Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday officiated the wedding of a lesbian couple at a small ceremony in his office. Shumlin met Michele “Mitch” Beck and Ann Beck at a campaign event last summer and said he would perform their ceremony if he were elected.
Rep. William L. Owens (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that he had signed on to a bill that would repeal the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act." Owens: “I indicated I would not become a co-sponsor until New York took action. Once they did that, I felt I had an obligation to the citizens in the state to make sure they weren’t adversely impeded by federal law.”
In other DOMA news, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain reportedly recently cited President Obama's position on the law to allege that the president deserves to be impeached. Cain: "The president is supposed to uphold the laws of this nation […] and to tell the Department of Justice not to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act is a breach of his oath." President Obama in fact never said he would not uphold the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" while it was still law; his Department of Justice isn’t defending it against legal challenges.
Diane H. Mazur and Aaron Belkin wrote in the Huffington Post about the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) assertion that she would work to reinstate it if elected president, and how she might go about doing so. The pair wrote about the importance of legal protections for gay, lesbian and bi military personnel from possible reinstatement.
On Forbes.com, Kashmir Hill wrote about chat and text message transcripts released in the Tyler Clementi case and says the "privacy invasion of Tyler Clementi continues." Hill goes onto write, "There are no privacy rights for the dead, but this public invasion of Clementi’s candid thoughts and feelings through the casual digital capture of his communications seems as disturbingly voyeuristic as was the watching of his sexual encounter in his dorm room."
Jeana Frazzini of Basic Rights Oregon responded to a Statesman Journal article claiming the organization was prepared to pursue a marriage equality ballot initiative. Frazzini said the organization does not expect to make the decision until later in the year.