immediately jeopardize the pastoral credentials of Rev. Rosenquist because the current anti-LGBTQ policy of The United Methodist Church (UMC) pointedly instructs …

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ALABAMA: State House Committee Advances Bill To Replace Marriage Licenses With Contracts

Alabama News reports: An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples. The House Judiciary committee voted Wednesday for the bill, which passed the Senate in March. Republican Sen. Greg Albritton’s bill would require couples to file a form to …

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TEXAS: Man Sues To Marry His Laptop

Remember the nutcase who sued Apple in 2013 because his computer didn’t block him from accessing the porn which ruined his marriage? And then in 2014 when he attempted to intervene in one of Florida’s same-sex marriage cases so that he could marry that porn-filled laptop? Well, he’s back. Via the Houston Press: Chris Sevier has filed a lawsuit against …

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Ryan Anderson: Gays Wouldn’t Need Marriage If You’d Just Invite Them Over During The Holidays [VIDEO]

“The question is going to be, if we’re not in favor of same-sex marriage, what ARE we in favor of for people with same-sex attractions and how are we helping them live out their vocations? There’s a universal human desire for friendship, for companionship. We all have a need for relationships that matter. So when Thanksgiving comes around, when Christmas …

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John Kasich: Let’s Move On From Gay Marriage [VIDEO]

Last night John Kasich reaffirmed his earlier statements that same-sex marriage is a settled issue. “There could be an effort to pass a Constitutional Amendment. I’m not for doing it. I’m for moving on,” the Republican presidential hopeful said Thursday in a town hall airing on MSNBC. “Exactly where it is now, I’m fine with it,” he said when asked …

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KENTUCKY: Governor Signs Bill Removing Clerks’ Names From Marriage Licenses, Liberty Counsel Cheers

Reuters reports: Kentucky’s governor on Wednesday signed into law a bill that removes county clerks’ names from the state marriage license forms at the center of a controversy involving an official jailed last year for refusing to issue licenses to gay couples. Senate Bill 216, signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin, also creates a single form that either heterosexual or …

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CHINA: Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Case

The Guardian reports: A Chinese judge has rejected a gay couple’s attempt to secure the right to marry in the country’s first same-sex marriage case. Sun Wenlin, 27, from the central province of Hunan, had sued the civil affairs bureau in the city of Changsha for the right to marry his 37-year-old partner Hu Mingliang, a security guard. Sun decided …

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Levis Congratulates Colombia On Marriage

Two days ago the Colombian Constitutional Court ruled 6-3 to legalize same-sex marriage and while some formalities remain ahead before weddings can commence, Levis yesterday extended their congratulations with a cheeky hanky code image.

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Pope Francis Issues Edict: Treat Gays Better But Continue To Battle Against Same-Sex Marriage [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice, while not changing any official doctrines. He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gay men and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in …

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PUERTO RICO: First Circuit Court Boots Crackpot Judge Who Ruled Obergefell Doesn’t Apply In US Territories

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal appeals court on Thursday stated unambiguously that Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, throwing a federal judge off a case after the judge had ruled in March that the ban was still in effect. “The district court’s ruling errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where …

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BREAKING: Colombian Constitutional Court APPROVES Same-Sex Marriage In Landmark 6-3 Ruling

In a ruling that was widely anticipated, today the Colombian Constitution Court issued a landmark 6-3 ruling which legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide. Today’s ruling follows a 2011 decision which declared that unions between same-sex couples fall under the government’s definition of families. You can find Spanish-language reporting on today’s ruling here and here. I’ll update this post shortly when we …

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