Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Stop Kill Gays Bill: 450K Signatures Delivered To Uganda Government

Today activists delivered more than 450,000 signatures to the Ugandan government on a petition protesting the “kill gays” bill. The online petition was organised by campaign group Avaaz, which hopes to eventually garner one million signatures. It was delivered to Uganda’s parliament in Kampala this morning by a delegation led by Anglican priest Canon Gideon Byamugisha. The petition was accompanied …

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Lithuania’s Anti-Gay Law Takes Effect

Lithuania’s new law anti-gay law takes effect today after being slightly amended due to the protests of the European Parliament. The law bars ‘minors’ from receiving information about any type of sexual relationships, and seeks to protect the ‘traditional’ concept of family defined by the Constitution as based on the union between a man and a woman. Last September the …

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OUTRAGEOUS: Fort Worth Police Press Charges Against Rainbow Lounge Patrons

After the Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission staged a widely criticized raid of the Rainbow Lounge last June, authorities from both organizations admitted wrongdoings that resulted in the firings of three TABC officers and a rewriting of the rules regarding nightclub raids. But despite all of that and an abject apology to the gay community from …

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Defense Contractor Urged To Reject Virginia Location Over LGBT Rights Slash

By executive order, last week Virginia Gov. Bob McConnell excluded LGBT residents from state employment protections. In return, gay rights groups are now lobbying defense contractor Northrop Grumman to reject Virginia as the location for its new national headquarters. One Maryland politician is leaping to take advantage of his state’s new recognition of same-sex marriages. In a letter sent Thursday …

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Australian Senate Rejects Marriage

In a lopsided vote, yesterday the Australian Senate rejected a marriage equality bill. But the result was closer than it seems. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world’s biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras. Twenty-six senators were absent from the vote, with some of these choosing to abstain because they disagreed …

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Expresses Gratitude To Gay Soldiers

In stark contrast to the situation in America, last night British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thanked his nation’s openly serving gay soldiers in a ceremony celebrating the contributions of LGBT people to Britain. Brown told guests at 10 Downing Street, including a number of gay servicemembers, that there was a “debt of gratitude we can never fully repay”. He said …

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New York Senate Approves Partner Healthcare Bill

Seventeen years after its approval by the state Assembly, the New York Senate has finally approved the Family Health Care Decisions Act. Domestic partners will now have priority over biological family members when it comes to the medical needs of an incapacitated partner. Via press release from the Empire State Pride Agenda (my bolding): New York has been one of …

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Maryland Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages From Other Jurisdictions

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler issued an opinion today saying that the recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions is consistent with Maryland state law. This is an amazing development coming just days away from same-sex marriage become legal in Washington DC. From Lambda Legal, via press release: Statement from Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal: “This …

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What Kind Of Planet Are We On?

JMG reader Sean Chapin tips us to this astonishingly well-produced clip from Rock For Equality which exposes the inequities of Social Security benefits for same-sex couples. Rock For Equality will be staging protest rallies at Social Security offices in Los Angeles and Washington DC during tax week.

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West Virginia GOP To Force Marriage Vote

West Virginia’s GOP legislators are tired of waiting around for a chance to enshrine bigotry into state law. House Republicans plan a series of procedural motions this week to force floor votes on proposals they say Democrats have allowed to die in committees. Those include a resolution (HJR5) that calls for a statewide referendum on whether to amend the constitution …

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Thousands Protest Portugal Marriage Law

Yesterday thousands of anti-gay protesters marched in Lisbon to protest Portugal’s pending marriage equality law. Organizers estimated the event, called “in defense of the family,” attracted a crowd of 5,000, but no official figures were reported. Demonstrators marched down Lisbon’s main downtown artery Av. da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) calling on President Anibal Cavaco Silva to reject a gay marriage law …

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CPAC Poll: Gay Marriage Lowest Priority

Fighting gay marriage tied for last in a poll of CPAC attendees’ priorities. And you can thank the kids for that. Via the conservative blog Hot Air: Only 16 percent had abortion, gay marriage, or “promoting traditional values” as either of their top two priorities? Granted, students comprised 48 percent of the sample — how else could Paul have won? …

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Charges Dismissed For Queer Rising 4

A large group of supporters appeared at a Manhattan courthouse yesterday to hear a judge dismiss all charges against the four members of Queer Rising who were arrested last week in a marriage equality protest. Via press release: Four members of the group Queer Rising, a group which advocates for civil rights for the LGBT community accepted pleas of ‘adjournment …

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Vancouver: Public Displays Of Gay

Via JMG reader BStewart23, here’s a poster from a new campaign by the Vancouver Health Institute for Men called “Public Displays of Gay.” HIM has a new poster campaign that is being promoted during the Olympics. The campaign shows visitors the diverse and accepting side of Vancouver, while promoting public displays of gay affection. The posters will show images of …

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Minnesota To Consider Gay Marriage

Next week the Minnesota legislature will consider several bills related to same-sex marriage. The House Civil Justice Committee will be the first in Minnesota’s history to conduct a hearing on the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. Three bills will be up for discussion on Monday, and all three are supportive of expanded relationship rights for Minnesota’s same-sex …

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Admiral Mike Mullen: Little Resistance To DADT Repeal Among Troops

Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen says he is finding little resistance among the troops to the idea of repealing DADT. Mullen was nearing the end of a 25-minute question-and-answer session with troops serving here when he raised a topic of his own: “No one’s asked me about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ ” he said. As it turned …

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NH Rejects Gay Marriage Ballot Push

Moments ago, the New Hampshire House resoundingly rejected an attempt to place a vote to repeal same-sex marriage on the November ballot. CACR 28 defined marriage in this state by saying it can only be between a man and a woman. It was rejected by a wide margin, 201-135, short of a simple majority and far below the three-fifths majority …

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VA Gov. Robert McDonnell Strips Gays From State Jobs Protection List

Newly elected Virginia Gov. Rob McDonnell thinks it should be legal to fire someone for being gay and has removed sexual orientation from his state’s list of protected classes. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has signed an executive order barring discrimination in the state workforce on grounds that include race, sex, religion and age, but not sexual orientation. The order, …

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