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Butch Otter: Idaho’s gay-marriage case should be picked by Supreme Court

BOISE, Idaho – Gov. Butch Otter believes the state’s arguments against gay marriage are so complete that the U.S. Supreme Court should wait until it gets Idaho’s case before deciding on the issue.

In arguments filed with the nation’s highest court, lawyers for Otter said waiting for Idaho’s case would help Supreme Court justices resolve “the marriage-litigation wave in all respects.”

Gov. Butch Otter believes the state’s arguments against gay marriage are so complete that the U.S. Supreme Court should wait until it gets Idaho’s case before deciding on the issue.

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LGBT rights: The fight’s not over

The recent mid-term elections marked a blazingly clear reversal of fortune for the Democrat and Republican political agendas. What’s less obvious is how the reverberations will affect the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) movement.

We may think we’re on the road toward full equality, but midterm losses indicate that much work still needs to be done.

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Taiwan: Pop star Jolin Tsai’s new music video features lesbian theme

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Pop diva Jolin Tsai’s newest music video features her first ever on-screen kiss — with a woman.

The just released video for her song “We’re All Different, Yet The Same,” shows the 34-year-old Tsai and 38-year-old actress Ruby Lin as a couple who not only kiss but go on to get married and spend 30 happy years together.

Pop diva Jolin Tsai’s newest music video features her first ever on-screen kiss — with a woman.

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Inquest: Lesbian teen killed self over “misplaced” fears her parents might disapprove

DIDSBURY, England — The parents of a teenage girl from Didsbury have spoken of their anguish after she hanged herself over fears of telling them she might be gay.

In the months before her death, 14-year-old Elisabeth Lowe, known as Lizzie, had confided to pals that she thought she may be a lesbian, an inquest heard.

Her friends said she was scared of telling her parents and had struggled to reconcile her feelings with the family’s strong Christian faith.

But Lizzie’s dad said her fears were “misplaced” and that she would have received a “wealth of love and acceptance.”

Family of Lizzie Lowe, found hanged in Fletcher Moss Park, tell Manchester inquest that she would have received “a wealth of love and acceptance.”

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Law firm tells clerks gay marriage order affects just one Florida county

The fight to prevent gay marriage from becoming legal in Florida received a boost Tuesday from one of the state’s most prominent law firms, which advised court clerks they could face misdemeanor charges if they issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Greenberg Traurig, the law firm for the association representing Florida’s 67 court clerks, warned that a federal judge’s ruling overturning the state ban on gay marriage only applies to one Panhandle county, Washington County, the only place named in the lawsuit.

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Millennials and Social Media: Engaging, mobilizing and learning for HIV outreach

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year. Of those, one in four (26%) is 13-24 years old. In 2012, the highest rate of new diagnoses of HIV infection occurred among people aged 20–24 years.

Four initiatives prioritize youth engagement and work to empower youth. Each initiative is leveraging Social Media tools to amplify youth voices, as well as to showcase the ways in which millennials are uniting in their efforts to create an AIDS-free generation.

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Petition drive urges Texas governor-elect to implement PREA

DALLAS, Texas — Lambda Legal today launched a petition drive calling on the state of Texas and Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott to implement and abide by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the federal law signed by former President George W. Bush to address the problem of prison rape across the country.

“While Texas fiddles, LGBT inmates like Passion Star endure horrific violence and sexual abuse.”

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Florida: Gay divorce hearing today before Broward County judge

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — A Broward County judge who found Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional has set a hearing to finalize the divorce of a gay couple.

Circuit Judge Dale Cohen in August agreed with other judges in declaring the gay marriage ban unconstitutional. But he delayed granting a divorce for Heather Brassner and Megan Lade because of a legal technicality.

A hearing is set Wednesday afternoon on making the divorce final. Brassner and Lade were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont, but Florida has not previously recognized out-of-state gay marriage.

A Broward County judge who found Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional has set a hearing to finalize the divorce of a gay couple.

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Featured Lesbian Wedding Vendor: Karen Pike Photography, Manchester, Vermont

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding. Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Manchester, VT, USA. Lesbian owned, 25 years of photographing weddings-gay and other. My style is an artistic blend of photojournalism and gorgeous portraiture. I’m […]

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Ireland to Vote on Marriage Equality Referendum in May

Ireland has picked a month for the vote on marriage equality. Gay Star News reports: Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet. The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting […]

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – December 17th

Here’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy! Malaysia: The Malaysian government has pulled funding of […]

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Justice Thomas seeks response on Florida gay marriage petition

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whose votes are decidedly against gay marriage, late on Tuesday called for a response to Florida’s emergency petition to extend a stay to prevent the issuance of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who want to marry.

A federal judge who had ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional had set Jan. 5, 2015 as the date to lift his temporary stay. And the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia declined to extend the stay.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whose votes are decidedly against gay marriage, late on Tuesday called for a response to Florida’s emergency petition to extend a stay to prevent the issuance of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who want to marry.

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