LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:39:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Detroit nurses challenging Michigan gay marriage ban adopt 4th child Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:30:08 +0000 Associated Press HAZEL PARK, Mich. -- Two Detroit-area nurses who are challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage are raising a fourth adopted child. The adoption of 2-year-old Rylee DeBoer-Rowse became final in Oakland County on Tuesday, a day when adoptions were publicly celebrated across Michigan. ]]> 0 Bill to prohibit LGBT discrimination in Florida introduced with bipartisan support Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:00:14 +0000 Staff Reports TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two Florida lawmakers, a Democrat and a Republican, have joined forces to introduce legislation aimed at prohibit discrimination against LGBT Floridians in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. ]]> 0 LGBT advocacy group says Atlanta fire chief unfit to lead a diverse workforce Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:53 +0000 Staff Reports ATLANTA -- A Georgia LGBT advocacy group is calling on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to terminate the city’s fire chief, saying the viewpoints expressed in a self-published book make him unfit to lead a diverse workforce. ]]> 0 Federal judge overturns Mississippi same-sex marriage ban, ruling stayed Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:00:24 +0000 EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS [ap] JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge on Tuesday overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but circuit clerks cannot immediately start to issue marriage licenses to gay or lesbian couples because the order was on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. State attorneys have already said they will ask the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to block ...]]> 0 Federal judge strikes down Arkansas gay marriage ban, ruling stayed Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:35:36 +0000 ANDREW DeMILLO [ap] LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. ]]> 0 Man accused of threatening Obama over gay marriage support ruled incompetent Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:00:01 +0000 Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama man is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening President Barack Obama's life, and prison officials should determine whether he was also incapacitated at the time of the alleged offense, a federal judge ruled. ]]> 0 Report: Islamic State militants stone two gay men to death in Syria Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:30:14 +0000 Wire Reports The Islamic State group stoned two men to death in Syria on Tuesday after claiming they were gay, the jihadist organization's first known executions for alleged homosexuality. ]]> 0 Both sides want judge to bypass trial, rule in South Dakota gay marriage case Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:00:35 +0000 JAMES NORD [ap] PIERRE, S.D. -- A federal judge presiding over a challenge to South Dakota's gay marriage ban should bypass a trial and rule on the case, the state attorney general's office argued Tuesday. The office joined six same-sex couples who are suing the state in petitioning for summary judgment in the case....]]> 0 N.Y. court says state can seek new indictment in overturned hate crime case Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:00:55 +0000 Staff and Wire Reports ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York's highest court on Monday said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime. ]]> 0 ACLU files lawsuit against Ozark, Mo., fire district for denying spousal benefits Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:00:22 +0000 Staff Reports SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ozark, Mo., fire department captain seeking spousal benefits for same-sex couples. ]]> 0 Michigan AG urges U.S. Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:00:14 +0000 Associated Press LANSING, Mich. -- Attorney General Bill Schuette and supporters of gay marriage have at least one thing in common: They want the U.S. Supreme Court to use a Michigan case to settle the legality of same-sex marriage. ]]> 0 Charlotte to consider adding protections for LGBT community Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:30:09 +0000 MATT COMER [e]QNotes[m] CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte, N.C., city council will move forward with further considerations on LGBT-inclusive protections in public accommodations and other city ordinances after hearing a proposal on Monday evening. ]]> 0 In new memoir, Robbie Rogers rues slow acceptance of gays in sports Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:00:38 +0000 MELISSA MURPHY [ap] NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers wants some company, now that he's the last man standing as an openly gay athlete in a U.S. professional league. Jason Collins recently retired from the NBA, and Michael Sam is without an NFL team. That leaves Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, hoping for a bigger fraternity. ]]> 0 Michigan civil rights commission urges protections for LGBT community Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:04 +0000 Associated Press LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is calling on the state Legislature to prohibit discrimination against gays by passing civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. ]]> 0 Poll: Majority of Wyoming residents support marriage equality Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:30:33 +0000 Staff Reports LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Just weeks after same-sex couples in Wyoming gained the the right to marry, a new survey finds the majority of the state's residents support marriage for same-sex couples. ]]> 0 Atlanta fire chief suspended over book describing homosexuality as ‘perversion’ Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:00:46 +0000 Associated Press ATLANTA -- Atlanta's fire chief has been suspended after city officials say he violated policy by self-publishing a book that describes homosexuality as a "perversion." ]]> 0 Ninth Circuit won’t reconsider NOM’s bid to appeal Oregon gay marriage ruling Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:30:47 +0000 Staff Reports A federal appeals court has denied a request by the National Organization for Marriage that the court reconsider its motion to appeal a federal judge's ruling that struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. ]]> 0 Texas plaintiffs ask judge to lift stay on same-sex marriage ruling Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:46 +0000 Staff Reports SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Plaintiffs in a challenge to Texas' ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal judge to lift his stay on an ruling striking down the ban earlier this year. ]]> 0 State Department condemns Gambia’s new anti-gay law Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:00:14 +0000 Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal -- The U.S. State Department has condemned the decision by Gambia's president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. ]]> 0 Google Play removes android game that advocates killing gays for sport Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:00:09 +0000 Staff Reports Google has removed a controversial game from its android store that advocated the killing of gays for sport. ]]> 0 Chris Colfer signs multi-book deal Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:00:56 +0000 Associated Press NEW YORK -- Chris Colfer is planning many return trips to the Land of Stories. Publisher Little, Brown and Company said Monday the actor best known for "Glee" has a multi-book deal. Colfer has two more "Land of Stories" installments planned, the fourth and fifth of his best-selling middle grade series, coming in July 2015 and July 2016. Both are currently untitled. ]]> 0 Louisville, Ky., public schools working to improve support for LGBT students Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky., has formed a districtwide committee in an effort to better accommodate students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. ]]> 0 Marriage News Watch: Nov. 24, 2014 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:00:46 +0000 [mbaume] We picked up three states with marriage this week. But in one of those states, some clerks are refusing to issue licenses. Alabama's attorneys are using a discredited anti-gay researcher to build a case for banning marriage. And we have more bad news for what's left of the National Organization for Marriage.]]> 0 Three gay rights advocates arrested outside North Carolina LGBT fundraiser Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:30:51 +0000 Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Three gay-rights advocates are charged with damaging property after confronting protesters outside a North Carolina fundraiser celebrating same-sex marriage and other social changes. ]]> 0 Tax filings reveal funding for anti-LGBT NOM has dropped by over 50% Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:23 +0000 Staff Reports WASHINGTON -- The rapid advancement of marriage equality from 19 states to 35 in a matter of weeks has not translated into financial success for an organization whose self-proclaimed sole purpose is to “protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.” ]]> 0