TX Federal Court Rules in Favor of Freedom to Marry

February 26 -

Today, federal judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio joined judges in Utah, Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia in ruling that bans on same-sex couples marrying or recognizing out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples are unconstitutional.

"Today the 6th federal judge in a row has ruled – in Texas – that there is simply no legitimate justification for denying marriage to loving gay and lesbian couples,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry. ”The court's holding is solid and serious, and follows the language and logic of the Supreme Court's marriage ruling last year and the Constitution's clear command.

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Far-Right Extremist Groups Decline But Remain at Near-Record Level

The number of far-right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013 for the first time in a decade, according to a report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). But with a total of more than 2,000 groups, the radical right remains at historically high levels.

“The radical right is growing leaner and meaner,” said Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC and the editor of the report. “The numbers are down somewhat, but the potential for violence remains high.

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Attempt to Repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act FailsKane is a 17-year-old from San Jose

The effort to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act — California’s new law ensuring that all children have opportunities to do well in school — failed to qualify for the ballot.

The law — also known as Assembly Bill 1266 — went into effect on January 1st, ensuring that schools have the guidance they need to make sure all students, including those who are transgender, have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate.

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Ugandan President Signs Anti-gay Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed what many are calling a brutal and inhumane anti-homosexuality act into law.

The law calls for life imprisonment of gays and lesbians for the so-called "crime" of homosexuality. President Museveni had initially balked at signing the law, and reached out to scientists both inside and outside of Uganda to assess whether or not gays are born that way.

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Opposition to Arizona's "Anti-Gay" Bill Mounting

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is being strongly urged by LGBT organizations across the nation, as well as members of Arizona's congressional delegation, including its two Republican U.S. senators (Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), to veto a noxious anti-gay bill disguised as an effort to protect "religious liberty."

The bill, SB1062, would essentially allow anyone in the state to justify blatant and brazen discrimination against LGBT people in services or accommodations based on a declaration of sincere religious conviction. The bill is a nightmare that would give bigots free rein to harm the lives of LGBT people and their families.

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