Gay & Lesbian Rights. Legal news and articles for May 31 - 31, 2012

Facebook To Receive GLAAD Special Recognition AwardDefense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme CourtPushing the Gay AgendaTorie Osborn And Betsy Butler Face Off For California Assembly SeatEquality Groups Applaud DOMA RulingDefense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme CourtHeart of Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutionalDefense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, another federal court rulesIt's Time to Carry the Water - Op-EdNY court: No slander in falsely calling person gayCourt: Defense of Marriage Act discriminatesGay couples in Illinois sue for right to marryBoy Scouts receive petition on gay rightsCourt: Heart of gay marriage law unconstitutionalCourt: Heart of gay marriage law unconstitutional

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Victory for equality
Irish ExaminerMay 1, 2012

The fact that our Constitution, and its provisions relating to marriage, have been interpreted to exclude same-sex couples from this fundamental human right is deeply regrettable. While this constitutional barrier is in force, lesbians and gay men will ...more »

Gay & Lesbian Activists Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia
Passport Magazine (blog)May 1, 2012

May Day in Russia has resulted in the arrest of 17 LGBT activists in St. Petersburg who were marching down Nevsky prospect in a civil rights and freedom march while carrying rainbow flags. From Coming Out St. Petersburg: This year's May 1 st march is a ...more »

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Facebook To Receive GLAAD Special Recognition Award
AllFacebookMay 31, 2012

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will present a Special Recognition Award to Facebook at its 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, to be held June 2 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. GLAAD is recognizing the social network for ...more »

Defense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme Court
Columbus TelegramMay 31, 2012

AP | Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 8:18 pm | (0) Comments FILE - In this June 23, 2009 file photo, Keegan O'Brien of Worcester, Mass., leads chants as members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community protest the Defense of Marriage ...more »

Pushing the Gay Agenda
Huffington Post (blog)May 31, 2012

"No one should underestimate the value of teachers' including gay people when they talk with students about cultural diversity. Just hearing the words "homosexuality" or "gay/lesbian/bisexual" in an accepting context sends a powerful message to young ...more »

Torie Osborn And Betsy Butler Face Off For California Assembly Seat
Huffington PostMay 31, 2012

The 61-year-old Osborn, a nationally-known advocate for gay and lesbian rights and other progressive causes, has launched an insurgent campaign for a California Assembly seat that has roiled the waters of Los Angeles-area liberalism and bucked the ...more »

Equality Groups Applaud DOMA Ruling
Vital VOICEMay 31, 2012

Office of Personnel Management, brought by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders on behalf of married Massachusetts same-sex couples who were denied specific federal rights and benefits and Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, ...more »

Defense of Marriage Act heads to US Supreme Court
Pioneer PressMay 31, 2012

In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples. The court didn't rule on the law's more politically ...more »

Heart of Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional
minbcnews.comMay 31, 2012

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, right, finishes his speech denouncing gay marriage as a group of pastors from across denominational lines gather on Capitol Hill in Washington during a news conference to show their support for the ...more »

Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, another federal court rules
San Jose Mercury NewsMay 31, 2012

A Boston-based federal appeals court on Thursday put yet another legal dent in the federal government's ban on same-sex marriage rights, saying the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it denies equal benefits to gay and lesbian...more »

It's Time to Carry the Water - Op-Ed
SheWiredMay 31, 2012

Jessica Stern, Program Director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), led the evening with many accounts of real-life stories that illustrated how far we still must journey for real equality for all citizens.more »

NY court: No slander in falsely calling person gay
Wall Street JournalMay 31, 2012

AP ALBANY, NY — A mid-level appeals court in New York says it's no longer slander to falsely call someone gay. The court says that although falsely calling someone gay or lesbian has for decades been grounds for slander, that's no longer the case ...more »

Court: Defense of Marriage Act discriminates
Delmarva Daily TimesMay 31, 2012

Gay rights activists stage a protest at the parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, Friday, May 18, 2012. They are protesting against homophobia and demanded marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov) Associated Press BOSTON ...more »

Gay couples in Illinois sue for right to marry
Morris Daily HeraldMay 31, 2012

By Rex W. Huppke — Chicago Tribune CHICAGO (MCT) — The gay and lesbian civil rights movement in Illinois has long worked on forging a legislative path to marriage equality, buoyed last year by the passage of a law allowing same-sex civil unions.more »

Boy Scouts receive petition on gay rights
WESH OrlandoMay 31, 2012

A former Eagle Scout who's become a well-known spokesman for gay rights delivered thousands of signatures on petitions to the Boy Scouts' national leadership in Orlando on Wednesday. The Boy Scouts of America national spokesperson met briefly with the ...more »

Court: Heart of gay marriage law unconstitutional
AZ Central.comMay 31, 2012

In its unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual ...more »

Court: Heart of gay marriage law unconstitutional
Boston.comMay 31, 2012

In its unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel of the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman discriminates against gay couples because it doesn't give them the same rights...more »

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