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Family values states Indiana and Utah get gay marriage because of course they do

Family values states Indiana and Utah get gay marriage because of course they do

Lesbian and gay Hoosiers lined up to get married on June 25, following a federal court decision striking down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling is a strong about face, coming just months after Indiana state legislators approved HJR-3, a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Judge Richard L. Young explained in his ruling: In less than a year, every … Continue reading

Roe v. Wade turns 40 amid waning abortion access

Roe v. Wade turns 40 amid waning abortion access

After years of litigation in the Roe v. Wade case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Roe, legalizing abortion 40 years ago today. The court extended the right to privacy clause in the 14th Amendment to a person’s choice to have an abortion; however, that right must be balanced with the state’s interest to protect … Continue reading

House nixes LGBT protections from Violence Against Women Act, Obama threatens veto

House nixes LGBT protections from Violence Against Women Act, Obama threatens veto

The U.S. House of Representatives passed 222-205 a version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill that cut protections and programs for same-sex couples, indigenous tribes and undocumented immigrants. The U.S. Senate previously approved those protections in April. The following provisions were cut from the Republican-controlled House version of the bill, all of which were originally … Continue reading

Senate approves Violence Against Women Act with LGBT survivor protections

Senate approves Violence Against Women Act with LGBT survivor protections

The U.S. Senate approved a version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill would extend protections and programs to same-sex couples, indigenous tribes and undocumented immigrants. The bill—enacted in 1994 to provide grant money for police departments and agencies to aid victims and prosecute domestic violence offenders—has received bipartisan support every time it has needed … Continue reading