Same-sex couples will be able to get married and to adopt under legislation to be introduced next month and voted on in early 2013.
Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said Sept. 11, “We are well aware of the philosophical and anthropological dimensions around marriage, but we feel that they should not break the rule of equality.”
Finally, the fall season offers the matchup sure to attract the biggest audience of the campaign: President Barack Obama going one-on-one with Republican Mitt Romney in three prime-time debates.
Typically the top political draw in the final sprint to Election Day, the debates assume outsized importance this year with the race a dead heat.
A gay couple is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a mansion because Church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings at the site.
James Fairbanks and Alain Beret of Massachusetts filed the suit on Sept. 9 in superior court in Worcester, Mass.
Scholars at Amherst College in Massachusetts believe a collector may have what would be just the second known photo of poet Emily Dickinson.
The college says the collector, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the photo in 1995 in Springfield. He brought it to the archive and special collections staff in 2007, and they’ve been researching it since.
A coalition of civil rights groups is calling on politicians and others invited to speak at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., to skip the event. The summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, with sponsorship from the American Family Association.
Both of those groups demonize gays, says a letter from the coalition to potential VVS speakers, including including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention on Sept. 10 released a strategy to reduce the number of suicides in the United States.
The release came on World Suicide Prevention Day.
A right-wing group, declaring that September is “Protecting Marriage Month,” claims that homosexuality is more threatening than climate change and warns of second-hand health risks.
The Center for Marriage Policy’s literature was distributed by some Christian right activists outside the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last week.
Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt are offering $1 million to someone who can bare Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s financials.
The offer was announced in full-page ads in major U.S. newspaper. An ad ran in the Washington Post on Sept. 9. Another is set to run in USA Today on Sept. 11. The ad announces that Flynt and his publication, known for its sexually explicit content, are “offering up to a million dollars in cash for documented evidence concerning Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's unreleased tax returns and/or details of his offshore assets, bank accounts and business partnerships,” according to a news release.
Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Tommy Thompson have agreed to three debates before the Nov. 6 general election.
The candidates, who are running for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, will debate Sept. 28, Oct. 18 and Oct. 26.
A study on the effects of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” finds no negative impact a year after gays and lesbians could begin serving openly in the Armed Forces.
The release of the study comes nearly a year after the military implemented the repeal of the policy enacted in the 1990s.
A chapter of the right-wing American Family Association wants a grand jury to investigate and indict those responsible for the placement of a bronze sculpture of a partially nude woman taking a self photograph.
The sculpture is part of an exhibit in the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Center outside Kansas City. Last November, 11 life-size bronze sculptures were created and donated to the park, including one of a young, bare-breasted woman taking a photograph of herself.
The mother of a 15-year-old Indiana teenager who hanged himself two years ago has filed a wrongful death suit against the school district and four employees. The suit alleges the school’s response to harassment led Billy Lucas to take his life.
The plaintiff in the suit is Billy Lucas’ mother, Ann Lucas, and the defendants are the Greensburg Community School system and four employees – former Greensburg Junior High School principal Rodney King, current principal David Strouse and teachers Iris Ramp and Darci Kovacich.