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Marriage equality arrives in England, Wales

Written by The AP
and WiG
Friday, 28 March 2014 12:14

Gay couples in Britain waited decades for the right to get married. When the opportunity came, some had just days to plan the biggest moment of their lives.

Londoners Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway registered their intent to marry on March 13, the first day gay couples could sign up for wedding ceremonies under Britain's new law. Eager to be part of history, the two men picked the earliest possible moment — just after midnight, when the act legalizing same-sex marriage takes effect.

Maryland governor poised to sign bill banning bias based on gender identity

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 28 March 2014 05:35

A measure to ban bias based on gender identity and gender expression cleared the Maryland General Assembly on Thursday, and Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to sign the bill into law.

The House of Delegates passed the measure 82-57 on Thursday after a long and sometimes heated debate that focused largely on how the bill would affect use of public restrooms and gym showers.

Couple calls for boycott of Mozilla after CEO's donation to Prop 8 revealed

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 27 March 2014 19:17

Brendan Eich

The new CEO of Mozilla, the software company that created the Web browser Firefox, is under fire from equality supporters over a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 to support California’s Proposition 8 campaign. Mozilla is the company that created Firefox, a Web browser.

Gov. Rick Snyder

Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend before a court halted a decision that opened the door to gay nuptials, Gov. Rick Snyder announced today.

U.S. government to recognize same-sex marriages in Michigan

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 28 March 2014 10:49

The U.S. government will recognize the more than 300 same-sex marriages couples entered into in Michigan before a federal appeals court brought the wedding march to a halt.

Earlier this month, a U.S. court ruled that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. And the judge in the case did not issue a stay. That allowed county clerks to open offices on a Saturday and begin issuing to marriage licenses.

Gay couples find uneven access to health care coverage

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 March 2014 04:14

Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for his husband and himself under President Barack Obama's landmark health law.

The Harrisburg, Pa., couple had sent an insurer their application and a month's premium in early December but heard nothing. Weeks later, they were told their application was not processed because Pennsylvania doesn't recognize same-sex marriage. So Bechdel pushed back, repeatedly explaining their predicament in phone calls and emails. Finally, they got a call and apology from the president of the insurance company last month, plus a family plan that started in March.

Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps rise

Written by BARBARA ORTUTAY,
AP writer
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:34

At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.

Among the latest is Secret, created by two former Google engineers who were looking for a way to let people deliver genuine feedback to co-workers. With the app, friends and friends of friends can share their deepest and darkest thoughts, along with gossip, criticism and even plans to propose marriage, under a cloak of near-anonymity.

Update: Evangelical charity reverses decision to hire married gay Christians

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:15

UPDATED: The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said this week it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a dramatic policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups. And then, under pressure from the Christian right, the World Vision board reversed that decision, according to an announcement on March 26.

Jessica Dutro and Brian Canady

An Oregon woman on trial for the murder of her 4-year-old son believed the boy was gay and that was a motive behind the deadly beatings, a prosecutor said.

House Democrats try to force vote on immigration reform

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 28 March 2014 04:08

House Democrats deployed a little-used legislative move this week to force a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill, an effort doomed to fail but designed to increase the election-year pressure on Republicans to act.

"It is time for us to have a vote," said Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., who joined with dozens of Democrats, advocates and actress America Ferrera to mark 273 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan bill. They insisted that House Republican leaders act.

Common Core spawns widespread political fights

Written by BILL BARROW,
AP writer
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:43

More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative has morphed into a political tempest fueling division among Republicans.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads establishment voices — such as possible presidential contender Jeb Bush — who hail the standards as a way to improve student performance and, over the long term, competitiveness of American workers.

Illinois House committee advances bill against ex-gay therapy

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:18

Illinois' House Human Services Committee on March 26 approved a bill to protect minors from so-called ex-gay therapy.

The legislation, introduced by Chicago Democrat Kelly Cassidy, who is gay, is called the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act. The measure would prohibit mental health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors.