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Hillary Clinton’s Gay Rights Evolution
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/29/14
The crowd of supporters stretched around Main Street on a busy Saturday in August, hundreds of Hamptonites curving past the Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. stores, waiting patiently to greet Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton had taken a break from her beach vacation to sign copies of her latest memoir, “Hard Choices.” Her presence transformed BookHampton, the bookseller the Clintons frequent on their working summer vacations, into a sort of pre-campaign event with Secret Service agents, and


Gay-Themed Events Part of the Game
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/23/14
Friday night was not much different from most others at Dodger Stadium. An actor, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. A recording artist, Mary Lambert, sang the national anthem. And there was not much more hand-holding than usual among couples during the postgame fireworks show.

In many ways, the L.G.B.T. Night Out that the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans was just another night out at the ballpark.

Gay-themed sporting event


Supreme Court Delays Gay Marriage in Virginia, a Day Before It Was Set to Begin
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/20/14
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a last-minute order delaying same-sex marriages in Virginia, less than a day before officials there were to begin providing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The move came a week after the federal appeals court that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage refused to delay the effects of its ruling, and it increased the pressure on the Supreme Court to address the issue when its term begins in October.

“It is time for the Supreme Court to affir


A Gay Chief Makes History as His Bank Goes Public
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/14/14
Trevor Burgess rang in the morning at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday and became the first openly gay chief executive of a publicly listed bank.

Mr. Burgess, chief of C1 Bank in St. Petersburg, Fla., disclosed in the company’s initial public offering filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that his husband, Gary Hess, held some shares. The federal government recognizes same-sex marriage; the state of Florida does not.

Openly gay chief executives are a rarity at the nation’


Welcome to Rhode Island, America’s Least Polarized State AUG. 14, 2014
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/13/14
Wonder what Washington might look like if it were less polarized? Just look to Rhode Island. The political scientists Boris Shor and Nolan McCarty analyzed state legislative voting records from 1996 to 2013 and found Rhode Island had the least ideological difference between the typical Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

It’s common for Republican officials in heavily Democratic Northeastern states to be moderates. What makes Rhode Island stand out is the number of conservatives within its D


Court Refuses to Stay Its Decision Striking Down Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/13/14
The federal appeals court that last month struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex unions refused Wednesday to delay the effects of its ruling. State officials said that unless the United States Supreme Court interceded, Virginia counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples next week.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., voted 2-to-1 in July to uphold a Federal District Court’s ruling in February that Virginia’s ban, which voters approved


Both Sides in Gay Marriage Fight in Utah Agree: Supreme Court Should Hear Case
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/7/14
Lawyers for three couples challenging Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday that they would join with their opponents to urge the Supreme Court to hear their case, even though they recently won an appeals court ruling striking down the law.

The unusual move could hasten a final ruling from the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. It also reflects confidence among proponents of same-sex marriage that the court would rule in their favor.

“Now is the time for the Supreme Court to bring


One Court, Three Judges and Four States With Gay Marriage Cases
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/6/14
The steady march of judicial approval for same-sex marriage over the past year ran into some skepticism here on Wednesday as a three-judge federal appeals panel heard arguments in six same-sex marriage cases from four states.

In three hours of back-and-forth questioning, it appeared that neither side could take victory for granted in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where the cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee were heard by two judges appointed by Presi


Colorado Clerk Told to Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples
source: The New York Times
posted: 7/29/14
The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a county clerk in Boulder to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, halting the practice a month after a handful of county clerks had defied a ban in the State Constitution.

The order came as the state’s Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments over whether it should enforce the state’s law against same-sex unions as myriad lawsuits challenging the bans here and across the country churn toward the United States Supreme Court.

It wa


Appeals Panel Rejects Virginia Gay-Marriage Ban
source: The New York Times
posted: 7/28/14
Adding to a year of courtroom victories by proponents of same-sex marriage, a federal appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex unions, upholding a lower court’s declaration in February that the state’s restrictive laws were a violation of basic constitutional freedoms.

The 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., followed similar rulings this summer by the circuit court in Denver striking down same-sex mar