July 2012 Archives

Another Court Rules Against DOMA

Posted by Justin Snow
July 31, 2012 3:43 PM |
Another federal judge has ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act. An appointee of President George W. Bush, U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa Bryant today ruled in Pedersen et al v. Office of Personnel Management et al that Section 3 of DOMA, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the Equal Protection ... [Read]

The Democratic Party is poised to officially adopt marriage equality as part of their national platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. In a meeting on Sunday in Minneapolis, the 15-member committee responsible for drafting the language of the party’s national platform unanimously approved including support for marriage equality in an initial draft. According to a ... [Read]

Despite running on the Republican Party platform in 2004 that supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Dick Cheney told ABC News that he supported marriage equality back in 2000 before becoming vice president. In an interview that aired Monday on Good Morning America, Cheney questioned the point of drawing attention to his support for marriage equality during the ... [Read]

Massachusetts's highest court declared civil unions to be the "equivalent of marriage" in a ruling Thursday that was hailed by marriage-equality advocates. The unanimous declaration from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court comes after a case in which a same-sex couple married in Massachusetts in 2005 filed for divorce only for one of the men to discover his husband was still ... [Read]

A year after New York legalized gay nuptials, the money is rolling in. According to a statement released by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in the first year alone same-sex marriages have generated an estimated $259 million in economic impact and $16 million in city revenues. Marriage equality supporters have long argued that embracing same-sex marriage would do much ... [Read]

The Massachusetts Attorney General's office filed a brief on Tuesday urging the Supreme Court to uphold rulings by lower courts that have found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. In a statement, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said that if the high court considers the state case, her office would once again make clear that "DOMA and its pervasive discrimination ... [Read]

The Obama administration moved to expand a key provision of the Affordable Care Act to the children of same-sex couples today. A new rule proposed to the health care law that was upheld by the Supreme Court in June would extend health coverage to the children of federal employees' same-sex partners. The proposal was published by the Office of Personnel ... [Read]

Nearly a month after two men became the first gay couple to marry on a military base since the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill on Thursday with an amendment that would ban any such ceremonies from taking place in the future. Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King attached the amendment to the ... [Read]

Come this fall, the Democratic Party could officially endorse marriage equality. In an interview with Philadelphia Gay News, the chair of the Democratic National Committee said she expects the party to officially add marriage equality to their national platform this September at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. "I expect marriage equality to be a plank in the national ... [Read]

A new campaign is taking direct aim at Mitt Romney's record and agenda on LGBT issues. Announced on Wednesday and playing off of the wildly popular "It Gets Better" campaign, the "Mitt Gets Worse" campaign hopes to shed light on the presumptive Republican nominee's "extreme anti-LGBT agenda." The project is a joint effort by American Bridge to 21st Century and ... [Read]

Boy Scouts Uphold Ban On Gay Members

Posted by Justin Snow
July 18, 2012 11:56 AM |
Two years after launching a confidential review of the policy, the Boy Scouts of America reaffirmed their ban on out gay members and leaders in a unanimous decision on Tuesday. Deron Smith, a spokesman for the 102-year-old organization, told the Associated Press that their decision to uphold the ban was based largely on support from parents and is "absolutely the ... [Read]

The Supreme Court has been petitioned to review another case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. On Monday, lawyers for 83-year-old Edith "Edie" Windsor filed the petition with the hope that the high court will consider Windsor's case regarding the federal estate tax and bypass the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  The petition comes on the heels ... [Read]

The Defense of Marriage Act has once again been challenged in court after an immigrant from the Philippines filed a class action lawsuit July 12 against the federal law, seeking to avoid deportation from the United States because of her marriage to an American woman. According to Reuters, Jane DeLeon, her son Martin Aranas, 25, and DeLeon's wife, Irma Rodriguez, ... [Read]

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Jim Ready may still be celebrating their new lives as a married couple after exchanging wedding vows July 7, but that hasn't stopped marriage-equality opponents from declaring their nuptials a farce. In an opinion column published by The Washington Times, tea party activist Doug Mainwaring called the wedding "a mockery, a parody, a staggering caricature ... [Read]

The D.C. chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s primary LGBT Republican organization, is calling for the resignation of a District politician for the third time this calendar year, asking Mayor Vincent Gray (D) to step down after three former campaign workers pleaded guilty to charges of running a shadow campaign. The charges stem from Gray’s 2010 mayoral campaign ... [Read]

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's attempt to deny benefits to state employees in same-sex relationships cost her a civil servant on Tuesday. Edwin Leslie, who until yesterday served as a member of the Arizona Tourism Advisory Council, resigned from his appointment in protest after the Republican governor's continued attempts to revoke benefits for same-sex couples that work for the state, reports ... [Read]

Mitt Romney vowed to defend traditional marriage as president during a speech delivered to the NAACP convention today in Houston. Only briefly did the presumptive Republican presidential nominee touch on LGBT issues when addressing the nation's oldest civil rights organization, but his stance on marriage equality was clear. "As president, I will promote strong families and defend traditional marriage," Romney ... [Read]

With less than two weeks until the kickoff of the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, one key participating organization is expressing dismay at the failure of President Obama to confirm his attendance for an event being held a mile from the White House. At a press conference this morning, members of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) said ... [Read]

[This post was expanded and updated, with the final update made at 8:55 p.m.] [Photo: The Supreme Court building. (Photo by Chris Geidner.)] The Obama administration is squarely taking on the Defense of Marriage Act, asking the U.S. Supreme Court today to review a pair of cases challenging the constitutionality of the federal definition of "marriage" contained in the 1996 ... [Read]

Christian Berle, the deputy executive director at Log Cabin Republicans, is leaving his job at the organization formed to represent gay Republicans to join the campaign of a person seeking to become the first Republican elected to Congress as an out LGBT person. Although retired Reps. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) and Steve Gunderson (R-Wisc.) came out once in office, Richard Tisei ... [Read]

In response to Metro Weekly's exclusive June 19 report on a series of decisions from the Department of Justice's Board of Immigration Appeals that sent back same-sex, binational couples' marriage-based green card requests for additional fact-finding in a way that could make the couples eligible for relief if the Defense of Marriage Act were to be found unconstitutional, a DOJ ... [Read]

This past weekend the boards of directors of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and OutServe voted to become one organization by October, SLDN announced this morning. The move comes more than nine months after the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and more than six months after SLDN's executive director, Aubrey Sarvis, announced his plan to leave his position once a ... [Read]