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Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.

Three Ariz. GOP senators who voted for anti-gay bill now calling for veto

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX -- Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain says governor should veto Arizona’s anti-gay bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday said that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassiby with her three sons.

Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Sunday, February 23, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth, has been introduced in the Illinois state legislature. [ Read more → ]
Queer Nation NYQueer Nation activist protest outside Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on February 23.

LGBT activists protest Russia’s anti-gay laws at final USOC Olympic event

Sunday, February 23, 2014
NEW YORK — Nearly three dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation held a raucous protest on Sunday at the United States Olympic Committee's final "Road to Sochi Tour" event at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Marriage ban on trial in Mich. this week, defendants to argue gay parents inferior

Sunday, February 23, 2014
DETROIT -- The trial that could overturn Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban begins Tuesday in a federal court in Detroit. [ Read more → ]
George Takei

‘Oh my’ – George Takei is peeved over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Star Trek legend and LGBT rights activist George Takei is speaking out over Arizona's controversial legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).

Ariz. secretary of state, treasurer say governor should veto anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed. [ Read more → ]
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationMetro East Pride festival in Belleville, Ill., in June 2012.

Illinois’ same-sex couples look forward to pride month, celebrating their big day

Saturday, February 22, 2014
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- While same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois' Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014. [ Read more → ]
Arron Keahey

Federal prosecutors charge Texas man with hate crime in attack on gay man

Friday, February 21, 2014
DALLAS — Federal prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old North Texas man of a hate crime for an attack that left a gay man hospitalized for 10 days with skull and face fractures. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor asked to veto bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Friday, February 21, 2014
[caption id="attachment_129729" align="alignleft" width="665"] APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)[/caption] PHOENIX — Four years after igniting a national uproar over immigration, the Arizona Legislature has jumped into the battle over gay rights with a piece of legislation that had opponents on Friday predicting business boycotts against the... [ Read more → ]
Michael Schennum, The Arizona Republic (AP)House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D) Phoenix, argues on the House Floor in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that House Bill 2153 would discriminate against gays and others. The measure, written by the conservative advocacty group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit filed by another individual.

Pro-LGBT lawmaker says Ariz. bill tells gays ‘We don’t want you here’

Friday, February 21, 2014
Arizona state lawmaker Chad Campbell, an LGBT rights advocate and vocal opponent of a bill passed in the state legislature that would allow for religious discrimination against LGBT people, appeared on CNN on Friday to discuss the implications of the measure should it be signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

U.S. conservatives form global coalition to encourage anti-gay laws abroad

Friday, February 21, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia's example in passing laws that restrict gay rights. [ Read more → ]
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Tucson pizzeria reserves right to refuse service to Ariz. lawmakers

Friday, February 21, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A local pizzeria in Tucson, Ariz., has a message for state lawmakers who, on Thursday, approved legislation that allows business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
Idelfonso Mendez

Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

Friday, February 21, 2014
NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city's history. [ Read more → ]
Maryland

Maryland Senate Committee approves transgender rights bill

Thursday, February 20, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland senate panel on Thursday advanced a bill that would add gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination law. [ Read more → ]
Maine state capitol in Agusta.

Maine state Senate rejects religious freedom bill

Thursday, February 20, 2014
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers have rejected a bill designed to strengthen legal protections for religious freedom in the state. [ Read more → ]
Virginia-Flag

Transgender high school athletes approved by Va. governing board

Thursday, February 20, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- The governing body of high school sports in Virginia has sanctioned the participation of transgender athletes at the state's 313 high schools, on the condition they undergo gender reassignment surgery. [ Read more → ]
Ellen Rosenblum

Oregon AG says she will not defend state’s gay marriage ban in court

Thursday, February 20, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Thursday that she will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review." [ Read more → ]
Finland

Finland parliament begins debate on bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 20, 2014
HELSINKI, Finland -- The Finnish parliament began debate Thursday on a proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage. Should the legislation become law, Finland would become the final Nordic country to pass a law on gender-neutral marriage. [ Read more → ]
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Missouri state capitol on on Feb. 19 for Equality Day.

LGBT rights advocates gather at Mo. capitol to lobby for statewide protections

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Show Me State’s annual Equality Day was held at the state capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, where dozens of LGBT and allied Missourians lobbied state lawmakers to support the Missouri Nondiscrimination (MONA) and Safe Schools Acts, which were recently introduced in both chambers. [ Read more → ]
John Kerry

Kerry denounces Gambia president’s remarks that LGBT people are ‘vermin’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced remarks by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and that Gambia’s government would tackle them in “the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.” [ Read more → ]
WDRB-TV

Gays angered over billboard created by ‘ex-gay’ founder of Christian ministry

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An anti-gay billboard in Kentucky has created controversy among the gay community and its allies, and they are calling for its removal. [ Read more → ]
Idaho gay marriage

Plaintiffs in Idaho gay marriage challenge ask court to declare ban unconstitutional

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Four same-sex couples who are challenging Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage, filed a motion in the case Tuesday seeking a summary judgement asking the court to declare unconstitutional Idaho’s refusal to permit same-sex couples to marry or to recognize their existing marriages. [ Read more → ]
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