Illinois Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office says she’ll submit a filing Thursday that indicates she agrees with several parts of two lawsuits challenging the marriage equality ban in Illinois, in a move that signals another legal victory for proponents of marriage.
Alvarez's office said it "will admit the salient allegations within the complaint and concede that the equal protection clause of the Illinois Constitution prohibits discrimination in the issuance of marriage licenses based upon sex or sexual orientation."
The abstract principle behind marriage is a life-long commitment to share oneself with a loved one. But abstract principles are just that -- “abstract” -- while people are real. How can you say you favor justice for gays and lesbians while advocating discrimination against them in law? It’s a contradiction to favor the practice but oppose the principle. “Anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (I Jn. 4:20).
Throwing a party for Orrin Hatch and other GOP U.S. senators? Better not invite U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco.
Hatch and nine other senators who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 filed an amicus curiae brief Monday in a constitutional challenge to the law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In it they have a bone to pick with White — and not just because they disagree with his ruling.
It took a while, but I have gone from devastation, to a grudging acceptance, to full-on joy. I don’t “accept” my daughter; I embrace her for who she is. Cholene pointed out to me that when we “accept” someone, we are putting ourselves in a superior position — we are “more than” and they are “less than.” That is the last thing I want to do.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday morning challenging North Carolina’s law that effectively prohibits gay couples from adopting children.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six gay or lesbian couples from different parts of North Carolina who have one or more children each. It claims the state law violates the constitutional rights of children.
State law prevents unmarried couples from petitioning for adoption, and marriage equality has been outlawed in North Carolina for some time.
Out actress Portia de Rossi is about to become mama Munster. The actress has been cast as Lily Munster in the NBC reboot of the monstrous '60s series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Better Off Ted and Arrested Development star and famous wife of Ellen DeGeneres will play the vampire matriarch of the Munster clan. Jerry O’Connell will play her Frankenstein husband, Herman Munster. Eddie Izzard will play Grandpa Munster.
Although the only comments opposing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to be heard in today's Senate Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the bill came from one witness, Craig Parshall of the National Religious Broadcasters Association, one outside group took to its email list with a particularly aggressive and anti-transgender pitch.
The Traditional Values Coalition, which is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, put out a fundraising email to members today attacking the specter of transgender teachers.
A referendum on marriage equality in Washington state has qualified for the ballot.
The secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday that Referendum 74 passed the signature-verification process that has been taking place since last week.
Sponsors turned in 247,331 signatures, far more than the minimum of 120,577 valid voter signatures required. A 3 percent random sample was done and of the 7,561 signatures that were sampled during the check, 6,877 were accepted and the rest were rejected.