same-sex couples

The Unromantic Reason Couples May Soon Be Tying the Knot

The Unromantic Reason Couples May Soon Be Tying the Knot

As the country awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, some companies are dismantling programs that extend benefits to employees in domestic partnerships. These companies are effectively telling employees in domestic partnerships: Get married or lose your benefits.

The development is taking shape at companies such as Verizon and Delta, which have told employees in the 37 states that have legalized same-sex unions that benefits for same-sex domestic partners will no longer be available unless they marry. Verizon announced the policy change last July and is giving couples six months to marry or lose their domestic partner benefits. Read more »

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Conservatives Seize On Hugely Flawed Study About Same-Sex Parents

Conservatives Seize On Hugely Flawed Study About Same-Sex Parents

Conservatives are excitedly promoting a new study that supposedly reveals negative outcomes for the children of same-sex parents. Like the infamously flawed Mark Regnerus study rushed out two years ago, the new study seems timed to impact the Supreme Court’s upcoming consideration of marriage equality for same-sex couples. It suffers, however, from some of the same flaws and biases as Regnerus’ study, and doesn’t actually support the argument against marriage equality that it tries to make. Read more »

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BREAKING: 11th Circuit Denies Stay in Alabama Marriage Equality Case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denied the Alabama Attorney General’s motion for a stay in Searcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange. Last month, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade struck down Alabama’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. With today’s ruling, loving, committed same-sex couples can begin to marry beginning February, 9, 2015, unless the Supreme Court of the United States issues a stay. Read more »

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Taking Up Gay Marriage, but on Its Own Terms

Taking Up Gay Marriage, but on Its Own Terms

The first page of a petition seeking Supreme Court review is the most important. It sets out the “question presented,” the one the court will answer if it takes the case.

The justices do not ordinarily tinker with the wording of those questions. But on Friday something unusual happened: In agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases, the court framed for itself the issues it would address.

Lawyers and scholars scrutinized the court’s order with the anxious intensity of hypochondriacs attending their symptoms. Some saw an attempt by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to elicit a ruling that would stop short of establishing a nationwide constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Read more »

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The court’s announcement made it likely that it would resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its current term ends in June.

The justices ducked the issue in October, refusing to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That surprise action delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24 from 19, along with the District of Columbia. Read more »

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Virginia should not sanction faith-based discrimination against gays

Virginia should not sanction faith-based discrimination against gays

When asked Monday about his “rights of conscience” bill that would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, cited the recent firing of Atlanta’s fire chief as a cautionary tale.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired Kelvin Cochran last week after the fire chief distributed to some co-workers copies of his self-published Christian book condemning homosexual acts as “vile, vulgar and inappropriate.”

Marshall and other Cochran supporters see this as an issue of religious freedom — not the poor judgment of a manager of 750 employees.

A boss should not be proselytizing on the job, sending chills through a diverse organization or creating a hostile work environment. Read more »

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Your God and My Dignity

Your God and My Dignity

I’VE been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I’ve deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label:

A threat to your religious liberty.

I don’t mean me alone. I mean me and my evidently menacing kind: men who have romantic relationships with other men and maybe want to marry them, and women in analogous situations. According to many of the Americans who still cast judgment on us, our “I do” somehow tramples you, not merely running counter to your creed but running roughshod over it. Read more »

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Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

Mormon Allies Promise LGBT Christians: You Can Sit With Me At Church

It’s painful to feel like an outsider -- especially during Christmas.

However, it’s a feeling that LGBT members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints may experience during the holidays. While the church insists that gay and lesbian Mormons should be treated with kindness, it sees acting out on same-sex attractions as a sin. As a result, LGBT Mormons who have grown up celebrating Christmas with their church communities may be hesitant to come back.

But there’s a growing number of people within the Mormon church who aren’t afraid to show their support for their LGBT brothers and sisters. Read more »

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Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

Businesses lead social-justice fight for LGBT Arizonans

After the October legalization of gay marriage, many human-rights advocates pointed out that same-sex couples could marry that Friday but be fired Monday for putting wedding photos on their desks at work.

That's because Arizona is one of 29 states without workplace protections based on sexual orientation and one of 32 without workplace protections based on gender identity or expression.

Sixty-five percent of Arizonans are not covered by anti-discrimination policies encompassing sexual orientation or gender expression in housing, workplaces, or leisure activities like lodging, restaurants or entertainment, according to calculations done by One Community, a human-rights and business-advocacy organization, Read more »

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Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples

Americans Support Legal Rights, But Not PDA, for Gay Couples

Many Americans support  legal rights for gay and lesbian couples but still don't think those couples should kiss in public, a new study suggests.

Over the past two decades, same-sex couples have made great progress in terms of legal rights in the United Sates. Gays and lesbians can now get married in 33 states and the District of Columbia, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. And yet, the new research shows that deep-rooted prejudices against same-sex couples may manifest themselves in more subtle ways. Read more »

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