DOMA Rejected by Federal Court in N.Y.

A New York federal appeals court has rejected the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Supreme Court will have the final say on this later this term.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today declared in a 2-to-1 ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, making it the second court to reject a law that limits the definition of marriage to a legal union between heterosexual couples. A Boston federal court made the same ruling earlier this year. Read a PDF of the ruling.


The ruling is "a watershed moment in the legal movement for lesbian and gay rights," said American Civil Liberties Union attorney James Esseks.

Sources anticipate that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the House of Representatives will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

Lesbian Latina Sets Out to Make History and Oust Anti-LGBT Texas Gov.

Lupe Valdez, former sheriff of Dallas County, is the first openly gay and Latina to win a major party nomination for governor in Texas.

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A new sheriff may soon be in town in Texas, and she's already making history.

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Vickers "Vic" Cunningham, a former Dallas judge who's running in the Republican primary runoff election for Dallas county commissioner on Tuesday, decided to provide his children a monetary incentive to condone homophobia and racism. Cunningham set up a living trust with a clause rewarding his children if they marry a white, straight Christian.

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Janelle Monáe Opens Up About 'Being a Queer Black Woman in America'

"I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf***er," the singer said.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Janelle Monáe came out as pansexual — and she's owning her identity.

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Ben Carson's HUD to Scrub Anti-Discrimination Language from Mission Statement

As the Trump administration seeks to cut HUD's funding, the agency is aligning its mission with "the secretary's priorities."

A year after beginning his position of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, Ben Carson has decided that it's time to update the agency's mission statement and remove words and phrases like "inclusion" and "free from discrimination."

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'Being Proud to Be a Gay Black Female' Is a Revolutionary Act, Says Lena Waithe

Waithe, an award-winning television writer, uses her platform to promote self-acceptance and equality.

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Actress, producer and screenwriter Lena Waithe, a gay Black woman, has not only made history in Hollywood, but continues to use her platform to encourage and inspire other Black LGBTQ people to be their authentic selves.

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Trump Administration Takes Another Hit on DACA

The fate of Dreamers remains to be seen.

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The Trump administration suffered another major blow in their fight against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Supreme Court's Monday ruling to allow the latest state level injunction concerning the March 5 deadline to renew DACA eligibility has temporarily halted the President's attempt to eliminate the Obama era initiative.

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Log Cabin Republicans Blindly Back Trump

As Trump's GOP twists gay hating into "religious freedom," LGBT Republicans are living in the Trump Twilight Zone.

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A decision by the Alabama Republican Party to bar openly gay Jason White from running for sheriff is just another chapter in the cautionary love story between gay Republicans, their political party and their sexual orientation.

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