Posts Tagged ‘GLBT’

Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

May 14, 2014

Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Federal Chief Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale has declared Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered the state to allow same-sex couples to marry and to recognize the marriages of couples who wed in other states.

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U.S. Judge: Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage is OK

January 15, 2014

U.S. Judge: Oklahoma Same-Sex Marriage is OK

On Tuesday Judge Terence Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled that the Sooner State’s amendment banning same-sex marriage is “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit” and violates the U.S. Constitution.

Don’t order the cake and orange blossoms just yet, though. The ruling is stayed pending appeal, so there won’t be gay nuptials in Muskogee any time soon.

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Panic in the Beehive State!

December 21, 2013

Panic in the Beehive State!

There’s panic in the streets of Salt Lake City! U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby has ruled that a 2004 Utah state constitutional amendment and two state laws banning same-sex marriage violate gay and lesbian couples’ 14th Amendment rights to due process and equal protection under the law. The state measures claimed to be “defense of marriage” provisions, but the state failed to show that same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any manner, according to the judge.

After Judge Shelby ruled, the office of the Salt Lake County Clerk began issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples. Utah’s Attorney General immediately applied for an emergency stay to halt this while he filed an appeal. Utah’s governor and the Mormon Church hope the ruling will be reversed on appeal. The church may be preoccupied with another recent court ruling that decriminalized plural marriage in Utah.

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Marriage Equality Legalized in Illinois

November 6, 2013

Marriage Equality in Illinois

Marriage Equality will be the law in the Land of Lincoln. The Illinois Legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and Governor Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill when it arrives on his desk.

More:

“Illinois lawmakers approve gay marriage in historic vote,” Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Chicago Tribune

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA. Sort of.

June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Sort Of ...

The Supreme Court has ruled. Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Same-sex couples married in states where it is legal must receive the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive. Other aspects of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act remain, and only 13 states and the District of Columbia believe civil marriage is a civil right, so legal and legislative battles will continue.

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Portman: Conversion of Convenience

March 15, 2013

Portman: Conversion of Convenience

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) bravely decided to reverse his staunch opposition, and support same-sex marriage.

After his son came out.

Two years after.

A half-year after he was passed over as GOP vice presidential candidate.

9 years after voting for a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

17 years after voting for the anti-equality Defense of Marriage Act.

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Free Elmo!

November 14, 2012

Free Elmo!

“The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the Sesame Street character Elmo, of an under-age sexual relationship has recanted that claim, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The reversal came a day after the claim was published by the gossip Web site TMZ, threatening Mr. Clash’s reputation and alarming parents and other fans of the beloved children’s television franchise.”

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Maryland Chooses Love

November 7, 2012

Maryland Chooses Love

In a remarkable act of decency and understanding, the voters of the state of Maryland approved legal status for same-sex civil marriage. In a political year marked by hate speech and fear-mongering, it’s a significant triumph for tolerance and love.

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Mary Cheney Marries

June 23, 2012

Mary Cheney Marries

It was a June wedding for Mary Cheney and her longtime partner Heather Poe in Washington DC last Friday. The happy couple, who have two children, were congratulated by Ms. Cheney’s father, former vice president Dick Cheney.

Ms. Cheney, a conservative political consultant, and Ms. Poe, a former park ranger, met 20 years ago while playing ice hockey. The two live in Virginia but married in the District of Columbia, one of six U.S. jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal.

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New Year for the GLBT Museum

December 27, 2011

New Year for the GLBT Museum in SF

Among the many celebrations this season, the museum of San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society marks its first year of operation. From the website:

“Often referred to as San Francisco’s ‘queer Smithsonian,’ the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. The society’s new GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States.”

More:

“GLBT museum celebrates fight for social justice.” Steven Short, KALW-FM

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