Recently by Chris Geidner

[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]

The Republican-led House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group today mailed its petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review the May 31 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that the federal definition of marriage contained in the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.  In a filing obtained by Metro Weekly, BLAG asks the Supreme Court, ... [Read]

[Photo: Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson, fifth from right, poses for a photograph with servicemembers and veterans, including Ronnie Bryant, fourth from right, following the Pentagon's LGBT Pride Month Event on June 26, 2012. (Photo by Chris Geidner.)] Heading to the Pentagon today was "spectacular" for Ronnie Bryant. The first-ever Pentagon LGBT Pride Month Event (transcript here), featuring a ... [Read]

National Stonewall Democrats today announced the group's first 25 endorsements -- including six out LGBT candidates. The partisan LGBT organization has a rolling endorsement process, so more endorsements are expected as the election season moves forward. One prominent race in which the group did not issue an endorsement is Democrat Elizabeth Warren's effort to unseat Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) -- ... [Read]

Today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's immigration law, S.B. 1070, holding that three of the four provisions at issue were preempted by federal law and that the final provision -- the "show your papers" provision -- was not preempted by federal law but would need to be carefully implemented by the state ... [Read]

As ABC's Jake Tapper reported earlier this afternoon, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Mary Cheney, married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, today. The couple are raising two children and live in Virginia, where the constitution was amended in 2006 to limit marriages to one man and one woman, but married today in DC, where marriage equality has ... [Read]

Over the past day, much has been made of the GOProud board's decision to endorse Mitt Romney for president. The gay conservative group is known for being more conservative than Log Cabin Republicans and has often attracted attention with brash moves. What wasn't clear from the group's release was how close the endorsement came to not happening at all. Or ... [Read]

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), running to take retiring Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.)'s seat, has launched her first ad, Roll Call reports, and it focuses on Wisconsin paper industry jobs, sanctions on China and bipartisanship. Baldwin has no primary challenger, whereas Republicans -- including former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-Wis.), who has fared the best against Baldwin in early polling -- will ... [Read]

[Photo: Adm. Mike Mullen testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Dec. 2, 2010. (Photo by Ward Morrison.)] On Sept. 18, retired Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will join Servicemembers Legal Defense Network aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City to mark the one-year anniversary of the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," ... [Read]

Lawyers for the House Republican leadership today told a federal court that the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group plans to ask the Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling from May 31 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Although the Supreme Court request had been expected, it was unclear when such a request, called a ... [Read]

Recent decisions from the Obama administration suggest that the government is taking tentative first steps to gear up for the day when an American with a same-sex spouse who wants to immigrate to the U.S. will be able to get a green card for that foreign spouse. Over the past month, the Board of Immigration Appeals, which is a part ... [Read]

The Defense of Marriage Act has taken several hits in recent weeks. The federal definition of "marriage" and "spouse" has been found to be unconstitutional in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, a trial-court case striking it down is on appeal before the Ninth Circuit, and federal trial-court judges in California and New York struck down Section ... [Read]