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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Carolina won’t stop supporting the state’s same-sex marriage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
group ‘fasting’ to oppose marriage equality says members can
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.
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.”
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.
moves to protect LGBT federal contractors and employees
Washington Post, July 21, 2014
The executive order President Obama is scheduled to sign today protecting
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) federal contractors is as
notable for what it says as what it explicitly does not say. There will
be no additional exemptions for religious entities.
wins delay in recognizing same-sex marriages
CNN.com, July 18, 2014
Utah officials for the time being do not have to formally recognize hundreds
of same-sex marriages performed last December and earlier this year, after
the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted the state's request for a delay.
Hillary Clinton’s same-sex marriage stance has split gay supporters
The Daily Beast, July 21, 2014
She’d leave the decision to states, though many activists—and
a growing number of Americans—view it as a constitutional right.
Can she keep everyone on board for 2016?
pressured to omit religious exemption in LGBT order
Washington Blade, July 18, 2014
A growing number of voices are calling on President Obama to omit a religious
exemption in his planned executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination
among federal contractors.
same-sex marriage ban overturned
Huffington Post, July 18, 2014
Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban has been overturned. On Friday, the Tenth
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling that struck down the
state's same-sex marriage ban.
opens up same-sex marriage in one Florida county
PinkNews.co.uk, July 18, 2014
A judge in the Florida Keys has ruled in favour of same-sex marriage,
overturning its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
court affirms pre-gay marriage rights
KRMG.com, July 16, 2014
Connecticut's highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of
same-sex couples predate the state's approvals of civil unions in 2005
and gay marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the
first of its kind in the country.