Haiti: A gay rights office in the country was attacked, and two people were beaten. full story
Israel: The Yesh Atid Party introduced a civil unions bill yesterday. full story
USA: NOM’s Brian Brown thinks things will start going his way again in the next couple years. full story
USA: A Navy Chaplain claims the “demon of rape” is behind the call for transgender student rights. full story
USA, Hawaii: An anti-gay lawmaker (republican, of course) is back in court to try to stop the state’s gay weddings before they begin on Monday. full story
USA, Illinois: A terminally ill woman married her partner today in Illinois, the first legal same sex wedding in the state. full story
USA, Illinois: The Illinois wedding today brings up the question – why does everyone else have to wait for June? full story
USA, Oregon: The Oregon Family Council went a step too far today, comparing gays with neo nazis: “Would you expect a Jewish bakery to serve a neo-Nazi who wanted a cake with a swastika on it?” full story
USA, Texas: Compromise allows same sex National Guard couples to apply for benefits at many state locations. full story
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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!
Lebanon: The BBC has a new piece on how LGBT rights are threatened in Lebanon. full story
Malta: Some opposition MPs are insisting that civil unions bill in the country has been rushed. full story
Russia: A new group called the “Russia Freedom Fund” has been launched to support LGBT rights groups in the country. full story
USA: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are both joining the United Nations LGBT rights campaign full story
USA: Despite being officially accepted in the US military, there are still many problems for LGBT service members. full story
USA: a new study confirms the fact that bands on marriage equality and adoption for gays lesbians are harmful to mental health for young gay men. full story
USA, Hawaii: We’re just five days away from the start of same-sex weddings in Hawaii. full story
USA, Illinois: Illinois prisons are preparing for the advent of marriage equality in the state. full story
USA, Minnesota: A student at the University of Minnesota is petitioning the government to ban ex-gay therapy. full story
USA, Oregon: Ninth Circuit Says Domestic Partnerships Don’t Provide Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
Think Progress reports:
The decision navigates the confusing conflict between how states and the federal government recognize same-sex relationships since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (United States v. Windsor). Oregon does not offer marriage, but does recognize and provide benefits to same-sex domestic partners. The federal government now recognizes same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal, but the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) does not recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships. The ruling indicates that this conflict creates fault on both ends: Oregon is discriminating by not providing Fonberg with marriage and the federal government is discriminating by limiting what they’ll recognize to relationships called “marriages”.
It’s a divided system that ultimately can’t stand. The majority of Americans are now realizing that having your marriage be based on which state you’re in at the moment simply makes no sense. I think were going to have to go back to the Supreme Court on this one.
Marriage Equality Leads to Human Trafficking
Because, you know, all those married Jim is being couples will go buy children overseas to give them homes. Which is totally the same as kidnapping women and forcing them into prostitution in other countries.
The Devil Is Making Us Fight Gay Marriage
That’s one of the many wonderful nuggets out of the “gay marriage exorcism” performed in Illinois by Bishop Thomas Paprocki. You see, the church would be much happier to be helping the poor and feeding the hungry, but those damned gay activists just keep drawing them out to fight gay marriage instead.
Edge Boston reports:
A gay couple arrested after refusing to leave the county clerk’s office where they had been refused a marriage license have been found guilty of trespassing and fined one cent. WLKY-TV says the judge conditionally discharged the fine… Blanchard told The Courier-Journal after the verdict was returned it seemed the jury understood their stance and called it “a big victory.”
Congratulations to the couple – let’s hope that one day soon, they’ll actually be able to marry in the state.
“With Indiana law already defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, permanently altering our Constitution to further define marriage should not be a priority this legislative session,” Daniel F. Evans Jr., IU Health’s president and CEO, said in a statement this morning. The hospital system, which employs 36,000, says research has shown that unequal treatment of same-sex couples affects their health and well-being negatively. The amendment also would ban civil unions and domestic partnerships.
And the Cheney family’s gay member is also fighting the ban.
Edge Boston reports:
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is coming to Indianapolis to help raise money to fight a proposed amendment banning gay marriage. Mary Cheney plans to headline a fundraiser for Freedom Indiana on Dec. 11. Tickets range from $30 to $5,000. Cheney is a married lesbian who supports same-sex marriage throughout the nation. “No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve,” Cheney wrote in the fundraising appeal sent Tuesday.
Cheney has been in a well-publicized fight with her sister over marriage equality this last month.
Republicans are considering passing the ban next year and sending it to voters. Even if it does go to voters and passes into law, it’s likely the dying gasp of this movement.
USA, Texas State Follows in Oklahoma’s Footsteps, Won’t Process Benefits For Any National Guard Couples
America Blog explains:
Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to no longer process benefits for heterosexual service members in the state, as a means of avoiding having to process such benefits for gay service members. It’s a veritable rerun of the South’s strategy during the civil rights era to shut down city schools and swimming pools, rather than let African-Americans spoil the racist fun through integration. The policy also had an added discriminatory benefit – by shutting down the pools, racist southern politicians hoped whites would blame blacks for the inconvenience.
It’s amazing the lengths these folks will go to in order to stick it to gay and lesbian couples.
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