I have so little patience for this bullshit. After New York legalized same-sex marriage last June, some local clerks resigned rather than have to sign marriage licenses for gay couples. But in Ledyard, a rural upstate town, the town clerk Rose Marie Belforti avoids committing that terrible sin by having her deputy sign all marriage licenses instead. She explains, “God doesn’t want me to do this, so I can’t do what God doesn’t want me to do.”
At 12:01 am this morning, the horrible policy that was Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ended. The U.S. Department of Defense will formally repeal the inequitable policy that has been law since 1993. The repeal which was voted on by Congress during the lame duck session will now officially take effect.
Authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith lit the young adult book world up yesterday with a piece for Publisher’s Weekly discussing a situation where an agent asked them to change the sexual orientation of their main character. I’ll give you three guesses as to what the character’s orientation was. They said no, and were shocked and appalled, and wrote a piece about it, discussing their moral objections, and talking about the larger implications for the publishing industry:
Flying while trans is an act of bravery. Transgender travelers are disproportionately targeted for questioning and pat-downs as a result of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies that lead to us being “outing” as trans. Outed in airports – big, crowded, public spaces. Yeah, it sucks.
Ned Flaherty at Marriage Equality USA has compiled this handy dandy chart showing where each of the twelve confirmed 2012 Presidential candidates, plus President Obama, stand on LGBT rights. Flaherty has examined the candidates’ stances on marriage rights, DOMA, adoption, and open military service, as well as several other issues, and here’s what it comes down to:
Interesting and awesome news coming out of the Kitsap Peninsula this week. On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council formally changed its ordinances to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. Starting this week, gay couples will have the same rights as heterosexual couples on the reservation (where the Suquamish have tribal sovereignty), and in other places in which gay marriages are allowed by law.
Following up on my earlier post about how the school district in State College, PA (home of Penn State) provided benefits to the domestic partners of its heterosexual, but not its lesbian and gay employees, the school board there has now not only extended domestic partner benefits to its lesbian and gay employees but has also added sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policies.