The Gaily News: House Republicans send DOMA to the Supreme Court

The D.C. Republican Committee is the first GOP state party to rewrite its platform to incorporate LGBT-inclusive language. Under the "Family and Marriage" heading, it now reads: "We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full and equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect."

Though it's widely been assumed for years, CNN anchor and talk show host Anderson Cooper has publicly set the record straight — he's gay. Cooper came out during an e-mail discussion with longtime friend and The Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan regarding last week's Entertainment Weekly cover story about celebrities nonchalantly coming out of the closet. In his response — which he gave Sullivan permission to post — Cooper said: "The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud." He went on to say that he's always been open with those close to him, and until now tried to keep his private life out of the spotlight. "In a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted," he added.

House Republicans have officially appealed recent rulings against the Defense of Marriage Act to the Supreme Court. Last Friday, attorneys for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) formally appealed the decisions of two federal appeals courts that determined DOMA to be unconstitutional in two separate cases (Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States). This will be the first time the highest court in the nation will get to weigh in on the controversial matter.


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