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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos

Amazon founder, wife donate $2.5 million to support marriage equality

Saturday, July 28, 2012
SEATTLE -- founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, have donated $2.5 million to support the marriage equality coalition in Washington state. [ Read more → ]
Salvatore Cordileone

Principal architect of California’s Prop 8 named Archbishop of San Francisco

Saturday, July 28, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Salvatore Cordileone, a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and one of California's leading opponents of same-sex marriage, was named was named Archbishop of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Menino

Boston mayor backs off Chick-fil-A; ACLU warns politicians to avoid threats

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he won’t back down from his stance against Chick-fil-A and its anti-marriage equality stance, but acknowledged Thursday he cannot prevent the fast-food chain from opening a new franchise across the street from City Hall. [ Read more → ]
Brandon Elizares

El Paso school district targets bullying following suicide of gay teen

Saturday, July 28, 2012
EL PASO, Texas -- An El Paso, Texas school district has strengthened its anti-discrimination policies to prevent bullying of LGBT students and employees after an El Paso teen committed suicide last month after enduring two years of anti-gay bullying. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Rogers

Victim in Nebraska hate crime comes forward, speaks out publicly

Friday, July 27, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- In her first appearance since suffering an alleged attack in a home invasion last week that police officials are investigating as a possible hate crime, Charlie Rogers of Lincoln, Neb., said, “I’m not hiding from this anymore.” [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts court rules Vermont ‘civil union’ equal to marriage in divorce proceeding

Thursday, July 26, 2012
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court -- the state's highest appellate court -- ruling in a case regarding divorce proceedings, said that a civil union in Vermont is “the equivalent of marriage in the Commonwealth.” [ Read more → ]
Tammy Duckworth

Anti-gay U.S. Rep. from Illinois faces challenge from LGBT advocate

Thursday, July 26, 2012
The anti-gay current representative of the 8th congressional district of Illinois faces a tight battle for reelection to the U.S. House in November, and is being challenged by LGBT advocate Tammy Duckworth. [ Read more → ]

Illinois lawmakers want to ‘reaffirm’ state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Four Illinois lawmakers are pushing for a resolution introduced in the General Assembly last week that would “reaffirm” the state’s statute that prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Timothy Griffin

Eagle Scout says Boy Scouts’ summer camp fired him for ‘being too gay’

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Boy Scouts of America officials in California have an openly gay man from his job as a merit badge instructor, claiming that he failed to adhere to uniform requirements and standards for appropriate dress for the summer camp, Camp Winton, located in Amador County. [ Read more → ]
Jon Ferguson looks over the damage to his burned car.

Oklahoma man suffers burns after vandals scrawl gay slur, set car on fire

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
EDMOND, Okla. -- An Oklahoma gay man says he awoke in the early morning hours on July 21 to the noise two men dressed in black and wearing face masks vandalizing his car -- he said one of the suspects threw something in his vehicle that caused an explosion and fire, while the man other fled. [ Read more → ]

Police: No evidence of hate crime, no evidence of hoax either in brutal attack on lesbian

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. — Investigators looking into an attack against an openly lesbian woman this past weekend are not ruling out the possibility that the alleged hate crime may have been a hoax. [ Read more → ]

‘Hate group’ Illinois Family Institute moves to intervene in marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Illinois Family Institute, a Carol Stream-based anti-gay organization, has filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit challenging the state’s current marriage law, which prohibits the recognition of same-sex couples. The move by the organization makes it the second anti-gay group to get involved in the suit against marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Equality Illinois kicks off statewide campaign targeting anti-gay Chick-fil-A

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
CHICAGO -- LGBT advocacy group Equality Illinois on Tuesday kicked off a multi-faceted "Flick-the-Hate" campaign aimed at Illinois communities where Chick-fil-A has franchises, a response to the fast-food chain's millions of dollars in donatons to anti-LGBT organizations, and anti-gay comments from its president. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

New political ad targets U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s anti-gay comments

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C -- A new political ad is emphasizing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint's previously stated belief that LGBT people shouldn't be allowed to teach in schools has angered DeMint supporters because, they claim, it falsely portrays the Senator as anti-Semitic. [ Read more → ]
Michael Hall Jr.

D.C. yoga instructor suffers broken jaw in possible hate crime attack

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia police on Monday acknowledged that a hate crime investigation is under way after a gay couple’s Saturday night out ended in a brutal beating. [ Read more → ]

San Francisco program for uninsured residents to remove transgender exclusions

Monday, July 23, 2012
Nearly two years after a complaint was filed charging that "Healthy San Francisco," the city's health insurance program for uninsured residents, is discriminatory because it excludes services for transgender people, city officials are in the process of rectifying the situation and including such services in the program. [ Read more → ]

Colorado bakery refuses to bake cakes for ‘illegal’ gay weddings

Monday, July 23, 2012
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A Denver-area bakery has refused to bake a wedding reception cake because the clients are gay, and according to another customer bakery does "not participate in making cakes for 'illegal' things." [ Read more → ]

Indy gay bar owner claims alleged drive-by shooting a ‘hate crime’

Monday, July 23, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Inc. -- The owner of a gay bar in Indianapolis said he is certain that a blown out window at his establishment is more than a random act of violence, he thinks it may be a hate crime. [ Read more → ]

More than 500 gather for vigil for lesbian brutalized in home invasion

Sunday, July 22, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Over 500 people gathered on the steps of the Nebraska State Capitol Sunday night to hold a vigil for a lesbian woman brutalized early Sunday morning in what local LGBT activists are calling a hate crime. [ Read more → ]

First time in history, U.S. service members march in full uniform at gay pride

Saturday, July 21, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- To the cheers of a crowd estimated at over 200,000 spectators -- many shouting "Thank you for your service" -- for the first time in history on Saturday, members of the United States Armed Forces marched in full uniform in a gay pride parade. [ Read more → ]

Idaho bar drops Miller, Coors, Pepsi over support of LGBT commerce

Friday, July 20, 2012
WAHA, Idaho -- A popular bar in Northern Idaho is no longer selling products from MillerCoors brewing or PepsiCo., because those corporations support the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. [ Read more → ]
Thomas Menino

Mayor: ‘Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is,’ doesn’t belong in Boston

Friday, July 20, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Thursday vowed to block fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant near the city's "Freedom Trail," a response to comments by the chain's president that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.” [ Read more → ]
Michael Carr

GOP expected to appoint gay man to Colorado Senate race

Friday, July 20, 2012
DENVER -- A Colorado Republican vacancy committee is scheduled Saturday to interview — and is expected to appoint — a Denver gay man in order to fill an empty position on the November ballot. [ Read more → ]

Judge: Colorado State Patrol harbors a homophobic culture

Thursday, July 19, 2012
DENVER -- A Colorado state Personnel Board judge this week said the Colorado State Patrol harbors a homophobic culture, and ordered the law enforcement agency to include sexual orientation among the topics covered in its diversity-training programs. [ Read more → ]
Military continegent at last year's pride.

All branches of military granted permission to march in uniform at San Diego Pride Parade

Thursday, July 19, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- Any service member of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force can march proudly in uniform in the military contingent at San Diego Pride on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
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