Hope for Same-Sex Marriage in Tennessee
Supporters of gay marriage in Tennessee say they are encouraged by recent federal court rulings in Utah and Oklahoma that struck down state limits on same-sex marriage.
"It's not just a blue-state issue," she said. "It's an American issue to be treated equally." The Tennessee Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The attorney general's office issued a statement saying, "Nothing in these two cases changes our position that Tennessee's laws are constitutional."
Portugal’s Gay Adoption Rights Placed in Doubt
Portugal’s limited adoption rights for same-sex couples are in doubt after Parliament voted for a referendum on the divisive issue.
Parliament last year approved a law allowing gay married couples to adopt their partners’ children, though it rejected legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as heterosexuals.
Weir Hit With Backlash For Pro-Russian Views
Figure skater Johnny Weir said in an interview Thursday that he’s received backlash from the LGBT community for his views on Russia and the upcoming Sochi Olympics, Reuters reports.
"I’ve come under so much hate and scrutiny from within my own LGBT community for my views on the Olympics," three-time U.S. champion Weir, who is openly gay, told Reuters. "But as somebody who watched my parents sacrifice everything so that I had at least one chance of making the Olympics, I could never boycott the Olympics whether they be in Pyongyang (in North Korea), in Uganda, in Iran or Mars."
Nigerian Man Lashed 20 Times For Sodomy
A young man convicted of sodomy was whipped 20 times Thursday in a northern Nigerian Shariah court.
Though Mubarak Ibrahim was found guilty under Shariah law, it is the first conviction of a gay man in Nigeria since President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill that further criminalizes homosexuality under the West African nation's Western-style penal code.
Effort to Repeal Shreveport Gay Rights Law Halted
A City Council member in Shreveport, Louisiana has, for now, halted his effort to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance.
The law in question bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public spaces.