A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
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breakingnews:

Pope Francis says Catholic Church could support civil unions
Catholic News Service: Pope Francis said in an interview published Wednesday that the Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions.
The Pope did reiterate the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage but then said, “”We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.”


Photo: Reuters via NBCNews.com

breakingnews:

Pope Francis says Catholic Church could support civil unions

Catholic News ServicePope Francis said in an interview published Wednesday that the Catholic Church could support same-sex civil unions.

The Pope did reiterate the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage but then said, “”We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.”

Photo: Reuters via NBCNews.com

The clock is ticking on N.J.'s civil unions after U.S. Supreme Court decision

States With Civil Unions Are Depriving Gay Couples Of Federal Marriage Benefits

Exclusive interview with daughter of gay man handcuffed, dragged from husband’s hospital bed

Amanda, who was in the hospital room when her father, Roger, was taken away by the police, directly contradicts the hospital’s claim that Roger needed to be removed because he was “disruptive.”

She also accuses the police of wearing gloves, and worrying that her father had AIDS, simply because he was gay.

Colorado: New Poll Says 47% Support Marriage Equality, 76% Support Legal Recognition for Gay Couples

civillyunioned:

Voters are moving towards favoring same-sex marriage across the country, and Colorado is no exception, as it has joined the ranks of states which now favor legal marriage rights for gay couples. 47% believe same-sex marriage should be legal, and 43% think it should remain illegal. When PPP last polled on the issue in Colorado in August, voters were split at 45%. Independents fall at a 51-39 spread, and both Democrats (from 64-29 in favor to 70-19) and Republicans (from 15-73 against to 20-72) have shifted more towards accepting marriage equality.

Colorado had already strongly favored legal equality for gay couples. 71% wanted them to have at least civil unions, and that has only grown to 76% now, with 42% still preferring full marriage and 34% civil unions. Only 23% want these relationships to have no legal recognition, down from 27%. 87% of Democrats (up nine points), 80% of independents (up four), and even 60% of Republicans (up three) want gay couples to have the same rights and privileges as married heterosexual couples.

(via projectqueer)

civillyunioned:

Brazil appellate court says gay marriage is legal 
BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil’s top appeals court has ruled that two women can legally be married.
It’s the highest court in Brazil to uphold a gay marriage.
In June, a state court judge ruled that two men could legally change their civil union into a full marriage.
In May, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that gay civil unions could be recognized. But it stopped short of recognizing full marriages.
Since then, several couples have petitioned to have their civil unions recognized as full marriages. Some of those have been approved by lower courts, others have been blocked.
Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Appeals Court overturned two lower court’s ruling against the women.
In Latin America, gay marriage is legal in Argentina and Mexico City.

civillyunioned:

Brazil appellate court says gay marriage is legal

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil’s top appeals court has ruled that two women can legally be married.

It’s the highest court in Brazil to uphold a gay marriage.

In June, a state court judge ruled that two men could legally change their civil union into a full marriage.

In May, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that gay civil unions could be recognized. But it stopped short of recognizing full marriages.

Since then, several couples have petitioned to have their civil unions recognized as full marriages. Some of those have been approved by lower courts, others have been blocked.

Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Appeals Court overturned two lower court’s ruling against the women.

In Latin America, gay marriage is legal in Argentina and Mexico City.

(via projectqueer)

"Chile Considers Same-Sex Civil Unions"

"If the legislation passes, Chile will be the fifth South American country to legalize same-sex civil unions, joining Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay. Argentina offers marriage rights to gay couples."

"The Future of Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Measures"

Really interesting look at a predictive model for when each state would reject a ban on same-sex marriage at the polls

"McDermott introduces Tax Equity Bill for DP benefits in USA"

Health care benefits for same-sex domestic partners are currently considered extra income, and are therefore taxable, while the same benefits for opposite-sex married spouses are not subject to income taxes.”

Rhode Island House passes Civil Unions bill

Now onto the Senate and then the Governor

"Delaware Gov. Jack Markell Signs Civil Union Bill into Law"

Following the passage of civil union legislation by the Delaware General Assembly in April, Gov. Jack Markell (D) made good on a promise by signing the bill into law Wednesday night.  The law takes effect on January 1, 2012 and will make Delaware the nation’s eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.”