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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


Tennessee: Ruling Favors 3 Gay Couples Seeking Recognition of Marriages
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/14/14
In the latest challenge to same-sex marriage restrictions, a federal judge in Nashville said Friday that Tennessee must recognize the status of three couples who were married in other states. The ruling is preliminary and applies only to these couples, said Judge Aleta A. Trauger of Federal District Court, pending a broader decision on whether Tennessee must recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. But “all signs indicate,” the judge wrote, that same-sex marriage bans “will soon become

Methodist Bishop to End Trials for Ministers Who Perform Gay Weddings
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/10/14
The head bishop of the United Methodist Church in New York on Monday committed to ending church trials in his region for ministers who perform same sex-marriages, essentially freeing them to conduct a ceremony still prohibited under his denomination’s laws.

As the first sitting United Methodist bishop to publicly make such a pledge, Bishop Martin D. McLee instantly became a leading figure in a decades-old movement within the United Methodist Church, the country’s second-largest Protestant den


Gay group invited to march in St. Patrick’s Day parade with a caveat
source: Boston.com/The Boston Globe
posted: 2/28/14
Organizers of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade are inviting a statewide gay advocacy group to march, a significant first that could silence a controversy that has festered for two decades and cast a cloud over one of the city’s signature events.

But the invitation, brokered by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, includes an important caveat: The group, MassEquality, could not wear T-shirts or hold signs that include the word “gay” or refer to sexual orientation.

“They can march under the Mas