DOMA Unconstitutional, Rules New York Appeals Court. But It's Not Dead -- Yet.


The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled today that parts of the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional because they discriminate against same-sex couples.

But don't get your hopes up just yet -- the issue of DOMA's constitutionality will likely be decided by the Supreme Court, so today's ruling is more symbolic than anything else.

(Read the court's full ruling below).

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Upstate Farm Refuses to Host Lesbian Wedding

Melisa Erwin and fiancee Jenny McCarthy
Gay people in New York have had the right to get married for more than a year. Bigots have had the right to be fear-mongering assholes since the drafting of the U.S. Constitution -- but do they have the right to decide to not host a wedding because the two people getting married happen to be lesbians?

That's what a court will be forced to decide in what will be a precedent-setting decision after two women filed a discrimination claim against an upstate farm that is refusing to let them tie the knot on its property because they're lesbians.

The couple -- Melisa Erwin and Jenny McCarthy -- decided earlier this year to tie the knot. When they started searching for venues -- Google searching the words "barn wedding Albany" -- they discovered Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, which is just north of Albany.

When they called the farm to book a date, however, they were told they couldn't get married there. The reason: They're lesbians.

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Two Gay-Friendly GOPers In Primary Trouble; Homophobes Claim Victory


We're sad to report that two of the four Republican state lawmakers who voted in favor last year of Governor Andrew Cuomo's gay marriage bill might not be headed back to Albany following yesterday's primary -- and "traditional marriage" advocates see this as a big victory.

When the Legislature passed the gay marriage bill, it needed the support of at least some Republicans in the Senate. It found that support in Senators Jim Alesi, Roy McDonald, Steve Saland and Mark Grisanti. Because of their votes to give gay people the right to tie the knot, they became targets for more Conservative members of the Republican Party -- and two of them are awaiting absentee ballots to determine who won their primaries.

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NY Pol Knocks Gays, Whores And Politicians In Single Campaign Mailer

This is an actual campaign mailer distributed by an Upstate politician.
Whether you're gay, a politician, or a whore, some aspect of a campaign mailer (pictured above) distributed on behalf of a New York State Senate candidate probably will piss you off.

Problem is, we're not sure which group should be most offended -- the politicians for getting compared to whores, the whores for getting compared to politicians, or the gays for getting thrown in the middle.

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What Does Being LGBT (Or Wanting to Get Gay Married) Have to Do with Gambling?

Like GLAAD promoting a telecom merger, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force has wound up in the dubious position of weighing in on gambling, a not terribly LGBT-specific issue.

Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed has been beating down the path of a fascinating story over this past week, exploring how and why the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force has gotten involved with the issue of gambling in Maryland. His latest post reports that an anonymous source funded a gaming mailer sent to Maryland Democrats on behalf of the task force's lobbying arm.

We feel like we've been to this rodeo before. In our Voice Pride Issue feature, we asked, "What does a telecom merger have to do with fighting gay defamation?" as we reflected upon how and why the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) supported a proposed AT&T merge with T-Mobile. And now, we must ask, what does being LGBT have to do with gambling in Maryland?

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Q&A With Hillary Dworkoski, NYU's Anti-Chick-fil-A Provocateur

Hillary Dworkoski, seen right, outside of NYU's Chick-fil-A location.
When Hillary Dworkoski traveled from her home state of California to the bustling Big Apple for her first semester at New York University last year, she had never heard about chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. 'Chick-fil-A' was not in her vocabulary; neither was 'civic activism' or 'Dan Cathy.' She was an unknowing freshman in the Gallantin School for Individualized Studies, enjoying the wonders of living in New York along with the rest of NYU's Class of 2015. 

Fast forward a few months. Hillary begins passing around a petition on that calls for the end to Chick-fil-A's existence on the NYU campus. Somehow, the young freshman has found herself, along with a handful of other students, leading a University-wide protest against the organization for their reported donations to groups that opposed same-sex marriages. 

But, after a Student Senate vote abstained the University from getting involved, the protests dulled for some time. Until the rest of the country began catching up with the protestors: with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum standing behind President Dan Cathy's statements in defense of 'traditional marriage,' lines are being drawn on both the city and national level over the fast food establishment that is only closed on the Sabbath. 

Although she is transferring to Los Angeles's Loyola Marymount University this fall, Hillary is taking the fight back home with her. As we speak, the sophomore is busy organizing a protest at a Chick-fil-A spot in West Hollywood; one that was overtaken by LGBT activists on the designated 'National Kiss-In Day' last week. In her mind, this has only just begun. 

The Voice spoke with Ms. Dworkoski to ask what's next.
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Chick-Fil-A Flap: Brooklyn Republican Invites Homophobic Chicken Peddler Dan Cathy To Open Restaurant

Assembly wannabe Russell Gallo really wants a chicken sandwich.
Not everyone's in a huff over the anti-gay comments made by homophobic chicken peddler/Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. Take GOP Assembly hopeful Russell Gallo, for example, who has now invited Cathy to open a restaurant smack-dab in the middle of Brooklyn.

Gallo wrote a letter to Cathy yesterday apologizing for comments made by mayoral hopeful/City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who urged Cathy to stay the hell out of New York City because his views on gay marriage don't jibe with the vast majority of Gothamites.

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Mike Bloomberg On Chick-Fil-A: Banning Soda Is OK. Banning Homophobic Chicken Peddlers Is Un-American

For a guy who's hell-bent on imposing his will on just about everyone, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has taken a rather uncharacteristic stance in the ongoing flap over the outrage stemming from homophobic comments made by Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy -- especially for a guy who claims to be a staunch advocate for gay marriage.

During his weekly radio address this morning, the mayor said that trying to shut down a restaurant because of the opinion of its owner goes against the essence of the freedoms laid out in the Constitution.

Just to be clear, this is the same (ahem) freedom-loving mayor who wants to ban soda served in containers larger than 16 ounces, wants to hide baby formula from new mothers to persuade them to breast-feed, and who wants to rip the guns from the cold, dead hands of everyone on the planet (in other words, if the mayor wants to play the role of Constitutional scholar, he might want to get a refresher on the Second Amendment).

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Mike Huckabee's Tired Of All The "Hate Speech" Against Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy

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Mike Huckabee -- before he shed a few pounds. Now he's urging people to eat at Chick-Fil-A. We have a feeling that if the former Arkansas governor follows his own advice, that second chin might make a come back.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is sick and tired of all the hate speech surrounding the ongoing flap over Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy's comments that he opposes the gayz tyin' the knot. But get this: the "hate speech" he's concerned with is against Cathy, not against the entire homosexual community Cathy offended with his idiotic ramblings.

Huckabee appeared on Fox and Friends this morning, where he discussed his push to get people to eat at Chick-Fil-A in protest of the protests against Cathy's homophobia. He said the following: "The hate speech [against Cathy] is getting out of control."

Hey, Mike -- how about all the "hate speech" against the homosexuals Cathy relegates to second-class citizens with his need to go public with his opinion that they don't have the right to legally love each other?

Cathy's a Christian, which apparently makes "hate speech" acceptable -- he went on to say that his urging people to eat Cathy's greasy (in our opinion, disgusting) chicken is to "show appreciation for chickens [and] that people are still Americans and even Christians can take a stand for what they believe in."

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Democratic Party Approves Same-Sex Marriage Equality Plank for DNC

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Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade is reporting that the Democratic Party has approved a same-sex marriage equality platform plank for the upcoming Democratic National Convention.

Quoting outgoing, openly gay congressman Barney Frank, the Blade reports that a 15 member panel unanimously backed including language that supports the right for same-sex couples to marry. Despite President Obama's wink-wink, nudge-nudge stance about states' rights on marriage, the DNC plank sounds like it will mirror the administration's legal battle for full marriage equality at the federal level.

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