North Carolina polls are open for early voting in the primary election, and the rights of unmarried couples are being put to a public referendum.
The Defense of Marriage Act denies a host federal benefits to those gay and lesbian couples who have legally married in DC and the six states that recognize same-sex marriage. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on a repeal of that discriminatory law.
Some opponents of same-sex marriage sound rational when they offer civil unions as a substitute for marriage but marriage by any other name is not the same. Our society can’t hold out marriage as this ideal and then withhold it from some–even if it is in name only. We tried separate but equal and we all know it isn’t equal.
“Pro-family” group, Focus on the Family is shifting away from opposing same-sex marriage and instead focusing on making it more difficult to obtain a divorce. Does anyone else think this is scary? …
Jaime and Laura are a lesbian couple in California whose son suffers from a serious heart condition. Without legal protections, their family would have suffered far more hardship than they did. Jaime addresses supporters of Prop 8 in a letter.
Same-sex marriages won’t be allowed in California during Prop 8 appeal, international transgender news, trade schools cannot discriminate against applicants with HIV or AIDS, and Virginia pro-choice groups ask for new regulations to be applied to all outpatient surgery centers, not just abortion clinics.
Michigan and Maryland’s slew of anti-abortion bills, trends in banning insurance coverage of abortion, Arizona voting on race and sex abortion ban, Bobby Franklin says something crazy, and Sen. Feinstein introduces repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
New Hampshire does not want to repeal its marriage law, Nebraska may increase family planning funding, the elimination of Title X, young moms need career support, and Republican use of abortion as political manipulation.
Judge Vaughn Walker, the man behind the overturning of California’s Proposition 8, which would have outlawed same-sex marriage, is giving supporters of the proposition one more week to seek a permanent stay. If not, same sex couples are free to marry in California as soon as August 18th.
Elena Kagan has been confirmed by the Senate as our next Supreme Court Justice.