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Marie Osmond reiterates support for marriage equality

Written by WiG Saturday, 30 March 2013 16:20

Jessica Osmond, left, with sister Rachael in January 2009.

At a time when the Mormon Church is slowly softening its formerly hard-line stance against gays and lesbians, one of the religion’s best-known members is speaking out openly for marriage equality.

Bail raised for California teen accused of hate crime

Written by AP Friday, 29 March 2013 14:30

Bail has been raised nearly sevenfold to $520,000 for a teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal beating of a Northern California man.

Prosecutors on Wednesday detailed the injuries, including a fractured skull, suffered by Lawrence "Mikey" Partida in the early hours of March 10 in Davis.

Clinton returns to public stage for speaking engagements

Written by The AP Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:21

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to the public stage with her first speaking events since leaving the Obama administration.

Clinton will speak at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in Washington, an event honoring female leaders around the world. On April 5, she will address the Women in the World Summit in New York, an annual event focusing on challenges faced by women and girls worldwide. Clinton has addressed both organizations previously.

Supreme Court audio of DOMA arguments

Written by WiG Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:35

The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 heard oral arguments in the challenge to the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Judge refuses divorce for transgender man who gave birth to three children

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 30 March 2013 14:17

A judge on Friday refused to grant a divorce for a transgender man who gave birth to three children after beginning to change his sex from female.

Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriages prevents Thomas Beatie’s 9-year union from being recognized as valid.

Democrats criticize Republican spending on DOMA

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 29 March 2013 11:25

The cost to taxpayers for a House Republican decision to fund the legal team supporting the Defense of Marriage Act has climbed from $500,000 to as much as $3 million, Democrats say in questioning the GOP stance on the gay marriage issue now before the Supreme Court.

"It's really disappointing and unworthy of a subject that is going before the Supreme Court of our country," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, referring to Republicans spending that money without input from House Democrats. Pelosi made the comments after emerging from the court hearing on whether to strike down parts of the 1996 law that denies married gay couples the federal benefits available to other couples.

Web goes red as equality box for gay marriage spreads

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 28 March 2013 06:06

Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage.

A square box with thick pink horizontal lines (the mathematical equal symbol) was offered for sharing this week by the Human Rights Campaign as the U.S. Supreme Court took up arguments in key marriage rights cases.

Marriage equality leader Edith Windsor to lead New York City Pride

Written by WiG Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:06

Edith Windsor, the widow challenging the Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, will serve as a grand marshal of the 44th annual New York City LGBT Pride Parade.

She’ll lead the event, one of the largest gay events in the country, with two other grand marshal – Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes.

Conservative GOP congressman comes out for gay marriage

Written by WiG Friday, 29 March 2013 19:20

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is the latest Republican to come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

Although Amash had said as recently as 2010 that he thought DOMA is worth defending, he told listeners during a speech in Grand Rapids this week that he opposed the 1996 law banning federal recognition of marriage equality.

Final design released of New York AIDS memorial

Written by WiG Friday, 29 March 2013 04:01

The New York City AIDS Memorial's Board of Directors released new renderings of the final design for the memorial and formally launched its capital campaign at a press conference this week in Manhattan.

The effort to build the memorial, which started in 2011 as a grass-roots advocacy campaign led by two men, Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, will feature an 18-foot steel canopy as the dramatic gateway to the new St. Vincent's Hospital Park at the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village neighborhood. The memorial also will feature a central granite fountain, granite benches and a granite paving surface carved with educational and commemorative text. The text will be curated by a team of historians, artists, community members and activists led by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner.

Transcript of the Supreme Court oral arguments on DOMA

Written by WiG Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:01

A transcript of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act. The arguments took place on March 27.

The U.S. Supreme Court today (March 27) heard oral arguments on whether the provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that bars federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages is constitutional.

The hearing is the second of two at the Supreme Court this week on marriage equality.