Gay Marriage Watch 7/21/13

Welcome to the Gay Marriage Watch daily summary of the latest marriage equality news, with links to each of our posted articles. To see the whole blog, click here:

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New Christian Children’s Book Takes a Stab at LGBT Families (Journal Star)
Christian author Amber Dee Parker just released a new children’s book designed to teach children that real families are straight ones.

As Marriage Equality Victories Pile Up, Religious Foes Shift Focus to Developing World (
While the notion of expanding LGBT rights leading to potentially negative side effects seems like something pulled exclusively from right wing talking points, a global equal rights campaign group has warned that marriage equality advances in countries like the US, UK, and France have inadvertently led to a ‘perverse’ worsening of LGBT freedoms in developing countries.

Australia: New Study Says Children in Same Sex Households Happier (Pink News)
A new study out of Australia found that children raised in same sex households are generally happier than their peers in straight families.

UK: Everything You Need to Know About the New Marriage Equality Bill (Pink News)
Now that the United Kingdom has passed the marriage equality bill for England and Wales, Pink News has put together a handy FAQ.

UK: England/Wales: Sikh Temples Consider Dropping Civil Weddings (Pink News)
Afraid that they might be forced to perform same sex wedding ceremonies, UK Sikh Temples may no longer perform any civil wedding ceremonies.

USA, Virginia: Gay Couple Sues for Marriage Equality; Cuccinelli Affirms Opposition ( / The Washington Blade)
A couple new stories out of the Old Dominion today. First off, a gay couple is suing the state for marriage equality.


Upcoming Marriage Equality Events – Day of Decision. (Full Events List/Add Your Own Event:

–Australia, QLD, Brisbane: Aug 17, Rally for Marriage Equality, Queens Park, 1 PM. Details
–Australia, QLD, Townsville: Aug 17, Rally for Marriage Equality, Central Park, 1 PM. Details
–Australia, VIC, Melbourne: Aug 17, Rally for Marriage Equality, State Library, 1 PM. Details
–Belgium, Antwerp: Aug 8, NoH8 Photo Shoot, Rainbow Village, 4-8 PM. Details
–Czech Republic, Prague: Aug 18, NoH8 Photo Shoot, Mamaison Hotel Riverside, 5-8 PM. Details
–Denmark, Copenhagen: Aug 25, NoH8 Photo Shoot, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3-5 PM. Details
–Netherlands, Amsterdam: Jul 31, NoH8 Photo Shoot, Amsterdam Museum, 1-4 PM. Details
–USA, CA, San Francisco: Jul 21, NoH8 at AIDS Walk SF, 9 AM-2:30 PM. Details
–USA, CA, San Francisco: Jul 27-Jul 28, Brides Against Breast Cancer Nationwide Tour of Gowns, Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco, 10 AM-5 PM, 12-4 PM. Details
–USA, IL, Chicago: Aug 2, Equality IL First Friday Networking Social, Sidetrack, 6-8 PM. Details
–USA, MI, Lansing: Aug 24, Michigan Pride Committment Ceremony & Rally. Details
–USA, WA, Bremerton: Jul 21, Equal Rights Washington at Kitsap Pride. Details

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–Scott and Mark, Married November 1st, 2008, PO Box 4666, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762-0022

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