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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: 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 14, 2012 Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day
QUOTE: The program, started 11 years ago by the Southern Poverty Law Center and now in more than 2,500 schools, was intended as a way to break up cliques and prevent bullying. But this year, the American Family Association, a conservative evangelical group, has called the project “a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools”...
New York Times 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) Mar 16, 2012 Jury Finds Spying in Rutgers Dorm Was a Hate Crime
QUOTE: A former Rutgers University student was convicted on Friday on all 15 charges he had faced for using a webcam to spy on his roommate having sex with another man, a verdict poised to broaden the definition of hate crimes in an era when laws have not kept up with evolving technology....The case set off a debate about whether hate-crime statutes are the best way to deal with bullying.
New York Times 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 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 14, 2011 Court upholds gay judge's ruling on Proposition 8
QUOTE: A federal judge who ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage in California and later revealed that he is gay showed no evidence he was prejudiced in the case, according to a ruling Tuesday...."It is not reasonable to presume that a judge is incapable of making an impartial decision about the constitutionality of a law, solely because, as a citizen, the judge could be affected by the proceedings,"...
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 07, 2011 In Rarity, a Player Speaks Out for Gay Rights
QUOTE: (Sean Avery) recently recorded a video, becoming one of only a few active athletes in American team sports to voice support for gay rights, and is believed to be the first in New York to publicly advocate for same-sex marriage... Homosexual slurs remain in use to insult opponents and officials.
New York Times Apr 26, 2011 Between Torment and Happiness
QUOTE: “I don’t care if you dress like a guy or a girl or anything, I feel like people should not have to be afraid to go out of their house…” A week before the attack, Maryland’s Senate shelved a measure extending anti-discrimination protections to people who openly change their gender identity.
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) 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 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 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 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) 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 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.
US News & World Report Nov 14, 2008 Analogy Lesson: Racism is the wrong frame for understanding the passage of California's same-sex marriage ban.
QUOTE: Widespread opposition to same-sex marriage might reflect a desire to hang on to these distinctive sex roles rather than vicious anti-gay bigotry. By wistfully invoking the analogy to racism, same-sex marriage proponents risk misreading a large (and potentially movable) group of voters who care about sex difference more than about sexual orientation.
Slate Nov 05, 2008 Left at the Altar: What happens now to gay marriage, in California and elsewhere?
QUOTE: On Tuesday, California voters passed Proposition 8, the amendment to the state constitution that eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry, scuttling a California Supreme Court ruling in May that granted that right.
Slate Jul 17, 2008 Donation to Same-Sex Marriage Foes Brings Boycott Calls
QUOTE: A hotel owner’s $125,000 donation to support a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in the state has become a flashpoint, with opponents calling for a boycott of two of his hotels and supporters highlighting the donation in a fund-raising letter. The hotelier, Doug Manchester, donated the money to support the collection of signatures to qualify the initiative, which would amend the state’s Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, for the November ballot.
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Battle over gay marriage renewed on California ballot
QUOTE: As California on Monday becomes the second state to join gay couples in matrimony, opponents say efforts to reverse it will be tougher than in the past. They collected enough signatures to include a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on the November ballot, but the vote comes as polls show growing acceptance of gays and more states extend benefits to same-sex couples.
USA TODAY May 29, 2008 New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere
QUOTE: In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.”
New York Times May 15, 2008 California ban on same-sex marriage struck down
QUOTE: In a 4-3 120-page ruling issue, the justices wrote that "responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation."
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 26, 2008 This Land: A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly
QUOTE: Bullying is everywhere, including here in Fayetteville...A decade ago a Fayetteville student was mercilessly harassed and beaten for being gay. After a complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights, the district adopted procedures to promote tolerance and respect — none of which seems to have been of much comfort to Billy Wolfe.
New York Times Feb 14, 2008 2 Sue to Void Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
QUOTE: Earlier this week, [a lesbian couple] filed a motion with the court claiming that Amendment 43, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, violated their constitutional right to equal protection.
New York Times Jan 02, 2008 Same-Sex Divorce Challenges the Legal System: Most States Lack Law, Precedent To Settle Issues
QUOTE: Nearly 10,000 gay and lesbian couples married after the [Massachussetts State Supreme Court] ruling [which legalized same-sex marriage]...Those who choose to end their marriages soon discover that the trauma of divorce is compounded by legal and financial difficulties that heterosexual couples generally are spared.
Washington Post Oct 09, 2007 Aging and Gay, and Facing Prejudice in Twilight
QUOTE: Elderly gay people like Ms. Donadello, living in nursing homes or assisted-living centers or receiving home care, increasingly report that they have been disrespected, shunned or mistreated in ways that range from hurtful to deadly, even leading some to commit suicide.
New York Times Feb 09, 2007 Anti-immigrant sentiments fuel Ku Klux Klan resurgence: Long stuck in splintered obscurity, the group is seeing an increase in activity and a return to its nativist origins
QUOTE: Gay marriage and urban crime are part of the picture. But, in particular, it is the debate over what to do about the nation's nearly 35 million immigrants, of whom about 11 million are in the US illegally, that has become the Klan's main recruiting tool.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 24, 2006 Cancer Chicanery (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: Whether guilty of moral or mental problems (a possible form of illness), the co-worker must make amends .... You have no ethical obligation to disclose intimate details of your private life to anybody.
New York Times Dec 15, 2006 N.J. Legislature Votes to Allow Same-Sex Unions
QUOTE: With a mandate from New Jersey's highest court to offer gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals, the state legislature voted Thursday to create civil unions but stopped short of using the word "marriage."
Washington Post Dec 02, 2006 Supporting Boys or Girls When the Line Isn't Clear
QUOTE: "The prospect of cross-dressing kindergartners has sparked a deep philosophical divide among professionals over how best to counsel families. Is it healthier for families to follow the child’s lead, or to spare children potential humiliation and isolation by steering them toward accepting their biological gender until they are older?"
New York Times Oct 26, 2006 N.J. Ruling Mandates Rights for Gay Unions: State Court Does Not Specify 'Marriage'
QUOTE: The New Jersey Supreme Court left the door ajar for the approval of same-sex marriage Wednesday, ruling that gay couples are entitled to rights no different from those of heterosexual couples.
Washington Post Jul 27, 2006 Washington Court Upholds Ban on Gay Marriage
QUOTE: In an angrily divided 5-to-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court yesterday upheld a state law banning same-sex marriages...Opponents of same-sex marriage said yesterday’s decision demonstrated that the public and the courts remained opposed to altering the traditional definition of marriage.
New York Times Jun 08, 2006 Gay Marriage Amendment Fails in Senate
QUOTE: A constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, backed by President Bush and conservative groups, was soundly defeated in the Senate yesterday after proponents failed to persuade a bare majority of all senators to support the measure.
Washington Post Apr 10, 2006 Wal-Mart Resists Pressure in 'Brokeback' DVD Sales
QUOTE: Randy Sharp, the director of special projects for the American Family Association, is leading the charge against "Brokeback Mountain" with an e-mail petition urging Wal-Mart customers to shun the store in protest.
New York Times Feb 22, 2006 Same-sex birth notice
QUOTE: ...[the local newspaper-Ed.] declined to publish the free announcement with both of the women's names, saying that the paper publishes only the names of the biological parents if the couple is not married.
Poynter Online Feb 10, 2006 Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Ex-Gay Cowboys
QUOTE: Sometimes I wonder if evangelicals really believe that gay men can go straight. If they don't think Chad Allen can play straight convincingly for 108 minutes, do they honestly imagine that gay men who aren't actors can play straight for a lifetime?...If anything, supporters of traditional marriage should want gay men out of the heterosexual marriage market entirely.
New York Times Jan 21, 2006 Judge Strikes Down Md. Ban on Gay Marriage: Ruling Is Stayed as Constitutional Fight Ignites
QUOTE: A Baltimore judge ruled yesterday that Maryland's law banning same-sex marriage is discriminatory and "cannot withstand constitutional challenge," throwing open the possibility of a bruising legislative battle over a constitutional amendment.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2005 Openly Gay Student's Lawsuit Over Privacy Will Proceed
QUOTE: In a case involving a California high school girl who was openly gay at school, a federal judge has ruled that the girl, Charlene Nguon, may proceed with a lawsuit charging that her privacy rights were violated when the principal called her mother and disclosed that she is gay.
New York Times Sep 14, 2005 Mass. Lawmakers Reject Gay Marriage Ban: Constitutional Amendment Is Defeated in 157 to 39 Vote
QUOTE: ... the vote leaves same-sex marriage as the status quo in Massachusetts, and it now seems likely to remain so until at least 2008.
Washington Post Sep 08, 2005 California Governor to Veto Law Authorizing Same-Sex Marriage
QUOTE: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) announced Wednesday night that he will veto landmark legislation that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry....he thinks the matter should be decided by California's courts or its voters.
Washington Post Sep 07, 2005 California Legislature Approves Gay Marriage
QUOTE: The California Assembly voted Tuesday to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, making the state's legislature the first in the nation to deliberately approve same-sex marriages.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2005 Battle Over Gay Marriage Plays Out in Indian Country
QUOTE: More than a year after Massachusetts became the first state to recognize same-sex marriages, the emotional issue is playing out in the Cherokee courts in Oklahoma, confronting historic issues of cultural traditions and Indian sovereignty. A hearing Tuesday will likely determine whether Reynolds and McKinley are married under Cherokee law -- and are therefore legally recognized as a married couple in this conservative state.
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