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University-of-Kentucky

Univ. of Kentucky says survey was intended to improve health services

Thursday, April 10, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a campus-wide student survey that asked students whether homosexuality was a sin was intended to improve the school’s health services. [ Read more → ]
Nine-year-old Lillian Gutierrez, left, joins her mother, Veronica, both of Denver, in waving placards at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Derrick-Gordon

Derrick Gordon: ‘I couldn’t go on hiding and being somebody I’m not’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In one of his first live interviews since coming out as gay earlier Wednesday, University of Massachusetts sophomore Derrick Gordon speaks with NBC’s joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the historic moment. [ Read more → ]
Emilia Maria Jesty with her birth "father" Sophy Jesty.

Lesbian couple named mother and father on daughter’s Tenn. birth certificate

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A baby girl born to same-sex parents who are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage, is the first child in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate. [ Read more → ]
Georgia-flag

Lambda Legal: Announcement ‘very soon’ on a Ga. marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Almost every week, a new one appears. Marriage equality lawsuits have been filed now in all but five states in the nation -- the final five that remain out of the game are North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Alaska and, finally... Georgia, the most populous state of the remaining five. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law on April 9, 2014.

Minn. governor signs LGBT-inclusive ‘Safe Schools’ anti-bullying bill into law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL -- Less than 24 hours after clearing the Minnesota state House, Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law. [ Read more → ]
Boies-Olson

Boies, Olson: ‘We’re trying to bring marriage equality to every state in the Union’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- David Boies and Ted Olson, the legal team who helped take down California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, were on hand for the the kick-off Tuesday of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. [ Read more → ]
North-Carolina

Lawsuit cites urgency to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Pro-LGBT church: Boy Scouts violating our religious freedom by ousting gay Scoutmaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SEATTLE -- The pastor of an LGBT-welcoming church says the Boy Scouts of America is infringing on her church's religious freedom in its efforts to oust their openly gay Scoutmaster. [ Read more → ]
Mike-Huckabee

Mike Huckabee: ‘I’m not homophobic … this is the right side of the Bible’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday told an Iowa audience that he is not a hater, not homophobic, and is merely standing on the "right side of the Bible." [ Read more → ]
vox-marriage-study

Study: Simply talking to people about gay marriage makes them more tolerant

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It turns out that good old fashioned human-to-human conversation really can change people's minds. VOX reports that a new study from professors at UCLA and Columbia University found that simply talking about marriage equality with those who oppose it can help to shift their perspective... [ Read more → ]
Laura-Jane-Klug

Texas school suspends transgender substitute teacher after parents complain

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas -- A transgender substitute teacher said she has been told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained about her. [ Read more → ]
Jayce

Transgender student files housing complaint against Christian university

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
NEWBERG, Ore. -- A transgender student has filed a discrimination complaint against a Christian university, alleging the school is discriminating against him by not allowing him to live in the men's dormitories. [ Read more → ]
Johnsons

LBJ daughters talk gay marriage: Bigotry is ‘just one more expression of hate’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
In a new interview to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the daughters of former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson discuss marriage equality for same-sex couples, and reflect on what their father might think of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Alan-Simpson

Simpson: Time to ‘live and let live’ and allow gay couples the freedom to marry

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, a Republican, says it’s time to “live and let live” and allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. [ Read more → ]
Wisconsin

Poll: Majority of Wisconsin voters support marriage equality

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A new poll released Tuesday finds a majority of Wisconsin voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, a significant increase over polling five years ago. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
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