U.S. Sen. John McCain, in a tweet on Feb. 24, urged Arizona's governor to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is before Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. The measure would allow for individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions to cite religious beliefs as a cause to discriminate against LGBT people and refuse them service.
Illinois' largest statewide LGBT civil rights group is calling on county clerks throughout the state to follow a federal court ruling from last week.
In that ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said denying same-sex couples immediate access to marriage was unconstitutional and she ordered Cook County to begin issuing marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.
More and more gardens are going native these days. Butterfly weeds are edging out delphiniums, clethra is hobnobbing with flowering dogwood, and sunflower is strutting like a prima donna.
Fruit plantings, though, are stalled in the past, with many people still planting apples, peaches or pears — all non-natives.
Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot.
At least 504,760 signatures were required to force a public vote on the statute approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. The law's opponents submitted 619,387, but county election officers determined that just 487,484 of them were valid, according to a final count posted on the secretary of state's website Monday.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law.
Amnesty International, the global human rights group, called the measure "a draconian and damaging piece of legislation."
Cherry blossoms signal springtime in D.C. So do crowds of demonstrators outside the U.S. Supreme Court building.
Lambda Legal has filed a federal class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Louisiana against BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, which will no longer accept the federally-funded premium subsidies that enable low-income Louisianans living with HIV to purchase health insurance.
Two other insurers were included as defendants — Louisiana Health Cooperative and Vantage Health Plan.
A Wichita-based tea party group has launched an email campaign urging its members to pepper state lawmakers with messages in support of a bill that allows service refusal to same-sex couples on religious grounds.
Craig Gabel, leader of Kansans for Liberty, sent a message addressed to “conservative activists” asking them to contact senators who are refusing to allow a vote on a house bill dubbed the Kansas Religious Freedom Act, The Wichita Eagle reported.
Jason Collins heard his name called by Nets coach Jason Kidd early in the second quarter and headed to the scorer's table to check in.
When he walked onto the court, Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in the NBA.
He understood the significance attached to his appearance in an NBA game, but he had a job to do.
When the air temperature is minus 10 degrees or snow is falling fast and heavy, most Homo sapiens are more concerned with getting indoors than contemplating the sunny side of the weather. But there are positives that come with winters like the one winding down in Wisconsin.
And the end of winter is near, really.
A federal judge on Feb. 21 said there's no reason for same-sex couples in Cook County to wait until June to marry.