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Ohio Statehouse hosted 23 weddings last year, but is off limits to gay ceremonies

Thursday, January 30, 2014
For gay and lesbian couples hoping to hold wedding ceremonies surrounded by the limestone columns and marble staircases of the Ohio Statehouse, it’s a grand location that’s totally off-limits. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Barrett

Complaint: Catholic school rescinded job offer after learning applicant was gay

Thursday, January 30, 2014
BOSTON — A Boston man says in a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that a Roman Catholic school rescinded a job offer after finding out he was married to another man. [ Read more → ]
Dr. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York (left) and Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Leaders of Anglican Communion speak out against anti-LGBT violence, laws

Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, spiritual heads of the worldwide Anglican Communion, have called upon Church leaders and the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda to support and care for all people “regardless of sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]
Charlie Nye, APOpponents of HJR-3 celebrate outside the Indiana House of Representatives as the 52-43 vote striking the second sentence from the proposed constitutional amendment on marriage was announced during second reading in the House in Indianapolis on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

Ind. marriage equality advocates prepare for battle in state Senate

Thursday, January 30, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gay rights activists slugging it out over a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage are turning their focus to the Indiana Senate as the legislative battle enters its second round of the 2014 session. [ Read more → ]
David J. Phillip, AP

Sochi organizers back-track on free speech rights of athletes

Thursday, January 30, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- A day after the head of the Sochi organizing committee appeared to contradict International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on the rights of Olympic athletes to freely express themselves at news conferences, organizers issued a back-pedaling statement Thursday "to clarify" their position. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APGov.  Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

Utah governor says he’s committed to gay marriage ban, urges respect

Thursday, January 30, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert says he's committed to defending Utah's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage but says the issue should be handled with civility and respect. [ Read more → ]

Croatia joins LGBT Global Equity Fund

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department announced Monday that Croatia has joined the Global Equity Fund, an initiative led by the United States to advance (LGBT) human rights around the world. "Croatia joins nine other like-minded governments (including the United States), three private foundations and... [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account after speaking at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address.

Advocates seething over Obama’s inaction on LGBT workplace protections

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
[caption id="attachment_124599" align="alignleft" width="665"] Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum on Wednesday directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account he highlighted in Tuesday's the State of the Union address.[/caption] WASHINGTON -- For some White House allies, the long list... [ Read more → ]

‘Add the Words’ activists eye bill that would allow denial of service to gays

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Gay rights activists were stymied again this year in winning a hearing to "add the words" sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court upholds Calif. ban on reparative therapy for minors

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO --A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that prohibits psychological counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Blue Cross reversing course, will offer gay N.C. couples family policies

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina's largest insurer is reversing course and now says it will offer family coverage to same-sex married couples and domestic partners in new policies. [ Read more → ]
Sami Isler and Sean Hayes in NBC's "Sean Saves the World."

NBC stops production on gay dad sitcom ‘Sean Saves the World’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- NBC has stopped production on "Sean Saves the World," effectively canceling the freshman sitcom starring out actor Sean Hayes as a divorced gay father juggling a career, a 14-year-old daughter and an overbearing mother. [ Read more → ]

Nebraska’s Sarpy County extends benefits for same-sex couples

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
PAPILLION, Neb. -- Sarpy County commissioners have decided to extend health insurance benefits to spouses of gay county employees who have legally married in another state but live in Nebraska. [ Read more → ]
Merrill Nelson

Bill would allow Utah taxpayers to donate portion of refund to fight gay marriage

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah lawmaker hopes taxpayers can soon donate to the state's fight against gay marriage by checking a box on a tax form. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)

Report: Progress toward LGBT equality surprisingly ‘mixed’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is surprisingly “mixed.” [ Read more → ]
Randy Gener

Suspect arrested in brutal beating of NYC gay journalist

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
NEW YORK — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a gay journalist on a New York City street. [ Read more → ]
South Chin Morning PostGigi (left) and Cecil Chao

Lesbian appeals to tycoon dad over multi-million dollar dowry offer

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
HONG KONG — The lesbian daughter of a flamboyant Hong Kong tycoon who publicly offered millions of dollars to any man who could woo her into marriage appealed to her father in an open letter published Wednesday to accept her for who she is. [ Read more → ]
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington./

Obama’s State of the Union address leaves many LGBT leaders disappointed

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APSupporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Opponents and supporters of gay marriage held twin rallies at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Same-sex marriage backers, foes hold dueling rallies at Utah capitol

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A little more than a month after a surprising federal court ruling overturned this conservative state's ban on gay marriage, the battle over the issue hit the Capitol building Tuesday as hundreds of opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage held twin rallies. [ Read more → ]
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington.

State of the Union: Obama vows to flex presidential powers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
[caption id="attachment_124478" align="alignleft" width="665"] Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington.[/caption] WASHINGTON — Vowing to act "whenever and wherever" he can, President Barack Obama... [ Read more → ]
Idaho Statehouse in Boise.

Idaho launches ‘pre-emptive’ strike to shield religious beliefs from gay rights

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers and conservative Christian allies who contend faith is under siege by gays, lesbians and the government are launching a "pre-emptive" strike to bolster rights of licensed professionals to refuse service or employment to those they conclude violate their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Eugene Delgaudio

Voters seek to oust hate group leader from Va. county public office

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
LEESBURG, Va. -- A group of voters are asking a Virginia court to oust Eugene Delgaudio, leader of the anti-gay hate group Public Advocate of the United States, from his public office as a Loudoun County, Va., Supervisor. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Same panel of judges to hear appeals of Utah, Okla., gay marriage rulings

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
DENVER -- Appeals of same-sex marriage rulings from Utah and Oklahoma will be heard by the same panel of federal judges. [ Read more → ]

Carson City ends opposition in challenge to Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Carson City is withdrawing its opposition to a lawsuit challenging Nevada's ban on same-sex marriage, citing a recent ruling from a federal appeals court. [ Read more → ]

Conn. woman sues Brookdale Senior Living over same-sex spousal benefits

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut physical therapist has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the West Hartford senior living center where she works, saying she is being illegally denied health benefits for her wife. [ Read more → ]
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