The Defense of Marriage Act, writes columnist Ellen Goodman, is an out-of-date law that enforces an identity crisis: eligible for a pension, health care, family leave in the eyes of some states; ineligible in the eyes of the feds. What do you say about a law that “defends” marriage by denying it?
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Steve Schmidt, a key architect of John McCain’s presidential campaign, is making his first public return to Washington a bold one.
Schmidt will use a speech Friday to Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, to urge conservative Republicans to drop their opposition to same-sex marriage, CNN has learned.
Editorial | The New York Times
New York State, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg observed on Thursday, is where Susan B. Anthony began her struggle for women’s suffrage. It is the state where the N.A.A.C.P. was founded. Now New York can finally honor its historic commitment to personal freedoms by becoming the next state to end discrimination against civil marriage for same-sex couples.
By. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis
Last July, 18-year-old Angie Zapata of Greeley was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher in her own living room. The man accused of the crime has indicated that Angie was killed because she was transgender. While in jail, he was quoted as saying that “all gay things need to die.”
This type of hatred, unfortunately, is too prevalent. In 2008 alone, there were at least 21 murders of transgender people in the United States. But because the murders of transgender people are often under-reported or the identities of transgender murder victims are not properly reported, it’s impossible to ever know how serious this problem really is.
People from all over the country were appalled a decade ago when gay student Matthew Shepard was beaten to death in Wyoming. We should be even more appalled that in those 10 years, our nation has failed to adopt a federal hate-crimes bill.