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Simpson backs gay marriage in ad

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, is making the case for a “live and let live” approach to same-sex marriage in a new television ad buy targeting Western states, just as a federal appeals court in Denver prepares to take up the issue later this week.<p>“Whether you’re gay or lesbian or straight, …

6 most absurd things the Christian right has blamed on gays

<b>Two f5 tornadoes strike a highway in Alabama.</b><p>Evangelicals point to homosexuality as a cause for everything from autism to tornadoes — and they’re getting worse<p>Evan McMurry<p>April 11, 2014 12:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>“We have displeased the Lord and the earth is going to …

10 weirdest things the Christian right thinks will turn your kids gay

<b>(Warner Brothers)</b><p>Did you know that the pro-gay agenda is being promoted by penguins? How about Harry Potter? You’ve been warned<p>Katie Halper<p>March 29, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>According to some, the Oscar-winning animated kids’ film is not the charming, comedic …

Minister suspended 30 days for officiating at son's gay wedding

A day after convicting a Pennsylvania pastor of breaking church law by officiating at his son's same-sex marriage, a Methodist jury suspended the Rev. Frank Schaefer for 30 days and told him he should surrender his credentials if he could not follow church doctrine.<p>The jury, made up of 13 pastors, …

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I Do! New Jersey Gay Couples Get Married (Photos)

12:01 A.M.<p>It’s about time New Jersey got on board with the gay marriage business bonanza. Gay marriage became legal at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and nine …

7 Companies That Don't Support Gay Rights

<b>By Amanda Chatel for YourTango.com</b><p>You'd think in 2013, with DOMA having been found unconstitutional, people would step into the present and accept the future. That future being, of course, that, and you're going to want to sit down for this revelation: gay men and women are people, too! …

Transgender name changes made easier by new law

<b>Sacramento</b> --<p>The public and costly process for transgender people to legally change the name and gender on their California birth certificate will be streamlined under a law Gov. Jerry Brown signed Tuesday.<p>Equality California Executive Director John O'Connor said the legislation is "a huge victory …

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Gay political icon Harvey Milk gets his own stamp

<b>San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk (Associated Press)</b><p>Milk will be the first openly LGBTQ elected official to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp<p>Katie McDonough<p>October 11, 2013 1:37pm (UTC)<p>Former San Francisco city supervisor and gay political icon Harvey Milk, who was assassinated more than 30 …

The Hidden War Against Gay Teens

A strange thing happened to Tristan at the end of eighth grade: He received a Facebook message from someone he didn’t know who seemed, somehow, to …

Betty Crocker Supports Gay Families In Heartwarming Video

What a sweet surprise, and just in time for National Coming Out Day!<p>Betty Crocker released a heartwarming video today showcasing not only the company's support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, but a commitment to highlighting and celebrating the diversity of families. The …

Guest Post: Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Happy day after National Peanut Butter Day! In retrospect, I should have shared this post yesterday but it wasn't until it was too late that we …

Tchaikovsky was not gay, says Russian culture minister

Russia's culture minister has denied that composer Peter Tchaikovsky was gay, discarding what has long been regarded as historical fact. Vladimir Medinsky claimed that there was no evidence to suggest the 19th-century composer was anything other than a lonely man who failed to find a suitable woman …

Gay Men Can't Donate Blood, but Some Are Trying Anyway

Since the 80s, men who have had sexual contact with other men (even if it was just one time) have been banned from donating blood in the US by the FDA as a response to fears that allowing gay/bisexual/DTF men to share their blood would give everyone...<p><i>A gay man attempting to donate blood in Los</i> …

Maggie Gallagher, Leading Gay Marriage Opponent: 'I Would Love Nothing More Than To Be Wrong'

When Pope Francis urged Catholics to "find a new balance," saying that the Catholic Church had grown "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage and contraception, he might have been talking about Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that has long led the …

Gay Would-Be College Kids With Homophobic Parents: Consider Indiana U.

As students return to colleges around America, money is on a lot of minds. But gay students can face especially tricky choices if their parents …

Pope Francis Excommunicates Australian Priest Who Advocated For Gay Marriage And Female Clergy

On the heels of Pope Francis' groundbreaking remarks faulting the Roman Catholic Church for being overly focused on homosexuality and abortion, news has emerged that the pontiff ordered the excommunication of a priest who advocated for women's rights and gay marriage.<p>Melbourne-based news site The …

New York's Metropolitan Opera Season Opens With Gay Protest

"SUPPORT RUSSIAN GAYS!" the sign outside the high-society event declared, as Queer Nation NY and others protested — inside and outside — over the Met's refusal to dedicate Monday night's event to Russia's LGBT population. One more front in the fight against Russia's anti-LGBT laws.<p>Gelb added, …

How New Jersey Used the DOMA Ruling to Legalize Gay Marriage

Marina Koren<p>Sept. 27, 2013, 12:25 p.m.<p>A New Jer­sey judge ruled Fri­day to leg­al­ize gay mar­riage in the state, or­der­ing state of­fi­cials to …

Barilla chairman walks back anti-gay statements

World’s largest pasta manufacturer finds itself in controversy after chairman’s homophobic comments<p>Elias Isquith<p>September 26, 2013 6:51pm (UTC)<p>As reported by Grub Street, pasta giant Barilla is in full-on damage control mode after chairman Guido Barilla said in an interview that the company would …

Former President George H.W. Bush a witness at same-sex marriage

That's one way to make a presidential endorsement: George H.W. Bush was a witness to a same-sex marriage in Maine over the weekend.<p>A photo posted on Facebook by one of the brides, Helen Thorgalsen, showed the 41st president -- in his wheelchair and a typically eye-grabbing pair of blue and red …