Louisiana's largest gay rights group and four couples are suing to overturn the state's constitutional ban barring recognizing the out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
The lawsuit that includes the Forum for Equality Louisiana as a plaintiff charges that the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages violates the U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Four legally married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Feb. 10 seeking a court order to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates despite a statewide ban, echoing arguments in a similar successful lawsuit concerning death certificates.
The couples filed the suit in federal court in Cincinnati, arguing that the state's practice of listing only one partner in a gay marriage as a parent on birth certificates violates the U.S. Constitution.
The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player's decision to come out as gay, with President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete.
Biden and the first lady took to Twitter on Feb. 10 to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who declared publicly on Feb. 9 that he is gay. The first lady says she "couldn't be prouder" of Sam's courage, both on and off the field.
Hundreds of bills to improve access to voting have been introduced in the lead up to the 2014 mid election, according to an analysis from the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law.
In just the first five weeks of the new year, 190 bills to expand voting access have been introduced in 31 states compared with 49 restrictive measures in 19 states. In 2013, lawmakers in 46 states introduced 237 bills to improve voting. Ten states ultimately passed 13 bills to expand access and eight states passed nine restrictive laws last year.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Michael Sam, the college football star and NFL draft prospect who came out as gay earlier this week, is courageous and talented.
McCarthy talked with reporters during a scheduled media session in Green Bay on Feb. 10.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto on Feb. 10 filed a motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals withdrawing its argument in support of a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage.
Masto said the state's position was not viable after the court's ruling that said potential jurors cannot be removed from a case because of sexual orientation.
Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow. In Moscow, police quickly detained 10 gay rights activists who waved rainbow flags on Red Square and attempted to sing a Russian anthem.
One of the demonstrators, Gleb Latnik, said police insulted them and that one officer even spat in the face of an activist. He said he, and other protesters were released a few hours later.
The right-wing Liberty Counsel has filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Pickup v. Brown, its case challenging California's law protecting LGBT youth with a ban on "ex-gay" therapy for minors.
Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the landmark law, which is serving as a model for other states seeking to protect minors from damaging, discredited and discriminatory treatments. After that ruling, the appeals court issued a stay in its decision pending further appeal to the Supreme Court. That means the law, which had been set to go into effect on Jan. 1, is on hold.
Missouri's attorney general has asked a federal court to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens, setting up a cross-country battle that pits new animal protections against the economic interests of Midwestern farmers.
The lawsuit by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster takes aim at a California law set to take effect in 2015 that prohibits eggs from being sold there if they come from hens raised in cages that don't comply with California's new size and space requirements.
Cold and snow keep battering the Midwest and East, and even Atlanta was temporarily paralyzed. California has been bone dry. Alaska set heat records.
The wild winter somehow became even more wicked late last week, when the national average temperature plunged to a brutal 11 degrees — the lowest temperature of a season of extremes.
Thousands of activists are acting together today (Feb. 10) in solidarity with campaigners in Uganda to show their opposition to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. They are calling on the president to veto the measure.
“If this deeply discriminatory bill is passed it will legalize the persecution of people on the grounds of their sexual orientation. Since the Bill was proposed there’s been an increase in homophobic arrests and mob violence. This is turning into a witch-hunt. President Museveni must veto the bill before the situation worsens,” said Gemma Houldey, Uganda Researcher at Amnesty International.
Conservative Republicans this week ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party could also control the Senate.
House GOP leaders unveiled their broad immigration principles last week that gave hope to advocates and the Obama administration that the first changes in the nation's laws in three decades might happen in the coming months.