Marriage Equality

By Gavin Newsom | Our final steps in the long march towards justice.

'It's not about cakes': Stakeholders line up on both sides of SCOTUS religious liberty case

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court won't hear the major religious liberty case until Tuesday, but already hopeful spectators and line-holders are bearing colder temperatures equipped with sleeping bags, coolers and lawn chairs hoping to secure a rare seat in the majestic chamber for what could be one of the …

Equality

Edith Windsor, plaintiff in 2013 same-sex marriage case, dead at 88

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the 2013 United States Supreme Court case that struck down a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, has died at 88, according to her lawyer.<p>Windsor's death was first reported by The New York Times.<p>As the lead plaintiff in the …

Equality

Australia votes on same-sex marriage: What you need to know

<b>(CNN) —</b> Australia is the closest it has ever been to legalizing same-sex marriage.<p>On November 15, the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 61.6% of Australians had voted in favor of legalizing marriage equality as part of a national postal survey.<p>In total, 79.5% of Australian voters took part …

Equality

Trump signs transgender military ban

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a directive reinstating a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military, although it defers to the Pentagon on whether to remove those now in uniform and leaves open the door for it to seek changes.<p>Trump's directive, issued to the Defense and …

Donald Trump

LGBT Community Continues To Feel Targeted In Age Of Trump

A group of LGBT people in Arizona discuss the recent stances the Trump administration has taken related to sexual orientation and gender identity as part of our Kitchen Table Conversation series.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>In the lead-up to this year's inauguration, we spoke with people across …

LGBTQ

Transgender service members sue over Trump ban

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Five active duty transgender service members filed the first lawsuit Wednesday against President Donald Trump's directive -- expressed on Twitter -- to prohibit transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces.<p>The service members, who are not named, all say they have …

James Mattis

The military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would on transgender troops' medical care

On Twitter Wednesday morning President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, citing "medical costs" as the primary driver of the decision.<p>"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs …

Health Care

Former defense secretary Cohen: Trump's transgender policy tweet might have made me quit

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen said Friday that a Twitter announcement of the type President Donald Trump made this week banning transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military would have been enough for him to consider resigning.<p>"I would have called the president, asked for a …

Donald Trump

Exclusive: Majority of Americans support transgender military service

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday.<p>The July 26-28 poll suggested that the country largely disagrees with President Donald Trump's …

U.S. Military: Transgender People Can Serve for Now

"No modifications to the current policy until the President's direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense," said Gen. Dunford<p><b>Update</b>: …

Donald Trump

See how much transgender services really cost the military

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.

Transgender

Organizations, Activists React to Trump's Transgender Soldier Ban

Human Rights Campaign calls transgender ban an "all out assault on service members"<p>The LGBT rights organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) led …

LGBTQ

Trump bans transgender individuals from U.S. military service

Some Republicans, including Sens. Joni Ernst and John McCain, criticize the president's abrupt announcement.<p>President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Wednesday that the U.S. military will not allow transgender individuals to serve “in any capacity,” reversing an Obama-era policy while sparking …

Trump Tower

Gay rights opponent picked as ambassador to Netherlands by Trump

Nomination of Pete Hoekstra, one of Tea Party’s founders, raises eyebrows in first country to legalise gay marriage<p>A gay rights opponent who once appeared in a campaign advert that was accused of being racist and who has claimed that refugees pose a threat to Europe has been named as Donald Trump’s …

Donald Trump

Four Members Sued Over Rainbow Flags

Plaintiff says flag is religious symbol for the ‘homosexual denomination’<p>Four Democratic lawmakers are being sued by an opponent of LGBTQ rights for …

Here's The Speech Jeff Sessions Gave A Religious Freedom Group Trying To Restrict LGBT Rights

The Justice Department refused to release text of the speech or comment on it. But a conservative media outlet published the remarks on Thursday.<p>US Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech on Tuesday night to a private, no-press-allowed gathering of Christian conservatives fighting to …

Rights & Freedoms

Merkel’s ‘Schabowski moment’ on same-sex marriage

BERLIN — A chance comment by Angela Merkel in a debate hosted by Brigitte magazine started a chain reaction that, in the space of less than a week, …

Equality

Trump WH declines to recognize LGBT Pride Month

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has broken with recent precedent by not recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month.<p>The decision marks an end to two of his predecessors' tradition of officially recognizing the month. President Bill Clinton first recognized it in 1999 in commemoration of the …

LGBTQ

Texas Supreme Court Says It's Still Not Clear What Rights Same-Sex Couples Have

A decision on Friday left big questions unanswered.<p>Two years after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, the Texas Supreme Court suggested in an opinion on Friday it was unclear what rights married same-sex couples have, sending a case over spousal …

Equality

Euphoric scenes as Germany legalises same sex marriage

Germany has erupted in jubilant celebration as the country's government voted in favour of same sex marriage.<p>The lower house passed the bill by a …

Equality

High Court To Hear Case Of Cake Shop That Refused To Bake For Same-Sex Wedding

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case on whether the owner of a Colorado cake shop can refuse to provide service to same-sex couples due to his religious beliefs about marriage.<p>Jack Phillips, who along with his wife owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, has argued that a state law …

Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union.<p>The case will be a major test of a clash between laws that ban businesses …

Equality

Politicians not all fun and cheers at the parade

Politicians love any opportunity to shake hands and trumpet a message, and for the mostly left-leaning bunch around the Bay Area the Pride Parade was a perfect occasion for that.<p>It wasn’t all fun and laughs, though. Given Republican control of Congress and the White House, and concern about the …

Jackie Speier

LGBT Trump Supporters Dismayed Over Pride Marches Becoming 'Resist' Events

In more than 50 marches across the states, LGBT people and their allies gathered to stand in solidarity against the Trump administration over the weekend.<p>In Washington, D.C., people gathered in droves. Troy King, a 47-year-old gay man from Atlanta, marched to continue to pressure politicians to …

LGBTQ

LGBT Activism And Gun Control One Year After The Pulse Shooting - 1A

Angel Santiago and Luis Roldan, survivors from Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, speak during a news conference with more than 80 family members …

Gun Control

LGBT community prepares for a march -- and a fight

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains.<p>Gay …

LGBTQ

Same-Sex Marriage Is Not A Western Idea, Says Lead Lawyer In Historic Taiwan Ruling

"It was not easy, but after all, we won."<p>The Constitutional Court ruling, handed down Wednesday, said the part of the Taiwanese Civil Code banning two people of the same sex from marrying violates the freedom of marriage and the right to equality guaranteed in the constitution.<p>The court made its …

Equality

Taiwan becomes the first place in Asia to recognise same-sex marriage

After months of anticipation, protests, and campaigns, Taiwan made history on Wednesday as the first country in Asia to recognise same-sex …

LGBTQ

People are sharing their amazing love stories after Taiwan's same-sex marriage ruling

In a landmark development on Wednesday (May 24), Taiwan's top court issued a ruling that would pave the way for the island to become the first …

Marriage