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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

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March 19, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

NYT reviews new book on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

According to the review in today's New York Times, "The main attraction in Unfriendly Fire is the agility and tough-mindedness with which [author Nathaniel] Frank presents his arguments."

The core message of Nathaniel Frank’s book about the American military’s ban on being openly gay can be summed up in a single slogan: “ ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Don’t Work.” Mr. Frank has also been offering succinct five-minute synopses of his argument as he makes the rounds of the talk show circuit. So why does his book, “Unfriendly Fire,” need nearly 300 pages of text to make the same relatively simple points? Because he makes them so discerningly, so substantively and so well.

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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

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March 18, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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.

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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.

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March 18, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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."

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March 18, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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.

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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.

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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.

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