Is Marriage Equality Almost Here? Six Possible Outcomes of the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 6:00 pm

In 2007 Edie Windsor married Thea Spyer after already being together for 40 years. When Spyer died, in 2009, their home state of New York recognized marriage equality, but because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the federal government did not. As a result, Windsor was faced with paying more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes because Spyer had left her estate to Windsor.

Had the federal government recognized their marriage and given it the same status as opposite-sex married couples in the state, Windsor would not have to pay any estate taxes.

 

Kill-The-Gays Part Has NOT Been Removed from Ugandan Bill — and Could Reach the Ugandan President’s Desk Next Week

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 4:00 pm

You may have heard the BBC, the AP and even Huffington Post report that the kill-the-gays part of the anti-gay bill currently before the Ugandan Parliament — a bill backed and funded and influenced (if not outright written) by deep-pocketed American Christian antigay activists — was removed from that bill.

Don’t believe it.

Will Joe Solmonese’s Replacement at Human Rights Campaign Reach Out to Conservatives?

By: Tuesday August 30, 2011 8:45 am

One must wonder, will the new HRC leader be more vocal when democrats fail to actively work for equality? Too often democrats ask for money and votes from the gay community while making great promises to support our equality – only to fail to work for equality once elected. What good is nice words when they are followed with no action? What good is a GLBT organization that refuses to press our political leadership on our behalf because it doesn’t want to make waves?

Please Write Letters! Open the Prop 8 Trial to Cameras

By: Tuesday January 5, 2010 12:44 pm

Judge Vaughn Walker set a very short comment period for the public to weigh in on whether cameras should be permitted in his federal courtroom for the Boies/Olson challenge to Proposition 8 here in San Francisco. Letters are due by FRIDAY JANUARY 8th and must be delivered in hardcopy.

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