Florida marriage ban ruled unconstitutional by federal court

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Today U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled against Florida’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making the Sunshine State the latest to see such a ban struck down in federal court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June.  In Brenner v. Scott, the private attorneys sued the state on behalf [...]

Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to a stay on a federal appeals court’s ruling against Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage, blocking same-sex marriages from taking place this week in the state, reports the Washington Blade. The Supreme Court granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to delay a decision by the [...]

Jim Jeffords, former U.S. Senator and early supporter of LGBT equality within the Republican Party dies at age 80

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James Jeffords, the former Republican congressman and senator from Vermont who famously dropped his party affiliation in 2001 has died at age 80. A moderate with a clear-eyed independent streak, Jeffords was an early supporter of LGBT equality within the Republican Party—jointly introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the U.S. Senate with Senators Edward Kennedy [...]

Robin Williams found dead

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Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams was found dead Monday at his northern California home. Williams, 63, apparently took his own life according to police reports. He had been battling severe depression. His media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN, “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during [...]

PEPFAR and CIFF launch Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) initiative

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Today, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), launched Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT). ACT is an ambitious $200 million initiative to double the total number of children receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy (ART) across ten priority African countries over the next two years. This investment [...]

Third Florida judge overturns ban on same-sex marriage

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Today, Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen struck down Florida’s marriage ban, affirming that the denial of marriage equality to same-sex couples in Florida is unconstitutional.  The judge’s ruling applies to recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, as well as overturning Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage – Broward County only. This marks the third time in the [...]

Fourth Circuit Court rules Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled today that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The Huffington Post reported the 2-1 ruling upheld a previous decision issued earlier this year by a Virginia district court, which struck down the state’s ban on gay marriages. In the ruling, Judge Henry Floyd argued that [...]

Miami court rules in favor of marriage equality in Florida

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Today, a state trial court in Miami issued a decision striking down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court stayed the order pending appeal. The case was brought by Equality Florida Institute and Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and [...]

Colorado marriage ban overturned by federal court

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Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.  In Burns v. Hickenlooper, attorneys with Kilmer, Lane and Newman, LLP sued the state on behalf of six same-sex couples who argue that Colorado’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Moore stayed his ruling until August 25 to [...]

USAID announces $500+ million for new efforts to reach an AIDS-free generation at Melbourne conference

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MELBOURNE, Australia – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today three major HIV and AIDS awards, funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to support global efforts to help end extreme poverty by creating an AIDS-free generation. The new programs support implementation of the PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation [...]

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