An Italian court today recognized a gay couple as married for the first time in Italy, AFP reports: The court in Grosseto in Tuscany ordered the city council to list the couple, who had their wedding in New York in 2012, as married in a ruling that was immediately hailed by gay rights campaigners as historic. “This is an unprecedented case in our country,” Sergio Lo Giudice, a senator for the Democratic Party and a former head of the watchdog Arcigay, told reporters… Grosseto judge Claudio Boccini ruled that there was “no reference to gender” in the city council register of married couples and the couple in question should therefore be included.
It’s a long way from full marriage equality, but it is a crack in the wall in this very Catholic country.
ABC News reports:
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday launched a new legal assault on North Carolina’s constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriage, urging a federal judge to quickly negate it to help children and gay couples suffering from urgent health problems. The civil rights group said it was seeking to speed up a decision in lawsuit filed in 2012 by citing the urgent health needs of a child who suffers from cerebral palsy who was adopted by one of the lesbian couples involved in the case. The ACLU also filed a new lawsuit on behalf of three other lesbian couples struggling with health conditions made more difficult because they lack legal recognition of their marriages performed in other states, said ACLU staff attorney Elizabeth Gill.
Towleroad.com highlights two of the plaintiffs in the new lawsuit, an adorable lesbian couple:
“We don’t have time to wait,” said High Point resident Ellen “Lennie” Gerber, 78, one of the plaintiffs in the suit. “Pearl is 89 and frail. We’ve been treated nicely in High Point, but what if we call 911 in another city? What if I’m not allowed to be there? It would be beyond intolerable if that should happen.” Gerber and Pearl Berlin have been together for 48 years, and married legally last year in Maine. But a hospital could deny Gerber visitation rights because she is not legally recognized as a family member or next of kin in North Carolina.
And why should they have to wait? The case hilights the real damage done to same sex couples by the ban on marriage equality. We shouldn’t have to rely on the kindness of strangers.
Today is the day the first of the new marriage equality lawsuits reaches a district court.
Ari Ezra Waldman has a few things to look for at today’s hearing:
1. Will the court issue a ruling as broad as Judge Shelby’s or limit it in some way?
2. What, if anything, does the court say about the required level of scrutiny in antigay discrimination cases?
3. Will the political backgrounds of the judges play a role in their decision making?
Lisa Keen has a detailed look at the trial and its participants.
The judges: The three-judge panel tasked with hearing the appeal includes two Republican and one Democratic appointee. Judge Paul Kelly (an appointee of President George H.W. Bush) is considered conservative. Judge Carlos Lucero (a Clinton appointee) is considered liberal. But both judges voted with the majority at the Tenth Circuit in the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case. They said the owners of the retail store were allowed, under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment free exercise clause, to cite their religious beliefs in order to deny contraceptive services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act. Judge Jerome Holmes (a George W. Bush appointee) is the wild card. He was recused from the Hobby Lobby case. He was one of two judges in the Tenth Circuit to deny an emergency request from the state of Utah to stay a district court decision pending appeal. They said a stay was “not warranted.”
HRC has a map and recap of the marriage equality cases pending before the 10th Circuit:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has jurisdiction over Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Presently there are at least seven marriage equality cases in states within the Tenth Circuit that ban marriage equality. Some of the cases were filed in state courts, while the others were filed in federal courts. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on December 19, 2013, that same-sex couples in the state had the right to marry. The decision took effect immediately.
Meanwhile, the state just threw Mark Regnerus and his flawed gay parenting study under the bus in a last-minute brief.
First, we wish to emphasize the very limited relevance to this case of the comparison addressed by Professor Regnerus. As the State’s briefing makes clear, the State’s principal concern is the potential long-term impact of a redefinition of marriage on the children of heterosexual parents. The debate over man-woman versus same-sex parenting has little if any bearing on that issue, given that being raised in a same-sex household would normally not be one of the alternatives available to children of heterosexual parents.
Second, on the limited issue addressed by the Regnerus study, the State wishes to be clear about what that study (in the State’s view) does and does not establish. The Regnerus study did not examine as its sole focus the outcomes of children raised in same-sex households but, because of sample limitations inherent in the field of study at this point, examined primarily children who acknowledged having a parent who had engaged in a same-sex relationship. Thus, the Regnerus study cannot be viewed as conclusively establishing that raising a child in a same-sex household produces outcomes that are inferior to those produced by man-woman parenting arrangements.
Finally, a Mormon couple with a gay son is defying the church by being featured in an ad for marriage equality.
A Utah Mormon couple with a gay son (below), four other kids, and 18 grandchildren pushes for marriage equality in a new ad campaign airing this week as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals considers a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Will the Utah case be the next to reach the US Supreme Court?
You’re Using Your Body Parts Wrong
Homophobe Scott Lively’s latest line of attack? He told host Alan Colmes that “homosexual conduct is inherently wrong and dangerous and harmful” because “it’s using parts of the body in ways they’re not supposed to be used.” Colmes asked for the science to back this claim up. Lively said that scientific studies aren’t even necessary because his point is “self-evident” and “the best arguments are arguments from simple logic, and when you get off into scientific studies then you’re off in the weeds.” Yes, who needs science when you have your gut? Hate to break it to you, but Mr. Lively, you’re using that body part wrong.
If Prop 8 Was Hateful, Then The Bible is Too
Pat Robertson, wading into the Mozilla controversy, says of ex-CEO Eich: “He’s being forced out by gay activists, who said that was hate speech to say that the union between a man and a woman is marriage — that’s hate speech.” When it’s taken out of context to be used to deny rights to an entire class of people because of your own personal bias, that’s bigotry. Some of the other things said about gays during the campaign that had nothing to do with the bible – those were hate speech.
Ashley Kolodner has launched a Kickstarter page to fund a great LGBT visibility project:
As a queer woman and an artist, I want to give the LGBTQ Community a platform to express their voice’s and their truths. I want to show the many faces of this community, the diversity and the strength it takes to be who they are each day. In 2011 I started GAYFACE as a personal project but by 2012 the project started to gain recognition which moved me emotionally to pursue a dream of giving back to the community.
Through these photographs I’m capturing personalities and in that split second of the shutter clicking, I feel one with the subjects. I hope that these photographs bring awareness, a human connection and invoke emotion.
This project celebrates the color, vibrance and diversity of a community that for decades as been in the dark.
My mission through GAYFACE: 1st CLASS, and the accompanying ALLYFACE photo series is to unite and empower the full-spectrum of the LGBTQ community and our allies. In doing so we will give this community a voice through the pages of this first edition portraiture book.
GAYFACE:1st Class has been published in over 70 plus publications world wide and I have no intention of loosing steam. Just to name a few: Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, The Advocate, Serius XM Radio, Autostraddle, MetroSource Magazine, After Ellen, Fast Company, Posture Magazine, She Wired, Philadelphia Magazine, DC Pride, Chicago Pride, One Equal World, Co-Exsist, Dot249 and USA News.
GAYFACE: 1st Class has also had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the LGBTQ’s and Allies New Yorks leading forces in the community such as : Whitney Day, The Brooklyn Pride Community Center, Janet Mock, Dapper Q, Murray Hill and Amy Quinn, Trevor Project, Peaceman Foundation, Inside Out, Soul Side Out, Born this way.
About the book:
A simple concept and experience can have a great impact on your confidence and self-perception. GAYFACE uses simple diptych portraits to capture the beauty and diversity of individuals in this community through fine art photography. These portraits and the stories that the subjects share document the LGBTQ community from the inside.
Along with the portraits, the book will contain individuals sharing their own intimate stories allowing the world to get a first hand glimpse into their lives. Throughout this process each individual has the option to identify there own sexuality as they wish. GAYFACE:1st class refrains from the use of labels, and wants to break down the stereotypical boxes that society puts us in.
The book will also contain LGTBQ friendly owned restaurants, bars, parks, coffee shops and art galleries collected from the individuals we shoot throughout our travels. This information creates a platform for others to share their experiences and gives our readers an in-depth look into their cities, neighborhoods and backyards.
In addition, we will give an overview of the history of the LGBTQ community and the civil rights movement, highlighting the community’s struggles and triumphs.
Where we’ve been and where we’re going
Your support will allow us to expand our collection of 230 portraits taken in five cities by allowing me and my team to travel to more isolated communities and diverse populations. We plan to travel to at least 28 states to take 2,000 portraits. We have mapped out our route and have started booking photo shoots across the country, but need your support to make this portraiture book possible.
After the tour
After my team and I cross the country documenting our community and our allies, we’ll return to Brooklyn to compile our images, stories, history and guide. We will then begin the editing process for the book, to be Published!
Spread the Word!
After pledging your support, please help to spread the word about this project by sharing this link with your contacts.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
One challenge we face is finding places to shoot in the 28 different states. We are confident this will not be hard since we have already begun speaking with humans throughout the nation. Many individuals have reached out personally to extend help in many ways.
One of the risks that we might encounter is individuals who have different views of this project. With that in mind in certain areas we will be making sure to create a secure environment for all participants involved.
The risks and challenges when publishing any type of book include the possibility of delay, but we will do our best to send the rewards to you at the estimate time. Unfortunately we can’t promise it will arrive right on time, but if there are any delays in production we will promptly inform you.
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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!
Mongolia: The secret lives of the country’s transgender citizens. full story
Uganda: The country’s government is fighting to stop a lawsuit that could overturn its new anti-gay law. full story
UK: The new Tory Minister for Women opposes marriage equality. full story
USA: A new study from UCLA says just having a conversation with anti marriage equality voters can shift their point of view. full story
USA: Prop 8 attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson are on a mission to bring marriage equality to all fifty states. full story
USA: Match.com will no longer charge bisexuals to have two different accounts, one for meeting men and another for meeting women. full story
USA, Arizona: Openly gay US House candidate Steve Gallardo thinks marriage equality will come to Arizona “within the next four years”. full story
USA, Florida: Neptune Beach became the latest city in the state to pass an LGBT anti discrimination ordinance. full story
USA, Georgia: A lesbian couple couple who runs an internet radio show is planning a statewide day of action for marriage equality. full story
USA, Michigan: The 6th Circuit is asking the plaintiffs in the marriage equality case to respond to the state’s request for an en banc (full panel) hearing on their case. full story
USA, Michigan: Royal Oak City Commissioner Jeremy Mahrle is calling on the state to drop its appeal of the marriage equality lawsuit. full story
USA, Mississippi: CNN and Fox News ignored the passage of Mississippi’s new Right to Discriminate bill. full story
USA, New York: A Brooklyn school won’t let a student bring her boyfriend to the prom because he is transgender. full story
USA, Virginia: The Washington Blade profiles the daughter of one of the gay couples fighting for marriage equality via lawsuit in the state. full story
As stealthily as it reared its ugly head, the power to harness prejudice against gay people to win national elections is shriveling up and dying a well-deserved death. Republicans see that, even if they won’t all say it out loud, and even if presidential hopefuls keep trying to get traction equating being gay with moral failure or disobedience to God.
“A lot of people I talk to understand if we don’t change our position, we won’t win elections,” said GOP political strategist David Kochel, Mitt Romney’s chief Iowa adviser in 2012. He said it at a sold-out Des Moines celebration Saturday marking five years of same-sex marriage in Iowa, an event that underscored how mainstream the issue has become. The U.S. vice president sent a letter of congratulations. A major insurance corporation in an industry that is by nature conservative placed an ad with a rainbow flag logo in the program book.
In the same state where, it was noted Saturday, an emcee once wouldn’t introduce the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus by name, it’s now common for a man to introduce another as his husband. With nearly 40 percent of Americans now living in states (17) that recognize marriage equality, and young people overwhelmingly considering it as a non-issue, it’s hard to imagine anyone who beats the drum against gay marriage winning the presidency. The parties won’t nominate one, unless they’re self-sabotaging or in denial about the massive shift in attitudes around the country. If they do, such a candidate won’t win.
Federico Podeschi and Darren Williams, one of the first same-sex couples to marry in the UK last month, filed an instanza (Initiative of the Council) in San Marino’s official government office on Sunday to have their marriage recognized. Podeschi is originally from San Marino. The istanza is now before the two Reggenti (Governors) of San Marino who have a month to approve or reject the initiative. If approved the initiative would be introduced in the Consiglio Grande e Generale (San Marino legislature) and then the istanza will face a vote. The mandate of the Reggenti lasts only 6 months so in October San Marino will elect another two governors (and then in April 2015). If the two Reggenti reject the istanza the citizenry of San Marino could file the same initiative the first Sunday after the October elections.
San Marino is a beautiful little country that is effectively part of Italy, although it maintains its own government. We visited there a couple years ago – it has three fairy-tale castles perched on a tall hill, overlooking the Italian countryside below. Will this tiny nation effectively leapfrog Italy on LGBT rights?
The Dallas Voice reports:
The Denver-based court will hear oral arguments Thursday in the Utah same-sex marriage case Herbert v. Kitchen. By order of the court, there will be no audio or video recording, broadcasting, photography, blogging, tweeting, emailing or any other broadcast mechanism or wireless communication anywhere in the courthouse during oral arguments. In that crowded courtroom, a three-judge panel will scrutinize the Dec. 2013 decision of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby (an Obama appointee). Shelby ruled that the state constitution’s definition of marriage as being only between “a man and a woman” is not permissible under the U.S. Constitution. He said the law’s prohibition of same-sex couples marrying violates the due process and equal protection guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. He said the ban denies gay and lesbian citizens their “fundamental right to marry and, in doing so, demean[s] the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason.”
Countries Have the Right to Make Gays Criminals
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma basically threw Uganda’s gays under the buss, saying “South Africa respects the sovereign rights of other countries to adopt their own legislation” in regards to Uganda’s new anti-gay law. Because why should someone who lived under a system of apartheid for decades have any empathy for the oppression of others?
It’s a Hate Parade
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is encouraging other Bishops to support a “March for Marriage being planned by the National Organization for Marriage in DC on 6/19. Because nothing shows your Christlove like marching against the gays.
I Still Hate Gay Marriage
Just in case there were any doubts, Ohio Governor Jon Kasich reaffirmed his opposition to marriage equality: The people of the state, including me, voted years ago on a constitutional amendment to say that marriage is between a man and a woman. “(Black) has overruled that in some respects, and that’s what a federal judge can do. But it doesn’t change the fact of how people voted.” Yes, and because someone votes on something at one point in time, that thing should never be changed, ever, for the rest of time. Has Kasich looked at the marriage equality polls lately? He probably thinks they are “skewed”.
The Bible is On the Wrong Side of History, and So Am I
Standing by his opposition to marriage equality, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said “When people say, ‘Why don’t you just kind of get on the right side of history?’ I said, ‘You’ve got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible”. because, obviously, his interpretation of the Bible is the only one that counts. I assume he advocates stoning adulterers and doesn’t eat shellfish, too?
The Gays Are Throwing Bricks at Me
Massively anti-gay Scott Lively says he is receiving the Pink Brick “award” from SF Pride. The Pink Brick is a symbol of the first brick hurled at the Stonewall Riots in 1969. This faux award is an opportunity to highlight an individual or organization that has done significant harm to the LGBT community. It is also an opportunity to educate the community and the Pink Brick recipient about relevant issues. But he also claims to have had an actual pink brick thrown at him in 2011, though many think this was a hoax to draw attention to himself and to paint himself as the “victim” of the “militant gays”.
Abnormal Gays Are Ramming it Down My Throat
UKIP candidate Douglas Denny sys “I just wish they would keep their homosexual nature and practices to themselves and stop trying to ram it down my throat telling me they are ‘normal’ when they are not.” What is it with these right-wing guys and their oral fixation?
It’s Now a Crime to Be a Christian in America
Yes, Bryan Fischer says that because the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case of a Photographer in New Mexico who refused to photograph a same sex wedding, being Christian is now a criminal act. Nevermind that the photographer in question was never “charged” or put in jail. And nevermind that in many countries, it actually is a crime simply to be gay, something you are born with, and is punishable by long prison terms and in some cases, death. Are there any countries where it’s actually a crime to be Christian (something you choose to be, BTW)? If there are, the US certainly isn’t one of them.
The Wisconsin Gazette reports:
Polling released today shows support for marriage equality in Wisconsin at 51 percent. The survey was conducted in March by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and released by Fair Wisconsin, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights group. “Just like the rest of the country, Wisconsinites support fairness and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community much more than even just a few years ago,” said Katie Belanger, president and CEO of Fair Wisconsin, in a news release today (April 8).
State after state is crossing the 50% threshold, but we’d love to see it at two-thirds, like in Ireland.
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!
Egypt: Four men have been sentenced to up to eight years in prison for the crime of homosexuality. full story
Europe: The European Parliament adopted a new resolution to ensure all member nations recognize the relationships of all European families, gay and straight. full story
Italy: A new “heterosexual pride” organisation has launched in Italy, and will hold its first gathering next month. full story
Netherlands: A court ruled in favor of adoption rights for lesbian mothers. full story
Russia: A gay couple in Sochi has married in Argentina and is now seeking asylum there. full story
UK: Tom Ford just married his long-term partner Richard Buckley in the UK. full story
UK, England: A Bristol newspaper editor says his sales dropped when he published a photo of a same sex wedding o the paper’s cover page. full story
USA: A transgender man’s widow has won her battle against a pension provider. full story
USA: The Social Security Administration has updated its policy regarding transgender citizens, making it easier for them to obtain benefits. full story
USA, Indiana: A federal judge has set a hearing date for April 10th in a marriage equality lawsuit. full story
USA: The “trans 100″ list of the top transgender advocates has been released. full story
USA, Kentucky: A survey was distributed to University of Kentucky students asking if they believe homosexuality is a sin, perversion, or mental illness. full story
USA, Mississippi: Tony Perkins attended the signing of the Right to Discriminate bill in Mississippi. full story
USA, Iowa: The state just celebrated the fifth anniversary of the marriage equality ruling there. full story
USA, Louisiana: Freshman Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), who campaigned on family values and against marriage equality, was caught on camera making out with a female staffer. full story
USA, Nebraska: A bill that would prohibit discrimination in housing and employment has stalled in the state Senate after a conservative-led filibuster. full story
USA, Ohio: A state lawmaker has renewed his calls to seek impeachment of a judge who is ruling in favor of marriage equality. full story
USA, Utah: The hearing in the Utah marriage equality case will be a full hour, twice as long as usual. full story
USA, Virginia: 14 state attorneys general filed a brief in the marriage equality lawsuit essentially arguing that the protections of marriage should not apply to the children of same sex couples. full story
USA, Virginia: Anti-gay activist Mathew Staver submitted a brief supporting the state;s marriage equality ban, calling it “rational”. full story
USA, Wyoming: Wyofile looks at the Wyoming marriage equality lawsuit. full story
First off, former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson:
“Speaking as a conservative, a lifelong Republican, and a son of the West, Senator Simpson talks of his values of freedom and limited government and the joy of marriage,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “The ad shows the bipartisan momentum for the freedom to marry. And recent rulings against marriage discrimination by nine out of nine federal district judges show the legal trajectory of our campaign: toward more freedom, more dignity, and more families enjoying equality under the law.”
And a former US President’s daughters think he would have been supportive.
The Advocate reports:
It’s impossible to say how the late president Lyndon B. Johnson would feel about marriage equality — but his daughters suspect he would be for it, they told Katie Couric in a recent interview for Yahoo! News.
“I think my father felt very strongly that when there was bigotry anywhere, prejudice anywhere, all of us lose out,” said Luci Baines Johnson. “Because it’s just one more expression of hate.”
Added her sister, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb: “It’s hard to project what Daddy would have thought about that because that wasn’t an issue that had come upon the States at that time. But I know he really wanted everybody to be able to live up to the best that God gave them.”
Two more steps toward full equality.
Pink News reports:
The Church of Norway has voted not to allow same-sex couples to be married by its priests in a close run vote. Proposals to introduce a marriage liturgy for gay couples were voted down at the start of the Church’s national synod on Tuesday morning, with 64 of 115 votes against and 51 in favour. “We are disappointed, but it’s OK to be disappointed sometimes, ” Bard Nylund, the leader of Norway’s national association for gay, bisexual and transgender people, told Norway’s VG newspaper. “We want to make it clear that we are happy that there is a struggle, and that so many in the Church are willing to stand up and be counted.”
It was a close vote, and times are changing quickly. Maybe the next time the Church will move forward.
Ian Millhiser at Think Progress has some insights:
If anything can be read into the Court’s decision not to hear the Elane Photography case, however, it is probably that the Court’s conservative wing was unwilling to take this bet. The Court’s four more liberal members had no reason to disturb the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision — they probably agree with it — and the four most conservative justices may have decided to give this case a miss because they were worried that Kennedy would join the liberals if forced to decide Elane Photography… While Elane Photography is technically a free speech case and not a religious liberty case, it also presents the question of whether a religious business owner can ignore a business regulation. So if Kennedy was unwilling to decide Hobby Lobby in a way that would allow religious objections to trump anti-discrimination law, it is likely that he would have had the same concern in Elane Photography. That may have been enough to convince his fellow conservatives to avoid Elane Photography.
Lisa Keen at Keen News agrees:
The photographer had claimed that she had religious beliefs that compelled her to refuse accommodations to the lesbian couple, and the case was viewed as one of many disputes heading to the U.S. high court that pitted religious beliefs against non-discrimination laws. But the case was never pitched as a free exercise case and that may be why the Supreme Court didn’t take it, said Lambda Legal Senior Counsel Jenny Pizer. Tobias Wolff, an attorney helping represent the lesbian couple, said, “No court in the United States has ever found that a business selling commercial services to the general public has a First Amendment right to turn away customers on a discriminatory basis.”
When the case began, the was no marriage equality in the state. Now, as it ends with a whimper, New Mexico has embraced the right of gays and lesbians to marry. Now we await the court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, which could have profound effects on the religious liberty vs. gay rights arguments in the US.
The Advocate reports:
The ads are set to begin airing Tuesday, with one featuring a large Mormon family and another starring former TV news anchor Terry Wood. Wood says he’s happy to lend his voice to the movement, as it gives him an opportunity to show how his family is directly affected by the issue. His gay son Damien married his husband five years ago in California, but their marriage is not currently recognized in their home state of Utah. “Love is the reason people get married,” Wood said. “My son and his husband have the same love for each other that my wife and I have for each other.”
Ads like these are as important as lawsuits – while our day in court allows us to clear away all the clutter and lies, these ads speak directly to the people who we interact with every day, and can help sway public opinion in support of those court decisions.
Please mark your calendars now to join Marriage Equality USA and partners for a national COMMUNITY CALL to be held on the evening of April 10 to discuss the day’s events surrounding the Utah marriage equality case.
TIME: 9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM CT/7:30 PM MT/6:30 PM PT
Sign up now to receive the call in information!
On April 10, 2014, the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Utah marriage equality case, Kitchen v. Herbert. The hearing is the first federal appellate court hearing on the freedom to marry since last summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision overturning section 3 of DOMA.
You are invited to our Community Call to discuss what happened in the courtroom, hear community reaction, and to ask questions about where we go from here.
Participants on the call will include:
Longtime LGBT and marriage equality activists Colleen and Jolene Mewing, a married Utah couple who will be directly affected by the outcome of the case and who will be in the courtroom April 10;
John Lewis, Marriage Equality USA’s Legal and Public Policy Director and Kathleen Perrin, legal expert, who together will discuss the legal aspects of the case;
and Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA’s Executive Director.
To receive the call in information, sign up at www.tinyurl.com/utah10. All attendees will receive the information on the morning of April 10.
On 10 April 2014, the 10th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the Utah marriage equality case, Kitchen v. Herbert. Marriage Equality USA will be sponsoring a Community Rally in Utah and a national Community Call open to the public that evening.
“This hearing is the first federal appellate court hearing on the freedom to marry since last summer’s landmark Supreme Court decision overturning section 3 of DOMA,” said MEUSA Executive Director Brian Silva. “All eyes will be on the 10th Circuit as unprecedented momentum for marriage equality continues nationwide.”
“Since the hearing will take place in Denver and many Utahns won’t be able to attend, Marriage Equality USA is hosting a local community rally in Salt Lake City that evening to keep the momentum going!” said MEUSA Utah Organizers Colleen and Jolene Mewing. “Over 1,000 Utah couples who are now legally married, just like us, are looking to the court to say ‘I Do’ to marriage so that all loving couples in Utah can once again exchange vows.”
EVENT: Community Rally in Support of Marriage Equality for Utah
WHEN: Thursday, 10 April 2014
TIME: 5:30-6:30pm MDT
WHERE: Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Meet on the north side of the Salt Lake City and County Building.
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS: Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah
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