The partisan gap over same-sex marriage continues to widen, with 65 percent of Democrats now supporting it compared to 24 percent of Republicans, according to poll released this week by the Pew Research Center.
The poll found an increase in support among Democrats since President Barack Obama announced in May that he favors same-sex marriage. In April, a Pew poll gauged support among Democrats at 59 percent.
The director of the cult classic film “The Matrix" has become the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender.
In promoting her new, highly anticipated film “Cloud Atlas,” Lana Wachowski, who formerly worked under the name Larry Wachowski, is making her first public appearances since transitioning. With her hair styled in candy-pink dreadlocks, Wachowski appeared in a promotional video with her brother Andy Wachowski and director Tom Tykwer. The three co-directed the new film.
Pioneering U.S. astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. At the end of an obituary that she co-wrote with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, they disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years.
As details emerged after Ride’s death, it became clear that a circle of family, friends and co-workers had long known of the same-sex relationship and embraced it. For millions of others, who admired Ride as the first American woman in space, it was a revelation – and it sparked a spirited discussion about privacy vs. public candor in regard to sexual orientation.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos made a $2.5 million donation to keep same-sex unions legal in Washington state, becoming the latest in a list of high-profile executives to take public stands on a hot U.S. election issue.
Bezos joins Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and companies like Starbucks Inc. and Nike Inc. with support to the campaign to uphold Washington’s law. And while fast-food chain Chick-fil-A set off a furor opposing same-sex unions this month, other companies – including big names like General Mills and Nabisco – are brushing off fears that support for gay marriage could hurt their bottom line.
Gore Vidal, the gay novelist, essayist and playwright, died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.
Vidal’s career spanned 60 years and will be remembered as much for his outspokenness and scorn for popular culture and politics as for writing.
Support for same-sex marriage is part of the Democratic Party’s preliminary platform, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
The openly gay Frank is a member of the Democrats’ platform drafting committee, which met in Minneapolis over the weekend. The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Frank’s office had confirmed the committee agreed on draft language supporting marriage equality.
A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black.
Charles and Te'Andrea Wilson say they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they say they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some members of the church complained about the black couple having a wedding there.
Recent efforts to restrict Missouri students’ classroom or library access to certain books have met with mixed results, new research by the University of Missouri School of Journalism shows.
Bans or restrictions have been considered on more than 50 books in 32 Missouri school districts since 2008. Graduate journalism students relied on more than 560 public records requests to compile the data.
A U.S. District Judge in Connecticut, writing a 104-page decision, on Tuesday ruled that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violates the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant, named to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, is the latests of several court ruling against DOMA. The law, which denies federal health and other benefits to same-sex couples, is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
YouGov BrandIndex, which tracks public perceptions about name brands worldwide, says Chick-fil-A’s consumer approval rating has nosedived since revelations that the fast food chain gave more than $2 million to anti-gay hate groups in 2010.
The company’s steepest slide seemed to follow remarks made by company president Dan Cathy, who told the Baptist Press that marriage equality is “inviting God's judgment.”
Sarah Palin posted a tweet and Facebook photo last night showing her and husband Todd holding Chick-fil-A bags while she gives a thumbs up.
“Stopped by Chick-fil-A in The Woodlands to support a great business,” the former Republican veep candidate tweeted from @SarahPalinUSA.
The U.S. Department of Education will host the third annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Aug. 6-7 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The summit, according to a release from the White House, will focus on "ensuring that anti-bullying efforts are coordinated and based on the best available research."