Montana Latest State to Have Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

The US state of Montana is the latest state to allow same-sex marriage after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. His order stops Montana officials from banning homosexual couples from applying for marriage licenses, and allows gay marriages to take place in the state as of now. This now brings the number of states where gays can marry in the United States to a total of 34. The latest state to have its gay marriage ban struck down was as a result of a ruling by an appeals court last month, which struck down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. Arizona and Alaska were the next states to also have their marriage bans stopped, with gays and lesbians from all four states immediately applying for marriage licenses. In the last 10 years, public sentiment about gay marriage has changed in the United States to such an extent that, where previously only 32 percent of Americans thought gays should be allowed to marry, now more than 59 percent of the country believes they should be allowed. Half of all Americans now also say they believe the US Constitution gives homosexuals the same rights as everyone else, and that includes the right to marry. Seven out of ten people asked even said they believe it is illegal for business owners to refuse service to gays simply because of their religious beliefs. Some businesses are making it clear how much they support this social change, such […]

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Botswana Court Rules in Favor of LGBT Group

Activists supporting the rights of LGBT citizens in Botswana have won a major victory in obtaining recognition by their government following a 10- year struggle in the South African nation. LeGaBiBo has been fighting for recognition as a non-profit organization since their founding, but until now the government of Botswana has refused their application for registration. That changed last week when a court in the nation’s capital ruled that the government could not legally deny the registration of LGBT groups. The group, which supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, had previously encountered obstacles in organizing fundraising events. The government’s refusal to acknowledge LeGaBiBo as legitimate made it difficult to promote community awareness on the subject of homosexuality in Botswana. LeGaBiBo Coordinator Caine Youngman is said to be exuberant over the court’s decision, hailing it as a step toward establishing equality for all of the citizens of Botswana. The decision does not affect laws already on the books, such as the nation’s criminalization of homosexual activity, but those laws are expected to face challenges in the years ahead as public opinion gradually evolves. The ruling in Botswana is not the first time that a court in Africa has upheld the rights of LGBT citizens. In 1996, South Africa became the first country to officially amend its national constitution to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual preference. Big thanks to friend of the site Jared Haftel for sending in this great story.

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Latvian Minister Announces He is Gay

Edgars Rinkevics, Latvian Foreign Minister, recently went on Twitter and told the world that he is gay. His exact words were: “I proudly announce I’m gay.” Meanwhile, a [gay] pride parade strolled down the streets of Riga, the Latvian capital. A sign was raised high saying, “Let’s get this straight- I’m not [straight]!” It’s a telling statement and I’m glad Bruce Levenson re-tweeted so I could see it. Latvia is one of the few E.U. member states that does not sanction gay marriages, and in Russia to the east, gays are beginning to see persecution break out against them due to new Russian laws against gay propaganda and police who turn a blind eye to violence against gays. Latvia has also passed a law this October banning teachers in sex ed class from teaching that gay marriage is equal to heterosexual marriage, and Russia has banned gays from adopting children. The world is a very weird place, and we see that the conflict involving gay and lesbian marriage and adoptions, etc. is not limited to the United States nor even to the Western World. We also see that every nation’s laws are a mixed bag, some of it good, some of it bad. Bible-believing Christians cannot give approval to the gay lifestyle since it is condemned in their Scriptures as an abomination, nor can they with a clear conscience send children off into that kind of environment. Thus, we see the American Bible Belt rising up against the gay agenda […]

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