Reflections on weddings after the legislation of marriage equality – an extract I am, of course, cock-a-hoop about the Marriage Amendment Act. Couldn’t be happier. Wept on television. How good it was to see the last division in parliament that afternoon – the Yes side of the house as packed as the Royal Easter Show and on the other side four lonely figures voting No. After all these months of ugly blather let’s never forget that sight: the forces we are up against can be counted on one hand with a thumb to spare. By late that night my man and I had been offered a cake, a venue and a DJ for our wedding. But we’re holding back. We have no plans. I’m not proud of the reason for this. It’s not just the embarrassing prospect of Sebastian and me kitted out in matching tuxedos, with matching carnations and matching flowers. I’m terrified of the ceremony itself. You see: I’ve been married, and that midwinter day in Queensland in 1975 … [Read more...] about Reflections on weddings after the legislation of marriage equality
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POLITICS 10/11/2018 09:22 pm ET The LGBTQ group's internal chaos comes at a terrible time as queer America battles the Trump administration’s hostility. By Molly Redden Lambda Legal, the impact litigation group that has played a key role in nearly every Supreme Court case advancing LGBTQ rights, is mired in chaos. The 45-year-old organization has lost about half its staff since 2016, when a new CEO, Rachel Tiven, initiated an acrimonious shakeup, deep cuts to employee benefits and a messy fight over Lambda’s tactics, priorities and limitations. The group’s caseload was roughly 150 lawsuits in mid-2016; today, it’s about half that. Lambda enlisted a law firm known for its work on “union avoidance” to negotiate with a newly formed employee union. It has not resolved long-standing issues of racial equity, and its health insurance plan does not adequately cover transition-related health care — a potential violation of the law over … [Read more...] about Lambda Legal, Which Won Key Court Victories For Marriage Equality, Is In Crisis
Same-sex marriages will begin within days in New Jersey after the state’s highest court ruled unanimously to uphold a lower-court order that gay weddings must start Oct. 21 and to deny a delay that was sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. “The state has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: Same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today,” the court said in an opinion by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. “The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative.” A judge on the lower court had ruled last month that New Jersey must recognize same-sex marriage and set Monday as the date to allow gay weddings. Christie, a Republican who is considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, appealed the decision and asked for the start date to be put on hold while the state appeals. The state’s top court agreed last week to take up the appeal of the lower-court ruling by Judge Mary … [Read more...] about Marriage equality is coming to New Jersey!
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is filing lawsuits in three states in an effort to secure marriage equality. They’ve filed suit in Pennsylvania, legal action planned for North Carolina and Virginia, as well. Here’s the full press release from the ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, and volunteer counsel from the law firm of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of 23 Pennsylvanians who wish to marry in Pennsylvania or want the commonwealth to recognize their out-of-state marriages. The ACLU will also amend an existing adoption lawsuit in North Carolina today to also seek the right to marry, and will file a lawsuit in Virginia in the coming weeks as co-counsel with Lambda Legal. The Pennsylvania lawsuit alleges that the state’s Defense of Marriage Act and refusal to marry lesbian and gay couples or recognize their out-of-state marriages violates the fundamental right to marry, as … [Read more...] about ACLU files marriage equality lawsuits
by Clint McGilvray Clint McGilvray was the communications manager for Australian Marriage Equality and ran the Yes" campaign from 2016 to the end of 2017. Now working for himself, he recalls the ups and downs of the campaign.If you told me as a child growing up in Wagga Wagga in the 1990s that I would work for the marriage equality campaign, it wouldn't have even been believable. I think that childhood helped me have a read on what people think. Growing up in a regional place I’ve seen every walk of life, so I’ve got an understanding of people’s views and what makes them tick.Fifteen years ago, I started working in politics, interning for the NSW opposition leader. Working in government, I always worked in areas of horror – it was always police, emergency services, fires, floods, shootings and disasters. So I’ve seen the best of humanity and I’ve seen the worst. I saw that a little bit in the campaign as well.In politics, I’d worked … [Read more...] about Marriage Equality comms chief Clint McGilvray recalls his most difficult day