SCOTUS rejects appeals in marriage cases

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 12:11pm

Decision means appellate rulings overturning gay marriage bans in 5 states stay in effect and stays on rulings are lifted.   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday, Oct. 6, that it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans […]

6th Circuit panel hears 6 marriage cases

Posted on 08 Aug 2014 at 11:03am

Judges questions seem to signal that this could be the first appellate court recently to rule against marriage equality By Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seemed to signal pretty clearly where they’re headed on the six marriage equality lawsuits they heard arguments in […]

A step in the right direction

Posted on 25 Jul 2014 at 6:45am

Obama’s executive orders protecting LGBT employees offer some protections, but more are needed   JAMES RUSSELL  |  Staff Writer President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Monday, July 21, barring companies with federal contracts from discriminating against LGBT employees. The move drew praise from a wide variety of local and national leaders and put a […]

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.