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Illinois marriage equality advocates vow to call a vote

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 27 May 2013 11:23

With the Illinois General Assembly nearing the end of its spring session, gay rights advocates are vowing to call a vote at any moment to make Illinois the 13th state to embrace same-sex marriage.

When the year began, proponents were pushing to make Illinois the first state in the Midwest to etch gay marriage into law by legislative vote. But since the Illinois Senate voted in favor on Valentine's Day, it's remained unclear whether supporters are one or a dozen votes shy of the 60 needed to pass it in the Illinois House.

Hobby Lobby goes to court to challenge birth control mandate

Written by The AP Friday, 24 May 2013 09:18

In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. asked a federal appeals court on May 23 for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.

The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain argued that businesses – not just the currently exempted religious groups – should be allowed to seek exception from that section of the health law if it violates their religious beliefs.

NYPD arrests suspect in anti-gay attack

Written by The AP Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:26

A suspect was arrested on May 22 in an assault in Manhattan's East Village that police say was one of several anti-gay attacks recently.

Gornell Roman was arrested on charges of assault and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes.

Hatchet-wielding hitchhiker arrested in N.J. homicide

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 May 2013 06:53

Two cups of coffee ended life on the run for an Internet sensation known as Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker.

An employee at a Starbucks in Philadelphia is credited with recognizing 24-year-old Caleb “Kai” McGillvary, whose fledgling celebrity took a turn toward notoriety when authorities announced this week that he was wanted in the beating death of a New Jersey lawyer three times his age.

Thousands protest marriage equality in France

Written by The AP Monday, 27 May 2013 06:58

Tens of thousands of people protested against France's new gay marriage law in central Paris on May 26, and police clashed with right-wing demonstrators.

The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President Francois Hollande, who had made legalizing gay marriage one of his keynote campaign pledges in last year's election.

Ukrainian court cancels gay Pride

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 24 May 2013 05:14

A Ukrainian court on May 23 banned what would have been Ukraine's first-ever gay Pride celebration, upholding a suit by city authorities, who argued the rally would disturb annual Kiev Day celebrations and could spark violence.

The ruling dashed the hopes of Ukraine's LGBT community, which planned to use the event to fight discrimination and derogatory stereotypes of gays. Last year, organizers canceled the event at the last minute when skinheads gathered at its planned location, intent on beating up the participants. Still, two leading activists were brutally beaten by radicals in subsequent weeks.

Exxon Mobil accused of anti-LGBT discrimination

Written by The AP Thursday, 23 May 2013 06:27

Exxon Mobil faces an anti-gay discrimination complaint in Illinois.

One after another, major U.S. corporations have updated anti-discrimination policies to protect gay, lesbian and transgender workers, drawing plaudits from gay-rights groups. There's one prominent exception: Exxon Mobil Corp.

British House of Commons passes marriage equality bill

Written by WiG Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:36

The British House of Commons passed the marriage equality bill – known as the same sex couples bill - on May 21.

The vote on the third reading of the legislation was 366 votes to 161 votes.

Puerto Rico's House passes sweeping LGBT civil rights bill

Written by WiG Friday, 24 May 2013 16:45

The Puerto Rican House of Representatives today (May 24) approved anti-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT people in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations and private entities.

The Senate approved the bill in a 15-11 vote last week, and Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has vowed to sign the measure into law.

Boy Scouts of America to allow gay boys as members

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 23 May 2013 16:15

Gay Eagle Scout Will Oliver delivers petitions. Photo – GLAAD

The Boy Scouts of America's national council today (May 23) voted to end the organization's longstanding ban against gay boys.

Texas judge says lesbian couple can't live together

Written by lisa neff Wednesday, 22 May 2013 07:14

A judge has ruled that a North Texas lesbian couple can't live together because of a morality clause in one of the women's divorce papers.

The clause is common in divorce cases in Texas and other states. It prevents a divorced parent from having a romantic partner spend the night while children are in the home. If the couple marries, they can get out from under the legal provision - but that is not an option for gay couples in Texas, where such marriages aren't recognized.

Peace Corps to welcome same-sex couples for service

Written by WiG Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:42

The Peace Corps will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas.

Deputy director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said Same-sex couples may begin the application process starting on June 3.