(Washington, D.C., June 26, 2013) – The US Supreme Court’s rulings on June 26, 2013, in two cases – United States v. Windsor and Hollinghurst v. Perry – have invalidated two of the most egregious anti-LGBT initiatives in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. >>>
Last December, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on two same sex marriage cases. Those cases include Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California’s controversial Proposition 8 measure, and a case out of New York, U.S. v Windsor, which considers the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). >>>
In a growing sign that the Democratic Party could face a significant question this summer over whether it will include marriage equality as a plank in the party's national platform, the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus announced their support for such a plank today. >>>
Significant events are crowding the calendar for 2012, and each promises considerable drama and suspense for the LGBT community. Below is a list of the ten most important stories to keep an eye on. >>>
A minister opposed to same-sex marriage that the Democratic National Committee hired to reach out to people of faith says he’s a “strong defender” of the rights of LGBT people and supports civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
Today, lawyers for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network took the next step in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of unequal spousal benefits granted to servicemembers in same-sex marriages, arguing in federal court in Massachusetts that "American service members and their families are among [the Defense of Marriage Act]'s victims, and our national security may suffer as a result." >>>
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Respect for Marriage Act out of committee on a party-line vote, although Republicans on the committee repeatedly said that they did not expect the full Senate to take up the bill, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, in the 112th Congress. >>>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led 130 fellow Democrats in filing a friend-of-the-court brief Thursday challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, arguing that Republicans
defending the law, which denies all federal benefits to married same-sex couples, do not represent the full House. >>>
Ron Paul said heterosexuals in the military were "causing more trouble than the gays" in explaining his support for the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" during an interview with the Iowa State Daily. Paul was arguing that heterosexual relationships in the military were equally disruptive, and, due to the larger proportion of heterosexual soldiers, more likely to occur. >>>
Today in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, Service-members Legal Defense Network filed a federal lawsuit against three cabinet secretaries, asserting that the denial of "same recognition, family support and benefits" for servicemembers with same-sex spouses and their children is unconstitutional. To the extent that the Defense of Marriage Act prohibits such equal treatment, the complaint filed this morning argues, DOMA is unconstitutional. >>>
The Senate Judiciary Committee next month will hold a mark-up and vote on a bill repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Friday.
Nearly half of Americans support same-sex marriage and the
proportion who are accepting of homosexuality is increasing, University of Chicago researchers said on Wednesday. The results show a clear "trend toward greater tolerance regarding homosexuality," said Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. >>>
Consider this bit of braggadocio about the advances of gay rights:
More than two-thirds of Americans say they would vote for their party’s “well-qualified gay candidate for president.” See which Supreme Court justices agree the most and explore key cases and majority votes of the past session. >>>
Over the past several months, many cases involving same-sex bi-national couples have hit the news. Almost all of these cases, where a U.S. citizen is seeking to sponsor a foreign partner for immigration purposes, have involved couples in which one partner faced deportation. What's more, almost all have ended with a delay or cancellation of the pending removal order. >>>
Gay service members from Army soldiers to Air Force officers are planning to celebrate the official end of the
military’s 17-year policy that forced them to hide their sexual orientation with another official act – marriage.
A 27-year-old Air Force officer said he can’t wait to wed his partner of two years. But in the eyes of the military the marriage will not be recognized and the couple will be denied most of the benefits the Defense Department gives to heterosexual couples to ease the costs of medical care, travel, housing and other living expenses. >>>