Image via Passport
The government of Slovenia has passed legislation that will make it the country the 21st in the world to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. Slovenia’s national parliament approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 28. The bill will be sent to President Borut Pahor to sign into law. “We commend the elected representatives of Slovenia for passing such historic legislation ensuring the nation’s LGBT citizens receive the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who helped make this momentous day possible,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – AUGUST 18: An empty State Supreme Court Chamber of the Nebraska State Capitol building on August 18, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska
Today Federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction against Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality, requiring all state officials to treat same-sex couples equally for the purposes of marriage effective March 9. In Waters v. Ricketts, the ACLU sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples, arguing last month that Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. HRC congratulates the ACLU and the courageous plaintiffs who made this victory possible.
With oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States just weeks away, the national drumbeat for marriage equality continues with this new ruling. A recent poll by the Human Rights Campaign revealed that, for the first time, a full 60 percent of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry.
Screen Cap via YouTube
Civil rights lawyer Roberta Kaplan and Edie Windsor have released a new video that urges every marriage equality supporter to read and sign “The People’s Brief.” The HRC-released brief demands that the time for marriage equality in the United States is now, and it has already been signed by over 100,000 people. The brief will be delivered to the Supreme Court of the United States before their expected ruling on gay and lesbian marriage in April.
Click here to sign the brief, and watch the video after the jump…
Categories: Gay Marriage civil rights, Edie Windsor, equal rights, gay experts, gay rights, gay travel, hrc, marriage equality, people's brief, Roberta Kaplan, SCOTUS, supreme court
Image by Karin Hildebrand Lau
A new national poll, from the HRC, commissioned to gauge voter attitudes ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, shows that support for marriage equality is continuing to expand. According to the organization, “…there is virtually no public support for the opponents of marriage equality who have encouraged the public to resist a Supreme Court ruling—even among voters who oppose marriage equality.” “This poll is another conclusive sign that support for marriage equality and LGBT people overall continues to grow. The reality is that eight out of ten Americans now know someone who is LGBT and nearly half of our country knows an LGBT person who is married or in a committed relationship,” said Fred Sainz, Vice President for Communications at the Human Rights Campaign. “The violent rhetoric of some of the so-called leaders in the dwindling anti-marriage minority leave them isolated and out touch, even with voters who otherwise support traditional definitions of marriage.”
Image via WikiCommons via Facebook
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said today that Americans are now ready for gay and lesbian marriage. She said that if the Supreme Court of the United States rules that gay and lesbian Americans have the constitutional right to get married, the public won’t need “a large adjustment.” “The change in people’s attitudes on that issue has been enormous,” Ginsburg said. “In recent years, people have said, ‘This is the way I am.’ And others looked around, and we discovered it’s our next-door neighbor — we’re very fond of them. Or it’s our child’s best friend, or even our child. I think that as more and more people came out and said that ‘this is who I am,’ the rest of us recognized that they are one of us,” she said in an interview with Bloomberg,
Categories: Gay Marriage, SCOTUS gay, gay experts, gay marriage, gay travel, justice, lesbian, lgbt rights, Ruth Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States
Image via Passport.
Forty-four of Alabama’s counties are not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, even after a United States court ruling. The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied the Alabama Attorney General’s motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange and the HRC has this to say: “The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is demanding that all Alabama probate judges follow the law and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after learning Wednesday that 44 counties are still refusing to grant licenses to same-sex couples.”
Additionally, 28 counties in the state are just refusing to issue marriage licenses at all—for gay couples or straight couples.
Is anyone in charge of Alabama?
Image via Frontpage.
A compromise in Dallas’ Employees’ Retirement Fund will, if signed by the Dallas City Council and an opinion from the city attorney, allow provide benefits to same-sex spouses of retired Dallas employees. The vote, though cleared the board in a 6-0 vote, providing a strong case for the pension-board ruling in the city council—who has been actively supporting this kind of reform in recent months. The fund is meant “to equalize benefits to comply with federal rulings,” according to Dallas News.
Categories: dallas, Gay Marriage, Gay Travel dallas, gay experts, gay marriage, gay travel, lgbt rights, pension, pension board, same-sex marriage, texas, the south
Image via Passport
A new map shows that 52 out of Alabama’s 67 counties are refusing to issue gay and lesbian marriage licenses, despite a federal judge’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. By refusing to issue licenses, probate judges are “…escalating a legal showdown that echoed the battles over desegregation here in the 1960s,” according to the New York Times.
It remains unclear, though, why judges are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians, as some may be confused by the lack of leadership in Alabama in implementing new policies.
The HRC points to other reasons why marriage licenses aren’t being released universally. “…the only thing “complicat[ing]” the execution of the law in Alabama is the stonewalling of individuals like Justice Moore, Governor Bentley, and the probate judges who are refusing to follow the binding implications of a federal court ruling.“This is not exactly a ‘profiles in courage’ moment by Governor Bentley. When Justice Roy Moore chose to ignore a federal ruling, at least he was willing to own up to it,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “In fact, Governor Bentley is now just as complicit in kicking up lawlessness and discrimination in his state as Moore. That’s not leadership, it’s political cowardice.”
Image via Passport.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced it will revise the state’s certificate of marriage, which allows same-sex couples to marry. According to published news reports, the forms will also enable the state to track and record how many LGBT couples marry. Despite statements and arguments by the Attorney General’s office that the state would “be thrown into confusion and conflict” if same-sex marriages are permitted, actions of the ADPH prove turmoil over the issue simply doesn’t exist. The proactive efforts of ADPH also eliminate concerns over the state needing “time to implement changes to its forms.”
According to the New York Times: “Justices on Monday morning denied a request by the Alabama attorney general to extend a hold on a judge’s ruling overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage. The attorney general, Luther Strange, had asked the Supreme Court to halt the weddings until the justices settle the issue nationwide when they take it up this year.”
“It only took one email to update the state’s system and now LGBT couples are ready to marry the person they love. To advance marriage equality in Alabama is taking little effort and no hassle,” said HRC Alabama Director R. Ashley Jackson. “Despite arguments from anti-LGBT activists, marriage equality is simply the right thing to do.”
Categories: alabama, Gay Marriage, HRC alabama, Alabama nes, doma, Gay Alabama, gay experts, gay marriage, gay south, gay travel, gay travel experts, SCOTUS