Postedon Jan 21, 2011 at 07:30 am
In a victory for gay rights advocates, a federal judge has ruled that state employees in California can sue for discrimination over the federal government's exclusion of their same-sex spouses from a long-term health care program.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland denied an Obama administration request to dismiss the suit Tuesday and signaled that she is likely to overturn provisions of the 1996 so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.
Postedon Jan 15, 2011 at 11:45 am
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, 27 -- who's been dubbed "the kid who made Obama president" for organizing his social networking site, My.BarackObama.com, during the historic 2008 campaign -- is planning to marry his long-term boyfriend, Sean Eldridge.
Sean Eldridge is the political director here at Freedom to Marry, overseeing communications, development, and federal initiatives.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 01:00 pm
The first high-profile fundraiser of the year for marriage equality provided the occasion Thursday for Freedom to Marry to step forward as the campaign to win marriage nationwide, with plans that include an expanded public education effort and a new presence in Washington, D.C.
Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 09:00 am
Thursday, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.
This past July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Section Three of DOMA -- which sets a federal definition for "marriage" and spouse" -- is unconstitutional.
Postedon Jan 12, 2011 at 03:00 pm
Riding the momentum from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the State Department's adoption of more gender-neutral language on passport applications, gay rights activists are pressing for more changes to federal policies that are unfavorable for the LGBT community.
Postedon Jan 10, 2011 at 03:59 pm
Stephanie Coontz explains how marriage has been radically transformed over time and makes the case that marriage for same-sex couples is simply a logical extension of that transformation.
Postedon Jan 10, 2011 at 09:30 am
No more "Mother" and "Father" for the Obama administration's State Department.
The department has announced that it is replacing the traditional parental designations on its passport applications (see above) with the more contemporaneously correct "Parent One" and "Parent Two."
Postedon Jan 07, 2011 at 09:30 am
A summary of the status of marriage equality legislation in Rhode island in 2011. The battle kicked off yesterday when state Representative Art Handy and state Senator Rhoda Perry introduced marriage equality bills.
Evan Wolfson: “We are certainly very hopeful.”
Postedon Dec 31, 2010 at 01:00 pm
An online debate between Freedom to Marry's executive director, Evan Wolfson, and Maggie Gallagher of The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will take place on January 3rd 2011.
You can register for free at "The Economist" to be notified when the debate begins.