LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:11:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Idaho legislative panel kills proposal to add statewide LGBT protections Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:45 +0000 KIMBERLEE KRUESI [ap] Idaho lawmakers have essentially killed a bill that would create protections for LGBT people, once again blocking attempts by gay rights supporters to amend the state's anti-discrimination law. The House State Affairs Committee, made up of the Legislature's most conservative lawmakers, voted 13-4 to hold the bill in committee.]]> 0 Former Ford worker says he was fired for his anti-gay religious beliefs Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:22 +0000 Staff Reports A former contractor at Ford Motor Company says he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs when he criticized the automotive company for supporting its LGBT workers. ]]> 0 Alabama judges group reverses course on marriage licenses for same-sex couples Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:37 +0000 PHILLIP RAWLS [ap] An Alabama judge's group has reversed course and now says same-sex couples may apply for marriage licenses once a hold comes off a federal judge's order that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.]]> 0 Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin refuses to take position on LGBT discrimination Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:30:01 +0000 Associated Press Gov. Mary Fallin won't say whether she thinks Oklahoma businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay people.]]> 0 Same-sex marriage takes center stage at first work day of N.C. General Assembly Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:00:36 +0000 GARY D. ROBERTSON [ap] Thee Senate's top leader pushed for religious exemptions for some court officials from performing marriage duties, months after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.]]> 0 Chile approves bill authorizing civil unions between same-sex couples Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:30:04 +0000 Staff Reports Chile's Congress on Wednesday approved the country's first law authorizing civil unions between same-sex couples.]]> 0 Federal judge: Issue same-sex marriage licenses in Alabama when stay expires Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:30:04 +0000 PHILLIP RAWLS [ap] The federal judge that overturned Alabama's same-sex marriage ban said state probate judges should begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples when the hold she put on her ruling expires next month.]]> 0 Police search for clues in murder of transgender woman in Texas Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:00:04 +0000 Staff Reports Police in Tyler, Texas are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning. ]]> 0 Legal group files judicial ethics complaint against Alabama chief justice Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:00:11 +0000 Associated Press The complaint to Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission stems from Roy Moore’s criticism of a federal judge’s ruling in favor of a Mobile couple in a same-sex marriage. Moore called it “judicial tyranny.”]]> 0 Broadway legend, Oscar winner Joel Grey comes out at 82 - "I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man." Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:16 +0000 Via: PEOPLE Magazine Joel Gray reached the heights of stage and screen, was married for 24 years and raised two children, but for decades, he kept one aspect of himself decidedly out of the spotlight. Now, at 82, the Cabaret Oscar winner talks for the first time about his sexuality in an interview with PEOPLE magazine. ]]> 0 French court allows marriage between French, Moroccan same-sex couple Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:00:02 +0000 Associated Press France’s highest court has ruled that a gay French-Moroccan couple are allowed to marry despite the North African kingdom’s refusal to recognize marriages between two men.]]> 0 Charlotte, N.C., business guild proposes protections for LGBT workers Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000 Associated Press The plan includes publicizing businesses that voluntarily provide protections, as well as trying to convince state lawmakers to require protection for employees.]]> 0 Shaheen reintroduces bill to extend veterans benefits to same-sex spouses Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:30:41 +0000 Associated Press The Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act is named after a New Hampshire National Guard officer who died in 2013 after a battle with breast cancer. ]]> 0 Virginia Senate panel votes to leave gay marriage ban in state constitution Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:00:28 +0000 Associated Press On an 8-7 party-line vote Tuesday, a GOP-controlled committee rejected a proposal to begin the process of repealing the amendment approved by Virginia voters in 2006 defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. ]]> 0 Judge says challenge to Nebraska gay marriage ban can go forward Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:00:30 +0000 Staff Reports A federal judge has denied the state's request to stay a lawsuit challenging Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriages and set a Feb. 19 hearing on a motion to allow same-sex marriage while the case proceeds. ]]> 0 Southfield, Mich., city council passes LGBT‑inclusive human rights ordinance Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:30:09 +0000 Associated Press Officials in the Detroit suburb have passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. ]]> 0 Va. Senate panel advances bill to bar LGBT discrimination in public employment Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:00:15 +0000 Associated Press A Virginia Senate committee voted Monday to prohibit discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.]]> 0 Log Cabin Republicans elect gay Georgia politico as first chair from Deep South Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:00:08 +0000 DYANA BAGBY [e]The GA Voice[m] Longtime Georgia LGBT activist Jamie Ensley has been elected the first person from the Deep South to chair the national Log Cabin Republicans. ]]> 0 Federal judge issues second ruling against Alabama same‑sex marriage ban Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:30:19 +0000 Associated Press U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade on Monday issued a second ruling blocking Alabama attorney General Luther Strange and other state officials from enforcing the ban.]]> 0 Alabama chief justice criticizes same-sex marriage ruling Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:30:48 +0000 Associated Press Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says he's concerned that the recognition of same-sex marriages will lead to the recognition of marriages with multiple partners or marriages within a family. ]]> 0 Mormon leaders call for ‘balanced approach’ in clash between gay rights, religious freedom Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:00:01 +0000 BRADY McCOMBS and RACHEL ZOLL [ap] The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays, but still wants to hire and fire workers based not only on religious beliefs, but also on honor codes that require gays to remain celibate.]]> 0 Ala. lawmaker threatens to out immoral ‘hypocrites’ over same-sex marriage Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:31 +0000 Associated Press Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker is threatening to expose state politicians who have extramarital affairs, but claim that same-sex marriage is immoral or bad for children. ]]> 0 Meet the group working to repeal Texas’ LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination laws Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:00:50 +0000 CARLOS MAZA [e]Equality Matters[m] Several Texas cities have taken the historic step of passing non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people, only to see those laws challenged by the extreme right-wing U.S. Pastor Council -- a group that has labeled gay people "forces of spiritual darkness." ]]> 0 Va. couple wins legal fight to have both names listed on twins’ birth certificates Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:00:19 +0000 Associated Press A Richmond judge has ordered the Virginia Department of Health's Office of Vital Records to amend the birth certificates to show that Maria Hayman and her wife, Joanie Hayman, are the "only parents of the children."]]> 0 Idaho lawmakers hear heated testimony over proposed LGBT protections Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:39 +0000 KIMBERLEE KRUESI [ap] Supporters of religious freedom went toe-to-toe Monday against hundreds of gay rights advocates who have waited nearly a decade to speak in the Idaho Legislature for a measure that would create statewide protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.]]> 0