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Don't Ask Don't Tell Still in Force - for Transgender Groups

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 29 July 2013 09:12
  • Written by Scott

dadt9You thought DADT had been repealed? Well it was – but not for transgender troops. Towleroad.com reports:

In the military, coming out as transgender still disqualifies you for service, a subject that USA Today tackles in a new article on the issue: “I was at the Pentagon when Secretary Hagel was saying we’re here to celebrate LGBT service,” says a transgender Army sergeant who joined the Army as a woman. The sergeant spoke on condition of anonymity to stay in the service. “I’m kind of looking around for the rest of Ts,” the soldier says, referring to transgender troops. Other troops could celebrate marriage equality, the sergeant says, but not the transsexuals… Because of the current DADT policy, it is unknown how many transgender troops are serving in the military. About 700,000 Americans (0.3% of the total population) are transgender, according to a 2011 study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Like their gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, many transgender soldiers have served (and continue to serve) the country admirably in the US Military. And like gays and lesbians, they should be allowed to do so openly.

 

Oxford Dictionary to Literally Change the Definition of Marriage

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  • Published: Saturday, 27 July 2013 17:10
  • Written by Scott

ode-192x250The makers of the Oxford Dictionary say the passage of marriage equality in the UK is ushering in a change in the dictionary definition of the word. Gay Star News reports:

The world’s most renowned dictionary of the English language has said the definition of ‘marriage’ will change to include gay people. The home of the Oxford English Dictionary, England, has recently passed a law allowing same-sex couples to get married. While the definition and the law did not change simultaneously, the brains behind the words say they will monitor how the word marriage changes over the next year.

However:

‘It’s worth pointing out that, as the OED is distinct from other dictionaries in being a historical record of the language, meanings of the past will remain, even while language changes and new ones are added.’

So foes of marriage equality need not fear – it’s still the same old word you’ve always known – just with some new additions.

Could Marriage Equality Lawsuits Backfire?

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  • Published: Monday, 22 July 2013 12:31
  • Written by Scott

gaywedding-04LGBT advocates expect a flood of state marriage lawsuits where same-sex marriage isn’t legal, but more cases could ultimately harm the equality efforts in those states, experts say.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and plans to file a joint suit in Virginia with Lambda Legal. Ken Upton, senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal’s Dallas office, said more lawsuits are expected in Arizona, Alabama and Florida. That’s in addition to a handful of lawsuits pending in federal court.

Domenico Nuckols filed a lawsuit last week in Galveston against Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott to overturn the state’s 2005 constitutional marriage amendment. Nuckols, a retired nuclear engineer, is representing himself but is looking for pro bono legal representation to help him compile legal documents. He’s been in contact with a national legal organization to discuss his case and hopes to have representation by his pre-trial date on Oct. 9.

Authored By Anna Waugh – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

 

Judge recognizes dying Ohio man's same-sex marriage

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 26 July 2013 09:55
  • Written by Jason Scott

James Obergefell has lived with the love of his life for 20 years before they married two weeks ago.

They also hoped to be buried next to each other, to spend eternity together, but the state of Ohio and his spouse's relatives won't let him – because he married another man, John Arthur.

Last week, the two men sued Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Cincinnati doctor responsible for approving death certificates. Obergefell and Arthur asked a judge to overturn existing Ohio law – which doesn't recognize same-sex marriage – to allow Obergefell to be listed as surviving spouse on Arthur's death certificate and for it to show that Arthur's marital status at death as married.

 

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Rasmussen Says 85% Think Businesses Should Be Able To Turn Gays Away

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  • Published: Sunday, 21 July 2013 13:25
  • Written by Scott

poll-250x199In a new Rasmussen poll, 85% think business owners should be able to turn away LGBT folks. Joe.My.God reports:

From the right-slanted Rasmussen: Americans draw a fine line when it comes to respecting each other’s rights. If a Christian wedding photographer who has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage is asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, 85% of American Adults believe he has the right to say no. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only eight percent (8%) disagree even as the courts are hearing such challenges.

As Joe notes, Rasmussen is a right-leaning organization. They also asked a series of other questions about whether bar owners should be able to refuse service to those 25 and under to avoid problems, if a bar owner could have a policy to attract women for happy hour, and so forth leading up to the gay questions. I think the answer would have been quite different if the question had been “should it be ok for a business to discriminate against gay clients”. What do you think? Here are the actual questions.