National News • 03-21-14

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 10:20am

Oregon AG to implement gay marriage if ban falls ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general told a federal court Tuesday why she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal constitutional rights of homosexual couples. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum added that Oregon is prepared to implement gay marriages if a [...]

Arizona governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Posted on 28 Feb 2014 at 7:35am

The state’s business community, along with GOP leaders, told Gov. Jan Brewer the legislation would usher in an economic disaster LISA KEEN  |  Keen News Service PHOENIX —Republican Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the religious-bias bill Wednesday, after nearly all political pundits predicted she would. The bill would have allowed people to discriminate based on self-claimed [...]

Ohio couple files lawsuit to overturn state’s marriage ban

Posted on 21 Feb 2014 at 8:15am

A couple married in New York in 2012 and together 28 years say they are tired of being treated as second-class citizens   AMANDA LEE MYERS  |  Associated Press CLEVELAND — A gay married couple has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit asking a judge to overturn Ohio’s statewide gay marriage ban because they say [...]

How to invite 700,000 of your closest friends to your wedding

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 11:49am

Even in the LGBT community, some thought Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots’ wedding on a float in the Rose Parade was too in-your-face   DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer CALIFORNIA — Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots saved a fortune on flowers for their wedding, yet they managed to have 700,000 people attend, while millions of [...]

‘A Jackie Robinson moment’

Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 7:15am

The revelation by Mizzou gridiron standout Michael Sam represents a sea-change in American history. So why are so many people resistant?   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  |  Life+Syle Editor In 42, last year’s film about Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and the decision by Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey’s (Harrison Ford) to recruit him as the first [...]

Hawaii’s marriage equality fight carries lessons for Texas

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 6:45am

The 1st court victory was in Hawaii, but marriage equality took 20 years to come to the state, taught advocates value of persistence DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Hawaii appeared to be the perfect place to begin the marriage equality battle — a liberal state where more than half of all marriages are interracial. The [...]

Pa. advocates keep eyes on key gay marriage case

Posted on 17 Jan 2014 at 8:05am

State’s GOP-controlled Legislature has refused to consider bills to reverse ban on same-sex marriage MARC LEVY  |  Associated Press HARRISBURG — Federal court decisions to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in two conservative states may not have an immediate effect in Pennsylvania, the only northeastern state that does not recognize gay marriages. Rather, Pennsylvania state [...]

Oklahoma LGBT community celebrates equality ruling

Posted on 17 Jan 2014 at 7:55am

‘Moral disapproval of homosexuals as a class, or same-sex marriage as a practice, is not a permissible justification for a law,’ judge wrote DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s LGBT community celebrated after U.S. District Judge Terence Kern on Tuesday declared the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage illegal. Scott Hamilton, executive [...]

News Roundup

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 9:50am

TEXAS On the first day of registration of same-sex partners by National Guard units nationwide, Texas refused to register Butler. Her wife, Chedville, is a nurse in the Texas National Guard. Texas’ refusal to register same-sex partners of military personnel ended last week when the state, under threat of a lawsuit by Butler and the [...]

AIDS: Signs of progress, but worries about cuts

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 9:20am

Sequestration and other cuts may affect budgets of AIDS organizations that are seeing more clients and increased demand for services Lisa keen  |  Keen News Service More than 9,000 people with HIV were on a waiting list for federal assistance in buying their medications in August 2011. On Monday, President Obama announced that, as of [...]