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Michelle Obama: Malia And I Snuck Out To See White House “Lit Up In Pride” And Enjoy Celebrating Crowd

“Looking out the window, I saw that beyond the gates on Pennsylvania Avenue, a big crowd of people had gathered in the summer dusk to see the lights. The north drive was filled with government staff who’d stayed late to see the White House transformed in celebration of marriage equality. The decision had touched so many people. From where I …

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Czech Parliament To Debate Marriage Bill Tomorrow

Expats.cz reports: The lower house of the Czech Parliament is set to debate the legalization of same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, October 31, marriage equality is for the first time in history guaranteed to be on the agenda of the 20th meeting of the Chamber of Deputies. The opening of this debate item will take place as part of the Chamber …

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Philadelphia Names City Block For Edith Windsor

Pink News reports: A street sign in honor of lesbian campaigner Edie Windsor was unveiled on October 7. “‘Don’t Postpone Joy’ today and take a stroll The Edie Windsor Way,” Windsor’s widow Judith Kasen-Windsor—her second wife—wrote on Facebook on Sunday, quoting one of the campaigner’s mantras. Windsor died in September 2017 aged 88 after spending most of the past decade …

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ROMANIA: Boycott Thwarts Marriage Referendum

Reuters reports: A two-day referendum to change Romania’s constitution so same-sex couples cannot secure the right to marry failed to meet the required 30 percent voter turnout to be validated, a preliminary estimate from an opposition party showed on Sunday. Opposition Save Romania Union (USR) said they estimated voter turnout stood at 19.5 percent when polls closed at 1800 GMT. …

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US To Deny Visas To Unmarried Same-Sex Partners Of Diplomats, Ends Policy Enacted In 2009 Under Obama

NBC News reports: The State Department on Monday began imposing a new policy that restricts visas for the same-sex partners of staff of U.S.-based international organizations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The State Department’s website on G-4 visas currently states: “Effective immediately, U.S. Embassies and Consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are …

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CUBA: New President Backs Same-Sex Marriage

The BBC reports: Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage. The Cuban leader, who took over from Raúl Castro on 19 April, said he was in favour of recognising “marriage between people without any restrictions”. In an interview with TV Telesur, he said doing so was “part of eliminating any type of discrimination in society”. It comes as Cuba …

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ROMANIA: Parliament Approves National Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage After Push By US Hate Groups

The Associated Press reports: Romanian Senators approved a measure that could pave the way for the constitution to be changed to explicitly state that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. Senators on Tuesday voted 107-13 with seven abstentions to allow a referendum that could change the constitution, which currently states that marriage is a union between …

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Brian Brown: Radical Leftist Extremists Are Making A Mockery Of Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearing

Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown: It sure didn’t take long for radical leftists to show their hand: it’s their plan to make a mockery of the confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, attempting to delay and obfuscate at every opportunity. We’re not going to let them get away with it. Within seconds of Chairman Chuck Grassley opening …

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TAIWAN: Brian Brown Joins Push For Referendum To Overturn Coming Same-Sex Marriage Law [VIDEO]

NOM president Brian Brown was in Taiwan to support a Christianist campaign for a referendum to overturn the coming court-ordered legalization of same-sex marriage. Channel News Asia reports: Conservative campaigners on Tuesday (Aug 28) threw a roadblock in the path to legalizing same-sex unions in Taiwan, proposing a public vote on the issue and saying any reforms would jeopardize “family …

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Australia Gets Right Wing Anti-LGBT Prime Minister

The BBC reports: Scott Morrison has become Australia’s new prime minister after Malcolm Turnbull was forced out by party rivals in a bruising leadership contest. Mr Turnbull had been under pressure from poor polling and what he described as an “insurgency” by conservative MPs. Mr Morrison, the treasurer, won an internal ballot 45-40 over former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton …

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Costa Rica: Supreme Court Rules For Marriage Equality

The Associated Press reports: Costa Rica’s supreme court has given the country’s legislature 18 months to change the law to allow gay marriage. The court voted to make gay marriage legal, declaring that existing laws banning it were unconstitutional. Magistrate Fernando Castillo said in a news conference that the laws were inconsistent with an opinion issued in January by the …

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REPORT: Cuba To Get 248-Room LGBT Resort

According to the Mexican news site ContraMuro.com and Forbes Mexico, a 248-room LGBT resort featuring five bars and three restaurants will open next year on or near (this is unclear) Cuba’s resort island Cayo Guillermo. The “luxurious five-star” hotel is reportedly the project of MGM Mutha Hotels, which currently operates about two dozen resorts in Europe and India, and already …

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CUBA: Draft Constitution Opens Path To Marriage

Reuters reports: The draft of Cuba’s new constitution opens the path to same-sex marriage, a government official said on Saturday, which would make the country that once persecuted homosexuals an unlikely leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. In the early years of Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, many homosexuals were sent to correctional labor camps, part of an institutionalized …

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LGBT Groups Raise Alarm: We Must #StopKavanaugh

From Lambda Legal: Judge Kavanaugh would guarantee 40 more years of Trump’s values on the Supreme Court. Like every other judicial nominee who has a seal of approval from the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, Judge Kavanaugh shares Donald Trump’s same distorted view of the law. We have good reason to fear that Judge Kavanaugh will abuse his power …

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Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would Approve Of Gay Marriage

The Hill reports: Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said on Sunday he believes “Jesus would approve of gay marriage.” “I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” Carter, who describes himself as a born-again Christian, told HuffPost …

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Majority Want SCOTUS Pick To Back Abortion Rights

Politico reports: A majority of voters want the next Supreme Court justice to support abortion rights, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the immediate wake of Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement last week. With the prospect that President Donald Trump’s pending pick to replace Kennedy could join with the existing four justices appointed by Republican presidents to overturn …

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Gay Cop Proposes At Graduation Ceremony [VIDEO]

The New Zealand Herald reports: Graduating from police college will be a day Hawke’s Bay-born Constable Erik Meechan never forgets – but not for the obvious reason. It was the day he got down on one knee and proposed to his partner of five years, Matty Judd, in front of fellow graduating recruits, their families and Commissioner Mike Bush and …

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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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