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AfterEllen.com's Best Lesbian Week Ever: June 9-15 - Huffington Post (blog)

AfterEllen.com's Best Lesbian Week Ever: June 9-15 - Huffington Post (blog) | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
AfterEllen.com's Best Lesbian Week Ever: June 9-15Huffington Post (blog)We pride ourselves on knowing all kinds of Sapphic pop-culture facts. Each week we'll share some of the best tidbits on The Huffington Post in our new series, ...
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Obama Rallies LGBT Community - ABC News (blog)

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Washington BladeObama Rallies LGBT CommunityABC News (blog)...
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White House: President Obama hosts LGBT Pride Month ...

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... White House. The timing of the celebration follows closely on the heels of President Obama's announcement last month in support of same-sex marriage. ...
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Panetta Salutes Gay Troops

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by PAULINE JELINEK, The Huffington Post


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute.


In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform.


"Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are," Panetta said.


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Life, Death and Being Gay in Iran | GPhilly

Life, Death and Being Gay in Iran | GPhilly | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

The town of Choram is about as remote as it gets. Photos from the rural community in the Kohgiluyeh Province of Iran show mostly a barren, rocky landscape with a few roads leading through the largely undeveloped region. One could scarcely imagine that much goes on there. But Pink News reports this week that four men’s lives are about to change after a harsh verdict came down in the local court. Each has been sentenced to death for accusations of sodomy. And while Choram and these men may seem like a world away – and in many cases they are – their stories reverberate though the LGBT community everywhere today.


Javid Akbari, Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari and Houshmand Akbari were all found guilty of the crime, according to the country’s strict Shari’a law. They are scheduled to be hanged as soon as the next few days – even though being gay is not technically a crime as far as Iran’s criminal law is concerned.


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Freedom to Serve, Freedom to Marry

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Please watch this video and sign the petition and help end the unequal treatment of our service members and veterans by repealing DOMA.


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Carrie Underwood: US country queen speaks out for gay marriage – but how will conservative fans take it?

Carrie Underwood: US country queen speaks out for gay marriage – but how will conservative fans take it? | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
She is the musical darling of American conservatives: a God-fearing farm girl from Oklahoma who became a music phenomenon on the back of wholesome hit records about faith, family and the greatness of the United States.
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The G.O.P.’s Gay Trajectory

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A billionaire’s new “super PAC” suggests a party softening on same-sex marriage.

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Ninth Circuit Rejects Prop 8 Rehearing, Setting Up Appeal to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON--(ENEWSPF)--June 5 - Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals filed an order denying a request by proponents of Proposition 8 to refer Perry vs. Brown to a larger panel of judges. Below is a statement released by Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry:

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What’s the Best Road to Equal Marriage Rights?

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by Dahlia Lithwick, Slate


Last week a three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals found a central provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. This morning, the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to disturb a ruling by a panel of that court that Proposition 8—California’s anti gay marriage initiative—also violated the Constitution. Both cases represent big wins for the gay rights movement. And both appeals now turn to the Supreme Court for ultimate answers. The two cases are on parallel tracks to get to the court next fall, to be briefed and argued next spring, and to be decided by next June. The question now becomes which appeal the court will hear, and why.


It’s important to emphasize that the two appeals raise different issues. The DOMA case out of Massachusetts challenged the federal law denying federal marriage benefits to gay couples. It doesn’t implicate the right to marry per se but how states define marriage, thereby affecting whether gay couples receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The Prop 8 case, on the other hand, was filed by opponents of the statewide referendum banning same-sex marriage. Judge Vaughn Walker struck that law down in 2010. It was then deemed unconstitutional on more limited grounds by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last winter. Both cases have been handcrafted to mirror the analysis in the Supreme Court’s 1996 decision in Romer v. Evans, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, which struck down a Colorado constitutional amendment that did away with state laws protecting homosexuals. [MORE]

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Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, federal appeals court declares

The panel said that only the Supreme Court will be able to settle whether the federal government must recognize same-sex unions from states where such marriages are legal.


by Robert Barnes, The Washington Post

A federal appeals court panel in Boston declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional on Thursday, but said that only the Supreme Court will be able to settle the question of whether the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages from states where such unions are legal.


A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit said the act, which was signed by President Clinton and denies federal economic and other benefits for married people from same-sex couples married in states where it is legal, could not be justified under current precedents that protect minorities and other groups from discrimination.


For 150 years, Circuit Judge Michael Boudin wrote, the “desire to maintain tradition would alone have been justification enough for almost any statute . . . . But Supreme Court decisions in the last fifty years call for closer scrutiny of government action touching upon minority group interests and of federal action in areas of traditional state concern.” [MORE]


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WATCH: NC pastor calls for concentration camps for gays

WATCH: NC pastor calls for concentration camps for gays | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Pastor Charles Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in North Carolina wants to put gays and lesbians and queers in a concentration camp where 'they'll die out.' Don't let him get away with this hate speech - watch and share this horrific...
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The GOP's Relative Silence On Marriage Equality

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Only a handful of states have legalized gay marriage, but among upscale people in New York and Washington, opposition to gay marriage is now impolite. And expressing opposition in such a setting is exhausting. I’m not talking about "the Georgetown cocktail party circuit." I’m talking about Republicans politicians’ own wives and children, their young staffers, and even in a lot of cases, their donors. How many Republican members of Congress have children like Meghan McCain, who are reproaching them at home when they go out and talk about how terrible gay marriage is? I bet it’s a lot. [MORE]

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Marriage equality should be a priority for campaigners - Irish Times

Marriage equality should be a priority for campaigners - Irish Times | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Boston GlobeMarriage equality should be a priority for campaignersIrish TimesIt is understandable that gay rights activists would seek the right to marriage on principle.Papa's Got a Brand New Outlook on Gay MarriageHuffington Post (blog)Marriage ...
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Stylish same-sex campaign glosses over real issues - The Age

Stylish same-sex campaign glosses over real issues - The Age | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The AgeStylish same-sex campaign glosses over real issuesThe AgeThree slogans carry the message: ''marriage equality'', ''marriage won't change'', ''it's inevitable''.
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President Obama Celebrates Out Servicemembers at 2012 White ... - Metro Weekly

President Obama Celebrates Out Servicemembers at 2012 White ... - Metro Weekly | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
President Obama Celebrates Out Servicemembers at 2012 White ...Metro Weekly[Photo: President Obama speaks at the 2012 White House LGBT Pride ... Referencing the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which was about nine months ago on Sept.
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American Psychological Association Says Gay Parents Just as Good as Straight Counterparts

American Psychological Association Says Gay Parents Just as Good as Straight Counterparts | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The APA stands by gay parents after a seemingly biased report calls into question LGBT child-rearing abilities.

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Clerk David Orr Files Response to Lawsuits, Says Same Sex Marriage Should be Legal

Clerk David Orr Files Response to Lawsuits, Says Same Sex Marriage Should be Legal | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

Cook County, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Cook County Clerk David Orr announced today he has filed his responses to the complaints in Lazaro v. Orr and Darby v. Orr, the lawsuits filed against the Clerk on May 30, 2012 which claim that Illinois' prohibition against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.


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Boy Scouts' Gay Ban Challenged from Within - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

Boy Scouts' Gay Ban Challenged from Within - US - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
The Boy Scouts of America's long-standing policy that bans gay Scouts and troop leaders from participating in the organization is once again being challenged, this time from within.
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Was Mitt Romney a bully? Does it matter?

Was Mitt Romney a bully? Does it matter? | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

by CHRIS CILIZZA, Washington Post


Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney apologized this morning for “hijinks” during his high school years at a prep school in Michigan, an admission that came just hours after the Washington Post reported of his involvement in an episode in which a student was held down and his hair was cut by the presidential candidate.


“I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some might have gone too far and for that, I apologize,” Romney told radio host Brian Kilmeade this morning. As far the specific allegation regarding cutting the boy’s hair, Romney said: “I don’t remember that incident.”


Romney’s acknowledgment of his behavior in high school so soon after his campaign issued something close to a denial in the Post story, which included a series of on-the-record retellings from others who participated, is a recognition on behalf of the campaign that prolonging this story would be detrimental to him and his chances this fall.


It also raises a larger question, however. Is how a person running for president acted more than four decades ago relevant to who they are today — and what they might be like as president?  [MORE]

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IL Atty Gen: Marriage ban unconstitutional - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News - Windy City Times

IL Atty Gen: Marriage ban unconstitutional - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News - Windy City Times | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it
Windy City Times News - IL Atty Gen: Marriage ban unconstitutional Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion to intervene in support of 25 same-sex couples who have sued for the right to marry in Illinois.

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LGBT And Medical Cannabis Activists Submit Signatures For 'Safe Access Ordinance' In Imperial Beach

LGBT And Medical Cannabis Activists Submit Signatures For 'Safe Access Ordinance' In Imperial Beach | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

OREGON—(ENEWSPF)—June 8, 2012.  Fifteen percent of registered voters in Imperial Beach have signed the initiative to overturn the city’s current ban on safe access to medical cannabis and replace it with reasonable regulations.


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Appeals Court Will Not Revisit Gay Marriage Case; Supreme Court May Be Next in March to Equal Justice

Appeals Court Will Not Revisit Gay Marriage Case; Supreme Court May Be Next in March to Equal Justice | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

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A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a landmark ruling by two of its member judges that struck down California's ban on same-sex marriages.


Backers of the ban, known as Proposition 8, petitioned the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February to review the decision instead of appealing directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Gay marriage opponents said at the time they would go to the high court if the appeals court declined to rehear the case. They have 90 days to do so.


Same sex unions were briefly legal in California before voters passed Proposition 8 in November 2008. Due to the ongoing legal wrangling, it's unlikely the practice will resume in the state anytime soon. [MORE]

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Why VAWA Must Include LGBT Survivors

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by TERRA SLAVIN, The Huffington Post


The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center works every day with some of the most vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including many immigrants -- survivors who will be put at risk by the changes made by the House of Representatives to the Senate bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). These changes not only omit landmark Senate provisions barring discrimination against and increasing protections for LGBT survivors, but they make it less likely that our clients will report domestic violence.


Recognizing the diverse needs of communities is not singling out a community for special protection; it is merely acknowledging that access to services is not equal and that specific pathways are often necessary.


We call upon advocates from across the country to decry the House's actions and to encourage their legislators to do the right thing as the House and Senate meet in conference to reconcile the two bills. This country can no longer afford to play politics with lives.


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Romney’s moves on Mass. affirmative action may offer clues to how he’d deal with civil rights

Romney’s moves on Mass. affirmative action may offer clues to how he’d deal with civil rights | Coffee Party Equality | Scoop.it

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WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney scuttled the Massachusetts government’s long-standing affirmative action policies with a few strokes of his pen on a sleepy holiday six months after he became governor.


No news conference or news release trumpeted Romney’s executive order on Bunker Hill Day, June 17, 2003, in the deserted Statehouse. But when civil rights leaders, black lawmakers and other minority groups learned of Romney’s move two months later, it sparked a public furor.


Romney drew criticism for cutting the enforcement teeth out of the law and rolling back more than two decades of affirmative action advances.


Civil rights leaders said his order stripped minorities, women, disabled people and veterans of equal access protections for state government jobs and replaced them with broad guidelines. They complained Romney hadn’t consulted them before making the changes, snubbing the very kind of inclusion he professed to support.


“It was done under the radar and there was a big backlash,” said Michael Curry, president of the Boston branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “It was clear Romney really did not have an appreciation for the affirmative action policies long in place.”  [MORE]

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