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Missouri

ACLU to challenge Missouri ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union plans to file suit challenging Missouri's treatment of same-sex marriages, an ACLU spokeswoman said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Luis M. Alvarez, APPascal Tessier, left, a gay Boy Scout, receives his Eagle Scout badge from Troop 52 Scoutmaster Don Beckham, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Md. Tessier, of Maryland, has become one of the first openly gay scouts to reach the highest rank of Eagle, following a policy change to allow gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America.

Md. gay teen achieves Eagle Scout rank under gay-inclusive Boy Scouts

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
CHEVY CHASE, Md. -- Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. [ Read more → ]
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

Kan. House gives initial OK on bill to allow discrimination against gay couples

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings. [ Read more → ]
Kentucky

Poll: Most Kentuckians still oppose same-sex marriage, yet gap narrows

Monday, February 10, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky -- Nearly a decade after 74 percent of Kentuckians voted for a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriages and civil unions, a new poll finds than margin narrowing. [ Read more → ]
Jon Richards

Wis. AG candidate says he won’t defend same-sex marriage ban if elected

Monday, February 10, 2014
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A Democratic candidate for Wisconsin attorney general is starting a petition calling on the state's Department of Justice to stop defending the Wisconsin's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
L.G. Patterson, AP"Sam" is spelled in the snow on the north side of Missouri's Memorial Stadium, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in support of Missouri's All-America defensive end Michael Sam, in Columbia, Mo. Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Sam came out to the entire country Sunday night, Feb. 9, 2014, and could become the first openly gay player in America's most popular sport.

Mizzou officials applaud Michael Sam’s ‘courage’

Monday, February 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Michael Sam first revealed he was gay at one of the football team's get-acquainted dinners last summer. The next day, Sam told the entire team. [ Read more → ]
Nevada

Nevada says it will no longer defend its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, February 10, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- In an about-face, Nevada has decided against defending its constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, the latest step in a series of battles being waged across the nation on the volatile issue. [ Read more → ]
Wyoming

Laramie lawmaker introduces bill to allow same-sex marriage in Wyoming

Monday, February 10, 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A Laramie lawmaker is pushing legislation to change Wyoming state law to allow same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APA Utah Highway Patrol trooper informs protesters who blocked the doors to the higher education committee hearing of their arrest Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. The protesters called for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protects sexual or gender orientation.

Protesters calling for statewide LGBT protections arrested at Utah capitol

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — About a dozen protesters calling for a statewide anti-discrimination law that includes sexual and gender orientation protections were arrested Monday after blocking the doors to a committee meeting room at the Utah Capitol. [ Read more → ]
Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis.

Ind. Senate panel advances same-sex marriage ban, sends bill to full Senate

Monday, February 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana Senate committee voted 8-4 Monday evening, along party lines, in favor of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, setting up a Senate battle on the issue later this week. [ Read more → ]
Douglas C Pizac, APThe Mormon Temple spires in Salt Lake City, next to the Utah Capitol building.

Mormon church, religious groups weigh in on Utah’s same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — A coalition of religious organizations has come together to urge a federal appeals court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma, saying unions between a man and woman are best for children, families and society. [ Read more → ]
LGBT rights advocates  block the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday.

Protesters block Utah governor’s office in call for statewide LGBT protections

Monday, February 10, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- About 15 protesters are blocking the doors to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's main office on Monday to call for a statewide anti-discrimination law that protect sexual or gender orientation. [ Read more → ]
Al Behrman, APAttorney Alphonse Gerhardstein, seated second from right, answers questions Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, during a news conference in Cincinnati. Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban.

Four gay couples sue to force Ohio’s hand on same-sex marriage

Monday, February 10, 2014
CINCINNATI -- Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates. [ Read more → ]
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Ind. resumes its debate over constitutional ban on gay marriage

Monday, February 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana lawmakers' debate over a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is heating up again in the Statehouse. [ Read more → ]
The existing West Holloywood flag (right) with white blocks on a blue background, will be modified to reflect rainbow colored blocks on a white background.

West Hollywood to make over city flag in rainbow pride colors

Saturday, February 8, 2014
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif — The city of West Hollywood is adding the colors of gay pride to its city flag after drawing criticism for removing a rainbow flag from City Hall last month. [ Read more → ]
Blake-Brockington

N.C. high school crowns transgender student Homecoming King

Saturday, February 8, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 17-year-old senior at East Meck High School in North Carolina has become the state's first transgender teen to be crowned Homecoming King. [ Read more → ]
AJ Mast, APIndiana state Rep. Eric Turner speaks during debate on a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage in the House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

Indiana gay marriage opponents press forward, even as tides shift

Saturday, February 8, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of same-sex marriage have spent more than a decade working to ensure that Indiana stayed true to its conservative roots by strengthening its stance against gay unions. But in a year that was expected to bring a crucial victory, they find themselves facing a strong headwind. [ Read more → ]
Chris O'Meara, AP (File)Charlie Crist

Charlie Crist wages populist campaign for Florida governor

Saturday, February 8, 2014
MIAMI -- When former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist announced he'd run for his old job as a Democrat in 2014, party leaders rejoiced at the prospect of a pragmatic candidate able to win back centrist Republicans and independent voters who had soured on incumbent Rick Scott. [ Read more → ]
Gary James

Okla. restaurant owner says he doesn’t serve ‘faggot, freak’ customers

Friday, February 7, 2014
ENID, Okla. – A restaurant in Enid, Okla. is coming under fire for his restaurant policies that critics now say have crossed the line to discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)

Ind. governor sticking to his support for constitutional ban on gay marriage

Friday, February 7, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is sticking to his support for a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Scouts

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 → ]
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