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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 13th
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!

CORPORATIONS: Chariot for Women, a new ride sharing app for women only, launches in the Boston area on April 19, and welcomes trans women. full story

HISTORY: A history student in Brisbane has uncovered a 1932 newspaper article about same-sex couples getting married, and the reporter's outrage is almost indistinguishable from the moral panic of today. full story

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POP CULTURE: Adam Lambert has claimed that music industry execs are still 'scared' of letting gay artists express themselves through music. full story

AUSTRALIA: In February, the Australian anti-marriage equality group Marriage Alliance released an advertisement depicting a young woman in an office with a rainbow noose around her neck. The Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) ruled on Monday that the group's advertisement breached standards set in place. full story

AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN telephone company Telstra has come under fire after it bowed to pressure from the Catholic Church over its public support of same-sex marriage. full story

CANADA: An openly gay and atheist Malaysian student has been granted refugee status in Canada after he was outed nationally by his own country's media and disowned by his family. full story

CHINA: A judge ruled against a gay couple in China's first same-sex marriage case that attracted several hundred supporters to the courthouse Wednesday in a landmark moment for the country's emerging LGBT rights movement. full story

FRANCE: Air France is facing a rebellion from gay air stewards - who are refusing to fly on a new route to Iran. full story

LEBANON: Armed religious vigilantes are rounding up LGBTIQAs at checkpoints around Lebanon and passing them over to the police where they are beaten and humiliated. full story

MALAYSIA: Malaysia's religious police, also known as the Federal Territories Islamic Department (JAWI), shut down a charity gala dinner organised and attended by transgender women in Kuala Lumpur on 3 April. full story

UK: The release of the results of British Muslim opinion survey caused shock. They revealed, among other things, that more than half the sample of British Muslims surveyed thought homosexuality should be made illegal. full story

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USA: Conservatives have long squawked that the studies showing positive outcomes for the children of same-sex couples are lacking methodologically, instead offering their own flawed studies to claim negative consequences. A new study, however, uses their preferred methods -- minus the flaws -- and proves what the medical community has already long known: same-sex couples make great parents. full story

USA: Around half of all heterosexual men and women potentially carry so-called homosexuality genes that are passed on from one generation to the next. This has helped homosexuality to be present among humans throughout history and in all cultures, even though homosexual men normally do not have many descendants who can directly inherit their genes. full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: In an interview yesterday with the "John and Ken Show," a Southern California talk radio program, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, downplayed his opposition to marriage equality, saying that "of course" there should be no nationwide definition of marriage. full story

USA, COLORADO: Colorado is not joining at least six states that ban or limit psychotherapy which seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors. The Republican majority on a state Senate panel voted against a bill Monday to limit so-called gay conversion therapy. The bill would have banned its use on people under 18. full story

USA, INDIANA: The Indiana Republican Party is faced with the decision whether to change its official platform on same-sex marriage, amid divisive stances from members within. full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Louisiana's version of the Mississippi's religious law is up for debate Tuesday morning. House Bill 597, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, is a bill that would allow for pastors to refuse to marry same sex couples. full story

USA MISSISSIPPI,: Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and father of out entertainer Miley, posted a message on his Facebook page in response to Mississippi's antigay "religious freedom" bill. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: John Grisham and 95 Mississippi authors wrote an eloquent letter released Monday that Mississippi "has nourished intolerance and degradation and brutality, which has looked at difference as a threat." full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: American Idol winner Trent Harmon: "I think that you should treat all people equally and respectfully, and that's what I do, and that's what I'm going to continue to do no matter what law is passed." full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The high consumption of gay pornography by residents of Mississippi on adult e-tail Web site GameLink.com is in stark contrast with the state's recently signed anti-gay measures. Mississippi ranks #6 in the United States for gay pornography viewed on GameLink.com. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI: The founders of the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park and the New York-Mississippi Society, are officially canceling this year's picnic in its 37th year. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: On Tuesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council drafted a letter encouraging businesses in these Southern states to relocate to Salt Lake City. The mayor also issued a memorandum forbidding city-funded or sponsored travel to Mississippi and North Carolina. full story

USA, MISSISSIPPI/NORTH CAROLINA: Miami Beach may be adding itself to the growing list of states, municipalities that have banned travel to North Carolina and Mississippi in response to new state laws directed at the lesbian, gay and transgender community. full story

USA, MISSOURI: Businesses from around Missouri announced the formation a coalition Tuesday designed to stop a "religious freedom" amendment to the state's constitution currently making its way through the Missouri Legislature. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Deutsche Bank is freezing plans to create 250 new jobs at its Cary, North Carolina, location after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Entertainer Jimmy Buffett says he's not canceling two North Carolina concerts even though he thinks the state enacted a "stupid law" limiting protections for lesbians, gays and transgender people. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: In response to HB2, North Carolina's new law limiting anti-discrimination protections, the global community of nearly 1,700 Certified B Corporations announced Tuesday it will relocate a cluster of October events out of North Carolina. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina's governor is standing firm on state's anti-LGBT law - but as more and more businesses pull out of the state, it's everyday North Carolinians who are suffering. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Two rainbow flags which had stood in front of a North Carolina church have been burned. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: A group of North Carolina craft breweries is teaming up to make a special beer that will be sold to raise money to fight the state's new House Bill 2 law. The News and Observer reports more than 30 breweries are taking part. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory did some damage control today, announcing that he has signed an executive order protecting LGBT state employees from discrimination. Today's action does NOT, however, reinstate local LGBT protections nor does it override the so-called "bathroom bill" portion of HB 2. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Cyndi Lauper won't boycott the state over its anti-LGBTIQA law. 'I think that people would need us there. Wherever there's a shut out, wherever people don't accept other people, the other people need you.' full story" target="_blank">full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte pastor and congressional candidate Mark Harris and the Benham brothers, ardent Ted Cruz supporters, were one of the driving forces behind the passage of the anti LGBTIQA law. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Raleigh is banding with other cities across North Carolina to create an ad welcoming everyone to the state, after feeling the pinch from reactions to the new law. full story

USA, TENNESSEE: A Tennessee bill that would allow mental health therapists to turn away patients based on the counselors' religious beliefs and personal principles passed Monday and is on its way to the governor. full story 
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Published on:  April 13, 2016


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