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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


More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/9/14
The federal government will soon treat married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual couples when they file for bankruptcy, testify in court or visit family in prison.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was preparing to issue policies aimed at eliminating the distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex married couples in the federal criminal justice system, according to a speech given at a Saturday event organized by a prominent gay-rights group.

“In every courthouse, in every proce


Victory, and Tax Changes, for Same-Sex Couples
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/7/14
Erin E. Miller and her wife may have to pay more income tax this year, but they aren’t about to protest. Quite the opposite.

They are delighted.

The change in their tax situation results from the Supreme Court’s landmark June decision, in United States v. Windsor, which declared that the Defense of Marriage Act violated the Constitution. The ruling expands the rights of gay couples, but one consequence is that some couples will pay higher taxes.

“I don’t care,” said Ms. Miller, a softwa


Idaho: Gay Rights Activists Are Arrested
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/4/14
The police arrested dozens of gay rights activists on Monday after a protest that blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers in Boise for more than two hours. The Idaho State Police said they took 43 people into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing. Former State Senator Nicole LeFavour, the Idaho Legislature’s first openly gay lawmaker and an organizer of the protest, was among those arrested. Before the demonstration, she had said the group would block the entrances until lawmake

Oklahoma’s Ban on Gay Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/14/14
A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage violated the federal Constitution, the latest in a string of legal victories for gay rights and one that occurred in the heart of the Bible Belt.

The state’s ban on marriage by gay and lesbian couples is “an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental benefit,” wrote Judge Terence C. Kern of United States District Court for the Northern D


Twinned Cities Now Following Different Paths
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/13/14
The soaring Blatnik Bridge spans a modest body of water but a political gulf.

Most mornings around 7, Kim and Kyle Smith drive a mile and a half across the bridge from Duluth, where they live, to Superior, Wis., where they teach. On the same bridge most mornings, scores of workers from Superior head the opposite direction, making their way to a foundry that Andy Fulton’s company runs in Duluth.

This is a well-traveled commute between the Minnesota and Wisconsin cities, separated by the St.


Court Restores India’s Ban on Gay Sex
source: The New York Times
posted: 12/11/13
Gay sex became illegal again in India Wednesday after the Indian Supreme Court ruled that a colonial-era law banning gay sex should not have been struck down.

The ruling reverses a landmark judgment by a lower court, which in 2009 decided that an 1861 law that forbids “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” was unconstitutional. The 19th century law, passed by the British, makes gay sex punishable by 10 years in prison. Only Parliament can change that law,


Washington Comes Out
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/15/13
Ten percent of adults in the District of Columbia identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, nearly three times the national average. What makes the city such a gay-friendly place?

Hawaii is 15th state to legalize gay marriage
source: The Washington Post
posted: 11/12/13
Hawaii was poised to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday evening after state senators sent legislation to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s (D) desk.

After a same-sex marriage bill hit legislative roadblocks earlier this year, and after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, Abercrombie called the legislature back into special session to pass a compromise measure. The new version of the bill includes protections for re


Oregon Father’s Memorial Trek Across Country Ends in a Family’s Second Tragedy
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/15/13
As he made his way across the country, Joe Bell walked through rain squalls, slept in ditches and talked to anyone who would listen about how his gay son had killed himself after being taunted and bullied at school.

Mr. Bell’s artificial knees ached and his feet were mapped with blisters, but he told friends and strangers that he was determined to make it on foot from his home in eastern Oregon to New York City, where his son, Jadin, 15, had dreamed of one day working in fashion or photogra