Pelosi: No ENDA Vote until after ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal

June 11, 2010

by Chris Johnson | Washington Blade

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday said that a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act wouldn’t take place until Congress completes legislative action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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Incarcerated Transgender Woman Can Pursue Case for Appropriate Medical Care

June 11, 2010

by Dr. Jillain T. Weiss | Bilerico Project

Federal, state and local authorities in charge of jail and prison inmates are responsible for their health care. This is a big responsibility, because the U.S. incarcerates about 2.5 million people, more than any nation on earth. Appropriate medical care is also a Constitutional duty, because denial of appropriate medical care constitutes cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment.

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Moving Gay Films Into the Mainstream

June 11, 2010

by Chloe Veltman | New York Times

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association declined to screen “Training Rules,” a groundbreaking documentary about a homophobic college basketball coach, at a coaches’ conference in San Antonio during the women’s Final Four tournament in April. But Kathy Wolfe was not deterred.

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‘I Made Her Talk to Me and Open Up.’

June 11, 2010

by Ellen McCarthy | Washington Post

It was one of those flip, impulsive gestures. Kevia Shepard had worked all day at the Pentagon before rolling down the windows of her Corvette, turning on the radio and driving to Northeast Washington to visit a friend.

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Gay Couples Gain Under Violence Against Women Act

June 11, 2010

by Charlie Savage | New York Times

The Justice Department has decided that federal prosecutors should enforce criminal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act in cases involving gay and lesbian relationships, a newly disclosed memorandum shows.

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read the memorandum from the DOJ (pdf)


No TV for Closing Arguments in Prop. 8 Trial

June 11, 2010

by Bob Egelko | San Francisco Chronicle

The only members of the public who will get to watch next week’s closing arguments in the trial over same-sex marriage in California will be the ones who make it to the courthouse.

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A Basic Civil Right

June 11, 2010

New York Times editorial

After a nearly three-week trial in January, and a lengthy hiatus while lawyers fought over documents, closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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read The Prop 8 Court Can Have it All: Justice, Precedent, Respect for Democracy, and an Appropriately Limited Judicial Role


Iceland Passes Gay Marriage Law in Unanimous Vote

June 11, 2010

by Birna Bjornsdottir and Nicholas Vinocur | Reuters

Iceland, the only country in the world to have an openly gay head of state, passed a law on Friday allowing same-sex partners to get married in a vote which met with no political resistance.

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