The confrontations between police and demonstrators at the Stonewall Inn in New York City the weekend of June 27-29, 1969 mark the beginning of the modern glbtq movement for equal rights.
Formed soon after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the short-lived but influential Gay Liberation Front brought a new militancy to the movement that became known as gay liberation.
The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
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Although best known for her crusade for women's suffrage, Susan B. Anthony spoke out on a range of feminist issues.
With reports from hundreds of sub-Saharan African locales of male-male sexual relations and from about fifty of female-female sexual relations, it is clear that same-sex sexual relations existed in traditional African societies, though varying in forms and in the degree of public acceptance
Androgyny, a psychological blending of gender traits, has long been embraced by strong women, soft men, members of queer communities, and others who do not easily fit into traditionally defined gender categories.
A cultural crossroads between Asia and Europe, Russia has a long, rich, and often violent heritage of varied influences and stark confrontations in regard to its patterns of same-sex love.
On July 18, 2013, hours before a court deadline, House Republican leaders announced that the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) will no longer defend challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and related statutes. The decision comes three weeks after the Supreme Court ruling in Windsor v. United States, which declared DOMA unconstitutional, and just hours before a federal district judge had ordered BLAG to respond to a request for a summary judgment in a suit involving the rights of servicemembers and their same-sex spouses. BLAG had intervened in that case to defend the federal definition of marriage in the U. S. Code of Military Justice.
In a filing in the case of McLaughlin et al. v. Panetta, BLAG informed the Court that "the House has determined, in light of the Supreme Court's opinion in Windsor, that it no longer will defend the [related statute in the U. S. Code of Military Justice]. Accordingly, the House now seeks leave to withdraw as a party defendant."
As Chris Geidner reports in BuzzFeed, the motion is in response to a recent filing in the case that asked for a summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, who are challenging (in addition to DOMA) two statutes in Title 38 of the U.S. Code regarding veterans' benefits that define "spouse" as a "person of the opposite sex."
"The document from the legal team speaks for itself," House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, told BuzzFeed, when asked for comment on the move.
In response to the news that BLAG had ceased defending the statutes, Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign said, "After millions of taxpayer dollars wasted defending discrimination, it's a historic sign of the times that the House leadership is dropping its pointless quest to maintain second-class status for lesbian and gay couples."
There are additional cases remaining in federal courts challenging DOMA and related statutes. The Windsor decision means that these cases must be decided in favor of the plaintiffs. It is good news that BLAG seems to have reached the same conclusion and are finally withdrawing from the futile (but expensive) practice of fighting these challenges.
Since the appointment of Paul Clement to defend DOMA after the Department of Justice in February 2011, acting on the orders of President Obama, decided no longer to defend a law it had determined was unconstitutional, Clement has not won a single case. With Clement reportedly paid $520 per hour, the House appropriated more than $3,000,000 to defend the discriminatory law.
In the video below, NBC reporter Pete Williams reports on the Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA.