On the last Saturday in June the centre of Singapore’s very sober business district turned distinctly pink. Lesbians, gay men and others converged there for the annual celebration of what organisers call the “Freedom to Love”, also known as the “Pink Dot”, in honour of the “little red dot” that Singaporeans like to call their city-state.
In addition to action in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Illinois today, the ACLU and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) announced plans to take on North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced a federal lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of 21 residents who either wish to marry or receive benefits for marriages performed in other states.
Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois will file a motion for summary judgment and request a swift ruling in favor of the freedom to marry in Illinois, according to a press release sent out by the two groups:
Virginia is for lovers...that is, if Lambda Legal and the ACLU have anything to say about it.
In the wake of the momentous victories for marriage equality handed down by the Supreme Court, Lambda Legal has announced that it has already set its sights on a new target--Virginia. Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in the group's Southern Regional Office, had this to say:
INDIANAPOLIS | A same-sex couple applying for a marriage license in Indiana, where gay marriage is expressly prohibited by law, could face up to three years in prison for submitting the application to their county clerk -- even if it's denied.
A 1997 state law declares it a Class D felony to submit false information on a marriage license application or lie about the physical condition, including gender, of a marriage license applicant.
Gov. Mike Pence admitted Friday that some angry constituents were right.
Some of the hundreds of comments that his staff deleted from the governor’s official Facebook page this week were targeted, Pence said, because they expressed disagreement with his opposition to gay marriage.
And that went beyond the office’s internal policy of removing only profane, inflammatory or uncivil comments, Pence concluded.
BISBEE, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - It's not quite gay marriage, but as of today same sex couples can claim some of the privileges of married couples in one Arizona town.
Sometime small steps in small towns lead to big changes. In Bisbee, Kathy Sowden and Deborah Grier went to Bisbee City Hall to file the papers to recognize their 21 year relationship as a formal civil union.
The documents spell out how they want to handle some of the privileges that come with marriage like the ability to make medical decisions for each other.