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Same-Sex Marriages Begin In Switzerland [VIDEO]

Euronews reports: Geneva natives Laure and Aline have been waiting for this day ever since they met 21 years ago. “We sent out the invitations at the last minute,” Laure told Euronews. “People sometimes have trouble making themselves available on a Friday at 11 am.” Switzerland is one of the last countries in western Europe to allow same-sex marriage. Hundreds …

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Pelosi Readies Bills To Codify Landmark SCOTUS Rulings

Axios reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday said she’s preparing votes on a number of bills protecting abortion as well as codifying landmark Supreme Court decisions as a response to the court overturning Roe v. Wade. In a “Dear Colleague” letter to her caucus, Pelosi hinted at bills to respond to Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion in Dobbs …

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POLL: Majority Fear Obergefell Will Be Overturned

NPR reports: Following the decision, President Joe Biden asserted that Roe will be on the ballot in November. 61% of Americans agree, saying the Court’s decision will make them more likely to vote in this year’s midterm elections, and, by a double-digit margin (15 points), they think the decision will motivate them to vote for a congressional candidate who will …

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Japanese Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Legal

Reuters reports: A Japanese court ruled on Monday that a ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional, dealing a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of Seven nation that does not allow people of the same gender to marry. The ruling dashes activists’ hopes of raising pressure on the central government to address the issue after a …

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Thailand Moves To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Australia’s ABC News outlet reports: Thai politicians have passed four different bills on same-sex unions, in what appears to be a step towards Thailand becoming the second territory in Asia to legalise same-gender marriages. Thailand has one of Asia’s most open and visible LGBTQ+ communities, adding to its image of tolerance and attraction as a liberal holiday destination for foreign …

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Gallup: Same-Sex Marriage Support At Record 71%

Gallup reports: Seventy-one percent of Americans say they support legal same-sex marriage, which exceeds the previous high of 70% recorded in 2021 by one percentage point. These data are from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 2-22. When Gallup first polled about same-sex marriage in 1996, barely a quarter of the public (27%) supported legalizing such unions. It …

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Walker: States Should Decide On Same-Sex Marriage

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Over the weekend, Herschel Walker was asked at a Columbus rally about whether he would “stop the gay weddings.” There was much crosstalk in the audio, but Walker responded that “each state should determine that.” Walker campaign spokeswoman Mallory Blount said Georgians should not take that to mean that the candidate, whose son is openly gay, …

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AOC Echoes Warnings: Obergefell May Be Next To Fall

The Hill reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday warned progressives that the Supreme Court “isn’t just coming for abortion” after a leak of a Supreme Court draft ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Ocasio-Cortez later retweeted a statement from Slate reporter Mark Joseph Stern pointing to passages in the draft opinion. “[Supreme Court Justice Samuel] Alito’s draft opinion …

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Kim Davis Appeals Ruling That She Must Pay Damages

Via press release from hate group leader Mat Staver: Liberty Counsel has appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of former Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, who was denied the motion for summary judgment by U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in the cases of Ermold v. Davis and Yates v. Davis. Liberty Counsel will argue …

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Cuban Govt Seeks Support For Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters reports: Cuba’s communist government is seeking to rally support for a new family code that would open the door to gay marriage and boost women’s rights, but experts and a recent survey suggest an upcoming referendum vote may not provide a rubber stamp. The new code would legalize same sex marriage and civil unions, allow such couples to adopt …

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Federal Judge Rules Former Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Violated Constitutional Rights Of Same-Sex Couples

Lexington’s CBS News affiliate reports: A federal judge has ruled that former Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis violated the constitutional rights of two same-sex couples when she denied them marriage licenses during the summer of 2015. In an order published Friday afternoon, United States District Judge David L. Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky granted summary judgment in a …

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Survey Finds Support For LGBTQ Rights At New High

Religion News Service reports: Americans’ support for LGBTQ rights is higher than ever, according to a new report by Public Religion Research Institute, though two groups have “consistently lagged” in their support for key policies: Republicans and white evangelical Protestants. Those findings, released Thursday (March 17), are part of PRRI’s 2021 American Values Atlas project, a seven-year survey measuring Americans’ …

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Activist Jim Obergefell Launches Run For Ohio House

The Huffington Post reports: Jim Obergefell, who was at the center of the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized marriage equality in the United States, announced Tuesday that he is running for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. “We should all be able to participate fully in society and the economy, living in strong communities with great public …

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Body Of FL Marriage Equality Activist Found In Landfill

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Jorge Diaz-Johnston, whose body was found Saturday in a Jackson County landfill, was a plaintiff in a historic lawsuit that ended with Miami-Dade becoming the first county in the state to legalize same-sex marriages. Jorge was last seen Jan. 3 in the 2800 block of Remington Green Circle near his workplace, according to the Tallahassee Police …

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NJ Lawmakers Vote To Codify Same-Sex Marriage

The New Jersey Advance reports: Eight years after court decisions made same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey, both houses of the state Legislature on Monday passed a bill that would officially enshrine gay couples right to wed into state law. The state Senate voted 35-4 on Monday afternoon. The Assembly passed it by a 53 to-10 vote with four abstentions …

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NJ Moves To Formally Codify Same-Sex Marriage

Politico reports: For the first time since 2012, the New Jersey Legislature held a vote on gay marriage. In this case, just the Assembly Judiciary Committee. But it appears the bill, which writes the 2013 Superior Court decision legalizing gay marriage into law, is headed for a quick passage in the lame duck. The reason: With the right-leaning U.S. Supreme …

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Chilean Lawmakers Legalize Same-Sex Marriage [Video]

The New York Times reports: Lawmakers in Chile on Tuesday legalized same-sex marriage, a landmark victory for gay rights activists that underscores how profoundly the country’s politics and society have shifted in the past decade. By overwhelming majorities in both chambers, lawmakers put the unions of same-sex couples on par with others, making Chile the 31st nation to allow gay …

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Chile On Verge Of Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

The Associated Press reports: A measure to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples was approved by the lower house of Chile’s Congress on Tuesday, moving it close to final adoption. It had already passed the Senate. The bill approved 101-30 now awaits only final modifications related to the rights of same sex couples. President Sebastián Piñera has indicated he …

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Swiss Govt: Same-Sex Marriages To Begin On July 1st

The Associated Press reports: Switzerland’s executive body announced Wednesday that same-sex couples can get married starting on July 1 next year, making good on the resounding support Swiss voters expressed in a referendum. The Federal Council officially said that starting Jan. 1, Switzerland would recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed in in other countries instead of continuing to …

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DOJ Drops Opposition To Survivor Benefits For LGBTs

NBC News reports: Social Security survivors benefits will now be available to same-sex spouses and partners who had been denied access due to previous bans on gay marriage. The Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration on Monday announced that they dismissed appeals filed by the then-Trump administration in two class-action lawsuits related to Social Security survivors benefits for …

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