Category Archives: LGBT News Before July 1, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Posted by MK on Jun 26, 2013 @ 11:00 am
The U.S. Supreme Court

It’s a thrilling day for equality advocates!

The Supreme Court’s historic decision striking down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is available here. Its more complicated ruling in the Proposition 8 case is here.

Additional coverage and analysis are available from the New York Times and SCOTUS Blog.


Marriage Equality Momentum in the U.S. and Abroad

Posted by MK on May 17, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

Chart symbolizing progress for same-sex marriage

[See the end of this post for May 20 updates.]

In light of some recent encouraging poll numbers on marriage equality, I’ve updated a March 27 post that summarizes data from a series of 2013 surveys on the issue. You can find that update here: 2013 Polls: At Least Two Thirds of Young Americans Support Marriage Equality.

Of course, the recent good news on marriage hasn’t come only from the polls. Just this month, three states—Delaware, Minnesota, and Rhode Island—have enacted marriage-equality laws. Twelve states in total, plus D.C., have now approved same-sex marriage.

Click here for the Human Rights Campaign’s updated Marriage Equality Map.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has sued the Lake County School Board because of its refusal to allow middle school student Bayli Silberstein to form a gay-straight alliance.

From an ACLU press release:

“I’m really frustrated that we’ve reached this point, but we can’t wait any longer,” stated Silberstein, an 8th-grader at Carver Middle School. “The bullying at my school is really bad, and I don’t want to have another school year go by without kids feeling like there’s a safe place where they can be themselves. But the school board keeps trying to stop us.”

The legal complaint is available here. [May 4 Update: The ACLU wins, for now at least.]

A 2012 message from federal Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The Lake County School Board should listen.

A member of Florida’s Lake County School Board questioned the sexual orientation of a fourteen-year-old student in his district in an email sent last Friday.

The Board member’s disturbing comment came in a written exchange with musician, blogger and LGBT-youth advocate Katy Bourne, who had sent an open letter to two members of the Lake County School Board criticizing their efforts to restrict the right of middle school students to form gay-straight alliances (GSAs). I thank Ms. Bourne for bringing the comment to my attention.

As other posts on LGBT Youth Allies have discussed at length (see below), the Lake County School Board has thwarted eighth-grader Bayli Silberstein’s attempt to form a gay-straight alliance at a middle school in the district. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has been advocating on Bayli’s behalf.