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May 28, 2015

First legal action of its kind at the country's top court

A young lawyer in the Philippines has challenged the constitutionality of the country's family code, which defines marriage as between man and woman.

Jesus Nicardo M Falcis III filed a petition at the Supreme Court on 18 May, the first legal action of its kind at the top court. The 31-page document was released on Tuesday (26 May).

Falcis, an 'open and self-identified homosexual,' asked the court to nullify provisions in the 1987 Family Code that limit marriage to man and woman.

May 27, 2015

Roy Moore: 'Congress should do something about this'

Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, objects to Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Elena Kagan performing same-sex marriages.

So much so that he wants two of the three female justices on the US Supreme Court removed from the bench if they do not recuse themselves from pending cases that could decide the marriage equality issue for the nation.

May 27, 2015

India-based HR professionals labeled as ‘totally clueless’ and ‘insensitive’ to the situation faced by LGBT workers in the country

A new report from India has revealed that the vast majority of Indian businesses have yet to have embraced any form of LGBT diversity and inclusion practices.

Inclusion in India Inc. – Diversity, the core of our cultural fabric’ was produced by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in association with Biz Divas Foundation.

Biz Divas is an India-based organization that works specifically to promote female leadership in business and public life.

May 25, 2015

Huckabee stated Supreme Court is not 'the supreme being', so will not listen to their ruling

 Anti-gay US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has suggested he would ignore any supreme court rulings on same-sex marriage should he win the election in 2016.

When he announced he was running for president on 5 May, he stated: ’Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law as well as enforce it.’

May 22, 2015

Probate judges must issue licenses to same-sex couples but ruling on hold until US Supreme Court rules on pending marriage cases

A federal judge has ordered all of Alabama's probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The ruling handed down by US District Court Judge Callie Granade on Thursday (21 May) will take effect when the US Supreme Court issues its decision - expected in late June - in several pending marriage equality cases in four states.

Granade's ruling came after four leading civil rights organizations requested the court expand the ruling in a Mobile County lawsuit to cover all same-sex couples and probate judges in all of the state’s 67 counties.

May 19, 2015

'If I liked her before, I like her now amazingly more'

Hillary Clinton Monday (18 May) visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa.

The Democratic presidential hopeful met more than 60 supporters at the Mason City house of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who got married on the first day the state legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Clinton has positioned herself as an LGBTI ally since she announced her presidential bid last month. Two gay couples appeared in her announcement video and days later she urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of constitutional right for gay marriage.

May 8, 2015

Recent alumnus and openly gay basketball player says he is 'ashamed, disgusted and angry' at the campus wide sent email

An American college chaplain’s email asking people to pray against marriage equality has sparked outrage after it was made public.

Peter Beckwith, chaplain and religion lecturer at Hillsdale College in Michigan, sent an email to athletes, coaches, students, faculty and the alumni warning them about same-sex marriage and asking them to pray against it.

‘Ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now. Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the “swing vote”,’ he wrote.

May 8, 2015

Recent alumnus and openly gay basketball player says he is 'ashamed, disgusted and angry' at the campus wide sent email

An American college chaplain’s email asking people to pray against marriage equality has sparked outrage after it was made public.

Peter Beckwith, chaplain and religion lecturer at Hillsdale College in Michigan, sent an email to athletes, coaches, students, faculty and the alumni warning them about same-sex marriage and asking them to pray against it.

‘Ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now. Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as the “swing vote”,’ he wrote.

May 6, 2015

The lawsuit was brought after the Costa Rican Doctors and Surgeons Association wouldn’t let the same-sex partner of one of their members use the group’s recreational facilities because they weren’t married

The Supreme Court of Costa Rica has upheld a ruling that professional associations may not discriminate against people who are in same-sex relationships.

The lawsuit was brought after the same-sex partner of a member of Costa Rica’s Doctors and Surgeons Association was refused membership at recreational facilities owned by the association for the benefit of their members and their families.

May 6, 2015

'What do these old men in the courtroom think is going to happen?'

British rocker Noel Gallagher is no fan of US Supreme Court justices who have ruled against gay marriage in the past.

'What do these old men in the courtroom think is going to happen?' the High Flying Birds frontman asks in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

May 4, 2015

'If this goes through, persecution is coming. I mean serious persecution'

Glenn Beck has predicted church attendance will half in the next five years if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

The radio host Thursday (30 May) said the government would start seizing church property and they would lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to perform same-sex weddings.

Beck made the prediction after interviewing Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of an Oregon bakery who are facing fines for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

May 4, 2015

A ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place

The US Supreme Court has upheld New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy for minors. 

The court refused to hear a challenge to the law today, which means that a ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place.

The Court of Appeals said that the ban, which was signed into law in 2013, didn't violate the the free speech or religious rights of those who offer conversion therapy to minors in the state.

May 4, 2015

Joe Biden: 'It’s that fundamental'

When gauging the potential significance of the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on gay marriage, US Vice President Joe Biden looks back to 1954.

The was the year the high court handed down a landmark decision that ended racial segregation in US schools.

Biden brought up the upcoming decision on marriage equality over the weekend at the OutGiving conference in Dallas, Texas. Among those in attendance was Mary Bonauto, the civil rights attorney who argued for same-sex marriage before the court last week.

May 4, 2015

Joe Biden: 'It’s that fundamental'

When gauging the potential significance of the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on gay marriage, US Vice President Joe Biden looks back to 1954.

The was the year the high court handed down a landmark decision that ended racial segregation in US schools.

Biden brought up the upcoming decision on marriage equality over the weekend at the OutGiving conference in Dallas, Texas. Among those in attendance was Mary Bonauto, the civil rights attorney who argued for same-sex marriage before the court last week.

May 3, 2015

'We who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage do need your help'

Maggie Gallagher, one of the leading marriage equality foes in the US, penned an open letter to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The essay was published on 1 May in the National Review. Many legal experts see Kennedy as the likely deciding vote in the marriage cases the country's highest court heard last week.

May 2, 2015

'Ministers should have the right to uphold their religious beliefs'

Texas lawmakers are pushing hard to pass a religious freedom bill that offers protections the clergy already have.

Last week, on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for four gay marriage ban cases, state Sen. Craig Estes introduced legislation allowing ministers of faith to not participate in wedding ceremonies on religious grounds.

May 1, 2015

#Pizza4Equality was launched to help raise funds for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund

A charitable initiative, inspired as a response to a pizza restaurant that said it would not make pizzas for a gay wedding, has raised over $160,000 in just 26 days.

The #Pizza4Equality campaign was launched by Brooklyn activist, Scott Wooledge.

It was created after news spread about Memories Pizza in Indiana, whose owners said last month that they would not cater for same-sex marriage ceremonies.

May 1, 2015

But 57% think businesses should not be allowed to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds

Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over LGBTI rights when the two come into conflict, a new poll has found.

But 57% think businesses should not be allowed to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

AP-GfK polled 1,077 adults online between 23 and 27 April, just before the Supreme Court started hearing oral arguments on whether state bans on gay marriage are constitutional,

On the case, 50% said the justices should rule that gay marriage must be legal nationwide, compared to 48% who said they should not.

April 30, 2015

‘You could say that we are marrying for love rather than anything else,’ says Neil Graham, a Director of a London-based law firm

Mario I met two and a half years ago in a bar in Bratislava. I had a blind date with his flat mate who couldn’t speak any English so he brought Mario along to translate.

In October, three years to the day since we met, we will be marrying each other in our local Town Hall in London.

Following the enactment in England and Wales of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in March 2014, we have decided, like many same sex couples, to formalize our commitment to each other by getting married.

April 30, 2015

'Notorious RBG' destroys every argument put forward against gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the perfect response to every argument against gay marriage put forward at the Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 April).

The 82-year-old justice has become a liberal champion for her support of gay marriage and has been dubbed the 'notorious RBG' by younger fans.

First, Ginsburg promptly shut down the argument that the court does not have legal right to change a 'millennia' of tradition.

April 30, 2015

'Notorious RBG' destroys every argument put forward against gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the perfect response to every argument against gay marriage put forward at the Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 April).

The 82-year-old justice has become a liberal champion for her support of gay marriage and has been dubbed the 'notorious RBG' by younger fans.

First, Ginsburg promptly shut down the argument that the court does not have legal right to change a 'millennia' of tradition.

April 29, 2015

His yells could still be heard several minutes after he is ejected

Tuesday's (28 April) Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage was briefly interrupted by a older man screaming that gay marriage supporters will go to hell.

Just after the first lawyer finished speaking, an unidentified older man with grey hair stood up in the audience and started shouting, 'If you support gay marriage, you will burn in hell!'

Court officers ran to remove him.

'Homosexuality is an abomination!' the man shouted as he was dragged out of the room.

April 29, 2015

Actor draws parallels between interrracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi

Mad Men actor  Kit Williamson is engaged to boyfriend of more than eight years John Halbach.

Williamson, 27, who plays Ed Gifford in the AMC series, drew parallels between interracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi.

April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.