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LA city council approves $1.25 million settlement in lesbian discrimination case

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.25 million settlement Wednesday to a current and former officer who accused the Police Department of discriminating against them and harassing them because they are lesbians. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Shocked

Audio recording emerges of singer Michelle Shocked’s anti-gay rant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Audio emerged Wednesday of folk singer Michelle Shocked's performance at a San Francisco club on Sunday night, in which her anti-gay remarks have led to a firestorm of criticism among the LGBT community and its allies, and led to an abrupt end to her U.S. tour. [ Read more → ]
Idaho state capitol in Boise.

Idaho lawmakers hear pleas for statewide LGBT protections

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The forum in the Idaho Capitol's Lincoln Auditorium came a year after Republican senators rejected introducing a bill to revamp the Human Rights Act. Advocates requested Wednesday's session in hopes of one day winning enough support, even though GOP members who control the committee say there will be no renewed vote on the issue this year. [ Read more → ]
Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar: Homosexuality is a ‘grave evil’ akin to pedophilia, murder, slavery

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Gary DeMar of American Vision, a Christian Reconstructionist group, is out with two new columns attacking Hillary Clinton and Rob Portman for endorsing marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Shocked

Michelle Shocked says she was misunderstood; distances herself from anti-gay rant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Folk singer Michelle Shocked, who stunned a San Francisco audience on Sunday night after breaking into an anti-gay rant in which she said, “God hates fags," only to see the remaining dates of her U.S. tour cancelled, has now issued two rambling statements in which she distances herself from the tirade that has brought her widespread criticism from the LGBT community and allies. [ Read more → ]

National polls find growing support for legalizing same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Three national polls released this week find widespread support for marriage equality, just days before the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and California's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

AG opinion sought on New Mexico’s vague marriage law

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A New Mexico county clerk is asking Attorney General Gary King for a legal opinion on whether county clerks may issue licenses for same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Idaho House, Senate plan joint forum on protections for LGBT residents

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
BOISE, Idaho — Adding protections for gays and lesbians to Idaho's Human Rights Act won't get a vote this year. But it is due be discussed, at least informally. [ Read more → ]

Vt. House passes bill requiring equal heath coverage for married, gay couples

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont House of Representatives has voted to require out-of-state companies that offer health coverage to the spouses of opposite-sex married couples to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Equality House, Topeka, Kan,

‘Equality House’ moves in across the street from anti-gay Westboro church

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Planting Peace, a progressive non-profit organization dedicated to environmental conservation, has purchased a house across the street from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church compound, giving it a new paint job that pays homage to the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT pride. [ Read more → ]
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