Category Archives: Marriage & Family

Pennsylvania to re-think rule allowing students to play on opposite-gender sports teams

Lambda Legal suit challenges marriage in West Virginia

    Lambda Legal: In the lawsuit, Lambda Legal, joined by pro bono co-counsel from Tinney Law Firm and Jenner & Block, argues that West Virginia’s marriage ban unfairly discriminates against same-sex couples and their children and sends a purposeful message that lesbians, gay men, and their children are second-class citizens who are undeserving of the legal sanction, respect, protections, and support that different-sex couples and their families are able to enjoy through marriage.
    Read the complaint—http://www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/legal-docs/mcgee_wv_20131001_complaint-for-declaratory-and-injunctive-relief


  • Posted: 10/01/2013
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Marriage Advocates Confident Illinois’ Current Definition Will Be Upheld

Exxon To Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Couples In U.S.

Court Dismisses Three Of Five Claims In Chicago Marriage Lawsuits

DOMA and Dignity | Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy

    Dale Carpenter at the Volokh Conspiracy: Why is the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional? Here are two propositions that United States v. Windsor might be thought to stand for:
    (1) The federal government’s decision not to recognize state-sanctioned marriages of same-sex couples was an unconstitutional intrusion on federalism (a structural claim); or
    (2) The federal government’s decision not to recognize state-sanctioned marriages of same-sex couples was an unconstitutional infringement on a substantive right, e.g., the right to marry (a liberty claim). These are among the many plausible interpretations of Windsor, but some explanations are more plausible than others.


  • Posted: 09/27/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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State universities dole out medically inaccurate, biased advice on homosexuality: Investigation

“Minnesota’s gay marriage allies are at odds”

“Alabama’s First Gay Lawmaker Marries In Massachusetts, Will Sue For Recognition”

Boston Politics Halt Charter School Growth

Should Washington Pay Parents to Raise Future Taxpayers?

George H.W. Bush is witness at same-sex marriage in Maine

WI: Outagamie approves same-sex benefits

KY Court Says Spousal Privilege Does Not Apply Vt. Civil Union

Louisiana lawmaker plans Common Core repeal bill for 2014 legislative session

SBC Seminary Leader: Immorality, when celebrated, is ominous

IN: Same sex marriage ban opponents tout new poll showing Indiana voters split on issue

Pa. Pastor Says He Was Fired For Same-Sex Wedding

“Poll: Should N.J. legalize gay marriage? And how?”

Justice Department vs. Louisiana Voucher Kids | Clint Bolick at WSJ

“Illinois Needs Money, Legalize Gay Marriage”

Bi advocates seek visibility through White House roundtable

    Washington Blade: Bisexual advocates are hailing an upcoming roundtable at the White House as an opportunity for greater discussion about their issues — despite the closed-door nature of the panel. For the first-time ever, the White House Office of Public Engagement is set on Monday to hold a meeting on bisexual issues at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The roundtable, which is closed to the press, will take place on Celebrate Bisexuality Day on which bisexual visibility is observed.


  • Posted: 09/24/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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Missouri National Guard Providing Military Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Louisiana School Voucher Dispute May Be Ending

Pa. Board Nixes Transgender Homecoming King Entry

Doña Ana County commission votes to back marriage redefinition

“N.J. legislators inching toward override of Christie’s gay marriage veto”

CDC: 2% of Population Are Men Who Have Sex With Men

Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four

County clerks on front lines of U.S. marriage battle

Prop. 8 Players Join Bid To Repeal Transgender Law

NM “AG Gary King: Same-sex marriage is a ‘civil rights’ issue”

“MN: Political action committees continue same-sex marriage fight, groups on both sides working to re-elect or unseat legislators”

    Twin Cities Daily Planet: Newly formed political action committees and campaigns are gearing up to help re-elect — or unseat — state representatives who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in May. Minnesotans United for All Families and Minnesota for Marriage, the key players in the state’s same-sex marriage debate, are both kicking off fundraising efforts this fall to either support or oust up to 75 state representatives who voted “yes” on the same-sex marriage legislation last session.


  • Posted: 09/20/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.tcdailyplanet.net

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“Federal Retirement Plan Revises Rules to Include Same-Sex Marriages”

“Dictatorship! Regime Recognizes All Same-Sex Marriages Via Pension Law” | Rush Limbaugh

    RushLimbaugh.com: This next story has a one-word reaction, one word analysis, and that is: dictatorship. “The Labor Department announced Wednesday that federal laws governing private employee pension and related benefit plans will be interpreted to recognize all legal marriages of same-sex couples, regardless of where the couple is living currently.” This means that the Obama administration is now going to recognize all same-sex married couples, regardless of state law.


  • Posted: 09/20/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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“Alaska personnel board makes same-sex partners ‘family’”

“Driver’s license names are latest jam in Tennessee gay marriage debate”

Poll: Louisiana Voters Strongly Oppose Dept. Of Justice’s Attempt To Block Quality Education

“Univ. of St. Thomas-Minnesota President Welcomes Employees in Same-Sex Marriages”

“Oklahoma Becomes the 4th State to Block Some Military Gay Marriage Benefits”

“Michigan Says Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban Helps Boost Population Growth” | National Journal

ACLU accuses Pinellas school district of discriminating against transgender student

Does Windsor Require States to Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages?

Households on Food Stamps Now Outnumber All Households in Northeast U.S.

Millennials and Marriage | Rachel Lu at Public Discourse

    Rachel Lu at Public Discourse: Marriage has given structure and purpose to the lives of an incredibly diverse array of people, across millennia of human history. It can work for young Americans today. And the consolations of family life could help to compensate for the other disappointments and challenges that these over-optimistic youth are likely to encounter once they move beyond the classroom. Millennials want to hear this, and they need to know. If their elders want to atone for the mistakes of yesteryear, now is the time to start talking about marriage.


  • Posted: 09/18/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Woman says she was fired by Rutgers because she is lesbian

Advocates target NC marriage law

AZ: “Gay marriage backers rally to change public attitudes”

As the middle class dwindles, so do marriage rates

Montgomery County register of wills to appeal marriage ruling

Okla. gov. tells Guard to deny same-sex benefits

ACLU Petition Seeking DOD Action In National Guard Benefit Refusals

South Carolina Couple Files Lawsuit For Gender Reassignment Surgery Performed On Their Adopted Son

SD: Small Grocery store ordered to pay $50K for transgender discrimination

“Gay marriage not accepted on Louisiana form”

The Nearlyweds: Couples cohabiting without marriage a growing trend — for blacks, too?

    The Grio (MSNBC): Enter the “nearlywed” couples, which a recent feature in Glamour magazine describes as “couples with all the trappings of marriage—the home, the in-laws, the shared Labradoodle, maybe even the kids—but no actual marriage certificate.” Declaring “nearlyweds” as the latest leaders in relationship trends, Glamour interviewed several (white) couples who extolled the virtues of this commitment-like, but not-all-the-way committed, phenomenon.


  • Posted: 09/16/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: thegrio.com

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“Gay marriage advocates lobby to override Christie’s veto”

“Polygamist Special ‘My Five Wives’ Explores Faith and Marriage: ‘It’s About Love and Commitment’”

NM: “Clerk raises $28,400 for gay marriage fund”

Twin Cities Catholic leader courts controversy claiming Satan to blame for gay marriage, condoms

CDC: 94 to 95 percent of HIV cases among young men linked to gay sex

“Bombshell Book: Matthew Shepard Tortured, Murdered By Gay Lover”

New report shows continued rise in homeschool popularity

Lambda Legal demands Texas National Guard recognize same sex relationships

“Ex-NFL QB To Speak At Mormon Conference On Gays”

Rutherford County Schools Say NO to Posters that Note “Safe Places ” for Homosexual Students – Community Group Says “YES” (With Audio)

Should Christians Abandon State Marriage?

    WorldNetDaily: Currently, government is heavily involved in marriage. Changing that would require a wrenching overhaul of American law. For example, until recent changes adopted following the U.S. Supreme Court’s skewering of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal law treated married couples differently than single individuals in 1,138 ways, according to a 2003 GAO report. Marital status matters when it comes to taxation, federal civilian and military benefits, Veterans and Social Security benefits, private employer benefits, immigration and more. Uprooting this body of law would launch a social revolution in which marriage is treated no differently than those who prefer the same sex, multiple wives or any other imaginable intimate arrangement.


  • Posted: 09/13/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.wnd.com

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AZ: Sedona to vote on same-sex civil union ordinance

Engaging the Issues: The Reality of a Transgender Worldview – Nancy Pearcey

“Marriage Equality Efforts Chugging Along Nicely” | Art Leonard Observations

“Meet The Top 10 Foundations Giving to LGBT Causes”

    South Florida Gay News: Well, looking at the LGBT-focused segment of the report yields some interesting data, like the fact that the top contributor in 2010 is the Arcus Foundation, which, on top of dedicating itself to LGBT issues, its second and equal priority is “to conserve and protect the great apes.” Arcus gave $14.6 million. Second place goes to the Gill Foundation, which came out at an even $10 million. Sixth place goes to the Ford Foundation, which in late July hired openly gay Darren Walker as its new president — it gave $4 million.


  • Posted: 09/11/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: southfloridagaynews.com

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“Gay Marriage Stirs Little Public Outcry in NM” | ABC (AP)

“IRS’ gay-marriage decision has many implications in shifting legal landscape”

    Beth Hawkins at MinnPost: Minnesota businesses — and in particular those that employ people throughout the country — are scrambling to figure out how to comply with the Internal Revenue Service’s decision to begin recognizing all legal same-sex marriages starting Sept. 16, regardless of where a couple lives. “The [Obama] administration is sending the message that from a federal law perspective, marriage equality now exists,” said Sarah Riskin, a labor and employment attorney at Nilan Johnson Lewis. “Which is really kind of huge.”


  • Posted: 09/11/2013
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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