Kentucky clerk Kim Davis taken into custody


Today, Rowan County, Ky. clerk Kim Davis was found in contempt of court by a federal judge for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds. Davis was led away by U.S. marshals and taken into custody reports Reuters. “The court doesn’t do this lightly,” District Court Judge David Bunning said in ordering she […]

Leno bills benefiting transgender Californians pass Assembly

Mark Leno

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly today passed two bills authored by Sen. Mark Leno that provide protections and equal benefits to transgender Californians. The first bill, SB 703, prohibits state agencies from doing business with companies that fail to offer transgender employees the same health care coverage and benefits they provide all other workers. The second […]

Sexual abuse charges against Terry Bean dismissed

Terry Bean

Child sexual abuse charges were dismissed Tuesday against prominent gay rights activist and Democratic Party fundraiser Terry Bean. Lane County Circuit Judge Jay McAlpin dismissed the case without prejudice, meaning that prosecutors could refile charges in the future if the alleged victim, a 17-year-old boy, was willing to testify for the state at a trial. […]

Protesters tell anti-gay Kentucky clerk ‘Do Your Job!’ (VIDEO)

Rowan County

The video above shows the scene inside the Rowan County courthouse this morning. The footage shot by Lisa Williams shows angry demonstrators demanding that County Clerk Kim Davis do her job. This is after Davis once again defied the order of Kentucky’s governor and federal courts — including the Supreme Court — and refused to […]

Kentucky clerk still refusing to issue marriage licenses despite Supreme Court ruling

Kim Davis still refuses to issue marriage licenses.

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is still refusing to issue marriage licenses despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court against the clerk. The clerk cited “God’s authority” as her reason for continuing to defy the law. Shortly after 8 A.M., Davis’ office refused licenses to the first two couples to enter the courthouse following yesterday’s […]

Supreme Court declines emergency stay request from anti-LGBT Rowan County clerk

Kim Davis

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined a petition from Kentucky’s Rowan County clerk Kim Davis for an emergency stay on a court order requiring her to immediately start issuing marriage licenses to all eligible applicants, including same-sex couples. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) welcomed the news as affirmation that personal religious opinions of public officials […]

Another British pro-rugby player comes out

Sam Stanley

Following in the footsteps of Keegan Hirst, Sam Stanley has become the second British pro rugby player to reveal publicly that he is gay. Stanley, 23, has represented England at five tournaments and is the brother of Samoan international Michael Stanley. Stanley said he has kept his five-year relationship with partner Laurence a secret. “I […]

California Senate passes Mark Leno’s E-cigarette bill


SACRAMENTO – The Senate today, as part of the Legislature’s extraordinary session on health, passed legislation calling for new statewide regulations on electronic cigarettes. SB X2-5, authored by Sen. Mark Leno, protects the public against exposure to e-cigarettes by ensuring they are accurately defined as tobacco products and fall under the state’s existing smoke-free laws. […]

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals denies emergency motion from anti-gay Kentucky Clerk


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today denied a request from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky to issue a stay on a lower court’s ruling that orders her to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses – including to same-sex couples – regardless of her religious objections to marriage equality. U.S. District […]

Transgender Law Center condemns raid

Photo by Brendan McDermid Reuters via Transgender Law Center

Yesterday, federal agents  raided the offices of, and arrested the CEO of, Jeffrey Hurant, and six employees on charges of racketeering and promoting prostitution. The Transgender Law Center has issued a statement condemning the raid, reiterating a call to decriminalize sex work. The release states: This bust comes at a time when human […]

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