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Rainbow-Wedding-Network-holds-annual-LGBT-wedding-expo

Rainbow Wedding Network holds annual LGBT wedding expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rainbow Wedding Network's annual "Same Love, Same Rights" LGBT wedding expo returned to Chicago for the seventh year in a row March 22 and for the first time ever, the Hard Rock Hotel served as the host sponsor and location of the event. "We love Chicago and are really excited to be here again," said Marianne Puechl, co-founder of Rainbow ...


Puerto-Rico-no-longer-defending-marriage-ban

Puerto Rico no longer defending marriage ban - The Puerto Rican government announced March 20 that it will no longer defend the U.S. commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban, The Washington Blade noted. "Because of sexual orientation, Puerto Rico has denied rights that others enjoy," said Justice Minister Cesar Miranda during a press conference in San Juan. "This is not correct." The announcement coincided with a brief Gov. Alejandro Garcia ...


A-love-affair-to-remember

A love affair to remember - It's 2015 and the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to issue a decision that could alter the course of the marriage equality movement—nationwide. Chicago couple of 13 years, Brian Thompson and Benjamin Rogers, are navigating the patchwork of state marriage laws just like so many other same-sex couples in the country, and they are hoping for swift and immediate action ...


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Hilton Orrington hosts first-ever bridal fair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 100 people attended Hilton Orrington's first-ever "North Shore Boutique Bridal Fair" in Evanston March 15. The event featured a fashion show with wedding dresses provided by Diana's Bridal Shop and Dame Couture and a raffle drawing as well as music by violinists Roxtette, the Bill Pollack Orchestra, string trio Hot Pink, guitarist Bryant Albert and DJ Rio Anderson. ...


Puerto-Rico-may-drop-opposition-to-same-sex-marriage-

Puerto Rico may drop opposition to same-sex marriage - From a Lambda Legal press release - ( New York, NY, March 16, 2015 ) - After news outlets reported that the Puerto Rican government is considering withdrawing its support for the law banning marriage for same-sex couples, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney issued the following statement: "We are encouraged that the government is reconsidering its defense of its discriminatory ban on the freedom to marry ...


Supreme-Ct-to-hear-marriage-case-April-28

Supreme Ct. to hear marriage case April 28 - The U.S. Supreme Court announced that, on April 28, it will hear two and a half hours of oral argument on whether states can ban same-sex marriage. Audio transcripts of the argument will be released later that day, instead of at the end of the week ( the usual process ), USA Today noted. The case is coming to the ...


Emanuel-Madigan-join-briefs-for-marriage-equality

Emanuel, Madigan join briefs for marriage equality - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a friend-of-the-court ( amicus ) brief expressing their support of marriage equality for same-sex couples, and urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the federal court of appeals' ruling that gays and lesbians have no fundamental right ...


Gay-marriages-halted-in-Alabama

Gay marriages halted in Alabama - In the latest development in the tug-of-war over marriage equality in Alabama, the state's supreme court ordered all the state's probate judges on March 3 to stop issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples, according to NBC News. Several state and federal judges have gone back and forth over the issue, with the U.S. Supreme Court recently refusing to block a ...


Potential-advocates-for-marriage-equality-in-the-high-court-

Potential advocates for marriage equality in the high court - Renowned Supreme Court advocate Ted Olson remembers the first time he had a chance to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court: He didn't take it. It was a First Amendment case about billboards in San Diego. Olson had been practicing law for 15 years, he had represented his clients from the start and they wanted him to argue ...


Chamber-of-commerce-hosts-LGBT-wedding-expo

Chamber of commerce hosts LGBT wedding expo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - About 200 people attended the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce ( GL Chamber ) second annual LGBT wedding expo at the GL Chamber offices March 7. Attendees perused the vendor's wares ahead of remarks by Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Director Jim Bennett. Bennett spoke about the work that Lambda Legal does to secure LGBT equality and the ...


World-news-Slovenia-OKs-marriage-McKellen-aims-to-save-gay-pub

World news: Slovenia OKs marriage; McKellen aims to save gay pub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Slovenia has become the 11th European Union country to approve same-sex marriage, according to Euronews. The parliament passed the measure by a vote of 51 to 28. Deputies have also voted in favor of legalizing adoption by gay and lesbian couples. Worldwide, Slovenia will become the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage once the president signs the bill. In China, ...


-National-roundup-Supreme-Court-and-marriage-trans-inmate-motion

National roundup: Supreme Court and marriage; trans-inmate motion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign announced that more than 200,000 people from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands joined as signatories on its unprecedented "The People's Brief" in support of marriage equality, according to a press release. Authored by attorney Roberta Kaplan—who successfully defeated the key section of The Defense of ...


Freedom-to-Marry-files-amicus-brief-for-US-Supreme-Court

Freedom to Marry files amicus brief for U.S. Supreme Court - From a press release - New York — Today, with former U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger of O'Melveny & Myers as counsel of record, Freedom to Marry is filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief argues that sexual orientation discrimination should be presumed unconstitutional, even in the absence of explicit judicial heightened scrutiny, and that because ...


IL-Atty-Gen-Lisa-Madigan-joins-amicus-brief-for-marriage-equality

IL Atty Gen. Lisa Madigan joins amicus brief for marriage equality - From a press release - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined a coalition of states in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Constitution requires marriage equality nationwide. The brief was filed in conjunction with challenges to the state laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that ban marriages between same-sex couples and refuse to recognize same-sex marriages lawfully licensed ...


Emanuel-City-of-Chicago-join-other-mayors-backing-marriage-equality

Emanuel, City of Chicago join other mayors backing marriage equality - From a press release - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago today joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in filing a friend of the Court ( amicus ) brief expressing their support of marriage equality for same-sex couples, and urging the Supreme Court to reverse the federal court of appeals' ruling that gays and lesbians, unlike ...


Supreme-Court-to-hear-marriage-equality-cases-on-April-28-2015

Supreme Court to hear marriage equality cases on April 28, 2015 - From press releases - From Lambda Legal Washington (March 5, 2015) — The U.S. Supreme Court today announced it has scheduled argument for the marriage cases on Tuesday, April 28, at 10:00am. The cases the Court will hear include two Ohio cases litigated by Lambda Legal, the ACLU and Gerhardstein & Branch. Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal, issued the ...


Report-shows-700000-Americans-part-of-a-same-sex-couple-

Report shows 700,000 Americans part of a same-sex couple - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — According to Williams Institute Research Director Gary Gates' assessment of a new preliminary estimate from Gallup, the number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has more than doubled over the last year. The new figures suggest that, as of February 2015, more than 700,000 Americans are part of a married same-sex couple, implying that ...


AMPA-to-SCOTUS-Marriage-inequality-harms-military-families

AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families - From a American Military Partner Association press release - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ), the nation's largest organization of LGBT military families, filed a joint brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the case being considered that could lead to nationwide marriage equality. In the brief, AMPA and OutServe-SLDN argue that the uneven patchwork of states providing marriage equality ...


Peoples-brief-for-marriage-equality-to-go-to-Supreme-Court

People's brief for marriage equality to go to Supreme Court - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that 207,551 Americans from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined as signatories on its unprecedented "The People's Brief" in support of marriage equality. Authored by prominent lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who successfully defeated the key section of The Defense of Marriage ...


Gay-marriages-halted-in-Alabama

Gay marriages halted in Alabama - In the latest development in the tug-of-war over marriage equality in Alabama, the state's supreme court ordered all the state's probate judges on March 3 to stop issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples, according to NBC News. Several state and federal judges have gone back and forth over the issue, with the U.S. Supreme Court recently refusing to block a ...


National-news-shorts-Wedding-in-Texas-Autopsy-report-differ-Gay-priest-dies

National news shorts: Wedding in Texas; Autopsy, report differ; Gay priest dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian couple weds in Texas The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin, according to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth. The Feb. 19 ruling does not invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued ...


Tennessee-couples-ask-Supreme-Court-to-end-checkerboard-of-marriage-laws

Tennessee couples ask Supreme Court to end checkerboard of marriage laws - From a press release - ( Washington D.C., February 27, 2015 )—Three couples challenging Tennessee's marriage ban filed a brief in the Supreme Court of the United States today, asking the Court to rule that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry and thereby put an end to "a checkerboard nation in which same-sex couples' marriages are dissolved and reestablished as they travel or move ...


Ohio-marriage-case-brief-filed-at-US-Supreme-Court

Ohio marriage case brief filed at U.S. Supreme Court - From a press release - ( Washington, February 27, 2015 ) - Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) and Ohio-based Gerhardstein & Branch today filed their brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Henry v. Hodges and Obergefell v. Hodges arguing that Ohio's ban on recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex couples violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of ...


A-year-of-marriage-equality-shows-high-demand-diversity

A year of marriage equality shows high demand, diversity - On Feb. 18, the Cook County Clerk's office released a report providing data from one year of same-sex marriage in Cook County. The report shows a high number of marriage licenses and also shows great diversity in the gender, age, race, occupation and area of residence of these marriages. Cook County Clerk David Orr was granted clearance to issue marriage ...


New-rule-defining-spouse-in-Family-and-Medical-Leave-Act-could-impact-118000-

New rule defining spouse in Family and Medical Leave Act could impact 118,000 - From a Williams Institute press release - The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that eligible workers in legal same-sex marriages will be able to take federal job-protected family and medical leave to care for their spouse or family member, regardless of where they live. The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) and extends these rights ...


DoL-extends-Family-and-Medical-Leave-Act-to-same-sex-spouses

DoL extends Family and Medical Leave Act to same-sex spouses - From a press release - The Family Equality Council applauds the Department of Labor's issuance today of a final rule change extending access to job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( FMLA ) to employees with same-sex spouses regardless of where in the country they live. Under the old rule, the FMLA required that an employee live in a state that recognized ...


Lesbian-couple-weds-in-Texas

Lesbian couple weds in Texas - The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin, according to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth. The Feb. 19 ruling does not invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of ...


Looming-dilemma-Choosing-an-advocate

Looming dilemma: Choosing an advocate - Just beyond the February 27 deadline for filing their briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court to lay out their arguments against state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the 36 attorneys signed onto those briefs have another looming task. They must choose who will go before the nine justices in April to deliver the arguments orally. The event will be ...


VIEWS-LGBT-parenting-is-a-reproductive-justice-issue

VIEWS LGBT parenting is a reproductive justice issue - Reproductive Justice at the Intersections, a recurring column - In 2002 there was heavy media coverage on a case that sent ripples around the country. Many LGBT families felt the impact and the possible implications it could have had for many of their own families. Steven Lofton and Roger Croteau, foster parents and a same-sex couple, gained national attention when they tried to formally adopt a 10-year-old boy they ...


WINDY-CITY-TIMES-WEDDING-GUIDE-Business-Listings

WINDY CITY TIMES WEDDING GUIDE Business Listings - ACCOMMODATIONS see also VENUES Lang House Bed & Breakfast 7421 N. Sheridan Rd. 773-764-9851 www.langhousechicago.com info@langhousechicago.com The Lang House Bed & Breakfast, built in 1919, is honored to support the LBGT community. Lang House is the perfect venue for indoor, outdoor, nearby beach weddings, or receptions. We have special offers; call for details. BAKERIES Roeser's Bakery and Party ...


Same-sex-divorce-When-there-isnt-a-happily-ever-after

Same-sex divorce: When there isn't a happily ever after - When marriage equality took effect across Illinois last year, there were those who jubilantly rushed to the courthouse to finally have their love validated by the state. There is cautious optimism that by the end of its 2015 session, the United States Supreme Court will have ushered in scenes similar to those that took place at the Daley Center on ...


Border-crossing-Couples-story-of-love-marriage-immigration-

Border crossing: Couple's story of love, marriage, immigration - Matt and I met online in Autumn of 2005 on Livejournal, the original personal blogging site. He randomly commented on a picture I posted, and we got to talking. At that point in our lives, we were both university students; I was attending Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and he was attending Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, ...


HRC-Arkansas-to-gov-Veto-SB202

HRC Arkansas to gov: Veto SB202 - From a press release - Little Rock— Today, HRC Arkansas calls on Governor Asa Hutchinson to exercise his executive powers and veto Senate Bill 202 ( SB202 ), which would prohibit municipalities from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people. Anti-LGBT Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester is sponsor of SB202, the "Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act". If SB202 takes effect, Arkansas cities will lose their ability ...


World-Nepal-and-marriage-mob-attacks-gay-man-Nick-Jonas-in-Sydney

World: Nepal and marriage; mob attacks gay man; Nick Jonas in Sydney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country, Gay Star News reported. The committee, led by former Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report more than four years after its formation. The committee also advised ...


New-poll-shows-60-percent-of-likely-voters-support-marriage-equality

New poll shows 60 percent of likely voters support marriage equality - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign, ( HRC ) released the results from a new national poll commissioned to gauge voter attitudes ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. The survey showed support for marriage equality continues to expand and that there is virtually no public support for the opponents of marriage equality who have encouraged the ...


New-GLAAD-report-maps-long-road-to-full-LGBT-acceptance-

New GLAAD report maps long road to full LGBT acceptance - From a press release - GLAAD surveys conducted by Harris Poll show some Americans still 'very uncomfortable' with LGBT families and co-workers GLAAD has released "Accelerating Acceptance," based on two surveys — conducted on GLAAD's behalf by Harris Poll - which reveal some non-LGBT Americans still report substantial levels of discomfort with LGBT co-workers, family, and neighbors, despite historic legal progress for marriage equality. The ...


Fed-Judge-to-Alabama-Judge-Issue-marriage-licenses-

Fed Judge to Alabama Judge: Issue marriage licenses - From a press release - ( Mobile, AL, February 12, 2015 )—Moments ago, United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade instructed Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Today's order followed a hearing in which four same-sex couples, who were unable to obtain marriage licenses in Mobile on Monday when marriage equality went into effect in the ...


President-Obama-supports-marriage-equality-in-Alabama

President Obama supports marriage equality in Alabama - From a joint NCLR, ACLU press release - ( Washington, DC., February 10, 2015 )—Today, in an interview with BuzzFeed, President Obama stated that he would welcome a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that same-sex couples have the freedom to marry in every state, stating: "It's time to recognize that under the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution, same-sex couples should have the same rights ...


Same-sex-couples-can-now-marry-in-Alabama

Same-sex couples can now marry in Alabama - From a NCLR press release - ( Mobile, AL, February 9, 2015 )—Today, Alabama becomes the nation's 38th state to honor the freedom to marry after a federal district court struck down the state's marriage equality ban and ordered marriage equality to begin this morning. Judge Granade of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Alabama issued orders on January 23 and 26 prohibiting ...


Author-aims-for-public-policy-plan-post-marriage-equality

Author aims for public-policy plan post-marriage equality - Dr. Wallace Swan is the author and curator of the new tome Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America. The lengthy historical account features a list of 12 prominent specialists and writers. Windy City Times: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America ...


Religious-extremists-target-bakers-with-requests-for-God-Hates-Fags-cakes

Religious extremists target bakers with requests for 'God Hates Fags' cakes - From a Truth Wins Out press release - CHICAGO — Yesterday, Peter LaBarbera triumphantly posted a series of anti-gay videos from Theodore Shoebat, son of extremist Christian convert Walid Shoebat, who believes that the GOP-led House Of Representatives has been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and that "ISIS is truly the manifestation of the purest form of the homosexual agenda." In the younger Shoebat's videos, he records himself ...


Equality-Illinois-introduces-Growing-Your-Family-series

Equality Illinois introduces 'Growing Your Family' series - Equality Illinois ( EQIL ) introduced a new talk series, Growing Your Family: A Guide for Prospective LGBT Adoptive Parents, on Jan. 13 with co-host Cradle; local adoption agency. Rosemary Mulryan of EQIL and Dori Fujii of Cradle teamed together to inform the group of approximately 50 prospective parents about the adoption process. In addition to the launch of Growing ...


Supreme-Court-The-nagging-question-behind-Fridays-announcement

Supreme Court: The nagging question behind Friday's announcement - There is at least one small nagging question looming over the happy news Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the appeals of same-sex couples challenging laws in four states that refuse to license or recognize their marriages. Most legal observers are saying these four cases —from Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky— will be the means by which the ...


Gay-Catholics-differ-with-Popes-remark-on-gay-marriage-

Gay Catholics differ with Pope's remark on gay marriage - From a press release - "DignityUSA is disturbed and disappointed by Pope Francis' remarks in the Philippines referring to support for same-sex marriage as 'ideological colonization…that is trying to destroy the family,'" said the organization's Executive Director, Marianne Duddy-Burke. "Especially in light of the more welcoming and sensitive tone on LGBT issues that the Pope has taken over the past two years, it is disconcerting ...


US-Supreme-Court-to-rule-on-marriage

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on marriage - The U.S. Supreme Court may rule once and for all if the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law gives gay and lesbian U.S. residents the right to marry. The Huffington Post reported that the nine justices decided to review a two-to-one decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit that upheld bans on same-sex marriage ...


Supreme-Court-puts-off-deciding-whether-to-hear-ban-appeals

Supreme Court puts off deciding whether to hear ban appeals - The U.S. Supreme Court put off until at least this Friday ( January 16 ) a decision on whether it will hear appeals challenging a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that said states can ban same-sex couples from marrying. It did so while announcing that it would not hear a similar appeal against Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage ...


National-roundup-DOMA-repeal-Boxer-retiring-Tiffany-Co-ad

National roundup: DOMA repeal; Boxer retiring; Tiffany & Co. ad - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Democrats kicked off the new congressional session Jan. 6 by reintroducing legislation to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ), which allows states to refuse to legally recognize gay and lesbian couples married in other states, The Huffington Post noted. The new bill, called the Respect for Marriage Act, repeals DOMA entirely. However, prospects for the measure ...


-South-Dakota-Federal-Court-rules-for-Freedom-to-Marry-

South Dakota Federal Court rules for Freedom to Marry - From a press release - ( Sioux Falls, SD, Jan. 12, 2015 )—Today, a federal court ruled in favor of six same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in South Dakota. The court stayed its order pending appeal by South Dakota officials. In a 28-page decision, U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled that "Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota law deprives ...


CNA-begins-policy-supporting-employees-surviving-same-sex-spouses

CNA begins policy supporting employees' surviving same-sex spouses - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL, January 8, 2015 ) - Today, Lambda Legal announced that Douglas Hammett-Lair ( Doug ) started receiving spousal survivor benefits after CNA Financial Corporation amended its retirement plan to allow many surviving same-sex spouses to receive benefits. The change came after Lambda Legal and private counsel Louis Ascherman urged CNA to grant spousal benefits to same-sex couples ...


LGBTs-still-unequal-report-sees-stalled-progress-in-critical-areas

LGBTs still unequal; report sees stalled progress in critical areas - From a press release - Denver, CO; January 7, 2015— From stunning wins for the freedom to marry to Medicare's lifting of the exclusion of coverage for transgender-specific healthcare, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) Americans made gains on many fronts in 2014. However, despite these advances, deep disparities remain, including an overwhelming lack of employment nondiscrimination protections, high rates of healthcare discrimination, ...


Year-in-review-National-news-2014

Year in review: National news 2014 - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - —With this ring: Marriage equality had to be the biggest news for the LGBT community in 2014, with a slew of states ( including those on the West Coast and in the Deep South ) allowing same-sex couples to legally wed—although some only permitted it after federal courts ordered it. As for early December, same-sex marriage is legal in 35 ...


Reintroduced-Respect-for-Marriage-Act-would-fully-repeal-DOMA

Reintroduced Respect for Marriage Act would fully repeal DOMA - From press releases - From the Human Rights Campaign WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign responded to the reintroduction of the Respect for Marriage Act ( RMA ) by U.S. Senator Feinstein and U.S. Representatives Jerry Nadler and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. RMA would fully remove the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ) from the books and establish a clear rule for the federal ...


World-Scotlands-weddings-dot-LGBT-Conchita-Wurst-and-Putin

World: Scotland's weddings; "dot LGBT"; Conchita Wurst and Putin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scotland's first same-sex weddings took place in the early hours of New Years Eve, TIME.com reported. Joe Schofield and Malcolm Brown married at the Trades Hall in Glasgow, and Susan and Gerrie Douglas-Scott had a private ceremony in the same city. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party co-convener Patrick Harvie were witnesses at the Douglas-Scott's wedding, while ...


High-court-to-consider-whether-to-review-same-sex-marriage-cases

High court to consider whether to review same-sex marriage cases - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES — On January 9, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider whether to take up the issue of same-sex marriage during the Court's current term. Specifically, at its January 9 conference, the Supreme Court will consider whether to review a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed the constitutionality of bans on same-sex ...


Ruling-confirms-Florida-clerks-must-issue-marriage-licenses-

Ruling confirms Florida clerks must issue marriage licenses - From a press release - ( January 1, 2015 ) — Today, federal district court Judge Robert L. Hinkle confirmed his marriage ruling in a new order stating that clerks of ALL Florida counties must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after his stay expires end of day January 5th. When the stay of his prior order invalidating Florida's ban on marriage by same-sex couples ...


Elton-John-weds-Trans-series-in-suburbs-Seacrest-producing

Elton John weds; Trans series in suburbs; Seacrest producing - Elton John Sir Elton John officially married David Furnish—exactly nine years after they tied the knot in a civil-partnership ceremony. The "I'm Still Standing" singer married his partner at their Windsor estate in England Dec. 21. John has posted a photo of himself, pen in hand, sitting next to Furnish at a desk, with a piece of paper in front ...


National-news-Tim-Cook-gay-Texas-judge-Janet-Mock-engaged

National news: Tim Cook; gay Texas judge; Janet Mock engaged - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Apple CEO Tim Cook has made a "substantial" donation to help fund a gay-rights campaign in his home state of Alabama and two other Southern states, On Top Magazine reported. The Human Rights Campaign's ( HRC ) Project One America seeks to increase rights for LGBT communities in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Cook announced he was gay in October, reportedly ...


Lance-Bass-marries

Lance Bass marries - Former NSYNC member Lance Bass, 35, married artist Michael Turchin, 27, at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, according to People magazine. "We love each other so much," Bass told the publication of his new husband, whom he met almost four years ago at a friend's birthday celebration in Palm Springs, California. Wedding planner Sharon Sacks—who ...


No-SCOTUS-stay-same-sex-marriages-to-begin-in-Florida-Jan-6

No SCOTUS stay, same-sex marriages to begin in Florida Jan. 6 - Florida apparently will recognize same-sex marriages on Jan. 6, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that the state's ban on the unions is unconstitutional. The high court, without explanation, rejected Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's request to intervene. A U.S. District judge in Florida had ruled in August the state's ban was unconstitutional ...


Top-world-LGBT-stories-of-2014-

Top world LGBT stories of 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeals seeking to preserve bans on marriage for same-sex couples. President Obama finally signed a long-sought executive order protecting LGBT people who work for federal contractors. And an openly gay college football player kissed his boyfriend in front of a television camera after becoming the first openly gay player to be hired by ...


Marriage-in-Florida-may-start-Jan-5-	-

Marriage in Florida may start Jan. 5 - In Florida, same-sex couples throughout the state could begin marrying next month, after a federal appeals court ruled that a stay in the state's gay-marriage ban case will be lifted at the end of the day Jan. 5, TampaBay.com reported. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected a request from Florida's secretaries of ...


Study-More-female-couples-marry-than-male

Study: More female couples marry than male - From a Williams Institute press release - LOS ANGELES— The Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor contributed to a significant increase in the number of same-sex couples marrying—even in states that had marriage equality long before the decision—according to new analysis by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. State administrative data from Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont shows that the number of ...


LGBT-impact-Portman-declines-Chers-political-tangle

LGBT impact; Portman declines; Cher's political tangle - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - National roundup: LGBT impact; Portman declines; Cher's political tangle COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS A new study released that Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law released finds that Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Vermont Gov. Peter Chumlin would have both been defeated by their Republican challengers in the 2014 election if LGB people had not voted, a press release stated. ...


Making-his-Marc-Author-Solomon-recalls-winning-marriage

Making his Marc: Author Solomon recalls 'winning marriage' - As the national campaign director at Freedom to Marry and with 13 years in the movement, Marc Solomon has witnessed the comings and goings of case after critical case leading to marriage equality in more than half of the United States. Working full-time on the cause since 2004, Solomon has detailed knowledge of how we got here, so it seems ...


Marriage-equality-comes-to-Florida

Marriage equality comes to Florida - From press releases - From Equality Florida Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state's motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on January 5th, enabling same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses at that time. "We are ...


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World news: Chinese hookup app; marriage in Finland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The world's most popular gay hookup app is now based in China, Advocate.com reported. Blued, a smartphone program and company that Chinese CEO Gene Le founded, has ousted Grindr from the worldwide top spot of same-sex matchmaking apps. Blued has skyrocketed to 15 million users since its launch in 2012, the majority of whom are from the Asian nation. In ...


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Federal Judge strikes down Mississippi marriage ban - From a press release - WASHINGTON—Today U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled in favor of equality, striking down Mississippi's discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Attorney Roberta Kaplan represented two plaintiff couples on behalf of Campaign for Southern Equality, arguing that Mississippi's marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Kaplan successfully argued United States v. Windsor against the federal Defense of Marriage Act ( ...


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Arkansas, Mississippi have marriage bans overturned - A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay-marriage ban, but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appea. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a ...


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Study: Public support for LGBT rights up in last three decades - From a Williams Institute press release - Findings suggest that increase in public support comes from people of all ages, not just younger generation LOS ANGELES— Public support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people in the United States has increased significantly over the last three decades, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School ...


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U.S. Supreme Court clears way for SC same-sex marriage - From a news release - ( Charleston, SC, November 20, 2014 ) - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the motion filed by South Carolina's Attorney General to further delay the start of marriage for same-sex couples. "The order from the U.S. Supreme Court officially puts an end to the long fight for access to marriage for South Carolina's same-sex couples and their families. This ...


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Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional - From an ACLU press release - GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage. "Calling Tonya my partner, my significant other, my girlfriend, my perpetual fiancée has never done justice to our relationship. Now I can look forward to the day when I can introduce Tonya ...


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Veteran killed; Perry disrupted; Collins honored - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An Army veteran beaten by a man he met at a bar died nearly a week after being hospitalized with burns so bad that parts of both arms had to be amputated, MercuryNews.com noted. Veteran Stephen Patrick White, 46, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Alex Teal, White's longtime partner, had previously told AP White ...


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Marriage begins Thursday at noon in South Carolina - From a press release - ( Charleston, SC, November 18, 2014 ) - Today, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied the State of South Carolina's motion to stay last week's U.S. District Court ruling striking down the state's discriminatory marriage ban, setting the stage for marriages to begin for same-sex couples at Noon on Thursday, November 20. South Carolina's Attorney General ...


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ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Veterans' marriage benefits - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dear Ask Lambda Legal, I'm a married U.S. Army veteran and living in Arkansas. We're wondering about spousal benefits for same-sex partners. I thought my partner wasn't eligible but have heard that things are changing, is that true? In June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act ( ...


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Michigan says gay marriages void after appellate decision - Lawyers for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Nov. 14 filed a six-page supplemental brief that said the 300 marriages performed for same-sex couples in Michigan in March 2014 are void, and that the couples are not entitled to state benefits resulting from those marriages. The couples were wed shortly after a district court ruled that the state's gay marriage ...







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