Passengers in England were left stranded on a bus when the replacement driver refused to board the vehicle because it brandished a pro-gay ad.
The ad, a billboard by the U.K.’s gay advocacy group Stonewall, contains the words, “Some people are gay. Get over it.” The driver said that being associated with a message promoting tolerance for people with same-sex attractions, violated the core of his Christian faith. The driver, who was not named, apparently adheres to a growing fundamentalist Christian movement that has made other people’s sexual behavior the primary focus of their religion.
An openly lesbian lawmaker will lead a state legislative chamber for the first time after Oregon Democrats chose Rep. Tina Kotek as state House speaker.
Kotek’s selection is another key political victory for the gay community that has notched successes around the nation. It still has to be formally ratified in January.
A former University of Nebraska women’s basketball star accused of faking a hate-crime attack against her is standing by her story in letters to news organizations and in a new online video.
In the video and letters — including one to the Lincoln Journal Star — 34-year-old Charlie Rogers says she did not make up the attack. Rogers says that in July, three masked men broke into her home and carved anti-gay words on her arms and abdomen, as well as making other cuts on her body.
Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church will picket a Bruce Springsteen concert on Nov. 17.
A notice from the group – followers of the Rev. Fred Phelps in Topeka, Kan. – called for a picket at the Sprint Center on Nov. 17, where Springsteen is set to perform.
A group of San Francisco residents is suing the city to block a proposed ban on public nudity.
A lawsuit filed this past week in federal court in San Francisco claims an ordinance that city officials are considering would violate the civil rights of people who want to bare their bodies for personal or political reasons.
When Washington state voters overwhelmingly legalized the recreational use of marijuana on Nov. 6, Seattle police knew they’d be getting a lot of questions.
And while many details surrounding the state’s Dec. 6 decriminalization of pot remain, the department didn’t shy away from answering what questions it could about Initiative 502, posting a funny, question-and-answer blog that has become a big web hit _ having been viewed more than 120,000 times and shared more than 15,000 times on Facebook since it was posted Friday.
“Pro-family,” anti-choice Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a medical doctor, encouraged his ex-wife to have at least two abortions before their marriage, according to records released in his divorce trial and reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
But that’s only the beginning of this tea party leader’s hypocrisies, according to his divorce records and Tennessee Democrats. The divorce trial transcript also confirms that DesJarlais had a number of unethical extra-marital sexual relationships while serving in a position of medical authority.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has stated that legalizing gay marriage is his No. 3 legislative priority — behind only pension reform and a Chicago casino.
Longtime Chicago Sun Times city hall reporter Fran Spielman wrote that Emanuel also said he plans to get “very involved” in passing a gay marriage bill in Illinois, apparently during the next legislative session in Springfield.
The family of a teenager who posted his support for same-sex marriage online says the boy has been denied a Catholic rite of passage at his church in northwestern Minnesota.
Shana Cihak says her 17-year-old son, Lennon, wasn’t allowed to be confirmed at Assumption Church in Barnesville after posting a Facebook picture of himself with a political sign he altered to oppose the marriage amendment on Minnesota’s ballot Nov. 6. The constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was rejected by voters.
The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments this week in an appeal from the state over an Alaska taxation policy that treats same-sex couples differently from straight couples.
Last year, a superior court judge ruled same-sex couples are entitled to the same senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemptions as married couples, saying a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman doesn’t trump equal protection laws.
A report from the international Trans Murder Monitoring Project says 265 transgender people were killed in the past 12 months.
Since January 2008, there have been more than 1,000 transgender people killed.
A top American bishop said this week the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with U.S. officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.