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Jessica Dutro

Woman gets life in prison for murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Friday, April 18, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son who she believed was gay. [ Read more → ]
Dustin Lance Black

College rescinds commencement invite to Dustin Lance Black over sex photos

Friday, April 18, 2014
PASADENA, Calif. -- Pasadena City College has rescinded an invitation to Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black to speak at its commencement ceremony because they fear sexually explicit photos of Black that surfaced on the internet in 2009 would tarnish the school’s reputation. [ Read more → ]
Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe president threatens to expel diplomats who promote gay rights

Friday, April 18, 2014
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to expel foreign diplomats who try to promote gay rights in the southern African country. [ Read more → ]
Crystal Moore

S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

Friday, April 18, 2014
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias. [ Read more → ]
bullies

School apologizes for advising bullying victims not to ‘tattle,’ or be a ‘sore loser’

Friday, April 18, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska school district is apologizing after sending fifth grade students home with a pamphlet titled “Turning bullies into buddies," advising bullying victims not to "tattle" on their attackers, and not to be a "sore loser." [ Read more → ]
Marriage-license

Oregon revises marriage licenses to accommodate for same-sex couples

Friday, April 18, 2014
In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Patriarch Abune Mathias

Leader of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church vows to fight homosexuality ‘to the end’

Friday, April 18, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- In his Easter message this week, Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, vowed to fight homosexuality, saying it will bring destruction to the world. [ Read more → ]
Wayne Besen

‘Truth Wins Out’ founder launches Chicago radio program

Friday, April 18, 2014
CHICAGO -- Author and human rights advocate Wayne Besen will kick off a new radio show, “I’ve Got Issues,” on Saturday on Chicago's WCPT, an independent progressive talk radio station. [ Read more → ]
The Byron White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, the seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Okla. gay marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold a ruling by a federal judge that threw out Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. Following is the audio recording of today's hearing > [ Read more → ]
Illinois

Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, April 17, 2014
CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling. [ Read more → ]
Arkansas

Judge hears challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing he expects to issue a ruling in about two weeks. [ Read more → ]
Judge Jerome A. Holmes

Judge has sharp questions for attorneys at Okla. same-sex marriage hearing

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions. [ Read more → ]
Naya Taylor

Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

Thursday, April 17, 2014
URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy. [ Read more → ]
Mel Evans, APNewark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker, right, shares a laugh as he officiates the first same-sex marriage for Joesph Panessidi, center right, 65, and Orville Bell, 65, in Newark City hall just after midnight Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Portman on Ohio ruling: Marriage equality shouldn’t come from the courts

Thursday, April 17, 2014
COLUMBIS, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the first GOP senator to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, says he’s not a fan of Monday’s federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. [ Read more → ]
Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom. [ Read more → ]
Linda Perry, musician and former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes. The 90’s rock group will reunite for one night on May 10 for the “An Evening with Women” event supporting the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

‘4 Non Blondes’ to reunite for one night to benefit L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Thursday, April 17, 2014
The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for years. [ Read more → ]
Attorney Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

Lawyer who argued in favor of Prop 8 now planning gay daughter’s wedding

Thursday, April 17, 2014
WASHINGTON — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. [ Read more → ]
Green Hall at the University of Rhode Island.

Univ. of Rhode Island breaks ground on LGBT student center

Thursday, April 17, 2014
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island has broken ground on a new center for LGBT students. [ Read more → ]
Bryan Singer

‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of sex abuse in lawsuit

Thursday, April 17, 2014
HONOLULU -- A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. [ Read more → ]
Arkansas

Hearing set in challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case Thursday before a circuit judge in Pulaski County. [ Read more → ]
Missouri

Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February. [ Read more → ]
gay-gop

Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [ Read more → ]
Richard Land

Richard Land ‘exposes’ the ‘Dirty Little Secret’ of the gay community

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
While filling in for Washington Watch host Tony Perkins on Tuesday, Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land and guest Donna Rice Hughes of the anti-pornography group Enough Is Enough agreed that sexual abuse causes homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop speak with members of the media before boarding a plane to Denver at Tulsa International Airport, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Oklahomans for Equality gathered at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs, including Baldwin and Bishop, in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Tenth Circuit, Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman? [ Read more → ]
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