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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 28, 2014 Chilling Effect: How the attacks on a University of Virginia law professor are bad for academia, and all of us.
QUOTE: The effort to intimidate or—more charitably—“educate” professor Laycock is misdirected toward an academic career that has been protective of gay rights and gay marriage and only, in the two instances cited, collides with them through a larger vision of religious liberty. The groups who don’t like that anti-LGBT movements get intellectual cover from Laycock’s legal arguments are free to say so, loudly, passionately, and publicly. But using a FOIA request to try to get dirt on him, to imply that he is doing something unsavory with those groups, is simply a smear tactic...
Slate Aug 29, 2013 Married same-sex couples gain equal tax benefits
QUOTE: the Treasury Department on Thursday ruled that legally married same-sex couples will be treated as married for federal tax purposes....affects how they will be treated in terms of federal income taxes, federal estate and gift taxes, the tax breaks they get for employer-sponsored health insurance and other benefits.
CNN/Money Magazine Jun 26, 2013 Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage With Two Major Rulings
QUOTE: In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there. The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to such unions.
New York Times Jan 19, 2013 Military Rules Leave Gay Spouses Out in Cold
QUOTE: Gay marriage is now legal in nine states and in Washington, D.C. But because same-sex marriages are not recognized under federal law, the spouses of gay service members are barred from receiving medical and dental insurance and surviving spouse benefits and are not allowed to receive treatment in military medical facilities. Spouses are also barred from receiving military identification cards, which provide access to many community activities and services on base, including movie theaters, day care centers, gyms and commissaries.
New York Times Dec 09, 2012 Same-Sex Issue Pushes Justices Into Overdrive
QUOTE: The speed with which the court is moving has some gay rights advocates bracing for a split decision. The court could strike down the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide. At the same time, it could reject the idea that the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex marriage, saying that the meaning of marriage is a matter for the states to decide....However the court rules in the California case, its very decision to consider it is a change from the caution of an earlier era.
New York Times Oct 24, 2012 Feigning Free Speech on Campus (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: Colleges and universities are supposed to be bastions of unbridled inquiry and expression, but they probably do as much to repress free speech as any other institution in young people’s lives.... Since the 1980s, in part because of “political correctness” concerns about racially insensitive speech and sexual harassment, and in part because of the dramatic expansion in the ranks of nonfaculty campus administrators, colleges have enacted stringent speech codes.
New York Times Oct 18, 2012 A Second Appeals Court Calls Marriage Law Unfair to Gays
QUOTE: A federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled on Thursday that the federal statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unlawfully discriminates against same-sex married couples by denying them equal federal benefits. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is the second federal appeals court to reject a central portion of the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act...
New York Times Jul 30, 2012 Christian groups allege threats to religious freedom in anti-Chick-fil-A campaigns
QUOTE: He has no First Amendment right to our approval, or to our money for his sandwiches. But can cities use zoning to combat unpopular speech? Unfortunately, when we chip away at the First Amendment, unpleasant unintended consequences are not far behind.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 11, 2012 Same-Sex Marriage Activists Look to Law
QUOTE: Several cases are winding their way through the judicial system, most of which challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The myriad indignities that gay couples and their families regularly encounter are one reason many of them say they are fighting to dismantle the law. But the financial burden they also bear can be measured. And several court cases put that into stark focus.
New York Times May 09, 2012 North Carolina's ban on gay marriage sparks cheers, jeers
QUOTE: North Carolina voted Tuesday to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 13, 2011 I.R.S. Denied Lesbians Legitimate Adoption Credit
QUOTE: when several lesbians seeking to adopt a partner’s child received letters from the Internal Revenue Service that said they could not use the credit, they couldn’t help but wonder: Is the government choosing to recognize our unions only when it’s to the government’s benefit?
New York Times Jul 08, 2011 As Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal, Some Choices May Be Lost
QUOTE: Now that same-sex marriage has been legalized in New York, at least a few large companies are requiring their employees to tie the knot if they want their partners to qualify for health insurance....But some gay and lesbian advocates are arguing that the change may have come too soon: some couples may face complications, since their unions are not recognized by the federal government.
New York Times Jun 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law
QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...
New York Times Jun 22, 2011 My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
QUOTE: ...I am still an undocumented immigrant. And that means living a different kind of reality. It means going about my day in fear of being found out....Last year I read about four students who walked from Miami to Washington to lobby for the Dream Act, a nearly decade-old immigration bill that would provide a path to legal permanent residency for young people who have been educated in this country...Their courage has inspired me.
New York Times Jun 21, 2011 Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality? (My Take)
QUOTE: Yale New Testament professor Dale B. Martin has noted that today’s "pro-family" activism, despite its pretense to be representing traditional Christian values, would have been considered “heresy” for most of the church’s history.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 17, 2011 U.N. council passes gay rights resolution
QUOTE: In what the U.S. State Department is calling a "historic step," the U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday supporting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution, introduced by South Africa, is the first-ever U.N. resolution on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 21, 2011 Not Going to the Chapel
QUOTE: I’m boycotting all heterosexual weddings. How utterly absurd to celebrate an institution that I am banned from in most of the country...Do devout evangelicals crash couple-swapping parties? Do undocumented immigrants march in Minuteman rallies?
New York Times May 20, 2011 For Gay Employees, an Equalizer
QUOTE: a growing number of companies have taken it upon themselves to make life a little more equal for their gay employees. These companies are reaching into their own pockets to pay for an extra tax that their gay employees owe on their partners’ health insurance — something that their married heterosexual co-workers don’t have to worry about because the federal government recognizes them as an economic unit.
New York Times May 05, 2011 Alleged rape, killing of gay rights campaigner sparks call for action
QUOTE: A 24-year-old who was stabbed to death in South Africa is the victim of "corrective rape," gay rights activists said Thursday, a crime where men attack lesbians in an attempt to reverse their sexual orientation.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 28, 2011 How the Law Accepted Gays
QUOTE: Gay-rights supporters have transformed the law and the legal profession, opening the doors of law firms, law schools and courts to people who were once casually and cruelly shut out because of their sexual orientation.
New York Times Apr 20, 2011 Boot camp in Malaysia for effeminate boys slammed
QUOTE: An education department in one Malaysian state is sending effeminate boys to a boot camp to change their behavior… Donna Guest, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific program at Amnesty International, deplored the action, which "feeds into gender stereotyping and homophobia."
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 10, 2011 A Lawsuit’s Unusual Question: Who Is a Man?
QUOTE: Mr. Devoureau filed a discrimination lawsuit on Friday that could break new ground in New Jersey and across the country, turning on the question of who is or is not a man… “They were judging me for who I am, not for the job I was being asked to do, and that’s wrong, and I was hurt,” he said. “I’m doing this so everyone knows it’s wrong, so it doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
New York Times Mar 29, 2011 Confusion Over Policy on Married Gay Immigrants
QUOTE: While it is routine for American citizens in heterosexual couples to obtain green cards for their foreign spouses, the Defense of Marriage Act has barred such status for immigrants in same-sex marriages... President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that the administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, although it would continue to enforce the law...
New York Times Mar 11, 2011 Same-Sex Marriage Bill Falls Short in Maryland
QUOTE: Lawmakers in Maryland on Friday failed to gather enough votes to pass a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry, withdrawing it from consideration after hours of emotional debate and effectively killing the bill’s chances for passage this year... The National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council, both highlighted African-American and religious opponents of the bill as central to its defeat.
New York Times Mar 02, 2011 Gay Group Joins Fight Against Wal-Mart
QUOTE: “With the expansion of Wal-Mart stores comes the expansion of antiquated employment policies,” the task force said in a statement, “that provide little to no protections for, and at times even hostility toward, their L.G.B.T. employees.”
New York Times Jan 28, 2011 Suits on Same-Sex Marriage May Force Administration to Take a Stand
QUOTE: President Obama has balanced on a political tightrope for two years over the Defense of Marriage Act, the contentious 1996 law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Now, two new federal lawsuits threaten to snap that rope out from under him.
New York Times Jan 28, 2011 Gays Seeking Asylum in U.S. Encounter a New Hurdle
QUOTE: While asylum-seekers and rights groups here expressed relief that use of the so-called erotic lie detector is impossible to imagine in the United States, some lamented in recent interviews that here too, homosexuals seeking asylum may risk being dismissed as not being gay enough.
New York Times Dec 20, 2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Come Back? Congress voted to repeal DADT. Can gay soldiers who were discharged under the old rules re-enlist?
QUOTE: For the past 17 years, service members discharged for homosexual conduct have been permanently barred from the military, even if they swore that their sexual preference had changed. During that time, Congress has considered several bills to repeal DADT, many of which would have explicitly permitted discharged service members to rejoin...the bare-bones legislation that Congress is about to send to the president punts the re-enlistment issue to the Pentagon.
Slate Dec 19, 2010 'Don't ask, don't tell' is repealed by Senate; bill awaits Obama's signing
QUOTE: The U.S. military will for the first time in history allow gays to serve openly after the Senate voted Saturday to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that has required such troops to hide their sexual identity or risk being expelled from the services. While opponents said repeal would create a battlefield distraction that could endanger troops, supporters drew parallels to the military's decision to end racial segregation in the 1950s and the admission of women to military service academies in the 1970s.
Washington Post Nov 03, 2010 Ouster of Iowa Judges Sends Signal to Bench
QUOTE: An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary.
New York Times Jun 28, 2010 Justices Rule Against Group That Excludes Gay Students
QUOTE: A public law school did not violate the First Amendment by withdrawing recognition from a Christian student group that excluded gay students, the Supreme Court ruled...
New York Times Jun 21, 2010 Gay Workers Will Get Time to Care for Partner’s Sick Child
QUOTE: President Obama will soon expand the rights of gay workers by allowing them to take family and medical leave to care for sick or newborn children of same-sex partners...
New York Times May 28, 2010 As ‘Don’t Ask’ Fades, Military Faces Thorny Issues
QUOTE: For opponents of the ban against homosexuals serving openly in the military, the steps by Congress this week to repeal the policy, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” were a major victory. But now they are girding for what may be an equally difficult task: the transition to a force where straight and openly gay servicemen and women live, work and fight alongside one other.
New York Times May 22, 2010 Congress should repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' and let the Pentagon do the rest
QUOTE: Current efforts to end "don't ask, don't tell" have focused on repealing the law and on replacing it with a policy that requires equal treatment of gay, lesbian and bisexual troops. This is a tougher sell to moderates in Congress and has the downside of perpetuating congressional meddling in military policy. By contrast, the "repeal only" option would leave to the Pentagon any questions about the possibility, content and timing of policy changes...
Washington Post May 18, 2010 All the Single Ladies
QUOTE: White House officials were so eager to squash any speculation that Elena Kagan was gay that they have ended up in a pre-feminist fugue, going with sad unmarried rather than fun single, spinning that she’s a spinster.
New York Times May 15, 2010 Top backers of gay/transgender nondiscrimination bill push for a vote
QUOTE: As the Obama administration reviews whether to discard the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, House Democratic leaders are quietly pushing another sensitive issue in the culture wars: civil rights for transgender workers.
Washington Post May 03, 2010 Serious legal hurdles for gay divorce
QUOTE: While the District and five states have legalized same-sex marriage and consequently allow divorces, granting same-sex divorce elsewhere is often murky. As married same-sex couples cross into states that explicitly ban or don't recognize gay marriage, they face a dilemma.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 18, 2010 Supreme Court to consider case against California law school
QUOTE: The college, which requires officially recognized student groups to admit any Hastings student who wants to join, may be well-meaning, says the student outpost of the Christian Legal Society. But the group contends that requiring it to allow gay students and nonbelievers into its leadership would be a renunciation of its core beliefs...
Washington Post Apr 16, 2010 In Hospital Decision, Obama Finds Safe Ground on Gay Rights
QUOTE: President Obama has found a way to support gay rights that least offends those who oppose them. Allowing same-sex partners the same rights as straight couples to visit and make medical decisions for their hospitalized loved ones enjoys broad public backing, even as the country remains polarized over the question of marriage rights for gay men and lesbians.
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Can We Talk About Religion, Please? (Moral of the Story)
QUOTE: despite the risk of provoking the ire of believers, we should discuss the actions of religious institutions as we would those of all others — courteously and vigorously....it is disheartening that the editorial pages of our most important newspapers did not castigate the Vatican’s invitation to misogyny and homophobia.
New York Times Oct 25, 2009 Gay marriage fight fuels debate over petitioners' rights
QUOTE: Is signing a petition and delivering it to the government a public act, like voting on a bill in the legislature or contributing money to a campaign? Or is it more like casting a secret ballot at the polling place?
Los Angeles Times Oct 20, 2009 Dead Law Walking: Why are New York cops arresting gay people on charges ruled unconstitutional 26 years ago?
QUOTE: n the 26 years since, on thousands of occasions, the New York Police Department has continued to enforce the defunct law [which made hitting on people in a public place a crime], historically used to target gay people.
Slate Oct 09, 2009 More women than men dismissed from military for being gay
QUOTE: Women were dismissed from the military for being gay at a greater rate than men last year...
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 17, 2009 A vicious intolerance: Homophobia in Jamaica
QUOTE: Openly gay people [in Jamaica] must contend with the constant fear of violence.
Economist Aug 18, 2009 Lutherans to Vote on Sexually Active Gay Clergy (On Faith)
QUOTE: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, one of the largest Christian denominations in the country, will decide this week whether to allow gay people in relationships to serve as clergy.
Washington Post Aug 18, 2009 Obama lawyers offer reluctant defense of gay marriage ban
QUOTE: "This administration does not support DOMA [law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage] as a matter of policy, believes that it is discriminatory and supports its repeal," Assistant Atty. Gen. Tony West wrote... "Consistent with the rule of law, however, the Department of Justice has long followed the practice of defending federal statutes as long as reasonable arguments can be made in support of their constitutionality."
Los Angeles Times Aug 17, 2009 Gay Men Targeted In Iraq, Report Says: Militias Blamed for Scores of Killings
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch will urge in a report to be released Monday that the Iraqi government do more to protect gay men, saying militiamen have killed and tortured scores in recent months as part of a social cleansing campaign.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2009 Anglican Sees ‘Two-Track’ Church
QUOTE: Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, said profound differences among the world’s 77 million Anglicans over gay clergy and same-sex unions could divide their church into a “two-track model” yielding “two styles of being Anglican.”
New York Times Jul 20, 2009 Aids: Role of Gay Men in Spreading Virus Is Ignored in Africa, Study Finds (Global Update)
QUOTE: The role of gay sex in the transmission of the virus that causes AIDS in Africa has been long ignored...
New York Times Jul 02, 2009 Activists Work to Show Gays Are Not Anti-Religious: A recent poll shows many gay Americans lead robust faith lives
QUOTE: A Barna Group survey out last week shows that most gay Americans lead pretty robust faith lives.
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