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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 → ]
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is among the U.S. senators backing the inclusion of marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform.

22 U.S. senators call for marriage equality plank in Democratic platform

Friday, March 2, 2012
A group of U.S. senators is joining the wave of LGBT rights supporters calling for an endorsement of marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform, according to an exclusive report by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]

Chad Griffin named president of Human Rights Campaign

Friday, March 2, 2012
The founder and president of a high-profile California-based LGBT rights group has been named as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign. HRC announced Friday that Chad Griffin, board president of the American Foundation of Equal Rights, will succeed Joe Solmonese as president. [ Read more → ]
Jay CarneyFile photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Carney tight-lipped on executive order barring workplace bias

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to comment Wednesday about the status of an executive order that would require federal contractors to adopt LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies. [ Read more → ]

Family Research Council launches fundraiser to stop ‘fake marriages’

Friday, February 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The virulently anti-gay Family Research Center has launched an aggressive new fundraising campaign to "Stop Fake Marriages" in the U.S., because, according to the FRC, 2012 could be the "tipping point" year in the battle for marriage. [ Read more → ]
Wayne Besen (left) and Greg Quinlan

Truth Wins Out files defamation lawsuit against ‘ex-gay’ organization PFOX

Thursday, February 23, 2012
NEW YORK -- Truth Wins Out, a non-profit organization that fights anti- LGBT religious extremism, announced Tuesday that it had filed a defamation lawsuit against Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) and its President Greg Quinlan after he claimed on a television show that Truth Wins Out (TWO) Executive Director Wayne Besen tried to have him killed. [ Read more → ]

Federal judge rules ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ unconstitutional in California case

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal district court judge in San Francisco ruled Tuesday (February 22) that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the rights of gays and lesbians to equal protection of the law. [ Read more → ]
Eric Holder

Holder: DOJ won’t defend law barring benefits for gay troops

Friday, February 17, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday in a letter to Congress that the administration would no longer defend in court a law barring married gay troops from receiving spousal benefits. [ Read more → ]

‘Truth Wins Out’ slams Newt Gingrich for hypocrisy on marriage equality

Thursday, February 9, 2012
WASHINGTON – Truth Wins Out -- a non-profit organization that fights anti- LGBT religious extremism -- placed a provocative full-page ad in the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call on Thursday admonishing Newt Gingrich for his "stunning hypocrisy" on the issue of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
Jay Carney

Reporters grill Carney on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8 ruling

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faced a flurry of questions Tuesday about President Obama’s evolving position on same-sex marriage and his reaction to the court decision that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

WA Family Policy Institute promotes claim that gay parents molest their children, turn kids gay

Monday, February 6, 2012
One of the most prominent anti-gay groups currently working to defeat proposed marriage equality legislation in the state of Washington is the Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW). Led by Joseph Backholm, FPIW has played a central role in organizing anti-gay efforts in the state... [ Read more → ]

Broad coalition launched to repeal federal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Friday, February 3, 2012
WASHINGTON – A broad coalition of more than 50 civil rights, labor, progressive, faith, student, health, legal, women’s, and LGBT organizations on Thursday announced support of the Respect for Marriage Act-- the bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that withholds federal... [ Read more → ]
Sen. Patrick Lehy

Senate panel approves LGBT-inclusive domestic violence bill

Thursday, February 2, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel approved LGBT-inclusive legislation on Thursday that would extend and strengthen programs working to combat and prevent domestic violence. [ Read more → ]
Ellen DeGeneres

Hate group slams JC Penny for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as spokesperson

Thursday, February 2, 2012
TUPELO, Miss. -- Retail giant J.C. Penney has come under fire from the anti-gay group "One Million Moms" over its recent hiring of hugely popular daytime television talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson. [ Read more → ]

Lawsuit challenges DOMA, Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) refusal to grant equal disability benefits to an Army veteran in a same-sex marriage is a violation of the veteran’s constitutional rights, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the law firm of WilmerHale. [ Read more → ]

HUD: Religious groups must abide by LGBT non-bias housing rule

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Department of Housing and Urban Development official said Monday religious institutions receiving federal funds for housing programs will have to abide by a new HUD rule prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people. [ Read more → ]

Housing Secretary: HUD will finalize protections for LGBT people

Sunday, January 29, 2012
BALTIMORE — Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan officially announced on Saturday his department will make final “next week” a proposed rule to protect LGBT people against discrimination in federal housing programs. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

New bill in Congress aims to prohibit gay weddings on military bases

Sunday, January 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker has introduced new legislation aimed at prohibiting gay and lesbian service members from marrying on U.S. military bases, and would require new regulations related to chaplains and other military personnel. [ Read more → ]

White House to host LGBT conferences across the country

Friday, January 27, 2012
The White House announced on Friday it plans to host a series of LGBT conferences throughout the country in early 2012 so the public can “hear directly” from the administration on efforts “to ensure health, well-being, security, justice, and equality for LGBT Americans.” [ Read more → ]

Obama delivers ‘State of the Union’ — ‘An America Built to Last’

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
While there was only one direct reference to anything gay in President Obama’s third State of the Union address, the speech and a large number of White House activities surrounding it was inclusive of gays. [ Read more → ]

Giffords to resign from Congress to focus on recovery from Tucson shooting

Sunday, January 22, 2012
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in a massacre that left six others dead one year ago, has announced that she will resign from Congress this week. [ Read more → ]

GLSEN releases first national study on homophobia, gender nonconformity in elementary schools

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Gender non-conforming students are at particular risk for bullying, and many teachers are unprepared to address issues relating to gender expression and LGBT families, according to a groundbreaking new study of bias, bullying and homophobia in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. [ Read more → ]

Will Obama endorse marriage equality in ‘State of the Union’ address?

Saturday, January 21, 2012
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Friday he wouldn’t rule “in or out” the possibility of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage in the upcoming State of the Union address. [ Read more → ]

More than 80 U.S. mayors pledge support for marriage equality (Video)

Friday, January 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- "Freedom to Marry," a New York-based marriage equality advocacy organization, on Friday announced a bipartisan coalition of more than 80 mayors from across the U.S. who have publicly stated their support for marriage equality for LGBT citizens, and their intention to work toward that goal. [ Read more → ]

No sympathy from LGBT advocates as Rick Perry quits presidential race

Friday, January 20, 2012
Republican hopeful Rick Perry received no sympathy from LGBT advocates on Thursday after he announced that he giving up a presidential campaign renowned for its demonization of gay people. Trailing in the polls — even in the socially conservative state of South Carolina where the primary will be held Saturday — Perry told supporters in North Charleston, S.C.., he was ending his bid for the White House and throwing his support behind former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. [ Read more → ]
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