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A Same-Sex Couple Together for 58 Years, but Husband Is Still Fighting for Benefits
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/21/14
On Dec. 13, 1953, Lawrence Schacht walked into the Cork Club on West 72nd Street in Manhattan and spotted Russell Frink Jr. at the bar. From that moment forward, the two were inseparable.

In 2004, they registered as domestic partners. In 2011, they married, less than a month after it first became possible for two people of the same sex to do so in New York State. Five months later, Mr. Frink died of emphysema at the age of 92.

Mr. Schacht mourned, but he also wrote to President Obama to th


Pro-Clinton Group Plans Event Focused on Gay and Lesbian Donors
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/20/14
A “super PAC” supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton’s possible presidential campaign is reaching out to some of New York’s most powerful and wealthy gay and lesbian donors.

The group, Ready for Hillary, has built a name for itself with small-dollar grass-roots outreach and the selling of clever items like an iPhone case with the well-recognized image of Mrs. Clinton texting in dark sunglasses. But on April 7 the group will hold a higher-dollar event hosted by Jon Stryker, a billionaire philanthro


Tennessee: Ruling Favors 3 Gay Couples Seeking Recognition of Marriages
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/14/14
In the latest challenge to same-sex marriage restrictions, a federal judge in Nashville said Friday that Tennessee must recognize the status of three couples who were married in other states. The ruling is preliminary and applies only to these couples, said Judge Aleta A. Trauger of Federal District Court, pending a broader decision on whether Tennessee must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. But “all signs indicate,” the judge wrote, that same-sex marriage bans “will soon become

Methodist Bishop to End Trials for Ministers Who Perform Gay Weddings
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/10/14
The head bishop of the United Methodist Church in New York on Monday committed to ending church trials in his region for ministers who perform same sex-marriages, essentially freeing them to conduct a ceremony still prohibited under his denomination’s laws.

As the first sitting United Methodist bishop to publicly make such a pledge, Bishop Martin D. McLee instantly became a leading figure in a decades-old movement within the United Methodist Church, the country’s second-largest Protestant den


Gay group invited to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade with a caveat
source: Boston.com/The Boston Globe
posted: 2/28/14
Organizers of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade are inviting a statewide gay advocacy group to march, a significant first that could silence a controversy that has festered for two decades and cast a cloud over one of the city’s signature events.

But the invitation, brokered by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, includes an important caveat: The group, MassEquality, could not wear T-shirts or hold signs that include the word “gay” or refer to sexual orientation.

“They can march under the Mas


Arizona Governor Praised for Veto of Antigay Bill
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/27/14
After her veto on Wednesday of a controversial bill that would have let business owners use religion as a pretext to refuse service to gay men, lesbians and other people, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, a Republican, earned praise from national political figures on both sides of the aisle, including the unlikely combination of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic former secretary of state, and John McCain, the Republican senator from Arizona.

“Inclusive leadership is really what the 21st centur


U.S. Judge Strikes Down Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/26/14
A federal judge in Texas struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, ruling that the laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the United States Constitution, handing gay-rights advocates a major legal victory in one of the nation’s biggest and most conservative states.

The judge wrote that the amendment to the state Constitution that Texas voters approved in 2005 defining marriage as between a man and a woman — and two similar laws passed in 1997 and 2003 — d


Holder Sees Way to Curb Bans on Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/24/14
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.

Mr. Holder was careful not to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but said that officials who have carefully studied bans on gay marriage could refuse to defend them.

Six st


Jason Collins, First Openly Gay N.B.A. Player, Signs With Nets and Appears in Game
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/23/14
Jason Collins, a 35-year-old center, signed a 10-day contract with the Nets on Sunday afternoon and played against the Lakers hours later, appearing in an N.B.A. uniform for the first time since last spring, when he announced that he was gay.

The signing represents a significant step toward transforming North American professional sports into a more welcoming environment for gay athletes. Until Sunday night, no N.B.A. game had taken place with an openly gay player on the floor. The N.F.L., Ma


N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/9/14
Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the Na