Posts Tagged ‘ marriage apartheid ’

Taiwan set to end marriage apartheid

November 10, 2016
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"Taiwan could become the first Asian country to pass same-sex marriage laws. Taiwanese parliamentarians have begun work on three bills in support of marriage equality, one of which is already listed for review and could be passed within months. President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female head of state, said as recently as October she supported same-sex marriage." (11/10/16)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-10/taiwan-set-to-legalise-same-sex-marriage/8015120  

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Australia: Senate puts the kibosh on marriage apartheid plebiscite

November 8, 2016
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Australian Times [UK]    

"The Australian government's proposed 2017 plebiscite on same-sex marriage has been defeated in Parliament’s upper house. The Senate vote to block the bill legislating for the marriage equality plebiscite had been expected, following Labor last month announcing its opposition to holding it." (11/07/16)

http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/same-sex-marriage-plebiscite-bill-defeated-in-senate/  

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Australia: Labor Party votes to block referendum on marriage apartheid

October 11, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Australia's opposition Labor Party has voted to block a government-backed referendum on same-sex marriage. The move means it will remain one of the last countries in the Western world to grant [sic] gay and lesbian couples the right to wed. Labor Party leader Bill Shorten -- as well as a majority of Australians, according to recent Essential opinion polls -- support marriage for same-sex couples. But Shorten said Tuesday his party voted unanimously against the referendum proposed for February amid concerns it would be too costly and create an acrimonious climate for LGBT Australians." [editor's note: Same-sex couples have the right to wed whether governments "grant" it or not. The question is whether or not governments SUPPRESS it, as has been the case since governments started requiring that marriages be "licensed" - TLK]

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/marriage-equality-not-coming-australia-anytime-soon-n664186  

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Mexico: Thousands protest against marriage, family

September 25, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Thousands of people in Mexico City have protested against a government proposal to legalise same-sex marriage, which they say would undermine traditional families. Organisers said they were not opposed to gay or lesbian rights, but wanted to defend [sic] family values and the institution of marriage. The demonstrators called for a meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto. Gay and lesbian activists staged rival protests." (09/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/37465165  

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Mexico: Small pro-family demonstrations follow large anti-family protests

September 11, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"In Mexico City, hundreds of people on Sunday demonstrated in favor of same-sex marriage one day after thousands took the streets to protest an initiative to legalize it nationwide. Sunday's protesters included activists, members of the LGBT community and family groups supporting the legislation. Several of them carried signs and banners that read: 'We are all families.' ... More than 50,000 people rallied in dozens of cities across Mexico on Saturday, according to officials. 'There purpose is to defend the family [sic]; what we are proposing is the protection [sic] of marriage and family,' Marco Tulio Mendoza, director of the rally organizers National Front for [sic] the Family, said in an interview on Saturday." [editor's note: Rejecting, attacking and calling for legal suppression of families is not "defending" or "protecting" them - TLK] (09/11/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/mexico-city-rally-backs-same-sex-marriage-amid-growing-criticism/a-19543813  

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Australia: Plan for marriage plebiscite hits stumbling block

August 29, 2016
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New York Times    

"The government's plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage has suffered a setback when a political party announced it will not support the proposed plebiscite. The Nick Xenophon Team supports marriage equality, but the party says its senators will not support legislation to authorize the plebiscite. The party says it would effectively become an opinion poll without legal weight. Another party that favors gay marriage, the Greens, announced last week that it would also oppose the plebiscite." (08/28/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/28/world/asia/ap-as-australia-gay-marriage.html  

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Australia: As election approaches, politicians try to avoid disclosing positions on marriage apartheid

June 29, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Same-sex marriage has become a front-page issue in the final days of Australia's election campaign. The ruling conservative Liberal Party has promised to hold a plebiscite on the issue if it returns to power at this weekend's election. But questions remain over whether the party would abide by a result in favour of same-sex marriage. ... Two senior Australian ministers have refused to say if they would support same-sex marriage in parliament. In an interview, Treasurer Scott Morrison refused six times to say how he would vote. ... In a separate interview, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop echoed the treasurer's comments, refusing to be drawn on the 'hypothetical' issue." (06/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/36659051  

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China: Judge rules in favor of marriage apartheid

April 13, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A judge in central China ruled against a gay couple in China's first-ever same-sex marriage case Wednesday, effectively hobbling a case that has electrified the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. The plaintiff, Sun Wenlin, a 27-year-old Hunan native, sued a civil affairs bureau in Changsha, the capital of central China's Hunan province, for refusing him the right to marry his 37-year-old boyfriend, Hu Mingliang, last June. ... Several hundred people gathered outside the court to voice support for the couple, according to the Associated Press. The judge issued a ruling after only a few hours. Sun has said that he plans to appeal." (04/13/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-gay-marriage-20160413-story.html  

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Colombia: High court paves way for gay marriage rights

April 7, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Colombia's highest court is paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in the conservative Roman Catholic nation. Gay couples in Colombia were already allowed to form civil unions. But Thursday's Constitutional Court ruling by a 6-3 vote would give gay couples marriage rights as well. Activists with the support of President Juan Manuel Santos had argued that denying same-sex couples the right to wed is discriminatory." (04/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/colombia-high-courts-paves-gay-marriage-rights-38230213  

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Puerto Rico: Judge upholds marriage apartheid

March 10, 2016
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NBC News    

"A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban, ruling that last year's landmark Supreme Court decision on marriage rights doesn't necessarily apply to the unincorporated territory. The U.S. Supreme Court's June decision in Obergefell v. Hodges requires all states to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions." (03/08/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/judge-upholds-same-sex-marriage-ban-puerto-rico-n534556  

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Marriage freedom: Yes, polygamy is next

March 4, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"If you get in a car and take off down the road without a driver's license, you're still driving. If you get married without a marriage license, you're still married. A law forbidding you to mention that you're driving, or that you're married, belongs on the list of dumbest ideas ever." (03/03/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4910  

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AL: Chief justice orders judges to not issue same-sex marriage licenses

January 6, 2016
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WSFA 12 News    

"Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an administrative order Wednesday prohibiting Alabama probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore's order stated the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment are still in effect pending further decision by the state's highest court." (01/06/16)

http://www.wsfa.com/story/30899933/chief-justice-roy-moore-issues-administrative-order-on-marriage-licenses  

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Greece: Parliament approves civil union for same-sex couples

December 23, 2015
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Greece's parliament on Wednesday approved a bill granting same-sex couples the right to a civil union, becoming one of the last European countries to give them legal recognition after years of opposition from the influential Orthodox church. A number of EU countries including Britain, France and Spain have legalised gay marriage, but some southern and eastern European states have made slower progress. The new Greek law resolves property and inheritance issues, but makes no provision for the adoption of children." (12/23/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/greek-parliament-approves-civil-union-same-sex-couples-005606881.html  

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Religious right pandering on gay rights

December 16, 2015
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Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"Scott Shackford at Reason blasts Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for the way they're going after social conservative voters on the issue. He points out that Cruz, who has been working this beat for a while now, and Rubio are telling Christian voters that they will work to roll back same-sex marriage, including the Obergefell ruling. The truth is, they will not do this, or if they try, they have no hope of succeeding. There is no meaningful constituency for it. As a socially conservative Christian, I may not like it, but same-sex marriage is here to stay. Our side lost this battle in the culture war." [editor's note: Obviously I disagree with Dreher on which side was right in the last battle, but he's pretty perceptive on where things are going next - TLK] (12/16/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/religious-right-pandering-on-gay-rights/  

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Rubio would trash Equal Protection Clause

December 16, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"In this day and age, who seriously believes that the constitution allows white people to pass laws mandating segregation of the races in public schools? What politician in his right mind today would promise to bring racial segregation and Jim Crow laws back? Yet that is precisely what social conservatives like Marco Rubio once believed. That was during the dark ages of U.S. history before the civil rights movement. It appears that Mr. Rubio, and many, if not most, of the other GOP social conservatives, have failed to learn the American history lesson that constitutional equal protection of the law is supposed to protect us all. They've not given up in their bigoted crusade to deny equal marriage rights to gays. Marco Rubio in particular doesn't think that battle is quite over just yet despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans would disagree." (12/15/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/12/rubio-would-trash-equal-protection.html  

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Ireland: Marriage apartheid ends for same-sex couples

November 16, 2015
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"Ireland's new same-sex marriage law comes into force from Monday, six months after the country voted to allow gay unions in a historic referendum. Existing same-sex marriages registered abroad will be immediately recognised in Ireland, while other couples can now submit their intention to marry. ... In May, Ireland voted 62.1 percent in favour of allowing marriage between two people 'without distinction as to their sex,' the first time anywhere that gay marriage has been legalised in a referendum." (11/16/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/ireland-gay-marriage-law-comes-force-043531644.html  

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Are Americans lying to pollsters about same-sex marriage?

November 9, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jonathan Merritt  

"Conservatives have lost the war against same-sex marriage on the two most important fronts: American law and American public opinion. Between 2003 and the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, it had become law in all but 15 states. During the same period, American public opinion shifted swiftly from solid opposition of gay marriage to swelling support. Defeat is reality, but conceding it is not an option in the culture wars. So what is left for conservatives to do? For some, the last line of defense has been to insinuate that the American public is lying." (11/09/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/are-americans-lying-about-their-support-for-same-sex-marriage/414816/  

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Occupied Ireland: UK quislings veto marriage freedom

November 2, 2015
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Europe Online Magazine [Germany]    

"Unionist politicians in [the British-occupied six counties of] Ireland vetoed a vote that would have allowed gay marriage after a majority in the territory's assembly approved the change on Monday. The assembly voted 53 to 51 in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage but the Democratic Unionist Party invoked a 'petition of concern' rule requiring separate majorities of both Unionists and Nationalists for the bill to pass." (11/02/15)

http://en.europeonline-magazine.eu/unionists-veto-legalization-of-gay-marriage-in-northern-ireland_420807.html  

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KY: Beshear rips Kim Davis lawsuit as “forlorn”

October 1, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"'Absurd.' 'Forlorn.' 'Obtuse.' Those are some of the words lawyers for Kentucky's Gov. Steve Beshear are using to describe a lawsuit that county clerk Kim Davis has brought against the governor as she fights to avoid issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis, who spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders -- and met with Pope Francis when he visited the U.S. last week -- is alleging that Beshear, a Democrat, 'usurped control of Kentucky marriage law' and violated her religious freedom by asking [sic] clerks to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide." (10/01/15)

http://usat.ly/1O5LjVo  

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Marriage licenses? Says who?

September 24, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Tim Matakovich  

"Marriage is a natural thing that occurs within the experience of humanity. Government did not create marriage, people did. The fact that the state has used the restriction of marriage to control the social dynamics of society, implies that the state has ceased the natural aspect of humanity. They did this through the issuance of marriage licenses and contracts, something that restricts the ability of humans to act in a purposeful manner. This is a clear assault on private property ethics because an outside entity is using coercive force to control the social dynamics of society." (09/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncasrod  

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KY: ACLU claims Davis is altering marriage licenses

September 22, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"It’s only been a week since Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage license to gay couples [sic], returned to work. But she is already the target of a new court filing, this one alleging that altered marriage licenses issued from the office of the defiant clerk are humiliating and possibly invalid. ... lawyers asked that Bunning order the county clerk's office to reissue the confiscated licenses and stop Davis from interfering. If she does so again, they say, marriage licensing duties should be reassigned from the clerk's office to a receivership, allowing another person or institution to oversee the process and ensure that licenses are legal." [editor's note: She wasn't jailed for "refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples." She refused to issue, or allow her deputies to issue, or quit so that someone else could issue, marriage licenses to ANYONE. And, the near religious quality of the ACLU's reverence for license formatting is just as weird. It's like saying that if there's a typo on a driver's license, that guy tooling down the road in the car isn't actually driving - TLK] (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/na23nqz  

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The raging sins of the persecution industry: Unpacking the hypocrisy at the heart of the religious right

September 15, 2015
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Salon
by Edwin Lyngar  

"The supporters of Kim Davis continue to ignore her own colorful life, as she proclaims herself the highest judge of morality, a final arbiter of who is entitled to public accommodation at a government office and to marry the person they love. I’m most struck not by her hypocrisy but rather by her authenticity. She wept when released from jail in a cry out to her god and her own humanity, at the same moment she denied the fundamental dignity and humanity of others. Yet, I don't hold that against her. She's an obvious rube, a useful and backward hick who is being exploited by others for cash and votes. As a rehabilitated rube myself, I feel sorry for her. Despite her hypocrisy and foundational ignorance, she's far too useful to be cast aside." (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7h98b5  

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Kentucky clerk’s morals fall flat

September 14, 2015
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Everyone seems to have an opinion about the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. First of all it needs to be understood that everyone has a right to live by their faith, but no one has a right to a government job -- a right that can't exist. If a job would require you to do things you believe are wrong, don't take the job. If you hold a job and the requirements change so you would be asked to do things you believe are wrong, it is your responsibility to find a different job. No need to raise a fuss to get attention, just resign and move on. It's that simple. This clerk's morals seem fluid." (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzjdz7c  

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KY: Davis due to return to “work” Monday, still doesn’t think she should have to do her job

September 14, 2015
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Fox News    

"A Kentucky county clerk who became the center of a national firestorm when her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses led to her brief jailing was due to return to work Monday. Kim Davis, the clerk for Rowan County, will have to choose whether to allow her office to continue issuing licenses or again disobey the judge who already sent her to jail. Davis has said that she objects to gay marriage on religious grounds. On Friday, Davis' attorneys filed an appeal asking for another delay in issuing the licenses. They argued in their motion to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that all the same-sex couples who sued Davis for a license received one from her deputies while she was in jail. Therefore, they said, her office should not be required to issue them to any more couples once she returns to work." (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pu9v7oj  

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Kim Davis is just a lonely gay marriage warrior

September 13, 2015
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David Boaz Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is out of jail now but still in a legal battle over whether she can be required to issue licenses that offend her religion. Although her case has been generating angry debates for a month now, the good news is how rare Kim Davis is." (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/na6v2va  

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