7/14/2013 This Way Out

 

 

Program #1,319

Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

 "NewsWrap": In the wake of last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and refusing to hear a challenge to an appeals court determination that California's marriage equality-banning Proposition 8 was unconstitutional: the Pentagon announces that the spouses of married gay and lesbian service members will soon enjoy all the military benefits of their heterosexual peers, deportation proceedings against gay and lesbian foreigners in legal marriages with American same-gender partners end, green cards are going out to foreign spouses in U.S. bi-national same-gender couples, and gay and lesbian Americans can now sponsor their foreign-born same-gender spouses for citizenship, just as their heterosexual peers have been able to do for decades; successful DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor awaits a refund -- plus interest -- of the reported $678,000 in estate taxes she had to pay to the IRS and state of New York after her longtime spouse Thea Spyer died; the Supreme Court also rejects the appeal by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer of a lower court ruling overturning a law that had revoked the domestic partner benefits of gay and lesbian state employees, and refuses a request by Nevada's Coalition for the Protection of Marriage to fast-track a so far-unsuccessful challenge to that state's constitutional ban on marriage equality; the ACLU and NCLR file suit in New Mexico arguing that the state's gender-neutral civil marriage laws open the institution to same-gender couples, New Jersey couples press their marriage equality case with the state Supreme Court, and after waiting for the Supreme Court's DOMA decision, a federal judge green-lights a lawsuit challenging Michigan's constitutional marriage ban, while 11 same-gender couples file suit against Arkansas' ban; California lesbian and gay couples flock to city and county courthouses to get marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's Proposition 8 ruling, and a Delaware state Senator and her longtime spouse are the first to marry when marriage equality legislation there takes effect; Costa Rican lawmakers "accidentally" approve the legal recognition of same-gender couples; a record pink-attired crowd of 21,000 lights up Singapore night skies at the annual Pink Dot LGBT rights festival, while Istanbul Pride unexpectedly rides the waves of Turkey's pro-democracy movement; and a Brazilian bill to re-classify gays and lesbians as mentally disordered is gone, but not forgotten (written by GREG GORDON, produced this week by STEVE PRIDE & ANGELA BROOKS, and reported by JENN MAHONEY & CHARLIE BAUER) 

More than 6800 miles from the site of the Stonewall Uprising, U.S. service members have observed the first LGBT Pride Event in a deployed environment at KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, AFGHANISTAN. This official US Defense Department report captured the spirit of the celebration

Another anti-homophobia cyber campaign targeted NIGERIA this week when Irish "hacktivist" "Paddy Hack" took down the government's official website. "Paddy Hack" threatened to reveal high-level corruption unless President Goodluck Jonathan "renounces and vetoes" an extreme measure that goes much farther than ostensibly just banning marriage equality. Referred to as the "Jail All the Gays Bill", the law passed by Parliament in late May would imprison known LGBT people for up to 14 years, and slap heavy sentences on anyone who knows, supports or even provides services to them. UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER NAVI PILLAY laid down her organization's most explicit challenge yet to the draconian proposal in response to questions from DAVIS MAC-IYALLA of Changing Attitudes Nigeria on the "BBC World Have Your Say" program 

Singer-songwriter FRED SMALL became a "straight ally" long before there was a name for that with a much-loved contribution to LGBT culture. Queer music maestro JD DOYLE wanted to know everything possible about Small's signature song "EVERYTHING POSSIBLE" 

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July 14, 2013