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!
Brazil: FIFA continues to do nothing about anti-gay slurs hurled by fans at some of the World Cup games. full story
France: A gay man from Senegal was granted a visa so he could marry his French partner. full story
USA: Our friend Matt Baume has a new project focused on gay gamers. full story
USA: The White House continues to support ENDA, despite the opposition of most LGBT groups over its religious exemption. full story
USA: A recording of President Richard Nixon reveals that he thought gays were born that way – but he still didn’t want to give them any rights. full story
USA, Indiana: The ACLU is asking US AG Eric Holder to recognize Indiana’s same sex marriages. full story
USA, Mississippi: More than 1,000 businesses across the state have joined the campaign against the state’s new “license to discriminate” law. full story
USA, Ohio: Looking back at the state’s first gay wedding, one year later, and why it matters. full story
USA, Oklahoma: Southwestern Christian University has expelled a student because she married her same sex partner. full story
USA, Oregon: A Christian university in Oregon is using a religious exemption from a 40 year old law to discriminate against a transgender student. full story
USA, Pennsylvania: A former democratic congresswoman fom the state is backing away from her support of a request to president Obama to include a religious exemption in his forthcoming executive order on LGBT employment. link” target=”_blank”>full story
Three Humans Will Marry A Dog Soon
Fox news blowhard and “psychologist” (and I use that term loosely) Keith Ablow had another go at gay marriage this week, saying: “Here’s the thing, the state needs to get out of the marriage business. There’s no way that the state of California can deny a marriage license to four spouses now, eight spouses, or I would say three human spouses and the canine they absolutely love. If love is the foundation of marriage… they can love their dog too.” Except that California has been doing so, and will continue to do so, as none of those purported “unions” is between two adults. In fact, I doubt Ablow can even cite a single case of someone asking. But in his head, that slippery slope apparently just got greased with Crisco.
We’re Starving Ourselves to Stick it to the Gays
The Virginia Family Foundation is planning a fast to protest the expected Supreme Court ruling next year on marriage equality: “Join us for 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance for Marriage from August 27 through October 5, 2014. Our state and nation are mired in confusion and post-modern thinking and nowhere is this more evident than in the current debate raging about what constitutes marriage. The Supreme Court begins their session on October 6th. We fully expect them to take a marriage case sometime in the next year. Our 40 Days will culminate on October 5th just before the court begins their session. Let us know you will join our 40 Days for Marriage.” Way to stick by your (sadly misinformed” morals. Or maybe someone just wanted an excuse to lose a few pounds before the Holidays.
Hitler Was Gay and Nazi Gays Want Christian heads on Walls
Rick Wiles of TruNews claims the gays are following in the footsteps of the Nazis because duh, Hitler was gay. “Hitler was trying to create a race of super gay male soldiers. Hitler was homosexual. Top Nazi leadership, all of them, were homosexuals. It was a radical homosexual movement that gained political power.” He went on to say that gay rights is the new Nazism, and that gay people want to hun down the Christians and “put [their] heads on the wall.” This all goes back to a book from 2001 called The Hidden Hitler that made unsubstantiated claims that Hitler was gay and wanted to create a group of gay super soldiers – because, of course, since they had no morals they would be deadly fighters. This has become something of an article of faith among the far right fringes, like so many lies that get repeated often enough. Suffice it to say, when you resort to Hitler or the Nazi card in a fight, you’ve lost the argument.
I Kissed A Boy, So Forget the Whole F@g Thing
Vine’s most popular user, 16 year old Nash Grier, got himself into hot water last week for a video in which he screamed “HIV is for fags” at the camera. Now he is backpedaling furiously, kissing a gay male fan, who posted a photo: “To all the people complaining about Nash being a homophobic who’s against gays; He willingly kissed a boy just for a snapchat story on top of apologizing twice.” Sorry, Nash, you don;t get off that easily for such a nasty slur. How about a little community service working with men with HIV?
We Can’t Call People Poofters Any More?
An Australian sports comentator is in trouble for calling a footballer a poofter: “I don’t know whether you guys down there can hear me or not. I am up here getting ready for the game and I’ve just seen that crap from Harry — he’s a big poofter.” Personally, I’ve always thought that “poofter” was one of the more adorable anti-gay slurs…
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As same sex couples marry in several counties, Colorado Marriage Equality could stay in this halfway state for almost a year.
“It’s not the ideal situation, it leaves the couples who are marrying with some uncertainty,” said Nancy Leong, an Associate Professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. “I think it creates the possibility of different practices in different counties, but I think that that could potentially be sustainable for a year.” That’s the amount of time that Leong and many other legal experts expect the Supreme Court to take before finally hearing and issuing a decision on gay marriage that will permanently resolve the questions that remain after the Court’s landmark ruling last summer. “It will be argued, probably, next spring and we’ll have a decision around this time next year,” Leong said.
That would be in sharp contrast to New Mexico, where the Supreme Court stepped in within months to clear up the confusion. Leong also thinks chances of a stay on weddings is unlikely during that time:
“(The judge) said the state has completely failed to show that there is irreparable harm,” Leong said. “I think just having a judge going on record and say that is something that is going to be potentially empowering to other jurisdictions.”
Meanwhile, the three counties (Boulder, Denver and Pueblo) have issued at least 210 marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Edge Boston reports:
Pueblo County, the latest in the state to give marriage licenses to gay couples, had served 25 couples by the end of the day, including two people from Mississippi who heard the news while traveling through Colorado and decided to get a license, Clerk Gilbert Ortiz said… In Denver, Clerk Debra Johnson began granting gay-marriage licenses Thursday, shortly after Hartman’s ruling. The county has granted more than 50 licenses to gay couples… In Boulder County, 12 more gay couples got licenses Friday, bringing the total to 135 since the county clerk started issuing licenses two weeks ago. That’s when the appeals court panel found Utah’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
Do we really think the state Supreme Court will let things go on this way for a year?