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At the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/17/14
We always thought our story would be pretty typical: Boy meets girl; girl asks boy for sperm to impregnate her wife; boy relinquishes parental rights so girl can second-parent adopt. You know, just a run-of-the-mill beginning to your average American family.

While maybe not typical for most families, this process will at least sound familiar to many same-sex couples. For years, lawyers have strongly encouraged same-sex parents to obtain second-parent adoptions in the states where they are ava


Coast Cleared by Others, W.N.B.A. Finally Finds Its Gay Pride
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/10/14
When Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 W.N.B.A. draft, heard about her league’s new campaign to market games to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, she said, “What are we going to have, T-shirts, shoes?”

It was about time, Griner said she thought, and then wondered what she could do to help.

The W.N.B.A., which has been around for nearly two decades, is trumpeting its marketing strategy, saying that it is the first major sports league to specifically appeal to


Supreme Court Rebuffs Call to End Same-Sex Marriages in Oregon
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/4/14
The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon. The court’s order gave no reasons.

Many gay and lesbian couples have gotten married in Oregon since a May 19 decision from Judge Michael J. McShane of the Federal District Court in Eugene, Ore., struck down the state’s ban on such marriages.

State officials declined to appeal Judge McShane’s decision. Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen F. Rosenblum, told the court that “there is no rational basis on which


Life Out Loud
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/30/14
When Brittney Griner was a senior in high school, a 6-foot-8 center on her way to an all-­American basketball career at Baylor University, she feared telling her father that she was a lesbian. His explosive, curse-filled response upon finding out, Griner writes in a painful, searing and ultimately liberating memoir, “In My Skin: My Life on and Off the Basketball Court,” was exactly what she had dreaded.

He wasn’t raising a gay girl in his house, her father told her. She could pack and get out


Finding Comfort and Safety as a Gay Traveler
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/30/14
Nearly every same-sex couple has experienced that awkward moment on vacation. It usually comes at hotel check-in, when you find yourself on the receiving end of a quizzical or disapproving look as you explain that yes, you did intend to book just one bed for you and your “friend.”

When my partner, Brett, and I visited Jamaica several years ago, we hadn’t even gotten to the check-in point at the all-inclusive Royal Decameron Club Caribbean in Runaway Bay, when things became uncomfortable. “Wha


Oregon: Gay-Marriage Supporters See No Need for Referendum
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/23/14
Advocates for same-sex marriage in Oregon, fresh from a court victory, said Friday that they no longer plan to put the issue of gay marriage on the November ballot. A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon’s constitutional amendment that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The state’s attorney general declined to mount a legal defense of the ban. With the court ruling, a ballot initiative became unnecessary, said Oregon United for Marriage, an advocacy group.

Pennsylvania Governor Won’t Fight Ruling That Allows Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/21/14
Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania said Wednesday that he would not appeal a judge’s ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

With the decision, Pennsylvania became the 19th state, along with the District of Columbia, where same-sex couples are able to marry. Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court on Tuesday became the latest judge to throw out a series of state bans around the country, writing, “It is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Mr. Co


Uncovered Papers Show Past Government Efforts to Drive Gays From Jobs
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/20/14
Days after President Lyndon B. Johnson’s election to his first full term, an administration official asked a subordinate to explain the policy on firing gays. In particular, he wondered whether someone with a history of gay liaisons could, through years of marriage, be “rehabilitated” into a trustworthy civil servant.

The response came quickly, and in language that would be shocking by today’s standards. Technically, rehabilitated gays could keep their jobs. But John W. Steele, a staff member


Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/19/14
The cheers erupted at exactly 12:08 p.m. as word filtered through the line of couples, friends and family members, some of whom had been on the sidewalk outside the Multnomah County building here since 5:30 a.m. on Monday.

Judge Michael McShane of Federal District Court — having promised to file his ruling on a challenge to Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage at noon — had met his deadline. And to Ken Brashier, the roar of the crowd said the rest. The ban had fallen.

“Sounds like we’re getti


There Are Still No Openly Gay Major C.E.O.s
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/16/14
When the National Football League this month drafted its first openly gay player, Michael Sam, he joined a roster of recent firsts — from the first out nightly news and morning-television anchors, United States senator and pro basketball player.

But one major realm of society lags behind: corporate America. There is not a single openly gay chief executive at the nation’s 1,000 biggest companies.

It may seem incongruous that corner offices trail, say, the testosterone-fueled world of N.F.L.