Saturday, August 30, 2014

Michael Sam, first openly gay NFL draft pick, cut by St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams in the National Football League have cut draft prospect Michael Sam, the first openly gay draft pick in the NFL.  The team said that the decision was based strictly on football performance, and there were no tensions with the players.  CBS News has the story here.  Sam had been vying for a position for which there is a lot of competition and not a lot of flexibility.

Sam was said to have a reasonable chance to land a spot with another team.

We expect to see more openly gay players in other sports in the coming years, including MLB.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Head of Equality Maryland arrested at immigration rally at White House

Carrie Evans, head of Equality Maryland, was arrested at an immigration-related rally in Washington near the White House today.  The Baltimore Sun story is here
Evans objected to the deportation of illegal immigrant children from Central America. Her remarks reflected certain views on inherited privilege. 
It’s worth giving the link for US Citizenship and Immigration Services on same-sex marriage here
Again, solving the migrant minor children may become a matter of granting asylum, which could depend on finding sponsors and adoptive parents, which could now be same-sex couples in many cases.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GOP judge hammers attorneys for Wisconsin and Indiana on their same-sex marriage bans in 7th Circuit

Judges on a 3-person panel in the 7th circuit hammered at lawyers for Wisconsin and Indiana in Chicago today, according to a big AP story by Michael Tarm, as they tried desperately to defend state bans on same-sex marriage based on arguments regarding "tradition" and procreation.

Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee, was the most vigorous, raising questions as to why the state bans differed from miscegenation laws of the past, and why the procreation argument would work for sterile couples.   The AP story link is here.   The Supreme Court will see appeals courts heavily favoring striking down bans on same-sex marriage, except maybe in the Sixth Circuit, next term.

While all this happens, the super couple Will and Sonny on "Days of our Lives" had its first big fight, while Sonny remains attentive to Will's daughter.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Effort to curb anti-gay bullying in Minnesota

For this story, about an effort to curb anti-gay bullying in Minnesota schools, as sent to me by email, it's best to let the links tell their own narrative.
The Minnesota Child Protection League has the main reference, here.  The text of the bill in the Minnesota legislature is here.  And the Anoka-Hennepin School District has a report from its own task force here.
There are still arguments offered that an anti-bullying initiative is a smokescreen for promoting a "gay agenda" in schools.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Federal judge overturns Florida's same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge, Robert Hinkle, in Tallahassee FL has thrown out Florida’s same-sex marriage ban, but then stayed his own ruling, according to the Orlando Sentinel, link here.   

The judge wrote that arguments popular in the past about the family will be seen in the future as a pre-text for discrimination. 
The article also has a state-by-state map on the status of same-sex marriage laws.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fourth Circuit denies stay; same-sex marriages can start in Virginia the week of August 18; Supreme Court puts all this on hold at last minute

The Fourth Circuit in Richmond has denied, by a 2-1 vote, a request for a stay of its decision regarding gay marriage in Virginia and appeal to the Supreme Court.  Same-sex couples will be able to start marrying in Virginia as early as next week.  The Associated Press and ABC7 news have a story on the WJLA website here, including a PDF of the denial.

It was as recently as 2006 that Virginia adopted the Marshall-Newman amendment by referendum.  William and Mary GALA has been involved in opposing it.

Update: Aug. 20, 2014

The Supreme Court put a stay on the appeals court ruling, pending its hearing the case in the 2014-2015 term, USA Today here.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In divorce case, federal judge in Tennessee breaks "our" winning streak

While there was talk last week that the Sixth Circuit could end the “winning streak” for gay marriage, now a federal judge in Tennessee has upheld Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that the Supreme Court ruling in DOMA really did not address state powers to define marriage for their own, and he did not believe that the Full Faith and Credit clause required Tennessee to recognize marriages that could not have been performed in Tennessee itself.  The SCOTUS blog has an entry by Lyle Denniston on the ruling by Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. in Roane County, here  The case actually was a divorce case for ten men who had married (Borman v. Kyles-Borman), PDF link here.