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The Obama administration's recent position is that the federal law forbidding government recognition of same-sex unions is unconstitutional. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said government lawyers decided this week that letting gay and lesbian couples jointly petition for bankruptcy protection is consistent with that stance. The shift stems from a California couple who got married when it was briefly legal in 2008 before the state's voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. A U.S.
Five high school students will be given a rare opportunity to share their personal bullying experiences with the President, First Lady, and top officials in the Federal government. The teens will advocate for continued protections of LGBT students, including the federal Safe Schools Improvement Act now being considered by both houses on Congress. “We applaud President Obama for engaging with young people and inviting them to share their stories with his administration.
As he runs for re-election, President Obama is seeking support from gay donors who want to know where he stands on marriage equality. This week, he will headline a $1,250-a-plate “Gala with the Gay Community” in Manhattan. This is also a time when New York is considering making marriage equality legal - a vote that the president will no doubt be asked about while in New York. The White House would not comment on whether Mr. Obama was ready to endorse same-sex marriage.
President Barack Obama declared June 2011 Gay Pride month; and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia will fly the Gay Pride rainbow flag all month long in honor of Gay Rights. It flies this month underneath the American flag.
The U.S. Department of Education now regards school bullying as a civil rights issue. As a result, schools have been warned that if they don't take bullying seriously and work harder to protect students, they could lose their federal aid and face prosecution. On Capitol Hill, at least 23 Democratic senators are supporting and promoting anti-bullying legislation.
The New York-based group Freedom to Marry says Anne Hathaway [pic] and Martin Sheen are among a group of actors, athletes and business leaders urging President Barack Obama to support marriage rights for same-sex couples. R&B singer Mya and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also signed an open letter calling on the president to back gay marriage.