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The U.S. is denying marriage benefits to this gay widower, so he’s suing the government
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has a policy that says a spouse must be married to their partner for at least nine months before they’re eligible to receive a deceased partner’s survivor benefits.
That’s not a problem for most couples, but it is for Michael Ely, a 65-year-old gay Arizona resident. He was denied SSA survivor benefits when his husband of six months died of cancer in 2015.
Ely and his partner Jim Taylor met in 1971 and they stayed together for the next 43 years. But because marriage wasn’t legal in Arizona until October 2014, they couldn’t marry until just before Taylor died.
“We got married as soon as we could, quickly gathering our loved ones together in less than three weeks,” Ely said. “But we were only able to be married for six months before I lost him to cancer.”
Ex-altar boy is first in Penn. to file lawsuit against Catholic Church since bombshell AG report
A former altar boy claimed in a lawsuit Monday that he was molested repeatedly by a Pennsylvania priest who had admitted sexually abusing another boy a decade earlier — and who had been cleared to work with kids by a New Mexico clinic for troubled clergy that was derided in Catholic circles as "Camp Ped."
Bruno Tucci, now 76, allegedly abused the altar boy — who is identified in court papers only as a 29-year-old "John Doe" — between 1999 and 2001 at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Nesquehoning, a small town 30 miles north of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
On one occasion, Tucci allegedly told the then pre-teen boy to "put his arms out like Jesus on the cross" while he fondled his exposed genitals, the lawsuit states.
Defrocked Nesquehoning Priest Charged with Sexually Assaulting Boy in 1981
Episcopal bishop goes against church leaders, bans same-sex marriages
Priest son of Hobbit author JRR Tolkien forced group of Boy Scouts to strip naked during trip but was sent for treatment by church officials rather than to police, abuse inquiry hears
Gay couples from largest Native American tribe call for marriage equality
Tradition remains law here on the land of Navajo Nation, a Native American territory occupying parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
And the words of elders are treated as gospel.
But ahead of the US midterm elections on 6 November, national debates over same-sex marriage within indigenous communities are prompting the country’s largest Native American tribe to have a rethink.
Founder of alt-right ‘Proud Boys’ defends calling victims ‘fa***ts’ during vicious beatdown
Gavin McInnes, the founder of the alt-right group “Proud Boys,” defended using the word “faggot” while beating people up.
On Friday, after McInnes gave a speech in New York City, several fights broke out between his supporters and anti-fascist (antifa) counter-protestors.
In video that has gone viral, around 15 Proud Boys and skinheads can be seen beating up and kicking a protestor while he’s on the ground.
One of the assailants can be heard shouting, “You’re not so brave now, faggot.”
Thousands delete ride sharing app because of its support for LGBTI people
Philadelphia Archbishop: ‘Joy and wholeness’ requires denying existence of LGBTQ Catholics
In rare campaign for Cuba, churches advocate against gay marriage
Christian NCAA member Azusa Pacific bans all same-sex relationships
Azusa Pacific University, an NCAA Division II school with ties to the Christian church, has reinstated a previously suspended ban on same-sex relationships, sending LGBTQ students, student-athletes, members of the administration and advocates scrambling.
The school’s Board of Trustees late last week sent a notice returning the school’s policy to say “Students may not engage in a romanticized same-sex relationship.”
Some Christians have long held that the Bible bans sex between people of the same gender. This policy goes even further, banning all romantic same-sex relationships, even those that don’t include sex. The school’s policy already bans sex outside of wedlock, this policy simply specifically targets gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer people.
God has yet to weigh in on the decision.
Obama Gave Us Gay Marriage, Trump The Honeymoon From Hell
Business owner says gay people “need to be called out.” Let’s see how he likes it.
Fox & Friends got upset about an LGBTQ Nation essay. Here are the messages their fans sent.
Trump’s Latest Attack On Same-Sex Couples Is Exactly What His Base Wants
Trump administration halts visas for unmarried same-sex partners of foreign diplomats
The Trump administration will no longer provide visas for same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and U.N. officials serving in the U.S., a policy that went into effect Oct. 1.
Only if a same-sex couple is married will the spouse be eligible for a visa, but that could prove problematic for some, as the majority of the world’s countries do not recognize same-sex marriages.
Gay man sues Washington Teachers Union for discrimination
A gay former employee of the Washington Teachers Union filed a lawsuit in federal court on Sept. 18 accusing the union, its president, and its former chief of staff of subjecting him to a hostile work environment and later firing him because of his sexual orientation.
Upper Marlboro, Md., resident Barry Hobson, 36, charges in the lawsuit that he was subjected to unfair and discriminatory treatment and harassment by WTU’s then chief of staff, Dorothy Egbufor. The lawsuit says Egbufor served as Hobson’s immediate supervisor shortly after he was hired as a receptionist and office assistant on Jan. 15, 2017.
Hobson’s attorneys filed the lawsuit on his behalf in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In addition to Egbufor, the lawsuit names as defendants Washington Teachers Union President Elizabeth Davis and the union itself, which represents 5,000 D.C. public school teachers.
Gay man arrested after stabbing boyfriend for refusing 'second round of sex'
A gay man is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing his boyfriend.
Police are accusing a 23-year-old of stabbing his 46-year-old partner for refusing a ‘second round of sex’.
The incident happened Wednesday morning (19 September) in Pune city, India.
‘On Tuesday night, the accused visited the complainant and they had sex,’ a police official in Khadak said.
‘When the complainant again wanted to have sex in the morning, the accused refused, which led to a fight.’
Gay Star News
Man pleads guilty to blindfolding straight men and tricking them into gay porn
Men Lured to Oklahoma City Home via Grindr, Then Robbed at Gunpoint
Hours after raping a gay man, the attacker was killed in a shootout with police
UK Home Office to split this British-American gay couple, suggests they move to Canada
Conservative journalist tries to humiliate 11-year-old drag kid, but it blows up in his face
Catholic Church urges Cuba to reject same-sex marriage legalization
Cuba’s Catholic Church has urged the country’s citizens to reject the legalizing same-sex marriage.
The church said the notion of same-sex marriage in Cuba was due to ‘ideological colonialism’ being imposed by richer countries.
Santiago de Cuba archbishop Dionisio Garcia called on Cubans not to ‘ignore what nature has given us’ for fear of ‘regrettable consequences,’ AFP reports.
The church’s message is addressing Cuba’s upcoming referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage.
In July, the country’s National Assembly paved the way for a number of changes to be made to the constitution, including allowing marriage equality.
The current definition of marriage in Cuba is the ‘voluntary union between a man and woman;’ the proposed changes would make this ‘the consensual union of two people, regardless of gender.’
Gay Star News
Elderly lesbian gains victory against retirement home for harassment
An elderly woman said she was harassed and discriminated against at her retirement home in Illinois for being a lesbian. On Monday (28 August), a US appeals court granted her a crucial victory.
Marsha Wetzel moved into Glen St. Andrew Living Community in Niles, right outside of Chicago, after her longtime partner passed away.
While residing there, she said she faced terrible homophobic abuse, including residents yelling slurs at her and spitting on her.
In another incident, Wetzel alleged one resident rammed into her scooter and toppled it over. She said she fell and bruised her arm.
Gay Star News
Judge declares lesbian, 74, legally married to recently deceased partner
This homophobic landscaper has no interest in tending to gardens of “delusional” gay married people
Let it be known that professional gardener Stuart Dinenno, owner of Botanica Atlanta Landscape Design in Atlanta, has absolutely zero interest in tending to the gardens of “delusional” gay married people.
New York City Hall denied a gay couple a divorce even though they were married there
A gay Polish couple married at New York City Hall in 2013 was denied a divorce for being non-residents.
Andrzej Gruszczynski and Wiktor Jerzy Twarkowski took advantage of the Bloomberg administration’s “NYC I Do” campaign that encouraged same-sex couples living in countries without marriage equality to tie the knot in the Big Apple, the New York Post reports.
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled on Tuesday that the city should grant the divorce, since it saw fit to marry them in the first place.
Bayard Rustin Led the Fight For Gay Marriage, Years Before It Was Even a Conversation
When Walter Naegle first met famous Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin, he knew he was in love.
“I was headed to Times Square,” Naegle told NPR’s StoryCorps in a 2015 interview. “We were on the same corner, waiting for the light to change… He was of my parents’ generation. But we looked at each other and lightning struck.”
This was in the 1970s, before the AIDS epidemic devastated New York, and far before the question of gay marriage had come onto the national stage though the two were separated in age by more than 30 years, they would end up helping the relationship more than hurting it. When Rustin and Naegle talked about their future, adoption came up as an alternative to legal marriage.
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Kim Davis is touring Romania to encourage the government to ban gay rights
Disgraced Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, infamous for going to jail over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, is taking her anti-gay sideshow on the road. The lawless government official is in Romania exhorting citizens to take away the civil rights of gay people.
Davis is touring the country with Harry Mihet, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel for her attorneys at the religious right legal organization Liberty Counsel. The group has been designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
American fundamentalist Christians have joined forces with the Russian Orthodox Church to try to change Romania’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The country’s laws currently defines marriage as between “two spouses” and the advocates want it changed to “man and woman.”
Wolverine aka Hugh Jackman is voting yes to marriage equality
Hollywood heartthrob and all round nice guy, Hugh Jackman, is the latest celebrity to support marriage equality.
Jackman tweeted that he and his wife Deborah Lee Furness will vote ‘yes’ in Australia’s postal survey on marriage equality.
‘We believe all Australians deserve to be treated equally under the law (sic) That’s why Deb & I are voting YES #equality and #love!’ the Wolverine star tweeted.
Gay Star News
Cute dog kicked at for simply wearing #VoteYes tshirt
A Man In Australia Tried To Kick A Dog Wearing A Marriage Equality Scarf, & Twitter Is Up In Arms