Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Hillary Hall displayed her independent streak in early July, defying a cease-and-desist order from the Colorado attorney general and continuing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
An international anti-gay hate group will hold its first worldwide conference in the U.S. next year — a four-day gathering in Utah.
The Rockford, Illinois-based World Congress of Families has about 40 partner organizations, including the Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America. The organization says it brings together people of different religions and ethnicities to promote the "natural human family," which it defines as a man and woman raising children with love and discipline.
A Florida trial court in Miami on July 2 will hear oral arguments on a motion filed by six same-sex couples and Equality Florida Institute challenging Florida laws barring same-sex couples from marriage. The couples will ask the court to strike down the state’s marriage ban and order the state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
The plaintiffs argue that Florida’s ban on marriage equality cannot stand in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who was pulled over and interrogated after her bumper sticker caught the attention of Indianapolis police officers. The ACLU alleges a violation of the woman's First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights.
The complaint says that on June 17, Pamela Konchinsky of Indianapolis was turning into the Merchants Garage on South Meridian Street in her silver Toyota minivan when two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers entered the garage behind her. One of the officers told Konchinsky that she was being detained because of a bumper sticker taped to the rear window of her minivan, which read: "Unmarked Police Car." The officer told Konchinsky that people would think she was impersonating a police officer and that someone might shoot her.
The retail giant Target on July 2 asked customers to not bring firearms to its stores.
The announcement made on a company blog was from interim CEO John Mulligan, who has been the focus of a petition drive coordinated by a grassroots group of moms opposed to people carrying guns in a store where adult shoppers often are accompanied by children.
Posting intimate pictures or videos online of former romantic partners as a form or revenge will carry criminal penalties in Colorado as of July 1.
Colorado was one of about two dozen states this year that considered bills addressing the trend of so-called revenge porn.
President Barack Obama announced on June 30 that he instructed his staff to prepare not one but two executive orders intended to protect LGBT workers.
One order, previously announced, would ban federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 ruled that some for-profit private corporations, including the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, can deny coverage of birth control to their employees based on the religious beliefs of the business owners.
The 5-4 decision of the court brought this reaction from Tanya Atkinson, vice president of public affairs and education at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: “The decision to use birth control is a woman’s personal decision and her boss should not be able to interfere with her ability to access this important health benefit. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin remains focused on making sure that women have access to the method of birth control that is best for them, without cost or other hurdles standing in the way.”
The Humane Society of the United States is urging the adoption of humane programs for resolving conflicts with geese after learning that an Illinois homeowner's association had 60 Canada geese and goslings rounded up and killed last Friday.
The humane society said such efforts might include:
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II on July 1 struck down Kentucky’s prohibition on the performance of marriages between same-sex couples.
It was Heyburn's second ruling for marriage equality.
President Barack Obama, with the first lady by his side, encouraged those gathered for the White House's LGBT Pride celebration to work for other progressive causes.
The president praised those assembled at the White House for June 30 for their passion and drive for equal rights for LGBT people.