A gay vicar from Kilburn is risking his place in the Church of England after vowing to marry his partner of fourteen years.
Disney has become the latest of many major corporations to cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of its discriminatory policies towards openly-LGBT adults.
On February 25, a federal judge set aside two weeks to consider the overturning of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple argued that it was a violation of their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitutional Court of Germany dismissed a case seeking to grant same-sex couples the right to jointly adopt children on a technicality. LGBT rights activists are maintaining that the same court issued a ruling in February 2013 that effectively allowed such rights.
Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, said on February 20 that she refuses to defend the state’s ban on marriage equality in court on the grounds that it “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review.”
On February 21, federal judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled in Lee v. Orr, a case filed by Lambda Legal and the ACLU, that because anything other than full marriage equality is unconstitutional, the Cook County Clerk’s office must begin issuing marriage licenses immediately.
Same-sex couples in Finland have had access to registered partnerships since 2002, granting all the legal rights of marriage save adoption and surname change. Under Finnish law, a “citizen’s initiative,” such as the one being put forth now, can be started by the people, thereby ensuring Parliament discusses the bills that matter to its citizens. These petitions require 50,000 names within six months; the marriage equality bill racked in nearly 100,000 in just 24 hours.
New York state has had a ban on paid surrogacy since 1992, after the gestational carrier of “Baby M” refused to surrender her. In 2011, Senator Brad Hoylman (D-NY)and his husband David Sigal got around the ban by finding a surrogate in California. The week of February 17, Hoylman became the state Senate sponsor of a bill seeking to repeal the ban.
In a recent "Dear Abby" column, writers tell the advice columnist about how they are being excluded from neighborhood events because they themselves had chosen to exclude gay couples. Dear Abby certainly has an answer for them.
Entrepreneur Mike Waxman is using his personal experiences to create social change for the LGBT community with his newest venture.