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The hidden message in Supreme Court's recent marriage rulings
Advocate.com, August 27, 2014
When it comes to forecasting what the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are going to do, there are only two kinds of prediction: vague ones and wrong ones.

Federal court to hear arguments against Wisconsin and Indiana gay marriage bans
PinkNews.co.uk, August 26, 2014
A federal appeals court panel will today hear arguments in cases challenging the same-sex marriage bans in the states of Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Pentagon can easily drop its ban on transgender troops, study finds
Washington Post, August 25, 2014
The armed forces continue to enforce a ban on transgender military service, months after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in May that he was open to a review that would lift it.

Federal judge rules Florida’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
PinkNews.co.uk, August 22, 2014
Federal District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that Florida's 2008 voter-approved same-sex ban is in violation of the constitutional guarantee of equal protection and due process.

New York governor pushes for state to outlaw trans discrimination
PinkNews.co.uk, August 22, 2014
In a letter to Empire State Pride Agenda on Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state’s human rights laws should include gender identity and gender expression.

Supreme Court: No same-sex marriage in Virginia, yet
CNN.com, August 20, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request to delay enforcement of an appeals court ruling that overturned Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. That means gay and lesbian couples cannot legally wed in the state for now.

California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents
Reuters, August 20, 2014
irth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday.

VA sued for denying benefits to gay spouses
FoxNews.com, August 20, 2014
A law firm representing gay and lesbian service members and veterans on Tuesday filed suit against the Veterans Affairs Department for failing to extend benefits to same-sex spouses who live in states that do not recognize their marriages.

Judge: Indiana must recognize other states' marriages
WSMHRadio.com, August 20, 2014
A Federal judge ruled yesterday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages solemnized in other states.

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection
Asbury Park Press, August 19, 2014
Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”

LGBT advocates fight plan to sell Plaza Hotel to Sultan Of Brunei
CBS New York, August 18, 2014
A call has been launched for people to boycott the famed Plaza Hotel at Grand Army Plaza and the Dream Downtown Hotel in Chelsea – if they are sold to a certain owner.

Family Research Council: Abolish judges if they keep ruling for equal marriage
PinkNews.co.uk, August 18, 2014
The Family Research Council has called for the abolition of the judiciary, because “unelected judges” keep ruling in favour of same-sex marriage.

Facebook donated $10,000 to Republican fighting same-sex marriage
PinkNews.co.uk, August 15, 2014
Facebook has made a $10,000 donation to Utah Republican Sean Reyes, who is currently fighting against same-sex marriage in court.

Wall Street leaders welcome openly gay CEO of U.S. bank
Bloomberg, August 15, 2014
Top Wall Street executives voiced support for C1 Financial Inc. Chief Executive Officer Trevor Burgess, who yesterday became the first openly gay CEO of a bank traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Meet an officer who transitioned at the CIA
Advocate.com, August 15, 2014
Not too long ago, openly LGBT people were denied federal security clearances. These days, the CIA has an extensive strategy in place to help trans employees confirm their gender expression.

Baton Rouge council rejects 'fairness ordinance'
KSLA.com, August 14, 2014
The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has voted 8-4 vote to reject a proposed local law banning discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jason Collins says he is leaning toward retirement
NBC Sports, August 14, 2014
What Jason Collins did last season was important because in the 22 games and 172 minutes he played the second half of last season, he helped change perceptions and start a conversation. He was the first openly gay player on a major professional sports team in the United States. That matters more than basketball.

Appeals court won’t grant stay of Va. same-sex marriage ruling
LGBTQNation, August 13, 2014
A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to delay its ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban, which means that same-sex couples could begin marrying in the state as early as next week.

Wisconsin Republican who backs Uganda’s anti-gay law wins primary
PinkNews.co.uk, August 13, 2014
Wisconsin Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman, who supports Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act has won a primary, securing the party’s nomination to the House of Representatives.

Attorney: Manning not receiving hormone therapy
Military Times, August 13, 2014
Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the American Civil Liberties Union and Manning's attorney said Tuesday.

Obama makes surprise video appearance at Gay Games opening
NY Daily News, August 10, 2014
In a surprise video message as the international event began Saturday night, Obama affirmed U.S. support for LGBT rights. Lance Bass and the Pointer Sisters also helped kick off the weeklong games.

NOM launches boycott of Target over support for marriage equality
PinkNews.co.uk, August 8, 2014
The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage has launched a boycott of retail giant Target, after it announced support for marriage equality.

Two sides in gay marriage fight agree: Justices must act
New York Times, August 8, 2014
In an unusual move, same-sex marriage advocates fresh off a legal victory in Utah are supporting efforts to ask the Supreme Court to weigh in.

NBA’s first woman referee marries long time partner
PinkNews.co.uk, August 8, 2014
Out gay National Basketball Association referee Violet Palmer married her long time partner last week.

Target publicly endorses equal marriage
PinkNews.co.uk, August 8, 2014
Target has added its name to a list of businesses backing marriage equality, alongside Apple, Intel and Starbucks, in a Wisconsin and Indiana case due to be heard by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gay marriage showdown in Cincinnati: 4 states, 6 cases, 3 judges
Lansing State Journal, August 6, 2014
Michigan’s gay marriage ban is set for another legal showdown, only this one involves more players, more judges and likely more drama.

Barney Frank Sharply Criticizes Gay Rights Groups' Flip On ENDA
Huffington Post, August 5, 2014
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) rebuked the gay rights groups opposing a bill that would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, calling their strategy "ridiculous."

Justices' rulings advance gays; women less so
New York Times, August 5, 2014
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the court's conservative majority, all men, did not understand the challenges women face in achieving authentic equality.

Florida judge rules gay-marriage ban unconstitutional
Bradenton.com, August 5, 2014
Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen on Monday declared Florida's gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, the third South Florida judge in 18 days to do so. He immediately stayed his decision pending an appeal by the state of Florida.

Supreme Court will have pick of three marriage cases next session
August 5, 2014, Advocate.com
When the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court reconvene for their next session in October, they will have at least three cases regarding same-sex marriage to possibly consider.

Gay rights groups dispute federal survey’s estimate of population
Washington Post, August 1, 2014
Gay rights activists are distressed over the results of the first large-scale federal survey measuring sexual orientation in the United States, which last month reported that less than 3 percent of the population identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual.

Same-sex registry for couples upheld in Wisconsin
JDJournal.com, August 1, 2014
On Thursday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to uphold a 2009 law that establishes a same-sex registry for couples. The court said that the registry does not violate an amendment to the constitutional ban of gay marriage, according to Reuters.

California led briefly by an openly gay governor
USA Today, July 30, 2014
For about nine hours on Wednesday, California was led by its first openly gay governor. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, a Democrat, is acting governor for the day until California Gov. Jerry Brown returns from a trade mission in Mexico.

Tulsa school celebrates diversity with anti-bullying mission
Tulsa World, July 30, 2014
A new Tulsa private school is set to make history as the first gay-friendly school in Oklahoma.

Virginia gay-marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Salt Lake Tribune, July 28, 2014
Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Monday in the first such decision by a federal appellate court in the South. The 2-1 ruling applies throughout the circuit that also includes West Virginia, Maryland, and the Carolinas, where the attorneys general split Monday on what they’ll do next.

South Carolina won’t stop supporting the state’s same-sex marriage ban
PinkNews.co.uk, July 29, 2014
South Carolina will continue to fight for the state’s same-sex marriage ban even though a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over the state ruled Virgina’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional on Monday.

Mozilla appoints new CEO following gay marriage controversy
PinkNews.co.uk, July 29, 2014
Mozilla has named their new permanent CEO, after Brendan Eich resigned over his donations to anti-gay marriage campaigns.

Family law bills proposed in California
Sacramento Bee, July 27, 2014
s the rise of nontraditional families leads to disputes under outdated law, California lawmakers returning from summer break will consider bills that seek to update family law.

State attorneys general defy public support for gay marriage
Huffington Post, July 28, 2014
As marriage equality continues to spread from one state in another, a small group of powerful government lawyers is doing everything they can to hold it back. In just the last week, Attorneys General in at least three states have taken steps to fight gay and lesbian citizens.

Wisconsin police chief signs Tea Party leader up to gay dating and porn sites
PinkNews.co.uk, July 28, 2014
A police chief in Wisconsin has pleaded no contest to charges of signing a local Tea Party leader up to gay porn and dating sites.

U.S. judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban
USA Today, July 23, 2014
A federal judge ruled Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional but stayed implementation of his ruling until a higher court can weigh in, leaving the fate of couples who have continued to obtain marriage licenses up in the air.

ExxonMobil accused of unlawful discrimination by LGBT rights group
JDJournal.com, July 24, 2014
ExxonMobil called the complaint “baseless and without merit,” having their spokesperson Scott Silvestri say, “Sexual orientation played no role in the hiring process."

Rubio decries ‘intolerance’ against same-sex marriage opponents
CNN.com, July 23, 2014
Citing a “growing intolerance” against opponents of same-sex marriage, Sen. Marco Rubio argued that those who advocate same-sex marriage need to be more respectful of those who oppose it.

Christian group ‘fasting’ to oppose marriage equality says members can still eat
PinkNews.co.uk, July 24, 2014
Virginia-based Family Foundation announced a coordinated fast earlier this month, in order to influence the US Supreme Court into rejecting same-sex marriage when it hears the first of a series of appeals cases in October. However, the group has since told members that they don’t actually have to give up food at all to take part in the ‘fast.

Obama signs an order to help federal workers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 23, 2014
On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for millions of federal employees and contractors, which will, in his words, bend the “arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction.”

Bill Clinton AIDS conference speech disrupted by protesters
PinkNews.co.uk, July 23, 2014
Bill Clinton’s speech to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne yesterday was disrupted by protesters. However, the speech was disrupted by protesters who want a tax on financial transactions to fund AIDS research, who shouted the former President down.