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August 29, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have married after nine years together, breaking a longstanding pledge to not get married until same-sex couples can, though we suspect most will forgive them after years of speaking out for the LGBTI community

Long time Hollywood allies of the LGBTI community Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reneged on a 2006 pledge to not get married until same-sex marriage is legalized across America but we suspect most people will forgive them after years of advocacy by the couple for gay rights.

The couple were reported to have married in France on Saturday in a small private ceremony in a chateau near Nice.

The couple were married by a Californian judge who also provided their marriage license.

August 29, 2014

They file official request for high court review a day after plaintiffs in Virginia case do the same

It seems likely that the US Supreme Court will take on a gay marriage case next year but the question is which case will be the one to settle the issue once and for all.

Plaintiffs in a Utah case made clear on Thursday (28 August) that they want their lawsuit to be heard by the high court by officially filing a brief making that request.

The three couples challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples asked the court to accept the request of Utah state officials to review the case.

August 28, 2014

Group hopes to pressure Supreme Court to reject gay marriage when cases are appealed in October

A Christian group have decided on an unusual way of attempting to stop same-sex marriage in the US.

The Virginia-based Family Foundation have embarked on a 40 day 'fast' - but they're still allowed to eat.

They believe this pressure will force the Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage appeals when they come up in October.

However, when it comes to giving up food - an integral part of the fasting process - they're not that bothered.

August 28, 2014

Frank Bernard quit job as a manager with third largest pizza chain in US when it refused to cover his husband of six years

California resident Frank Bernard is suing the Little Caesars pizza chain because it refused to provide health insurance benefits for the former manager's husband.

The chain, the third-largest in the US, offers benefits to the spouses of its heterosexual employees. Bernard, 47, has been legally wed to his husband for six years.

August 27, 2014

States one judge: 'There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites' to marry. 'It was a tradition. It got swept aside'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago expressed skepticism over gay marriage bans during oral arguments on cases in in Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday (26 August).

One member of the three-judge panel, Judge Richard Posner, hammered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions seeking justification for why his state denies marriage rights to same-sex couples.

When Samuelson said it is a ban that is rooted in tradition, Posner stated: 'That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble!'

August 27, 2014

High court expected to accept a marriage equality case next year but will have several to choose from

Celebrated lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies want to return to the US Supreme Court and argue for marriage equality.

The team, who successfully argued for the overturning of California's ban on gay marriage (Proposition 8), asked the high court on Wednesday (27 August) to review the Virginia marriage case they are currently fighting for.

The court is widely expected to take on a same-sex marriage case in 2015 but the Virginia case is one of several it will have to choose from.

August 23, 2014

'I'm into diversity. I kill everybody, I don't care'

A St. Louis area police officer has been suspended after a video was released of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faces a review after a 2012 speech was brought to the attention of his superiors by CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

August 22, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has set oral arguments for August 26

The next big legal stage in the fight for marriage equality in the US has been set.

On Tuesday (26 August), the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments in gay marriage cases from Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit's jurisdiction also includes Illinois where same-sex marriage is already legal.

The circuit courts are the final stop before the US Supreme Court which may or may not choose to hear any of the cases recently decided.

August 21, 2014

US District Judge Robert L Hinkle thinks such bans will be looked upon in history the same as interracial marriage bans

In the most significant ruling to date on Florida's gay marriage ban, a federal judge on Thursday (21 August) has declared that the ban violates the US Constitution.

The ruling by Tallahassee-based US District Judge Robert L Hinkle comes after four state judges reached the same legal conclusion earlier this year.

August 21, 2014

High court won't allow marriages to begin in state until it decides whether or not to review case that struck down ban

The US Supreme Court has dashed, for now, any plans for same-sex weddings this week in Virginia.

Although it has not yet decided whether it will hear an appeal to a federal court's ruling that struck down the state's marriage ban, the high court has issued a stay on the ruling until it makes its mind.

Marriages were expected to begin in Virginia as early as this Thursday.

August 20, 2014

The American Military Partner Association is suing the federal Veterans Affairs Department for continuing to deny some spousal benefits to same-sex couples who live in states where they can’t legally marry

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being taken to court over it continuing to deny some spousal benefits to military same-sex couples who live in states where same-sex marriage is banned despite the Supreme Court striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) is bringing the action through its legal counsels Lambda Legal and Morrison and Foerster LLP who filed a law suit against the VA on Monday in the Federal Circuit Court.

August 18, 2014

Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes said ‘I believe they are’ when asked if action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li play a gay couple in his movie

Did Arnie just play his first gay character? That’s what the director of the action blockbuster The Expendables 3 is saying.

August 17, 2014

The Mumbai chief of India’s ruling party, BJP, says his party is now against the misuse of section 377 and will raise the issue in Parliament

'Criminalizing the gay community by misusing section 377 of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] is not acceptable to the [ruling] BJP,' Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar told some 250 attendees at a special Independence Day event 'Acceptance Meet' On Friday. The meeting was organized by The Humsafar Trust, an NGO in Mumbai which promotes LGBTI rights, and other community organizations.

August 15, 2014

'Genderless marriage, after all, necessarily undermines the importance of, and eliminates the Commonwealth's preference for, children being raised by both their mother and father'

A county clerk from Virginia asked the US Supreme Court to put a stay on a lower court's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

According to the site SCOTUSblog, attorneys for Prince William County Clerk Michelle B. McQuigg submitted papers to the country's highest court on Thursday afternoon (14 August).

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 13, 2014

High court intervention last resort after appeals court denies delay in ruling that struck down marriage ban

A federal appeals court on Wednesday (13 August) refused to delay its ruling that struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban earlier this year.

This means that barring the granting of an emergency delay by the US Supreme Court, same-sex couples might start getting married in the state as early as next week.

'No one anticipated we would be this close this quickly to the day when all Virginians have the right to marry the person they love,' Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement.

August 12, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, LGBTI Nepalese have appropriated the traditional Hindu festival of Gaijatra to demand that their government grants them the equality ordered by the country’s courts

Nepal’s LGBTI community took to the streets for the fifth year in a row on Monday to take part in the traditional Hindu festival of Gaijatra, or Festival of Cows.

Gaijatra is a traditional time when Nepalese people dress up, wearing flamboyant costumes to remember those who have died in the past year, and traditionally many people have cross-dressed for the festival.

Participants gathered for a march organized by LGBTI rights group the Blue Diamond Society at Basantapur, Kathmandu to toot horns and ring chimes in a colourful and noisy display.

August 12, 2014

A Tennessee county judge has ruled that the US constitution does not protect same-sex couples’ right to marry in the first legal loss of its kind since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense Of Marriage Act

Roane County Tennessee Circuit Judge Russell E Simmons Jr has declared his state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be constitutional, bucking the nation-wide legal trend on the issue.

Simmons had been hearing the case of Fredrick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman, a same-sex couple who had married in Iowa in 2010 and were seeking to have that marriage recognized in their home state of Tennessee.

August 10, 2014

'It is time to discard these discriminatory bans and to recognize the humanity, dignity, and rights of gay and lesbian Americans seeking to forge life-long bonds'

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the US Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision on his state's marriage ban.

Last month the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled the southern state's marriage equality prohibition is unconstitutional.

On 8 August Herring, a marriage equality supporter, filed a writ of certiorari petition to the country's highest court.

August 9, 2014

The Christian activist admitted to creating a fake organization and website to dupe parade organizers and Trojan condoms to get condom sponsorship

Bill Whatcott, who was found guilty by the Supreme Court of Canada last year of promoting hatred against gays and lesbians by distributing hateful pamphlets, boasted that his marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend to be 'unorthodox evangelism.'

Whatcott, who is the executive director of anti-gay group Christian Truth Activists, applied to march in the parade using a pseudonym and a fake society called the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside four other evangelical Christians.

August 9, 2014

Proposed legislative change is the latest move in the country’s clampdown on LGBTI rights

Indian’s Union Government has moved to stop same-sex couples from adopting children. The decision was taken while the federal cabinet reviewed amendments on Wednesday (6 Aug) to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

Although LGBT single people are not currently banned from adopting, campaigners in the country now fear that the ban on same-sex couples could be extended to single LGBT people too.

August 8, 2014

14 lesbians and four gay men submitted an appeal to Congress demanding not just marriage equality, but adoption, social security and all the rights that heterosexuals enjoy with marriage

A group of 18 gay and lesbian Mexicans are stepping up the fight for gay marriage in Baja California Sur, bordered by the northern state of Baja California.

According to BCS Noticias, the group this week submitted an appeal to the Judicial Power of the Federation (PJF) urging Congress and the governor Marcos Covarrubias Villaseñor to change articles 330 and 150 of the Baja California civil code to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

August 8, 2014

Ahead of a secret gay pride celebration in Uganda, lawmakers refuse to let the Anti-Homosexuality Act die and push the case to the Supreme Court

Uganda’s attorney general will appeal the Constitutional Court’s decision last week to nullify the country’s anti-gay law.

Even though the Constitutional Court agreed with gay rights activists that parliament did not follow the proper procedure when passing the anti-Homosexuality Act, the attorney general has pushed for the Constitutional Court to revisit its latest decision.

August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio will rule on cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

A three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments Wednesday (6 August) in six cases challenges gay marriage bans in four different states.

The judges will be deciding whether to uphold rulings by various federal judges in lower courts who ruled that the marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio are unconstitutional.

The Court heard the Michigan case first, followed by two Ohio cases, then two Kentucky cases, and finally the Tennessee case.

Rulings are not expected for a few more weeks.