Obama Declares DOMA Unconstitutional - Sort Of

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

In a ground breaking decision, the Obama administration has declared section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. The U.S. Attorney General said, in a letter to Congress, that the federal government will no longer defend Doma in certain jurisdictions. But it may defend the law in other jurisdictions.

Here is why. The U.S. Courts are divided into 11 different "Circuits" plus a DC, Circuit and a Federal Circuit. In each of the Circuits there are numerous "District Courts" and one "Appeals Court." If a litigant disagrees with the decision of a Circuit Court he or she may appeal the decision to the Appeals Court for the Circuit in which that District Court is found. For example, a District Court in San Francisco ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The supporters of the proposition have appealed the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The February 24 Issue is Out Now427

The totally lovable, yet disgusting and mangy, Polka Spot, the Llama, couldn’t resist nosing his way onto the front cover of our latest issue of Outword. While we are touting our Best Of for 2011, Polka is excited to be joining the Fabulous Beekman Boys as they return for a second season on Planet Green. Polka aside, we would like to congratulate the Best Of winners for 2011 as voted by Outword readers!

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Chicago Declines to Use Controversial Ordinance To Prosecute Gay Protesters

CHICAGO, IL Feb., 10, 2011

In an important victory for LGBT rights activists and for civil liberties in general, the top legal official for the City of Chicago sent the American Civil Liberties Union a letter saying they would not arrest protesters at a forthcoming February 13 Gay Liberation Network (GLN) protest for violation of an ordinance which bans most picketing of religious institutions immediately before, during or after religious services are being conducted.

After a similar protest last year in front of Holy Name Cathedral, the right wing blogisphere lit up with complaints that the GLN protest violated 8-4-010(j) of the Chicago Municipal Code, demanding criminal prosecution of the protesters by the City of Chicago.

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The February 10 Issue is Out Now426 cover

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is coming out from behind the clouds and for some, love is in the air! So every year, around this time, we celebrate that special tingle with our Romance and Weddings issue. Sure the stupid Yes On 8(hate) people still have gay marriage, in California, locked up in court, but hey, f**k them. They can’t stop us from loving.

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Fine Tune Your Love Seeking Radar with GaydarPhil Henricks. Photo by Alan Mozes

by Mikey Rox
Looking for love in all the wrong places? Let Phil Henricks help. He’s the marketing guru behind Gaydar.net, a pioneer in online dating and one of the most popular LGBT meeting places on the Internet.

In a recent interview, Henricks talks about the portal’s humble beginnings and whether online dating among gays is more RT or LTR, which political circle is quietly cruising the site, what Gaydar is doing to connect the underserved lesbian community, and why its new mobile app is more than just another Grindr.

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