Alaska Airlines asks gay couple to make room for straight couple or to get off the plane

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Alaska Airlines is in clean-up mode after a gay couple was asked to move seats on one of its flights to make room for a straight couple that wanted to sit together.

David Cooley, CEO and founder of The Abbey Food and Bar and The Chapel at the Abbey in West Hollywood, took to Facebook to express his anger with the airline.

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Romania’s top court OKs residency rights for same-sex couple

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) | Romania’s top court has ruled that a gay Romanian-American couple is entitled to the same residency rights as other married couples in the European Union.

The Constitutional Court ruling issued July 18 followed a decision last month by the European Court of Justice in the case of Romanian Adrian Coman and his American husband, Claibourn Robert Hamilton. The men wanted their marriage legally recognized in Romania.

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Hong Kong court upholds ruling in favor of same-sex couple

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HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal ruled Wednesday that the same-sex partner of a British expatriate is entitled to equal treatment under immigration law, marking a significant step for gay rights in the Chinese territory.

The unanimous judgment said the woman identified only as “QT” should be issued the same dependent visa that spouses and children of other foreigners working in the Asian financial hub are entitled to.

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Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe become first same-sex couple in ESPN’s Body Issue

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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WNBA star Sue Bird and professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe made history as the first same-sex couple to be featured in ESPN’s Body Issue.

Rapinoe, 32, is the midfielder/winger for the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League and is on the U.S. women’s national team. She served as guest editor of the Washington Blade’s sports issue in 2014. Bird, 37, is a point guard for the Seattle Storm. The couple was a part of 14 other athletes who all posed nude for the 10th annual issue.

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White House hails Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling as religious liberty win

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hailed Tuesday as a win for religious freedom the narrow ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to serve a custom-made wedding cake to a same-sex couple.

“When it comes to the bakers, we were pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision,” Sanders said. “The First Amendment prohibits government discriminating on the basis of religious beliefs, and the Supreme Court rightly concluded that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission failed to show tolerance and respect for his religious beliefs.”

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Supreme Court sidesteps major ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop case

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped making a major decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case pending before the court, issuing a narrow decision based on the facts of the lawsuit in favor of a Colorado baker sued for refusing a wedding cake to same-sex couple.

In the 7-2 decision written by U.S. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court vacates the decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals against baker Jack Phillips on the basis the state commission handling his case displayed a religious bias against him.

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Cumming: important to portray gay character in time of Trump

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Actor Alan Cumming will portray what is believed to be the first gay lead character in a broadcast network drama and he says it’s particularly important that the milestone is happening during President Donald Trump’s administration.

His crime procedural “Instinct” arrives at a time when Cumming said “the president is actively condoning, by his silence, violence and persecution against the LBGT community.”

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Court rules for same-sex couple denied housing by Colo. landlord

By : Chris Johnson of the Washingston Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A federal judge has ruled for a same-sex couple who alleged discrimination after a Colorado landlord refused to grant them housing, issuing relief on the basis the discrimination they faced amounted to unlawful sex stereotyping.

In a 12-page decision, U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore, an Obama appointee, ruled Wednesday the Boulder County property owner violated the Fair Housing Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by denying housing to Rachel, who’s transgender, and Tonya Smith. The couple were married seven years ago and have two children, ages seven and three.

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Young Chinese activists get to work after ruling against same-sex couple

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Changsha, China (AP) – For years, Chen Tiantian could only read about the gay rights movement in faraway places. She knew that there were activists in Beijing and a vibrant community in Shanghai, and that in San Francisco, a distant mecca, gay pride parades took up entire streets.

But on April 13, the 20-year-old English major sat on the steps of a courthouse and spoke fervently about how the struggle for equality had arrived in her central Chinese hometown – and how she planned to take part.

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Attorney in sperm donor case draws connection to marriage equality ruling

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas sperm donor’s battle to avoid being declared the legal father of a same-sex couple’s child has some similarities to the fight for gay marriage, the man’s attorney argued in court filings.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families has sought to have William Marotta of Topeka declared the father of the child born to Jennifer Schreiner in 2009. The state wants Marotta to be responsible for thousands of dollars in public assistant the state provided, as well as future child support.

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Gay couple pursues both names on children’s birth certificates

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Madison, Wis. (AP) – A same-sex couple who sued for the right to marry in Wisconsin wants a federal judge to mandate that both gay parents’ names appear on their children’s birth certificates.

Karina Willes and Kami Young were among a group of same-sex couples who convinced U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to legalize gay marriage last year. They filed a motion with Crabb on April 20 asking her to order records officials to place both gay parents’ names on their children’s birth certificates.

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Lesbian couple to be ordained jointly in Presbyterian church

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – A Presbyterian church in Wilmington is holding a joint ordination ceremony on March 29 for a lesbian couple.

The joint ordination of Kaci Clark-Porter and Holly Clark-Porter was scheduled for Sunday afternoon at First & Central Presbyterian Church.

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