Tag Archives: LGBT rights

Jubilation On The Courthouse Steps

The decision comes at the 3:30 mark. Grab a Kleenex.

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California Marriage Reactions

Some reactions to the ruling…. Obama campaign: Barack Obama has always believed that same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights under the law, and he will continue to fight for civil unions as President. He respects the decision of the California Supreme Court, and continues to believe that states should make their own decisions when it comes to the issue of ...

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Almost-Marriage For DC Gays

Last week Washington DC approved 39 additional provisions to existing domestic partners laws. Provided that Congress doesn’t interfere, the new provisions will bring DC’s gays “very close” to marriage equality. Similar to its approval of earlier domestic partner law updates over the past several years, the Council passed the latest measure, the Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008, ...

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Report: 86 Countries Outlaw Gay Sex

A new report from the ILGA has raised the number of countries that criminalize same-sex act to 86. The International Lesbian and Gay Association’s 2008 report on state-sponsored homophobia says that being lesbian or gay is risking jail time in 86 countries and death penalty in seven. The figure normally quoted is 77 countries. The research deals only with legislation ...

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Butch Lesbian Wins Suit Against West Village Restaurant

Khadijah Farmer, the butch lesbian who was thrown out of a West Village restaurant after last year’s Pride parade when she used the ladies room, has settled her suit against the restaurant. The bouncer had declared that Farmer was too masculine to be in the ladies room and refused to look at her identification, ejecting Farmer and her entire party. ...

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Marriage Ban Heads To Arizona Senate

After being approved yesterday by Arizona’s House of Representatives, an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment is headed for the the state Senate. If approved there, the amendment will become a ballot measure in the general election in November. The proposed amendment defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The measure has had a roller coaster ride in ...

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Paid Family Leave For Garden State Gays

In another step forward towards marriage equality, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed a law on Friday which mandates paid family leave for same-sex partners as well as married heterosexuals. Under the New Jersey law, workers can apply for up to six weeks off to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or a sick parent, child, spouse or ...

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Sweeping Reforms For Australia’s Gays, But No Marriage

The Australian government has announced over 100 reforms giving gay couples almost the same rights as straight couples – with the notable exception of marriage. The move has been welcomed by LGBT groups but has drawn criticism over the refusal to legalise ‘gay marriage’. Under the changes, gay couples in long-term relationships would be treated the same as married couples ...

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Tim Gill Terrifies The Jeebus People

Gay activist Tim Gill has got the Christian right positively shaking in their pews. Gill, the wealthy founder of software giant Quark who was recently named the fifth most influential gay person in America by Out Magazine, was “exposed” by Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network this week as the “stealth” activist behind many recent advances for the LGBT movement in ...

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Moscow Pride Banned For Third Year

For the third straight year, Moscow’s mayor has banned gay pride. The homophobic Mayor of Moscow has banned this years gay pride event. The Mayor, who has referred to gay rights marches as “satanic” has outlawed the march which was due to take place next week. The move comes amidst a growing number of violent threats from members of the ...

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Double The Hate, Twice The Hope

Proponents of a proposed anti-gay marriage referendum in California claim to have gathered nearly twice the necessary signatures needed to place the item on the November ballot. The sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage in California said Monday they have gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. A coalition of religious groups ...

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Advance For Colombian Gays

Gay rights continue to advance across South America, with Colombia’s government the latest to extend benefits to same-sex partners. However, marriage equality there continues to be thwarted by the Catholic Church. Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the government must extend pension benefits to same-sex partners. The court ruled that same-sex partners must be given the same pension and health ...

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Wingnut Lawyers Offer To Defend Students Who Sit Out Day Of Silence

The Liberty Counsel, a right-wing group that provides free legal defense on issues of religious liberty and “family values” has issued a counter-protest advisory in advance of next week’s National Day Of Silence, the annual protest of anti-gay bullying in public schools, and is asking students who feel discriminated against to contact them. Liberty Counsel is encouraging students to mount ...

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Counterproductive To Military Readiness

Calling it “counterproductive to military readiness”, yesterday Ronald Reagan’s former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence J. Korb pleaded for an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before a joint meeting of the House Armed Services Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee. “First, repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy,” Korb told the joint hearing. ...

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California Supreme Court Rumored To Be Set To Approve Gay Marriage

From the Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Davis: Sources wishing to remain anonymous in the California Court System indicate that the court, which has until June 2, 2008 to issue it’s marriage ruling, is considering issuing it on Friday, May 23, 2008, with the decision being written by Chief Justice Ronald George. The Court is readying itself for a backlash that ...

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Foreman Farewell Fotos

Here’s a few more pics from Matt Foreman’s going away party on Saturday, where slideshows projected onto two walls depicted Foreman’s decades of LGBT activism in New York. The photos ranged from his days as a founder of Heritage of Pride, his six years as head of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, his six years as Executive Director ...

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Gay Groups Plead Mercy For
Lawrence King’s Killer

An alliance of 27 LGBT groups is asking the Ventura County, California district attorney to try the 14-year old murderer of Lawrence King (left) as a juvenile. Here’s a statement from the alliance, which includes Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLSEN, and the Transgender Law Center: “We are saddened and outraged by the murder of junior high ...

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Serbia’s Eurovision: Too Dangerous For Gays To Attend?

The president of Serbia has issued “a guarantee for the safety of delegations, press and fans” attending this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. Concerns have been raised about possible violence from Serbia’s active fascist element, particularly against the many gay men that follow Eurovision so avidly. Last week a local fascist organization vowed in their newspaper to attack gays ...

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Governator: I Will Fight Gay Marriage Foes

Well, this is a suh-weet way to end the week! Speaking to the annual Log Cabin Republicans convention in San Diego, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that if the current initiative to ban gay marriage in California makes it to the November ballot, he will fight against its passage. Gay journalist Rex Wockner quotes Schwarzenegger as saying: “Well, first of all, ...

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Maine In Fight Against Rights Rollback

Maine’s wingnuts not only want to pass a ban on gay marriage, they want to roll back all gay rights laws. The Christian Civic League has until January to raise 55,000 signatures to get their referendum placed on the 2009 ballot. Here’s the proposed intiative from Mike Heath (left), Executive Director of the Christian Civic League: Proposed: “Do you want ...

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