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  • American States with ‘Gay Propaganda Laws’ similar to Putin’s Russia

    Lately, all eyes have been on the city of Sochi, Russia, the site of this year’s Olympics. The Russian Federation has infamously imposed a law banning “gay propaganda,” which has been taken to mean any and all public display of support for homosexuality. This has created a dangerous atmosphere for Russian LGBT citizens, who have been victims of physical violence gone unchecked by police, subjected to imprisonment, and other acts that effectively regulate them to second-class citizens.

  • Archdiocese Of Milwaukee Plays The "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" Card

    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal judges on Monday peppered attorneys with questions about how much the bankrupt Archdiocese of Milwaukee spends to maintain its cemeteries and whether there is a strong interest in making maintenance funds available to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.

  • Ban On 'Gay Panic Defense' Heads To Governor

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

  • Bill Would Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense In Slayings

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill making its way through the Legislature would prevent defendants from using a so-called "gay panic" defense to escape murder charges.

  • Broward Judge Upholds Guilty Verdict in Miami Heat Dancer Death

    Mario Careaga was taken into custody Thursday after a Broward judge upheld his guilty verdict in the DUI manslaughter of Miami Heat dancer Nancy Lopez-Ruiz.

  • California First State to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense

    Fair warning to all gay-bashers who want to blame their crime on the 'scary lesbian' they just killed: California just became the first state to pass a ban on using the "gay panic" defense to reduce a murder charge.

  • California May Remove ‘Man And Woman’ State Law

    SACRAMENTO (AP) – A bill that would strike the traditional definition of marriage from California law was approved by the state Senate on Thursday after the U.S. and state supreme courts allowed same-sex unions to resume last year.

  • Conn. Supreme Court Affirms Pre-Gay Marriage Rights In Landmark Ruling

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s highest court ruled Wednesday that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state’s approvals of civil unions in 2005 and same-sex marriage in 2008, a decision that gay rights supporters call the first of its kind in the country.

  • Couples Ask Justices To Recuse In Marriage Case

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Same-sex couples challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban are asking any state Supreme Court justices who plan on seeking re-election to recuse from the case, arguing a legislative resolution supporting the prohibition could sway their opinion.

  • Court Extends Timeline On Attorney-Fee Request

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal appeals court says it will wait to decide whether attorneys' fees should be awarded in a lawsuit challenging Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage.

  • Court Overturns Alabama’s Gay-Sex Ban

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional, an Alabama appeals court has ruled.

  • Court Rejects Appeal Of Gay Jury Selection Case

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its ruling granting heightened legal protections to gays and lesbians, prompting three dissenting judges to warn of far-reaching implications in same-sex marriage cases in the Western United States.

  • Court Won't Revisit California 'Gay Therapy' Ban

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that barred mental counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation.

  • Court: Transgender Man Can Keep Pursuing Divorce

    PHOENIX (AP) — A transgender man in Arizona who gave birth to three children after beginning to change from female to male can continue to pursue a divorce, a state appeals court said Wednesday in reversing a judge who refused to end the marriage.

  • Delgaudio Heads to Court to Battle Ouster Attempt

    LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A Loudoun County supervisor known for his anti-gay rhetoric is scheduled to appear in court to answer a petition seeking his ouster under a rarely used law.

  • Did Anti-Gay Bias Play a Role in Guilty Verdict?

    In a trial that had nothing to do with sexual orientation, that issue suddenly became the focus after an alternate juror accused another juror of anti-gay bias against Mario Careaga who was convicted last week of a DUI manslaughter that killed Miami Heat dancer Nancy Lopez-Ruiz in 2010.

  • Dispute Over Gay Icon Divine’s Estate Settled

    Orlando – An Orlando district judge has settled a dispute over the estate of gay icon Divine, most famous for being the muse of director John Waters.

  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds GID Surgery for Prisoner

    A federal appeals court Friday affirmed a district judge’s order that a state prison violated the constitutional rights of a prisoner with severe gender disorder when it refused to provide sex reassignment surgery.

  • Final Ruling Issued Against Part of Polygamy Ban

    A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."

  • First Openly Gay Black Federal Judge Confirmed

    The U.S. Senate On Tuesday, by a vote of 97-0, has confirmed an openly gay man to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.