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Equal Parent Benefits for All Couples

Suzan and Kimberly McLaughlin, a married lesbian couple, conceived a child using artificial insemination with an anonymous donor in 2011.  When the parties later separated in 2013, Kimberly began restricting Suzan’s access to the child.  Suzan filed a lawsuit seeking to be recognized as a parent that same year.  In April 2016, the trial court … Continue Reading

Lesbian Couple Disqualified from Adopting Refugee Child

So, can a lesbian couple adopt a refugee kid through Catholic Charities of Fort Worth?  Funny you should ask. When Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin, both attorneys and professors at Texas A&M University, learned that there were as many as 300,000 homeless or unaccompanied refugee children worldwide, they decided to adopt or foster one.   They … Continue Reading

Laws that prohibit divorce from a valid marriage violate human rights

The United Nations ruled in August that an Australian law that prohibits divorce between same-sex couples validly married from another country to divorce violates international human rights obligations. The case was taken to the UN by Fiona Kumari Campbell, who married her ex-partner in Canada in 2004, before the couple separated later that year. Dr … Continue Reading

LGBT film Moonlight wins best picture

Forget about all the other nonsense, let’s celebrate that an LGBT film won best picture at the Academy Awards! Moonlight presents the life of the main character Chiron and the struggles he faces with his own sexuality as well as the physical abuse that he receives as a result of it. The movie begins in … Continue Reading

The number of LGBT identifying adults rises

Gallup did a survey in 2016 which shows that more than 10 million American adults now identify as LGBT, making 4.1% of the population LGBT in 2016. That’s up from 3/5% in 2015. Millennials, who are viewed as more open-minded and accepting of different lifestyles, are to be credited for the increase. Millennials, born between … Continue Reading

LGBT National Coming Out Day October 11th

Tuesday October 11th is LGBT National Coming Out Day. On October 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The idea of a national day to celebrate coming out came on October 11, 1987 when a half million people participated in a march on Washington D.C. … Continue Reading

Says Justice Devine: LGBT marriage benefits denied, procreation encouraged

This week, Texas Supreme Court denied review, upholding a lower court’s ruling that cities cannot deprive married same-sex LGBT couples the benefits it provides to opposite-sex couples. However, Justice John P. Devine filed a dissenting opinion to the denial of review. Read the dissenting opinion here Pidgeon v. Turner. Justice Devine disagreed with the denial … Continue Reading

5 Wins for LGBT Rights in 2015

2015 was a banner year for LGBT rights in America. Of course, legalization of same-sex marriage (now just known as Marriage) was the biggest victory. But Caitlyn Jenner was a hot topic. And there were some smaller victories in anti-discrimination laws. Here’s a rundown of the big events for LGBT rights in the US in 2015, … Continue Reading
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