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Prominent Christian 'Mommy Blogger' Now Dating (Female) Soccer Star

Glennon Doyle Melton reveals relationship with Abby Wambach

(Newser) - Prominent Christian blogger and author Glennon Doyle Melton is dating soccer star Abby Wambach just three months after divorcing her husband, Jezebel reports. Melton revealed the relationship in a Facebook post Sunday night, in which she declared her love for Wambach and acknowledged their relationship has moved quickly. "How... More »

Utah Judge Quits Gay Foster Moms' Case

April Hoagland and Rebecca Peirce say they're 'thankful'

(Newser) - The Utah judge who ordered a child removed from her gay foster parents has withdrawn from the case, leaving April Hoagland and Rebecca Peirce feeling "thankful." Judge Scott Johansen signed an order Monday referring the case to Judge Mary Manley. Many had been calling for Johansen's removal... More »

Pope Met With Gay Couple Day Before He Met Kim Davis

Yayo Grassi, old Argentine pal of the pope's, brought his partner of 19 years

(Newser) - Kim Davis supporters who were whooping it up that the Kentucky clerk met up with Pope Francis last week may be dialing down their excitement a bit. First the Vatican announced Friday that their brief visit wasn't an endorsement of Davis' decision to not issue marriage licenses to gay... More »

Same-Sex Custody Battles Are Shaking Up Courts

Some say laws should evolve to protect 'de facto parents'

(Newser) - Same-sex couples aren't just making their mark on marriage, but also on breakups and the subsequent custody battles—so much so that they are "going to revolutionize the court system," a family lawyer tells the New York Post . The paper highlights one of several complicated cases in... More »

Gay Couples Are Doing This Better

They're better at sharing chores

(Newser) - In traditional, opposite-sex relationships, most women still do the vast majority of chores—regardless of how many hours they work or how much money they make. But for same-sex couples, where there isn't the traditional gender-based division of labor to fall back on, the chores are more often shared... More »

Same-Sex Parents Have ... Healthier Kids?

Australian study finds fewer gender stereotypes in gay families

(Newser) - A new Australian study finds that kids with same-sex parents have greater "general health and family cohesion" than most people because they're less influenced by gender stereotypes—but one critic is questioning the study's objectivity. Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia surveyed 315 same-sex parents,... More »

Obama Makes Gay Marriage More Like Straight Marriage

A host of federal benefits to be extended to same-sex couples

(Newser) - The White House is rolling out a slew of reforms today that will extend to same-sex married couples many of the federal benefits long reserved for straight couples. And in "almost all instances," the couples will get those benefits whether the state they live in recognizes same-sex marriage... More »

Honey Maid Turns Hateful Reaction to Ad Into 'Love'

Cmpany says it got more positive feedback than negative on pro-LGTB ad

(Newser) - Honey Maid released an ad featuring a gay couple as well as mixed race parents—and when it got some negative feedback, the company found a way to turn it positive. Honey Maid asked two artists to take all the negative and hateful comments and turn them into something else:... More »

Woman: Hospital Won't Let Me Visit Same-Sex Partner

Sarah Bray says patient's mother banned her, hospital says otherwise

(Newser) - In a case that highlights concerns about hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples, Sarah Bray says she's been barred from seeing her unconscious partner, hospitalized for a drug overdose and possible suicide attempt, because the woman's mother forced Bray to leave the hospital room. Technically, same-sex partners have... More »

Kids Can Now Have More Than 2 Legal Parents in Calif.

Gov. signs new bill allowing judges to recognize more parents

(Newser) - Heather can now have two mommies and a daddy ... at least in California, which has just signed a bill allowing kids to have more than two legal parents. The move is intended to recognize a broader range of family structures in legal cases, like those where a same-sex couple shares... More »

IRS Gives Its Blessing to Married Gay Couples

Same-sex spouses get same treatment as hetero couples

(Newser) - It's another milestone for gay marriage, this one involving joint tax returns. The IRS says it will recognize all legally married gay couples, even if they no longer live in states that allow same-sex marriage, reports LGBTQ Nation . They can move wherever they want, and their federal tax status... More »

Walmart Offers Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

Biggest US employer wants 1 policy for all states

(Newser) - Walmart is extending its health care benefits to its workers' domestic partners—including those of the same sex. America's largest private-sector employer, which has long been a target of attacks by labor groups for what they call skimpy wages and benefits, says the changes were made so it could... More »

Bill Clinton: Why We Must End DOMA

Ex-president calls on Supreme Court to reject law he signed

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is preparing to take up the Defense of Marriage Act—and the very president who signed it is urging justices to strike it down. DOMA came at "a very different time" in US history, writes Bill Clinton in a Washington Post editorial. No state recognized same-sex... More »

Puerto Rico Supreme Court Upholds Gay Adoption Ban

Decision comes on 5-4 vote

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's Supreme Court has narrowly voted to uphold a law banning gay couples from adopting children. Today's 5-4 vote comes in the case of an unidentified woman who sought to adopt a child that her partner had through in-vitro fertilization. A majority of judges upheld the constitutionality... More »

Same-Sex Couple Set for National Cemetery Burial

First-time event follows VA waiver

(Newser) - For the first time, a veteran's same-sex partner is due for burial in a national cemetery. Nancy Lynchild, who died in December, will be buried in Willamette National Cemetery in Oregon; her partner, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, will someday have her ashes buried alongside Lynchild's.... More »

Pentagon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

But DOMA prevents it from going all the way, Leon Panetta says

(Newser) - The Pentagon has decided to begin extending to same-sex partners many of the same benefits it offers married couples, Leon Panetta announced today. "It is a matter of fundamental equity that we provide similar benefits to all of those men and women in uniform who serve their country,"... More »

Lame-Duck Congress Back as Fiscal Cliff Looms

Postal Service, Sandy relief may also be on agenda

(Newser) - Congress is back in Washington today, bracing for battle over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. Legislators have seven weeks to hit on a deal, with tax cut extensions taking center stage, notes Reuters . But analysts warn that "the longer it takes the president and Congress to negotiate a... More »

Malawi Stops Arresting Gays ... for Now

Parliament considers dumping anti-gay laws entirely

(Newser) - As Malawi's parliament considers whether to dump the African nation's anti-gay laws, the Justice Minister has had the laws banning same-sex relationships temporarily suspended, Reuters reports. Police have been ordered not to arrest gay people, who currently face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. Two factors... More »

Napolitano: Gay Couples to Get Relief From Deportation

ICE agents will consider same-sex couples 'family'

(Newser) - Janet Napolitano put it in writing yesterday: Same-sex couples in "long-term" relationships will be less likely to get deported from the United States, the Huffington Post reports. The Obama administration had already said as much, but Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, solidified it in messages to... More »

JCPenney Father's Day Ad Features 2 Dads

Follows anti-Ellen DeGeneres boycott attempt

(Newser) - Looks like JCPenney is sticking it to those who slammed Ellen DeGeneres' hiring as its spokeswoman. The company's new Father's Day ad shows two "real-life" dads playing with their two actual kids, JCPenney says. "First Pals: What makes Dad so cool?" the ad's copy asks,... More »

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