The New Mexico Supreme Court on Dec. 19 ruled in favor of same-sex couples marrying in the state.
The state's highest court held that the New Mexico Constitution guarantees the right of gays and lesbians to marry their partners. In a 5-0 ruling, the court determined that barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution. In effect, the court made the freedom to marry for all New Mexicans, regardless of gender, the law in the Land of Enchantment.
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Phil Robertson of the TV show "Duck Dynasty" has been placed on indefinite leave for anti-gay comments he made in the January issue of GQ.
Pope Francis announced changes in the influential Vatican office that evaluates and nominates candidates for bishop around the world.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington was appointed on Dec. 16 to the Congregation for Bishops. The pope also reconfirmed Cardinal William Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco and former head of the Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog office.
Gay couples who want to wed immediately in Illinois because one partner has a life-threatening illness could do so starting today (Dec. 16), rather than waiting until the state's same-sex law takes effect in June.
The change came after U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman expanded on another judge's earlier ruling that allowed a lesbian couple to get married last month in Illinois because one of the women is terminally ill. Coleman's decision means gay couples across the state can marry right away - through the Cook County clerk's office - if they can provide a doctor's note confirming the terminal illness.
A novel and faster way to test cancer drugs has yielded its first big result: An experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.
The method involves studying drugs in small groups of people to quickly separate winners from duds.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed suit in federal court to stop what it characterized as pervasive anti-LGBT bullying and harassment committed by students — as well as faculty and administrators — in Mississippi’s Moss Point School District.
SPLC filed the suit on behalf of Destin Holmes, a student who says severe harassment forced her to leave her school. She temporarily left the district in March 2012 to be homeschooled after the then-principal at Magnolia Junior High School called her a "pathetic fool" and told her, "I don’t want a dyke in this school."
A review of grants for LGBT issues shows that domestic funding exceeded $100 million, according to Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
The organization also reported that funding in 2012 was largely stable.
The Social Security Administration announced on Dec. 16 that it had processed some survivor claims filed by widows and widowers from same-sex marriages.
"I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing some widow's and widower's claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages and paying benefits where they are due," said Carolyn W. Colvin, acting commissioner of Social Security. "In addition, we are able to pay some one-time lump sum death benefit claims to surviving same-sex spouses."
A California man associated with a street gang was found guilty on Dec. 18 of the gang rape of a lesbian in 2008.
Humberto Salvador, 36, was convicted of 15 felonies associated with the attack on the woman.
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn't — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.
Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has expressed concern over a judge's ruling against key parts of Utah's polygamy laws. The governor said his legal counsel would determine the ramifications of the decision.
Herbert said while he had not had a chance to review U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups' ruling, he is "always a little concerned" when public policy changes are made by the courts.
Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India's capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex.
India's Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court order that had decriminalized gay sex. The country's gay community is demanding that the government take immediate action to remove the colonial-era law banning same-sex relations.