David Bowie

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 9

1. The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up a challenge to Mississippi's controversial HB 1523 law, which will go into effect in October. The Republican-backed law permits government employees and businesses to ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Feb. 17

1. Remember that florist in Washington state who refused service to a gay couple in 2013? The state Supreme Court ruled this week that she broke Washington's anti-discrimination law. Her lawyers plan to take th...
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ENDA vote to come before Thanksgiving

A vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act could come before Thanksgiving, according to sources in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Blade reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will announce today that he will bring ENDA to the floor for a vote possibly as soon as next week.

ENDA, a federal bill that would prohibit employers discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, has languished in Congress for years.

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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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Gay congressman pushes marijuana legalization

Jared Polis

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) plans to introduce a measure that would legalize the production and sale of marijuana while creating a new federal tax in jurisdictions that have made the drug legal, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is also spearheading the effort, which has seen renewed interest in recent years. Polis is one of a handful of openly gay members of Congress and hails from a state that recently passed marijuana legalization.

The proposal would allow the government to treat marijuana similarly to how it deals with alcohol.