Tag Archives: LGBT rights

ARGENTINA: Marriage Or Civil Unions?

Argentina’s Senate advisory panel has rejected the marriage equality bill approved by the nation’s lower chamber last month, but a civil unions bill may be approved next week by the full Senate. The marriage bill is not dead, however. The Senate’s General Legislation Committee on Tuesday signed two resolutions: nine out of the Committee’s 15 members signed to reject a …

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VIDEO: Bigotry In Action

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BREAKING: NO Civil Unions For Hawaii

Calling it “marriage by another name,” Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle has just announced that she will VETO her state’s civil unions bill. Adding insult to her bigotry, invited to the announcement was the now-retired Hawaii Supreme Court Justice who first got the state’s marriage equality ball rolling in 1993. Justice Steven H. Levinson’s 1993 opinion stated that laws prohibiting same-sex …

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HAWAII: Decision Day For Civil Unions

Today is the deadline for Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to announce whether she’ll veto her state’s pending civil unions bill or allow it to become law without her signature. Yesterday Lingle remained coy about her decision: “I really thought about this more than I have thought about any other piece of legislation. It is a subject that has really touched …

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ARGENTINA: Marriage Equality Ad

Argentina’s Senate will debate a marriage equality bill next week, following its approval by the country’s lower legislative chamber several weeks ago. The below clip was subtitled by Andres Duque at Blabbeando.

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COSTA RICA: High Court Suspends Gay Marriage Referendum

Costa Rica’s highest court has orderd that an upcoming vote on same-sex marriage be suspended because it might violate the nation’s constitution. The Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Court) has ordered the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) to suspend the process of the referendum on same sex marriages that was to have been included in the December 2010 municipal elections. The court …

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India Celebrates First Anniversary Of Decriminalization Of Homosexuality

Celebrations are taking place across India today in recognition of the first anniversary of a High Court ruling decriminalizing homosexuality. Members of Mumbai’s gay community danced, sang, laughed and hugged each other in the city’s sprawling Azad Maidan park as speakers recalled the long years of struggle to get Indian courts to change the country’s law. On July 2 last …

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7500 Pro-Civil Unions Letters Received By Office Of Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle has received an estimated 7500 cards and letters urging to her to support her state’s pending civil unions bill. Lingle has until Sunday to decide on whether to veto the bill or allow it to become law without her signature. Two weeks ago she listed the bill among her potential vetoes in order that the legislature …

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Civil Unions Pass In Ireland’s Dáil

Ireland’s lower legislative chamber, the Dáil, has just passed a civil partnerships bill. The Dáil has passed without a vote, all stages of the Civil Partnership Bill, giving new legal rights to non-marital couples. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said ‘it was one of the most important human rights pieces of legislation the House had dealt with.’ Minister Ahern continued ‘to …

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WISCONSIN: State Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Marriage Ban

Moments ago the Wisconsin state Supreme Court ruled unanimously to uphold the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In a 7-0 ruling, the court on Wednesday ruled that the 2006 constitutional amendment was properly put to voters in a statewide referendum. The court rejected a lawsuit that claimed the amendment violated a rule that limits referendum questions to a single subject. …

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Australia’s New PM: No Marriage For Gays

Australia’s new prime minister Julia Gillard says she’s against same-sex marriage. Labor policy on gay marriage will remain the same under her prime ministership, Ms Gillard told Austereo show today. “We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken …

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HomoQuotable – Christopher Neff

“Big things are changing for gay Americans. The President signed federal Hates Crimes legislation, directed new hospital visitation rights; spoke out during the State of the Union and the fought for an end to the ban on gays in the military. In addition, federal agencies are working hard behind the scenes and making huge differences for elder care and queer …

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Photo Of The Day – Istanbul Pride

Many more amazing photos can be found here. (Tipped by JMG reader Umit)

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TENNESSEE: Married Gay Woman Refused New Driver’s License, Cops Called

The Tennessee Highway Patrol had to be called to a DMV office after a newly-married lesbian refused to return her just-issued driver’s license when employees told her they had mistakenly granted her name change request. Traci Turpin of Knoxville married her female partner in Washington DC on Tuesday. Gay marriage is legal in the District of Columbia. “We had a …

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RUSSIA: Police Arrest Activists At St. Petersburg Pride Rally

Five activists were arrested today at small gay pride rally staged in St. Petersburg, Russia. About two dozen gay and lesbian activists gathered in the tourist-packed courtyard of one of the world’s most famous museums, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, carrying banners and chanting “Homophobia is the country’s shame.” One of the organisers, Maria Efremenkova, said the Russian …

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HomoQuotable – Reed Cowan

“I would like to propose to the entire worldwide gay community that they cancel gay pride events until we have marriage equality. All those thousands of people who go to gay pride, those are bodies that could put on a shirt and go into the neighborhood and tell their story. We should wait until we have equality to have our …

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WASHINGTON: Woman Sued Her Own Church For Performing Gay Weddings

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European Court Of Human Rights: There’s No Right To Same-Sex Marriage

Europe’s top human rights court has ruled that there is no inherent right to same-sex marriage. The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected an appeal by two Austrian men who said their country’s refusal to allow same-sex marriage violated the right to marry and prohibition of discrimination in European rights law. The ECHR is part of the Council …

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NYCLU Relaunches Fight For Marriage

The NYCLU has begun a campaign to relaunch the fight for marriage equality in New York. All New Yorkers deserve the freedom to marry. New Yorkers across the state and political spectrum agree, and so does the State Assembly and Governor Paterson. Sadly, at the end of 2009, the New York State Senate voted against marriage fairness. Though the vote …

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HAWAII: How To Help Civil Unions Fight

Hawaiian activists are asking for your help in a snail mail campaign to convince Gov. Linda Lingle not to veto the state’s pending civil unions bill. Lingle has deluged with letters from our enemies, so let’s send her some positive messages of our own. Two suggested lines for your letter: “We are from _____ and we would sure love to …

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