Religious-right leaders are incensed over the nomination of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to serve as the next president of the Boy Scouts of America. If the BSA board approves his nomination, Gates will assume the two-year position in May 2014.
Gates was an Eagle Scout before he began his decades-long career in public service, which included leading the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Department. He retired as defense secretary two years ago after serving under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he's gay — a response to what he called a "whisper campaign" by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, 58, wrote in an op-ed provided to The Associated Press, the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News that "whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls" attempted to get voters to question whether he's gay.
Four service women and the Service Women’s Action Network have amended their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense for its ongoing blanket exclusion of women from thousands of ground combat positions.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.
"This is wrong," Hagel said in a speech in New York.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D- Wis., on Nov. 4 delivered remarks on the floor of the on the Employee Non-Discrimination Act of 2013.
Baldwin is an original co-sponsor of the legislation along with Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa and Susan Collins, R-Maine.
Seven suburban Chicago mayors are signing on in support of same-sex marriage.
Nonpartisan officials largely comprise the group from Plano, Geneva, North Aurora, St. Charles, Elburn, DeKalb and Sleepy Hollow.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis announced earlier this week that she’s picked the architect of Tammy Baldwin’s historic U.S. Senate election last year to manage her campaign.
Karin Johanson managed Baldwin’s well-funded 2012 campaign in Wisconsin, helping her become the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate. Baldwin also became the first woman from her home state elected to that body by defeating Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
President Barack Obama, in an op-ed published on Nov. 4 on HuffingtonPost.com, encouraged Congress to send him legislation protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination.
The bill is the Employment Non-Discrimination, which could be voted on in the Senate this week.
The Vatican is taking the unusual step of conducting a worldwide survey on how parishes deal with issues such as birth control, divorce and gay marriage, seeking input ahead of a major meeting on the family that Pope Francis plans next year.
The poll was sent in mid-October to every national conference of bishops with a request from the Vatican coordinator, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, to “share it immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.”
Greeting card giant Hallmark said this week that it shouldn't have changed the lyrics to "Deck the Halls" on a new holiday ornament that stirred a backlash from customers online.
The Kansas City, Mo.-based company has been defending itself after it began selling a miniaturized version of a tacky holiday sweater that changes the lyrics to the holiday carol. The ornament removes the word "gay" and emblazons the sweater with the phrase: "Don we now our FUN apparel!"
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act before Thanksgiving — and there are indications that it could be as early as Nov. 4.
In the latest tally, there are 54 Senate co-sponsors and at least 58 "yes" votes for ENDA, which would ban bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace with exceptions for businesses with fewer than 15 employees, religious institutions and the Armed Forces.