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The head of the Russian Pensioners’ Party has come up with an initiative to change the Constitution and define marriage as only being between a man and a woman. Igor Zotov, who is also a Lower House MP on the ticket of the center-left Fair Russia Party has explained his move by his assertion that Russia’s traditional values were under threat from the latest modern tendencies.
“I got this idea from the members of the Pensioners’ Party branches in Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk [major industrial regions in the Urals]. These people were extremely concerned over the processes that are currently taking place all over the world, in particular by the fact that the laws allowing gay marriage have been passed in 15 different countries and four regions within larger nations. Granting the same status to gay and traditional couples leads to the destruction of the family institution because the community tends to perceive as natural those models approved at the state level,” the lawmaker has told the popular daily Izvestia.
Bashing the gays is a tried-and-true path to political power. And in homophobic Russia, it’s probably the closest thing to a sure bet right now.
Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!
Malta: A pastor has turned in 10K signatures opposing Malta’s civil unions bill because he opposes an adoptions provision, and is threatening a referendum of the bill is passed into law. The island nation had 418K people as of 2012. full story
USA: Meet the eight house democrats who still don’t support ENDA. full story
USA: New Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich won’t rule out giving more money tp anti gay causes. full story
USA: The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is honoring 300+ employers for having the best places to work for LGBT employees. full story
USA: The new design for the proposed Harvey Milk stamp has been released. full story
USA: According to SDGLN, there are now 55 lawsuits for marriage equality around the US. full story
USA, Colorado: A district judge issued a split decision in a case in which an anti-gay group stole a couple’s wedding photo and used it to target pro-gay Colorado legislators. full story
USA, Michigan: The Ypsilanti city council may vote to encourage the appeals court to lift its stay on same sex marriage. full story
USA, Minnesota: A bill that would have banned “ex-gay” therapy for minors died in the legislature this week. full story
USA, New Mexico: The US Supreme Court will consider taking up the New mexico Photography case again on 4/4. It has passed up two opportunities to do so thus far. full story
USA, Oklahoma: A third brief has been filed in the marriage equality case. full story
USA, Utah: Some of the proceeds from the sale of t-shirts proclaiming “Hummusexual” will support a lawsuit challenging Utah’s ban on gay marriage. full story
Two bartenders at Key West’s popular 801 Bourbon Bar have filed a marriage equality lawsuit against the office of the Monroe County Clerk after being refused a marriage license. Via Steve Rothaus at the Miami Herald:
“We want the right,” said Aaron Huntsman, 43, who has been partnered for more than a decade with William Lee Jones, 42. Huntsman and Jones, both bartenders at 801 Bourbon Bar on Duval Street, want to wed on June 10. “It’s going to be our 11-year anniversary being together and the 10-year anniversary of our commitment ceremony on the Las Vegas strip.” Ron Saunders, general counsel for the clerk’s office told the Florida Keys Reporter that Heavilin’s staff had no choice but to deny the men a license.
Another day, another marriage equality lawsuit.
On Top Magazine reports:
The Clark County, Nevada Republican Party has voted to remove language from its platform defining marriage as “between a man and a woman.” The change was overwhelmingly approved Saturday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Another change is the addition of “sexual orientation” to a nondiscrimination clause. “We’re supposed to be a party that believes in the right to make personal decisions,” Nick Phillips, the party’s political director told the paper.
The cracks in the facade are spreading on the right…
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon asked a federal judge on Tuesday to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state’s ban on same-sex weddings. At the same time, top Oregon employers such as Nike and Intel threw their support to ending the restrictions. OregonThe campaign said in a court filing that it won’t go forward with its initiative if U.S. District Judge Michael McShane overturns the ban quickly. Otherwise, the sponsors said, they would press ahead with the campaign — at great time and expense. McShane has scheduled oral arguments for April 23 on two consolidated lawsuits challenging the gay marriage prohibition. The campaign must submit 116,284 valid signatures by July 3 to make the November ballot, and organizers say they have more than enough names.
What do you think? Will marriage equality come to Oregon by judicial ruling or by public vote?
Think Progress reports:
…both the House and Senate have approved a conference report on the bill, advancing it to Gov. Phil Bryant (R) with problematic language. “Religious liberty” bills like the one vetoed in Arizona differ from other states’ “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRAs) because they extend religious protections to businesses. Mississippi’s bill has this same problem, because state law already defines a “person” to include “all public and private corporations.” Thus, if Bryant were to sign Mississippi’s bill into law, it would grant all businesses in the state a license to discriminate based on religious grounds. Mississippi does not currently have any state or local nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community, but a business could use this legislation to justify discrimination against anybody not protected by federal law.
These bills are not dead, folks. The immediate question – will Governor Bryant sign the bill? But longer term, if he does, how long will it take until the religious right takes this victory and runs with it in other states?
Gay Star News says the Governor has already indicated he will sign it.
I Can Eat Your Wedding Food But I Can’t Attend Your Wedding
Sikh leader Harmander Singh sais his religion would allow him to attend a gay wedding reception, but not a gay wedding. How conveeeenient. Kinda like when Mormons owned Coke and their religion allowed them to drink Coca Cola but not Pepsi. Although technically, I suppose Singh does not own Food.
My Study Was Limited, But I’m Still Right
Mark Regnerus of the discredited Regnerus study on gay parenting says “I frankly don’t understand why the judge elected to pass on a discussion of some of the very real concerns our research raised.” Poor Regnerus – thrown under the bus by his own University and mocked by a Federal Judge just because his study was poorly constructed and created with a specific outcome in mind – the demonization of LGBT parents. Can’t a guy get a break?
I Totally Never Called Obama the Antichrist
Scott Lively, he of the “let’s export homophobia to Africa and Russia” fame, called Michael Signorile a liar for saying he’d called President Obama the Antichrist. But Signorile had the tape. What is it with these guys and tape recordings? You can’t say this shit in vacuum anymore – it will come back to haunt you.
AIDS Patients Should Sue Safe Sex Groups
Nutcase Judith Reisman, posting on Matt Barber’s site, says that since condoms aren’t 100% effective for “sodomy”, AIDS patients should sue safe sex groups – “Due to the lies that have told, people who practiced sodomy are under the tragically mistaken notion that a condom is effective protection from disease. Those who have believed this lie and have contracted AIDS or an STD (and the loved ones of those who’ve lost their lives) have a cause of legal action.” Hmmm… so do people who have been lied to by the religious right about homosexuality have a cause of action against you, too?
Masturbation Will Make You Gay
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel thinks so. “She gave an example of one of her gay ‘friends’ who said he used to go to a shed with his friends and watch porn and that’s why he was gay,” one student told qnotes. “Then she talked about the statistic where gay men have had either over 500 or 1000 sexual partners.” Hey Sister, if every teen who masturbated and watched porn turned gay, we’d have a zero percent birth rate.
Gays Are Hiding Their Ties to the Devil
Self-styled “prophet” Emmanuel Makandiwa in Zimbabwe told a crowd of 50,000 that rich gays in the country were using their money to hide their ties to Satan. Satan is the Father of Lies, right? So how does Makandiwa, who is lying about gays for his own advancement, hide his ties to the devil?