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  1. Paul Douglas
    June 24, 2014

    Thanks Jim, for reminding of us things we didn’t know and should never forget. And the christianists whine about THEMSELVES being persecuted!

  2. Spunky
    June 24, 2014

    This may be the single worst day in LGBT history. I still can’t believe the arson of 1973 actually occurred, and that seemingly no one of authority did anything about it.

  3. Eric Payne
    June 24, 2014

    I thought I had read, in yesterday’s Towleroad “Monday Speed Read” that the Social Security Administration had quietly changed its’ determination and that, on review, SSA benefits for same-gender couples would only be issued to couples who reside in a marriage equality state, despite state of officiation.

    Yesterday was a bad day for me, healthwise… when I went back to Towleroad this morning, “Monday Speed Read” had already aged off the cached content. Checking SSA’s site, it just says to call SSA to determine eligibility… which seems odd, if same-gender couples are all eligible, if they were legally married.

  4. Eric Payne
    June 24, 2014

    Got my own questioned answered by the Social Security Regional Office here in Atlanta.

    Working with the Department of Justice, Social Security has determined, by the Social Security Act, same-sex couples who live in states that do not recognize marriage equality ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to receive benefits, benefits are based on state of domicile.

  5. Richard Rush
    June 24, 2014

    Eric, last week you mentioned an upcoming “appointment Friday afternoon with counsel.” ( http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2014/06/18/65203/comment-page-1#comment-496876 ) I realize you may not be able to talk about it, but I’m hoping something positive came from it.

  6. Clayton
    June 24, 2014

    @ Spunky,

    I’m the Clayton Delery-Edwards who wrote the book, The Up Stairs Lounge Arson, which was mentioned at the end of the entry on the fire. The book devotes one chapter to the response by government and religious leaders (or, rather, to the lack of response), and two chapters to the criminal investigations. You should find it an interesting read: http://www.delery-edwards.com

  7. Eric Payne
    June 24, 2014

    Nothing positive.

    Georgia is a work-at-will state, a person may quit, at any time. They can also be terminated, at any time for any reason. A terminated person may believe they’ve been terminated, in spite of some individual federal protection… but then they have to prove that allegation. In a work-at-will state, regardless of years of service, simply “not a good fit” is sufficient.

    So, Bill and I half-way expect, any day now, for the boom to fall.

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