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"NewsWrap": California lesbian and gay couples doubly benefit from the U.S. Supreme Court's two marriage equality rulings on June 26th, as the high court rejects the legal standing of the supporters of the state's marriage equality-banning Proposition 8 to defend it in court – followed in less than 48 hours by the first post-ruling legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples in the state – and in the case of 84-year-old New York widow Edith Windsor, the justices declare as unconstitutional a key provision of DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, that denies federal recognition to same-gender couples married in states where they're legal; newly pro-marriage equality and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd unseats anti-equality Julia Gillard to again take the country's helm in a snap election at the Labor Party caucus, while Australian lawmakers add sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status – with worrisome religious exemptions – to the country's Sex Discrimination Act; to no one's surprise, the upper chamber of Russia's parliament approves a bill criminalizing "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations", a ban on the adoption of Russian orphans by foreign same-gender couples, and a 3-year prison term for blasphemy, while dozens of outnumbered activists are assaulted by nationalist extremists and then arrested at an unsanctioned LGBT rights rally in St. Petersburg; Macedonia Pride is marred by a mob assault on the building housing the Skopje LGBT Centre, and extremists spewing anti-gay obscenities and throwing objects at the house where a well-known openly gay Macedonian TV star cares for his ailing, elderly mother; thousands march to protest and mock a proposed "gay cure" bill in Brazil; and "Bert and Ernie's Moment of Joy" covers "The New Yorker" to celebrate the demise of Prop 8 and DOMA (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by GARY SHAW and NATALIE PEOPLES)
America's lesbian and gay couples have gone from being criminals to brides and grooms in the span of a single decade. The U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on June 26th striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's equality-banning Proposition 8 came on the 10th anniversary, to the day, of the high court Lawrence v. Texas ruling overturning all remaining state statutes outlawing private, consensual adult same-gender sex. Our coverage of this week's historic high court actions includes Free Speech Radio News reporter ALICE OLLSTEIN in WASHINGTON, D.C. and Pacifica Radio News reporter CHRISTOPHER MARTINEZ in SAN FRANCISCO, and comments by ("in order of appearance") American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director ANTHONY ROMERO; New York Congressman JARROLD NADLER; "DOMA" plaintiff EDITH WINDSOR; victorious Prop 8 attorney TED OLSON at the celebratory rally in WEST HOLLYWOOD; San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera; "out" California State Assembly Speaker JOHN PEREZ; and National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director KATE KENDALL; California Attorney General KAMALA HARRIS marries Prop 8 lesbian plaintiff couple KRIS PERRY & SANDY STIER in San Francisco; and outgoing Mayor ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA marries Prop 8 gay plaintiff couple PAUL KATAMI & JEFF ZARRILLO in Los Angeles
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