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An Indian mother has taken out the country’s first-ever same-sex matrimonial ad on behalf of her gay son, Harish Iyer. The ad appeared in May 19th’s version of the Mid-Day newspaper appearing under two male engagement rings. “Seeking 25-40, Well-placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”) who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (Though IYER Preferred),” it said. Mid-Day was the only paper to allow the ad, it was reportedly rejected by Times of India, the Hindustan Times, and the dna website. The ad was primarily rejected because of gay sex being re-criminalized in a 2013 court ruling. “My mom worries about me too much,’ Iyer told the paper. Adding: “She is constantly thinking that I am getting old, will be alone, and all those concerns a mother has. So, she and I had a discussion last week and decided to go ahead with placing a matrimonial ad looking for a gay person.”
“My mum called me this morning saying three people have responded so far. She asked me what to do next, how to proceed, so I told her, ‘proceed like you would have if you were looking for a girl for me’,” says Harish. “I will take my time before I give my nod. I am an animal lover and would want my partner to be one. And I am going to have the last word in who I choose because I am going to be living with him, not my mother. Having said that, it is my mom who has led me into finding someone for myself.” [GSN]
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Late last week, the Brazilian National Council of Justice passed a resolution that requires all notaries, who perform marriages and civil unions in the country, to allow same-sex couples to marry. Already 12 states in Brazil recognizes gay marriage, with the remaining states expressing confusion over the lack of federal law concerning same-sex marriage. The president of the Council of Justice said that because of the resolution, notaries can no longer deny same-sex couples from marrying throughout all of Brazil.
This is turning out to be a big month for gay marriage. As the US waits for a Supreme Court decision, Ireland is set to vote this Friday on whether or not to bring marriage equality to the country. [CNN]
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Once touted as the first gay-friendly Republican presidential nominee, Jeb Bush seems to have fallen in line with his established far-right anti-gay Republican party brethren. In a New York Times article called “Jeb Bush Takes Tougher Stance Against Same-Sex Marriage,” the potential nominee feels that not only gays and lesbians shouldn’t be legally married, but that same-sex couples can’t be loving or provide a good household to children. “I don’t, but I’m not a lawyer, and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,” Bush said. “To imagine how we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system, is hard to imagine,” he continued. “Irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling, because they’re going to decide whatever they decide, and I don’t know what they’re going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”
He then continues by drawing parallels between poverty, family life, and the lack of upward mobility in America. “If we want to create a right-to-rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty, if we want to have them have a chance we should be—a core American value…we have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”
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Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his partner Gauthier Destenay, in doing so, he became the first European Union leader to become married to a person of the same sex. He is not, though, the world’s first same-sex married leader as Iceland’s prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, married her partner over five years ago. Destenay has kept out of the public spotlight, only showing up alongside Bettel for a few events, including the royal wedding of Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie. The two married at town hall, and they aren’t expected to go on a honeymoon. [NPR]
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Congratulations are in order for Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson who became the first couple in the WNBA to get married. The two had a small ceremony with around 75 guests in Phoenix, Arizona. The professional athletes, who became engaged last year, said their vows on a mountaintop. Griner plays for the Phoenix Mercury, and Johnson plays for the Tulsa Shock. [GSN]
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Two days after the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, the Human Rights Campaign joined with the legal team from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher that challenged California’s ban on marriage equality to highlight key testimony from Hollingsworth v. Perry which shows that marriage between same-sex couples has a lengthy history, stretching back thousands of years.
“The fact that gays and lesbians form loving, committed, and stable relationships is not new,” said Ted Boutrous, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who played a critical role in the Prop 8 case. “During the Prop. 8 trial we introduced into evidence testimony from the proponents’ own experts recognizing that same-sex marriages have existed for centuries. A decision affirming for all the freedom to marry both dignifies gay and lesbian couples and honors the history of marriage.”
During the first ever trial challenging a same-sex marriage ban – Proposition 8 in California – proponents of the discriminatory legislation called Katherine Young, a professor of religious studies at McGill University, as an expert witness.
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As gay and lesbian marriage heads to the Supreme Court of the United States, it appears that conservatives, who are hell-bend on preventing marriage equality, are grasping for anti-gay straws to defend their bigotry. An argument from Utah-based lawyer Gene Schaerr proposes that gay marriage will lead to as many as 900,000 abortions. Schaerr is so sure of this that he’s filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court. From the Washington Post:
“On the surface, abortion and same-sex marriage may seem unrelated,” Schaerr acknowledged in a post on the Heritage Foundation Web site in advance of a presentation he made to the conservative think tank Monday. But “the two are closely linked in a short and simple causal chain”
To wit: Legalizing same-sex marriage devalues marriage and causes fewer heterosexual couples to marry, which leads to a larger number of unmarried women, who have abortions at higher rates than married women. As a result, Schaerr wrote, “nearly 900,000 more children of the next generation would be aborted as a result of their mothers never marrying. This is equal to the entire population of the cities of Sacramento and Atlanta combined.”
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The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 87-8 and Senate 38-5 to approve a bill that would prevent clergy from marrying gay and lesbian couples. According to the AP: “The bills protect clergy members and others authorized to perform weddings from being required to perform them if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. They also shield churches from being required to participate in the ceremonies.”
“E. Unless otherwise prohibited by law, no person who is authorized by law to perform or solemnize a marriage shall be required to perform or solemnize any marriage in violation of his or her right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. No church or qualified church-controlled organization, as defined pursuant to 26 USC 3121, shall be required to participate in a ceremony performing or solemnizing a marriage in violation of the religious beliefs of such church or qualified church-controlled organization.”