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Obama calls for end to conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Barack Obama
The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy. [...]

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Maryland lawmakers ease birth certificate requirements for transgender residents

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Maryland-statehouse
A measure to make it easier for transgender residents to get new birth certificates has cleared the Maryland General Assembly and now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan. [...]

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Colorado Senate panel rejects bill to prohibit conversion therapy on minors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Colorado state capitol in Denver.
A bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth in Colorado has been rejected by Republicans that control the state Senate. [...]

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Reports: Barry Manilow marries longtime business manager Garry Kief

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Barry Manilow
The 71-year-old singer, who has never publicly acknowledged being gay, exchanged vows in surprise ceremony at his Palm Springs home last year, according to reports. [...]

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Florida poised to repeal 38-year-old ban on gay adoption

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Florida is poised to repeal its nearly 40-year-old ban on gay adoption, and in a stunning turnaround Wednesday, the state Senate blocked efforts to allow agencies to refuse adoptions by same-sex couples on religious or moral grounds. [...]

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Florida bakery may sue Arizona evangelist over anti-gay cake request, recording

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Joshua Feuerstein
An Arizona man who caused controversy after his request to a Florida bakery to make a cake with an anti-gay marriage message, says he is being unfairly portrayed, while the bakery says it's considering legal action against him. [...]

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North Carolina AG says he’d veto religious exemption bills if governor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is preparing a run for governor in 2016, says he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples. [...]

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Lawsuit alleges AIDS Healthcare Foundation scammed Medicare for $20M

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
AHF
A lawsuit filed in South Florida federal court alleges one of the nation's largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care bilked federal Medicare and Medicaid programs in a $20 million dollars scam that spanned in a 12-states. [...]

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Guam rejects lesbian couple’s marriage license application

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Loretta M. Pangelinan, 28, holds the application for a marriage license that she and her fiancee, Kathleen M. Aguero, 28, will turn in at the Office of Vital Statistics in the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services on Wedneday, April 8, 2015.
Guam on Wednesday rejected a marriage license application from the first-same sex couple to apply for the document in the U.S. island territory. [...]

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Tom DeLay: Christians must fight for the right to discriminate ‘with every ounce of our being’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tom Delay
Tom DeLay is defending "religious freedom" laws against the attacks from people who "have chosen to be homosexuals," saying that conservative Christians must be ready to "fight this battle to the bitter end." [...]

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