5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 1

1. Donald Trump marked World AIDS Day with a speech that had no mention whatsoever of LGBT Americans, who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., more...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 31

1. Despite rumors about a massive anti-LGBT bill coming today, the president says he has no plans to roll back protections and rights set forth during the Obama administration. 2. Taiwan is set to become the...

RNC Day 1: Anti-LGBT attack, plagiarism, rules fight

CLEVELAND — Over the course of one night at the Republican National Convention, two different speakers Monday exemplified the party’s desire of LGBT outreach on one hand and continuing attacks on LGBT people on...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Feb. 20

1. Want to know how much the heads of HRC, Lambda Legal, Freedom to Marry and more than 30 other LGBT organizations make? The Washington Blade's got it. 2. “It’s very exciting. My little one was worried abou...
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Supreme Court hears arguments on Defense of Marriage Act

The United States Supreme Court

Questioning at the Supreme Court during oral arguments on Wednesday was just as intense as the previous day as justices grilled attorneys on standing and federalism issues related to the Defense of Marriage Act.

The prospects of the court striking down the 1996 law seem strong as no justices expressed any particular love for DOMA, but it’s possible the court may not reach consideration of the constitutionality of the law because of standing and jurisdiction issues.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Clinton appointee, expressed concern over DOMA because benefits — including Social Security survivor benefits and access to family medical leave — are withheld from married same-sex couples under the law.

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Same-sex marriage supporters, opponents gather outside Supreme Court

Washington D.C. rally

Supporters and opponents of marriage rights for same-sex couples gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices heard oral arguments in a case that challenges California’s Proposition 8.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson, National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill and gay retired New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson and his daughter Ella are among those who spoke at a rally in support of nuptials for gays and lesbians that drew a few thousand people.

Robinson also joined Rev. Dennis Wiley of Covenant Baptist Church of Christ in Southwest Washington, Rev. Abena McCray of Unity Fellowship Church in D.C., Sister Jeannine Gramick of New Ways Ministry in Mount Rainier, Md., Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall and others at an interfaith service at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation near the Supreme Court earlier in the day.

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Gay activists watchful as Obama delivers State of the Union address tonight

President Barack Obama calls for DADT repeal

Though the central focus of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address will likely be the economy, gay rights advocates hope the president mentions LGBT issues when he speaks to the nation tonight.

Obama is expected to highlight the recent repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in tonight’s address, but advocates hope the president will also issue calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act or the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

During last year's State of the Union speech, Obama called for DADT to be repealed: "This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are. It's the right thing to do," Obama said at the time.

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Frank pessimistic about pro-LGBT legislation

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) told the Washington Blade today that he sees “zero chance” of any pro-LGBT legislation coming out of the House of Representatives in the next two years while under Republican control.

“It will be a status quo,” Frank told the paper. “They don’t have the votes to hurt us but we don’t have the votes to advance anything in the cause.”

Frank won a tough reelection battle during the midterm elections against Tea Party-backed Sean Bielat. The win secures his 16th term in the House.