With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.
The proposal to be put before the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council on Thursday, at a meeting in Grapevine, Texas, would retain the Scouts' long-standing ban on gays serving in adult leadership positions.
The Illinois Senate has passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana.
The measure already has passed the Illinois House and awaits the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn.
Feminist protesters disrupted the opening of the Barbie "Dreamhouse Experience" in Belin, saying that it objectifies women.
The giant pink dollhouse promoting the doll made by Mattel Inc. allows paying visitors to try on Barbie's clothes, cook in her kitchen and play her pink piano.
Puerto Rico’s Senate on May 16 approved legislation to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The measure now goes to the House for consideration.
Right-wing Web radio host Pete Santilli told listeners he wants “to shoot (Hillary Clinton) in the vagina and I don’t want her to die right away. I want her to feel the pain.”
The hate pundit is closely tied to the National Rifle Association. Although his show is broadcast only on his website, he’s considered an influential promoter of conspiracy theories on the fringe right and counts Ted Nugent among his followers. Santilli says he’s “ready to take my show to national syndication; that is, of course, if the FCC regulated AM/FM radio stations can handle my truth & honesty."
U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Democrat who represents Wisconsin’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes Milwaukee, appeared May 15 on The Comedy Channel’s “Colbert Report.” Funnyman Stephen Colbert’s interview with Moore was billed as the “70th installment of the 435-part series ‘Better Know a District.’”
During the interview Moore gamely deflected such Colbert-brand statements as, “I assume you got the job through affirmative action.” She acknowledged being “openly black,” but added, “I am not an angry black woman.”
The Human Rights Watch on May 17 marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia by adding to its Hall of Shame.
New members – active promoters of homophobic policies – include the American Center for Law and Justice, Gambia president Yahya Jammeh, Ukraine lawmaker Vadym Kolesnichenko and the Ukrainian political party Svoboda.
The National Organization for Marriage said this week it will sue the Internal Revenue Service over the alleged theft of a tax return, which NOM said was leaked to the Human Rights Campaign.
HRC and other LGBT civil rights group have been tracking NOM’s financial information. The anti-gay group, which positions itself as the leader of the campaign against marriage equality in the United States, has worked to keep details about its donations secret.
French President Francois Hollande has signed the law authorizing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
He signed the bill early May 18 after the French Constitutional Council issued a finding that the measure is constitutional. That review was prompted by a challenge to the law.
Karen Handel, who was at the epicenter of last year’s controversy of Susan G. Komen’s initial decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood, has announced her plans to run for the U.S. Senate.
Handel was a secretary of state in Georgia and ran unsuccessfully for the governor’s office in 2010. She’s now running for the Republican nomination in a 2014 U.S. Senate primary that includes U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.
Outspoken LGBT ally Chris Kluwe has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
"I'm excited to be an Oakland Raider and be playing in California," said the NFL punter, who went to high school in Southern California and graduated from UCLA. "Now, my family can actually come to games,” he told fellow LGBT ally Brendon Ayanbadejo during a broadcast with Fox Sports on Wednesday. Ayanbadejo played for the Baltimore Ravens until he was let go by the team two months ago.
The ACLU is lobbying for the gay couple on "Modern Family" to get married.