News Brief: Sugar Daddy Murder

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News Brief Sugar Daddy Murder

News Brief:  Sugar Daddy Murder

A gay millionaire from Houston has been murdered by a porn star, who later claimed he was the sole heir to the victim’s estate.

David Enrique Meza, 25, and his girlfriend 20-year-old Taylor Marie Langston, were incited last week for the murder of Jake Clyde Merendio, 25, who was found stabbed to death in Baja California, Mexico last May.

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News Brief: Kentucky’s Gov. $2M for Marriage Equality Fight

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News Brief:  Kentucky’s Gov. $2M for Marriage Equality Fight

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin could be ordered to pay more than $2 million to the team of attorney who represented the same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in the state’s case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Courier-Journal reported that as governor, Bevin has inherited a bill of $2,091,297 from the nine-lawyer team that successfully argued for the dissolution of Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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News Brief: Jamaican Buggery

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Jamaican Equality

News Brief:  Jamaican Buggery

Human rights activist Maurice Tomlinson filed a constitutional challenge to Jamaica’s 1864 law banning “bugger,” a.k.a. sodomy.  Some are seeing this as a first step towards tackling the Caribbean nation’s deep hostility toward LGBT people.

Tomlinson’s challenge follows a similar lawsuit that was brought last year, but was later withdrawn after the plaintiff faced several threats.  The initial challenge prompted a homophobic rally that brought nearly 25,000 people to the streets.

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News Brief: Empire State Pride Agenda Disbanding!

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News Brief Empire State Pride Agenda

News Brief Empire State Pride Agenda

News Brief:  Empire State Pride Agenda Dispanding!

The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s leading LGBT rights group, has surprised many observers with its announcement that it is disbanding. 

The group’s board voted Saturday to wind down the operations of the Pride Agenda and its foundation in the first half of 2016, while maintaining its political action committee (PAC), which will continue to be involved in electoral politics.  Board members determined that the Pride Agenda had accomplished its major goals, according to the press release.

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News Brief: Marriage Equality in Israel?

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News Brief Israeli Equality

News Brief Israeli Equality

News Brief:  Marriage Equality in Israel?

Israel is, without a doubt, the most progressive society in the Middle East when it comes to LGBT rights.  Tel Aviv’s annual pride regularly attracts more than 100,000 participants and the seaside city is celebrated as one of the top LGBT destinations in the world.  There is still a lot of progress to be made however, both in terms of societal acceptance and legal rights.

Israel does not recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad, but marriage equality is not legal within the country – civil marriages of any kind are not legal, which means interfaith couples also have to marry abroad in order to bypass the strict religious standards for marriage.  A leading LGBT rights group, Aguda, has, however, just filed a landmark petition seeking to change that.

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