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Jenifer Loon

Minn. Republicans decline to endorse state rep who voted for gay marriage

Sunday, March 9, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Republican delegates in Eden Prairie have declined to endorse state Rep. Jenifer Loon, one of four House Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

GOP divide on marriage equality on display at Oregon conference

Sunday, March 9, 2014
SEASIDE, Ore. — Young Republican activists implored their party to support same-sex marriage Saturday, saying the GOP is destined to continue losing elections in Oregon if it doesn't get behind an issue that's gaining traction around the country. [ Read more → ]

Miss. lawmakers feel pressure over proposed religious freedom bill

Friday, March 7, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. — Lawmakers in conservative Mississippi find themselves in a tug-of-war over a religious freedom bill that some say is uncomfortably similar to one recently vetoed by Arizona's Republican governor. [ Read more → ]
Chloie Jonsson

Transgender woman sues CrossFit for blocking her from female competition

Friday, March 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- A transgender woman in Northern California has sued the company behind the popular CrossFit workouts for refusing to let her compete in the female division of its annual fitness competitions. [ Read more → ]
Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City, Mo., adopts resolution calling for statewide LGBT protections

Friday, March 7, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The city council in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday voted in favor of a resolution calling for an end to statewide discrimination against the LGBT community by supporting the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). [ Read more → ]

Victims in NYC subway hate crime say no one came to their assistance

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW YORK -- The victims of an alleged anti-gay hate crime on a Manhattan subway platform over the weekend are speaking out, and say they are disappointed that none of the more than 50 people nearby called police or came to their assistance. [ Read more → ]
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.

Judge to rule within 2 weeks on Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 7, 2014
DETROIT -- A federal judge said he expects to make a decision within two weeks of Friday's closing arguments in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Four couples file federal lawsuit challenging Indiana gay marriage ban

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Four couples from southern Indiana are asking a federal judge to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and issue marriage licenses to gay couples. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit challenging Fla. school’s denial of gay-straight alliance moves forward

Friday, March 7, 2014
TAVERES, Fla. — Students fighting to have a gay-straight alliance club at their middle school in central Florida have won a partial victory for the time being. [ Read more → ]

Ky. child care agency says short-lived plan to hire gays resulted in lost funding

Friday, March 7, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Uncertainty over a short-lived proposal to open employment to gays at Kentucky's largest private child care agency prompted many of its supportive churches to withhold giving last year, causing a multi-million dollar shortfall. [ Read more → ]
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Va. legislature moves to strike sodomy ban from state code

Friday, March 7, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- More than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sodomy bans across the nation, the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday voted unanimously to eliminate its ban on oral and anal sex — even between consenting married couples — from the state code. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Trujillo, (AP)Former Eastside Catholic High School Vice Principal Mark Zmuda attends a news conference in downtown Seattle on Friday, March 7, 2014 to announce a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Gay former vice-principal sues Catholic school for wrongful termination

Thursday, March 6, 2014
A gay vice principal who was forced out of his job at Eastside Catholic School filed a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and church on Friday. Lawyers for the church and school planned to respond immediately with a motion arguing King County Superior Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case without violating the First Amendment. [ Read more → ]
Kansas state capitol in Topeka.

Kansas delays further action on religious freedom protections until next year

Thursday, March 6, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas lawmakers will not consider enacting new legal protections this year for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds, but will debate the issue again in 2015, the state Senate's top leader said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Simon Fraser UniversityDouglas Allen

Mich. gay marriage trial ends with state witness testifying gays are going to hell

Thursday, March 6, 2014
DETROIT -- Testimony concluded Thursday in a federal court challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, with a witness for the state testifying that unrepentant homosexuals are going to hell. [ Read more → ]

Gay couple attacked at NY subway by man shouting ‘Are you faggots?’

Thursday, March 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has issued a sketch of a man accused of an anti-gay hate crime in a Manhattan subway station early Sunday morning. [ Read more → ]

Austin dentist provides free dental reconstruction for hate crime victim

Thursday, March 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas man who had nine of his teeth knocked out in a violent assault during Austin's gay pride weekend in 2012, is sporting a new smile thanks to the goodwill of an Austin dentist. [ Read more → ]

Three more Illinois counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, March 6, 2014
While many Illinois counties are waiting until the state's new same-sex marriage becomes law in June and others are waiting for legal advice, the list of counties that will start issuing the licenses immediately is growing. [ Read more → ]

Couple files federal lawsuit challenging Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, March 6, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A second lawsuit has been filed challenging Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, this time in federal court. [ Read more → ]

Kansas reopens debate on religious freedom for those opposed to gay unions

Thursday, March 6, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Legislators are reopening a debate on whether Kansas should enact special legal protections for people, groups and businesses opposing same-sex marriage for religious reasons. [ Read more → ]
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.

Miss. religious freedom bill renews debate on anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, March 6, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- A gay rights group is asking Mississippi legislators to specify that a religious-practices bill won't open the way for discrimination if it becomes law. [ Read more → ]
Rick Bowmer, APTroy Williams speaks during an news conference and rally Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation returned to the state Capitol three weeks after they were arrested for blocking entrances to committee rooms.

Gay rights advocates return to Utah capitol demanding statewide protections

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Protesters pushing for Utah to adopt a statewide anti-discrimination law protecting sexual and gender orientation returned to the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon to call out lawmakers for suppressing the bill. [ Read more → ]
Javier Gonzales

Santa Fe, N.M., voters elect city’s first openly gay mayor

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Javier Gonzales was elected Mayor of Santa Fe in a three-way race on Tuesday, becoming the city's first ever openly gay mayor. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit filed challenging Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne on Wednesday challenging Wyoming’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples performed outside the state. [ Read more → ]
A program and an Illinois rainbow flag is placed on a seat for spectators who witnessed Gov. Pat Quinn sign the marriage bill into law.

Most Illinois clerks in no rush to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
CHICAGO -- County clerks around Illinois say they won't start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately as Attorney General Lisa Madigan said this week they have the right to do. [ Read more → ]
Corbin Aoyagi, a supporters of gay marriage, waves his flag during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

Dozens of supporting briefs filed in Utah, Okla., same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 50 groups, organizations and coalitions have weighed in on gay marriage cases in Utah and Oklahoma with supporting court briefs — giving a Denver-based federal appeals court thousands of pages of arguments to consider. [ Read more → ]
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