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Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.

Mississippi House panel faces deadline on religious freedom bill

Monday, March 3, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi House panel will decide Tuesday whether to kill a religious freedom bill or keep it alive with or without changes. [ Read more → ]
Seth Wenig, APBrooklyn Nets Jason Collins speaks during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls at the Barclays Center, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New York. More than a week after becoming the league's first openly gay player, Collins will finally get to play a home game.

Jason Collins to get second 10-day deal to play for Brooklyn Nets

Monday, March 3, 2014
NEW YORK -- A person with knowledge of the situation says the Brooklyn Nets will sign Jason Collins to a second 10-day contract. [ Read more → ]
OneColoradoHouse Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who is openly gay, addresses marriage equality adovcates at the Colorado state capitol in Denver on Mondya, March 3, 2014.

Gay rights advocates rally in Denver, say marriage equality is coming to Colorado

Monday, March 3, 2014
DENVER — Gay rights advocates promise that marriage equality is coming to Colorado, either through the courts or the ballot box. [ Read more → ]
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Seven more groups now designated by SPLC as anti-gay hate groups

Monday, March 3, 2014
The Southern Poverty Law Center has added seven more anti-gay organizations to its list of anti-gay hate groups. No doubt the standard whine of these groups will be the same one offered up by the Family Research Council when SPLC named it as a hate group a while back, i.e. “we are being attacked because we don’t believe in gay marriage, we are trying to preserve Christian morality, we are being silenced.” That whine was a lie then and is still a lie... [ Read more → ]
Idaho

Conservative group: Feds can’t force Idaho to recognize same-sex marriage

Monday, March 3, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- The federal government cannot force Idaho to change its definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the conservative Cornerstone Family Council of Idaho contends in a recent court filing. [ Read more → ]
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Deal held up over gays marching in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Monday, March 3, 2014
BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group said Monday that it is pushing for gay people to be allowed to march "openly and honestly" in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but an agreement has not been reached with parade organizers. [ Read more → ]
Maryland

Md. state Senate gives preliminary approval to transgender rights bill

Monday, March 3, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity gained preliminary approval Friday in the Maryland state Senate. [ Read more → ]
David Coates, Dtroit News (APSupporters and opponents of same-sex marriage demonstrate outside the federal courthouse in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014.

Mich. defense of gay marriage ban off to rocky start as judge bars first witness

Monday, March 3, 2014
DETROIT -- A judge barred an Ivy League law student Monday from testifying at Michigan's same-sex marriage trial, saying he might become an expert witness someday but his opinions wouldn't help sway this case. [ Read more → ]
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Man adopted in Ky. by mother’s spouse following marriage ruling

Monday, March 3, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Kentucky judge has finalized the adoption of a 28-year-old man by a woman who was legally married to his mother in Massachusetts, the first step-parent adoption by a member of a same-sex couple in Fayette County and possibly the state following a federal court ruling. [ Read more → ]
Ellen DeGeneres, APThis image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong’o Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a "selfie" portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie crashes Twitter

Sunday, March 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over. [ Read more → ]
Jordan Strauss, Invision/APMatthew McConaughey, from left, holds his award for best actor for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club", Cate Blanchett holds her award for best actress in "Blue Jasmine", Lupita Nyong'o holds her award for best supporting actress for "12 Years a Slave," and Jared Leto holds hi award for best supporting actor in "Dallas Buyers Club" in the press room during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Big Oscar night for ‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Gravity’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards. [ Read more → ]
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Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor Oscar for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Matthew McConaughey has won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in "Dallas Buyers Club." [ Read more → ]
Matt Sayles, Invision/APJared Leto, center, arrives with his mother Constance and brother Shannon at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Backstage: Jared Leto in generous mood after acting Oscar win

Sunday, March 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Jared Leto wasn't just thinking about himself after winning the best supporting actor Academy Award on Sunday night — his thoughts veered from his mother, the populations of Ukraine and Venezuela and even the reporters who were covering his Oscar glory. [ Read more → ]
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Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Oscar for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Jared Leto has won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance as an HIV-positive transgender prostitute in "Dallas Buyers Club." [ Read more → ]
NYC Mayor's OfficeNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) joins the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade in Queens, N.Y., on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

NYC mayor marches in Queens’ gay friendly ‘St. Pat’s For All Parade’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who plans to skip the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because participants are banned from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as gay, joined the gay-friendly St. Pat's For All Parade Sunday, saying it honors the traditions of the city by celebrating inclusion. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Money offer to defeat Indiana same-sex marriage amendment exposed

Sunday, March 2, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A former Republican Party chairman's pledge to provide campaign cash to protect House members who were considering voting against a constitutional gay marriage ban offers a rare look at the private power game that plays out on tough issues at the Statehouse. [ Read more → ]
Bullying

Minn. gay rights advocates lobby for state law protecting kids from bullying

Sunday, March 2, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Long before gay rights activists in Minnesota launched a successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, they were aiming for another high-profile goal: a state law protecting children from school bullies. [ Read more → ]
Mark J. Terrill, AP (File)In this Feb. 25, 2007 file photo, Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres opens the 79th Academy Awards telecast, in Los Angeles. DeGeneres is returning as host at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, after making her Oscar debut in 2007.

Host Ellen DeGeneres is ready to dance on the Oscars stage once again

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Seven years after her Oscar debut, Ellen DeGeneres is back. The 56-year-old TV personality talked with The Associated Press about her plans and preparations for hosting her second Academy Awards on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
John Hanna, APIn this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 photo, Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas urges a crowd to work for the election defeat of socially conservative legislators during a rally at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan.

Gay rights supporters in Kansas seek new anti-bias laws

Sunday, March 2, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Having won a key legislative fight with social conservatives in Kansas, gay rights advocates aren't content with simply blocking a measure they said would have encouraged businesses and government workers to refuse to serve gays and lesbians in the name of religious freedom. [ Read more → ]
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The defenseless religious folk and their war against the ‘godless gays’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Most recently, I’m finding it unusually difficult to avoid the urge to scream at the seemingly endless parade of pundits and spin doctors tell me, in their most deferential and conciliatory tones, that the rash of proposed "religious protection" laws are not about discrimination. Oh heavens no! They're really just there to protect defenseless religious folk from the godless gays. Like innocent business owners, who could be accused of discrimination, just for standing behind their deeply held religious views. [ Read more → ]
Darron Cummings, APBillie Jean King

Billie Jean King talks Sochi Olympics, LGBT rights, openly gay athletes

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Billie Jean King's taxi ride home after the Sochi Olympics included a revelation. She had just returned from a whirlwind three days at the Sochi Games, part of the U.S. delegation for the closing ceremony chosen by President Barack Obama. She watched the gold-medal men's hockey game won by Canada, went up the mountain for bobsled, greeted U.S. athletes and met a Russian gay teenager... [ Read more → ]
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If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake…

Saturday, March 1, 2014
I’m always touched when people of faith send their love and compassion my way… These people – these Christians – What are they so afraid of and why are they so very hateful? This picture of the cake and all the other pictures and blogs and outrage since Governor Jan Brewer vetoed that hateful bill in Arizona isn’t about “freedom of religion” – but you know that, right? [ Read more → ]
LM Otero, AP(From left) Erick Izquierdo, Josiah Spear, 12, and Cole McSorley, 12, look at a Trail Life handbook during a gathering of members in North Richland Hills, Texas. Trail Life USA says it has established units in more than 40 states, mostly from Boy Scouts and parents who feel the century-old organization has lost its way.

For those no longer loyal to Scouts, Trail Life offers a ‘no gays’ alternative

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the Boy Scouts of America and his mission to become an Eagle Scout, or he could join Trail Life USA — the new Christian-based alternative that excludes openly gay boys. [ Read more → ]
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Tempe, Ariz., approves LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Saturday, March 1, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Tempe City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a city-wide ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender individuals in employment, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
WJBK-TVJayne Rowse (left) and April DeBoer  are plaintiffs in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Harvard professor testifies in Day 4 of Mich. same-sex marriage trial

Saturday, March 1, 2014
DETROIT -- A Harvard University professor testified on Friday for two women challenging Michigan's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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