Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in a written ruling that Missouri's measure recognizing marriage only between a man and woman violates the due process and equal protection rights of the U.S. Constitution. The decision mirrored ones handed down recently in several other states. Read more »

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Corner Office: Six Powerful Out CEOs Who Aren't Tim Cook

We’re all happy that Tim Cook got his official gay card laminated recently, and of course we’re looking forward to seeing him at the next pot luck to plot world domination. Did I say that? I meant watch AHS. Jessica Lange is a goddess.

But while Cook may be the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, he’s hardly the only power-wielding chief executive batting for our team.

Scroll down for six more, courtesy of CNN Money

1. Christopher Bailey, CEO at Burberry

The British luxury brand hired Bailey as CEO late last year after the previous chief executive Angela Ahrendts jumped ship for a job at Apple. Read more »

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Maura Healey Becomes First Openly Gay Attorney General In The Country

Maura Healey Becomes First Openly Gay Attorney General In The Country

Democrat Maura Healey was elected attorney general in Massachusetts on Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay attorney general in the country.

Healey won a competitive primary against former state Sen. Warren Tolman (D) earlier this year. She easily defeated Republican John Miller on Tuesday by a vote of 62 percent to 38 percent, according to an ABC affiliate in Boston.

EMILY's List, a progressive PAC that supports pro-choice Democratic women, helped Healey win her primary against Tolman and celebrated her historic win Tuesday night. Read more »

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Kyrgyzstan's 'Homosexual Propaganda' Law Proposal Sparks Gay Community Fears

Kyrgyzstan's 'Homosexual Propaganda' Law Proposal Sparks Gay Community Fears

BISHKEK, Nov 2 (Reuters) - A draft law banning "homosexual propaganda" in Kyrgyzstan could be the last straw for the Central Asian country's frightened gay community.

Some are thinking of leaving the mainly Muslim state bordering China if the law is passed by parliament, mirroring a move last year by Russia that outraged the West and was seen by critics as part of a broader crackdown on civil society.

Backed by Muslim clerics who say homosexuals are "psychologically ill" and should be cured, the law follows what gays say is growing intimidation, police abuse and beatings. Read more »

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I Asked My Brother to Donate Sperm to My Wife. That Was the Easy Part

Eight months ago, my wife Sabrina and I visited Chicago to meet her sister Sophia’s beautiful newborn, Delfina. Huddled around “baby Del” in the maternity ward of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, my mother-in-law squawked in her distinct Bronx accent: "She looks just like Marty!"

"Why do you think she looks like dad,” Sabrina asked. “Because she's bald and gassy?”

"She definitely has your mouth, Sophia," Sabrina said. “And her dad’s eyes,” I added.

It was this trip to Chicago that left me with an unfulfill-able longing—the longing to create a baby born of my love for Sabrina. It's one of the few things that makes me envious of straight people. Read more »

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Politician Wants Tim Cook Banned From Russia, Says He Might Bring Ebola

Politician Wants Tim Cook Banned From Russia, Says He Might Bring Ebola

An anti-gay Russian politician wants to ban Tim Cook from the country after the Apple CEO publicly came out as gay last week.

"What can he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? All of them over there have promiscuous relations. Ban him forever," Vitaly Milonov, a St. Petersburg politician and anti-LGBT lawmaker, told the website FlashNord about barring Cook from Russia, according to a translation by The Huffington Post. Read more »

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Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps

Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps

The Arcus Foundation’s latest effort in support of gay and lesbian issues began with an ominous question: "Is there a future for the LGBTQ movement?"

The tagline speaks to a bubbling uncertainty among the movement’s philanthropic vanguard. After a number of legal victories on same-sex marriage, where should longtime supporters put their money now? And will today’s triumphs make tomorrow’s donors think the struggle for gay equality has already been won? Read more »

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Apple’s CEO is now openly gay. Is that progress?

Apple’s CEO is now openly gay. Is that progress?

Apple CEO Tim Cook made history last week, becoming the first Fortune 500 CEO to break through the steel ceiling of heterosexual privilege in the business world when he disclosed in Businessweek that he is “proud to be gay.” Despite Cook’s insistence that he has long been open with many people about his sexual orientation, his decision to invite the public into an otherwise private area of his life rightly deserves praise as some commentators have noted. However, the same factors which make Cook’s “coming-out” appear exceptional and noteworthy are the very features, privileges actually, which are absented in the lives of so many LGBT people. For some, it literally pays to be gay. But for so many others, coming out costs. Read more »

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