Posts tagged "same sex marriage"

GOP Senator Susan Collins Supports Gay Marriage

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News]
Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their “Sexy School Girl 5K,” a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirt…

Jessica Wakeman / June 27, 2014

Judge Struck Down Pennsylvania Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage today, calling it unconstitutional. PA’s Democratic attorney general said she wouldn’t defend the 1996 law, as she found it unconstitutional as well. Congratulations, PA couples who can now get married!  [NBC News]
A man who drugged and raped his wife for three year…

Jessica Wakeman / May 20, 2014

Occupy Wall Street Protestor Cecily McMillan Sentenced To 90 Days In Prison

Occupy Wall Street protestor Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months in prison for elbowing a police officer in the face after he allegedly grabbed one of her breasts during an arrest. Nine jurors had written to the judge and asked him to show McMillan leniency. [Guardian UK]
An 11-year-old girl i…

Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

Judge Rules Idaho Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution. The order will take effect at 9 a.m. on Friday, although the state may appeal the decision before then. [CNNThink Progress]
A “rapists on campus” list is being…

Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized In Arkansas; Lesbian Couple Are The First To Get Hitched

Never thought you’d see the day when gay marriage was legal in Arkansas, did you?

That’s exactly what happened on Friday, when a circuit court judge in Little Rock stuck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional. The ruling referenced a 2004 amendment to the state constitution defining marriage a…

Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

Don’t Hold Your Breath For A Gay Or Lesbian On “The Bachelor,” Says Chris Harrison

After 27 seasons of almost painful heterosexuality, we were not optimistic that either “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” would introduce a gay or lesbian contestant. I mean, it took them this long to finally have a Latino “Bachelor.” And in an interview this weekend with The New York Times Magazine, longtime host Chris Harrison pretty much…

Jessica Wakeman / March 3, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down In Texas

In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Today, a  federal judge has struck down a ban on same-sex marriage, deeming it unconstitutional. Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that denying gay couples the right to marry is a violation of equal protection and…

Jessica Wakeman / February 26, 2014

Gay Foreigners Banned From Adopting Russian Children

Russia has banned adoptions by same-sex couples from countries where same-sex marriage is legal. (The United States has already been banned from Russian adoptions for a year now.) Single folks from countries where same-sex marriage is legal are also banned from adopting Russian children now, too, because obviously if you’re single and want a…

Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2014

Virginia’s Same Sex Marriage Ban Overturned!

Happy Valentine’s Day, sinners and sodomites! Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ban is in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses in the United States Constitution’s 14th amendment. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s wrote in the ruling, “Our Constitutio…

Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2014

Four Same Sex Couples Challenge Wisconsin’s Ban On Gay Marriage

Four same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit today through the American Civil Liberties Union challenging Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. [LGBTQ Nation, Bloomberg]
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski spoke out publicly this morning in support of Dylan Farrow, who wrote a piece in the New York Times this weekend about the sexual abuse…

Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2014

Utah To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The attorney general of Utah will appeal a recent ruling that legalized same-sex marriage and bring it to the Supreme Court. [CNN]
Check out the first (really bad) TV interview with the newly-released members of Pussy Riot, after they received amnesty on their prison sentences last week. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina also announced they’re forming…

Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2013

Judge Overturns Utah’s Ban On Gay Marriage

Abbreviated Lady News today! Back to your regularly scheduled Lady News on Monday. Have a fab weekend!

A U.S. District Court Judge has struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. [Gay Salt Lake]
An open letter to white feminists on prisons, borders, safety and privilege.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 20, 2013

New Mexico To Legalize Gay Marriage!

New Mexico will become the 17th state to legalize gay marriage after today’s ruling in the NM Supreme Court that a ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. Congratulations, LGBTQ couples in the Southwest! [Guardian UKNew York Times]
Everyone who engages in #TwitterFeminism is blowing up about this article on Twitter feminism. [Feminist Current]…

Jessica Wakeman / December 19, 2013

Mary Cheney Called Out Her Sister Liz Cheney On Facebook Over Gay Marriage Hypocrisy

This weekend, Dick Cheney’s openly gay daughter Mary Cheney criticized her sister Liz Cheney, who is running for senator of Wyoming, on Facebook over her opposition to gay marriage. Mary Cheney and her wife said that Liz has always been supportive of their marriage (suggesting that Liz’s point of view is politically opportunistic) and…

Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2013

New York Times Takes A Look At Why Some LGBTQ Couples Refuse To Get Married

I didn’t expect a can-usually-be-counted-on-for-fluff article about marriage in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times to be so damn depressing. But I suppose that’s a conclusion to be expected when one starts wondering, what’s the point of it all?

Jessica Wakeman / October 28, 2013

Cory Booker Kicks Off Same-Sex Marriages In New Jersey

Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker married seven same-sex couples minutes after midnight this morning. New Jersey has officially begun recognizing gay marriage, making it the 14th state in the nation to do so. Mazel tov to all the happy couples who can finally tie the knot! [Guardian UK]
Tyra Banks is open to…

Jessica Wakeman / October 21, 2013

New Jersey To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Couples On Monday!

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state must start issuing same-sex marriage licenses beginning on Monday. Last month, an NJ judge ruled the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does. NJ will become the 14th state to recognize gay marriage, plus D.C. Congrats, everybody getting married because of…

Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2013

NJ Court Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does, so that NJ citizens can receive their federal benefits. Presently, LGBT folks in NJ can only have civil unions.  [WNYC, New York Times]
The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, and other organizations filed…

Jessica Wakeman / September 27, 2013

New Mexico To Consider Legalizing Marriage Equality

The New Mexico Supreme Court will hold a hearing on October 23 regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage. Woo hoo! [Talking Points Memo]
Read MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry’s touching letter to Tiana Parker, the seven-year-old Black girl who had to switch elementary schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because the dress code deemed her Afro…

Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2013

It’s OK, The Word “Wife” Isn’t Going To Bite

A woman goes through life with a number of labels that she doesn’t have any control over, either by birth or by society’s imposition. But one label she should get to choose is whether she wants to be someone’s “wife” or not.  This should be a right for all of us.

A recent…

Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2013