LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:40:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area, ruling put on hold Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:00:22 +0000 Associated Press MIAMI -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week. The ruling issued by Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel mirrors the decision made earlier by Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia. Both judges found the...]]> 0 Bachmann: Gays want to let adults ‘freely prey on little children sexually’ Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:30:02 +0000 [btashman] During a Wednesday appearance on the conservative radio show “Faith & Liberty,” U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann accused the “gay community” of pushing “deviancy,” “tyranny” and child rape. The Minnesota Republican warned that the gay community will “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to ...]]> 0 Seventh Circuit schedules arguments in appeals of same-sex marriage rulings - Court denies requests that the appeals be heard before the full 10-member court instead of a three-judge panel Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:00:17 +0000 Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous hearing date. ]]> 0 Alaska Supreme Court allows same-sex partners access to survivor benefits Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:00:26 +0000 Staff Reports ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protection of Alaska’s workers’ compensation law. The ruling came in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking survivor benefits for Deborah Harris, the same-sex partner of ...]]> 0 Colo. appeals court refuses to stop Boulder’s same-sex marriage licenses Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:10 +0000 Associated Press DENVER -- The Colorado Court of Appeals has denied state Attorney General John Suthers' request to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The court issued its ruling Thursday evening, saying Suthers didn't establish the factors required to reverse a ruling that allowed clerk Hillary Hall to issue such licenses. The court did not...]]> 0 Briefs piling up from same-sex marriage opponents in Ind., Wis. appeals Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:00:38 +0000 Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS -- Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that's currently before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including...]]> 0 N.Y. Giants defend hiring of David Tyree despite history of anti-gay remarks Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:30:42 +0000 Staff Reports The New York Giants is defending its decision to hire former receiver David Tyree as their new director of player development, despite his history of anti-gay comments and activism against LGBT rights and marriage equality. Tyree became the hero of Super Bowl XLII when he made a fourth-quarter catch that allowed the Giants to win the Super Bowl against...]]> 0 ‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:00:43 +0000 Staff Reports PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at Temple University announced this week that they completely eliminated a dormant strain of HIV embedded in human cells, an advance that researchers on the project called a possible “game changer” by raising hopes that science is closer to not only suppressing but actually curing the virus that causes AIDS.]]> 0 Fired newspaper editor who blogged about gays’ ‘sinful nature’ files lawsuit - Bob Eschliman claims religious discrimination and retaliation Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:29 +0000 Associated Press NEWTON, Iowa — The former editor of the Newton Daily News in Newton, Iowa, filed a complaint Wednesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on his personal blog. Bob Eschliman claims religious discrimination and retaliation in the complaint.]]> 0 Poll shows majority support for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:30:21 +0000 Associated Press MADISON, Wis. -- The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages.]]> 0 Ariz. says marriage ban justified because same-sex couples can’t reproduce Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:05 +0000 Staff Reports PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the state of Arizona say in court documents that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person. In documents filed Wednesday in a federal challenge to the constitutional ban approved by voters in 2008, the state says it public purpose in regulating private relationships...]]> 0 Md. now offers transition-related care to transgender state employees Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:39 +0000 Staff Reports ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland has become only the third state in the nation to provide insurance coverage for transition-related care. The policy change, which went into effect July 1 but was only announced publicly this week, means that any state employee, retiree, or dependent will be able to access mental health services, hormone therapy, and a range of ...]]> 0 Federal judge strikes down Colo. gay marriage ban, orders temporary stay Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:47 +0000 Associated Press DENVER -- A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling Wednesday was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced.]]> 0 Arguments set in challenge to Alaska same-sex marriage ban Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:00:09 +0000 Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska -- Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage. Five same-sex couples, four married outside of Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued to overturn the ban in May. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and one woman. ]]> 0 Rubio: Gay marriage advocates often show ‘intolerance’ toward opponents Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:00:04 +0000 Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says supporters of same-sex marriage often show "intolerance" toward people like him who support heterosexual marriages. Rubio on Wednesday also told an audience at Catholic University that those who support abortion rights ignore the rights of "the unborn."]]> 0 Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:54 +0000 Staff Reports WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned.]]> 0 Wis. AG tells appeals court same-sex marriage isn’t a fundamental right Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:00:13 +0000 Associated Press MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause doesn't apply in cases involving sexual orientation and there's no fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. ]]> 0 Colo. judge again refuses to stop Boulder same-sex marriages Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:30:09 +0000 Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. -- A Colorado state judge has again refused to stop Boulder's clerk from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. In an order issued Wednesday and included in the file of a pending federal lawsuit on same-sex marriage, Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman denied Attorney General John Suthers’ request to put his previous ruling in favor of clerk Hillary Hall on hold. ]]> 0 N.Y. agencies collecting data on gender identity to improve LGBT services Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:58 +0000 Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. -- State agencies have begun adding gender identity to their data collection, part of an effort Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will help the state better meet the needs of LGBT New Yorkers. A new report Wednesday identified eight agencies, including the Department of Health, collecting or updating their data systems to gather those demographics. ]]> 0 Marriage Equality USA: Interview with Edith Windsor (Part 2) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:30:19 +0000 Staff Reports Just over one year ago, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases for the LGBT community. Since then, every one of more than a dozen court cases striking down same-sex marriage bans has used the Windsor decision at the core of their legal decision. In part two of Marriage Equality USA's three-part interview with plaintiff Edie Windsor, ...]]> 0 Report: Marriage equality would add $181 million, new jobs to Texas economy Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:30:15 +0000 Staff Reports Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Texas would generate an estimated $181.6 million in spending to the state’s economy and generate over 1,500 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data — 46,401 same-sex couples...]]> 0 UPDATE: Fla. appeals court won’t lift stay in same-sex marriage case Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:33 +0000 Associated Press MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court will not overturn a judge's order that is blocking a Florida Keys gay couple from getting married. The Miami-based 3rd District Court of Appeal on Wednesday refused to invalidate a Monroe County judge's decision preventing a wedding for Aaron Huntsman and William Lee Jones and other gay couples... ]]> 0 Federal judge in La. same-sex marriage case says no more arguments needed - A ruling on Louisiana's gay marriage ban could come at any time Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:29 +0000 Staff Reports NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge in Louisiana says he doesn't need to hear any more arguments in the case of a same-sex couple challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage, and has signaled he is prepared to rule the ban's constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard arguments in June regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions ...]]> 0 GLAAD film industry report card reveals lack of LGBT visibility Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:10 +0000 Staff Reports LOS ANGELES -- In its second annual report card on LGBT representation in motion pictures, media advocacy group GLAAD gives the film industry a mostly failing grade. GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the ...]]> 0 Gays are possessed by ‘putrid smelling’ demons that even pigs won’t tolerate Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:01 +0000 [kmantyla] Bert Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, had a piece published on Charisma Magazine’s website Tuesday in which he begged gay people to “please do not get upset with me” for trying to tell them “the raw, naked truth about homosexuality,” promising that if they will just listen to him, they “will see that I am actually trying to help you.”]]> 0