The National Organization for Marriage, the nonprofit that for years has lead the campaign against marriage equality in the United States, is ending 2013 facing big political losses and a $2 million deficit.
The Human Rights Campaign reported on Nov. 19 that NOM's latest financial documents show the organization ending the year "in the red," with roughly a $2 million dollar deficit. Three donors accounted for two-thirds of NOM's funding. HRC, the nation's largest gay civil rights group, said in a news release that this is "further evidence that everyday Americans have little interest in furthering NOM’s extremist agenda."
George Zimmerman was arrested today and charged with assault after deputies were called to the home where he lived with his girlfriend, who claimed he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument.
Zimmerman pushed the woman out of the house and barricaded the door with furniture, Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference, as reported by The Associated Press. Samantha Scheibe gave deputies a key to the home, and they were able to push open the barricaded door.
A United Methodist minister who officiated at his son's same-sex wedding pleaded not guilty this week to charges that he broke his pastoral vows.
The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon entered his plea at the beginning of a high-profile church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania that is rekindling debate over the denomination's policy on gay marriage.
Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter.
The cable channel didn't specify the reason it yanked "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" from its schedule last week and this week, but the decision came the day after the run-in.
Police in Sarasota, Fla., reported early today (Nov. 19) that the husband of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was found dead of an apparent suicide in the couple's home.
Police spokeswoman Genevieve Judge said Harris' husband, Anders Ebbeson, committed suicide.
Liz Cheney and Mary Cheney, daughters of the former vice president, continue to engage in a sparring match over same-sex marriage.
Liz Cheney is campaigning in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, where she is courting the far right in the GOP.
To the dismay of LGBT civil rights advocates across the country, the Urban League of Greater Atlanta recently honored a right-wing chief executive of Chick-fil-A at its annual Equal Opportunity Day dinner.
A community empowerment award was presented during the Equal Opportunity Day dinner in Atlanta on Nov. 16 to Dan T. Cathy, who made headlines last year for proudly boasting about his anti-gay politics and his foundation's anti-gay donor work, including to the Family Research Council, a right-wing hate group, and to an organization that promoted so-called "ex-gay" therapy.
Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield says he will offer prayers of "supplication and exorcism" on Nov. 20 at about the same time that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the marriage equality bill into law.
Paprocki made the announcement in a news release posted on the Diocese of Springfield's website. He said the “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” would take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.
A United Methodist pastor was convicted on Nov. 18 of breaking church law by officiating his son's same-sex wedding and could be defrocked after a high-profile trial that has rekindled debate over the denomination's policy on gay marriage.
The Methodist church put the Rev. Frank Schaefer on trial in southeastern Pennsylvania, accusing him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to position himself as a presidential candidate for 2016.
Speaking yesterday on ABC’s This Week, Walker insisted that the next Republican presidential nominee should be from outside Washington, D.C., and have gubernatorial experience. He ruled out the party’s biggest names du jour — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Paul Rand, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.
A South Texas school district has reversed course, saying it will allow a photo of a transgender student wearing a tuxedo to appear in the teen's high school yearbook.
Jeydon Loredo and his mother had said the school district was not allowing his photograph because it violated "community standards."
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Nov. 14 issued an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept the jointly-filed state tax returns of all legally married couples, including same-sex couples legally married in other states, who file joint federal tax returns as required under Missouri law.
Nixon, in a statement, said, "Missouri is one of a number of states whose tax code is directly tied to that of the federal government and under Missouri law, legally married couples who file joint federal tax returns with the IRS must also file joint state returns with our state Department of Revenue."