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The HRC has filed a formal complaint with the IRS against the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) for violating federal law by refusing to disclose their 2014 Form 990s. Following their November 16 deadline, NOM is required by law to provide a copy of the organization’s Form 990s for the previous fiscal year on the same day any in-person request is made. For the third year in a row, HRC has made such a request at NOM offices and the organization has failed to comply, prompting HRC to file a complaint with the IRS in order to compel the disclosure of the documents.
According to analysis of the organization’s 2013 tax filings done by HRC, NOM raised $5.1 million in 2013, dropping by over 50% since 2012. Just 2 donors accounted for more than half of the organization’s funding – further evidence that everyday Americans have little interest in furthering NOM’s extremist agenda. In addition, the NOM Education Fund also showed a decrease of nearly $3.5 million in funding—a drop of almost 70% since the previous year. NOM ended the year more than $2.5 million in debt.
Last year, the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted unanimously to impose record civil penalties against NOM totaling $50,250. The Commission also directed NOM to file disclosure reports after a four-year investigation exposed “a significant violation of law” by the national anti-LGBT organization. The penalties were the largest ever imposed for a campaign finance violation in Maine history.
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Star of the stage and screen Nathan Lane has tied the knot with his longtime boyfriend Devlin Elliott. According to PEOPLE, the 18-year couple married in New York. “Nathan and Devlin were married in a small ceremony in New York City this week. Everyone is extremely happy.” The two have most recently collaborated on a children’s book called Naughty Mabel.
Alan Hughes Proposes to Karl Broderick. Screen Shot via TV3
Chances are those of us not in Ireland won’t know who TV3’s Alan Hughes is, but the wildly popular and openly gay AM star became one of the first openly gay men to propose to his boyfriend Karl Broderick on live television. The proposal left his now fiance in utter shock on the morning show.
The two were on of the first high-profile couples to receive a civil union nearly three years, but after the marriage equality law became official, the host said he couldn’t wait to make it even more official and to show LGBT youths that there is nothing wrong with being who they are.
“I just thought this is the perfect time to tell Karl how much I actually love him,” he said. “He proposed to me after I won Celebrity Salon and we became civil partners but now that we can be legally married in the eyes of the law, we didn’t want to wait,” he continued. “I thought that was horrible and I wanted to show other gay people that if we’re able to propose live on TV, maybe then they’ll have the courage to come out to their mam or dad or their friends. They were just horrible statistics to see.”
Watch the video after the jump….
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Northern Ireland’s legislature voted for its fifth time on gay and lesbian marriage, and while the assembly technical voted to legalize same-sex marriage, “…the law change will not happen due to a voting mechanism triggered by the Democratic Unionists,” according to the Independent.
The Democratic Unionists were able to veto the piece of legislation by using a “petition of concern” that effectively tabled the bill. The bill only passed by a .5% majority, but the step is still being called historic. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom to not have gay and lesbian marriage.
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Following Ireland’s lead, Australia will hold a national referendum on gay and lesbian marriage some time next year after the federal election. A majority of people in Australia is in favor of changing the Marriage Act, but the government has been slow to act. The announcement of the potential vote was leaked by Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer to The Age. Many Australians, particularly in the LGBT community, are concerned that a public referendum would be a long drawn-out process, which would give anti-LGBT groups a very public platform to openly discriminate.
Australia is currently the only major English-speaking country that does not have gay marriage. [GSN]
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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je married ten gay and lesbian couples at an annual government-sponsored mass wedding. The event, which brought a 123 couples in total, also included gay couples for the first time since the two-times-a-year tradition began in 1973.
While gay marriage is not legal in Taiwan yet, many gay and lesbian advocates feel that this show of support is a strong indication that gay marriage is on its way.
“The wedding today not only marks the 10th anniversary of our happiness and companionship, it is also our way to show practical support for the Taipei city government, for its decision to include gay couples in its mass wedding,” said LGBT rights activist Nelson Chen. “Even though same-sex marriage is not yet legalized in Taiwan, if more gay couples can bravely come forward, it will set a great example for the public,” he added.
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Chilean gay and lesbian couples are set to enter legal civil unions today as new laws grant same-sex couples to register and gain legal protections previously not afforded to them under the law. The registry expects nearly 2,000 couples will register. The heavily Catholic country estimates that nearly two million people are “co-habitating,” but 1,600 have already registered. The new laws are surprising for the Latin American country as the government only legalized divorce in 200. Although only 25% of the people in the country are in favor of gay and lesbian marriage, a majority are in favor of the civil unions.
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Australia could see a record $710,000,000 if the country legalizes gay and lesbian marriage. According to the ANZ report, businesses that cater directly for weddings would benefit the most, but that an increase of international travelers (and domestic travelers) will benefit the economy as a whole. Within the first 12 months, the country could see an additional $355,000,000 or more (the study’s authors called the estimate conservative).
An average wedding in Oz sets couples back $36k and that’s without a honeymoon.
The figure shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise for those in the know, figures have shown major boosts to countries and states that legalized gay marriage. [GSN]
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Two gay couples have filed a lawsuit against Kansas in a federal court because the state refuses to change their children’s birth certificates to identify both same-sex parents. The state will only issue birth certificates listing a biological parent. Filed with the help of the ACLU, the lawsuit says that the state is disobeying the Supreme Court ruling, Obergefell v. Hodges.
Courts ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional in Nov. 2014.
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Hillary Clinton made an appearance on this week’s Saturday Night Life, and in an awesome skit, the presidential hopeful admits that she should have supported gay marriage sooner. Clinton nails it as a bartender talking to another Hillary.
Check it out after the jump…