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You may always find the most up-to-date information, including changes that have taken place between these weekly posts, on the Current Policy & Legal Status page on the MEUSA website.
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Ying-jeou noted that when he was mayor of Taipei 15 years ago it was one of the only cities in the world that had a budget for supporting gay rights activities and is now one of the most gay-friendly cities in Asia. However, heterosexual marriage in Taiwan developed over thousands of years of history and Ying-jeou lamented that advancing gay marriage, which is still illegal in the country, is going to take “a high degree of consensus”.
Could Taiwan become the first Asian country to institute a marriage equality law?
You’re Leading Us Into a Wilderness of Moral Relativity
So Says Forward Together, an evangelical Christian group in Scotland who’s unhappy that Parliament is pressing ahead with the marriage equality bill. One question – are there any bears in the Wilderness of Moral Relativity?
Banning Gay Marriage Is a Healthy Balance
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker thinks the fact that his state has some employment protections and also bans marriage equality is a “healthy balance”. So if we take away your marriage, will that be a healthy balance too?
Giving Gays Benefits Is a Dangerous and Egregious Power Grab
Jonathan Saenz, head of Texas Values, thinks Texas’s ban on gays getting married should also be applied to medical benefits. Because God said that health insurance is part of the sacred vows a couple takes when they get married?
Gay Star News reports:
America’s new ambassador to Australia, John Berry, has stayed out of the debate on same-sex marriage in Australia despite marrying his partner Curtis Yee shortly before leaving the United States. Berry told ABC News Breakfast last week that ‘Australians need to decide that issue best for Australians,’ when asked whether he hoped Australia would legalize same-sex marriage. Berry said same-sex marriage was ‘a sensitive topic’ avoiding weighing into the debate.
Well, he’s a diplomat. They’re not supposed to make waves. But maybe just by his example he will make a small difference.
Gay Star News reports:
Nineteen lawmakers received a black box with with green tissue paper. Inside was a red pouch, with the coal and the following typed note: ‘You left a piece of your heart at the State Building when you voted on SB-1,’ the note said, according to the Huffington Post. ‘Your lifestyle choice of judging others and ignorance is very unfortunate. Good luck in the next election,’ the note continued.
It’s the fashionable choice for a Christmas gift for your own local anti-gay lawmaker. So much better than a burning bag of dog poop.
The Washington Blade reports:
A total of 504,760 signatures were due last Thursday, which are required to place the law, known as the School Success & Opportunity Act, on the ballot for the 2014 election. Opponents of the measure, led by the Privacy for All Students Coalition, submitted 613,120 signatures from a majority of state counties in favor of overturning the law. But they’re averaging just 75 percent authenticity in the random sample as of Friday, which is significantly below the average ultimately needed to qualify. If the number of valid signatures is less than 95 percent of the 504,760 needed, the measure would fail to qualify for the ballot.
Let’s hope this trend continues. It’s disgusting that these people going after kids. Especially transgender kids, who are going through one of the most difficult things imaginable just dealing with understanding and accepting their gender.
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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!
Zimbabwe: Abel Chikomo, the executive director of the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum, won a major legal victory this week. full story
USA, Indiana: Another University may soon way in on the proposed gay marriage ban in the state. full story
USA, Iowa: The Post-Dispatch profiles a wedding chapel in Keokuk welcoming gays and lesbians. full story
USA, Pennsylvania: Philly.com reports on the debate over marriage equality now raging in Bucks County. full story
Pink News reports:
Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through the streets of New Delhi recently in a demand to end LGBT stigmatisation and discrimination in India. Associated Press reports there was a carnival-like atmosphere on Sunday, as activists sang songs and carried rainbow flags and balloons while they marched the beat of traditional Indian drums. The demonstration comes four years after a colonial-era law criminalising same-sex sexual relationships was overturned.
Acceptance of LGBT people and their relationships is coming slowly in India. The country, like most of Asia, still has no official recognition of same sex relationships.
Thousands of LGBT people and allies braved the rain and marched in Australia today, in support of marriage equality, in different centers, including Melbourne, where a crowd of about 600 descended on Parliament. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is anti-marriage equality. Although he attended his gay sister’s wedding to support her, he does not believe marriage should be a civil right for gays and lesbians. Many called for an end to his homophobia.
Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbot is still refusing t bring the marriage equality bill up for a vote. Recent polls have shown that between 62 and 64% of Australians approve of marriage equality.
Here’s the the latest in our ongoing series of some of the crazy things the anti-gay, anti-marriage equality folks are saying and doing around the world.
Lesbian Anniversary No Ballons
That’s what an anniversary cake from a Virginia bakery read when a woman picked it up for her partner. It was supposed to say “Happy Anniversary Lindsey! Love, Sarah.” Get that bigot some spelling lessons!
I Admit that It’s All Your Fault
Melanie Nathan takes apart Anti Gay Activist Scott Lively’s “Answers and Defenses to Plaintiff’s first Amended Complaint” in the case against hi for spreading anti gay bigotry, which is filled with “admissions” like “Lively admits that David Kato is now dead because he was killed by a homosexual prostitute whom Kato hired for sexual favors and refused to pay.” Seriously.