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Marriage Equality Round-Up - April 16th
We wanted to let y'all know that we're going to be winding down Marriage Equality Watch at the end of April. This has been a labor of love for us, but after more than eight years of early mornings and at least 7,000 hours devoted to this volunteer project, it's time to move on.

We want to thank our partner organization, Marriage Equality USA, which has long been supportive of our activism. When MEUSA decided to close down, we took a long, hard look at what we were doing. While we once had 1.4 million page views a month, post-Obergefell our blog traffic has declined 120k a month.

The battle for marriage equality in the US is all but over, but we recognize that the fight for LGBTIQA rights in general continues. And there are many countries around the world where we don't have any rights at all. Some of the folks from MEUSA are going on to NEAT to fight for housing and employment rights:

http://www.marriageequality.org/neat_joins_ffaa

Mark and I will continue to support queer-friendly wedding vendors through our PurpleUnions.com directory.

And I am personally involved in another same sex marriage project - a new book coming out from Dreamspinner Press on the Marriage Equality Day, June 26th. Called "A More Perfect Union", the anthology will feature four wedding stories, each one written by an established, married gay author - myself, B.G. Thomas, Michael Murphy and Jamie Fessenden. If you want to be notified when it's available, please join my mailing list here:

https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com/join-my-mailing-list/

Mark and I wanted to thank all of you who fought for equality with us - it's been an amazing journey. We will continue to maintain the blog on our site as a history of the struggle. If you are looking for an alternate daily LBTIQA news source, we suggest HRC's AM Equality:

http://www.hrc.org/blog/topic/am-equality

We are on the lookout for our next volunteer project, but in the meantime, we send our love out to all y'all!

--Scott & Mark

POP CULTURE: A production of Shrek The Musical in Canada must change its script after using the word ‘tranny’. full story

IRELAND: At least two gay couples are getting married every day in Ireland since it was legalised last year. full story

KENYA: A Kenyan rights group says it is going to court to decriminalize gay sexual relations between consenting adults. full story

UKRAINE: A gay couple has married in Ukraine, despite the fact that the country does not legally recognise their union. full story

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UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: Marriage equality is a Northern Ireland Assembly election issue, campaigners said yesterday as they launched Love Equality, a new political campaign which aims to deliver equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. full story

USA: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced on Thursday it has revised the definition of the term “spouse” in federal regulations to strengthen an earlier policy change allowing federal employees with same-sex spouses to use the Family and Medical Leave Act. full story

USA, MICHIGAN: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/bruce-springsteen-warns-michigan-not-pass-anti-lgbti-bathroom-bill/#rssowlmlink full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Today, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC announced that executives from the American Express Company, AXA Financial Inc., Bloomberg L.P., Capital One, Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Campbell Soup Company, CohnReznick LLP, CrowdRise, eMaint Enterprises, LLC, Ernst & Young LLP, the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., John Hancock Financial, Kohler Co., Logitech, Plum Organics, RBC Capital Markets, REI, Strava Inc., The Hartford, Time Warner Cable, United Airlines, Visa Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 160 leading CEOs and business leaders urging Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory law that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Ted Cruz was evasive on Thursday under questioning over whether he supports North Carolina’s recently enacted anti-LGBT law, but indicated he think the statute is “perfectly reasonable” and lamented Democrats won’t join Republicans to enable discrimination in the name of religious liberty. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Duran Duran is going to push for the repeal of the state's new anti-LGBTIQA law at Saturday’s Charlotte concert. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people remains "problematic" for the league, but he said there is no decision on moving next year's All-Star Game out of Charlotte. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday that while HB2 is “problematic,” moving the game would be, in his opinion, “grandstanding.” full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: But wait, maybe the NBA hasn't decided yet? "At no time did Adam affirm that the league would not move the All-Star Game; rather he stressed repeatedly that the legislation is problematic, that we feel it is best to engage with the community to work towards a solution, that change is needed and we are hopeful that it will occur." full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The Canadian-based circus company Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming stops in North Carolina by two of its touring shows to protest a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. full story

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USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Nearly three dozen Minnesota state lawmakers signed a letter addressed to the governor of North Carolina, saying they support a recently enacted law that ties bathroom use to a person’s biological sex. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: Here’s a list of celebs standing against the state, as well as others who took a different tact or are in the wait-and-see category. full story

USA, NORTH CAROLINA: The North Carolina law “overturns all state protections for gay and lesbians and puts new discrimination on the books,” according to Los Angeles Councilman Mike Bonin, who proposed the resolution that was approved on a 12-0 vote. full story

USA, PENNSYLVANIA: A number of same-sex couples joined by civil unions are having trouble getting un-joined, because the law hasn’t kept up with the rapidly changing social issue. Now, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has agreed to hear a case involving one such couple from Philadelphia. full story

USA, TEXAS: The Texas Supreme Court on Friday tossed out Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to undo the union of the first gay couple to legally wed in Texas. The court-ordered same-sex marriage of two Austin women had occurred months before such unions were legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court. full story 
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Published on:  April 16, 2016


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