Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, in a ceremony on the steps of the Capitol, signed the bill that makes the state the 12th in the nation to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples.
The governor thanked the Democrats and Republicans who voted yes on the measure that, in addition to eliminating gender restrictions on marriages, guarantees protections for religious institutions that do not support marriage equality.
Gallup polling shows that 53 percent of Americans think same-sex marriages should be legal in the United States. This is the third consecutive Gallup survey with support at 50 percent or more.
Gallup conducted the poll May 2-7 and released the results on May 13, the day the Minnesota Senate sent a marriage equality bill to the governor. Mark Dayton is set to sign the measure later on May 14, making Minnesota the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Minnesota senators are expected to pass marriage equality legislation this afternoon (May 13), after debate that was set to begin at about noon CST.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has promised to sign it, with the ceremony tentatively set for Tuesday (May 14).
Two men were arrested in connection with the beating of two gay men in Manhattan early Friday and police are investigating whether there is a link to an earlier anti-gay attack in the same area near Madison Square Garden.
Friday’s attack happened at 5 a.m. after two gay men tried to enter an after-hours billiard club and were denied entry, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Actress Angelina Jolie disclosed that she had a preventive double mastectomy after she learned she carried a gene that made it highly likely she would develop breast cancer.
Jolie made the announcement in an op-ed in the May 14 issue of The New York Times.
A statewide LGBT group working for equality in Wisconsin is congratulating Minnesotans and celebrating their marriage equality victory.
On May 13, the Minnesota Senate sent a marriage equality bill to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure into law today (May 14) at 5 p.m.
Russian investigators say a 23-year-old Russian man was fatally beaten by his companions after he came out as gay.
Authorites have arrested a former schoolmate of the victim and another man in connection with the killing, which happened on May 10.
As head of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, Bryan Fischer has built his professional life around fighting laws discouraging discrimination against LGBT people and legitimizing same-sex relationships.
But, as reported by the Huffington Post, Fischer became tongue-tied with Fox News radio host Alan Colmes when he asked whether Fischer has ever experienced same-sex urges.
A lesbian teacher challenging her dismissal from an Ohio Catholic school says the local union for Catholic educators has decided not to proceed with her complaint.
Carla Hale said on May 13 that the grievance committee for the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators isn't supporting her efforts to get back her job as a physical-education teacher.
UPDATE: The governor will sign the bill at 5 p.m. May 14.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign a marriage equality bill as early as May 14, making the state the 12th in the nation to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples.
Students at Humboldt State University have created a map of the United States that identifies the origins of homophobic hate terms used on Twitter.
The Geography of Hate project also identifies the locations that tweet the most racist messages.
Women from around the country will join in the Poor People’s March from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., on Mother’s Day weekend.
The 41-mile march is in the tradition of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign and makes demands for jobs, justice and an end to police brutality.