In a surprise move, the Obama Administration asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear two challenges relating to the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
"The result sends a strong message: Violent and discriminatory behavior motivated by bias against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals or transgender people will not be tolerated. Businesses are not exempt from treating LGBT people with dignity and respect."
The First Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court ruling that found DOMA was unconstitutional, sticking another hole in the federal law that discriminates against legally married gay and lesbian couples.
Today, nearly one year after the civil union law took effect, Lambda Legal filed papers in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division on behalf of 16 same-sex couples and their children seeking the freedom to marry.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio signed an agreed judgment order this week in favor of Maverick Couch, affirming the high school junior's First Amendment right to wear a T-shirt with the slogan "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe" to school on any day he chooses.
"The last time I checked, being HIV-positive is not a crime. And a person should not face criminal punishment -- or, as in this case, significantly enhanced penalties -- simply because he or she happens to be living with HIV."