The federal government is throwing its weight behind efforts to ensure same-sex couples have equal treatment under the law. The attorney who represents two couples who are challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage in court this week said that declaration only helps their case.
Speaking at a human rights event, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder directed the Department of Justice to give same-sex couples full and equal recognition to the greatest extent under the law.
Bexar County Commissioners have unanimously passed a provision that would allow county employee benefits to be extended to domestic partners.
The county is calling it a “Plus One Qualifying Adult” benefits package. It’s essentially the same as domestic partnership benefits only under a different name. The provision will allow county employees to list one other adult they are financially interdependent with on their health, vision, dental, and life insurance plans.
In 2005, the film Brokeback Mountain broke ground as a major motion picture portraying a love story about two men: a pair of young cowboys, Ennis and Jack, in the 1960s.
They fall in love during a summer spent tending sheep in the isolation of a fictional mountain in Wyoming. They spend the rest of the film — and their lives — grappling with a love that they have to keep secret.
On tuesday a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Now an attorney representing one of three lawsuits filed in Texas challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage is looking at a that ruling to show how the Texas case may render the same result.
San Antonio attorney Neel Lane has filed an injunction on the Texas law and his case will be heard on Feb. 12 by Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia.
Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 6:44 pm
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Human rights advocates in Nigeria are reporting that dozens of gay men have been arrested under a new law that makes homosexual clubs or associations illegal. That law also criminalizes same-sex marriage. Gay men who have been arrested have reportedly been tortured into giving up the names of others. Michelle Faul with the Associated Press has been writing about this and she joins us now from Lagos.
Austin Federal District Judge Sam Sparks surprised all parties when he decided to not force two couples who filed suit in San Antonio to join two other cases challenging Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents the San Antonio couples -- Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss -- is pleased with Sparks' decision.
A federal lawsuit against Texas’ ban of same-sex marriage advanced a step this week as federal judge in San Antonio set a court date to hear why those same laws should be placed on hold while the case awaits a trial.
Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 12:00 pm
India's Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a landmark lower court ruling that decriminalized homosexual acts, in a decision that is being called a major setback to gay rights in the country.
At issue was an 1861 British colonial-era law that forbids "intercourse against the order of nature." Prosecutions under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code are rare, but are often used by police to harass gays and lesbians.