LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Sun, 01 Feb 2015 02:55:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Group behind Ariz. religious freedom bill meeting with GOP conservatives Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:00:32 +0000 BOB CHRISTIE [ap] The social conservative group behind the now infamous 2014 legislation that would have allowed people to refuse to serve gays in the name of religion has been meeting with Republican lawmakers to craft its 2015 agenda in the Arizona Legislature.]]> 0 Alabama same-sex marriage supporters to hold free weddings in Huntsville Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:00:29 +0000 Associated Press Supporters of same-sex marriage are organizing free weddings in Huntsville once a judge's ruling legalizing same-sex unions takes effect.]]> 0 Cumberbatch, Fry urge UK to pardon gays convicted under ‘gross indecency’ law Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:30:34 +0000 GREGORY KATZ [ap] Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch has joined others in calling for the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct "gross indecency" law. ]]> 0 Alabama governor asks appeals court to keep gay marriage ruling on hold Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:33 +0000 Associated Press Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is asking an appellate court to stay a judge's decision that overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.]]> 0 Gay dating app scores billboards outside Super Bowl host stadium Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:30:59 +0000 Staff Reports Sports enthusiasts visiting Glendale, Ariz., for Super Bowl XLIX will be greeted by two 48- by 14-foot digital billboards hoping to spark conversation about equality and acceptance in sports. ]]> 0 Montana Senate panel tables bill that would create statewide LGBT protections Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:30:10 +0000 LISA BAUMANN [ap] Montana lawmakers all in one day heard testimony, voted against and then tabled a bill that would provide protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and other people in the state.]]> 0 California Supreme Court ruling on sex crimes criticized as unfair to gays Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:45:48 +0000 Staff Reports The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that adults convicted of engaging in unforced oral sex with minors must register as sex offenders, while those guilty of sexual intercourse with minors may not have to.]]> 0 Montana lawmakers consider eliminating law banning same‑sex marriage Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:00:24 +0000 ALISON NOON [ap] Rep. Bryce Bennett of Missoula introduced House Bill 282 in the House Judiciary Committee Friday. The Democrat's bill would remove same-sex couples from a list of prohibited marriages. ]]> 0 Wyoming state House gives initial approval to religious freedom bill Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:00:58 +0000 Staff Reports The bill would allow businesses to deny services when their religion disagrees with another person’s actions, including potentially allowing county clerks to deny issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. ]]> 0 ExxonMobil adds LGBT protections to employment, harassment policies Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:00:01 +0000 Staff Reports ExxonMobil has reversed its longstanding opposition to LGBT employment protections, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the company's non-discrimination policies on employment and workplace harassment. ]]> 0 Lawmakers introduce bill to promote LGBT rights in U.S. foreign policy Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:40 +0000 Staff Reports The International Human Rights Defense Act would appoint a special envoy within the U.S. Department of State to coordinate efforts to prevent discrimination and advance the rights of LGBT people worldwide. ]]> 0 Oklahoma lawmaker withdraws anti-gay ‘license to discriminate’ bill Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:00:16 +0000 Staff Reports An Oklahoma lawmaker who has introduced several anti-gay bills for the upcoming session is withdrawing one measure, widely criticized as a licensing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.]]> 0 Brazil’s largest city to pay transgender youth to finish school Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:38 +0000 Associated Press The program being offered by Sao Paulo's Municipal Human Rights and Citizenship Secretariat is intended to help transgender youth from having to turn to prostitution to support themselves. ]]> 0 Va. House panel kills bill that would have allowed widespread LGBT discrimination Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:30:37 +0000 BEN WEINER [e][m] A Virginia legislative panel has killed a so-called “conscience clause” bill that would have allowed widespread discrimination against the LGBT community under the guise pf religious freedom.]]> 0 Alabama plaintiffs ask 11th Circuit to allow marriage victory to take effect Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:00:31 +0000 Associated Press Lawyers for Cari Searcy and Kim McKeand on Thursday asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to reject Alabama's request to place the ruling on hold for months. ]]> 0 Louisiana Supreme Court urged to rule in same-sex marriage case Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:45:25 +0000 KEVIN McGILL [ap] Lawyers on both sides of a same-sex marriage case have urged Louisiana's Supreme Court to rule on the matter even though the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to do so by June.]]> 0 Virginia to pay $520K to attorneys in same-sex marriage case Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:30:52 +0000 Associated Press The settlement agreement was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The attorneys had sought more than $1.7 million. ]]> 0 Utah governor: Legislation to protect gay rights must also protect religious liberties Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:00:52 +0000 Associated Press Gov. Gary Herbert used his sixth annual State of the State address Wednesday night to call on Utah lawmakers to ensure the state protects religious rights in the upcoming legislative session.]]> 0 Iowa venue settles bias complaint filed by gay couple, will discontinue all weddings Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:56 +0000 Associated Press The owners of a gallery and bistro who refused to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony at their central Iowa business have stopped doing weddings altogether. ]]> 0 Despite the ‘firing’ of Bryan Fischer, his attacks on the LGBT community to continue Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:30:44 +0000 Staff Reports Bryan Fischer, the virulently anti-gay mouthpiece of the American Family Association, has reportedly been stripped of his position as Director of Issues Analysis, but will retain his daily radio program, a forum from which he bashes the LGBT community on a daily basis. ]]> 0 Idaho legislative panel kills proposal to add statewide LGBT protections Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:45 +0000 KIMBERLEE KRUESI [ap] Idaho lawmakers have essentially killed a bill that would create protections for LGBT people, once again blocking attempts by gay rights supporters to amend the state's anti-discrimination law.]]> 0 Former Ford worker says he was fired for his anti-gay religious beliefs Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:00:22 +0000 Staff Reports A former contractor at Ford Motor Company says he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs when he criticized the automotive company for supporting its LGBT workers. ]]> 0 Alabama judges group reverses course on marriage licenses for same-sex couples Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:00:37 +0000 PHILLIP RAWLS [ap] An Alabama judge's group has reversed course and now says same-sex couples may apply for marriage licenses once a hold comes off a federal judge's order that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.]]> 0 Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin refuses to take position on LGBT discrimination Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:30:01 +0000 Associated Press Gov. Mary Fallin won't say whether she thinks Oklahoma businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay people.]]> 0 Same-sex marriage takes center stage at first work day of N.C. General Assembly Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:00:36 +0000 GARY D. ROBERTSON [ap] Thee Senate's top leader pushed for religious exemptions for some court officials from performing marriage duties, months after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.]]> 0