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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!
UK: A Muslim help line that is supportive of gays and lesbians is under attack by conservative members of the country’s Islamic community. full story
USA: Truthout discusses the impact the Jewish community has had in bringing about marriage equality in the US. full story
USA: The White House is holding the line on the statement that an executive order on ENDA would be redundant. full story
USA, Colorado: Nicholas Riccardi takes a look at the people behind the fight over a wedding cake in Colorado. full story
USA, Illinois: Crusaders for Equality held a protest against a new anti-gay billboard that appeared in Herrin, Illinois. full story
USA, Oklahoma/Utah: The Denver Post looks at the three judges chosen to consider the Oklahoma and Utah marriage equality lawsuits at the 10th circuit. full story
USA, Virginia: Attorney General Mark Herring says same sex couples wanting to get married are not seeking “special treatment”. full story
USA, Virginia: Defenders of the state’s marriage equality ban have filed 21 briefs in support of it. full story
First off, a Malta candidate for the European Parliament says he wishes the bill didn’t include a provision allowing gays to adopt.
The Malta Independent reports:
PN MEP candidate MEP hopeful thinks that the gay adoption issue has not been studied enough and as such feels that MPs should have more information in hand before approving this new concept. In an interview that will be published tomorrow in The Malta Independent, Mr Mallia says that Civil Unions and gay adoptions should not be in the same Bill of law and, as such, if he were an MP he would abstain from voting on the current version of the Bill.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church is distancing itself from evangelical pastor Gordon-John Manche, who collected 10K signatures to try to derail the bill.
Malta Today reports:
A Curia spokesperson insisted that the Church is not associated with the pastor or his fellowship. “Gordon-John Manche and the River of Love fellowship do not have any link with the Catholic Church or any of its members. Consequently, there is no need for the church to disassociate itself from recent comments because there is no association whatsoever,” a Curia spokesperson told Illum.
The bill is expected to pass soon, and the incoming President has indicated she will sign it.
Last week he was named as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit organization best known for the Firefox browser. It is an organization in turmoil, as the mobile revolution makes desktop computers increasingly irrelevant, and with that, Mozilla’s core product.
The problem with Eich is that, well, he’s a bigot. And worse than that, he hasn’t “evolved” since 2008, like so much of America. He held steadfast to his beliefs, out-of-step with the world his product serves. So the Mozilla community erupted in anger, and after a half-assed effort to hang on, Eich resigned the position. So of course, you have people screaming about “persecution” from the usual conservative suspects to contrarians like Andrew Sullivan.
A couple new stories coming out of Ohio on marriage equality. First off, FreedomOhio is putting its referendum on overturning the state’s ban on hold pending the upcoming ruling.
On Top Magazine reports:
FreedomOhio, the group working on a ballot initiative to repeal Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, announced Friday that it is placing its initiative on hold. FreedomOhio will “hold its original petition for marriage equality in a state of readiness for filing, while collecting signatures on a new petition with revised language,” the group said in a statement. Explaining that it wanted to “ensure that the right language is placed on the ballot at the right time,” the group said it will “continue to work with in-state LGBT groups and allies.”
The group subsequently announced plans to work on an initiative for the Equal Housing and Employment Act.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Ian James, executive director of FreedomOhio, says the organization plans to begin circulating a petition for the Equal Housing and Employment Act. The initiated statute effort takes time and multiple steps, starting with the group needing to collect roughly 116,000 valid signatures to get the idea before state lawmakers. The General Assembly then would have four months to act on the proposed law. Depending on that outcome, another petition could be circulated to get the proposal before voters.
On Top Magazine reports:
Cuyahoga County Executive and Ohio gubernatorial hopeful Ed Fitzgerald on Friday applauded a federal judge’s preliminary ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples… “As governor, I will support marriage equality and work to move Ohio forward for all its residents,” Fitzgerald, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Who you love and commit yourself to should not be prohibited by governments.”
Ohio’s current Republican Governor John Kasich opposes marriage equality.
Misguided Activist Judges Are Subverting the Will of the People on Natural Marriage
Wow, Ohio’s former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell’s statement on a federal judge’s plan to overturn the state’s gay marriage ban is like a word salad of right-wing key phrases. See how many you can spot (hint, we’ve put them in bold): “This is another example of how the will of the people is being subverted by misguided activist judges. The fact is that Ohioans affirmed natural marriage at the ballot box and will continue to resist efforts to redefine marriage. The opponents of natural marriage are frustrated by this expressed will of the people.” Extra points for working in “will of the people” twice in just three sentences. About the only one he left out? “shoving it down our throats.”
Next, The Gays Will Make Opponents Work in Chain Gangs
So says Fox News reporter Todd Starnes, responding to the Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich story. Because the all-powerful and intolerant gays forced Eich from his post at Mozilla. Except that Eich apparently left voluntarily after having taken an action which many people found offensive, unlike the many gay teachers the Catholic Church, among others, has fired just for being who they really are.
Homosexuals Are Like the Borg
Dan Calabrese, ‘editor-in-chief’ of Herman Cain’s website, says the gays are like Star Trek’s Borg – “You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. The gay rights movement does not want to allow free speech if it means anyone can raise doubts about their cause. Why? Because the points raised in dissent are compelling.” So compelling that they have failed every time they have been tested in court over the last five years. And wait a minute, who criss-crossed the country, trying to force gays (and everyone else) to assimilate to their way of thinking on marriage in the last decade, passing initiative after initiative to codify right-wing Christianity’s definition of marriage into secular law? Pot calling the kettle black…
Gays Are Sore Winners Pt. 2
Looks like conservative columnist George Will is trying to establish a new meme. For the second time in two months, he’s calling gays “sore winners” for their response to the Brendan Eich controversy. While I’m all for decorum, I don’t remember the religious right being particularly gracious after their Prop 8 win in California. Or during the fight, for that matter.
The World is Slipping Away from The Lord’s Law of Chastity
Neil L. Andersen, one of the leaders of the Mormon Church, spoke out against gay marriage this weekend at the church’s biannual conference, saying “As the world slips away from the Lord’s law of chastity, we do not,” he said. So I guess he is saying that sex should only happen during marriage, and gays should not be allowed to marry, so they should never have sex? I’ve always loved that particular catch 22 – ‘you’re perverts because you have sex outside of marriage, which we won’t let you have.’