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FacebookMusab Mohamed Masmari

Arson suspect in Seattle gay bar fire may have been provoked by sex ‘slave’ email

Thursday, April 24, 2014
SEATTLE — The man accused of a setting fire to a gay nightclub on New Year's Eve may have been provoked by an email he received from someone offering to be his sex "slave." [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Mo. House panel mulls impeaching governor over gay couples’ tax returns

Thursday, April 24, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An effort to impeach Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon over his decision to allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns received its first public hearing Wednesday in a House committee. [ Read more → ]

Judge in same-sex divorce case rules Texas gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Thursday, April 24, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A state district judge in Texas has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, “paving the way for a San Antonio couple's divorce proceedings and subsequent child custody battle to continue.” [ Read more → ]
Taj Patterson, in a photo taken shortly after the attack.

Hasidic ‘neighborhood watch’ members indicted in gang assault on gay man

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
NEW YORK — Five men who prosecutors said were members with a Hasidic neighborhood watch group in Brooklyn were indicted on Wednesday in connection with a brutal beating of a gay black man in December. [ Read more → ]

Ore. same-sex marriage ban gets day in court, but no one’s there to defend it

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Gay rights group seeks to expand Ohio same-sex marriage challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A gay rights group wants to intervene in a court case that's being appealed, hoping to persuade a federal court to overturn Ohio's same-sex marriage ban and allow same-sex couples to wed in the state. [ Read more → ]

S.D. high school group considers activities policy for transgender students

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a policy on transgender students that would allow them to participate in activities according to their identified gender, not necessarily the gender listed on their records. [ Read more → ]
George Dumont

Fla. student says he was rejected by fraternity because he’s openly gay

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando says he has been banned from joining a fraternity because he is openly gay. [ Read more → ]
Mayor Earl Bullard

S.C. town blocks homophobic mayor from replacing fired lesbian police chief

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
LATTA, S.C. -- The Latta, S.C. Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously in favor of two key measures supporting fired police Crystal Moore, who residents and council members speculate was fired by a homophobic mayor because the chief is gay. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge to hear Oregon same-sex marriage challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. Hispanic business community supports LGBT non-discrimination bill

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Missouri's Hispanic business community is coming out in support of a proposed statewide LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane

Judge denies NOM’s request to postpone hearing in Ore. gay marriage challenge

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon said Tuesday he would not postpone a long-scheduled hearing challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban to accommodate an eleventh hour request by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in the suit and defend the ban. [ Read more → ]
Angela McCaskill

University diversity officer who signed anti-gay marriage petition loses bias suit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge dismissed discrimination claims filed by the chief diversity officer of Gallaudet University, who was demoted after she signed an anti-gay marriage petition. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Tom Corbett (R-Pa.)

Pa. governor asks judge to forgo trial, rule in same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Tom Corbett is now asking a federal judge to decide a constitutional challenge to Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage without a trial. [ Read more → ]
NOM chairman John Eastman

NOM seeks to defend Ore. gay marriage ban, questions gay judge’s impartiality

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The National Organization for Marriage said Monday it plans to file a motion to intervene and defend Oregon's gay marriage ban from challenges in federal court. [ Read more → ]

Ballot initiative to overturn Ohio gay marriage ban moves forward

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Supporters of the latest version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning Ohio's gay marriage ban can now gather signatures to get the measure on the ballot. [ Read more → ]
Steve Helber,  APSpencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. A federal judge heard arguments on whether Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Report: Marriage equality will add $60 million to Va. economy over 3 years

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. — As a federal appeals considers a ruling that overturned Virgina’s ban on same-sex marriage, a new report finds that marriage equality would add $60 million to the state’s economy. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal files federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s gay marriage ban

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Lambda Legal announced Tuesday it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
APAnnise Parker

Houston mayor announces details of proposed anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 21, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Monday announced details of a proposed human rights ordinance that would prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]

Brooklyn bar owner fights landlord who forbids him from operating a gay bar

Monday, April 21, 2014
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn bar owner says he has been battling his landlord for more than a year to turn his establishment into a gay bar, but that his lease specifically prohibits a gay bar from operating on the premises. [ Read more → ]

Quicker ruling sought in challenge to Pa. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 21, 2014
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gay couples and others challenging Pennsylvania's 1996 law banning same-sex marriage asked a federal judge Monday to bypass a trial in favor of a quicker ruling in the case. [ Read more → ]
Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney

Judge: Indiana lacks valid reason for same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 21, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- A federal judge has said that attorneys defending Indiana's same-sex marriage ban haven't given a valid reason why the state should not recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom has a terminal illness. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Boy Scouts revokes church charter for refusing to oust openly gay Scoutmaster

Monday, April 21, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America said it has revoked a Seattle-area church's charter because its troop leader is openly gay. [ Read more → ]

Federal court to hear challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, April 20, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The future of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week, and while critics will argue that it unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians, there appears to be little support for it to be upheld. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
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