Bermuda Supreme Court reinstates marriage equality; HRC announces resources for child welfare agencies
BERMUDA SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY: The historic decision by the Bermuda Supreme Court invalidates sections of the recently enacted Domestic Partnership Act that removed full marriage rights for same-sex couples. The court’s decision comes in response to legal challenges to newly enacted domestic partnership legislation that repealed marriage equality in Bermuda. “The Bermuda Supreme Court has righted the injustice that occurred when Bermudian lawmakers made the islands the first national territory in the world to repeal marriage equality,” said Ty Cobb (@tywesleycobb), director of HRC’s global department. “We congratulate the plaintiffs in this case on their historic victory ensuring that once again, Love Wins!” More from HRC and The Hill, Metro Weekly Advocate and BuzzFeed.
This year, Bermuda became the first national territory in the world to repeal marriage equality.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 6, 2018
Today, the Bermuda Supreme Court overturned the nation’s ban on marriage equality. #LoveWins #LoveIsLove https://t.co/FmCeAE83xS pic.twitter.com/DZp076cLdS
HRC ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE RESOURCES FOR CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES: Today, HRC Foundation unveiled groundbreaking new resources to guide child welfare agencies across the nation in better serving the more than 430,000 children and young people in foster care. “For more than a decade, All Children - All Families has worked with child welfare agencies across the country to help them welcome and affirm LGBTQ children, youth and families,” said Alison Delpercio, Deputy Director, HRC Children, Youth & Families Program. “Given recent efforts by anti-equality legislators across the country to grant agencies ‘licenses to discriminate’ targeting prospective LGBTQ foster and adoptive parents, our work to ensure that child welfare organizations are fully inclusive of LGBTQ youth and families has never been more important.” More from HRC.
THANKFUL THURSDAY -- NEW POLLING SHOWS MOST AMERICANS OPPOSE BUSINESSES HAVING A LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LGBTQ AMERICANS: Morning Consult’s survey shows that 57 percent of Americans oppose such measures, including 77 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Catholics. Additionally, 51 percent of Americans believe such measures would “create an environment in which minority groups face widespread discrimination.” The polling mirrors findings of a recent Public Religion Research Institute survey. More from Morning Consult.
MORNING MUST READ FROM REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER ON RACIST, ANTI-LGBTQ TRUMP JUDICIAL NOM THOMAS FARR: Thomas Farr’s shameful track record includes defending North Carolina’s voter suppression law and representing Jesse Helms’ Senate campaign, which was notorious for its racist tactics designed to intimidate and disenfranchise African American voters. Writes Barber (@RevDrBarber), “African-Americans seeking to have their rights protected under federal law have much to fear if Mr. Farr takes the bench. This is particularly the case in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which covers an area where about half of the state’s African-American residents live and is often referred to as its Black Belt.” Throughout his career, Farr has also defended employers charged with employment discrimination and resisted efforts to create safe working conditions for employees. More from The New York Times.
Thomas Farr’s nomination is another example of the Trump-Pence administration’s attempt to impede progress towards equality by putting forth extreme nominees to serve on our courts. A must read piece on Farr's nomination from @RevDrBarber. #StopFarr https://t.co/zMzHJwFpJP— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) June 6, 2018
HRC PRESIDENT & SEN. TAMMY BALDWIN (D-WI) SIT DOWN FOR JOINT INTERVIEW WITH them: “There are 10 million eligible LGBTQ voters across country, and 152,000 in the state of Wisconsin -- and add allies to that,” said HRC President Chad Griffin, who kicked off HRC’s nationwide Summer of Action with an event in Wisconsin supporting Senator Baldwin. “When we’re mobilized and vote, we win elections. And we're not just in this to win elections, we want to pass protections for our communities.” Read the full Griffin/Baldwin interview with Seamus Kirst (@SeamusKirst) from them.
A blunt reminder that it’s crucial for the LGBTQ+ community to vote in midterm elections https://t.co/ildxLkhcpU— them. (@them) June 6, 2018
MUST READ FROM PULSE SHOOTING SURVIVOR BRANDON WOLF ON HIS ACTIVISM: In this powerful oped, Wolf (@bjoewolf) discusses the loss of his friend, Drew Leinonen, and the imperative to end gun violence in America. “In all, I felt an obligation -- a responsibility to keep those 49 Pulse victims from dying in vain. I felt challenged to ensure that Drew's voice didn't die on the dance floor with him.” More from Orlando Weekly.
TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION IS ATTACKING GLOBAL LGBTQ HEALTH CARE WITH GAG RULE: The Trump-Pence Administration is considering a rule that would aggressively block patients from receiving necessary guidance from medical professionals on reproductive health care by restricting federal funding to medical facilities that provide comprehensive information about their reproductive health care options, perform abortions or refer patients to facilities that do. These facilities offer a wide variety of crucial services, including 700,000 HIV tests each year, birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and general health exams. More from Advocate.
HRC JOINS RALLY IN LAS VEGAS TO OPPOSE SEPARATION OF IMMIGRANT FAMILY MEMBERS: HRC joined coalition partners to denounce the Trump-Pence administration's policy, which barbarically separates immigrant children from their parents. More from The Nevada Independent.
MADISON CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON PROTECTING LGBTQ YOUTH FROM DANGEROUS “CONVERSION THERAPY”: More from the Wisconsin State Journal.
STUDENT WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST PHILADELPHIA SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR FAILING TO PREVENT ANTI-LGBTQ BULLYING: The former student, Amanda Wible, was bullied and physically assaulted for years for her gender expression. She was forced to transfer schools, where bullying continued, even after her mother notified the school. More from Philadelphia Magazine.
PRIDE MONTH ROUNDUP
JOIN HRC FOR A TWITTER TOWN HALL WITH NORDIC AMBASSADORS: The Nordic ambassadors to the U.S. from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will discuss equality and LGBTQI rights on Twitter tomorrow, June 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. Take part at #AskNordicAmbs. More from HRC.
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
BARBADIAN LGBTQ ADVOCATES CHALLENGING COUNTRY’S BAN ON SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS BEFORE THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS: More from Erasing 76 Crimes.
MANDALUYONG, PHILIPPINES, PASSES LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE: The ordinance protects LGBTQ people against discrimination in employment, access to facilities, unjust detention, public programs and services and education. More from Human Rights Watch.
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