The upper house of the NSW Parliament has narrowly voted down a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.
Same-sex couples visiting the United States or applying for higher education financial aid will now have their marriages recognized.
Tony Abbott just promised an expensive, taxpayer-funded battle to overturn new marriage equality laws as they pass. Tell politicians to take a stand now.
Strasbourg — Civil unions should not be reserved for heterosexual couples, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday, condemning Greece for creating a “life partner” legal category that excludes gays.
Croatia, the newest country to join the EU, is set to hold a referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriages later this year.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Greece cannot exclude same-sex couples from the civil unions it allows for heterosexual couples
Corporate support for gay and transgender rights is reaching workers in new corners of the country and economy six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, according to a new report card from the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group. The Human Rights Campaign found that more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies and 90 percent of all large employers it surveyed are offering health insurance and other spousal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of their employees.
Croatian lawmakers voted on Friday to hold a referendum on December 1 that would rule out same-sex marriage in the Roman Catholic country, despite strong objections from gay rights activists.The referendum on whether to amend the country’s constitution to define marriage as a “union between a woman and a man” was called after 700,000 people signed a petition launched by a conservative group seeking such a nation-wide vote.A total of 104 MPs in the 151-seat assembly backed holding of the referendum compared with 13 who voted against. The others were absent or abstained. Copyright (2013) AFP.
The Illinois Family Institute, an anti-LGBT Christian organization, issued a fake nutritional label that tries (and fails) to be clever in its opposition to marriage equality.
A new video making the rounds on the Internet today shows kids’ unvarnished reactions to same-sex marriage proposals and unscripted thoughts about marriage equality. It’s very encouraging.
The largely Catholic country voted to limit marriage to one man and one woman.
Under a new law which allows transgender people to marry without the legal requirement of gender reassignment surgery, a trans man has married his partner whilst eight-months pregnant.
If gay marriage is about protecting citizenship, whose citizenship is being protected? Most people in this country — especially those not born rich, white, straight and male — are not full citizens. The not-so-subtle demand to “protect your citizenship” evokes images of George W. Bush’s screeds against “enemies of freedom.” Gay assimilationists want to make sure they’re on the winning side in the citizenship wars, and see no need to confront the legacies of systemic and systematic US oppression that prevent most people living in this country (and everywhere else) from exercising their supposed “rights.” This willful participation in US imperialism is part of the larger goal of assimilation, as the holy trinity of marriage, military service and adoption has become the central preoccupation of a gay movement centered more on obtaining straight privilege than challenging power.
Gay assimilationists have created the ultimate genetically modified organism, combining virulent strains of nationalism, patriotism, consumerism, and patriarchy and delivering them in one deadly product: state-sanctioned matrimony. Gay marriage proponents are anxious to discard those tacky hues of lavender and pink, in favor of the good ol’ stars and stripes, literally draping themselves in Old Glory at every pro-marriage demonstration as the US occupies Iraq, overthrows the only democratically-elected government in the history of Haiti, funds the Israeli war on the Palestinians, and makes the whole world safe… for multinational corporations to plunder indigenous resources.
A gay elite has hijacked queer struggle, and positioned their desires as everyone’s needs — the dominant signs of straight conformity have become the ultimate signs of gay success. Sure, for white gays with beach condos, country club memberships, and nice stock portfolios with a couple hedge funds that need trimming every now and then (think of Rosie O’Donnell or David Geffen), marriage might just be the last thing standing in the way of full citizenship, but what about for everyone else?
Even when the “gay rights” agenda does include real issues, it does it in a way that consistently prioritizes the most privileged while fucking over everyone else. I’m using the term “gay rights,” instead of the more popular term of the moment, “LGBT rights,” because “LGBT” usually means gay, with lesbian in parentheses, throw out the bisexuals, and put trans on for a little window-dressing. A gay rights agenda fights for an end to discrimination in housing and employment, but not for the provision of housing or jobs; domestic partner health coverage but not universal health coverage. Or, more recently, hospital visitation and inheritance rights for married couples, but not for anyone else. Even with the most obviously “gay” issue, that of anti-queer violence, a gay rights agenda fights for tougher hate crimes legislation, instead of fighting the racism, classism, transphobia (and homophobia) intrinsic to the criminal “justice” system. Kill those criminals twice, this logic goes, and then there won’t be any more violence.
The violence of assimilation lies in the ways the borders are policed. For decades, there has been a tension within queer politics and cultures, between assimilationists and liberationists, conservatives and radicals. Never before, however, has the assimilationist/conservative side held such a stranglehold over popular representations of what it means to be queer. Gay marriage proponents are anxious to discard generations of queer efforts to create new ways of loving, lusting for, and caring for one another, in favor of a 1950s model of white-picket-fence, “we’re-just-like-you” normalcy.
The ultimate irony of gay liberation is that it has made it possible for straight people to create more fluid gender, sexual and social identities, while mainstream gay people salivate over state-sanctioned Tiffany wedding bands and participatory patriarchy. Many straight people know that marriage is outdated, tacky and oppressive — and any queer who grew up in or around marriage should remember this well. Marriage still exists as a central site of anti-woman, anti-child and anti-queer violence, and a key institution through which the wealth and property of upper class (white) families is preserved. If gay marriage proponents wanted real progress, they’d be fighting for the abolition of marriage (duh), and universal access to the services that marriage can sometimes help procure: housing, healthcare, citizenship, tax breaks, and inheritance rights.
- For more on assimilationist versus “separatist” political approaches, “Gay Shame and BDSM Pride: Neoliberalism, Privacy, and Sexual Politics" by Margot D. Weiss
- For my own experiences regarding how San Francisco’s queer and sex-positive communities are privileged shams: “It’s foggy today" and "When ‘sex-positive’ is a euphemism for ‘male gaze’”.
- For more about why “marriage” is bullshit.
- For more about queer resistance to military recruiters: “Queer Counter-Recruitment”.
"[As] we disconnect marriage and children and instead focus on marriage as a kind of romantic, intimate, loving, caretaking relationship for adults, I think we’re going to hurt a lot of children."
With Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature on Senate Bill 10, Illinois Wednesday became the 16th U.S. state to embrace marriage equality.