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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [ Read more → ]
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IOC pressured by All Out, U.S. lawmakers to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday came under increased pressure to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination and ensure future host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [ Read more → ]
Nine-year-old Lillian Gutierrez, left, joins her mother, Veronica, both of Denver, in waving placards at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The protest, sponsored by Support Marriage Equality in Colorado, was held as a federal appeals court weighs inside the Denver courthouse whether to give an important victory to gay couples' right to marry in Utah and Oklahoma.

What’s next in the legal odyssey to achieve marriage equality across the land?

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday's hearing in Denver marks the first time a same-sex marriage case has been heard by an appellate court since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. [ Read more → ]
Scott G. Winterton, The Deseret News (AP)Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve speaks during the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage at church’s biannual conference

Saturday, April 5, 2014
A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to same-sex marriage Saturday during the church's biannual general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman, "as God created." [ Read more → ]
Brendan Eich

Mozilla CEO resignation: Free speech suppressed, or free market at work?

Friday, April 4, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation. [ Read more → ]
Peter TerVeer

Judge rules discrimination case against Library of Congress can move forward

Thursday, April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has ruled that a gay man's discrimination lawsuit against the Library of Congress can move forward, and that he could find relief under protections already provided under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. [ Read more → ]
Medicare

Same-sex spouses to be recognized for Medicare eligibility, enrollment

Thursday, April 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration announced Thursday that same-sex spouses will be recognized in administering several aspects of the Medicare program, regardless of where the couple resides. [ Read more → ]
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Harvey Milk commemorative stamp revealed, scheduled to be issued May 22

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Linns Stamp News has unveiled the design for the U.S. commemorative stamp featuring slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. [ Read more → ]
Robina Asti

SSA updates policy on survivor benefits for transgender spouses

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration (SSA) on Tuesday updated its policies regarding the ability of transgender individuals to receive benefits through their spouses. [ Read more → ]
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OkCupid.com blocks Firefox users over CEO’s opposition to same-sex marriage

Monday, March 31, 2014
Dating and social networking website OkCupid.com on Monday began blocking Firefox users with a wall that informs them of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's opposition to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco

Federal appeals court may take another look at ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling

Friday, March 28, 2014
A federal appeals court ruling that had appeared to make it harder for states to justify a ban on same-sex marriage, by raising the constitutional barrier to laws based on sexual orientation, may now be given a new look.  [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APCarl Bechdel, left, and his husband Dan Miller, at their home in Harrisburg, Pa. It took two months of near daily phone calls and emails to an insurer for Bechdel and Miller to get family coverage under the federal health law. The couple was initially told their application was not processed because Pennsylvania doesn't recognize their marriage.

Same-sex couples finding uneven access to health insurance

Thursday, March 27, 2014
For same-sex couples, access to family insurance plans under Affordable Care Act is not guaranteed this year, and their options run the gamut, mirroring in part the patchwork of state laws governing same-sex marriage that have changed rapidly in recent years. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: VKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Higher Education Anti-harassment Act reintroduced in U.S. Senate

Thursday, March 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would require colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to enact an anti-harassment policy. [caption id="attachment_133516" align="alignright" width="450"] Courtesy: Kathryn RobertsonKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.[/caption]... [ Read more → ]
police

Justice Dept. to train local police forces to work with transgender people

Thursday, March 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department launched a program Thursday to train local police departments to better respond to transgender individuals, a population authorities say is disproportionately harmed by violence. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APPresident Barack Obama in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

On eve of meeting with Pope Francis, Obama lectures Russia on LGBT rights

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday again took aim at Russia's anti-gay laws following talks with European Union and NATO leaders on Russia's military-backed annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. [ Read more → ]
World Vision

World Vision reverses decision to hire married, gay Christians

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
NEW YORK -- Facing a firestorm of protest, the prominent Christian relief agency World Vision on Wednesday reversed a two-day-old policy change that would have allowed it to hire Christians in same-sex marriages in the US. [ Read more → ]
Hobby-Lobby

Supreme Court hearing on religious exemptions seems ‘deeply worrisome’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nobody spoke about recent efforts to circumvent laws protecting LGBT from discrimination by claiming religious motivations; nobody pointed out that people with religious objections to contraception often have religious objections to alternative insemination for lesbians and condom distribution for safe sex education. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court considers cases relating to corporations’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. [ Read more → ]
White-House

White House takes action in response to Uganda’s anti-gay law

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday said it was taking action in response to the recent passage of Uganda an anti-gay law, signed by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in January. [ Read more → ]
World Vision

World Vision to hire married gay Christians in dramatic shift in policy

Monday, March 24, 2014
NEW YORK -- The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups. [ Read more → ]
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Biden calls on Congress to pass LGBT inclusive workplace discrimination bill

Sunday, March 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Vice President Joe Biden called on Congress Saturday to pass a measure to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays, saying it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject. [ Read more → ]
Fred Phelps

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

Friday, March 21, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 200 Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday calling for an Executive Order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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