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  • AG Lynch: ‘Cascade’ of LGBT ‘Equality…Will Forever Reshape This Country’

    06/19/2015 7:41:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 19, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “Keep up the great work,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told LGBT activists at a Lambda Legal reception in Washington on Thursday. “We are finally witnessing the cascade of equality…that will forever reshape this country,” she said in her prepared remarks. She told the activists that they have the “enthusiastic partnership” of both the Justice Department and the president: “President Obama and I are both passionate about this cause and deeply devoted to this mission, and this administration is committed to invigorating the values of equality and opportunity that you have long demanded for all Americans.” Lynch noted that many LGBT...
  • If you can’t do the job in good conscience, quit

    10/10/2014 7:23:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies ^ | 10/10/2014 | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    If pang of conscience prevents a person from performing his or her job in government, or upholding an oath to administer justice under the Constitution, that person needs to resign. As the legal dust settles and Nevada prepares to extend marriage equality to all its citizens, there’s one small, sad footnote to be written: The signature on the legal document enjoining the state from enforcing its 12-year-old ban on gay marriage will not be that of U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones. Jones, formerly the chief federal judge in Nevada, oversaw Lambda Legal’s lawsuit against the state, which contended that...
  • State Court of Appeals to Hear Two Same-Sex Marriage Cases (NY)

    03/31/2009 11:56:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 341+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 1, 2009 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    ALBANY — The state’s highest court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments in two cases that challenge New York’s recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere. Lower courts have already sided with two government entities that revised their policies to honor the marriages, but those decisions were appealed by the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian group that is waging multiple legal battles in New York to stop state and local entities from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples who were wed in places, like Massachusetts and Canada, where the ceremony is legal. Neither case involved Gov. David A. Paterson’s directive last...
  • Commentary: Iowa, Homosexual ‘Marriage’, Lambda Legal and Judicial Alchemy

    12/08/2008 2:45:13 PM PST · by tcg · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/09/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    We are in the midst of a Cultural Revolution in the West. The foundation of our Western societies has always been the first society, authentic marriage and the family founded upon it. It is the first government, first economy, first school, first religious institution and first mediating institution. Marriage has been clearly understood as arising out of the consent between one man and one woman and intended for life. It has been given a privileged and protected legal and social status. It is viewed as the primary civilizing institution which is constituted for the bearing and caring of children wherein...
  • Ruling: Gay marriage ban doesn't nix custody (OH)

    06/30/2006 5:10:11 PM PDT · by DBeers · 27 replies · 529+ views
    The Cincinnati Post ^ | June 30, 2006 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    Ruling: Gay marriage ban doesn't nix custody COLUMBUS - A mother plans to appeal a magistrate's decision that she cannot use the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage to take away her former partner's visitation rights, the mother's lawyer said Thursday. Family courts often settle custody disputes between unmarried people and even people of the same sex, such as a grandmother and aunt or an adult sibling and a parent, according to the ruling by Magistrate Darrolyn Krippel of Franklin County's domestic relations court. "Granting custody of a minor child to a nonparent is done every day," Krippel wrote in...
  • State Medicaid rejects liver transplant for Altoona man with HIV

    11/21/2003 12:43:16 PM PST · by Willie Green · 51 replies · 431+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Friday, November 21, 2003 | Anita Srikameswaran
    <p>State Medicaid officials have refused to pay for a liver transplant for an Altoona man because he is infected with HIV, a position the man's attorneys argue is discriminatory and not based on current medical knowledge and practice.</p> <p>William Jean Gough, 46, meets the medical criteria for the procedure and his survival chances are as good as someone who isn't infected with the AIDS virus, said Hayley Gorenberg, AIDS project director at Lambda Legal in New York, which, along with the AIDS Project of Pennsylvania, is representing Gough in his appeal of the decision.</p>
  • Same-sex marriage issue fuels debate in NJ

    06/25/2003 6:37:14 PM PDT · by Coleus · 42 replies · 722+ views
    Same-sex marriage issue fuels debate Wednesday, June 25, 2003 By WHITNEY KVASAGER,HERALD NEWS PATERSON - Seven gay and lesbian couples are waiting to know if they can continue their lawsuit that seeks to broaden the state's definition of marriage. On Friday, a judge may give her opinion.On Tuesday night, people crowded into a community forum to give theirs.The forum, sponsored by the Herald News at the Passaic County Community College theater, began with a panel discussion between representatives for and against same-sex marriage. Panel members came from Lambda Legal, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the New Jersey...
  • OK for same-sex marriages sought in N.J.

    01/15/2003 9:32:34 AM PST · by Coleus · 48 replies · 894+ views
    OK for same-sex marriages sought in N.J. Wednesday, January 15, 2003 By RUTH PADAWER Staff Writer More than 200 of the faithful squeezed into the small church hall, applauding wildly as believers offered testimonials of love. One by one, they bore witness to the power of commitments. They were met with hoots and whistles from an adoring flock. This was no religious revival. Instead, it was a pep rally for gay rights in New Jersey. With a lawsuit pending in state court over same-sex marriage, gay-rights leaders this week unveiled the first of 10 meetings designed to rouse sympathizers from...
  • Same-sex marriages supported by clergy

    07/08/2002 1:14:29 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 11 replies · 336+ views
    The Home News Tribune ^ | 7/8/02 | JENNIFER MICALE
    Same-sex marriages supported by clergy Published in the Home News Tribune 7/08/02 By JENNIFER MICALE STAFF WRITER NEW BRUNSWICK[, NJ]: While civil marriage is denied to same-sex couples, the law cannot tell a person whom to love, the Rev. Kevin Taylor said yesterday. Taylor's sermon to members of Unity Fellowship Church in New Brunswick was part of a larger effort by the New Jersey Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry to support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Nearly two weeks ago, seven lesbian and gay couples filed a lawsuit in state Superior Court in Jersey City claiming the right...