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Transphobia wins in Houston

File - In this Oct. 21, 2015 file photo, a man urges people to vote against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance outside an early voting center in Houston. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, voters statewide can give themselves tax breaks, pump billions of dollars into roads and make hunting and fishing constitutional rights by supporting seven amendments to the Texas Constitution on Tuesday's ballot. And Houston will choose a new mayor and decide whether to extend nondiscrimination protections to its gay and transgender residents in a referendum being watched nationally. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

A proposed Houston city ordinance protecting residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is defeated after a campaign with a strongly transphobic message: “No men in women’s bathrooms.” Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Houston Unites, a group supporting approval of the law, is hopeful for eventual success: “They have a message that can be impactful in the short term. But in the long term, the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice, and it’s only a matter of time before all Houstonians and all Americans enjoy those protections.”

Full story at The Atlantic.

Marriage Equality doesn’t pass in Northern Ireland…


…but it did have majority support. An Assembly vote in favor of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland had that majority for the first time on Monday – but it still did not go through, due to a quirk of Northern Irish politics in which a “community” can file a “petition of concern” that requires a higher standard of support than a simple majority (like most things in Northern Ireland, it’s complicated). Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said “the abuse of the petition of concern, to hold back rather than uphold the rights of a minority group, means that Stormont has once again failed to keep pace with equality legislation elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. The battle for equality in Northern Ireland will now move to the courts, where same-sex couples have been forced to go to secure their rights as equal citizens in this country.”

Full story at The Belfast Telegraph.

Gay couples in Northern Ireland invite pro-marriage equality politicians to their weddings

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Northern Irish couples Jayne Robinson and Laura McKee and Michael McCartan and Malachai O’Hara plan to invite Assembly members to their weddings, if they vote to legalize them.

O’Hara says “Michael and I are ready and waiting to be a married couple. We shouldn’t really have to ask the permission of 108 politicians at Stormont to do so. But we will be at the Assembly for the vote, because we want politicians to understand that their decisions affect real people’s lives – ours. When the law changes – and it will sooner or later – Michael and I will get married and all the politicians who vote to make it happen will be welcome at the ceremony. Or at least for the disco after the meal.”

Full story at The Belfast Telegraph.

New poll show Americans feel clerks must issue same-sex marriage licenses

FILE - In this June 28, 2015, file photo, David Turley, center left, and his husband, Peter Thiede, display their wedding bands while posing for photos with friends and family in front of New York's Stonewall Inn. For the first time, most Americans expect government officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even over religious objections, an Associated Press-GfK poll has found. It’s partly a matter of expecting public servants to do their jobs. But more broadly, the issue touches on a familiar dispute over which constitutional value trumps which: religious freedom, or equality under the law? (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FIle)

For the first time, a majority of Americans (56 percent), say they expect government officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even over religious objections, an Associated Press-GfK poll has found. One woman who ideologically opposes gay marriage reflected this shift when she said: “If the government says you have to give out those marriage licenses, and you get paid to do it, you do it. [Kim Davis] should be out of a job.”

Full story at WSOC.

Ben Carson is okay with gays, just not gay marriage


In a statement current Log Cabin Executive Director (and former HX music editor) Gregory T. Angelo described as “shrewd,” Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson said during yesterday’s debate:

“Well, obviously, you don’t understand my views on homosexuality. I believe our constitution protects everybody, regardless of their sexual orientation or any other aspect. I also believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And there is no reason you can’t be perfectly fair to the gay community. They shouldn’t automatically assume that because you believe marriage is one man and one woman that that you are a homophobe. This is one of the myths that the left perpetuates on our society. This is how they frighten people and get people to shut up. That’s what the PC culture is all about. And it’s destroying this nation. The fact of the matter is we the American people are not each other’s enemies. It’s those people who are trying to divide us that are the enemies.”

Full story at Georgia Voice.

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