The news brought to my attention or found by me for the latter part of September was less than there was for the first part of the month, so this issue may be relatively brief, and will be rather heavy on articles from one source which I found right around the time of the previous issue.
Northern Ireland: Alliance Party votes in favour of equal marriage
Dublin City Council votes to support equal marriage
Irish councillor and doctor facing growing pressure over ‘stupid’ remarks against equal marriage
Northern Ireland: Green leader pushes for equal marriage
Ed Miliband: Gay marriages should be allowed in church
UK: Religious equal marriage opponents criticise Ed Miliband
Couple to sue over anti-gay political campaign which used their photo without permission - PinkNews.co.uk
New York: Same-sex marriage case heard in appeals court
Dad Protects Son from Bullies by Wearing a Skirt. Guess What? It Works. | Parenting - Yahoo! Shine
US: Oklahoma Judge denies name-change for those transitioning - PinkNews.co.uk
Psychological tests for trans pilots in US is abandoned owing to a one-woman campaign - PinkNews.co.uk
Matrix Director, Lana Wachowski speaks out about her transition - PinkNews.co.uk
*** Unfortunately, the amount of homophobic comments and activities recently were sufficient to result in several articles about different situations.
* Why is she even still considered newsworthy or entertaining? For that matter, why was she ever? But yes, her remarks deserve to be known, if anyone had any doubt as to her suitability as a role model.
US: TV station drops Paris Hilton documentary following AIDS remarks
Nevertheless, I think Adam Lambert's response is more worthy of the public's attention:
Adam Lambert says Paris Hilton is ‘not worth it’ after homophobic remarks - PinkNews.co.uk
* The RCC playing the "victim" game:
Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views - PinkNews.co.uk
* And, lest we assume that only some people in the "West" espouse such hateful perspectives, we get to see some sentiments not unlike those of Paris Hilton expressed by a political figure in the Middle East as well:
President Ahmadinejad: Gays are ugly and are like thieves
* There's more to report in terms of homophobic remarks and activities, but if you can stomach more of this sort of thing at the moment, I recommend that you google. Sadly, I doubt there will be any dearth of such articles in the near future, and I will bring you what I am able to post here without violating site rules or ToS.
*** Fortunately, there's some good news as well:
US: High School student starts gay-straight alliance
*** Several articles about Chick-fil-A for this half of the month; apparently the original reports of the company having changed its policies and "charity" giving were, at best, premature.
* Before the original reports:
Gay rights activists hold 'kiss day' at Chick-fil-A restaurants - CNN.com
* A couple of the original reports (these two should be free to access without registration/subscription, unlike some I found or was shown):
Chick-fil-A promises to stop giving money to anti-gay groups - latimes.com
Moreno Does About-Face on Chick-Fil-A | NBC Chicago
* They promised ... or did they? Newer reports:
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy: "We Have Made no Concessions"
Chicago official asks Chick-fil-A to clarify gay marriage stance - CNN.com
* A former employee has a few words to say about Chick-fil-A:
Ex employee deems Chick-fil-A ‘a safe place for people to hate’
* The situation is one which it seems we'll have to watch and see what happens, but this appears to be a fair summary of things so far:
Alderman Moreno asks again for Chick-fil-A to clarify its postion on equal marriage