Prop. 8 lawyer Charles Cooper supports his openly gay daughter

Forcing the Spring

Charles J. Cooper, the chief legal defender of Proposition 8 for the duration of the Perry case, has an openly gay stepdaughter named Ashley and that Cooper and his wife, Debbie, are helping to plan Ashley’s upcoming wedding to her partner of several years. The news was disclosed in the upcoming book, Forcing the Spring: Inside the [...]

ASA Amicus Brief supports suit to overturn Virginia’s gay marriage ban

ASA

WASHINGTON, DC,  — The American Sociological Association (ASA) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today supporting the fight to overturn Virginia’s gay marriage ban and continuing its now 14-month effort to highlight the overwhelming body of social science research that confirms “children fare just as well” when [...]

Turkey moves forward with plans for separate prisons for gay convicts

Inmates

To the dismay of LGBT organizations, the Turkish government has announced it will move forward with its plan to build separate prisons for self-declared gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. The goal, officials argue, is to protect those in the sexual minority. “Convicts who stated that they are gay will not mix with other convicts in [...]

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. [...]

Harvey Milk Foundation statement on the official release of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp

Harvey Milk

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Following the announcement that the United States Postal Service first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony of the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp will take place at the White House on May 22, Harvey Milk’s nephew and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation Stuart Milk released the following statement: “A stamp dedication ceremony on May 22 at [...]

New executive orders underscore need for provision protecting LGBT Americans

President Obama

WASHINGTON – This morning, President Obama will sign two executive actions aimed at eliminating sex discrimination in federal contracting. Movement on these critically important orders, intended to support a push for Congress to pass the Pay Check Fairness Act, underscores the need for President Obama to offer protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) [...]

Mozilla and the right-wing media’s persecution complex

MMFA

From Media Matters for America comes their latest piece on the right wing media outcry following the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich: To hear conservative media tell it, the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich following an outcry over Eich’s support for the 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage in California is merely the [...]

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 [...]

Federal judge announces he will strike down Ohio ban on recognition of same-sex marriages

Judge Timothy Black

A federal judge announced he will strike down Ohio’s constitutional amendment banning the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal.  The case Henry V. Wymyslo, was brought by legally married same-sex couples living in Ohio who wish to be listed as married on their children’s’ birth certificates.j “For the second [...]

Dr. Deborah Birx sworn-in as new U.S. global AIDS coordinator

Dr. Deborah Birx

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dr. Deborah Birx was sworn in today as the new Ambassador at Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator to lead all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts. Ambassador Birx now oversees implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history, [...]

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