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Univ-of-Kentucky

Univ. of Kentucky survey asks students if homosexuality is a mental illness

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky has issued a campus-wide student survey that asks students if they’d rather be gay or straight, whether homosexuality was a sin, and if they believed homosexuality was a mental illness. [ Read more → ]
Mike Fair

S.C. lawmaker claims university program is designed to recruit lesbians

Monday, April 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina college that recently lost $17,000 in state funds after it assigned students a gay-themed book, has cancelled a solo performance with same-sex themes after a state lawmaker accused the school of trying to recruit lesbians. [ Read more → ]
TownMaps USA

Saginaw, Mich., city council to consider LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 7, 2014
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw, Mich., city council is considering a proposed ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Moore-Okla

Westboro Baptist protesters chased out of Okla. town by unwelcoming residents

Monday, April 7, 2014
MOORE, Okla. -- If members of the Topeka-Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church thought they'd find a friendly reception in nearby Oklahoma, they were mistaken. In fact, when church members brought their "God hates fags" and "God hates America" protest to Moore, Okla., on Sunday, they were met by an unwelcoming, angry crowd. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Gay Scoutmaster refuses to step down, church stands by his decision

Monday, April 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America may have revoked his membership, but openly gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath is continuing his role as a leader with the support of his church. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Neb. bill prohibiting anti-gay employment discrimination faces resistance

Friday, April 4, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would protect Nebraska residents from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance from some Nebraska lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
schools

Minn. Senate passes anti-bullying ‘Safe and Supportive Schools Act’

Friday, April 4, 2014
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota state Senate voted Thursday to pass the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act,” a bill, which would require all Minnesota school districts to develop and enforce a plan to reduce bullying. [ Read more → ]
Honey-Maid-response

Honey Maid responds to anti-gay critics who called ad campaign ‘disgusting’

Thursday, April 3, 2014
From the makers of Honey Maid graham crackers comes the official response to critics who labeled their “This is Wholesome” ad campaign “disgusting” because it prominently featured same-sex parents among its collection of real American families. [ Read more → ]
Braulio Valenzuela

Fla. man charged with attempting to burn, kill lesbian couple and their eight kids

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida man faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson for allegedly attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their eight children. [ Read more → ]
Firefox

Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy surrounding anti-gay marriage donation

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO after protests of his support of a same-sex marriage ban in California. The Mountain View, Calif.-based nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser had promoted him last week. [ Read more → ]
Medicare

Same-sex spouses to be recognized for Medicare eligibility, enrollment

Thursday, April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration announced Thursday that same-sex spouses will be recognized in administering several aspects of the Medicare program, regardless of where the couple resides. [ Read more → ]
Jessica Dutro

Jury finds mother guilty of murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Thursday, April 3, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son. Prosecutors said Jessica Dutro believed her son was gay, and that was the motive behind the beatings that led to his death. [ Read more → ]
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.

Mother who opposed her deceased son’s same-sex marriage intervenes in lawsuit

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Lorraine-Mae-Rafferty

Oregon gubernatorial candidate: Gay marriage ‘a sin, just the same as murder’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Meet Lorraine Mae Rafferty of Selma, Ore., who explains why she’s running for governor Oregon, and makes it clear that she opposes same-sex marriage because it’s a sin, “just the same as murder” -- a label she also applies to abortion. [ Read more → ]
Key-West

Key West couple files lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A same-sex couple in Key West, Fla., has filed a lawsuit after being refused a marriage license in Monroe County. [ Read more → ]
Milk-stamp

Harvey Milk commemorative stamp revealed, scheduled to be issued May 22

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Linns Stamp News has unveiled the design for the U.S. commemorative stamp featuring slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. [ Read more → ]
Robina Asti

SSA updates policy on survivor benefits for transgender spouses

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) on Tuesday updated its policies regarding the ability of transgender individuals to receive benefits through their spouses. [ Read more → ]
ypsilanti-township

Woman attacked after being recognized from gay marriage interview

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A southeastern Michigan woman says three men attacked her after recognizing her a television news interview after she married her same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.

Miss. approves religious freedom bill that could allow anti-gay discrimination

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi lawmakers on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups. [ Read more → ]
Kristina Hill Photography
Original engagement photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere.

Split decision in gay couple’s lawsuit over use of photo in anti-gay mailer

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
DENVER -- A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed by a gay New Jersey couple whose engagement photo was used in campaign attack mailers in Colorado. [ Read more → ]
Kristen Kish

‘Top Chef’ winner Kristen Kish reveals she’s in a same-sex relationship

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kristen Kish, the 2012 winner of Top Chef and only the second female in the show’s history to win the title, has come out, revealing in a New York Times profile that she is in a relationship with another woman. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APGeoff McGrath points out an "inclusive scouting" badge worn on his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Boy Scouts oust first openly gay Scoutmaster since welcoming gay youth

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America on Monday booted an openly gay Scoutmaster, believed to be the first openly gay leader to be ousted since the BSA voted last year to accept openly gay scouts, but maintain a ban on gay and lesbian leaders. [ Read more → ]
Traditionalist Youth Network co-founder Matthew Heimbach

Group with ties to white supremacists files brief supporting gay marriage ban

Monday, March 31, 2014
LANSING, Mich. — A group with reported ties to white supremacists, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in support of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
ICE

U.S. immigration officials free gay Ethiopian man pending asylum request

Monday, March 31, 2014
BOSTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Boston have released 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man who was facing deportation back to his home country where knowledge that he is gay could land him in prison. [ Read more → ]
TransMilitary

Preview: TransMilitary highlights the lives of transgender service members

Monday, March 31, 2014
On this Transgender Day of Visibility, the transgender advocacy group TransMilitary offers a preview of their project, set for release later this year, that highlights the lives of transgender service members here in the U.S. (where being transgender in the military is banned), and in the United Kingdom (where serving as openly transgender is allowed). [ Read more → ]
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