December 12, 2013 |
Marriage between members of the same sex, a once radical idea, is increasingly accepted even where it hasn't been enshrined in law. But a significant number of Americans continue to object to gay marriage as a matter of religious conviction. Should they be able to act on their beliefs by refusing to do business with gay couples? In the vast majority of cases, the answer must be no. The owners of restaurants, hotels and other public accommodations shouldn't be able to refuse to serve gay couples, married or not, any more than they should be able to deny service to interracial couples or those from different religions.
August 15, 2013 |
Friction over Russia's new anti-gay legislation and the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics has reached ground level, with athletes entering the fray. The issue has become a hot point at the track-and-field world championships in Moscow, where Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva won her third title. Isinbayeva criticized fellow competitors for painting their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays. She spoke out against gay rights. "If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva was quoted as saying Thursday by the Associated Press. "We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.
June 6, 2012 |
No two ways about it, it's terrific that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been a longtime, unwavering and vocal supporter of gay rights , including same-sex marriage, as The Times reported Wednesday. That's also the day when the mayor's office sent out a press release announcing that for much of this month, the movie-star-famous face of City Hall would be bathed in lavender light in acknowledgment of LGBT Heritage Month. Lavender? Opinion seems divided on whether that's a firmly adopted color of the gay rights movement or a derogatory reference to homosexuality.
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March 27, 2013 |
The U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, a gay rights lawyer said Wednesday. Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said after attending the court's hearing that she believed there were five justices willing to rule on the constitutionality of the federal law. “By June, DOMA will be history,” Kendell said. FULL COVERAGE: Same-sex marriage ban She said the justices appeared more relaxed during the hearing on the federal law than they had been Tuesday in the arguments over Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a victory for gay rights activists just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples. Three Republicans - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois - voted for the bill, which passed on a 15-7 vote. The Republican support gave the perennial bill called the Employer Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, some hope of passage in the Senate, though its prospects in the House were less certain.
November 18, 2012
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita's Tie the Knot bow ties are not the first product to emerge from the intersection of fashion and the marriage movement. Here's a brief timeline of other recent occasions when the fashion industry showed its support for gay rights: May 2009 Mannequins at Levi Strauss stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco sport White Knots, a symbol of support for same-sex marriage. April 2011 Marc Jacobs releases a limited-edition T-shirt to support the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group.
November 8, 2012
It took a long time for same-sex marriage to win at the ballot box, but when it finally happened Tuesday, it happened in a big way. In the states where voters considered measures to recognize gay marriage rights - Maine, Maryland and Washington - all three won approval. In Minnesota, voters rejected a Proposition 8-like measure that would have embedded a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution. Let's not fool ourselves: This nation has a long way to go before all gay and lesbian couples enjoy full marriage rights.
March 8, 2014 |
OXON HILL, Md. - For an event remembered by its big statements - rabble-rousing speeches and students clad in American-flag shorts - this year's Conservative Political Action Conference was nearly silent on same-sex marriage and other such issues. But the low-key treatment spoke loudly about a growing tension between conservatives who want to raise the issue - most of them opposed to gay rights - and those who want to focus on other issues. In a bit of irony, a subject once effectively used by some Republicans against Democrats has now become something of a wedge issue within the Republican Party.
February 8, 2012
What rational basis is there for telling same-sex couples they can't marry? Why … none, really, as the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wisely confirmed Tuesday by upholding a federal judge's decision that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. There has to be a good reason for any law if it restricts the rights of a group of people who have long been the targets of bigotry. Proposition 8 never had such a reason. It was, rather, an ill-advised expression of bigotry that the court exposed.