Marriage equality comes to Wyoming

Wyoming

Today, marriage equality came to Wyoming, the Equality State. District Court Judge Skavdahl overturned its ban on same-sex marriage  Friday, but stayed the decision for a full week to allow for an appeal. The state decided not to appeal, bringing an end to the stay a few days early. The state filed its notice this [...]

Kaiser Permanente recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente has been recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. All 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals across the country submitted the Health [...]

President Obama says U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry

President Obama

In an interview with The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, President Obama has for the first time announced he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all fifty states.  This is a stark progression from the President’s previous position, which to allow each state to decide the issue individually.  President Obama [...]

HRC endorses PrEP, calls for bold action to expand access to anti-HIV drug

Truvada

WASHINGTON  – In a policy paper released Saturday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), explicitly endorsed the use of Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is any medical or public health tool used to prevent the spread of a disease or infection prior to exposure. Truvada is the only brand name anti-HIV drug combination currently approved for [...]

Fifth male arrested in brutal gang-rape of teenage boy in Kentucky

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A fifth suspect has been apprehended in the gang-rape of a fifteen-year-old Kentucky male that has stunned the local community of Hopkinsville, a bedroom community in Christian County, 26 miles north of Clarksville, Tenn. According to the LeafChronicle.com, Sam Miller, 18, was detained in Louisville and transferred back to Christian County without incident. He is [...]

Marriage equality coming to Arizona, Wyoming

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Today U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled against Wyoming’s law banning marriage equality for same-sex couples. In Guzzo v. Mead, the National Center for Lesbian Rights sued the state on behalf of Wyoming Equality and four same-sex couples arguing that Wyoming’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Skavdahl granted a temporary [...]

After Supreme Court declines to hear same-sex marriage cases, Attorney General Holder announces federal government to recognize couples in seven new states

Eric Holder

WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages taking place in the states affected by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to decline to review rulings from three federal appeals courts that had struck down bans on same-sex marriage. The Attorney General added that the Department of Justice will work [...]

Scholarship program makes college possible for LGBTQ students

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LOS ANGELES,  – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students seeking financial assistance for their undergraduate or graduate school education are encouraged to apply for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit and currently provides financial assistance and programmatic support to 80 full-time students. [...]

Ninth Circuit Court halts Alaska same-sex marriages

Ninth Circuit Court

Just as same-sex marriages had started to proceed in Alaska the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a temporary stay halting the weddings for now. The Washington Blade reported that according to the two-page order, same-sex weddings are stayed until Friday at 12 p.m. Pacific Time (3 p.m. Eastern Time) to give state [...]

Christian printer cites faith in ongoing legal battle with Lexington-Fayette Human Rights Commission

Boycott

Hands on Originals, a Lexington, Kentucky-based printer, has lost a two-year legal battle for now after the Christian-oriented print shop refused to create T-shirts for a gay pride parade. Reporting for TheBlaze.com, Billy Hallowell notes that, “Greg Munson of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission announced last Tuesday that Hands on Originals, a T-shirt [...]

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