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April 9, 2014

Former Arkansas Governor says he's not a 'hater' but simply 'on the right side of the Bible”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee insists he is not a homophobe, he's just a Christian.

During a keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition this week, Huckabee reiterated that he believes marriage should be between one man and one woman because he is 'on the right side of the Bible.'

'I'm not against anybody, I'm really not,' he insisted. 'I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic.'

March 20, 2014

HRC delivers petition with 35,000 signatures in support of Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis was one of seven students asked to write a bio to appear in the Sheridan High School yearbook.

The problem is, at least to the school principal and district superintendent, is that in his profile, Ellis talks about being gay.

The school's refusal to publish the profile has led to a standoff that resulted in the largest LGBTI rights organization in the US delivering a petition with more than 35,000 to the headquarters of Sheridan School District on Wednesday (19 March).

March 20, 2014

HRC delivers petition with 35,000 signatures in support of Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis was one of seven students asked to write a bio to appear in the Sheridan High School yearbook.

The problem is, at least to the school principal and district superintendent, is that in his profile, Ellis talks about being gay.

The school's refusal to publish the profile has led to a standoff that resulted in the largest LGBTI rights organization in the US delivering a petition with more than 35,000 to the headquarters of Sheridan School District on Wednesday (19 March).

March 13, 2014

Joycelyn Elders says ban 'has long been a policy in search of a rationale'

Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders calls the military's ban on transgender people serving 'a policy in search of a rationale.'

Elders made her remarks upon the release today of a report by the Transgender Military Service Commission which concluded that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning.

October 19, 2013

Teacher Tippi McCullough married her partner in New Mexico, only to be told by the principal she should resign or face 'public firing'

A lesbian teacher at an Arkansas Catholic school has been fired after she married her partner of 14 years.

 

Tippi McCullough, a teacher at Mount St Mary's Academy in Littlerock, Arkansas, had travelled to New Mexico to marry her partner, Barb Mariani.

 

However, shortly after the ceremony the school's secretary called, telling McCullough she would be fired were she to get married.

June 13, 2013

Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and TV host, has also said 'every fear' over same-sex marriage has come true

Former US presidential nominee Mike Huckabee has delivered another speech about the evils of gay rights.

At the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week, the former governor of Arkansas told attendees marriage will be ‘twisted into perversion’ and ‘formed into an unholy pretzel’ as a result of same-sex marriage.

May 21, 2013

Legislation has been passed by Senate but is stalled in House of Representatives

Former President Bill Clinton is using his still considerable political clout to try and get Illinois to become the 13th state in the US to make gay marriage legal.

Proposed marriage equality legislation, already passed by the State Senate, has been stalled for some time in the Illinois House of Representatives.

In a statement released Tuesday (21 May) Clinton urged members of the House to pass the bill before the legislature adjourns its spring session on 31 May.

April 3, 2013

Clinton now calling for demise of DOMA which he signed into law in 1996

Former US President Bill Clinton will be presented with the Advocate for Change Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles later this month for his recent work on behalf of marriage equality.

The award, to be presented at a star-studded gala on 20 April, could be seen as controversial to some since it is Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996. He has since called for the law to be struck down.

March 12, 2013

Liberal arts show celebrates raising over $50,000 for charity, and has a very unusual proposal

What kind of college is it where a straight college hunk performs in a charity drag queen pageant and finishes a very camp routine by launching into the audience and asking his girlfriend to marry him?

Clearly, an amazing one.

Queerty reports the proposal happened at Hendrix College, a small liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas.

December 15, 2012

American Family Association's Bryan Fischer says legalizing gay marriage is proof of 'sacrificing the well-being of children'

A far right-wing anti-gay pundit has said 20 young schoolchildren died because God is ‘no longer welcome’ in the classroom.

Referring to the tragic event in Connecticut on Friday (14 December), American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer said it could have been prevented if a prayer for ‘Christian values’ started each school day.

Speaking on his radio show Focal Point, Fischer said: ‘You know the question is going to come up, “where was God? I thought God cared about the little children. Where was God when all this went down?”

September 6, 2012

Andy Cohen: 'I just went to the church of Clinton and I’m saying AMEN!'

Former US President Bill Clinton's lengthy speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday (5 September) focused more on economic issues than social issues like gay marriage.

But plenty of LGBT celebrities took to the twitterverse after the speech to offer effusive praise of Clinton.

August 1, 2012

Thousands have said they will protest 'intolerant bigotry from the left' in a Facebook event created by Mike Huckabee

Over 580,000 Americans have signed up to support and eat at anti-gay company Chick-fil-A today (1 August).

In a Facebook event created by far-right politician and failed 2008 Republican president nominee Mike Huckabee, he said he wanted to protest ‘intolerant bigotry from the left.’

On the same event, over three million people have chosen to not attend.

June 7, 2012

Human Rights Campaign polls 10,000 youth who say their biggest concerns are non-accepting families and school bullying

Worried mostly about being accepted by their families and school bullying, only 37 percent of LGBT youth in the US consider themselves happy, according to a study released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign.

HRC interviewed 10,000 self-identified LGBT youth ages 13-17 for its landmark 'Growing Up LGBT in America' survey.

Here is a sampling of some of the comments from those surveyed:

May 16, 2012

Former presidential hopeful says Obama is 'very much out of touch with the values of America'

He may have given what was viewed by many as a lukewarm endorsement of Mitt Romney for US president, but former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum still has some advice for his former rival.

Santorum says that Romney should seize on President Barack Obama's historic embrace of gay marriage and use it to his political advantage in the presidential race.

May 7, 2012

Gossip front-woman Ditto talks of marriage and children

Beth Ditto says she's marrying her 'best friend since I was 18' at a ceremony in Hawaii next April.

In an interview published yesterday in The Observer, the lesbian singer said the wedding would be 'the most hysterical cultural mismatching' because her girlfriend Kristin Ogata is from Hawaii and Ditto is from an Arkansas family of eight siblings.

February 9, 2012

Peter Smith faces misdemeanor charges for flinging glitter toward GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney

Peter Smith, a 20-year-old University of Colorado Boulder student, has been charged for throwing glitter at Mitt Romney after the candidate’s speech in Colorado on Tuesday.

Smith, who faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 (€754) fine if convicted, said he has no regrets about his pro-gay protest.