Reported CDC ban on terms such as ‘fetus,’ ‘science-based’ alarms health leaders

Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based." The health community was reacting to a story in The Washington Post published late Friday citing an anonymous source who said the prohibition was made at a recent meeting of senior budget officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

a CDC ban on a fetusa and a transgender?a Experts alarmed

Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," "transgender" and "science-based." The health community was reacting to a story in The Washington Post published late Friday citing an anonymous source who said the prohibition was made at a recent meeting of senior budget officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

In this Aug. 24, 2006 file photo, Kirk Humphreys, the former mayor of Oklahoma City, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Humphreys, a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, is being criticized Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who have resigned recently after allegations of sexual misconduct.

Former OKC Mayor blames homosexuality for moral decline

Rather than celebrating the diversity and expansion of Oklahoma City, former Mayor Kirk Humphreys appears to hang on to old stereotypes.? In the December 10th episode of Flashpoint, Humphreys and Oklahoma State Representative Emily Virgin joined moderator Kevin Ogle. In discussing the #MeToo movement, increased allegations of sexual harassment nation-wide and the resignation of US Senator Al Franken, the subject of homosexuality arose.

Arkansas resumes issuing birth certificates after brief halt

Arkansas' governor ordered health officials on Friday to treat married lesbian and heterosexual couples the same when listing the parents on a birth certificate, in an effort to comply with a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's birth certificate law was discriminatory. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's directive came hours after a judge blocked the state from issuing any birth certificates until it complied with the June ruling.

Supreme Court Won’t Intervene in Texas’ Fight Against Gay Marriagecourthousenews.com


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The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up Houston's request for clarity on whether the legalization of same-sex marriage means the city must provide taxpayer-funded benefits to the spouses of its homosexual employees. As of now, Houston can continue to provide the benefits, unless the trial court blocks them again.

Kim Davis denied him a marriage license. Now he wants her job

David Ermold, one of the men denied a same-sex marriage license by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015, hopes to challenge her for the clerk's seat next year, he announced Wednesday. Davis set off an international furor when she denied a marriage license to Ermold and his partner, David Moore, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the right for same-sex couples to marry.

Gay man to run against Kentucky clerk who denied him marriage license

A gay man who was denied a marriage license in Kentucky two years ago by a county clerk who refused to issue licenses for same-sex marriages will run to unseat her next year, he said on Wednesday. David Ermold, of Morehead, Kentucky, announced his candidacy as a Democrat against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who drew worldwide attention when she refused to grant the licenses to same-sex couples, citing Apostolic Christian beliefs.

Police launch appeal to find 13 missing Vietnamese teens

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SCOTUS deeply divided over exception to 13th Amendment for enslaving bakers

"The Supreme Court appeared divided down the middle Tuesday over a Colorado baker's refusal to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the latest test in the continuing legal battle between gay rights and religious expression. In one of the most animated oral arguments the high court has held, justices on both sides peppered four lawyers with questions to illustrate how their decision might affect other merchants, such as chefs and florists, and other minority groups, such as Catholics and African Americans.

Kennedy seems conflicted in Supreme Court wedding cake case

On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. The court's fault lines were laid bare in a riveting argument that focused equally on baker Jack Phillips' right to refuse to put his artistic talents to use in support of something in which he disagrees and the Colorado couple's right to be treated like any other two people who wanted a cake to celebrate their marriage.

Kennedy seems conflicted in Supreme Court wedding cake case

On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. The court's fault lines were laid bare in a riveting argument that focused equally on baker Jack Phillips' right to refuse to put his artistic talents to use in support of something in which he disagrees and the Colorado couple's right to be treated like any other two people who wanted a cake to celebrate their marriage.

Justices hearing dispute over wedding cake for gay couple

The Supreme Court is taking up the highly anticipated case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Tuesday's clash at the high court pits baker Jack Phillips' First Amendment claims of artistic freedom against the anti-discrimination arguments of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and two men Phillips turned away in 2012.

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Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears - created last December by President Barack Obama - by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante - designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton - by nearly half. Trump decided to reduce Bears Ears - created last December by President Barack Obama - by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante - designated in 1996 by President Bill Clinton - by nearly half.

Reader: Jesus Would Have Refused to Make That Cake, Too

A Colorado case is heading to the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, December 5, when Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, will argue that he has a right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple back in 2012. The case has been the subject of hot debate in this state, which first sided with the couple in 2014; so have most readers.

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The other day President Trump referred jokingly, yet again, to Senator Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas", and as a result is even more totally racey-racey-racist than he was the week before. If youA re finding this all a bit hard to follow, relax: If a white grade-school teacher pretends to be black, thatA s totally racist and you should denounce him as such immediately; But if a white professor pretends to be Harvard Law SchoolA s "first woman of color" and you point it out, then youA re the racist.

Same-sex parental rights case reaches top Mississippi court

A lesbian couple who had a son through in-vitro fertilization and later divorced will argue over whether the woman who didn't give birth should have status as a legal parent. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case Wednesday on whether 44-year-old Chris Strickland should be listed as the legal parent of a boy that her then-wife conceived.

Is Sessions Trump’s most effective cabinet member?

Many conservatives would scoff at the idea that Attorney Jeff Sessions is President Trump's most effective cabinet member. They would cite his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation , his refusal to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton , and his failure to remember various obscure meetings with Russians, etc.

Gay Trump nominee confirmed to Federal Labor Relations Authority

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed on Thursday James Abbott to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, making him the second openly gay nominee confirmed during the Trump administration. The uncontroversial nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent "en banc" as part of a group of three nominees to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, an independent U.S. agency charged with adjudicating concerns over collective bargaining agreements.

Gay Trump nominee confirmed to Federal Labor Relations Authority

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed on Thursday James Abbott to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, making him the second openly gay nominee confirmed during the Trump administration. The uncontroversial nomination was confirmed by unanimous consent "en banc" as part of a group of three nominees to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, an independent U.S. agency charged with adjudicating concerns over collective bargaining agreements.

McGovern: Ex-SJC chiefs rap Moore for violating gay marriage ruling


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So when former Alabama Chief Justice and current Senate candidate Roy Moore instructed judges in his state to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage, it was a jarring blow to a fundamental tenet of democracy. That was the position taken by former Bay State chief justices Roderick Ireland and Margaret Marshall, who last night celebrated the Supreme Judicial Court's 325th anniversary.

Get ready for Moore bad news on Election Day

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's ruling Monday temporarily blocking a White House ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military prompted right-wing Republican candidate Roy Moore to provide fresh evidence why sensible Alabamians should not allow him to set foot in the U.S. Senate. Moore, a rabid homophobe and champion of the anti-Obama " birther" movement , has called for Kollar-Kotelly's impeachment by the House of Representatives because, in making her ruling, she has "placed herself above the Constitution" with a display of "judicial activism."

Never Talk to @NicoleStamp

Nicole Stamp is a Canadian queer feminist who has been marching in gay pride parades since she was a teenager . She is currently appearing in the lesbian TV series Carmilla .

Judge allows new route to challenge Mississippi LGBT law

A gay rights group is getting another chance to challenge a Mississippi law that lets government workers and private business people cite their own religious beliefs to refuse services to LGBT people. Legal experts say it's the broadest religious-objections law enacted by any state since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

Stopping hate crimes against transgender Americans

It's compelling and important news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is so concerned about the killing of a transgender Iowa high school student that he has sent an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to help prosecute the man charged in the murder. This act of compassion also begs a question: Why isn't Sessions more concerned about violence against transgender people while they are still alive? There have long been concerns about Sessions' stance on the civil rights of gay and transgender Americans.

Kirkland for Supreme Court

Houston State District Court Judge Steven Kirkland has announced his candidacy for a seat on the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court, making him the first openly gay candidate to run for the state's highest civil court. Kirkland, a Democrat, is seeking Place 2 on the court, which is currently held by Justice Don Willett.

Trump’s DOJ: OK to Fire People for Being LGBT

Why does President Donald Trump care about what gay people do in the bedroom? The question came up this week, when a lawyer for Trump's Department of Justice argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect LGBT Americans from being fired because of their sexual orientation -- a complete reversal of the government's position on such matters under previous presidents.

Trump-Pence Administration Unleashes Sweeping Anti-LGBTQ #LicenseToDiscriminate

Today, the Human Rights Campaign , the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, strongly condemned the Trump-Pence administration's decision to carry out a sweeping " license to discriminate " that puts millions of LGBTQ Americans at risk of discrimination, as well as release a new regulation that could deny millions of Americans access to critical contraceptive care previously guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act . Today the Trump-Pence administration launched an all-out assault on LGBTQ people, women, and other minority communities by unleashing a sweeping license to discriminate, HRC President Chad Griffin .

New delay in Miss. law on objection to gay marriage

New court action has created a slight delay for a Mississippi law that, barring an intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, will let government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to refuse services to gay couples. Opponents asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to keep blocking the law, which has been on hold more than a year.

Supreme Court conservatives on rise as important term begins

Disputes over a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and partisan electoral maps top the Supreme Court's agenda in the first full term of the Trump presidency. Conservatives will look for a boost from the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, in a year that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said will be momentous.

Schuette, grasping for duty

You might think the mere idea that we might elect pandering career politician and current Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette governor next year is hard to believe. He's one of the most shopworn items in Lansing.

EPA head: No renewable fuel promise made to ex-Trump adviser

Pruitt is telling senat... A Rhode Island man accused of fatally shooting his mother in the intensive care unit of New Hampshire's largest hospital is set to be arraigned on murder charges. A Rhode Island man accused of fatally shooting his mother in the intensive care unit of New Hampshire's largest hospital is set to be arraigned on murder charges.

Lawyers: Teen girl Weiner sexted wanted to affect election

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, beset over the past five months by sex abuse allegations, is set to resign, bringing an ignoble end to a lengthy political career in which he championed gay rights and better pay for workers. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, beset over the past five months by sex abuse allegations, is set to resign, bringing an ignoble end to a lengthy political career in which he championed gay rights and better pay for workers.

Australia’s top court hears bid to stop gay marriage survey

Gay rights advocates went to Australia's highest court on Tuesday in a bid to prevent the government from surveying the public on whether gay marriage should be legalized. The advocates want the Parliament to decide the issue without consultation with the public and are arguing in the High Court that the government does not have the constitutional power to start the postal survey next week.

Father’s Day Ad Banned From TV In Australia For Being ‘Too Political’

An ad promoting Father's Day in Australia, which takes place on September 3 every year there, was pulled from TV after the industry group that represents commercial free-to-air networks took it down for being too "political." News.com.au reported on that the ad, which was sponsored by a Christian group called Dads4Kids, was taken down from TV in the leads-up to the same-sex marriage vote.

Court Asked for ‘Immediate Intervention’ to Block Trans Military Ban

LGBT legal groups are seeking "immediate intervention" from a federal court to block President Trump's ban on transgender military service as litigation moves forward. In a 51-page legal brief , lawyers from GLBTQ Advocates & Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights seek a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the ban, which Trump directed late last week.

Online Petition: LGBT Flag At School Just As Divisive As Confederate

An online petition exceeding 1,000 electronic signatures as of Friday morning is targeting an LGBT flag at Alabama's Auburn High School. Students and parents at the school say it is just as offensive to see the "pride" flag flying as it would be to see a Confederate flag, The Observer reports The change.org petition wants social studies teacher Donna Yeager to remove the symbol of gay rights.

Sexual orientation Title VII cases work way toward Supreme Court


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When the Trump Justice Department last month asserted that civil rights laws don't protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation, it clashed with another part of the administration - the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - which previously claimed that the laws did apply. Federal appeals judges are also at odds.

Alabama Senate race a fight to the finish

Wearing an NRA baseball cap and newly armed with an endorsement from President Donald Trump, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange on Saturday strolled by the sausage vendors and rodeo ticket booths at a rural county fair, rallying voters ahead of Tuesday's critical Republican primary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former Senate seat. "The day will turn on turnout.

Statement in support of equality and human rights for the LGBTQ community

The American Nurses Association believes that respect for the inherent dignity, worth, unique attributes, and human rights of all individuals is a fundamental principle. ANA's Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements establishes the ethical standard for the profession to advocate for social justice and human rights, especially for those whose rights may be more easily violated or not fulfilled.

Members of Congress sued over rainbow ‘pride flags’

U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, has vowed to fight a federal lawsuit attempting to force him and three other congressional colleagues to remove "Pride Flags" from their Washington, D.C., offices. The lawsuit was filed July 18 in Washington by Chris Sevier, who describes himself in the lawsuit as a "former judge advocate general, combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, D.C. lobbyist, overseas missionary, whistleblower and recording artist."

Polis Could Make History with Colorado Gubernatorial Bid

If Jared Polis wins the race for governor of Colorado, he would become the first openly gay person to win a gubernatorial race in the United States -- but breaking through the pink ceiling isn't a distinction that's a priority for his campaign. During an interview with the Washington Blade last week, the five-term member of the U.S. House identified renewable energy and education as marquee issues for his candidacy, downplaying the significance of achieving a potential first.

Using – free speech’ as a cover for discrimination

Jack Phillips is the operator of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from Phillips, who has religious objections to same-sex marriage and had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union.

Disagreeing with critics, Jokowi insists Indonesia still a model of moderate Islam

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 3, 2017. Source: Reuters/Beawiharta INDONESIA's president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling.

Trump WH declines to recognize LGBT Pride Month

The decision marks an end to two of his predecessors' tradition of officially recognizing the month. President Bill Clinton first recognized it in 1999 in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of late June 1969, which many point to as the start of the modern gay rights movement.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Masterpiece Cakeshop Gay Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether Denver's Masterpiece Cakeshop discriminated against a gay couple , Charlie Craig and David Mullins, by refusing to make them a wedding cake just over a year after the case was rejected by the Colorado Supreme Court . Attorneys for Masterpiece owner Jack Phillips argue that a Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling in favor of Craig and Mullins violated his rights as an artist not to create works that violate his personal beliefs, and they may find a find that Neil Gorsuch , a Coloradan who ruled in favor of religious freedom in an important case prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, has sympathy for this view.

Remy Ma beats Nicki Minaj at BET Awards; ’90s R&B shines

The "B" in BET Awards could stand for Beyonce, or Bruno Mars.Both pop stars are the top ... Gay pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights. Gay pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights.

Pride parades sound a note of resistance

Tens of thousands of people waving rainbow flags lined streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In San Francisco, revelers wearing rainbow tutus and boas held signs that read "No Ban, No Wall, Welcome Sisters and Brothers" while they danced to electronic music at a rally outside City Hall.

Pride parades focus on protest

Thousands of people lined the streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In a year when leaders are anxious about the president's agenda, parade organizers in New York and San Francisco were more focused on protest.

Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance _ and face some

Tens of thousands of people waving rainbow flags lined streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era. In San Francisco, revelers wearing rainbow tutus and boas held signs that read "No Ban, No Wall, Welcome Sisters and Brothers" while they danced to electronic music at a rally outside City Hall.

Solange, Migos win at BET Awards; Bruno Mars performs

The "B" in BET Awards could stand for Beyonce, or Bruno Mars.Both pop stars are the top ... A federal judge has ordered another review of whether the already-operating Dakota Access pipeline might unfairly impact the Standing Rock Sioux, but it's uncertain how the process will unfold. A federal judge has ordered another review of whether the already-operating Dakota Access pipeline might unfairly impact the Standing Rock Sioux, but it's uncertain how the process will unfold.

Energetic Bruno Mars opens BET Awards; Migos win

The "B" in BET Awards could stand for Beyonce, or Bruno Mars.Both pop stars are the top ... A handwritten musical composition by Al Capone are among the items up for bid Saturday in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A handwritten musical composition by Al Capone are among the items up for bid Saturday in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Vietnamese dissident recounts forced deportation to France

A handwritten musical composition by Al Capone are among the items up for bid Saturday in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A handwritten musical composition by Al Capone are among the items up for bid Saturday in the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Gay pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights. Gay pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights.

Gay pride parades nationwide take on a political tone

People marched in the annual New York Gay Pride Parade, one of the oldest and largest in the world, in the West Village in Manhattan on Sunday. NEW YORK - Thousands of people lined the streets for gay pride parades Sunday in coast-to-coast events that took both celebratory and political tones, the latter a reaction to what some see as new threats to gay rights in the Trump era.

SpaceX set to launch satellites from California air base

SpaceX is going for a weekend double-header with a planned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, just two days after a successful satellite launch from Florida. SpaceX is going for a weekend double-header with a planned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, just two days after a successful satellite launch from Florida.

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 120

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities, now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn the country from the Paris climate accords. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities, now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn the country from the Paris climate accords.

Black off-duty St. Louis cop mistakenly shot by white cop

The lawyer for a black St. Louis police officer who was off-duty when he tried to help in an arrest but was mistakenly shot by a white officer says his client's race factored into it. Officials say U.S. military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before allowing transgender individuals to enlist in their services.

Off-duty black St. Louis cop mistakenly shot by white cop

The lawyer for a black St. Louis police officer who was off-duty when he tried to help in an arrest but was mistakenly shot by a white officer says his client's race factored into it. The lawyer for a black St. Louis police officer who was off-duty when he tried to help in an arrest but was mistakenly shot by a white officer says his client's race factored into it.

Over 120 people buried by massive southwest China landslide

Deliberations in the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist have gone on longer than in his first trial. Deliberations in the second trial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist have gone on longer than in his first trial.

Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she’s gay at church

A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God - before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders - is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues. Savannah, 13, spoke on May 7 in Eagle Mountain, Utah, about her belief that she is the child of heavenly parents who didn't make any mistakes when she was created.

Federal Court Upholds Law Allowing Refusal Of Service To LGBT Couples

A law allowing business owner to deny service to LGBT couples was ruled enforceable in Mississippi by a federal court Thursday. The U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th circuit struck down a district court's injunction against the law , which now allows business owners to refuse to serve gay, lesbian, or transgender couples on grounds of religious objection and also permits clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses to LGBT couples.

Facts Versus Fiction: Why Obama worked against Jonathan in 2015 – Omokri

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief ABUJA- Former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, ensured former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the 2015 as punishment for the anti-same sex marriage law. US President Barack Obama shakes hands with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria before their bilateral meeting in New York on September 23, 2013 on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly.

Google gives grant to preserve oral history of Stonewall Inn

The philanthropic wing of the internet search giant Google says it is donating $1 million to preserve an oral history of the 1969 Stonewall riots. Sen. Chuck Schumer made the announcement Sunday that Google.org, the company's philanthropy branch, is donating the grant to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center to start the oral history project.

California Democrat Caught Verbally Abusing Gay Volunteers:…

LeTourneau accosted gay volunteers saying, "Which one of you a**holes is gay?" Then added, "You are a f***ing disgrace to any gay person I know, you piece of sh*t." The exchange occurred in the parking lot of a Fullerton, Calif., Walmart where LeTourneau, a Vice-Chair with the Democratic Party of Orange County who is gay, discovered that gay volunteers were helping a grassroots group collect signatures to unseat Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman.

WashPost Whitewashes ISIS, Mateen Out of Its Orlando Mass-Shooting Remembrance

The Washington Post marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific Orlando nightclub mass shooting on Monday, but something was repeatedly missing in the coverage: the name of the shooter Omar Mateen, and his ideological inspiration, the Islamic State. On Monday's front page, they promoted Sunday's "Equality March" by the gay Left: "It was at times celebratory and at others somber as participants gathered to commemorate the anniversary Monday of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history at an Orlando gay nightclub a year ago.

London Police Chief: Terror Victims Show How Diverse We Are

The rainbow flag flies with the Union Flag and the Scottish flag on Whitehall, marking the first day Britain has allowed same sex marriages, in London March 29, 2014. Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Britain's first gay marriages on Saturday, saying marriage was not something that should be denied to anyone because of their sexuality.

LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. Gay rights activists plan to air their concerns at the "Equality March for Unity and Pride" in Washington on Sunday as well as at 50 sister marches at cities across the country this month.

49 victims of Pulse massacre remembered in daylong services

Church bells tolled 49 times, a giant rainbow flag hung from a county government building and the names of the victims of the Pulse nightclub attack were read aloud at various ceremonies Monday as people in Orlando and beyond remembered the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. At 2:02 a.m., survivors, victims' families, club employees and local officials were gathered for a private service at the gay club at the exact time Omar Mateen opened fire a year ago and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Still no word on Arkansas birth certificate case

No word again today from the U.S. Supreme Court on the petition for it to review an Arkansas Supreme Court decision denying equal treatment to same-sex couples in the issuance of birth certificates. Heterosexual couples are presumed to be parents in birth certificate issuance.

3 Way to Protect Queer Kids in Betsy DeVos’s America

LGBTQ youth are not safe in school - and attempts at protecting them continue to be hotly contested. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal of a lower court's ruling in favor of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who petitioned for access to the boys' bathroom at his high school, and sent it back to the lower court for further consideration.

Texas adoption agency ‘religious refusal’ closer to law

Texas Republicans pushed the state closer to a law that allows publicly-funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The "Freedom to Serve Children Act" has received a late push in the Republican-dominated Legislature ahead of the May 29 end of the session.

1,000 in Romanian gay pride march amid moves to limit rights

Some 1,000 people have joi... As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, delegates broke from routine debates about party platforms to give Rep. Jason Chaffetz a warm send-off. As Utah Republicans met for their annual state convention Saturday, delegates broke from routine debates about party platforms to give Rep. Jason Chaffetz a warm send-off.

Distinguished pol of the week

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events This past week Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen , the first Cuban American and first Hispanic woman in Congress, announced she would be retiring after more than 35 years in office. Reaction was more than the pro forma "so sorry to see her go" sort of thing one normally sees at the announcement of a political retirement.

Trump pick to lead Army drops out, claims he was targeted for Christian beliefs

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's second attempt to nominate an Army secretary failed on Friday when his pick, Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green, withdrew from consideration amid increasingly fierce backlash to his controversial comments about the LGBT community, Muslims and evolution. “It is with deep regret today I am withdrawing my nomination to be the secretary of the Army,” he said in a statement.

KQED Seeks to Unseal Video of Historic California Prop 8 Marriage Equality Trial

Today, the Human Rights Campaign , the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, backed efforts by Prop 8 KQED to release the full record of the groundbreaking case, including videotapes, which have remained under court seal. Prop 8 was the 2008 amendment to the California Constitution that stripped the state of marriage equality and was ultimately overturned by the United States Supreme Court in the case Perry v.

U.S. Senator apologizes after receiving criticism for comments about LGBT community


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Sen. Mike Enzi apologized Tuesday for comments he made recently to Greybull High School students after being asked about Wyoming's gay and lesbian community. NewsOK highlights articles of interest from selected websites to increase the scope of commentary and coverage available to readers.

GOP senator from Matthew Shepard’s state: A ‘guy who wears a tutu to the bar’ is ‘asking for it’


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At his Senate confirmation hearing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath that he had never had contact with the... Here's what Wyoming's senior senator reportedly had to say about LGBTQ Americans in the state where Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die on a fence post two decades ago in one of the nation's most brutal anti-gay hate crimes: Sen. Mike Enzi told a group of high school and middle school students last week that it's fine to be a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer community - as long as you aren't too open about it.

Hillary Clinton blasts Trump on LGBT rights

"We may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues," Clinton said in a speech in New York. Clinton was addressing a fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community organization, where she received an award and thanked members of the audience for supporting her unsuccessful 2016 presidential bid.

Anti-gay group accusing others of name-calling and inciting violence forgets it’s done just that


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Popular Vote Loser Donald Trump just released his first budget,and it is filled with debilitating cuts to social services and... Despite promising to release his tax returns in a televised debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump continues to show that... McEwen to uncover this fuckery from the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ organization that is one of the groups targeted by Eliminate Hate , "a new initiative designed to bring attention to anti-LGBTQ hate groups and the propaganda and actions they take against" the community. ADF didn't quite appreciate this.

Alec Baldwin Gets Hostile With Photog At Reagan Airport

SNL's President Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin got up in the grill of a Washington, D.C. paparazzi photographer Wednesday in the baggage claim of Reagan National Airport, The Mirror has learned. The incident nearly turned physical, but according to the photog, Baldwin got in his face and said, "You're not worth it."

Constitutional concerns’ kills NC bill that would ban gay marriage

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement Wednesday that the bill filed Tuesday that would ban gay marriage should be considered dead on arrival in the General Assembly. The "Uphold Historical Marriage Act" says the U.S. Supreme Court overstepped its "constitutional bounds" when in 2015 it struck down what was known as Amendment One.

Constitutional concerns’ kills NC bill that would ban gay marriage

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement Wednesday that the bill filed Tuesday that would ban gay marriage should be considered dead on arrival in the General Assembly. The "Uphold Historical Marriage Act" says the U.S. Supreme Court overstepped its "constitutional bounds" when in 2015 it struck down what was known as Amendment One.

NC Gop Files Bill to Make Gay Marriage Illegal Again, Defying Scotus


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A new bill, HB870 , filed today by four North Carolina House Republicans seeks to invalidate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, directing the state government to defy it. GOP Reps.

Neil Gorsuch will be sworn in today. His effect on a divided Supreme Court begins immediately.

Neil M. Gorsuch joins the Supreme Court today, just in time to cast potentially significant votes in cases that pit religious liberty against gay rights, test limits on funding for church schools and challenge California's restrictions on carrying a concealed gun in public. Such issues arise either in appeals filed by conservative groups that have been pending before the justices for weeks or in cases to be heard later this month.

Justice Department drops North Carolina LGBT rights lawsuit

The Trump administration dropped a lawsuit Friday accusing North Carolina of discriminating against LGBT residents in response to the state's decision to undo its "bathroom bill." The Justice Department's withdrawal represents the first significant movement in a tangle of legal action over the state's nondiscrimination laws since a deal last month to get rid of House Bill 2. LGBT advocates have vowed to continue a separate federal lawsuit, saying the replacement law still violates the rights of gay and transgender people.

5 more senators Gorsuch no votes

Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him. Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Patty Murray of Washington, and Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, both of Rhode Island, said they believe that the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations.

St. Patrick’s parade organizers reverse course, will allow gay vets to march


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In this March 20, 2016 file photo, members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. The group said Wednesday, March 8, 2017, it was denied permission to march in the 2017 Boston St. Patrick's Day parade just two years after organizers made the ground-breaking decision to allow gay groups to participate for the first time.

St. Patrick’s parade organizers reverse course, will allow gay vets to march


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In this March 20, 2016 file photo, members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. The group said Wednesday, March 8, 2017, it was denied permission to march in the 2017 Boston St. Patrick's Day parade just two years after organizers made the ground-breaking decision to allow gay groups to participate for the first time.

Gay vets invited to march in Boston parade

Organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade reversed course Friday and said they would allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year's parade. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade's Twitter account that it had signed an "acceptance letter" that would clear the way for OutVets to participate.

St. Patrick’s parade planners to reconsider gay veterans ban

The organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade have scheduled an emergency meeting for Friday to reconsider their vote to bar a gay veterans group from participating. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the parade, and representatives of OutVets met Wednesday, said Ed Flynn, a council member who voted to allow the gay veterans' group to march.

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Secretary Rex Tillerson , Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new President Trump executive order on immigration, travel and visa restrictions. [Executive Order Details Here] * T-Rex explains the countries listed under the visa ban, which was modified after Iraq complied with the latest demands for enhanced vetting and security protocols.

Documentary explores drag scene in city of the US heartland

Filmmaker Gabrielle Burton said she didn't plan for her documentary about the drag scene in Ohio's capital city to achieve wider distribution at a time of political and cultural division. "Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens" had screenings in Columbus and New York last Friday and becomes available on iTunes, Amazon and some cable providers next week.

Texas court hears case to limit gay marriage legalization

The Texas Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that conservatives hope will provide an opening to challenge the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. The all-Republican court initially refused to hear the lawsuit, which challenged Houston's decision to offer same-sex spousal benefits to municipal employees.

Beyonce Calls For LGBT Support With 100 Days Of Kindness


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Beyonce has encouraged fans to take part in the 100 Days of Kindness challenge to show their support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The Halo superstar, who is pregnant with twins, has taken to social media to rally her devotees after U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration announced the removal of federal guidelines that allowed transgender school students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

Trump backtracks on LGBT issues

There was candidate Donald Trump in Colorado, waving a rainbow flag emblazoned with a "LGBTs for Trump," a photo opportunity meant to signal he was a new brand of Republican when it comes to protecting LGBT Americans. Four months later, faced with a major decision point on the issue, Trump's White House held up another slogan: defense of states' rights.

Bill filed to loosen knot over N Carolina “bathroom bill”

North Carolina lawmakers filed a bipartisan bill Wednesday aimed at breaking an impasse over the state's "bathroom bill," but it's likely to face tough going in the Republican-controlled legislature. Two House Republicans and two Democrats sponsored the measure that would repeal House Bill 2, the law approved last March.

White House signals reversal in transgender-bathroom policy

The Trump administration plans to roll back protections for transgender students, reversing federal guidance that required the nation's public schools to allow children to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identities. In a letter to the nation's schools, administration officials plan to say they are withdrawing guidance issued by the Obama administration that found that denying transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice violates federal prohibitions against sex discrimination, according to a draft of the letter obtained by The Washington Post .

Morning Bits

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Republicans shouldn't bank on big wins in 2018. "The 2018 Senate cycle presents Republicans with a host of opportunities, but the party has already lost several top-tier candidates to fill the seats.

Anti-gay Jeff Sessions confirmed as Trump’s attorney general

Despite activists and groups such as the Human Rights Campaign lambasting him for his record on equal rights, the Alabama senator has officially been elected to the prestigious position with a vote of 52 in favour to 47 against. Sessions' record on LGBT+ rights is abysmal - he voted against marriage equality, is in favour of allowing discrimination in the name of religion, and called discriminatory measure Don't Ask Don't Tell "pretty effective".

Trump moves leave LGBT groups, religious conservatives wary

Mixed signals from the White House on gay rights and conscience protections have put two constituencies on edge: LGBT advocates already wary of President Donald Trump and religious conservatives determined to hold him to his campaign promises. Last week, Trump pledged to maintain President Barack Obama's job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender federal employees, and the White House touted him as a protector of the broader LGBT community.

Most Americans don’t want “religious freedom” laws…

A majority of Americans oppose denying services to LGBT individuals in the name of religion, according to a new poll from the . Sixty-one percent of respondents were against giving faith-based groups or private individuals the religious exemption to, say, refuse to cater a lesbian wedding, or to refuse to sign the marriage certificates of same-sex couples, as Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, Ky., made national headlines for doing in 2015.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Help Block Potential Rollback of LGBT Rights


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It's no secret that President Trump's family has played a key role in shaping the new administrations' politics, and a new report reveals the extent to which Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, hold sway over the president. As first reported by Politico , Ivanka Trump and Kushner personally helped squash a potential executive order that would have rolled back LGBT protections created during the Obama administration.

On LGBT rights, Trump seems willing to anger Christian right – …

The jury's still out on Donald Trump and LGBT issues, but so far he has defied Republican anti-gay orthodoxy Donald Trump hasn't yet been president for two weeks, but already he has taken numerous actions to fulfill promises he made as a presidential candidate. He has set the repeal of Obamacare in motion, implemented a ban on immigrants and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries and worked closely with a conservative legal affairs group to nominate a Supreme Court justice.

NJ Assemblyman: Trump Preservation of LGBT Protections ‘No Cause for Celebration’

Following President Donald Trump's decision to preserve employment protections for LGBT federal workers and contractors originally put in place by an executive order from former president Barack Obama, one of New Jersey's gay lawmakers is calling the move a distraction from the widespread anti-gay sentiment among his cabinet and prospective appointees. General Assemblyman Tim Eustace said that Trump's executive order barring refugees, immigrants and green card holders from certain Muslim countries stands in stark contrast to his decision not to take away Obama's guarantee to LGBT federal employees that they will not be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

DNC Ousts Candidate Who Said Muslims Don’t Like Gays

The Democratic National Committee has removed a candidate from the chairmanship race after he pointed out some Muslims persecute gay people. Former House candidate Vincent Tolliver was ousted after he told The Hill one of the other candidates for DNC chair, Rep. Keith Ellison, should not lead the Democrat Party because he is a Muslim.

Trump Just Came Down Hard On The Side Of “Religious Liberty,” AKA Homophobia


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In picking Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee, Donald Trump has effectively erased anything positive about his earlier decision not to undo an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against us. Gorsuch is a younger Antonin Scalia, who, at 49, could serve three decades or longer on the bench to extend Scalia's culture war against us.

Do they want anarchy?

Former New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte will lead a team of political veterans chosen by the White House to help shepherd President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court through the U.S. The Boston Bruins came out of the All-Star break with a key road victory, trailing early but taking control for a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on ... (more)

Trump to keep LGBTQ workplace protections

Trump to keep Obama executive order for LGBTQ workplace protections Administration announces it will keep Obama policy from 2014. Check out this story on dailyworld.com: http://usat.ly/2jQCYdQ WASHINGTON - The White House said Tuesday that President Trump will maintain workplace protections for gays and lesbians instituted during the Obama administration.

White House says it wona t roll back LGBTQ protections

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he won't roll back federal workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people, giving a rare nod of approval to President Barack Obama's work on the issue. In a statement released early morning, the White House said Obama's 2014 executive order prohibiting LGBTQ workplace discrimination would remain intact "at the direction" of Trump.

White House considers pulling back on LGBT protections – Mon, 30 Jan 2017 PST

The White House is embroiled in a debate over whether to reverse some key protections the Obama administration extended to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, according to several people briefed on the process. A draft of a potential executive order began circulating in Washington over the weekend that would overturn President Barack Obama's directive barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal workforce and by federal contractors.

Former Whitman-Walker official named White House health adviser

In a little-noticed development, then President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 5 named former Whitman-Walker Clinic associate director Katy French Talento as his White House health policy adviser. Talento's LinkedIn page and other biographical information on her shows that she served from December 1998 to November 2000 as a Whitman-Walker Program Evaluator and later as its Associate Director for Contracts and Grants.

Moore, Warren Kick Off Women’s Marches With Words of Protest

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Senator Elizabeth Warren and other prominent liberal leaders lined up at microphones across the nation to voice demands during a series of women's marches in the nation's cities, insisting their message was not only about women's rights, but about human rights they say are in jeopardy with President Donald Trump. Moore, in Washington D.C.: "If the federal government comes to take our Mexican brothers and sisters away, 30,000 people say I will do it.

DeGeneres, other LGBTQ stars thank Barack Obama

Los Angeles, Jan 21 - Popular American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and other LGBTQ stars have compiled a 'thank you' video for Barack Obama for everything he achieved on behalf of their rights during his presidency. She posted the video on The Ellen Show's YouTube account, reports independent.co.uk.

Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has backed out as a performer at next week's presidential inaugural, saying she did not realise that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump. Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in Broadway's "Dreamgirls," faced pressure from her gay, lesbian and black fans when it was announced she would sing at a Thursday concert at Washington's Lincoln Memorial.

Why Does “Big Gay” Expect Trump To Persecute Them?

One rather queer aspect of the Donald Trump phenomenon is that people so expect to be offended by his paroxysms of intolerance that they haven't noticed there's one group the president-elect has never scapegoated, attacked, or belittled: LGBT Americans. Trump's reserve on gay matters, coming from a politician so promiscuous with his vituperation, represents a welcome watershed in LGBT history.

Nets Hype Dems Testifying Against Sessions Over Racism Allegations

On Tuesday, the network morning shows were thrilled by the prospect of Democratic lawmakers testifying against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions during the confirmation hearing for the Donald Trump cabinet pick. However, none of the broadcasts bothered to recall that those same Democrats once eagerly worked with the Alabama senator on civil rights issues.

Trump’s Pick for Attorney General to Make Final Case for Confirmation

In particular, he will vow to tell incoming president Donald Trump "no" when necessary. He will defend police and law enforcement officers across the country who have been "unfairly maligned" in recent years, and he will insist he understands the struggle for justice by "African-American brothers and sisters" and from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to prepared remarks to be made before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

LGBT activists view Obama as staunch champion of their cause

In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, people gather in Lafayette Park to see the White House illuminated with rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington. It was a new look for the White House: illuminated in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage nationwide.

The march of the vegans! Restaurants and beloved brands tweak menus …

Gunman kills at least five and wounds nine at Florida airport: Man in a Star Wars shirt executes victims with shots to the head in baggage claim then surrenders - but ANOTHER suspect is loose EXCLUSIVE: Chicago torture victim, 18, is asking why 'friend he idolized' was one of black gang who beat, burned and tortured him chanting 'f*** Trump, f*** white people' Scientology lawyer goes on national TV to slam Leah Remini for show that led to death threats against their leader David Miscavige More Hillary Clinton emails surface - and show how anti-gay Sharia law ruler The Sultan of Brunei treated Bill 'like part of his family' Russian election-year cyber attacks fall-out is a 'witch hunt' orchestrated by Democrats, says Trump as he asks Congress to investigate leak of top-secret hacking intelligence report EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie accuses Brad Pitt of 'publicly impugning' her character in ... (more)

Philly’s Mummers Parade offers new year a lively welcome

The city's annual Mummers Parade quieted critics who raised concerns about racially or culturally insensitive displays in previous years, with marchers putting on a family friendly New Year's Day show that still entertained spectators crowded along the milelong route. Philadelphia has hosted the Mummers Parade since 1901, making it the oldest continuous folk parade in the country, with string bands, comic brigades, elaborate floats and plenty of feathers and sequins.

Remember the Christian bakers

A funny thing happened on the way to the Donald Trump inauguration - liberals suddenly became champions of people being allowed to decline participating in something if it violated their conscience. Surprising, indeed, after years of Christian bakers and pizza parlors being targeted for destruction by the gay left for refusing to participate in something because it opposed their conscience and faith.

John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry apologized Monday for past discrimination against gay and lesbian people at the State Department , an unusual acknowledgment that members of the diplomatic corps were hounded out for their sexual orientation. "In the past - as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades - the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation," Kerry wrote in a brief statement published on the department's website.

Hope for the rebellion: A 2016 L…

"Rogue One," the latest movie in the "Star Wars" franchise, opened last week. Without leaking any spoilers, trailers have revealed a key line as protagonist Jyn Erso rallies the beleaguered rebels: "We have hope.

The Latest: Senate, gay rights leaders lament session

Opponents of House Bill 2 hold signs outside the House chambers gallery as the North Carolina General Assembly convenes for a special session at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. ... . State Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, D-Wake, speaks on the senate floor during a special session of the North Carolina General Assembly called to consider repeal of NC HB2 in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

Top StoryWatch Live: North Carolina lawmakers meeting to consider HB2 repeal

North Carolina's legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. House and Senate members planned to meet in the capital Wednesday for a special session two days after the Charlotte City Council gutted an ordinance that in March led the Republican-controlled General Assembly to pass House Bill 2, known by some as the "bathroom bill."

North Carolina lawmakers meeting to consider HB2 repeal

North Carolina's legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings. House and Senate members planned to meet in the capital Wednesday for a special session two days after the Charlotte City Council gutted an ordinance that in March led the Republican-controlled General Assembly to pass House Bill 2, known by some as the "bathroom bill."

N. Carolina governor sticks with GOP, diminishing successor

The last significant act of outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory 's tempestuous administration has been to go along with GOP legislators and sign into law at least one quickly put together bill that will diminish the power of his Democratic successor. McCrory must still decide whether to sign a second bill passed by a Republican-dominated General Assembly that has repeatedly tugged the man who campaigned in 2012 as Charlotte's moderate former mayor into hard-right turf.

Democratic NC governor-elect threatens to sue over GOP bills to limit his powers

North Carolina Gov.-elect Roy Cooper said Thursday he's ready to fight in court against Republican legislation moving through a surprise General Assembly session that would undercut his powers as he takes office next month. The outgoing attorney general was already headed to a rough relationship with the Republican-led legislature before lawmakers convened themselves into a special session Wednesday and launched attacks on the Democrat's powers.

Arkansas Supreme Court rules that same-sex parents’ names…

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled late last week that birth certificates for children of same-sex couples will not be allowed to list the names of both parents. According to Reiters , the ruling puts an end to the fairly brief amount of time that same-sex couples were allowed the same parental rights as the children of heterosexual couples.

Video company challenges gay marriage law

The owners of a video company have filed a legal challenge to Minnesota's gay marriage law because they want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only. Carl and Angel Larsen said they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples.

HRC Criticizes Trump Picks Tom Price, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions


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The Human Rights Campaign , the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, has criticized three of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks. Trump has picked Georgia Rep. Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

Time to End Discrimination Against Gays?

On gay rights, America has come a great distance in a short time. Remember the days, not so long ago, that gays stayed in the closet, sodomy was a crime, same-sex marriage was banned and people could be fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation? Actually, you don't have to try to remember that last.

Utah denies it has anti-gay school laws

The state of Utah has denied it has anti-gay school laws as it defends itself from a lawsuit challenging restrictions on talk about homosexuality in the classroom. The case quotes selectively from state law and school rules, which don't contain the phrase "anti-gay laws," state attorneys said several times in court documents filed Tuesday.

Queens residents march across Queensboro Bridge in Trump protest

Nearly 1,000 people marched from Long Island City across the Queensboro Bridge to Manhattan to protest the election of president-elect Donald Trump on Saturday. Led by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, the march was an opportunity for residents to voice concerns about Trump's views and to make a statement about the borough's values.

Trump Says It’s ‘Irrelevant’ If He Supports Gay Marriage…


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Asked by Lesley Stahl whether he supports marriage equality, Trump reportedly said, "It-It's irrelevant because it was already settled. It's law.

President Pence Is Happening

Yesterday we were all fretting about Chris Christie being in control of the transition team. What ghoulish gang would he assemble? Giuliani? Gingrich? Santorum? Seems like it makes total sense to put your VP in charge of something important like that.

Peter Thiel Hasn’t Spoken with Trump About SCOTUS and LGBT Rights, Still Endorses Him – WATCH


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Gay Republican billionaire and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel says he has had not had conversations with Trump about LGBT rights and the Supreme Court, yet remains confident that Trump will expand and not reduce rights if elected president. Thiel made his remarks during a event at the National Press Club in Washington where he gave prepared remarks and took questions about his support of Trump, his funding the lawsuit that brought down Gawker, and more.

Yuengling beer backed Trump this week. You can guess the rest.

This week, Donald Trump's son, Eric, took a media-accompanied tour of America's oldest brewery, D.G. Yuengling & Son, family owned and operated in the small Pennsylvania town of Pottsville since 1829. Trump, an heir to his father's billions, was escorted by Richard "Dick" Yuengling Jr., the brewery's fifth generation scion and a billionaire in his own right.

“Let your voice be heard” – ” Orlando shooting survivor on voting for first time

Ricardo Negron-Almodovar survived the 12 June massacre at LGBT nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman opened fire and killed 49 people and injured many more. Now, speaking in an advert for the Human Rights Campaign, Ricardo explains why he'll be voting for the first time, and why all American citizens should make sure they choose the right person for president.

Why it Matters: LGBT

In this June 26, 2015, file photo, a supporter of same-sex marriage runs with an "equality" flag under a larger "equality" drape outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, before the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the U.S. Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and non-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

Dick Heller endorses DC Libertarian candidate

Moulton aims to retire the 25-year establishment incumbent Eleanor Holmes Norton. "Martin's background, common sense, and focus on creative solutions make him the ideal candidate to rise above the partisan divide and deliver results for all District for all residents," says Dick Heller.

Super PAC ad compares Trumpa s rhetoric with a hatea that led to Matthew Sheparda s 1998 death

Priorities USA, Hillary Clinton's top-dollar super PAC, will begin airing an ad this week that compares Donald Trump's rhetoric with the "hate" that led to the 1998 killing of Matthew Shepard. The ad, which will run in Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Iowa, Colorado and New Hampshire, features Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard's mother, linking the "hate" that she says Trump shows at events with the anti-gay sentiment that led two men to kill her son because of his sexual orientation.

Emails show Clintona s response to LGBT backlash

Hacked emails released in daily dispatches over the weekend by the WikiLeaks group showed Hillary Clinton's campaign staff worried about a response to the gay community's backlash over a comment concerning former first lady Nancy Reagan and AIDS. Also among the documents are transcripts of Clinton speeches and question-and-answer sessions that Goldman Sachs hosted in 2013, appearances for which she received hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Progressives Unite in Opposition to Donald Trump

The Pulse nightclub, still painted in funereal black, is surrounded by a fence covered with colorful murals commemorating the victims of the June assault, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. On the murals, people have written messages of love, of hope and most commonly, of unity.

Questions For The Candidates On Marijuana Reform

There is a major political debate currently happening in many parts of this country, but the astonishing thing is that most politicians -- especially those on the national stage -- seem to want to pretend the debate doesn't even exist . We saw this previously on the issue of gay marriage, when even the Democratic candidates for president in 2008 wouldn't support the idea for fear of losing votes -- even though it was obviously the right thing to do.

US top court rejects ‘gay conversion’ therapy ban challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact California's ban on "gay conversion" therapy aimed at turning youths under age 18 away from homosexuality, rejecting a Christian minister's challenge to the law asserting it violates religious rights. The justices, turning away a challenge to the 2012 law for the second time in three years, let stand a lower court's ruling that it was constitutional and neither impinged upon free exercise of religion nor impacted the activities of clergy members.

N. Carolina Democrats aim to narrow GOP legislative margin

North Carolina voters who've soured on contentious laws addressing gay rights, voter ID and abortion might muster enough political muscle to replace Republican Gov. Pat McCrory with a Democrat in November. But the GOP lawmakers who approved them almost certainly will keep control of the legislature.

Alabama chief justice ousted over gay marriage defiance

The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court was effectively ousted on Friday by a judicial panel that found he unethically resisted U.S. court rulings that legalized same-sex marriage. Chief Justice Roy Moore, 69, violated judicial ethics by ordering probate judges to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled.

Alabama justice off bench for defying feds on gay marriage

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's defiance of federal court rulings on gay marriage violated judicial ethics, a disciplinary court ruled on Friday before suspending him for the rest of his term. The punishment effectively removes Moore from office without the nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary officially ousting him.

Botswana Deports American Hate Pastor

President Ian Khama of Botswana said on Tuesday he had ordered the arrest and deportation of U.S. pastor Steven Anderson, who was banned from neighboring South Africa last week over his hateful anti-gay views. Anderson, of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona, notoriously welcomed the deaths in June of 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Will either side blink over North Carolina’s House Bill 2?

North Carolina's Republican leaders and gay-rights supporters are daring each other to clean up the mess over the state's law limiting LGBT protections against discrimination, which is crimping the state's economy as sponsors of major sporting events pull out of the state. Gov. Pat McCrory and GOP legislators have offered to consider rescinding the law, but only if the Democrats who lead Charlotte's City Council act first and essentially admit they were wrong to pass a local ordinance that would have expanded protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

N.C. drops ‘bathroom bill’ lawsuit: Why that won’t settle the issue

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory dropped a lawsuit against the federal government Friday, but debate over the state's so-called 'bathroom bill' rages on. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory speaks June 24 during a candidate forum in Charlotte, N.C. After suing the federal government in May to defend the state's controversial new law limiting LGBT rights, Gov. McCrory dropped the lawsuit Friday.

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She was half of one of the most iconic photos of the 20th Century. Greta Zimmer Friedman, the woman kissed by a sailor in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945, has died, her son Joshua Friedman told The Post.

Kaine predicts Catholic church will change its teaching on gay marriage

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic, on Saturday described his evolution on same-sex marriage and predicted that his church would change its views as well. "My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend," Kaine said at a dinner celebrating gay rights.

The Latest: Streisand sings of Trump, ‘sad, vulgar clown’


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At an LGBT fundraiser Friday for Hillary Clinton, the singer performed a parody of the Stephen Sondheim song "Send in the Clowns" with lyrics about the Republican nominee. "Is he that rich, maybe he's poor, 'til he reveals his returns, who can be sure?" Streisand sang to an applauding crowd.

Will anti-semitism go unchecked at UC?

As the school year begins, one thing is certain: There will be anti-Semitic outbursts and incidents at campuses of the University of California. We know this because of a long history of such episodes at campuses like Berkeley, Irvine and UCLA, where Jewish students have been subjected to everything from physical obstruction and attempted intimidation to questions by Palestinian students and their sympathizers about whether their faith allows Jews elected to student government posts to make objective decisions.

Team CFA tied to conservative causes

North Carolina legislators lifted the 100-limit cap on charter schools in 2011, and now there are now 167 charter schools in the state. The school, affiliated with Team CFA, and its affiliate, The Challenge Foundation, is one of 10 charter schools in North Carolina funded by these organizations.

Editor’s Letter: Turn Off Trump TV

It makes sense that former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and Breitbart 's executive chairman Stephen Bannon are now adviser and chief executive, respectively, for the Donald Trump campaign. Ailes, who the campaign insists has no formal or informal role, turned Fox News into the de facto mouthpiece for the GOP; Breitbart , the site for those who think Fox News is too namby-pamby, was instrumental in the proliferation of birtherism, the rise of Tea Party darling Sarah Palin, and the propagation of the idea that the American straight white Christian man is losing ground to people of color, women, queers, and infidels; and both outlets constantly echo the strains of American nationalism.

Drudge Report Goes for Hillary Clinton Lesbian Rumor With Its Weiner Headline

Not much is beneath the standards of right-wing blogger Matt Drudge, even insinuating Hillary Clinton's aide is leaving her husband to shack up with the presidential nominee. Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner today found himself in the middle of another sexting scandal, even after the first one derailed his political career and embarassed his wife, powerful Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Marco Rubio tells Florida Christians to show more compassion toward the gay community

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spoke about the perils of being intolerant toward the gay community at a Christian conference Friday 'Abandoning judgment and loving our LGBT neighbors is not a betrayal of what the Bible teaches, it is the fulfillment of it,' Rubio preached The former presidential candidate decided to run for re-election in the Senate in the aftermath of the Orlando gay nightclub mass shooting While maintaining his position against same-sex marriage, Sen. Marco Rubio used a speech before a group of Christians to speak of the perils of intolerance toward the gay community.

Marco Rubio: Religious Right Should Love Gays Not Judge Them

In a speech to pastors, Sen. Marco Rubio urged religious conservatives to love gay people, instead of judging them for their behavior. Rubio began by reasserting his belief that marriage was between one man and one woman, but cautioned people of faith to avoid "heated rhetoric" against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Rubio defends opposition to gay marriage but urges a lovea for LGBT community

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio stressed his opposition to same-sex marriage while also calling on fellow Christians to "love" and understand LGBT people in a speech before a gathering of conservative pastors in Orlando on Friday. The two-day event, titled "Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project" and sponsored by the Florida Renewal Project, was described as "an anti-LGBT rally" by Florida Democrats who criticized Rubio for speaking there two months after the Pulse shootings at a gay nightclub.

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Roughly 5 percent of North Carolina's magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples for religious reasons, and lawyers for the state say people suing in federal court have no standing to challenge these opt-outs as unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn scheduled a hearing for Monday in Asheville in part to consider a motion by the state to dismiss their lawsuit altogether.

Marco Rubio to speak at anti-LGBT event after citing gay nightclub…

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is scheduled to speak at a conference held by an anti-LGBT Christian group, after citing the terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando as his reason for backtracking on his announcement that he would not run for re-election. Rubio, who had repeatedly insisted he would not seek reelection for his Senate seat after losing his Republican presidential primary bid, has maintained anti-gay positions throughout his political career.

Gay rights icon Harvey Milk will have a Navy vessel named for him

A Navy vessel will travel the world bearing the name of gay rights icon Harvey Milk, the most prominent gesture towards the LGBT community in military history. The U.S. Naval Institute News obtained a leaked Congressional memo from July 14, showing that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed plans to name a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler "the USNS Harvey Milk."

The Navy Is Naming A Ship After LGBTQ Pioneer Harvey Milk

The Navy is set to name a ship after the pioneering LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk, who was killed while in office in 1978. The Navy is planning to name one of its new oil tankers after the pioneering gay rights activist who served his country as a diving officer during the Korean War, Milk had to hide his sexuality when he served because openly gay people were officially banned from serving in the U.S. armed forces - a rule that lasted until 2011.

Malloy’s Hollywood moment at the DNC

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sits down for an interview with Hala Gorani of CNN at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sits down for an interview with Hala Gorani of CNN at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Creep Of The Week: Donald Trump

More specifically, he said, "Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted the LGBTQ community.

Tracing the LGBT DNC Legacy

The Democratic National Convention is creating LGBT history in full public view. This will mark the first national political party convention with LGBT participation on every level: the largest number of out LGBT delegates and OUT delegates at every level, from a small country district to super delegate, from county commissioner to U.S. Senator.

Staying High In These Days of Going Low

First Lady Michelle Obama's speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention rocked, and her words and advice about hate speech resonated especially for many LGBTQ people. In a surprisingly personal speech, Obama shared how she and Barack advise their daughters, Malia and Sasha, on how not to let name-calling, nastiness, and negativity ensnare them by remaining about the fray.

U.S. opens door to a change in blood donation policy for gay men

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the door on Tuesday to a change in its blood donor deferral recommendations, which currently prohibit donations from gay men for a year following their last sexual encounter in order to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In December the FDA overturned a 30-year ban on all blood donations from men who have sex with men, saying the change was based on science showing an indefinite ban was not necessary to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus.

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'To the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous': Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman is heavily booed as she tells Democrats to back Hillary in wake of DNC Wikileaks email scandal Revealed: How DNC staffers under Wasserman Schultz used anti-gay slurs, mocked the name of an African-American assistant and created a sexist Craigslist job post to humiliate Donald Trump Chaos as Democratic National Convention opens: Sanders supporters shout 'Bernie, Bernie' then boo every mention of Hillary's name, arena is surrounded by anti-Clinton mob - and even the gavelling goes wrong Bernie Sanders sends desperate text to his furious supporters pleading with them not to protest at the DNC as the party leadership offer him a groveling apology Bernie supporters will try to unseat Tim Kaine: Fresh division rocks DNC as Sanders backers say they object to Clinton's VP pick 'Like millions of Americans, ... (more)

Judge to monitor Kansas’ actions on gay marriage for 3 years

A federal judge has told Kansas that for three more years he will monitor its compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision legalizing gay marriage across the nation. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a permanent order Friday barring the state from treating same-sex couples differently than opposite-sex couples in allowing them to marry or extending the benefits of marriage to them.

‘I certainly think it’s alright’: Republicans react to Peter…

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel got a roaring response from the Republican National Convention crowd when he declared that he was "proud to be gay" and "proud to be a Republican" during his big speech on Thursday night. Republicans at the event told Business Insider that it was generally "good" to have someone represent the LGBT community on the stage - the first to do so in 16 years - but that it wasn't the major point of Thiel's speech.

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'Believe me!' Trump vows to fix America's crime, immigration, trade, manufacturing industry and place in the world in epic acceptance speech 'My father will fight to win working mothers equal pay': Radiant Ivanka plays the women's card as she reveals a rare nugget of actual policy Estate of George Harrison slams the GOP after Ivanka Trump comes on stage at convention to the tune of Here Comes the Sun 'Who cares what bathrooms people use?' Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel gets a standing ovation as he tells the RNC he's proud to be gay AND a Republican while endorsing Donald Trump I'm with you...as long as you're not black, gay, Muslim, Latino or a woman: Hillary and Bernie team up to troll Trump on Twitter during Republican's convention speech Trump is praised for becoming first GOP nominee to mention LGBT community and promising to protect them in his convention speech Like father, ... (more)

Trump’s moment: Speech to close GOP convention’s final day

Ivanka Trump applauds as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as his son Eric Trump speaks during the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland. Ivanka Trump applauds as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as his son Eric Trump speaks during the Republican National Convention, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland.

France attacker menacing, volatile; jihadist ties a question

A New Hampshire woman is free after serving a three-year prison sentence for luring a co-worker to her apartment in 2012 as a sex offering to her domineering boyfriend, then helping him dispose of the... A New Hampshire woman is free after serving a three-year prison sentence for luring a co-worker to her apartment in 2012 as a sex offering to her domineering boyfriend, then helping him dispose of the co-worker's body... The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination's ban on same-sex relationships. The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination's ban on same-sex relationships.

Trump’s VP Pick? Anti-Gay Holy Roller


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The Indiana governor and culture warrior would balance the ticket with a twice-divorced, proud philanderer at the top-except he legalized discrimination against LGBT people with a law so extreme other GOP states rejected it. In choosing Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has shored up the GOP's religious base.

Head of group that led efforts to ban gay marriage to retire

The head of an Ohio-based conservative group who has been an outspoken foe of same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues plans to retire following the November elections. Phil Burress told The Columbus Dispatch he plans to spend time with his family after leaving his position as president of Citizens for Community Values, based in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville.

GOP rejects call to back off gay marriage opposition

Visitors show their support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to his speech at Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, July 11, 2016. Visitors show their support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to his speech at Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday, July 11, 2016.

Caitlyn Jenner Takes Half-Step Toward RNC Appearance

Caitlyn Jenner isn't wavering in her support for Republicans; she just booked an appearance in Cleveland, the site of the Republican National Convention, two days after the confab begins on July 18. Jenner will appear at a "Big Tent Brunch" hosted by groups like Equality Ohio and socially-liberal conservatives, including the American Unity Fund and the Log Cabin Republicans, the latter being an LGBT GOP organization. Former talk show host Montell Williams, a Republican LGBT rights supporter, will introduce Jenner at the event, which will call for the party to embrace queer rights in its new platform.

HRC Blasts Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson for Discriminatory Attack on Transgender Students

Today, the Human Rights Campaign , the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, denounced Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson for filing a federal lawsuit on behalf of 10 states seeking to block President Barack Obama's historic guidance to ensure the dignity and equal treatment of transgender students in public and federally-funded schools. "It's a sad day when powerful law enforcement officials come together to harm children by collectively discriminating against them simply because of who they are," said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at The Human Rights Campaign.

Sid Salter: Blame game, posturing don’t solve issues

The actual judicial decision written by U.S. District Carlton Reeves in striking down Mississippi's House Bill 1523 was eloquent, persuasive, and powerful - and at the same time, the ruling itself was entirely predictable and in keeping with the prevailing federal judicial winds. The ruling is written in such a way as to withstand the scrutiny of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Religious supporters of Miss. law look to appeal

Religious supporters of a Mississippi law dealing with objections to same-sex marriage say they hope a higher court will overturn the federal judge who stopped the law from taking effect. Those who oppose the measure are applauding the action by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to block House Bill 1523 , saying proponents of the law are misusing religion to support it.

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Memberships have more than doubled in a national LGBT, pro-gun rights organization since a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people. Memberships have more than doubled in a national LGBT, pro-gun rights organization since a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Florida, killing 49 people.

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It's been a world-shaking couple of weeks, much of it magnified because we are in the midst of a presidential election at what seems a crucial time. The Brexit vote and the negative market reaction that followed; the Democratic congressional sit-in; and the horrifying massacre of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Fla.

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Supporters of the LGBT rights movement won the latest round against conservatives when a federal judge ruled that a Mississippi "religious objections" law is unconstitutional, just moments before it was to take effect Friday. The decision could influence federal judges considering challenges to other state laws and will be held up by gay-rights advocates as another reason for legislatures to back off considering similar bills.

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A federal judge blocked a controversial Mississippi law that would've gone into effect Friday, which would've allowed businesses and government employees to deny services to gay and transgender people based on religious grounds. U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves issued a 60-page opinion in which he described the Mississippi law, known as House Bill 1523, as "state-sanctioned discrimination."

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A federal judge blocked a controversial Mississippi law that would've gone into effect Friday which would've allowed businesses and government employees to deny services to gay and transgender people based on religious grounds. U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves issued a 60-page opinion in which he described the Mississippi law, known as House Bill 1523, as "state-sanctioned discrimination."

NOM’s Brian Brown Compares Opponents Of Gay Marriage Ruling To Abolitionists


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Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage , this week described marriage rights for gay couples as a "profound lie" similar to slavery. Turnout at NOM's annual March for Marriage - the first since the U.S. Supreme Court found that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry - was low, fewer than 250 people by one count .

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A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling blocks the state from enforcing part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday.

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A year after New York City's jubilant pride parade celebrated a high point for gay Americans with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, the atmosphere surrounding the annual march couldn't be... Rainbow flags were held high along with portraits of the dead as thousands of people marched Sunday in gay pride parades tempered by this month's massacre at a Florida gay nightclub. At least six people were stabbed Sunday when members of right-wing extremists groups holding a rally outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento clashed with counter-protesters, authorities said.

Pentagon Plans to Lift Ban on Transgender Troops

The U.S. Defense Department plans to repeal its ban on transgender service members, ending a year of contentious internal debate about how they can serve openly. The decision is expected to be announced July 1, USA Today reported Friday, citing a senior Pentagon official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tens of Thousands Show Up to March At Nyc LGBT Pride Parade 2016

Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on Sunday to celebrate LGBT Pride Month and rally in support of the LGBT community following a mass shooting at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida this month which left 49 victims dead . According to A.M. New York , this year's 46th annual Pride March was the largest in New York history, with some 32,000 marchers.

Spain exit poll: Popular Party gets most votes in election

Spain's Unidos Podemos coalition party leader Pablo Iglesias rests leaning on a net after a basketball match with some friends at the Complutense University of Madrid sports campus in Madrid, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Spaniard... Lighter winds are helping firefighters make gains on a voracious and deadly wildfire in central California that has burned 150 homes and claimed two lives.

Column: Why political correctness is a good thing

Why did a 29-year-old man who had previously been investigated by the FBI remain free and able to terrorize an Orlando gay bar? The NRA's Chris Cox wrote a column for USA Today identifying political correctness - specifically, the Obama administration's - as the chief factor in creating the opportunity for the massacre. He later doubled down on his claim in an interview with Face the Nation.

Denton gay couples reflect on first anniversary of marriage ruling

Tod King, left, and Casey Cavalier hold their adopted son, 3-year-old Eddie, for a portrait in their home in Denton. King and Cavalier were the first same-sex couple to try to seek a marriage license at the Denton County Courts Building following the June 26, 2015, Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Tant: Violence becomes popular American pastime

It was a normal September day in Camden, New Jersey, in 1949, when Howard Unruh picked up his Luger pistol and began what was called his "walk of death." During a deadly 12-minute stroll through his neighborhood, Unruh killed 13 men, women and children.

In Raising Funds for Paul Ryan, Is Tim Cook Emulating Trump?

While there's been strong criticism of Apple CEO Tim Cook's decision to host a fundraiser for U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans, it seems he's doing what business leaders often do in the political world, even a businessman Cook deeply disdains. "As a businessman that deals all over the world, you give.

Ideologues Make for Dangerous Politiciansby Victor Davis…

Her positions on subjects such as gay marriage, free-trade agreements, the Keystone XL pipeline, the Iraq War, the Assad regime in Syria, and the use of the term "radical Islam" all seem to hinge on what she perceives 51 percent of the public to believe on any given day. Such politicians believe truth is a relative construct.

Attorney General: No ‘magic bullet’ against jihadist propaganda

The Orlando massacre at a popular gay nightclub shows no one yet has "found the magic bullet" to prevent Americans from being inspired to violence by jihadist propaganda on the Internet, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday as she visited a city still shaken by the shootings. Countering the narrative of radical extremism continues to be a challenge for the government, Lynch said in an interview with The Associated Press.

U.S. stands with Orlando shooting victims, attorney general says

The U.S. government is providing $1 million in emergency funds to cover overtime for first responders to the Orlando nightclub massacre and stands in support of the LGBT community after the tragedy, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Tuesday. Lynch spoke in Orlando after meeting with relatives of some of the 49 people killed and 53 wounded in the June 12 rampage and said there was no doubt it was a "shattering" attack on the United States, its people and its most fundamental ideals.

Celebrating diversity, embracing unity

"When all Americans are treated as equals, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free." - Something you might not know is that Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender rights are human rights and are more than just marriage.

A year after marriage ruling, LGBT rights struggles continue

On a Friday evening almost a year ago, the White House was awash in rainbow-colored lights, celebrating the momentous Supreme Court ruling that led to nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. Across the country, gays and lesbians embraced and partied and in some cases scrambled to arrange can't-wait-another-day weddings.

New demands threaten peace pact with Afghan militant group

A Connecticut judge is set to hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit against the maker of the semiautomatic rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. A judge will hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit against the maker of the semi-automatic rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre- a weapon similar to the... Authorities say the FBI has arrested four people, including three high-ranking New York Police Department officers, in connection with New York City's ongoing corruption probe.

McKinley decries push for gun control in the wake of Orlando massacre

State First District Congressman David McKinley says the response to the Orlando shooting has focused too much on gun control and restricting the freedom of Americans rather than on stopping Islamic terrorism. The massacre left 49 dead and 53 wounded last Sunday when a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS opened fire in a gay nightclub.

Ohio gun shop owner fatally shot by concealed carry student

A week has passed since the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 club patrons and the funeral processions are wrapping up, but survivors and victims' families say they realize the nightmare will live on... Although the killer is known, the investigation continues into what motivated and enabled Omar Mateen to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Authorities say the owner of an Ohio gun shop teaching a concealed carry class was fatally shot in the neck by a student who accidently fired a weapon.

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A week has passed since the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 club patrons and the funeral processions are wrapping up, but survivors and victims' families say they realize the nightmare will live on... Although the killer is known, the investigation continues into what motivated and enabled Omar Mateen to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Authorities say the owner of an Ohio gun shop teaching a concealed carry class was fatally shot in the neck by a student who accidently fired a weapon.

Hugh Hewitt, Washington Post: Trump ideal to take down Clinton

Thus began Donald Trump at New Hampshire's St. Anselm College on Monday, before he launched into his speech on national security after Sunday's slaughter at Orlando's Pulse nightclub. He emphasized that political correctness - specifically, President Barack Obama's ongoing unwillingness to use the phrase "radical Islam" - was impeding our understanding of the massacre and our ability to address it.

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A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation Saturday before finding... A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating.

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The music is thumping and crowds are dancing at gay pride events around the country, with some revelers saying the partying is proof that people won't give in to fear after the Orlando attack. The music was thumping and crowds were dancing Saturday at gay pride events around the U.S., with some revelers saying the partying was proof that people won't give in to fear after last weekend's attack at a gay... Firefighters battling home-threatening wildfires in the West caught a break overnight as gusty winds died down but with the region bracing for sweltering heat, Saturday's respite could be brief, authorities said.

U.S. advocates see LGBT rights at a watershed after Orlando shooting


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In the days following the slayings of 49 people at a gay nightclub, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community pulled together in prayer vigils and benefit drag shows and basked in a broad showing of support many said they had never experienced. For Victor Guanchez, that support was personified in President Barack Obama, who met Thursday with survivors at a sports arena in downtown Orlando.

Chicago singer who was on Mexican ‘The Voice’ shot, wounded

The music is thumping and crowds are dancing at gay pride events around the country, with some revelers saying the partying is proof that people won't give in to fear after the Orlando attack. The music was thumping and crowds were dancing Saturday at gay pride events around the U.S., with some revelers saying the partying was proof that people won't give in to fear after last weekend's attack at a gay... Firefighters battling home-threatening wildfires in the West caught a break overnight as gusty winds died down but with the region bracing for sweltering heat, Saturday's respite could be brief, authorities said.

A year after marriage ruling, LGBT rights struggles continue

On a Friday evening almost a year ago, the White House was awash in rainbow-colored lights, celebrating the momentous Supreme Court ruling that led to nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage. Across the country, gays and lesbians embraced and partied and in some cases scrambled to arrange can't-wait-another-day weddings.

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Marines investigated for alleged threat to gay bars Social media post saying, "Coming to a gay bar near you," appeared to reference Orlando. Check out this story on lcsun-news.com: http://usat.ly/24VxFJK The Camp Pendleton-based I Marine Expeditionary Force is investigating two active-duty Marines after a social media post appeared to threaten gay bars in the wake of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Blumenthal, Murphy, Himes, Martin to meet with Muslim, LGBT…

This undated image provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Omar Mateen, the suspect in the Sunday, June 12, 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. less FILE - This undated image provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Omar Mateen, the suspect in the Sunday, June 12, 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

Trump benefits from countries with anti-gay laws

Donald Trump is casting Hillary Clinton as an enemy of the LGBT community and women, using her family foundation's acceptance of contributions from Middle Eastern countries with widely-reported human rights abuses to hit his 2016 presidential rival on the campaign trail. In the wake of the Orlando massacre of 49 people, Trump cited Clinton Foundation's acceptance of up to $25 million in contributions from Saudi Arabia's government as a sign she is not dedicated to the cause of LGBT Americans.

Obama embraces Orlando families, appeals for gun controls

Embracing grieving Orlando families and appealing anew for national action, President Barack Obama claimed a threat to all Americans' security Thursday as a strong reason to tighten U.S. gun laws. Counterterror campaigns overseas, he declared, can never prevent all 'lone wolf' attacks like the one that killed 49 people in Orlando.

Russian FM: US spares al-Qaida’s branch to topple Assad

The head of the military agency that searches for and identifies the remains of missing servicemen is resigning after just one year to take over a troubled nonprofit that cares for wounded troops. The head of the military agency that searches for and identifies the remains of missing servicemen is resigning after just one year to take over a troubled nonprofit that cares for wounded troops.

Obama to seek healing in Orlando even as politicians spar

On a grim and delicate mission, President Barack Obama will offer solace and healing to a distraught Orlando, even as the political world turns the shooting into a fresh excuse to fight about terrorism and gun control. In Orlando, Obama will confront an event whose causes seem to grow murkier by the day.

Police search home of man accused of receiving girl as gift

A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation Saturday before finding... A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating.

Transgender rights: What administrators need to know

The rights of transgender students in K12 schools became explicitly clear in a directive issued by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice in May. Schools must let transgender students use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity, not what's listed on birth certificates, the Obama administration says. "This is a watershed moment for transgender students," says Nathan Smith, director of public policy at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network .

Letters, June 16, 2016

Another false flag in Florida Three weeks ago I told my friends I would not be joining them at Gay Pride. Why? Because I predicted a false flag during Pride Month this year.

Threats against Muslims must stop after Orlando attack: US authorities

Orlando, Jun 16: US authorities yesterday warned that threats against Muslims would not be tolerated, after alleged incidents in the wake of the Orlando gay club massacre, which was carried out by a Muslim gunman. Officials asked the public to help in the investigation of Sunday's carnage at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando - the worst mass shooting in American history, which left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded.

Parents ‘overwhelmed’ by support after gator kills toddler

A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating. It took jurors just over four hours of deliberation Saturday before finding... A jury has convicted a former Vanderbilt football player of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating.

Americans Are Right to Be Angry at President Obama

Is Islamic State opposed to gay marriage? Was anger at the US Supreme Court's decision mandating recognition of homosexual marriage what prompted Omar Mateen to massacre fifty Americans at the gay nightclub in Orlando on Saturday night? What about gun control? Is Islamic State, to which Mateen announced his allegiance as he mowed down innocents like blades of grass, a libertarian group that abhors limitations on private ownership of firearms? In other words, are Islamic State and its fellow jihadists from Iran to Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram and al Qaida adjuncts of the Republican Party? Is Omar Baghdadi, the self-declared caliph at the helm of ISIS a social conservative, a libertarian and a card carrying member of the GOP, or just one of the three? Because President Barack Obama seems to think that this is the question most Americans should be asking.

FBI looking at whether Orlando gunman had a secret gay life

To continue reading up to 10 premium articles, you must register , or sign up and take advantage of this exclusive offer: Patience Carter, a victim in the Pulse nightclub shooting from Philadelphia, speaks of her experience during a news conference at Florida Hospital Orlando Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando, Fla.

Was Omar Mateen A Closeted Gay? Sounds Likely


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The ex-wife of Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen claimed Monday that she believed he was homosexual - as it was revealed that he frequented the gay nightclub where he staged the nation's worst massacre in modern times. Sitora Yusufiy, who was married to Mateen in 2009 for three months, made the shocking claim on Brazilian television station SBT Brazil.

Kansas Republican threatens to push anti-gay bill just hours after…

It has only been a few days since a terrorist targeted LGBT people in an Orlando night club, but that isn't stopping Kansas Republicans from pushing anti-gay legislation that would force trans school children to use bathrooms that don't match their gender identity. The Kansas City Star reports state Rep. John Whitmer drafted the legislation, which he may push during a special legislative session in which state lawmakers try and prevent Kansas public schools from closing.

Reports: Mateen a ‘regular’ at Pulse nightclub

As thousands in Orlando turned out to mourn 49 people killed inside a gay nightclub, federal investigators examined possible motives for the gunman who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The White House and the FBI said 29-year-old Omar Mateen, an American born Muslim, appears to be a "homegrown extremist" who had touted support not just for the Islamic State, but other radical groups that are its enemies.

Orlando mourns as possible motives emerge for club gunman

As thousands in Orlando turned out to mourn 49 people killed inside a gay nightclub, federal investigators examined possible motives for the gunman who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The White House and the FBI said 29-year-old Omar Mateen, an American born Muslim, appears to be a "homegrown extremist" who had touted support not just for the Islamic State, but other radical groups that are its enemies.

Vigils held for Orlando shooting victims

People gather for a candlelight vigil during a memorial service for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, June 13, 2016. Photo: Reuters Vigils have been held in Orlando, Florida, and around the world for the victims of Sunday's deadly gun attack on a gay nightclub.

Thousands expected at vigils around US for Orlando victims

Vigils, rallies and marches are being held around the country Monday and later this week for the victims of the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Police in many areas have promised heightened security for the events, which come during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

Why Some Politicians Are Not Talking About the Homophobia Behind the Orlando Attacks


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Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando police chief John Mina and FBI agent Ron Hopper speak at a news conference after a shooting attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, U.S. June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Kolczynski - RTX2FSA7 - See this story on www.theatlantic.com At first, the reactions were only subtly different: expressions of horror and sadness, thoughts, and prayers.

Obama to go to Orlando to pay respects to victims Thursday

President Barack Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday to pay respects to the victims of last weekend's nightclub shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community as it embarks on recovery, the White House said Monday night. U.S President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joe Biden listens during a meeting with FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office of the White House June 13, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Clointon, Trump at odds over tackling terrorism, guns

In both style and substance, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered drastically different proposals Monday for stemming the threat of terrorism and gun violence that have Americans on edge following the deadly weekend attacks at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Trump focused heavily on the nation's broken immigration system in his fiery address, although the Orlando shooter was born in the United States.

Trump and Clinton trade attacks on fighting terrorism after Orlando massacre

A combination photo shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson and Jim Urquhart/File Photos Donald Trump said Monday that the massacre in Orlando, Florida, justified his call for a ban on Muslim immigration and warned that if Hillary Clinton were elected president, thousands of potential Islamic terrorists would flood into the country with the intention of slaughtering innocent Americans.

Did gunman in nightclub massacre have help?

U.S. authorities on Monday were investigating whether a gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando and declared his allegiance to Islamic State militants had received any help in carrying out the massacre. The FBI and other agencies were looking at evidence inside and in the closed-off streets around the Pulse nightclub, where New York-born Omar Mateen perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and the worst attack on U.S. soil since the Sept.

Miami Beach holds vigil for Orlando shooting victims

Hundreds attend a vigil at SoundScape Park in Miami Beach on Sunday evening, June 12, 2016, to honor of the victims of a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. New York morning radio host Elvis Duran hosted this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade with special guest Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

Some lawmakers talk gun control after Florida shooting, scant hope for change

The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history prompted calls on Sunday by some members of Congress for legislation to tighten control of weapons sales, although there were slim hopes for much change after 50 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Florida. Democratic Senator Robert Casey said he would announce a bill on Monday that would ban anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime from owning a firearm.

APNewsbreak: Desert race through Nevada monument under fire

Police and FBI agents were working to figure out why a man from Indiana had three assault rifles and chemicals used in making explosives in his car some 2,000 miles from home in Southern California, where he told... Police and FBI agents were working to figure out why a man from Indiana had three assault rifles and chemicals used in making explosives in his car some 2,000 miles from home in Southern California, where he told the... Conservationists are asking the White House Council on Environmental Quality to put the brakes on plans to allow a popular off-road, desert race from near Las Vegas to Reno to run through a newly established... Conservationists are asking the White House Council on Environmental Quality to put the brakes on plans to allow a popular off-road, desert race from near Las Vegas to Reno to run through a newly established national... The deadliest shooting in U.S.

APNewsbreak: Desert race through Nevada monument under fire

Police and FBI agents were working to figure out why a man from Indiana had three assault rifles and chemicals used in making explosives in his car some 2,000 miles from home in Southern California, where he told... Police and FBI agents were working to figure out why a man from Indiana had three assault rifles and chemicals used in making explosives in his car some 2,000 miles from home in Southern California, where he told the... Conservationists are asking the White House Council on Environmental Quality to put the brakes on plans to allow a popular off-road, desert race from near Las Vegas to Reno to run through a newly established... Conservationists are asking the White House Council on Environmental Quality to put the brakes on plans to allow a popular off-road, desert race from near Las Vegas to Reno to run through a newly established national... The deadliest shooting in U.S.

Death toll of US nightclub massacre expected to rise above 50

Doctors fear the death toll from the deadliest mass shooting in US history will rise, as the identities of the 50 people who were gunned down began to emerge. So far 15 victims aged between 20 and 50 have been publicly identified as victims of Omar Mateen, 29, who massacred revellers and at least one employee at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Terror returns to US shores with gay club massacre

US anti-terror strategy was under new scrutiny after a gunman previously cleared of jihadist ties launched a hate-fueled rampage in a Florida gay club that left 50 dead. Police investigate at the Pulse nightclub, the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern US history, in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016 As the worst mass shooting in modern US history erupted Sunday, Orlando police blasted their way into the Pulse nightspot and shot the attacker dead.

Was LA Pride festival targeted?

After a man was arrested with a small arsenal in his car, authorities in Los Angeles are investigating whether he was targeting the LGBT community at the LA Pride festival, a day after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The man, who is from Indiana, was arrested around 5 a.m. after police got a call about a prowler, Los Angeles Interim Undersheriff Neal Tyler said.

Gun Bill Planned in Wake of Orlando Club Shooting

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey's announcement comes in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Sen. Bob Casey plans to introduce a bill that would bar someone convicted of hate crimes from purchasing firearms, he announced Sunday in the wake of the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Terror? Hate? What Motivated Orlando Nightclub Shooter?

While no one may ever know what was truly going on in the head of the man who shot over 100 people at a gay nightclub in Florida early Sunday, his family says he may have been motivated by pure hate against the LGBT community. Various law enforcement officials have identified the shooter at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando as Omar Mateen, 29, who was born in New York and lived in Port St. Lucie on Florida's eastern shores.

The Latest: Federal officials check for info on club shooter

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says law enforcement officials and the intelligence community are checking to see what information they had on the shooter prior to the massacre at a gay Florida nightclub. He says in a statement, "This morning, I will be marching in the West Hollywood Pride Parade with a heavy heart, but we will march in solidarity with all those who are the victims of terrorism and hatred."

Twilight of the Old South?

John Bostwick founded this cotton gin town back in 1902. Today, 114 years later, Mayor John Bostwick, looking like a weekend duffer in a short-sleeve button-down shirt, still runs the town.

HB2 repeal discussion causes buzz, doesn’t gain traction

"I have no sense as to whether leadership on the House side is going to take it up," said Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, who is himself a House budget chairman and often tapped to help draft complex pieces of litigation. McGrady acknowledged he had been involved in some tentative conversations about a measure that would roll back parts, but not all, of the controversial bill.

Investigators casting wide net in club shooting probe

Shot in the leg and lying in a mix of blood and water on a bathroom floor, Patience Carter heard gunman Omar Mateen dial 911 from just a few feet away. The American-born son of an Afghan immigrant, Mateen told the person on the other end he wanted America to stop bombing his country, she recalled.

Clinton, Trump adjust politicking following Florida shooting

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton adjusted their presidential politicking Sunday, first offering prayers and support to the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. But they both infused their sympathy with statements that favor their presidential aspirations, and the presidential race rolled on.

Sen. Bob Casey backs gay, LGBT anti-discrimination bill

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In God We Don’t Trust: Growing American Secular Movement Rallies in D.C. This Week


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They may be the most invisible interest group in American politics: secular Americans who now make up nearly a quarter of the American population, according to recent Gallup and Pew Research polls. But attendees of the "Reason Rally" at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, where as many as 30,00 atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and their allies are expected to attend, want to see that change.

New culture wars erupt in the House

When Rep. Scott Peters offered a measure last summer to forbid funds in an underlying spending bill from being used by federal contractors discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, it was approved with little fanfare. President Obama a year earlier had issued an executive order prohibiting such discrimination by federal contractors.

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Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will be honored by an LGBT business group for his advocacy on gay rights issues. The Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce will present Ballard with a plaque at a June 1 ceremony.

Gay marriage victory at Supreme Court triggering backlash

Gay marriage victory at Supreme Court triggering backlash Transgender rights, religious exemptions represent next wave of legal battle Check out this story on pressconnects.com: http://usat.ly/1TObkL8 Protesters rally in April against a North Carolina law that restricts LGBT rights, including the use of public restrooms by transgender people. WASHINGTON - When the Supreme Court declared a constitutional right to same-sex marriage last June, the man who won the leading case warned that opponents would find new ways to push back.

The reinvention of the American South

As quietly as if a church mouse did it, the Georgia state holiday known for decades as Robert E. Lee Day this year became the decidedly more generic "State Holiday." In a state where the "Dukes of Hazzard" once careered around in a Confederate flag-emblazoned Charger named the General Lee, the decision by Gov. Nathan Deal to scratch the Southern war hero from the official celebration list should have elicited at least a few rebel yells, surely.

Without Moore, state Supreme Court backtracks on lesbian adoption

The Alabama Supreme Court has voided its earlier decision not to recognize a lesbian couple's adoption that was carried out in another state. The opinion announced today falls into line with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued in March that said the Alabama court erred in declaring the adoption held in Georgia invalid.

Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

As he leaves the volunteer presidency of the Boy Scouts of America, G... DALLAS - Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America's president facing deep divisions within the organization's membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks. On Thursday, Gates finished his two-year term by arguing the Scouts had overcome that challenge and were ready to reverse years of membership declines.

Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America's president facing deep divisions within the organization's membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks. On Thursday, Gates finished his two-year term by arguing the Scouts had overcome that challenge and were ready to reverse years of membership declines.

S. Korea court rejects same-sex marriage

A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court on Wednesday in the first case of its kind. A South Korean court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Kim Jho Gwang-Soo , a gay South Korean movie director, and his long-time partner Kim Seung-Hwan seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo and his long-time partner Kim Seung-Hwan, held a wedding ceremony in Seoul in September 2013 and submitted their marriage registration form to their local authority -- only for it to be rejected.

S Korea court rejects same-sex marriage

Movie director Kim Jho Gwang-Soo and his long-time partner Kim Seung-Hwan, held a wedding ceremony in Seoul in September 2013, but their marriage registration form was rejected. A South Korean court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Kim Jho Gwang-Soo , a gay South Korean movie director, and his long-time partner Kim Seung-Hwan seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage SEOUL: A lawsuit filed by a prominent gay film director and his partner seeking legal status for their same-sex marriage was rejected by a South Korean district court on Wednesday in the first case of its kind.

Communists Cheer for Hillary and Bernie


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The CPUSA endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008 and his reelection in 2012. This year, party members are involved in the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders , but are prepared to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she is the eventual nominee.

Another anti-LGBT vote in the GOP House

A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San Francisco. Shouts of "Shame, shame, shame," erupted in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday as Republican lawmakers narrowly defeated legislation to protect the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of government contractors.

McCrory lawsuit against feds may help shift HB2 narrative

After weeks of taking a beating from critics over North Carolina's law dictating which restrooms transgender people can use, Gov. Pat McCrory adopted a strategy long favored by Southern conservative governors: He went after the federal government. The governor, trying to reshape the narrative as he fights for his political life, sued the Obama administration last week and accused officials of yet another overreach into state business.

Nashville, Yeezy Boost, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Edelman, Episcopals, Martin Shkreli: NEWS


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VEEP? Elizabeth Warren to meet with Hillary Clinton Friday morning : "The sit-down, coming just hours after the Massachusetts senator formally endorsed the presumptive Democratic nominee , will fuel speculation about her prospects as a potential vice presidential pick. The women have had several conversations over the past month, including one that lasted around half an hour, sources told The Washington Post.