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Mozilla’s Chief Felled by View on Gay Unions
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/3/14
In Silicon Valley, where personal quirks and even antisocial personalities are tolerated as long as you are building new products and making money, a socially conservative viewpoint may be one trait you have to keep to yourself.

On Thursday, Brendan Eich, who has helped develop some of the web’s most important technologies, resigned under pressure as chief executive of Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox web browser, just two weeks after taking the job. The reason? In 2008, he donated $


Mozilla Chief Tries to Separate Views on Gay Marriage and Business
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/2/14
Can a chief executive run an open-source software company while simultaneously holding views some say are antithetical to the ethos of the open-source community?

The chief executive of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, who made a $1,000 contribution in 2008 to support a ban on gay marriage, believes they can. But a number of his employees and people outside the company disagree.


At Mozilla, a Chief’s Support of Gay Marriage Ban Causes Conflict
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/31/14
People who once debated the benefits of different web browsers are now embroiled in a heated discussion about gay marriage, and Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, is at the center of that debate.

The troubles began when Brendan Eich, a programmer and creator of the JavaScript programming language, was appointed as the new chief executive of Mozilla last week. Since then, three board members have quit the company, current employees have publicly denounced Mr. Eich, and now Firefox is being publicl


U.S. to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in Michigan
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/28/14
The federal government will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were performed in Michigan last weekend, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday, a day after Michigan’s governor said his state would not.

Mr. Holder’s announcement caps a period of rapid change and uncertainty over the status of same-sex marriage in Michigan. On March 21, a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the next morning gay and lesbian couples rushed to exchange vows. By


VP Biden calls on Congress to pass gay rights bill
source: The Washington Post
posted: 3/23/14
Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it’s outrageous that the country is even debating the subject.

Speaking to supporters of the gay advocacy group Human Rights Campaign on Saturday, Biden said it’s “close to barbaric” that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“Imagine 20 years from now as America looked back and say ‘How in the hell can that


Gay marriages in Michigan halted by appeals court
source: The Washington Post
posted: 3/23/14
An appeals court reinstituted Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, but not before several hundred same-sex couples rushed to the state’s county clerk’s offices to get hitched.

The order on Saturday by a federal appeals court in Cincinnati to at least temporarily restore the ban that Michigan voters approved in 2004 came after Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, of Lansing, were the first on Saturday to arrive at the Ingham County Courthouse in the central Michigan city of Maso


Wave of Appeals Expected to Turn the Tide on Same-Sex Marriage Bans
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/22/14
With a slew of cases barreling toward federal appeals courts, almost certainly including the decision Friday that overturned Michigan’s restrictive marriage amendment, the legal battle over same-sex marriage is entering a new and climactic phase. Decisions in the coming months will resonate beyond individual states across entire regions and may impel the Supreme Court to revisit the issue sooner than it wished.

Legal experts say the country is entering what one called a “marriage spring” and


For Gay Couples in Michigan, a Day of Joy Ends in Legal Uncertainty
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/22/14
A day after a federal judge struck down Michigan’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages, hundreds of gay couples raced to clerks’ offices across the state on Saturday morning to exchange wedding vows before an appeals court challenge that could reinstate the ban.

But the euphoria of the day for the couples quickly turned to disappointment by late afternoon when the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, suspended the judge’s ruling until at least Wednesday, w


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