As of the date of this publication, two Republicans—Ted Cruz and Rand Paul—have officially announced their 2016 Presidential ambitions. It shouldn’t come as a shock that both men aren’t friendly toward the LGBT community; in fact, both are downright eerily homophobic. We rounded up some of the most disturbing things both candidates have said about the gay community. This is, by far, not an exhaustive list, but a good starting point to fully understand each man’s similar world views toward basic human rights. Read more »
From 2006 to 2009, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, was the sole woman on the U.S. Supreme Court. Nominated in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, she now presides alongside Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Earlier this month, in speaking to a law school, Justice Ginsburg noted the court’s increasing embrace of gay rights.
This is not to say that gay and lesbians have secured equal protections in the eyes of the law. But comparatively, Justice Ginsburg said that the court still wrestles with “the ability of women to decide for themselves what their destiny will be.”
Though history is never made as linearly as we learn it in the classroom, it sometimes seems like social justice movements happen one at a time instead of concurrently. Despite this, each group’s push toward equality carries the same fundamental objective: To expand the idea of what it means to be “American.”
It’s official: We can say goodbye to any attempt to overturn Pennsylvania’s marriage equality ruling.
Today, a Third Circuit Court rejected Schuylkill County Register of Wills Theresa Santai-Gaffne’s attempted appeal of U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III’s historic May 2014 ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Today’s decision states that Santai-Gaffine had no real reason to file the claim, as she was not harmed by the May 2014 ruling. In other words, her case was thrown out due to lack of standing.
The rejection of Santai-Gaffne’s case by the Third Circuit seems to put the nail in the coffin, so to speak, on the ban of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania.
When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent on the much-publicized Hobby Lobby case that the court’s decision”ventured into a minefield,” she wasn’t far from the truth. It hasn’t taken long for religious leaders across the nation to compose a letter to President Obama, asking certain organizations to be exempt from his upcoming executive order which bans discrimination against LGBT individuals who are employed as federal contractors. Read more »
It’s no surprise that the Mormon church doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to LGBTQ rights. However, one of the church’s most outspoken advocates for the gay community is on the verge of being excommunicated. Read more »
John Abdallah Wambere left Uganda to visit Boston in February 2014 on a simple mission: to spread information that his home country was persecuting LGBTQ individuals at an alarming and terrifying rate. He arrived in the states with three pairs of jeans, two pairs of shoes, and four shirts. Little did he know that his life would totally and completely change in a matter of moments: he’d be a wanted man in Uganda for no other reason than the fact that he was gay.
Tomorrow, at the U.S. Courthouse on Market Street, United States District Judge Mary McLaughlin will hear oral arguments in the case of Palladino v. Corbett. The federal suit, filed in September 2013, declares that the Pennsylvania statute banning the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
One of the first gay marriages took place in Muskegon Co.
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS IN MICHIGAN
- Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage!
- (Reagan picked judge who threw out Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.)
- Michigan AG calls for immediate freeze on ruling striking down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.
- But before that decision’s made, Michigan counties begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
- Michigan’s first gay marriage takes place.
- Here’s video of that and some of the other Michigan gay marriages.
- The Federal Court decided to suspend gay marriages in Michigan, at least until an appeals court makes decision Wednesday.
- They better hurry up. In that short time, more than 300 same-sex marriage licenses were issued.
- We’ve got our fingers crossed.
UPDATE [3/20]: Fred Phelps has passed
ORIGINAL: I talked to Fred Phelps just once in my career. The Anti-Defamation League in 2000 had released a report suggesting that he and his church weren’t just homophobic — they were anti-Semitic, too. As a young reporter for a daily newspaper the next town over from his home base in Topeka, Kansas, I was given the duty of calling him for a reaction.
“HAW HAW HAW!” he screamed in laughter. “I welcome anything those God-hating, Christ-rejecting pervert Jews have to say about me.”
That was Fred: Evil and despicably quotable all at once. He took such glee in his pronouncements that I giggled, inadvertently, despite my hatred of what he said. And now, it seems, we won’t have him to kick around much longer: News reports on Sunday emerged suggesting that the vile old coot is on his deathbed. He won’t be missed.
I trolled the web for LGBT headlines all weekend so you wouldn’t have to. Here’s what I came up with: