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Blog Posts from February 2011

February 28, 2011 3:05 pm

Something On Which GLAD & NOM Agree! Courts Have a Role to Play in the Real World

On the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement last week that it would no longer defend DOMA against legal challenges by GLAD and other organizations, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) issued an action alert urging members to immediately call their congressional reps to demand they defend the odious law.

“It’s a constitutional outrage,” NOM President Brian Brown wrote in the alert. “Why do we even have courts if the President himself gets to decide which laws are constitutional?” (Emphasis added).

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February 24, 2011 4:52 pm

Know Your Rights: DOJ Decides DOMA Is Unconsitutional, But DOMA Continues To Be Enforced

Given the breaking news that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will no longer defend Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I wanted to let you know what that really means to the two lawsuits GLAD currently has in the federal courts trying to overturn DOMA—Gill and Pedersen .

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February 24, 2011 4:28 pm

Know Your Rights: An Introduction to GLAD Answers

GLAD Answers Manager Bruce Bell begins a regular weekly blog post today.

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February 22, 2011 12:05 pm

Don’t let fear tactics undermine the Maine Human Rights Act’s vital protections

Ultimately it is the purpose of the Maine Human Rights Act to allow individuals the same opportunity to prove themselves in work and in public life, without barriers imposed by discrimination and prejudice.

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February 15, 2011 1:32 pm

Debriefing the briefs in Gill: Colorful cast of characters aligns with DOJ in support of DOMA

As in politics, court cases sometimes make strange bedfellows. The pairing of Bush v. Gore rivals Ted Olson and David Boies on the legal challenge to California’s Prop. 8 is an obvious example. Now, there’s Barack Obama and Gary G. Kreep. Who is Gary G. Kreep, you ask? For starters, he’s the amicus counsel for the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuals, otherwise known as NARTH. The organization is one of 17 entities that filed amicus briefs in support of the Obama Administration’s appeal in Gill v. OPM, one of our two lawsuits challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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February 10, 2011 3:32 pm

Marriage Momentum in Rhode Island

The momentum for marriage equality was palpable at the Rhode Island State House yesterday! The sight inside warmed my heart, as I was greeted by a throng of mostly marriage equality supporters holding colorful pro-equality signs (“Vote for Love!” “Love Thy Constituent,” “Grandparents for Marriage Equality”) aloft in the Rotunda, beneath a massive banner emblazoned with the words Gov. Lincoln Chafee spoke at his inauguration last month: “When marriage equality is the law in Rhode Island we honor our forefathers who risked their lives and fortune in the pursuit of human equality.”

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