Salem Mayor Has The Perfect Response For Anti-Gay Phone Calls

Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll speaks in her office at City Hall in Salem, Mass. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Driscoll is donating $5 to a local LGBT nonprofit for each anti-gay phone call her office receives. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Nicky Morgan calls constituent ‘typical man’ for questioning her anti-gay marriage stance

Nicky Morgan said the constituent was a ‘typical man’ Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! Join Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

The new Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan, earlier this year told a constituent that he was a “typical man”, when he asked about her stance opposing same-sex marriage.

Mrs Morgan was in April promoted to Minister for Women, but the Equalities remit was at the time given to Culture Secretary Sajid Javid.

On Tuesday, David Cameron appointed Nicky Morgan as the new Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities. The MP voted against same-sex marriage last year.

Sky News reports that Mrs Morgan sent the email to constituent Gary Chadwick back in April, who is in a civil partnership, and who questioned how she could work as Minister for Women whilst opposing same-sex marriage.

Mr Chadwick, a solicitor, wrote: “As Minister for Women, charged with promoting equality for all women regardless of their sexuality, can you please explain to me how your new job is compatible with your strident opposition to gay marriage, which as you have said many times before ‘can only be between a man and a woman’”.

To which Mrs Morgan responded: “Your e-mail is typical from a man so I suggest you watch what I do in the role and you will see for yourself.”

Downing Street this week defended the appointment of Mrs Morgan as Minister for Women and Equalities, saying as she is also the Education Secretary, she will be responsible for tackling issues such as homophobic bullying in schools.

Many have questioned her appointment as Mrs Morgan, elected to Parliament in 2010, voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act at second and third reading last year, stating that

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Australia: Senator calls for cross-party support of new same-sex marriage bill

David Leyonhjelm has called for cross-party support to pass equal marriage Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! Join Topics equal marriagegay marriagemarriage equalitysame sex marriagemarriagegay weddingSame-sex weddingweddinglesbian weddinglesbian marriageCivil partnershipsAustraliaTony AbbottsenatorKevin RuddDavid Leyonhjelm Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

An Australian Senator has called for cross-party cooperation in passing a new same-sex marriage bill.

The lone Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, who took office this month, announced last week that he would shortly introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, hoping to win broad support from other parties.

He said today: “Throughout history, classical liberals have been instrumental in putting forward the case that led to the major advancements in human rights, such as the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage.

“Once again it is the turn of classical liberals to step up for the benefit of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

“It is not the job of governments to define relationships. For those of you who have a problem with homosexuality for some reason or another, we are not asking for your approval. I ask merely for your tolerance.

“If your private life is nobody else’s business, I ask you to understand that the private life of others is none of your business, and it is simply not your role to impose your views on others.

“I ask that you understand that the liberties you care about should be available to everybody, and that there is no place in Australia for second class citizens.”

Australian Marriage Equality deputy director, Ivan Hinton said: “Senator Leyonhjelm has highlighted how allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of individual freedom from undue government interference in our private lives.

“This will carry weight with Coalition members who value small government and personal freedom.

“We call on Tony Abbott to allow the Coalition a conscience vote and we call on Coalition members who believe in true liberal values to come out in support of marriage equality.

“Clearly, there is support for marriage equality across the political spectrum, so we urge MPs from all parties to work together to make this reform a reality.”

The last vote on same-sex marriage in Australia was held in 2012, when the House of Representatives rejected it by 98-42, and the senate by 41-26.

The governing Liberal party has long opposed equal marriage, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott giving his backing to the successful fight to end the brief recognition of same-sex marriage in the Australian Capital Territory last year.

However, there have been some calls within his party for MPs to be allowed a free vote on the issue, with the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation passing a motion earlier this week calling for marriage equality.

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US: Chicago radio station calls Laverne Cox a ‘t****y’

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A Chicago radio station has mocked transgender actress Laverne Cox, referring to her using a transphobic slur.

Hip-hop station WGCI was promoting singer-songwriter John Legend’s new music video, which features the Orange is the New Black Star.

They tweeted: “Hehe Looks like John Legend has a tranny in his new video.”

Hehe Looks like John Legend has a tranny in his new video. WATCH: http://t.co/n4hUuJpKKc

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MP calls for protection of anti-gay Christian bakery against ‘oppressive’ Equality Commission

William McCrea called the Equality Commission ‘oppressive’ for saying the bakery may face legal action Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! Join Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments

Another MP has waded into say that a bakery which refused to make a cake with the message “support gay marriage” must be protected against the “oppressive” Equality Commission.

Asher’s Baking Company, a Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland, refused the request of a gay rights activist for a cake showing the message

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MP calls for a ‘conscience clause’ to protect baker which refused ‘support gay marriage’ cake

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An MP has called for a “conscience clause” to be introduced to allow religious business owners to discriminate based on their opposition to issues like same-sex marriage.

Asher’s Baking Company, a Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland, refused the request of a gay rights activist for a cake showing the message

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