February 22, 2013 |
Facing intense criticism, the Associated Press announced Thursday that it would revise its influential stylebook to include a single standard when referring to gay and straight spouses. It will add this entry for "husband, wife": "Regardless of sexual orientation, 'husband' or 'wife' is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. 'Spouse' or 'partner' may be used if requested. " A leaked memo had previously revealed that the massive news agency, which sets the standard for many journalists worldwide, was advising its writers to "generally" call legally married gay spouses "partners" instead of "husband" or "wife.
January 26, 2013 |
Ending a controversy that highlighted the unequal treatment of gay spouses in the military, an officers' spouse club at Ft. Bragg, N.C., has offered full membership to the lesbian spouse of a U.S. Army officer. Ashley Broadway, who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, said she will accept the offer to join the Assn. of Bragg Officers' Spouses. Broadway said she was "overjoyed" that the group has added sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause in its by-laws. "I have further reason to take pride in the Ft. Bragg military community, knowing that we, as military spouses, are able to come together to support each other, our soldiers, and our families," Broadway said in a statement.
January 18, 2013 |
An officers' spouse club at Ft. Bragg, N.C., has offered a "special guest membership" to the same-sex spouse of a U.S. Army officer after earlier denying the woman's application to join the private organization. Ashley Broadway, a lesbian who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, rejected the offer, calling it "not only offensive, but just plain hurtful. " The club's refusal last month to admit Broadway has focused attention on the rights of same-sex military couples more than a year after the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" allowed homosexuals to serve openly. Same-sex spouses are denied many military benefits afforded opposite-sex spouses because the federal 1996 Defense of Marriage Act bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages.
January 11, 2013 |
SANFORD, N.C. - Ashley Broadway and Army Lt. Col. Heather Mack have been a couple for 15 years. Broadway attended every one of Mack's promotion ceremonies. The two lived together when Mack served on bases in Texas and Kansas. When Mack was deployed to South Korea, Broadway joined her there. She cared for their young son, Carson, when Mack was sent to Kuwait. On Nov. 10, the women legally married in Washington, D.C. Broadway began a new life as a military spouse, certain that with the repeal in 2011 of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that banned gays from serving openly, she would enjoy the same rights as other spouses.
January 10, 2013 |
The Marine Corps legal office has instructed military spouses clubs to admit same-sex spouses if they want to continue operating on Marine bases. The order comes as the military grapples with how to accommodate the rights of same-sex couples after the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibited gay and lesbians from serving openly. The Marine Corps is the first military branch to explicitly order military spouses groups to admit same-sex spouses. In a memo emailed to Marine Corps legal offices around the country, the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant said spouses clubs on Marine installations must adhere to a nondiscrimination policy regarding sexual orientation.
January 3, 2013
Although Congress has failed to approve even the most modest proposals to fix the country's dysfunctional immigration system, the Obama administration has managed to make some improvements. Take, for example, a new rule unveiled Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security that will reduce the amount of time that undocumented immigrants who are the children and spouses of U.S. citizens must spend outside the country while they legalize their status. Currently, undocumented immigrants who qualify for a visa because they are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen must return to their homelands to claim it. But once they leave the United States, they trigger automatic penalties that can bar them from returning for as long as 10 years.
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November 1, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO — The state prison agency has canceled a contract with a firm co-owned by a state senator's husband. The decision follows a report by The Times in June that at least a dozen subcontractors — including dentists and pharmacists — said they were owed $120,000 in back payments from two firms co-owned by David Walters. Walters, husband of state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel), is an owner of Drug Consultants Inc., a firm that has contracts with the state to provide medical workers for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
October 3, 2012 |
DENVER - As President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to face off Wednesday evening, their wives each played the role of political spouse perfectly, declining to offer the mildest critiques of their husbands' debating skills and speaking of their nerves as they watch their husbands in their first face-to-face contest. “I get so nervous at these debates and, you know, I'm like one of those parents watching their kid on the balance beam. You're just -- just standing there just trying not to, you know, have any expression at all,” First Lady Michelle Obama told CNN in an interview aired Tuesday.
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September 21, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Veterans and those in the military will receive more state benefits, including help with education, finances and even fishing licenses, under 18 bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown noted that the measures were sponsored and supported by members of both major political parties, and he used the occasion to take a jab at Congress. "Yesterday, a [federal] bill to invest in job training for veterans was blocked because of Washington political infighting," Brown said.
September 20, 2012 |
Adrienne Maloof , of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and her estranged husband, plastic surgeon Paul Nassif, have listed their home in gated Beverly Park at $26 million. Built in 2000 and designed by Richard Landry, the two-story French chateau sits behind gates on 2 acres containing a guesthouse, swimming pool, pool house and tennis court. PHOTOS: The Maloof shoe room and more Features include a two-story entry with a sweeping staircase, a formal dining room that can seat 14, a paneled library, a home theater, a wine cellar, a gym, eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms in nearly 20,000 square feet of living space.