Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the same-sex marriage case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, speaks during the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Ceremony, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The event marks the 50th anniversary of a protest outside Independence Hall that would be a milestone in the fight for gay rights. LGBT rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration
LGBT rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago - but also made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.

Hillary Clinton offers reassurance to gay youth in Facebook posting

The Democratic presidential candidate was responding to a photo of an unnamed boy with a tearful expression. A captioned quote indicates he's homosexual and fearful about the future.

Homophobic nurse tries to discourage birth mom from allowing gay couple to adopt child

Andy Miller and his partner were having a dream come true: They were about to be parents, and sooner than they realized.

Robert Scott
The importance of finding your tribe in the LGBT community

Throughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.

Dong-Pyou Han
Former Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research

A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV has been sentenced to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports.

Progressives ‘Twitter challenge’ Christian Right over what #ReligiousFreedomIs

Some organizational supporters of marriage equality took to social media in the wake of the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges.  The occasion was a “Tweet Storm,” held for an hour on Monday, June 29, to celebrate the victory for marriage equality – and to argue for authentic

Idaho Statehouse in Boise.
Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban to remain in state constitution

Removing the language will likely be an uphill battle. Amending the Idaho Constitution first requires approval from the Republican-dominated Legislature. The proposal must then win a simple majority in a voter referendum.

Josh Newville
Attorney asks 8th Circuit appeals court to affirm same-sex marriage ruling

If the appeals court affirms the ruling overturning South Dakota's ban, attorney Josh Newville could pursue legal fees from the state. He has represented six same-sex couples for over a year and says he has not charged them.


Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock.
Marriage equality ruling escalates war of words between Arkansas governor, lawmakers

Opposition from Arkansas legislative leaders to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling lifting the ban on same-sex marriage nationwide has bubbled over into a war of words between the state's legislative and executive branches.

Same-sex marriage opponents propose two Colorado ballot measures

One measure would re-define same-sex marriages in Colorado as civil unions. A second initiative would allow wedding-related businesses opposed to same-sex marriage to hire a contractor to serve the couples.

Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas)
Texas Democrats file complaint over AG’s same-sex marriage opinion

Attorney General Ken Paxton is also facing a possible indictment on first-degree felony charges of violating state securities law.

Catrina Burks is assisted up the steps in Bronson Park before Rev. Nathan Dannison unites her and her wife Marashette Burks in marriage in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Friday, June 26, 2015.
A gay dad sounds off on Christians debating whether to attend a friend’s same-sex wedding

On the Friday of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, the news hit like a rainbow colored Tsunami. That day, for me, and many LGBT people I know, was a awash with shock, awe and wonderment. Everything was coming up dancing rainbows. Waves are only temporary however, and the tide

Jim Obergefell, center, the man at the center of the landmark Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling, looks to Malcolm Lazin, right, with the Equality Forum, after they laid down a wreath at the Gay Pioneers historical marker across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Philadelphia. Some 40 activists picketed for gay rights on July Fourth in 1965 at the site.
Lead plaintiff at center of same-sex marriage ruling honors early gay rights protesters

Regina Sullivan started crying as she squeezed her arms around the man at the center of the latest gay rights milestone: Jim Obergefell, whose lawsuit led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land. ...

Decatur County Courthouse in Decaturville, Tenn.
Tennessee: All three clerks in Decatur County resign over opposition to same-sex marriage

Officials in Decatur County, Tenn., say all three employees in the clerk's office have resigned because of their opposition to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage.

North Dakota state capitol in Bismark
North Dakota unlikely to expand anti-discrimination protection to include LGBT citizens

North Dakota lawmakers have defeated legislation three times in the past six years to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace.


Montana state capitol in Helena.
Montana’s unenforceable same‑sex marriage ban to remain in state constitution

"Words do matter," said Niki Zupanic of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana. "Even though the ban can't be enforced any longer, keeping them on the books is sending the message that gay and lesbian citizens are second class."

Jessica Dent, left, and Carolee Taylor, right, show their marriage license at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Montgomery, Ala.
Report: Alabama counties now complying with same-sex marriage ruling

Lawyers representing same-sex couples said Thursday that all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135K for discriminating against same-sex couple

The damages are for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to bake a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer.

Sara Flitner
Jackson, Wyo., mayor says she’s pushing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination measure

The mayor of Jackson is pushing an ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and says she expects to have a public hearing on it in coming weeks.

Arkansas GOP working on new anti-gay marriage religious protections

Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for religious organizations in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

Kim Davis
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Four Kentucky couples are suing a clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses — or any marriage licenses — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that same-sex couples have a legal right to marry.

Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Kansas governor pondering same-sex marriage ‘religious objections’ legislation

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he's considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, and he defended his administration's cautious response to the ruling.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman
Federal judge who upheld Louisiana same-sex marriage ban rescinds order

A federal judge in Louisiana, who last year became the first to uphold a state's same-sex marriage ban after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, has "recalled and rescinded" his ruling.

‘Our darkest hour:’ The worst reactions to marriage equality

Same-sex couples are getting married, and somehow the world has not yet ended. But some politicians seem to think that we're just moments away from the collapse of civilization. Here are some of the dumbest -- and most dangerous -- things they're saying.

Under new leadership, New York St. Patrick’s Day parade to add second gay group

After ending a long and controversial ban on gay groups this year, the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade has new leadership and plans to add another gay contingent to its ranks, organizers said Wednesday.

Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

More than 26 million Facebook profile photos have taken on a rainbow hue in the days since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is a right guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of a person's sexual orientation.

Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mormon church donates to Utah LGBT community center

The Utah-based Mormon church has given its first-ever charitable donation to an LGBT community center in Salt Lake City.

John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Fifth Circuit appeals court instructs federal judges to issue same-sex marriage rulings

The order clears one of the final procedural roadblocks in the cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, which had been pending before the New Orleans-based court. The 5th Circuit had heard arguments in the appeals, but hadn't ruled.

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington D.C., known by the more familiar name of Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church.
Episcopalians vote to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies in churches

Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.

Several Missouri counties still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Some Missouri counties still won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week's Supreme Court ruling, prompting an advocacy group to threaten legal action Wednesday to force compliance.

Dwight Kiefert
North Dakota lawmaker defends homophobic Facebook post on same-sex marriage

A North Dakota Republican state lawmaker is defending a Facebook post in which he called the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a victory for the mentally ill.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade
Federal judge orders Alabama counties to comply with same-sex marriage ruling

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade issued an order Wednesday updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Alabama.

All Tennessee counties now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

All of Tennessee's county clerks are ready to or are already issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to county staffers and gay marriage advocates.

LGBT rights groups ask judge to compel Alabama counties to comply with marriage ruling

Groups representing same-sex couples Tuesday said more Alabama counties are beginning to follow the U.S Supreme Court's marriage ruling but want a federal judge to order reluctant probate judges to comply.

Bishop Gene Robinson addresses the congregation at Christ Church in Philadelphia, Sunday, May 1, 2005. Robinson, now retired, said he is breathless about how quickly the gay rights movement has progressed since he was getting daily death threats and forced to wear a bulletproof vest to his consecration 12 years ago.
U.S. Anglicans to vote on allowing same-sex marriage in churches

Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Justice Department: Students’ gender identity determines restroom use

The U.S. Justice Department says in a court filing that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
Cuomo demands better protections for transgender students

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state Education Department to do a better job of protecting transgender students from harassment and discrimination in the classroom.

Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples

Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead.

Tennessee state capitol in Nashville.
Tenn. GOP wants to protect clergy from officiating same-sex weddings in case 1st Amendment changes

Members of the House Republican Caucus are proposing legislation to protect ministers who choose not to perform a marriage that violates their religious beliefs.

Rick Jones
Utah man who claimed ‘Die fag’ was carved into his arm during hate crime, staged attacks

Authorities in rural Utah say a man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks.

"No gays allowed" sign at Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supply in Washburn, Tenn.
‘No gays allowed’ at Tennessee hardware store, they’re against the owner’s religion

A Tennessee hardware store owner is expressing his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage by displaying a "no gays allowed" sign at his business.

AP (File)
Girl Scouts council returns $100,000 donation over anti‑transgender provision

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington says it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the provision that the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls.

All counties in Kansas now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses in all of Kansas' 105 counties Tuesday, but the state wasn't yet allowing gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver's licenses or file joint income tax returns.

Gov. Bobby Jondal (R-La.)
Lawsuit filed against Bobby Jindal over anti-gay marriage religious objections order

A new lawsuit is challenging Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order that aims to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage.

This image released by PBS shows transgender teen Ariel in a scene from "Growing Up Trans", from the "Frontline" series airing on PBS on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. “Growing Up Trans” explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever and their parents are now experiencing it.
PBS documentary ‘Growing Up Trans’ explores possibilities, unknowns facing transgender youth

"Growing Up Trans" explores the transgender phenomenon as younger people than ever (and their parents) now experience it: a frontier of possibilities and unknowns, and a minefield of high-stakes choices.

Jessica Dent, right, puts a ring on Carolee Taylor during their wedding ceremony officiated by Paul Hard after getting a marriage license at the Montgomery County Courthouse on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Montgomery, Ala.
In Alabama, some counties issue same-sex marriage licenses while others still refuse

Nearly one-third of Alabama counties on Monday were not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, or had shut down marriage license operations altogether, despite Friday's landmark U.S Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

Alex Brandon, AP
Religious liberty is conservative’s rallying cry after same-sex marriage ruling

Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy according to their religious beliefs, notably the belief that gay

Michael Robinson, left, and Earl Benjamin, partners for almost 14 years, exchange vows before Judge Paula Brown in a ceremony at Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Monday, June 29, 2015, in New Orleans. Court clerks across the state of Louisiana received the go-ahead to issue same-sex marriage licenses Monday.
Louisiana begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Gay rights advocates said Louisiana had been the last state to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses when its clerks of court got the go-ahead Monday.

Montreal Alouettes defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to reporters after returning to practice with the Canadian Football League team Monday, June 29, 2015, in Montreal. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, could not make the roster of the St. Louis Rams and signed with Montreal. He left the Alouettes for what he said were personal reasons, but returned to the team this week.
Michael Sam returns to Canada to restart football career with Montreal Alouettes

In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gaysame-sexmarriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career.

Dana Guffey
Arkansas clerk will resign over moral objection to issuing same‑sex marriage licenses

A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective June 30 because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Texas plaintiffs Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes (center) celebrate on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Monday, June 29, 2015, in Austin, Texas.
Many Texas counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite AG’s opinion

Many county clerks across Texas have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite instructions from the state attorney general that they could refuse to do so if it violates their religious beliefs.

Some Kentucky clerks object to same-sex marriage ruling, halt issuing licenses

A few court clerks in Kentucky are refusing to issue marriage licenses to any couple as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

Mississippi AG advises counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

That news came Monday after state Attorney General Jim Hood sent a letter to county circuit clerks indicating they could go ahead and issue licenses.

Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-Texas)
Texas AG: State workers can deny marriage licenses to same‑sex couples

Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

A reveler holds a gay pride flag during the gay pride parade in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Thousands paraded through the streets of Bogota and called for a law granting social security and matrimonial rights for gay couples.
High Colombian official urges courts to OK same-sex marriage

A top Cabinet minister on Sunday urged Colombia's courts to legalize same-sex marriage and support the right of such couples to adopt.

A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the Monument of the Soviet Army, during the Sofia Gay Pride Parade in Sofia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Hundreds paraded through the Bulgarian capital of Sofia under rainbow-colored balloons and banners for that city's eighth Gay Pride march on Saturday.
U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling likely to have global impact

The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help advance their cause.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo officiates the wedding of David Turley and Peter Thiede in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Sunday, June 28, 2015.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo officiates gay couple’s wedding, his first

Cuomo made use of some newly granted powers to officiate at his first wedding, that of a same-sex couple who wed outside a Greenwich Village bar where police harassment of patrons sparked three days of riots in 1969.

James Obergefell, center, the lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, waves during the Cincinnati Pride parade, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Cincinnati.
Lead plaintiff in same-sex marriage case gets hero’s welcome at Cincinnati pride

A Cincinnati native who was the lead plaintiff in the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has come back to his hometown to celebrate.

Jeb Bush
Supreme Court decisions highlight political challenges facing GOP

For the second time in two days, the Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Republican Party platform. Yet the response to Friday's same-sex marriage ruling was mild in comparison with the outrage that followed the court's decision Thursday to uphold President Barack Obama's health care law.

Turkish police use a water canon to disperse participants of an LGBT Pride event in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Between 100 and 200 protestors were chased away from Taksim Square on Sunday after a police vehicle fired several jets of water to disperse the crowd. It wasn't immediately clear why the police intervened to push the peaceful if noisy protest away from the area.
Turkish police use water cannons to disperse participants at LGBT pride rally

Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas against LGBT pride marchers trying to rally in Istanbul's central square on Sunday, forcing the thousands of demonstrators to gather several blocks away.

The crowd celebrates outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.
Long struggle, quick endgame as marriage equality becomes law of the land

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a law stipulating that the federal government would not recognize marriages of same-sex couples. On Friday night, the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriages in every state of the nation. For gay rights activists,

In this image taken from video provided by Sean-Franc Strang, a police officer has his gun drawn after shots were fired at a gay pride event in San Francisco, Saturday, June 27, 2015. Police say a bystander was shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco's Civic Center when an argument between several young men turned violent.
1 wounded in shooting at San Francisco LGBT pride event

Police say a bystander was shot at an LGBT pride event in San Francisco's Civic Center when an argument between several men turned violent, but the argument was not tied to the event.