Marriage Equality

YouTube Q&A: Obama hopes Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage

WASHINGTON DC -- President Barack Obama said on Thursday he hoped the Supreme Court would issue a ruling that would prevent states from banning gay marriage when it rules on the issue later this year.

The court last week agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage. Obama has said previously that he is in favor of allowing same-sex couples to wed.

Lesbian widow sues FedEx for refusing to provide survivor benefits

SAN FRANCISCO, California —The widow of a longtime FedEx employee today sued FedEx for refusing to provide her with federally required spousal pension benefits solely because both spouses were women.

Stacey Schuett and Lesly Taboada-Hall were together for 30 years before they married on June 19, 2013. At the time of Taboada-Hall’s death from uterine cancer, she had been an employee of FedEx for more than 26 years and was fully vested in her pension.

HRC: Charlotte Catholic diocese under fire for terminating gay teacher

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation is condemning another Catholic school firing of an LGBT employee as evidence of the church’s continuing efforts to keep workers in the closet.

Teacher Lonnie Billiard was fired from Charlotte Catholic High School after announcing on his personal Facebook page last fall that he planned to marry his partner. Billiard had been a teacher at the school for more than a decade, and continued working there as a long-term substitute after he retired in 2012.

Florida: Gay couple among first to transfer deed while married

WINDERMERE, Florida -- Kyle Miller was about to sell his home in Windermere when same-sex marriage became legally recognized in the state.

Overnight, there was another task to perform: the deed required the signature of his husband, Joshua Long.

The two had been married in California back in May 2014, but their marriage wasn’t recognized in Florida until Jan. 6.

“Our title company was working on it, and they pointed out the need for Josh’s signature,” Miller said. “It’s just nice to have everything recognized now, and it actually makes things easier.”

Florida: Gay couple win name dispute, get new driver's licenses

PALM BAY, Florida -- Two gay men from Brevard County who sued the state for refusing to honor their out-of-state marriage and change their names on the driver's licenses on Tuesday won a victory.

Scott Wall-DeSousa and Daniel Wall-DeSousa walked out of the Brevard County Tax Collector's office in Palm Bay with new driver's licenses, each bearing their new hyphenated last name.

Daniel Wall-DeSousa had stopped driving and cut up his license on Nov. 25 after the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles refused to give him a new one with his married name.

Federal ban on gay marriage still casts shadow on many lives

FORT WORTH, Texas -- For Steven Rains, the Defense of Marriage Act is very much alive.

In 2008, Rains and his partner, Donald Condit, drove from Fort Worth, Texas, to the Riverside County town of Hemet, where Condit’s parents lived, to marry during the brief window when California allowed same-sex marriages before voters banned them again under Proposition 8. A federal court overturned that ban in 2010, although it wasn’t until 2013 that the marriages resumed.

“We got in the car and drove,” Rains said. “We didn’t even want to wait a couple of weeks for a decent airline ticket.”

Virginia: Despite marriage equality, maneuvering rages on in Richmond

RICHMOND, Virginia -- With the legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia, Democrats and some Republicans have unleashed a torrent of proposals intended to reflect the new reality in time for the start of the legislative session on Wednesday.

Liberal lawmakers have jumped at the chance to remove language banning gay marriage from the state’s constitution and statutes — a move that could energize their most ardent supporters in a year when all 140 General Assembly seats will be up for grabs.

W Hotel San Diego hosts "Turn It Up For Change" fundraiser tonight

SAN DIEGO, California -- HRC San Diego and W Hotels Worldwide will host the monthly "Turn It Up For Change" mixer tonight at 6 pm at the W Hotel San Diego.

The event will include cocktails, music, and networking with people who are committed to fight for marriage equality in all 50 states. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to HRC's marriage equality initiative.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Texas: Fort Worth police officers star in ad for gay marriage

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Flanked by supportive colleagues, a Fort Worth police officer is taking a stand for gay marriage. He’s being featured in commercials now airing in Texas’ largest cities.

In the ad Chris Gorrie explains, “I became a police officer in 2006.” Fellow Officer Monica Jackson affirms, “Chris makes a sacrifice everyday along with the rest of us.”

Officer Gorrie is now using his role as public servant, to fight for the freedom to live his private life as he chooses. Officer Gorrie is gay.

Equality Florida: Costly legal battles ahead for any clerk who continues to discriminate

As of January 6, County Clerks across Florida have a legal obligation to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples – or risk expensive litigation, including liability for damages and attorney fees.
In refusing to extend a stay that expires on Jan 5th, the US Supreme Court smacked down the last ditch effort by Attorney General Pam Bondi to block marriages. The highest court also put an end to the confusion generated by a memo to Clerks from the legal counsel to the Florida Association of Clerks and Comptrollers.

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