Tag Archives: marriage equality

LA LGBT Center Looks Back On 2015 [VIDEO]

“Watch the 13 milestones that changed the world for LGBT people in 2015 and news coverage that illustrates 6 reasons why our battle isn’t over. From marriage equality to an end on the military ban on transgender people, 2015 will be remembered as a landmark year for the LGBT civil rights movement, but learn why we’ve still got so much …

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Marco Rubio: I’ll Undo Obergefell [VIDEO]

Following a similar promise made last month by Ted Cruz, yesterday Marco Rubio appeared on Meet The Press where he vowed to undo same-sex marriage via appointments to the Supreme Court and not by way of a constitutional amendment. Andy Towle has the quote: “As I’ve said, that would be conceding that the current Constitution is somehow wrong and needs …

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AUSTRALIA: Fourth State Recognizes Foreign Marriages

Gay Star News reports: Same-sex couples who have married overseas will now have those marriages given legal recognition when they return home to the Australian state of Victoria after lawmakers passed the Relationships Amendment Bill. Same-sex marriage is still not legal in Australia despite overwhelming support from the Australian people so many Australian states have created relationship registers so that …

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Panti Bliss Makes Most Influential Europeans List

Irish civil rights goddess Panti Bliss has been ranked at #12 in Politico‘s annual list of the 28 most-influential Europeans. From their bio: The outspoken queen captured the public imagination in a country that didn’t decriminalize gay sex until 1993. O’Neill was surprised himself. He charts it up to the fact that drag queens, often considered “fun” and almost “cartoonish” in …

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Anti-Gay Olympic Gold Medalist Resigns From USA Gymnastics To Become Mormon Missionary

Two-time 1984 Olympics gold medalist Peter Vidmar has resigned his chairmanship at USA Gymnastics to become a missionary for the Mormon Church. You may recall that Vidmar resigned from directing the United States gymnastics team at the 2012 London Games following media furor over his participation at anti-gay rallies and his donations to Proposition 8. USA Gymnastics has issued a …

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KENTUCKY: Radio Campaign Calls On Gov. Matt Bevin To “Nullify” SCOTUS Ruling On Marriage [AUDIO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Today, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission sent out an email to activists announcing a new campaign aimed at urging state legislatures to “nullify” the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision, beginning with “a national radio spot targeting the newly-elected Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin.” “Nullification” is the fringe idea that states have …

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WASHINGTON: Christian Activist Who Disrupted SCOTUS Obergefell Hearing Gets 21 Days in Jail

Nutjob anti-gay and anti-abortion activist Rives Miller Grogan pleaded guilty to disrupting the Supreme Court’s Obergefell hearing back in September. Today he was sentenced to 21 days in jail and ordered to stay away from the court building for one year. Via the Washington Post: Grogan, 50, of Mansfield, Tex., pleaded guilty in September to one misdemeanor charge of unlawful …

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KENTUCKY: Anti-Gay County Clerk Kim Davis Attends Swearing-In Of GOP Governor Matt Bevin

Yesterday Kim Davis attended the swearing-in and inaugural parties for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. According to the Liberty Counsel, Bevin won because of the Davis controversy. They write: “There is no question that the case of Kim Davis and the issue of religious freedom played a role in the Governor’s lopsided win,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Federal Lawsuit Challenges Marriage Opt-Out For County Magistrates

A team of North Carolina attorneys has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law which allows officials to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses in the name of Jesus. The Charlotte Observer reports: Attorneys Jake Sussman, Luke Largess and John Gresham are part of the legal team that filed a lawsuit against the state Wednesday. They claim …

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Obama Takes Twitter’s Tweet Of The Year 2015

Twitter today released the list of the most retweeted political messages of 2015. At #1 is President Obama’s celebratory tweet on the day that the Supreme Court ruled on same-sex marriage. Politico reports: The president’s official account (@POTUS), which was launched in May of this year, also snagged the number 2, 3, 7, 16, 22 and 24 spots. The tweets …

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Make Your Own Rainbow White House Ornament

Rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker has sent us the pattern for a do-it-yourself rainbow White House ornament. Click on this link and print out the pattern. You can throw Mr. Baker a buck or two via his PayPal account.

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Belfast Court To Issue Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit “After Christmas”

The BBC reports: Judgement in a landmark legal case challenging Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage will be delivered after Christmas. The case has been taken by two same-sex couples who were the first people in the UK to enter civil partnerships in 2005. Their lawyer claimed they are suffering state discrimination as a result of the ban. Judgement was …

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MICHIGAN: Republican Lawmakers To Introduce Resolution Calling On State To Ignore Obergefell Ruling

Michigan Live reports: Michigan officials should “reclaim this state’s sovereignty by not recognizing or enforcing” the U.S. Supreme Court decision that gave same-sex couples the right to marry, according to a resolution set to be introduced in the state House. State Rep. Tom Hooker [photo], R-Byron Center, read his pending resolution out loud Wednesday during a “rally to protect religious …

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AUSTRALIA: Former Queensland Attorney General Reverses, Says He Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Within weeks of his 2012 election to his state’s legislature, former Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie engineered the downgrading of civil unions to registered partnerships. But in what is being called a “breathtaking reversal,” Bliejie has declared that he now supports same-sex marriage. Q News reports: Mr Bleijie, who is a committed Christian and a marriage celebrant this week told …

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AUSTRIA: Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Five Children Of Gay Parents

Austria’s The Local reports: Five Austrian children of same-sex parents are taking the government to court over Austria’s marriage laws, which don’t allow gay couples to marry. The children and their parents have taken their cases arguing for same-sex marriage to the Administrative Court in Vienna, and hope to change the law so that the children can become ‘legitimate’. Austria …

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JAPAN: 51% Back Same-Sex Marriage In New Poll

Bloomberg reports: A majority of Japanese support changing the country’s laws to allow same-sex unions, with the highest backing coming from younger respondents, according to a poll. Fifty-one percent of people polled by researchers from universities and the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research back such partnerships, the Asahi newspaper reported. Support exceeded 70 percent among respondents in …

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IRELAND: Panti Bliss Moves In Mysterious Ways For U2 At Dublin Concert [VIDEO]

Entertainment Ireland reports: It was a night for the locals as U2 welcomed a few familiar faces on stage at 3Arena last night. During a performance of Mysterious Ways, the stage got 100% more fabulous when Panti Bliss strutted on stage and shook what God gave her. As the song finished up, Bono and Panti shared a few words on …

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BERMUDA: Hotel Boots Heritage Foundation Forums

Saying that they reject his “anti-diversity” message, a major Bermuda hotel has canceled two planned speeches by the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson. According to the general manager of the Hamilton Princess, the events were booked “under a different guise” and would not have been approved had the hotel known of Anderson’s positions on LGBT rights. Gay Star News has …

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Marco Rubio: Ignore Obergell Because When It Comes To Sin, God’s Rules Always Win

Marco Rubio appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network this morning where he declared that the Obergefell decision isn’t “settled law.” And Christians should ignore the ruling anyway because when it comes to sin, “God’s rules always win.” Right Wing Watch has the transcript: “We are clearly called, in the Bible, to adhere to our civil authorities, but that conflicts with …

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IRELAND: Same-Sex Weddings Begin

Ireland’s same-sex marriage law went into effect yesterday and weddings began this morning after the required 24-hour waiting period. The first couple to marry was Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly. RTE reports: The couple who have been together for 12 years got married in Clonmel, Co Tipperary this morning. Senior Registrar for south Tipperary Mary Claire Heffernan confirmed they were …

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