July 2013 Archives

Gay marriage could boost Hawaiian economy by $200 million

By Daniel Burnett
July 29, 2013 12:05 PM |
Hawaii stands to gain $217 million in additional visitor spending if the state’s Legislature passes a marriage-equality law, according to a new report by the University of Hawaii Economics Research Organization (UHERO). UHERO’s Sumner La Croix, the lead author of the report, added that state and county tax revenues would also increase by more than $10 million between 2014 and ... [Read]

Petition aims to end ban on gay men donating blood

By Daniel Burnett
July 22, 2013 2:02 PM |
  While you furiously refresh The Guardian and Buzzfeed for updates on Kate Middleton’s blue-blooded Royal Baby, take a look at one man’s plan to remove the stigma—and ban—from gays donating blood. Ryan James Yezak, an L.A.-based filmmaker and activist, has launched a White House “We the People” petition to ask the Food and Drug Administration to lift its discriminatory ... [Read]

Just days after the Supreme Court ruled on several high-profile cases, including Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, public approval for the nation’s highest court has fallen to a notable low, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday. Just 28 percent of Americans believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or excellent job, compared with 30 percent ... [Read]