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White House responds to Warren’s remarks on same-sex marriage

Saturday, March 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Obama “appreciates” the views of Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren on marriage equality, but that he had no updates on the president’s own position on the issue. [ Read more → ]

SEC rejects ExxonMobil bid to block protections for sexual orientation, gender identity

Thursday, March 22, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a ruling Tuesday that halts an attempt by energy giant ExxonMobil to prevent a non-discrimination shareholder resolution with protections for sexual orientation and gender identity from being voted on during its annual shareholder's meeting on May 30. [ Read more → ]

Obama edging closer to marriage equality endorsement, source claims

Thursday, March 22, 2012
The odds are improving that President Obama will endorse marriage equality before the November election, according to an informed source. The chances that Obama will make such an announcement before the election are looking better than in previous months as the issue receives growing media attention. [ Read more → ]

HRC calls NOM’s Starbucks boycott their typical ‘temper-tantrum’

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Wednesday fired back at the National Organization for Marriage, calling their “Dump Starbucks” campaign a typical "temper tantrum," and called on consumers to support Starbucks for its decision to support same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

NOM launches boycott after Starbucks rejects anti-gay marriage sentiment

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
SEATTLE -- The National Organization for Marriage on Wednesday announced it has launched a boycott of Starbucks after the coffee giant's chief executive flatly rejected a complaint by the NOM that it reconsider its support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren pledges to lead on LGBT rights

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Elizabeth Warren, who is running to unseat U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), pledged to support a series of pro-LGBT initiatives and called on President Obama to endorse marriage equality in an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

White House: Same-sex families ‘deserve legal protections, ability to thrive’

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to a question about First Lady Michelle Obama’s comments at various campaign stops yesterday defending same-sex couples right to “love whomever they choose.” [ Read more → ]
Aubrey Sarvis

SLDN marks six month anniversary of DADT, calls for equal military benefits

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on Tuesday marked the six month anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by calling on the Defense Department to extend available benefits and support to married gay and lesbian service members and their families. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal on Christian group’s discrimination suit

Monday, March 19, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from Christian groups in a federal lawsuit that challenged a discrimination policy of the California State University system. [ Read more → ]

Urban Outfitters under fire for selling transphobic greeting card on website

Monday, March 19, 2012
Retailer Urban Outfitters has come under fire from many in the LGBT community for what advocates are calling a "transphobic" greeting card that was offered for sale on its website, but is now listed as sold out. [ Read more → ]

Obama ‘does not support’ North Carolina anti-gay marriage initiative

Friday, March 16, 2012
President Obama “does not support” an upcoming measure on the ballot in North Carolina that would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage and marriage-like unions, according to a statement issued by his campaign. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate confirms gay nominee to California federal court

Thursday, March 15, 2012
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed to the bench a gay judicial nominee whom Republicans had held up for four months from receiving a floor vote along with other appointees. [ Read more → ]
Scott Lively

Ugandan gay rights group files lawsuit against U.S. evangelist Scott Lively

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Ugandan gay rights group on Wednesday filed suit in federal court in Massachusetts against notorious American evangelist, Scott Lively, accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda. [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Santorum wins GOP primaries in Alabama, Mississippi

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum scored two wins in the GOP primaries on Tuesday by adding Alabama and Mississippi to his column after prevailing in Kansas over the weekend. [ Read more → ]
Harry Reid

Reid to force vote on gay judicial nominee

Monday, March 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday filed cloture on 17 federal judicial nominees — including an openly gay appointee — that have been barred from obtaining confirmation votes on the Senate floor. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

Sunday, March 11, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-led House panel may intervene as soon as next week against litigation that aims to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it unfairly prohibits gay troops from obtaining benefits for their same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]

Seventy groups call on Obama to endorse anti-bullying legislation

Friday, March 9, 2012
A group of 70 organizations is asking President Obama to build on his work against bullying in schools by endorsing legislation pending in Congress that would prohibit harassment of LGBT students. [ Read more → ]

MSNBC rejects ad exposing hate group leader’s anti-gay record

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Amid a growing outcry from progressive Christian leaders to take Family Research Council President Tony Perkins off the air, MSNBC has rejected an ad exposing his and FRC's extensive record of hate speech against gay and lesbian Americans. [ Read more → ]

Is Obama abdicating party leadership on same-sex marriage?

Thursday, March 8, 2012
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney deflected a series of questions Thursday on whether President Obama is deferring his role as party leader by withholding support for same-sex marriage as other Democrats vocally support it. [ Read more → ]

SPLC reports marked increase in anti-gay hate groups in 2011

Thursday, March 8, 2012
The American "radical right" grew explosively in 2011, a third consecutive year of extraordinary growth that has swelled the ranks of extremist groups to record levels, contributing to a significant increase in the number of anti-gay hate groups, according to a report issued today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). [ Read more → ]
Jim Messina

Obama campaign ducks question on marriage in Democratic platform

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Obama camp continues to have no answers on whether President Obama will complete his evolution to endorse marriage equality and support including it in the Democratic Party platform. [ Read more → ]
Antonio Villaraigosa

LA mayor Villaraigosa supports marriage equality plank in Democratic platform

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who serves as chair of the Democratic National Convention and a co-chair of the "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry" coalition, has announced his support for a marriage plank in the Democratic Party's 2012 national platform [ Read more → ]

Republican candidates split primary wins on Super Tuesday

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The field of Republican presidential candidates didn’t become any more clear Tuesday night after results were declared for the largest number of contests on a single day during the GOP primary season. [ Read more → ]

All-star reading of Prop 8 trial play raises $2 million toward marriage equality fight

Monday, March 5, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- A star-studded benefit reading of of Dustin Lance Black's play "8," featuring Brad Pitt and George Clooney, raised more than $2 million Saturday night for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), and gave YouTube viewers around the world a rare glimpse into the historic trial of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

New poll reflects growing support nationwide for marriage equality

Monday, March 5, 2012
WASHINGTON -- NBC News/ Wall Street Journal today released a national survey on marriage equality that reflects the ongoing sea change in public opinion on the issue -- across a number of demographics, including party affiliation, age, and ethnicity. [ Read more → ]
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