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Indiana to ask U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling


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Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)

Thursday, September 4, 2014 Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that found the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said Thursday that it seems clear the issue will have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Zoeller says his office will seek a stay while it appeals the decision.

Zoeller says he hopes the nation’s highest court will decide the issue “sooner rather than later.”

The federal appeals court inChicago on Thursday affirmed a federal judge’s June 25 opinion striking down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Richard Young’s ruling was stayed three days later.

The attorney general’s office says that stay remains in effect.

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From ‘Star Trek’ To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes ‘To Be Takei’


George Takei's personal story is illuminated in the new, funny documentary To Be Takei

George Takei’s personal story is illuminated in the new, funny documentary To Be Takei. Vicotria Will/AP

Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show Star Trek. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary To Be Takei may interest more people in Takei’s life.

Takei’s personal story offers insights into a couple of key chapters of American political and cultural history.

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, Takei and his family were among the 127,000 Americans of Japanese descent forced into internment camps. He was 5 years old.

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Attorney Generals are starting to understand: Marriage Discrimination is indefensible


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It may not even be that some of these attorney generals are pro same-sex marriage.  It’s simply a losing battle.  There is no valid argument for discriminating against love between two people.

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will stop defending state’s marriage ban


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Today, July 28, just hours after the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued its decision in Bostic v. Schaefer out of Virginia, affirming a lower court ruling in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said that his office would stop defending marriage discrimination in the Tarheel State.

He said:

Our attorneys have vigorously defended North Carolina’s marriage law, which is their job, but today our marriage law will almost surely be overturned as well. Simply put, it’s time to stop making arguments we will lose and instead move forward knowing that the ultimate resolution will likely come from the U.S. Supreme Court.

After reviewing the Fourth Circuit decision and consulting with attorneys here, I’ve concluded the State of North Carolina will not oppose the cases moving forward. The State of North Carolina will acknowledge the Fourth Circuit’s opinion that marriage is a fundamental right and our office believes judges in North Carolina are bound by this Fourth Circuit decision.

Cooper is now the tenth Attorney General in nine states to refuse to defend marriage discrimination, following similar moves from the Attorneys General in California (first then-AG Jerry Brown, and subsequently, current AG Kamala Harris), Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia, Oregon, and Kentucky. Each of these attorneys general refused to defend the anti-marriage laws, declaring them unconstitutional and indefensible. In several other states, including Maryland, New York, and Arkansas, Attorneys General have voiced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson applauded AG Cooper’s move. He said:

Attorney General Roy Cooper’s principled decision to stop spending North Carolina’s taxpayers money to defend indefensible marriage discrimination puts him in good company, alongside the U.S. Attorney General and eight of his state counterparts. The Constitution’s command is clear, as is the writing on the wall – and it’s time to end marriage discrimination and proclaim liberty throughout the land, including North Carolina and Virginia where so many loving and committed couples are eager to share in the freedom to marry.

In February, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who famously refused to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act two years before its core was struck down by the United States Supreme Court,indicated that Attorneys General are not required to defend laws that they believe to be unconstitutional. He explained, “”Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” adding, “If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities.”

Freedom to Marry celebrates Attorney General Cooper’s refusal to defend marriage discrimination in North Carolina. As more and more state officials come to the shared understanding that there is no good reason to deny the freedom to marry to same-sex couples, we can continue to advance marriage for all.

Read more about this morning’s ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Original Post: By Adam Polaski  Jul 28, 2014 at 04:00 pm http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/north-carolina-attorney-general-roy-cooper-will-stop-defending-states-marri

Allstate Releases Breathtaking LGBT Pride Ad


Allstate Releases Breathtaking LGBT Pride Ad

Allstate has joined an elite group of companies making extra effort to support the gay community during National Pride Month. In the mostly-animated “Out Holding Hands” ad, the insurance company beautifully captures what it’s like growing up in a society that has labeled you “different.”

“We believe everyone should be treated with respect and without judgment no matter who they love,” reads a description on Allstate’s website. “Everyone deserves to be in good hands.” [Emphasis mine.]

What does this have to do with insurance, you ask? Allstate explains: “Being visible should never leave you feeling vulnerable.”

Check out the gorgeous video:

Man plants LGBT flag at top of Uganda’s highest mountain


Man plants LGBT flag at top of Uganda’s highest mountain

A Californian man has planted an LGBT flag at the top of the highest mountain in Uganda – and challenged President Museveni to remove it.

Businessman Neal Gottlieb carried the flag on a six-day climb up Mount Stanley, whose elevation is over 5,100m, before reaching the summit on April 16, reports Advocate.

He then posted a picture of the flag atop the mountain to Facebook earlier this week (April 23), along with an open letter to the Ugandan President. See the picture below.

 

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In the open letter, Gottlieb wrote: ”Your country’s highest point is no longer its soil, its snow or a summit marker, but rather a gay pride flag waving brilliantly, shining down from above as a sign of protest and hope behalf of the many thousands of Ugandans that you seek to repress and the many more that understand the hideous nature of your repressive legislation.”

He continued: “If you had a son, daughter, niece or nephew that was homosexual, would you want her or him to be imprisoned for life? What if you have friends that are closeted homosexuals? Should they be locked up for the rest of their lives? If you were born gay, would you deserve to be imprisoned?”

To read the full letter, click here.

 

Posted On 26 Apr 2014 15:45 By : Josh Haigh

Georgian parliament advances LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill


Georgian parliament advances LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill

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TBILISI — The Georgian parliament has passed a measure that seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Georgia-EU-flagLawmakers in the eastern European nation approved the bill on its first reading by a vote of 110-0. The measure, which would also prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, gender, nationality, age, and other criteria, is likely to be further amended when it is discussed by lawmakers with its second reading, reports the Georgian news agency Civil.ge.

The bill was backed by the Georgian government and lawmakers in the ruling Georgian Dream coalition, and is one of conditions established by the European Union for the initiation of a visa-free regime between the EU and Georgia.

In a speech before the vote on the bill, MP Nino Goguadze spoke about importance of the anti-discrimination law and about significance of protection of minority rights in general.

The bill has been met with strong opposition, with one leading Orthodox priest, David Isakadze, calling it “the legalization of sodomy.”

 

If gay people can take a bullet for freedom then I should have equal freedoms


As a gay man, if I can take a bullet for freedom then I should have equal freedoms.

If I pay taxes, vote and more than I should be entitled the same freedoms.

If I pay taxes, vote and more than I should be entitled the same freedoms.

Video: Former GOP Senator Stars In New Ad Promoting Marriage Equality


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Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) stars in a new ad making the conservative case for the legalization of same-sex marriage, as a federal appeals court prepares to take up the issue.

“I was raised here, Cody, Wyoming,” says Simpson in the spot. “It was a town of western values: independence, freedom. I’m a Republican and the party’s basic core is government out of your life and the right to be left alone. Whether you’re gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone, and you want to marry them, marry them.”

“I have had a wonderful married life, why shouldn’t somebody else have the joy of marriage? Live and let live,” he adds. “It is very simple.”

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For more information about the former Senator Simpson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_K._Simpson

Maryland Transgender Rights Bill Heads to Governor for Signature


The Fairness for All Marylanders Act just passed in the House of Delegates by a vote of 82-57 and now heads to Governor O’Malley for his signature. This bill will add explicit protections on the basis of gender identity to Maryland’s non-discrimination laws, making Maryland the 18th state to have such protections, and leaving only three states in the country that have sexual orientation but not gender identity state-wide non-discrimination protections.

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The Task Force has been a proud partner with Equality Maryland and the Maryland Coalition for Transgender Equality to work for a statewide trans-inclusive non-discrimination law. The Task Force has been deeply engaged for years working to secure full legal protections for transgender people in Maryland.

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