Tag Archives: LGBT rights

TURKEY: Riot Police Disperse Banned LGBT Pride Parade Marchers With Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, Dogs [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: Gay rights groups and activists pressed ahead with the Istanbul Pride parade on Sunday despite Turkish authorities banning the event for a fourth year in a row. Around 1,000 people gathered near the city’s famous Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square where organisers had wanted to originally hold the parade. The activists unfolded a large rainbow flag while …

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REPORT: Trump Seeks Advice On Naming Mike Lee To SCOTUS, Worries About Senate Seat Getting Flipped

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump has asked advisers their opinions about nominating Utah Senator Mike Lee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, according to three people familiar with the matter. Trump thinks Lee would be easily confirmed by the Senate, but the president has expressed concern about keeping his Senate seat in Republican hands, one person said. …

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ISRAEL: Knesset Rejects Allowing Surrogacy Services For Same-Sex Couples Because “This Is A Jewish State”

Haaretz reports: A Knesset committee on Wednesday approved a draft law sponsored by the government itself, allowing single women who cannot conceive to obtain surrogacy services in order to build a family. With the approval of the Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, The bill can now proceed to its second and third readings into law. The committee rejected propositions …

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Ted Cruz Backs Fellow Anti-LGBT Senator For SCOTUS

The Hill reports: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday touted his Republican colleague Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) as the “best choice” to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement. “I think the single best choice President Trump could make to fill this vacancy is Sen. Mike Lee,” Cruz said on Fox News shortly after Kennedy’s …

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Liberty Counsel: Kennedy’s Retirement Means It’s Only A Matter Of Time Until The End Of “Horrible” Obergefell

Via press release from the Liberty Counsel: “The Supreme Court is why many people voted for President Donald Trump,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “With Justice Kennedy’s retirement, the next justice will have a huge impact on the future of America.” If Justice Kennedy is replaced with a person who is faithful to the original text …

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BREAKING: SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy To Retire

USA Today reports: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, giving President Trump and Senate Republicans an opportunity to create a solidly conservative court that could last for decades. Kennedy’s long-rumored decision to step down July 31 will touch off a titanic battle between conservatives and liberals in the nation’s capital, on the airwaves, and in states represented by key …

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OHIO: State House Approves GOP Bill That Would Make It Legal To Deny Wedding Venues To Gay Couples

Cleveland.com reports: After spending months in limbo, legislation to give legal protection to ministers and religious groups who refuse to participate in same-sex marriages passed in the Ohio House on Wednesday. House Bill 36, the “Ohio Pastor Protection Act,” would shield licensed ministers and religious societies from any civil or criminal liability if they are unwilling to participate in a …

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Anti-Gay Oregon Baker Discusses “Open Pus-y Sores” Of Homosexuality With “Death To Gays” Pastor [AUDIO]

From the website of “death to gays” Pastor Kevin Swanson: The Oregon Supreme Court upheld the lower court rulings requiring that Aaron and Melissa Klein pay $135,000 for not baking a cake for a homosexual ceremony. Now they are appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here, we interview Aaron Klein on how they lost their little family bakery …

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Ivanka Donates $50K To Viciously Anti-LGBT Church

Gay RVA reports: An evangelical leader who is a member of President Donald Trump’s Religious Advisory Council praised First Daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump, the Christian Broadcasting Network reported Monday. Pastor Jack Graham of the Prestonwood Baptist Church received a $50,000 personal donation from Ivanka, who earned $82 million in outside income with her husband Jared Kushner …

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Democrats Celebrate Anniversaries Of Obergefell, Windsor, And Lawrence Rulings For LGBT Civil Rights

Just in from the Democratic National Committee: On the 3rd anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the 5th anniversary of U.S. v. Windsor, and the 15th anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement: “Before the Supreme Court handed down its decision in U.S. v. Windsor five years ago, Edie Windsor said, ‘I think justice will …

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POLL: Half Of LGBTs Say They’re Closeted At Work

Bloomberg reports: A little more than half of LGBT workers say they’re comfortable being out at work, according to a study released today by the Human Rights Campaign. It’s roughly the same number as a decade ago, and it calls into question how well many big companies’ ubiquitous diversity initiatives are working. In the survey of 1,615 workers both gay …

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BREAKING: SCOTUS Punts Case Of Anti-Gay Florist

Reuters reports: After siding with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent back to lower courts a similar dispute over a florist who declined to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding based on her Christian beliefs. The justices threw out a 2017 ruing by Washington state’s …

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LIVE VIDEO: New York City Pride March 2018

ABC News New York reports: Don’t miss our live coverage of the march: it begins at 11:00 a.m. here on abc7NY.com , with an hour-long pre-march special. That is followed by Channel 7’s live broadcast of the 2018 NYC Pride March on-air and on digital via abc7NY.com from Noon until 3:00 p.m. The annual civil rights demonstration in New York …

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Pioneering Gay Rights Activist Dick Leitsch Dies At 83

The Washington Post reports: Dick Leitsch, who became a leading gay rights activist in 1960s New York, where he helped end police entrapment of gays and organized the first major act of civil disobedience by a gay rights group — a boozy sit-in known as the Sip-In — died June 22 at a hospice center in Manhattan. He was 83. …

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Czech Government Backs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Gay Star News reports: Czech Republic just introduced a draft law to legalize same-sex marriage today (22 June). According to iDNES, Lucie Zachariáš, the lawyer representing the campaign for marriage equality in Czech Republic said on the government’s decision: “We are happy that the government has consistently spoken about the proposal to change the Civil Code and promote marriage for …

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Texas State GOP: Ban All LGBT Rights And Protections

John Wright reports at Houston’s OutSmart Magazine: Happy Pride Month from the Republican Party of Texas! Delegates to the GOP state convention in San Antonio approved a rabidly anti-LGBTQ party platform over the weekend. Texas Republicans once again officially endorsed the dangerous, discredited practice of “ex-gay” therapy, including for “self-motivated” youth. They called on state officials to reject the Supreme …

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JACKSONVILLE: Liberty Counsel Appeals LGBT Rights Ordinance On Behalf Of Private Ambulance Company

Via press release: Liberty Counsel filed a brief in the appeal of Jacksonville, Florida residents and businesses against the city’s 2017 ordinance that added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as “protected categories” under Jacksonville law. The lawsuit, Parsons v. City of Jacksonville, seeks to invalidate the so-called “Human Rights Ordinance” or “HRO” because its authors and sponsors illegally hid the …

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