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Gay-Marriage Bans Fall in Wisconsin and Indiana
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
Only nine days after hearing arguments in the case, a federal appeals court in Chicago declared the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin to be unconstitutional on Thursday, adding to the list of marriage cases that could wind up before the Supreme Court in the year ahead.

“The grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory policies are not only conjectural; they are totally implausible,” said the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the United States C


Federal Judge, Bucking Trend, Affirms Ban on Same-Sex Marriages in Louisiana
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
A federal judge here upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, going against what had been a unanimous trend of federal court decisions striking down such bans since the Supreme Court ruled on the matter last year.

In his ruling, Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of Federal District Court said that the regulation of marriage was left up to the states and the democratic process; that no fundamental right was being violated by the ban; and that Louisiana had a “legitimate interest ...


Gay Groups to March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a Ban Falls
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
The organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade said on Wednesday that they were lifting a ban on openly gay groups marching under their own banner, bringing to a close more than two decades of bitter protests and controversy that thrust an annual celebration into the national gay rights debate.

The decision is a striking reflection of the evolution of gay rights in the city and in American society, and is a measure of changing attitudes in the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Chu


Robin Roberts Forms TV Production Company
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/14
The “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts on Wednesday announced the formation of Rock’n Robin Productions, an independent company that will focus on creating documentaries, lifestyle reality series and live special events for ABC and other broadcast and digital networks.

Although Ms. Roberts did not provide many specifics, she said her new projects include a news-driven documentary, a Thanksgiving-themed ABC special and two reality show pilots. A new Rock’n Robin website will feature b


Community Makes Itself Known, With Discretion
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/30/14
The rainbow flag did not fly at Lubbock’s fourth gay pride festival on Aug. 23. Instead it was tied to a chain-link fence behind a community center east of Interstate 27 in a rundown industrial part of town. Despite the humble location, the daylong event with speakers and live music attracted about 400 people and was a milestone for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in this mostly conservative and religious Panhandle city.

For the last three years, Lubbock Pride has been or


Rams Cut Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted in N.F.L.
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/30/14
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an N.F.L. team, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.

The move came as teams across the league reduced their squads to 53 players.

In May, Sam was drafted at the end of the seventh round despite being named a co-defensive player of the year in the Southeastern Conference his senior year at the University of Missouri. He was taken with the 249th pick out of 256 players drafted.

He gave a mediocre performance at the scouting combine


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’