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#BoycottBermuda – Bermuda Repeals Same Sex Marriage Law

The tourist friendly country of Bermuda has become the first ever country to repeal same-sex marriage.

Bermuda’s governor has signed into law a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry, despite a supreme court ruling last year authorizing same-sex marriage.

Walton Brown, Bermuda’s minister of home affairs, said the legislation signed by Governor John Rankin would balance opposition to same-sex marriage on the socially conservative island while complying with European court rulings that ensure recognition and protection for same-sex couples in the territory.

Bermuda’s Senate and House of Assembly passed the legislation by wide margins in December and a majority of voters opposed same-sex marriage in a referendum.

The Associated Press reports:

‘The act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda, by restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognizing and protecting the rights of same-sex couples,’ Brown said.”

The British government could have blocked the territory from enacting the law, the BBC reports, but chose not to. Foreign Minister Harriet Baldwin said that blocking legislation should only happen in “exceptional circumstances,” the British broadcaster reports:

“I feel enormously disappointed,” said Joe Gibbons, a 64-year-old married gay Bermudian. “This is not equality, and the British government has obviously just said, ‘This is not our fight.’”

Human rights groups had lobbied Governor Rankin and the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, to deviate from standard practice in self-governing UK territories and withhold assent for the change. They argued that the new legislation contradicted Bermuda’s constitution, which guarantees freedom from discrimination.

In a debate in the UK’s House of Commons last month, the Labour MP Chris Bryant called the bill a “deeply unpleasant and very cynical piece of legislation”. After the repeal was confirmed, Bryant tweeted that it would “undermine [the] UK effort to advance LGBT rights”.

An estimated 584,000 tourists visit Bermuda a year and that money accounts for an estimated 28% of gross domestic product

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Lines all host LGBT Cruises to Bermuda.

Former Ohio GOP Attorney General Jim Petro Backs 2014 Gay Marriage Ban Repeal Effort

Ohio Attorny General Jim Petro

Ohio’s former GOP attorney general Jim Petro is expected to endorse a 2014 ballot effort to repeal Ohio’s 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between one man and one woman on Monday.

Petro told The Columbus Dispatch that he had a change of heart on the issue after his daughter, Corbin, married her wife last year in Massachusetts.

In 20o6  Petro chose anti-gay Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich as a running mate.  Heimlich, of Cincinnati, is affiliated with  Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values run by anti-gay activist Phil Buress.  The CCV  is alo in partnership with the nationally recognized hate groups the  Family Research Council and the American Family Association

Burress and his group are responsible for nearly every anti-LGBT action in Ohio for over a decade, including Cincinnati’s Article 12, the Ohio marriage ban amendment passed last fall as Issue 1, and the “defense of marriage” act that preceded it. They have inserted themselves into numerous legal matters around the state adversely affecting LGBT families

Petro is the latest unlikely GOP ally to join the push marriage equality and LGBT civil rights in Ohio  joining  Senator Rob Portman, who changed his position on marriage equality because of his openly gay son Will .

FreedomOhio co-founder Ian James said that the organization is mobilizing to put the question on next year’s ballot despite Equality Ohio’s and Freedom to Marry’s recent meeting which ignored the grassroots organizations who have worked so hard in Ohio and want to wait until 2016 or later.

 

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DOMA Repeal Legislation to Wait Until Supreme Court Ruling, Was HRC Involved?

Gay Inc

The Washington Blade reports that Legislation to that has been prepared and waiting to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will have to wait a bit longer and won’t see introduction before the Supreme Court rules on Prop 8 and The Edith Windsor case this June

A number of LGBT advocates familiar with the legislation, which has been known as the Respect for Marriage Act, told the Washington Blade its lead sponsors — Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in the House and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in the Senate — are delaying introduction until after the expected court ruling in June.

Fred Sainz, HRC’s vice president of communications, said his organization supports the decision to postpone introduction of the bill until after a decision is reached in the DOMA case, known as Windsor v. United States.“The lead sponsors of the RMA have decided to wait until after the court rules in Windsor,” Sainz said. “We support that decision and look forward to continuing to work with them to advance this important legislation.

Now really. How many of you out there really believe that the HRC had no imput on this decision with Nadler and Feinstein?

Bitches pleeeeeease.

Where on the outside it seems to make sense to wait, remember if the Supreme Court does find in favor of Edith Windsor their decision just invalidates Section 2 of DOMA.  Mark my words in June after SCOTUS is done good or bad then it will be pushed back until after the midterm elections which is what HRC and the Democratic Party wants because they don’t want a hot button issue like this being debated on the floor before elections.

And Now The Bad News… Voters in Two Kansas Cities Repeal LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore or if we ever actually want to go to it again.

Voters in two Kansas cities, Salina and Hutchinson, repealed gay-inclusive anti-discrimination laws that had been adopted this year by the cities’ governing bodies during Tuesdays elections.

The Salina ordinance was repealed by a vote of 54% to 46%, while the Hutchinson law was voted down by a margin of 58% to 42%.  That leaves Lawrence, Kansas as the ONLY city in the state that has an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination law on the books and has since the mid 1990’s.

“It’s clear we have a lot more educating to do,” Jon Powell, chairman of the Hutchinson chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition, an LGBT rights group said in a statement after Tuesdays election.

Local Church and hate groups arguments against the laws included denial that such discrimination exists and assertions that “sexual behavior” is a choice and not a reason for anti-discrimination protections.  An argument that is always lost on me since discrimination against religion is against the law and being religious is most certainly a choice.

Soldier Comes Out To Father After DADT Repeal (VIDEO)

I don’t know how many of you have been subscribed to AreYouSurprised‘s YouTube channel, but we now get a face to go along with the wonderful video. This is a such and incredible and touching video. The nervousness he shows is real, and all of us who’ve had to come out to our families know exactly what he’s going through. His father’s reaction to “Dad, I’m gay. I’ve known forever” was “I still love you.”

Tonight Obama Will Call For A Repeal Of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" During His State of the Union Adress – Same Shit, Different Day.

Bored now.  (And PISSED!)

According to White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod tonight Obama will call for a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’………once again.

Obama has called for a repeal time and time again. Amd frankly with his numbers and popularity in the toilet with thye LGBT Community its insulting that he’ll once again try to dupe us into liking him and thinking he’s doing something for us by standing at a podium making hollow promises. 

What is needed is action, not more rhetoric.

As a bi-racial man of color you’d think that Obama would see that this is a civil rights issue, we don’t need debate from Congress or the American people. The President has within his power to right a wrong and thus far has chosen to do nothing.

Sign an Executive Order to STOP the discarges and witch hunts of Gay and Lesbian soilders until Congress takes it up and does something.

Grow some balls, be a man. and do whats right Obama

Perhaps if you had a spine you wouldn’t be in the situation you are in right now.

Because your words and promises mean nothing to us anymore.