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Gay marriage foe: Homosexuality a ‘public health risk’ akin to ‘secondhand smoke’

Sunday, April 10, 2011
Iowa's social conservative groups are working to overturn the state's marriage equality law, and that includes former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa Family Leader, who has called homosexuality "a public health risk." [ Read more → ]

United Kingdom to allow non-sexually active gay men to donate blood

Sunday, April 10, 2011
British health officials said Sunday that gay men will soon be allowed to donate blood for the first time, provided they are not sexually active. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Jones

Navy halts discharge of suspected gay sailor targeted for ‘unprofessional conduct’

Saturday, April 9, 2011
The U.S. Navy has halted discharge proceedings against a naval officer who was found asleep in his bed next to a male colleague, according to Servicemembers United, a gay and lesbian service members’ advocacy group. [ Read more → ]

Maryland gender identity act approved by Senate judicial committee

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Maryland's Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Act was approved by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Saturday by a vote of 7-4. [ Read more → ]

Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage introduced in North Carolina House

Saturday, April 9, 2011
A bill aimed at establishing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was introduced in the North Carolina House of Representatives this week. [ Read more → ]

Judge: LGBT activist group can canvass outside Target stores

Friday, April 8, 2011
A San Diego court ruled Thursday that the grass-roots activist group Canvass for a Cause (CFAC) can continue its canvassing outside Target stores. [ Read more → ]

Gates: Don’t expect much change after ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal implemented

Friday, April 8, 2011
Preparing the U.S. military for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is entering its final phase, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who told troops in Baghdad on Thursday not to expect much change in military life once the repeal takes effect. [ Read more → ]
Barney Frank

Barney Frank re-introduces ‘Employment Non-Discrimination Act’ in Congress

Thursday, April 7, 2011
U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) formally re-introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) into Congress on Wednesday with 111 co-sponsors, nearly half the number of co-sponsors than in the previous Congress. [ Read more → ]
Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer

Out country singer Chely Wright and fiancée announce wedding date

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Out country singer Chely Wright and her fiancée, Lauren Blitzer, an LGBT civil rights activist, have announced their engagement, and plan to marry in Connecticut this summer. [ Read more → ]
Vaughn Walker

Federal court judge who struck down Proposition 8 confirms he’s gay

Thursday, April 7, 2011
The U.S. judge who struck down California's ban on gay marriage, confirmed for the first time publicly on Wednesday that his is gay, and said he never considered his own homosexuality as a reason to recuse himself from the case. [ Read more → ]

Delaware Senate approves same-sex civil unions bill

Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Delaware state Senate on Thursday approved a same-sex civil unions bill, following nearly three hours of debate. [ Read more → ]

Arkansas Supreme Court rules gay adoption ban ‘unconstitutional’

Thursday, April 7, 2011
In a unanimous ruling, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a voter-approved initiative that barred gay couples and other unmarried people living together from adopting or serving as foster parents. [ Read more → ]

Report: 9 million Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender

Thursday, April 7, 2011
An estimated 9 million people across the United States identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a study released Thursday by the Williams Institute at UCLA's School of Law. [ Read more → ]

Attack on two Swarthmore College students a possible gay bashing

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A Swarthmore College student and his male friend were attacked by a group of teens in a over the weekend, and a college official cautioned the assault may have been spurred by homophobia. [ Read more → ]

Maryland transgender bill voted out of Senate ‘graveyard’

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A transgender non-discrimination bill in Maryland received a boost Tuesday when the Maryland State Senate Rules Committee voted to allow it to advance through the normal legislative process rather than die in committee. [ Read more → ]

Archaeologists unearth skeleton of suspected ‘gay caveman’

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Archeologists have unearthed the skeleton of a late Stone Age man they believe -- based on how he was buried -- is the first known gay caveman. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Shirvell (left), with a defaced image of Chris Amrstong posted on Shirvell's blog.

U-M student president files suit against former assistant AG for harassment

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A University of Michigan student has filed a lawsuit against the state's former Assistant Attorney General, alleging the official stalked and defamed him for months. [ Read more → ]

Nashville council approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policy

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday approved new rules for city contractors that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people. Councilman Jamie Hollin called the vote "a milestone moment" for the city. [ Read more → ]

California senate committee approves LGBT-inclusive education bill

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A bill that would require classroom text books and other instructional materials used in public schools to include the historical contributions LGBT people, passed its first hurdle in the California legislature on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Congressman asks Obama administration to halt deportation of same-sex spouses

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A U.S. congressman from New Jersey has asked the Obama to halt deportation proceedings against the same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens, making the request on behalf of a gay couple who reside in his district. [ Read more → ]
Brian McInerney (left), and Lawrence King

Jury selection planned in trial of teen charged with killing gay classmate

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Jury selection is scheduled to get under way next month in the murder trial of Brandon McInerney, who is charged with the execution style killing of a gay classmate in 2008. [ Read more → ]

Court rules Walmart was justified in firing anti-gay employee for harassment

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A federal appeals court in Illinois has ruled that Walmart Stores did not violate an employee's civil rights when it fired her for making anti-gay comments towards a lesbian co-worker at a store in Joliet, Ill. [ Read more → ]
Robert McDonnell

Virginia Governor considers reversing plan to allow gay couple adoptions

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Virginia's Gov. Robert McDonnell is considering whether to undo regulations that would allow gay couples to adopt children in Virginia through any state-licensed agency, private or religious. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Sponsors of DOMA repeal press Boehner for briefing on House defense efforts

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Lead sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act -- the bill aimed at repealing the Defense of Marriage Act -- are pressing House Speaker John Boehner for a briefing on any activities relating to plans by the House general counsel to defend DOMA. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island lawmakers to consider civil unions as alternative to gay marriage

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Rhode Island lawmakers are considering civil unions as a possible alternative to legalizing same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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