Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016

Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he will not run for president in 2016, reports The Huffington Post. Hugh Hewitt posted text of the remarks Romney was to make on a conference call with donors discussing his 2016 plans on Friday. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for [...]

New report by Funders for LGBTQ Issues highlights progress, urgent need for HIV/AIDS funding

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NEW YORK – The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has been identified as the top funder for LGBTQ health issues according to a new report by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving for LGBTQ issues. The analysis, which examined LGBTQ health disparities and LGBTQ philanthropy, found that EJAF, [...]

Sen. Graham wants Supreme Court to uphold state same-sex marriage bans

Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the senator who compared same-sex marriage to polygamy wants the Supreme Court to uphold state same-sex marriage bans. Speaking to the Washington Blade, Graham made his position very clear:  “I hope the court will allow each state to define marriage within its borders.” Graham even indicated an openness to the constitutional [...]

Apple reports record first quarter results

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CUPERTINO, Calif.—Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter ended December 27, 2014. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit of $18 billion, or $3.06 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $57.6 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $2.07 per [...]

Lawyers encounter political, strategic adversaries over same-sex marriage battle from major legal, human rights groups

Dana Nessel

To her surprise and disappointment, lawyer Dana Nessel, who will represent April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse from Michigan in this year’s Supreme Court debate over same-sex marriage, has found out that her biggest adversaries aren’t anti-gay groups like the National Organization for Marriage and the Southern Baptist Convention. Rather, they are the poster children of [...]

LGBT groups launch campaign to highlight need to update state nondiscrimination laws

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Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people (206+ million) and their families live in a state that still needs to update or clarify its laws to include protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Yesterday, Equality Federation, alongside 30 statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups from Georgia Equality to [...]

California High Court bars judges from non-profit youth organizations that discriminate against LGBT people

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The California Supreme Court has barred judges from non-profit youth organizations like the Boy Scouts of America that discriminate against LGBT people. The change to judicial ethics rules will effectively prevent judges in California from participating in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which bans gay and lesbian adults from serving as leaders in the [...]

Saks withdraws assertion claiming transgender people are not protected by Title VII

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HOUSTON, TX — In two major victories for transgender civil rights, today Saks Fifth Avenue withdrew a motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which Saks had argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender workers, and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a historic statement of interest in the [...]

Civil rights organizations condemn Oklahoma’s eight anti-LGBT bills

Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Freedom Oklahoma strongly condemned eight shocking anti-equality bills filed in the Oklahoma legislature. Submitted moments before the filing deadline, these appalling bills viciously target LGBT families and young people across the state. The harmful bills include: 1. an [...]

Meet the U.S. Pastor Council, the group working to repeal Texas’s non-discrimination laws

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A number of cities in Texas have taken the historic step of passing non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people, only to see those laws challenged by the extreme right-wing U.S. Pastor Council – a group that has called Houston Mayor Annise Parker a “sodomite” and labeled gay people “forces of spiritual darkness,” reports Media Matters for America. Jan. 20, opponents [...]

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