Monday, March 2, 2015

Love Wins in Nebraska!

A federal judge on Monday ruled Nebraska's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued a preliminary injunction in the case brought by seven same-sex couples in the state, calling Nebraska's ban an "unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens".

Bataillon denied a state request to stay his decision but said his injunction would take effect on March 9 to assuage Nebraska officials' concerns of possible administrative turmoil.

Nebraska state officials quickly appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

"The definition of marriage is an issue for the people of Nebraska, and an activist judge should not substitute his personal political preferences for the will of the people", Governor Pete Ricketts said in a statement.

Nebraska voters in 2000 adopted a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman and does not recognize civil unions, domestic partnerships or similar relationships for same-sex couples.

The news comes just after the state lifted a 20-year-old ban on gay people becoming licensed foster parents. The policy barred unmarried, unrelated adults who live together from fostering parents, extending its reach to same-sex couples and people who identify themselves as homosexual, even those living without a partner.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Obama administration redefines 'spouse' to include married gay couples

Obama administration has redefined the term 'spouse' to give gay couples the same medical benefits.

The plans, which have been published by The Department of Labor in a new 52-page document, will grant gay couples the Federal right to job-protected leave from their place of work, so they can take care of a sick partner, child or parent under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave act (FMLA).

Under the revision, which will become law on March 27, anyone in a same-sex marriage, regardless of where they currently live, will be eligible for the benefit as long as they were married in a state that allows same-sex marriage.

Obama Administration continues to ensure all legally married couples have access to the same federal rights, protections and privilegis.

A new step for full equality in the U.S.

Tiffany L. Koebel from U.S. Department of Labor explained the change

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hunk of the month February: Evan Wadle

Evan Wadle (New Jersey,1988) entered the modeling world in 2006 with Silver Model Management.
He was featured in many publications including Genre Magazine, Tetu Magazine and Australia's DNA Magazine where he was man of the year, and others.
He has also appeared in numerous underwear and swimsuit ads as a clothing model.
Evan has gone into acting, and has appeared in small roles like in This Is Where I Leave You (2014), Being Flynn (2012) and Body of Proof (2011).
Awesome and powerful guy!