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Gay Rights Advocates, Dealt a Supreme Court Victory, Focus on Tough Terrain
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/7/14
There are countless churches but not much openly gay life in this city by the banks of the Tennessee River. So when Benjamin Newbern, a onetime field organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union, convened gay residents and those he calls “straight allies” for dinner one recent evening, it was a radical act.

Over pizza in the back room of a local restaurant, a college student, Jacob Ezell, said his mother worried “it would destroy our family” if his father found out that he is gay. A nurse

Supreme Court Delivers Tacit Win to Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/6/14
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states, a major surprise that could signal the inevitability of the right of same-sex marriage nationwide.

The development cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Gay and lesbian couples started getting married in those states within hours.

The decision to let the appeals court rulings stand, which came without explanation in a series of brief or

Justices Embark on Road to a Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/29/14
There are lots of open questions about the road the Supreme Court justices will take to a final decision about whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. But one thing seems clear: The answer will arrive next June.

The endgame started Monday morning. At their first private conference of the term, the justices were scheduled to consider, among many other things, seven petitions urging them to hear appeals from decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage.

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Richmond, Va., Makes a Bold Appeal for L.G.B.T. Tourists
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/15/14
The cry “Come out, come out, wherever you are” has taken on new meaning as more Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) come out of the closet, telling friends and family about their sexual orientation. A regional tourism organization is now echoing the process a person goes through in coming out to present a city as a welcoming destination for L.G.B.T. visitors.

The organization, known as Richmond Region Tourism, is declaring that Richmond, Va., is “coming out” as

Social Worker Spreads a Message of Acceptance to Mormons With Gay Children
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/12/14
Late on election night in 2008, Caitlin Ryan sat in her apartment here, cat in her lap, computer at her side, watching the results on television. Sometime after Barack Obama was declared president, briefly lifting her mood, she saw the news she had been dreading: Proposition 8 was going to win, striking down same-sex marriage in California.

Dr. Ryan’s despair came partly from being a lesbian who had been thrilled to see the San Francisco mayor performing gay weddings during the brief window o

Corner Closet Opens Up a Bit Wider
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/5/14
After C1 Financial’s chief executive, Trevor Burgess, rang the opening bell and posed outside the New York Stock Exchange with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders on Aug. 14 to celebrate his Florida-based company’s first day of trading, he received a message from Jason Grenfell-Gardner, the chief executive of the pharmaceutical company IGI Laboratories:

“And then there were two.”

So far as is known, Mr. Grenfell-Gardner and Mr. Burgess are the only publicly gay chief executives of public

Justice Dept. Promotes Lawyer to No. 3 Post
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/5/14
A senior Justice Department lawyer who defended same-sex marriage, President Obama’s health care law and the government’s right to collect bulk phone records has been promoted to the department’s No. 3 position, officials said Friday.

As acting associate attorney general, the lawyer, Stuart F. Delery, will oversee civil rights, antitrust and environmental cases, among other matters, the Justice Department said. He is replacing Tony West, who announced this week that he was leaving the departm

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