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Oxford, Miss., passes resolution recognizing LGBT citizens

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. -- The town of Oxford, Miss., on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents - including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. [ Read more → ]
Illinois' Lisa Madigan took a similar stand on 2012 against the state's gay marriage ban, but before the case could go to trial, the Legislature legalized same-sex marriage.

Illinois AG: All county clerks can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
CHICAGO -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Tuesday told an Illinois county clerk that he and others around the state have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Madigan issued the guidance in response to a question from Macon County Clerk Stephen... [ Read more → ]

Hong Kong lawmakers set to debate restrictive transgender rights bill

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HONG KONG -- Lawmakers in Hong Kong are set to debate a draft bill that if passed would codify an existing government policy that transgender people must undergo surgery to remove their genitals and construct new ones before they can qualify for legal recognition of their gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]

Oregon state regulators say cab driver violated lesbian couple’s rights

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- State regulators say a Portland cab driver violated the rights of lesbian couple he left on the side of a freeway last summer. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Author of discredited gay parenting study stung by criticism during Mich. trial

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
DETROIT -- Attorneys seeking to overturn Michigan's gay marriage ban tried to peck away Tuesday at the credibility of a social scientist whose disputed 2012 study questioned the well-being of children who grew up in a home where a parent had a same-sex relationship. [ Read more → ]

Transgender student reports attack, sexual assault at Calif. high school

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. -- A 15-year-old transgender student says he was attacked and sexually assaulted Monday at the same Hercules, Calif., school where another transgender student was involved in a fight four months ago. [ Read more → ]
OneColoradoHouse Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who is openly gay, addresses marriage equality adovcates at the Colorado state capitol in Denver on Mondya, March 3, 2014.

Gay rights advocates rally in Denver, say marriage equality is coming to Colorado

Monday, March 3, 2014
DENVER — Gay rights advocates promise that marriage equality is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box. [ Read more → ]

Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

Monday, March 3, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity gained preliminary approval Friday in the Maryland state Senate. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Money offer to defeat Indiana same-sex marriage amendment exposed

Sunday, March 2, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out on tough issues at the Statehouse. [ Read more → ]

Tempe, Ariz., approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Saturday, March 1, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Tempe City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a city-wide ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in employment, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer  are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Harvard professor testifies in Day 4 of Mich. same-sex marriage trial

Saturday, March 1, 2014
DETROIT -- A Harvard University professor testified on Friday for two women challenging Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

NBA donating proceeds of Jason Collins jersey sales to LGBT groups

Friday, February 28, 2014
NEW YORK -- The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. [ Read more → ]
St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis schools to add spousal benefits for married, same-sex couples

Friday, February 28, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The St. Louis public school system has implemented changes to their employment benefits to include coverage for married, same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]

Walt Disney World ends Boy Scouts grant program due to ban on gay leaders

Thursday, February 27, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Walt Disney World has suspended financial support to local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America over the group's continued ban on openly gay and lesbian adults serving as troop leaders or in any other leadership capacity. [ Read more → ]
John Dixon, APMarissa Meli, left, and Laura Meli were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license at the Champaign County Champaign County Clerks office in Urbana, Ill., on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2014.

Third Illinois county plans to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Thursday, February 27, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- McLean County, Ill., Clerk Kathy Michael says she hopes to be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the middle of next week, months ahead of the June 1 date when Illinois' marriage equality law is scheduled to take effect. [ Read more → ]
Michael Sam

GOP lobbyist releases text of bill to prohibit openly gay players in the NFL

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Republican lobbyist behind the campaign to ban Michael Sam and any other openly gay football player from joining the NFL, released the text of his proposed federal legislation on Thursday. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II

Federal judge issues order requiring Ky. to recognize same-sex marriages

Thursday, February 27, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge has issued an order requiring the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal. [ Read more → ]
Vincent Gray

D.C. mayor announces health coverage requirements for transgender citizens

Thursday, February 27, 2014
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates -- including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange -- will be required to cover transition-related care. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Transcript: Ariz. governor Jan Brewer’s statement on vetoed bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
PHOENIX — Following is a transcript of the statement read by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday regarding her veto of a bill allowing religious reasons for refusing service to gays: [ Read more → ]
Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Religious freedom bill raises complicated legal questions for Ariz., other states

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
[caption id="attachment_130124" align="alignleft" width="665"] Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.[/caption] PHOENIX — The bill has galvanized business leaders and... [ Read more → ]
Jack Burkman

D.C. lobbyist says he is preparing legislation to prohibit gays in the NFL

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A top Washington lobbyist said this week he is preparing legislation that would prohibit gays fro playing in the NFL, and that he has the support of more than three dozen unnamed lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APDerek Kitchen, left, and his partner Moudi Sbeity, right, talk with the media outside Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse following court on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Plaintiffs in Utah same-sex marriage case file brief with appeals court

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for three gay and lesbian couples have filed a brief with an appeals court contesting Utah's same-sex marriage ban, which a federal judge overturned in December. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. lawmakers introduce ‘right to refuse service’ religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state's anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Monday in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are "familiar with her thinking." [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
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