Posts Tagged ‘LGBT’

NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

March 1, 2014

NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

The National Football League pressured Arizona Governor Jan Brewer into doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Mrs. Brewer vetoed the ill-conceived “Religious Freedom for Bigots” bill, the separate-but-equal homophobic-apartheid measure passed by her state’s legislature. The NFL, itself still learning tolerance for sexual minorities, threatened to relocate the next Superbowl from the University of Phoenix Stadium to a more inclusive state. Other huge corporations said they were reconsidering doing business in the Grand Canyon State, and the convention and business meeting forecast started to look cloudy.

Concepts like “equal access to places of public accommodation” likely mean nothing to Mrs. Brewer, but she surely remembers her state’s loss of business when Arizona passed a racist immigration law and earlier when it refused to recognize the King Holiday.

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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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Federal Government Recognizes Utah Marriages

January 10, 2014

Federal Government Recognizes Utah Marriages

The U.S. Government recognizes 1,300 Utah same-sex marriages, even though the state government refuses to. Couples rushed to the altar in December after a Federal judge ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the U.S. Constitution. A Federal appeals court refused to halt the weddings until it hears the case, but the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay, putting the status of the earlier marriages in question.

Today Attorney General Eric Holder announced that, as far as Federal benefits, taxes, and laws are concerned the 1,300 gay couples are married:

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Marriage Equality in the Land of Enchantment

December 20, 2013

Marriage Equality in the Land of Enchantment

The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously declared that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples in the state. Thursday’s ruling means that same-sex marriage is now legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

More:

“New Mexico Becomes 17th State to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage,” Josh Voorhees, Slate

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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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Maryland Marriage Equality

February 24, 2012

Maryland Marriage Equality

“Maryland Senate passes same-sex marriage bill,” Aaron C. Davis, Washington Post

“Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill,” Annie Linskey, Baltimore Sun

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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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Wedding Bells in New York

July 24, 2011

Wedding Bells in New York

“Hundreds of same-sex couples say ‘I do’ in New York,” Patrick Wall, Christian Science Monitor

“Hundreds of gay, lesbian couples wed in New York on first day same-sex marriage is legal,” Lukas I. Alpert, New York Daily News

“After Long Wait, Same-Sex Couples Marry in New York,” Thomas Kaplan and Michael Barbaro, New York Times

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