Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage arguments April 28


The Supreme Court announced today that it will will hear oral arguments in a series of landmark same-sex marriage cases April 28. Metro Weekly reported that oral arguments will begin at 10 a.m.  April 28 and allot a total of 90 minutes to the first question and one hour to the second question. The court [...]

Strategic Alliance to Provide Scholarships to Aspiring Entrepreneurs


Today the GSDBA Charitable Foundation announced it will form a strategic alliance with the Greater San Diego Business Association. The GSDBA Charitable Foundation has for the last 13 years raised funds to provide college scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. The Foundation was originally a part of the Greater San Diego Business Association, [...]

LGBT Weekly Creates Petition to Change the California Ballot Initiative Process

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In response to the “execute the gays” proposed ballot initiative, LGBT Weekly has created a Facebook page and ipetition to request that Attorney General Kamala Harris, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Senate President Kevin De Leon work to bring forth legislation that will address the problem of ballot measures that infringe upon the civil rights [...]

After Proposed Ballot Initiative to Execute Gays, Call for Change to Process

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In an alarming turn of events that underscores concerns about the electoral ballot process, a California initiative has been proposed that would criminalize being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The act called the “Sodomite Suppression Act” was submitted to the California Secretary of State by  Matt McLaughlin, a lawyer in Huntington Beach. The full text [...]

Alabama state Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages in the state


MONTGOMERY—Today, the Alabama state Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. In the ruling, the Court granted an emergency petition by two anti-LGBT groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, who sought to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses across the state. The order [...]

Marriage equality comes to Slovenia


The government of Slovenia has passed legislation that will make it the 21st nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. Slovenia’s national parliament approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 28. The bill will be sent to President Borut Pahor to sign into law. Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark,France, [...]

Nebraska marriage ban struck down by Federal District Court

Joseph F. Bataillon

Today Federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction against Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality, requiring all state officials to treat same-sex couples equally for the purposes of marriage effective March 9. In Waters v. Ricketts, the ACLU sued the state on behalf of same-sex couples, arguing last month that Nebraska’s ban on marriage equality [...]

‘Mr Spock,’ Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, who played the role of Mr Spock in the Star Trek franchise has died.He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed to the New York Times that the actor died at his home Friday. The New York Times reported that his wife said the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy [...]

Federal job-protected family and medical leave rights extended to eligible workers in same-sex marriages


WASHINGTON – Workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where they live, will now have the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to federal job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for a spouse with a serious health condition.DOL The U.S. Labor Department announced a rule change to the FMLA [...]

Federal judge orders Alabama officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples


MONTGOMERY—In a federal court hearing in Mobile today, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade issued an order in favor of several same-sex couples—represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, ACLU of Alabama, and private counsel—who tried unsuccessfully to get married in the city earlier this week. Probate Judge Don Davis, who has refused to [...]

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