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Marriage Equality Round-Up - February 16th
Here's our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories from all around the internet. If we missed anything, let us know. Enjoy!

INTERNET: The LGBTI Pride movement is going fully online for the first time with a new global event - Digital Pride. full story

PEOPLE: Floyd Mayweather responded to Pacquiao's anti-gay statement. "We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. To each his own," Mayweather said outside a New York jewelry store. full story

PEOPLE: Manny Pacquiao has apologised after telling a Filipino broadcaster that gay couples are 'worse than animals.' full story

PEOPLE: Today anti-LGBT Christian activist Michael Brown published a column for the viciously anti-LGBT Charisma News in which he denounced fellow anti-LGBT Christian activist Ted Shoebat for his many calls to execute gays. Shoebat responded on Twitter by challenging Brown to a debate on this aspect of Christian Love(TM) and Brown has accepted. full story

PEOPLE: Anti-gay NFL coach Tony Dungy didn't know it at the time but two years ago, the recipient of an award named in his honor was presented to a gay college football player. full story

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POP CULTURE: Fans believe kids TV show Gravity Falls introduced a gay male couple in its final episode this week. full story

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POP CULTURE: Props to "Deadpool" for its bisexual superhero milestone: our hero (Ryan Reynolds) admits the film's male villain (Ed Skrein) turns him on even more than his lady love (Morena Baccarin) does. Then again, this moment comes during the end credits -- when an animated Deadpool is, uh, visually demonstrating the effect these two characters have on his libido. full story

POP CULTURE: There have been bisexual characters on television, but so often even those representations are problematic and lackluster: from supporting the "cheating and confused" trope, to "I'm straight but I kiss girls" defense, to the "I don't discriminate" label refusal, bisexual representation still leaves a lot to be desired. full story

AUSTRALIA: Forty religious leaders have written to the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, urging him to drop the proposal to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, saying a public campaign on the issue would be damaging to same-sex couples and religious people alike. full story

AUSTRALIA: A survey into intersex Australians has shown high rates of suicide and poverty, along with a lack of information around invasive surgeries intended to "fix" ambiguous sex characteristics full story

GERMANY: Here's a quick guide to Germany's most important political forces and their stance on marriage equality. full story

ITALY: Italy's Senate on Wednesday suspended a debate over legislation allowing gay civil unions after the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) scuppered a move to push the historic bill through the upper house unscathed. full story

JAPAN: The Mie Prefecture in Iga will be the third region in the country to take the step. full story

UK: The Church of England has said it could reconsider its doctrine of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples. full story

UK: Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned a health service research team from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) to model the size of the LGB population in England. full story

USA: Sen. Ted Cruz says Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump believe that the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage "is the settled law of the land and we must ... surrender and move on," accusing them of "repeating Barack Obama's talking points." Cruz goes too far in Rubio's case, and Trump hasn't echoed Obama on the issue, either. full story

USA: As Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio battle to be the most staunch opponent of gay marriage, their Republican presidential rival John Kasich went in the other direction during a campaign appearance in Michigan on Tuesday: 'Well, we're not changing any laws. We're not changing. We're not going to allow discrimination on this. ... The court has spoken. That's the end of it.' full story

USA: A new study shows that transgender active-duty U.S. military personnel report few lifetime mental and physical health problems. These findings challenge the current policy of excluding transgender persons from enlisting in the U.S. military or discharging them based on the presumption that they are unfit to serve due to their mental or physical health. full story

USA: Potential Supreme Court nominee Sri Srinivasan's name appeared name on legal briefs from the U.S. Justice Department arguing against the constitutionality of DOMA, including the Obama administration's brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

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USA, GEORGIA: House Bill 757, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, protects religious officials from being "forced" to imitate marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples and was approved in a 161-0 vote, moving on now to the Georgia Senate. full story

USA, INDIANA: A lesbian couple left the perfect tip for a chef who 'insulted and sexualized' their relationship on their first Valentine's Day together. full story

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USA, MICHIGAN: An intersex dog named Cody who was at the Detroit Dog Rescue has found a new owner -- an attorney who helped spearhead a fight against the state's gay marriage ban and helped take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: A third of Donald Trump supporters in South Carolina want to ban gay people from entering the US, according to a poll released Tuesday. full story

USA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire by the religious right organization National Organization for Marriage. The group tells voters to "Dump Trump" for "abandoning the fight for marriage," according to Joe.My.God. full story

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USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: A bill that would require transgender students to use facilities matching the gender they were assigned at birth is heading to the Governor's desk. full story

USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the ACLU of South Dakota, condemned the vote to pass an anti trans bill, and called on Gov. Dennis Daugaard to veto the offensive and deeply discriminatory legislation. full story

USA, TEXAS: State lawmakers will revisit the debate over whether federal actions protecting gay rights are infringing on religious liberties this week, with a Texas Senate panel taking up the issue tomorrow. full story

USA, VIRGINIA: The Virginia House of Delegates on Feb. 16, 2016, approved a "Kim Davis" religious freedom bill that critics contend would allow anti-LGBT discrimination in the state. full story

ZIMBABWE: A former Zimbabwean ruling party official who was axed over his role in an alleged attempted coup against President Robert Mugabe has claimed that the African leader has no problem working with people who are gay and that his extreme public statements about LGBTI people are just designed to stir up the masses. full story 
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Published on:  February 17, 2016


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