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Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 21, 2014
Michigan
DETROIT -- Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday as he struck down a law that was widely embraced by voters a decade ago - the latest in a recent series of decisions overturning similar laws across the country. [...]

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Uganda official says U.S. cut as much as $6 million in aid because of anti-gay law

Friday, March 21, 2014
Ruhakana Rugunda
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's health minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual U.S. government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law. [...]

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Fred Phelps’ hate seen by some as helping to advance gay rights

Friday, March 21, 2014
Fred Phelps
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality. [...]

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Judge denies stay in ruling that Tenn. recognize three out-of-state gay marriages

Friday, March 21, 2014
U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal judge on Thursday refused to issue a stay in her preliminary decision last week ordering the state of Tennessee to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while the case is proceeds in federal court. [...]

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Nation’s first transgender mayor auctions off shoes to get cash for his city

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Stu-Rasmussen
SILVERTON, Ore. -- The nation's first openly transgender mayor is now opening his closet doors to get cash for his city. [...]

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Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples [...]

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High school science teacher changing gender to ‘authentic self’

Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Fresno BeeKaren Adell Scot
After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self. "It's like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light." [...]

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Michael Sam in spotlight at Missouri’s pro scouting day

Thursday, March 20, 2014
L.G. Patterson, APMissouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, center, dances as he jokes with teammates during pro day for NFL football representatives Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.
Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd. Scouts from more than 30 NFL teams, fans and media packed Missouri's training facilities Thursday to watch the former Tigers defensive end and 14 of his former teammates at the school's annual pro day. [...]

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Wis. state attorneys ask judge to dismiss same-sex marriage case

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. -- State attorneys have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Gay student says Baptist school denied readmission after he came out

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Chase Martinson
HANNIBAL, Mo. — An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a northern Missouri Baptist school after he came out as gay in a Facebook post back in December. [...]

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