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."
Ringing in the season of silly
The new leader of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops says he will draw on his years as a pastor to guide American bishops as they attempt to shift focus under Pope Francis, who wants more emphasis on compassion than on divisive social issues such as gay marriage.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Kentucky was elected on Nov. 12 as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a role that makes him the U.S church's spokesman on national issues and a representative of American bishops to the Vatican and the pope.
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.
Speaker John Boehner said this week that the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, a fresh signal from the Republican leadership that the issue is dead for the year.
The slow, relatively quiet death came more than four months after the Senate, on a bipartisan vote, passed a far-reaching bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and tighten border security.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers of color are among the most disadvantaged workers in the United States, according t a new report released on Nov. 14.
The report, "A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color," was prepared as a companion to a broader paper examining the workforce climate for LGBT workers and prepared by the Movement Advancement Project, the Center for American Progress, the FIRE Initiative, Freedom to Work, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Black Justice Coalition in partnership with ColorofChange, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, League of United Latin American Citizens, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Action Network, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates and SEIU.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, at about 3:50 p.m. EST today (Nov. 13), signed Hawaii's marriage equality bill into law. Same-sex couples can begin marrying in the Aloha state on Dec. 2, some 23 years after the contemporary push for marriage equality began there.
The signing ceremony took place the day after the state Senate gave its final OK to an amended bill passed by the House on Nov. 8.
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.
The right-wing leaders behind the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California now want to repeal legislation intended to protect the rights of transgender students to equal access to school facilities, such as bathrooms, and school programs, such as sports teams.
They’ve made repeated claims that boys will game the system and pretend to be transgender so they can invade girls’ restrooms. They’ve dubbed the historic legislation that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law as the “bathroom bill,” making light of a basic human need and ignoring the consequences of continued discrimination behind the doors labeled for him or her.
Greenhouse gases are making the world's oceans hot, sour and breathless, and the way those changes work together is creating a grimmer outlook for global waters, according to a new report Wednesday from 540 international scientists.
The world's oceans are getting more acidic at an unprecedented rate, faster than at any time in the past 300 million years, the report said. But it's how this interacts with other global warming impacts to waters that scientists say is getting them even more worried.
Former Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English expressed regret in an interview with The Associated Press for using "inappropriate language," that included a homophobic slur during a film session with defensive backs.
"As a man who has coached 21 years, obviously, on this occasion and particular meeting, I lost my poise, got upset and used language that was inappropriate, particularly as it pertains to homosexual slurs. I regret that," English told the AP in a telephone interview hours after the school released a statement explaining why he was fired. "I apologize to the university for putting it in this position and tarnishing its reputation. I look forward to continuing a career that has been marked by molding men of integrity, passion, and intensity for 21 years."