Marriage Equality

Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

Another GOP congressman comes out in support of gay marriage

GOP Rep. David Jolly of Florida came out this week in support of marriage equality for gay couples.

The congressman told The Washington Post on Monday that his personal views about marriage center on it being a union between a man and a woman. But, he added, states should not define the “sanctity” of marriage.

“As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage,” Jolly said in a statement to the Post. “But as a matter of constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state.” Read more »

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Anti-gay laws can fuel spread of HIV, research finds

Anti-gay laws can fuel spread of HIV, research finds

Stigma and discrimination have always played a major role in the global AIDS epidemic, but they are getting renewed attention this year at the ongoing International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

A study released Monday at the conference shows that vulnerable communities in Nigeria fared far worse after legislation was passed criminalizing gay male sex. And in a panel scheduled for Wednesday , researchers were expected to discuss way to help advocates, doctors and patients combat stigma. Read more »

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California Just Got Rid Of Its Last Barrier To Same-Sex Marriage

California Just Got Rid Of Its Last Barrier To Same-Sex Marriage

California’s same-sex couples may now be pronounced spouse and spouse after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill Monday eliminating outdated “husband and wife” references from state laws.

Senate Bill 1306 was introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to eliminate confusion and correct discriminatory phrasing in the California Constitution that contradicts state law. While the adjustment has no effect on the legality of same-sex marriage in California, it’s an important capstone for couples who’ve watched their state rise, fall and rise again as a champion of marriage equality before ultimately declaring Prop 8’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in 2013. Read more »

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United Nations To Expand LGBT Marriage Benefits

United Nations To Expand LGBT Marriage Benefits

The United Nations Secretariat will now provide full benefits to employees in same-sex unions, regardless of whether their home country recognizes marriage equality.

"Human rights are at the core of the mission of the United Nations," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday when announcing the policy. "I am proud to stand for greater equality for all staff, and I call on all members of our UN family to unite in rejecting homophobia as discrimination that can never be tolerated at our workplace." Read more »

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BP's Former CEO Explains Why LGBT Equality Makes Good Business Sense

BP's Former CEO Explains Why LGBT Equality Makes Good Business Sense

On 2 June 2013, I wrote an editorial in the Financial Times arguing the case for gay marriage. The House of Lords would vote on a measure legalising same-sex marriage the following day. I supported the bill as a pragmatic legislator, as a gay man and as a human being. But I also supported it because I am a businessman.

Business does not usually take a position on the institution of marriage. But, in my time as chief executive, I learned that any policy that fosters an inclusive environment makes good business sense. Paul Reed, my former colleague at BP and now a senior executive there, puts it best: "I don’t want people saving a quarter of their brain to hide who they are. I want them to apply their whole brain to their job." Read more »

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Yay for same-sex marriage, but ...

Yay for same-sex marriage, but ...

There's plenty of gay-rights news to celebrate this week:

-- On Monday, a federal judge threw out Oregon's ban on same-sex marriages, writing that his decision was one in support of "families committed to the common purpose of love, devotion and service to the greater community."

-- On Tuesday, the same thing, more or less, happened in Pennsylvania, with a judge in that case writing that "we are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history." (I mean, wow, right?) Read more »

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Anti-Gay Stance Still Enshrined In Majority Of State GOP Platforms

 As support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals grows in the GOP, the official stance of the Republican Party remains rooted in opposition to those rights. The party's national platform, written in 2012, comes out strongly against LGBT equality and even calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

For the most part, the same remains true at the state level. According to a count by The Huffington Post, only seven states plus the District of Columbia have no mention of opposition to same-sex marriage or other rights for LGBT individuals in their party platforms. Fourteen states appear to go by the national platform, leaving 29 other states with their own platforms that oppose gay rights. Read more »

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TODAY: Tenth Circuit to hear argument in Utah marriage case

Today, barely a year after being filed in federal court and just months after a ruling by that court, a challenge to Utah’s ban on marriage equality, Kitchen v. Herbert,will be heard by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Next week, on Thursday, April 17, the same panel will preside over a similar case out of Oklahoma, Bishop v. United States. Read more »

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New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing

New Poll Shows Support For LGBT Equality Growing

Americans For Equality, a new bipartisan coalition has formed with the support of the Human Rights Campaign and on March 27 released a new and in depth poll on marriage equality. The poll's release marked the one year anniversary of oral arguments in United States v. Windsor that resulted in the defeat of DOMA and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court case which ended CaliforniaÕs Prop 8 ban and took place March 26, 2013.

With more than 50 cases filed in 27 states, it remains illegal for gay couples to marry in 33 states, 29 of which still have state constitutional bans on marriage in effect. The coalition's press release described the work ahead as "the next phase in the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide." Read more »

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