Federal judge rules Ohio must respect married same-sex couples

Judge Timothy Black

Today, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married. He ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any other couples who marry out of state — as married. [...]

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear NM anti-gay photographer case

Supreme Court Justices

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to decide if a New Mexico wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to take photographs at a same-sex commitment ceremony. Without giving any reasons , the court said it would not review a decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court that the denial of service violated [...]

Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Brendan Eich

Today Mozilla announced the resignation of  recently appointed CEO, Brendan Eich. This follows the widespread uproar from the revelations that Eich had made a  $1,000 contribution to the Prop. 8 campaign which, for a short time, banned people of the same gender from getting married in the state of California. Despite both Mozilla and Eich  [...]

U.S. government will recognize marriages of same-sex couples who wed in Michigan

Eric Holder

WASHINGTON— The federal government will  recognize same-sex marriages performed in the state of Michigan. Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement today on the status of those marriages: “I have determined that the same-sex marriages performed last Saturday in Michigan will be recognized by the federal government.  These families will be eligible for all [...]

San Diego Opera to cease operations at conclusion of 2014 season

San Diego Opera

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Opera (Opera) will wind down operations upon the conclusion of its final performance of Don Quixote April 13 according to Opera General & Artistic Director, CEO Ian D. Campbell. “After nearly 50 years as a San Diego cultural cornerstone providing world-class performances, we saw we faced an insurmountable financial [...]

DCCC launches online game targeting Republican candidates opposed to Obama’s Healthcare Act

Carl DeMaio Health Games

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has launched a new ad campaign targeting Republican candidates opposed to the American Healthcare Act. The San Diego campaign targets Carl DeMaio, under the headline: DCCC Launches New Campaign: ‘Sick n’ Broke: The Game Carl DeMaio is Playing with Your Health’ From the DCCC press release: As Carl DeMaio continues his efforts to stack [...]

City wins discrimination lawsuit

Will Walters

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The City Attorney’s office has won a case filed against the San Diego Police Department for alleged violation of constitutional rights arising out of an arrest under the City’s public nudity ordinance at the 2011 Pride Event. Plaintiff, William X. Walters, alleged that SDPD conspired with Pride organizers to enforce the [...]

Ariz. Gov. Brewer vetoes ‘License to Discriminate’ law

Jan Brewer

Today Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a recently-passed bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on the basis of religious freedom.  This morning, HRC delivered 65,000 petition signatures to Gov. Brewer calling on her to veto the bill.  The so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act [...]

Historic injunction for marriage equality in Texas

Texas

Today, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that Texas’ ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples is unconstitutional in the lawsuit brought by Cleopatra DeLeon, Nicole Dimetman, Vic Holmes and Mark Phariss who were represented by the law firm Akin Gump. The ruling is stayed pending appeal, meaning marriages will not occur immediately in [...]

Uganda’s president signs anti-gay bill, defies West

President Yoweri Museveni

Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality today, defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors and a U.S. warning that it will complicate relations. Reuters reported that the new bill strengthened existing punishments for anyone caught having gay sex, imposing jail terms of up to life for “aggravated [...]

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