President Obama issues LGBT Pride Month proclamation

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 30 May 2015 04:24

Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation on May 29 for LGBT Pride Month in June.

The president has issued a Pride proclamation every year in the White House.

Democrat Bill Clinton was the first to issue a gay Pride proclamation.

Divisive anti-gay marriage bill falls in Texas

Written by The AP Friday, 29 May 2015 10:39

Texas Republicans have stopped legislative efforts that sought to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized this summer. 

That means the first session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will without new restrictions that gay rights activists and some Texas businesses intensely opposed. 

Vatican: Irish gay marriage vote a ‘defeat for humanity’

Written by Th AP Thursday, 28 May 2015 05:54

The Vatican’s secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize gay marriage a “defeat for humanity.”

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said he personally was saddened by the landslide decision, in which more than 62 percent of voters in the Roman Catholic country voted “yes,” despite church teaching that marriage is only between a man and woman.

Boy Scouts chief: ban on gay adults not 'sustainable'

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 22 May 2015 08:05

The president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said on May 22 that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and called for change in order to prevent "the end of us as a national movement."

In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by Scout councils in New York City and elsewhere to defy the ban.

Federal court: Gays have right to marry in Alabama

Written by The AP Friday, 22 May 2015 08:00

A federal judge has ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.

U.S District Judge Callie Granade said on May 21 that Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and enjoined probate judges from enforcing it. However, she stayed enforcement of her order citing the expected decision this summer.