(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). >>>
During a Supreme Court hearing to determine whether Proposition 8 (marriage shall only be between one man and one woman) was constitutional, a number of anti-gay marriage arguments got spectacularly demolished. >>>
Google is launching a new campaign, Legalize Love, to pressurize governments into recognizing and decriminalizing homosexuality. With Legalize Love, the search giant wants to ensure its staff have "the same inclusive experience outside of the office as they do at work," and that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) communities can feel safe and accepted wherever they are.
The Internet was abuzz over the weekend with reports that Google has launched a worldwide push to legalise same-sex marriage but it has since clarified that it is not the case, a Google spokesperson told Fridae on Monday. While Google’s Legalise Love campaign does indeed support the decriminalisation of homosexuality and elimination of homophobia worldwide, it is not a push for same-sex marriage as reported by various Internet websites.
Tim Gill, one of the most significant funders in the LGBT movement and a host of the Thursday, Feb. 9, fundraiser for President Obama's re-election campaign that was expected to have raised more than $1.4 million for the effort, is a big fan of the president, telling Metro Weekly that it always is "such a joy to listen to" Obama. >>>
Same-sex marriage proponents expressed disappointment Thursday in an appeals court decision to keep video recordings of the historic Proposition 8 trial sealed, saying the public is being denied an opportunity to bear witness to the “baseless foundation of fear” that opponents waged during the proceedings. >>>
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be deciding the appeal of U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling striking down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional alongside the appeal of U.S. District Court Judge James Ware's ruling denying the Proposition 8 proponents' attempt to have Walker's ruling vacated because they argued he was biased because he is gay and has a partner. >>>
A new play about the battle over same-sex marriage in California by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Milk"
is slated for a one-night-only reading on Broadway. Dustin Lance Black's play "8'' about Proposition 8 will be performed for a fundraiser at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Sept. 19. Casting will be announced later.
Journalist Andrew Belonsky attempts to reframe the debate about whether homosexuality is a choice. "People who dislike or even hate gay people because they think it's a 'choice' don't in fact hate you, the gay person. They hate their idea of you, their stereotype," Belonsky writes. >>>
Election Day 2010 could have serious consequences for supporters of LGBT equality, this article suggests. Numerous state races pit strong LGBT allies against those opposed to marriage equality. At the federal level, two openly gay candidates running for Congress could boost the number of out representatives from three to five. >>>
Gay couples who had been gearing up to get married in California this week had to put their wedding plans on hold once again after a federal appeals court said it first wanted to consider the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban. >>>