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COMMENTARY: Equal marriages — and now equal benefits

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a key aspect of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was a watershed moment in the struggle for gay and lesbian equality in this country. Now the federal government faces the complex task of implementing the court’s ruling as quickly as possible.

The justices were clear in their requirements, at least for all “lawful marriages”: Couples in same-sex marriages must be treated the same as their heterosexual counterparts in terms of federal benefits, including inheritance, retirement and, perhaps most important, health care.

Local LGBT figures, faith leaders to protest San Diego County Clerk's anti-marriage petition

SAN DIEGO -- A collection of LGBT figures, groups and local faith leaders will be gathering Tuesday morning at the San Diego County Administration Building downtown to protest the County Clerk's petition to halt same-gender marriages in California.

Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego, Navy veteran and activist Sean Sala, pastor Richard McCullen of Missiongathering Church in North Park and other faith leaders have called a news conference at 8 am Tuesday, July 23 at the County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway.

COMMENTARY: San Diego County Clerk is out and proud - as a homophobe

San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg outed himself Friday for all the world to see that he is a flaming homophobe.

The 69-year-old Dronenburg teamed up with noted anti-gay attorney Charles LiMandri from Rancho Santa Fe to petition the California Supreme Court to halt same-gender marriages because they believe that Proposition 8 is the law.

San Diego County Clerk petitions California Supreme Court to halt same-gender marriages

SAN DIEGO – In a stunning development late Friday afternoon, the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk has filed a petition with the California Supreme Court challenging the State of California’s order to resume same-gender marriages.

County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg petitioned the court via attorney Charles Salvatore LiMandri, a well-known homophobe from Rancho Santa Fe and prominent supporter of the discriminatory Proposition 8 that took away same-gender marriage rights from Californians from 2008 until last month.

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COMMENTARY: Expect a gay brain drain in states that forbid same-gender marriage

Now that we have become what the Human Rights Campaign calls “two Americas” when it comes to gay rights, could a gay and lesbian “brain drain” away from states that ban same-sex marriage be far behind?

It was telling that 300 of America’s top corporations and municipalities were so worried about losing talented gay and lesbian workers that they filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to take the action they did: throwing-out California’s Proposition 8 and gutting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Comic-Con: "Ender's Game" stars, director address Orson Scott Card controversy

SAN DIEGO -- Questions on recent controversy of author Orson Scott Card and his anti-gay views apparently were brought up during the "Ender's Game" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 18. Director Gavin Hood and producer Roberto Orci had their say in the hot issue, to which Lionsgate responded with a pledge of support for LGBT community.

Same-gender marriage lawsuit withdrawn in Texas

GALVESTON, Texas - A Galveston man has withdrawn a federal lawsuit challenging a clause in the Texas Constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Domenico Nuckols, 60, said Wednesday his decision came after a conference call with representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union. He also received a letter from Lambda Legal, the gay rights legal organization, explaining that it was filing lawsuits in the states where chances of success were highest.

Civic coalition trying to prohibit same-gender marriage in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – A civic coalition opposed to LGBT rights has formed in Costa Rica with the goal of rewriting the national constitution to prohibit same-gender marriage.

Civic Movement for the Rescue of Marriage (aka REMA), backed by Roman Catholic Church leaders and other religious groups including an ultra-conservative Protestant movement, fear that the recently revised Article 52 of Title V on the constitution has legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

Article 52 states:

Illinois Unites relaunches efforts to pass marriage-equality bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois Unites for Marriage today announced a revamped campaign to pass freedom to marry legislation in the state, where a bill stalled in the House in the previous session after passing in the Senate.

The relaunch includes the hiring of John Kohlhepp, a longtime organizer and lobbyist, to run a $2 million campaign that will include statewide public outreach.

Richard Carlbom, director of state campaigns at Freedom to Marry, said organizers are determined to win in Illinois.

Lesbian lawmaker running for Maryland governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland lawmaker hopes to be elected the nation’s first openly gay governor.

Delegate Heather Mizeur plans to make her campaign announcement Wednesday for the Maryland 2014 governor’s race.

Mizeur, a Democrat who has been exploring a run for months, also would become Maryland’s first female governor if elected, although women have run in the past.

“It’s a sign of how far we’ve come as a state that an openly gay person can be a serious candidate for governor,” Mizeur said. “But the fact that we’re still talking about it is a sign that we still have a ways to go.”

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