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Karen Golinski (right) with wife Mary Cunninghis.

Obama administration files brief calling DOMA ‘hostile’ toward gay couples

Monday, July 4, 2011
The Obama Administration on Friday filed a brief in federal court reiterating its position that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, calling it hostile toward gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

New Zealand church protest over anti-gay discrimination beckons vandals

Monday, July 4, 2011
A church in Auckland, New Zealand, has come under attack from vandals after it put up a "gay-dar" billboard on Friday depicting a spectrum from gay to straight, with a cross acting as a gauge. [ Read more → ]

Gay soldiers in Colorado attacked, beaten in possible hate crime

Monday, July 4, 2011
A group, including two gay soldiers from Fort Carson, a United States Army installation located near Colorado Springs, were attacked in a possible hate crime early Saturday morning. [ Read more → ]

Boston Red Sox: ‘It’s OK to be your own unique being’

Sunday, July 3, 2011
The Boston Red Sox on Friday joined the “It Gets Better Project” and “The Trevor Project” in producing a video to inspire hope for young people who may be struggling adversity and intolerance. [ Read more → ]
Andrew Wilfahrt

Parents of gay soldier crusade against Minnesota gay marriage ban

Sunday, July 3, 2011
From CNN comes this story of Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, 31, a U.S. Army soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this year -- his parents have taken up the cause of gay rights, and are fighting against the proposed anti-gay marriage amendment in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]

30 years ago, New York Times first reports on disease that would become AIDS pandemic

Sunday, July 3, 2011
On this day 30 years ago -- July 3, 1981 -- under the headline "Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals," The New York Times reported: [ Read more → ]
Lincoln Chafee

Rhode Island governor signs ‘flawed’ same-sex civil unions bill into law

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Saturday signed into law legislation legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Federal investigators: California school’s response to anti-gay bullying ‘inadequate’

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Federal investigators on Friday concluded that the Tehachapi, Calif., Unified School District failed to “adequately investigate or respond appropriately to the bullying of a gay, 13-year-old middle school student who hung himself in September due to the harassment." [ Read more → ]

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Illinois to legalize same-sex marriage

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week said he hops the state of Illinois will follow New York and legalize marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Preachers suffer Granny abuse — See the sad, terrible case of James Edward Belcher

Saturday, July 2, 2011
I read that James Edward Belcher, a preacher, is prosecuting his abuser, a grandmother, for abusing him with unwanted advances in public. It shows me how preachers are created — abusers make them somehow become preachers to try to shake off the abuse. [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay preacher claims assault after Grandma kisses him at NC gay pride

Friday, July 1, 2011
A North Carolina woman and gay rights supporter has been charged with assault after kissing an anti-gay preacher at a pride event in North Carolina last weekend. [ Read more → ]

Marriage, civil unions, Montana GOP, and Communion

Friday, July 1, 2011
Marriage, civil unions, Montana GOP, and Communion -- What do all of these things have in common? The answer in my head is this: injustice. [ Read more → ]
James Taylor

Southwest Airlines pilot issues written apology: ‘I am forever changed’

Thursday, June 30, 2011
A Southwest Airlines pilot, whose profane rant against gays, the obese and the elderly was broadcast over an air-traffic control frequency, has issued a written apology to his co-workers. [ Read more → ]

A ‘message of hope’ from Democratic U.S. Senators: ‘It Gets Better’

Thursday, June 30, 2011
A group of Democratic United States Senators have released their "It Gets Better" video, containing their message of hope and encouragement for LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]

MN campaign board says finance disclosure law applies to NOM donors

Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on Thursday ruled that corporate donations to groups advocating for or against a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage must be disclosed. [ Read more → ]
Thomas J. Tobin

Rhode Island Bishop on civil unions: ‘God will pass judgment upon our state’

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, on Thursday sent a warning to Rhode Islanders of God’s wrath for the passage of same-sex civil unions, and forbade Catholics from entering into such unions. [ Read more → ]

Seven gay couples sue NJ demanding civil unions be recognized as marriage

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Seven gay and lesbian couples have joined with LGBT advocacy groups Garden State Equality and Lambda Legal on Wednesday in filing suit against the state of New Jersey demanding their partnerships be recognized as marriages, not as civil unions. [ Read more → ]

Nine arrested, face hate crime charges in attack on Massachusetts gay man

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Nine youths ranging in age from 12 to 19 have been arrested and are facing hate crime charges in the beating and robbing of an openly gay man in Massachusetts earlier this week. [ Read more → ]

Maine marriage equality advocates launch campaign to put issue on 2012 ballot

Thursday, June 30, 2011
More than 150 LGBT advocates gathered on the steps of the Lewiston, Maine, City Hall on Thursday to announce a campaign to put the issue of marriage equality back on the ballot in 2012, just three years after it was rejected by Maine voters. [ Read more → ]
Josh Vandiver

Deportation proceedings dismissed in same-sex marriage immigration case

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Another battle which is loosening the Jenga pieces is the bigoted piece of legislation known as DOMA -- officials have canceled the deportation of a Venezuelan man in New Jersey who is married to an American man. [ Read more → ]
Marcus and Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann’s therapist husband: gays are ‘barbarians’ who need to be ‘educated, disciplined’

Thursday, June 30, 2011
I think I may have just discovered why Michele Bachmann has such unnatural hatred and anger for gay men. [ Read more → ]
Rick Joyner

Televangelist Rick Joyner: God sent Katrina because of the gays

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Apparently, one unnamed U.S. senator has been going to televangelist whackjob Rick Joyner for advice. On one occasion, Joyner told the unnamed senator that Hurricane Katrina was God’s judgment for homosexuality, because Katrina came just before New Orleans was scheduled to have its annual gay "Southern Decadence" celebration. [ Read more → ]

‘Rowdy queers’ vandalize HRC store on anniversary of Stonewall Riots

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A Washington D.C. Human Rights Campaign store was vandalized in the late night or early hours of Wednesday by self-described “rowdy queers" who chose the date to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. [ Read more → ]

Obama hosts LGBT leaders, champions, advocates at White House pride reception

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
President Obama on Wednesday spoke to LGBT grassroots and community leaders, youth champions and advocates from around the country at a White House event observing LGBT Pride Month. [ Read more → ]

Rhode Island state Senate approves civil unions for same-sex couples

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Coming just days after the New York legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage, Rhode Island state lawmakers on Wednesday voted to approve a bill that would permit civil unions between gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
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