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Damian Dovarganes, APLos Angeles County Public Health Clinics are offering free vaccines against invasive meningococcal disease to those without health insurance.

Concerns escalate following deaths of gay, bisexual men from meningitis

Saturday, April 5, 2014
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — In the heart of this close-knit gay community, Luke Martel reflects the feelings of many when it comes to a strain of meningitis that has killed three gay men this year in Los Angeles County: He's concerned but not overly so. [ Read more → ]
QNotesStudent Andraya Williams speaks to a media outlet during an April 4 rally supporting her, after she says officials at Central Piedmont Community College harassed and discriminated against her.

N.C. college battles transgender student over alleged discrimination

Saturday, April 5, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dozens of students and community members gathered Friday afternoon to protest alleged discrimination at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, calling on the college to apologize to a transgender student who claims she was mistreated and harassed by the school. [ Read more → ]
Brennan Linsley, APMasterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips decorates a cake inside his store, in Lakewood, Colo. Phillips is appealing a recent ruling against him in a legal complaint filed with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission by a gay couple he refused to make a wedding cake for, based on his religious beliefs.

The clash over changing social mores: How a wedding cake became a cause

Saturday, April 5, 2014
The encounter at Jack Phillips' Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute. Phillips stepped out from behind the counter in his small, pastry-crammed shop to meet customers Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. They told him they wanted a cake to celebrate their own marriage... [ Read more → ]
APAttorney General Bill Schuette (R-Mich.)

Mich. AG wants full appeals court to examine same-sex marriage ruling

Friday, April 4, 2014
DETROIT -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants an entire federal appeals court to take a look at a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Judge Jon Beetem

Mo. judge refuses to issue order halting joint tax returns from same-sex couples

Friday, April 4, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri judge on Friday denied a request for a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Jay Nixon's directive allowing legally married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Neb. bill prohibiting anti-gay employment discrimination faces resistance

Friday, April 4, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would protect Nebraska residents from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation is facing resistance from some Nebraska lawmakers. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge to order Ohio to recognize legal same-sex marriages

Friday, April 4, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. [ Read more → ]
schools

Minn. Senate passes anti-bullying ‘Safe and Supportive Schools Act’

Friday, April 4, 2014
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota state Senate voted Thursday to pass the “Safe and Supportive Schools Act,” a bill, which would require all Minnesota school districts to develop and enforce a plan to reduce bullying. [ Read more → ]
vaccines

LA County urges vaccinations for gay men following three deaths from meningitis

Thursday, April 3, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
Archdiocese-of-Cincinnati

Cincinnati Catholic teacher contract gets specific on behavior, ‘lifestyles’

Thursday, April 3, 2014
CINCINNATI -- The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired -- such as having an abortion, artificial insemination or engaging in a "homosexual lifestyle." [ Read more → ]
Braulio Valenzuela

Fla. man charged with attempting to burn, kill lesbian couple and their eight kids

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida man faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson for allegedly attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their eight children. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.)

Miss. governor signs religious freedom bill that could allow anti-gay discrimination

Thursday, April 3, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. [ Read more → ]
Florida-Family-Policy-Council

Group intervenes in lawsuits to preserve Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- The group that pushed Florida's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is intervening in lawsuits filed by gay couples. [ Read more → ]
Missouri

Mo. court considers joint tax filings from married, same-sex couples

Thursday, April 3, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Officials don't know whether any same-sex couples have filed joint Missouri tax returns since Gov. Jay Nixon directed the Revenue Department last fall to permit it for those legally married in another state, a state attorney said Thursday in court. [ Read more → ]
Jessica Dutro

Jury finds mother guilty of murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Thursday, April 3, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son. Prosecutors said Jessica Dutro believed her son was gay, and that was the motive behind the beatings that led to his death. [ Read more → ]
SPLCPaul Hard, right, with his husband David Fancher at their wedding in Marconi Beach, Mass. on May 20, 2011.

Mother who opposed her deceased son’s same-sex marriage intervenes in lawsuit

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The mother of an accident victim is now involved in a federal lawsuit filed by his same-sex partner, who is trying to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Whitney Lee

Federal judge approves hormone treatments for transgender Ohio inmate

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A federal judge has ordered Ohio's prisons agency to restore hormone treatments for a transgender inmate who sued after they were stopped. [ Read more → ]
Lorraine-Mae-Rafferty

Oregon gubernatorial candidate: Gay marriage ‘a sin, just the same as murder’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Meet Lorraine Mae Rafferty of Selma, Ore., who explains why she’s running for governor Oregon, and makes it clear that she opposes same-sex marriage because it’s a sin, “just the same as murder” -- a label she also applies to abortion. [ Read more → ]
Patricia Todd

Gay Ala. lawmaker angry over passage of anti-gay marriage resolution

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama lawmaker has accused her colleagues of using deception to pass a resolution urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Michael Barth

Student allowed to perform previously censored poem on gender stereotypes

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska state champion speech student will be allowed to perform a poem about gender identity for television after originally being asked not to by a statewide schools organization. [ Read more → ]
Michael Wyke, Tulsa World (AP)Mary Bishop listens as her partner Sharon Baldwin speaks about the status of appeals in the ongoing Oklahoma same sex marriage fight during a news conference at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, Okla., Monday, March 17, 2014. The two are co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state for banning same sex marriage.

Okla. lawyers argue that marriage exists for its ‘procreative potential’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Marriage exists for its procreative potential, not just as recognition of a loving relationship between two people, and the U.S. Supreme Court agrees, lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk said in a new court filing. [ Read more → ]
Key-West

Key West couple files lawsuit challenging Florida’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A same-sex couple in Key West, Fla., has filed a lawsuit after being refused a marriage license in Monroe County. [ Read more → ]
New-Hampshire

N.H. considers constitutional amendment to ban discrimination against gays

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. -- A House panel is holding a hearing on a proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Freedom Oklahoma

Okla. same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A coalition of same-sex couples and their supporters gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to launch a statewide campaign intended to teach Oklahomans about marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Clark-County-GOP

Nev. county removes ‘traditional’ marriage definition from GOP platform

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County, Nev., Republican Party edited its official platform statement over the weekend to remove a section defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, cut out a statement opposing abortion and added a section affirming people of all sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
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