The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #24
Marriage equality keeps gaining momentum as bans that prohibited same sex couples from marrying were lifted in Alaska, Wyoming, and Arizona! Throughout the week, judges found the bans unconstitutional and immediately began issuing out marriage licenses. Some however disagreed with the judiciary decisions to overturn the bans, such as the governor of Arizona. Gov. Jan Brewer slammed the court’s ruling and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s decision not to challenge it. Brewer called both decisions disappointing and stated it went against the will of the people who voted that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. While Brewer’s conservative comment will go against a milestone for the LGBTQ movement, it is with no doubt this is a happy moment and deserves every ounce of happiness.
Many turned out in purple for Spirit Day. Taking place October 16th to combat bullying, millions of individuals took to wearing purple in support. Social media lit up, celebrities donned their best hue, and corporations took part in a significant day. NBC turned their famous rainbow colored peacock purple, and Orange Is The New Black actress Laverne Cox helped in lighting the Empire State Building purple.
This particular writer’s hometown of Houston has caused quite a stir this year. With the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) passing after a brutal battle with conservative and religious groups, the petition to remove HERO was not allowed after signatures were found to be invalid. Despite this, lawyers have subpoenaed pastors that took part, wanting speeches that dealt with HERO, the mayor herself, and the “bathroom issue.” The bathroom issue became a main topic throughout the battle that had many under the impression that a man could dress as a woman to sexually assault others in the women’s bathroom. Many chose to ignore that the ordinance was to protect LGBT Houstonians from being fired or discriminated against in housing situations. With lawyers asking for presentations and sermons that related to HERO, many felt the act was infringing upon the first amendment.