Posts tagged "LGBT Rights"
Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court, Refuses to Issue Marriage Licenses

Kentucky Clerk Defies Supreme Court, Refuses to Issue Marriage Licenses

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis will be summoned to court this morning where a federal judge could hold her in contempt for refusing to issue a marriage licenses to gay couples.
Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

“Gender equity must permeate every level of City operations—as leaders, employers, and service providers,” the unparalleled directive reads.
White House Hires First Openly Transgender Official

White House Hires First Openly Transgender Official

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan has made history this morning when President Obama appointed her to serve as an official in the White House.
Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday.
Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk.
The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case

The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case

The case, Obergfell v. Hodges, will look at whether the 14th Amendment requires the state to allow and license a marriage for same-sex couples, and will address whether the Amendment requires the state to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples when their marriage was licensed out-of-state.
US Ranks 16th Worldwide on 2015 Social Progress Index

US Ranks 16th Worldwide on 2015 Social Progress Index

The 2015 Social Progress Index assesses and scores countries worldwide across three categories: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity.
The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay "Conversion Therapy"

The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay “Conversion Therapy”

The statement was in response to a WhiteHouse.gov petition that was created after the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, which gained more than 120,000 signatures.
On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences

On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences

Today is a designated day for the trans community to share and celebrate their lives and experiences.
Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Senate ‘Vote-A-Rama’ Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers.
Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

Civil Rights Lawsuit for Transgender Workers Is First of its Kind

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has brought two lawsuits on behalf of transgender worker, marking the first time the federal government has sued to protect transgender rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Mexican State of Colima Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Mexican State of Colima Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Colima voted to change the state constitution to allow civil unions Monday. Seven of the 10 municipality officials in the state approved the constitutional reform.
Olympic Committee says LGBT Activists Will Not Be Punished in Russia Under Anti-Gay Law

Olympic Committee says LGBT Activists Will Not Be Punished in Russia Under Anti-Gay Law

The International Olympic Committee has stated that LGBT athletes and visitors of the 2014 Winter Olympics will not be penalized under extreme anti-gay legislation passed in Russia last month.
DOMA Speaks, States React: The Marriage Equality Movement Goes to Pennsylvania and Beyond

DOMA Speaks, States React: The Marriage Equality Movement Goes to Pennsylvania and Beyond

Different states have had different reactions to the recent SCOTUS decision. Some state policies remain relatively similar to what they were before the decision and some states are taking action to pass same-sex marriage laws. Here's the latest on the new frontier of marriage equality: a state-by-state strategy to legalize gay partnerships.
LGBT and HIV-Positive Somali Refugees Fear Return Home

LGBT and HIV-Positive Somali Refugees Fear Return Home

Many gay, lesbian, and HIV-positive Somali refugees now fear persecution, jail, and even death sentences upon their return home after fleeing to Kenya to avoid harsh punishmentsharsh punishments under Sharia law.
Senator Lisa Murkowski Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Senator Lisa Murkowski Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski came out in support of same-sex marriage Wednesday during an interview with Anchorage television station KTUU. She also posted an op-ed about her position on her Senate website.
Delaware Legislature Passes Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act

Delaware Legislature Passes Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act

The Delaware Legislature passed the Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act Wednesday, adding gender identity as a protected nondiscrimination category alongside race, age, religion, and sexual orientation.
Russian Lower Parliament Approves Ban On "Gay Propaganda"

Russian Lower Parliament Approves Ban On “Gay Propaganda”

On Tuesday, Russia's Lower Parliament called the Duma unanimously passed a bill outlawing the distribution of LGBT "propaganda" to minors, essentially banning any form of support for LGBT rights in the country. 436 deputies voted in favor the bill, only one deputy abstained from the vote.
UPS Won't Donate to BSA over Anti-Gay Policies

UPS Won’t Donate to BSA over Anti-Gay Policies

The United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. announced they will end donations to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) due to the program’s policy barring openly gay individuals from participation. UPS released the following statement: “The UPS Foundation seeks to support organizations that are in alignment with our focus areas, guidelines, and non-discrimination policy. UPS and...
Sweeping Victory for Marriage Equality

Sweeping Victory for Marriage Equality

Yesterday, voters in Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and voters in in Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Same sex marriage is already legal in six states and the District of Columbia via legislative action. However, the issue of marriage...