Gay Teen in Prom Case Feels Ostracized Locally, Celebrated Nationally

March 26, 2010

by Jessica Ravitz | CNN

Walking into school Wednesday morning was not easy for Constance McMillen. The last time she’d been there was March 11, the day after her Fulton, Mississippi, high school canceled prom rather than allow her to wear a tuxedo and attend with her girlfriend.

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Sen. Boxer Introduces COBRA Benefits Bill for Domestic Partners

March 26, 2010

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) yesterday introduced the Equal Access to COBRA Act, which would allow many domestic partners the same access married spouses currently have to COBRA health coverage if their partner loses a job.

The law would apply to companies that already offer health coverage to domestic partners and their children. Currently, more than half of Fortune 500 companies cover domestic partners under their health plans.

Senator Boxer said, “This is a question of fairness: Every family deserves access to health insurance, especially in this tough economy. This bill ensures that domestic partners and their families will have equal access to health coverage after a job loss.

Under federal law, employers must offer continuing health care coverage to departing employees and their beneficiaries for up to 36 months. Current federal laws related to COBRA coverage do not apply to domestic partners or same-sex spouses – even at companies that offer health coverage to domestic partners of employees.

This legislation would change federal law to allow equal access to COBRA coverage for all individuals who are covered by an employer’s health plan. It would apply to domestic partners as they are defined by an employer’s health insurance plan.


Italian Court Postpones Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

March 26, 2010

by Kenneth Harvey | the Advocate

The Constitutional Court in Italy has postponed a decision on same-sex marriage until mid April.

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Would Partners of Gay Troops Get Benefits, Too?

March 26, 2010

by Kimberly Hefling | Associated Press

If gay service members are allowed to serve openly, the military will face another tough question: Should gay partners be entitled to military benefits?

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Police Officers Sue Over Antigay Harassment

March 26, 2010

by Andrew Harmon | the Advocate

If the allegations in a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit against a Northern California police department are true, even the numerical code for a police station security gate had antigay significance.

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Donors Help Preble Street Replace Funds Revoked by Diocese

March 26, 2010

by Tom Bell | Portland Press Herald

Gay activists from around the nation are sending checks to Preble Street to replace funding that the Catholic Church withdrew from the agency’s Homeless Voices for Justice program.

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Watch Rachel Maddow’s Interview with Lt. Dan Choi

March 26, 2010

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Loosening the ‘Don’t Ask’ Shackles

March 26, 2010

New York Times editorial

The Pentagon is taking a major step to ease the discriminatory burdens on gay and lesbian service members by ending the pernicious use of anonymous tips and biased hearsay to drum them from the military.

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Mugabe: No Gay Rights in Zimbabwe

March 26, 2010

from the Associated Press

Zimbabwe’s president says gay rights will not be protected in a constitution being drawn up under a power-sharing deal.

State radio on Friday quoted President Robert Mugabe saying that Western rights groups have called for constitutional reforms to include gay rights. He calls that “insanity.”

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What Happens When You Find the One…And He’s Nothing—Nothing—Like You Expected?

March 26, 2010

by Allison Cooper | O Magazine

This is a love story. Like every other. And like no other. This is a story about how one day I believed certain things about myself and the next day I realized, knew the way you know a good nectarine, that I had been wrong.

About all of it.

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