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Emilia Maria Jesty with her birth "father" Sophy Jesty.

Lesbian couple named mother and father on daughter’s Tenn. birth certificate

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A baby girl born to same-sex parents who are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage, is the first child in the state to have two mothers listed on her birth certificate. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law on April 9, 2014.

Minn. governor signs LGBT-inclusive ‘Safe Schools’ anti-bullying bill into law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL -- Less than 24 hours after clearing the Minnesota state House, Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law. [ Read more → ]
Louisiana

La. House committee supports repealing ‘crimes against nature’ gay sex law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A Louisiana House committee has narrowly agreed to advance a bill that would repeal an unconstitutional state law prohibiting intercourse between two people of the same sex. [ Read more → ]
wyoming

State of Wyoming urges judge to dismiss same-sex marriage suit

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The state of Wyoming has asked a district judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay couples and a gay rights advocacy group seeking to force the state to recognize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
North-Carolina

Lawsuit cites urgency to overturn N.C. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a new legal assault on North Carolina's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Minnesota

Minn. state House passes anti-bullying measure; governor to sign bill today

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House voted early Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton to sign. [ Read more → ]
Utah plaintiffs Derek Kitchen, Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call, Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge stand together at the Utah Unites for Marriage "send-off" event in Salt Lake City on April 7. This week, a three-judge panel in Denver will become the first federal appeals court to hear arguments regarding state same-sex marriage bans since the Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on gay marriage.

Winning streak for same-sex marriage to be tested in higher court

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
DENVER -- With its recent string of high-profile victories in federal court, the marriage equality movement is hoping to build momentum to help it attain its long-held goal: a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Pro-LGBT church: Boy Scouts violating our religious freedom by ousting gay Scoutmaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SEATTLE -- The pastor of an LGBT-welcoming church says the Boy Scouts of America is infringing on her church's religious freedom in its efforts to oust their openly gay Scoutmaster. [ Read more → ]
Laura-Jane-Klug

Texas school suspends transgender substitute teacher after parents complain

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LUMBERTON, Texas -- A transgender substitute teacher said she has been told not return to her classes at a Texas elementary school after parents complained about her. [ Read more → ]
Jayce

Transgender student files housing complaint against Christian university

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
NEWBERG, Ore. -- A transgender student has filed a discrimination complaint against a Christian university, alleging the school is discriminating against him by not allowing him to live in the men's dormitories. [ Read more → ]
Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), left, and Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

Ohio governor backs AG’s plan to fight against same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday that he supports the decision of his fellow Republican, Attorney General Mike DeWine, to appeal a court ruling that would force Ohio to recognize the legal, out-of-state marriages of its gay and lesbian residents. [caption id="attachment_134711"... [ Read more → ]
Wisconsin

Poll: Majority of Wisconsin voters support marriage equality

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- A new poll released Tuesday finds a majority of Wisconsin voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, a significant increase over polling five years ago. [ Read more → ]
Univ-of-Kentucky

Univ. of Kentucky survey asks students if homosexuality is a mental illness

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky has issued a campus-wide student survey that asks students if they’d rather be gay or straight, whether homosexuality was a sin, and if they believed homosexuality was a mental illness. [ 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.

Tenth Circuit preview: Utah’s same-sex marriage ban faces appeals panel

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals this week will become the second federal appeals court to tackle the question of whether statewide laws banning same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution. [ Read more → ]
Mike Fair

S.C. lawmaker claims university program is designed to recruit lesbians

Monday, April 7, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina college that recently lost $17,000 in state funds after it assigned students a gay-themed book, has cancelled a solo performance with same-sex themes after a state lawmaker accused the school of trying to recruit lesbians. [ Read more → ]
TownMaps USA

Saginaw, Mich., city council to consider LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

Monday, April 7, 2014
SAGINAW, Mich. -- The Saginaw, Mich., city council is considering a proposed ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Moore-Okla

Westboro Baptist protesters chased out of Okla. town by unwelcoming residents

Monday, April 7, 2014
MOORE, Okla. -- If members of the Topeka-Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church thought they'd find a friendly reception in nearby Oklahoma, they were mistaken. In fact, when church members brought their "God hates fags" and "God hates America" protest to Moore, Okla., on Sunday, they were met by an unwelcoming, angry crowd. [ Read more → ]
Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln.

Bill to prohibit anti-gay workplace discrimination stalls in Neb. legislature

Monday, April 7, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A bill that would prohibit Nebraska employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity has stalled in the Legislature. [ Read more → ]
two-boys-kissing-by-david-levithan

Parent wants book about ‘Two Boys Kissing’ removed from school library

Monday, April 7, 2014
WARRENTON, Va. -- A Virginia high school is once again considering a parent's appeal to remove a book from the school's library that depicts two boys kissing on its cover. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Gay Scoutmaster refuses to step down, church stands by his decision

Monday, April 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America may have revoked his membership, but openly gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath is continuing his role as a leader with the support of his church. [ Read more → ]
Kansas

Kan. gay rights group says tenure proposal could lead to discrimination

Monday, April 7, 2014
TOPEKA, Kan. -- The leading gay-rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers. [ Read more → ]
John Becker Ohio

Ohio lawmaker renews call for judge’s impeachment over gay marriage ruling

Monday, April 7, 2014
CINCINNATI -- An Ohio state lawmaker has reiterated his call for the impeachment of a federal judge who plans to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. [ Read more → ]
Derek Kitchen, left, and Moudi Sbeity sit on their couch at their home, in Salt Lake City.

Gay couple becomes the face of same-sex marriage in Utah

Monday, April 7, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY -- Derek Kitchen was a teenager still coming to grips with his sexual orientation when yard signs began popping up throughout his suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood in 2004 supporting an amendment to ban same-sex marriage... [ Read more → ]
Elaine Huguenin

U.S. Supreme Court declines appeal over N.M. gay bias case

Monday, April 7, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom. [ Read more → ]
AP (File)In 1958, two Virginia residents, Mildred Loving, a black woman, and her white husband, Richard Loving (seen here in a Jan.    26, 1965 photo), went to Washington to get married. After they returned to Central Point, their hometown in rural Caroline County north of Richmond, police raided their home and arrested them. They avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia _ the only home they'd known _ for 25 years.  To some people in Virginia, the legal fight over whether same-sex marriages should be allowed has an echo in the state’s old law banning marriage between white and black people.

Fight over same-sex marriage echoes decades-old battle of Loving v. Virginia

Sunday, April 6, 2014
WASHINGTON — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state's 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. But opponents of gay marriage reject the comparison. [ Read more → ]
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