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North Carolina Rebuffs Transgender Bathroom Law Repeal

A one-day special legislative session ended abruptly after the state Senate voted against abolishing a law that has made North Carolina the latest U.S. battleground over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.

December 21, 2016
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Two New Reports On LGBT Poverty Shatter Media Myth Of LGBT Affluence

Contrary to media misperceptions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) affluence, two new reports by the Williams Institute and Center for American Progress show the LGBT community continues to face higher rates of poverty, low wages, and economic insecurity than non-LGBT people.

September 16, 2016
People take part in a candlelight memorial service the day after a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando

After Orlando, a Small-Town Pastor Finds Her Voice

When the Rev. Robin LaBolt saw the news on Sunday morning, she knew the challenge waiting for her at Sycamore United Church of Christ. “We’re a small town,” she said. “It’s not exactly an LGBT-friendly area. Not that anyone says bad things about them. They’d just rather not talk about it.”

June 16, 2016
A man walks past the Federal Reserve in Washington, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Lessons From A Town With Transgender Bathroom Rights For The Past 10 Years

If North Carolina political leaders are forced by federal officials to abandon the controversial HB2 bathroom law, there’s a city a few hundred miles north with a model they could use. Washington, D.C. has officially allowed transgender people to use public restrooms based on their gender identity since 2006.

June 6, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

House Republicans Block Their Own Spending Bill Because of LGBT Protection Amendment

A domestic energy and water spending bill was defeated last week over an amendment that would prevent the U.S. government from hiring contractors that discriminate based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

May 31, 2016

Democrats Outraged After GOP Rejects LGBT Protection Amendment

House Democrats shouted “Shame! Shame! Shame!” after their Republican colleagues voted last-minute to defeat an anti-discrimination amendment.

May 19, 2016

Nondiscrimination Ordinance Puts Houston At The Center Of Latest LGBT Rights Battle

Annise Parker, the first openly lesbian mayor of a major U.S. city and a moderate, admittedly wonkish, politician, has made Tuesday’s citywide vote on the nondiscrimination ordinance a deeply personal battle.

November 2, 2015

The Acceleration Of History

Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.

June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Hands Down Landmark Ruling For Marriage Equality

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of plaintiffs, LGBT activists, and marriage equality throughout the nation Friday morning.

June 26, 2015

Gay Marriage Opponents Prepare For Battle Ahead

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month that could legalize same-sex marriage would provoke a sharp response from many conservative lawmakers, who predict sustained legal and political combat in 2016 and for decades to come.

June 15, 2015

Outside Supreme Court, Same-Sex Marriage Is Rallied For, Prayed Against

The scene in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday was a melange of carnival, protest, and political rally, as the justices inside heard arguments on whether there’s a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

April 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Hears First Argument In Landmark Gay Rights Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which links together four cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in states that do not recognize the right of gay couples to marry.

April 28, 2015

Gay-Rights Skeptic Roberts Urged To Make U.S. High Court History

Should the court back same-sex marriage it would cap a transformation in the rights of gays over the past dozen years, bringing weddings to the last 14 states where they are banned.

April 27, 2015

5 Ways Hillary Clinton And Progressives Could Win The Democratic Primary

Unless a viable opponent arises, most Democratic debate will take place inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Here are five ways the front-runner can signal that she plans to win with progressives and heed their priorities.

April 20, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘There’s No Place Like Homophobia’

Jon Stewart suggested the creation of a new word, to be named in honor of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).

February 12, 2015

Endorse This: Ellen vs. The Christian Right

Ellen DeGeneres responded to an attack by a religious right columnist — noting he’s the one watching lots of gay TV.

January 15, 2015

Florida Clerks Must Issue Gay Couples Marriage Licenses, Judge Rules

Federal judge: County clerks in Florida are all required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

January 1, 2015

9th Circuit To Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Bans In Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Three federal appeals court judges who have ruled in favor of gay rights in the past are to hear arguments Monday on whether to uphold same-sex marriage bans in Western states. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges, randomly selected to consider the appeals, are Stephen Reinhardt, appointed […]

September 8, 2014

Marriage Equality: Coming To A State Near You

United States v. Windsor was a landmark decision. The U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous ruling, which found the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional under the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, opened the door for states across the country to set out on their own in advancing marriage equality for all Americans. “The federal statute is invalid, for […]

June 23, 2014

Obama To Sign Executive Order Protecting Gay Employees Of Federal Contractors

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After years of prodding from gay rights activists, President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, the White House said Monday. The administration says the move builds upon existing protections, which generally […]

June 16, 2014

Gay Couples In Chicago Won’t Have To Wait To Marry, Judge Rules

By Michelle Manchir, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Gay couples in Cook County won’t have to wait until June to marry, under a ruling Friday by a federal judge in Chicago that scraps the delayed effective date of Illinois’ same sex marriage law. “There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to […]

February 21, 2014

4 Reasons The RNC Should Demand This Bigoted Member’s Resignation — But Won’t

Party chairman Reince Priebus delayed the Republican National Committee meeting so committee members could participate in the March for Life — in case there was anyone in America who doesn’t know that the GOP is anti-abortion rights. But when the meetings get going after the march on Wednesday afternoon, the chairman will have to deal […]

January 21, 2014