Today the Department of Justice requested that the Supreme Court hear Lambda Legal’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act as well as the Gill v. OPM case, a unanimous ruling challenging DOMA.
DOJ is asking for the Supreme Court to take the case before the appeals court, which is supposed to hear arguments in September, gets to make a decision. DOJ stopped supporting DOMA in February 2011 after a determination from President Obama. Here’s their reasoning for filing the request:
Although the Executive Branch agrees with the district court’s determination in this case that Section 3 is unconstitutional, we respectfully seek this Court’s review so that the question may be authoritatively decided by this Court. As explained above, to ensure that the Judiciary is the final arbiter of Section 3’s constitutionality, the President has instructed Executive departments and agencies to continue to enforce Section 3 until there is a definitive judicial ruling that Section 3 is unconstitutional.
Basically, DOMA is unconstitutional, and we want the Supreme Court to just hurry up and say so. Let’s do this.
Trying not to get my hopes up but I cant help it!
A bill took effect in Massachusetts yesterday that will protect transgender people in the state from discrimination.
Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Transgender Equal Rights Bill into law seven months ago. Now that it has taken effect, trans individuals cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their gender identity. More details from the AP via the SF Gate:
The law adds gender identity to the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws as a protected category. Now, transgender Massachusetts residents will be protected against discrimination from employment, housing, public education as well as credit and lending.
Gender identity will also be added to the protected categories under the state’s hate crimes law.
Attorney General Martha Coakley called the law a “much needed update,” saying it will help ensure that transgender individuals feel secure at home, work and in their communities.
Woo! Go Massachusetts!
The Trevor Project is an organization that works to prevent suicide among young LGBTQ people. Right now, it’s launching something called the NTL (Need to Talk Live) Movement, a way to encourage us to talk to one another live even though things like texting and IM are ever-present and always tempting.
The insurance company Esurance is a supporter of The Trevor Project and of NTL, and they’re ready to donate thousands of dollars to Trevor - with your help!
Click the link above and you’ll be taken to the NTL Facebook page, where you can upload your profile picture to a mosaic advocating the NTL Movement. For every person who uploads their photo, Esurance will donate $5 to The Trevor Project. It’s incredibly easy, and it won’t cost you a thing.
Sometimes we want to donate to causes we care about, but money’s tight and it just can’t be done (I know I’ve been there). This is a great opportunity to give back to a cause that’s helped thousands, maybe even millions of people like you and me. And it won’t cost you anything - so why not?
(Note: I’m not affiliated with The Trevor Project in any way, but I believe in this cause with everything I have. Please help them out!)