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Christian Litigation Group Alliance Defending Freedom Lobbying for Anti-gay Marriage Referendum in Slovakia

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The anti-gay Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (a group whose efforts promoting bigotry abroad were profiled in the HRC's Export of Hate" report) has begun lobbying Slovakia's constitutional court to allow activists to place a referendum on the country's ballot that would reinforce the current bans on gay marriage, adoption, and domestic partner protections, Right Wing Watch reports

"The people of Slovakia should have the freedom to preserve marriage and family if they so choose," said Alliance Defending Freedom senior legal counsel Roger Kiska, who filed an amicus brief with the court. "This referendum will allow Slovaks to affirm current Slovak law and important social values, which is perfectly acceptable under the Slovak Constitution." [...]

More than 400,000 citizens signed the petition supporting a referendum, according to Roger Kiska—more than the required number of signatures. However, Slovak President Andrej Kiska asked the Constitutional Court to review the measure because of a provision in the country's constitution that forbids holding a referendum to change "fundamental rights and liberties."

In June, the Slovakian parliament approved 102 to 18 a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Back in 2010 the country's first gay pride parade was canceled after attacks from right-wing skinheads. 


Cheerios Celebrates The Joy of Human Connection in New Ad Featuring Gay Family: VIDEO

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First Honey Maid, and now Cheerios.

General Mills' new Cheerios ad is set to air in Canada starting next week, but the video has been released a few days early online. In it, André and Jonathan share the story of their love for one another and their unexpected journey into fatherhood.

Check out the adorable and heartwarming ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

Marketing Mag adds:

Cheerio“The Cheerios Effect,” is the colloquial name some have given to a phenomenon that anyone who’s eaten a bowl of the cereal knows: when two Cheerios float in milk, they tend to attract one another thanks to surface tension. Cossette is using this as a jumping-off point to address the broader issue of social isolation and loneliness.

Even though the phrase “Cheerios effect” first popped up on Wikipedia in 2007, surprisingly, this marks the first time that the brand has ever used the phenomenon in a marketing effort.

“We were in meeting with agency talking about issue of disconnection in society, this epidemic of loneliness,” says Jason Doolan, director of marketing for cereal at General Mills Canada. “We talked about the history of Cheerios and the role it could play in bringing people together. Somebody stood up and said, ‘You know, when you put two Cheerios in a bowl, they float together.’ It didn’t take more than 30 seconds on Google for someone to say, ‘It’s a real thing.’ We think it’s a perfect metaphor for human beings’ desire to connect.”

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Russia Ends U.S. Student Exchange Program, Blames Elderly Michigan Gay Couple

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Russia has canceled a foreign exchange program with the U.S., alleging that a gay couple persuaded a man to stay with them and apply for asylum, reports The Guardian.

FlexSince 1992, the state department-financed Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) has brought 23,000 students aged 15 to 17 from Russia and former Soviet countries to study in U.S. schools and live with local families for one academic year.

Human rights organisations have accused the Russian government of promoting discrimination following the introduction of a "gay propaganda" law last year.

Announcing the end of the country’s participation in FLEX, Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov [pictured above] said the couple became the legal guardians of the Russian student, after the student left his host family and stayed in the U.S. when the school year ended in May.

According to Russian state news agency Itar-Tass, the student met the couple - elderly veterans who had previously adopted two American boys - in church and the men offered to become his immigration sponsors and pay for him to study at Harvard University.

Astakhov explained on Twitter that the cancellation came about because of a “gross violation by the host country, the United States, of the obligation to unconditionally return students from Russia who travel there to study.”

In an interview with the official government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta, he added that the student moved in with the two men in Michigan, “and they gradually developed – how can I say this carefully – close friendly relations.”

Anton Meshkov, a former FLEX student, said the fact that 15 young people are thought to have stayed in the U.S. after the program ended was not a “serious reason to take away the chance to travel from hundreds of kids”.

“It’s absurd to suppose that the program could facilitate the seduction of young Russians. As a participant in this program myself, I know what a serious selection process host families go through.”

Last year, Astakhov vowed he would do everything possible to ensure that Russian orphans were only adopted by heterosexual couples. 


French Court Simplifies Assisted Reproduction for Lesbian Moms

6a00d8341c730253ef019b00262017970b-800wiThe AP reports: France's highest court has ruled that same-sex parents can adopt children born in other countries by assisted reproduction.

France has a law that limits assisted reproduction to heterosexual couples who have been together for two years. This has driven many gay couples to go abroad for assisted reproduction. 

Until now, in such cases only a child's birth mother would be legally acknowledged as a legal parent, but now the other partner will be able to adopt.

Last year, France legalized gay adoption and gay marriage, but kinks such as this one are still being ironed out for same-sex French parents.


Hundreds Rally at Utah Capitol Against Adoption and Marriage Rights for Gay Couples: VIDEO

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A group of several hundred anti-gay protesters showed up at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday to voice their opposition to both gay marriage and gay adoption, The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

SummerhaysSupporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don’t equal a dad" cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays [pictured] projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children.

"This child has a mother," she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were holding their son Jesse. "These are the faces of the children who will pay the price of redefining marriage." [...]

Summerhays, who leads the organizing group of Thursday’s rally, Utah Celebration of Marriage, said these children were among the chief reasons several hundred people gathered under the painted dome of the Utah State Capitol: to demonstrate to local and national officials, to media and onlookers that there is still support in Utah for so-called "traditional" families, made up of one mother and one father.

Gay rights supporters also showed up to voice their own opinions on the matter. 

Watch a FOX 13 report on the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

Next week, the Supreme Court will consider seven petitions from five states - Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin - on whether those states' gay marriage bans are unconstitutional. 

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Brazil Presidential Candidate Reverses Support For Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO

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Marina Silva, who is expected to oust Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil in an October election, has backtracked on an earlier promise to support same-sex marriage, reports Yahoo! News.

In May, Brazil authorized notaries to begin approving same-sex marriages nationwide.

Silva is an ecologist and evangelical Christian who holds conservative views on abortion and same-sex marriage.  Last Friday, her campaign team published a manifesto that included a direct pledge to “back proposals defending civil marriage.” However, the following day her team sent out a “clarification” removing the word “marriage” and asserting that she will “defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples.”

Blaming an “editorial error,” Silva said the text published was not the text which had been discussed.

According to Telesur, the new version of the text also substitutes the objective of “eliminating obstacles to child adoption for homo-affective couples" with demanding “equal treatment to couples who adopt.”

However, Silva reiterated that she remains “committed to the defense of the lay state, defence of personal freedom and the respect of religious freedom. The lay state is there to defend the interests of all, the interests of those who believe or do not, independent of their social standing or sexual orientation."

Although Rousseff called Silva's government manifesto “adventurous, obscurantist, and backward,” the incumbent previously backtracked on a plan to distribute anti-homophobia kits to schools.

Watch an interview with Silva, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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