April 8, 2013 |
Mike Bosia and Steven Obranovich, of Hardwick, Vt., were married three years ago after Vermont legalized same-sex marriage . As Bosia's spouse, Obranovich is entitled to health insurance through Bosia's employer, Saint Michael's College in Colchester. But that coverage comes at a cost. The couple estimates that they have had to pay $4,500 in additional federal income tax and filing-related expenses because the federal government is prohibited by the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
April 19, 2013 |
The governing board of the Boy Scouts of America on Friday recommended ending the organization's ban on openly gay Scouts but keeping its prohibition on gay troop leaders. The proposal displeased advocates on both sides and ensured a new flurry of lobbying before the larger national body votes on the matter at its annual meeting next month. The executive committee's resolution follows a year of shifting signals from the massive youth organization as it tries to finds its place in a...
July 25, 2012 |
Just a few months ago, Chad Griffin conferred with British Prime Minister David Cameron over plates of bison Wellington during a state dinner at the White House in Cameron's honor . How, Griffin wanted to know, did the leader persuade his fellow conservatives to back same-sex marriage? A few seats away, at the head table, was Griffin's boyfriend, Jerome Fallon, and a few seats from him was President Obama, who had not yet announced his support of gay marriage. "I didn't eat a...
March 19, 2013 |
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) took a terrific, brave step in announcing his support for same-sex marriage, citing the example of his gay son. But here's the missing piece in the current gay-rights debate: When Portman's son graduates from Yale, no federal law will prevent an employer from denying him a job because of his sexual orientation. If Will Portman or a classmate came out of the closet after being hired, they could be fired for being gay. Really? you may ask. If so, you're not alone in your incredulity.
January 21, 2013 |
President Obama on Monday became the first president to use the word "gay" as a reference to sexual orientation in an inaugural address, declaring the movement for equality to be part of the pantheon of America's great civil rights struggles. "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law," the president said. "For if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well. " Obama also made another reference in...
June 10, 2011 |
Morgan's sorry for rant With prominent gay rights groups demanding an apology over jokes he made during a June 3 performance in Nashville, Tracy Morgan issued one Friday, TMZ.com reports. During his set at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Morgan said that he would stab his son to death if he talked to him in "a gay voice. " After the performance, at least one gay fan expressed outrage online, and the Ryman Auditorium issued a statement apologizing to anyone offended by the comic's remarks.