One of the primary drivers of the movement to corrupt and redefine religious freedom isn’t someone in a shouting match on cable news, but a decades-long alliance of top Mormons and Catholics.
Back in 2011, Alan Bounville walked 6,000 miles to raise awareness for gender identity and sexual orientation equality. But what happened early on in his walk, at a small grocery store in a rural town, is what led him to one of his most memorable experiences.
Equality supporters met with and urged elected lawmakers to support legislation protecting Missourians from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, and grant local school districts the authority to develop their own anti-bullying policies.
A West Des Moines Catholic high school that came under fire recently for refusing to hire a gay teacher, has approved a request by students to form a school-based gay-straight alliance called "One Human Family."
Proposals that critics say could be used to discriminate against LGBT individuals have largely gone nowhere in the Texas Legislature, and some LGBT rights activists believe a big reason is because of the backlash over religious objection laws passed in Arkansas and Indiana.
Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.
On paper, Paul Campion's home seemed perfect for a foster child - and one of the students he worked with as a school counselor was begging to be taken in. His partner was the PTA president, and they had three adopted children already. But they were a gay couple in
Married and living in New York City, Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas joined the legal battle over Ohio's same-sex marriage law because that's where their adopted son was born. Both fathers want to be listed on Cooper's birth certificate.
Luke Barlowe and Jimmy Meade never held hands in public. For more than 40 years, they lived together quietly, afraid to out themselves as a couple.
Every time Kim Franklin saw Tammy Boyd in their small town of Simpsonville, Kentucky, a Rod Stewart ballad streamed through her head: "Some guys have all the luck."
When Valeria Tanco and Sophy Jesty began dating during post-graduate veterinary training at Cornell University, their relationship faced more than the usual run of hurdles.
Maurice Blanchard says anti-gay sentiment was rampant where he grew up in South Carolina. Now he's one of a group of plaintiffs in cases seeking to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country.
Raising two young children in states that don't recognize that their parents are married has confronted Nicole and Pam Yorksmith with a range of problems.
Thom Kostura and his husband take lots of road trips, and each time they cross a state line they make a game of declaring "We're married!" or "We're not married!" - depending on whether the state recognizes same-sex marriage.
Like many dads, when his spouse is traveling out of town, Greg Bourke takes on the role of single parent, shuttling their two teenagers to basketball practice and other activities while working a full-time job. But Bourke has an extra worry when his husband, Michael DeLeon, is away.
An administrative law judge proposes that the owners of an Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple refused service more than two years ago.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday that businesses opposed to religious objections laws are entering an "unholy alliance" with the same liberal elites who support more taxes, regulation and "demonize" profit-making.
Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.
For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs - notably the presidential hopefuls - face a far more complicated landscape.
A new poll released this week found that the majority of most major religious groups now fully embrace marriage equality, and that even groups who oppose the right to marry are abandoning anti-LGBT views at a surprising rate.
Mike Huckabee has let loose with a litany of falsehoods about how marriage equality will lead to the “criminalization of Christianity," and went on to defend ex-gay therapy, saying government is barring chaplains from advocating against the “homosexual lifestyle.”
The leader of the North Carolina House says his chamber won't debate a "religious freedom" bill this year that supporters promoted as protecting religious liberties but others criticized as legalizing discrimination against LGBT individuals.
An effort to repeal a new Arkansas law preventing local governments from extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT residents moved closer toward appearing on next year's ballot after the state's attorney general gave initial approval to the referendum.
A federal judge has refused to grant a dying man and his partner state recognition of their marriage ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.
“Everyone knows I’m gay,” says 16-year-old Timothy Jefferson, who says he’s been constantly harassed and bullied by other students during his two years at the school where he’s studying to one day become an interior designer or a musician.
Texas lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward with two anti-gay bills, despite warnings from major corporations, technology leaders, and child advocacy organizations of the dangerous consequences.
San Francisco's Roman Catholic archbishop, who is at the center of growing debate over his opposition to gay marriage, will miss an annual march in Washington, D.C., next week opposing same-sex marriage, his archdiocese said.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is instructing a state agency to allow all legally married couples, including same-sex couples, to jointly be adoptive and foster parents.
A record-high 6 in 10 Americans support marriage equality for same-sex couples, and a similar share say individual states should not be allowed to ban same-sex marriage, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Less than a week before the U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear arguments over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, a GOP lawmaker has introduced legislation to strip federal courts of their power to interpret the Constitution as it relates to such matters.
The actress has left a big impression on Hollywood (and America) in a very short amount of time. Cox's skillful performance as Sophia on "Orange Is the New Black" and her work advocating for transgender women make her one of our boldest beauties yet.
An Alabama House Committee voted Wednesday for a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples on religious grounds.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes and "Savage Love" columnist and LGBT rights activist Dan Savage discuss how Republican presidential hopefuls respond when asked if they'd attend a same-sex wedding for a loved one, and, as Savage notes, how anybody believes they would be invited to one at all.
Legislation that protects members of the clergy who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate.
In a rare and revealing interview, Joe and Mimi Lemay shared why they let their son, Jacob, transition as part of NBC News' series on Transgender Kids.
A transgender South Carolina teenager has settled a lawsuit challenging the state Department of Motor Vehicles' policy governing a person's choice to take a driver's license photo wearing makeup.
A French newspaper reports that Pope Francis met France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, who is openly gay, and told him that the Vatican would not accept his appointment.
He's been part of a wildly popular superhero team since its very beginning. But there's something we never knew about Bobby Drake, aka Iceman of the X-Men... Bobby is gay.
The Nevada Assembly has rejected a bill that outraged transgender advocates and would have required students to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex.
Little Rock officials have voted to require companies contracting with the city to not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity, challenging a new Arkansas law criticized as anti-gay.
A group of 100 conservative lawyers and academics recently filed a Supreme Court brief arguing that gay marriage will cause 900,000 abortions over the next 30 years.
New York's attorney general's office wrote this week to the Boy Scouts of America nationally, advising that state and city laws prohibit hiring discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman, but are urging the court to resist embracing what they see as a radical change in society's view of what constitutes a
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments next week in a landmark case on same-sex marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds: There's no turning back.
A Florida Senate panel on Monday declined to vote on a controversial proposal that would allow taxpayer-supported adoption agencies to use religious or moral beliefs to discriminate against prospective parents.
After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an attempt by the National Organization for Marriage to reverse a federal judge's decision that allowed same-sex couples in Oregon to begin marrying.
A same-sex couple who sued for the right to marry in Wisconsin wants a federal judge to mandate that both parents' names appear on their children's birth certificates.
The resolution was introduced by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), who said the law, signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, would infringe upon the religious rights of faith-based schools.
I've rounded up the weirdest Supreme Court briefs that argue in favor of preventing gays and lesbians from marrying. Some are full of mistakes, others have baffling arguments. And at least one is incredibly sexist, and signed by a member of Congress.
Presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Sunday that he believes sexual orientation isn't a choice, but that he remains opposed to federal courts legalizing marriage for same-sex couples.
This time, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be on liberals' good side. During the opening week of her second presidential campaign, Clinton showed she had retooled her positions to line up with the views of progressive Democrats.
One person really can make a difference. For Ron Huberman, all it took to find himself on the path toward an accomplished life was meeting Harvey Milk.
The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the U.S. Supreme Court's major gay rights rulings.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse initially went to court to jointly adopt each other's children, not to confront Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. Three years later, the Detroit-area nurses sometimes can't buy groceries without supporters recognizing them and giving a hug.
Robert Grunn, a Cincinnati gay man who's been a licensed funeral director for more than two decades, joined cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in Ohio and other states.
Johno Espejo and Matthew Mansell moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Franklin, Tenn., in 2012 for Mansell's job at an international law firm. Their neighbors were friendly, Mansell says, but the family couldn't go out in public without being stared at.
Alaska LGBT rights organizations have formally asked Gov. Bill Walker to end the state's appeal of a federal judge's decision overturning the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
IBM's top North Carolina executive has told state lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory that the corporation strongly opposes proposed legislation supporters say protects religious convictions and opponents worry allows discrimination against LGBT people.
A Pittsburgh-area school district is investigating allegations of harassment involving students after complaints by parents and students voicing concern about a so-called “Anti-Gay Day” allegedly organized by some students.
A state judge ruled Friday that the city of Houston was within its rights to reject a petition circulated by conservative activists that would have referred the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance to city voters.
Democratic state Rep. Patricia Todd of Birmingham was introduced Friday as the new state director of the Human Rights Campaign in Alabama.
Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who fought tirelessly against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois, and who once compared LGBT people to the Ku Klux Klan, died after a long fight with cancer.
A package of constitutional reforms approved Thursday night would ban same-sex marriage in El Salvador and also bar same-sex couples from adopting children.