Pastor of large Kansas Methodist church disappointed by vote

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LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) | The pastor of the largest Methodist congregation in the U.S. says he is deeply disappointed by a vote of the church’s delegates that rejected easing the faith’s ban on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy.

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton with the United Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, called Feb. 26’s vote hurtful of gay and lesbian people and their families.

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Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution, paves way for separate referendum on same-sex marriage

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HAVANA (AP) | Cuba’s National Assembly approved an update of the country’s constitution Dec. 22, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February.

The new constitution contains more continuity than change, although it recognizes the de-facto modernization of Cuban society over the last decade. The constitution maintains Cuba as a centrally planned economy ruled by a single Communist Party, but recognizes private property for the first time and paves the way for a separate referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Grindr president defends marriage ‘is between a man and a woman’ comment

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Grindr president Scott Chen is under fire for a Facebook comment he posted in November saying “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.”

Chen, who became president in August after Chinese tech company Kunlun Group acquired the dating app, posted a story about HTC president and CEO Cher Wang’s support for anti-LGBT groups in the U.S. that were against same-sex marriage in Taiwan. Into, Grindr’s digital magazine, first reported on the posts which were translated from Chinese to English.

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Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage in referendum

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: A referendum on whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in Taiwan failed on Nov. 24. Photo courtesy of Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association

A referendum on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights in Taiwan failed Nov. 24.

Voters by a 67-33 percent margin rejected a question on whether same-sex couples should receive marriage rights through Taiwan’s civil code. Voters by a 66-34 percent margin rejected a question on whether the island’s Gender Equity Act should include LGBTI-inclusive school curricula.

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Watch: Michelle Obama tells Ellen how she tried to escape the White House to celebrate same-sex marriage

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Michelle Obama promoted her new autobiographical memoir “Becoming” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Nov. 15. During the interview, the former first lady recalled a story from her book about the night she tried to escape the White House with her daughter Malia to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The night of June 26, 2015, the White House was lit with the colors of the LGBTQ Pride flag and people were gathered outside the White House to celebrate, which Mrs. Obama was notified of and tried to take part in.

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Tens of thousands gather in Taiwan for Pride ahead of same-sex marriage decision

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) | Tens of thousands of people gathered in Taiwan’s capital Oct. 27 for the city’s annual gay pride parade ahead of referendums next month that will determine whether same-sex marriages will be recognized on the island.

In a first for Asia, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in May 2017, punctuating a yearslong campaign by advocates for gay rights in one of the continent’s most liberal democracies. Authorities were given two years to either enact or amend relevant laws, failing which same-sex couples could have their marriages recognized by submitting a written document.

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New Cuba constitution could allow same-sex marriage

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A proposed amendment to Cuba’s new constitution would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Francisco Rodríguez Cruz, a gay Cuban blogger who writes under the pen name Paquito el de Cuba, on Friday wrote the proposed amendment would “redefine marriage as a voluntary union into which two people who are legally eligible can enter.” Rodríguez reported the proposed amendment also “incorporates the principle of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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LGBT advocates fear Kavanaugh’s votes on gay-rights issues

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WASHINGTON (AP) | Gay-rights supporters who thronged the Supreme Court plaza after justices declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right expect to have little to celebrate if Brett Kavanaugh replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of all the court’s major gay-rights rulings.

None of Kavanaugh’s roughly 300 opinions as an appellate judge deals directly with LGBT issues, but his approach to judging leads some scholars and activists to believe he is unlikely to echo Kennedy’s votes.

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Salt Lake City councilman edges closer to win in Democratic primary in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen, whose lawsuit overturned Utah’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, edged closer to victory Friday in his Democratic primary race in one of the state Senate’s few liberal districts.

Updated vote results showed Kitchen’s lead had widened over physician Jennifer Plumb and could be insurmountable, Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme compares same-sex marriage to dogs getting married

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme made offensive remarks about same-sex marriage during an appearance on the French talk show “On n’est pas couché,” which aired June 30.

Van Damme appeared on the show with Gender Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa. The two began to disagree on the place of a woman in the home. Van Damme said he believes the woman should stay home to take care of the children while the man leaves to provide for his family.

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White House won’t say if Kennedy successor will uphold LGBTQ rights

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The White House affirmed on Thursday President Trump has started the process for nominating a successor to U.S. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, but won’t say if that choice will uphold his legacy on LGBTQ rights.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters dodged a question Thursday on whether LGBTQ rights would inform Trump’s pick from a reporter during a press gaggle on Air Force One en route to Wisconsin for a Trump rally.

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Jason Mraz may have come out as bisexual in poem to LGBTQ community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jason Mraz may have come out as bisexual in a love poem to the LGBTQ community for Pride month.

Mraz, 40, penned the poem as part of Billboard’s “Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community” series.

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