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U.S. Defends Marriage Law
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/19/09
The Obama administration filed a brief in federal court defending a law that President Obama has urged Congress to repeal. The lawsuit challenges the Defense of Marriage Act, which Congress passed in 1996 and which restricts the federal benefits available to same-sex couples. Since the law was passed, six states have decided to permit gay marriage. The group Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders filed the case, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, in Massachusetts in March on behalf of...

Census Count of Same-Sex Couples to Stir Policy Fights
source: The Washington Post
posted: 9/13/09
When the U.S. Census Bureau counts same-sex married couples next year, demographers expect hundreds of thousands to report they are spouses -- even though legal same-sex weddings in the United States number in the tens of thousands.

Gay advocates say they plan to use "A Census that Reflects America's Population," as the Census Bureau calls its plan to report same-sex marriage statistics, to push for legislative and policy initiatives, while groups opposed to same-sex marriage weigh a countero

Where's The Change? Gay Activists Ask
source: NPR
posted: 9/1/09
Vermont on Tuesday joined five other states that have given same-sex couples the right to marry. That situation was almost unimaginable a decade ago, when, after rancorous debate, the state became the first in the union to enact same-sex civil unions.

But despite the historic gains made by the nation's gay community, this year has largely been one of disappointment for many whose hopes were pinned on President Obama's promise of change...

Lutheran Group Eases Limits on Gay Clergy
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/21/09
After an emotional debate over the authority of Scripture and the limits of biblical inclusiveness, leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination voted Friday to allow gay men and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as members of the clergy.
The vote made the denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the latest mainline Protestant church to permit such ordinations, contributing to a halting sense of momentum on the issue within liberal Protestantism.

D.C. recognizes gay marriages elsewhere
source: The Boston Globe
posted: 7/9/09
A law recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries went into effect yesterday in the nation's capital, and a D.C. councilman said he plans to follow up with a measure that would allow gay marriage ceremonies in the district.

Veterans Call Out Obama On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
source: NPR
posted: 7/9/09
1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order ending racial segregation in the armed forces. In the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama promised to end another kind of discrimination in the military: the long-standing ban on gay service members.

Mass. is 1st to fight US marriage law
source: The Boston Globe
posted: 7/9/09
Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage, yesterday became the first to challenge the constitutionality of a federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, contending that Congress intruded into a matter that should be left to states.

On Gay Issues, Obama Asks to Be Judged on Vows Kept
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/29/09
WASHINGTON President Obama defended his policies on gay rights on Monday, telling an audience of gay men and lesbians that he remained committed to overturning the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' rule and that he expected to be judged 'not by promises I've made but by the promises that my administration keeps.'

Obama Invites Gay Rights Advocates to White House
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/22/09
As advocates for gays and lesbians intensify their criticism of the White House, President Obama has invited some of their leaders to an East Room reception next Monday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, the 1969 Greenwich Village demonstrations that gave birth to the modern gay rights movement.