A federal court has determined that a lesbian widow is entitled to her late spouse’s benefits partly on the basis that Illinois civil union law is sufficient for federal purposes — a view that differs from the Obama administration’s interpretation of the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.
A memorial service is being held this morning for the fifth suicide in as many years at Pleasant Hill, Iowa’s Southeast Polk High School. 16-year-old AJ Betts stood up for other gay kids, but after being outed himself, he suffered harassment from his peers for being “different.”
A birth certificate listing only one parent has left an Iowa City same-sex couple confused. Last week Lindsey Clark and Joanne Abbas received a birth certificate for their second child, Thea. The certificate lists only Joanne as a parent, despite a May Iowa Supreme Court ruling, which states both same-sex parents should be allowed to put their names on a newborn’s birth certificate.