"Those in control of this state need to stop fighting the future. They must stop governing by fear. They must stop pretending there's some security blanket in laws that treat others unfairly."
The bill was strongly opposed by LGBT groups who have seen businesses in other states - such as florists, photographers, and bakers - refuse to provide services to same-sex couples. Members of the Arizona business community also opposed the bill, as did politicians on both sides.
In response, Norway and Denmark have already cut off aid to the Ugandan government, and Sweden and the US are considering a similar response.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill last week that would give states the power to decide whether to give married lesbian and gay couples the same federal benefits that heterosexual married couples receive.
The president of Uganda, Yoweni Museveni, released a statement Saturday saying he planned to sign the sweeping Anti-Homosexuality Bill that passed the nation's parliament in December.
If signed into law, HB 2453 would allow the refusal of government services to same-sex couples, as well as private services such as access to stores and medical services, making LGBTQ people effectively second-class citizens.
The Supreme Court issued a temporary order today blocking new same-sex marriages in Utah in order to allow more time for a federal appeals court to consider the issue.
Although the Court has not expressed when it will make its decision, it will allow same-sex marriages to continue pending the outcome.
Judge Mary Jacobson of the State Superior Court in Mercer County found that denying marriage equality to same-sex couples violated the New Jersey state constitution.
"[This law is] going to send [students] a message that they are a part of the school community and that they are valued and that we want to see them participate fully and want to see them succeed. That's a powerful message that, frankly, they have not been getting up to this point."
On Tuesday, President Obama vocalized concern over Russia's anti-LGBT government policies on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) have introduced legislation in Congress to protect homeless LGBT youth from discrimination. The bill seeks to include LGBT protections within the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act, which is up for reauthorization this year.
Two Virginia couples filled a federal class action lawsuit Thursday against the commonwealth's same-sex marriage ban.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2008, I was a Mormon sitting on the receiving end of congregational announcements about Prop 8.
The movement for LGBT equality is about more than marriage. It's about the ability to exist in the world without being burned alive.