York shooting highlights surge in hate crimes
The Daily Beast, May 21, 2013
Mark Carson was shot because he was gay. Straight people might be shocked,
but the gay community says this is no surprise—hate crimes are rising.
to up presence after bias killing of gay man
Star-Telegram, May 21, 2013
A spate of hate-fueled attacks on gay men in New York, including a killing
in the heart of one of its most gay-friendly neighborhoods, is stirring
up anxiety, disbelief and outrage heading into what is usually a time
of gay pride celebration.
mayor to preside at Pride Festival mass wedding
WMDT.com, May 21, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will officiate a mass wedding for same-sex
couples during the Baltimore Pride Festival next month.
South's longer wait for equality
Advocate.com, May 20, 2013
While steps toward marriage equality come fast and furious, the South
drags its feet.
of same-sex marriage can take a psychological toll
National Public Radio, May 20, 2013
As the country awaits two important Supreme Court decisions involving
state laws on , a small but consistent body of research suggests that
laws that ban gay marriage — or approve it — can affect the
mental health of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans.
Rico Senate approves non-discrimination bill
Washington Blade, May 17, 2013
The Puerto Rican Senate on Thursday approved a sweeping bill that would
ban anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations
and government services in the U.S. territory.
'thrown under the bus' in immigration bill
Wisconsin Gazette, May 17, 2013
The Senate Judiciary Committee is marking up the massive bill that leaders
in both parties agree presents the best opportunity to reform immigration
policy in decades. The bill contains many provisions sought by progressive
groups, but lacks protections for LGBT families, specifically binational
same-sex couples whose relationships are not recognized by the government.
of votes support equal marriage in Michigan and Virginia
PinkNews.co.uk, May 16, 2013
Polls in two more US states have found that a majority of voters support
equal marriage, as Michigan and Virginia join states with a majority in
group at San Diego State renamed Queer Student Union
FoxNews.com, May 16, 2013
A student group at San Diego State University for its lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender community is reportedly changing its name — but
some are questioning whether the move is politically correct.
NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn reveals bulimia struggles
Edge, May 16, 2013
New Yorkers might have felt they knew about the personal life of Christine
Quinn, the veteran politician seeking to become the city’s first
gay and first female mayor. On Tuesday, Quinn disclosed a difficult piece
of her past that she had kept private: She was bulimic for a decade in
her teens and 20s.
Gov Primed to Sign Trans-Inclusive Hate Crime Bill
Advocate.com, May 16, 2013
A bill is headed to desk of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's desk that would
add crimes based on a person's gender identity and expression to the state's
hate crimes laws after the state assembly passed the legislation 30-11
of gay, lesbian population lives in states where they can marry
Houston Chronicle, May 16, 2013
UCLA’s pro-gay Williams Institute think tank reports today that
with the addition of Minnesota to the ranks of states that have legalized
same-sex marriage, more than a fifth, or 22 percent, of gays and lesbians
now live in states where they can marry.
half of voters in Arizona support equal marriage
PinkNews.co.uk, May 15, 2013
A new poll has found that over half of voters in Arizona are in favor
of allowing same-sex couples to marry. The poll found that 55% of Arizonans
were in favor of equal marriage, with 35% opposed and 10% were unsure.
Majority in Michigan now support gay marriage
Detroit News, May 15, 2013
A majority of Michiganians supports gay marriage and broadening rights
for homosexuals, a dramatic reversal from just a few years ago, according
to a statewide poll released Tuesday to The Detroit News and WDIV-TV Channel
leaders back marriage equality push in New Mexico
Wisconsin Gazette, May 15, 2013
Dozens of religious leaders have signed a statement supporting marriage
equality in New Mexico, the only state in the U.S. that has not specifically
addressed same-sex marriage in its statutes or its Constitution.
Senate clears way for same-sex marriage
New York Times, May 14, 2013
Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign a bill making Minnesota the 12th state
to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to do it without
a court forcing it to.
& Young CEO wishes Boy Scouts had ‘gone further’ for inclusivity
PinkNews.co.uk, May 14, 2013
Ernst and Young CEO James Turley, a member of the board for the Boy Scouts
of America (BSA), has spoken out to say that he wishes the organisation
had “gone further”, to be inclusive of gay members, volunteers
churches key to Illinois gay marriage debate
NewTimes.com, May 14, 2013
When a proposal to legalize gay marriage started gaining momentum in the
home state of President Barack Obama, it seemed a quick and easy deal:
The pastor of his former megachurch endorsed it with powerful testimony
at the Capitol and Democrats control Illinois' government.
Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent
PinkNews.co.uk, May 9, 2013
The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalize equal
marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalize it.
Leaders in the Senate have already said they had gathered enough votes
to pass the bill.
House passes equal marriage bill
PinkNews.co.uk, May 10, 2013
The House in the US state of Minnesota passed a bill to legalize equal
marriage on Thursday, with a clear majority in favor. The final vote was
75 to 59. If it passes in the Senate on Monday, Democratic Governor Mark
Dayton could sign it into law as early as next week.
House poised to pass equal marriage bill
PinkNews.co.uk, May 9, 2013
Minnesota could be the next US state to legalize equal marriage, as its
Democratic-controlled House will vote on a measure to legalize it on Thursday,
a possible signal that its advocates have gathered enough votes for it
finds majority acceptance of gays
ABC News, May 9, 2013
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds further public acceptance of
gay rights in the United States, in areas ranging from the professional
basketball court to the Boy Scouts, as well as the institution of marriage.
becomes 11th U.S. state to allow gay marriage
Reuters, May 8, 2013
Delaware legalized gay marriage on Tuesday, making it the 11th U.S. state
to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. The state Senate approved
the bill by a vote of 12-9 on Tuesday and Governor Jack Markell signed
it into law half an hour later.
senator comes out during same-sex marriage vote
PinkNews.co.uk, May 8, 2013
Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson came out as a lesbian during her
speech to convince colleagues to vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
rights amendment offered to immigration bill in Congress
WTAX.com, May 8, 2013
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced
a gay rights amendment to the Senate's immigration bill, prompting one
of the measure's Republican sponsors to repeat his prediction that it
would sink the legislation.
marriage clears Minnesota House panel; floor vote on hold
TwinCities.com, April 7, 2013
Efforts to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota are coming to a head this
week. A Senate Finance Committee will review the potential fiscal impact
of a bill allowing same-sex couples to wed at a meeting Tuesday morning,
Senate to consider equal marriage bill
PinkNews.co.uk, April 7, 2013
Lawmakers in the US state of Delaware are to take up a bill to legalize
equal marriage on Tuesday, which could potentially make the Diamond State
the eleventh to allow same-sex marriage.
Democrats back same-sex amendment to immigration bill
National Public Radio, April 7, 2013
The immigration overhaul bill before the Senate would provide, among other
things, more visas for migrant farm workers and high-tech workers, and
a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants
in the United States. One thing it would not provide is help for same-sex
couples in which one partner is an American and one foreign-born. Some
Democrats hope to change that with an amendment.
immigrants pose thorny test for ‘Gang of 8?
RollCall.com, April 7, 2013
“Gang of eight” immigration negotiators purposely didn’t
include provisions for immigrants in same-sex relationships in their bipartisan
bill, but the issue they so carefully avoided may rear its head this week.
lady to fundraise with Jason Collins
TheHill.com, April 7, 2013
First lady Michelle Obama will attend a fundraiser later this month with
Jason Collins, the NBA player who last week became the first openly gay
athlete on a major men’s U.S. sports team.
percent of young adults support gay marriage
On Top Magazine, April 7, 2013
Seven in ten young adults, those born after 1980, support gay marriage.
According to a Pew Research survey conducted in March and released on
Monday, Millennial support for gay nuptials is 21 percent higher than
the national average and far higher than in any other generation.
caught in Methodism's split over same-sex marriage
New York Times, May 6, 2013
The Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, a Methodist minister and former Yale
Divinity School dean, faces a potential canonical trial for officiating
at his son's gay wedding.
against gay marriage protests Detroit meeting of inclusive Catholics
Detroit News, May 6, 2013
For 16 years, Dignity Detroit has been gathering at Sacred Heart Chapel
on Sunday evenings with little to no fanfare. This evening, those arriving
for the 6 p.m. service at Marygrove College's chapel in Detroit were greeted
by a crowd of protesters intent on showing support for Archbishop Allen
Vigneron, who recently said those who support gay marriage should not
Castro points to progress on LGBT rights in Cuba
Advocate.com, May 6, 2013
Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro and niece of former
president Fidel Castro, said Saturday that she’s proud of the advances
she and her allies have made on LGBT rights in Cuba.
of S.F calls Rhode Island marriage equality ‘a serious injustice’
RawStory.com, May 6, 2013
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Friday lashed out
at the state of Rhode Island over a newly signed law that allows same-sex
couples to legally marry.
Island lawmakers pass gay marriage bill; governor to sign it
Reuters, May 3, 2013
Rhode Island lawmakers gave final approval to a bill to legalize gay marriage
on Thursday, making it the 10th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to
same-sex couples and the last of the six New England states to do so.
minority to derail immigration bill if it protects LGBT families
Wisconsin Gazette, May 3, 2013
LGBT groups are reaffirming support for comprehensive immigration reform
following reports that some senators have threatened to derail legislation
if it is amended to include protections for binational LGBT families.
same-sex partner benefits survive Supreme Court appeal
PinkNews.co.uk, May 3, 2013
A decision to allow same-sex partners of Michigan state government employees
health insurance benefits, has remained intact despite a Republican appeal
to the Supreme Court.
to keep anti-gay pastor at National Prayer Day event
Washington Blade, May 2, 2013
The Pentagon is allowing a pastor who’s called homosexuality “outside
of God’s order” to stay on as an attendee of an event related
to the National Day of Prayer — a move that’s drawing criticism
from LGBT advocates who’ve called for his ouster.
groups demand equality in immigration bill
RollCall.com, May 2, 2013
As the immigration overhaul process accelerates in Congress, expect specific
constituencies with a stake in the outcome to begin signaling their demands
for support — as well as grounds for joining the opposition. The
latest to speak out was a collection of leading advocacy organizations
for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual.