Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on July 24 filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Justices to overturn the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.
Coakley, in a statement from her office, said, “The Defense of Marriage Act is a discriminatory and unconstitutional law that harms thousands of families in Massachusetts and takes away our state’s right to extend marriage equality to all couples. It is our firm conviction that in order to truly achieve marriage equality all couples must enjoy the same rights and protections under both state and federal law. If the Supreme Court chooses to examine this case, we will look forward to once again making clear that DOMA and its pervasive discrimination is unconstitutional and should be ended.”
If a group of Ukrainian lawmakers succeeds in its mission, TV shows and movies sympathetically portraying gays such as “Brokeback Mountain” will be banned. So will gay Pride parades.
The recently introduced bill, supported by the president’s representative in parliament, would impose prison terms of up to five years and unspecified fines for spreading “propaganda of homosexuality” — defined as positive public depiction of gays in public.
Former Republican presidential candidate and talk show host Mike Huckabee has called for a Chick-fil-A appreciation day on Aug. 1.
The event would take place before the previously announced same-sex kiss-in set for Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide. That protest is set for Aug. 3.
The Dallas Independent School District has agreed to provide gender-equality training to its principals and other district officials following a U.S. Department of Education investigation into a boys-only field trip to see a movie earlier this year.
The agreement with the department’s Office of Civil Rights, reached last week, aims to prevent any repeats of the outing that would exclude students from educational opportunities based on gender.
New York became the largest and most influential state to legalize gay marriage one year ago, raising supporters’ hopes that it would boost national momentum and pump money into the state with a flurry of weddings from Manhattan to Niagara Falls.
The effects of the law are noticeable if hard to measure.
Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died July 23 of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.
Ride died at her home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, said Terry McEntee, a spokeswoman for her company, Sally Ride Science. She was a private person and the details of her illness were kept to just a few people, she said.
Police in Lincoln, Neb., are investigating an alleged anti-lesbian assault in which three men broke into a woman’s home, tied her up, carved into her skin and set her house on fire.
A candlelight vigil for the woman, whose name has not been publicized, took place at the state Capitol on July 22.
The nation’s psychiatric establishment is overhauling its diagnostic manual for the first time in almost two decades.
Advocates have spent years lobbying the American Psychiatric Association to rewrite or even remove categories typically used to diagnose transgender people, arguing that terms such as “Gender Identity Disorder” and “Transvestic Fetishism” promote discrimination by broad-brushing a diverse population with the stigma of mental illness.
Major League Soccer’s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America was under contract for just one year. And, according to the league, that contract won’t be extended.
The pro league issued a statement this past week, as the Boy Scouts of America disclosed that a secret committee reviewed and affirmed a ban on gay members and leaders.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed the International AIDS Conference on July 23, delivering her remarks at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The following is a transcript provided by the White House:
The Jim Henson Company, creators of The Muppets, announced yesterday on their Facebook page that they have terminated their business relationship with Chick-Fil-A for its support of anti-gay hate groups. For years, the fast food chain had distributed toys from Hensen’s Creature Shop in their children’s meals.
The world's largest AIDS conference returned to the U.S. on Sunday with a plea against complacency at a time when the epidemic is at a critical turning point. "We can start to end AIDS," one expert said.
There is no cure or vaccine yet, but scientists say they have the tools to finally stem the spread of this intractable virus – largely by using treatment not just to save patients but to make them less infectious, too.