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Judge denies stay in ruling that Tenn. recognize three out-of-state gay marriages

U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to issue a stay in her preliminary decision last week ordering the state of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while the case is proceeds in federal court. ...

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Nation’s first transgender mayor auctions off shoes to get cash for his city

SILVERTON, Ore. -- The nation's first openly transgender mayor is now opening his closet doors to get cash for his city. ...

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Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples ...

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High school science teacher changing gender to ‘authentic self’

The Fresno BeeKaren Adell Scot
After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self. "It's like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light." ...

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Gay student says Baptist school denied readmission after he came out

Chase Martinson
HANNIBAL, Mo. — An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a northern Missouri Baptist school after he came out as gay in a Facebook post back in December. ...

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GOP lawmakers who voted for Illinois gay marriage bill win primary races

Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
Three Republican lawmakers who crossed the aisle last year to to vote in favor of Illinois' marriage equality law, were all victorious in their primary elections Tuesday. ...

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‘One Million Moms’ outraged over ‘sexual perversion’ of Honey Maid campaign

Honey Maid
The 64,000 members of “One Million Moms” are targeting Nabisco over its “This is Wholesome” campaign that prominent features a same-sex couple and their children. ...

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W.Va. high school teacher suspended for Facebook post mocking gay group

David Foggin
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A West Virginia high school teacher has been suspended following a Facebook post he made in which he appears to be mocking a planned meeting of the school’s gay-straight alliance. ...

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Pvt. Manning seeks formal name change to Chelsea

Chelsea Manning
The Army private who was tried and convicted as Bradley Edward Manning for leaking U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks is petitioning a Kansas court for a name change, to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. Leavenworth County District Court has scheduled an April 23 ...

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First openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan takes oath

Judith Levy
DETROIT -- The first openly lesbian federal judge in the U.S. 6th Circuit was sworn in Tuesday by Chief Judge Gerald Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. ...

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