Brody Levesque

Brody Levesque

Brody Levesque is a veteran journalist and Chief Washington D.C. correspondent and Bureau Chief for LGBTQ Nation.

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Minnesota GOP priority: Anti-gay marriage amendment over state budget

Monday, May 23, 2011
As reported late Saturday night, the Minnesota House voted 70-62 to place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on the 2012 ballot. The following video is a local CBS News affiliate in the twin cities covering that event Sunday. What is most telling though is... [ Read more → ]
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The never ending parade of ‘hate’ in the news: A sad reality

Saturday, May 21, 2011
"I’m getting real sick and tired of seeing all the hate themed articles make the news and not the successes of gay rights. I’m just sick of all the hate we harbor and why we can’t see everyone as equal." The above comment was... [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian judge confirmed to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Appeals Court Judge Barbara A. Lenk has won confirmation by the Governor's Council to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court after a 5-3 vote, and becomes the first openly gay judge to serve on the state's highest court. [ Read more → ]
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Virginia AG cuts ties with King & Spalding for dropping DOMA defense

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, has fired the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding for backing out of its contract with the U.S. House to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court. [ Read more → ]
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Prop 8 backer’s motion to void ruling ‘fast tracked,’ hearing set for June 13

Thursday, April 28, 2011
The U.S. District Court for Northern California issued a "fast-track" order in the Proposition 8 case, and has scheduled a June 13 hearing to consider a motion to have ruling in the case thrown out because the trial judge in the case is gay. [ Read more → ]
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Senate committee advances openly gay judicial nominee to full Senate

Thursday, April 7, 2011
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to approve and forward to the full Senate the nomination of J. Paul Oetken, a New York attorney nominated by President Barack Obama to become a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. [ Read more → ]
Barry Dignam (left) and Hugh Walsh

Dublin couple among first to celebrate same-sex civil union in Ireland

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A Dublin, Ireland, gay couple became the public face of civil unions in the Irish State on Wednesday when they were among the first gay couples legally joined under legislation that passed last year allowing same-sex civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]
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California legislature debates bill that would require LGBT-inclusive textbooks

Sunday, April 3, 2011
California's lawmakers are fighting over legislation that would require public schools to include the historical contributions of LGBT people in their curriculum. [ Read more → ]
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Ireland ‘LGBT Awareness Weeks’ to target anti-gay bullying (Video)

Friday, April 1, 2011
More powerful messages: BeLonG To Youth Services in Ireland has launched a new advocacy campaign targeting anti-gay bullying. [ Read more → ]
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Republican majority in Colorado House committee stalls civil unions bill

Friday, April 1, 2011
Republican legislators in the Colorado House Judiciary Committee on Thursday stalled any further action on a proposed measure that would allow for Civil Unions in the state to move to the full House for a vote. [ Read more → ]
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‘Kill The Gays’ measure In Ugandan Parliament shelved — for now

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Uganda's infamous anti-homosexuality measure -- euphemistically referred to as the "Kill The Gays" bill -- that was scheduled to undergo debate in that country's Law and Parliamentary Affairs committee this week, has apparently been shelved. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Jones

U.S. Navy seeks to discharge sailor over platonic sleepover

Monday, March 7, 2011
A case that has taken on an appearance of an attempt by Navy officials to discharge a service member for "implied" homosexuality has LGBTQ activists angry, and the U.S. Navy scrambling to defend its position. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand to House GOP: Don’t waste taxpayer money defending DOMA

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Just one day after House GOP leadership announced they would take action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is urging Republican leaders not to waste taxpayer resources to defend the unconstitutional law. [ Read more → ]
Jill Carter (left) and Tiffany

Baltimore delegates delay key vote on passage of Maryland gay marriage bill

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Two Democrats blocked a critical vote on the Civil Marriage Protection Act in the Maryland House of Delegate's Judiciary Committee late Tuesday afternoon, stalling the measure from advancing to the full House as quickly as previously expected. [ Read more → ]
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British government ready to implement full marriage equality in United Kingdom

Monday, February 14, 2011
The British government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws expected to be announced later this week by the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone. [ Read more → ]
Robert Broadus

Android marriages are in Maryland’s future if same-sex marriage legalized

Sunday, February 13, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Legalizing same-sex marriage is paving the way for future generations to be able to marry artificial, android life forms, according to Maryland conservative and traditional marriage defender Robert Broadus. [ Read more → ]
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Why Ronald Reagan’s legacy should be vilified, not sanctified

Sunday, February 6, 2011
Today would have been Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. The American ultra right and Christian conservatives, along with nearly all of the GOP are singing his praises, and in the case of the politico's, either trying to emulate the "Gipper" or [...] [ Read more → ]
Well-wishers gather for a candlelight vigil outside the offices US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Jan. 9

Why I find Sarah Palin’s response to Arizona shootings’ aftermath ‘reprehensible’

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
It is not often that I find it necessary to set aside my press credentials and lend an opinion to public discourse on any given subject that I report on. However, that said, I need to comment not as an American which I am not, nor as a Canadian which I am, but rather as a human being and responsible adult living in a divisive and polarized society here in the United States. [ Read more → ]
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The Christian Right’s rhetoric is disingenuous at the very least

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
[caption id="attachment_15981" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=" "][media-credit name="VIA ZAZZLE.COM" align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit][/caption] As I write this editorial, it's less than a couple of hours after the 112th session of the Congress of the United States gaveled in. Most significant is the fact that the overwhelming majority of... [ Read more → ]
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Wyoming GOP plans to reintroduce defense of marriage measure

Saturday, January 1, 2011
Republican legislators in Wyoming are planning to reintroduce a defense of marriage law that would bar the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. [ Read more → ]
Bill James

North Carolina County Commissioner: ‘Homosexuals are sexual predators’

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A North Carolina County Commissioner known for his outspoken anti-gay views, has called gay people "sexual predators" in an e-mail to fellow Mecklenburg County Commissioners. [ Read more → ]
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Reid fulfills promise to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — Choi reclaims West Point ring

Thursday, December 23, 2010
In July 2010, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised Lt. Dan Choi that he would lead the Senate to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Choi, an Iraq war veteran discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," gave Sen. Reid his West Point ring with the agreement that... [ Read more → ]
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Neighborhood association, gay community square off over rainbow flags in Castro district

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Community activists in San Francisco's predominantly gay Castro neighborhood are outraged by a recent statement by the Mission Delores Neighborhood Association calling for removal of the Rainbow flags that are hung from the light posts in the Castro. [ Read more → ]
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Media Matters launches war room for LGBT equality rights

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Media Matters, a Washington D. C.-based media watchdog group has announced it is launching a new effort to combat the increasingly strident offense against LGBT equality rights by right wing conservative organizations and conservative run media outlets such as Fox News and pundits such as... [ Read more → ]
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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repealed in 65-31 vote: bill headed to the President for signature

Saturday, December 18, 2010
WASHINGTON -- In a 65-31 vote this afternoon, the United States Senate has voted to repeal the 17 year old ban on Gays & Lesbians openly serving in the armed forces of the United States. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his... [ Read more → ]
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