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By Gavin Newsom | Our final steps in the long march towards justice.
WASHINGTON -- Indiana's Republican leaders said they were shocked, confused and completely caught off-guard by the backlash to their new "religious freedom" law, telling reporters Monday that they had not expected criticism calling the measure anti-gay.
"I don't think anyone anticipated that the …Gay Rights
In a straightforward WaPo op-ed, Cook calls Indiana's recent "religious freedom" law discriminatory and "dangerous"
Apple head Tim Cook published a to-the-point op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday, criticizing the spate of discriminatory so-anti-LGBT measures that have been introduced and passed …Tim Cook
The debate over same-sex marriage isn’t actually over yet, but opponents are already turning their attention to state non-discrimination laws.
New state laws opening the door to discrimination against same-sex couples are here to stay—but that doesn't mean they'll work.
Even if (and likely when) the …U.S. State Supreme Courts
"We're not going to change this law"
(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that’s garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn’t a mistake to have enacted it.
Pence appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George …Republicans
“Michigan’s definition of marriage is based, as the public institution has been for millennia, on the fact that children are born only to opposite-sex couples,” lawyers for the state tell the justices. Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee lawyers also filed briefs defending similar bans on …Marriage
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's decision to sign into law a measure that could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom" has left the NCAA fretting ahead of next week's men's basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.
"We are especially concerned about how this …Republicans
GOP governor plans to sign legislation allowing denial of services to LGBT people
Indiana will soon allow individuals and businesses to deny services to LGBT people, joining a growing movement to permit anti-LGBT discrimination on the grounds of “religious liberty.”
In a mostly party-line vote on …Discrimination
After two decades together, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur married in 2013, as Arthur was dying from ALS. Ohio doesn’t recognize their marriage. Next month, the Supreme Court will decide if it must.
CINCINNATI — The plane was only on the ground a matter of minutes. Just enough time for wedding vows …Marriage
Russia is attempting to stop the United Nations extending staff benefits to same-sex spouses.
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, announced in July 2014 it would recognise same-sex marriages among its 43,000 staff worldwide, allowing them to receive the same benefits as their heterosexual …Rights & Freedoms
SAN JUAN, March 20 (Reuters) - The Puerto Rican government will no longer defend a law that bans same-sex couples from marrying and does not recognize the validity of such marriages performed in other jurisdictions, the U.S. commonwealth's attorney general announced on Friday.
The announcement …LGBT
While state officials have announced who will be presenting the defense of same-sex marriage bans to the justices, lawyers for the plaintiffs have proposed splitting the arguments among the four legal teams. The marriage equality side also has not named who will be arguing on April 28.
WASHINGTON — …Marriage
Court rulings upholding marriage equality are "a real danger to our liberty," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a radio interview Monday.
In response, Cruz told WHO radio host Jan Mickelson, he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to allow states to ban same-sex marriage.
"We have seen judges, …Constitutional Law
While more than 70 percent of U.S. states now allow same-sex marriage, the waves of change have yet to reach America's far-flung and socially conservative territories in the Caribbean and Pacific.
Of the five territories, only Puerto Rico has faced a lawsuit seeking the right for gay and lesbian …Marriage
Almost six in ten Americans say they favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into same-sex marriages, the highest level of support ever recorded in a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
In the new survey released Monday, 59 percent of Americans said that they favor same-sex marriages while …Marriage
Jo Becker offers perspective on surging acceptance—and continued obstacles—in the fight for marriage equality.
Same-sex marriage remains a hot-button issue for fictional politicians. House of Cards, for example, recently inserted a testy exchange between actor Kevin Spacey's President Frank …Same-Sex Marriage
For the second time, Ken Mehlman is leading a Supreme Court brief in support of marriage equality. The signatories include a number of officials from Romney’s 2012 campaign.
WASHINGTON — For the second time, Ken Mehlman — the one-time head of the Republican National Committee — is gathering notable …Marriage
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage Friday, despite some speculation in recent days that he may be warming to the idea of marriage equality.
If Bush runs for president, some of his closest aides will be individuals who are strong …Marriage
A scientific breakthrough could offer new hope to same-sex couples and anyone suffering from infertility issues.
Babies with two biological same-sex parents could be a reality in just two years.
Pioneering stem cell research undertaken at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Weizmann Institute …Genetics
Mike Bowers says he is a different man today than he was 30 years ago, when he went to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep Georgia’s sodomy ban alive. Bowers talks with BuzzFeed News about religious liberty bills, marriage equality, and the 1986 sodomy ban case that bears his name.
WASHINGTON — If any …Constitutional Law
Legislators had a little party at the capitol to honor the anniversary of the state's same-sex marriage ban
Texas officials are already trying their damnedest to un-marry the state’s first-ever legally married same-sex couple, but it seems that for several lawmakers, it’s simply not enough to make …
Dan Innis ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2014.
WASHINGTON — Dan Innis, the married gay man who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in New Hampshire, was confirmed to be a member of the state Republican Party’s leadership on Monday night.
New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn appointed …New Hampshire
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrate defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state's Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court Friday why it should rule their nuptials invalid.
The marriage license given to two Austin women — who succeeded by …
An Austin couple tied the knot Thursday after getting an emergency license—but the state supreme court quickly blocked any more nuptials.
Forget the Lone Star State—as of Thursday, Texas is the lone-marriage state, with a single, legally wed gay couple.
It's a strange turn of events, and it's unclear …Texas
Though most county probate judges in Alabama are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the fight over the matter continues to simmer in state and federal courts, fueled by two conservative groups that have asked the state’s Supreme Court to halt the practice.
The groups’ emergency …Marriage
"We'll be making history"
Two women were legally married in Austin, Texas Thursday morning, becoming the first gay couple to wed in the state.
Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who have been together almost 31 years, said their vows outside the Travis County Clerk’s Office, the Austin Statesman …Texas
A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that she broke a state anti-discrimination law.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian nonprofit advocacy group, said the ruling threatened the financial ruin of …Weddings
The Texas Supreme Court late Thursday imposed a stay on county court rulings striking down the state's gay marriage ban hours after a lesbian couple became the first to wed in the Lone Star state.
A short statement on the state supreme court website said the justices had issued a special order.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas county issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple on Thursday in what may be the first legal certification for a gay couple in the state, which has a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only being between a man and a woman.
A Travis County clerk said …
The Lone Star state could be next up to embrace marriage equality
History has been made in the Lone Star state: A Texas county clerk issued the state’s first same-sex marriage license on Thursday, following a Travis County court ruling earlier in the week that declared the state’s ban on same-sex …