DOMA Section Ruled Unconstitutional

By Boyce Hinman
In a stunning victory for the LGBTI community, a federal judge in Massachusetts has ruled that the US Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The decision by judge Joseph Tauro came in decisions in two separate cases.

In the first case, the state of Massachusetts sued the US Department of Health and Human Services. In its briefs, the state said that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the state’s right under the federal constitution to sovereign authority to define and regulate the marital status of its residents. The state alleged that the Defense of Marriage Act is based on prejudice and forces the state to discriminate against its own citizens.

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Our Annual Wheels & Technology Issue out now!wheels

Once a year we turn our focus away from all-things gay to what’s happening in the world with cars and technology. This year we have a story about the phone that is getting all the buzz, both good and bad. We also look at some cool things for your home, (where did I put those 3D glasses?) and give you some hot tips to help keep your car running cool.

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Turkey Police want to Friend you on FacebookIstanbull

By Doug Hitchcock & Mark Jenkins

While sitting in the holding cell at Ataturk airport jail, we watched every man on the force update his Facebook status two or three times an hour. We couldn’t see what was so interesting, but it was probably just the language barrier …

Yep, we spent three action packed and fun filled days in a Turkish jail, experiencing the greatest incompetency and disorganization of the Turkish legal system and meeting the kindest and most gracious people along the way. We will always recall the elegant Turkish business man who lent us his attorney to get us out and the perky Russian prostitute, Nilu, who interpreted English to Russian and her co-worker who translated the Russian to Turkish for us.

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HUD Provides Housing Guidelines for Transgendered

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided new guidance on the Fair Housing Act, instructing HUD staff that discrimination against transgender people can be addressed under the existing federal law’s ban on gender discrimination.

The new policy, announced on July 1, 2010, offers additional help to transgender people who experience discrimination.

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Supreme Court Upholds UCB Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Hastings College of Law at the University of California may deny official recognition and funding to any student club that violates its non-discrimination policy, as long as that policy is applied equally to all clubs.

The policy was challenged by Christian Legal Society (CLS), a student group that requires members to sign a Statement of Faith that, among other things, states that sexual activity should not occur outside of marriage and then only between a man and a woman.

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