Lisa Keen

Lisa Keen, based in Boston, Mass., is an award-winning veteran journalist and Chief Correspondent for Keen News Service. Lisa has been reporting news for gay audiences since 1979 and, for 18 years, was editor of one of the nation’s most respected gay newspapers, The Washington Blade (and its eventual sister paper, The New York Blade).

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As viewed through a fisheye lens, Anna Simon of Denver carries a sign about the state of her marriage to her partner 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.

Utah same-sex marriage appeal cued up before the Tenth Circuit today

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENVER -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Thursday becomes the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
Corbin Aoyagi, a supporters of gay marriage, waves his flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Tenth Circuit preview: Utah’s same-sex marriage ban faces appeals panel

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems ‘deeply worrisome’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nobody spoke about recent efforts to circumvent laws protecting LGBT from discrimination by claiming religious motivations; nobody pointed out that people with religious objections to contraception often have religious objections to alternative insemination for lesbians and condom distribution for safe sex education. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.

Miss. House approves dramatically altered ‘religious freedom’ bill

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi House vote 80 to 37 Wednesday evening to approve a dramatically altered “religious freedom” bill that simply calls for a joint House-Senate Judiciary committee to prepare a report “regarding proposed legislation that protects the religious freedoms of the citizens of the State of Mississippi.” The report is due December 31. [ Read more → ]
Pavel Golovkin, APSilver medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic, left, and bronze medallist Russia's Olga Graf, right, applaud Ireen Wust of the Netherlands as she celebrates winning gold during the flower ceremony for the women's 3,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

LGBT visibility in first days of Olympics includes several ‘political’ messages

Monday, February 10, 2014
LGBT visibility during the first few days of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, included some high profile political “messages,” two gay inclusive television commercials, and several surprise choices by both Russian games organizers and openly gay athletes. [ Read more → ]
Eric Holder

Mixed assessments: How ‘big’ is Holder’s news on same-sex marriage benefits?

Monday, February 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.” But there have been some mixed assessments of how big this news really is. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky,  APCross country skiers pass by the Olympic rings prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

LGBT viewers guide to the Olympics: Tensions high for spectators, athletes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tensions are high as the 2014 Winter Olympics prepares to get underway Thursday with figure skating and skiing events and then with the globally televised opening ceremony Friday. While there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the possibility of a terrorist attack against the Games in Sochi, Russia, there is also considerable uncertainty around who might protest the country’s new anti-gay laws and how and when they might do so. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Judge hears arguments on whether Va. gay marriage ban should be struck down

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday told attorneys in a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples marrying that she will render her decision “soon.” [ Read more → ]
AP (File)

Report: Progress toward LGBT equality surprisingly ‘mixed’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is surprisingly “mixed.” [ Read more → ]
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington./

Obama’s State of the Union address leaves many LGBT leaders disappointed

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]
APSonia Sotomayor

Sotomayor ponders stay of order allowing same-sex marriage in Utah

Thursday, January 2, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is pondering whether to grant a stay of a federal district court’s order that the state of Utah stop enforcing its ban on marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
APCharlie Crist

Charlie Crist apologizes for supporting efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Fla.

Thursday, January 2, 2014
In an extraordinary interview, Florida’s former Republican Governor Charlie Crist apologized last month for having supported efforts to ban on same-sex marriage on the ballot in that state in 2008. [ Read more → ]

Three LGBT Democrats in U.S. House have voted with GOP in budget fight

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- As Congress continues to wrestle with a bitter partisan divide that has crippled its ability to set a budget, keep the federal government open, and enable the nation to pay its bills, a few openly LGBT members of the U.S. House have surprised many by occasionally voting with Republicans. [ Read more → ]
WCBS-TVChristine Quinn concedes Democratic Mayoral Primary. Her wife, Kim Catullo (left) is at her side.

Quinn falls short in bid to become first female, first LGBT mayor of New York

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- Lesbian city official and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn fell far short Tuesday of her goal to win at least a run-off spot in the New York City mayoral race’s Democratic primary. [ Read more → ]
John Berry

Obama administration’s highest ranking openly LGBT official leaves OPM

Monday, April 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration’s highest ranking openly LGBT official resigned his post, effective Saturday, April 13. John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, announced his resignation April 11 in an email to OPM employees, just days before his four-year term was up. [ Read more → ]
This artist rendering shows Attorney Theodore Olsen, right, representing the same-sex couples, addresses the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, as the court heard arguments on California's ban on same-sex marriage. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.  (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)

Highs and lows as Supreme Court justices take marriage issue on a roller coaster ride

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court took the marriage equality issue on a roller coaster ride Tuesday as it heard almost 90 minutes of argument in the case testing the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Courtside guide: Who and what to watch at the Supreme Court on marriage argument days

Monday, March 25, 2013
Two of the LGBT civil rights movement’s most important cases come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday and, regardless of the outcome, they will almost certainly be the most watched oral arguments ever on an LGBT issue. [ Read more → ]
Barack Obama

Presidential punch: Can the Obama briefs make a difference at the Supreme Court?

Monday, March 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- LGBT legal activists and their allies have nothing but praise for the Obama administration’s decision to submit briefs in both marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. [ Read more → ]
Protesters march into the early morning hours of of Nov. 8, 2008, expressing their anger against the passage of Proposition 8. The measure, approved by voters days earlier, amended the state constitution, banning same-sex marriages and overturning the state Supreme Court decision that legalized them in just sic months earlier.Photo: Afton Almaraz, AP

Standing: How the Supreme Court could avoid ruling in either gay marriage case

Saturday, March 23, 2013
It is hard to overstate the potential impact of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning marriage for same-sex couples. The primary questions posed by the two cases – Hollingsworth v. Perry involving Proposition 8. and U.S. v. Windsor, involving the Defense of Marriage Act— could lead to rulings that dramatically advance the equality of LGBT people under the law. But the Supreme Court may end up issuing no ruling in either case. [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press/Pool

State of the Union: Mixed reviews for Obama on LGBT issues

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Obama continued his trend of including references to LGBT people in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. [ Read more → ]
Barney Frank

Barney Frank asks for U.S. Senate appointment

Friday, January 4, 2013
One day out of retirement as a member of the U.S. House, Barney Frank said Friday that he has asked Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim senator to replace John Kerry, who is expected to be confirmed Secretary of State later this month. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Proposition 8, DOMA cases

Friday, December 7, 2012
In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will review both the Proposition 8 case concerning a statewide ban on same-sex marriage and a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case concerning a ban on federal recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Marriage votes mark ‘watershed’ moment for LGBT equality

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Even the most jaded political pundits were stunned by the four stunning victories for marriage equality on the ballot Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

An LGBT guide to Election Night 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012
It’s a close race for the White House, a close race for Tammy Baldwin’s bid to the U.S. Senate, five unpredictable outcomes on marriage related votes, and an openly gay caucus in Congress that could total either three or six by the end of the evening. [ Read more → ]
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