Thursday, May 31, 2012

California senate passes ban on reparative therapy; 1st Circuit strikes down DOMA

The California state senate has passed, by a vote of 23-13, a bill banning reparative therapy for sexual orientation.  The original by was SB 1172; State senator Ted D. Lieu’s web page on the bill is here

Human Rights Campaign has a major news story by Dan Rafter here today, link.

Reuters is reporting that a US Appeals court has struck down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, story on the Huffington Post here.  Judge Michael Boudin in the First Circuit in Boston wrote, “Under current Supreme Court authority, Congress’ denial of federal benefits to same-sex couples lawfully married in Masachusetts has not been adequately supported by any permissible federal interest.”

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