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Marriage Equality Round-Up - March 26th

--Australia: Senate marriage equality debate put off after Liberals block conscience vote
--UK: Poll says 48% of UKIP members support marriage equality
--USA:
--Def Sec gets pushback on more lenient trans soldier policy
--Pat Robertson gives up fight?
--10 of Ted Cruz's anti-gay statements
--AL: Lawsuit updates
--AR: Senate advances ANOTHER right to discriminate bill
--DC: Creationist group leader says bans on conversion therapy harm youth
--CA: AG Kamalah Harris seeks to block "shoot the gays" initiative
--CO: Pace of same sex weddings slows
--CT: State lifts Medicaid ban on trans health care
--IN:
--Indianapolis mayor slams right to discriminate law
--Disciples of Christ may pull convention if Gov signs bill - so proud - my Grandpa was a DoC minister and my uncle works for the church
--Gay Web Source profiles some of the other businesses and groups opposing the bill
--ID: Anti-gay lawmaker's website gets a rainbow makeover
--FL: Anti-gay bills advance while LGBT rights bill languishes
--KY: Trans bathroom bounty bill dies in House
--MO: Someone is threatening to burn down Presbyterian Churches over marriage equality
--ND: LGBT rights supporters try to pass anti-discrimination bill again
--OH: Cincinnati council passes marriage equality resolution
--PR: Anti-gay Senators and Reps want to file briefs supporting ban
--TX
--Committee hears public testimony on anti marriage equality bill
--Anti-marriage equality bill would cost $2.4M in first two years
--VA: School board votes to force trans 4th grader back into boy's bathroom
Here's our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don't warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn't have time to add.
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Marriage Equality Round-Up - March 24th

--Pop Culture: One Million Moms Vs One Big Happy
--Belize/Trinidad and Tobago: Attorney suing over anti gay laws gets death threats
--Ireland: Head of Catholic lobbying group admits marriage equality likely to pass
--Uganda: Lawmakers balk at paying former Bush official to do PR repair
--UK: Law firm report supports issuance of Gender X passports
--USA:
--Cruz jumps into race, promises to be anti marriage equality
--HRC highlights Ted Cruz’s anti-LGBT rhetoric
--HRC takes Bush to task over right to discriminate bill support
--Former Bob Jones Univ. pres apologizes for "stone the gays" comments from 1980
--Freedom to Marry will shut down if it wins in June
--AL:
--A few marriage equality updates
--Marriage equality linked to tax increase at local school board meeting
--CA:
--12th annual Transgender Day of Empowerment in San Diego 4/10
--Trans history museum displays new photo exhibit
--CO: Home Depot employee blasts company, calling gays "evil and self-destructive"
--MI:
--GOP Rep warns constituents about gay reporter's "agenda"
--Pulitzer winning journalist speaks out for marriage equality in state
--OK: State denies LGBTALY (LGBT Ally) license plate, says it's sexual in nature
--PR: Anti-gay pols to sue Gov to force him to defend ban
--TX:
--Dueling marriage equality, anti gay rallies in Austin
--AL Chief Justice speaks at anti gay rally
--State GOP leaders confirmed they stood on the side of bigotry
--Bridegroom filmmaker speaks out for LGBT rights at U of T Tyler
--Lesbian plaintiffs welcome second child
--WI: 74% of republicans - marriage equality had no impact or positive impact
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ACTION ALERT: SB101 is the most dangerous anti-LGBTQ law in the country. CALL Indiana Governor Mike Pence to veto it! (317) 232-4567 Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Pro-Discrimination Bill Heads To Indiana Governor's Desk bit.ly/1boVm8E 
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It's been nearly two months since marriage was supposed to start in Alabama, and the state still doesn't have its act together. Texas just filed a lawsuit to prevent gays and lesbians from taking family medical leave. And it's going to take at least five different bills to overturn Michigan's marriage ban.
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"[My Dad's] words of accepting people provoked me to ask him something that had always troubled me: 'Is there really a parallel between African Americans and gays?'... He thought about the comparison and said, 'yes, it's basically the same thing... this is about civil rights.' It was at this time that I realized that my conservative Dad was more comfortable with gay people than I was myself. He saw homosexuals as 'people,' and not a degenerate outbreak that needed to be separated from everyone else in society."
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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 21st

--Pop Culture: Buzzfeed video makes the case for trans pronouns
--Ireland: Catholic Archbishop slams some opponents of marriage equality
--Italy: Pope will have lunch date with gay, trans prisoners
--Peru: LGBT rights advocates meet with US Ambassador
--Russia:
--Country trying to block benefits for married gay/lesbian UN staffers
--Authorities try to shut down LGBT youth support group
--Uganda: Country spent $208k dealing with anti-gay backlash
--UK:
--Tory Peer apologizes for Section 28
--37% of Christians scared to disclose gay relationship support
--First CoE female Bishop won't say if she would marry same sex couples
--Scotland: Cardinal who had gay sex while opposing marriage equality resigns
--USA:
--Presbyterian theologian claims heterosexual guilt behind marriage equality support
--Some Presbyterian ministers will not perform same sex wedding ceremonies
--AFA spokesperson - Christians must prepare for martyrdom over marriage equality ruling
--Mat Staver calls for massive civil disobedience
--Matt Barber again publishes column from gay death penalty advocate
--AL:
--Probate judges stuck in the middle
--German news crew tapes show on marriage equality in the state
--AR/SD: Plaintiffs' briefs filed at 8th Circuit
--CA:
--Radio host blames gays for drought
--Ordinance would protect LGBT seniors in assisted living
--AG Harris may be forced to let "shoot the gays" initiative go forward
--DC: OAS human rights commission holds hearings on LGBT rights in the Americas
--FL: Right to discriminate adoption bill passes House committee
--IN:
--The GOP deflected Democratic amendments to right to discriminate bill
--Faith and business leaders are speaking out against right to discriminate bill
--MA: LGBT groups included in St. Pat's parade by accident
--MI:
--Former Solicitor General chosen to defend ban
--300 married couples mark 1 year anniversary
--MO: GOP politicians introduce 8 anti LGBT bills so far
--NJ: West Orange mayor signs marriage equality brief
--PR: Govt will no longer defend marriage equality ban
--TX: AG to speak at anti-gay rally
--VT: 200 year-old lesbian wedding documented
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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 20th

--Pop Culture:
--LGBT activists protest D&G store
--Bill Donahue supports D&G
--"The Bold and The Beautiful gets trans character
--New video makes point about bi invisibility
--Ireland: 5 y-o shows support for marriage equality
--Lebanon: LGBT community to celebrate IDAHOT
--Macau: The city's young LGBT rights movement
--Philippines: Catholic Church backs anti discrimination bill if priest selection exempted
--UK:
--First Tory minister publicly supports pardoning men convicted of gay sex offenses
--Labour pledges to add intersex category to passport gender
--Scotland: SNP member who used homophobic slurs suspended
--USA:
--The start of the fight for marriage equality in the Territories?
--Some GOP congressmen are ready to go to jail over Supreme Court ruling?
--Jeb Bush supports right to discriminate bills
--Towleroad.com has a new map of anti-gay legislation across the country
--Anti gay discrimination bills ok because Chipotle, two GOP reps argue
--AL: HRC criticizes Governor's anti-gay stance
--CA:
--LGBT caucus files formal complaint against anti-gay lawyer
--Assembly passes bill to block discrimination against trans jurors
--"Respect After Death Act", allowing correct gender on documents, starts 6/1
--Out veteran activist Steve Snyder-Hill profiled
--IN:
--Businesses fight pending right to discriminate bill with LGBT support
--Right to discriminate bill likely to become law next week
--MI:
--First same sex couple legally married in state to celebrate 1 yr anniversary
--Dem lawmakers push to repeal marriage equality ban
--MS: Some Presbyterian pastors upset over marriage equality policy
--NV: HRC calls out right to discriminate bill
--NY: Transgender New Yorkers get medicaid access
Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! Pop Culture: About a hundred London gay rights activists protested …
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Marriage Equality Round-Up - March 25th

--International: Russia fails to derail plan to give benefits to same sex spouses
--Gay Country Star Steve Grand speaks out for trans rights
--Australia:
--No free vote on marriage equality bill this week?
--Pro marriage equality Senator gets nasty hate mail
--Sweden: Language gets new gender neutral pronoun
--UK, Northern Ireland:
--Christian baker won't back down
--Thousands turned out for a rally in favor of the baker
--USA:
--The AFA published a full page letter to the Supreme Court in The Washington Post
--New video hilights problems with right to discriminate laws
--Duck Dynasyy patriarch to gays - find you a woman and marry her
--Senator Jim Inhofe introduces anti gay bill in Senate
--AL:
--New Federal hearing on marriage equality case 3/26
--GOP bill would allow adoption groups to discriminate against gays
--CA:
--Activist proposes "Intolerant Jackass" initiative
--Dems introduce bill to raise initiative filing fee from $200 to $8K
--DC:
--Georgetown to host LGBT Catholic conference
--3rd NOM hate march to take place on 4/25
--IN:
--$50M gaming convention threatens tio pull out of state over anti gay law
--Takei to boycott state
--KS: Equality House celebrates anniversary with kiss outside Westboro church
--MD: Bill to cover artificial insemination for same sex couples passes Senate
--MI:
--Woman kicked out for bigotry sues gym
--State Civil Rights Commission endorses change to protect sexual orientation
--Ban hurts state's tourism, wedding industries, group says
--TX: House committee to hear bill banning clerks from issuing same sex licenses
--WA: Straight Scout petitions Boy Scouts to allow his gay twin to stay
--WY: Plaintiffs seek $95k in attorneys' fees
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--Indiana Legislature passes broad right to discriminate bill
--Groups organize to pressure Governor to veto it
--Governor says he will sign it anyway
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Anyone thinking it would be a good idea to discriminate is demented. Maybe we should start discriminating against them. As a white woman, I am ashamed of them.
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Marriage Equality Round-Up – March 23rd

--Pop Culture:
--Kerry Washington gave a passionate speech about LGBT equality
--Ricky Martin's new video celebrates marriage equality
--Zoe Saldana: Fashion is more important to me than LGBT rights
--Australia:
--Liberal Party MP's slowly starting to support marriage equality
--MP's receive more than a million emails calling for free vote
--Rugby star fined for using a homophobic slur in a match
-China: Companies courting the LGBT market
--Ireland:
--Amnesty International campaigns for marriage equality
--Catholic Church tries to sow confusion ahead of vote
--60 yo gay man writes letter about dreams for marriage equality
--Italy: Pope meets with gay, trans prisoners
--UK: Priest who entered sham civil partnership reinstated
--USA:
--University chancellor sorry for calling for gays to be stoned to death, 35 years later
--AFA Host claims Supreme decision will crush the country
--AL:
--Public art event supports marriage equality
--Dueling pro and anti marriage equality rallies
--OH plaintiff who lost his husband profiled
--PR: Pastor who condemned Ricky Martin to Hell criticizes decision to abandon ban
--TX: AG will join AL Chief Justice at hate rally in TX today
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--Pop Culture: Christian site launches pro D&G petition
--USA:
--Tax filing guidance for non-marriage equality states
--DE: Presbyterian church to ordain two married women as ministers
--IA: Martin O'Malley talks marriage equality
--IL: New GOP Gov Rauner meets with LGBT advocates, makes promises
--MN: Judge rules in favor of trans man in hospital suit
--MO: GOP Rep Jeff Pogue (R) wants to ban all non male/female toilets
--PR: Ricky Martin cheers decision to drop support of marriage equality ban
--TX: GOP lawmaker speaks up for pro gay adoption bill
--UT: Gov signs right to discriminate bill for officials
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I always try to take the opportunity when teachable moments present themselves, so here is a Trans definition primer:

Transgender: A person whose self-identity does not conform to conventional notions of their gender. They are not dressed in drag. In abbreviated form Trans which over the last five years has become a preferred term. Most live 24/7 as their self-identified gender.
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To secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for all, at the federal and state level, without regard to sex identity, gender identity or sexual orientation.
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Marriage Equality USA recruits, empowers and trains local supporters throughout the country to get engaged and step up into leadership roles in their communities in support of the marriage equality movement. One of our organizational goals is to encourage open activism with minimal control while maintaining functionality. Volunteer leaders participate in monthly national leadership calls, receive media training and talking point assistance, handle public speaking opportunities and are provided event tool kits to help them be successful.