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Equality news round-up: News from the DNC, Minnesota, and maybe more

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– The DNC Chair has said that the 2016 Democratic Party platform will likely include the Equality Act, the omnibus LGBT civil rights bill.

– Three former coaches in Minnesota have filed a discrimination complaint alleging the University of Minnesota Duluth discriminated against them because they’re gay.


  • 1. sfbob  |  September 29, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Once more there seems to be a problem with this site. I can post here (obviously) but not to prior threads and I receive a message saying that some of the content isn't secure. What's going on?

  • 2. davepCA  |  September 29, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Yes, same here. Starting yesterday, if I try to access a comment in a previous article using the "Recent Comments" links in the left column, I get the "Your connection is not secure" warning instead of being sent to the comment.

    However, I CAN actually access that same previous article if I do so by clicking on the article in the main (center) column instead of using the "recent comments" links.

  • 3. VIRick  |  September 29, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Yes, ditto as Dave,– and beginning from yesterday, as well.

  • 4. JayJonson  |  September 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Interesting story about a French deputy mayor (of Marseille) prosecuted for refusing to perform a same-sex marriage. The mayor (a Muslim) cited religious objections. The prosecution was not impressed. She apologized to the couple she refused to marry. She was sentenced to five months in jail, but with the apology the sentence was suspended.

    The ruling said “It is imperative that no citizen, irrespective of age, handicap, race, political opinion and, indeed, sexuality, has reason to doubt the neutrality of … elected officials."

  • 5. Rakihi  |  September 29, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Indiana Pizzeria 'Unwittingly' Caters Gay Couple's Vow Renewal Ceremony

  • 6. VIRick  |  September 29, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    If anyone is still attempting to keep count, or keep track, or keep anything:

    Per Equality Case Files:

    In "Miller v. Davis," the Kentucky clerk's 6th Circuit appeal, 2 new motions have been filed.

    In this latest flurry of paperwork, we have Davis' first Motion to (1) consolidate appeals, (2) exceed the word count limit in consolidated briefs, and (3) extend the deadline for filing a consolidated opening brief.

    Davis has asked that the three appeals currently pending before the 6th Circuit Court be consolidated and that the opening brief for the consolidated appeals be due 30 October.

    Currently, her brief in the first appeal (on the preliminary injunction against her) is due on 2 October. She filed a second motion with the 6th Circuit asking that, if the cases aren't consolidated, the Court extend the deadline for that brief until 7 October:

  • 7. VIRick  |  September 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Also Per Equality Case Files:

    And also in "Miller v. Davis," Rowan County Clerk who won't issue marriage licenses, we hear (rather blisteringly) from Governor Beshear in the third-party side-issue nonsense.

    Third-party defendants Governor Beshear and Commissioner Onkst have filed a Reply Memo in support of their motion to dismiss the complaint against them.

    "The Third Party Complaint is nothing more than Davis’ baseless attempt to conjure up a non-existent directive in an attempt to avoid compliance with the actual source of the requirement that the Office of the Rowan County Clerk issue marriage licenses—a final and binding decision of the United States Supreme Court. This Court should once again deny Davis’ meritless assault on the rule of law."

    The brief starts by listing "several fundamental errors underlying Davis’ argument" and noting: "That Davis stubbornly repeats these inaccuracies does not make them true." This beginning section concludes with:

    "Finally, Davis inaccurately attempts to distract from her failure to perform the statutory duties of her office by alleging that the June 26, 2015 letter from Governor Beshear (“Beshear Letter”) to county clerks set “marriage policies.” Even a cursory reading reveals that the Beshear Letter does not create any policy enforceable upon county clerks. It merely states that KDLA will prescribe a gender-neutral marriage license form, which it did by replacing the words “bride” and “groom.” And, as explained above, Davis does not allege that the form was revised in a way inconsistent with KRS 402.100. With respect to their implementation of "Obergefell," the Beshear Letter encourages county clerks to consult with their county attorney. Id.4 Contrary to Davis’ apparent position, not every word uttered by a state official constitutes state policy."

  • 8. 1grod  |  September 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Rick and Ian: an attempt to avoid compliance with the actual source of the requirement that the Office of the Rowan County Clerk issue marriage licenses—a final and binding decision of the United States Supreme Court. Alabama’s probate judges for Autauga, Bibb, Chambers, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Covington, Crenshaw, Geneva, Marengo, Pike and Washington counties take note. Yes Pike's Wes Allen that includes you. Assuming the past number of marriage in these counties distribute evenly across quarters, that is about 709 couples who had to go elsewhere in the last three months to get a license. Said directly couples whose fundamental constitutional were infringed upon.

  • 9. scream4ever  |  September 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    As a UMD alumni I'm appaled by what happened to say the least. Our school had been in the top 25 for LGBT friendly institutions in the country, and this likely is what resulted in it dropping out this year.

  • 10. Zack12  |  September 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Sad to say but homophobia is still alive and well in sports.

  • 11. VIRick  |  September 29, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Liberty Counsel: Our Fake “100,000 Peruvians Rally For Kim Davis” Photo Was An 'Honest" Mistake

  • 12. Fortguy  |  September 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    HERO update: Former professional baseball player Lance Berkman is participating in anti-HERO ads in which he, unsurprisingly, rehashes the potty panic line expressing his desire to protect his four daughters from "troubled men" entering women's restrooms. Berkman, a six-time MLB All Star, played his collegiate career in Houston with the Rice Owls before being drafted by the Astros in the first round of the 1997 draft. After leaving the Astros in 2010, he went on to play for the Yankees, Cardinals, and Rangers.

    Charles Kuffner, Off the Kuff: Bad choice, Lance

    Why hasn't someone with the stature of Queen Bey or J.J. Watts spoken out in favor of our side?

  • 13. VIRick  |  September 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    The Latest Mat Staver Lie:

    BREAKING: Pope Met, Prayed With Kim Davis, Say Her Lawyers

    So, on top of the 100,000 Peruvians mis-statement, the general public is now supposed to accept this little private get-together "prayer-meeting" as fact?????

    This mess is past preposterous.

  • 14. Fortguy  |  September 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    The clear evidence Pope Francis never met Kim Davis is that she still holds office. Had they met, he would surely have cast her out just as he did John Boehner.

  • 15. davepCA  |  September 29, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    That's hilarious!!!

  • 16. Mike_Baltimore  |  September 29, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    It's easy to confirm (or more likely deny) Kim Davis's lawyers' story – I hear that up to about 50 security agencies and police forces were involved with the Pope's visit in DC, including the Secret Service, DC police, State Department, Swiss Guard, FBI, etc.

    I'm sure we can get a definitive statement from someone.

  • 17. hoodatsayhoodat  |  September 30, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Piffle, I smoked a joint with him that same day. None of his entourage noticed, they were watching a baseball game on TV. Yeah, that's the ticket.

  • 18. dlejrmex  |  September 30, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Like the Peru photo, I really believe that Matt, her "lawyer", is just trying anything he can to keep her in the news because he must know that the Judge is about to bring the hammer done on all their games. If her 15 minutes are over, no one is going to notice when she gets carted off to jail this time.

  • 19. guitaristbl  |  September 30, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Its true unfortunately. Maybe not to the extent Staver describes it but its true.

  • 20. itscoldoutside  |  September 30, 2015 at 1:46 am

    I know this practice is unheard of in the US but the media in Slovenia is reporting that the Constitutional Court will allow the referendum on same-sex marriage with a slim majority even before the decision has been reached. These reports are usually correct.

    I can't express just how disappointed I am. The new law legalizing same-sex marriage will of course be slaughtered in the referendum.

  • 21. scream4ever  |  September 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

    The only report I read was that the court was denying the allegations.

    Regardless, it's not at all a guarantee. Remember that they changed referendum requirements to say that 20% of the nation's population must vote to repeal it. Only 16% of the nation's population turned out in 2012.

  • 22. itscoldoutside  |  September 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Someone from the Court usually leaks these things in advance so as to prepare the populace for the shock. I'll just say that the decision was always the same when the (national) media reported on it in advance.

    Everyone is aware of the new referendum requirements. By that I mean that every referendum campaign from then on takes this fact into account. The opposing campaign will simply advertise that failing to appear at the ballot means you don't support traditional family. Or baby Jesus. The power of Catholics to mobilize is unmatched by any civil group here. It's a small country and they will literally go bankrupt bussing people to the ballot boxes rather than allow this law to pass.

  • 23. scream4ever  |  September 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    They've had 4 years for support on this issue to grown, which it has. In Ireland the Catholic Church clearly wasn't able to persuade the public much.

  • 24. itscoldoutside  |  September 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Oh, I do hope you are correct. I still think the Court blocking it was our last chance.

    The support may be stronger now, but the opposing side has been reinvigorated by the new pope. If they manage to overturn the law for the second time since 2012, it will send a clear message to the politicians and this legislation won't come up for a long, long time. And it was such a wonderful opportunity as well, to become a little progressive island (at least on this issue) in that area of Europe. We'll see.

  • 25. scream4ever  |  September 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I could say our side is reinvigorated by the recent victories in Ireland and the United States.

    At worst, if we lose I could see them passing a bill with just marriage and not adoption, which seems to always been the problem in European nations.

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