Suit Challenges Alabama’s Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage AmendmentPaul Hard (right) with David Fancher

MONTGOMERY, Ala. , Feb. 13, 2014 –

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced a federal lawsuit today challenging Alabama laws that refuse to recognize lawful same-sex marriages – unconstitutional laws that are creating legal obstacles for a man whose husband was killed in a car wreck.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on behalf of Paul Hard. It seeks to overturn the state’s Marriage Protection Act, a 1998 law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states, and the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, which enshrined this ban in the constitution in 2005.

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Outword’s Romance and Weddings Edition is Out Now. 498

This is a very special issue for us here at Outword. For years we, as a community, have been fighting some very determined people for the right to marry the person we love. California’s battle was especially long, expensive and hateful (on their behalf). But now we are starting to see a huge tide that is turning, and state after state is coming to acknowledge that not having equal marriage rights, is not being equal. So far we are still waiting for the piece of land that houses Fox News to fall into the ocean and disappear forever, but alas, that isn’t happening anywhere.

Read more: The New Issue of Outword is Out Now

 

Make a Pie-Pop Valentine for that Someone Special

Whether as a Valentine’s Day treat or an any-day treat, what could be better than your own personal, portable sweet treat on a stick? Cake-pops and pie-pops have been hugely popular for some time now — and for good reason.

Bite-sized portions of favorite desserts made easy are a dream comes true for anyone with a sweet tooth. And best of all: they’re easy to make!

Read more: Make a Pie-Pop Valentine for that Someone Special

 

Remarks As Prepared For Delivery By Attorney General Eric Holder at HRC Gala


NEW YORK, February 8, 2014

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addressed a Gala hosted by the Human Rights Campaign in New York on February 8, 2014, in which he announced that he and the Justice Department on Monday, February 10, will issue a new policy memorandum that will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.

Included in the memorandum will be:

• The Department will recognize that same-sex spouses of individuals involved in civil and criminal cases should have the same legal rights as all other married couples – including the right to decline to give testimony that might violate the marital privilege.  Under this policy, even in states where same-sex marriages are not recognized, the federal government will not use state views as a basis to object to someone in a same-sex marriage invoking this right.

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Transgender Student Facing Battery Charge Enters Restorative Justice Program

Judge Thomas M. Maddock of the Juvenile Division of Contra Costa County Superior Court entered an agreement with Jewlyes Gutierrez and her Public Defender, Kaylie Simon, granting her request to begin a restorative justice program to achieve reconciliation with her peers.

Gutierrez, a transgender student from Hercules, CA, is facing a battery charge after defending herself against ongoing harassment and bullying at her school. She will appear in court again in May to report on her progress, and is hopeful the battery charge will be dismissed.

Read more: Transgender Student Facing Battery Charge Enters Restorative Justice Program

 

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