SNAP: Alaska judge backs tax breaks for gay couples
A state judge in Alaska ruled that elderly gay couples are entitled to the same senior citizen property tax discounts that are given to married elderly couples. Judge Frank Pfiffner said the state marital classification violates Alaska’s constitutional promise for equal protection. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged tax rules for three couples who were denied the same tax breaks they would have been entitled to if they were married. One of the couples, Julie Schmidt and Gayle Schuh, had been together 34 years.
SLAP: Anti-gay group protests new ‘Schweddy Balls’ ice cream
The American Family Association is calling for a nationwide boycott of the new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor named after a popular Saturday Night Live sketch, ‘Schweddy Balls.’ The sketch originally aired in 1998, and featured Alec Baldwin, Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer. Baldwin played a baker named Pete Schewddy who shared his famous holiday treat with the two public radio hosts and famously said, “No one can resist my Schweddy balls.” The AFA released a statement calling for a national boycott of all Ben & Jerry’s ice cream calling the flavor ‘sexually suggestive.’
SNAP: Obama calls for gay rights in UN Assembly
President Barack Obama recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly where he asked all nations to increase rights and protections for their gay and lesbian citizens. Obama said that in order for all nations to reach their full potential, all citizens must be free to reach theirs. He went on to say, “no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.” However, Obama still publicly denounces the legalization of same-sex marriage.