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Equality news round-up: French Prime minister, Malawi president back marriage equality, and more

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By Scottie Thomaston

- The Washington Blade has been covering a story about the the stabbing death of a Marine by a fellow Marine. The victim was called an anti-gay slur at the time of the stabbing. There were charges filed in the case and now the government considers the stabbing an anti-gay hate crime.

- The French Prime Minister has promised to implement marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples, advancements that were promised by the newly elected president of France.

- Marriage equality is fast becoming a big issue even in South Dakota, as the two Democratic Congressional candidates running for South Dakota’s one at-large seat have opposing viewpoints on the issue. One opposes marriage and the other supports it:

Barth said he is more concerned about Social Security, Medicare and national security, but he feels gay marriage is an issue worth supporting.

He said Varilek’s opposition to it has done two things: It struck a chord with voters who wondered where he stood on issues important to them, and it raised the question if Varilek was acting out of political interests, not speaking from his heart.

“I call it as I see it,” Barth said. “I don’t base my answer on who’s in the audience.”

- Activists and politicians in battleground states feel emboldened by the president’s support of marriage equality.

- Malawi’s president wants to repeal their gay ban.

- Prospect has an article combating attempts to blame black voters for Amendment 1 in North Carolina, and The Washington Blade has an op ed asking society to stop blaming AAs for anti-LGBT setbacks.

- A gay election board nominee in Oklahoma was denied a vote in committee. This just a day after Virginia’s Assembly did the same to a qualified gay judge.

- A legislator in Mississippi says gay people spread disease and should be put to death.

- The pioneer of “gay cure” research has apologized and repudiated his research, and the New York Times takes an in-depth look.

19 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. bythesea  |  May 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Hey Scottie the title seems to imply the President of Malawi back marriage equality, but my understanding is that she wishes to decriminalize gay sex which is very positive of course, but I am unaware that she is going as far as backing marriage equality too. Am I misinformed or would a rephrasing be appropriate? In any case, thanks so much for the news roundup.

  • 2. Steve  |  May 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Yeah, the headline is misleading

  • 3. Seth from Maryland  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Kansans changing minds on marriage equality?
    A SurveyUSA poll, sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12, found 42 percent of Kansans agreeing with President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage – perhaps surprising for a state that saw a constitutional amendment to ban it pass with 70 percent of the vote in 2005. In the survey, 55 percent said they disagreed with Obama, and 37 percent said a candidate’s view on the issue would be very important in the coming election. The agreement with Obama was highest among liberals and Democrats, followed by 18- to 34-year-olds (53 percent), northeast Kansans (49 percent), and women and moderates (47 percent).

    Read more here: http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2012/05/kansans-ch

  • 4. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

    confusing a bit,,, but so is the article he points to regarding Malawi,,,but here is the important take away

    Elsewhere in her speech, Banda said her government wants to normalize relations with "our traditional development partners who were uncomfortable with our bad laws."
    Banda's speech was applauded by human rights activists, but they cautioned getting the necessary backing from parliament won't be easy.
    "The issue of homosexuality has been a contentious issue," said human rights activist Undule Mwakasungula. "Definitely it will raise controversy in parliament."
    In South Africa, the only African country with laws protecting gay rights, activist Mark Heywood said Banda would have international support.

  • 5. bythesea  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Wow, that is s a bit surprising. 42% may not seem so great at first glance, but that's higher than I would have thought and if that trend holds steady then Kansas,of all places, will flip to majority support much sooner than I would have figured.

  • 6. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    confusing a bit,,, but so is the article he points to regarding Malawi,,,but here is the important take away

    It's really important for other African countries other than South Africa to move in this direction," Heywood said of Banda's move. "Symbolically, I think it is very important for Africa."

  • 7. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Banda, wants to normalize relations with progressive countries, and get rid of what are seen as "bad laws",,,, the international community is having an impact here,,,, which is worth noting,,,,,

    we all know the end result of full EQUALiTY,,, so even if we are starting with decriminalizing outdated laws,,,, the final goal will be marriage equality,,, we know that,,,,,,

  • 8. bythesea  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Of course, but there is a long road from legalizing gay sexual behavior to full marriage equality though it may be swifter when other countries have taken that journey already. The EU and the US haven't even completed the journey fully yet, so I realize that a small African nation taking the first steps has a long way to go even with the support and example of South Africa to aid it.

  • 9. Reformed  |  May 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

    So, I see manny pacquaino has sold his cock fighting business (in a bid to less immoral). Have to get more facts, but isn't that a little like getting out of the slave trading industry by selling off your remaining inventory of slaves to the plantation across the street? Of course, he might have sold them off to KFC so they wouldn't have to fight again. I wonder what the real story is.

    I wonder what god thinks about trying knock out another of his "temples" in a ring for entertainment.

  • 10. bythesea  |  May 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I agree that cock fighting is immoral, but don't you think comparing it to human slavery might be a tad offensive. Sort of like those poster that contrast a picture of baby pigs being held for slaughter with photos of Jewish children in Nazi concentration camps.

  • 11. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    long road indeed,,, but it always begins with the first step in the right direction,,, I say good for her,,, and wonder if asked, what she would say about marriage equality??? Scotties headline kind of begs the question

  • 12. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    U.S. should side with freedom
    The risks and uncertainties in the Arab Spring uprisings have led some U.S. leaders to argue that we might be better off supporting authoritarian rulers in order to maintain stability in the Middle East. “But in the long run, this foreign policy approach is not realistic,” former President George W. Bush wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary. “It is not within the power of America to indefinitely preserve the old order, which is inherently unstable.” Bush added: “America does not get to choose if a freedom revolution should begin or end in the Middle East or elsewhere. It only gets to choose what side it is on.”

    Read more here: http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2012/05/u-s-should

  • 13. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    off topic,,, but interesting progress
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/19/showbiz/canada-miss

  • 14. Seth from Maryland  |  May 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    WoW, i just seen this post on Equality Maryland's facebook page: THIS JUST IN !!!! – NAACP Board of Directors, with only two votes in opposition, unequivocally endorsed marriage equality. Official announcement to be forthcoming shortly……

  • 15. Bronor K  |  May 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Good to hear, the french are one of those people who are on the front line of this.<img src="http://www.wsale.net/qy/oue.jpg"><img src="http://www.wsale.net/qyl/ppa.jpg"&gt;

  • 16. Seth from Maryland  |  May 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    MN4allfamilies new video:
    http://youtu.be/eEEN9xAU094

  • 17. Reformed  |  May 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Yes i do, as to your question. I dont think that is what i did howeve. My point is about trying to become moral without having a true sense of what that would entail. I did not compare slaves with chickens, I drew a parallel with how he "got out of the business" thereby "becoming less immoral" (albeit it without all the facts, but an article says that he "sold his cock fighting business"). So, I say, would you get out of the slave trading business by selling your slaves. No, I think you would set them free. Would you get out of the drug dealing business by unloading you inventory on a last run through town? When you are in a immoral business, you don't get out of it "by cashing in" and than acting as if you have successfully "washed your hands of the matter". Re: Nazi photos, that does sound offensive, I do hope my comment doesn't continue to be seen as equivalent to that. If so, appalogies. Perhaps the moderator will delete if in agreement or receives other coments that also feel this way.

  • 18. bythesea  |  May 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    No I don't think it needs to be removed, and I attempted to edit out the reference to the offensive poster that I mentioned. However it posted the comment instead and one that happens apparently you can't edit after the fact. I understand the point you meant and just think one has to take care when making analogies between objectionable things done to animals and historical atrocities done to human beings, since some are unfortunately intentionally insensitive about it.

  • 19. Bob  |  May 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/15

    ten reason's to ban gay marriage,,,, hilariois

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