White House Urges High Court To Back Same-Sex Unions Nationwide
Civil rights groups ask judge to order gay-marriage licenses in Alabama.
Feb. 9, 2015: Shay French, right, and Kiera Willis, both of Mobile, Ala., embrace after learning that Mobile County probate judge Don Davis refused to issue marriage licenses at the Mobile County Probate office. (AP) MOBILE, Ala. – A group of civil rights organizations filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to expand a suit challenging the state’s gay-marriage ban.
President Obama’s winding path on same-sex marriage reached a major new milepost Friday when his administration told the Supreme Court that the Constitution does not allow states to prohibit gay couples from marrying. The Assembly granted final approval of the right-to-work bill that allows employees in union workplaces to opt out of dues and membership 62-35 along party lines.
District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile includes Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Granade of United States District Court, could trigger the next salvo in a showdown between state and federal judiciaries over same-sex marriage in one of the nation’s most conservative states.
After endorsing same-sex marriage nearly two decades ago, and then rejecting that idea eight years later, Obama has made expanding LGBT rights a hallmark of his domestic policy agenda. In its ruling Tuesday, the Alabama high court ruled that state law “allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman.’’ It came after a 22-day period in which gay and lesbian people could marry in some localities. Casting it as the next chapter of the civil rights movement, the president has used language to reframe the public debate over sexual orientation and gender identity and his executive authority to expand federal benefits and protections for these Americans. BOSTON — A Massachusetts high school dean charged with the attempted execution-style murder of a student he had inducted into an alleged drug ring had once worked with Boston police on efforts to combat drugs and gangs, a police spokesman said on Friday. The court will hear oral arguments April 28 in a case arising out of challenges to state laws banning gay marriage in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio.
Shaun Harrison, the now-fired dean of The English High School, hired one of his students to sell marijuana and shot the 17-year-old boy in the back of the head on a Boston street Tuesday night after a disagreement. The victim, whose name was not released due to his youth, is expected to survive his injuries, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. BOSTON — Hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are vulnerable to attacks exploiting the recently uncovered “Freak” security vulnerability, which was initially believed to only threaten mobile devices and Mac computers, Microsoft Corp warned on Thursday. The mayor has long expressed his personal support for gay rights, but he has been loath to take a public stance as mayor in favor of gay marriage. “It certainly is a departure from his stance a few years ago,” said Cece Cox, CEO of Resource Center, a gay-rights advocacy group in Dallas. “But he has been involved in the LGBT community since then, and he’s learned.” “Welcome to the bandwagon,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “You rode the fence as long as possible but at least you fell down on the winning side.” Before Friday, Rawlings had often resisted championing gay marriage as mayor. It says that restrictions on gay marriage violate the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection and, for the first time, calls on the court to recognize sexual orientation as a characteristic — like race or gender — that deserves special protection. “In Loving v.
The wreck of a derailed BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil from North Dakota was still burning 164 miles west of Chicago on Friday, and the company warned that shipments along the line could be delayed up to 48 hours. … Two brothers were charged with murder on Friday stemming from the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer during the botched robbery of a game store, authorities said. And the motion asks that all of the same-sex couples wishing to marry in Alabama be named in addition to the four couples who are currently named as plaintiffs. That resolution, he argued, was merely symbolic and a distraction, since the city could do nothing to overturn a state statute. “I am not a big fan of signing toothless pledges, because I don’t find them very significant,” he said. Verrilli Jr. “There is similarly no reason to water down the otherwise appropriate level of scrutiny here.” The brief draws heavily on the court’s DOMA decision, U.S. v.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who has played a key role in shaping the administration’s approach to gay rights, said in an interview before the filing, “We fight discrimination in every way we can.” “We are delighted with the fact that when the president took office, same-sex marriage was legal in two states, and it is now legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia,” she said. As an Illinois state senate candidate, he endorsed the idea in a 1996 questionnaire with an LGBT Chicago newspaper, a comment his aides later said was written by a campaign aide and not representative of his views. In 2007, the mayor’s race came down to a runoff between business executive Tom Leppert and openly gay council member Ed Oakley. (Leppert won.) Dallas mayors have routinely marched in an annual gay pride parade. By December 2010, the president said his opinion on the matter was “constantly evolving,” and in May 2012, days after Vice President Biden surprised the White House by declaring that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage, Obama publicly endorsed it as well.
Most of the president’s allies had suspected for years that he backed the concept of same-sex marriage but was hesitant to embrace it in public for fear of losing support among African Americans. On a more practical level, the administration has expanded benefits and safeguards for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Regardless of where they live, legally married same-sex spouses are now recognized for most federal and military benefits and can receive health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Obama has appointed a record number of LGBT Americans to key senior administration posts, has nominated eight openly gay individuals to serve as U.S. ambassadors and has seated 11 openly-gay judges on the federal bench.
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