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Jennifer Carroll, Florida’s Lt. Governor, Sparks Outraged And Inspiring Twitter Reactions With ‘Lesbian’ Comment

“The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out,” Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll told Tampa 10, “it’s not just one person you’re attacking. It’s an entire family. My husband doesn’t want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am… Usually black women that look like me don’t engage in relationships like that.”

While the allegations that Carroll and her female travel aide were in a “compromising position” in Carroll’s capitol office may be seen as an attack on her family, Carroll’s defense — that she couldn’t have engaged in homosexual acts because she doesn’t look like a lesbian — is being seen as an attack on the lesbian community at large and the black lesbian community in particular.

via Jennifer Carroll, Florida’s Lt. Governor, Sparks Outraged And Inspiring Twitter Reactions With ‘Lesbian’ Comment.

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Gay Marriage Shaping Up To Be Supreme Court Blockbuster of Coming Term » SEO | Law Firm

By Kristen Friend, staff writer – July 17, 2012.

As the Supreme Court wrapped up its high-profile 2011-2012 term, the pundits and politicians dominating the 24-hour news cycle could speak of little else but the political ramifications of its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. However, just weeks after the high-profile ruling, lines are already being drawn over what could be the Court’s next big constitutional battle. Both Congress and the Department of Justice have asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of same-sex marriage, a topic it has not yet addressed directly.

The controversy centers on the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. A handful of federal courts have already struck down section 3 of DOMA as unconstitutional. [1] Section 3 defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman for the purpose of any federal law, program or administrative function. [2]

DOMA was passed with a substantial bipartisan majority and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. President Clinton has since reversed his stance on the law and indicated he believes gay and lesbian individuals should have the right to marry and enjoy federal protections. [3]

Activity in district and federal courts concerning DOMA has become almost commonplace. The group Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) lists 17 current challenges to the law on its website. [4] And last Thursday a California couple filed a new suit, challenging DOMA on the basis that it denies them the immigration rights afforded to heterosexual couples. [5]

Both supporters and opponents of gay marriage rights believe public opinion is trending in their favor. Nationally, supporters appear to be right. Greg Lewis, a professor of public management at Georgia State University who has been studying public opinion about gay marriage and gay rights for roughly 20 years, estimates that support for gay marriage has increased by 16 points since 2004. [6] In May, Gallup released a poll showing support for same-sex marriage winning 50 to 48 percent. In 1996, when DOMA was passed, Gallup polling showed opposition to gay marriage at 68 percent. [7] [8]

via Gay Marriage Shaping Up To Be Supreme Court Blockbuster of Coming Term » SEO | Law Firm.

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Edie Windsor Vs. DOMA | Out Magazine

The 83-year-old widow’s case may be the best chance to overturn the law banning same-sex marriage

You might have first learned of Edie Windsor, 83, in the documentary, Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement. Or perhaps you remember Edie from the Out story in 2011. The love story explains how Edie met Thea Spyer in 1965, and the couple finally married in Toronto in 2007. But after Thea’s death in 2009, Windsor suffered a $350,000 penalty in federal estate taxes that would have been avoided if they were a heterosexual couple.

No matter what, you should remember that Edie Windsor filed a lawsuit in November 2010, with the aid of the ACLU, challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. And now her case is picking up more steam.

On June 6, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York sided with Windsor. As HuffPo reports, “This week, her lawyers filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to take her case and let her skip what would be the usual next step of going before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.” On June 13, Windsor filed a motion to expedite that appeal.

On Monday Attorney Roberta Kaplan said, “Edie and Thea were together for more than four decades and truly lived the words ‘in sickness and in health, until death do us part.’ Solely because of DOMA, Edie had to pay more than $363,000 in federal estate tax, which is one of the most significant adverse impacts of DOMA. Edie, who just turned 83, suffers from a chronic heart condition. The constitutional injury inflicted on Edie should be remedied within her lifetime.”

via Edie Windsor Vs. DOMA | Out Magazine.

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Chick-fil-A President Denounces Marriage Equality :: EDGE on the Net

The president of the fast food chain Chick-fil-A voiced his disapproval of same-sex marriage in an interview this week and called marriage equality supporters “arrogant” for going against god, On Top Magazine reported.

Dan Cathy came out against gay marriage on a radio show and defended the restaurant’s longstanding anti-gay stance.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ’We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said. “And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

After being criticized for his statements the businessman told the Baptist Press earlier this week that he is “guilty as charged” and is very “supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit.”

“We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy told the publication.

Chick-fil-A officials have since released a statement and said the company follows biblically based values.

“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,” the statement reads. “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

via Chick-fil-A President Denounces Marriage Equality :: EDGE on the Net.

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For Some, the Beginnings of Gay-Wedding Fatigue – NYTimes.com

MARK SHIELDS wholeheartedly supports same-sex weddings — so much so that he spent six years working at the Human Rights Campaign, where marriage equality is front and center. But please, pretty please, don’t invite him to another one.

The gay wedding boom – causing a stampede of same-sex couples to the altar – is the result of decades of pent-up demand.

“The equality people will have a fit about this, but I’ll say it anyway: I have gay-wedding burnout,” Mr. Shields, 35, said one day this spring. “I spent my 20s going to weddings, being in weddings, shopping for weddings, helping to plan weddings. In my early 30s they finally started tapering off, and I was like, ‘Oh, thank God, we’re over the hump.’ ”

He paused for dramatic effect. “Nope. Here come the Gays.”

Be careful what you wish for? The legalization of same-sex marriage in a few states and the District of Columbia — and now at its one-year mark in New York — has resulted in a gay wedding boom, the natural outcome of decades of pent-up demand. And even hardhearted gay men (like me) are thrilled that the happy couples finally have their chance to say “I do.” Finally!

via For Some, the Beginnings of Gay-Wedding Fatigue – NYTimes.com.

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Pressure builds on Democrats to include marriage equality in party platform – LGBTQ Nation

WASHINGTON — The Obama campaign released a statement Thursday reiterating the president’s support for marriage equality, but falling just short of endorsing a call for its inclusion in the official party platform.

“The President’s personal views on marriage equality are known. The President and the Party are committed to crafting a platform that reflects the President’s positions and the values of the Party,” an Obama campaign spokesperson said Thursday in an email to the Washington Blade.

In a follow-up email, the campaign spokesperson clarified that it’s not fair to characterize the remarks as an endorsement of including a same-sex marriage plank in the Democratic Party platform.

In an interview with ABC News in May, President Obama announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, saying he “just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” But he hasn’t publicly endorsed the idea of including marriage equality in the platform despite support from many Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), U.S. Senate candidates Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren, four former Democratic National Committee chairs and 22 U.S. senators.

via Pressure builds on Democrats to include marriage equality in party platform – LGBTQ Nation.

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Mitt Gets Worse project

The Mitt Gets Worse project is an oral history of Mitt Romney’s efforts to diminish the rights and the freedoms of LGBT Americans, told by the brave people who have fought back against Mitt’s anti-equality agenda.

When Mitt Romney ran for the US Senate in 1994, he claimed he would be better on LGBT rights than Ted Kennedy. Today, Mitt is one of the most outspoken enemies of the LGBT community, and he’s campaigning for president on an extreme and inhumane platform.

As a politician, Mitt Romney has earned a reputation as a flip-flopper — changing his positions in whatever direction furthers his career. But when it comes to LGBT issues, there’s one thing you can always count on: Mitt Gets Worse.

The Mitt Gets Worse project is powered by grassroots supporters and LGBT activists, and supported by American Bridge 21st Century and Courage Campaign Super PAC.

via About | Mitt Gets Worse.

House votes to ban same-sex weddings on military bases | Washington Blade – America’s Leading Gay News Source

The U.S. House approved on Thursday an amendment that aims to bar same-sex wedding ceremonies from taking place on military bases — although LGBT groups are denying the measure will have any legal impact.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa,) was approved 247-166 as part of major $608 billion Pentagon budget legislation known as the fiscal year 2013 defense appropriations bill. The House on the same day approved the legislation as a whole by 247-167.

In a floor speech offering the amendment, King, who has reputation for being anti-gay, said the amendment was necessary because the Pentagon is allowing same-sex weddings to take place on military bases and chaplains to officiate over these ceremonies despite the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

“This same-sex marriage that has been taking place on our military bases, where otherwise legal around the world, contravenes the Defense of Marriage Act,” King said. “The Defense of Marriage Act means this, actually says specifically this: marriage means only a legal union between one man and one woman, as husband and wife, and the word spouse refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. Pretty simple statute being contravened by the directives of the President of the United States as exercised through the secretary of defense.”

The Pentagon issued guidance shortly after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal went into effect giving the OK to same-sex wedding ceremonies on military bases and allowing chaplains to participate in them if they so choose. The guidance states the military facilities should be used on a “sexual-orientation basis” and military chaplains may officiate over same-sex weddings, but aren’t required to do so if that’s contrary to their religious briefs.

via House votes to ban same-sex weddings on military bases | Washington Blade – America’s Leading Gay News Source.

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EA, Microsoft, Zynga join others to support gay marriage, oppose DOMA

Video game giants Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Zynga have joined over 40 other companies including Starbucks, Google, and CBS in a formal amicus brief to oppose the United States’ Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Act was signed into federal law in 1996 and defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

DOMA restricts gay couples from receiving health and tax benefits.These companies say the Act is discriminatory, hurts morale, and essentially puts an unwanted burden on their employees’ lives. All parties involved in the brief are urging the U.S.’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to find DOMA

unconstitutional.

Not a stranger to showing its support to the LGBT community, Electronic Arts participated in San Francisco and Seattle gay pride events this year. Even its games, including the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, have given players the option to develop relationships with members of the same-sex and even featured prominent LGBT characters..

via EA, Microsoft, Zynga join others to support gay marriage, oppose DOMA.

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