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AL Judge Clarifies: All Counties Must Issue Licenses

Filed by John M. Becker | January 28, 2015 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Alabama judge who struck down that state's marriage discrimination amendment twice in the past week clarified today that her ruling applies statewide, not just to the plaintiff couples.Read More

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Marriage in Alabama: A Heart Attack in the Heart of Dixie

Filed by Leslie Robinson | January 27, 2015 | 2:00 PM | comments

When U.S. District Judge Callie V. Granade struck down marriage discrimination in Alabama, there was a collective heart attack in the Heart of Dixie.Read More

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Wingnut Week in Review: 'No-Go Zone' on the Brain

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 26, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

From anti-choice bills in the House to threatened lawsuits over Muslim "no-go zones," last week showed that the wingnut brain is biggest "no-go zone" of them all.Read More


Alabama Marriage Ruling Stayed for Two Weeks

Filed by John M. Becker | January 26, 2015 | 9:30 AM | comments

There won't be any same-sex couples getting married in Alabama today - last night, the judge who struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment stayed her ruling for two weeks to give the state time to appeal to the 11th Circuit. Read More

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Jeb Bush Rips a Page Out of Catholic Church's Playbook

Filed by John M. Becker | January 25, 2015 | 10:00 AM | comments

When it comes to marriage equality, Jeb Bush is ripping a page out of the Catholic Church's playbook: holding on to anti-gay views, but talking about them less.Read More


Alabama Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2015 | 7:10 PM | comments

A federal judge has struck down Alabama's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional, ruling that it violates the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantees of due process and equal protection.Read More

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Justice Thomas Embraces Anti-Gay Activists Ahead of Marriage Cases

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2015 | 3:30 PM | comments

As the Supreme Court prepares to decide the issue of marriage equality, Justice Clarence Thomas grabbed a photo with two of the nation's most prominent proponents of marriage discrimination.Read More

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Virginia Lawmakers Kill Bill Banning 'Ex-Gay' Torture

Filed by John M. Becker | January 23, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

Just days after a bill was introduced in Virginia that would outlaw discredited, debunked, and dangerous "ex-gay" torture therapy for minors, lawmakers in the GOP-controlled legislature killed it in committee.Read More

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Wingnuts and the State of the Union

Filed by Terrance Heath | January 22, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

President Obama's State of the Union Address, complete with a "mic drop" moment, couldn't have annoyed Republicans more if he'd entered to the theme from "Rocky" and exited to "How Ya Like Me Now."Read More

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Starkville Overrides Mayor's Veto, Repeals Pro-LGBT Measures

Filed by John M. Becker | January 22, 2015 | 12:00 PM | comments

The city council in Starkville, Mississippi voted Tuesday night to override the mayor's veto of a measure repealing the city's historic anti-discrimination resolution and ending domestic partner health insurance coverage for city employees.Read More

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Colin Farrell Passionately Backs Marriage in Ireland

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2015 | 5:00 PM | comments

Actor Colin Farrell, who has a gay brother, is speaking out passionately in favor of marriage equality in his native Ireland.Read More

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Chile Advances, Macedonia Regresses on Relationship Rights

Filed by John M. Becker | January 21, 2015 | 11:00 AM | comments

A civil unions bill advances in Chile, but a marriage discrimination amendment moves forward in Macedonia.Read More

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Lawmakers in Two States Introduce 'Ex-Gay' Bans

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 | 3:00 PM | comments

Lawmakers in Virginia and Illinois have introduced bills that would ban the discredited and dangerous practice of "ex-gay" therapy from being offered to minors.Read More

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Trans Woman Picked as PA's New Physician General

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 | 11:30 AM | comments

Pennsylvania governor-elect Tom Wolf has appointed Dr. Rachel Levine as the state's physician general. If confirmed by the state senate, Levine will be the first trans woman to hold that position.Read More

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Ireland's Health Minister Comes Out as Gay

Filed by John M. Becker | January 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM | comments

Ireland's Minister of Health, Leo Varadkar, came out as gay on Sunday. He is the country's first openly gay government minister.Read More