The same-sex marriage referendum, the first of its kind in the world, will take place inMay. Currently, well over half the country now supports marriage equality (with 71% supporting a referendum allowing civil marriage). Student unions around the country have held voter-registration drives in the hope that college-aged men and women, who traditionally have a poor voting record, will help with passing the referendum. Ireland has come a long way, with homosexuality only being decriminalized in 1993.
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Today, exisiting civil partnerships will be recognized as offical marriages and gay couples can give their notices for their intention to marry. One couple, living in Australia, unintentionally became the first Socttish couple to be officially married when they inquired about when they will receive their full marriage certificate. As Australia is 11 hours ahead of Scotland, the consulate was able to give them their full marriage certificate before any one in Scotland. Gay marriages in Scotland will take place on Hogmanay. [BBC]
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Egyptian police have made their largest arrest of gay men since 2001 this week as police raided a bathhouse in central Cairo. Charging 33 men with “debauchery.” The raid is particularly troubling because homosexuality is not illegal in the country, so the men were all charged with varying offenses. According to the BBC, the men may face jail time as well as the owner of the club who is accused of turning his facility into a place of “immoral and indecent conduct.” Arrests of gay men are on the rise in the North African country. Last month, eight men were held for “inciting debauchery” when a video of a gay wedding went viral. In 2001, 52 men were arrested in Cairo at a gay club. [BBC]
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A bill has been introduced into the Chile legislature that would extend gay marriage to same-sex couples. Working with both LGBT advocacy groups, such as The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, and lawmakers, like Congressman Gabriel Silber Romo of the Chirstian Democratic Party, the recently introduced bill hopes to change “a man and a woman” on marriage certificates to “two people.” It would also replace “husband and wife” to “spouse.” The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation wrote in a press release: “With this bill we are looking to eradicate the historic discrimination that affects people simply for loving and living with someone of the same sex…Respect for family diversity is at the heart of this bill that we celebrate with backing throughout the political world and also with the broad support of citizen organizations.” [WB]
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This afternoon, the Department of Labor published a new rule to prohibit businesses that contract with the federal government from engaging in workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The rule implements the historic LGBT non-discrimination executive order that was signed by President Obama in July. The rule will appear in the Federal Register on Thursday and will take effect 120 days later. “The publication of this rule is another landmark moment in the ongoing fight for workplace dignity and fairness for LGBT Americans. These critical, long overdue protections – covering approximately 20 percent of the entire labor force – build on a bipartisan tradition dating back over 70 years of prohibiting taxpayer-funded discrimination,” Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office said.
For the first time in Major League Baseball history (or any professional sport), an active umpire has come out as gay. Veteran Umpire Dale Scott revealed in an interview that he is gay and he married his partner of 28 years last year. “I am extremely grateful that Major League Baseball has always judged me on my work and nothing else, and that’s the way it should be.” Scott’s career includes three World Series and three All-Star Games and will begin his 30th season this year. Scott came out in an issue of the little-known Referee magazine, but didn’t discuss his sexuality openly with the reporter. He came out when he submitted a picture of himself and his husband aboard a plane. “Obviously, when I sent that picture (to the magazine), I knew exactly what it meant,” Scott told Outsports.com. “In a small way, this was opening that door in a publication that wasn’t going to be circulated nationwide. It could be picked up, but it’s not Time magazine. I made that decision to go ahead and do it, because I felt it was the right thing to do. [ESPN] via [OutSports] via [Referee]
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District of Columbia Council unanimously approved a bill that will protect LGBT youths from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. When signed into law, Washington, D.C. will become the third jurisdiction—behind California and New Jersey—to pass legislation protecting LGBT youth from practices that are known to cause severe depression and even suicide. “Today, the DC Council sent a powerful message to LGBT youth and their families that they are accepted, supported, and loved,” said Samantha Ames, NCLR staff attorney and coordinator of the #BornPerfect campaign at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). “The Council has used its authority to protect our most vulnerable youth from dangerous and discredited pseudoscience that tells them who they are is wrong, and reaffirmed the consensus of every major medical and mental health organization that all children are born perfect, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”
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Gay-rights and human-rights organizations worldwide are condemning the decision by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to sign into law horrific new legislation that could lead to life in prison for some LGBT people in The Gambia. HRC and other organizations are calling on the Obama Administration to conduct a full diplomatic review of the United States’ relationship with Gambia.
According to a new Associated Press report, Jammeh actually signed the bill into law on October 9, although “no government officials have yet publicly notified the country of the new law.” According to multiple news reports, earlier this year The Gambia’s National Assembly passed the legislation that includes nearly identical language to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, and the bill has since awaited the signature of Jammeh, who has a deeply troubling record on LGBT rights.
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With 17 Billboard hits and nearly two decades in country music, country music star Ty Herndon has come out of the closet. The singer of the song, “Lies That I Told Myself,” tells ET that he is now an “out, proud, and happy gay man” who hasn’t come out of the closet until now because he feared that he wouldn’t be accepted in country music. Married twice before, the singer admits that they both were both aware of his sexuality.
What made him come out now? “During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”
Sorry boys, the 52-year-old Mississippi boy says he is happy with hsi partner and hopes to one day get married and have kids.