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Tim LaCroix, left, and Gene Barfield recite their nuptial vows in the governmental building of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Friday, March 15, 2013, in Harbor Springs, Mich. Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara, center, officiated during the wedding.Photo: John Flesher, AP

Tribal same-sex marriage bill approved, gay couple weds

Friday, March 15, 2013
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. -- With an exchange of rings and a kiss, two men became spouses Friday during a ceremony at a northern Michigan Indian reservation after the tribal chairman signed a measure approving same-sex marriage in a state where it's officially banned. [ Read more → ]

Poll shows increasing support for marriage equality in Pennsylvania

Friday, March 15, 2013
The latest Public Policy Polling found a 14 point increase in support for same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania over the last year and a half. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s gay son leads to a change of heart on marriage equality

Thursday, March 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Conservative U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), announced Thursday he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage, saying he has evolved on the issue after learning two years ago that his now 21-year-old son, Will, is gay. [ Read more → ]

Safe Schools Act re-introduced in U.S. House, aims to help prevent bullying

Thursday, March 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) on Thursday re-introduced The Safe Schools Improvement Act in the U.S. House, a bill to help ensure a safe learning environment at schools nationwide and provide necessary resources to prevent school bullying and reduce the rising drop-out rate. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Americans believe marriage equality is a civil rights issue

Thursday, March 14, 2013
A new poll finds that the majority of Americans believe that marriage equality is a civil rights issue, and that it will inevitably become legal – whether they support it or not. [ Read more → ]

Tax records: Chick-fil-A donations to anti-LGBT groups nearly doubled in 2011

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A — embroiled in a controversy last year surrounding the millions of dollars it donated in 2009 and 2010 to anti-gay organizations — almost doubled it’s charitable donations to anti-gay groups in 2011, according to newly released IRS documents. [ Read more → ]
John Eastman

NOM board chairman says families with adopted children are ‘second best’

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Just two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on same-sex marriage, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Board Chairman John Eastman referred to families with adopted children as “second best.” [ Read more → ]

Transgender protections bill fails to pass Maryland senate committee

Thursday, March 14, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would have prohibited discrimination against transgender Marylanders in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations, failed on Thursday to pass a committee vote. [ Read more → ]
Mikey Partida suffered injuries to his eyes, neck, and head, among other injuries, in an alleged hate crime attack on March 10.

Davis, Calif., police ID suspect in possible hate crime attack on gay man

Thursday, March 14, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -- Police in Davis, Calif., have identified a suspect in a brutal attack on a gay man last weekend, and said they were investigating the violent beating as a possible hate crime. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Congress members from Ill. urge state lawmakers to approve marriage bill

Thursday, March 14, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Seven U.S. Congress members from Illinois are urging state lawmakers in Springfield to support a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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