EU Partners Can Now Live Together

While their marriages won’t be recognized, yet, I feel this is a step in the right direction.

The highest court in the European Union has declared on Tuesday that all EU citizens – whether in opposite-sex or same-sex relationships – can bring their non-EU spouses into their country to live with them, even if that member state doesn’t recognise same-sex marriage. LGBT organisations have hailed the historic ruling as a victory for human rights.

In a landmark case, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in favour of a Romanian man, Relu Coman, who had been denied the right to bring his American husband, Robert Hamilton, into Romania (where same-sex marriage is not legal), and who had brought a legal challenge against the decision.

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Lesbian Couple Wins Case After Birth Father Murders Adopted Child

This is absolutely heartbreaking. For anyone, certainly, but doubly so because same sex couples cannot have biological children with one another. A third party is always involved at some level. The women’s attorney was incompetent to say the least.

There’s really no good outcome for such a horrifying story as the one a female couple in Iowa endured when the baby they were in the process of adopting — who’d lived with them for three months — was reclaimed by his biological parents only to die at the hands of his birth father. The couple, Rachel and Heidi McFarland, who sued their former lawyer Jason Rieper in 2014, alleging he acted negligently in failing to compel the child’s birth mother to sign a release-of-custody document, was awarded $3.25 million in damages last week, according to People.

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Same-Sex Couples Can Now Legally Sue Kim Davis For Damages

BAM!

Same-sex couples are now legally allowed to sue Rowan County clerk Kim Davis, who refused to give out marriage licenses to gay couples even when federally ordered to do so.

A ruling last August denied David Ermold and David Moore’s lawsuit against Davis, but today, an appeals court has ruled that the suit is valid, because it is “not a general challenge to Davis’s policy, but rather seeks damages for a particularized harm allegedly suffered by a specific set of plaintiffs.” Ermold and Moore are the couple who originally filmed Davis denying them their federal right to obtain a marriage license.

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Same-Sex Pregnancy Announcements

These are cute and clever. And as has been pointed out numerous times, “No same-sex parents will ever tell their children that they were an accident or they didn’t mean to have them. To be a same-sex parent takes lawyers, planning and fighting for a life before you are even called parents.”

I think my fave out of all of these is the one featuring Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez ❤

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Same-Sex Parents Spend More Time With Kids, Study Finds

An interesting discovery for sure. 🙂

Kids with two moms may be getting more quality time with their parents — 40 percent more time, in fact, than children with a mom and a dad, according to a new study out of the University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center.

“Leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, some of the public dialogue had focused on whether same-sex parents create a different parenting environment for children compared to children who live with a mother and father,” Kate Prickett, postdoctoral fellow and lead study author, tells Yahoo Parenting. “Our study sought to directly test this by looking at the parenting behaviors of a nationally representative, randomly selected sample of parents — something no other studies had examined.”

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Here Is All You Need To Prove Bigots Wrong About ‘Traditional Marriage’

This is worth a read, though most of the people you will try to get this information through to will say, “But this is America, not some other country.” I know that as sure as I’m typing these words.

n a recent blog post, Michael Brown, the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show “The Line of Fire” and the president of FIRE School of Ministry, challenged HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile to a debate related to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to provide licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious views.

Brown’s challenge came after Signorile published a blog post on The Huffington Post in which he stated, “We cannot be held hostage to the theatrics of religious extremists.” Brown responded by writing, “Really now, who are the extremists, those who are convinced that for marriage to be marriage, it must include a man and a woman, just as it has for virtually all recorded history across every culture and nation and in harmony with the religious beliefs of several billion people, or those who want to redefine it radically?”

But the problem with Brown’s comeback is that marriages haven’t always involved a man and a woman and certainly haven’t required religious beliefs to be considered valid. Claiming that marriage is a static institution that hasn’t continued to evolve in extreme ways over time or that the type of marriage defended by people like Brown is the only kind of marriage that has existed throughout history is just wrong.

From “ghost marriages” to weddings staged purely to attain power, here are just a few of the ways that marriage has been radically redefined throughout history.

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Mozambique decriminalises gay and lesbian relationships

Hello Lovelies!!

I am thrilled to bring this news to you. There are so many real criminals in Mozambique that steal or bring harm to another or even murder. Our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters only want the right to love wherever they live. Once again, Love Wins!!!

The revised code, in force from Wednesday, drops a colonial-era clause outlawing “vices against nature”.

There were no prosecutions under that clause but rights activists have said this change is a symbolic victory.

It comes as other African countries have moved to tighten anti-gay laws.

In Nigeria, a law that came into force last year banned same-sex public displays of affection and introduced a possible 14-year prison sentence for gay sex.

A study released on Tuesday found that 87% of Nigerians supported a ban on same-sex relations.

In Uganda, the government has pledged to introduce a new restrictive law after the last law which criminalised homosexuality was successfully challenged in the constitutional court.

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Presbyterians approve gay marriage in church constitution

Hello Lovelies!

Some good news regarding religion and LGBT/gay marriage.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition of marriage to include a “commitment between two people,” recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships.

The redefinition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the Louisville, Kentucky-based denomination’s 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th “yes” vote came Tuesday night from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey.

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Alabama lawmaker offers what may be the dumbest anti-gay marriage argument yet

Yep. That’s pretty dumb alright!

We’ve all grown accustomed to the standard right-wing arguments against marriage equality. We’ve been warned of a slippery slope toward bestiality, incest, and pedophilia; we’ve listened to Christian conservatives rail against the sin and depravity of homosexuality; and we’ve witnessed some conservatives concoct a pseudo-intellectual justification for marriage discrimination. They call it “complementarity,” which is really just a less vulgar way of saying “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”

Alabama State Sen. Del Marsh (R) sees yet another reason to oppose marriage equality: Giving same-sex couples equal rights, he says, is simply too expensive.

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CA bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

More good news if Governor Brown signs off on the bill.

Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father, mother or parent when a child is born, a nuanced change from the current birth certificate that backers say is more reflective of growing rights and acceptance for same-sex couples.

“This bill seems subtle but I think it’s going to make a profound impact on how people view each other,” said the bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles.

The measure, if signed by Brown, would be the latest in a spate of actions taken by states to recognize the rights of same-sex couples.

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