A light week for news, as we head into the summer doldrums:
- The Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) looks to be dead for this session of Congress.
- A federal district court heard testimony in a case to overturn Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) wrote that he believes the recent rulings against Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) should stand. He illustrates his view with the story of a couple married in Massachusetts, but kept apart when one spouse, a Brazilian citizen, was sent back to his homeland.
- Kerry’s story, of course, is as much an argument for immigration reform as for marriage equality. That’s why it’s good to hear that 37 members of Congress have just issued a new call for LGBT-inclusive immigration reform.
- The Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals said that a proposed initiative to overturn the District’s marriage equality law would violate the Human Rights Act.
Around the world:
- Argentina became the 10th country to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Blogger Andrés Duque has a lot of background on the vote (and his live tweets earned him praise from Mediaite). The move also means that “there are now about 250 million people worldwide living in jurisdictions which provide for marriage equity,” according to statistician extraordinaire Nate Silver.