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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 → ]
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee want to deny recognition of gay marriages in 33 states

Friday, February 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Two GOP Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bill that would require federal agencies to use a person’s state of residence to determine federal recognition of marital status. [ Read more → ]
Richard W. Rodriguez, AP FILE - Boy Scouts (from  left): Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during the “Save Our Scouts” prayer vigil and rally on Feb. 6, 2013, outside the Boy Scouts of America National Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, in opposition to openly gay scouts.

Boy Scouts’ membership drops after year of policy change

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
DALLAS -- The Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday that it lost 6 percent of its membership after an often-bruising year in which it announced it would accept openly gay boys for the first time, over the objections of some participants who eventually left the organization. [ Read more → ]
Eric Holder

Mixed assessments: How ‘big’ is Holder’s news on same-sex marriage benefits?

Monday, February 10, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent possible under the law.” But there have been some mixed assessments of how big this news really is. [ Read more → ]
Michael Sam

Michael Sam’s coming out: Tolerance is about to be tested in the NFL

Monday, February 10, 2014
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport. [ Read more → ]
Matt Rourke, APFormer United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was defrocked by church officials after he officiated his gay son's wedding in Massachusetts.

Methodists in crisis over same-sex marriage, church law

Sunday, February 9, 2014
NEW YORK — The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Citing DOMA ruling, Holder applies same-sex marriage rights to Justice Dept.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
WASHINGTON -- In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
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Obama: Sending openly gay athletes to Sochi was a ‘very clear’ message

Friday, February 7, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Thursday that he had included openly gay athletes in the U.S. Olympic delegation to send a message to Russia that the U.S. would not conform to discrimination in sports or anywhere else. [ Read more → ]
Google

Google ‘doodle’ goes gay in solidarity with LGBT Russians, Olympians

Thursday, February 6, 2014
With the opening ceremonies in Sochi just hours away, Google has updated its home page with a rainbow-colored Olympic-themed version of its iconic logo, an apparent sign of in solidarity with LGBT Russians, visiting athletes and Olympic spectators. [ Read more → ]
Dmitry Lovetsky,  APCross country skiers pass by the Olympic rings prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

LGBT viewers guide to the Olympics: Tensions high for spectators, athletes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Tensions are high as the 2014 Winter Olympics prepares to get underway Thursday with figure skating and skiing events and then with the globally televised opening ceremony Friday. While there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the possibility of a terrorist attack against the Games in Sochi, Russia, there is also considerable uncertainty around who might protest the country’s new anti-gay laws and how and when they might do so. [ Read more → ]
Darrin Gayles

Obama nominates diverse group of candidates for U.S. courts

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama nominated a diverse group of candidates Wednesday to be judges as the White House tries to address concerns from black lawmakers about minority representation on the federal bench. [ Read more → ]
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AT&T becomes first U.S. corporation to condemn Russian anti-gay law

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
AT&T, a long-time sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee, on Tuesday became the first major U.S. corporation to make a public statement condemning anti-LGBT Russian law outlawing “homosexual propaganda.” [ Read more → ]
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Activists target Sochi with social media, boycotts in protest of Russia anti-gay law

Friday, January 31, 2014
NEW YORK — Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. [ Read more → ]
military

Bill would give ‘honorable’ discharges to service members kicked out under DADT

Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced legislation to correct the records of service members discharged from the U.S. military solely due to their sexual orientation prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, to reflect honorable service and reinstate benefits they would have earned. [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account after speaking at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in West Mifflin, Pa., about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union address.

Advocates seething over Obama’s inaction on LGBT workplace protections

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
[caption id="attachment_124599" align="alignleft" width="665"] Carolyn Kaster, APPresident Barack Obama signs a memorandum on Wednesday directing the Treasury Department to create a new retirement saving account he highlighted in Tuesday's the State of the Union address.[/caption] WASHINGTON -- For some White House allies, the long list... [ Read more → ]
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Report: Progress toward LGBT equality surprisingly ‘mixed’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is surprisingly “mixed.” [ Read more → ]
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington./

Obama’s State of the Union address leaves many LGBT leaders disappointed

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being, regardless of race or religion, creed or sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]
Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington.

State of the Union: Obama vows to flex presidential powers

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
[caption id="attachment_124478" align="alignleft" width="665"] Larry Downing, Pool (AP)President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington.[/caption] WASHINGTON — Vowing to act "whenever and wherever" he can, President Barack Obama... [ Read more → ]
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

U.S. officials update travel warning, cite security steps for Sochi Games

Saturday, January 25, 2014
WASHINGTON — Citing rising threats of violence at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, U.S. officials said Friday they are prepared to work with Russian security officials to help protect American athletes and the 10,000 American spectators expected to attend. [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court: Jurors may not be removed based on sexual orientation

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities. [ Read more → ]
Richard Drew, APEdith Windsor at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in New York. When it comes to things like estate taxes, the federal recognition of same-sex marriage will help legally married gay and lesbian couples. That was the issue in the Supreme Court decision in the case of Windsor, who had to pay estate taxes after her lesbian spouse died.

Same-sex marriage and taxes: Gay couples could face surprises at tax time

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
[caption id="attachment_123527" align="alignleft" width="665"] Richard Drew, APEdith Windsor at the offices of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in New York. When it comes to things like estate taxes, the federal recognition of same-sex marriage will help legally married gay and lesbian couples. That was... [ Read more → ]
Josh Reynolds, APReince Priebus

Little change in year since GOP’s plan to outreach to minorities, women, gays

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party's appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012. [ Read more → ]
Kim Raff, APJ. Seth Anderson, left, and Michael Ferguson were one of the first couples married after a Utah judge declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Dec. 20.

Delicate path for marriage equality in red states: Court wins alone won’t be enough

Monday, January 20, 2014
Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won't be enough. [ Read more → ]
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