Posted on 22 April 2014.
By D. David Kinney
Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Over Georgia Marriage Ban
On Tuesday morning Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of seven named plaintiffs arguing that Georgia’s gay marriage ban is a “violation of the rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution caused by the State of Georgia’s exclusion of same-sex couples from the freedom to marry and the recognition of lawful marriages entered in other jurisdictions,” the lawsuit reads.
If you’ve been following similar lawsuits in other states you’ll notice that this lawsuit deals with both Georgia marriage rights and the state’s recognition of marriages performed in other states. This is important because some cases working their way through the court system do not ask for both questions to be answered. For example, federal judges in Ohio and Kentucky recently ordered those states to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. However, the cases did not go so far as to contemplate both scenarios.
This is a positive step in the fight for marriage equality in Georgia. For more information check out
Georgia Equality and the Marriage Matters Georgia campaign. You can read a copy of the complaint here.
Church Defends Gay Scout Leader, Boy Scouts Revoke Church’s Charter
Rainier Beach United Methodist Church has a Boy Scouts troop and their leader happens to be gay. Who cares, right? Apparently the Boy Scouts care and they’ve revoked the troop’s charter because the church refused to fire the gay man. “As you are aware the policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders,”CNN reports the Boy Scouts of America wrote to the church leadership in a letter. Despite the letter from the Boy Scouts, the pastor of the church “refused to remove McGrath from his post,” CNN reports. It wasn’t long before the church received another letter from the Boy Scouts, saying, “As a result of this refusal to comply with the policies, guidelines, rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is hereby advised that it is no longer an authorized chartered organization and may no longer use the Scouting program or any of its registered marks or brands.”
NYC Pride Names Grand Marshals, Atlanta Pride Accepting Nominations
Jonathan Groff (from HBO’s “Looking” and Disney’s “Frozen’), Laverne Cox (the incredible actress in “Orange Is The New Black”) and Rea Carey (the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) have been selected as the grand marshals for this year’s New York City Pride March. Who do you think should be the Grand Marshal for the Atlanta Pride Parade? Click here to make a nomination! The Atlanta Pride Committee will be accepting nominations until Thursday, May 15.
Bill O’Reilly Suggest Opposing Marriage Equality Could Get You Hurt
For years gay men and women have been bullied and subject to violence and harassment from anti-gay conservatives. However, now that gays are more accepted in society it is the anti-gay bullies who are whining about being bullied. “Fox News host Bill O’Reilly became the latest right-wing media personality to frame gay rights supporters as bullies, baselessly alleging that support for marriage equality has risen so quickly because activists have threatened to ‘harm’ and ‘hurt’ opponents of same-sex marriage,” Media Matters for America points out. In the clip from “The O’Reilly Factor” below, Mr. O’Reilly brings up the CEO of Mozilla who gave a donation to an anti-gay group and was pressured to step down. This was his big example of how opposing marriage equality could get you hurt. Yes, being the face of a corporation and opposing a popular social issue can have consequences. However, that is incomparable to the type of intimidation the gay community faces. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t being beat up after strangers ask their sexual orientation. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t harassed for holding hands in public. Young anti-gay conservatives aren’t committing suicide because of the mental harassment they’ve faced. Things have changed dramatically for our community, but being gay can still get you “hurt.” When you look at the danger of being anti-gay versus the danger of being gay, O’Reilly’s suggestion holds laughably little water.
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