A New Jersey court case headed for oral arguments this week is among the first to test what a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down key parts of a law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage means in states.
On the surface it seems outright discriminatory: a condominium association says if a couple wants to buy in the complex, they must be husband and wife. Those couples "living in sin" can't make the purchase. And the way Florida law is written, it's perfectly legal.
Early this morning two men holding hands outside a Chelsea movie theater were senselessly beaten and called antigay slurs. Both required hospitalization for injuries. One of the man's injuries were so brutal he required stitches on his face.
In response to claims made in the complaint that “gay and lesbian individuals have faced a long and painful history of societal and government-sponsored discrimination in this country,” Swallow claims that he and his fellow state officials are “without sufficient knowledge to admit or deny the allegations.”
Despite the fact that same-sex couples have been denied marriage licenses as recently as last week, conservatives in Tennessee are still anxious that their home state will soon join the growing list of states that allow marriage equality.