When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last month, this immediately suggested ramifications for the validity and usefulness of civil unions. The idea of civil unions as a “separate but equal” status for states to offer same-sex couples was invented after DOMA was already law. Now that the federal government is officially recognizing same-sex marriages, it has officially declared that civil unions will not be recognized under the same laws.
You may recall that Reverend Paul Scalia, the son of homophobic Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is a Catholic priest who served as Chaplain for Courage - a Catholic ex-gay group that encourages gays to practice lifelong celibacy and attend their "play the gay away"athle
When the Dominican Republic's Roman Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez called President Barack Obama's openly-gay U.S. ambassador nominee to the island nation a "maricón,” or “fa***t,” it raised eyebrows across the world — for different reasons. Perhaps a generation ago, the Cardinal's comment would not have created much controversy in the country’s press, the government or the people. Today, it’s a different story.
Legislation that would allow California students to choose the bathrooms, locker rooms and sports teams that best match their individual gender identities squeaked out of the Senate with a 21-9 vote Wednesday.
Findings from a recent survey suggest that fear of prosecution under the law may lead transgender and third sex-identified people living with HIV (PLHIV) to avoid testing and treatment at disproportionately high rates.
During his eight years in the Air Force, Staff Sgt. Justin Lahl grew adept at keeping his sexual orientation a secret — wincing inwardly when fellow airmen made homophobic wisecracks, nodding with a smile when others would caricature gay people for laughs.
Sergeant Lahl with Elise Thomasson, the group’s secretary; Capt. Greg Moran, its president; and other group members at a park in Albuquerque.
He was painstakingly careful about whom he trusted, telling only his roommate and a few friends that he was gay.