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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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“[I]nertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.” WASHINGTON — The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held Monday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional. On a 2-1 vote, the appeals court joined the wave of court decisions declaring such bans unconstitutional.…

Colorado Marriage Ban Overturned by Federal Court

Colorado Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional

Today U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled against Colorado’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.  In Burns v. Hickenlooper, attorneys with Kilmer, Lane and Newman, LLP sued the state on behalf of six same-sex couples who argue that Colorado’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Moore stayed his ruling until August 25 to allow the…

Susan Sarandon Joins HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality

Susan Sarandon

HRC released a video ad featuring legendary actress Susan Sarandon for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.  In the video, the Oscar winner states, “While marriage might not be my thing, if it’s your thing you damn well ought to be able to have it equally and unequivocally.” “Like most Americans, Susan Sarandon knows that all families…

Florida Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Marriage Moves Forward in Florida

Today, July 17, a judge in state court struck down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, marking the 25th consecutive ruling in favor of the freedom to marry (with no rulings against) since June 2013. Chief Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ordered the Monroe County Clerk to stop enforcing Florida’s anti-marriage constitutional amendment, saying that…

Gay rights groups withdraw support of ENDA after Hobby Lobby decision

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Several major gay rights groups withdrew support Tuesday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bolster gay and transgender rights in the workplace, saying they fear that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill might compel private companies to begin citing objections similar to those that prevailed in a U.S. Supreme Court case last…

Children of same-sex couples healthier, says Australian study

Australian Same-Sex Study

Children of same-sex couples experience higher levels of general health and family cohesion than those from traditional families, a study shows. But the researchers warn that the stigma associated with their parents’ sexual orientation is an ongoing challenge for these children. Researchers from the University of Melbourne surveyed 315 same-sex parents with a total of…

Under Obama, Windsor Implementation Constitutes the Largest Conferral of Rights to LGBT People in History

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WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the Justice Department released a report detailing the Obama administration’s broad implementation of the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision, which struck down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year.  Under the leadership of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the breadth with which this…

Celebrating Sally’s Ride

Sally Ride

31 years ago today astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space. Almost two years ago, after Dr. Ride’s death, it was revealed that she had been with her female partner, Tam O’Shaugnessy, for 27 years. Today we celebrate her life, her legacy and her love.