Five lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses in Forrest County, Miss., this week, knowing they would be denied.
The action on Jan. 2 was part of a national group's campaign to gain equality for LGBT people. The "Campaign for Southern Equality" is based in Asheville, N.C.
Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin took the oath of office in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 3, becoming the first openly gay person to serve in that chamber.
In the House, six out representatives were sworn in on Jan. 3 – Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, David Cicilline, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and Kyrsten Sinema – while Barney Frank ended his long career in Congress.
Shiver me timbers! Israel’s newest political party has more than a platform – it’s got a plank.
The Israel Pirate Party is one of 34 lists competing in the country’s Jan. 22 parliamentary election. While only a dozen or so have a realistic chance of getting elected, many Israelis fed up with existential issues like the conflict with the Palestinians and possible war with Iran are seeking sanctuary with some of the quirkier parties.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Jan. 2 reached an agreement with Bank of America, which was accused of discriminating against a lesbian couple.
The agreement settles the claim that the mortgage lender refused to provide financing to the couple because the women are lesbians.
The long debate over gay marriage in Rhode Island intensified Jan. 2 with lawmakers in both the House and Senate finalizing legislation that would allow same-sex couples to wed. The bill was filed in the House on Jan. 3 in the only New England state where gay marriage is not legal.
Rhode Island Rep. Art Handy, D-Cranston, spent Jan. 2 asking lawmakers to co-sponsor his marriage bill. Democratic Sen. Joshua Miller said legislation should be introduced in the Senate as well. House Speaker Gordon Fox, a Democrat, has said he hopes to call a vote on the issue in the House by the end of the month.
The National Organization for Marriage on Jan. 3 vowed to campaign against any Republican in Illinois who supports marriage equality.
The threat comes as lawmakers in the state are considering legislation to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Votes could happen as early as today.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate, voted for the “fiscal cliff” compromise that raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul voted against it. And Vice President Joe Biden helped broker the deal with GOP leaders in the Senate.
As Congress closed out its term this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused fellow Republicans of showing “callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state” by not holding a vote on Superstorm Sandy aid. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined him in the rebuke.
Chicago Cardinal Francis George opened 2013 with a renewed campaign against equality in Illinois. George and six bishops, leaders of the Catholic Church in Illinois, released a letter saying legalizing gay marriage is against nature and God.
Illinois Democrats hope to deliver a gay marriage bill to Gov. Pat Quinn this month, possibly as early as next week. The legislation is called the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act because the bill does not require religious institutions to celebrate same-sex marriages or their leaders to officiate at gay weddings.
A measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois cleared its first hurdle this afternoon after a state Senate committee approved it on a vote of 8–5.
With the Senate Executive Committee’s stamp of approval, the measure heads next to a vote by the full Senate. At this point, it’s unclear when that vote will occur.
A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is fighting state efforts to force him to pay support for a child conceived through artificial insemination.
William Marotta told The Topeka Capital-Journal newspaper he’s “a little scared about where this is going to go, primarily for financial reasons.” He said the case has already cost him 10 percent of his annual salary.
Two prominent Republican Party leaders on Jan. 2 endorsed marriage equality legislation in Illinois.
Equality Illinois, the state's largest LGBT civil rights group, said Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady has given his "full support" to the legislation pending in Springfield. Brady, according to a news release, was contacting GOP lawmakers to urge them to vote for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
With reggae music pumping in the background and flashing disco-style lights, members of the recreational pot club lit up in celebration of the new year – and a new place to smoke legally among friends.
Club 64, in an industrial area just north of downtown Denver, opened at 4:20 p.m. on Monday, with some 200 people signed up. The opening came less than 24 hours after organizers announced they would charge a $29.99 admission price for the bring-your-own pot club.