Saturday, February 08, 2014

DOJ announced totally equal treatment for married gay couples; arrests in Moscow but not Sochi

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, major media outlets reported that the Department of Justice will announce Monday new policies for same-sex married couples, to treat them the same as straight married couples even if moving to a state that doesn’t recognize gay marriage after getting married in a state that does.  The Washington Post breaking story is here.

The announcement was made at a the New York City Human Rights Campaign Dinner Feb. 8 from the gala stage at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue, link here.   It would be important for this policy to hold together if a GOP presidential candidate wins in 2016.  
The equality question continues.  Commitment of a couple is rewarded.  The mere presence of heterosexual physical complementarity is not.  Nor is the “message” sent by the policy.   People who conflate homosexuality with a lack of other-centeredness necessary for many communities to survive into the future will have a harder time rationalizing their false equivalence.

The Washington Blade is reporting the arrest of ten LGBT activists in Moscow just before the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, including Elena Kostynchenko, link here story by Michael K. Lavers. Curiously, an arrest started as she and others started singing the Russian national anthem in Red Square.  One wonders about what travel to the rest of Russia could be like after the Winter Olympics are over.  

(International coverage continues Sunday.)

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