Friday, June 26, 2015

Maps: What The Supreme Court's Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Could Mean : It's All Politics : NPR

Maps: What The Supreme Court's Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Could Mean : It's All Politics : NPR: As soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court could decide the fate of millions of same-sex couples nationwide. In a ruling covering four cases, the court will determine whether states can prohibit same-sex marriage, as 13 states currently do.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Baptist Preacher Willing To Burn To Death To Stop Gay Marriage

Baptist Preacher Willing To Burn To Death To Stop Gay Marriage: News from the UK Independent reported Saturday that Texas pastor Rick Scarbourgh has found a way to stop the threat of gay marriage in its “sinful” tracks. Scarbourgh pledged on the National Emergency Coalition Show, a right-wing Christian propaganda outlet hosted by E W Jackson, that he was willing to die by burning to death in order to stop same-sex marriage.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oneida Tribe to recognize same-sex marriage - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

Oneida Tribe to recognize same-sex marriage - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports: Oneida law now defines marriage as between "husband and wife." The change replaces "husband and wife" with "spouses" effective June 10.

According to a news release from the tribe Thursday, the change results from a unanimous vote of the Oneida Business Committee.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Wisconsin this past year.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hey, Remember That Time Josh Duggar Made a Joke About Incest On TV?

Hey, Remember That Time Josh Duggar Made a Joke About Incest On TV?: Here’s the thing: if Duggar was really repentant, would he really be making jokes about incest on national television? I recognize that some people might say he was just being stupid (these are the same people who will probably say that we’ve “all sinned” and that molesting your siblings is “a youthful indiscretion”), but if someone felt truly guilty and remorseful about something they’d done and had actually made attempts to make amends as opposed to just being talked to sternly and then gone into the wonderful world of hate-mongering with the Family Research Council (which lays the blame for molestation squarely at the feet of the LGBT community), they probably wouldn’t be making jokes about “being from Arkansas” on TV. Am I right, or am I right?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Truly a nation of equals - Yes Equality - Truly a Nation of Equals

Truly a nation of equals - Yes Equality - Truly a Nation of Equals: The people of Ireland have exercised their Constitutional right and by direct vote they have said an emphatic ‘Yes’ to Equality. We now join twenty other countries where same-sex marriage has been made possible. We are the first country in the world to do so by a vote of the people.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bobby Jindal Says He Will Issue Executive Order Allowing Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Bobby Jindal Says He Will Issue Executive Order Allowing Anti-LGBT Discrimination: Louisiana lawmakers decided today that the “religious freedom” law that Governor Bobby Jindal made a priority for this legislative session was a bad idea, and they shelved HB 707 until further notice. This bill, if passed into law, would have put Louisiana under the same scrutiny Indiana and Arkansas received recently with their own “religious freedom” laws that were only revised after many companies threatened to boycott those states. During the same media frenzy, some individuals became conservative celebrities for stating they would refuse to provide service to members of the LGBT community, even though lawmakers like Mike Pence stated that wasn’t the intention of the legislation.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Luxembourg PM first EU leader to marry same-sex partner - BBC News

Luxembourg PM first EU leader to marry same-sex partner - BBC News: Xavier Bettel married Gauthier Destenay on Friday in a private ceremony at the capital's town hall.
The couple are among the first to benefit after the country changed its laws to allow gay marriages last year.
The union comes after Iceland's then-PM Johanna Sigurdardottir married her same-sex partner in 2010.
Mr Bettel formed a government in December 2013 to become Luxembourg's first openly gay prime minister.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Nebraska woman files suit in federal court against all homosexuals - Omaha.com: Nebraska

Nebraska woman files suit in federal court against all homosexuals - Omaha.com: Nebraska: An Auburn woman claiming to be an ambassador for God and his son, Jesus Christ, is suing all homosexuals.
Sylvia Driskell, 66, asked an Omaha federal judge to decide whether homosexuality is a sin.
Citing Bible verses, Driskell contends “that homosexuality is a sin and that they the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality. Why else would they have been hiding in the closet(?)”

New Zealand passes Marriage Equality and sings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Transgender woman marks death with eerie posthumous tweet: ‘Guess I am dead. Killed myself. Sorry.’ – LGBTQ Nation

Transgender woman marks death with eerie posthumous tweet: ‘Guess I am dead. Killed myself. Sorry.’ – LGBTQ Nation: A popular transgender game developer died by suicide last week by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, just days after internet trolls encouraged her to commit suicide.

Marriage at the Supreme Court 2.0 Analysis: Why a Sex Discrimination Ruling is No Victory At All| Gay News | Towleroad

Marriage at the Supreme Court 2.0 Analysis: Why a Sex Discrimination Ruling is No Victory At All| Gay News | Towleroad: During oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case, Chief Justice John Roberts asked an important, substantive question that had some commentators scratching their heads. The plaintiffs' lawyer had just made the argument that bans on gays marrying amounts to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Then, the Chief Justice said:

I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case. I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination?

Anti-Gay North Dakota Lawmaker Caught Sending Nude Pics to Another Man on Grindr| Gay News | Towleroad

Anti-Gay North Dakota Lawmaker Caught Sending Nude Pics to Another Man on Grindr| Gay News | Towleroad: State Rep. Randy Boehning, a North Dakota lawmaker who voted against bills protecting gay people from discrimination, was caught exchanging photos of his junk to another man on Grindr.

Who's the real bully on LGBT rights? (Opinion) - CNN.com

Who's the real bully on LGBT rights? (Opinion) - CNN.com: The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on April 28 in cases that could legalize same-sex marriage across the country.

Conspicuously, traditional powerhouse law firms have declined to argue in favor of same-sex marriage bans but have argued in favor of marriage equality. This dynamic is somewhat surprising, particularly given the high profile of these cases. Lawyers often take on unpopular causes, even those with which they may disagree, because they support the rule of law and believe justice is not a popularity contest.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fortune 500 company distances itself from anti-gay repair shop owner's rant | MLive.com

Fortune 500 company distances itself from anti-gay repair shop owner's rant | MLive.com: A Fortune 500 company that fought Indiana's religious freedom law is telling a Grandville auto shop owner his business must stop using its logo following the Michigan man's anti-gay Facebook post.

Engine manufacturer Cummins said on social media Thursday that it is in the process of notifying Dieseltec to stop using its logo on the repair shop's website.

Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter announced this week via a Facebook post on the business' page that he wouldn't hesitate to deny service to openly gay people. Among other things - like dishonesty and thievery - he said open displays of homosexuality are not welcome. He strives to run his business with Christian values and "homosexuality is wrong," he said.