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Calif. might bar judges from leading Scouts over ban on gay leaders

Friday, February 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO — California's judicial branch is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would prohibit judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. [ Read more → ]
Jewlyes Gutierrez

Prosecution deferred for transgender student facing battery charge

Thursday, February 6, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. — A transgender teenager facing a misdemeanor battery charge after defending herself from school bullies was in court Thursday and entered into an agreement that allows her to participate in a restorative justice program, which would defer prosecution on the battery charge. [ Read more → ]
Mark Regnerus

Plaintiffs in gay marriage suit seek to exclude ‘expert’ witness Mark Regnerus

Thursday, February 6, 2014
DETROIT -- Plaintiffs in a federal court challenge of Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage have filed a brief seeking to ban the author of a discredited study on gay parenting from testifying as an expert witness on behalf of the state. [ Read more → ]
Nick Marshall

Mo. lawmaker seeks to impeach governor over tax filing policy for gay couples

Thursday, February 6, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House Republican wants to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over the acceptance of joint tax returns from legally married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
John Fitzhugh, APMembers of the South Mississippi LGBT community march to U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo's office in Gulfport, Miss., on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 to protest comments he made after the Grammys.

LGBT community protests U.S. congressman’s anti-gay Facebook post

Thursday, February 6, 2014
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Members of the local LGBT community marched through the streets of Gulfport, Miss., on Wednesday, ending with a demonstration outside the office of GOP U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo to protest what they say is are anti-gay remarks. [ Read more → ]
Queer nationQueer nation activists protest outside the Russian consulate in New York City on Thursday.

Gay rights activists protest outside NYC Russian consulate

Thursday, February 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- More than 100 members of the gay activist group Queer Nation and others who oppose the Russian government’s continued attacks on human rights, including the rights of LGBT Russians, marked the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games with a raucous protest directly in front of the Russian consulate in New York City at noon today. [ Read more → ]

Texas county benefits plan to cover workers’ same-sex partners

Thursday, February 6, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Bexar County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a provision that would allow county benefits to be extended to employees' same-sex partners. [ Read more → ]
Dave Martin, APRoy Moore

Ala. chief justice calls for constitutional convention to ban same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 6, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's chief justice, known on the national stage for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in a judicial building, is jumping into the gay marriage debate with his push for a states-led constitutional amendment defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen

Judge in Va. same-sex marriage case difficult to ‘pigeonhole’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
McLEAN, Va. -- The judge deciding what could become a landmark marriage equality case in Virginia defies easy characterization: She was a prosecutor, but also a public defender. She was appointed by President Barack Obama, and she also served in the military as a Navy... [ Read more → ]
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kan. House panel approves bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

Thursday, February 6, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- A Kansas House committee on Wednesday will debate legislation aimed at protecting individuals, groups and businesses that refuse for religious reasons to recognize same-sex unions or provide benefits to gay couples. [ Read more → ]
Michael Morones

Bullied 11-year-old ‘brony’ clings to life following suicide attempt

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An 11-year-old boy clings to life and may have suffered brain damage following a suicide attempt last month. Family members say Michael Morones was repeatedly bullied at school and called gay because he was a fan of the children's television cartoon "My Little Pony." [ Read more → ]
FileUtah Senate chamber

Utah anti-discrimination bill dead as lawmakers avoid LGBT-related legislation

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Utah Republican Senator pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law says his bill appears to be dead as party leaders in the state Senate have decided to avoid legislation that may impact the state's gay marriage case. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.)

Wis. governor senses ‘no significant movement’ to undo gay marriage ban

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker, a staunch defender of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, said Wednesday that he senses no "significant movement" to undo the law even though a federal lawsuit filed Monday challenges its constitutionality. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

Opponent’s campaign attacks Clay Aiken as ‘San Francisco values’

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT North Carolinians reacted swiftly Wednesday to a statement from U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign team, which used coded anti-LGBT language to attack Clay Aiken, who earlier announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]

Idaho House panel advances bill to allow religion-based discrimination

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's Capitol on Wednesday was again the focus of frustration among gay rights activists as lawmakers kept alive a bill that Republican religious conservatives argue is necessary to protect businesses from being forced to serve customers whose lifestyles offend their faith traditions. [ Read more → ]
Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken announces bid for U.S. Congress

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday - this one to get elected to the U.S. Congress in his native North Carolina. [ Read more → ]
Maryland state capitol in Annapolis.

Md. senate panel hears testimony on bill to ban anti-transgender discrimination

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A Maryland Senate panel on Tuesday heard testimony on a proposal to ban anti-transgender discrimination in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
Ambassador's Bible Chapel

Pa. church revokes gay man’s membership, denies him communion

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
YORK, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man says he's been kick out of the church he has attended for years, and where he was baptized, because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Eugene Delgaudio

Anti-gay Va. politico gets recall effort delayed after judge recuses himself

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
LEESBURG, Va. -- A recall effort against a Loudoun County supervisor known for anti-gay rhetoric is temporarily on hold after a judge recused himself. [ Read more → ]

Ariz. House panel OKs bill allowing discrimination based on religious beliefs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
PHOENIX -- An Arizona House panel on Tuesday approved changes to a proposed law beefing up protections for businesses that assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others, but the changes didn't placate critics who call the bill a way to allow discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Joe Jaszewski, The Idaho Statesman (AP)Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in Boise, Idaho.

Idaho’s ‘Add the Words’ gay rights activists promised pro-bono legal help

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- Long before their arrests, activists seeking to add discrimination protections for gays and lesbians to Idaho's Human Rights Act added lawyers: The 44 people facing misdemeanor trespass charges after Monday's demonstration inside the Capitol's Senate chambers have been promised pro-bono help. [ Read more → ]
Former Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson, front right, speaks to the media during a demonstration outside federal court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Jackson spoke in favor of the law banning same-sex marriage. A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. The state's newly elected Democratic attorney general has already decided to side with the plaintiffs and will not defend the ban. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Josh Duggar, failed Lt. Gov. candidate headline anti-gay rally outside Va. court

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar children from TLC's “19 Kids and Counting,” and E.W. Jackson, the failed candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor, headlined an anti-gay marriage rally in Norfolk on Tuesday while a federal judge heard arguments challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Judge hears arguments on whether Va. gay marriage ban should be struck down

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. -- A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday told attorneys in a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples marrying that she will render her decision “soon.” [ Read more → ]
Bill de Blasio

De Blasio to skip NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over ban on gay pride signs

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't be marching in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers refuse to allow participants to carry gay pride signs. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APOpponents of same-sex marriage show their support during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Utah defends gay marriage ban: Marriage is ‘principally a child-centered institution’

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah state attorneys filed their opening argument to the federal appeals court reviewing the state's same-sex marriage ban, saying the optimal environment for raising children is with a mother and father. [ Read more → ]
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