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Anniversary of Stonewall Riots

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The Stonewall Inn in New York City is considered the birth of the Gay Civil Rights movement in the United States.  In 1969 on June 28th after the bar had been raided by police several times that year the Drag Qeens andpatrons of the bar rebelled against one more raid.  When the riots took off the police in the raid had to be protected inside the bar.  The riots continued for several following evenings.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

SCOTUSThe Supreme Court on Wednesday, June 26th, struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law signed by President Clinton that defined marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal law.

The decision was 5-4, with the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy — who also wrote the court’s historic gay rights decisions in Romer v. Evans and Lawrence v. Texas.  Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts all filed dissents.  Justice Clarence Thomas joined Scalia’s dissent, and joined Alito’s in part, while Roberts joined Scalia’s in part.  Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined Kennedy’s majority opinion.

What issues did the Court have to decide on?  Three issues were focused on... the first was the equal protection issue. The second was whether the fact that the executive branch agrees with Windsor means that there isn’t a real controversy in this case, meaning the court doesn’t have jurisdiction. The third was whether BLAG (the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group) would be harmed by DOMA being overturned, and thus whether it has standing to defend the law (a friend-of-the-court brief by Harvard professor Vicki Jackson wrote that even Congress doesn’t have standing, and even if it did, BLAG wouldn’t).

Justice Kennedy’s ruling held that the court had jurisdiction in the case, effectively ruling that there was a real controversy and that BLAG had standing to defend the law.  For Justice Kennedy, his ruling was based on his judgment that DOMA violates the equal protection clause.  Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment states: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

At NIDL we celebrate the Court's decision but realize there will and is more work to be done in the area of equal rights.

 

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Day Of Silence Wrap-up

Friday night there will be a wrap up to the Day of Silence in Fort Wayne gathering at Headwaters park and finishing at Traders Point Park (north of Headwaters Park, south of Lawton Park by the skateboard park) at 9 PM sponsored by a Coalition of organizations with speakers and candle vigil.

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Horizons Youth Group

About Horizons Youth Group: horizons
Horizons offers a safe space for GLBT teens and their allied friends to socialize with others and learn about themselves in Fort Wayne and the surrounding Northeast Indiana areaHorizons was established by UTSCC in 1997.  It is a social group for GLBT youth in middle school and high school.  
 
 
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Horizons is primarily a social/discussion group.  However, this format also serves as an educational and support network.  If you are a teen in middle school or high school who wants a group where you can be yourself or if you are a parent, counselor or teacher who knows gay teens who could benefit from this group please feel free to contact NIDL for more details or email to the address below with Horizons in the subject line. 
 
Hey teens!  If you need to talk to someone about anything... feel free to use the contact below.  We make great listeners!
   
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Normal Regular meetings are: Thursday Nights @ 7:30-9:oo PM

Donations:  As a NIDL-sponsored group, the Horizons Youth Group shares  the Fort Wayne Community Educational Center's 501(c)(3) status and donations are tax deductible.  Make checks out to "NIDL" and note them for Horizons in the memo.

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