seize-the-day Seize the Day! 
(Well, what if we did?)
What if we seized this day to think dynamically about the religious freedoms we take for granted at our peril... freedom that is in danger of being redefined beyond recognition. What if we decided to seize this day to consider our best values as a nation and advance the cause of equal rights for all?

Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.
USA
Mormon Church walks back statement of support for non-discrimination laws

Michael Turchin (left) and Lance Bass
LGBTQ Life
Entertainer, former ‘N Sync band member Lance Bass marries artist Michael Turchin

Elton John and David Furnish exchange wedding vows on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
LGBTQ Life
Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash.
USA
Judge asked to rule against florist who refused services for gay couple’s wedding

Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
USA
Mormon Church says it supports LGBT housing, employment protections

Ralph Becker
USA
Salt Lake City mayor issues ‘Freedom to Marry Day’ proclamation

Charlie Poulson
LGBTQ Life
A barbershop experience begins a new chapter in the life of a transgender man

A statue of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
Views & Voices
The Christian Right does not want you to know about this day…

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Arts
TLC’s ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ follows four Mormons with same-sex attraction

LGBT rights activists protest Uganda's anti-gay law in London in January after lawmakers passed the measure without a quorum.
World
Ugandans won’t be celebrating Christmas with new anti-gay law

Lambert Borgardt
USA
No prison time for Army veteran who attacked gay men at Austin pride

Jay Ralko
USA
Help sought in locating transgender man who disappeared ten days ago

Kim Raff, APChris Serrano, left, and Clifton Webb kiss after being married, as people wait in line to get licenses outside of the marriage division of the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office in Salt Lake City, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.
USA
Utah’s LGBT community celebrates anniversary of landmark marriage ruling

Li Yinhe
World
Sexologist’s relationship with transgender man spurs discussion in China

U.S. Supreme Court
USA
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block same‑sex marriages in Florida

Gavin Grimm
USA
Discrimination complaint filed against Va. school district over restroom policy

Salvation-Army
USA
Leaked, internal documents reveal Salvation Army’s anti‑gay animus, despite public statements

In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo, an Egyptian lesbian poses for a photograph in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s gay community is going deeper underground in fear after police arrest dozens of men at a Cairo bathhouse in a raid that was then featured on a lurid TV tabloid program stirring up public panic over “debauchery.”
World
Egypt’s gay community goes deeper underground, fearing crackdown

Yang-Teng
World
Beijing court orders ‘ex-gay’ electric shock therapy clinic to compensate gay man

Gov. Matt Mead (R-Wyo.)
USA
Wyoming Republicans criticize governor for not continuing gay marriage fight

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Newsmakers
Pat Robertson: Gays ‘will die out because they don’t reproduce’

U.S. Supreme Court
USA
Florida couples ask Supreme Court to reject extending stay of marriage ruling

DOJ
USA
Federal government announces protections for transgender workers

Tim Cook
Newsmakers
Apple CEO Tim Cook donating to HRC’s gay rights campaign in Southern U.S.

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USA
LGBT Americans face greater social, economic disparities in South, Midwest, Mountain states

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USA
Hawaii Supreme Court hears arguments in challenge to marriage equality law

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USA
Richmond LGBT community responds to anti-gay billboard with positive message

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Newsmakers
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal defends upcoming anti-gay prayer rally

Cairo, Egypt
World
Egypt refers to trial 26 ‘suspected’ gay men arrested in bath house raid

U.S. Supreme Court
USA
U.S. Supreme Court schedules conference on Louisiana gay marriage appeal

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
USA
Idaho says its case could help Supreme Court decide nationwide marriage equality

Judge Dale Cohen
USA
Judge in Broward County, Florida, grants state’s first same-sex divorce

First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind.
USA
Indiana church that booted gay choir director to close due to falling attendance

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USA
New York officials propose coverage for transgender healthcare under Medicaid

Kathy Baldock
Newsmakers
How a sheltered housewife became the foremost in-your-face challenger of Christian homophobia

Kirk Taylor (left) with his son Graeme.
Views & Voices
Religious freedom: Our conflict with a deeply held belief in equality

Robert-Pitman
USA
U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas

Martina Navratilova (right) and ulia Lemigova.
LGBTQ Life
Tennis great Martina Navratilova marries partner Julia Lemigova

Miami, Fla.
USA
Florida clerks association says federal marriage ruling affects only one county

Dr. Jody Kincaid next to his anti-gay message displayed outside his veterinary clinic in Anthony, Texas.
USA
Veterinarian posts anti-gay message on sign outside Texas animal clinic

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USA
Alleged Philadelphia gay bashers to face trial for aggravated assault, conspiracy

Kosilek
USA
Appeals court overturns ruling granting sex-change for convicted murderer

Dublin, Ireland
World
Ireland plans May vote on legalizing same-sex marriage

Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Bullen, of Westborough, Mass., left, holds an American flag as U.S. Army veteran Ian Ryan, of Dennis, Mass., front right, rolls up an OutVets banner after marching with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade in Boston on Nov. 11, 2014.
USA
First time in history: Gay veterans to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Douglas Pretsell and Peter Gloster.
World
First same-sex couples marry in Scotland as new marriage law takes effect

Chuck Hagel
Views & Voices
Hagel could have ended the military’s transgender exclusion

Tennessee
USA
Tennessee breaks ranks, tells Supreme Court to stay out of marriage debate

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LGBTQ Life
Rosie O’Donnell: ‘Blood doesn’t make a family, love makes a family’

Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-Fla.)
USA
Florida AG Pam Bondi asks Supreme Court to keep gay marriage ban in place

Finland
World
Finland’s parliament approves marriage equality proposal at second reading

In this June 29, 2013 photo, riot police (OMON) guard gay rights activists who have been beaten by anti-gay protesters during an authorized gay rights rally in St.Petersburg, Russia.
World
Report: Russian authorities fail to prevent, prosecute anti-LGBT attacks

Blood-donor
USA
Lawmakers call on HHS to end ban on blood donations from gay, bisexual men

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USA
Equality Florida launches TransAction Florida to support transgender equality

AP
USA
Marriage News Watch: Dec. 15, 2014

Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton
World
U.S. Marine charged with murder of Filipino transgender woman

Tide
LGBTQ Life
The new normal: Gay couple featured in Tide (Canadian) TV commercial

blood-donor
USA
FDA advisory panel has no plans to reconvene, vote on ending gay blood ban

Peter Cahall (right) came out as gay at a Pride Day school assembly on June 4, 2014, attended by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (left).
USA
D.C. high school principal who came out as gay is losing his job

Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
USA
Ohio asks U.S. Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of gay marriage bans

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USA
Blue Cross extends coverage to married same-sex couples in Alabama

Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. after a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
USA
Lawyers who fought Wisconsin marriage ban seek $1.2 million in legal fees