SCOTUS denies stay of marriage in Florida

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Today, the United States Supreme Court denied the State of Florida’s motion for a stay of an August federal court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The order means the stay expires at the end of the day  Jan. 5. Same-sex couples will be free to marry in Florida once [...]

Anti-gay pastor arrested for sexually harassing a man

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A pastor belonging to the anti-gay Praise Cathedral Church of God in Indiana has been arrested for sexually harassing a man at a lake, reports Pink News. According to the victim, Pastor Gaylard Williams approached him while he sat in his car, squeezed his genitals and asked him for oral sex. He said he only [...]

New report: LGBT Americans face greater social and economic disparities in the South, Midwest, and Mountain states

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LOS ANGELES — LGBT Americans face greater social and economic disparities in the South, Midwest, and Mountain states, according to a new Williams Institute report sponsored by Credit Suisse, a longtime partner of the Williams Institute. The report reviews social climate, demographic, economic and health indicators, and highlights disparities between the 21 states that currently [...]

Attorney General Holder announces Justice Dept will recognize transgender discrimination as sex discrimination

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WASHINGTON –  Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Department of Justice will no longer assert that “Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex does not encompass gender identity per se (including transgender discrimination).” Holder wrote that the “best reading of Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination is that it encompasses discrimination based [...]

HRC: 10 things you should know about the rabidly anti-LGBT Liberty Counsel

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WASHINGTON – In 1989, attorney Matthew Staver and his wife, Anita, founded Liberty Counsel, a legal organization aimed at “advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family.”  But a primary focus of the organization over the years has been preventing and attacking the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around [...]

U.S. Supreme Court to consider taking up Louisiana marriage equality case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has distributed a Louisiana marriage equality case for its January 9, 2015 conference. The justices will deliberate whether to take up Robicheaux v. George on appeal after a federal district court upheld the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples in September of this year. In response to today’s news, Human [...]

More than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use smokeless tobacco

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The first-ever report on the global use and public health impact of smokeless tobacco finds that more than 300 million people in at least 70 countries use these harmful products. The report, Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health: A Global Perspective, is being released today by the CDC and the National Cancer Institute at the National [...]

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to headline event with hate group

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WASHINGTON – Next month Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will host an event on the campus of Louisiana State University sponsored by the American Family Association (AFA) – an organization that has called for an “Underground Railroad” to take children from gay and lesbian parents and claims the Boy Scouts of America would be better off [...]

US swimming star comes out

Tom Luchsinger

U.S. swimming champion Tom Luchsinger has come out as gay. In an open letter published on Outsports Luchsinger described himself as the “king of the double life”, saying “I have come to accept who I am”. Luchsinger writes: Winning my national title in June of 2013 changed my life. All of a sudden I was [...]

Family Research Council’s Craig James isn’t sure if gay people should be executed

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A former Fox Sports analyst-turned-hate group spokesman couldn’t bring himself to disagree with a radio show caller who suggested that gay people who file discrimination complaints against business should be killed, reports Media Matters for America. In September of 2013, Craig James was fired from his job as a football analyst on Fox Sports due to anti-gay remarks [...]

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