LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Wed, 27 May 2015 22:51:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rick Santorum announces second White House run Wed, 27 May 2015 22:30:55 +0000 STEVE PEOPLES | Associated Press Rick Santorum, an aggressive advocate for conservative family values and longtime opponent of LGBT rights, launched a 2016 White House bid on Wednesday, vowing to fight for working-class Americans in a new election season that will test his influence - and focus on social issues - in a changing Republican Party.]]> 0 Anti-gay marriage religious objections bill clears North Carolina House panel Wed, 27 May 2015 17:30:02 +0000 Associated Press A House judiciary panel scheduled debate Wednesday on legislation allowing some court officials to decline carrying out same-sex marriage duties.]]> 0 Kazakhstan ‘gay propaganda’ measure ruled unconstitutional Wed, 27 May 2015 14:00:27 +0000 Associated Press A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting same-sex relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional.]]> 0 Australian political party revives same-sex marriage debate following Ireland vote Wed, 27 May 2015 13:00:47 +0000 ROD McGUIRK | Associated Press Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a former Roman Catholic seminarian who opposes same-sex marriage, would not say Wednesday whether government lawmakers would be allowed a free vote. ]]> 0 Vatican: Ireland same-sex marriage vote a ‘defeat for humanity’ Wed, 27 May 2015 13:00:31 +0000 NICOLE WINFIELD | Associated Press The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage a "defeat for humanity," evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage.]]> 0 India appoints first transgender individual as college principal Wed, 27 May 2015 09:00:57 +0000 Associated Press Manabi Banerjee, a transgender woman, will head the Krishnagar Women's College in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, said Dipak K. Kar, chairman of an education panel that selects college principals in the state. ]]> 0 Texas House scraps bill protecting agencies that bar gay adoptions Wed, 27 May 2015 08:00:09 +0000 WILL WEISSERT | Associated Press The Texas state House has scrapped - at least for the time being - a measure that would have allowed some child welfare agencies to block gays and same-sex couples from adopting children through them. ]]> 0 Michael Sam: Focused on football, not making history in CFL Tue, 26 May 2015 23:00:00 +0000 Associated Press Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. ]]> 0 Marco Rubio: LGBT rights ‘a real and present danger’ to freedom Tue, 26 May 2015 22:00:24 +0000 BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch Marco Rubio was the subject of a fawning profile on today’s edition of “The 700 Club,” in which host Pat Robertson hailed the GOP presidential candidate as “the Democrats’ worst nightmare.” ]]> 0 Texas Senate revives anti-gay marriage language by attaching it to another bill Tue, 26 May 2015 21:00:21 +0000 Associated Press The measure bars public funds from being used in same-sex marriage licenses. Although it failed in the House, it was inserted into a Senate bill and is likely set for a vote Wednesday. ]]> 0 What does Ireland’s vote say about the U.S. debate on same‑sex marriage? Tue, 26 May 2015 07:00:51 +0000 DAVID CRARY | Associated Press Ireland's national referendum on same-sex marriage, which was approved by 62 percent of the voters, comes just weeks ahead of an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States. ]]> 0 Catholic Church ponders future after same-sex marriage vote in Ireland Mon, 25 May 2015 10:00:23 +0000 VIA: The New York Times The morning after Ireland learned it had become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, looked out at the future of the Roman Catholic Church. ]]> 0 For 2nd year, Mormon LGBT group’s bid to join parades is denied Mon, 25 May 2015 08:00:38 +0000 Associated Press Organizers of the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City and the Freedom Festival Grand Parade in Provo have again denied the bid by Mormons Building Bridges to take part.]]> 0 For a lost soldier… Mon, 25 May 2015 07:00:39 +0000 BRODY LEVESQUE Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones....]]> 0 Analysis: Anti-gay bill rejection gives Jindal a campaign opportunity Mon, 25 May 2015 07:00:33 +0000 MELINDA DESLATTE | Associated Press By voting down a proposal to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage, lawmakers thought they had put the divisive issue to bed and ended one of the major controversies of the legislative session.]]> 0 The Christian Right’s claims of persecution by the secular state ring hollow Sun, 24 May 2015 14:00:58 +0000
Senior Fellow, Political Research Associates As a society we have long wrestled with religious objections to a wide range of public interests, from African American civil rights, to mandatory vaccinations, and even public schooling...]]> 0
A nation reborn: Ireland’s gay community awakens to a whole new world Sun, 24 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Associated Press Ireland's gay citizens woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn - some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads. Ireland's unexpectedly strong 62 percent "yes" to adding same-sex marriage to its conservative 1937 constitution is expected to lead to a wave of gay weddings this summer.]]> 0 Ireland votes resoundingly to legalize same-sex marriage Sat, 23 May 2015 07:00:47 +0000 SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Associated Press Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize same-sex marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."]]> 0 Gay couple, one of whom adopted the other, has adoption vacated now that they can marry Fri, 22 May 2015 23:30:37 +0000 MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Associated Press When Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur moved to the Philadelphia suburbs nearly 20 years ago, they were dismayed to learn that Pennsylvania would not recognize their domestic partnership from New York.]]> 0 TLC yanks ’19 Kids’ from schedule amid Josh Duggar molestation confession Fri, 22 May 2015 17:30:53 +0000 Staff Reports Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession ... the network had to make the decision.]]> 0 Montreal Alouettes sign openly gay defensive end Michael Sam Fri, 22 May 2015 15:00:53 +0000 Associated Press Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. ]]> 0 First Texas GOP lawmaker backs same-sex marriage Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:47 +0000 VIA: Texas Observer Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) expressed support for same-sex marriage Thursday, becoming the first Republican state lawmaker in Texas history to publicly do so.]]> 0 Five things to know about Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:28 +0000 SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Associated Press Ireland's voters decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage. While 19 other nations and most U.S. states have already done so, Ireland is the first to hold a national vote.]]> 0 Ireland goes to the polls to vote on marriage equality Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:29 +0000 SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Associated Press Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring same-sex marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. ]]> 0 Judge again rules gay couples across Alabama have right to marry, puts decision on hold Fri, 22 May 2015 01:00:25 +0000 Associated Press A federal judge has again ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.]]> 0