Posts Tagged ‘gay marriage’

At Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling, Joy, Relief, and the Velvet Underground

In a historic ruling, the Supreme Court today extended federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and separately cleared the way for gay marriage in California by declining to rule on the state's Proposition 8. A massive crowd, braving heat and spotty cellphone reception, had amassed outside of [...]

Photos: Outside SCOTUS

Gallaudet Prepares for Protests Over Suspended Employee

The fight over the Gallaudet's Angela McCaskill is set to reach a new level Thursday. WJLA reports that two pastors, both in favor of gay marriage, are planning to protest McCaskill's suspension in a rally outside the university tomorrow.
McCaskill, the school's Chief Diversity Officer, was put on leave earlier this month after her signature on [...]

Gallaudet Wants Employee Suspended Over Anti-Gay Petition Back

The saga of Gallaudet University Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Angela McCaskill—put on administrative leave last week after her signature to put Maryland's gay marriage law on a ballot—continues, with Gallaudet president T. Alan Hurwitz releasing a statement this morning saying that the school wants McCaskill back.
"Gallaudet University would like to work with its Chief Diversity [...]

Pro-Gay Marriage Group Wants Gallaudet to Reinstate Employee

After her support for a petition to put a gay marriage law in Maryland up for a vote came to light recently, Dr. Angela McCaskill was put on paid administrative leave yesterday. But now McCaskill's getting support from a surprising place: a pro-gay marriage group.
"We strongly disagree with the decision to put the chief diversity [...]

Gallaudet Employee Put on Leave After Signing Anti-Gay Marriage Petition

If your job is to promote diversity, signing a petition to get a referendum on overturning Maryland's gay marriage law on the ballot is bound to be controversial. But that's exactly what Dr. Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet University's Chief Diversity Officer, did in July. Now the resulting furor, first reported at Planet Deafqueer, has resulted in [...]

Reminder: Black Voters Aren’t Going To Go For Romney

I guess the Post has to do this kind of story, but anecdotal evidence that some area blacks won't support Barack Obama because of his newfound support for gay marriage is really useless. What would be useful is polling data, and I'd be shocked if Obama took even the slightest hit among black voters.
And let's be [...]

D.C. Is Pretty Gay

At least according to the latest census numbers. The District has 18.1 gay couples per 1,000 households.(Vermont is second, with 8.4 gay couples.) That adds up to 4,822 gay couples in the city. Oddly enough, states with lower rates actually have more gay couples raising children: In North Dakota, where there are only 559 gay [...]

The Needle: Spring Fund Drive Edition

Video Killed the Radio Star: The bad news continues for National Public Radio, as another hidden-camera tape by right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe shows executives were aware of the phony gift O'Keefe's stunt was pretending to pass along to the network. With the federal budget what it is (which is to say, bad, if not quite [...]

The Needle: Gay Marriage Turns 1 Edition

Happy Anniversary!: One year ago today, the institution of marriage came under a withering assault here in the District, when same-sex unions were first allowed after the mandatory six-day wait for a license (the law took effect March 3). Or at least, so the forces who want to deny a basic human right to people [...]

The Needle: Strong Edition

The State of Our Union Is Strong: There's been more talk of seating charts this week in D.C. than there is on the first day of preschool, but with some luck, it'll all come to an end tonight, after President Obama delivers his State of the Union address at the Capitol. Streets around the Hill [...]

The Needle: Ice Cold Edition

Meet the New Boss: For an ambitious young House Republican, overseeing the District isn't a terrible gig. You get to tell 600,000 people what to do, without fear of retribution from any voting members of Congress, and without alienating your constituents back home, who don't particularly care what the federal government's doing to a bunch [...]

To Those Interested in Same-Sex Marriage: Carry On!

Bishop Harry Jackson, a Maryland pastor, petitioned the Supreme Court with a request that gay marriage rights in the District be suspended until a citywide referendum on the issue could be completed. The referendum would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. To that, the Supreme Court said no with a denial [...]

The Needle: No Snow Edition

Snowed Out: Last winter brought Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon, and other catchy nicknames for crippling storms. This winter, so far, is bringing near misses. Today's forecast "storm" turns out to be more of the same. Even so, the list of "snow"-related school closings grew throughout the day. And District officials used the snow as an excuse to [...]

D.C. Same-Sex Marriage Law Survives Court Challenge

By a 5-4 vote, the D.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that the District's gay marriage law can stand. An opinion out this morning says the Board of Elections and Ethics was right to refuse a referendum on the law; the board had said the referendum would violate the city's Human Rights Act. "The question [...]