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Pat Brady

Ill. GOP replaces six party officials who wanted to oust pro-gay marriage leader

Saturday, April 19, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions. [ Read more → ]
gavel

Calif. judge rules against opponents of transgender students’ rights law

Saturday, April 19, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A judge in Sacramento has ruled that elections officials in 30 California counties do not have to turn over records that would help supporters of a failed ballot referendum challenge the invalidation of thousands of voter signatures. [ Read more → ]
Jessica Dutro

Woman gets life in prison for murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Friday, April 18, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son who she believed was gay. [ Read more → ]
Crystal Moore

S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

Friday, April 18, 2014
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias. [ Read more → ]
bullies

School apologizes for advising bullying victims not to ‘tattle,’ or be a ‘sore loser’

Friday, April 18, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska school district is apologizing after sending fifth grade students home with a pamphlet titled “Turning bullies into buddies," advising bullying victims not to "tattle" on their attackers, and not to be a "sore loser." [ Read more → ]
Marriage-license

Oregon revises marriage licenses to accommodate for same-sex couples

Friday, April 18, 2014
In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Arkansas

Judge hears challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing he expects to issue a ruling in about two weeks. [ Read more → ]
Judge Jerome A. Holmes

Judge has sharp questions for attorneys at Okla. same-sex marriage hearing

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions. [ Read more → ]
Naya Taylor

Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

Thursday, April 17, 2014
URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Portman on Ohio ruling: Marriage equality shouldn’t come from the courts

Thursday, April 17, 2014
COLUMBIS, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the first GOP senator to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, says he’s not a fan of Monday’s federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. [ Read more → ]
Sharon Baldwin, left, and Mary Bishop are plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

Thursday, April 17, 2014
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom. [ Read more → ]
Arkansas

Hearing set in challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case Thursday before a circuit judge in Pulaski County. [ Read more → ]
Missouri

Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February. [ Read more → ]
Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop speak with members of the media before boarding a plane to Denver at Tulsa International Airport, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Oklahomans for Equality gathered at Tulsa International Airport with their signs for a send off celebration in support for the plaintiffs, including Baldwin and Bishop, in the Oklahoma Marriage Equality lawsuit as they head to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

Tenth Circuit, Round 2: Court takes up Oklahoma same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman? [ Read more → ]
Members of the LGBT community and allies organize in a peaceful rally and march at the UMass campus on April 16, 2014.

Thousands rally at UMass to support LGBT community, counter WBC protest

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. -- An estimated 2,000 people rallied at the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday in support of the LGBTQ community, and UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay male athlete in NCAA Division 1 sports. [ Read more → ]
Arizona

Judge won’t merge suits challenging Ariz. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PHOENIX -- A federal judge is refusing to combine two separately filed lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Sprint-gay-sissyboy

Chicago man receives email from Sprint addressing him as ‘gay sissyboy’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CHICAGO -- A Chicago man says he received an email from mobile phone carrier Sprint addressing him as a "gay sissyboy" after calling the carrier's customer service line. [ Read more → ]
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wis. couple asks state Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
Anita-Hill

Woman charged in murder of son’s partner after shooting him in the back

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- An Alabama woman is charged with murder for allegedly shooting her son's long term partner in the back at a truck stop in McCalla, Ala., on Monday evening. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Judge stays ruling on Ohio recognition of lawful same-sex marriages

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge David Lawson

Judge takes up Michigan ban on domestic partner benefits

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
DETROIT -- A ban on benefits for domestic partners in Michigan public schools and local governments might not save much money, but that's not a reason to throw out the law, a lawyer for the state told a federal judge Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana House chamber

Louisiana House kills bill to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana House has overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. [ Read more → ]
Lawrence L. Featheroff

Ohio man gets prison time for trying to ‘push the gay out’ of disabled brother

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
LANCASTER, Ohio — An Ohio man who was caring for his disabled younger brother has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for punching him and threatening to slice off his genitals to “push the gay out of him.” [ Read more → ]
school

Ohio school board debates policy to ban discrimination against gay teachers

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board. [ Read more → ]
Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage.

Federal judge considers staying Ohio same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights. [ Read more → ]
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