“As the highest court in the land deliberates your case … you, our beloved graduate, are a moving testament to the power and tenacity of this nation’s evolving search for justice and equality,” New York University President John Sexton said at the school’s commencement Wednesday. Windsor received the school’s presidential medal.
Advocates — and the bill’s lead sponsor — had hoped the chairman would consider the bill, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, in his committee in May or June. It won’t happen until “probably after the Fourth of July break,” Iowa’s Tom Harkin says.
The marriage equality bandwagon had only one member Tuesday, after Democrats abandoned their push to include gay and lesbian couples in immigration legislation. “Shameful,” says an activist.
“I don’t want to be the senator who asks Americans to choose between the love of their life and the love of their country,” Leahy says. Four Democrats on the committee said they would not support the amendment.
When it comes to the question of whether same-sex couples will be included in immigration reform, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy “is going to make that decision,” Majority Leader Harry Reid says.
A slight change in the language, but a significant change in meaning. Instead of a veiled reference to same-sex couples, Obama made the language direct.
Bravo’s Andy Cohen gets political. A big fan of the first lady, Cohen talks about hosting a Democratic LGBT fundraising event next week — and how he hopes to get married.
Gay and lesbian couples in France will be able to marry beginning May 28. The new law also legalizes adoption for same-sex couples.
“By showing you can actually change your gender marker with the Department of Defense, it shows that the Department of Defense actually will do that, and if they do that then it’s another stop toward figuring out a way to have open service for trans people,” activist says.
“In all places where sodomy has been decriminalized, moral decadence is the result. Look at California, look at Canada, and look at Europe,” the ad declares. The ad comes in response to a challenge to Belize’s sodomy law.