Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

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Unread postby Ericb91 » 23 May 2013, 02:02

May 21st - Illinois legislature pressed on gay marriage vote

With less than two weeks to go before their springtime adjournment, Illinois lawmakers are being pressured on whether they will make their state the 13th to approve gay marriage.

On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton urged members of the Illinois House to vote for gay marriage as a way to strengthen the nation.

“Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union,’” Mr. Clinton said in a statement released by Equality Illinois and numerous other gay-rights websites.

Extending rights to people who have been denied them strengthens the nation, Mr. Clinton said. “Now we should do it again, in Illinois, with marriage equality.”

The vote on gay marriage in the Illinois House has been held up all spring after black pastors around the state and especially in Chicago said they would not accept a “yes” vote by their lawmakers.


The vote on gay marriage in the Illinois House has been held up all spring after black pastors around the state and especially in Chicago said they would not accept a “yes” vote by their lawmakers.


The fact that black churches are the ones stopping this from becoming a reality makes me sick to my stomach.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby acpro » 23 May 2013, 02:25

Ericb91 wrote:
May 21st - Illinois legislature pressed on gay marriage vote

With less than two weeks to go before their springtime adjournment, Illinois lawmakers are being pressured on whether they will make their state the 13th to approve gay marriage.

On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton urged members of the Illinois House to vote for gay marriage as a way to strengthen the nation.

“Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union,’” Mr. Clinton said in a statement released by Equality Illinois and numerous other gay-rights websites.

Extending rights to people who have been denied them strengthens the nation, Mr. Clinton said. “Now we should do it again, in Illinois, with marriage equality.”

The vote on gay marriage in the Illinois House has been held up all spring after black pastors around the state and especially in Chicago said they would not accept a “yes” vote by their lawmakers.


The vote on gay marriage in the Illinois House has been held up all spring after black pastors around the state and especially in Chicago said they would not accept a “yes” vote by their lawmakers.


The fact that black churches are the ones stopping this from becoming a reality makes me sick to my stomach.



In Maryland, we faced the same problem. In fact, our legislature passed gay marriage, but the deciding vote was from a black rep who would only vote yes under the condition that there was a voting referendum. It is extremely frustrating to watch another marginalized group that has members of our group within, to discriminate. I guarantee that the gays as a populous voted against racists laws and were against anti-miscegenation laws, if they had the chance. I'm sure though it is even more frustrating for gay black people to see this type of hatred come from their community.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 28 May 2013, 15:10

Apparently a letter written by a gay anguished teenager has revived talks about same-sex unions in Italy. It was published by a newspaper and started trending. He's been invited to the parliament to talk to members about equality. I can't find the letter but a part of it says.

I am gay, I am 17-years old and this letter is my last alternative to suicide in a troglodyte society; in a world that does not accept me even though I’m born that way.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to be born heterosexual. If there was a little less discrimination and a little more sympathy or Christian charity, people would stop hating.


Italy's speaker of Parliament is asking for a meeting with him also, she said:

"I have a daughter not much older than you, and I’m deeply disturbed by your cry for help, a country that considers itself civilized cannot afford to live without a law against ‘homophobia, an evil that drives many young people to take their own lives."

If anyone finds the letter in English, I would love to read it.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 31 May 2013, 17:25

Illinois is voting today for marriage equality, it's going to be really close.

Edit: They called the legislation back because they didn't have the votes to pass it which is a joke considering the legislator is 60% democrats, more than half of the black democratic caucus planned to vote against it.

Now we'll have to wait another 5 months at least until they can vote again.

May 31st - llinois House Will Not Vote On Marriage Equality Bill, Next Possible Vote This Fall

Marriage equality will not be coming to Illinois this week, as a bill to do so failed to be brought to a vote Friday evening, the last day of the House session.

Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris, the lead sponsor of the marriage equality bill, announced on the floor at a little past 7 p.m. Central Time that he would not be bringing the bill to the floor for a vote at the request of colleagues who “have asked for time to go back to their districts” and discuss the issue with their constituents.

Harris, who is gay, said he “will be back” for a vote in the “veto session” of the Democratic-led legislature this fall. “Until that day, I apologize to the families who were hoping to wake up tomorrow as full and equal citizens of this state.”

After Harris concluded, out lesbian Rep. Deb Mell spoke, saying of her and her wife, “At the end of the day, Christin and I want what you want.”
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 24 June 2013, 05:36

Sometime in the next week or so, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce the outcomes in cases on California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Here are some articles about possible outcomes and what it could mean for gay people in the US.

The 5 Ways Gay Marriage Can Win at the Supreme Court

Supreme Court has range of options on gay marriage

Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court: Case Highlights and Outcome Analysis

Hold your breath! :noes:
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Lucas » 24 June 2013, 05:42

^ AWWWW YEAHHHH
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Brenden » 24 June 2013, 14:27

No decisions today in either case. :shake:
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 24 June 2013, 17:46

The court has added Tuesday (tomorrow) on their calender so I think the court will give their decision on voting rights tomorrow and on Prop 8 and DOMA on Thursday, the last possible day. :pfft:

June 24th - Ireland to hold referendum on equal marriage in 2014

The Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, has announced that the country will hold a referendum on equal marriage next year.

The announcement comes after a report by the Constitutional Convention back in April, which voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage. Mr Gilmore announced that the referendum will take place next year, reports GCN.

The National Lesbian and Gay Federation, welcomed the announcement, and issued a statement were Olivia McEvoy, Chair of the NLGF, stated: “The NLGF has always asserted that the issue of marriage equality should not require a public vote as marriage is a fundamental human and civil right that should be open to all citizens of this country. However, as the government has affirmed the need for a referendum on this issue, we will firmly give our support to the campaign to secure a Yes vote on the day of the poll.”

The public polls on this issue have shown consistent and ever growing support for full marriage equality for same-sex couples.


Huge news! I don't like referendums on equality but we have to work with what we've got.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Brenden » 24 June 2013, 19:57

Ericb91 wrote:The court has added Tuesday (tomorrow) on their calender so I think the court will give their decision on voting rights tomorrow and on Prop 8 and DOMA on Thursday, the last possible day. :pfft:

Thursday isn't even the last possible day. The Court is beholden to no schedule except the one they make for themselves. :P
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 24 June 2013, 20:56

Brenden wrote:
Ericb91 wrote:The court has added Tuesday (tomorrow) on their calender so I think the court will give their decision on voting rights tomorrow and on Prop 8 and DOMA on Thursday, the last possible day. :pfft:

Thursday isn't even the last possible day. The Court is beholden to no schedule except the one they make for themselves. :P

Yeah maybe but currently we have Tuesday and Thursday confirmed as days were we'll get decisions.

I hope they won't drag there feet for even longer!
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 25 June 2013, 14:33

It was not announced today but they said that tomorrow at 10 a.m. will be the last day and they will release all the remaining opinions so in less than 24 hourse we'll know.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Brenden » 26 June 2013, 14:04

DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional. Five to four, with Kennedy the deciding vote.

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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Brenden » 26 June 2013, 14:09

Here's the full opinion, authored by Justice Kennedy.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Brenden » 26 June 2013, 14:37

Hollingsworth v. Perry was dismissed.

Chief Justice Roberts wrote:Because petitioners have not satisfied their burden to demonstrate standing to appeal the judgment of the District Court, the Ninth Circuit was without jurisdiction to consider the appeal. The judgment of the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.


I believe this essentially means that Judge Walker's ruling in the district court is left intact, meaning Proposition 8 remains overturned.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 26 June 2013, 14:51

June 26th - Supreme Court: DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

The Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.

"The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

Justice Kennedy delivered the court’s opinion, and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito all filed dissenting opinions.


June 26th - Prop 8 Dismissed, Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California

The Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for same-sex marriages to resume in California as the justices, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8.

Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking for the 5-4 majority, said the private sponsors of Prop. 8 did not have legal standing to appeal after the ballot measure was struck down by a federal judge in San Francisco.

"We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to," he said. "We decline to do so for the first time here."

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Antonin Scalia and Elena Kagan joined to form the majority.

The court’s action, while not a sweeping ruling, sends the case back to California, where state and federal judges and the state’s top officials have said same-sex marriage is a matter of equal rights.


Thank God for Roberts..! Prop 8 ruling didn't surprise me but the way the votes went did, strange mixture but all in all a great day for gay rights.

Also, fuck Scalia!
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Meh » 26 June 2013, 15:48

Someone better find me a husband... :cry:
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby acpro » 26 June 2013, 18:03

Such good news! I'm a little disappointed about prop 8, but I wasn't expecting much more. One positive outcome is that LGBT and allies will probably still have a job with marriage equality non-profits; there is going to be a lot more work to do.

I just read the ACLU has hired Steve Schmidt, a former adviser to McCain to lead a state-by-state push for marraige equality.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Ericb91 » 26 June 2013, 18:18

Awesome, I love Steve Schmidt, he's one of the very few conservatives I like.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby alehizzle » 27 June 2013, 08:00

Brenden wrote:DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional. Five to four, with Kennedy the deciding vote.

:awesome:

Only Section 3, which prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits. The "states decide for themselves" thing is still law, as are whatever is actually in it.
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Re: Gay Marriage Legislation Progress In 2013

Unread postby Brenden » 27 June 2013, 10:49

alehizzle wrote:
Brenden wrote:DOMA has been ruled unconstitutional. Five to four, with Kennedy the deciding vote.

:awesome:

Only Section 3, which prohibits same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits. The "states decide for themselves" thing is still law,

That's not really the bad part of DOMA in my opinion.

alehizzle wrote:as are whatever is actually in it.

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