Governor Hickenlooper is asking Attorney General John Suthers to stand down. The governor says a judge’s ruling to allow same-sex marriages puts Colorado on “the right side of history.” He urged the AG not to challenge the decision, calling Colorado’s same-sex marriage ban “discriminatory” and telling Suthers if he feels the need to defend it, then take it to the state Supreme Court.
Governor Hickenlooper is a democrat; AG Suthers is a republican. No response from the AG yet.
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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!
Facebook: The Dallas Voice looks at the worrisome trend of LGBT activists getting blocked on social media after homophobes complain. full story
Netherlands: A city councillor who called gays “abnormal” has been thrown out of his party. full story
Singapore: Two childrens’ books depicting gay families have been removed from libraries in the country. full story
Uganda: At least four people have been arrested for the crime of “promoting homosexuality”, including two students. full story
USA: Joe.My.God has a new version of the marriage equality map. full story
USA: Transgender Lobby Day is planned in DC for next week. full story
USA: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is standing behind ENDA, despite concerns about the religious exemption. full story
USA: The Ninth Circuit has wrapped up its work on a suit involving a gay juror that established that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation will be reviewed in the Ninth Circuit using a more rigorous form of judicial scrutiny under the Equal Protection Clause. full story
USA: The hosts of Fox and Friends once again made fun of a policy to protect transgender people in bathrooms. full story
USA, Georgia: A gay man who was fired from his job at a Catholic school after school officials learned he plans to marry his partner is suing the school. full story
USA, Hawaii: A new documentary follows the life of a Hawaiian Mahu (transgender) woman. full story
USA, Maryland: Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan says he’d leave the marriage equality law alone if elected. full story
USA, New Hampshire: Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that clarifies that the state will recognize same-sex marriages that took place in other states prior to New Hampshire enacting its gay marriage law, to the original date of the marriage. full story
USA, Pennsylvania: Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Methodist Church has filed a complaint against 36 ministers who participated in a same sex wedding. full story
USA, Utah: The Dish summarizes the arguments for and against the proposition that the US Supreme Court will take the Utah marriage equality case next session. full story
USA, Wisconsin: State officials are finally appealing the marriage equalty decision to the Seventh Circuit. full story
Marriage equality may have come to Pennsylvania, but not everyone got the memo.
A wedding venue near Scranton is refusing to host same-sex ceremonies: When Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Desiree Mark of Greenfield Twp. abandoned her plans to be married in New York or Connecticut and happily focused on planning a wedding in her home state. When the 29-year-old sent queries to Scranton area wedding venues requesting an appointment, she learned that marriage equality does not mean equality for gays and lesbians. “Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility,” read the email from Courtney Killeen, wedding and event planner for Inne at the Abingtons. “I truly do hope you find somewhere that will fulfill all your wedding dreams.”
Met at the North Abington Twp. venue Thursday, Ms. Killeen confirmed the email was authentic and reflected the policy of the Inne, not her personal belief. “I don’t agree with it,” she said, adding the owner, John O. Antolick, would be unlikely to comment publicly. Mr. Antolick did not respond to several requests for an interview.
As Joe points out, it’s perfectly legal for the venue to discriminate against same sex couples this way, as Pennsylvania has no protections for the LGBT community in state law. Efforts to pass such a bill have been repeatedly blocked by the GOP majority.
Gay Star News reports:
Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue. Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties. Leyonhjelm, a libertarian, had announced he planned to work closely in the Senate with Family First Senator Bob Day, a Christian conservative opponent of same-sex marriage.
Not sure if this will go anywhere with conservatives controlling the government, but it’s great to see some movement on the issue at the national level.
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In this segment Edie recounts her life before and after the Stonewall uprising and her long and “persistent” courtship of her late wife Thea. Her honest portrayal of what it was like to be queer in the workforce during this time is especially poignant considering the current debate around LGBTQ workplace discrimination issues and the Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Each of these videos, the first being released today with others to follow throughout July, explores Edie’s life through her own words as she relates her story to her friend and MEUSA colleague, Cathy Marino-Thomas. From how she met Thea and got to know the LGBTQ world during their early days together, through their struggle to get married, and eventually to the DOMA case and the Supreme Court of the United States.
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After a judge gave the go ahead to the Boulder County Clerk to continue to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples yesterday, it seems to be spreading.
Denver has now thrown open the doors to same sex couples.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Denver’s clerk and recorder says she will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state’s ban on gay marriage. Debra Johnson announced her decision shortly after a judge ruled that her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder can continue to grant gay marriage licenses.
The Stamford Advocate notes that Pueblo County is now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples too:
An hour after the ruling, Denver’s clerk said she would join her counterpart in the liberal college town of Boulder in providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Pueblo County’s clerk said he will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses Friday morning.
9 News offers this status report of some of Colorado’s other counties:
Arapahoe County: Officials will not issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Douglas County: The County Clerk and Recorder is in the process of “seeking an interpretation” of the ruling from the County Attorney and others, and will later make a decision about the next step.
Larimer County: The County Clerk is in contact with her legal counsel, but says the county is not making a move at this point.
Broomfield County: Taking the issue under legal advisement before making a decision.
Towleroad.com has their own list of counties definitely not issuing licenses at this point:
At least four counties — El Paso, Arapahoe, Jefferson and Weld counties — said they had no plans to follow suit.
As Edge Boston reports, the marriages may be on shaky ground:
[Judge] Hartman found the marriage licenses weren’t hurting anyone and were an acceptable form of civil disobedience. However, he required all couples to be warned their marriage might have no legal value if a court later upholds the state’s ban. His decision left clerks around the state trying to figure out what to do next. Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said clerks had to balance the risks of issuing licenses that might become invalid with violating people’s rights by declining to do so. “It’s sort of a rock and a hard place,” she said.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will appeal. Pink News reports:
Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers has also vowed to appeal to higher courts the ruling allowing Hall to continue issuing the marriage licences, as well as a separate ruling on Wednesday which struck down Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage.
This is all starting to feel a lot like New Mexico – will the state Supreme Court step in soon to clear it all up?
Map via US census. Note: green = giving out licenses now; yellow = considering; red = decided not to
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Destroying Human Sexuality Destroys Who God Is
In a veritable word salad, Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver said the following. “When you destroy human sexuality and when you destroy human life created in the image of God and you destroy God’s creation of marriage as man and woman, husband and wife, male and female, when you destroy that, you destroy your understanding of who God is. That’s where we are moving right now in America.” It’s unclear just how we are destroying human sexuality, and it’s never been clear how letting Adam and Steve marry destroys marriage. But hey, logic? Not their strong point.
Sodomy is Killing the Economy
So says Republican businessman Bob Frey, running for a seat in the Minnesota House: It’s not about the gay agenda, but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle. When you have egg and sperm that meet in conception, there’s an enzyme in the front that burns through the egg. The enzyme burns through so the DNA can enter the egg. If the sperm is deposited anally, it’s the enzyme that causes the immune system to fail. That’s why the term is AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It’s about sodomy. It’s huge amounts of money. AIDS is a long term illness, causing pain, suffering, death. A long-term illness that’s very expensive to treat.” There are so many things wrong with this – where to begin? How about the fact that being gay is not an agenda? Or the fact that an enzyme in sperm does not cause AIDS? Or the fact that sperm fertilizing an egg can also lead to big costs to society? Or the fact that men have anal sex with women too? This man’s ignorance is breathtaking.
Acceptance of Gay Sex Makes Incest OK
Usually, the anti-gay folks are using the slippery slope argument to say that marriage equality will lead to all sorts of other things, like incest. But here’s a twist – a judge who is suggesting that a man who raped his own sister might be in the clear because gay sex. “If this was the 50s and you had a jury of 12 men there, which is what you’d invariably have, they would say it’s unnatural for a man to be interested in another man or a man being interested in a boy. Those things have gone.” Of course, count to five and the religious right will be all over this as “proof” of their slippery slope hypothesis.
Michael Sam Needs Ex-Gay Therapy
Peter LaBarbera and Americans For Truth About Homosexuality wrote an open letter to Michael Sam, urging him to get conversion therapy. “Believe it or not, no one is born “gay”; molestation, emotional deprivation, parental or peer rejection, or other traumatic factors can foster same-sex attraction–but many men and women have managed it, diminished it, or eliminated it altogether… Many accomplished this through Reparative Therapy and counseling, despite the relentless, unwarranted condemnation of and campaign against both by self-serving “gay” activists. What we hope for from you, Michael, is that you don’t make your feelings, well-publicized as they have been, your claim to fame. Your achievements on the football field will earn you a legacy you can be proud of; your “coming out” as one celebrating homosexuality as normative can earn you only regret, as well as notoriety among millions of us.” Someone needs to write an open letter to LaBarbera urging him to denounce his anti gay bigotry. That, at least, is something you’re not born with.
Ban All the Gay Kissing
Gianluca Buonanno, an Italian Mayor who loves Vladamir Putin, wants to fine gay kissers 500 Euros. “Gay kisses in public? No thanks,” he said. “From today in my mayor and MEP offices there will be a photo of Putin. I don’t like that two people of the same-sex exchange public displays of affection. It’s a matter of respect. And I am convinced that it is morally harmful to children.” You know what’s morally harmful to children? Setting such a hateful example.
Same Sex Orgasms Are So Good, They Turn Straight Men Gay
Peter LaBarbera is in our pages a second time, for this statement: “I think homosexuality is one sense offers to men, if I can say this on your program, it offers the cheap orgasm. It’s a lot harder to be a man, a real man and have a family, court a woman, marry a woman, have children, raise a family.” We feel obligated to point out that men can also have a “cheap orgasm” with a woman. And we wonder how, exactly, LaBarbera knows these “cheap orgasms” with men are so addictive? He does watch an awful lot of gay porn (all in the name of condemning it, you understand).
Colorado Ruling Is Deja Vu All Over Again
Tony Perkins is with us agaion today, with another boilerplate denunciation of a marriage equality ruling, this time in Colorado. “Most people have seen the movie Groundhog Day — and now, thanks to the courts, they’re living it. Every morning, Americans seem to be waking up to the same headlines on marriage: judge strikes down marriage amendment in [fill in the state]… For conservatives, it’s déjà activism in a news cycle that continues to be dominated by a misunderstanding of the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision last summer.” Funny how every single court in the nation so far has “misunderstood” the Windsor decision in exactly the same fashion. And could we suggest that it’s Perkins’ reactions to these rulings that are beginning to have the stench of Groundhog Day? You can almost picture the template on his computer that he uses to issue each new statement. “Shame on Judge xxx in xxx for striking down the [choose one: will of the people / votes of xxx people] xxx years after they voted to defend [choose one: natural marriage / traditional marriage]. It’s the destruction of [choose one: democracy / the family / society / marriage / the United States].”
Look Out, it’s the PC Gestapo!
North Down DUP councillor Alan Graham thinks a baker in Northern Ireland was targeted by the PC Gestapo. “Homosexuals seem to seek offence, a bit like the anti-freedom, anti-parade lobby who go out of their way to be offended. I suppose it is all guns blazing with the politically correct Gestapo.” Yes, you should not be offended when someone tells you that you are a second class citizen. Just buck it up and move along. Plus, extra points to Graham for going right for the Nazi reference. What’s that old saying – once you invoke the Nazis, you’ve lost the argument?
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