Equality news round-up: Our legal symposium continues, military spousal benefits introduced in Congress, and more
June 28, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
- Prop 8 Trial Tracker’s first-ever legal symposium continues. Here are our posts:
Our first post was from Chris Stoll, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Tuesday’s contribution was from Ari Ezra Waldman, who teaches at Brooklyn Law School and writes at Towleroad. Wednesday, LGBT activist Scott Wooledge provided his take. Today, Vienna Hagen, aka AnonyGrl has posted her piece.
- The PPACA (“Obamacare”) was upheld by the Supreme Court this morning, in a 5-4 vote with Chief Justice Roberts joining the four moderate justices. The decision is here. The four dissenters would strike down the entire law, including the Medicaid expansion. Here are statements from the Stonewall Democrats, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Log Cabin Republicans, and the Human Rights Campaign.
- Charlotte, North Carolina voted to approve domestic partner benefits.
- A lesbian couple in Texas were shot, and one person was killed. The shooting is being investigated.
- Legislation is being introduced in Congress that would ensure gay military servicemembers who are married receive spousal benefits.
- On the rights of LGBT parents and the courts.