Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby, Conestoga in cases over birth control and health care

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:00am

By Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, put a voice to many LGBT activists’ concerns when he called today’s decision in a U.S. Supreme Court religious exemption case a “dangerous and radical departure from existing law that creates far more questions than it answers.” [...]

Remembering the real Sally Ride

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:00am

Author Lynn Sherr writes about how the American astronaut kept her private life very private DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer Sally Ride made history in 1983 when she became the first American woman in space. But when she died in 2012, it was one line in her obituary that dominated the news: “She is survived [...]

What a difference a decade makes

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 at 8:30am

It’s been 11 years since Lawrence v. Texas, but the major advances in LGBT rights have taken place in the 12 months since Windsor   LISA KEEN  | Keen News Service June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar for several reasons. It is the day, in 2003, [...]

U.S. aims to identify historic LGBT sites

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 8:35am

LGBT scholar claims movement began decades before Stonewall   Lisa Leff   |  ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO — The National Park Service is launching an initiative to make places and people of significance to the history of LGBT Americans part of the national narrative. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is convening a panel of [...]

Ky. city alters proposed gay rights ordinance

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 8:20am

City officials succumb to threats from a religious organization which threatened legal action ASSOCIATED PRESS DANVILLE, Ky. — The Danville City Commission has altered a proposed gay rights ordinance to exempt religious groups after a Baptist-affiliated organization threatened to leave the city. The City Commission changed the proposed ordinance this week, and members voted 3-2 [...]

Marriage equality hits a milestone

Posted on 30 May 2014 at 7:55am

Will U.S. Supreme Court hear a case now that more than half the states have marriage equality or marriages laws ruled unconstitutional?   DAVID TAFFET  | Staff Writer Last week, marriage equality hit a milestone. When judges in Oregon and Pennsylvania declared those state’s marriage bans unconstitutional and state officials decided not to challenge the [...]

Gallup poll: Same-sex marriage support at new high

Posted on 23 May 2014 at 7:15am

A majority of Americans across the nation continue to support same-sex marriage.

LGBT leaders reject book on Prop 8

Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 8:35am

LISA KEEN  |  Keen News Service To say there’s been a flurry of discussion around the Tuesday release of a new book on the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book, Forcing the Spring, by New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT [...]

Federal funding not enough to tackle soaring HIV infections in the South

Posted on 04 Apr 2014 at 7:15am

The shortage of HIV specialist physicians in the South is further burdened by a hefty rise in HIV infections.

National News • 03-21-14

Posted on 21 Mar 2014 at 10:20am

Oregon AG to implement gay marriage if ban falls ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general told a federal court Tuesday why she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal constitutional rights of homosexual couples. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum added that Oregon is prepared to implement gay marriages if a [...]