Due to the expected implementation of a Brunei law that would make homosexuality punishable by stoning, a major LGBT advocacy organization is relocating a scheduled conference for donors from a historic hotel owned by the sultan of the Southeast Asian country. Gill Action's Political Outgiving 5.0 conference was scheduled to be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel May 1 ... [Read]

Change was afoot in the Nevada desert Saturday. It was there, at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, that the Nevada Republican Party did what its counterparts in some of the most liberal states in the nation haven't even done: adopted a statewide party platform that dropped opposition to same-sex marriage.  The adoption of the platform, which not ... [Read]

A federal judge who struck down Ohio's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states put his ruling on hold Wednesday pending appeal, but not for the four same-sex couples who brought the case. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black granted the state's request for a stay, while noting that he does not believe the state, which is defending ... [Read]

Eight same-sex couples who were married in Michigan before a federal judge's decision striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban was put on hold filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday seeking recognition of their marriages.  The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the couples by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan in the U.S. District Court ... [Read]

A federal judge ordered Ohio officials to recognize same-sex couples legally married in other states in a ruling handed down Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black previously ruled in December 2013 that Ohio must recognize legally married same-sex couples, but only for the purposes of death certificates. In his ruling Monday, Black went further, declaring Ohio’s 2004 ban ... [Read]

President Barack Obama embraced Lyndon B. Johnson's civil rights legacy Thursday in a speech that credited the former president with helping to open the doors to equality for countless Americans, including those who are LGBT.  "Because of the Civil Rights movement, because of the laws President Johnson signed, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody -- ... [Read]

Hours before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear arguments in a case challenging Utah's same-sex-marriage ban, defenders of the ban filed a letter with the court distancing themselves from a professor who has argued children suffer from having same-sex parents. Written on the letterhead of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Gene Schaerr, the lawyer defending ... [Read]

President Barack Obama continued to act on his promise to make 2014 a year of action, signing two executive actions Tuesday seeking to narrow the income gap between genders. But while the move received praise from some of the president’s supporters, it quickly rankled those who have been waiting years for Obama to take similar action to protect LGBT ... [Read]

"Live and let live. It is very simple," says former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican from Wyoming, in a new national television ad supporting same-sex marriage that began airing today.  The ad featuring Simpson, who served as a Republican senator from Wyoming from 1979 to 1997, comes as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled Thursday to begin ... [Read]

The U.S. Supreme Court will not address whether businesses have a right to discriminate after declining Monday to hear arguments in an anti-LGBT discrimination case that has sparked "religious freedom" bills in state legislatures across the country.  As is usually the case, the Supreme Court justices provided no reasoning for their decision to deny the appeal of Elane Photography ... [Read]

For the first time since the challenge to California's Proposition 8, starting one week from today numerous federal appeals courts will begin to hear oral arguments in cases challenging same-sex marriage bans from states across the nation. The latest chapter in the marriage-equality movement comes after a flood of victories in every region of the United States, particularly after ... [Read]

Mississippi lawmakers approved "religious freedom" legislation Tuesday that advocates warn could allow discrimination based on religious objections against any group of people, including the LGBT community. According to the text of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the bill seeks to ensure "that state action or an action by any person based on state action shall not burden a ... [Read]

A federal judge in Virginia on Monday stayed the case of Harris v. Rainey, one of two cases challenging Virginia's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning any recognition of same-sex relationships, pending a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Virginia Michael Urbanski stayed on the Harris case, which was brought by ... [Read]

The conservative political site MDPetitions.com is asking visitors to the website to fill out a survey on whether they would support gathering petition signatures aimed at overturning SB 212, a transgender-rights bill that is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) in the coming weeks.  The survey, which is open to the public, asks participants whether they ... [Read]

A new poll by Quinnipiac University finds that half of all Virginian voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry, with marriage equality supporters leading opponents 50 percent to 42 percent.  The Quinnipiac poll, which surveyed 1,288 Virginia voters via land line and cellular phones from March 19-24, found that women overwhelmingly support allowing same-sex couples to wed in the commonwealth, ... [Read]