Yes supporters celebrate their new found equality on Saturday, May 23, 2015, after Ireland became the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote of its citizens. A nation reborn: Ireland’s gay community awakens to a whole new world
Ireland's gay citizens woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn - some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. Ireland's unexpectedly strong 62 percent "yes" to adding same-sex marriage to its conservative 1937 constitution is expected to lead to a wave of gay weddings this summer.

Bayard Rustin
The Christian Right’s claims of persecution by the secular state ring hollow

As a society we have long wrestled with religious objections to a wide range of public interests, from African American civil rights, to mandatory vaccinations, and even public schooling...

A yes supporter waits at Dublin castle for the final result in the referendum in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.
Ireland votes resoundingly to legalize same-sex marriage

Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize same-sex marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."

Bill Novak, right, and Norman MacArthur at their home in Erwinna, Pa. The couple, who were legally recognized as father and son, has gotten a judge to vacate the adoption now that same-sex partners can get married in Pennsylvania.
Gay couple, one of whom adopted the other, has adoption vacated now that they can marry

When Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur moved to the Philadelphia suburbs nearly 20 years ago, they were dismayed to learn that Pennsylvania would not recognize their domestic partnership from New York.

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TLC yanks ’19 Kids’ from schedule amid Josh Duggar molestation confession

Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession ... the network had to make the decision.

Michael Sam
Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league.

Sarah Davis
First Texas GOP lawmaker backs same-sex marriage

Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) expressed support for same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first Republican state lawmaker in Texas history to publicly do so.

YES posters cover a shop's windows in the center of Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 21, 2015. People from across the Republic of Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a vote that pits the power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded Irish government of Enda Kenny.
Five things to know about Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum

Ireland's voters decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage. While 19 other nations and most U.S. states have already done so, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote.

Members of the Yes Equality campaign begin canvassing in the center of Dublin, Ireland, Thursday May 21, 2015. People from across the Republic of Ireland will vote Friday in a referendum on the legalization of same-sex marriage, a vote that pits the power of the Catholic Church against the secular-minded Irish government of Enda Kenny.
Ireland goes to the polls to vote on marriage equality

Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring same-sex marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday.

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Judge again rules gay couples across Alabama have right to marry, puts decision on hold

A federal judge has again ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.

Josh Duggar
Josh Duggar resigns from anti‑gay hate group amid reports he molested five girls as a teenager

Josh Duggar resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations becoming public.

Michigan
ACLU sues Michigan over driver’s licenses for transgender individuals

Six transgender Michigan residents sued the state Thursday over its strict policy on changing gender identities on driver's licenses.

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Alabama GOP leader says ‘religious freedom’ bills targeting gays likely dead

The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said Thursday that he believes religious freedom bills that target gays and lesbians are likely dead for the legislative session.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy
Appeals court delays transgender inmate’s surgery after panel recommends parole

The separate decisions make it less likely that convicted killer Michelle-Lael Norsworthy will receive prison-funded sex reassignment surgery before she is released.

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Mitch Landrieu
New Orleans mayor blasts Jindal with counter executive order protecting LGBT individuals

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu responded to Gov. Bobby Jindal's controversial religious objections executive order by issuing an order of his own.

Texas state capitol in Austin.
Texas House approves bill protecting clergy from officiating same-sex unions

The Texas state House is has given preliminary approval to a GOP-backed bill allowing clergy members to refuse to perform marriages that violate their beliefs.

Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
Critics bash Jindal over ‘religious freedom’ executive order

"Arrogant" and "cynical" — that's what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called President Barack Obama last fall after the president issued an executive order addressing the hot-button social issue of illegal

Robert Gates
Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults no longer sustainable

The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for

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Mom: Pastor outed on Grindr told her gay son he was going to hell

A parent has come forward with new accusations against the anti-gay pastor who was outed on Grindr, and says the pastor told her suicidal gay son he might as well

Yes campaign posters are seen in Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Barely a generation ago, Ireland listed homosexual acts as a crime and made gays lead secret lives or emigrate to more liberal lands. But on Friday, May 22, 2015, in the world’s first national referendum on the matter, the Irish could vote to legalize same-sex marriage.
Irish premier: ‘Create history’ by voting yes for same-sex marriage

Prime Minister Enda Kenny is urging Ireland's voters to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in a referendum that pits the power of the Catholic Church against his secular-minded government.

London Banks
Arrest made in stabbing death of transgender woman in Philadelphia

Raheam Felton, 31, of Southwest Philadelphia, was charged with murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the killing of London Banks earlier this week.

AP
Professor retracts study on same-sex marriage opinions following false data allegations

Donald Green, who teaches political science at Columbia, said his co-author had been unable to produce the raw data that purportedly was used to come up with the study's findings.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy
Parole could end transgender inmate’s effort to have reassignment surgery

State officials say 51-year-old Michelle-Lael Norsworthy has postponed her parole hearing several times with the hope of having the surgery.

AP
Born this way: Majority of Americans say being gay is not a choice

A new Gallup poll released Wednesday finds that, for the first time, a majority of Americans say same-sex orientation is something gays and lesbians are born with, rather than something

New York police say the man pictured here,  El-Amin Bayna, is wanted in connection with the attack on two men in New York on May 5.
Suspect identified in chair bashing attack on gay couple in Manhattan restaurant

New York police say they have identified the suspect in an attack earlier this month inside a Manhattan restaurant in which a same-sex couple was bashed over the head with

Jean-Marie Lovey
Top Swiss Bishop: Being gay is a weakness that can be cured

Jean-Marie Lovey, one of Switzerland’s most prominent Catholic Bishops, said on Tuesday that he is persuaded that "homosexuality can be cured" by prayer or “psychological healing."

Argentina judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamín Sal Llargués.
Argentinian judges reduce rapist’s sentence ‘because six-year-old victim was gay’

The child had a "homosexual orientation," Argentinian appeal court judges said in their ruling as they reduced the prison sentence for Mario Tolosa from six years to 38 months

Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
Gay conversion therapy ban passes Illinois House

The bill prohibits licensed mental health care providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with anyone under the age of 18.

Shelly Bailes, 74, left, and her wife, Ellen Pontac, 73, of Davis, Calif., kiss in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, where justices were hearing arguments in same-sex marriage cases, April 28, 2015.
Gallup: Record-high 60 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage

Just one month before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of states’ same-sex marriage bans, support for gay unions has reached a record 60 percent.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Host of Rubio fundraiser was foreign agent for dictator who endorses gay beheadings

Jennifer Lukawsk recently served as the registered foreign agent for Gambia, a western African regime known for its human rights abuses, including repeated threats to behead gay people.

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Defiant Jindal issues executive order after Louisiana House panel kills anti-gay bill

Louisiana lawmakers on Tuesday shelved a divisive religious objections bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, but the governor fought back, issuing an executive order aimed at doing the same thing.

Kate Brown
Oregon governor signs bill banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth

The measure makes it illegal for social workers or licensed mental health professional to practice therapy treatments purporting to change the sexual orientation of children younger than 18.

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Anti-LGBT pastor resigns after Grindr photos, hook-up conversations exposed

Rev. Matthew Makela resigned as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church just one day before Queerty posted screenshots and text messages of sexually explicit conversations between the pastor and other

Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana House committee kills anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill

Our legislators decided that Louisiana would not be the next Indiana and voted to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill, reports Equality Louisiana.

U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
U.S. congressman introduces first federal bill to ban conversion therapy

The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act would be the first federal law to protect LGBT people from being defrauded by promises that they can change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Street lights with same gender pairs, on display in downtown Vienna, Austria. The lights were set up by city officials until June, to coincide with a number of gay-friendly events.
Vienna’s gay-themed traffic lights to remain, says local official

The lights show couples — a man and a woman, two women or two men. Set up recently at 47 crossings, they were to be taken down in June, after

The requested cake, as provided by another bakery.
Northern Ireland baker guilty of discrimination for refusing ‘support gay marriage’ cake

The judge said the bakery was a business, not a religious organization, and therefore had no legal basis to reject an order based on a customer's sexual orientation or beliefs.

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Bus driver to 11-year-old girls: ‘You’re gay and will burn in hell for it’

The incident reportedly happened on Friday morning as the fifth grader was riding the bus to Pathway Academy, a Kansas City charter school.

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Alabama minister arrested for trying to officiate same-sex wedding pleads guilty

A minister who tried to perform a same-sex wedding in an Alabama courthouse pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Monday but will avoid serving time in jail.

Louisiana
Contentious Louisiana anti-gay religious objections bill scheduled for hearing

A House committee on Tuesday is scheduled to debate a bill backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal that thrust Louisiana into a national debate over religious freedom and the rights of

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
With a sly look, emphasis on the word ‘Constitution,’ Ginsburg pronounces two men married

No one was sure if she was emphasizing her own beliefs or giving a hint to the outcome of the case the Supreme Court is considering whether to decide if

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
Lindsey Graham: I’m running for president ‘because I think the world is falling apart’

The third-term senator told CBS he will make his official campaign announcement June 1 in his hometown of Central, South Carolina.

Texas state capitol in Austin.
Marriage News Watch: May 18, 2015

Texas is setting itself up for a showdown with the Supreme Court. A bill to defy the court's rulings died in the House last week, but anti-gay politicians could find

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Agender person goes from being bullied to gracing the cover of French Vogue

"Love yourself." It seems like a simple-enough mantra, but for Andre J. it took a lot of learning experiences to understand its true power.

Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush: No constitutional right to same-sex marriage; businesses should be able to refuse gays

“We need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage,” says Bush. “We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart

Susan Rice
Obama administration: Gambia president’s anti-gay threats ‘unconscionable’

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice condemned on Saturday the president of Gambia’s pledge to slit the throats of gay men in his country as “unconscionable.”

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Gillibrand to introduce legislation to prohibit anti-LGBT adoption bias

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prohibit any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital

R. Bertraine Heine, Minnesota Historical Society/APIn this May 18, 1970 photo, Mike McConnell, left, and Jack Baker, both 28, attempt to obtain a Hennepin County marriage license in Minneapolis.
Case of same-sex couple to receive marriage license in 1971 reverberates today

Long before the fight over same-sex marriage began in earnest, long before gay couples began lining up for marriage licenses, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell decided to wed.

Warren Hall
Seton Hall priest says he was fired for supporting ‘NOH8 Campaign’

A Catholic priest says he was fired as director of Seton Hall University's campus ministry after publicly supporting the "NOH8 Campaign" in a Facebook post.

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Obamas commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

"We take this opportunity to reaffirm that LGBT rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from

Attorney General Luther Strange (R-Ala.)
Alabama AG: Supreme Court shouldn’t rule on same-sex marriage

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says America's founders would not have approved of the current members of the Supreme Court making decisions on issues such as same-sex marriage.

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Irish voters expected to approve of marriage equality in upcoming referendum

Long considered one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, support for gay rights has surged in Ireland in recent decades.

WNBA players Brittney Griner, left, and Glory Johnson following their arrest on April 22, 2015.
Griner, Johnson suspended 7 games each by WNBA for domestic violence arrest

WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson were suspended seven games each Friday for their domestic violence arrest last month — the league's longest ban in its 19-year history.

Ben Carson
No, Ben Carson… same-sex marriage will not lead to polygamy

So let's answer the question once and for all: why is same-sex marriage different from polygamous marriage?