Slovakia Must Reject the Homophobic Proposal to Redifine Marriage in the Constitution


27 February 2014

For immediate release

Slovakia must reject the homophobic proposal to redefine marriage in the constitution

Next week the Slovak Parliament will start its new session and one of the legislative proposals registered for discussion is to amend the Constitutional definition of marriage to limit it exclusively to ‘a man and a woman’. This proposal has been submitted to the Parliament by the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) in January 2014.

Representatives of the ruling Social Democratic Party (SMER) including government ministers indicated there is enough support for such proposal. Therefore the possibility of Slovakia limiting the constitutional definition of marriage is real and serious.

ILGA-Europe calls on Slovak parliamentarians to abandon this discriminatory and pointless proposal. Slovakia does not provide any legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Gabi Calleja, Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, said:

“We are very concerned to see Slovakia follow in this negative direction. Such amendments are discriminatory. Clearly they are not motivated by genuine care about families, but rather aimed to prevent recognition of rights and protection of same-sex partnerships in the near future.

While Europe at large is moving towards increasing legal recognition and social acceptance of LGBTI families, Slovakia seems to be leaning towards the opposite trend of limitations, restrictions and discrimination.”

Paulo Côrte-Real, Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board, added:

“Recent and similarly restrictive constitutional amendments in Latvia, Hungary and Croatia demonstrated they are sponsored by religious extremists and ultra-conservatives who do not hesitate to abuse such democratic tools as constitutional amendments or referenda to pursue their narrow homophobic agenda.

Slovak parliamentarians must prevent yet another country falling into such a populist homophobic trap and reject this proposal.”


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Notes for editors:

  1. ILGA-Europe is the European Region of ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and works for human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans & intersex people in Europe. ILGA-Europe represents 400 member organisations in 45 European countries:
  2. According to our Rainbow Europe’s Index (May 2013), Slovakia came 26th among 49 European countries in terms of laws and policies affecting the human rights of LGBTI people.
  3. ILGA-Europe Slovakia page.


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John Kerry compares Ugandan anti-gay law to apartheid and anti-Semitism

Pink News | March 27, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has compared Uganda’s newly introduced anti-gay law with anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany and apartheid in South Africa.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in front of politicians and reporters on Monday at State House, his official residence in Entebbe.

The law calls for repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison and makes it a criminal offence not to report someone for being gay.

Speaking to reporters about the bill, Kerry described it as “atrocious”, and described such laws around the world as “a global problem”.

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Contemporary Couples Conference 2014

Equality Texas Foundation

Building a State of Equality in Texas
Registration Online Only, No Admission At The Door Early Bird Rate Ends April 8th

Contemporary Couples Conference
When                     Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8am to 5:15pm
Where St. David’s Bethell Hall                     301 E. 8th Street                     Austin, Texas 78701 Join us for this one-day event on strengthening LGBT dating and relationships. Open to LGBT singles & couples, as well as affirming therapists, clergy, and civic leaders. Registration includes all materials, a catered lunch, and continuous beverage service. Hosted by the Equality Texas Foundation and Jeff Lutes, LPC.


  • 22 speakers from 8 cities representing a variety of academic institutions, organizations, & practices
  • Live interview of LGBT couples together 20+ years
  • Keynote from Dr. Judith Stacey, Professor Emerita of Social and Cultural Analysis & Sociology at NYU
  • Afternoon Plenary from Dr. John Corvino, Wayne State University
  • 6 Continuing Education Credits
  • Benefits the All Texas Families program of the Equality Texas Foundation

The Contemporary Couples conference benefits the All Texas Families   program of the Equality Texas Foundation, which seeks to build strong   Texas families, including those with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and   transgender members.

All Texas Families

Democratic AG candidate questions decision to appeal gay marriage ruling; Republican plays incest card

Lone Star Q | March 27, 2014


Feb. 27, 2014

The Democratic candidate for Texas attorney general says he’s “not convinced” the AG’s office should appeal a federal judge’s ruling from Wednesday striking down the state’s bans on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia declared that Texas’ marriage bans violate the U.S. Constitution, but stayed his decision pending an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Republican AG Greg Abbott, who’s running for governor in 2014, immediately announced his office would appeal.

Democrat Sam Houston, who’ll face one of three Republicans in the race to replace Abbott in November, questioned Abbott’s decision in a statement Thursday.

“I agree with Judge Garcia when he says ‘state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,’” Houston said. “There is no question that marriage is a right that should be afforded to all consenting adults regardless of race. In my view, the same right should be afforded regardless of sexual orientation, and I am not convinced Texas should commit substantial time and money to appeal a ruling that is likely to remain unchanged when considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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Kentucky Must Recognize Out-Of-State Marriages Of Gay Couples, Judge Rules

Carlos Santoscoy | On Top Magazine | March 27, 2014

A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Kentucky must recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn earlier this month declared that the state’s laws “violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Heyburn on Thursday denied a request from Attorney General Jack Conway’s office to stay his ruling.

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New Report Finds Similar Patterns of Racial Disparities Among Individuals in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples

For Immediate Distribution February 27, 2014

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Among same-sex couples, African-American, Latino, American-Indian and Alaskan Native respondents have lower incomes, lower college completion rates and higher unemployment rates than White, Asian and Pacific Islander respondents.  

LOS ANGELES — Similar patterns of racial disparities in income and employment exist among individuals in same-sex and different-sex couples, according to a new report co-authored by Angeliki Kastanis, Policy Analyst, and Bianca Wilson, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, of UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.   Consistent with prior Institute research, the report also found that racial/ethnic minority individuals in same-sex couples tend to live in areas where there are higher proportions of individuals of their own race or ethnicity.

“The report suggests that public policies, such as neighborhood education and economic development, that are aimed to reduce racial/ethnic disparities make sense as a key part of LGBTQ public policy work,” noted Wilson.  The report found:

•  Among same-sex couples, African-American, Latino, American-Indian and Alaskan Native respondents have lower incomes, lower college completion rates and higher unemployment rates than White, Asian and Pacific Islander respondents.

•  Regardless of race or ethnicity, individuals in same-sex couples have higher unemployment rates and, yet, higher rates of college completion compared to their counterparts in different-sex couples.

•  Among same-sex couples, American-Indian, Alaskan Native and Latino/a individuals in same-sex couples are the least likely (70%, 71%) to be covered by health insurance. Health insurance rates are generally lower for individuals in same-sex couples compared to their counterparts in different-sex couples.

Differences did not always mean disparities between groups.  Some differences found may simply reflect social or contextual differences between types of couples and among various ethnic groups.  For example, the report highlighted a combination of an adherence to racial/ethnic cultural norms regarding interracial dating patterns and a potential influence of an LGBTQ culture supportive of  interracial relationships. On the one hand, individuals in same-sex couples were 2.2 times more likely to partner with individuals of another race/ethnicity compared to people in different-sex couples. However, like different-sex couples, Asian/Pacific Islander individuals in same-sex relationships are more likely to have interracial marriages/couplings, and White people are least likely.

Consistent with prior research, the report also found racial/ethnic minority individuals in same-sex couples are more likely to have kids compared to White individuals in same-sex couples. About 1 out of every 3 individuals in same-sex couples raising children are people of color. Trends among ethnic minorities in same-sex couples differ slightly from national trends in that African-Americans are more likely to have children compared to Latinos/as; actually, African-Americans in same-sex couples had a rate of raising children much closer to their different-sex counterparts than any other group.

All individuals in couples with children generally fare worse with regards to educational attainment, insurance coverage and median income. This is especially true for individuals in same-sex couples.

“These data further indicate the need for public policies that aim to support families with children in achieving educational and economic goals in ways that simultaneously support racial/ethnic and sexual orientation equity,” said Wilson.

The study, “Race/Ethnicity, Gender and Socioeconomic Wellbeing of Individuals in Same-sex Couples,” includes socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of Asian and Pacific Islander (API), Latino and Latina (Latino/a), African-American, American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN), and non-Hispanic White (White) individuals in same-sex couples in the U.S. It relies on data from the Gallup Daily tracking survey, the 2008-2010 American Community Survey, and U.S. Census 2010.

Click here for the full report.

Marriage Equality Trial Opens : Science v. Fear

Outside the courthouse.

Susan Horowitz and Jan Stevenson | Between the Lines | Pride Source | March 26, 2014

DETROIT -The mood was serious as Judge Bernard Friedman, dozens of lawyers and law clerks and three stenographers began the trial that will decide two legal issues; whether LGBT people should be permitted to jointly adopt, and whether marriage equality should be permitted in Michigan. The courtroom was packed to overflow to hear opening statements and initial testimony in the DeBoer v. Snyder federal court case Feb. 25.

“We would like this to the last trial in America where same-sex parents have to defend that they are good parents,” said Carole Stanyar, an attorney for the plaintiffs, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse.

“Marriage is now an equal, gender neutral partnership,” said Stanyar, arguing that marriage has been evolving for centuries. She reminded the court that women were once considered property of their husbands, slaves were not permitted to marry and inter-racial marriage was banned in some states until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia in 1967.

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Joe Walsh Calls LGBT Community ‘Constitutional Terrorists’ Amid Arizona Anti-Gay Bill Protests

Joseph Erbentraut | Huffington Post | March 27, 2014

Amid widespread backlash against the Arizona anti-gay bill that was ultimately vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), Chicago radio host and former Republican congressman Joe Walsh lashed out against the LGBT community, labeling them “constitutional terrorists” for speaking out on the measure.

Walsh, who served one term representing Illinois’ 8th congressional district before being defeated by Tammy Duckworth in 2012, wrote the tweet Tuesday night.

The LGBT community has become nothing more than a group of constitutional terrorists #tcot

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 25, 2014

That wasn’t the last Walsh had to say about Arizona Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service to anyone they chose on the grounds of “religious freedom.” His tweets on the issue started up again Wednesday night, after Brewer’s veto.

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World Bank Postpones $90m Loan to Uganda over Anti-Gay Law

Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | February 27, 2014.

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Reuters is reporting that the World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda’s health system over the Anti-homosexuality Bill which has toughened punishment for Uganda’s LGBT community, in what they describe as “an unusual move for an institution that typically avoids wading into politics.”

“We have postponed the project for further review to ensure that the development objectives would not be adversely affected by the enactment of this new law,” World Bank spokesman David Theis said in an email.


The World Bank, a poverty-fighting institution based in Washington, usually refrains from getting involved in countries’ internal politics or in issues such as gay rights to avoid antagonizing any of its 188 member countries.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, however, sent an email to bank staff saying the bank opposes discrimination, and would protect the safety of all employees.

He said passage of the Ugandan law was not an isolated incident, as 83 countries outlaw homosexuality and more than 100 discriminate against women.

“In the coming months, we will have a broad discussion about discrimination with staff, management, and our Board on these issues,” Kim said in the email obtained by Reuters. “Now is the right moment for this conversation.”

The bank still has a $1.56 billion portfolio of projects in Uganda, which it ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries.

The loan postponement follows the announcement by Norway and Denmark that they would hold back donations to Uganda because of the law. Other donors have also threatened to follow suit, and the United States said it was reviewing ties.

The United States is the World Bank’s biggest member.

Western anger over the anti-homosexuality law has triggered a sharp fall in Uganda’s shilling currency, leading the central bank to intervene for two days in a row.

The World Bank’s executive board had been set to approve the Ugandan health project on Thursday. The money was meant to supplement a 2010 health loan that focused on maternal health, newborn care and family planning. (Reporting by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

The Homo Demons are Among Us! The Gay “Agenda” Exposed

| Forward Progressives | March27, 2014

Reverend James David Manning (Insane Party) has a sign outside his Harlem church for passersby to read, or in the case of his latest screed, drive onto the sidewalk and crash into a tree. It seems Rev. Manning (So Unstable Party) believes President Obama has “released homo demons” into the African American population. Those demons have their eyes on black men, so, according to Rev. Manning (Thorazine Party), black women better “look out.”

My first thought upon reading about Rev. Manning’s (OH DEAR GOD MAKE IT STOP party) sign was “What the hell is a homo demon?” I know a lot of gay men, and while they may have mischievous senses of humor, none of them are demonic. Well, according to many people, okay me, demons should be really good looking, so as to more easily tempt you over to the dark side. I mean, who’s going to follow something that looks like a pustulant gargoyle, or that guy from “Dune” with all the boils? Thus, I present The Homo Demon™.

Take Johnny Depp’s eyes and rugged sensitivity, combine them with Jeff Goldblum’s crazy sexy walk, add Brad Pitt’s smile, Nathan Lane’s sense of humor, and Tim Gunn’s style, and voila-The Homo Demon™. The Homo Demon™ would be fabulously dressed, but not overdressed; he has to look stylish without being off-putting. Oh, and he has to be white.

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