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Robert Gates, America's Unlikely Gay-Rights Hero

The former secretary of defense lobbied for the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” and has now ended the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay scoutmasters.

Eagle Scout. Young Republican. CIA recruit. Air Force officer. CIA director. Secretary of defense.

It’s not the resume of a radical civil-rights campaigner, …

Robert Gates

Reno mayor apologizes for LGBT flag replacing American flag above city hall

The mayor of Reno, Nev., reportedly apologized after the American flag was replaced atop city hall with an LGBT flag.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Mayor Hillary Schieve had asked that the rainbow pride flag be hung at city hall during gay pride events over the weekend.

But in the process of …

LGBT

Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect …

LGBT

Mormon Church to ‘Re-Evaluate’ Relationship After Boy Scouts End Gay Ban

The Church says its relationship with the Scouts "will need to be examined"

The Boy Scouts of America’s decision on Monday to lift a ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees has “deeply troubled” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that institution announced.

The church has had a …

LGBT

Boy Scouts Expected to Lift Ban on Gay Adult Leaders

The Boy Scouts of America could begin allowing gay adult leaders into its ranks Monday, when the group's executive board considers a resolution seeking to overturn its longstanding ban on sexual orientation.

The resolution was approved earlier this month by the Boy Scouts' national executive …

LGBT

A Quiet Triumph for Gay Workers

There may not have been much fanfare, but last week’s decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was hugely important.

Gay Americans can now get married in the morning and then, in the afternoon, just for being gay, their employers can fire them. Is doing so legal? Up until last week, …

Gay Rights

Will Congress Protect Gay Rights Beyond Marriage?

Democrats propose sweeping new protections against discrimination, as some Republicans back a bill that would apply to employment and housing.

For gay-rights advocates, if there was any conceivable downside to their definitive victory at the Supreme Court last month, it was the sense of finality …

Marriage

An Ambiguous Victory for Gay Rights in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights says Italy must recognize same-sex unions. Will the ruling reverberate across the continent?

L’amore vince. Sort of. This week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy that Italy is obligated to legally recognize …

Europe

It Looks Like the Boy Scouts Will (Kind of) End Their Ban on Gay Leaders

According to a new report from the Times.

​You can expect the Boy Scouts of America to finally get rid of their blanket ban on gay leaders, according to The New York Times​. Well, kind of. The ​Times ​notes that, yes, the Scouts organization will on Monday allow gay adults to serve as den leaders, …

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Obama lectures Kenyan president on gay rights

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama on Saturday lectured Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about his country's gay rights record.

"When you start treating people differently …

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Obama lectures Kenyan president on gay rights

Story highlights

Obama equated legalized discrimination of gays to legalized racism in America
• Under Kenyan law, sexual activity between men is illegal and punishable with a maximum imprisonment of 14 years

(CNN)President Barack Obama on Saturday lectured Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about his …

Gay Rights

Will Congress Protect Gay Rights Beyond Marriage?

Democrats propose sweeping new protections against discrimination, as some Republicans back a bill that would apply to employment and housing.

For gay-rights advocates, if there was any conceivable downside to their definitive victory at the Supreme Court last month, it was the sense of finality …

Marriage

Texas Supreme Court Orders Houston LGBT Ordinance To Be Repealed Or Put On Ballot

The vote would be in November 2015.

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Houston City Council to repeal an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance it passed in 2014 or put a referendum opponents had sought on this November’s ballot.

In the Friday decision, the court gave Houston officials a month …

Texas Supreme Court

Lawmakers to Introduce Historic LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills

After marriage equality, the fight for full civil rights begins

On Thursday, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. David Cicilline are set to propose historically broad non-discrimination bills that will protect Americans from losing their jobs—or from being evicted from their apartment or other forms of …

Civil Liberties

Olson, Boies call for new federal LGBT protections

Updated 7/22/15 7:06 PM EDT

Ted Olson and David Boies, the prominent attorneys who helped overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban, are backing a new federal law that would extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT Americans.

Olson, a Republican former solicitor general under President George …

Gay Rights

Ted Cruz Calls Gay Marriage Ruling The 'Very Definition Of Tyranny'

Sen. Ted Cruz argued for term limits on the Supreme Court justices. | Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claims the recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare are the "very definition of tyranny."

The 2016 presidential candidate, who chairs …

LGBT

Gay Marriage and the Future of Evangelical Colleges

Now that same-sex couples have the right to wed, will higher-ed institutions that condemn LGBT students still be eligible for federal funding?

Updated on July 14, 2015

Page 15 of the new student handbook of Cedarville University tells students to obey “the laws of the land.” However, there’s at least …

Marriage

Who Is the Highest Person in America?

We may soon find out, thanks to a new app that aims to rank weed-users.

The writing is on the wall. The smoke is in the air. Before we know it, marijuana will be 100% legal from sea to shining sea. This means there's about to be a whole new market in which enterprising companies can start printing …

Marijuana

Same-Sex Couple In Hillary Clinton's Launch Video Gets Married

One of the same-sex couples featured in Hillary Clinton's presidential launch video married in Chicago on Sunday.

In the video, which Clinton released in April to announce her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson appear together holding hands and announce …

Hillary Clinton
Republicans

AP Poll: Sharp divisions after high court backs gay marriage

NEW YORK (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

The poll also found a near-even split over …

Marriage

Scott Walker: 'I Don't Know' If People Are Born Gay Or If It's A Choice

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he “doesn’t know” whether being gay is a choice or if people are born gay.

Walker, the front-runner in polls of the Iowa caucus, made this declaration amid questions from CNN’s Dana …

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Scott Walker: 'I don't know' if being gay a choice

(CNN) — In a weekend interview with Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker about whether the Boy Scouts should allow gay troop leaders, CNN's Dana Bash asked Walker, "Do you think being gay is a choice?"

"I don't have an opinion on every single issue out there. To me, that's, I don't know," …

Scott Walker

Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage after supreme court ruling

The supreme court’s ruling last month legalising same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

The poll also found a near-even split over whether local …

Marriage

Supreme Court judge thinks uproar over gay marriage ruling is similar to flag burning controversy in the '80s

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies about judicial security and independence before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 14, 2007.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday likened controversy over the court's decision …

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Justice Kennedy compares gay marriage uproar to flag burning

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday likened controversy over the court's decision to allow gay marriage to public reaction over the 1989 ruling that said burning an American flag was protected free speech.

Kennedy, who was the deciding vote in both cases, described how the …

LGBT

Scott Walker Supports Boy Scouts' Ban On Gay Adults Because It 'Protects' Children

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker didn't mince words on Monday's news that the Boy Scouts of America had come one step closer to ending their ban on gay adult participants.

The Republican presidential hopeful, who has proudly referenced his years as a Boy Scout in past speeches and interviews, told …

Scott Walker

LGBT children's books survive banning attempt in Texas library

An attempt to ban two LGBT-themed children's books from a Granbury, Texas, public library has failed, with Hood County commissioners declining to vote on the issue, WFAA-TV reports.

The books in question, "My Princess Boy" and "This Day in June," were challenged by dozens of Hood County residents …

Texas

Hillary Clinton video pushes pathway to citizenship

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton continued to amplify her support for a pathway to citizenship, particularly for young Latino immigrants commonly known as DREAMers, in a new campaign video released Wednesday morning.

In the video, called "Sueños" or "Dreams," Clinton is seen meeting with a small group of …

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