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ACLU VirginiaChristy Berghoff and Victoria Kidd

Federal court rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, December 23, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal court on Monday rejected a motion from the Staunton Circuit Court Clerk seeking to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Kaitlyn HUnt

Fla. teen convicted of having sex with underage girlfriend released from jail

Monday, December 23, 2013
VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Florida teen convicted of having sex with her underage girlfriend has been released from jail after completing her sentence. [ Read more → ]
Invision/APDot-Marie Jones (right) and Bridgett Casteen at the
2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15, 2013.

‘Glee’ star Dot-Marie Jones marries longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen

Sunday, December 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- "Glee" star Dot-Marie Jones married her longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen on Saturday, reports People magazine. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

Appeals court rejects Utah’s request for emergency stay on marriage ruling

Sunday, December 22, 2013
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has rejected a request by Utah state officials for an "emergency" stay on Friday's federal court ruling striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Dave Agema

GOP committee member blames ‘LGBT Gestapo’ for Duck Dynasty controversy

Saturday, December 21, 2013
A former Michigan lawmaker and current member of the Republican National Committee, who last week said that gays want free healthcare because they are dying of AIDS, is weighing in on the “Duck Dynasty” controversy, blaming the “LGBT Gestapo speech police” for the suspension of the family’s patriarch from the popular A&E reality show. [ Read more → ]

Salt Lake County clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Friday, December 20, 2013
Just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, a Salt Lake County Clerk issued what may be the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Utah. [ Read more → ]
Donna Carpenter

N.M. county clerk, deputy resign to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Friday, December 20, 2013
PORTALES, N.M. -- Two New Mexico officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses resigned their position on Friday, just one day after the state Supreme Court ordered all 33 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Navajo Nation official: N.M. court ruling has no effect on tribe’s gay marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
FARMINGTON, N.M. — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe's own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn't affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer at a a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. United Methodist church officials have defrocked Schaefer, who officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.

Pa. pastor appeals defrocking over officiating gay son’s wedding

Friday, December 20, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- A United Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding has appealed the decision, a move that offered the latest evidence of a split in the nation's largest mainline Protestant denomination and came as yet another state legalized gay marriage. [ Read more → ]

ACLU files second lawsuit after Fla. school again blocks gay-straight alliance

Thursday, December 19, 2013
OCALA, Fla. — The ACLU on Thursday sued a central Florida school district for the second time this year, claiming it is once again refusing to approve a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club at a middle school. [ Read more → ]

Students walk out in protest of ‘forced’ resignation of gay Catholic school official

Thursday, December 19, 2013
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Hundreds of students at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash., walked out Thursday to protest the resignation of a vice principal they say was forced out because he recently married his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Trinity Western University

Canadian law school approved despite plan enforce ban on ‘gay intimacy’

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The B.C. government has approved the creation of a new law school at Trinity Western University in Langley B.C., despite concerns from gay rights advocates over its plans to enforce a policy prohibiting “gay intimacy” among staff and students. [ Read more → ]
KHON-TVGenora Dancel Kathryn Dennis

Hawaii same-sex marriage pioneer who sparked national debate weds partner

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
HONOLULU -- One of the Hawaii women who sparked the national same-sex marriage battle with a lawsuit more than 20 years ago is now legally married to another woman. [ Read more → ]
Phil Robertson

‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch makes ‘vile’ statements to describe LGBT people

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson — patriarch of the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, and landed them their own reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” on A&E — speaks out against homosexuality, in what GLAAD calls “the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication.” [ Read more → ]
APDebbie Wasserman Schultz

DNC chair condemns Michigan GOP, says they tolerate anti-gay bias

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
FERNDALE, Mich. -- The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has joined leading state Democrats in condemning Michigan Republicans for their handling of anti-gay remarks by a GOP National Committee member and their failure to extend civil rights to gays. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop John Nienstedt

Anti-gay Catholic bishop steps aside under allegations of sexual abuse

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in 2010 advised a parishioner to reject her gay son or suffer eternal damnation, has stepped down from public ministry due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a young boy on the buttocks during a photo session a year earlier. [ Read more → ]
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, APA flag of the South African gay community sits next to a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela and other mementos in the Sandton area of Johannesburg, South Africa  on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.

Nelson Mandela was a hero to gays, yet anti-LGBT bias still rampant in Africa

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Africa's gays are looking for their own Nelson Mandela - someone who will rescue them from violence and a raft of laws that criminalize gay sex. In other words, precisely what Mandela could not do, despite his efforts. [ Read more → ]
Derrick Burden

Ga. man sentenced to life in prison for killing Black Gay Pride attendee

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
ATLANTA — A Georgia man convicted in the deaths of two men he robbed and shot in an Atlanta town home has been sentenced to two life prison terms. [ Read more → ]
Jeh Johnson

Key official in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal confirmed as Homeland Security secretary

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
WASHINGTON — Democrats used their newly initiated lower threshold for defeating filibusters Monday to win Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nomination of former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh C. Johnson to be Secretary of Homeland Security. [ Read more → ]

‘Advocate’ names Pope Francis ‘most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people’

Monday, December 16, 2013
LOS ANGELES — The Advocate, the oldest and largest gay-interest magazine in the U.S., on Monday announced it has selected Pope Francis as “the single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people.” [ Read more → ]

Social Security begins processing survivor benefits for same-sex spouses

Monday, December 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration (SSA) said Monday it has begun processing, and paying, some survivor’s benefits for married, same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Apple CEO Tim Cook endorses LGBT workplace protections in Auburn speech

Monday, December 16, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has never come out as gay publicly but has been named in Out magazine’s “Power 50″ list of most influential gays and lesbians for the past three years, endorsed the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during a speech at Auburn University. [ Read more → ]

Cleveland police official: Murders of transgender women were ‘crimes of hate’

Monday, December 16, 2013
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police official says police believe the recent slayings of two transgender women were motivated by hate. [ Read more → ]

Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis urges protest of Russian anti-gay laws

Saturday, December 14, 2013
WASHINGTON --- Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis on Friday urged American Olympians to dedicate their performances at February's Winter Games in Sochi to their gay friends and relatives as a means of protest against Russian anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
N.J. state capitol in Trenton.

N.J. senate panel approves transgender birth certificate bill

Friday, December 13, 2013
A New Jersey state Senate panel on Thursday approved a bill that would require the state Health Department to issue a new birth certificate for people who have completed the clinical process of altering their gender [ Read more → ]
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