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National Whose Liberty? Marriage Equality Decision Reinforces Divide

The U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision striking down state bans against same-sex marriage has been touted as "probably the strongest manifesto in favor of marriage" and pilloried as "a threat to American democracy." It has energized celebrations at LGBT Pride events and private living rooms across the country and prompted warnings of "an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision." READ MORE.

Michigan June 26: Marriage Equality Now Law Of The Land

In a widely expected yet stunning victory for LGBT people nationally, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today (June 26) that state bans on marriage for same-sex couples are unconstitutional. The decision requires states to both issue marriage licenses to couples and to recognize marriage licenses obtained in other states by same-sex couples.The 5 to 4 decision, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, strikes down bans that have been enforced in 13 states and is expected to secure the lower court decisions that struck down bans in nine other states. Kennedy wrote that "the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.""The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them. "President Obama, at an impromptu press conference outside the oval office, said the decision was "justice that arrives like a thunderbolt." READ MORE.

International Perspectives On Marriage Equality

Nearly two dozen countries from around the world currently have national laws allowing same-sex marriage, mostly in Europe and the Americas. READ MORE.

Michigan History Of LGBT Cases Before U.S. Supreme Court

Before the four cases on same-sex marriage face the U.S. Supreme Court, cases as far back as 1958 were bringing LGBT issues to SCOTUS. READ MORE.

1958: Gay Press Wins In SCOTUS' First-Ever Pro-Gay Ruling

ONE magazine filled a void during a harsh time for LGBT people. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 in April of that year barring gays and lesbians from federal employment with its "sexual perversion" clause. This followed a highly-publicized purge of more than 400 gays and lesbians from the civil service some three years earlier. Homosexuality was criminalized in every state and stigmatized as a mental illness by the psychiatric profession. The FBI launched a vicious crackdown on homosexuality across the U.S., with many gays and lesbians losing their jobs for merely receiving homophile publications in the mail. READ MORE.

Fourth Of July Marks Anniversary Of Philadelphia Protest

July Fourth events to recall bold 1965 gay rights protest. READ MORE.

National Gay Mentor, Belief In Dignity At Roots Of Justice Kennedy's Views

The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the importance of valuing people as individuals. And he seems likely also to have been influenced in this regard by a pillar of the Sacramento legal community, a closeted gay man who hired Kennedy as a law school instructor and testified on his behalf at his high court confirmation hearings in Washington. READ MORE.

Legal Activist Poised To Fight Back As Some States Face New Hurdles

The Supreme Court of the United States will rule any day now on whether it is a violation of the federal constitution for states to bar same-sex couples from marrying. But for weeks, in apparent anticipation that the court will strike down such bans, states that still have or want to keep their bans have been passing legislation aimed at trying to circumvent such a ruling. READ MORE.

National LGBT Organizations Respond To Charleston Church Shooting

A white man who joined a prayer meeting inside a historic black church and then fatally shot nine people was captured without resistance June 18 after an all-night manhunt, Charleston's police chief said. READ MORE.

N. Carolina's Religious-Exemption Gay Marriage Bill Now Law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina on Thursday, but opponents said litigation challenging the new measure was likely to come soon. READ MORE.

N. Carolina Gay-Marriage Law May Mean Long Courthouse Waits

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Under a law that took effect Thursday in North Carolina, employees who issue marriage licenses can refuse to complete paperwork for gay couples by invoking their religious beliefs -- a move that could mean longer waits at courthouses for all those who want to wed, especially in rural counties with small staffs. READ MORE.

Thousands Converge On Indianapolis For Annual LGBT Parade

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tens of thousands of people converged Saturday on Indianapolis for an annual parade celebrating the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community only months after a stinging debate over Indiana's new religious objections law. READ MORE.

Health Officials Work With LGBT Groups To Fight Outbreak

CHICAGO (AP) - An outbreak of invasive meningococcal (mehn-ihn-joh-KAHK'-ul) disease has spread from Chicago to its suburbs. READ MORE.

Gay Adoption Ban Stricken From Florida Laws After Four Decades

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - The nearly four-decade-old law that prevents gays from adopting children will disappear from Florida's statutes on July 1. READ MORE.

Police Investigate After Man Has Gay Slur Carved Into Arm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities are investigating the repeated harassment of a rural Utah man who they said was beaten and had a threatening homophobic slur carved into his arm. READ MORE.

Poll: Most Americans Expect Supreme Court To OK Gay Marriage

NEW YORK (AP) - Nearly two-thirds of Americans expect the Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide when it rules on the issue within the next few weeks, according to a new poll. READ MORE.

Supreme Court: Why The Abercrombie Decision Matters

Lambda's brief also argued that Title VII simply does not include any language that gives an employer a pass on accommodating an employee's religious practices by claiming the employee never told the employer about his or her religion... Lambda said it has seen a "disturbing tendency" by the lower courts to dismiss certain Title VII claims -- including many by LGBT workers -- by creating new "rules and prerequisites" that are not in the language of Title VII. In the 10th Circuit's case, the new rule was that an employee or applicant had to inform the employer of their religious practices and work out some potential accommodation in advance. READ MORE.

Special Section: Marriage
LGBT Wedding Expo Embodies Hope

SOUTHFIELD - This year the BTL Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo was held on the anniversary weekend of Judge Friedman's decision in DeBoer v. Snyder. That decision struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, for less than 24 hours, allowing 323 couples to become legally married in the state.

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