News Roundup: August 4, 2011

Headlines around the web – August 4, 2011 [Will be updated throughout the day]

    House GOP Leaders Say Court Should Dismiss Edith Windsor's Lawsuit, Find DOMA Constitutional (here via MetroWeekly) - ”The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) has been defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court since President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Feb. 23 that the Department of Justice would no longer defend Section 3 of the law – the federal definition of marriage. In one of those cases – Edith Windsor's challenge to the law because of the $350,000 estate tax bill she was ordered to pay following the death of her wife, Thea Spyer – BLAG on Aug. 1 filed its motion to dismiss the case, arguing that Windsor does not have a legal claim to make because DOMA is constitutional. Additionally, BLAG – led by the House Republican leadership – filed its opposition to her motion for summary judgment, which Windsor's lawyers had filed in late June.”

    Citing new research, psychology group supports gay marriage (here via USA Today) - ” The world's largest organization of psychologists took its strongest stand to date supporting full marriage equity, a move that observers say will have a far-reaching impact on the national debate. The policymaking body of the American Psychological Association (APA) unanimously approved the resolution 157-0 on the eve of the group's annual convention, which opens here today. The group, with more than 154,000 members, has long supported full equal rights for gays, based on social science research on sexual orientation. Now the nation's psychologists — citing an increasing body of research about same-sex marriage, as well as increased discussion at the state and federal levels — took the support to a new level”

    Same-sex households skyrocket in Illinois (here via Chicago Tribune) - ” The number of gay and lesbian households in Illinoisjumped dramatically over the last decade, in part a reflection of societal changes that have made it easier for couples to be open about being in a same-sex relationship. In Illinois, the number of same-sex households increased more than 40 percent, according to 2010 U.S. census data released Thursday. The numbers were up in Chicago but also in the suburbs: in Aurora there were 463 same-sex households, an 80 percent increase over 2010; in Oak Park, the number of female same-sex households grew by almost 65 percent.“

    New H.I.V. Cases Steady Despite Better Treatment (here via New York Times) - ” Despite years of great progress in treating AIDS, the number of new infections with the virus that causes it has remained stubbornly around 50,000 a year in the United States for a decade, according tonew figures released on Wednesday by federal officials. The American epidemic is still concentrated primarily in gay men, and is growing rapidly worse among young black gay men. That realization is causing a rift in the AIDS community. Activists say the persistent H.I.V. infection rate proves that the government prevention policy is a flop. Federal officials are on the defensive even as they concede that the epidemic will grow if prevention does not get better, which they know is unlikely while their budgets are being cut.”

    Long Beach police investigate 3 assaults on gays (here via The Los Angeles Times) - ” Long Beach police are investigating three incidents in the last two weeks in which gay men were assaulted in or near the city's Broadway Corridor, a neighborhood known for its tight-knit gay and lesbian community.The suspect in one case has been charged with a hate crime, but the other cases are still under investigation, said police spokesman Rico Fernandez.”

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