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S.D. to consider bills to allow businesses to refuse services for same-sex ceremonies

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
South Dakota capitol in Pierre.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Two bills filed in the South Dakota Legislature seek to protect clergy, church officials and businesspeople who refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages or receptions because of their religious beliefs.

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N.C. AG says he supports marriage equality, but will keep defending the ban

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
Atty. General Roy Cooper (D-N.C.)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Attorney General Roy Cooper's office will continue to argue in court for North Carolina's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, even as Virginia's new attorney general has decided to fight his state's gay marriage ban.

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U.S. officials update travel warning, cite security steps for Sochi Games

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
WASHINGTON — Citing rising threats of violence at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, U.S. officials said Friday they are prepared to work with Russian security officials to help protect American athletes and the 10,000 American spectators expected to attend.

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Democratic consultant confirms: Clay Aiken considering run for Congress

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
Clay Aiken
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pop singer Clay Aiken, who first made a name for himself as a contestant on "American Idol," is considering a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd District, a state Democratic Party consultant confirmed on Friday.

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Family values group: Anti-discrimination laws are biased against Christians

| Friday, January 24, 2014
Sweet-Cakes
In a new video from CitizenLink, the anti-gay political action affiliate of Focus on the Family, Stuart Shepard, CitizenLink’s senior director of media, says human rights and anti-discrimination laws designed to protect minorities are actually discriminatory toward Christians.

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GOP urges Ill. candidate to withdraw after blaming bad weather on gay rights

| Friday, January 24, 2014
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Illinois Republican officials are calling for a Chicago-area congressional candidate to leave the GOP race after she blamed bad weather on legalized abortions and gay rights, but Susanne Atanus said she won't back down.

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Catholic school says it won’t rehire gay administrator who married partner

| Friday, January 24, 2014
Mark Zmuda
SEATTLE -- A Catholic school in a Seattle suburb says it won't rehire gay Vice-Principal Mark Zmuda, who was forced out in December after his same-sex marriage.

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Idaho Democrats vow to continue ‘Add the Words’ fight for LGBT protections

| Friday, January 24, 2014
Idaho
BOISE, Idaho -- Majority Republicans again have poured cold water on Democrats' hopes of including protections for Idaho's gay and lesbian residents in state law. Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, said Friday he had been informed by House and Senate Republicans that they would block the...

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Democrats target civil unions prohibition in Ind. same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, January 24, 2014
Scott Pelath
INDIANAPOLIS -- The top Democrat in the Indiana House will lead an effort next week to delete a clause prohibiting civil unions from a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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RNC chair calls on Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks to resign

| Friday, January 24, 2014
Dave Agema
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Republican National Committee has called for the resignation of a Michigan GOP official who made anti-gay remarks.

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