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  • IRS: College tax status not at risk over gay marriage

    July 29, 2015 6:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says religious colleges that don't accept gay marriage aren't at immediate risk of losing their tax-exempt status. At a Senate hearing, Utah Republican Mike Lee noted that Bob Jones University lost its tax-exempt status over its racial policies in the 1970s. Lee... more »
  • Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

    July 27, 2015 7:41 PM

    NEW YORK - The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion because of their faith. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that embroiled the Boy Scouts for years and threatened the organization with... more »
  • Kentucky clerk prayed over decision to stop issuing marriage licenses

    July 20, 2015 3:25 PM

    COVINGTON, Ky. - A county clerk in Kentucky says she prayed and fasted for months before deciding to stop issuing marriage licenses once the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis testified Monday in a federal hearing stemming from a lawsuit brought against her by... more »
  • Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage

    July 1, 2015 1:39 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A federal judge says Alabama counties must abide by court decisions allowing gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile issued an order Wednesday updating a previous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in Alabama. Granade says state probate judges can't discriminate against gay couples because... more »
  • Jindal, Louisiana 'has no choice' on same sex marriage

    June 28, 2015 7:33 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on MSNBC's 'Meet The Press' on Sunday. The GOP hopeful stated that Louisiana was "going to comply with the court order" regarding same sex marriage. After agreeing that the state has no choice, he said that Louisiana's "agencies will comply with the court order.... more »
  • BR men say state's delays won't stop their marriage check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A local same-sex couple said Friday was filled with excitement and disappointment for them after the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage and Louisiana's decision to hold off issueing marriage licenses. Tom Merrill and Patrick Cain have dated for more than 22 years and said they... more »
  • No specific date to expect gay marriage licenses check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 26, 2015 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE -Gay couples in Louisiana won't be able to obtain official state marriage licenses for 25 days. The Clerk of Courts says they are waiting out the re-hearing period where the Supreme Court could hear the case again and make a different decision. That put many couples marriages... more »
  • Presidential candidates weigh in on gay marriage ruling

    June 26, 2015 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - There's division among several of the Republican candidates for president about the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has condemned the decision by what he calls "five unelected justices" who make up the ruling's 5-4 majority. Santorum is a... more »
  • After ruling, Louisiana gays hope to get marriage licenses

    June 26, 2015 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Within moments of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, gays in New Orleans hoped to obtain marriage licenses soon. John Hill, a spokesman for Forum for Equality Louisiana, was on the steps of the civil courthouse Friday morning waiting for gay couples expected to... more »
  • Jindal vows to fight gay marriage

    June 26, 2015 10:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana's Republican leader running for the White House as a conservative Christian, quickly blasted the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Friday to uphold same-sex marriage across the nation. Calling gay marriage a "states' rights" issue, Jindal lambasted the Supreme Court for, in his words, "trampling"... more »
  • Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

    June 26, 2015 10:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights generally. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.... more »
  • Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

    May 21, 2015 12:43 PM

    NEW YORK - The national president of the Boy Scouts, Robert Gates, says the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable and is urging change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech Thursday in Atlanta to the Scouts' national annual... more »
  • Washington florist faces fines for refusing gay couple

    April 5, 2015 3:32 PM

    RICHLAND - A florist in eastern Washington state fined $1,000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers and also facing a consumer-protection lawsuit has netted more than $85,000 in a crowdfunding campaign. Sources say that nearly half of the money on the gofundme.com page set up in February... more »
  • Gay student refuses to go to prom due to school rule

    April 4, 2015 5:28 PM

    MONROE - A gay student in Louisiana says she is going to skip her prom because the school principal won't let her wear a tuxedo. Claudettia Love is a senior and one of the top students at Carroll High in Monroe. She says she was planning on going to the... more »
  • Lawsuit settled over allegation bullying of gay students

    February 25, 2015 11:46 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. In a statement Wednesday, the law center says the Moss Point School District has agreed to adopt and implement new anti-bullying... more »
  • Kansas governor rescinds order protecting gay state workers

    February 10, 2015 4:31 PM

    TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has rescinded a former governor's order barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in hiring and employment throughout much of state government. The Republican said Tuesday he issued an executive order canceling the August 2007 order by Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius ordered departments... more »
  • More Alabama counties allow gay marriage

    February 10, 2015 10:33 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - More Alabama counties are allowing same-sex marriage despite objections from the state's chief justice. Probate officials in three counties said Tuesday they'll begin issuing marriage licenses after receiving legal clarification. Many counties wouldn't issue licenses Monday after Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered probate judges not to... more »
  • Alabama begins issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

    February 9, 2015 12:04 PM

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday, becoming the 37th state where gays can legally wed. Jefferson County probate judge Alan King issued a license to two women shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Alabama attorney general's request to extend a hold on... more »
  • Lawmaker threatens to 'out' hypocrites opposing gay marriage

    January 27, 2015 11:56 AM

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker is threatening to expose state politicians who have extramarital affairs but say gay marriage is immoral or bad for children. State Rep. Patricia Todd, a Birmingham Democrat, says she was furious over some of the comments made by some colleagues after they... more »
  • Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

    January 16, 2015 2:55 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the... more »
  • Justices won't hear Louisiana gay marriage case pre-appeal

    January 12, 2015 5:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't hear Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban before the federal appeals court in New Orleans considers it. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case Friday. But, in an unusual move, both supporters of same-sex marriage and the state had... more »
  • La. lawyers argue against gay marriage in fed court

    January 9, 2015 4:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state of Louisiana has made its case against gay marriage to a federal appeals court in New Orleans. Attorney Kyle Duncan, special counsel for the Louisiana attorney general's office, says same-sex weddings are a "novel perception" with unforeseen consequences, and states can and should decide whether... more »
  • Sam: Coming out was right thing to do

    December 27, 2014 5:39 PM

    ST. LOUIS - Michael Sam says in a TV documentary airing Saturday night that coming out as gay was the right thing to do. The Oprah Winfrey Network said in a release that the 90-minute program followed by a one-on-one with Winfrey and Sam was the player's first TV appearance... more »
  • US moves toward dropping ban on gay blood donations

    December 23, 2014 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors replacing the blanket ban... more »
  • TV campaign for gay equality starting in Miss

    November 8, 2014 12:14 PM

    BRANDON, Miss. - A civil rights group is launching an advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of television... more »
  • Gay marriage move may mean something for Louisiana check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the Supreme Court decided not to hear cases on same-sex marriages where states struck down a ban, some people in Louisiana think the move may push the state closer to the edge of allowing gay marriage. "That gives us a lot more hope than we've had... more »
  • Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage expansion

    October 6, 2014 8:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's order turning way appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage has triggered a series of moves in affected states to clear the way for gay and lesbian unions. Without comment, the justices brought to an end delays in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and... more »
  • Appeal notices filed in La. gay marriage case

    September 5, 2014 2:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Gay marriage supporters in Louisiana have given formal notice of their appeal of a federal court ruling upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban. Forum for Equality Louisiana and several gay couples filed their notices Friday in their challenge of the ban. The appeal now goes to the New... more »
  • Rams cut Sam, 1st drafted openly gay player

    August 30, 2014 3:19 PM

    ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and... more »
  • EBR Metro Council defeats fairness ordinance 8-4

    August 13, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted down a controversial fairness ordinance 8-4 Wednesday night after multiple meetings with impassioned pleas from both sides of the debate. The ordinance would have banned discrimination against gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Security had been increased at City Hall since Council... more »
  • Delay denied in ruling on Va. gay marriage ban

    August 13, 2014 11:20 AM

    RICHMOND, VA - A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Wednesday denied the request by a county court clerk in northern Virginia to stay the decision... more »
  • Residents sound off ahead of Metro Council fairness discussion check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 23, 2014 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council could vote on an issue dealing with equal opportunity at their meeting this afternoon. A lot of items are on the council agenda, but one of the most controversial is the Fairness Ordinance that focuses on protecting sexual orientation, like race, when it... more »
  • No more arguments in Louisiana gay marriage case

    July 23, 2014 3:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman has already heard arguments regarding Louisiana's refusal to recognize the unions of gay couples legally married in... more »
  • Fairness act causes controversy for council check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is taking on a controversial civil rights topic this week with a proposal to ban discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, among other things. Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said in order to continue the progress made... more »
  • Republican governors soften gay marriage rhetoric

    July 12, 2014 12:19 PM

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There are new signs Republican governors are softening their positions on gay marriage. While the Republican Party's religious conservatives continue to fight same-sex unions, some governors are backing off - at least in what they have to say. Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker says the GOP isn't... more »
  • Openly gay governor candidate leads pride parade

    June 21, 2014 5:31 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - A Democrat who reluctantly made public his homosexuality last year has served as the grand marshal of Maine's biggest gay pride parade. Mike Michaud would become the nation's first openly gay person to be elected governor if he unseats Republican Paul LePage in November. He was the... more »
  • Obama's day trip highlights economy, courts donors

    June 17, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is embarking on a two-stop day trip to highlight technological developments and to raise money for the Democratic Party from a newly energized gay community. Obama on Tuesday is traveling to Pittsburgh, where he will visit a workshop designed to give entrepreneurs, inventors and... more »
  • Obama to sign order extending protections to gays

    June 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation. The move follows years of pressure from gay rights groups for Obama to sign the order. The White House has... more »
  • Perry sees link between alcoholism, homosexuality

    June 12, 2014 2:11 AM

    SAN FRANCSICO, CA - Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality, during a talk Wednesday night that focused mainly on the economy. Perry's comments to the Commonwealth Club of California came after Texas' Republican Convention on Saturday sanctioned platform language allowing Texans to seek voluntary counseling... more »
  • Ahead of premiere, 'Duck Dynasty' producer talks about Phil's controversy

    June 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    WEST MONROE- Wednesday night a new season of Duck Dynasty premieres and it will feature Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal visiting the Duck headquarters in Ouachita Parish and the Robertsons working with a younger family member on his public speaking, a preview foreshadows. It's the second season premiere since family... more »
  • Arkansas clerk issues 1st gay marriage license

    May 10, 2014 10:47 AM

    EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. - An Arkansas clerk has issued the state's first gay marriage license, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago. Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith.... more »
  • Leaders can't decide on support for gay issue

    February 12, 2014 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders could not agree on backing a law that would eliminate a provision in state law outlawing sexual acts between people of the same gender. House Bill 12 would change the crimes against nature law that was deemed unconstitutional, yet enforced by East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
  • Gays file suit over marriage ban in Louisiana

    February 12, 2014 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Four gay couples filed a lawsuit challenging Louisiana's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed outside of the state. Wednesday, the Forum for Equality joined the couples and said "Louisiana singles out only same-sex marriages for unequal treatment, a violation of the constitutional guarantees of equal... more »
  • Reports: Missouri All-American says he is gay

    February 9, 2014 8:10 PM

    Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam says he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August. Sam says: "I am... more »
  • Businessman: Baton Rouge hurt because it's not progressive enough

    January 20, 2014 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Advocates of gay rights want Baton Rouge to have an open discussion on being more accepting, and they believe doing so will make the city even more appealing to new businesses. Joe Traigle has been working to make Baton Rouge more equality friendly for nearly two decades... more »
  • Dynasty crew: Can't go forward without Phil check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 19, 2013 7:58 PM

    WEST MONROE- In an open-ended letter, the cast of Duck Dynasty appear to be ready to fly away from cable network A&E about 24 hours after they were dumped from the sky into a swampy mess over some comments one star made dealing with gay people. Near the end... more »
  • What did the 'Duck Dynasty' star actually say? check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2013 10:57 PM

    WEST MONROE- It's just 54 words that have struck a chord for some and a nerve for others. Just three lines from an interview Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson did with GQ Magazine cost him his job- at least, for now. Robertson was put on indefinite suspension Wednesday night... more »
  • Robertson out after gay comments

    December 18, 2013 7:13 PM

    WEST MONROE, La.- Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has apparently been yanked off the popular TV show after comments he made that were anti-gay. The network told Entertainment Weekly Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. EW posted on its website the full statement from... more »
  • La. Nat'l Guard won't process same-sex benefits

    September 4, 2013 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana National Guard said Wednesday, it will not assist legally married gay service men and women in applying for same-sex partner benefits through the armed forces. "The State of Louisiana constitution does not recognize same-sex marriage, nor does it allow an official to take part," a... more »
  • Married, same-sex couples to get some tax rights in La.

    August 29, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Gay, married couples will be able to file joint federal income tax returns in Louisiana since the IRS said Thursday it will recognize same-sex marriages. The federal government will take returns from married couples, even if they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage... more »
  • New Orleans billed as gay honeymoon haven

    August 29, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Thousands of visitors are rolling into New Orleans for Southern Decadence: five days of parties, music and entertainment lasting through the Labor Day weekend and centered largely around the French Quarter's gay bar scene. The celebration demonstrates the generally gay-friendly nature of New Orleans as the city markets... more »
  • Police: vandalism at gay activist's home

    August 4, 2013 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana gay activist says somebody tore the rainbow flag from his balcony and spray-painted a slur on the house he and his partner share. Police say they and the FBI are investigating it as a hate crime. Sixty-eight-year-old John Hill says a neighbor got surveillance video.... more »
  • Sheriff protects gay workers in new discrimination policy

    July 31, 2013 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff said Wednesday, his department's nondiscrimination policies were rewritten to add protection for gay employees. The changes comes in a week where the department was been under fire from activists for allegedly targeting gay men meeting in parks to plan sexual encounters.... more »
  • Sheriff's office will cover court costs for gay men nabbed in sting

    July 30, 2013 11:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office said it will ask for court costs to be waived for men arrested under an outdated an unconstitutional law still on the books in Louisiana. Twelve men were arrested during a stink at parks, when they arranged to have sex... more »
  • Locals not aghast over pope's gay comments check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 29, 2013 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many people supported Pope Francis and his surprising stance on gay priests. Pope Francis said Monday, "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society." The pontiff said, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who... more »
  • Pope says he won't judge gay priests

    July 29, 2013 8:09 AM

    ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT - Pope Francis says he won't judge priests for being gay. He told reporters aboard his plane today, "We shouldn't marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society." The pontiff said, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good... more »
  • Federal marriage benefits? Not for everyone

    June 30, 2013 10:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - Like other married couples, people in same-sex marriages are about to learn that the federal benefits and tax breaks associated with being married might not be all they're cracked up to be. Social Security benefits for spouses can be generous, but only for couples with big disparities in... more »
  • Dozens arrested at gay pride rally in Russia

    June 29, 2013 11:05 AM

    MOSCOW - Russian police have arrested several gay rights activists and Russian nationalists who confronted them at a rally declared illegal under a new law against "gay propaganda." Officials in St. Petersburg deemed that Saturday's rally, which took place in a space designated for public demonstrations, violated the law. The... more »
  • Southern Baptists oppose allowing gay Boy Scouts

    June 12, 2013 8:43 AM

    HOUSTON - The Southern Baptist Convention has approved a resolution opposing the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts. The resolution also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious... more »
  • Thousands march against French gay marriage law

    May 26, 2013 10:18 AM

    PARIS - Thousands of people are protesting in central Paris against France's new gay marriage law. The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go forward with Sunday's long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President Francois Hollande, who... more »
  • Boy Scout leaders to vote on lifting gay ban

    May 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    GRAPEVINE, Texas - The Boy Scouts of America has started its meeting in which members of its national council are to decide whether to change the group's long-standing ban on openly gay boys. BSA is holding its annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, near its suburban Dallas headquarters. About 1,400 voting... more »
  • French president signs gay marriage into law

    May 18, 2013 3:32 PM

    PARIS - France will see its first gay weddings within days, after French President Francois Hollande signed a law Saturday authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate. Hollande's office said he signed the bill Saturday morning, a day after the Constitutional... more »
  • Group rallies in opposition to allowing gay Scouts

    May 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opponents of allowing openly-gay members of the Boy Scouts gathered today in Baton Rouge to voice their concerns. About 15 members of the group "On My Honor" held signs and Scouting uniforms at the Pennington Boy Scouts building on Brookline Drive. It was one of 40... more »
  • Young gay athletes set tone for NBA coming out

    May 4, 2013 12:08 PM

    CHICAGO - Over the past week, some have called NBA player Jason Collins a role model for being the first man in a major U.S. professional sport to come out as gay. In some ways, young athletes and their supporters have helped pave the way for pros like Collins. Ellen... more »
  • House committee rejects gay discrimination ban

    May 1, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A ban on discrimination against state employees because of their sexual orientation has been rejected in a House committee. The 6-3 vote shelves the proposal by New Orleans Rep. Austin Badon. Badon says people should be judged on their employment qualifications, rather than on whether they are gay.... more »
  • Collins says support after coming out 'incredible'

    April 30, 2013 9:05 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Jason Collins says the support that he's received since coming out has been "incredible." In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America", Collins says that he believes people are ready to support an openly gay basketball player. The 34-year-old became the first active player in... more »
  • NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay

    April 29, 2013 11:13 AM

    NEW YORK - NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first active male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay. Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website. The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12... more »
  • Supreme Court hears DOMA case

    March 27, 2013 11:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is indicating it could strike down the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits for married people. Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the decisive vote in close cases, joined the four more liberal justices in raising questions about... more »
  • Marriage equality weighed in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the Supreme Court of the United States weighs marriage equality issues, leaders in Louisiana are voicing their opinions on the matter too. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, spoke to a group in Central today, focusing on the importance of protecting children from... more »
  • Court could avoid wide-ranging ruling on gay marriage

    March 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court could end up avoiding a major national ruling on whether America's gays have a right to marry. During arguments today on California's ban on same-sex marriage, several justices raised doubts that the case should even be before them. And Justice Anthony Kennedy -- possibly the... more »
  • Justices hear arguments on Calif. gay marriage ban

    March 26, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - A lawyer seeking an end to California's ban on same-sex marriage is comparing it to bans on interracial marriages, a prohibition the Supreme Court declared illegal decades ago. In charged back-and-forth exchanges with justices, lawyer Theodore Olson said that the court should look to its 1967 Loving case,... more »
  • Public braves snow for gay marriage case tickets

    March 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - People waiting to attend to gay marriage cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court have been undeterred by snow falling in the nation's capital. More than three dozen people were waiting Monday to get tickets to the cases, which will be heard Tuesday and Wednesday. Many of... more »
  • Boy Scouts board meets amid talk of policy on gays

    February 6, 2013 7:12 AM

    IRVING, Texas - The Boy Scouts of America's policy excluding gay members and leaders could be up for a vote as soon as Wednesday, when the organization's national executive board meets behind closed doors under intense pressure from several sides. BSA announced last week it was considering allowing troops to... more »
  • British lawmakers vote in favor of gay marriage

    February 5, 2013 2:24 PM

    LONDON- British lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriages. The government-proposed bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that the religious institution consents. In a first House of Commons vote on Tuesday, lawmakers voted 400 to... more »
  • Merck Foundation stops giving to Boy Scouts

    December 10, 2012 12:34 PM

    WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. - Merck's charitable foundation has stopped giving money to the Boy Scouts of America. The Merck Foundation says the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gays from its ranks and leadership positions conflicts with giving guidelines and the company's nondiscrimination policy. The foundation says it will reconsider giving money... more »
  • Court to hear gay marriage cases

    December 7, 2012 3:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said Monday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that... more »
  • Gay marriages could see Supreme Court action

    November 29, 2012 2:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - The running fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court. Three weeks after voters backed same-sex marriage in three states and defeated a ban in a fourth, the justices are meeting Friday to decide whether they should deal sooner rather than later... more »
  • UPS ends grants to Boy Scouts over discrimination

    November 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    ATLANTA - The UPS Foundation says it will no longer give grants to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group excludes gays and lesbians from being scouts or scout leaders. The philanthropic arm of the Atlanta-based shipping giant made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting... more »
  • Catholic bishops stay course on gay marriage fight

    November 12, 2012 2:41 PM

    BALTIMORE - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops say they won't change their strategy on gay marriage or birth control coverage despite the outcome of the election. Bishops have been in the forefront of opposing same-sex marriage. But voters decided ballot questions in four states last week in favor of gay... more »
  • Wash. voters approve gay marriage

    November 8, 2012 3:34 PM

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - Voters in Washington state have approved gay marriage, joining Maine and Maryland as the first states to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote. Referendum 74 asked people to approve or reject a law legalizing same-sex marriage that Washington legislators passed earlier this year. The law was signed... more »
  • White House: Obama opposes Boy Scouts' ban on gays

    August 8, 2012 5:25 PM

    NEW YORK - The White House says President Barack Obama, who is honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America, opposes the youth organization's policy of excluding gays as members and adult leaders. The Boy Scouts say they respect Obama's opinion and believe that "good people" can disagree on the... more »
  • Sally Ride's secret from the grave

    July 25, 2012 7:55 PM

    The late astronaut, Sally Ride, who died this week protected her privacy and came out as being gay only in her obituary. The obituary she co-wrote before her death mentions her same-sex partner of 27 years. Her circle of family and friends have known for years she was gay but... more »
  • UL Lafayette gay studies minor under fire

    July 13, 2012 11:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The head of a prominent conservative Christian group in Louisiana is critical of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for offering a new minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies. The Advocate reports that the area of study was first offered in the spring. Louisiana Family Forum President Gene... more »
  • Anderson Cooper: 'The fact is, I'm gay'

    July 2, 2012 11:02 AM

    NEW YORK - CNN's Anderson Cooper came out in a letter online, saying "the fact is, I'm gay." Cooper said Monday in a note to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan that he had kept his sexual orientation private for personal and professional reasons, but came to think that remaining silent... more »
  • President defends endorsement of gay marriage

    May 14, 2012 4:27 PM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama is defending his personal view that gay couples should have the right to marry. The President says the country has never gone wrong when it has "expanded rights and responsibilities to everybody." Mr. Obama was raising money before an audience of gay and... more »
  • NC Governor: "We look like Mississippi"

    May 11, 2012 1:11 PM

    GREENVILLE - North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says passage of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman makes the state "look like Mississippi." Perdue was in Greenville on Friday to tout her proposed state budget for 2012-2013. Perdue said people around the country are... more »
  • WATCH: Obama voices his support for gay marriage

    May 9, 2012 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he now supports same-sex marriage, ending months of equivocation on a subject with powerful election-year consequences. Obama says he has concluded that it is important for him to affirm that he thinks same-sex couples should be able to get married. He says he came... more »
  • Former Rutgers student convicted in webcam case

    March 16, 2012 11:45 AM

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate's love life has been convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in a case that exploded into the headlines when the victim of the snooping committed suicide. Twenty-year-old Dharun... more »

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