For the year since she married her partner, waitress Cynthia Landis has legally been a “Landis.” It’s the name on her Social Security card, her District of Columbia marriage certificate and her Virginia driver’s license.
But the state of West Virginia won’t recognize her as “Landis.”
The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle’s Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.
Hundreds gathered at Seattle Center for a New Year’s Eve-style countdown to 12 a.m., when the legalization measure passed by voters last month took effect. When the clock struck, they cheered and sparked up in unison.
A survey of how well LGBT Americans are prepared for retirement found that they are better at managing their money than the average American.
Conducted by Prudential, the survey of 1,000 LGBT respondents found they earn more, save more and have less debt. Respondents not only reported significantly higher annual incomes – $61,500 compared with the national median of $50,054 – but they also carried about $4,000 less in debt than the average American and had $6,000 more in household savings. According to the survey, LGBT people had more equity in their homes – a median of $77,000 compared to the national median of $62,000
A former supervisor of the Marine Corps brig that housed an Army private charged with sending U.S. secrets to the WikiLeaks website denied this week that he was making light of Pfc. Bradley Manning’s homosexuality when he referred to the soldier’s underwear as “panties” in a staff memo.
Marine Corps Master Sgt. Brian Papakie testified as a prosecution witness on the seventh day of a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. The hearing will determine whether the nine months Manning spent in Marine Corps custody in Quantico, Virginia, amounts to illegal pretrial punishment, and whether his case should be dismissed as a result. The military contends Manning had to be confined to his cell at least 23 hours a day, sometimes without clothing, to prevent him from hurting or killing himself during his confinement from July 2010 to April 2011.
Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite known backing challenges to centrists in his own party, is resigning Jan. 1 to take the helm of a conservative think tank.
The South Carolina lawmaker said in a statement he was stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen received the first same-sex marriage license in King County, Wash., at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6. They've been together 35 years.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/SNEbiW ) reports that the annual gay pride festival will take place June 29-30 at Soldiers Memorial. PrideFest had been at Tower Grove Park in previous years.
Organizers say the festival is growing and the move will create new opportunities for more visitors, longer hours and more entertainment.
Mormon leaders made their most significant outreach yet to gays and lesbians, unveiling a new website this week that encourages church members to be more compassionate in discussions about homosexuality.
Church officials insist they haven’t changed the Mormon teaching that marriage is only between a man and a woman and that same-sex relationships are sinful. However, the website states that Mormons should be loving and respectful toward gays and lesbians, while appealing to gay and lesbian Mormons to stay in the church.
A unanimous ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court overturning a state law against same-sex marriage has opened the way for the eventual legalization of gay marriage across Mexico, legal experts say.
The court ruled unconstitutional a law in southern Oaxaca state that defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. The decision came in favor of three gay couples who sued Oaxaca state on grounds the law violated the principle of equal treatment for all citizens.
A federal trial is under way in a lawsuit that accuses Harrisburg, Ore., school officials of failing to protect a middle school boy with Tourette’s syndrome from harassment and attacks.
The boy’s mother testified this week that he was shoved, slapped and taunted by students who thought he was gay.
UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court indicated that it will again consider whether to grant review in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8. That case, along with several cases challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, have been distributed for consideration at the justices’ private conference scheduled for Dec. 7.
The Proposition 8 and DOMA cases were considered at the justices’ conference of Nov. 30 but the court took no action in any of the cases.