“With Indiana law already defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, permanently altering our Constitution to further define marriage should not be a priority this legislative session,” Daniel F. Evans Jr., IU Health’s president and CEO, said in a statement this morning. The hospital system, which employs 36,000, says research has shown that unequal treatment of same-sex couples affects their health and well-being negatively. The amendment also would ban civil unions and domestic partnerships.
And the Cheney family’s gay member is also fighting the ban.
Edge Boston reports:
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is coming to Indianapolis to help raise money to fight a proposed amendment banning gay marriage. Mary Cheney plans to headline a fundraiser for Freedom Indiana on Dec. 11. Tickets range from $30 to $5,000. Cheney is a married lesbian who supports same-sex marriage throughout the nation. “No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve,” Cheney wrote in the fundraising appeal sent Tuesday.
Cheney has been in a well-publicized fight with her sister over marriage equality this last month.
Republicans are considering passing the ban next year and sending it to voters. Even if it does go to voters and passes into law, it’s likely the dying gasp of this movement.
USA, Texas State Follows in Oklahoma’s Footsteps, Won’t Process Benefits For Any National Guard Couples
America Blog explains:
Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to no longer process benefits for heterosexual service members in the state, as a means of avoiding having to process such benefits for gay service members. It’s a veritable rerun of the South’s strategy during the civil rights era to shut down city schools and swimming pools, rather than let African-Americans spoil the racist fun through integration. The policy also had an added discriminatory benefit – by shutting down the pools, racist southern politicians hoped whites would blame blacks for the inconvenience.
It’s amazing the lengths these folks will go to in order to stick it to gay and lesbian couples.
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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!
Brazil: A new report documents violence against transgender citizens in Brazil. full story
Croatia: A UK boy band with two gay members is suing an anti-gay “Christian” group for using the bands hit “intro” for their anti-gay campaign without permission. full story
UK: Elton John plans to marry David Furnish on the first day the marriage equality law takes effect next year in England. full story
USA: Is Nike’s advertising helping to drive the push for LGBT equality in US sports? full story
USA, Colorado: The Air Force Academy continues to defend employing a man who is a gay conversion therapy advocate. full story
USA, Illinois: A series of forums on the state’s new marriage equality law will be held across Illinois. full story
USA, Pennsylvania: The Episcopal Bishop in Pittsburgh will allow local priests to perform blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. full story
USA, Texas: Two gay couples in Texas filed a motion on Friday asking that the state stop enforcing the ban on marriage equality. full story
On Nov. 16, El Espectador published a story reporting on a leaked draft of the court’s ruling, written by Luis Guillermo Guerrero, a conservative judge who took over from liberal Juan Carlos Henao in 2012. To their relief, it suggested the court was preparing to rule in their favor. The fact that a judge with Guerrero’s conservative reputation is planning to endorse a ruling in favor of LGBT family rights came as an encouraging surprise to LGBT rights advocates. But they won’t see it as a total win if the ruling is issued as El Espectador reports. The adoption ruling could be a Trojan horse — a decision that looks progressive on its face, but actually contains legal arguments that could set back LGBT rights in the fierce legal battle now unfolding over marriage equality in the country.
The adoption ruling as reported by El Espectador would establish a right for gays and lesbians to second-parent adoption. But it would also contain language saying that the Colombian constitution still reserves special protections for heterosexual couples because of their ability to reproduce. And that, activists fear, could be the basis for denying marriage equality when the court is forced to clearly rule on whether same-sex couples have full marriage rights, in separate cases currently making their way through the courts.
Two steps forward, one step back. I guess as a people, we should be used to this. But it still sucks.
The Courier–Journal reports:
In a trial that may turn into a political spectacle, lawyers selected seven jurors Monday to hear the case of the gay couple charged with trespassing last January, when they refused to leave the Jefferson County Clerk’s office after they were denied a marriage license… After they were cited Jan. 22, James and Blanchard, who was ordained as a minister last year at Highland Baptist Church, claimed they had a spiritual obligation to oppose Kentucky’s constitutional amendment banning performing or recognizing gay marriage. They were jailed briefly when they refused to accept a citation.
Kentucky’s anti-marriage equality law is currently being challenged in court. Has anyone seen any polling out of Kentucky?
The Columbian reports:
Portlanders Grant Edwards and Jim McPartland “waited and waited” to get married. They’d been living together for seven years. They wanted the world to know about their solid commitment. The only obstacle was a maddeningly simple one: according to state law that’s been affirmed by popular referendum, you can’t get married in Oregon if you’re gay. In late October, Edwards and McPartland stopped waiting. Jim has suffered some health scares recently, and the couple want to be sure Grant has no problem holding his beloved’s hand during any future hospital stay. So they went ahead and got their wedding license — in Clark County…
“We just think it’s crazy that we have to go to the state of Washington and legally get married, and now Oregon will recognize that marriage. And yet, gay Oregonians cannot get married in their own churches and have that recognized by the state. That is some bizarre law,” McPartland said. Bizarre or just businesslike, the new legal loophole amounts to a bistate bridge that’s carrying loads of same-sex couples across the border from hoping to hitched. Clark County marriage license applications jumped by nearly 50 percent in the 12 business days after Oregon’s Oct. 18 legal decision, according to a hand count by The Columbian. Two-thirds of all licenses after that day were for same-sex couples and 90 percent of those were from out of state — the vast majority from Oregon.
By the time Oregon gets around to voting on marriage equality next November, there may not be any same-sex couples left to marry!
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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