Based on Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling, in which the Court majority determined that the Defense of Marriage Act’s federal definition of marriage had to incorporate state-based same-sex marriages, Internal Revenue Service regulations could be modified to remove non-profit status for churches across the country. The DOMA decision makes clear that marriage is a state-to-state issue, meaning that religious institutions that… Read more →
(CNN) – For some people, Wednesday was a day to celebrate. Thursday, they get back to work.
Advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights say they’ve gained fresh energy and hope after twin Supreme Court rulings advanced efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.
They want to ride that momentum for as far as possible — making inroads on issues ranging from workplace discrimination protections, immigration reform to bully-free schools.
“This is absolutely historic, it’s monumental,” said Jody Huckaby, executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or PFLAG. “It may very well be that tipping point.”
A divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union, saying it violates the rights of married gay couples by denying them government benefits. The vote on the Defense of Marriage Act was 5-4. Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the four Democratic-appointed justices in the majority. The law “places same-sex couples in an unstable position of being… Read more →
(CNN) – Pope Francis said a “gay lobby” exists inside the Vatican, a surprising disclosure from a pope who has already delivered his share of stunners, and a resurrection of church conflicts that had bedeviled his predecessor’s papacy.
“In the Curia,” Francis said, referring to Catholicism’s central bureaucracy, “there are holy people. But there is also a stream of corruption.”
“The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there,” Francis continued. “We need to see what we can do.”
Hints that the Holy See contained a network of gay clergy surfaced last year in reports about a series of embarrassing leaks to Italian journalists.
The US administration says it will no longer seek to block over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception to women and girls of all ages. This means that anyone will soon be able to buy the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription. The justice department had fought against a federal judge’s order seeking to lift current age and sales limits. The… Read more →
(Photo: Wikipedia) If you thought that our television channels were already saturated with enough sex, vulgarity and profanity, you may want to brace yourself – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing changes to its guidelines that would allow more racy content to infiltrate the small screen during hours when kids could tune in. A public notice posted on the… Read more →
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand — Plan B One-Step — and will let it be sold over the counter. Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they’re 17 or… Read more →