States With Civil Unions Are Depriving Gay Couples Of Federal Marriage Benefits

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 12:07 am

With section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) invalidated, civil unions, once a cup half full, are now a cup half empty. On Wednesday the U. S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the section of DOMA that defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman for federal legal purposes.  This means [...]

We’re at a very strange moment in civil rights history, thanks to SCOTUS

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Thanks to SCOTUS over the last two days: 1) If you’re a same-sex couple and live in CA, you can marry. 2) If you live in NC (or any other state with a “marriage protection amendment”) and were legally married elsewhere (in my case, Canada), your marriage is not recognized in terms of filing joint state [...]

DOMA Struck Down; Prop 8 Case Rejected On Jurisdiction

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 11:01 am

Ruling for DOMA: UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. Ruling for Prop 8 case: HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. PERRY ET AL. Statement from the White House: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2013 Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling [...]

Immigration Is an LGBT Issue: A Binational Couple Awaits The DOMA Ruling

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 12:13 am

“If you want to marry someone from another country, and you’re a US citizen, chances are your spouse could also gain citizenship through marriage. That is, if the marriage is between a man and a woman. This path to citizenship is not available to gay couples because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.” That [...]

Anti-Gay Group Posts Their DOMA & Prop 8 Reactions Before SCOTUS Has Ruled

By: Monday June 24, 2013 10:40 pm

The nation remains in suspense as another Monday has passed without the release of opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court on the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases.  The anti-gay group Family Policy Institute of Washington is done with waiting, apparently, because it has already posted three responses to the unreleased opinions. FPIW was one of [...]

DOMA and Prop 8 Decision Day Events

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 10:02 pm

The US Supreme Court is due to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the end of June.  Decision Day events are being planned across the country so folks can learn about the rulings and celebrate (or commiserate?) together.  Check out the website to see if an event [...]

Celebrating Six Months of Love in Washington State

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 2:19 pm

Same-sex couples began joyfully marrying in Washington state six months ago this week. The couples, some having waited decades for the opportunity, many with children and extended families in tow, celebrated their love as a welcoming community cheered them on. Re-live the moment through some of the thousands of #MEDayWA tweets marking the occasion, and [...]

British House of Lords Gives Initial Approval To Same-Sex Marriage Bill

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 1:51 pm

Following two days of second reading debate involving over 90 speakers, the British House of Lords has voted to move the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to the next stage of consideration, the committee stage. The bill, which would legalize marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales, was passed overwhelmingly by the House of [...]

Is National Organization For Marriage Bankrupt?

By: Monday June 3, 2013 12:55 pm

In an email claiming credit in stalling the Illinois marriage equality bill, National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown stated today that “NOM put everything we had into this fight”.  However, “everything” was reportedly only $125,000, according to NOM’s own emails and blog post as well as blog posts from another anti-gay organization focused on this [...]

Ninety Lords A-Leaping

By: Monday June 3, 2013 9:02 am

Today promises a marathon debate in the British House of Lords, as 94 Lords have signed up to speak on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill during the Second Reading debate. The bill, which would legalize marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales, was overwhelmingly passed by the House of Commons on March 21st on [...]

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