gay marriage

Civil Rights
8:16 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated

A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in June, a day before the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 9:54 am

It has been four months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling paved the way for thousands of same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits, and a special group of government lawyers has been working to make that happen.

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Civil Rights
2:44 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

New Push For Adding 'T' To 'LGB' In Miami-Dade's Human Rights Ordinance

A rally at Bayfront Park brought faith leaders and LGBT activists together in support of an amendment to Miami-Dade's human rights ordinance.
Credit Wilson Sayre

More than 60 activists huddled in the shade during a rally on Sunday in support of an amendment to the Miami-Dade County human rights ordinance. They were joined by faith leaders including Temple Israel of Greater Miami, Unity on the Bay and All Souls' Episcopal Church.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Triumphant Gay Revolution

Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution
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08/27/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with attorney and author Linda Hirshman, who documents the  gay rights movement in her book, VICTORY:  The Triumphant Gay RevolutionOver the past 40 years, gay rights have advanced remarkably:  from sexual activities being a criminal offense in most every state, to New York State’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011. Listen in Tuesday at 1pm for Topical Currents

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Civil Rights
3:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

The Pentagon said Wednesday that it will extend benefits to same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.
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Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 1:37 pm

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.

The move is an effort to bring Pentagon policies in line with a Supreme Court decision that found the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional.

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Civil Rights
5:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

After DOMA Ruling, Binational Gay Couples Face New Issues

Brian Mathers calls his husband, Isidro, in Mexico from his living room in Sioux City, Iowa. Brian and Isidro have been separated for more than a year by immigration laws that did not recognize their marriage.
Durrie Bouscaren NPR

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 6:13 pm

Now that the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, same-sex couples can apply for their foreign-born husbands, wives and fiancees to join them in the United States.

There are an estimated 28,000 gay and lesbian binational couples in the country, and for years many have been separated by immigration laws that didn't recognize their marriage.

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DOMA Ruling
6:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Gay Couple's Green Card Victory Activates Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Supporters

Julian Marsh (left) and his husband, Traian "Tray" Popov (right) with their two Yorkies, Phoebe and Rosie. The two men are the first binational same-sex couple to have a marriage-based green card petition approved by U.S. Immigration officials.
Credit Christine Dimattei

 Julian Marsh and Traian “Tray” Popov have two computers in the office of their Fort Lauderdale home.  But when the couple shows off their wedding photos, they use the desktop with the bigger screen.

"I think we both said that was absolutely the most special moment EVER in our lives," says Marsh.

They’ve been married less than a year.  And like many newlyweds, they admit they were so nervous during the ceremony that some of it is a blur. 

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Immigration
10:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Binational Gay Couple In Fort Lauderdale Becomes First To Receive U.S. Green Card

Two Fort Lauderdale men are the first wedded same-sex couple recognized by the United States for a green card, winning their immigration battle two days after the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to honor gay marriages.

“We’re in the history books,” said Julian Marsh, a well-known gay music producer and DJ, who sponsored his Bulgarian-born husband, Traian “Tray” Popov, for a green card. “Oh my God, that’s totally amazing.”

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Civil Rights
6:34 am
Mon July 1, 2013

How Will The GOP React To DOMA Ruling?

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 12:43 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

This was a week of big Supreme Court decisions which will have long-lasting implications and are also certain to present plenty of opportunities for partisan politics.

NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson joins us now to talk it through.

Hello, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hello, Linda.

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Week Of The Supremes: Gay Marriage And Voting Rights

Despite the landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage, married same-sex couples here won't be able to take advantage of the full range of federal benefits.
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On The Florida Roundup, we take a look at three big decisions out of Washington, D.C. this week: the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act as well as the U.S. Senate's vote on the immigration bill.

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Civil Rights
2:38 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Watch Online Chat Archive: What The Gay Marriage Rulings Mean For Florida

Florida provides no statewide alternative to same-sex marriage, and most counties (in gray above) do not formally recognize domestic partnerships.
Credit U.S. Census Bureau

What do the rulings from the highest court in the United States mean for Florida's same-sex couples?  

We'll unpack the Supreme Court decisions and explain what impact they could have in the everyday lives of lesbian and gay couples, from tax filing to naturalization and wills.

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Civil Rights
1:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Hialeah Cop Captures Struggle For Equality Through Short Film

Wil Jackson is a sergeant with the Hialeah Police Department and executive producer of The Denied.
Credit Wil Jackson

Floridians in same-sex marriages  and elsewhere hope to be indebted to Edith Windsor. She is the 84-year-old widow whose U.S. Supreme Court victory garnered equal federal rights for gay marriages this week.

Windsor nursed her ailing wife, Thea Spyer, until Spyer died of multiple sclerosis. Until recently gays and lesbians  Florida often have not had the opportunity to provide loved ones that kind of care if family or hospital staff objected.

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Civil Rights
7:45 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States

Allan Hoyle of North Carolina (center) protests gay marriage outside the Supreme Court.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 8:35 pm

The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to gay-marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.

For instance, one of the more notable reactions to the Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding a lower court ruling that blocked California's Proposition 8 from taking effect came from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Civil Rights
7:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

How The U.S. Supreme Court's Decision Gave Legal Gay Marriage What It Needed: Validity

THE CAUSE THEY LOST: In 2008, these protesters demonstrated in Fort Lauderdale against a gay marriage ban that was on the ballot. Sixty-two percent of the voters approved it.
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The benefits will be substantial for those who get them, but the beneficiaries of the U. S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act are just a small subset of  Florida's LGBT population.

They are the couples with marriage licenses from states where same-sex marriage is legal. Until now, DOMA prevented them from receiving tax breaks, Social Security, pension considerations and myriad other benefits that the federal government extends to married couples.

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Civil Rights
5:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Here Are Reactions From Across Florida To Wednesday's Ruling On Gay Marriage

Staff at Rosie's restaurant in Wilton Manors, a heavily gay community in Broward County, wear red in support of marriage equality.
Credit Amy Sherman

The Defense of Marriage Act has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States on the basis of equal protection.

The 5-4 ruling came down at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, sending waves of excitement across the nation.

Initial reactions online were lively comments from liberals who saw this legal development as the end of an era: 

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Law
3:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NPR Special: U.S. Supreme Court Recap June 26 At 8:00 p.m. On WLRN

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The U.S. Supreme Court is finishing its year with rulings on three major cases: affirmative action in college admissions, the pre-clearance requirements of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the status of gay marriage (Prop 8 and DOMA.)

Join host Linda Wertheimer tonight with guests Ron Elving, Senior Washington Editor; Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent; Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog and Michael Fauntroy, Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University for an hour-long special that will look at these rulings and reflect on the past year.

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