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Federal judge rules portion of DOMA unconstitutional

A federal judge in Boston ruled July 8 — in two separate lawsuits — that a critical part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

In one lawsuit, Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services, Judge Joseph Tauro, of the U.S. District Court in Boston, ruled that DOMA violated the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by taking from the states powers that the Constitution gave to them. In the other lawsuit, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, he ruled that DOMA violates the equal protection principles embodied in the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment in an effort to “disadvantage a group of which it disapproves.”

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Transgender woman wins federal lawsuit against Ga. General Assembly

Vandy Beth Glenn wins lawsuit against GA. General Assembly

Vandy Beth Glenn was eating breakfast Tuesday when she got a call from Dru Levasseur, Lambda Legal transgender rights attorney.

“Dru called me and told me we had won,” Glenn said. “I felt excitement and relief.”

Glenn’s excitement and relief came after learning a federal judge ruled late July 2 that the Georgia General Assembly illegally discriminated against her when she was fired from her job as a legislative editor after announcing her plans to transition from male to female. Lambda Legal is representing Glenn.

After learning the news, Glenn said she broke down in tears.

“This is the happiest I’ve been in a very, very long time. It’s been two years this month since we filed the suit and I was fired more than two and a half years ago. It’s been a very long road,” Glenn said.

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Elderly Calif. gay man sues over separation from partner

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is suing Sonoma County, Calif., on behalf of an elderly gay man who alleges the county separated him and his partner of 20 years after his partner injured himself. His partner later died.

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By the numbers: Non-gay athletes and ENDA

2 - Maximum number of heterosexual players allowed on teams in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance $75,000 - Damages requested by three bisexual players suing the Gay Softball World Series for disq...
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Ga. student suicide blamed on bullying

The parents of a student with special needs who hanged himself are suing the school district in U.S. federal court claiming the system failed to protect him when he was constantly being bullied by other students, including being called "gay."