Several same-sex couples living in Indiana filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban. News of the impending federal court case came out a few days after the state legislature passed a law that would prevent gay and lesbian married couples from filing state tax returns jointly. A federal judge recently overturned a similar law in Kentucky.
Indiana's Attorney General Greg Zoeller said he intends to defend Indiana's current same-sex marriage law. Zoeller repeated a sentiment made by Governor Mike Pence during Pence's state of the state address. The attorney general said Hoosiers on both sides of the issue should be able to engage in a respectful debate. When Governor Pence made his comments, he was referring to an amendment to the state constitution that would have banned same-sex marriage. Although this bill is not dead, it will not appear on the 2014 ballet. The state senate removed language from the that would have prevented the state from recognizing civil unions.
Caleb Hannan outed Dr. V in a story about her putter. She later committed suicide. Journalists argue about the story’s ethical implications. While they should be worried about the consequences of their actions, they have subtly missed the point. Caleb Hannan and his Grantland editors committed a moral and ethical error.
LGBT journalists know the consequences of revealing someone’s lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender status against their will. Members of gender and sexual minorities hide their status for their own protection. Even if an outing does not result in physical violence, it can result in people losing their homes or their jobs.
A website launching in February seeks to tell the stories of asexuals. The creators of the Asexual Stories Project want to show the diversity that exists within the community. They announced the launch on Tumblr, on AVEN, and on other asexual venues.
Lara asked Asexual News’s readers what she should do with the site. She has settled on paying for a professional site redesign. (Note: If you wish to participate, click on the Paypal button to the right of the site. There is a goal of $3,000 for 2014. She will contribute her own funds as well.)
Indiana and Pennsylvania are the next battle grounds in the same-sex marriage fight. Hoosier state lawmakers want to amend their constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The Keystone State battle takes place before the courts of the commonwealth. Neither state has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The high-ranking leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent out a memo about performing same-sex marriages in its churches. The brethren felt the memo was necessary because a federal judge overturned part of the Utah constitution. A federal judge struck down the provision that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. The church's memo did not use language that suggested that marriage is between one man and one woman. The Moron Church has softened is position on LGBT issues in recent years, but it remains inflexible on this point.
The Pacific Justice Institute issued a press release claiming victory in its battle against the California School Success and Opportunity Act. The petition drive still falls short of the required number of valid signatures, but it came close enough to the percentage that requires. The anti-gay organization fabricated stories about a transgender student harassing girls at a Florence, Colorado high school.