Illinois' largest statewide LGBT civil rights group is calling on county clerks throughout the state to follow a federal court ruling from last week.
In that ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said denying same-sex couples immediate access to marriage was unconstitutional and she ordered Cook County to begin issuing marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.
Lambda Legal has filed a federal class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Louisiana against BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, which will no longer accept the federally-funded premium subsidies that enable low-income Louisianans living with HIV to purchase health insurance.
Two other insurers were included as defendants — Louisiana Health Cooperative and Vantage Health Plan.
The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
The 33-27 vote by the House on Feb. 21 sends the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and puts Arizona back at the forefront of a polarizing piece of legislation four years after the state enacted an immigration crackdown that caused a national furor.
Oregon's attorney general today (Feb. 20) said she will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
The following is the statement Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Roseblum delivered today:
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
Amnesty International, the global human rights group, called the measure "a draconian and damaging piece of legislation."
A federal judge on Feb. 21 said there's no reason for same-sex couples in Cook County to wait until June to marry.
Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January.
The weather is warm at this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, yet U.S.-Russian relations are still in the deep freeze.
Back in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Russia’s top diplomat a red button labeled “reset” to symbolize how U.S. relations had thawed — even though it was mistranslated into Russian.
Jason Collins heard his name called by Nets coach Jason Kidd early in the second quarter and headed to the scorer's table to check in.
When he walked onto the court, Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in the NBA.
He understood the significance attached to his appearance in an NBA game, but he had a job to do.
No glitzy gold, no rich velvet, no regal fur. Pope Francis’ pared down papal wardrobe of sensible black shoes and a white cassock so thin you can see his black trousers through it is a perfect fit for his call for simplicity and humility among his clergy.
The pope’s personal style — which earned him Esquire magazine’s “Best Dressed Man of 2013” award — and his broader message of sobriety will be put to the test this weekend, when he inducts 19 prelates into the College of Cardinals, placing the three-cornered red silk biretta on the heads of the new “princes of the church.”
Sows confined in cramped cages known as gestation crates were fed ground up intestines from piglets who had recently succumbed to a highly contagious diarrheal disease, an undercover expose of Iron Maiden Hog Farm in Owensboro, Ky., revealed.
The Humane Society of the United States conducted the investigation and released the undercover video.
There’s one big reason the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won’t allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment.
The phenomenon started nine years ago when the EU banned the export of products used for execution, citing its goal to be the “leading institutional actor and largest donor to the fight against the death penalty.” Beefed up European rules mean the results are being most strongly felt in the United States, with controversial executions making headlines.