A New York-based human rights group has called for Jamaican police to conduct a full investigation into the mob killing of a transgender teenager.
Dwayne Jones was found dead on July 22 near the northern city of Montego Bay after being attacked by a crowd of people while attending a dance party in women's clothing. Authorities said the 16-year-old was stabbed multiple times and shot once.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 1 signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act into law. Illinois is now the 21st state to enact such legislation.
“As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future’,” Quinn said, according to a news release. “Over the years, I’ve been moved by the brave patients and veterans who are fighting terrible illnesses. They need and deserve pain relief.”
Same-sex couples shared wedding vows in midnight ceremonies on Aug. 1 in Minnesota, the second Midwestern state to legalize gay marriage.
Gay couples also exchanged vows in Rhode Island, the last state in New England to legalize same-sex marriage.
Police in Cameroon held two employees of a human rights organization for three days in connection with the killing of a prominent gay rights activist, their lawyer said, sparking criticism over how the investigation is being handled.
The two employees, Michel Engama and Cedric Mbarga, were released on July 30 without charge, said Michel Togue, a member of the legal team representing them as well as the family of the slain activist, Eric Ohena Lembembe.
A gay teacher at a Catholic high school in Southern California lost his job after his wedding pictures were published in a local newspaper, according to the teacher's lawyer.
Ken Bencomo, 45, was fired from St. Lucy's Priory after marrying his partner of 10 years, the San Bernardino Sun reported.
A new poll says a strong majority of Americans don’t think business owners citing religious beliefs should be able to discriminate against gay people.
The poll also found that a majority of Americans think such discrimination is against the law throughout the United States. In fact, it is not illegal in every state.
Dozens of gay couples began tying the knot early on Aug. 1 at Minneapolis City Hall as Minnesota became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage.
"I didn't expect to cry quite that hard," said a beaming Cathy ten Broeke, who with Margaret Miles was the first gay couple to be wed at city hall with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak officiating. The mayor called for quiet just a few minutes before 12:01 a.m., when the law took effect. Then, to applause, he pronounced the two women "married."
State officials asked a court to stop a rogue county from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on July 30, nearly a week after a clerk began granting them in violation of Pennsylvania law.
The petition filed by the Pennsylvania Health Department alleges that D. Bruce Hanes, the register of wills in Montgomery County, "repeatedly and continuously" flouted the law. As of July 30, Hanes' office had granted 34 licenses and registered six same-sex marriages.
Russia will enforce a new law cracking down on gay rights activism when it hosts international athletes and fans during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the country's sports minister said today, according to The Associated Press. The statement contradicts assurances to the contrary from the International Olympic Committee.
Russia's contentious law was signed by President Vladimir Putin in late June, imposing fines and jail time on individuals accused of spreading "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" to minors, and even proposing penalties for those who express these views online or in the news media. Gay Pride rallies also are banned.
Two same-sex couples are filing a federal class action suit today seeking the freedom to marry in Virginia.
The case is being handled by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Virginia and Lambda Legal. The nonprofits are partnering with the law firm Jenner and Block.
Russian vodka and the Winter Olympics in Sochi. For now, those are the prime targets as gays in the United States and elsewhere propose boycotts and other tactics to convey their outrage over Russia’s intensifying campaign against gay-rights activism.
At many gay bars across North America, owners have joined a campaign to stop selling Russian vodka – notably the popular brand Stolichnaya. Activists also are pressing the International Olympic Committee and NBC, which holds U.S. broadcasting rights for Sochi, to be more aggressive in criticizing new Russian laws.
Lawmakers in Mexico's western state of Colima have approved a change in the state's constitution that legalizes same-sex civil unions.
Colima state spokeswoman Cecilia Ramirez says the legislature approved the constitutional change late on July 29 after seven of the state's 10 municipalities approved the reform.