Riverside Drive, in front of the Long Center
"...In a historic victory for the LGBTQ community and its allies, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled marriage equality to be a constitutionally protected right Friday morning, requiring same-sex marriage to be recognized as legal in all 50 states..."
"...Gay marriage is tantamount to an irresponsible "social experiment," argued Texas Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell, echoing the state's continuing defense of the ban during last Friday's court hearing over marriage equality. The New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard cases from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi on Jan..."
"...Last Friday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all 50 states set off a wave of celebration across the city, from the hordes guzzling 50-cent drinks on Fourth Street to Mayor Steve Adler preparing to attend a wedding the following day. But a social media storm was already brewing over Facebook comments made by District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman, comparing marriage equality to pedophilia...."
"...If Texas granted marriage equality, the state would experience an “economic boost” from wedding spending and out-of-state guest purchases, according to a recent study conducted by the UCLA Law-based Williams Institute. Spending on wedding arrangements and tourism by same-sex couples and guests would generate an estimated $181.6 million to the state and local economy over the course of three years, with a $116.2 million surge in just the first year alone...."
"...By now, they're nearly household names in Texas, identified by supporters on the street for their historic partnership. Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, the Austin lesbian couple who quietly wed in a ceremony outside Travis County offices last week, ignited a firestorm of opposition from state officials, yet spurred renewed hope for those fighting for marriage equality...."
"...In a statement issued Friday, Equality Texas said the ruling "clings to unconstitutional notions of 'separate but equal,'" and that sending the case back to the lower court "undermines the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 Obergefell marriage equality decision [which] made clear that marriage equality is settled law and requires states to treat married same-sex couples equally in every area of the law."..."
"...Texas' most powerful conservatives are hopeful the state's high court will rule in their favor and put limitations on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 Marriage Equality ruling..."
"...Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas, says the organization was fielding calls a week after the Obergefell decision from disappointed women who had given birth at hospitals that were refusing to put their spouses' names on birth certificates. "Legally married couples deserve to have their families recognized, and the state has an immediate duty to provide them with accurate birth certificates for their children," said Smith...."
"...The Austin residents, along with Plano-based Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss (who hope to get married in Texas) have sued the state in De Leon v. Perry – successfully thus far – to ensure marriage equality is the law of the land...."
"...Remember when Republicans kept saying marriage equality would wreck marriage? Seems the real danger is the GOP, since Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, thinks we just should get rid of the institution altogether...."
"...In the 42-page brief, Abbott argues the constitutional amendment barring marriage equality reflects the state’s interest in promoting procreation between a man and a woman...."
"...It's perhaps as clear a sign as anything that Texas still has a long way to go towards LGBT equality. Tuesday Equality Texas endorsed Republican incumbent Sarah Davis in her House bid..."
"...Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled same-sex marriage constitutional, allowing marriage equality in all 50 states...."
"...On Halloween, nearly two months since the new ruling went into effect, Hagel reprimanded the mulish states at the Anti-Defamation League Centennial Dinner. "Not only does this violate the states’ obligations under federal law, their actions have created hardship and inequality by forcing couples to travel long distances to federal military bases to obtain the ID cards they’re entitled to..."
"...Last Friday, the Travis County Clerk's Office transformed from bureaucratic building into a site of momentous liberation and equality for dozens of long marginalized couples. Soon after the U.S..."
"...The Travis County Democratic Party plans to host a marriage equality party at Highland Lounge at 6 pm...."
"...• The Fight for Marriage (In)Equality: Attorney General Ken Paxton has continued his dogged attempt to perpetuate inequality by tearing apart the new – and historic – marriage of Austin women Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who quietly wed Thursday morning in Travis County, the first gay couple in Texas to do so. The same day, Paxton secured a temporary stay from the Texas Supreme Court preventing any future same-sex marriages in the county; however, the stay did not impact the couple's marriage..."
"...Their reasons for marching were varied: repeal of DoMA (Defense of Marriage Act) or Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, passing of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, marriage equality, transgender visibility and rights, adoption by gay parents, and many many others. The National Equality March did not wish to engage on a specific gay rights target, believing full equality needs to be the eventual goal...."
"...Join with Join the Impact - Austin, the folks who represented our fair city at last month's National Equality March, to respond to Maine's vote to reject gay marriage tomorrow on the steps of the City Hall...."
"...And of course, there is in-fighting within our own ranks, with GLBT factions not wishing to waste the energy on a right they never wish to use. Here's Dan Savage's take: "And speaking of infidelity: I'm gonna slap the next big, dumb gay opponent of marriage equality who whines about gay marriage being a plot to impose stultifying monogamy on us and destroy gay sex as we've come to blow and glove it..."
"...Businesses of all scales have made it completely clear that they oppose such legislation: not only because it is cruel, but because it's a great way to scare off potential customers and investors. This session, new group Texas Competes, comprising commercial power players like Southwest Airlines, Dell, Samsung, Alamo Drafthouse, PR firm GSD&M, and SXSW made a vocal commitment to LGBT equality..."
"...Etiquette and equality go hand-in-hand when you live and let live..."
"...Moreover, if the benefits that accrue to some are not available to all, regardless of marital status or gender, then they should be available to none. After all, as citizens of this nation, we are guaranteed equality under the law...."
"...Today, marriage equality exists in 35 states, while 15 – including Texas – are still assembling roadblocks against legalization...."
"...While I was in Boston I had the good fortune to interview Melissa Threadgill, who was the Communications Director at MassEquality during the critical period when Massachusetts voters were potentially going to rescind newly won marriage rights. Melissa and I also happened to go to college together (Goooooo Oberlin!)...."
"...While the GOP elephants continue to fight amongst themselves, LGBT rights continue trailing forward nationwide! Learn what's happening on the marriage equality front, HIV-rights and where a lady can drop a deuce in peace...."
"...In this week's very political version of our weekly LGBT news roundup, Rick Perry starts a big gay fight, Obama and Clinton try to make the world safer for LGBTs, an 8-year-old matches wits with Michele Bachmann, and an amazing marriage equality ad from Australia changes the conversation from tax benefits to L-U-V...."
"...Sunday marks one year of freedom to marry, and Tuesday is the 47th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. A year of Marriage Equality symbolizes how far we've come, while Orlando shows us how much further we have to go..."
"...The regular session saw the introduction of more than two dozen anti-LGBTQ bills, including 17 proposed religious liberty laws designed to protect Christians with "sincerely held religious beliefs" by granting them free rein to discriminate against lifestyles and religions contrary to theirs. Chuck Smith, the executive director of LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Texas, said he believes the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling legalizing marriage equality triggered a "direct backlash" from conservative lawmakers against queer communities – and now "we're getting it from all sides."..."
"...In this week's News Roundup, some Texas lawmakers are doing their damnedest to shove the marriage equality rabbit back in the hat; notorious piñata foes F&F Ventures are still looking for a profitable use of the now empty space; Council has a busy week planned; and more...."
"...In this week's News Roundup, the new City Council lays out a plan to (hopefully) streamline meetings, a former APD detective tries to get into federal court, the 5th Circuit contemplates abortion and marriage equality, and more...."
"...Jeff Bezos bets on marriage equality, queer Olympians raise the bar, and Chris Brown lowers it again. Today's AggreGAYtor is keeping score...."
"...Rather than temper his controversial rhetoric, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, reinforced extremist platform points when it came to education, health care, immigration, reproductive rights and marriage equality during Monday evening’s lieutenant governor debate against state Sen..."
"...New Zealand legalizes marriage equality, Pat Buchanan calls for civil unrest, and Ban Ki-moon respectfully disagrees. In the place of a Dark Lord you would have today's AggreGAYtor...."
"...2013 was, in some ways, a banner year: marriage equality and trans rights in (some of) the United States… but we also saw whole nations go retrograde, along with some haters giving everything they've got. Here is your GAYtor's personal "Tops" and "Bottoms" list...."
"...It's the inspiring story of our society's continuing struggle to evolve toward equality, dignity, and mutual respect – as well as love – for all. The moment came on June 26, when Justice Anthony Kennedy proclaimed from the ornate chamber of the Supreme Court: "The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, couples of the same sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty."..."
"...And for the rest of us anti-war types who dislike the idea of queers joining a corporate-owned, brown-people-killing military monster, take a peek inside the newly released book, Against Equality: Don't Ask To Fight Their Wars. It's peace-tastic!..."
"...Andrew Sullivan’s faith is restored, Anne Hathaway sells herself for equality, and Gavin Newsom has grave concerns. You might think I'm crazy but today’s AggreGAYtor is serious..."
"...In the last 24 hours, a "citizen's filibuster" helped defeat Texas' draconian Senate Bill 5, and the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a number of rulings, including the overturning of the federal marriage ban. How do these events impact the movement for LGBTQ equality? Find out now at the Gay Place...."
"...MARRIAGE BELLS: While Washington Governor Christine Gregoire just signed a marriage equality bill into law, the New Jersey senate just passed a marriage equality bill with more votes than expected. However, while Washingtonians will likely have to defend their law at the November ballot box, New Jersey governor Chris Christie has promised to veto the Jersey bill if it reaches his desk...."
"...Parker's decision was challenged in court and blocked by a temporary injunction. But SCOTUS ruled on marriage equality before a ruling was reached, and the court of appeals decided to reverse the injunction...."
"...Illinois wins the race to be the 15th state in the U.S. to recognize marriage equality!..."
"...Three states roll toward equality, Russia backs off its most onerous law yet, and Neil Patrick Harris gives us the most terror-filled Halloween photo yet, as your AggreGAYtor decides just to go as Little Edie. Again...."
"...Hawaii has her sweet 16, New Jersey rocks out with her equality out, and Ted Cruz, you be you, as your AggreGAYtor dumps the charm...."
"...Texas lawmakers may be light-years away from allowing same-sex marriages, or even civil unions for that matter, but a new gay rights group hopes to add Austin to the list of cities taking a stand on the hot-button issue. The Austin Coalition for Marriage Equality, or ACME, intends to petition the Austin City Council and the Travis Co..."