This is late breaking news out of California, but it appears that, following a final hand-count of signatures submitted by a coalition of anti-trans groups seeking to force an initiative to repeal of the State of California’s Student Success and Opportunity Act, the drive to place the Act on the ballot has FAILED by more than 17,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot!
The Advocate reports:
An attempt to repeal California’s recently implemented transgender student law has been shot down after conservative organizations failed to turn in the necessary 504,760 valid signatures to qualify the issue for a referendum.
Proponents of the repeal, who had formed a coalition deceptively named Privacy for All Students,came up short, only collecting 487,760 valid signatures, leaving the repeal effort 17,276 short of the required 504,760 to qualify the issue to appear before voters in the November election.
As a result, California’s Student Success and Opportunity Act will remain in force. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of a student’s gender identity and guarantees that trans students can participate in the gender-segregated sports and have access to facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The law, also known as Assembly Bill 1266, cleared the State Assembly by a vote of 46-25 and passed through the Senate by a vote of 21-9 before being signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in August of last year. The law went into effect January 1.
The group behind the petition drive, Privacy for All Students, however, is not giving up:
“[Privacy for All Students] is anxious to challenge any signature that has been unfairly thrown out,” reads the message. “We are prepared to [challenge the signatures thrown out] again, as many times as we need to, until every valid signature is counted and the referendum qualifies for the ballot.”
HRC President Chad Griffin is ecstatic.
“The forces of discrimination tried to go after California’s LGBT young people, and it’s a sign of our progress that they fell short of their goal,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin in a statement. “Yet unfortunately there are groups out there that are actively working to make the lives of LGBT youth harder. This law does nothing more than safeguard transgender students from being excluded and ensures all students are provided the same opportunities — regardless of gender identity.”
As mentioned earlier, the law has been in effect since January 1st of this year.
GOP lobbyist Jack Burkman (yes, that Jack Burkman) announced Monday that he is preparing a piece of legislation which, if enacted would ban openly gay players from joining the National Football League.
In a statement, Burkman said,
”We are losing our decency as a nation. Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”
He also added, ”if the NFL has no morals and no values, then Congress must find values for it.”
Burkman alleges that up to five Republican Representatives and one Senator are “interested” in co-sponsoring the proposed bill, according to his words. Even more ridiculously, he claims that the number of co-sponsoring Representatives and Senators once the bill is introduced could rise to as high as 36 and five, respectively.
If introduced, the bill stands no chance whatsoever of passing either chamber, and would almost assuredly be laughed out of the building by President Obama should it somehow manage to reach his desk.
P.S. Hey, guys! My name is Tyler and I am ecstatic to be joining the Gay Marriage Watch crew, having answered Scott’s “Help Wanted” post earlier. I look forward to hearing from you all!
Don’t Make Me Bake a Sin Cake
Right-wing pundit Erick Erickson thinks baking a cake or taking photos at a wedding aids and abets sin. A least, if it’s for a same sex couple. I’d argue that working for Fox does a helluva lot more damage than a wedding cake ever could.
Being Anti Gay Doesn’t Make Us Anti Gay
That’s the basic argument of Idaho Governor Butch Otter, who says that the state’s decision not to protect its LGBT citizens in no way means it does’t like them. hey, with friends like these…
Why Not Marry Your Own Son for Benefits?
“Chuck” actor Adam Baldwin things gay marriage will lead to father son marriage for financial benefit. Just one question – where in the history of all time has a man married his daughter or a woman married her son for the same reason? One example, please?
The Columbus Dispatch reports:
For the first time, support for gay marriage in Ohio has reached the 50 percent threshold in the Quinnipiac Poll, a new survey released today shows. Led by support among young voters, exactly half of Ohioans back same-sex marriage, compared to 44 percent who oppose it. The new findings, which mirror public opinion shifts across the nation, represent a reversal since December of 2012, when 47 percent of Ohioans opposed gay marriage and 45 percent supported it. The change comes almost entirely from independent voters; Democrats support and Republicans oppose gay marriage by about the same percentages as before.
The new polling comes as activists work to get the issue on the ballot in 2014 or 2016. 50% is still a mighty thin margin, but I’ll bet this year’s 50% is a lot stinger than the same percentage in 2008 – voters are less easily swayed against it now, I think. Do y’all agree?
Go Pride reports:
“The federal court’s ruling responded to a lawsuit filed in Cook County and applies initially only to the Cook Couty Clerk’s office, but clerks in the other 101 counties can take official notice of the decision and its reasoning,” Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov said. “We will be reaching out to county clerks all around the state hoping that they will also be persuaded by the judge’s rationale. After all, the federal court said that it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses.”
Cherkasov added that the new marriage bill adequately provides county clerks with the guidance they need to move forward. “With the passage of the marriage equality bill, the legislature has already set forth procedures for the clerks to follow and strong protections for religious freedom, so there is no reason to delay the benefits and recognition of marriage to loving, committed couples and their families,” he said.
In related news, a lone GOP lawmaker has given up his fight against the law.
On Top Magazine reports:
Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican, has ended an effort to repeal Illinois’ gay marriage law approved by lawmakers last year. Following a federal judge’s ruling handed down Friday that there is no need for gay couples to wait for the law to take effect in June, McCarter announced that he was withdrawing his bill (SB 2637), which was scheduled for debate in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday.
Will the county clerks listen? Or do we have to wait until June for marriage equality to reach the entire state?
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!
India: LGBT activists protested the decriminalization of homosexuality in Hyderabad. full story
India: It may be years before the government gets around to repealing the re-instated anti-homosexuality law. full story
Russia: Canadian athletes wore rainbow patches at the closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics. full story
USA: A New ESPN poll shows that every state thinks the NFL is ready for a gay player. full story
USA, Florida: Queer as Folk and Cagney & Lacey actress Sharon Gless filmed a video for marriage equality in Florida. full story
USA, Illinois: A state lawmaker has introduced a bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth. full story
USA, Kansas: A tea party group is trying to resurrect the failed Right to Discriminate bill, but the effort is complicated by a previously passed law from 2013. full story
USA, New York: Gay activists held one final NYC protest against Russia’s anti gay laws before the Olympics drew to a close. full story
Gay Star News reports:
‘You know, the bill is in transmittal and I don’t have to make a decision until next Friday so I’ve got plenty of time,’ Jan Brewer said, on 22 February, as reported by ABC News…. Brewer, also a Republican, told reporters she needed to study the bill first. ‘I need to explore it,’ she said.
More and more public figures are lining up against the bill. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (D) draws a parallel to the whites-only laws in the South.
Discrimination by private businesses led to some of the most noteworthy moments of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was targeted at the Montgomery Bus Lines, sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks for refusing to move to the back of the bus. Civil rights activists who claimed white-only lunch counters as their own were subject to arrest, beatings and worse. I have spent a great deal of time in Mexico working to undo damage done by SB 1070 to our state’s ability to benefit from trade with one of the world’s emerging economies. I remember the fallout from Arizona’s long delay in passing a Martin Luther King Holiday. SB 1062 and HB 2153 are not only offensive, but if signed into law, will cause our state and our region significant economic harm. I ask our governor in the strongest possible terms to veto this legislation, and I urge Tucsonans to contact her with that request as well.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton (D) also spoke out.
On Top Magazine reports:
“It would put a national and international spotlight on Arizona in a way that’s uphelpful to our economy,” Stanton told gay glossy The Advocate. “It’s the wrong direction to go. The city I lead is a very open city, and we love our diversity,” Stanton said of Phoenix, which has an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Even some in the GOP are questioning the bill. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith (R), also a gubernatorial candidate, things SB 1062 is bigotry, pure and simple.
“As a Christian conservative, I am very troubled that religious rights are being trampled as part of the current debate on changes in our society. But I am also a member of a church that has experienced severe persecution because of its beliefs. I firmly believe that discrimination or bigotry in any form is unacceptable. I am concerned that SB1062 carries real potential for unintended legal consequences that could negatively impact our most basic rights, including the freedom of religion. This bill could have a detrimental impact on Arizona’s business environment at a time when our economy is still fragile. Our state must keep focused on creating jobs and building a strong future for our children.”
Even one GOP Senator, state Sen. Steve Pierce, who voted for the bill is now backtracking.
“I don’t like the negative picture of Arizona, and I’m on board asking the governor to veto the bill. To say (the bill is) anti-gay is following the feeding frenzy. I have friends that are gay and I wouldn’t do anything to hurt them. This is blown way out of proportion and it’s too bad.”
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce also opposes the bill.
The Chamber tweeted: “We join with @phxchamber Greater Phx Leadership and S. Ariz. leadership in requesting veto of SB1062. Official statement tomorrow.”
Star Trek actor (and openly gay) George Takei released his own statement on the bill.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
“The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear. So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.”
And gay actor Harvey Fierstein chimes in.
“Sometimes I am left dumbfounded by the stupidity of politicians and their citizens. One would have thought that Arizona learned its lesson years ago when they passed horrific laws discriminating against their Hispanic community. They lost tourism, and population and the respect of the nation… Well, they are at it again with what they are calling a “Religious Freedom” law that is actually a law that would make discriminating against the gay community lawful. A policeman could say that his religion bans contact with homosexuals and just leave a victim to die. Doctors could refuse service to the LGBT community. A bus driver could throw you off the bus because his bible doesn’t accept homosexuality…It’s the MOST ABSURD AND HATEFUL LAW that anyone has crafted since… I don’t know… maybe the DOM laws? I hope their Governor turns her back on this hatred. If not… oh, my children, if not… We are going to have a lot of fun suing them down to bankruptcy!!!! I’m already looking up flights.”
The bill should hit Brewer’s desk today.
Edge Boston reports:
The Arizona Senate is expected to send a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays to Gov. Jan Brewer as early as Monday. That action will start a five-day clock for the Republican governor to act on a proposed law she herself calls controversial.
And former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd puts his money on Brewer vetoing the bill.
“I think, in the end, Gov. Brewer is probably going to veto this because it seems like an easy veto for her to do because of everything that’s going in the business economy there. This is one of those problems when people use religion as a way to sort of enforce discriminatory practices. People used religion back in the 1860s when they defended slavery. They used religion to defend slavery. We’ve used religion to go to war. People have criticized Islam because they use religion to fight people and kill people. This is the problem with that. In the end I think she vetoes it because there’s no way this can survive.”
So will she or won’t she?
Think Progress reports:
Last week, it seemed like Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni was delaying taking action on the infamous anti-homosexuality bill, suggesting he was interested in hearing from more U.S. scientists about the nature of homosexuality. On Monday, though, he signed the bill into law. The law, often referred to as the “Kill the Gays” bill because previous versions of it included the death penalty, allows for a lifetime jail sentence for people found guilty of being gay.
Some more recent versions of the bill have still included reference to a different law that did allow for the death penalty. First-time offenders can be punished with 14 years in jail. Those who promote LGBT issues would also be in violation of the law, as would anybody who officiates a same-sex marriage. Museveni explained that he signed the bill because he was concerned that gay people were “recruiting normal people” into homosexuality, using them as prostitutes, and exhibiting themselves.
In its lawsuit against Scott Lively, the Center for Constitutional Rights calls him directly responsible for the new law.
In addition to putting the lives of LGBTI Ugandans at serious risk, in signing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, President Museveni has criminalized the existence and work of our client, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), and other advocacy organizations in violation of the Ugandan constitution and international law. The Center for Constitutional Rights holds right-wing U.S. evangelical Scott Lively directly responsible: he has been working in Uganda since 2002 to outlaw the speech and assembly of LGBTI people and effectively silence and erase the community from political life.
Desmond Tutu spoke out against the law. Pink News reports:
Archbishop Tutu said that the was “very disheartened” that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is intending to sign a bill into law that could see gay people facing lifetime prison sentence. “In South Africa, Apartheid police used to rush into bedrooms where whites were suspected of making love to blacks,” Archbishop Tutu said in a statement. “It was demeaning to those whose ‘crime’ was to love each other, it was demeaning to the policemen ? and it was a blot on our entire society.”
“The history of people is littered with attempts to legislate against love or marriage across class, caste and race. But there is no scientific basis or genetic rationale for love… There is no scientific justification for prejudice and discrimination, ever. And nor is there any moral justification. Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa, among others, attest to these facts.”
It’s time to shun Uganda and Nigeria in the international community. No more aid for countries that treat their LGBT citizens as criminals.
Just got this from my Aunt in Tucson who is following the whole Right to Discriminate law with great interest and disgust. It was written by Rabbi Stephen Kahn, of Scottsdale’s Congregation Beth Israel.
The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Dear Governor Brewer:
I am the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel, founded in 1920. I write this with a heavy heart on behalf of our 750 families (roughly 2,000 members). Today, I respectfully implore you to act with bold and courageous leadership by vetoing House Bill 2153 and Senate Bill 1062 without delay.
Simply put, these bills are beyond “controversial”. Among many things, the final version of the legislation enables a business owner to refuse services to any patron based on their own personal religious proclivities, or even worse, a very loose definition of religious freedom. I cannot help but recall the spirit of the Third Reich’s laws established in 1935 at Nuremberg which legally permitted discrimination and anti-Semitism under the same implicit legislative construct as the bills passed earlier this week. As a Jew, I cannot help but feel that if a business owner, who is “informed” by their interpretation of “scripture” that a Jewish person cannot eat at their restaurant because I do not accept Christ as “Savior” that they would indeed have the legally supported permission to deny me service in their place of business.
As an American, I will always fully support the constitutionally protected rights of every citizen; the right of free expression of their own religious beliefs and convictions whether or not I personally/theologically agree with their beliefs or practices. However, as an American, a Jew and a Rabbi, I know that religious freedom does not permit me the right to oppress or discriminate against others because I think their theology or way of life is wrong. This is the antithesis of constitutional freedoms and the foundation of our country. The potential – both implicitly and explicitly – of legalizing a person or person’s right to persecute and discriminate against others under the guise of religious freedom is both intellectually objectionable and theologically corrupt of any scriptural justification I know of, especially in a free society.
Please do no sign this legislation which – based on historic precedent for our people in 1930’s Nazi Germany – could become THE seminal moment which will lead to horrifying consequences for the People of Arizona.
Rabbi Stephen Kahn
Nadine Smith, CEO, Equality Florida, the state’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Elizabeth Schwartz, Miami-based LGBT Family and Estate Planning Attorney
Vanessa & Melanie Alenier, Jorge Diaz & Don Johnston – Two of the six couples who are joining Equality Florida Institute as plaintiffs in in the lawsuit to overturn Florida’s ban on marriage equality.
Monday, February 24 @ 6:30 PM
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Register at http://www.eqfl.org/event/teletownhall. Just prior the town hall, you will receive a call providing the phone number to join the conversation. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions.
Last month, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) filed a lawsuit in Florida state court in Miami on behalf of six same-sex couples and the Equality Florida Institute, seeking the freedom to marry. The lawsuit argues that Florida’s laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate the United States Constitution by denying them the legal protections and equal dignity that having the freedom to marry provides.
Oregon won’t defend its marriage ban in court, and a marriage lawsuit in Virginia might have reached a premature end. Plus polling from Louisiana shows progress, but it’s been slow.
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The New York Times reports:
In meetings hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington in late 2010, opponents of same-sex marriage discussed the urgent need to generate new studies on family structures and children, according to recent pretrial depositions of two witnesses in the Michigan trial and other participants. One result was the marshaling of $785,000 for a large-scale study by Mark Regnerus, a meeting participant and a sociologist at the University of Texas who will testify in Michigan. The trial involves a challenge to Michigan’s constitutional restriction of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, brought by a lesbian couple who want to marry and legally adopt each other’s children. This time, four social science researchers, all of whom attended at least one of the Heritage Foundation meetings and went on to publish new reports, are scheduled to testify in favor of Michigan’s ban.
Have we mentioned that the “study” has been widely discredited?
But professional rejections of Dr. Regnerus’s conclusions were swift and severe. In a friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court last year in two same-sex marriage cases, a report by the 14,000-member American Sociological Association noted that more than half the subjects whom Dr. Regnerus had described as children of “lesbian mothers” and “gay fathers” were the offspring of failed opposite-sex marriages in which a parent later engaged in same-sex behavior, and that many others never lived with same-sex parents. “If any conclusion can be reached from Regnerus’s study,” the association said, “it is that family stability is predictive of child well-being.”
Nevertheless, it continues to rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes. Or should that be zombie-like? They knew what they wanted, and went out and bought a fake study that said that gays were bad parents. And shame on Social Science Research for publishing it.
Mexico: Spain’s former Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said prohibiting same sex couples from marrying is absurd, during a visit to Leon, Guanajuato. full story
Russia: A local gay activist interrupted anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively’s speech in DC. full story
Russia: NBC reporter Bob Costas took a moment during coverage of the Sochi Games to comment on Russia’s anti gay laws. full story
USA: Freedom to Marry is launching a $1 Million ad campaign across the US South. full story
USA, California: Politix looks at how history has vindicated CA Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who as Mayor of San Francisco threw open the doors of City Hall in 2004 to let gay and lesbian couples marry. full story
USA, Illinois: Towleroad.com reports on the first same sex weddings taking place in Illinois. full story
USA, Michigan: The hearing in the marriage equality lawsuit begins Tuesday – Freep.com takes an in-depth look. full story
USA, Oregon: LGBT rights supporters and opponents are debating the 15 word ballot title for a proposed Right to Discriminate initiative. full story
Pink News reports:
The bill, which passed in the House, would have allowed Virginia to appoint lawmakers to defend its gay marriage ban if the governor or attorney general refused to do so. Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring announced last month that the state would side with same-sex couples who are seeking to have the ban struck down, rather than defend it.
Pink News notes the ruling for marriage equality was held pending a possible appeal:
A US federal judge on Valentine’s Day overturned Virginia’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling by Judge Arenda Wright Allen did not immediately apply pending a possible appeal, but now that this bill has failed, it is unlikely that an appeal will take place.
So is that it? Can same sex couples marry shortly in the state? Maybe Virginia really is for lovers.
Conservative Christian groups in Arizona cheered the passage Thursday of legislation that would allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny service to same-sex couples due to religious beliefs. All eyes have shifted to Governor Jan Brewer, who must now decide whether to sign the bill. Similar legislation died in Kansas last week, but has also been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.
The Arizona law seems to apply to services beyond those tied to weddings, but same-sex weddings are the impetus for these bills. Specifically, they are in response to lawsuits against three different Christians who refused to photograph, bake a cake, and sell flowers for same-sex weddings. The backers of these laws claim that a Christian cannot, in good conscience, provide a good or service for a same-sex wedding because it violates the teachings of Christianity.
If these bills become law, we could see same-sex couples being denied service not just by photographers and florists, but also restaurants and hotels and pretty much anyone else who can tie their discrimination to a religious belief.
In Phoenix and Tucson, protests were held against the bill.
Major protests took place this evening in Phoenix and Tucson in opposition to the bill passed by the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. CNN’s AC360 led off their show live from the protests in Phoenix.
Also on CNN, Anderson Cooper grilled one of the Arizona GOP reps supporting the bill. It’s amazing – he just sticks to his talking points and refuses to admit the bill could be used to ban anyone other than LGBT folks from any business in the state. Joe.My.God tipped us to this one.
Meanwhile, AZ Senator John McCain’s daughter Meghan is appalled. Joe.My.God reports on her tweets:
“The state that I grew up in and love so much is literally making discriminating against citizens legal. HOW IS THIS AMERICAN OR RIGHT?” and “The Arizona legislature should be ashamed of themselves. This bill is un-American and embarrassing for all of Arizona and the country.” and finally “@GovBrewer please do the right thing for ALL Arizonans and veto SB 1062 or be the governor remembered for legalizing discrimination.”
Meanwhile, the Treasurer and Secretary of state (both Republicans) are also urging the Governor to veto the bill.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed. Bennett and Ducey join the growing list of state leaders and Republican gubernatorial candidates who say Gov. Jan Brewer should veto the bill, SB 1062, that was passed in the state legislature this week.
And the same article cites the economic damage the bill is already doing before being signed into law:
Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said his office had quick reaction to the bill, telling KPHO-TV that four companies considering expansion in the Phoenix area have crossed Arizona off their lists. Another business that was planning to invest $100 million in the state has put its deal on hold, and two companies indicated today that they’ve been fired, because the clients don’t want to do business in Arizona, said Broome. Broome said the controversial bill will complicate the state’s brand, just as it is gearing up to host next year’s Super Bowl. “If the governor doesn’t veto this bill, the effect on Arizona will be instantaneous and devastating,” he said.
Arizona’s other US Senator, Jeff Flake, tweeted his opposition too.
“I hope Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062.” Flake is no ally of the LGBT community and has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign. But to my mind that only makes today’s move only more important as it probably comes from the standpoint of what the bill could mean for Arizona’s economy.
So what will Brewer do? AZCentral looks for clues:
The Republican governor plans to meet with advisers in and out of her office, members of the business community, lawmakers and others as she weighs whether to sign the bill into law, her advisers said. “They’ll go over every aspect of the bill — the pros and the cons, the risks — all of it,” said one insider familiar with the inner workings of the Governor’s Office and how Brewer approaches legislation. “In this instance, you have a bill that had a party-line vote. It puts her in a difficult spot.” Brewer was in Washington, D.C., attending a conference of governors and wasn’t expected to return until Tuesday. But some factions set to work Friday attempting to influence her decision.
According to AZCentral, the bill would likely actually reach her desk Monday, s I guess that gives her until Friday to make the decision?