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Gay Star News reports:
When it comes to gay marriage, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan thinks the Catholic Church has been ‘out-marketed.’… ‘I think maybe we’ve been out-marketed, sometimes,’ the influential cardinal said. ‘We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay. When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.’
It’s not a caricature if it’s true. And I like that idea – hate is out-marketed by love.
A number of experts in law and state politics have written to emphasize the enormous slog that lies ahead for proponents of marriage equality. As a lawyer who knows a bit about politics I share their concerns. But employing my economics “hat” I wish to offer this encouragement – we have passed the tipping point in economics that ensures eventual success in securing marriage equality throughout the United States.
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have reached the decision to allow full marriage equality for same-sex couples. As the chart I prepared shows, those jurisdictions represent nearly 38% of the total U.S. population and over 43% of total GDP. Marriage equality is now a normal aspect of life for an enormous share of our total U.S. population.
The demographic trends that favor the future expansion of marriage equality are well-known, but I write to emphasize the role that economics will play in brining marriage equality even to the states that most vociferously oppose equality. Economics and demographics both play a major role in shaping destiny, and they will combine to push in the direction of marriage equality. For all the talk about small businesses, the high-paying jobs that even Texas covets are disproportionately in big business and the elite professions. The elite professionals already locate overwhelmingly in states that provide marriage equality.
Gay Star News reports:
Opposing groups for and against gay marriage rallied in Taipei today, as the legislature examines a draft amendment that could legalize gay marriage. The Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) – who proposed to new legislation to give rights to same-sex couples, among other changes to marriage law – met at 1.40pm in front on the Legislative Yuan (the parliament) in central Taipei, with supporters were encouraged to wear white shirts…
Meanwhile Greater Taoyuan Alliance for Happy Families (GTAHF) held an anti-gay marriage rally on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office. Wen Mu-tian, a member of the alliance, said to Taipei Times earlier this week: ‘If people of the same sex can get married, how can we face our ancestors? How can we pass down our values to future generations? How do we record the names of same-sex couples in the pedigree of our family clan?’
The bill, which was proposed by the opposition party, has not yet been endorsed by the ruling KMT Party, so it’s hard to tell what its chances are.
Pink News reports:
A full consultation of its more than 5,000 congregations across Britain are being asked to take part in the exercise which includes questions around changing the official teachings on same-sex marriage. Members of the church have been given up until February to express their views on the issue, before findings are put to the Methodist Conference, which makes decisions on behalf of the church. The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act for England and Wales, which will come into effect in 2014, specifies that religious groups can opt-out if they do not wish to perform same-sex marriages.
If the church decides to sanction same sex weddings, they would join the Quakers and the Unitarians in the UK in doing so. Progress!
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!
Croatia: A human rights group is calling on Croatia to vote down a marriage equality ban this week. full story
Croatia: Even Croatia’s leaders are urging a no vote on the ban. full story
UK: New figures show that Westminster was the most popular place in the UK in 2012 for gay and lesbian couples entering into civil partnerships full story
UK: The Church of England is considering offering blessings for same sex couples. full story
UK: In related news, polls show a majority of Anglicans now support marriage equality. full story
UK, Northern Ireland: The Vice Chairman of Northern Ireland’s Conservative Party is “disappointed” that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has not discussed the matter of equal marriage with her colleagues. full story
UK, Northern Ireland: LGBT activists staged a protest against Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots, who opposes lifting the ban on blood donation by gay men. full story
USA: The Salvation Army has apologized to the LGBT community for linking to Ex-Gay websites. full story
USA, Hawaii: The state is working to upgrade its online system for marriage applications to comply with marriage equality. full story
USA, New Jersey: A waitress who claimed she had been stiffed for a tip because she was gay is being called into question – by her own friends. full story
USA, Texas: Two couples filed a lawsuit against Texas’s marriage equality ban wednesday. full story
Rolling Stone Magazine handicaps them.
On November 20th, Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed legislation making the state the 16th to legalize same-sex unions. The marriage bill’s ratification came just a week after Hawaii passed its own equality measure, capping off a year that saw same-sex unions go into effect in seven states. With that kind of momentum, many are wondering which states are most likely to join the club next. Of the 34 states that do not yet have same-sex marriage, these are the five most likely battlegrounds coming up in the next five years – and the odds for each one:
1. New Mexico – Odds: 3 to 2
Same-sex marriage is already legal in New Mexico, depending on where you live – it’s the only state in the country that doesn’t mention gender in its definition of marriage, meaning that same-sex unions are neither explicitly banned nor allowed. Because of this, county clerks have taken up the issue to decide for themselves, and eight counties currently allow same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.
The five are New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, Virginia, and Nevada. Which states would you add to that list, and why?
Gay Star News reports:
Coalition partner the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement party (PASOK) announced earlier this week that it would table legislation allowing same-sex couples to have civil unions and Interior Ministry General Secretary and New Democracy party MP Yiannis Ioannidis initially suggested his party would support that. However following a backlash from conservative MPs from within New Democracy, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras intervened to prevent division in his party on the issue. The back down by New Democracy on civil unions for same-sex couples comes just days after a prominent Greek Orthodox bishop threatened to ex-communicate any lawmakers who supported the bill.
Once again, right-wingers kill a sensible bill that would extend rights and protections to the LGBT community. It’s a little absurd, too, that Greece voted for a civil unions bill for straight folks only in the first place – people who already had the right to marry.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
There’s also legislation pending that would allow marriages to take place right away, but its sponsor, state Sen. Don Harmon, says it’ll be a tough sell. Approving same-sex marriage was a close vote in the Illinois state House. Still, Harmon says the law has been passed and signed by the governor, and it’s unfair to make couples wait. The bill could come up in January when lawmakers return to Springfield.
If one couple can marry (and yes, we understand the extraordinary circumstances), why make everyone else wait 6 months?
Gays Have No Role in Society
So say the bishops in Malta. Guess who else is on their way toward having no role in society as society becomes more liberal?
We’re Thankful for Anti-Gay Marriage Lesbian Lawmaker
Along with their lumps of coal, anti gay group NOM tried to find some things to be thankful for. They found one in Hawaii Rep. Jo Jordan, a lesbian who voted against the marriage equality bill there.
The Gays Have Ruined Thanksgiving
According to Peter LaBarbera, we’re ruining Thanksgiving because we’re being thankful for the wrong things. Did you know there was a list of approved things to be thankful for? We didn’t either.