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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

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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. ...

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Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassiby with her three sons.
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. ...

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

Queer Nation NYQueer Nation activist protest outside Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan on February 23.
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. ...

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

Mark Regnerus
DETROIT -- The trial that could overturn Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban begins Tuesday in a federal court in Detroit. ...

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

George Takei
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. ...

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

APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
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. ...

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

Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).
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. ...

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

Arron Keahey
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. ...

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

APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
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 state. The legislation ...

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

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.
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 ...

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