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07/18/2014

Supreme Court Grants Utah Request for Stay of Gay Marriage Recognition

Utah will not have to recognize the marriages of approximately 1,000 gay couples who married after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage while the case is appealed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

SupremesThe NYT reports:

The court’s order was two sentences long and said only that a lower court’s ruling “is stayed pending the final disposition of the appeal” by the federal appeals court in Denver.

The marriages took place between Dec. 20, when Judge Robert J. Shelby of Federal District Court in Salt Lake City struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, and Jan. 6, when the Supreme Court issued a stay blocking that ruling while the decision was appealed.

Joshua Block, a staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, released a statement:

"We are deeply disappointed by the decision to grant a stay pending appeal, but despite this setback, we are confident that when the appellate process is completed we will prevail and these lawfully married same-sex couples will once again be given the same legal protections as ever other legally married Utah couple."

Posted Jul. 18,2014 at 6:30 PM EST by in Gay Marriage, News, Utah | Permalink | Comments (29)


News: Alabama, Nestle, Ricky Martin, PReP, Michael Sam

RoadQueer Nation to flyer NYCLU fundraiser.

RoadSome handsome shots of Michael Sam and his boyfriend Vito at the ESPYs.

NestleRoadSeeing things in Nestle's Milkybar.

RoadCouples ask judge to strike Arkansas gay marriage ban: "ttorneys for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and any related laws as unconstitutional. The couples filed the lawsuit last year against the state over the ban."

RoadAll of the dinosaurs that will appear in Jurassic World.

RoadCNN testing new show with Alisyn Camerota, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon: "On Wednesday, the three anchors taped a pilot dubbed 'The 10 o’clock Show,' based out of New York, network sources said. It's not clear whether it would be a potential primetime 10 p.m. show. Segments included one on the border crisis with 'Crossfire' host S.E. Cupp and Democratic consultant Fernando Amandi and one called 'Mean Tweets,' where the three anchors read mean tweets about themselves."

RoadRicky Martin readies for Australian tour.

RoadAnd gives his Australian fans a treat.

S_cordileoneRoadSF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: "Instead of protecting persons, ENDA uses the force of the law to coerce everyone to accept a deeply problematic understanding of human sexuality and sexual behavior and to condone such behavior."

RoadPeter Staley warns of "anti PReP scare tactics": "How about the next plague that's coming, or could even be spreading now (right now!) by all those condomless PrEP users? This particular scare tactic is appearing online with increasing frequency. It's based on an unavoidable truth -- mankind will indeed encounter new pathogens that cause disease, even widespread death.

RoadAdvocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union on blood bans: "Permanent exclusion of men having sex with men from blood donation is not justifiable..."

RoadWho voted for your marriage?

RoadAlabama to review sex ed policy after sodomy ban overturned: "Passed in 1992, the sex education law provides the foundation for the Alabama Department of Education's health curriculum, one that critics allege is destructive to gay students. It states that homosexuality is 'not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.'"

Posted Jul. 18,2014 at 5:00 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (25)


First Look: Andrew Rannells as Hedwig

Rannells

Andrew Rannells is set to take over for Neil Patrick Harris next month as Hedwig in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Here's a first look at Rannells as the East German transgender rock star.

Posted Jul. 18,2014 at 4:30 PM EST by in Andrew Rannells, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, News, Theatre | Permalink | Comments (20)


President Obama to Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order on Monday

President Obama plans to sign the promised executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors on Monday, the Washington Blade reports:

2_obamaIn a conference call with reporters on Friday, senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Obama plans to amend existing executive orders barring discrimination against workers to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Obama intends to amend Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, to add the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Additionally, Obama plans to amend Executive Order 11478, which prohibits discrimination in the federal civilian workplace — and was already amended by President Clinton to include sexual orientation — to include gender identity.

But the amendments also won’t repeal President George W. Bush’s amendment to EO 11246, which allows religious-affiliated federal contractors to discriminate on the basis of religion, officials said.

The order is expected to take effect early next year.

The Huffington Post adds:

To the relief of the LGBT community, there is no sweeping religious exemption in the executive order. Obama is simply adding the categories of sexual orientation and gender identity to an existing executive order that protects employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. President George W. Bush amended that executive order in 2002 to allow religiously affiliated federal contractors to prioritize hiring employees of their particular religion, however, and Obama is keeping that language intact.

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, released a statement reacting to the announcement:

"This decision is good for LGBT people, good for our economy and good for America. It also speaks volumes about President Obama’s resolve to end discrimination in all its guises. Millions more LGBT workers and their families will have the employment protections and economic security they need and deserve. Many organizations have worked extremely hard for this day and they all deserve thanks for this successful effort. We appreciate President Obama treating LGBT people equally with other protected groups. Thank you Mr. President for once again showing leadership and standing firm on your commitment to LGBT people and their families."

Posted Jul. 18,2014 at 3:52 PM EST by in Barack Obama, Discrimination, News | Permalink | Comments (11)


amfAR Releases Statement on Death of Dr. Joep Lange and Others Killed in Malaysia Crash

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, released a statement to Towleroad reacting to the loss of Dr. Joep Lange, and other victims of the horrific shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines jet over Ukraine:

amfAR is saddened by the tragic and untimely loss of Dr. Joep Lange and many others who were en route to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and were on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, July 17.

LangeDr. Lange was a dear friend to amfAR and a skilled and dedicated AIDS researcher. He worked tirelessly to improve access to life-saving drugs in resource-limited countries, and pioneered the development of affordable combination therapies to treat HIV and simple antiretroviral drug treatments to prevent mother-to-child transmission. He was the head of the Department of Global Health at the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam and co-director of HIV-NAT (HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration).

Dr. Lange served as president of the International AIDS Society from 2002 to 2004 and was the founder of PharmAccess International, an organization dedicated to providing affordable access to quality healthcare in Africa.

Dr. Lange’s passing is a profound loss to the HIV/AIDS and global health community. All of us at amfAR extend our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Dr. Lange and the other researchers and AIDS activists who lost their lives in the crash of flight MH17.

“Joep Lange was a towering presence in the fight against AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic and a wonderful friend, colleague, and teacher,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. “He inspired legions of AIDS researchers, healthcare workers and activists and was an inspiration to me personally. He will be sorely missed.”

Media outlets have been reporting that possibly 100 participants in the 20th International AIDS Conference were killed in the incident.

Posted Jul. 18,2014 at 3:45 PM EST by in AIDS/HIV, Deaths, Malaysia, Ukraine | Permalink | Comments (6)


Cape Coral, FL Mayor is First in SW Florida to Support Marriage Equality: VIDEO

Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki

Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki is the first mayor in Southwest Florida to publicly announce her support for same-sex marriage, reports ABC-7 News.

Marni sawicki twitterSawicki has also added her name to a list of more than 500 mayors around the United States who support marriage equality.  Yesterday, we featured a video by Tallahassee Mayor John Marks in which he explains his reasons for supporting same-sex marriage.

Announcing her decision, Sawicki said she added her name to the Mayors for the Freedom To Marry campaign because “it's about human rights and freedom of choice. I believe it's the right thing to do."

However, although Sawicki has received support, some Cape Coral residents are less than happy with her decision.  One resident Dennis Adana told ABC-7 News that “as a Christian I am appalled that she would come out and publicly be okay with that.”

Watch Tallahassee Mayor John Marks explain why he supports same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Jul. 18,2014 at 3:12 PM EST by in Florida, Gay Marriage, Gay Marriage Quotes, LGBT Rights, LGBT Stories, Video, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (2)



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