A federal judge on Feb. 27 ordered Kentucky officials to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued the order throwing out part of the state's ban on gay marriages. Previously the judge, an appointee of President George H.W. Bush, had said the ban on gay marriages treated "gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them."
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Feb. 26 vetoed a "License to Discriminate" bill that Republican legislators delivered to her desk hoping to allow people and businesses to refuse service to gays.
As the middle class struggles to make gains and President Barack Obama strives to shine a spotlight on the issue of income inequality, an unlikely constituency is looking for ways to close the nation's growing wealth gap: A handful of top U.S. business tycoons.
These advocates point to notions of fairness and admit to twinges of guilt, but the core concern driving all of them - left, right and libertarian - is a belief that the economy doesn't function efficiently when the wealth gap is wide. They are proposing solutions that range from pressuring fellow entrepreneurs to pay workers more to simply giving their money back to the government to redistribute.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, in a tweet on Feb. 24, urged Arizona's governor to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is before Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. The measure would allow for individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions to cite religious beliefs as a cause to discriminate against LGBT people and refuse them service.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Feb. 27 announced that public and private health insurance plans regulated by the D.C. government are required to cover transition-related care.
Local activists, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Center for American Progress and D.C. officials worked on the initiative.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled on Feb. 26 that Texas’ ban on marriage for lesbian and gay couples is unconstitutional.
Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten on Feb. 26 became the second county clerk in Illinois to issue marriage licenses to all loving, committed couples.
Equality Illinois, the state's largest and oldest LGBT civil rights group, announced the new development as it restated its call for county clerks across the state to issue licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot.
At least 504,760 signatures were required to force a public vote on the statute approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. The law's opponents submitted 619,387, but county election officers determined that just 487,484 of them were valid, according to a final count posted on the secretary of state's website Monday.
Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and those who see it as racially charged.
The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested the new plate design, and the Georgia Department of Revenue recently approved it. The group's old plate had a small Confederate battle flag. The new one features an additional, larger image in the background that covers the entire plate.
A gay couple from Russia's Olympic city of Sochi has gotten married in Buenos Aires and plans to seek asylum in Argentina.
Alexander Eremeev and Dmitry Zaytsev married at the civil registry in Argentina's capital, accompanied by gay rights activists who say Argentina should provide refuge to people who are being persecuted for their sexual orientation in other countries.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today addressed the National Association of Attorneys General and informed — or reminded — the attorneys general representing the states that discriminatory laws don't need defending.
Holder delivered his message following an introduction from Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, who is defending the state's discriminatory measures barring same-sex couples from marriage and thus denying them the many rights and benefits associated with marriage. Van Hollen is defending the state constitutional amendment against gay marriage in a legal challenge brought by the ACLU of Wisconsin.
A Wichita-based tea party group has launched an email campaign urging its members to pepper state lawmakers with messages in support of a bill that allows service refusal to same-sex couples on religious grounds.
Craig Gabel, leader of Kansans for Liberty, sent a message addressed to “conservative activists” asking them to contact senators who are refusing to allow a vote on a house bill dubbed the Kansas Religious Freedom Act, The Wichita Eagle reported.