U.S. Sen. Bob Casey came out on April 1 for marriage equality and the repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, according to the Philadelphia Gay News.
The PGN website reported that Casey issued a statement reading, "After much deliberation and after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil-rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed.
They stream in from teens around the United States, cries for help often sent in by text message.
“I feel like committing suicide,” one text read. “What’s the suicide hotline number?” Another asked: “How do you tell a friend they need to go to rehab?”
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is the latest Republican to come out in favor of same-sex marriage.
Although Amash had said as recently as 2010 that he thought DOMA is worth defending, he told listeners during a speech in Grand Rapids this week that he opposed the 1996 law banning federal recognition of marriage equality.
The New York City AIDS Memorial's Board of Directors released new renderings of the final design for the memorial and formally launched its capital campaign at a press conference this week in Manhattan.
The effort to build the memorial, which started in 2011 as a grass-roots advocacy campaign led by two men, Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, will feature an 18-foot steel canopy as the dramatic gateway to the new St. Vincent's Hospital Park at the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in the West Village neighborhood. The memorial also will feature a central granite fountain, granite benches and a granite paving surface carved with educational and commemorative text. The text will be curated by a team of historians, artists, community members and activists led by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner.
Conservative Iowa lawmakers have threatened to withhold state funding for a community college if the school spends tax dollars on a conference for gay youths.
The Des Moines Register reported that 16 Republican lawmakers released a statement threatening to vote down funding for the Des Moines Area Community College, which sponsors the Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ Youth.
At a time when the Mormon Church is slowly softening its formerly hard-line stance against gays and lesbians, one of the religion’s best-known members is speaking out openly for marriage equality.
Bail has been raised nearly sevenfold to $520,000 for a teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal beating of a Northern California man.
Prosecutors on Wednesday detailed the injuries, including a fractured skull, suffered by Lawrence "Mikey" Partida in the early hours of March 10 in Davis.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is returning to the public stage with her first speaking events since leaving the Obama administration.
Clinton will speak at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards in Washington, an event honoring female leaders around the world. On April 5, she will address the Women in the World Summit in New York, an annual event focusing on challenges faced by women and girls worldwide. Clinton has addressed both organizations previously.
The archbishop of New York says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gays.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the church hasn't "been too good at that" and could work on being more welcoming to gays and lesbians.
A judge on Friday refused to grant a divorce for a transgender man who gave birth to three children after beginning to change his sex from female.
Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriages prevents Thomas Beatie’s 9-year union from being recognized as valid.
The cost to taxpayers for a House Republican decision to fund the legal team supporting the Defense of Marriage Act has climbed from $500,000 to as much as $3 million, Democrats say in questioning the GOP stance on the gay marriage issue now before the Supreme Court.
"It's really disappointing and unworthy of a subject that is going before the Supreme Court of our country," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, referring to Republicans spending that money without input from House Democrats. Pelosi made the comments after emerging from the court hearing on whether to strike down parts of the 1996 law that denies married gay couples the federal benefits available to other couples.
Bud Light said it with beer cans and Martha Stewart with red velvet cake as companies and celebrities from Beyonce to George Takei joined millions of social media users in posting and tweaking a simple red logo in support of gay marriage.
A square box with thick pink horizontal lines (the mathematical equal symbol) was offered for sharing this week by the Human Rights Campaign as the U.S. Supreme Court took up arguments in key marriage rights cases.