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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 27th

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Online: Facebook rolled out a new, inclusive feature that will allow individuals to use their own words to describe their gender identity. full story

International: The first photo of Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, star of “The Theory of Everything”, as 1930s sex reassignment surgery pioneer Lili Elbe has been released. The film is called “The Danish Girl”. full story

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India: India’s largest online shopping site has been sued for “abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products” for selling lube and vibrators. full story

Korea: The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday night, and it was epic. full story

Mexico: Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future. full story

Mexico Marriage Equality Map

Russia: Following up on his threat after a lesbian couple took a photo of themselves kissing in front of him, infamous anti-gay politician Vitaly Milonov apparently ordered a police raid on the lesbian nightclub the couple owns in St. Petersburg. full story

Russian Lesbian kiss

UK: The General Medical Council has been accused of ignoring transgender concerns. full story

USA: Supposedly moderate Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is set to meet with extremely anti-gay Family Research Council president Tony Perkins at CPAC today. full story

USA: Then there’s the story about how Bush is supposedly “evolving” on marriage equality. full story

USA: And maybe this is why – pro-amnesty, Pro-gay marriage, and pro-abortion donors are powering former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s fundraising operation. full story

USA: Out director Lee Daniels says he was unable to direct a homophobic scene based on his life on the Fox series Empire because it was too emotional. full story

USA: The Human Rights Campaign released a new tool – 2016: Republican Facts – that will serve as an online resource for documenting the record and rhetoric of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, and where they stand on key LGBT issues. full story

USA: The Washington Post surveys the host of new anti-gay discriminatory laws being proposed around the country. full story

USA: HRC issued a list of more than 30 of these anti-gay bills around the US. full story

USA: A new video profiles the lives of a lesbian army couple. full story

USA: The lead character on the CW’s show The 100 came out as bisexual this week. full story

USA: In another bisexual outing, DC Comics’s Catwoman came out this week. full story

USA: Dot429 looks back at anti-gay laws in the 1960’s. full story

USA, Alabama: Eight-wing religious groups who rallied around Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore during his 2003 Ten Commandments fight returned to Alabama Wednesday to praise his stand against same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Arkansas: Apple issued a statement condemning the “right to discriminate” bill in Arkansas. full story

USA, California: The archbishop of San Francisco is walking back a proposal allowing the archdiocese to fire Catholic school workers who publicly support marriage equality, agreeing to amend the so-called “morality clause” after it sparked protests from parents of students and Bay Area Catholics. full story

USA, Idaho: Coeur d’Alene is asking a federal district court to dismiss the lawsuit against it filed by a for-profit wedding chapel alleging religious discrimination. full story

USA, Nebraska: Omaha.com profiles one of the same sex couples awaiting the marriage equality decision in the state. full story

USA, Nebraska: Anticipating a pro-marriage equaluty decision, the state has already updated its marriage application forms tp read “Applicant 1″ and “Applicant 2″. full story

USA, Texas: The Dallas Voice profiles Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, the first same sex couple legally married in the state. full story

US, Washington DC: Sen. Ted Cruz reaffirmed his opposition to marriage equality Thursday at CPAC, blasting “unelected judges” for sanctioning it. full story

USA, Washington DC: Those folks at CPAC sure are subtle. full story

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USA, West Virginia: Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael says there’s “no way” the Senate will consider a proposal to nullify local ordinances that protect gay and transgender people from housing and employment discrimination. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 26th

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Australia: Prime Minister Toby Abbott would attend his lesbian sister’s wedding, despite being against same-sex marriage. full story

Canada, Ontario: Religious conservatives are objecting to a new campaign to teach about sexual orientation in schools. full story

Ireland: An Irish anti-gay group has launched a series of negative attacks against same-sex couples, including claims that same-sex couples die younger, are more prone to cancer, and are more likely to abuse and injure children. full story

France: Nutella has banned the use of the word “lesbian” in an interactive online marketing campaign. full story

Kazakhstan: The Senate of Kazakhstan has passed a draft bill outlawing “gay propaganda”. full story

Kenya: Two men in Kenya have been charged with being part of a group that disseminated sexually explicit gay material. full story

UK: 65% of voters believe the Government should pardon all men convicted of gross indecency under anti-gay laws, a YouGov poll has found. full story

UK, Northern ireland: More than 148,000 people have signed a petition against a Northern Ireland DUP-backed “right to discriminate” bill. full story

Russia: Officials in the northwestern Russian city of Arkhangelsk have banned a previously approved gay-rights rally. full story

USA: We now have an official coming out song. full story

USA: A new three part series investigates gay “conversion therapy” – the practice of trying to “turn” gay people straight. full story

USA: Edward Snowden thinks the current LGBTQ rights movement would not have been possible in a world where government surveillance was ubiquitous. full story

USA: The Public Religion Research Institute has a new “heat map” on marriage equality. full story

USA, Alabama: Equality on Trial has some marriage equality updates out of Alabama. full story

USA, Alabama: Chief Justice Roy Moore thinks that bisexuals or trans people want four person marriages. full story

USA, Alabama: A hearing on a request for a preliminary injunction in the new gay adoption case filed by Cari Searcy will take place on March 2 in the federal courthouse in Mobile. full story

USA, Alaska: Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has given the go-ahead to its courts to perform weddings for same-sex couples. full story

USA, Arkansas: Another Arkansas town, Conway, just passed an ordinance that bans discrimination against city employees on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. full story

USA, Arkansas: A “right to discriminate” bill failed before an Arkansas Senate panel yesterday. full story

USA, Arkansas / Missouri: Yesterday the Liberty Counsel filed amicus briefs with the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals in the marriage cases out of Missouri and Arkansas. full story

USA, Georgia: Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers said Tuesday that two bills being debated by lawmakers create an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people or break state laws and are “deserving of a quick death.” full story

USA, Michigan: Yet another state is now considering a “right to discriminate” bill – three, actually – a House committee could vote as soon as Wednesday on a trio of bills that would allow faith-based adoption agencies to continue to operate under their religious beliefs — and refuse to provide services to same-sex or unmarried couples — without fear of losing state funding. full story

USA, Nebraska: More than 50 clergy members in Nebraska have pledged to perform same-sex marriages if the ban is lifted. full story

USA, New York: The Harlem hate pastor is advocating for the use of the word f@ggot. full story

USA, North Carolina: In a tried-and-true tactic, North Carolina Family Action is using anti-trans robocalls spreading misinformation in an attempt to defeat an upcoming LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Charlotte. full story

USA, North Carolina: A “right to discriminate” bill passed the full Senate Wednesday on a 32-16 vote. full story

USA, Texas: The judge that allowed Texas’ first gay marriage to go forward is the target of a judicial conduct complaint from a GOP representative. full story

USA, Texas: The rabbi who defied the state’s marriage equality ban and wed a lesbian couple last week led the morning prayer in the Republican-dominated Texas House on Wednesday. full story

USA, Washington: A crowdfund has been launched for anti-gay florist Barronelle Stutzman. full story

USA, West Virginia: State Rep. Karen Arvon (R) has introduced a bill that is pretty much identical to the Arkansas law that forbids all municipalities from enacting LGBT rights ordinances. full story

USA, West Virginia: The LGBT rights ban bill advanced out of a committee on a 16-8 vote. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 25th

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Australia: Queensland’s Attorney-General says she’s being briefed about how to reintroduce civil unions for same-sex couples in the state. full story

UK, Scotland: Loch Lomond Waterfront owner Suzanne Cottam turned away a gay wedding, telling the couple “We can’t allow people like you here.” full story

South Korea: The country’s first openly gay celebrity, Hong Seok-cheon, is running for office. full story

USA: The LGBT Equality Caucus in congress lost about half of its members after it started asking them to pay $400 a year. full story

USA: A new TV ad for jeweler Tiffany & Co. features a gay male couple proposing marriage. full story

USA: In an article on Cleveland.com, an online poll that asked if marriage equality should be banned in the US constitution got a resounding No! Oh, and those are our friends, Shelly and Ellen, from Davis in the photo. :) full story

Cleveland.com poll

USA: A 9 year old girl from Texas has written a letter to Congress asking for marriage equality, as part of her one letter a week campaign to advocate positive change for others. full story

USA: 103 U.S. scholars and leaders released a public statement, Marriage Opportunity: The Moment for National Action, and announced the formation of the Marriage Opportunity Council, whose goal is to make marriage achievable for all Americans. full story

USA: The American Family Association has just published a “bigot map”, showing the locations of over 200 groups and organizations that they say “openly display bigotry toward the Christian faith”. full story

USA: The Family Research Council is touting a new poll it commissioned that shows – surprise – that Americans oppose marriage equality. full story

USA: Stuart Gaffney, communications director for Marriage Equality USA, is confident the US Supreme Court will uphold marriage equality. full story

USA, Alabama: A lesbian couple’s adoption request has been put on hold by a probate judge, pending the outcome of the marriage equality cases at the US Supreme Court. full story

USA, Alabama: After allowing it to become law, Governor Hutchinson belatedly said he had some concerns about it. full story

USA, Alabama: Debi Jackson, a self-described “conservative southern Baptist” from Alabama and mother of a transgender child, is campaigning in support of trans children. full story

USA, Arkansas: The bill to ban all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state officially became law yesterday, after the Governor refused to veto it. full story

USA, Florida: The White House sent a congratulatory letter to marriage equality plaintiffs and newlyweds Aaron Huntsman and Lee Jones, bartenders in Key West. full story

White House Letter

USA, Georgia: The Human Rights Campaign and Georgia Equality launched a new campaign called “Georgia Unites Against Discrimination.” full story

USA, Indiana: The Indiana Senate voted 40-10 for a “right to discriminate” bill designed to allow private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against anyone in Indiana on religious grounds. full story

USA, Kentucky: The anti-trans bathroom bill passed a state Senate panel this week. full story

USA, Nebraska: Attorneys on both sides of the legal fight over the state’s same-sex marriage ban have submitted their final written arguments on a motion requesting that the ban be immediately lifted. full story

USA, North Carolina: A “right to discriminate” bill that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of providing legal marriage services or issuing marriage licenses passed out of a state Senate committee on Tuesday. full story

USA, Oklahoma: Legislation that would specifically protect “conversion therapy” was approved by a state House committee Tuesday. full story

USA, Oregon: A state House panel heard testimony on a bill to outlaw conversion therapy for youth. full story

USA, Texas: Now that Arkansas has passed a law banning local LGBT protections, attention is shifting to a similar bill in Texas. full story

USA, Texas: Freshman Rep. Mark Keough, R-The Woodlands, offered free cake to constituents to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the ban on marriage equality. full story

Discrimination Cake

USA, Washington: Baronelle Stutzman, the florist who turned away a same sex couple in Washington state is on a bit of a martyr tour, showing up at a right-wing conference in Tennessee. full story

USA, Washington: Next stop on the florist’s martyr tour – Fox News. full story

USA: Next, it’s on to the National Organization for marriage for Stutzman, to help with a money beg. full story

USA, Wyoming: The House of Representatives voted down a bill, 33-26, that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. full story

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 23rd

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Online: Apple plans to release around 300 more emojis which include gay couples as well as male and female faces in six different skin tones. full story

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Europe: A new video has been released showing some of the hurdles trans people to go through to gain access to legal gender recognition. full story

France: French President Francois Hollande has vowed to introduce tougher penalties for racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic crimes in the wake of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
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Ireland: A Irishman living in London is urging Irish people to return home to vote in the marriage equality referendum. full story

Switzerland: The Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council voted 12 to 2 to recommend openening up both types of legally regulated life partnerships (marriage and registered partnership) for all couples. full story

UK: Researchers from Cambridge University have found that it is possible to make a baby using the skin cells of parents of the same sex. full story

UK: A High Court judge has granted permission to proceed to a legal case against the British Government for its refusal to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. full story

UK: The Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed it is not up to him to judge gay people for their “sins”. full story

USA: Tea Party Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and several dozen Republicans introduced a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage in the US constitution full story

USA: Hate preacher Scott Lively has conceded that it would take a “miracle” to stop equal marriage in the United States. full story

USA: The Presbyterian Church, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is on track to rewrite the definition of marriage in its constitution by allowing it to include same-sex couples. full story

USA: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said President Obama backs Ashton Carters views on transgender service. full story

USA: CPAC has reversed course and will now welcome the Log Cabin Republicans. full story

USA: Married same-sex couples will soon be eligible for benefits under the Family & Medical Leave Act even if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize their union, the Labor Department announced Monday. full story

USA, Alabama: Jon Oliver took on Roy Moore and unelected judges. full story

USA, Alabama: A gay widower who won the right to be listed as husband on his spouse’s death certificate asked for disbursement of the estate. full story

USA, Alabama: On the eve of the effective date for the state’s new ban on LGBT protections, Walmart finally came out against it. full story

USA, Arkansas: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has confirmed that he will not veto a bill to strip LGBT rights around the state. full story

USA, Georgia: Mike Bowers, the former Georgia Attorney General who defended Georgia’s sodomy law in the landmark Supreme Court case Bowers v. Hardwick, has announced his opposition to the “deeply troubling” right to discriminate bill. full story

USA, Iowa: Sen. Dennis Guth, R-Klemme, and Rep. Greg Heartsill, R-Columbia, have introduced resolutions in the Iowa Senate and House seeking a statewide referendum to repeal marriage equality. full story

USA, Navajo Nation: Fusion looks at the history of marriage equality in the Navajo Nation. full story

USA, Nebraska: A federal judge is expected to make a decision this week on the ban against same-sex marriage in Nebraska. full story

USA, Texas: The state Supreme Court has asked for responses in two marriage equality cases. full story

Marriage News Watch – Texas Wants to Un-Marry Lesbian With Cancer

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Matt BaumeA few judges are still refusing to see gay and lesbian couples in Alabama.

Texas has had its first lesbian marriage, and now state officials are scrambling to find a way to undo it.

And some major national anti-gay figures are preparing to release a new manifesto to stop the freedom to marry.

Authored By Matt Baume – See the Full Story at AFER

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Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 23rd

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Australia, Victoria: The state is one step closer to allowing gay adoption after the government made good an election pledge and called for a review of family law. full story

Israel: Tzipi Livni, an Israeli politician has made a campaign promise to legalize marriage equality if she becomes prime minister in the March elections. full story

Italy: ISIS threatened to invade Rome and throw homosexuals off the Leaning Tower of Pizza – and Italians laughed their asses off. full story

Kenya: Police last week arrested two men for gay sex. full story

UK: The family of the codebreaker Alan Turing plans to visit Downing Street on Monday to demand the government pardons 49,000 other men persecuted like him for being gay. full story

USA: The Huffington Post looks at the marriage equality positions of the potential GOP presidential candidates. full story

USA: Ashton Carter, the new Defense Secretary has voiced support for calls to end the ban on transgender people serving in the military. full story

USA: In an Oscars acceptance speech, Rapper Common said the bridge Martin Luther King Jr. crossed on his march from Selma to Montgomery is no longer just a symbol for the Civil Rights Movement, but is now a symbol for any discrimination based on “race, gender, sexual orientation and social status”. full story

USA, Alabama: Marriage equality opponents held another sparsely attended rally Sunday. full story

USA,Alabama: Chief Justice Roy Moore said a decision legalizing gay marriage would be among the US Supreme Court’s greatest mistakes. full story

USA, Alabama: The North Alabama Presbytery voted Saturday in favor of approving gay unions. full story

USA, Arkansas: Lambda Legal, the ACLU, GLAD, and the NCLR issued a last-minute plea to Governor Hutchinson to veto an anti-gay bill. full story

USA, Arkansas: Cher said the Governor was “hanging LGBT community out to dry”. full story

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USA, Colorado: Antigay preacher Gordon Klingenschmitt, elected to the state House of Representatives last November, had predicted he would “tone down” his rhetoric as a state legislator, but on his TV program he’s continuing to offer plenty of the hateful and bizarre rants he’s known for. full story

USA, Florida: Celebrity chef Guy Fieri, host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, on Saturday officiated over 101 same sex weddings during the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival. full story

USA, Texas: A state legislator has filed a bill that would make it a crime for transgender people to use public restrooms according to their gender identity. full story

Why Is It So Hard to Say, “This Is My Wife”?

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Gay RightsMy wife and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary, but we’ve been together for nearly a decade. By now, I should be comfortable saying I’m married to a woman. Instead, when people ask if we’re sisters or friends, my wife and I glance anxiously at each other, urging, No, you say it. Everyone has an opinion about being gay, and we often have to come out to people without knowing how we’ll be received. A sort of fatigue sets in.

Although not every day, inquiries into our personal lives happen often. Women notice my diamond ring and compliment my husband’s taste. The doctor asks if my husband is tall, like me. I meet friends and their coworkers for drinks and the innocuous chatter follows: What do you do? Where do you live? I love your necklace! It would be weird to withhold the fact that I’m a writer, that I live in Manhattan, or that I’m wearing my wife’s necklace.

Many times, the highpitched “Oh!” response is blithe — this is New York City, after all. But I brace myself for occasional awkwardness: a glance at my wife (does she look like a lesbian?), then back to me. A silent moment, a raised eyebrow. A hotel clerk asking, “You’re sure you want the king bed and not two queens?” We’re sure.

By Laura Leigh Ashby – Full Story at Cosmopolitan

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 22nd

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Here’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Canada, Alberta: The government is making it easier for transgender people in the province to make changes to their personal documents without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. full story

Ireland: The prime minister, Enda Kenny, has called on the country to vote yes in the forthcoming gay marriage equality referendum. full story

Ireland: Shocking filers in Dublin urge people to vote against gay marriage because gays are more likely to get cancer, be promiscuous and abuse children. full story

New Zealand: An LGBT group hgas claimed credit for defacing a “GAYTM”, to protest the company’s “pinkwashing”, “commercialization” of the Auckland Pride Festival and treatment of their workers. full story

Thailand: The country’s parliament has passed legislation banning foreigners and same-sex couples from seeking surrogacy services. full story

USA: Two same sex couples tied the knot on Friday’s episode of Glee in a beautiful double wedding. full story

Glee Wedding

USA: Fake Tea Party reporter Susie Sampson took to the streets to poll passersby on same-sex marriage. full story

USA, Alabama: The Human Rights Campaign Alabama hosted a marriage equality rally at Birmingham AIDS Outreach in Birmingham. full story

USA, Georgia: The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections on behalf of a transgender inmate who attorneys say has been denied medical treatment and has been sexually assaulted by other inmates at her men’s prison. full story

USA, Missouri: The state’s GOP Senate leader wants the ability to intervene in lawsuits regarding the constitutionality of state laws, if the attorney general declines to appeal or ask for a stay of a court ruling. full story

USA, Navajo Nation: The Navajo people are considering repealing a 2005 act that banned marriage equality. full story

USA, South Carolina: Poll Shows 60% Say Marriage Equality Had No Negative Impact

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

titleA new poll shows that South Carolinians have gone on with their lives after marriage equality came to the state.

HRC reports:

South Carolina has had marriage equality on the books since November, and voters are doing just fine, according to a recent Public Policy Polling report. In fact, 60 percent of South Carolina voters reported that the legalization of marriage equality in the state has not negatively impacted on their lives.

Time after time, the far right tries to convince everyone the sky will fall if marriage equality is granted. And time after time, it stubbornly refuses to do so.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in South Carolina.

Marriage Equality Round-Up – February 21st

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Gay WeddingHere’s our daily round-up of the marriage equality / LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Italy: Premier Matteo Renzi’s ruling Democratic Party on Friday vowed to set up a work group to frame a law governing civil unions in Italy, after a meeting with LGBT groups in Rome. full story

Japan: The Japanese special ward of Shibuya, in Tokyo, proposed issuing certificates to same-sex couples that recognize such relationships as “equivalent to marriage,” a huge step forward for legitimizing same-sex relationships in Japan. full story

USA: Pat Robertson was up to his old tricks again, saying that catering a same sex wedding is like if “somebody wanted to marry his dog”. full story

USA: Jeb Bush, presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, is hiring an openly gay man as his top communications aide. full story

USA, Alabama: People Magazine looks at what life is like for the LGBT community in the state. full story

USA, Alabama: Gay rights advocates will host a rally at Lap’s Grocery and Grill in Mobile today to both celebrate the recent legalization of gay marriage and to show support for future objectives. full story

USA, Alabama: The federal judge overseeing two challenges to Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban denied a request by Jefferson County Probate Judge Alan King to intervene in one of the cases. full story

USA, Alabama: Governor Robert Bentley said Friday that he would “never do anything to disobey a federal court ruling” when asked about the legal fight over same-sex marriage in the Deep South state. full story

USA, California: Fox News took the bait this week on another bogus anti-gay story involving high school students. full story

USA, California: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote to lawmakers who asked him to reconsider his new “morality clause” for teachers, giving them the rhetorical middle finger. full story

USA, Florida: The state’s first married same sex couple is now expecting twins. full story

USA, Florida: Jim Brenner and Chuck Jones, the gay Tallahassee couple who successfully sued the state of Florida over denial of spousal benefits, were told they couldn’t change their pension plan. full story

USA, Florida: A proposed Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School in Ocala is headed back to court. full story

USA, Louisiana: Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana arrested two men last week under the state’s anti-sodomy statute that was invalidated by the US Supreme Court more then a decade ago but is still on the books. full story

USA, Louisiana: Lieutenant Johnny Dunnam of Baton Rogue police apologized for the arrest of two men under the state’s invalidated anti-sodomy law. full story

USA, Mississippi: The Human Rights Campaign Mississippi talked about marriage equality at the State Capitol Friday morning. full story

USA, Nebraska: The ACLU of Nebraska will have a presentation about marriage equality and other discrimination issues at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Tuesday. full story

USA, Oklahoma: A House committee approved a GOP bill to punish any local or state employee who issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples. full story

USA, Pennsylvania: Two transgender rights bills are working their way through the Pennsylvania legislature. full story

USA, Texas: A bill filed today by a freshman West Texas Republican legislator, Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, would reaffirm the state’s ban, and would only allow the Texas Secretary of State to issue marriage licenses to opposite sex couples. full story

USA, Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked the Texas Supreme Court to confirm that the marriage license issued to an Austin same-sex couple a day earlier was void, arguing that the marriage license was never legally valid. full story

USA, Texas: Governor Greg Abbott (R) on Thursday reiterated his support for the state’s ban on gay marriage. full story

USA, Utah: A bill that claims to protect both LGBT and religious rights may be dead for the year year. full story

USA, Washington: A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine and agreeing to sell bouquets for same-sex ceremonies in the future. full story

USA, Wyoming: A House panel advanced a non-discrimination bill after ejecting an anti-gay lawmaker from the meeting full story