Gay Rights by Law, Not Vote

February 27, 2010

Boston Globe editorial

Regardless of the political controversy surrounding same-sex marriage, federal judges still must address the basic question in two cases now before the courts: Is it constitutional and just to deny people rights because of their sexual orientation? The answer is no. And that principle should guide judges – both in a Massachusetts challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and in a challenge to an antigay-marriage ballot measure in California.

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Prop. 8 Suit Closing Arguments May Be Televised

February 25, 2010

by Bob Egelko | San Francisco Chronicle

Despite a rebuff from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bay Area’s federal judges are again proposing to allow cameras in their courtrooms, a plan that could lead to telecasting of closing arguments in a suit challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Secretary of the Navy Tells Senate He Supports DADT Repeal

February 25, 2010

by Philip Ewing | Navy Times

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told Senate lawmakers Thursday he thinks gays and lesbians serve should be permitted to serve openly in the military, even as the Navy’s top admiral kept his views to himself and the Marine Corps’ top general repeated that he believes “don’t ask, don’t tell” should stay in place.

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Australian Gay Marriage Bill Rejected

February 25, 2010

by Julie Bolcer | The Advocate

The Australian senate rejected a marriage equality bill Thursday, just days before this weekend’s large Mardi Gras celebration in Sydney.

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Same-Sex Marriage is Coming to the District

February 25, 2010

by Jonathan Capeheart | Washington Post

You probably didn’t hear this late last week, but a motion was denied to block Washington’s same-sex marriage law from going into effect at the conclusion of Congress’s 30-day legislative review period. That means in six days — March 3 — same-sex couples in the District will be able to legally wed. Washington would become the sixth jurisdiction to permit gay marriage and the first below the Mason-Dixon Line.

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Statement from Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley on Attorney General’s Same Sex Marriage Recognition Opinion

February 25, 2010

Governor Martin O’Malley issued this statement today following an opinion released by Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler on the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages in Maryland:

“I want to thank Attorney General Gansler for his hard work and thoughtful consideration.  Having reviewed the 45-page opinion, we will be guided by the Attorney General’s thorough analysis and legal advice on this matter.

“I am confident that the Attorney General and his office will provide all necessary advice to State agencies on how to comply with the law, and I expect all State agencies to work with the Attorney General’s office to ensure compliance with the law.”


Gay Marriage Makes Gain in Maryland

February 25, 2010

from the Associated Press

State agencies in Maryland should recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states until the legislature or courts decide otherwise, Maryland’s attorney general said Wednesday in a long-awaited legal opinion.

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HUD Seeks Help with Anti-Gay Discrimination Study

February 24, 2010

by Karen Hawkins | Associated Press

When federal officials studied housing discrimination based on race, the setup was simple: They sent in testers of different backgrounds and gauged how landlords and real estate agents treated people of color compared with whites.

As the government prepares a first-ever study of housing discrimination against gays, however, the issue is more complex. How do you design a study to make an applicant’s sexual orientation or gender identity as obvious as race and color?

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Air Force, Army Leaders Seek More Data on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

February 24, 2010

by Ed O’Keefe | Washington Post

Top leaders of the Air Force and Army weighed in Tuesday about the possible repeal of the armed forces’ ban on gays in the military, saying they have concerns about the change and want to hear more from the Pentagon on the matter.

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West Virginia: Gay Marriage Ban Fails in House

February 24, 2010

by Alison Knezevich | The Charleston Gazette

Democrats in the House of Delegates on Tuesday swiftly shot down Republican attempts to advance a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

GOP delegates unsuccessfully tried to force a floor vote on a bipartisan resolution (HJR5) called the “Marriage Protection Amendment.”

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