March 19, 2009
Merriam-Webster dictionary acknowledges same-sex marriage
Some of the early court decisions against same-sex marriage relied (somewhat circularly) on dictionary definitions of marriage in order to hold that it was impossible for two persons of the same sex to marry. The Merriam-Webster dictionary, along with some others, appears to have now foreclosed that line of argument.
NYT reviews new book on Don't Ask, Don't Tell
March 18, 2009
US signs onto UN Statement on Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity
According to the State Department press release, the UN Statement "condemns human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity wherever they occur." Amnesty International applauds the decision. Wikipedia has more background and information on the UN Statement.
Teacher fired in controversy over Laramie Project
USA Today reports on an Oklahoma teacher who was fired after her principal ordered her to cease a class project based on The Laramie Project, a film about the murder of Matthew Shepard.
Minn. expected to resist anti-gay marriage amendment despite end-of-world warnings
Despite a warning from one religious leader that “[i]f everyone is a gay, this world will cease to exist in 10 years,” a state constitutional amendment to bar marriage equality in Minnesota is not expected to advance in the state legislature, reports The Advocate.
Does more visibility on gay issues cause more hate crimes?
Anti-gay hate crimes surged in one major California county last year, reports the San Jose Mercury News, "a striking increase that a leading prosecutor attributes to controversy over Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriage."
March 17, 2009
Lambda Legal seeks public interest fellows
Lambda Legal is welcoming applications from "deferred associates" and others with financial support from their employers to join them in delivering impact litigation to achieve civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered persons, and people living with HIV. More details are available here.
March 16, 2009
Pondering the impact of the Prop 2 decision on migratory marriages
A California law professor speculates that if the California Supreme Court validates same-sex marriages that were performed in California between June 16 and November 4, when such marriages were legal, it may need to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages that were performed during the same period.
A Gay Marriage Solution: End Marriage?
TIME magazine asks whether it's time to leave marriage to religious institutions and simply give everyone a civil union.