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Woman gets life in prison for murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:00
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son who she believed was gay.

College rescinds commencement invite to Dustin Lance Black over sex photos

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 17:30
PASADENA, Calif. -- Pasadena City College has rescinded an invitation to Oscar-winning screenwriter, actor and LGBT rights activist Dustin Lance Black to speak at its commencement ceremony because they fear sexually explicit photos of Black that surfaced on the internet in 2009 would tarnish the school’s reputation.

Zimbabwe president threatens to expel diplomats who promote gay rights - “We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory."

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:00
HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe on Friday threatened to expel foreign diplomats who try to promote gay rights in the southern African country.

S.C. town questions anti-gay mayor’s abrupt firing of lesbian police chief

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:00
LATTA, S.C. -- Residents and city council members in Latta, S.C., are questioning the abrupt firing of the town’s first female and openly lesbian police chief, after a recording of the mayor defending the firing reveals his anti-gay bias.

School apologizes for advising bullying victims not to ‘tattle,’ or be a ‘sore loser’

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:00
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A Nebraska school district is apologizing after sending fifth grade students home with a pamphlet titled “Turning bullies into buddies," advising bullying victims not to "tattle" on their attackers, and not to be a "sore loser."

Oregon revises marriage licenses to accommodate for same-sex couples

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:00
In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples.

Leader of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church vows to fight homosexuality ‘to the end’

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:30
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- In his Easter message this week, Patriarch Abune Mathias, head of Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church, vowed to fight homosexuality, saying it will bring destruction to the world.

‘Truth Wins Out’ founder launches Chicago radio program

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:00
CHICAGO -- Author and human rights advocate Wayne Besen will kick off a new radio show, “I’ve Got Issues,” on Saturday on Chicago's WCPT, an independent progressive talk radio station.

AUDIO: Tenth Circuit appeals panel hears arguments on Okla. gay marriage ban

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:00
DENVER — A three-judge panel heard arguments Thursday on whether they should uphold a ruling by a federal judge that threw out Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. Following is the audio recording of today's hearing >

Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:00
CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling.

Judge hears challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:30
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing he expects to issue a ruling in about two weeks.

Judge has sharp questions for attorneys at Okla. same-sex marriage hearing

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:30
DENVER — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

Lambda Legal sues doctor, clinic for denying care to transgender woman

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:00
URBANA, Ill. -- Lambda Legal on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming that an Illinois health care services group denied medical care to a transgender woman after she requested hormone replacement therapy.

Nearly 3,000 gay couples say ‘I do’ in N.J. in first 6 months of marriage equality

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:30
Through the end of March, a total of 2,955 same-sex couples have wed in New Jersey since Oct. 21, when marriage equality began under the orders of a state judge, reports the New Jersey Star Ledger.

Portman on Ohio ruling: Marriage equality shouldn’t come from the courts

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:00
COLUMBIS, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the first GOP senator to support marriage equality for same-sex couples, says he’s not a fan of Monday’s federal court ruling that would force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

Same-sex marriage has second appellate court hearing

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:00
DENVER -- Same-sex marriage has its second hearing at the federal appellate level Thursday as lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license square off in a Denver courtroom.

‘4 Non Blondes’ to reunite for one night to benefit L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:30
The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for years.

Lawyer who argued in favor of Prop 8 now planning gay daughter’s wedding

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00
WASHINGTON — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.

Univ. of Rhode Island breaks ground on LGBT student center

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:00
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The University of Rhode Island has broken ground on a new center for LGBT students.

‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of sex abuse in lawsuit

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 08:30
HONOLULU -- A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.

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