Tag: Marriage Equality

Why the Supreme Court May Not Recognize Same-Gender Marriage

Public opinion polls show Americans increasingly support same-gender marriage. But the Supreme Court justices are waffling, according to yesterday’s oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8. The 80-minute debate not only left judges in a stalemate on whether same-gender marriage was a constitutional right or a legislative decision best left up…

Obama to Court: Overturn Prop 8, Gays & Lesbians Deserve Right to Marry

The Obama Administration yesterday evening filed a friend-of-court brief that boldly urged Supreme Court justices to strike down same-gender-marriage ban Proposition 8. Living up to the promises he made in his second inaugural address for gay and lesbian equality, the action makes Barack Obama the first president to publicly urge…

100+ GOP Leaders, 200+ Corporations Support Same-Gender Marriage

Has the GOP finally changed its stance on gay marriage Not as a whole, but more than 100 Republican officials are voicing their support for same-gender-marriage rights. This week, they signed a brief seeking to persuade the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)…

Pentagon to Issue Same-Gender Couple Benefits

In another victory in the rapidly escalating movement for same-gender equality, the Pentagon will give some benefits to gay and lesbian partners of military-service members, according to multiple news outlets. An official announcement is expected to come later this week from retiring Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Same-gender partners are expected…

Supreme Court to Hear Prop8, DOMA Cases

The Supreme Court will determine the scope of same-gender marriage in groundbreaking cases it will hear next year. After weeks of anxious waiting by LGBT-rights advocates, U.S. Supreme Court justices declared that they will weigh in on the growing same-gender marriage debate. The court announced on Friday afternoon that it…

DOMA Rejected by Federal Court in N.Y.

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…

Same-Gender Financial Crisis You Must Watch This

From marriage to children to death benefits, what do gay and lesbian couples need to know Wells Fargo has a long history of outreach to the LGBT community, but recently the company has developed an Accredited Domestic Partner Advisor program to specifically help LGBT people with their unique financial situations.Watch…

Virginia Swim Club Backs Down After Gay Couple Sues

After a gay couple filed a discrimination lawsuit, a swim club in Virginia has changed its policy to allow same-sex couples to join as “household members” instead of “family members.” Is the Roanoke Athletic Club (RAC)’s change enough As of this morning, the lawsuit had not yet been dropped. The…

Ruling Against Defense of Marriage Act Is Major Diversity Victory

Diversity and inclusion advocates are celebrating a major legal victory in the civil-rights battle of this century on marriage equality. A Boston federal court determined that portions of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional, bringing the case to the Supreme Court and the strong possibility that the…