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Austria parliament approves civil unions, reinforces ban on gay adoption

VIENNA — Austria’s parliament approved legalizing civil unions in the country Thursday, an move considered a historic victory for gay rights in the central European country. Out of 174 lawmakers present, 110 voted in favor and 64 voted against, Associated ...

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Parker leads in Houston mayoral race despite anti-gay attacks

Annise Parker
Houston‘s openly gay city controller has pulled ahead in the race to be mayor of the nation’s fourth largest city, just two days before a runoff election, according to a new poll — despite a wave of anti-gay attacks. [fbshare] ...

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California assembly nominates first openly gay speaker

John Perez
Assemblyman John Pérez, an openly gay Latino Democrat from Los Angeles, made history Thursday when he was unanimously chosen by the California Assembly’s Democratic Caucus as the lower house’s leader, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Pérez, a freshman lawmaker who ...

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Warren denounces Uganda’s anti-gay bill, denies any connection to its supporters

Rick Warren
The Rev. Rick Warren, one of the most influential pastors in the country, has joined progressive pastors in speaking out against the so-called Uganda "Kill the Gays" bill, denouncing rumors that he's ever supported the bill or anyone associated with ...

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Uganda to drop death penalty from anti-gay legislation

Uganda anti-gay
Uganda will drop the death penalty and life imprisonment for gays in a refined version of an anti- gay bill expected to be ready for presentation to Parliament in two weeks, according to James Nsaba Buturo, the minister of ethics ...

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NJ senate delays vote on gay marriage bill

via the Star-Ledger
In a last-minute move, the New Jersey state senate today called off Thursday’s planned vote on the gay marriage bill, as supporters scrambling for votes said the controversial measure would have a better chance by shifting it to the Assembly ...

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Maddow takes on conversion therapist in Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ coverage

As part of her continuing coverage on Uganda‘s anti-gay legislation, Rachel Maddow interviewed conversion therapist Richard Cohen tonight, who continued to advocate his position that homosexuality is a choice, and gays can change their preferences. The author of “coming out ...

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Ron Livingston sues over ‘malicious’ gay attacks on Wiki

Ron Livingston
Actor Ron Livingston (Office Space) is suing an alleged hacker who keeps changing his Wikipedia biography to say he’s in a gay relationship. Livingston, who earlier this year married actress Rosemarie DeWitt, claims a mystery internet bandit has been relentlessly ...

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Gay marriage vote expected Thursday in NJ senate

gay marriage advocates and opponents in New Jersey are looking forward to Thursday, where the matter is expected to be taken up by the full state Senate following committee approval late Monday night. After seven hours of public testimony, the ...

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NJ gay marriage bill passes in committee, heads to full Senate

TRENTON — Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in New Jersey cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee tonight after more than seven hours of emotional debate and testimony, setting the stage for a showdown in the full Senate, reports the NJ Star-Ledger. ...

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