Psychology Today agrees to reject listings from practitioners of ‘Conversion Therapy’

Psychology Today - February 2015

Today Psychology Today made the decision to stop accepting online listings from mental health practitioners who offer to “cure” LGBT people. In a letter last week to the leadership of Psychology Today, HRC requested that they stop publishing such listings, and, to build on the publication’s history of LGBT inclusion and affirmation, also post an article [...]

HRC: ‘Ben Carson should know better than to call sexual orientation a choice’

Ben Carson by Gage Skidmore

WASHINGTON – In reaction to the latest anti-LGBT rhetoric from retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the Human Rights Campaign’s Fred Sainz issued the following statement. Carson’s history of anti-LGBT rhetoric includes comparing same-sex marriage to NAMBLA and bestiality. “The only thing that’s really been proven here is that when Ben Carson says what he really thinks, he reveals [...]

Darren Wilson will not face civil rights charges in Michael Brown’s death

Darren Wilson

The Justice Department announced today that Darren Wilson, the former police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August, will not face federal civil rights charges in connection with Brown’s death. “There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for [...]

Alabama state Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages in the state

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MONTGOMERY—Today, the Alabama state Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering a halt to same-sex marriages in the state. In the ruling, the Court granted an emergency petition by two anti-LGBT groups, the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program, who sought to stop probate judges from issuing marriage licenses across the state. The order [...]

Marriage equality comes to Slovenia

Slovenia

The government of Slovenia has passed legislation that will make it the 21st nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. Slovenia’s national parliament approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 28. The bill will be sent to President Borut Pahor to sign into law. Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark,France, [...]

HRC to submit ‘People’s Brief’ with more than 200,000 signatories for marriage equality to the Supreme Court

PeoplesBrief

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign announced that 207,551 Americans from all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands have joined as signatories on its unprecedented “The People’s Brief” in support of marriage equality. Authored by prominent lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who successfully defeated the key section [...]

Eric Holder appoints Benjamin Mizer as interim head of Civil Division at Justice Dept.

Benjamin C. Mizer

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that he has named Benjamin C. Mizer as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. Mizer replaces Joyce R. Branda, who will return to her permanent role as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch.  Mizer and [...]

Eric Holder: Taking the side of equality

Eric Holder

Over the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide whether state restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. As the court considers that momentous question, the Department of Justice will make clear that our answer is an unequivocal “yes.” This week, the Justice Department will file a brief setting forth our position that state bans [...]

Log Cabin Republicans receive recognition from state Republican Party

LCR CAGOP

The Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) have finally received recognition from the California Republican Party. The 38-year-old gay GOP group, that had unsuccessfully sought a charter from the state party several times in the past, received formal recognition with a 861-293 vote Sunday at the party’s biannual convention in Sacramento. The Los Angeles Times reported that [...]

South Korean television has its ‘Roseanne’ moment with first ever lesbian kiss on television

Kiss_South Korea

An unprecedented lesbian kiss between two high school students on a popular South Korean TV drama, Seonam Girls High School Investigators, has fueled a debate about portrayals of sexuality in a rapidly modernizing society with deeply conservative roots. The broadcast and Internet regulatory body, the Korea Communications Standards Commission, said Friday it had received complaints [...]

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