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Marriage Equality Round-Up - August 28th
Here's our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don't warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn't have time to add. We're able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day - enjoy!

INTERNET: When the online and catalog based company Suddenly Fem, serving the transgender community, tried to advertise through Facebook in summer 2015, in order to reach transgender customers, their ads and content were rejected as "adult" by the social media website. Facebook has since apologized. full story

Suddenly Fem

POP CULTURE: Miley Cyrus has confirmed she identifies as 'pansexual' - and not bisexual as widely reported in the media. full story

ITALY: Pope Francis sent letter praising a children's book, Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg), that includes gay and lesbian families. full story

MIDDLE EAST: These documentaries reveal precarious, uncertain, and inscrutable queer existence in Syria, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. full story

USA: Donald Trump couldn't explain to a gay child why he opposes marriage equality. full story

USA: Ted Cruz's father says the Supreme Court's ruling means that churches will be forced to hire gay pastors. full story

USA, ALABAMA: Evil mother-in-law Pat Fancher has appealed a lower court's ruling awarding her son's estate to his husband to the Eleventh Circuit Court. full story

USA, ILLINOIS: Schools in the Springfield diocese won't turn away children of gay parents, but they may make them feel unwelcome, a Bishop says. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: James Yates and William Smith Jr. tried for a third time to apply for a marriage license but were denied by a deputy working under County Clerk Kim Davis. full story

USA, KENTUCKY: Rowan County clerk Kim Davis will petition U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan for a stay on the order full story

USA, KENTUCKY: A leading gay-rights activist and two others were arrested for protesting protesting the Farm Bureau's stance on gay rights and other issues. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: The Maroon chronicles the slow shift toward tolerance in the state. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: Two grooms may have won the prize for most fabulous wedding entrance ever by turning up on unicorn jet skis. full story

Unicorn Jet Skis

USA, NORTH DAKOTA: The state of North Dakota has agreed to pay $58,000 in attorneys' fees and costs in one of two lawsuits filed in federal court that challenged the state's ban on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, OREGON: In what may be a historic first, a Catholic school that ended a contract with a teacher for being openly gay has reversed course, challenging Church teaching by instituting hiring polices that welcome LGBT people. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Democrats are taking another run at a comprehensive LGBT rights bill. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The body that governs high school sports in South Dakota has OK'd keeping a policy that allows transgender students to play on the teams of their choice, increasing the likelihood that conservative legislators will try to undermine it with a birth certificate requirement and possibly even genital exams. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Dallas Voice recaps the fight to date over Houston's HERO ordinance. full story

USA, TEXAS: Keller school board trustee's transphobic comments revealed as she continues to try to derail an LGBT nondiscrimination and harassment policy. full story

Keller ISD Trustee Jo Lynn Haussmann

USA, TEXAS: The state is running into unexpected complications as it overhauls the policies for issuing birth certificates to children of same sex couples. full story

USA, TEXAS: A gay couple claims that a homophobic Hilton Garden Inn chef refused to cater their wedding. full story

USA, WYOMING: The Alliance Defending Freedom, a right-wing law firm that has worked to oppose gay marriage initiatives nationwide is representing a Wyoming magistrate under investigation for saying she would refuse to perform same-sex marriages. full story 
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Published on:  August 28, 2015


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