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Adding Amendments Mar13

Adding Amendments

LGBT Issues – House Bill 1434, which seeks to “define” marriage as being between one man and one woman is scheduled to be voted on today by a Pennsylvania house committee. If passed, the bill will also prohibit other legal unions that can be treated as marriage such as...

One Step Closer! Feb07

One Step Closer!

Civil Rights – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined Proposition 8, the 2008 measure voted in by Californian voters to ban same-sex marriage, unconstitutional. There is no doubt this will be appealed to either a larger panel of the Circuit Court or straight to the U.S....

Rainbows For Cuba! Jan20

Rainbows For Cuba!

LGBT – It seems as if Cuba has begun to extend an olive branch to the LGBT community. Gay pride events take place annually and in 2007 the country began allowing state-funded sexual reassignment surgeries. In 2010 Fidel apologized to his gay comrades for discrimination and what one can assume was state-sponsored harassment. Now Mariela Castro, the niece of Fidel Castro and daughter of President Raul Castro, stated via the island nation’s website, Cubadebate.cu, that Cuban lawmakers are considering the legalization of same-sex civil unions in 2012. Cuba, once a cosmopolitan destination for Americans prior to Castro’s...

Tax Time Blues Dec30

Tax Time Blues

LGBT – As if there weren’t enough hurdles for the LGBT community, recent reports are now showing that gay and lesbian couples are actually paying up to 6k more during tax season than the hetero community. As it turns out, the federal government isn’t too keen on letting them...

Civil Solidarity Dec24

Civil Solidarity

Civil Rights – Straight couples in Cook County Illinois are ditching traditional marriages and applying for civil unions in an effort to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community. According to Cook County Clerk David Orr, many of the heterosexual couples who are opting for this...