Category: ‘Equality Now’
At Saturday night’s HRC gala dinner, Attorney General Eric Holder announced landmark changes to the way the federal government treats married lesbian and gay couples. This is from the HRC blog:
In his remarks, the Attorney General said: “In every courthouse, in every proceeding and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages.”
The changes will mean that the federal government will treat married lesbian and gay couples the same as heterosexual couples when they do things like file for bankruptcy, testify in court or visit family in prison.
Read the rest of the post here.
Source: BBC News
The ACT parliament passed a bill that will allow gay couples to marry, after a short debate on Tuesday.
Celebrants will now be allowed to marry same-sex couples inside the ACT, regardless of which state they live in.
Federal law, however, specified in 2004 that marriage was between a man and a woman, and the federal government is expected to challenge the move.
The move was passed in the 17-member ACT Legislative Assembly, backed by Labor and the Greens, with the Liberals voting against.
“There is no longer any excuse, if there ever was, to discriminate against same-sex couples in our community,” ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher told the parliament.
Attorney-General George Brandis, however, says the local law will face a legal challenge, because it is inconsistent with the national-level Marriage Act.
“It would be very distressing to individuals who may enter into a ceremony of marriage under the new ACT law, and to their families, to find that their marriages were invalid,” a statement from the Attorney-General’s Office said.
The ACT bill was amended shortly before it passed in an attempt to strengthen it against a potential challenge.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who leads a Liberal-National coalition, opposes same-sex marriage.
His sister, however, has recently disclosed that she is engaged to her female partner.
Last year, a bill allowing same-sex marriage was voted down in both houses of Australia’s national parliament.
What Jon Stewart doesn’t see is how cute this couple is! I would have hugged them too!
The Back Building’s EXCLUSIVE FROM RUSSIA: PAVEL PETEL – ‘PEOPLE THREATEN ME, SOMETIMES THEY ATTACK.’
Michael Turnbull talks to Pavel Petel in this revealing interview with the now repressed Russian citizen who identifies as LGBT, under the stridently anti-gay Putin regime. Here is an exerpt:
Do you feel safe in Moscow?
No, sometimes people threaten me and sometimes they even attack. That’s why I started changing my appearance in Russia. I am worried about my life and health. Nevertheless, everybody recognizes me out on the streets and wants to take pictures with me. Of course, society now is more aggressive towards people like me. Sometimes I am really scared, but, as I have said before, I don’t have an opportunity to move to the States at the moment. This process requires a lot of documents, and more importantly – money.
I don’t know about you, but I worry about Pavel all of the time! He is so out there and visible that I fear he will become a target of the crazy anti-gay groups or the police. Stay safe Pavel!
Read the rest of this amazing interview here.