It’s been a busy week and I haven’t had much time for posting. I’ve been paying attention though, and there are several items worth passing along:
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) responded to two August 15 filings by the U.S. House of Representatives, when the House both moved to dismiss the DOMA case Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management and responded to GLAD’s motion for summary judgment. Pedersen is the multi-plaintiff challenge to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) pending in the federal district court for the District of Connecticut.
The legal briefs just filed, as well as all other court documents related to the case, are on GLAD’s website.
The White House has weighed in on the anti-gay legislation proposed in North Carolina. According to the Washington Blade, a White House spokesperson, Shin Inouye, made the following statement:
“While the President does not weigh in on every single action taken by legislative bodies in our country, the record is clear that the President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples. The President believes strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away.”
Read the full article here.
The Michigan House of Representatives voted 64-44 to eliminate health insurance benefits for the domestic partners of state employees on Thursday. Read the full article here.
I posted here about a transgender woman who was attacked in a McDonald’s in Maryland. Here’s an article on Tuesday’s sentencing: Teen gets five years for attack on transgender woman at McDonald’s
On Wednesday, Ellen Degeneres devoted her monologue to the controversy surrounding Chaz Bono’s upcoming appearance on Dancing with the Stars. Watch the clip below:
This is the clip of the segment during which Chaz received a surprise phone call from Cher:
The following video clips are related to North Carolina’s anti-gay bill:
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