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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be able to cite religious beliefs to deny such services as alternative insemination and gender reassignment. [ Read more → ]
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.

St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

Monday, March 17, 2014
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage. [ Read more → ]
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HHS: Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples

Friday, March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Obama Administration on Friday released new guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against same-sex spouses who wish to purchase health coverage as a family. [ Read more → ]
us-military

Report: ‘No compelling medical reason’ to ban transgender military service

Thursday, March 13, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APBarack Obama

House backs bill to sue president for not enforcing federal laws, such as DOMA

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Casting Barack Obama as a president run amok, the House voted on Wednesday for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws. [ Read more → ]
marriage-equality

Pew: 61 percent of young Republicans favor legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A strong majority of Republicans under age 30 support legalizing same-sex marriage, according to results of a Pew Research study released Monday. [ Read more → ]
Honey Maid

Honey Maid ‘This is Wholesome’ campaign features same-sex parents

Monday, March 10, 2014
The company behind Honey Maid graham crackers on Monday unveiled a diversity-rich advertising campaign prominently featuring same-sex parents among its collection of real American families. [ Read more → ]
Susan Walsh, APSen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Republicans push social issues at conservative showcase

Friday, March 7, 2014
OXON HILL, Md. — Some of the GOP's most prominent conservatives insisted Friday that Republicans should emphasize hot-button social issues like abortion and gay marriage in this year's midterm elections, exposing an ideological divide within a party trying to capture the Senate and then the White House. [ Read more → ]
Jim Mone, AP

Poll: Record number of Americans now support legalizing same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A record numbers of Americans now support same-sex marriage, and say adoption by gay couples should be legal and see gays and lesbians as good parents, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Alex Brandon, AP

Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans. [ Read more → ]
Michael Sam

GOP lobbyist releases text of bill to prohibit openly gay players in the NFL

Thursday, February 27, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Republican lobbyist behind the campaign to ban Michael Sam and any other openly gay football player from joining the NFL, released the text of his proposed federal legislation on Thursday. [ Read more → ]
mlb

Major League Baseball criticizes Arizona anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball has issued a statement criticizing legislation in Arizona that if enacted would add protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Wandera, APUgandan pupils from different schools take part in an event organized by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, at the Omega Healing Center outside of Kampala, in Uganda Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

Kerry: U.S. launching new effort to combat anti-gay laws worldwide

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON — Troubled by an anti-gay movement in Uganda and across much of the world, the U.S. is launching a new effort to combat what Secretary of State John Kerry described Wednesday as a threat to human rights. [ Read more → ]
John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Arizona governor to veto anti-gay law

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- America's top diplomat predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down an anti-gay proposal in Arizona if it ever becomes law and called Wednesday on the state's governor to "make the right decision" and veto it. [ Read more → ]
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder

Holder to state attorneys general: You don’t have to defend marriage bans

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON — State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
White-House

White House: U.S. reviewing relations with Uganda due to anti-gay law

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The White House says the United States is reviewing its relationship with Uganda because of the African nation's new anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Kerry: ‘A tragic day for Uganda, all who care about the cause of human rights’

Monday, February 24, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secreatry of State John Kerry and the White House issued statements Monday denouncing Uganda president Yoweri Museveni's signing of a controversial anti-gay bill that calls for harsh penalties, including 14 years in jail for first-time offenders, and life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for, among other offenses, homosexual behavior. [ Read more → ]
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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
Michael Sam

NFL combine begins: It’s as good a time as ever for an openly gay NFL player

Thursday, February 20, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- This could be as good a time as there has ever been for an openly gay player in the NFL. The league will be watching. [ Read more → ]
Michael Boggs

Twenty-seven liberal groups oppose Obama judicial nominee

Thursday, February 20, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Twenty-seven liberal groups are pressuring Senate Democrats to reject one of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees. [ Read more → ]
John Kerry

Kerry denounces Gambia president’s remarks that LGBT people are ‘vermin’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced remarks by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and that Gambia’s government would tackle them in “the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.” [ Read more → ]
Obama-AP-File

Obama denounces Uganda’s anti-gay bill: ‘A step backward for Ugandans’

Sunday, February 16, 2014
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- President Barack Obama on Sunday harshly criticized plans by Uganda to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would "complicate our valued relationship." [ Read more → ]
Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (AP)In this 2012 file photo, Missouri linebacker Michael Sam (52) is congratulated by teammate Matt Hoch after returning a fumble seven yards for a touchdown against Southeastern Louisiana during the first quarter, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam prompts coaches, athletic directors to review policies

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has coached gay players before during his 20-year career. Though Freeze declined to name the two players he coached before arriving on Mississippi's campus because of privacy, he said there is no exact protocol for how to handle a situation like the one that arose with Michael Sam. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APVin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday hoping to hear the court announce decisions in the gay marriage cases.

Battle over same-sex marriage moving rapidly to federal appeals courts

Saturday, February 15, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The overturning of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories. [ Read more → ]
Bob Brown, Richmond Times-DispatchVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring speaks during a news conference at his office in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 where he applauded the overnight decision by a federal judge to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Growing number of attorneys general refusing to defend gay marriage bans

Friday, February 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — The day after a federal judge struck down Virginia's gay-marriage ban, state Attorney General Mark Herring wasn't vowing to appeal or insisting his state's law was sound. [ Read more → ]
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