LGBT Rights
Tennessee Judge Upholds Ban on Recognizing Legal Same-Sex Marriages

Tennessee Judge Upholds Ban on Recognizing Legal Same-Sex Marriages

A Tennessee state court last week broke away from a tide of court rulings in favor of marriage equality by upholding the state's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere.
Constitutional Court Invalidates Uganda's Anti-Gay Law

Constitutional Court Invalidates Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

Uganda's Constitutional Court today struck down - on procedural grounds - a package of anti-gay policies signed into law this February by President Yoweri Museveni, but left room for lawmakers to attempt to pass the law, or another version of it, again.
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Marriage Equality in Virginia

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Marriage Equality in Virginia

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court decision overturning Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Department of Education Grants University Religious Exemption From Title IX

Department of Education Grants University Religious Exemption From Title IX

The US Department of Education recently granted George Fox University a religious exemption from Title IX to, effectively granting the institution permission to discriminate against transgender student Jayce M.
Study Finds LGBT Job Applicants Less Likely to Get Interviews

Study Finds LGBT Job Applicants Less Likely to Get Interviews

A study conducted by the Equal Rights Center and Freedom to Work found that people with experience working for an LGBT organization were significantly less likely to get called for an interview than someone with similar experience but for a different type of activist organization.
Congressional Leaders, Advocates Speak Out Against TPP Citing Human Rights Concerns

Congressional Leaders, Advocates Speak Out Against TPP Citing Human Rights Concerns

"The United States should not condone these laws by conducting business as usual with Brunei. We have to seek to use all available and appropriate policy tools to pressure the sultan to change his new penal code."
LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

LGBT Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA Following Hobby Lobby Decision

Several LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), citing increased concerns about the religious exemption included in the bill.
Supreme Court Upholds California's 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Ban

Supreme Court Upholds California’s ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Ban

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that "gay conversion therapy," which aims to change the sexual orientation of children under the age of 18, is within a state's right to regulate and can therefore be banned.
President Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees

President Obama Pledges to Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees

At the White House annual LGBT Pride Month reception Monday night, President Obama reiterated his commitment to sign an executive order protecting transgender federal employees from discrimination.
President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples

President Plans Expansion of Sick Leave For Same Sex Couples

Today, the White House called for a major benefit expansion that would boost same-sex couples.
Obama to Issue Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

Obama to Issue Executive Order Banning Discrimination Against LGBT Employees

The Obama administration announced yesterday that the President will issue an executive order prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Women’s Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws

Women’s Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws

“As a global leader, the United States should not negotiate a free trade agreement with a country that has enacted laws hostile to basic human rights and dignity.”
Medicare Ban on Transition-Related Transgender Health Coverage Lifted

Medicare Ban on Transition-Related Transgender Health Coverage Lifted

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Departmental Appeals Board ruled on Friday that transgender people can no longer be automatically denied Medicare coverage for surgery as part of their transition-related health care.
Obama Proclaims June 2014 LGBT Pride Month

Obama Proclaims June 2014 LGBT Pride Month

"During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains."
Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal court yesterday struck down Oregon’s state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, finding that the ban violated the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. Minutes later, officials in Oregon began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who had been eagerly awaiting the decision, some having camped out in front of a Portland...
WATCH: Jay Leno, Frances Fisher, Ellie Smeal, and Others Speak Out to #StopTheSultan in Beverly Hills!

WATCH: Jay Leno, Frances Fisher, Ellie Smeal, and Others Speak Out to #StopTheSultan in Beverly Hills!

Couldn't make it to our May 5 rally to #StopTheSultan of Brunei's Taliban-like laws in Beverly Hills? No problem.
Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

An Arkansas state judge struck down an Arkansas law and state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.
Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei's Taliban-Like Penal Code

Los Angeles City Council Condemns Brunei’s Taliban-Like Penal Code

The City Council of Los Angeles, California approved a resolution this week condemning Brunei's brutal new "kill-a-gay, flog-a-woman" penal code and urging the nation and its Sultan to divest its ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel, not long after a similar resolution was unanimously approved by the Beverly Hills City Council.
Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Taliban-Like Brunei Penal Code

Beverly Hills City Council Condemns Taliban-Like Brunei Penal Code

"The City of Beverly Hills strongly condemns the government of Brunei as well as other governments which engage in similar policies for adopting laws that impose extreme and inhumane penalties including execution by stoning, flogging and severing of limbs."