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 [...]

Marriage equality comes to Hawaii

Posted on 15 Nov 2013 at 10:15am

Governor signs bill, slating marriages to start Dec. 2; Ill. governor to sign marriage bill next week, bringing marriage-equality state count to 16 By OSKAR GARCIA  |  Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill this week legalizing gay marriage, positioning the islands for more newlywed tourists. Abercrombie signed the bill Wednesday [...]

New Supreme Court session may include LGBT cases

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 10:50am

Nation’s high court rejects two gay-interest cases, but legal analysts expect court to hear others, even one on state marriage bans   LISA KEEN  |  Keen News Service The U.S. Supreme Court rejected this week reviews of two lower court decisions of some interest to LGBT legal activists. But some gay-related cases could be on [...]

Ohio gay marriage lawsuit expanded

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 10:40am

Men fighting to list husbands on death certificates join with other same-sex couples in similar cases AMANDA LEE MYERS  |  Associated Press CINCINNATI — A lawsuit seeking to have the out-of-state marriages of two gay Ohio couples recognized on death certificates has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples, despite a statewide ban on [...]

National Briefs • 08.30.13

Posted on 30 Aug 2013 at 10:45am

Same-sex couples challenge Neb. law banning gay foster parents LINCOLN, Neb. — Three same-sex couples plan to sue Nebraska because they say the state won’t allow them to become foster parents. The American Civil Liberties Union plans to hold a news conference Tuesday morning to discuss the lawsuit it plans to file on behalf of [...]

Rep. Tammy Baldwin leads push to end ban on gay blood donors

Posted on 06 Aug 2013 at 10:53am

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a push in Washington to allow gay men to donate blood.