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‘Eagle’ patrons to rally Sunday night in protest of gay bar raid

Sunday, September 13, 2009
ATLANTA -- Patrons and supporters of the gay leather bar the Atlanta Eagle are gathering today at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the establishment to hold a rally to protest a controversial raid where eight employees were arrested by Atlanta Police on Sept.... [ Read more → ]

Atlanta police descend on gay bar in ‘Stonewall’-like raid

Friday, September 11, 2009
ATLANTA -- The owners of an Atlanta gay bar say their establishment was unfairly targeted by police conducting a raid Thursday evening. Several customers at Atlanta Eagle say they were harassed without prompting, forced to the ground and frisked. "Our problem is with the way... [ Read more → ]

DC Council moves closer to legalizing gay marriage

Friday, September 11, 2009
Washington D.C. is poised to become the next battleground for gay marriage as the D.C. Council moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex unions. D.C. City Council member David Catania (I-At Large) is expected to introduce a bill to allow same-sex marriages to be performed... [ Read more → ]

Washington AG to appeal Judge’s ruling to hide R-71 petition signatures

Friday, September 11, 2009
The Washington state attorney general's office announced Friday it will appeal a federal judge's ruling to keep secret the names of people who signed petitions calling for a public vote on expanded domestic partnership benefits. Spokeswoman Janelle Guthrie says Attorney General Rob McKenna will ask... [ Read more → ]

Ohio gay rights bill making progress in state legislature

Thursday, September 10, 2009
A proposal in the Ohio Legislature to prohibit employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is making progress for the first time, after years of languishing in committee. The Democratic-controlled House is poised to bring the legislation up for a vote... [ Read more → ]

Judge shields signatures in Washington’s gay rights referendum

Thursday, September 10, 2009
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Washington to continue shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a vote on expanded benefits for gay couples. U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle (pictured) in Tacoma granted the preliminary injunction involving petitions for... [ Read more → ]

LA Gay & Lesbian Center Chief calls Assemblymember a ‘hypocrite” and ‘despicable’

Thursday, September 10, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Chief Executive Officer Lorri L. Jean issued a statement yesterday, calling Assemblymember Michael Duvall's extra-marital affairs "despicable." "Even as he resigns in shame, former California Assemblymember Michael Duvall is wallowing in hypocrisy. While engaging in extra-marital affairs,... [ Read more → ]

Family values proponent and Prop 8 supporter quits over sex scandal

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
SACRAMENTO -- A Republican state assemblyman in California resigned Wednesday amid growing outrage over a videotape that caught him bragging in graphic detail about having sex with a female lobbyist and another woman. Mike Duvall, 54, whose votes on family-oriented bills received high marks from... [ Read more → ]
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Pressure from LGBT community builds on Senators Boxer, Feinstein

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
California's two Democratic U.S. senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, are facing increased pressure from LGBT leaders to take charge on pro-gay legislation as Congress returns from its summer recess, according to The Bay Area Reporter. The calls for the two female lawmakers to take... [ Read more → ]

‘Amazing Race’ to feature gay brothers from Missouri (Video)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Brothers Samuel and Daniel McMillen from Liberty, MO will appear on the new season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” this fall. What's unique is that the brothers are both gay. As their story goes, Sam and Dan will tell you that their relationship did not... [ Read more → ]
Gay Adoption

Uruguay first latin American country to allow gay adoption

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Miami Herald. Uruguay, long-regarded as one of the most progressive countries in Latin America, set a standard for the region by allowing same-sex couples to adopt children with a bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday. The bill was approved 17-6, with most of... [ Read more → ]
Judy Shepard

‘The Meaning of Matthew…’ – Judy Shepard’s journey, and crusade for gay rights

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard shocked the nation. The 21 year-old college student was viciously murdered in Laramie, WY, bludgeoned to death while tied to a fence. Matthew was targeted because he was gay. Matthew's death and the subsequent trial and convictions of his... [ Read more → ]

Judge refuses to block Washington’s R-71 ballot initiative

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
UPDATED 17:30 PT -- A judge on Tuesday refused to block a proposed ballot initiative on expanded domestic partnership benefits for gay couples in Washington state. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee rejected arguments today in an Olympia courtroom in the lawsuit filed by... [ Read more → ]

Illinois Treasurer running for U.S. Senate, favors legalizing gay marriage

Monday, September 7, 2009
[caption id="attachment_1296" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Alexi Giannoulias"][/caption] Alexi Giannoulias is running for the U.S. Senate, and says he favors legalization of same-sex marriage and repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. The 33 year old Illinois State Treasurer, who in July announced his bid for the... [ Read more → ]

Bishop calls for donations to fight against Maine gay marriage

Monday, September 7, 2009
Maine's Catholic church continues to be active in the fight against same sex marriage. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has asked churches to take up a special second collection next weekend to support Stand For Marriage Maine, the group leading the effort to... [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage may be back on NY Senate’s agenda this fall

Saturday, September 5, 2009
ALBANY -- Gay marriage may be on the New York state Senate's agenda as early as this month if Gov. Paterson has his way. In an interview with the Advocate on Thursday, Paterson said he intends to put the bill legalizing same-sex marriage on the... [ Read more → ]

Harvey Milk day passes CA legislature – will Schwarzenegger veto it again?

Friday, September 4, 2009
SACRAMENTO -- A bill to designate a day of honor for slain gay-rights activist Harvey Milk could be headed for another veto by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once the California legislature sends it his way. The bill to designate Milk’s birthday, May 22, as a day... [ Read more → ]

Rachel Maddow: gay marriage is a ‘defense of marriage’ act

Friday, September 4, 2009
It's been five years since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, and as Rachel Maddow points out, despite all the fear, the sky didn't fall. In fact, divorce rates are down to pre-1940's level, and Massachusetts now boasts the lowest divorce rates... [ Read more → ]

Court battle continues to keep R-71 off Washington’s November ballot

Friday, September 4, 2009
Supporters of Washington's "everything but marriage" gay partnerships are continuing their court battle over Referendum 71. R-71's conservative sponsors have collected enough petitions to force a vote on the latest expansion of domestic partnership rights, but gay-rights activists say that state election officials accepted thousands... [ Read more → ]

Maine gay marriage on hold; voters to decide in November

Thursday, September 3, 2009
The fate of Maine's gay marriage law now lies in the hands of the voters. Election officials announced Wednesday that gay marriage foes surpassed the threshold of signatures necessary to put the state law on the November ballot, setting the stage for a furious, two-month... [ Read more → ]

‘Protect Maine Equality’ releases TV spots in gay marriage battle (Video)

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Protect Maine Equality has released its first two television ads following Wednesday's announcement that a ballot measure to repeal the state's marriage equality laws has made it November's ballot. (See related post.) The first features Sam Putnam af Portland, who plays high school football and... [ Read more → ]

Meet Sam Putnam and his 2 moms

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Meet Sam Putnam of Portland, he plays high school football and baseball, and is the pride and joy of his mother, Jennifer and her partner, Michelle. For Sam, it's pretty basic -- this is his family and he wants them to be valued and treated... [ Read more → ]

Revelers descend on New Orleans for annual ‘Southern Decadence’

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Thousands of tourists, gay and straight, are descending on New Orleans this weekend for the annual Southern Decadence Festival, which organizers says is "one of the gay world's major annual events." In the almost four decades since it started, Southern Decadence has become a traditional... [ Read more → ]

RI Governor to speak at anti-gay organization fund raiser

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri is defending his decision to speak at a fundraiser for a Massachusetts group that considers homosexuality "destructive" and "an unhealthy practice." Carcieri said on WPRO Radio on Wednesday that he agreed at the request of a friend to be the... [ Read more → ]

Gay couples begin exchanging vows at Midnight in Vermont

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Same-sex couples in Vermont began exchanging vows at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday morning, taking advantage of the state's new marriage equality law. Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan (pictured) were among the the first same-sex couples to legally marry under the new law that... [ Read more → ]
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