LGBTQ Nation The Nation's Most Followed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer News Source Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Utah Senate gives speedy approval to LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination bill Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:30 +0000 MICHELLE L. PRICE [ap] Utah's GOP controlled state Senate has given speedy approval to a landmark anti-discrimination bill that protects LGBT people from discrimination while also protecting religious rights. ]]> 0 Obama Administration backs nationwide marriage equality in Supreme Court brief - Marriage bans 'send the inescapable message that same-sex couples and their children are second-class families' Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:30:35 +0000 Staff Reports The Obama Administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the high court to strike down same-sex marriage bans across the nation. ]]> 0 Civil rights groups seek class action status, demand for marriage equality in Alabama Fri, 06 Mar 2015 22:30:50 +0000 Staff Reports The motion seeks class-action status that would include all same-sex couples in Alabama who wish to marry and have their marriage recognized by the state.]]> 0 50 years after Selma, Joe Biden draws parallels between LGBT rights, civil rights Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:30:37 +0000 JOSH LEDERMAN [ap] LGBT Americans are fighting for the same rights to equality that African Americans fought for decades ago, Vice President Joe Biden said Friday, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic march in Selma, Alabama.]]> 0 Super Bowl, World Series champs back marriage equality in Supreme Court brief Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:00:11 +0000 MARK SHERMAN [ap] The reigning baseball and football champions are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. ]]> 0 Florida Senate Democrats push LGBT‑inclusive non-discrimination bills Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:00:50 +0000 Staff Reports A bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to current anti-discrimination laws is backed by some top employers including Walt Disney World, Florida Blue and CSX railway. ]]> 0 More than 300 GOP lawmakers sign brief supporting same-sex marriage Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:00:51 +0000 Staff Reports More than 300 Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants filed a friend of the court brief at the U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday, expressing their support for same-sex marriage. ]]> 0 Pat Robertson urges parents not to attend their gay child’s wedding Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:00:31 +0000 [kmantyla] On Thursday's "700 Club," Pat Robertson took a question from a viewer who sought his advice on whether she and her husband should attend their gay child's upcoming wedding, which Robertson predictably urged them not to do. ]]> 0 Ga. Senate OK’s religious freedom bill critics say will allow LGBT discrimination Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:11 +0000 KATHLEEN FOODY [ap] The Georgia Senate gave decisive approval Thursday to a contentious "religious freedom" bill - one of a wave of measures surfacing in at least a dozen states that critics say could provide legal cover for discrimination against LGBT people.]]> 0 Federal appeals court blocks Nebraska same-sex marriage ruling Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:45:18 +0000 MARGERY A. BECK [ap] A federal appeals court has allowed Nebraska's gay marriage ban to stay in place, putting a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban on hold. ]]> 0 Alabama lawmakers seek protection for judges who won’t marry same-sex couples Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:05:23 +0000 Associated Press As Alabama wrestles over the issue of same-sex marriage, some lawmakers are seeking legal protections for judges, ministers and others who refuse to officiate at, or recognize, weddings that violate their religious beliefs. ]]> 0 Military court recognizes WikiLeaks defendant Chelsea Manning as a woman Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:30:04 +0000 Associated Press A military appeals court says references to Manning in all future filings, orders and decisions shall use either feminine pronouns or gender-neutral phrases such as "Private First Class Manning."]]> 0 Utah Senate panel gives unanimous approval to LGBT non-discrimination bill Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:00:34 +0000 MICHELLE L. PRICE [ap] A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its first test at the state Legislature on Thursday when a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered its unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure. ]]> 0 Virginia AG: School boards can prohibit discrimination against LGBT students Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:30:47 +0000 LARRY O'DELL [ap] Democrat Mark Herring’s written opinion reverses one issued in 2002 by a Republican predecessor, Jerry Kilgore, who said public schools could not extend such protection without the General Assembly’s explicit permission.]]> 0 N.C. House panel weighs bill to exempt officials from same-sex weddings Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:00:55 +0000 Associated Press Clergy and advocates addressed a N.C. House judiciary panel charged with considering a Senate bill approved last week that would let official refuse to carry out marriage duties with a “sincerely held religious objection.” ]]> 0 Major survey shows clear majority of Americans support marriage equality Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:00:19 +0000 EMILY SWANSON [ap] In the late 1980s, support for same-sex marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it's now favored by clear majority of Americans. The dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a widely respected survey that has measured trends on a huge array of American attitudes for more than four decades. ]]> 0 All-women’s Wellesley College to admit transgender students Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:30:21 +0000 Associated Press President H. Kim Bottomly and trustees' chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates said in a letter Wednesday that "Wellesley will consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman." ]]> 0 U.S. Supreme Court will hear same-sex marriage cases on April 28 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:00:31 +0000 Associated Press The court released its calendar Thursday for the final two weeks of arguments this term and allotted the gay marriages cases two-and-a-half hours on the last Tuesday in April. ]]> 0 Arkansas, Nebraska businesses sign pledge for LGBT equality Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Staff Reports Hundreds of businesses in both Arkansas and Nebraska have signed a pledge with the Human Rights Campaign to advance workplace equality for members of the LGBT community.]]> 0 Alabama justices: Until U.S. Supreme Court rules, we’re in charge Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:00:47 +0000 JAY REEVES [ap] The Alabama Supreme Court has made itself an outlier in the judicial march legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, drawing rebukes from gay rights advocates and evoking comparisons to Alabama's defiance of federal authorities during the civil rights movement. ]]> 0 Singapore court fines blogger for comments on gay sex cases Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:00:36 +0000 Associated Press A Singapore court fined a prominent dissident blogger on Wednesday for questioning the timing of two constitutional challenges to the city-state's ban on gay sex. ]]> 0 Utah state Senate to hear Mormon-backed LGBT anti-discrimination bill - House committee advances alternate bill that excludes phrases 'sexual orientation,' 'gender identity' Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:30:30 +0000 MICHELLE L. PRICE [ap] The proposal prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation when it comes to housing or employment. Religious groups and organizations would be exempt from the requirement, as would Boy Scouts of America, which has a ban on gay adult Scout leaders and has close ties to the LDS Church. ]]> 0 New York man charged in 2013 death of transgender woman Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:00:21 +0000 Staff Reports James Dixon was arraigned Tuesday on manslaughter and assault charges in connection with the 2013 fatal beating of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman in Manhattan.]]> 0 Florida House panel OKs bill restricting public restrooms to birth gender Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:00:35 +0000 BRENDAN FARRINGTON [ap] Transgender Floridians would have to use public bathrooms designated for their birth gender, unless they have a license or passport that proves they've completed their transition to their new sex under a bill that has passed its first legislative committee.]]> 0 Mets’ infielder disagrees with MLB ambassador Billy Bean’s gay ‘lifestyle’ Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:15 +0000 Associated Press Mets infielder Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with the "lifestyle" of people who are gay. The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is MLB's first ambassador for inclusion, to talk at spring training. ]]> 0