LGBTQ Nation reports:
Statistics from the California Department of Public Health show nearly 30,800 couples received marriage licenses in California in July, a 35 percent increase over July 2012. The data suggest that gay couples rushed by the thousands to purchase marriage licenses after the high court’s decisions paving the way for the legalization of same-sex nuptials in California and for federal recognition of them in Washington. But pinning down just how many of the 30,000 new marriages involved same-sex couples is tricky because California doesn’t make a distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages. “The marriage applications don’t ask about the gender so we don’t have that information,” health department spokesman Matt Conens said.
There was a huge pent-up demand in the state after living for five years under Prop 8 – many couples married during the four month window in 2008, but many more didn’t, hoping to wait for the next year. Mark and I originally planned to have a 2009 wedding with all our friends and family. But we ended up getting married just three days before the hateful initiative passed, afraid we would miss our chance. It’s wonderful to see many of those couples, and many newer couples too, finally have the ability to marry in our state.
Now a family has come forward claiming that Morales doctored the receipt and that they have the real copy, with an $18 tip that they gave to her, NBC 4 reports: They also provided a document they said was a Visa bill, which appears to indicate their card was charged for the meal plus the tip, for a total of $111.55. The couple told NBC 4 New York that they believed their receipt was used for a hoax. The wife says she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line, which she said looks to be drawn from the right.
So who is telling the truth here? You get two copies of the receipt with the space for the tip when you go to a restaurant, so it makes sense that the note would not be on the customer copy. But the fact that the customer can show that the tip was charged on their bill does throw the waitress’s statement and the question. What do you think?
Marriage equality is law in Illinois, but questions remain over when marriages can actually start. Virginia voters could have a chance to overturn that state’s marriage ban, and polling is surprisingly strong. Lawsuits advance this week in Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and there’s more bad news for the National Organization for Marriage.
NBC Chicago reports:
The U.S. District Court in Chicago ordered Cook County’s clerk Monday to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, one of whom is terminally ill. County Clerk David Orr said he will comply with the court’s order, handed down Monday by Judge Thomas Durkin. A lawsuit was filed Friday by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking immediate action for Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert. Gray has bone and brain cancer and is not expected to live until Illinois’ gay marriage law goes into effect June 1.
We are thrilled for the couple. Will this open the door for other couples to marry early in Ilinois?
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Ying-jeou noted that when he was mayor of Taipei 15 years ago it was one of the only cities in the world that had a budget for supporting gay rights activities and is now one of the most gay-friendly cities in Asia. However, heterosexual marriage in Taiwan developed over thousands of years of history and Ying-jeou lamented that advancing gay marriage, which is still illegal in the country, is going to take “a high degree of consensus”.
Could Taiwan become the first Asian country to institute a marriage equality law?
You’re Leading Us Into a Wilderness of Moral Relativity
So Says Forward Together, an evangelical Christian group in Scotland who’s unhappy that Parliament is pressing ahead with the marriage equality bill. One question – are there any bears in the Wilderness of Moral Relativity?
Banning Gay Marriage Is a Healthy Balance
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thinks the fact that his state has some employment protections and also bans marriage equality is a “healthy balance”. So if we take away your marriage, will that be a healthy balance too?
Giving Gays Benefits Is a Dangerous and Egregious Power Grab
Jonathan Saenz, head of Texas Values, thinks Texas’s ban on gays getting married should also be applied to medical benefits. Because God said that health insurance is part of the sacred vows a couple takes when they get married?
Gay Star News reports:
America’s new ambassador to Australia, John Berry, has stayed out of the debate on same-sex marriage in Australia despite marrying his partner Curtis Yee shortly before leaving the United States. Berry told ABC News Breakfast last week that ‘Australians need to decide that issue best for Australians,’ when asked whether he hoped Australia would legalize same-sex marriage. Berry said same-sex marriage was ‘a sensitive topic’ avoiding weighing into the debate.
Well, he’s a diplomat. They’re not supposed to make waves. But maybe just by his example he will make a small difference.
Gay Star News reports:
Nineteen lawmakers received a black box with with green tissue paper. Inside was a red pouch, with the coal and the following typed note: ‘You left a piece of your heart at the State Building when you voted on SB-1,’ the note said, according to the Huffington Post. ‘Your lifestyle choice of judging others and ignorance is very unfortunate. Good luck in the next election,’ the note continued.
It’s the fashionable choice for a Christmas gift for your own local anti-gay lawmaker. So much better than a burning bag of dog poop.
The Washington Blade reports:
A total of 504,760 signatures were due last Thursday, which are required to place the law, known as the School Success & Opportunity Act, on the ballot for the 2014 election. Opponents of the measure, led by the Privacy for All Students Coalition, submitted 613,120 signatures from a majority of state counties in favor of overturning the law. But they’re averaging just 75 percent authenticity in the random sample as of Friday, which is significantly below the average ultimately needed to qualify. If the number of valid signatures is less than 95 percent of the 504,760 needed, the measure would fail to qualify for the ballot.
Let’s hope this trend continues. It’s disgusting that these people going after kids. Especially transgender kids, who are going through one of the most difficult things imaginable just dealing with understanding and accepting their gender.