That this decision was inspired by a dating website standing up for the rights of their membership is a pretty powerful reminder of how far we’ve come.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday April 4, 2014 5:01 pm|
|By: Peterr Saturday March 22, 2014 9:05 am|
As I’ve watched the series of marriage equality cases move forward, I’m struck by how each ruling has its own flavor. Mark Cady in Iowa wrote movingly about the illogic of restricting marriage while proclaiming equal protection. Vaughn Walker in California was meticulous in getting facts into the record and weaving together the legal logic to take down Prop 8. Arenda Wright Allen in Virginia was powerful in her use of Loving v Virginia to lift up the role of the courts to forge justice “from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered”. Now comes Judge Bernard Friedman of the US Southern District of Michigan, who brought a sense of wit and sarcasm to bear on the target-rich environment of those opposed to marriage equality in the case of Deboer v Snyder.
It’s not just the ruling striking down Michigan’s Marriage Amendment [MMA] that makes me happy, but the withering way in which Friedman took on the arguments presented by the defendants. . .
|By: Peterr Saturday February 15, 2014 9:05 am|
The push toward full marriage equality took another big step forward in Virginia on Thursday evening, just in time to make Valentine’s Day that much more happy for LGBTs and their allies. In a very readable, very well-written 41 page opinion, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen (Eastern District of Virginia) struck down Virginia’s prohibition on same sex couples getting married in Virginia and those who were married elsewhere having their marriages recognized within the state.
The whole thing is great, but the very best parts of her opinion were in the footnotes . . .
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday November 5, 2013 6:53 pm|
When Anonymous erupted on the streets some five and half years ago to protest Scientology, their branding is what caught everyone’s eyes: The majority of protestors wore the Guy Fawkes mask from the movie V for Vendetta, in part because of the movie’s message and in part from EFG, Epic Fail Guy, a meme on 4Chan, the board where members can post images anonymously.
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday August 6, 2013 6:16 pm|
Those who support Prop 8, the law that once, but no longer, outlawed marriage equality in California, can’t seem to get the idea in their heads that they lost.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday August 3, 2013 7:53 am|
Teen star Raven-Symonè, who starred as Bill Cosby’s youngest child, Olivia Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and later on Disney’s That’s So Raven, came out today on Twitter.
|By: Lisa Derrick Friday July 19, 2013 5:50 am|
This guy is a homo-hatin’ seditionist. That’s a good reason not to give him money at the box office!
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Thursday July 11, 2013 4:06 pm|
Perhaps NOM did attempt to “order” the clerks to ignore the court order that allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California, but that hasn’t stopped clerks from issuing marriage licenses to hundreds of loving, committed same-sex couples since the Supreme Court’s ruling in late June.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Sunday July 7, 2013 6:40 pm|
These folks may not meet Pope Francis’s definition of family, but anyone with a heart can see that they are.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 29, 2013 9:00 am|
Edith Windsor has a big tax refund coming, and other LGBT married couples have won a victory for their relationships with the recent SCOTUS ruling in US v Windsor. But lots of questions remain in the wake of the demise of DOMA. For example, consider life for a college student in a same-sex marriage who attends a state where the state constitution says only opposite-sex marriages “shall be recognized by the state as entitling the parties to the rights or incidents of marriage.”
There’s still a lot of work to do. Just ask LGBT sort-of-but-not-really-married students at places like the University of Kansas.