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Supreme Court Refuses to Extend Stay of Florida Marriage Ruling
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/20/14
Last Updated: 12/20/14
As a result of a December 19, 2014 order denying Florida's request to stay Judge Robert Hinkle's decision striking down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, marriage equality will dawn in Florida on January 6, 2015.
Tori Johnson Hailed as Hero of Sydney Terror Attack
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/16/14
Last Updated: 12/16/14
Tori Johnson, who was killed on December 15, 2014 during a terror attack perpetrated by a religious extremist in Sydney, is hailed as a gay hero.
Michael Sam Documentary to Air on December 27
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/13/14
Last Updated: 12/13/14
The Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that a documentary about Michael Sam will air on December 27, 2014 and will be followed by an interview of Sam by Winfrey.
English and Welsh Civil Partners May Now Marry
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/10/14
Last Updated: 12/10/14
As of December 10, 2014, couples in civil partnerships in England and Wales may convert their partnerships into marriages.
Dave Pallone and Dale Scott: A Tale of Two Umpires
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/03/14
Last Updated: 12/04/14
The contrasting stories of umpires Dave Pallone and Dale Scott indicate how the climate for gay people has changed in American society, including in sports.
Finnish Parliament Approves Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/28/14
Last Updated: 11/29/14
On November 28. 2014, Finland's parliament approved a citizens' initiative to legalize same-sex marriage.
Remembering the Assassination of Harvey Milk
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/27/14
Last Updated: 11/27/14
Thirty-six years ago, on November 27, 1978, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was assassinated.
Federal Judges Strike Down Arkansas and Mississippi Marriage Bans
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/26/14
Last Updated: 11/27/14
On November 26, 2014, federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Teen Scientist Jack Andraka Salutes Alan Turing
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/24/14
Last Updated: 11/24/14
In an op-ed published in "The Advocate" on November 24, 2014, teen scientist Jack Andraka celebrates Alan Turing.
Country Music Singers Come Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/21/14
Last Updated: 11/21/14
On November 20, 2014, within hours of each other, country singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman came out.
Montana Achieves Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/19/14
Last Updated: 11/19/14
As a result of a federal district court decision released on November 19, 2014, Montana has achieved marriage equality.
Supreme Court Clears Way for Marriage Equality in Kansas
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/12/14
Last Updated: 11/12/14
On November 12, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States denied Kansas's request for a stay of the federal court decision declaring its ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
South Carolina Marriage Ban Declared Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/12/14
Last Updated: 11/12/14
On November 12, 2014, federal district judge Richard Mark Gergel declared South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
More Marriage News
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/07/14
Last Updated: 11/08/14
In the wake of the disappointing ruling upholding the marriage bans in the Sixth Circuit, on November 7, 2014, attorneys for the plaintiffs in those cases announced appeals to the Supreme Court.
Sixth Circuit Panel Upholds Marriage Bans
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/06/14
Last Updated: 11/07/14
On November 6, 2014, on a 2-1 vote, a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the same-sex marriage bans of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
St. Louis Judge Strikes Down Missouri's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/14
Last Updated: 11/05/14
On November 5, 2014, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled that Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Federal Judge Voids Kansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/04/14
Last Updated: 11/12/14
On November 4, 2014, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree enjoined Kansas from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriage.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/30/14
Last Updated: 10/30/14
In an op-ed published on October 30, 2014, Apple CEO confirmed the open secret of his sexual orientation.
The Saga of Rev. Frank Schaefer Comes to an End
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/27/14
Last Updated: 10/27/14
On October 27, 2014, the United Methodist Church's top court upheld the June decision by an appeals committee to reinstate Schaefer's ministerial credentials.
The Generosity of Henry Messer
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/23/14
Last Updated: 10/23/14
The generous bequest of Dr. Henry Messer, who left $3M to Equality Michigan, was characteristic of a life spent in pursuit of justice.
Idaho Veteran Wins Battle to Be Buried Next to Wife
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/22/14
Last Updated: 10/22/14
On October 22, 2014, the National Center for Lesbian Rights announced that their client Madelynn Taylor had won her battle to be laid to rest alongside her late wife Jean Mixner.
Wyoming Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Struck Down
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/17/14
Last Updated: 10/21/14
In a ruling issued on October 17, 2014, a federal judge struck down Wyoming's same-sex marriage ban, but stayed the ruling until October 23.
Marriage Equality Dawns in Arizona
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/17/14
Last Updated: 10/17/14
On October 17, 2014, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick declared Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
The Failure of South Carolina Justice
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/15/14
Last Updated: 10/15/14
The stalling tactics on the part of politicians and the failure to act by a judge has amounted to a failure of justice in South Carolina.
Judge Strikes Down Alaska's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/13/14
Last Updated: 10/13/14
On October 12, 2014, U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess declared Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Historic Week Culminates with Marriage Equality in North Carolina and Idaho
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/11/14
Last Updated: 10/12/14
At the end of a momentous week for marriage equality in the U.S., on October 10, 2014 North Carolina and Idaho became the 28th and 29th states in which same-sex couples are permitted to marry.
Marriage Equality in Nevada
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/10/14
Last Updated: 10/10/14
After a series of frustrations, late on October 9, 2014, marriage equality dawned in Nevada.
NGLTF Changes Name
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/09/14
Last Updated: 10/09/14
Executive Director Rea Carey announced on October 8, 2014 that the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force had changed its name to the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Extends Marriage Equality Map
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/08/14
Last Updated: 10/08/14
In a unanimous ruling striking down the same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the marriage equality map.
Remembering Matthew Shepard: 16 Years Later
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/06/14
Last Updated: 10/07/14
Sixteen years after the murder of Matthew Shepard, we remember a gentle young man who became a vivid symbol of the hatred and violence visited upon gay people.
Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Marriage Equality Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/06/14
Last Updated: 10/06/14
On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States denied petitions of certiorari in the marriage equality cases.
Judge Orders Missouri to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Out of State
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/03/14
Last Updated: 10/04/14
In a ruling handed down on October 3, 2014, Judge J. Dale Youngs ordered that Missouri must recognize legal same-sex marriages performed out of state.
Out There with Thomas Roberts
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/03/14
Last Updated: 10/04/14
MSNBC Newsman Thomas Roberts offers a weekly recap of glbtq news in his video series known as "Out There."
Supreme Court's "Long Conference"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/29/14
Last Updated: 09/30/14
On September 29, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States meets in its annual "long conference" to discuss petitions for hearings in the forthcoming term; on its agenda are seven petitions in marriage cases.
Louisiana Judge Declares State Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/23/14
Last Updated: 09/24/14
On September 22, 2014, Judge Edward D. Rubin declared Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Rachel Maddow and Harvey Levin: Most Influential Out Media Figures
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/16/14
Last Updated: 09/17/14
The Advocate's list of the most influential out glbtq media figures, released on September 16, 2014, is headed by Rachel Maddow and Harvey Levin.
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Invalidates Indiana and Wisconsin Bans on Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/04/14
Last Updated: 09/04/14
In a unanimous decision issued on September 4, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit invalidated the bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/03/14
Last Updated: 09/05/14
In a deeply flawed ruling handed down on September 3, 2014, federal district Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage.
Lambda Legal Sues Arizona for Accurate Death Certificate
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/03/14
Last Updated: 09/03/14
On September 3, 2014, Lambda Legal, on behalf of Fred McQuire, filed suit demanding that the State of Arizona issue an accurate death certificate for his husband, George Martinez.
Mexican State Legislature Enacts Marriage Equality Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/02/14
Last Updated: 09/02/14
On September 1, 2014, the legislature of the Mexican state of Coahuila overwhelmingly voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

Little Caesars Lawsuit Challenges Discriminatory Policy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/30/14
Last Updated: 08/30/14
On August 28, 2014, a California man filed a discrimination lawsuit against the parent company of pizza giant Little Caesars over the denial of health benefits to his husband.
Mary Bonauto Joins Legal Team Challenging Utah's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/27/14
Last Updated: 08/27/14
On August 27, 2014, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) announced that Mary Bonauto will join the legal team challenging Utah's ban on same-sex marriage as it seeks a Supreme Court ruling.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Hears Indiana and Wisconsin Marriage Equality Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/26/14
Last Updated: 08/27/14
On August 26, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard arguments in the Indiana and Wisconsin marriage equality cases.
Minnesota Couple Reaches Settlement in Wedding Venue Discrimination Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/22/14
Last Updated: 08/23/14
On August 20, 2014, the Minnesota Human Rights Department announced a settlement in a marriage venue discrimination case.
Federal Judge Invalidates Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/21/14
Last Updated: 08/21/14
On August 21, 2014, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle invalidated Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
Supreme Court Halts Virginia Same-Sex Marriages
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/21/14
Last Updated: 08/22/14
On August 20, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a stay of the Fourth Circuit's decision in Bostic, thus halting same-sex marriages in the state.
Indiana Marriage Ban Struck Down Again; Governor Chastised for Lying to the Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/20/14
Last Updated: 08/20/14
In a decision concerning another marriage case in Indiana, federal district judge Richard L. Young again invalidated the state's marriage laws and also chastised Indiana's governor for lying to the Court.
Fourth Circuit Denies Stay of Marriage Equality Ruling
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/13/14
Last Updated: 08/13/14
On August 13, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied a request to stay its recent decision invalidating Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
Gay Games 9 Kicks Off in Cleveland
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/10/14
Last Updated: 08/10/14
On August 9, 2014, Gay Games 9 kicked off in Cleveland with an impressive opening ceremony and a videotaped welcome from President Obama.
Marriage Equality Cases at the Sixth Circuit
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/06/14
Last Updated: 08/06/14
On August 6, 2014, a panel of the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear oral aguments in marriage equality cases from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.
Attempt to Repeal Houston's Nondiscrimination Ordinance Fails
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/04/14
Last Updated: 08/04/14
On August 4, 2014, Houston officials announced that the attempt to repeal Houston's nondiscrimination ordinance fails for want of sufficient valid signatures.
Boulder County Colorado Same-Sex Marriages Halted
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/30/14
Last Updated: 07/30/14
On July 29, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconsitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/28/14
Last Updated: 07/29/14
In a 2-1 opinion issued on July 28, 2014, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
Alaska Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Partners Entitled to Survivor Benefits
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/27/14
Last Updated: 07/27/14
On July 25, 2014, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision that same-sex partners are entitled to survivor benefits.
Miami-Dade Judge Strikes Down Florida's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/26/14
Last Updated: 08/21/14
On July 25, 2014, Judge Sarah Zabel struck down Florida's same-sex marriage ban.
President Obama Signs Executive Orders Prohibiting Discrimination
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/21/14
Last Updated: 07/21/14
On July 21, 2014 President Obama issued Executive Orders prohibiting discrimination against glbtq employees of federal contractors.
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Oklahoma Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/18/14
Last Updated: 07/18/14
On July 18, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
County Judge Strikes Down Florida Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/17/14
Last Updated: 07/17/14
On July 17, 2014, Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's ban on same-sex marriage.
Major League Baseball Appoints Billy Bean; Honors Glenn Burke
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/16/14
Last Updated: 07/16/14
On July 15, 2014, Major League Baseball announced the appointment of Billy Bean as an Ambassador for Inclusion and honored the memory of former Dodger Glenn Burke.
Ian Thorpe's Painful Coming Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/12/14
Last Updated: 07/13/14
In an interview on Australian television to be broadcast on July 13, 2014 Ian Thorpe reveals that he is gay.
State Judge Strikes Down Colorado Marriage Ban; Boulder County Clerk to Continue Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/10/14
Last Updated: 07/11/14
On July 9, 2014, a Colorado judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Leading GLBTQ Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/09/14
Last Updated: 07/09/14
Leading glbtq groups have withdrawn support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because of its expansive religious exemptions.
California Law Revises Marriage Language
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/08/14
Last Updated: 07/08/14
On June 7, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that conforms the language of the state's marriage laws to the reality of marriage equality.
Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/01/14
Last Updated: 07/01/14
On July 1, 2014, U.S. District Judge John Heyburn struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage as an unconstitutional violation of equal protection.
Boulder County Colorado Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/27/14
Last Updated: 06/27/14
On June 25, following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit's ruling declaring Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, Boulder County Colorado began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Marriage Ruling
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/25/14
Last Updated: 06/25/14
On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a ruling affirming the decision to strike down Utah's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.
Indiana Marriage Ban Struck Down; Marriages Begin
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/25/14
Last Updated: 06/28/14
On June 25, 2014, a federal district judge struck down Indiana's prohibitions on same-sex marriage; soon afterwards same-sex couples began marrying.
Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Reinstated
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/25/14
Last Updated: 06/25/14
On June 24, 2014, a United Methodist Church appeals committee overturned the defrocking of Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was convicted for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son in 2007.
Presbyterian Church (USA) Authorizes Same-Sex Weddings
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/20/14
Last Updated: 06/20/14
In action taken on June 19, 2014, at a meeting of its General Assembly, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to authorize same-sex weddings in states where the unions are legal and where local congregations approve.
Luxembourg Embraces Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/18/14
Last Updated: 06/18/14
On June 18, 2014, Luxembourg's Chamber of Deputies voted 56 to 4 in favor of a bill authorizing marriage equality; the law will take effect in early 2015.
Thank You, President Obama
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/18/14
Last Updated: 06/18/14
In a speech at a Democratic Party fundraiser in New York City on June 17, 2014, President Obama ticked off a long list of accomplishments in securing equal rights.
President Obama to Issue Executive Order Prohibiting Employment Discrimination
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/16/14
Last Updated: 06/16/14
The White House announced on June 16, 2014 that President Obama will issue an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination by federal contractors.
U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard Marches in D.C. Pride Parade
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/08/14
Last Updated: 06/09/14
On June 8, 2014, a U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard participated in a gay pride parade.
Wisconsin Marriage Ban Declared Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/07/14
Last Updated: 06/07/14
On June 6, 2014, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb struck down Wisconsin's amendment banning same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.
National Park Service Will Identify Places and Events Significant to GLBTQ History
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/04/14
Last Updated: 06/04/14
On May 30, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the National Park Service will identify places and events significant to glbtq history.
Marriage Equality Comes to (All of) Illinois
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/31/14
Last Updated: 06/01/14
On June 1, 2014, Illinois' marriage equality law takes effect throughout the state.
Time Magazine: Transgender Rights Next Civil Rights Frontier
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/29/14
Last Updated: 05/29/14
The Time Magazine issue released on May 29, 2014 investigates the "Transgender Tipping Point" and features on its cover transgender actress Laverne Cox.
Houston City Council Passes Sweeping Nondiscrimination Ordinance
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/29/14
Last Updated: 05/29/14
On May 28, 2014, Houston's City Council passed a sweeping nondiscrimination ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, among other characteristics.
NOM Fined $50,250 by Maine Ethics Commission
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/28/14
Last Updated: 05/28/14
On May 28, 2014, Maine's Ethics Commission ruled unanimously that the National Organization for Marriage is guilty of violating state election laws.
Pennsylvania Registrar D. Bruce Hanes Now Free to Issue Marriage Licenses
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/22/14
Last Updated: 05/22/14
On May 22, 2014, Pennsylvania's Department of Health asked that the injunction barring Montgomery County Registrar of Wills D. Bruce Hanes from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples be lifted.
Pennsylvania Ruling Will Not Be Appealed
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/21/14
Last Updated: 05/21/14
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced on May 21, 2014 that the state will not appeal the federal district court ruling invalidating the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
Pennsylvania's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Invalidated
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/20/14
Last Updated: 05/21/14
In a ruling released on May 20, 2014, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III invalidated Pennsylvania's laws banning same-sex marriage.
Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Declared Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/19/14
Last Updated: 05/20/14
On May 19, 2014, Judge Michael McShane declared Oregon's marriage laws unconstitutional insofar as they ban same-sex couples from marrying.
Arkansas Marriages Resumed, But Then Halted
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/16/14
Last Updated: 05/16/14
On May 15, 2014, same-sex marriages resumed in Arkansas, but then were stopped.
Idaho Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban; Fourth Circuit Hears Virginia Appeal
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/14/14
Last Updated: 05/15/14
On May 13, 2014, an Idaho federal district judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, while the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals considered Virginia's ban.
Arkansas Judge Strikes Down State's Same-Sex Marriage Bans
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/09/14
Last Updated: 05/11/14
In a decision released on May 9, 2014, Arkansas district judge Chris Piazza has invalidated the state's same-sex marriage ban.
United Church of Christ Challenges North Carolina's Marriage Laws
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/29/14
Last Updated: 04/29/14
On April 28, 2014, the United Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage.
Idaho Refuses Veteran's Request to Be Buried with Her Spouse
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/24/14
Last Updated: 04/25/14
On April 23, 2014, U.S. Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor revealed that her request to be laid to rest alongside her late wife Jean Mixner has been rejected by the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
More Homophobia from the Boy Scouts of America
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/22/14
Last Updated: 04/22/14
On April 17, 2014, the Boy Scouts of America revoked the charter of a church-sponsored troop in Seattle led by an openly gay scoutmaster.
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oklahoma Marriage Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/17/14
Last Updated: 04/17/14
On April 17, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held oral arguments in the challenge to the constitutionality of Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage.
Attorney Charles Cooper, Who Defended Proposition 8, Reveals Step-Daughter Is Engaged to Marry Woman
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/17/14
Last Updated: 04/17/14
A forthcoming book about the legal battle over Prop 8 reveals that attorney Charles Cooper learned that his step-daughter was gay as the case wound its way during the appellate process.
Gratuitous Cruelty in Utah
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/14/14
Last Updated: 04/14/14
The attempt by the Attorney General of Utah to block the adoptions of children by married same-sex couples is gratuitous cruelty.
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Utah Marriage Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/10/14
Last Updated: 04/11/14
On April 10, 2014, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments in the Utah marriage equality case.
Supreme Court Declines to Review Discrimination Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/07/14
Last Updated: 04/07/14
On April 7, 2014, the United States Supreme Court announced that it has declined to review a challenge to New Mexico's Human Rights Act.
Judge to Rule that Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Elsewhere
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/07/14
Last Updated: 04/07/14
On April 4, 2014, Federal District Judge Timothy Black announced that he would soon issue a ruling mandating that Ohio recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
Maryland Approves Transgender Rights Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/28/14
Last Updated: 03/28/14
On March 27, 2014, Maryland's House of Delegates passed a transgender rights bill that had already been passed by the Senate.
Judge Levy and Judge Friedman
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/24/14
Last Updated: 03/24/14

Recently confirmed Judge Judith Levy may have influenced the perceptions of Judge Bernard A. Friedman, who recently invalidated Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

Federal Judge Invalidates Michigan Marriage Amendment
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/21/14
Last Updated: 03/22/14
In an opinion released on March 21, 2014, Judge Bernard Friedman ruled that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Oregon Attorney General Says Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/19/14
Last Updated: 03/19/14
In a brief filed on March 18, 2014, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum argues that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
Democratic Legislators Urge Executive Order Prohibiting Employment Discrimination
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/18/14
Last Updated: 03/19/14
On March 18, 2014, 195 Democratic legislators called upon President Obama to issue an executive order forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Charges against Methodist Theologian Dropped
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/10/14
Last Updated: 03/10/14
On March 10, 2014, a United Methodist Church bishop announced that charges against Dr. Thomas Ogletree had been unconditionally dropped.
Michigan Marriage Trial Ends
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/07/14
Last Updated: 03/07/14
On March 7, 2014, the Michigan marriage trial, DeBoer v. Snyder, concluded, with the presiding judge promising a prompt decision.
Support for Gay Rights Soars in Recent Polls
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/05/14
Last Updated: 03/06/14
Recent polls show a marked increase in gay rights, including marriage equality.
University of Texas Sociology Department Blasts Regnerus
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/04/14
Last Updated: 03/04/14
On March 3, as sociologist Mark Regnerus began testifying in the Michigan marriage trial, his department at the University of Texas issued a statement denouncing his work.
The Religious Right's Overreach
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/27/14
Last Updated: 02/27/14
The attempt to codify discrimination via so-called "religious liberty" bills may have backfired on the religious right, as indicated by the backlash against the Arizona bill vetoed by Governor Brewer.
Federal Judge Invalidates Texas Marriage Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/26/14
Last Updated: 02/27/14
On February 26, 2014, a federal district judge in San Antonio declared Texas's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
George Takei Issues Call to Boycott Arizona
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/23/14
Last Updated: 02/23/14
In an open letter posted on his blog on February 22, 2014, actor George Takei calls for a boycott of Arizona should the Governor sign its anti-gay "religious liberty" bill.
Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/21/14
Last Updated: 05/31/14
On February 21, 2014, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman ruled that Cook County same-sex couples may marry immediately.
Arizona Passes "Religious Liberty" Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/21/14
Last Updated: 02/21/14
On February 20, 2014, the Arizona legislature passed a "religious liberty" bill that permits discrimination against glbtq people.
Federal Court Rulings in Kentucky and Virginia Highlight Pathway to Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/14/14
Last Updated: 07/01/14
Recent District Court rulings in Kentucky and Virginia make clear the pathway to equality.
NFL Prospect Michael Sam: "I am an openly proud gay man."
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/10/14
Last Updated: 02/10/14
University of Missouri star football player Michael Sam announced on February 9, 2014 that he is gay; he is likely to become the NFL's first openly gay player.
Attorney General Pledges Equal Treatment for Same-Sex Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/09/14
Last Updated: 02/09/14
On February 8, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice will as a matter of policy treat same-sex married couples the same as opposite-sex married couples.
Russian Bigotry Denounced as Sochi Games Begin
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/06/14
Last Updated: 02/07/14
As the Sochi Olympic Games began on February 6, 2014, Russia's anti-gay laws were denounced around the world.
Scotland's Parliament Approves Marriage Equality in Overwhelming Vote
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/04/14
Last Updated: 02/04/14
On February 4, 2014, Scotland's Parliament voted 105 to 18 to approve marriage equality.
Mexico Supreme Court Extends Benefits
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/03/14
Last Updated: 02/03/14
In a ruling issued on January 29, 2014, Mexico's Supreme Court ordered that married same-sex couples must receive the same benefits under the nation's social security system as married heterosexual couples.
More Sochi Outrages
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/01/14
Last Updated: 02/03/14
As the Sochi Olympics near, more outrage against Russia's pogrom against its glbtq citizens rise.
Ninth Circuit Denies Review of California Reparative Therapy Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/30/14
Last Updated: 01/31/14
On January 29, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to review its August 29, 2013 decision upholding California's law banning reparative therapy for minors.
Virginia Attorney General Refuses to Defend Marriage Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/23/14
Last Updated: 01/23/14
Newly elected Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed a brief on January 23, 2014 refusing to defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Sexual Orientation Entitled to Heightened Scrutiny
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/21/14
Last Updated: 01/21/14
On January 21, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is entitled to "heightened scrutiny."
Sensationalistic Sports Story Raises Crucial Questions
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/21/14
Last Updated: 01/22/14
Caleb Hannan's sensational story about Dr. V.'s Magical Putter raises serious journalistic questions.
Witch Hunts Continue in Nigeria
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/17/14
Last Updated: 01/17/14
Reports from Nigeria confirm the torture and arrest of gay people in the wake of the country's draconian new law criminalizing meetings between gay people.
Closeted NFL Star Jerry Smith Subject of Frank Documentary
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/17/14
Last Updated: 01/17/14
A documentary about the life of closeted football player Jerry Smith, who died of AIDS in 1986, airs on January 21, 2014.
Oklahoma Marriage Ban Declared Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/14/14
Last Updated: 01/14/14
On January 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern declared Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Persecution of Gays Underway in Nigeria
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/14/14
Last Updated: 01/14/14
On the heels of the adoption of a draconian anti-gay law on January 13, 2014, Nigeria begins persecution of gay people.
Tel Aviv's Monument to GLBTQ Victims of the Holocaust
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/12/14
Last Updated: 01/13/14
On January 10, 2014, Tel Aviv unveiled a monument to glbtq victims of the Holocaust.
Federal Government to Recognize Utah Same-sex Marriages
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/10/14
Last Updated: 01/10/14
On January 10, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages entered into in Utah.
NCLR Joins Utah Marriage Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/09/14
Last Updated: 01/09/14
On January 8, 2014, it was announced that the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) has joined the litigation challengins Utah's same-sex marriage ban.
Robin Roberts' Casual Coming Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/30/13
Last Updated: 12/30/13
On December 29, 2013, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts came out in a facebook message that mentioned her long-time partner.
Top Ten GLBTQ News Stories of 2013
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/27/13
Last Updated: 12/28/13
For glbtq people, 2013 was a year of significant progress at home and abroad; yet the year was also marked by raw homophobia, especially in Africa and Eastern Europe, including Russia.
Alan Turing Receives Royal Pardon
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/24/13
Last Updated: 12/24/13
On December 23, 2013, Queen Elizabeth II issued a royal pardon to Alan Turing some 60 years after his death from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41.
Federal Judge Rules Ohio Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/23/13
Last Updated: 12/23/13
In a narrow ruling that has wide implications, a federal judge in Ohio has found the state's ban on the recognition of same-sex marriages unconstitutional.
Federal Judge Rules Utah Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/20/13
Last Updated: 12/24/13
In a decision handed down on December 20, 2013, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled Utah's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Rev. Schaefer Defrocked
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/20/13
Last Updated: 12/20/13
On December 19, 2013, Reverend Frank Schaefer was stripped of his credentials in the United Methodist Church for presiding at his son's wedding to his same-sex partner.
Brian Boitano Comes Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/19/13
Last Updated: 12/20/13
In a statement released by his publicist on December 19, Olympic champion figure skater Brian Boitano acknowledged that he is gay.
New Mexico Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/19/13
Last Updated: 12/19/13
In a unanimous decision issued on December 19, 2013, the New Mexico rules that the state constitution requires marriage equality.
Houston's Spousal Benefits Challenged in Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/18/13
Last Updated: 12/18/13
On December 17, 2013, Harris County Republicans filed suit against the City of Houston, challenging Mayor Annise Parker's extension of benefits to spouses of legally married couples.
President Obama Names Olympic Delegation and Snubs Putin
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/18/13
Last Updated: 12/18/13
On December 17, 2013, President Obama named the U.S. delegation to the Winter Games in Sochi and, in doing so, snubbed Putin.
French President, Other European Leaders to Boycott Sochi Olympics
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/16/13
Last Updated: 12/17/13
As Russia slides toward an ever more violent pogrom against gay people, several European officials, including France's President Hollande, have announced that they will not attend the Winter Games in Sochi.
Discriminatory National Guards Cave on Spousal Benefits
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/14/13
Last Updated: 12/14/13
Secretary of Defense Hagel announced on December 13, 2013 that the nine states whose National Guards refused to offer spousal benefits to same-sex married couples are now in compliance.
Australia's High Court Invalidates ACT's Same-Sex Marriage Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/12/13
Last Updated: 12/12/13
In a unanimous ruling released on December 12, 2013, Australia's High Court has invalidated ACT's same-sex marriage law.
Queer Nation Condemns NBC and IOC
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/12/13
Last Updated: 12/13/13
Queer Nation New York has released a video exposing the "jive talk" coming out of the IOC and NBC regarding the Sochi Olympics
India's Supreme Court Reinstates Sodomy Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/11/13
Last Updated: 12/11/13
On December 11, 2013, India's Supreme Court reinstated the country's ban against "carnal intercourse against the order of nature."
President Obama Eulogizes Nelson Mandela
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/10/13
Last Updated: 12/10/13
On December 10, 2013, President Obama spoke at the memorial service for South African liberator Nelson Mandela.
How Many Gay Men Are There in the U.S.?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/09/13
Last Updated: 12/09/13
A New York Times article asks the old question "How many gay men are there in the U.S.?" by using new techniques.
Elton John Denounces Russian Anti-Gay Legislation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/07/13
Last Updated: 12/07/13
At a concert in Moscow on December 6, 2013, Elton John denounced Russia's anti-gay laws and dedicated the concert to the memory of a victim of the anti-gay pogrom underway in Russia.
In Response to Suit, Rail Companies Extend Benefits
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/05/13
Last Updated: 12/05/13
One day after a suit against a Washington-based railroad was filed, a coalition of rail companies announced that they will offer same-sex marital benefits.
Same-Sex Marriage Window in Australian Capital Territory
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/03/13
Last Updated: 12/03/13
More than 50 same-sex couples are expected to marry on December 7 in the Australian Capital Territory in advance of a ruling from the High Court of Australia.
St. Petersburg Film Festival Ends with Bomb Threat, Support, Award Presentations
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/02/13
Last Updated: 12/02/13
St. Petersburg's embattled Side by Side International Film Festival came to an end on November 30, 2013 with a bomb threat, support, and the presentation of awards.
Kentucky Jury Convicts Gay Couple for Marriage License Sit-In; Fines Them a Penny
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/27/13
Last Updated: 11/27/13
On November 26, 2013 a Louisville, Kentucky jury convicted a gay couple for trespassing for refusing to leave a marriage license bureau and assessed a fine of one cent.
Remembering the Assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/26/13
Last Updated: 11/26/13
Thirty-five years ago, on November 27, 1978, Harvey Milk and George Moscone were assassinated by disgruntled former San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.
Judge Orders Expedited Marriage for Illinois Lesbian Couple
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/26/13
Last Updated: 11/26/13
On November 25, 2013, a U.S. District Judge ordered Cook County, Illinois to issue a marriage license to a lesbian couple, one of whom is terminally ill.
More Anti-gay Violence and Threats in Russia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/25/13
Last Updated: 11/25/13
In advance of the Sochi Olympics, more violence and threats of violence against glbtq people in Russia have been reported.
USAF Academy's Counseling Program Led by "Ex-Gay" Quack
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/22/13
Last Updated: 11/22/13
On November 19, 2013, it was revealed that the United States Air Force Academy his hired "ex-gay" activist Dr. Mike Rosebush to oversee its counseling program.
Scottish Parliament Passes First Reading of Marriage Equality Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/21/13
Last Updated: 11/21/13
On November 20, 2013, the Scottish Parliament passed the first reading of the marriage equality bill by a 98-15 vote.
Methodist Kangaroo Court Convicts Pastor
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/20/13
Last Updated: 11/20/13
On November 18, 2013, a clergy court of the United Methodist Church has convicted Reverend Frank Schaefer for conducting a same-sex marriage.
The Gaying of Washington, D. C.
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/18/13
Last Updated: 11/18/13
A feature story in the November 17, 2013 New York Times reports on how Washington, D. C. became the "gayest place in America."
Missouri Governor Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/15/13
Last Updated: 11/15/13
On November 14, 2013, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri endorsed marriage equality and issued an executive order clarifying that legally married same-sex couples must file joint state tax returns.
Judge Orders Release of More Regnerus Documents
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/13/13
Last Updated: 11/13/13
A ruling released on November 12, 2013 by a Florida state judge ordered that the University of Central Florida must release records related to the publication of the fraudulent study by Mark Regnerus.
New Jersey's Ban on Reparative Therapy for Minors Upheld
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/09/13
Last Updated: 11/09/13
A federal judge on November 8, 2013 dismissed a constitutional challenge to New Jersey's ban on reparative therapy for children.
Hawaii Achieves Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/09/13
Last Updated: 11/14/13
After almost twelve hours of debate on November 8, 2013, Hawaii's House of Representatives passed a marriage equality bill; on November 12, the Senate followed suit.
U.S. Senate Passes ENDA
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/07/13
Last Updated: 11/08/13
In an historic vote on November 7, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) on a 64-32 vote.
Virginia's Governor-Elect McAuliffe to Issue Executive Order Banning Discrimination
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/07/13
Last Updated: 11/07/13
On November 6, 2013, in his first press conference as Virginia's governor-elect, Terry McAuliffe said that his first act as governor would be to sign a nondiscrimination order covering sexual orientation and gender identity.
Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/13
Last Updated: 11/05/13
On November 5, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved, with some modifications, the marriage equality bill previously passed by the Senate.
Murray Poised to Become Seattle's First Openly Gay Mayor
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/13
Last Updated: 11/05/13
Ed Murray is expected to win election on November 5, 2012 to become Seattle's first openly gay mayor.
Congressman Michaud Comes Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/04/13
Last Updated: 11/04/13
In an op-ed that appeared on November 3, 2013 in several Maine newspapers, U.S. Representative Mike Michaud confirmed rumors that he is gay.
Hagel Orders National Guards to End Discriminatory Practices
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/01/13
Last Updated: 11/01/13

On October 31, 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered National Guard leadership in states that have refused service to gay and lesbian servicemembers and families at National Guard facilities to end their discriminatory practices.

Missouri Supreme Court Makes Mockery of Equal Protection
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/31/13
Last Updated: 10/31/13
A shocking decision from the Missouri Supreme Court mocks the concept of equal protection in denying survivor benefits to partner of state trooper killed in the line of duty.
Midnight Marriages in New Jersey; Christie Withdraws Appeal
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/21/13
Last Updated: 10/21/13
At 12:01 a.m. on October 21, 2013, marriage equality dawned in New Jersey.
Oregon Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages Performed Out of State
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/18/13
Last Updated: 10/18/13
In an opinion of October 16, 2013, Oregon's Department of Justice has concluded that the state must recognize same-sex marriages validly performed elsewhere.
New Jersey Cities Begin Issuing Marriage Licences to Same-Sex Couples; Supreme Court Declines to Halt Same-Sex Marriages
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/18/13
Last Updated: 10/18/13
Despite advice from the state Health Department, on October 18, 2013 some New Jersey cities began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples so that they can marry on October 21.
Same-Sex Couples Welcomed at North Carolina Marriage Registry
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/15/13
Last Updated: 10/15/13
Unlike on previous occasions where same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses were turned away, on October 15, 2013 in Ashville, they were welcomed.
Stephen Fry Confronts Homophobia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/15/13
Last Updated: 10/15/13
In a two-part program aired on the BBC, Stephen Fry confronts homophobia in a number of countries.
New Jersey Judge Denies Stay of Marriage Equality Ruling; Supreme Court Agrees to Hear the Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/11/13
Last Updated: 10/11/13
On October 10, 2013, Judge Mary Jacobson denied the request by the state of New Jersey to stay her ruling of September 27, 2013 that same-sex couples be allowed to marry beginning on October 21, 2013.
New California Laws Forbid Discrimination in Fertility Treatment and Ease the Correction of Birth Certificates by Transgender Individuals
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/11/13
Last Updated: 10/11/13
New laws signed by Governor Jerry Brown ease the process of obtaining documents by transgender individuals and extend fertility coverage to same-sex couples.
Remembering Matthew Shepard
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/09/13
Last Updated: 10/09/13
Fifteen years after the murder of Matthew Shepard, we remember a gentle young man who became a vivid symbol of the hatred and violence visited upon gay people.
SPLC Sues Mississippi Town
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/02/13
Last Updated: 10/02/13
On October 1, 2013, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced that it was suing the town of Shannon, Mississippi for unjustly denying a business license to a gay bar.
Historic Ministerial Meeting on LGBT Rights at UN
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/01/13
Last Updated: 10/02/13
On September 26, 2013, a ministerial meeting at the UN General Assembly was convened.
Olson and Boies Join Virginia Marriage Ban Challenge
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/30/13
Last Updated: 09/30/13
Attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies have joined a lawsuit challenging the Virginia ban on same-sex marriage in an effort to establish marriage equality nationally.
New Jersey Judge Orders State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/27/13
Last Updated: 09/27/13
On September 27, 2013, a New Jersey judge ordered the state to begin same-sex marriages by October 21, 2013; however, her order may be appealed.
International Olympic Charter Worthless
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/27/13
Last Updated: 09/27/13
On September 26, 2013, the chairman of the IOC said today that the IOC is fully satisfied that Russian anti-gay laws do not violate the Olympic Charter.
Shame on Peter Gelb
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/24/13
Last Updated: 09/24/13
The General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Peter Gelb has unconvincingly defended his cowardly refusal to dedicate the Met's season-opening production to the oppressed citizens of Russia.
Celebrating Bisexuality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/23/13
Last Updated: 09/23/13
On September 23, 2013, many organizations are recognizing Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
Pope Francis's Indictment of the American Hierarchy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/19/13
Last Updated: 09/19/13
In a remarkable interview published on September 19, 2013, Pope Francis, in his characteristically gentle way, indicted the misplaced priorities of the American Church.
California Judge Orders Retroactive Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/19/13
Last Updated: 09/21/13
In a ruling that was formalized on September 18, 2013, a Sonoma County judge ordered the retroactive recognition of a same-sex marriage that occurred a week before marriage equality was restored to California.
Johnny Weir's Fall from Grace
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/18/13
Last Updated: 09/18/13
Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir has spiraled downward thanks to ill-considered television appearances regarding the Sochi Winter Games.
Regnerus Whines that His Fraudulent Study Is Being Misused
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/17/13
Last Updated: 09/17/13
In an article at AtlanticWire, discredited sociologist Mark Regnerus whines that his fraudulent study is being misused by Russian legislators.
Pennsylvania County Clerk Ordered to Cease Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/12/13
Last Updated: 05/22/14
On September 12, 2013, a Pennsylvania state judge ordered Montgomery County Registrar of Wills to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Quinn Falters But NYC Election Nevertheless Brings Wins for GLBTQ Candidates
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/11/13
Last Updated: 09/11/13
Although Christine Quinn's dream of becoming the first woman and openly gay mayor of New York City faltered when she finished third in the Democratic primary of September 10, 2013, a number of other glbtq candidates triumphed.
Wentworth Miller on Community and Coming Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/10/13
Last Updated: 09/10/13
Actor and writer Wentworth Miller spoke movingly about community and coming out at the 2013 Human Rights Campaign dinner in Seattle on September 7, 2013.
Keith Olbermann Slams Sochi Olympics
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/10/13
Last Updated: 09/10/13
In a nine-minute segment of his new ESPN show, Keith Olbermann slams Russian homophobia and comments on the effects of the threat to boycott the Winter Games in Sochi.
Firing of Anti-gay Sportscaster Offers Teachable Moment for Bigots
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/08/13
Last Updated: 09/08/13
The firing of anti-gay sportscaster Craig James from Fox Sports on September 2, 2013 offers a teachable moment for bigots.
Marriage Equality Comes to Fourth Mexican State
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/06/13
Last Updated: 09/06/13
As a result of a court ruling, Chihuahua has become the fourth Mexican state to achieve marriage equality.
President Obama to Meet with Russian GLBTQ Dissidents
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/04/13
Last Updated: 09/06/13
While in St. Petersburg for the G-20 summit on September 6, 2013, President Obama will meet with human rights activists, including representatives of glbtq groups.
Spike in Violence against GLBTQ People in Russia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/02/13
Last Updated: 09/02/14
Russian activists report increase in violence against glbtq people in Russia in response to the recent anti-gay laws.
More Post-DOMA Rulings Extend Benefits to Same-Sex Married Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/30/13
Last Updated: 08/30/13
With the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), new bureaucratic and judicial rulings extend benefits to same-sex married couples.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds California Law Banning Reparative Therapy for Minors
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/29/13
Last Updated: 08/29/13
On August 29, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld California's law banning reparative therapy for minors.
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/28/13
Last Updated: 08/28/13
On August 28, 2013, thousands of Americans, including President Obama and two former Presidents, gathered at the site where 50 years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.
New Mexico's Three Largest Counties Now Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/27/13
Last Updated: 08/28/13
As a result of a district judge's ruling on August 26, 2013, New Mexico's three largest counties now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
New Mexico Epicenter of Gay Rights Battle
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/23/13
Last Updated: 08/24/13
Within days in the third week of August 2013, New Mexico has become the epicenter of the American struggle for equal rights.
New Mexico County Clerk Issues Marriage Licenses to Same-sex Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/21/13
Last Updated: 08/21/13
On August 21, 2013, Lynn Ellins, County Clerk of New Mexico's Doña Ana County, announced that his office has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples.
New Jersey Bans Reparative Therapy for Minors
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/19/13
Last Updated: 11/09/13
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law on August 19, 2013 a bill passed by large bipartisan margins in the legislature banning reparative therapy for minors.
Dartmouth Rescinds Appointment of African Bishop Accused of Homophobia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/15/13
Last Updated: 08/15/13
On August 15, 2013, Philip Hanlon, President of Dartmouth College, rescinded the appointment of Anglican Bishop James Tengatena of Malawi as Dean of the Tucker Foundation.
Final Nail in Prop 8 Coffin
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/14/13
Last Updated: 08/14/13
On August 14, 2013, the California Supreme Court unceremoniously rejected final challenge to same-sex marriage in the state.
U.S. Military Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Married Couples
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/14/13
Last Updated: 08/14/13
On August 14, 2013, the Pentagon announced the extension of benefits to same-sex married couples in the military.
David Mixner Endorses Christine Quinn
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/14/13
Last Updated: 08/14/13
In a stirring video posting on his Live from Hells Kitchen blog, David Mixner has strongly endorsed Christine Quinn in her campaign for Mayor of New York City.
Governor Brown Signs Law Protecting Transgender Students
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/13/13
Last Updated: 08/13/13
On August 12, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law a bill that requires public schools in California to allow transgender students access to sports teams, locker rooms, and bathrooms.
John Amaechi Calls on Olympians: "Don't Abdicate Responsibility"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/12/13
Last Updated: 08/12/13
In an open letter addressed to Olympic competitors and officials, former NBA player John Amaechi urges them to speak out against injustice in Sochi.
Posthumous Presidential Medals of Freedom for Sally Ride and Bayard Rustin
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/08/13
Last Updated: 08/10/13
Among the 16 recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom announced on August 8, 2013 are the late Bayard Rustin and Sally Ride.
New York Times Op-Doc Focuses on Gaybashing
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/07/13
Last Updated: 08/07/13
A New York Times Op-Doc Video by Alison Klayman, released on August 6, 2013, focuses on gay bashing.
The Real Lesson of the Nazi Olympics
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/06/13
Last Updated: 08/06/13
The real lesson of the Nazi Olympics is not that sports should be "above politics," but that the West gave Nazi Germany a major propaganda victory by participating in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Pope Francis's Recent Comments: A Turning Point or a Public Relations Ploy?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/30/13
Last Updated: 07/31/13
In recent comments, Pope Francis seems to be carving out a new approach to homosexuality, but it is unclear whether this apparent new approach is a significant turning point or merely a public relations ploy.
More Russian Boycott News
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/26/13
Last Updated: 07/26/13
Following high-profile calls for a boycott of Russian products, including vodka and the Sochi Winter Games, a debate gathers steam.
More Calls for Boycotting Russia and Russian Products
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/25/13
Last Updated: 07/26/13
As more evidence of the persecution of gay people in Russia emerges, there have been more calls for boycotts of the Russian Olympics, Russian tourism, and Russian products, especially Russian vodka.
Federal Judge Orders Ohio to Recognize Marriage of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/23/13
Last Updated: 07/23/13
On July 22, 2013, a federal district judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring Ohio to recognize the marriage of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, who were married in Maryland on June 11.
Harvey Fierstein Urges Boycott of Russian Olympics
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/22/13
Last Updated: 07/26/13
In a New York Times op-ed, playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein details the deplorable conditions for glbtq people in Russia and calls for a boycott of the Olympics scheduled for Sochi in 2014.
House Republicans Abandon DOMA Defense
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/18/13
Last Updated: 07/19/13
House Republican leaders announced on July 18, 2013 that they will no longer defend DOMA in remaining cases in which the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) had intervened.
Queen Elizabeth II Signs Marriage Equality Bill Into Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/17/13
Last Updated: 07/18/13
On July 17, 2013, just one day after the House of Commons accepted the amendments proposed by the House of Lords, Queen Elizabeth II has granted royal assent to the legislation.
Glbtq Groups Denounce Verdict in Trayvon Martin Murder Trial
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/16/13
Last Updated: 07/16/13
In an open letter calling for justice for slain teenager Trayvon Martin, a coalition of 35 glbtq groups denounce the verdict in the recently concluded murder trial in which a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty.
U.K. Marriage Equality Assured
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/16/13
Last Updated: 07/17/13
With its passage on third reading by voice vote in the House of Lords, the marriage equality bill is virtually certain to become law, bringing equal marriage to England and Wales.
Hospice-bound Man Marries His Partner on Airport Tarmac
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/14/13
Last Updated: 07/14/13
Cincinnati.com reports an incredibly moving story of a terminally ill man and his partner marrying on an airport tarmac in Maryland because their home state bans same-sex marriage.
Coming Out in Country Music
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/12/13
Last Updated: 07/14/13
The extraordinary reaction to Steve Grand's "All American Boy" on YouTube calls attention to the persistent attraction of country music for glbtq people.
Post-DOMA Legal Strategies
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/09/13
Last Updated: 07/09/13
In the wake of the Supreme Court's striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, glbtq legal organizations develop new legal strategies.
The DOMA Decision and the Quest for National Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/02/13
Last Updated: 07/02/13
The Supreme Court decision declaring DOMA unconstitutional is narrowly focused and specifically limited to the jurisdictions in which marriage equality has been achieved, but it contains elements that could lead to marriage equality nationally.
Exodus International Disbands; Leader Apologizes
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/20/13
Last Updated: 06/21/13
On June 19, 2013, Exodus International, the best-known and once the largest "ex-gay" organization, announced that it had ceased operations; its president apologized to the glbtq community.
President Obama Addresses Pride Month Reception: "The Genius of America is that America can change."
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/14/13
Last Updated: 06/14/13
On June 13, 2013, President Obama addressed activists gathered at the White House for the Pride Month reception.
Plaque Commemorates Gay Victims of Italian Fascism
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/13/13
Last Updated: 06/13/13
Recently a group of glbtq activists gathered in the Tremiti Archipelago in the Adriatic to honor the memory of gay men who were interned by the Fascist regime as "degenerates."
The Real IRS Scandal
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/08/13
Last Updated: 06/08/13
The real IRS scandal is not the alleged targeting of conservative religious and political groups but the fact that these political groups received tax-exempt status.
Young Activist Murdered by Neo-Nazis in Paris
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/06/13
Last Updated: 06/06/13
The murder of young activist Clément Méric, who campaigned for marriage equality, has left France reeling.
German High Court Grants Same-Sex Couples Equal Tax Benefits
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/06/13
Last Updated: 06/06/13
In a major ruling released on June 6, 2013, Germany's Federal Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to the same tax benefits granted to married heterosexual couples.
Florida's Hillsborough County Repeals Discriminatory Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/06/13
Last Updated: 06/06/13
On June 5, 2013 the County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Florida repealed an ugly law banning government recognition of gay pride.
Yet Another Study Finds that Children of Gay Parents Prosper
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/05/13
Last Updated: 06/07/13
Yet another study, this one from the University of Melbourne in Australia, finds that the children of gay parents prosper.
Stunning Victory in the House of Lords
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/04/13
Last Updated: 06/07/13
On June 4, 2013, the House of Lords approved the U.K.'s marriage equality legislation at second reading, having rebuffed an attempt to kill the bill by a lopsided 390-148 vote; the bill goes to the committee stage.
U.K.'s House of Lords Begins Debate on Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/03/13
Last Updated: 06/04/13
As U.K.'s House of Lords begins debate on the marriage equality bill, proponents warn that if the Lords reject the bill they will create a constitutional crisis that could result in the abolishment of the House itself.
Disappointment in Illinois
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/01/13
Last Updated: 06/01/13
The Illinois House of Representatives adjourns without voting on marriage equality.
President Obama Proclaims Pride Month
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/31/13
Last Updated: 05/31/13
On May 31, 2013, the White House released a proclamation from President Obama declaring June 2013 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
Out College Basketball Player Causes Small Ripple
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/30/13
Last Updated: 05/31/13
Recent accounts of high profile gay and lesbian professional athletes have obscured the remarkable story of Jallen Messersmith.
BSA's Cynical Public Relations Ploy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/24/13
Last Updated: 05/28/13
On May 24, 2013, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted to end its longstanding ban on gay scouts while retaining its ban on adult leaders and employees.
Boy Scouts of America to Vote on Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/22/13
Last Updated: 05/22/13
As the Boy Scouts of America National Council gathers in Dallas to reconsider its ban on gay scouts and leaders, the question is whether whatever they do will be too little, too late.
With Progress Comes Backlash?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/22/13
Last Updated: 05/22/13
The recent uptick in anti-gay violence raises the question of whether progress in the quest for equality inevitably engenders a backlash.
U.K. Marriage Equality Legislation Approved on Third Reading in Commons
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/21/13
Last Updated: 05/21/13
On May 21, 2013, the United Kingdom's House of Commons passed the marriage equality bill on its third reading by a vote of 366 to 161.
Remembering San Francisco's White Night Riots
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/21/13
Last Updated: 05/21/13
On May 21, 1979, after a San Francisco jury convicted former Supervisor Dan White of manslaughter for the killing of Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the city erupted in violence.
Sally Ride to Receive Nation's Highest Civilian Honor
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/21/13
Last Updated: 05/21/13
On May 20, 2013, President Obama announced that later this year he will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on the late astronaut Sally Ride.
Father of Bullied Boy Scout Speaks Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/20/13
Last Updated: 05/20/13
As leaders of the Boy Scouts debate the reversal of its ban against gay members and leaders, the father of bullied Boy Scout Ryan Andresen speaks out.
French President Signs Marriage Equality Legislation after Constitutional Council Clears It
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/17/13
Last Updated: 05/18/13
On May 17, 2013, France's Constitutional Council rejected an appeal from opponents of same-sex marriage and declared the marriage equality bill recently passed by the National Assembly constitutional.
SPLC Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Intersexual Child Subjected to Surgery
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/15/13
Last Updated: 05/15/13
On May 14, 2013, the Southern Poverty Lawsuit announced it had filed a groundbreaking lawsuit on behalf of an intersexual child who was subjected to surgery by the state of South Carolina.
Governor Signs Minnesota Marriage Equality Bill Into Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/13/13
Last Updated: 05/14/13
On May 14, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton signed marriage equality bill into law; on May 13, the Minnesota Senate passed the marriage equality bill that had previously been passed by the House.
Minnesota House Passes Marriage Equality Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/09/13
Last Updated: 05/09/13
On May 9, 2013, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a marriage equality bill on a vote of 75 to 59, putting it on schedule to become the twelfth state to permit same-sex marriage.
Methodist Clergyman Faces Possible Trial for Officiating At the Wedding of his Son
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/06/13
Last Updated: 05/06/13
Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree, a United Methodist Church clergyman and former Dean of Yale Divinity School, faces possible trial for officiating at his son's marriage to a man in October 2012.
Thank You, Governor Chafee
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/02/13
Last Updated: 05/03/13
Long-time gay ally Governor Lincoln Chafee explains his eagerness to sign Rhode Island's marriage equality bill into law on May 2, 2013.
Why Don't We Just Shut Up about Being Gay?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/30/13
Last Updated: 04/30/13
In a powerful column in the New York Times, Frank Bruni responds to critics who think we should just shut up about being gay.
NBA Center Comes Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/29/13
Last Updated: 04/29/13
Jason Collins, a center for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association, has become the first professional athlete in a major sport to come out while still playing.
George W. Bush: We Must Not Forget
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/25/13
Last Updated: 04/25/13
As the nation's attention turns to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, we must not forget the former president's cynical attempt to enshrine discrimination in the Constitution of the United States.
Rhode Island Senate Votes for Marriage Equality 26-12
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/24/13
Last Updated: 04/25/13
On April 24, 2013, the Rhode Island Senate passed legislation authorizing same-sex marriage on a a 26-12 vote.
French Marriage Equality Bill Passes 331-225
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/23/13
Last Updated: 04/23/13
On April 23, 2013, France's National Assembly decisively passed marriage equality legislation on final reading, 331-225.
Violence and Threats of Violence in Advance of French Marriage Equality Vote
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/22/13
Last Updated: 04/22/13
As France's National Assembly is on the verge of enacting marriage equality legislation, the country has been rocked by homophobic attacks and threats of violence.
Rio de Janeiro Becomes Eleventh Brazilian State to Embrace Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/19/13
Last Updated: 04/19/13
As a result of a judicial order of April 19, 2013, Rio de Janeiro has become the eleventh Brazilian state to achieve marriage equality.
Reparative Therapy at the Ninth Circuit
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/19/13
Last Updated: 04/19/13
On April 18, 2013, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments as to whether a California law prohibiting "reparative therapy" for minors is constitutional.
The Regnerus Fraud and the Blogosphere. Or, The Tenacity of Bloggers
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/16/13
Last Updated: 04/16/13
Information sought through the Freedom of Information Act has already shed light on the fraudulence of the Regerus study and more may be forthcoming.
Honoring Sally Ride
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/15/13
Last Updated: 04/15/13
On April 12, 2013, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that a new Navy ship will be named after pioneering astronaut Sally Ride.
Irish Constitutional Convention Recommends Referendum on Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/14/13
Last Updated: 04/14/13
The Irish Constitutional Convention announced on April 14, 2013 that it has voted overwhelmingly to recommend a refendendum on marriage equality.
French Marriage Equality Bill Accelerated
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/13/13
Last Updated: 04/13/13
After passage by the Senate, France's marriage equality bill has been accelerated.
Outrage in Kansas City
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/12/13
Last Updated: 04/13/13
The outrageous experience of a gay man who was ejected from the bedside of his partner at Kansas City's Research Medical Center is emblematic of the lack of respect extended to glbtq partnerships.
As France Considers Same-Sex Marriage, Battered Victim Becomes Face of Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/11/13
Last Updated: 04/11/13
As France is on the verge of passing historic legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, the battered face of a gay bashing victim has become an emblem of homophobic opposition to equal rights.
Out's Power 50 List
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/10/13
Last Updated: 04/10/13
On April 10, 2013, Out published its annual list of 50 gay men and women whose power and prestige influence the way Americans think about the world.
Honoring Trans Activists
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/09/13
Last Updated: 04/09/13
The Trans 100, a list of 100 trans activists, highlights the diversity of transgender people and honors the work of American transgender activists.
The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/08/13
Last Updated: 04/08/13
As Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher sought to prevent homosexual law reform and to restrict the existing rights of homosexuals.
Tenth Brazilian State Achieves Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/06/13
Last Updated: 04/06/13
As a result of a judicial decision of March 26, 2013, the Brazilian state of Paraná (South) has extended equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Words Matter: The Firing of Mike Rice
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/04/13
Last Updated: 04/05/13
The verbal abuse that led led to the firing of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was as damaging as the physical abuse captured on the video that went public on April 2, 2013.
Uruguay's Senate Passes Marriage Equality Legislation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/02/13
Last Updated: 04/02/13
On April 2, 2013, Uruguay's Senate passed marriage equality legislation, placing the country on target to become South America's second nation to permit same-sex marriage nation-wide.
Lt. Dan Choi Convicted, Fined, Hospitalized
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/28/13
Last Updated: 03/29/13
Lt. Dan Choi, a hero of the struggle to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, stood trial on March 28, 2013 for an act of civil disobedience in 2010 and was convicted, fined, and hospitalized.
DOMA's Day in Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/27/13
Last Updated: 03/28/13
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) went on trial at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013.
Proposition 8 Weakly Defended at the Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/26/13
Last Updated: 03/27/13
Following the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on March 26, 2013, Proposition 8 seems doomed, though it is not clear that the Court is ready to issue the broad and sweeping decision that would lead to marriage equality throughout the nation.
How We Got to the Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/25/13
Last Updated: 03/25/13
On the eve of the arguments about marriage equality at the Supreme Court, it is useful to remember the contributions of the legal organizations and individuals who helped place equal rights on the high court's docket.
Theodore Olson: "The Case Has Changed My Life a Lot"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/25/13
Last Updated: 03/25/13
In a Los Angeles Times profile of Theodore Olson, who will argue the against Proposition 8 in the Supreme Court on March 26, 2013, he says that the case has changed his life.
Sunday News Shows Feature Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/24/13
Last Updated: 03/24/13
On March 24, 2012, marriage equality was the hot topic on the Sunday news shows, with Urvashi Vaid, Dan Savage, Wilson Cruz, David Boies, Evan Wolfson, and Kamala Harris making impressive appearances.
Oral Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/23/13
Last Updated: 03/24/13
Oral arguments in two key cases involving same-sex marriage will be heard in the Supreme Court of the United States on March 26 and 27, 2013.
American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/21/13
Last Updated: 03/21/13
On March 21, 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement endorsing marriage equality in order to promote the well-being of children whose parents are gay or lesbian.
Inspiring Teen Jacob Rudolph Tells Senate Committee: "I do not need to be fixed."
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/19/13
Last Updated: 03/20/13
On March 19, 2013, New Jersey teenager Jacob Rudolph delivers a moving speech to a legislative committee considering a ban on conversion therapy.
Finnish Marriage Equality Legislation Back in Play
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/19/13
Last Updated: 03/19/13
A petition launched in response to a committee's rejection of a marriage equality bill has forced the Finnish Parliament as a whole to consider the bill.
Hillary Clinton Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/18/13
Last Updated: 03/18/13
On March 18, former Secretary of State and presumptive 2016 Democratic Party Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton issued a full-throated endorsement of marriage equality.
Republican Senator Undergoes "Change of Heart"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/15/13
Last Updated: 03/15/13
On March 14, 2013, Republican Senator Rob Portman announced that he has had a "change of heart" and now supports marriage equality.
Another Bigoted Pope
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/13/13
Last Updated: 03/14/13
On March 13, 2013, Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aries, was chosen by the College of Cardinals to succeed Benedict XVI as Pope.
New Zealand Set to Achieve Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/13/13
Last Updated: 03/13/13
On March 13, 2013, New Zealand lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality bill on its second, and most crucial reading, making it almost certain that marriage equality will become law.
Fraudulent Regnerus Study Funded to Impugn Gay Parents before the Supreme Court, Documents Confirm
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/11/13
Last Updated: 03/11/13
Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act confirm suspicions that the discredited study of "gay parents" by sociologist Mark Regnerus was funded in order to impugn gay parents in judicial proceedings.
President Clinton Repudiates DOMA
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/08/13
Last Updated: 03/10/13
In an editorial on March 8, 2013, President Bill Clinton repudiated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that he signed into law in 1996.
Boy Scouts of America Rejected by Entertainers
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/07/13
Last Updated: 03/07/13
Entertainers who had accepted invitations to perform at the Boy Scouts of America 2013 Jamboree have withdrawn upon learning that the organization bans gay scouts and leaders.
Standing in the Proposition 8 Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/01/13
Last Updated: 03/02/13
The question of standing in the Proposition 8 case may be an impediment to a wide-ranging ruling.
President Obama, Others File Amici Briefs in Marriage Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/28/13
Last Updated: 03/01/13
On February 28, 2013, as the deadline approached for submitting amici briefs in the Proposition 8 and DOMA cases to be heard this session by the Supreme Court, President Obama and others have acted.
House of Representatives Passes Inclusive Violence Against Women Act
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/28/13
Last Updated: 02/28/13
On February 28, 2012 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes specific protections for glbtq victims of domestic abuse.
Prominent Republicans File Brief Asking Supreme Court to Declare Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/26/13
Last Updated: 02/28/13
More than 100 prominent Republicans have signed an amicus brief asking the United States Supreme Court to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
Justice Department Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMA
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/25/13
Last Updated: 02/25/13
In a brief filed on February 22, 2013, the Justice Department urged the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Suze Orman Speaks Out on the Financial Impact of Marriage Inequality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/22/13
Last Updated: 02/22/13
On February 21, 2013 financial advisor, author, and television host Suze Orman chaired a panel discussion at New York University on the economic harms of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and marriage inequality generally.
Opponents of Proposition 8 File U.S. Supreme Court Brief
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/21/13
Last Updated: 02/22/13
On February 21, 2013, acclaimed attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies filed their main brief in the Proposition 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, which will be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in June.
Equal Rights Groups Call for Executive Order to Ban Discrimination
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/20/13
Last Updated: 02/20/13
On February 20, 2013, more than 50 organizations in favor of equal rights called upon President Obama to issue an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors.
Poll Finds Hefty Majority of Americans Oppose DOMA
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/19/13
Last Updated: 02/19/13
A poll released on February 19, 2013 finds that 59% of Americans oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.
Mexico's Supreme Court Releases Ruling Striking Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/19/13
Last Updated: 02/19/13
On February 18, Mexico's Supreme Court released its unanimous decision declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
DOMA-created Gay Diaspora
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/18/13
Last Updated: 02/18/13
New York Times article highlight the diaspora of binational gay couples created by DOMA.
First Same-Sex Spouse to Be Interred in Military Cemetery
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/16/13
Last Updated: 02/16/13
Thanks to a waiver signed by Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, the ashes of Nancy Lynchild, wife of retired United States Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, will be interred in Willamette National Cemetery.
Secretary of Defense Panetta Extends Benefits of Gay and Lesbian Servicemembers
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/11/13
Last Updated: 02/11/13
On February 11, 2013, Secretary of Defense Panetta announced the extension of benefits previously unavailable to gay and lesbian servicemembers and their families.
Britons Celebrate Marriage Equality Victory
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/06/13
Last Updated: 02/07/13
After the U.K.'s House of Commons voted in favor of the equal marriage bill by a margin of 400 to 175, Britons celebrated the victory.
U.K. House of Commons Vote Overwhelmingly in Favor of Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/05/13
Last Updated: 02/07/13
In its "second reading" on February 5, 2013, the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality.
Pianist Sara Buechner Explains Why She Became a Canadian
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/05/13
Last Updated: 02/05/13
In a New York Times article, pianist Sara Buechner explains why she became a Canadian.
French National Assembly Approves Key Marriage Equality Clause
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/03/13
Last Updated: 02/05/13
On February 2, 2013, the French National Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of the first article of the new marriage equality law.
Mixner, Jones Call for Demonstrations as Supreme Court Hears Marriage Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/31/13
Last Updated: 01/31/13
Veteran activists David Mixner and Cleve Jones have issued a call for demonstrations in Washington and across the country on March 26 and 27, 2013 as the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in marriage cases.
Jim Nabors's Belated Coming Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/30/13
Last Updated: 01/31/13
Actor Jim Nabors, whose homosexuality has been an open secret for decades, has finally come out by marrying his long-time partner.
Chris Hughes Says Governor Christie's Veto of Same-Sex Marriage Matters
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/28/13
Last Updated: 01/28/13
In an appearance on ABC News' "This Week"'s Web Extra on January 27, 2013, Chris Hughes answered questions from viewers and said Governor Christie's veto of same-sex marriage matters.
Creating Change Conference Convenes in Atlanta
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/25/13
Last Updated: 01/26/13
The 25th Creating Change Conference convened in Atlanta on January 23, 2013.
U.K. Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in House of Commons
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/24/13
Last Updated: 01/26/13
On January 24, 2013, the United Kingdom's long-awaited marriage equality bill was introduced in the House of Commons and scheduled for debate on February 5, 2013.
President Obama's Inclusive Inauguration
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/21/13
Last Updated: 01/21/13
On January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden were inaugurated for their second term in a notably inclusive ceremony.
U.S. Military Continues Discrimination
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/20/13
Last Updated: 01/20/13
Despite the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which became official in September 2011, the U.S. military continues to discriminate against gay and lesbian servicemembers.
Howard Bragman's "Gwissues" Features "Out in the Newsroom"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/19/13
Last Updated: 01/19/13
A new YouTube channel sponsored by LOGO called Gwistv recently featured Howard Bragman intereviewing out newsmen Charles Perez, Don Lemon, and Thomas Roberts.
Wendell Berry on Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/18/13
Last Updated: 01/19/13
The distinguished American man of letters Wendell Berry has recently expounded on his support for marriage equality.
European Court of Human Rights Rules that Religion Cannot Justify Discrimination against Gay Men and Lesbians
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/15/13
Last Updated: 01/16/13
On January 15, 2013, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that religion cannot justify discrimination against gay men and lesbians.
Louie Giglio and Ryan Andresen: A Reflection on Spiritual Terrorism
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/11/13
Last Updated: 01/12/13
The confluence of news stories about bigoted pastor Louie Giglio and boy scout Ryan Andresen prompts reflection on spiritual terrorism.
Bigoted Pastor Removed from Inaugural Program
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/10/13
Last Updated: 01/11/13
Bigoted pastor Louie Giglio, who had been invited to deliver the benediction at President Obama's Inauguration, has been removed from the program.
Bigot to Share Inauguration Stage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/09/13
Last Updated: 01/10/13
The pastor selected to give the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration turns out to be a homophobic bigot.
Washington National Cathedral to Celebrate Same-Sex Marriages
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/09/13
Last Updated: 01/09/13
Washington's iconic National Cathedral will celebrate same-sex marriages, Dean of the Cathedral Very Rev. Gary Hall announced on January 9, 2013.
California Boy Scout Chapter Reverses Decision on Eagle Scout Application
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/08/13
Last Updated: 01/09/13
The Mount Diablo-Silverado Council of the Boy Scouts of America reversed its October 2012 decision not to grant openly gay Ryan Andresen Eagle Scout status, but its action was quickly overturned.
Servicemembers Discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to Receive Full Separation Pay
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/07/13
Last Updated: 01/08/13
According to a settlement agreement announced on January 7, 2013, servicemembers discharged under DADT policy will receive full separation pay.
The Emergence of Straight Allies
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/04/13
Last Updated: 01/04/13
Dan Savage has made a video and established a Tumblr site to express gratitude to the straight allies of the glbtq movement for equal rights.
Top Ten GLBTQ News Stories of 2012
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/28/12
Last Updated: 12/31/12
The biggest news stories of 2012 revolved around the question of equal marriage rights.
Hagel Apologizes for Slurring James C. Hormel
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/21/12
Last Updated: 12/22/12
Former Senator Chuck Hagel, thought to be under consideration for appointment as Secretary of Defense, has apologized for his remarks about former Ambassador James Hormel in 1998.
Senator Daniel Inouye, GLBTQ Ally, Dead at 88
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/18/12
Last Updated: 12/18/12
Senator Daniel Inouye, who died on December 17, 2012 in Washington, D.C. is remembered for his stalwart support of glbtq rights.
"Oui, Oui, Oui!": Marriage Equality March in Paris
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/17/12
Last Updated: 12/18/12
On December 16, 2012, thousands of supporters of marriage equality took to the streets of Paris, chanting "Oui, Oui, Oui," in support of marriage, adoption, and artificial reproduction rights.
Marriage Equality Comes to the Caribbean
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/15/12
Last Updated: 12/15/12
With the first same-sex marriage performed in Saba on December 4, 2012, marriage equality has come to the Caribbean.
Love, Commitment, Golden Rule Key to Marriage Equality Victories
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/13/12
Last Updated: 12/13/12
Analyses of the 2012 marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington indicate that a stress on love, commitment, and the Golden Rule was key to the victories.
Uruguay's House of Representatives Passes Marriage Equality Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/12/12
Last Updated: 12/12/12
On December 11, 2012, Uruguay's House of Representatives passed a marriage equality bill that puts the country on track to legalizing same-sex marriage in 2013.
Age of Marriage Equality Dawns in Washington State
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/11/12
Last Updated: 12/11/12
At 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2012, the age of marriage equality in Washington state dawned.
U.S. Supreme Court to Review DOMA, Proposition 8 Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/07/12
Last Updated: 12/07/12
On December 7, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will review cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8.
Supreme Court of Mexico Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/05/12
Last Updated: 12/07/12
On December 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Mexico issued a unanimous ruling striking down a ban on same-sex marriage.
Salvation Army Kettles: Just Pass on By
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/03/12
Last Updated: 12/04/12
During the Christmas season, the Salvation Army aggressively begs for donations, but supporters of the glbtq community should just pass on by.
Observing World AIDS Day
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/01/12
Last Updated: 12/01/12
December 1 is World AIDS Day.
No Word from Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/01/12
Last Updated: 12/01/12
The United States Supreme Court has issued no information regarding its conference on November 30, 2012 in which cases concerning gay relationships were scheduled for consideration.
AFER's Matt Baume Explains Supreme Court's Marriage Precedents
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/28/12
Last Updated: 11/28/12
In a new video released by the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Matt Baume explains the cases in which the Supreme Court has ruled that marriage is a fundamental right.
Remembering Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/27/12
Last Updated: 11/28/12
The 34th annual candlelight vigil honoring slain San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk was held on November 27, 2012.
AP Style Guide Disses "Homophobia"; George Weinberg Responds
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/27/12
Last Updated: 11/27/12
In an update to their widely-used style guide for reporters, the Associated Press discourages the use of "homophobia."
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/20/12
Last Updated: 11/20/12
The Transgender Day of Remembrance raises awareness of hate crimes against transgendered people.
Another Delay at the Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/19/12
Last Updated: 11/19/12
The Supreme Court of the United States has again delayed its deliberations about which gay cases it will consider during the 2012-2013 term.
Tale of Two California Gay Candidates Redux
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/14/12
Last Updated: 11/14/12
The two California gay candidates that I contrasted in a October 30, 2012 blog met different fates on election day.
Boy Scouts of America Loses Another Large Donor
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/13/12
Last Updated: 11/13/12
On November 12, 2012, the UPS Foundation announced that under its new guidelines the Boy Scouts of America is no longer eligble for grants.
Dan Savage Takes on Tony Perkins
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/09/12
Last Updated: 11/09/12
The indomitable Dan Savage takes on the odious Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in a new video.
Historic Election Night: Karma in Colorado
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/09/12
Last Updated: 11/09/12
In May 2012, Colorado Republicans killed a civil unions bill; on November 6, 2012, they were swept out of office.
Historic Election Night: What It Means
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/08/12
Last Updated: 11/08/12
The 2012 presidential election may be a significant turning point for the equal rights movement.
Historic Election Night: U.S. Senator and Six U.S. Representatives
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/07/12
Last Updated: 11/07/12
On November 6, 2012, Tammy Baldwin won election to the U.S. Senate; six other openly gay candidates won election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Historic Election Night: The Marriage Questions
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/07/12
Last Updated: 11/07/12
On November 6, 2012, voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted in favor of marriage equality, while voters in Minnesota rejected a ban on same-sex marriage.
Historic Election Night: President Obama Re-elected
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/07/12
Last Updated: 11/08/12
President Barack Obama swept to victory on November 6, 2012, winning more than 300 electoral college votes.
Vote for Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/12
Last Updated: 11/05/12
Questions relating to marriage equality will be on the November 6, 2012 ballot in four states: Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota.
Vote as If Your Rights Depend on It: They Do
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/12
Last Updated: 11/05/12
Anyone who cares about equal rights in this country should vote to re-elect President Barack Obama.
New York City's Ali Forney Drop-In Center Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/04/12
Last Updated: 11/04/12
On November 2, 2012, it was learned that the Ali Forney Center for LGBT Youth was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg Endorses President Obama
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/02/12
Last Updated: 11/02/12
In a surprise endorsement on November 1, 2012, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg indicated why he will vote for President Obama.
Supreme Court Conference Scheduled to Consider Gay Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/01/12
Last Updated: 11/01/12
The Supreme Court of the United States has scheduled a conference on November 20, 2012 to consider cases involving DOMA, Prop 8, and partner benefits.
Two California Gay Candidates: A Study in Contrasts
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/30/12
Last Updated: 10/30/12
Mark Takano and Carl DiMaio, two California gay candidates on the November 6, 2012 ballot, offer striking contrasts.
San Francisco's GLBT Museum Vandalized
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/30/12
Last Updated: 10/30/12
On October 29, 2012, San Francisco's GLBT History Museum was attacked by vandals who shattered two large plate glass windows.
More Political Karma: Linda Lingle Routed by Mazie Hirono in Hawaii Senate Debate
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/29/12
Last Updated: 10/29/12
Former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, who vetoed the state's civil unions bill in 2010 and is now running for the U.S. Senate, was trounced in a debate by her opponent U.S. Representative Mazie Hironi on October 23, 2012.
The New York Times Endorses Obama
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/28/12
Last Updated: 10/28/12
On October 28, 2012, in a thoughtful editorial that highlights the President's support for equal rights, The New York Times endorsed Obama.
President Obama Endorses Marriage Equality Ballot Measures
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/27/12
Last Updated: 10/27/12
On October 25, 2012, President Obama endorsed Referendum 74 in Washington, Question 1 in Maine, and Question 6 in Maryland, all of which would grant equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Hypocrisy, Karma, and Ingratitude: Former Congressman Jim Kolbe and DOMA
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/25/12
Last Updated: 10/26/12
Former U.S. Representative Jim Kolbe, who voted for DOMA, now whines about the law he hypocritically supported and endorses a man who will defend it.
A High Stakes Election
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/25/12
Last Updated: 10/25/12
Much of the progress made by the glbtq rights movement since 2008 is at stake in the 2012 presidential election.
Log Cabin Republicans' Shameful Endorsement
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/24/12
Last Updated: 10/25/12
In an unprincipled move, the gay organization Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed Mitt Romney for President.
Remembering George McGovern
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/22/12
Last Updated: 10/23/12
George McGovern, former U.S. Senator and Democratic nominee for President of the United States, died on October 21, 2012 at a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Michelangelo Signorile: "Frank Schubert is your enemy. And you should know him."
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/19/12
Last Updated: 10/19/12
In a contentious interview with Frank Schubert, the strategist who specializes in anti-gay campaigns, Michelangelo Signorile exposes his distortions and demonizing of glbtq people.
DOMA Again Declared Unconstitutional by Appellate Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/18/12
Last Updated: 10/19/12
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has declared DOMA unconstitutional in a ruling on the lawsuit initiated by Edith Windsor.
Welcome Back, Mr. President
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/17/12
Last Updated: 10/17/12
On October 16, 2012, President Obama showed up for the second presidential debate of the 2012 campaign fired up and ready to go.
Obama Campaign Releases Stunning Video Featuring GLBTQ Celebrities
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/16/12
Last Updated: 10/16/12
On October 15, 2012, the Obama Campaign released a stunning video featuring glbtq celebrities.
Transgender Woman Wins Insurance Coverage for Sex Reassignment Surgery
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/09/12
Last Updated: 10/09/12
The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund has announced that it has resolved a claim by Ida Hammer who had been denied health insurance for sex reassignment surgery.
Remembering Matthew Shepard
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/08/12
Last Updated: 10/08/12
Fourteen years after he was murdered, we remember Matthew Shepard.
Boxer Orlando Cruz Comes Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/05/12
Last Updated: 10/07/12
Orlando Cruz, former Olympian and current contender for a featherweight boxing title, has acknowledged his homosexuality via a tweet in which he described himself as "a proud gay man."
Important Message from David Mixner
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/04/12
Last Updated: 10/04/12
In response to President Obama's disappointing performance in the debate on October 3, 2012, activist and sage David Mixner reminds us that we must keep on keeping on.
Family of "Sissy Boy" Victim Kirk Murphy Hails Ban on Reparative Therapy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/02/12
Last Updated: 10/03/12
The family of "sissy boy" victim Kirk Murphy has expressed gratitude for the California law that bans reparative therapy for minors.
Governor Brown Signs Reparative Therapy Bill into Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/30/12
Last Updated: 09/30/12
On September 29, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law a bill that prohibits reparative therapy for minors in the golden state.
Secretary Napolitano Confirms Immigration Policy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/29/12
Last Updated: 09/29/12
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano promised to issue written instructions that same-sex relationships be treated the same as heterosexual ones in immigration decisions.
U.K. Opposition Leader Out4Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/27/12
Last Updated: 09/27/12
Ed Miliband, leader of the U.K. Labour Party and possible future Prime Minister has made a marriage equality video.
French President Calls for Universal Decriminalization of Homosexuality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/26/12
Last Updated: 09/28/12
In his inaugural speech to the United Nations on September 25, 2012, French President Francois Hollande called for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality.
Supreme Court May Delay Consideration of Marriage Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/23/12
Last Updated: 09/23/12
Although the Proposition 8 case and some DOMA cases have been docketed for the U.S. Supreme Court's September 24 conference, some sources have speculated that consideration of marriage cases will be delayed.
African-American Pastors Endorse Maryland Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/22/12
Last Updated: 09/22/12
At a September 21, 2012 press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., a group of prominent African-American pastors endorsed Maryland's Question 6.
Boy Scouts of America Loses Largest Donor Because of Its Anti-gay Policy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/21/12
Last Updated: 09/22/12
Intel Corporation, the Boy Scouts of America's largest corporate donor, announced on September 21, 2012 that it will donate only to troops that pledge not to discriminate.
GLAAD: A New Direction or More of the Same?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/19/12
Last Updated: 09/19/12
Under its new executive director, GLAAD has launched new initiatives, but may also be giving us more of the same.
Australian Senator Tells Parliament: "This [Marriage Equality] Debate Has a Personal Impact for Me"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/17/12
Last Updated: 09/18/12
On September 17, 2012, Australian Senator Louise Pratt, in an emotional speech on behalf of marriage equality, told her colleagues, "This debate has a personal impact for me."
Anniversary of DADT Repeal Approaches
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/17/12
Last Updated: 09/17/12
A gala celebration honoring former Chief of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen highlights observance of the first anniversary of the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell military policy.
Barney Frank versus the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/16/12
Last Updated: 09/16/12
Representative Barney Frank has criticized the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund for its support of gay Republican congressional candidate Richard Tisei.
Jamie Kuntz, Football Player Kicked Off His Team, Speaks Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/15/12
Last Updated: 09/15/12
Jamie Kuntz, the North Dakota football player who was kicked off his team for kissing his boyfriend, speaks out in an arresting interview with SB's Amy K. Nelson.
Conscience of a Catholic Legislator
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/15/12
Last Updated: 09/15/12
Washington state senator Debbie Regala, who was ostracized by her Roman Catholic parish in retaliation for her support for marriage equality, has found acceptance in another parish.
Marylanders for Marriage Equality Fundraiser in New York City
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/13/12
Last Updated: 09/14/12
The Marylanders for Marriage Equality Fundraiser in New York City on September 13, 2012 featured high-profile gay men and lesbians with Maryland roots.
Seeking Justice for Billy Lucas
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/10/12
Last Updated: 09/10/12
The family of Indiana teen Billy Lucas, whose suicide in 2010 inspired the "It Gets Better" project, has filed suit in federal court against the school district that failed to prevent him being bullied.
Anti-Gay Legislator Attempts to Muzzle Pro-Gay Football Player
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/07/12
Last Updated: 09/08/12
Maryland legislator Emmett Burns' attempt to muzzle Baltimore Ravens Brendon Ayanbadejo has provoked the ire of Minnesota Vikings' Chris Kluwe.
"We don't turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up."
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/07/12
Last Updated: 09/08/12
On the final day of the most inclusive political major-party convention in American history, after repeated expressions of support for glbtq issues, President Obama accepted nomination for re-election.
DNC Day Two
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/06/12
Last Updated: 09/06/12
Day two of the Democratic National Convention provided more evidence of the increased visibility of glbtq people in the party.
Prop 8, DOMA Cases Docketed for September 24 Supreme Court Conference
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/05/12
Last Updated: 09/06/12
Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases have been docketed for the September 24, 2012 conference of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Inclusiveness on Parade at the DNC
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/05/12
Last Updated: 09/05/12
Whereas the Republican National Convention tried to deny the presence of glbtq citizens, on its opening night the Democratic National Convention made a point of showcasing glbtq people and issues.
A Tale of Two Platforms
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/04/12
Last Updated: 09/04/12
The Democratic and Republican platforms offer strikingly different visions for glbtq Americans.
"In the Life" Profiles Truth Wins Out's John Becker
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/03/12
Last Updated: 09/03/12
The glbtq television newsmagazine In the Life has profiled activist John Becker, who went undercover in 2011 to investigate reparative therapy at the Bachmann Clinic.
Bullied Student Darnell "Dynasty" Young Sues Indianapolis Public Schools
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/02/12
Last Updated: 09/02/12
Attorneys for the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed suit against the Indianapolis Public Schools on behalf of Darnell "Dynasty" Young and his mother.
Bill Banning Reparative Therapy for Minors Passes California Legislature
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/31/12
Last Updated: 08/31/12
Both houses of the California Legislature have approved a bill that bans reparative therapy for minors.
Tasmania Marriage Equality Bill Approved by Lower House
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/30/12
Last Updated: 08/30/12
Tasmania's marriage equality bill has been approved by the Australian state's lower house.
Record GLBTQ Participation in 2012 Democratic Convention
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/30/12
Last Updated: 08/30/12
The 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week will have a record number of glbtq delegates and alternates.
New Zealand Marriage Equality Bill Advances
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/29/12
Last Updated: 08/29/12
On August 29, 2012, New Zealand's Parliament overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality bill on first reading.
Charges Dropped in San Diego Equality Nine Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/29/12
Last Updated: 08/30/12
On August 24, 2012, all charges were dropped in San Diego's Equality Nine case in which activists were arrested in 2010 for attempting to secure marriage licenses at City Hall.
Attorney General Holder Addresses GLBTQ Attorneys
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/24/12
Last Updated: 08/24/12
On April 23, 2012 Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the annual Lavender Law Conference and urged the attendees to help advance the cause of equal rights.
Lesbian Couple Wins Settlement in Lawsuit against Vermont Inn
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/23/12
Last Updated: 08/24/12
A lesbian couple who were turned away when they attempted to book an inn for their destination wedding has won a settlement in their lawsuit against Vermont's Wildflower Inn.
Dan Savage vs. Brian Brown: The Dinner Table Debate
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/22/12
Last Updated: 08/23/12
The much anticipated "dinner table" debate between Dan Savage and the National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown is now available online.
United Church of Canada Elects Gay Leader
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/17/12
Last Updated: 08/17/12
On April 16, 2012, Reverend Gary Paterson was elected leader of Canada's largest Protestant denomination, the United Church of Canada.
Jury Orders Andrew Shirvell to Pay $4.5M in Damages to Chris Armstrong
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/16/12
Last Updated: 08/19/12
A jury has awarded Chris Armstrong, former University of Michigan student body president, $4.5 million in his lawsuit against Andrew Shirvell, a former Michigan assistant attorney general.
South Australia Premier Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/12/12
Last Updated: 08/12/12
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announces his support for marriage equality bill.
New Brigadier General Comes Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/10/12
Last Updated: 08/10/12
Brigadier General Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay flag officer in the U.S. Army, following her promotion in a private ceremony at which she received her stars from her wife.
Tasmanian Premier Pledges Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/05/12
Last Updated: 08/06/12
On August 4, 2012, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings pledged that the Australian state would legislate marriage equality this year regardless of the actions of the national government.
Federal Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Hate Crimes Act
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/03/12
Last Updated: 08/03/12
In a decision released August 2, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected a challenge to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
College Settles Discrimination Lawsuit
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 08/02/12
Last Updated: 08/02/12
On July 17, 2012, Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas settled a lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal alleging sexual orientation discrimination against Jacqueline Gill.
Another Court Ruling against DOMA and Other Court Filings
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/31/12
Last Updated: 07/31/12
On July 31, 2012, yet another federal judge ruled against DOMA; and two other filings were made to the Supreme Court relating to marriage equality cases.
New Zealand Prime Minister Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/30/12
Last Updated: 07/30/12
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has endorsed a private member's bill that would legalize same-sex marriage.
Parenting Study Repudiated by Auditor of Journal that Published It
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/27/12
Last Updated: 07/27/12
The much-maligned parenting study by Mark Regnerus, funded by anti-gay foundations, has now been repudiated by the journal in which it was published.
Amazon Founder Pledges $2.5 Million to Washington Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/27/12
Last Updated: 07/27/12
The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and his wife MacKenzie, have pledged $2.5 million to the campaign for marriage equality in Washington state.
Boy Scouts of America's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/26/12
Last Updated: 07/26/12
Despite its reaffirmation of its ban on gay scouts and leaders, the Boy Scouts of America seems to have adopted a de facto Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
Scottish Government to Back Marriage Equality Legislation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/25/12
Last Updated: 07/25/12
Scotland's government has announced plans to legalize same-sex marriage.
Senior Church of England Cleric Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/23/12
Last Updated: 07/23/12
Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, has endorsed marriage equality in a new video issued by the Out4Marriage campaign.
Bullied Student Reaches Settlement with School District
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/22/12
Last Updated: 07/22/12
Bullied gay student Zack King has reached a settlement with an Ohio school district after an October 2011 videotaped beating.
2012 Congressional Elections Present Opportunity
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/18/12
Last Updated: 07/18/12
The 2012 Congressional elections present an opportunity to increase glbtq representation.
Edie Windsor Seeks Supreme Court Review in DOMA Challenge
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/17/12
Last Updated: 07/17/12
Attorneys for Edie Windsor have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear her lawsuit challenging DOMA even though it has not been heard at the appellate level.
Kevin Jennings Tapped to Lead Arcus Foundation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/14/12
Last Updated: 07/14/12
Kevin Jennings has been named Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, a leading funder of glbtq rights organization.
Episcopal Church Approves Blessing for Same-Sex Unions
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/12/12
Last Updated: 07/12/12
By large margins, both the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies have approved a liturgy for blessing same-sex unions.
Meet Chad Griffin, New Head of HRC
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/11/12
Last Updated: 07/11/12
Chad Griffin, new president of the Human Rights Campaign, has hit the ground running.
Canadian Poll Measures "Gay Landscape"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/10/12
Last Updated: 07/10/12
A Forum Research Poll has found that 5% of Canadians identify as lgbt, that 74% say that they know someone who is gay, and that 2/3 support equal marriage rights.
Arizona DP Benefits Appealed to Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/09/12
Last Updated: 07/09/12
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has asked the Supreme Court to review court rulings against a law denying domestic partner benefits to gay couples.
The Advocate Endorses Obama
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/06/12
Last Updated: 07/06/12
On July 6, 2012, the most influential glbtq newsmagazine, "The Advocate," endorsed President Obama for re-election.
Department of Justice Asks Supreme Court to Hear DOMA Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/05/12
Last Updated: 07/05/12
The Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear cases challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Paris Pride Celebration Energized by Marriage Equality Prospects
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/02/12
Last Updated: 07/03/12
The 700,000 participants in Paris's Pride celebration on July 1, 2012 were energized by news that France is likely to achieve marriage equality within a few months.
Anderson Cooper Comes Out: "The Fact Is, I'm Gay."
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 07/02/12
Last Updated: 07/03/12
In an e-mail to Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper has announced that he is gay.
California Bill Banning "Conversion Therapy" for Minors Advances
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/28/12
Last Updated: 06/28/12
A California Assembly committee has advanced Senate Bill 1172, which bans mental health professionals from practicing conversion therapy on minors; already passed by the Senate, it will now be debated on the Assembly floor.
Pentagon Celebrates Pride
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/26/12
Last Updated: 06/27/12
On June 26, 2012, the Department of Defense sponsored a GLBTQ Pride event at the Pentagon.
Remembering the Upstairs Lounge Fire
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/25/12
Last Updated: 06/25/12
Thirty-nine years ago, on June 24, 1973, a fire engulfed the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans's French Quarter; the deadliest fire in the city's history, it killed 32 people.
Turing Centenary Observances
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/23/12
Last Updated: 06/23/12
In honor of the centenary of Alan Turing's birth, a number of exhibits and symposia are honoring the achievements of one of the greatest scientists of the twentieth century.
Prop 8 Witness Blankenhorn Has Evolved
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/22/12
Last Updated: 06/22/12
In a New York Times op-ed, David Blankenhorn, a witness on behalf of Proposition 8, has announced that he no longer opposes same-sex marriage.
What's in a Name? Or, Petty Apartheid in Ohio
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/22/12
Last Updated: 06/22/12
Married gay couple in Ohio face obstacles in changing their names.
DOMA Case to be Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/21/12
Last Updated: 06/21/12
The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group has indicated that it will seek Supreme Court review of Appellate decision declaring DOMA unconstitutional.
Deputy Prime Minister Says Marriage Equality in Britain No Longer a Matter of "If"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/20/12
Last Updated: 06/21/12
U.K.'s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says that marriage Equality in Britain no longer a matter of "if."
After Denmark, France?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/19/12
Last Updated: 06/19/12
Two days after same-sex marriage became legal in Denmark, the party of French President Hollande swept to victory in parliamentary elections, making it likely that France will become the twelfth country to achieve marriage equality.
President Obama Hosts Pride Reception
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/16/12
Last Updated: 06/16/12
On June 15, 2012, President Obama hosted a reception at the White House to celebrate Pride Month.
Secretaries Clinton and Panetta Salute Pride Month
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/15/12
Last Updated: 06/16/12
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have released videos recognizing June as Pride Month.
Tracy Thorne-Begland Appointed Judge in Virginia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/14/12
Last Updated: 06/14/12
Just weeks after Virginia's General Assembly rejected his appointment, Circuit Court judges have appointed Tracy Thorne-Begland to a Richmond District Court.
Brave Priest Urges Catholics to Vote against Minnesota Constitutional Amendment to Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/12/12
Last Updated: 06/12/12
On June 10, 2012, Father Bob Pierson told a crowd of 200 Catholics that they could in good conscience vote against the Minnesota constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
More Bad Faith Pseudo Scholarship
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/11/12
Last Updated: 06/13/12
Mark Regnerus's study published in "Social Science Research" purports to prove that children of gay and lesbian parents have adverse outcomes, but it is so flawed as to prove nothing.
Denmark Passes Marriage Equality Legislation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/07/12
Last Updated: 06/07/12
On June 7, 2012 Denmark's Parliament overwhelmingly passed marriage equality legislation, making Denmark the eleventh country to offer equal marriage rights to all its citizens.
DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional Yet Again
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/06/12
Last Updated: 06/08/12
On June 6, 2012, United States District Court Judge Barbara Jones ruled DOMA unconstitutional in the case of Windsor v. U.S.
Ninth Circuit Refuses En Banc Hearing on Prop 8
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/05/12
Last Updated: 06/05/12
On June 5, 2012, the Ninth Circuit announced that it had refused the proponent's request for an en banc hearing to review the decision holding Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
Marriage Lawsuits Target Illinois
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/04/12
Last Updated: 06/04/12
On May 30, 2012, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed suit against the state of Illinois on behalf of 25 same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry.
White House Issues Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 06/01/12
Last Updated: 06/03/12
President Obama has released an official proclamation designating June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.
U.S. Court of Appeals Declares DOMA Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/31/12
Last Updated: 05/31/12
A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
Naked Christian Hate
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/30/12
Last Updated: 05/31/12
Recent disgusting displays of naked Christian hate give lie to the frequent claim that Christians hate the sin of homosexuality, but love the sinners.
Manchester Welcomes Bingham Cup VI
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/29/12
Last Updated: 05/29/12
Beginning on June 1, 2012, Manchester will host the Bingham Cup, the world championship of gay and inclusive rugby teams, named after gay September 11, 2001 hero Mark Bingham.
Another Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/25/12
Last Updated: 05/25/12
On May 24, 2012, Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for Northern California ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.
General Colin Powell Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/24/12
Last Updated: 05/24/12
In an appearance on CNN on May 23, 2012, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell endorsed marriage equality and distorted his own history.
Obama Outreach to GLBTQ Voters Launched
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/23/12
Last Updated: 05/23/12
On May 22, 2012, the Obama campaign launched an outreach effort aimed at glbtq voters.
Maverick Couch Wins Right to Wear T-Shirt
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/22/12
Last Updated: 05/22/12
Ohio teenager Maverick Couch has, with the help of Lambda Legal, taken a school board to federal court and won the right to wear a t-shirt saying "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe."
Prosecution to Appeal Ravi Sentence
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/22/12
Last Updated: 05/22/12
New Jersey prosecutor Bruce Kaplan announced that his office will appeal the sentence handed down by Judge Glenn Berman in the Dharun Ravi case.
Dharun Ravi Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail, 3 Years Probation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/20/12
Last Updated: 05/22/12
Dharun Ravi was sentenced on May 21, 2012 to 30 days in jail and 3 years probation on charges arising out of his videotaping dormmate Tyler Clementi's sexual liaison with a man.
NAACP Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/20/12
Last Updated: 05/21/12
On May 19, 2012, the NAACP announced that its Board has passed a resolution endorsing marriage equality.
Reparative Therapy in the News
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/19/12
Last Updated: 05/19/12
Therapies that attempt to convert homosexuals to heterosexuals have been in the news recently.
New French Government Pledges Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/18/12
Last Updated: 05/18/12
France's new Prime Minister announced that he will implement President Francois Hollande's promise of equal marriage and adoption rights.
"Watershed Moment" in Australian Marriage Debate
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/18/12
Last Updated: 05/18/12
An exchange between politicians Penny Wong and Joe Hockey is being described as a watershed moment in the Australian marriage equality debate.
More Nonsense from GetReligion.org
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/17/12
Last Updated: 05/18/12
GetReligion.org blogger Mollie Hemingway thinks it is perfectly all right to threaten gay people with death but intolerant for gay people to respond negatively.
International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/17/12
Last Updated: 05/17/12
May 17 is celebrated as International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Rhode Island Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/15/12
Last Updated: 05/15/12
On May 14, 2012, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order directing state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state as legal and to treat gay and lesbian married couples the same as heterosexual married couples.
Matching Fundraising Gift from Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/14/12
Last Updated: 05/14/12
Mainers United for Marriage has announced a $100,000 matching fundraising grant from Sean Eldridge and Chris Hughes.
Andrew Sullivan: Barack Obama, America's First Gay President
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/14/12
Last Updated: 05/14/12
In his remarkable "Newsweek" article on Obama's historic endorsement of marriage equality, Andrew Sullivan describes Obama as "America's First Gay President."
More Republican Chicanery in Colorado
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/14/12
Last Updated: 05/15/12
In the special session of the Colorado legislature called by Governor Hickenlooper to deal with civil unions, the Republican majority leader referred the bill to a committee that will kill it.
New Argentine Law Advances Transgender Rights
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/13/12
Last Updated: 05/14/12
Argentina's new gender law advances transgender rights and establishes a new world standard.
International Implications of President Obama's Endorsement of Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/12/12
Last Updated: 05/12/12
President Obama's endorsement of marriage equality may have international repercussions.
Heartwrenching Video Goes Viral
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/10/12
Last Updated: 05/10/12
Shane Bitney Crone's heartwrenching video, "It Could Happen to You," about what happened to him after the sudden death of his boyfriend of six years, has gone viral.
Thank You, President Obama
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/09/12
Last Updated: 05/09/12
On May 9, 2012, President Obama endorsed marriage equality.
Republicans Filibuster Colorado Civil Union Bill to Death
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/09/12
Last Updated: 05/09/12
While North Carolina voters enshrined discrimination into their constitution, Colorado Republicans filibustered a civil unions bill into oblivion.
Blowout in North Carolina
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/09/12
Last Updated: 05/09/12
Voters in North Carolina approve Amendment One, which adds discrimination to the state constitution.
Seeking Justice in San Diego
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/07/12
Last Updated: 05/08/12
The Equality Nine activists who were arrested at San Diego City Hall in 2010 for attempting to secure marriage licenses are being held hostage by a stubborn City Attorney.
Antidote to North Carolina Ugly
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/04/12
Last Updated: 05/04/12
The ugliness of the battle over North Carolina's Amendment One is countered by a sweet and gentle song performed by a string quartet featuring James Travis Creed and Billie Karel.
Retired Australian High Court Justice Michael Kirby Testifies in Favor of Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/04/12
Last Updated: 05/04/12
Saying he feels like a second-class citizen, retired Australian high court justice Michael Kirby testified at a Senate committee in favor of marriage equality.
Bullied Student Faces Expulsion for Attempting to Protect Himself
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/03/12
Last Updated: 05/03/12
Darnell Young, a student at Indianopolis Tech High School, faces expulsion after he brought a stun gun to school to protect himself from bullying.
North Carolina Ugly
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 05/03/12
Last Updated: 05/04/12
The ugliness of the battle over North Carolina's Amendment One reveals a cancer at the core of fundamentalist religion and the desperation of the anti-gay movement.
Dan Savage's Faux Controversy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/29/12
Last Updated: 04/30/12
Anti-gay activists are attempting to create a controversy over Dan Savage's remarks at a high school journalism conference.
Confronted by Irate Lesbian, Sponsor of Amendment One Flip-Flops
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/26/12
Last Updated: 04/27/12
In a remarkable example of grassroots political action, an irate lesbian confronts a North Carolina legislator who sponsored Amendment One, and he withdraws his support.
Dr. Spitzer Apologizes
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/26/12
Last Updated: 05/19/12
Dr. Robert Spitzer, the author of an influential study that gave some credence to the effectiveness of reparative therapy, officially apologizes.
U.K.'s Coalition for Equal Marriage Releases "Homecoming"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/25/12
Last Updated: 04/25/12
U.K.'s Coalition for Equal Marriage has released a powerful short film, "Homecoming," that makes the case for ending marriage discrimination.
EEOC Rules against Gender Identity Discrimination
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/24/12
Last Updated: 04/24/12
In a significant ruling issued on April 20, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holds that gender identity discrimination is prohibited by Title VII.
Anglican Clergy Endorse Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/22/12
Last Updated: 04/23/12
As the U.K. undertakes a "consultation" on marriage equality, some leading Anglican clergymen, including the Archbishop of Wales, have endorsed same-sex marriage.
James Beard, Boy Scouts of America, Michelangelo Signorile, and Susan Ungaro
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/20/12
Last Updated: 04/21/12
James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro rescinds acceptance of an award from Boys Scouts after Michelangelo Signoriles explains the organization's bigotry.
National Day of Silence
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/20/12
Last Updated: 04/20/12
On April 20, 2012, schools across the country observed the National Day of Silence, the purpose of which is to call attention to the plight glbtq youth who are forced to be silent because of fear of harassment.
Protect All North Carolina Families Ad Campaign Emphasizes Generalized Harm
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/17/12
Last Updated: 05/03/12
Rather than focusing on glbtq families, Protect All North Carolina Families is attempting to defeat Amendment One by describing the harm the amendment does to all North Carolina families.
Backlash against Obama's Decision Not to Issue Executive Order
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/16/12
Last Updated: 04/17/12
A backlash has developed against President Obama's decision not to issue an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination by federal contractors.
Titanic Centenary: Gay Stories of the Doomed Passenger Liner
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/15/12
Last Updated: 04/16/12
The centenary of the doomed passenger liner, RMS Titanic, has spurred a number of publications, including at least two that call attention to gay history.
Russian Homophobia
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/13/12
Last Updated: 04/13/12
Russia's vote against a resolution endorsing gay rights at a recent G8 foreign ministers' meeting, coupled with anti-gay legislation, positions Russia a a leading global proponent of homophobia.
Blankenhorn, Marquardt Denounce North Carolina Amendment One
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/11/12
Last Updated: 04/11/12
In an editorial in the Raleigh, N.C. News & Observer, David Blankenhorn and Elizabeth Marquardt denounce North Carolina's proposed constitutional amendment to ban recognition of same-sex couples.
Gabriel Arana's "So-Called Ex-Gay Life" and Robert Spitzer's Recantation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/11/12
Last Updated: 04/12/12
In a moving account of the effects of the reparative therapy he was subjected to as a teenager, Gabriel Arana also elicits a recantation by Robert Spitzer of an influential 2001 study.
Two Outstanding Columns by Frank Bruni
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/10/12
Last Updated: 04/10/12
On April 10, 2012, in two outstanding columns, New York Times writer Frank Bruni addresses the question of the message being sent to gay people when equal rights are denied.
President Obama Opposes Anti-Gay Marriage Amendments
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/09/12
Last Updated: 04/09/12
On April 9, 2012, President Obama's Minnesota Campaign announced that the President opposes the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that will appear on the November ballot.
BYU Students: It Gets Better?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/07/12
Last Updated: 04/07/12
On April 6, 2012 Brigham Young University students posted an "It Gets Better" video on YouTube, which promptly went viral.
Chile Passes Anti-Discrimination Law
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/05/12
Last Updated: 04/06/12
On April 4, 2012, in the wake of a brutal hate crime, Chile's Congress approved an anti-discrimination law.
Former DNC Chairs Endorse Marriage Equality Plank
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/05/12
Last Updated: 04/05/12
On April 4, 2012, four former chairs of the Democratic National Committee endorsed a marriage equality plank in the Democratic Party's 2012 platform.
Oral Arguments in DOMA Cases
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/04/12
Last Updated: 04/05/12
On April 4, 2014, oral arguments were presented in two crucial DOMA cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Transgender Dancer Becomes Chinese Cultural Icon
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/03/12
Last Updated: 04/03/12
Jin Xing, one of the first people to have sex-change surgery in China, has become a Chinese cultural icon.
Bishop Forces College to Cancel Commencement Speech by Victoria Kennedy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/02/12
Last Updated: 04/02/12
Under pressure from a Roman Catholic Bishop, Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts has withdrawn its invitation to Victoria Kennedy to deliver a commencement address.
Carson Daly, Mark Bingham: A Teachable Moment?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/30/12
Last Updated: 03/31/12
Carson Daly's offensive comments may provide a teaching moment about the spuriousness of stereotypes.
Openly Gay Pastor Called to Lead Large Lutheran Congregation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/29/12
Last Updated: 03/29/12
Openly gay pastor Bradley Schmeling has been chosen to lead St. Paul, Minnesota's largest Lutheran Congregation.
National Organization for Marriage Documents Expose Plans to Exploit Racial Divisions
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/27/12
Last Updated: 03/28/12
Internal documents obtained by the Human Rights Campaign on March 26, 2012 expose the National Organization for Marriage's strategy to make same-sex marriage a wedge issue dividing African Americans and gays.
AllOut.org Video: Ban Ki-moon: "The Time Has Come"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/23/12
Last Updated: 03/23/12
The international gay rights organization AllOut.org has released a new video calling attention to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's historic March 7, 2012 speech on gay rights.
Two Defeats for the National Organization for Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/21/12
Last Updated: 03/23/12
On March 21, 2012, the National Organization for Marriage suffered two defeats: its attempt to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire failed as did its attempt to force Starbucks to retract its support for marriage equality.
Speaker of UK's House of Commons Highlights the Fight for Equality in Speech Celebrating Queen Elizabeth
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/20/12
Last Updated: 03/20/12
On March 20, 2012, the U.K.'s Speaker of the House of Commons highlighted the struggle for equal rights in his speech celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Renowned Attorney Theodore Olson Calls Prop 8 Case "Highlight of My Life"
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/19/12
Last Updated: 03/20/12
At a dinner at Georgetown University on March 18, 2012, renowned attorney and former Solicitor General Theodore Olson called the Proposition 8 case "the highlight of my life."
"HIV/AIDS: America's Divide" Reports on the New Face of the AIDS Epidemic
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/17/12
Last Updated: 03/17/12
Discovery Channel premieres documentary about AIDS in America's minority communities on March 17, 2012.
Dharun Ravi Found Guilty in Rutgers Spycam Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/16/12
Last Updated: 05/20/12
On March 16, 2012, Dharun Ravi was found guilty in the Rutgers spycam case that may have motivated the suicide of Tyler Clementi.
Denmark to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/14/12
Last Updated: 03/14/12
Beginning on June 15, 2012, Denmark will permit same-sex marriage.
UK Marriage Equality Consultation Begins
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/12/12
Last Updated: 03/12/12
In preparation for legislation to permit same-sex marriage, the government of the United Kingdom will begin its long-awaited "consultation" on marriage equality this week.
Chris Hughes Acquires The New Republic
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/09/12
Last Updated: 03/09/12
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has acquired The New Republic.
Troubled Minnesota School District Settles Bullying Lawsuits
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/06/12
Last Updated: 03/07/12
On March 5, 2012, the troubled Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota voted to settle lawsuits alleging bullying of gay and lesbian students by agreeing to a consent agreement with the Department of Justice.
Webcast of Stage-Reading of 8 Available on YouTube
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/02/12
Last Updated: 03/04/12
YouTube's webcast of a stage-reading of Dustin Lance Black's play about the trial of Proposition 8 is available on AFER's YouTube channel.
Passage of Anti-Gay Law in Russia Sparks Calls for Boycott
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/01/12
Last Updated: 03/01/12
The passage of an anti-gay law by St. Petersburg's Parliament has sparked a call for a boycott of the city and other Russian destinations.
Celebration and Protest at Harvard
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/29/12
Last Updated: 03/01/12
As Lady Gaga and her mother launch their national anti-bullying effort, the Born This Way Foundation, at Harvard University on February 29, 2012, students rally to demand posthumous degrees for students expelled from Harvard in 1920 for being gay.
A Sad Lonely Death
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/27/12
Last Updated: 02/28/12
The Miami Herald belatedly reports the death of Bob Green, the former husband of Anita Bryant, who died a sad, lonely death.
Sweden Moves to End Sex-Change Sterilization Requirement
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/24/12
Last Updated: 02/24/12
Sweden's ruling party announced that it will move to end the requirement that individuals seeking to change their sex on official documents be sterilized.
Maryland Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/23/12
Last Updated: 02/24/12
On February 23, 2012, the Maryland Senate passed a marriage equality bill on a vote of 25 to 22.
DOMA Again Ruled Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/22/12
Last Updated: 02/24/12
On February 22, 2012, a federal district court judge for Northern California ruled DOMA unconstitutional in the Golinski case.
Maryland Assemby Passes Marriage Equality Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/17/12
Last Updated: 02/18/12
On February 17, 2012, Maryland's Assembly passed a marriage equality bill.
Christie Vetoes New Jersey Marriage Equality Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/17/12
Last Updated: 02/17/12
On February 17, 2012, one day after its passage, Governor Chris Christie vetoed New Jersey's marriage equality bill.
New Jersey Legislature Passes Marriage Equality Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/16/12
Last Updated: 02/17/12
On February 16, 2012, the New Jersey Assembly passed marriage equality legislation, three days after the New Jersey Senate passed it. However, it faces a promised veto by Governor Christie.
New Marriage Equality Videos
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/15/12
Last Updated: 02/16/12
As the debate on marriage equality heats up across the world, a number of new videos have been released.
Washington House Passes Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/09/12
Last Updated: 02/16/12
On February 8, 2011, Washington state's House of Representatives passed marriage equality legislation.
Spencer Perry and David Blankenhorn
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/08/12
Last Updated: 02/09/12
Spencer Perry, the son of two of the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case, cited David Blankenhorn in his post-verdict remarks.
Ellen DeGeneres, JC Penney, Bill O'Reilly, OneMillionMoms
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/08/12
Last Updated: 02/08/12
Ellen DeGeneres has responded to the call for being fired as spokesperson for JC Penney.
Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/07/12
Last Updated: 02/08/12
On February 7, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, on a 2-1 vote, that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
Openly Gay Candidate Defeated in Finnish Presidential Election
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/05/12
Last Updated: 02/06/12
Openly gay Green League candidate Pekka Haavista was defeated for the presidency of Finland in the run-off election on February 5, 2012.
SPLC Files Suit to Overturn DOMA
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 02/02/12
Last Updated: 02/02/12
On February 1, 2012, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced that it had filed suit to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.
HUD Issues New Nondiscrimination Rule
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/31/12
Last Updated: 02/01/12
On January 30, 2012, the Department of Housing and Urban Development released the final text of the department's new nondiscrimination rule.
Born This Way?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/29/12
Last Updated: 01/30/12
The question of whether sexual orientation is a choice has agitated the gay blogosphere in the wake of Cynthia Nixon's assertion that her homosexuality is a choice.
Remembering David Kato
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/26/12
Last Updated: 01/26/12
The first anniversary of the murder of Ugandan activist David Kato has been marked by a gathering in Kampala and by a documentary about the life and work of the martyred leader.
U.S. Mayors Endorse Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/23/12
Last Updated: 01/23/12
More than 80 U.S. Mayors have signed a pledge endorsing marriage equality, it was announced on January 21, 2012.
Openly Gay Finnish Leader in Run-off for Presidency
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/23/12
Last Updated: 02/05/12
The results of the first round of the Finnish presidential election on January 22, 2012 show that Pekka Haavisto, openly gay leader of the Green League, will face Sauli Niinistö of the National Coalition Party in the February 5, 2012 run-off.
Three Convicted in Landmark British Hate-Speech Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/20/12
Last Updated: 01/21/12
Three of five defendants were convicted in landmark U.K. hate-speech case for distributing leaflets calling for the death of homosexuals.
Victory for New Jersey Couple Discriminated Against by Methodist Church
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/18/12
Last Updated: 01/18/12
A New Jersey judge rules in favor of a same-sex couple who were discriminated against by a religious organization.
Doubts Regarding Validity of Marriages Performed in Canada Resolved
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/13/12
Last Updated: 01/14/12
Following an international uproar, the Canadian government has vowed to resolve doubts about the validity of same-sex marriages entered into be foreign couples.
Kevin Keller Gets Married
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/12/12
Last Updated: 01/12/12
Archie Comic's Kevin Keller gets married in a comic book issued in January 2012.
New Jersey Marriage Equality Battle
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/09/12
Last Updated: 01/13/12
New Jersey Democratic lawmakers announced at a news conference on January 9, 2011 that they will introduce legislation authorizing same-sex marriage.
Obama Administration Reports on GLBTQ Rights in the U.S.
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/09/12
Last Updated: 01/09/12
The United States Department of State has submitted a report to the United Nations Committee on Human Rights that assesses the status of human rights, including glbtq rights, in the U.S.
Cardinal Finally Apologizes
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/07/12
Last Updated: 01/08/12
After three weeks in the midst of a firestorm stemming from his comparison of the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, has apologized.
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire Endorses Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 01/04/12
Last Updated: 01/05/12
On January 4, 2011, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced plans to introduce legislation to authorize same-sex marriage in her state.
The Cardinal, The KKK, The Theologian, and Truth Wins Out
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/29/11
Last Updated: 12/29/11
Chicago's Roman Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Francis George compared the city's gay pride parade to the Ku Klux Klan, thus igniting a firestorm of criticism and raising some interesting questions.
Top Ten GLBTQ News Stories of 2011
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/25/11
Last Updated: 12/31/11
Any survey of the top glbtq news stories of 2011 must begin with the dramatic turnaround of the Obama Administration on glbtq issues because that turnaround is crucial to so many of the other top stories.
Anniversary of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Legislation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/22/11
Last Updated: 12/22/11
December 22, 2011 is the first anniversary of President Obama's signing into law the legislation that authorized repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Anti-Gay Student Loses Appeal
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/20/11
Last Updated: 12/20/11
A federal appeals court has rejected the claim of an anti-gay student that her First Amendment rights were violated when Augusta State University required her to treat glbtq people in a respectful and nondiscriminatory way.
Four Stories: Transgender Twin; DOMA Trial; Prop 8 Repeal; UN Report
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/18/11
Last Updated: 12/19/11
The following stories were recently in the news: a transgender twin; a DOMA trial; the effort to repeal Prop 8; and a report on glbtq rights by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Financial State of the Movement
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/11/11
Last Updated: 12/11/11
The Movement Advancement Project's recent report on the fiscal health of glbtq advocacy organizations has both good and bad news.
Pushback against Rick Perry's Brokeback Mountain Ad
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/09/11
Last Updated: 12/09/11
The blogosphere has been full of pushback against Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry's anti-gay ad.
Final Arguments in Prop 8 Appeals Case
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/08/11
Last Updated: 12/10/11
Final arguments in the Prop 8 Appeals Case were heard on December 8, 2011.
Two Recent Court Victories
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/07/11
Last Updated: 12/08/11
Two recent victories in U.S. courts give hope that the federal judiciary may be prepared to protect the rights of glbtq citizens.
Obama Administration: Gay Rights Are Human Rights
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/06/11
Last Updated: 12/07/11
The Obama Administration directs federal agencies engaged abroad to defend glbtq rights.
New Film Explores Gay Witch Hunts
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/05/11
Last Updated: 12/05/11
Josh Howard's new film, The Lavender Scare, scheduled for release in 2012, explores the witchhunts of the 1950s.
Renovated Wilde Tomb Unveiled
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/02/11
Last Updated: 12/04/11
On November 30, 2011, the 111th anniversary of the death of Oscar Wilde, his newly renovated tomb in Pere Lachaise cemetery was unveiled.
World AIDS Day: Two Videos
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/02/11
Last Updated: 12/04/11
Two videos encapsulate the news that came out of World AIDS Day, 2011.
World AIDS Day: Two Documentaries
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/01/11
Last Updated: 12/04/11
On December 1, 2011, World AIDS Day will call attention to the history of the disease and to the plight of those who suffer from it.
Speaker of U.K. House of Commons Incorporates GLBTQ Symbols in His Heraldry
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/30/11
Last Updated: 12/04/11
On November 28, 2011, the official portrait and heraldry of the Speaker of Great Britain's House of Commons were unveiled. The heraldry includes elements to signify his support of glbtq rights.
Barney Frank Will Not Seek Re-Election
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/28/11
Last Updated: 12/04/11
Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank announced on November 28, 2011 that he will not seek re-election in 2012.
The Enigma of J. Edgar Hoover
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/27/11
Last Updated: 11/28/11
The release of Clint Eastwood's film "J. Edgar" has brought renewed attention to J. Edgar Hoover.
Australia Debates Marriage Equality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/26/11
Last Updated: 11/28/11
Australia's Labor Party Conference in December will debate marriage equality despite the opposition of Prime Minister.
Ninth Circuit Consolidates Prop 8 Cases / Happy Thanksgiving from AFER
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/22/11
Last Updated: 11/23/11
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has consolidated two Proposition 8 cases, presumably in an attempt to expedite rulings.
Chris Armstrong Establishes Anti-Bullying Scholarship
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/18/11
Last Updated: 11/22/11
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the University of Michigan's Spectrum Center, the first glbtq support center at an American university, Chris Armstrong has established an anti-bullying scholarship.
Bulllying Updates
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/16/11
Last Updated: 11/17/11
The proposed Michigan law described as providing "a Republican license to bully" has been amended; in Ohio a victim of bullying fights back.
Joe Paterno's Role in the Rene Portland Scandal at Penn State
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/11/11
Last Updated: 11/12/11
Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, recently fired for his role in covering up child-abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, is also implicated in the Rene Portland scandal at Penn State.
Frank Mugisha Honored; Conviction in Secret Trial of David Kato's Alleged Murderer
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/11/11
Last Updated: 11/11/11
Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award; the alleged murderer of David Kato was convicted in a secret trial.
Dr. Jill Biden Keynotes PFLAG Convention
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/11
Last Updated: 11/05/11
On November 3, 2011, Dr. Jill Biden addressed the national conference of PFLAG.
Michigan Senate Passes "A Republican License to Bully" Bill
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/03/11
Last Updated: 11/16/11
On a party-line vote, the Michigan Senate has passed an "anti-bullying bill" that has been described as "a Republican license to bully."
More Dubious Research from the Institute for American Values
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/01/11
Last Updated: 11/02/11
The Institute for American Values has issued "One Parent or Five? A Global Look at Today's New Intentional Families," a report that is extremely dubious more revealing of the Institute's anti-gay agenda than anything else.
Lonely Planet Chooses Uganda as Top Travel Pick for 2012
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/30/11
Last Updated: 10/30/11
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet picks Uganda as top travel pick for 2012 despite the country's persecution of gay men and lesbians.
Marriage Watch: California, Brazil, Denmark, New Hampshire
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/26/11
Last Updated: 10/26/11
Developments in the struggle for marriage equality in California, Brazil, Denmark, and New Hampshire are highlighted.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors?
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/23/11
Last Updated: 10/24/11
The contradictions in the policies toward homosexuality of mainline Christian denominations like the United Methodist Church reveal a level of hypocrisy that merits examination.
News Anchor Comes Out While Reporting the Coming Out of Actor
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/18/11
Last Updated: 10/19/11
The casual coming out of television news anchor Dan Kloeffler while reporting on the coming out of actor Zachary Quinto reflects a new attitude toward homosexuality in television newsrooms.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Endorses Same-Sex Marriage
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/10/11
Last Updated: 10/11/11
Conservative U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron endorses same-sex marriage.
Remembering Matthew Shepard
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/07/11
Last Updated: 10/07/11
Thirteen years after he was murdered, we remember Matthew Shepard.
San Diego State University to Offer Major in LGBT Studies
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 10/06/11
Last Updated: 10/07/11
San Diego State University has announced that it will offer a major in LGBT Studies beginning in 2012.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Lawsuit Dismissed
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/29/11
Last Updated: 09/30/11
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Log Cabin Republicans v. U.S.A., the lawsuit contending that Don't Ask, Don't Tell was unconstitutional.
Celebrating Bisexuality
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/23/11
Last Updated: 09/23/11
September 23 is observed as Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
Teen Suicide Sparks Criminal Investigation
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/22/11
Last Updated: 09/23/11
The suicide of 14-year-old Jamie Rodemeyer sparks criminal investigation into his bullying.
White House Releases Statement and Video on the End of DADT
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/20/11
Last Updated: 09/20/11
The White House issues a statement and video regarding the end of DADT.
Premiere of 8; Judge Rules that Video of Prop 8 Trial Should be Released
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/19/11
Last Updated: 09/20/11
Judge James Ware orders release of Prop 8 Trial tapes on the same day that Dustin Lance Black's play about the trial premieres.
The End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/17/11
Last Updated: 09/20/11
On September 20, 1911, the U. S. military policy that prohibited openly gay men and women from serving officially ended.
Gay Activists Alliance Zaps
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 09/15/11
Last Updated: 09/17/11
The death of Arthur Evans, one of the founders of the Gay Activist Alliance, is a fitting occasion to remember the "zaps" of the 1970s.
 
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