By Steve Williams
A married lesbian couple who went to court over the Iowa Department of Public Health’s refusal to put both their names on their child’s birth certificate were issued a new certificate this week as part of a court ruling in their favor. [Image: Heather and Melissa Gartner with child Mackenzie]
Surprise, You're Divorced!
By Kevin Farrell
UPDATE 1/13/12: Canadian Gov’t: YES, We Dissolved Your Gay Marriage, But We’re Working on a Fix
Thousands of LGBT couples across the world awoke this morning to learn that they are no longer married.
A Department of Justice lawyer under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada government has nullified all same-sex marriages performed in Canada in which the couples’ native country does not permit gays and lesbians to marry.
By Kevin Drum
Judge Vaughn Walker has released his long-awaited opinion on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage: in a nutshell, it’s not. There’s no rational basis for prohibiting same-sex marriage, he ruled, and therefore it violates both the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution. The full opinion is here.
But as we all know, his ruling per se doesn’t matter. It will be appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court shortly, and after that it’s sure to be appealed to the Supreme Court. What’s more, a stay is likely in the meantime. So the question is, how compelling is his opinion? Is it likely to sway members of either the circuit or supreme courts?
By Metropolitan Community Churches
On December 15th, the City Council of our nation’s capital announced its passage of legislation guaranteeing marriage equality for the LGBT community. “It is with exceedingly great joy that I join my voice to the chorus of those celebrating this legislative victory, and the promise of Mayor Adrian Fenty to sign the bill into law,” said The Rev. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches.
By R. Zeke Fread
Buju Banton, the anti-gay Jamaican dance hall, ragga, and reggae singer, whose song “Boom Bye Bye” advocates killing gay men with submachine guns and by pouring acid on them, is touring in four Florida cities, as part of his Rasta Got Soul Tour.
By Christi van der Westhuizen
COPENHAGEN, Aug 5 (IPS) – The second World Outgames, held in the Danish capital, offered up a veritable smorgasbord of sport, politics and arts while celebrating sexual and gender diversity. But it also reminded participants that bigotry against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, sometimes culminating in violence, remains a scourge across the world.
The week-long Outgames, which ended on Aug. 1, attracted 6,500 LGBT athletes and an estimated 20,000 spectators from myriad countries and was characterised by high-level political commitment from the Danish government. The rainbow flag – the international LGBT symbol – adorned the city hall and other buildings surrounding the main square in Copenhagen.
MINSK, July 22, 2009 (GayBelarus) – Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of the magazine Pride, which is published by the international Pride group InterPride whose membership includes Project GayBelarus.
Siarhei Androsenka, the head of Project GayBelarus, was informed by customs officials in Minsk of the seizure at the end of last week. On Monday, he visited the customs office and learned that the copies of the magazine had been seized as GayBelarus had no legal status Continue reading
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