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Judge in Broward County, Florida, grants state’s first same-sex divorce

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Judge Dale Cohen
Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Wednesday dissolved the marriage of Heather Brassner and Megan Lade, who were united in a 2002 civil union in Vermont. ...

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Indiana church that booted gay choir director to close due to falling attendance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind.
The church made national headlines in January when as much as eighty percent of the congregants left after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign. ...

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New York officials propose coverage for transgender healthcare under Medicaid

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
New-York-state
Proposed regulations would cover hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for low-income New Yorkers under the state's Medicaid program. ...

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How a sheltered housewife became the foremost in-your-face challenger of Christian homophobia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Kathy Baldock
A modern day pro-LGBT Joan of Arc, Kathy Baldock’s advocacy is not from behind a computer screen, but face-to-face interaction with the most rabid anti-gay ministers in the U.S. evangelical movement. ...

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Same-sex couple’s divorce hearing set before Broward County judge

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Judge Dale Cohen
A judge in Broward County who found Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional has set a hearing to finalize the divorce of a gay couple. ...

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Religious freedom: Our conflict with a deeply held belief in equality

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Kirk Taylor (left) with his son Graeme.
My gay son now finds himself orphaned by his home state of Michigan, whose government is poised to pass legislation allowing others to discriminate against him based on their religious beliefs. ...

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U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Robert-Pitman
Robert Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. ...

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Tennis great Martina Navratilova marries partner Julia Lemigova

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Martina Navratilova (right) and ulia Lemigova.
The couple speaks to the BBC following their wedding ceremony in New York on Monday. ...

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First Circuit sets briefing schedule in appeal of Puerto Rico gay marriage case

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
vent organizer Ada Conde said Wednesday that while the majority of couples are Puerto Ricans, others from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela are participating.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday issued a briefing schedule in the appeal of a federal judge's ruling that upheld Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. ...

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Florida clerks association says federal marriage ruling affects only one county

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Miami, Fla.
The association representing Florida's 67 court clerks says only Washington County, Fla. is bound by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling in August that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. ...

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