Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pope Francis the loser as hardline bishops veto gay-friendly statements | World news | The Observer

Pope Francis the loser as hardline bishops veto gay-friendly statements | World news | The Observer: Pope Francis appeared on Saturday night to have lost out to powerful conservatives in the Roman Catholic church after bishops scrapped language that had been hailed as a historic warming of attitudes towards gay people.

In the final report of an extraordinary synod on the family which has exposed deep divides in the church hierarchy, there is no mention – as there had been in a draft version – of the “gifts and qualities” gay people can offer. Nor is there any recognition of the “precious support” same-sex partners can give each other.

Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming - Yahoo News

Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming - Yahoo News: PHOENIX (Reuters) - Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America.

In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick wrote in a ruling made public on Friday that the state's curbs on gay marriage were "unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law."

Alaska gay couples apply for marriage licenses after judge drops ban - Yahoo News

Alaska gay couples apply for marriage licenses after judge drops ban - Yahoo News: JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska officials began accepting marriage license applications from gay couples on Monday, even as the state sought to appeal a weekend ruling by a federal judge that struck down the state ban's on same-sex nuptials.

In the latest victory for U.S. supporters of same-sex matrimony, U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday struck down a ban on gay marriage approved by Alaska voters in 1998, saying it violated U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

History in Massachusetts

History in Massachusetts: Democrats Choose Maura Healey as Attorney General Candidate | Human Rights Campaign: Tonight, voters in the Democratic Party primary in Massachusetts selected HRC-endorsed candidate Maura Healey as their choice for attorney general.

If she wins the general election on November 4, Healey will become the nation’s first openly LGBT attorney general.

Huckabee Threatens to Leave Republican Party Over Gay Marriage | Video | RealClearPolitics

Huckabee Threatens to Leave Republican Party Over Gay Marriage | Video | RealClearPolitics: MIKE HUCKABEE: I am utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue when, if they continue this direction they guarantee they’re gonna lose every election in the future....

If the Republicans wanna lose guys like me, and a whole bunch of still God-fearing Bible-believing people, go ahead and just abdicate on this issue, and go ahead and say abortion doesn’t matter, either. Because at that point, you lose me, I’m gone. I’ll become an independent, I’ll start finding people that have guts to stand, I’m tired of this.



We're tired of you, too.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

BBC News - How the Supreme Court non-decided gay marriage

BBC News - How the Supreme Court non-decided gay marriage: The Supreme Court decision not to consider any of the seven pending gay marriage cases on Monday morning came as an unexpected jolt to supporters on both sides of the issue.

After the initial surprise had worn off, however, the perceived logic behind the court's decision emerged.

The court justices didn't get involved because they didn't have to. All of the lower court decisions so far have pointed in one direction - towards endorsing constitutionally protected right for same-sex couples to marry.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Court clears the way for gay marriage expansion

Court clears the way for gay marriage expansion: The Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way Monday for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States and may have signaled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

Rejecting appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans, the Supreme Court effectively made such marriages legal in 30 states, up from 19 and the District of Columbia, taking in every region of the country.

Challenges are pending in the other 20 states.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Barrier v. Vasterling (Marriage Recognition) :: American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri

Barrier v. Vasterling (Marriage Recognition) :: American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri: Eight Missouri couples from across the state have filed suit challenging the constitutionality of Missouri’s laws denying legal recognition of their marriages. The eight couples, some together for more than 30 years, and several raising children, are excluded from most state and some federal protections available to opposite-sex married couples.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Philadelphia Hate Attack Suspect Kathryn Knott 'Has Been Terminated From Her Employment' - The New Civil Rights Movement

Philadelphia Hate Attack Suspect Kathryn Knott 'Has Been Terminated From Her Employment' - The New Civil Rights Movement: Katherine Knott, one of the three Philly hate attack suspects who were charged and made bail early this morning, was suspended from her job as an X-ray technician at a local Philadelphia hospital yesterday. The 24-year old police chief's daughter had tweeted at least five x-rays in possible violation of federal patient privacy laws.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meet Kathryn Knott, The Violent Homophobic Nurse Who Beat A Gay Couple Unconscious / Queerty

Meet Kathryn Knott, The Violent Homophobic Nurse Who Beat A Gay Couple Unconscious / Queerty: One of the suspects charged in Philadelphia’s brutal September 11th gay bashing has a history of being homophobic on Twitter. Are you surprised?
We reported earlier today that three suspects have been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal conspiracy after beating and subsequently hospitalizing a gay couple in an unprovoked attack in Center City this month.
From a group of 12 reported former Catholic high school classmates, eight allegedly took active roles in the assault, and only three have been charged.

Monday, September 08, 2014

2 Q-C women marry after 72 years together

2 Q-C women marry after 72 years together: Vivian Boyack and Alice "Nonie" Dubes say it is never too late for people to write new chapters in their lives.

Boyack, 91, and Dubes, 90, began a new chapter in their 72-year relationship Saturday when they exchanged wedding vows at First Christian Church, Davenport.

Surrounded by family and a small group of close friends, the two held hands as the Rev. Linda Hunsaker told the couple that, “This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago.”

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Harry Potter Author Slams Religious Anti-Gay Twitter User Angry Over Dumbledore's Sexuality - The New Civil Rights Movement

Harry Potter Author Slams Religious Anti-Gay Twitter User Angry Over Dumbledore's Sexuality - The New Civil Rights Movement: Almost exactly seven years ago, Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling announced to the world that Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, beloved Hogwarts headmaster, is gay.

From New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Rowling read to fans from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

"Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?," Rowling was asked.

"My truthful answer to you… I always thought of Dumbledore as gay," she answered.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gay teen’s organ donation rejected - The Washington Post

Gay teen’s organ donation rejected - The Washington Post: Sheryl Moore’s son lay on the bed before her. Soon, she knew, her 16-year-old boy would be taken off life support — another life lost to bullying.

Alexander “AJ” Betts Jr. attempted suicide in July 2013, the Des Moines Register reported at the time. He died shortly thereafter. Betts’s mother said he had been outed as gay about a year and half before his death. His friends told KCCI that schoolmates constantly made fun of him, ridiculing him for being gay, for being half African American, and for his cleft lip.

“He’s different. He doesn’t add up to what they’re used to,” Noah Lahmann, the teen’s best friend, told the news station.

Before he died, Betts had a request: Donate my organs. A 14-year-old boy received Betts’s heart, according to a letter Moore received, but she said his eyes were rejected.

A Food and Drug Administration’s guidance for donor eligibility says men who have had sex with men in the past five years “should” be ruled as “ineligible” for donating certain tissues, labeling their behavior a “risk factor.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Apple Store insults customer with awful anti-gay slur printed on receipt

Apple Store insults customer with awful anti-gay slur printed on receipt: Apple Stores are perhaps the most respected retail establishments in the world, racking up more revenue per square foot than any other large retail chain on the planet. Of course, not all retail store employees live up to expectations, and one Portland, Oregon Apple retail location now finds itself in hot water following an unfortunate incident involving anti-gay discrimination.

Apple customer Adam Catanzarite claims that he is the victim of discrimination at the hands of an Apple Store employee, who allegedly entered the man’s email address as “f@g.com” on his receipt.

“I got called a f@g by an Apple employee here in Portland,” Catanzarite wrote in a post on his Facebook page. He says he spoke to the store manager about the incident, but the manager failed to rectify the situation.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How To Answer Rude (But Perfectly Legal) Personal Questions At A Job Interview – Consumerist

How To Answer Rude (But Perfectly Legal) Personal Questions At A Job Interview – Consumerist: With a very few specific exceptions (more about those in a moment), there are no “illegal” interview questions. It is completely, totally, 100% legal for a potential employer to ask you about your status in any protected class except for disability.

So yes, an employer can ask you if you’re married, if you have children, if you plan to have children, if you’re gay, what country you or your parents were born in, and what religion you practice — and countless other personal things that have nothing to do with the job or your possible performance in that job.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Many LGBT Engineers Still Work In The Closet | Gaywheels

Many LGBT Engineers Still Work In The Closet | Gaywheels: To many LGBT Americans, the thought of living in the closet seems ridiculous. It’s 2014: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is long gone, marriage equality is making a slow, steady march across the country, and polls show growing numbers of people support us in our desire to live and love openly.

Working in the closet? That’s a different story. For some — like the engineers who design our cars — it’s often a better idea to keep discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity away from the water cooler.

Patchwork of laws to protect workers

We’re confident that sexual orientation and gender identity will eventually be added to the federal Civil Rights Act, which already protects workers from discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, and sex.

But that day isn’t here yet. And in many, many places across the country, LGBT Americans can still be fired for revealing who they love.

Today, just 18 states and the District of Columbia offer employment protections for LGBT workers. Another three states prevent companies from discrimination based on sexual orientation only. That leaves 31 states without protections for transgender workers, and 29 with no LGBT protections at all.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Minnesota Vikings suspend coach for 'round up all the gays' comment - Washington Times

Minnesota Vikings suspend coach for 'round up all the gays' comment - Washington Times: The Vikings announced the punishment Friday after an investigation, carried out by two Minneapolis attorneys, concluded the coach made a “single homophobic statement” to Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Talking Points Memo reported.

Mr. Priefer reportedly once said, “We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows.” He admitted to making the comment after Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffler confirmed it, according to a summary of the report that was released by the team.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Court Finds Oklahoma Cannot Ban Gay Nuptials - NYTimes.com

Court Finds Oklahoma Cannot Ban Gay Nuptials - NYTimes.com: DENVER — A federal appeals court here on Friday struck down a second conservative-leaning state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that Oklahoma could not deny gay couples their “fundamental right” to wed.

The 2-to-1 decision came less than a month after the same panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit decided that Utah’s ban was unconstitutional. It was another legal victory for gay couples as a range of legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage edges toward the United States Supreme Court.

In a related development Friday, the Supreme Court said Utah is not required to recognize the marriages of about 1,000 same-sex couples there while state officials pursue appeals.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Small South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief - CBS News

Small South Carolina town rallies for fired gay police chief - CBS News: When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.

Then, this conservative, small town rebelled.

The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago, turned against the mayor, stripped him of his powers and the town council rehired Moore. They said her dedication to the town mattered more than her sexual orientation.

Pastor Led Son’s Gay Wedding, Revealing Fault Line in Church - NYTimes.com

Pastor Led Son’s Gay Wedding, Revealing Fault Line in Church - NYTimes.com: Frank chose to endanger his own career by officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding. The actions that followed — a rebellion in his congregation, a church trial, a defrocking and then, last month, a reinstatement — have made the Schaefers symbols of the conundrum facing much of American Christianity: How does religious doctrine on homosexuality respond to the longings for spirituality and community from congregants and family members who are gay?