Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Edith Windsor’s funeral

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at Edith Windsor’s funeral. (Screenshot courtesy Emanu-El)

Joining the LGBT community in mourning the loss of Edith Windsor, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance during her memorial service Friday to honor the LGBT pioneer as someone who “helped change hearts and minds, including mine.”

During the ceremony at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, Clinton spoke at length about Windsor’s impact on America and her advancement of LGBT equality.

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Obama on Edith Windsor: ‘Few made as big a difference to America’

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement upon the death of lesbian activist Edith Windsor, saying “few made as a big difference to America” as result of her pursuit for marriage equality.

“America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right,” Obama said. “Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor – and few made as big a difference to America.”

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Edith Windsor, lesbian activist who took down DOMA, dead at 88

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Edith Windsor, a lesbian activist who was a pioneer for LGBT rights and brought down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday at age 88.

Judith Kasen-Windsor issued a statement Tuesday confirming Windsor’s death but didn’t disclose a cause. The two were married in 2016.

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LGBTQ activists view Obama as staunch champion of their cause

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It was a new look for the White House: illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage nationwide.

President Barack Obama, who was inside, felt the glow on that June night in 2015.

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Gay rights group challenges West Virginia’s ban on marriage equailty

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Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) – A national gay rights organization is suting the state of West Virginia over its ban on same-sex marriages, declaring its Defense of Marriage Act a violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

New York-based Lambda Legal filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Huntington on behalf of three same-sex couples and the child of one couple Oct. 1. It filed a similar lawsuit last month challenging Virginia’s ban on gay marriages.

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Exxon to offer benefits to same-sex married couples

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New York (AP) – Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday that it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the United States for the first time starting next week.

The company says it will recognize “all legal marriages” when it determines eligibility for health care plans for the company’s 77,000 employees and retirees in America.

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Military spouses get federal benefits

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Washington (AP) – The Obama administration said it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages.

In a Sept. 4 letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines “spouse” to mean a person of the opposite sex. He says that definition leaves out legally married same-sex couples, and runs afoul of a June Supreme Court ruling.

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Marriage equality may have to be ‘imposed’ on Floridians

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According to the ACLU of Florida, marriage equality will essentially have to be forced on the residents of Florida when same-sex marriage becomes legal across the country. That means equality leaders aren’t optimistic that voters will suddenly rush to the ballot box and approve a measure legalizing same-sex unions in the Sunshine State.

“I don’t want to build up any false expectations that it would be good to run back to the ballot right now, or that it would be good to think that we should file a lawsuit any time until the hearts and minds change more and the environment changes a bit more,” ACLU of Florida executive director Howard Simon told the Miami Herald.

In all, 37 states have laws banning marriage equality, which has created legal chaos for same-sex couples who live in those states but are legally married in others. On June 26, more chaos was created when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned part of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that the federal government must recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples married in the 13 states that allow it and the District of Columbia. The ruling also mentions legal marriages from international locations.

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New York comptroller pushing for marriage equality

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Albany, N.Y. (AP) – New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.

DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a “place of celebration” standard in federal government, meaning gay marriages that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state pension fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures when providing benefits for gay couples.

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After DOMA: Now What? Panel requests call to action

By : David Thomas Moran
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As LGBTQ Americans across the country continue to celebrate the June 26 Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the immediate future of marriage equality in Florida looks bleak. Even so, a call to action is growing state-wide to bring about change.

According to panelists at the “After DOMA: Now What” forum held at The Abbey in Downtown Orlando on July 17, Florida marriage equality still has some significant hurdles to overcome even with success of defeating DOMA and Proposition 8.

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Equality Florida, ACLU target overturning Amendment 2

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In 2008, more than 60% of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that prevents same-sex marriages from being performed or recognized in the Sunshine State. But after rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court in June declared a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismissed Proposition 8 in California, Floridians are hopeful that someday marriage equality could arrive in our state.

A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s marriage ban may be the most viable option, but according to Equality Florida, that option must be pursued with care.

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Mariners fly rainbow flag to celebrate marriage equality

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In a show of support for marriage equality in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Decision to rule portions of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, the Seattle Mariners hoisted a rainbow flag June 30. The act makes the Mariners the first Major League team to fly a gay pride flag at a game this weekend.

The historical event at Safeco Field not-so-coincidentally falls on the same day as Seattle’s Pride parade.

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