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Sam Adams pulls sponsorship of Boston St. Patrick’s parade for excluding gays

Friday, March 14, 2014
BOSTON -- The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers exclude gay groups. [ Read more → ]

Three new federal lawsuits filed challenging Indiana’s gay marriage ban

Friday, March 14, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three federal lawsuits were filed Friday against Indiana's same-sex marriage ban, boosting the number of legal challenges to the ban's constitutionality to at least five. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. House committee hears testimony on LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri House Committee on Thursday heard testimony on the proposed Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA). The bill, HB 1930, would sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currenlty prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race, biological sex and familial status. [ Read more → ]

Ill. gay rights group donates to GOP lawmakers who supported gay marriage

Thursday, March 13, 2014
CHICAGO -- An LGBT rights advocacy group in Illinois is bolstering the campaign funds of two Republican lawmakers. Equality Illinois' political action committee says it plans to put $150,000 into the campaigns of candidates that support same-sex marriage before Tuesday's primary. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.)

Ky. governor hires private law firm to defend same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 13, 2014
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed a $100,000 contract with a private law firm from Ashland to represent him in appealing a judge's decision allowing state recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
James Crosby

Father of victim in Texas double homicide arrested in connection with murders

Thursday, March 13, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas — The father of one of two women whose bodies were found dumped outside a South Texas convenience store last week has been arrested in connection with their murders. [ Read more → ]

Gay veterans give up on efforts to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Thursday, March 13, 2014
BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march. [ Read more → ]

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Lambda Legal announced Thursday it has filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Arizona on behalf of seven same-sex couples and the surviving spouses of two additional same-sex couples challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal files federal suit seeking marriage equality in Indiana

Thursday, March 13, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's statewide ban on same-sex marriage now faces a second challenge in a federal court. Lambda Legal said Thursday it has a federal lawsuit on behalf of three same-sex couples who seek the freedom to marry in their home state of Indiana. [ Read more → ]

ACLU files federal suit seeking recognition of same-sex marriages in Florida

Thursday, March 13, 2014
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Eight same-sex couples and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force Florida to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. [ Read more → ]
James Gibbard, Tulsa World (AP)Gay Phillips, left, her partner Sue Barton, and Mary Bishop and her partner Sharon Baldwin have a champagne toast during a celebration at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Tulsa, Okla., after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban.

Gay couples in Okla. marriage case to be honored with civil liberties award

Thursday, March 13, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — Two gay couples who are plaintiffs in a potentially landmark case challenging Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage are being honored by the American Civil Liberties Union. [ Read more → ]

Barilla (‘gays can go an eat another brand’) Pasta launches NYC restaurant

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
NEW YORK — Barilla pasta, whose chairman came under fire last year when he said gay “can go an eat another brand” of pasta because his family-friendly company would never feature a same-sex couple in its advertising, has opened a new restaurant in New York. [ Read more → ]
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.

Miss. House approves dramatically altered ‘religious freedom’ bill

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi House vote 80 to 37 Wednesday evening to approve a dramatically altered “religious freedom” bill that simply calls for a joint House-Senate Judiciary committee to prepare a report “regarding proposed legislation that protects the religious freedoms of the citizens of the State of Mississippi.” The report is due December 31. [ Read more → ]

Judge: Married same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- A judge ruled Wednesday that two women who were legally married in Iowa can't divorce in Alabama, which doesn't recognize same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APMatthew Barraza, left, and his husband Tony Milner (with their son Jesse) are plaintiffs in a federal challenge over Utah's decision to stop granting benefits to newly married same-sex couples.

Utah tells judge it is justified in freezing marriage rights for same-sex couples

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah state attorneys told a federal judge Wednesday that it is reasonable to freeze benefits for more than 1,000 newly married gay and lesbian couples because their rights are not permanently vested until an appeal court rules on the state's same-sex marriage ban. [ Read more → ]

Bay County, Mich., votes down anti-discrimination measure

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
BAY CITY, Mich. -- Leaders in Bay County, Mich., have rejected a measure to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Judge upholds Mo. law limiting time, distance of funeral protests

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge has upheld a Missouri law requiring protesters to stay at least a football-field length away from funeral sites, beginning an hour before they start until an hour after the services end. [ Read more → ]
John Hart, APPlaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage appear during a press conference at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wis., Monday, Feb. 03, 2014. The couples, from left, are Judi Trampf and Katy Heyning of Madison, Marie Carlson and Charvonne Kemp of Milwaukee, and Garth Wangemann and Roy Badger of Milwaukee.

ACLU will not seek injunction in Wis. marriage suit, asks for expedited decision

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- The plaintiffs in a lawsuit agreed Tuesday not to ask for a temporary halt to enforcement of Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage and asked a federal judge instead to expedite a decision on the overall case. [ Read more → ]

La. insurers agree to accept 3rd-party health care payments for HIV patients

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The three major companies in Louisiana offering coverage through the federal insurance exchange have agreed to continue to accept premium payments through Nov. 15 from a program that helps HIV/AIDS patients cover their health care costs. [ Read more → ]
Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson (left), and a police sketch of a man sought in connection with their murders.

Autopsies reveal causes of death in murders of Texas lesbian couple

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
PORT BOLIVAR, Texas -- Officials in Galveston County, Texas, said Monday that the deaths of a lesbian couple from Houston have officially been ruled as homicides. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.)

LGBT group honors Calif. governor for lifetime efforts to advance equality

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown praised gay rights advocates Monday night for being on "the cutting edge" in pushing for equality over the last several decades, as he was honored with an award for what supporters said was his lifelong push to advance equal rights. [ Read more → ]

Married same-sex couples in Indiana could pay more for tax filings

Monday, March 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Conflicting state and federal policies will likely cost Indiana same-sex couples more when they file their tax returns this year, experts say. [ Read more → ]
South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.

S.C. lawmakers refuse to restore cuts to colleges that assigned gay themed books

Monday, March 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina House refused Monday to back down from plans to punish two public colleges in the budget for assigning freshmen to read books dealing with homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Anton Hysén

Out European soccer player Anton Hysén signs with Myrtle Beach Mutiny

Monday, March 10, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.. – Openly gay European soccer player Anton Hysén has signed with the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premier Soccer League for the 2014 season. [ Read more → ]

UPDATE: Appeals court delays arguments in challenge to Nev. gay marriage ban

Monday, March 10, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal appeals court has postponed oral arguments on the challenge to Nevada's gay marriage ban just hours after it had set the hearing for April 9. [ Read more → ]
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