The Human Rights Campaign together with Starbucks, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Microsoft are excited to welcome guests to the 15th Annual HRC Seattle Dinner on September 15 at the Sheraton Seattle. Here, the who’s who of the Northwest come to not only celebrate this year’s victories, but also acknowledge the future challenges that the LGBT community will face during the upcoming year. This year True Blood actor Joe Manganiello will take home the Ally Award.
The United States Supreme Court granted an emergency request to stay the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision that found Virginia’s marriage ban unconstitutional, yesterday. Marriages for gay and lesbian couples were set to begin at A.M. today. The Supreme Court’s stay prevents marriages from taking place pending further appeal. The Supreme Court has been asked by the Commonwealth of Virginia to consider the Bostic case in its next term to decide the question of marriage equality. The state filed its petition for writ of certiorari, or request for review on Friday, August 8, 2014. In light of the stay, lawyers for the Bostic plaintiffs intend to file a response in support of the Commonwealth’s petition to urge the Supreme Court to review the Bostic case and resolve the incredibly important question it presents.
“Never before have federal courts across this country so swiftly, convincingly, and unanimously come to the same conclusion on an imperative constitutional question as they have when presented with the issue of marriage equality,” said Plaintiffs’ lead co-counsel David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP. “The federal court system agrees, the majority of Americans agree, and the President of the United States agrees that it is time this country treats its same-sex couples and their children just the same as all other loving families. We are confident that when the Supreme Court reviews the Bostic case, it too will agree and end the flagrant injustice of segregating Americans based on sexual orientation.” [AFER]
We all remember the travel hell bestowed upon millions when Iceland’s famously unpronounceable Eyjafjallajokull erupted, spewing plumes of ash as far south as Spain. Well, Iceland’s Meteorological Office is hearing rumblings from Iceland’s major stratovolcano, Bárðarbunga, and it is striking fear in airline executives around the globe who lost millions because of 2010′s disruption. A good indicator that an eruption is soon to take place is an earthquake, and the strongest earthquake measured since 1996 was just measured on Monday. Because of this, Icelandic authorities have raised their aviation alert to Orange, which indicates “heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption.”
We’ll keep you updated!
I arrive at Zürich International Airport and quickly activate my Swiss Rail Pass (www.swiss-pass.ch), which is my one-stop shop for getting around the country. At only 216 miles wide and 137 miles from north to south, Switzerland is a relatively small footprint to cover, but, because of its neighbors, it offers a portal to a diverse range of culinary influences best experienced by rail tripping. My first stop: Fribourg (www.fribourgregion.ch).
One of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, Fribourg lies in the western region and the city of the same name features The Université de Fribourg (www.unifr.ch), one of the few bilingual universities in all of Europe. The city has a youthful pulse due, in no small part, to Cardinal beer, the local brew created in 1788 that flows at nearly every pub. While the city proper showcases farmers’ markets and the Gothic-style Cathedral of Saint Nicholas (rue des Chanoines 3. www.stnicolas.ch), I’ve got my eye on a particular café, but not before heading out of town to conquer my first Swiss delicacy: Gruyère cheese.
Lambda Legal and Morrison and Foerster LLP have filed suit against the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on behalf of the American Military Partner Association (“AMPA”) arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of the US Supreme Court’s decision striking down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. “Gay and lesbian veterans have served their country and risked the ultimate sacrifice to fulfill their duty to this nation,” said Susan Sommer, Director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal. “Married veterans and their spouses, wherever they live, need critical veterans benefits, earned through years of often perilous service, to take care of their families. No member of our community should be left behind just because their home state continues to discriminate against their marriage.”
From September 26-28, score something a little extra for your honey pot at Lucky Bear Weekend. This fully loaded let-loose weekend takes place each year primarily at the Blue Moon Las Vegas with daily pool parties, breakfasts, and after-after parties. But the event, which is primarily free, has plenty of time built in for you to experience Vegas on your own terms.
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Seattle is proud to announce Marry Me in Seattle, a celebration of marriage equality that includes special year-round, customized hotel packages and offerings for gay and lesbian couples. To kick it off, Seattle is giving away four First Wednensday Weddings to same-sex couples from out of state. From now until December. Weddings include air transportation, hotel, ceremonies, and receptions at iconic Seattle venues—with everything you need to start your happily ever after.
The person behind the hilarious ‘God’ Facebook and Twitter has now taken his almighty Internet power to help launch a campaign to spread the good word that God in fact does love gays. We’re all very much aware that the hate-group The Westboro Baptist Church has been spreading their malicious messages across the country that “God Hates Fags,” especially in their home base of Topeka, Kansas, and now God wants to do something about it. He/she has launched a crowdfunding website to help raise money to erect a billboard in Topeka that says “God Loves Gays.” “BEHOLD! God is tired of having hate-speech put into his mouth by bigots. Therefore, the LORD shall put up a billboard in Topeka, Kansas that declares to all that ‘God Loves Gays’!” the Indiegogo website says.
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There have been rumors spreading like wildfire that the power lesbian couple, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, is on the verge of splitting up. But, a new photo posted to Ellen’s Instagram proves that the Hollywood duo is stronger than ever. “Look what my wife did for our wedding anniversary,” DeGeneres wrote with a picture of the two smiling and sky-written six in the background.
Congrats you two! Cheers to many more years together!
Star center for the Phoenix Mercury, Brittney Griner, warmed hearts in the audience when she kneeled down on one knee and proposed to her girlfriend Glory Johnson, who plays for the Tulsa Shock. “Last Night was a Night to Remember I became the happiest person on this earth! (almost pass out but when that one word came out I came back to life) Me and my baby @missvol25 are in it for Life!” Griner wrote under a picture she posted on Instagram. The widespread media attention to the very public engagement comes just months after the WNBA announced that it would actively market itself to the gay and lesbian community, and allowing their teams and athletes to participate in Pride events across the country. [WaPo]
Congrats to a gorgeous couple.