Pink News reports:
The Macedonian Assembly has approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The governing conservatives began the process to amend the constitution today, following their April election victory, which netted enough seats to secure a two-thirds majority vote. The amendment would define marriage as exclusively a heterosexual union, between one man and one woman.
Another country marches backwards on LGBT rights.
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Pink News reports:
A poll has corroborated earlier findings that suggested support for marriage equality had surged. A Crosby Textor poll earlier this week found that 72% of Australians support the introduction of same-sex marriage, with just 21% opposed, despite continued opposition within the government. The figures had been markedly surprising, given the previous high had been 64% support.
How about some action from the Australian Parliament?
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Gays Are a Tiny Cluster of Belligerent Bullies
A new survey pegs the US LGBT population at less than 3%, and the AF’s Bryan Fischer is PISSED. “They are belligerent, they are intolerant, they are bullies,” Fischer said. “And we have been meekly capitulating to this tiny little cluster of belligerent bullies now for a couple of decades and it’s time that we stop with all of that! It’s time up and say… ‘We love you, we care for you, we think you’re capable of better lifestyle choices than homosexual behavior. This is sexual deviancy; we are not going to change our mind on that…[Homosexuality] is abnormal. God said that from the beginning, he’s not going to change his mind.’” Because, in this country, we always count the number of people in a minority before we decide if they deserve equal rights, right?
3% of Gays Get 100% of the President’s Attention
Tony Perkins is pissed about the new survey too. “As we know too well, the LGBT community may make up three percent — but it continues to get nearly 100% of the President’s attention. If only Christians realized what liberals already do: that when it comes to transforming the culture, it’s not the quantity of those engaged, but rather the quality of the commitment that counts.” Hmm, a couple things here. First, has Perkins failed to notice the President’s other current fixations – the minimum wage, immigration, Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq? And second, it sure seems to me these so-called “Christians” have been plenty engaged in the fight against marriage equality. But guess what, Mr. Perkins? You’re still losing. Not because of the President, but because regular Americans have seen through your bigotry.
Rainbow Flags – 9/11 Hijacker Gay – Impeach President of Gaymerica
In a word salad worth of Sarah Palin, a member of the New York Young Republicans asked if flying the rainbow flag at US embassies might not be an impeachable offense because Mohammed Atta gay. William Palumbo of the New York Young Republican Club said “Can I pose a serious question? At what point does replacing the American flag with the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay/LGBTQ(RSTUVWXYZ) pride from embassies abroad become an impeachable offense in itself?… A legitimate government does not start flying flags of a stateless movement on its embassies abroad… The bottom line is that when the U.S. Department of State puts social policy ahead of rational and effective diplomacy, we are all put in danger. If you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole, consider that Mohamed Atta, a 9/11 hijacker from Egypt, was also gay, and this is not so uncommon among jihadis.” Um, it’s kinda funny (and sickening) how historical villains are constantly “outed” by the right as a way to make the LGBT community look bad. First it was Nazi stormtroopers, then Hitler himself, and now one of the 9/11 hijackers? Rabbit hole indeed. Sane people live above ground, Mr. Palumbo.
Don’t Applaud Me When I Marry My Toaster
Micah Clark, the head of the American Family Association of Indiana, has complained about same sex marriage announcements in a local paper. “The newspaper decided to print an announcement of two young men who exchanged their vows. And as I’ve said, simply because someone ‘exchanges vows’ doesn’t mean the newspaper has to applaud it with an announcement. I could exchange vows with my sister, with my computer, with my toaster – and that doesn’t mean the newspaper has to applaud it and print it. It was an effort to push the envelope of values and to promote same-sex marriage – and the paper went along with it.” I’m sorry, but that’s just f@cking rude to compare a relationship between two people who have had to fight just to have their love recognized (many of whom have been together for decades) to a stupid stunt marrying an electrical appliance.
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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!
Australia: A new study finds that homophobia is still rampant in the country’s sports. full story
Finland: The Archbishop of Finland’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has apologized to gays for the church’s cruel treatment of gays. full story
Ireland: A local county counsel passed a marriage equality motion 34-1 this week. full story
Italy: Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano seems to be open to civil unions, but not marriage equality. full story
Singapore: Singapore’s highest court is reconsidering te constitutionality of the country’s anti sodomy law. full story
Uganda: Towleroad.com reports on the “underground railroad” helping gays get out of the country. full story
UK: Conservative Nicky Morgan, a woman who voted against marriage equality, has been made minister for women and equalities. full story
UK: A transgender woman in the UK wants to become a Catholic nun. full story
USA: Andrew Sullivan at the dish lays out a brief history of the US LGBT movement. full story
USA, Colorado: Former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex will be a guest at the Denver screening of “Limited Partnership, a film about the gay couple who were issued a marriage license in 1975. full story
USA, Florida: Atlantic Beach passed a new LGBT rights ordinance on a 3-2 vote Monday. It comes up for a second vote on 8/11. full story
USA, Minnesota: Ex vikings player and LGBT ally Chris Kluwe threatened to take the team to court if they don’t release a report on homophobia in the organization. full story
USA, North Carolina: A group of pastors, mostly middle-aged white men, spoke out against the possible repeal of the state’s ban on marriage equality at a press conference this week. full story
USA, North Carolina: The city of Winston-Salem is considering recognizing same sex marriages from other states. full story
USA, Wisconsin: The Seventh Circuit nixed the state’s request for a full 10-member panel review of the pending marriage equality lawsuit. full story
LGBTQ Nation reports:
The Eastern European country of Croatia on Tuesday approved a law granting civil partnerships for same-sex couples. Croatia-flagThe Life Partnership Act, approved in the Croatian parliament by a vote of 89-16, grants same-sex couples many of the same rights as marriage, with the exception of adoption. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic proposed the legislation, saying he was determined to establish legal rights for same-sex couples.
It’s a great step forward for the country’s LGBT community, but it’s not marriage, and once again adoption proves to be a sticking point…
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LGBTQ Nation reports:
A federal judge says he will decide by July 25 whether to order Colorado to immediately allow same-sex couples to marry. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore is presiding over a lawsuit against the state’s samesex marriage ban. There is no dispute that he will find that the ban is unconstitutional. The only disagreement is whether he should stay his ruling or let it take effect immediately.
The case was filed by six same sex couples at the beginning of July.
Meanwhile, Colorado AG John Suthers says he’s not naive.
The Denver Post reports:
He told the Associated Press’ Nicholas Riccardi: “It appears very likely that, either judicially or politically, Colorado is going to have same-sex marriage. But that is no excuse for abandoning the legal processes by which legal change or political change comes about.” And he told the Los Angeles Times’ Ryan Parker: “I am not a naive person. I understand the emotion and excitement of what the clerks are doing … but civil disobedience is still disobedience of the law.”
Fair enough – so let’s get this thing decided.
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