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Marriage Equality Round-Up – June 30th

HISTORY:
--How the rainbow became the symbol of gay pride

POP CULTURE:
--Caitlyn Jenner Attends First Pride Since Coming Out as Transgender
--John Oliver looked at the state of trans rights
--FB kicks off another trans person for using a "fake name"
--OkCupid launches new, gender-inclusive 'Identity' Project
--Twenty six million people add rainbows to their Facebook profiles

AUSTRALIA: Lawmaker says marriage equality will lead to incest

ITALY:
--Appeals court recognizes marriage of trans woman, cis man

NEW ZEALAND:
--Census may include intersex question

NIGERIA:
--87% back law that criminalizes same sex weddings

SOUTH KOREA:
--"Christian" activists failed to shut down the Seoul Pride Parade

THAILAND:
Ice cream company apologizes for using derogatory slur in Love Wins ad

UK:
--NHS to tackle trans issues

USA:
--ICE issues guidance for trans immigrants in detention
--Lambda Legal launches Marriage Tracker to track same sex wedding issues
--New campaign "Our Tomorrow" seeks to define what's next for LGBT rights
--Presbyterian Church officially recognizes marriage equality
--Methodist Church still opposes marriage equality, AL Bishop says
--Martin O'Malley - time for ENDA passage
--Ted Cruz - Justices "violated their judicial oath"
--Reporter says Justice Roberts missed the point in her article about polyamory
--Mormon Church facing growing internal pressure on LGBT rights
--Seven pastors speak out against marriage equality
--Scalia throws anti marriage equality tantrum in unrelated death penalty case
--Ted Cruz - Supreme's decision only covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

USA, ALABAMA:
--State Supreme Court blocks marriage licenses for 25 days
--22 Counties still not issuing licenses

USA, ARKANSAS:
--Clerburne county clerk to resign rather than issue licenses to same sex couples

USA, KENTUCKY:
--Will marriage equality ruling have negative consequences for state Dems?
--At least five counties refusing to issue licenses

USA, LOUISIANA:
--State issues first licenses to same sex couples
--Gov Jindal tells clerks they can opt out

USA, MISSISSIPPI:
--AG gives clerks go ahead on marriage licenses

USA, NEW YORK:
--Anti gay Jewish group hires day laborers to protest at Pride
--Anti gay venue owners claim they were targeted by lesbian couple

USA, NORTH DAKOTA:
--Marriage equality case officially resolved

USA, PENNSYLVANIA:
--You can order "The Antonin Scalia Is A Douche Special" at a Philly restaurant

USA, TEXAS:
--Smith County clerk sued for refusing to give marriage licenses to same sex couples
--Smith County clerk folds, will issue licenses
--Denton County clerk starts issuing licenses
--Collin County clerk starts issuing licenses
--Navarro County clerk starts issuing licenses
--Parker County may start issuing licenses today
--Dallas County fixes "glitch", many more couples marry
--Trinity County clerk won't issue licenses
--State Senator asks DoJ to make sure same sex couples can get marriage licenses
--VA to extend benefits to married TX vets

USA, WASHINGTON:
--Local Girl Scouts group returns $100k because it can't be used for trans girls

USA, WISCONSIN:
--Lambda Legal seeks accurate birth certificates for same sex couples
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! HISTORY: How the rainbow became the symbol of gay pride. …
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"We’re thrilled to have been a part of that fight, and to have been blessed to march with MEUSA – it was a once in a lifetime experience. After all, how many people get to say that a million people cheered for their marriage?"

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Yesterday, we marched with Marriage Equality USA at San Francisco Pride. We carried two pink hearts – one said “Scotti + Marco”, and the other one said simply “23 Years”. It was a truly amazing experience. Time after time, people would point oat our signs and smile and cheer, or sometimes should out “congratulations.” We’ve …
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"There are still other battles to be fought. In many states in the US, you can be fired or kicked out of your home for being LGBT. Transgender rights deserve much more of our attention. And there are many places around the world where it's still a criminal act to be gay.

"But those are fights to start tomorrow.

"Today Mark and I will celebrate what has come before, and where we are now.

"Today, in San Francisco, we march."
Twenty three years ago, I walked into the Pacific Center, an LGBT center in Berkeley, California, for a gay men’s night, having no idea that I would meet the love of my life, my husband Mark. That I can call him my husband, legally, under the laws of both the Federal Government and all fifty …
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Marriage Equality Round-Up – Supreme Court Edition – June 27th

Jam-packed - hit the link to see the full list, as it won't fit here!

OVERVIEW:

--MAP: The last US marriage equality map
--MAP: OK, one more, a beautiful time lapse map
--FULL TEXT: Read the full text of the ruling
--GUIDE: Six marriage equality groups launch guide website for LGBT couples

POP CULTURE:

--CARTOONS: Some of the best political cartoons
--CORPORATIONS: Some of the best corporate responses
--CELEBRITIES: Some of the best celebrity reactions
--FASHION: Some of the best fashion world tweets
--ICE CREAM: Get ready for "I Dough I Dough" from Ben and Jerry's
--MEMES: Queerty rounds up the best memes of the day
--FACEBOOK: You can now rainbow your profile pic

IN THE STATES:

--NATIONWIDE: The Advocate captures landmarks that went rainbow
--ALABAMA:
---Chief Justice vows to block "illegitimate" ruling
---Mobile starts issuing licenses
--ARKANSAS:
---First marriage license issued
---Governor will comply with ruling
--COLORADO: Hundreds gathered at state capitol to celebrate
--GEORGIA: Mass wedding in Fulton County
--INDIANA: State celebrates the ruling (video)
--LOUISIANA: Giv. Jindal and GOP still blocking same sex weddings
--MICHIGAN:
---See the reaction of the Michigan plaintiffs.
---Marriage licenses issued in Kent County
--MISSISSIPPI: Attorney General Jim Hood dragging his feet
--NEW YORK:
---City celebrates the ruling (video)
---Celebrations at Stonewall
--PENNSYLVANIA:
---Elation in Philadelphia's gayborhood
---Great meme from openly gay Rep Rep Brian Simms
--TENNESSEE: First marriage license issued in Shelby Co.
--TEXAS:
---Some counties now issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples
---Dallas County issues 170 license son the first day
---Gov. Abbot vows to prioritize "religious liberty"
--Photos from rally in Dallas
--WASHINGTON DC:
---Watch the crowd the moment they heard the news outside the US Supreme Court
---The White House goes rainbow
---President Obama calls Ohio plaintiff to offer congratulations
--Some of the best photos

ANALYSIS:

--MATT BAUME: New video out - what you need to know
--SUNNIVIE BRYDUM: The Advocate reporter looks at what the ruling actually says
--JORDAN WEISSMAN: Hilights the beautiful closing paragraph of the decision
--ZACK FORD AND JUDD LEGUM:</b> The more ridiculous arguments in the dissents
--TARA CULP-RESSLER: There's still work to be done
--ZACK FORD: No, the Supreme Court did not just ‘redefine’ marriage

SUPPORTERS:
--PRESIDENT OBAMA: Watch President Obama's eloquent speech
--HILLARY CLINTON: I'm proud of this historic moment
--TIM COOK: Apple CEO celebrates with Steve Jobs quote
--JOE BIDEN: Is really, really happy

OPPONENTS:

--JOHN ROBERTS: The decision undermines the democratic process
--ANTONIN SCALIA: Justice compares ruling to fortune cookie
--CLARENCE THOMAS: The most offensive dissent of all?

--BOBBY JINDAL: I will never stop fighting
--MIKE HUCKABEE: Ruling is "tyranny"
--SCOTT WALKER: Ruling is a "grave mistake"
--LINDSEY GRAHAM: Let's move on
--RICK SANTORUM: Leaders don't accept bad decisions
--TED CRUZ: Cruz proposes amendment for retention elections for Supreme Court Justices

--TONY PERKINS: It ain't over yet
--KEN PAXTON: Texas AG warns of anti-Christian hate
--JONATHAN SAENZ: Thanks unnecessary "Pastor Protection Law"
--ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM: The badly mis-named group reacts
--BRYAN FISCHER: Compares the Supreme Court justices to jihadists
--BRIAN BROWN: The head of NOM called the decision "completely illegitimate
--JIM GARLOW: Anti gay pastor says it could take a century to end gay marriage - like slavery
--JOSH ROBINSON: Minnesota Vikings player compares marriage equality to pedophilia and incest
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! OVERVIEW: MAP: The last US marriage equality map. full story …
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That ONLY affected people WHOM need it and ARE! 
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Here's the full Supreme Court decision finding same-sex couples have the right to marry #LoveWins http://ow.ly/OQjgF
The Supreme Court just ruled, 5-4, that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. Read the full decision here.
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At long, long last the U.S. joins ALL the other further socially-advanced countries of the world which have legalized Same Sex Marriage LONG before today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Per @SCOTUSblog,"...the majority opinion rejects the claim that marriage is about procreation, even while saying that protecting children of same-sex couples supports the Court's ruling: "This is not to say that the right to marry is less meaningful for those who do not or cannot have children. An ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any State." 
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Enjoy our photos of MEUSA at NYC PRIDE 2015!

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That is epic! I am big on marriage rights!
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Marriage Equality Round-Up - June 29th

POP CULTURE:
--Mark Zuckerberg welcomes Pride weekend and marriage equality around the world.
--Sean Hayes and his husband Scott Icengole celebrate marriage equality in video
--YouTube puts out celebratory marriage equality video
--Major companies are getting behind the Supreme Court decision

INTERNATIONAL:
--New marriage equality map

ISRAEL:
--Opposition party proposes marriage equality bills

MOZAMBIQUE:
--New law decriminalizing gay sex takes effect

PORTUGAL:
--Parliament officially adopts IDAHOT Day

TURKEY:
--Police crack down on pride march in Istanbul

USA:
--Matt Baume debunks the dissents
--Tony Perkins, FRC struggle to stay relevant after HUGE loss
--Donald Trump supports “traditional marriage”
--Mike Huckabee calls for civil disobedience
--Lindsey Graham - pushing for anti marriage equality amendment would hurt GOP
--Bobby Jindal: Obama, Clinton only backed gay marriage for popularity
--Rand Paul - gays should be able to enter into contracts, but not marriage
--Rick Santorum - next President should protect Christians from the gays
--Evangelical groups dialing it back on calls for civil disobedience
--Still some limits to marriage equality for poor LGBT people

USA, ILLINOIS:
--Chicago Pride celebrated marriage equality.

USA, LOUISIANA:
--Gov. Jindal says the state will comply with the US Supreme Court ruling

USA, MASSACHUSETTS:
--Provincetown celebrates marriage equality

USA, NEW YORK:
--New York Pride celebrates marriage equality

USA, PUERTO RICO:
--The territory will begin marrying same-sex couples in early July

USA, TEXAS:
--Gallery of decision day at Tarrant Co. Clerk's office
--AG Paxton: clerks can refuse gays based on religious objections
--More counties complying with ruling

USA, WASHINGTON:
--Seattle Pride celebrates marriage equality

USA, WASHINGTON DC:
--Timelapse of White House lighting up in rainbow colors
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Marriage Equality Round-up – June 28th

HISTORY:
--Homophobic, homoerotic pamphlet from 1964 unearthed

INTERNATIONAL
--Celebrations of US marriage equality held worldwide

POP CULTURE:
--Stephen Colbert puts his spin on the news

IRAQ/SYRIA:
--ISIS kills four more gay men

USA:
--Some Muslims stand up for marriage equality
--Marriage equality may force some to marry as domestic partner benefits are dropped
--NOM - give us money - we can still reverse this thing
--Jay Michaelson asks if the four dissenting judges effectively advocated treason
--Five states still resisting marriage equality
--Schwarzenegger, who vetoed marriage equality bills twice, rebuffed anti-gay politicians "not having the balls" to lead
--Justice Thomas's own marriage was once considered illegal
--Rand Paul silent so far on ruling

USA, FLORIDA:
--Photographer donate's anti-gay client's deposit to GLAAD

USA, LOUISIANA:
--New Orleans Mayor calls on state to allow marriage equality immediately

USA, OKLAHOMA:
--Senator Inhofe - my gay friends think it was a bad decision

USA, TEXAS:
--Lieutenant Gov wants to expand "Pastor Protection Act" to judges and justices of the peace
--Pastor walks back claim that he would set himself on fire
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+KETHA AHSAN  And yet the decision was made and it's now law. Federal law, which supersedes and overrides all state laws. So go ahead a whine, it won't stop the weddings.
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"Generations of men and women risked their safety and their livelihoods, dedicated their labor and their honor, sacrificed their privacy and their peace of mind to achieve this victory. In one of the most consequential rulings on equality and liberty in decades, the Court has reaffirmed that the Constitution is a living document that must respond to the real experience of ordinary people who seek to participate in its great promises. Today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are included in those promises. At long last, the equal dignity of our relationships under the Constitution is settled law."

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I am what I consider a gay christian, but I stay completely away from organized religion as they turned me away and into the loving arms of the Unitarian Universalism church where everyone is loved and accepted. And we don't tolerate violence against anyone! I applaud you +Bobby Colucci​ you are a good person!
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#DecisionDay is finally here! Be sure to join Us at a Community Event Near You! http://www.uniteformarriage.org/
#DecisionDay is coming! Where will you be? Join us at a local event on the day of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.
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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.