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October 27, 2014

The two women, who split after 16 years together, have been in a custody battle over the three children they co-parented

An appeals court in Alabama has overruled an earlier ruling that granted child visitation rights to a woman who parented three children with her former same-sex partner – deciding that the woman should never have been allowed to adopt the children in the first place.

The two women – identified only as E.L and V.L – were in a relationship together between 1995 and 2011.

Following artificial insemination treatment, E.L gave birth to a child in 2002, followed by twins in 2004.

October 26, 2014

Four band members face charges of felony hazing and manslaughter

Four Florida A & M University band members will go to trial next week for the 2011 hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion, Jr.

Three years ago, The 26-year-old was subjected to a brutal hazing ritual called 'crossing bus C.'

It involved band members beating him with punches, kicks, drumsticks, mallets while on a bus parked in a Orlando, Florida hotel parking lot.

October 24, 2014

'Families all over Utah are celebrating having their families united'

Utah's highest court lifted a stay blocking same-sex married couples from adoption.

This means the state's Department of Health can issue birth certificates listing same-sex adults as a child's legal parents.

This past May Sean Reyes, the western state's attorney general, asked for the stay after a district judge called on state officials to explain why Utah refused to recognize the adoption of a same-sex couple.

October 15, 2014

State's governor and attorney general accused of 'playing politics with our families'

The state of South Carolina was sued Wednesday (15 October) by two LGBTI groups for continuing to block same-sex marriages from taking place there.

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality claim that last week's decision by the US Supreme Court’s to let stand a 4th Circuit ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban also applies to South Carolina because it is in the same jurisdiction.

They want the marriages to begin immediately.

October 3, 2014

'The judge will listen to both sides and determine if there is enough to hold them to trial'

The suspects in an early September attack on a gay couple will face a judge in the middle of December.

Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Philip Williams are scheduled for a 16 December preliminary hearing. Harrigan's attorney, Josh Scarpello, told Philadelphia Magazine the meeting with a municipal court judge is not meant to determine guilt or innocence.

September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

September 10, 2014

A total of seven cases are now vying for review by nation's highest court

The attorney generals of both Indiana and Wisconsin petitioned the US Supreme Court on Tuesday (9 September) to review appeals court rulings that struck down gay marriage bans in their states.

Plaintiffs in both cases agree with the request to have the cases heard by the nation's highest court.

The latest two states to make this request are competing with similar requests made in cases in several other states including Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

September 6, 2014

Accused of knowingly exposing an ex-boyfriend and potentially dozens of other men to HIV, a 29-year-old San Diego gay man has been ordered by a judge to stop using Internet dating sites

Thomas Miguel Guerra, aka Ashton Chavez, who currently faces one misdemeanor count of spreading HIV, has been ordered by a judge to stop using all Internet dating sites specifically Grindr.

The LA Times reports that officials from the city attorney's office said the investigation is continuing and more victims may be added.

September 4, 2014

'...The only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction – that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended – is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision was released today (4 September).

August 28, 2014

Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in Hawaii in 1999

The man who accused gay film director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was 14 was forced to drop the lawsuit yesterday (27 August).

Michael Egan III, 31, voluntarily dropped the lawsuit due to lack of legal counsel. US district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted the motion.

Singer's attorney has said the X Men: Days of Future Past director is 'looking forward to moving on'.

But as the case was dismissed without prejudice, it means Egan can refile the claim at a later date.

August 27, 2014

States one judge: 'There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites' to marry. 'It was a tradition. It got swept aside'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago expressed skepticism over gay marriage bans during oral arguments on cases in in Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday (26 August).

One member of the three-judge panel, Judge Richard Posner, hammered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions seeking justification for why his state denies marriage rights to same-sex couples.

When Samuelson said it is a ban that is rooted in tradition, Posner stated: 'That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble!'

August 4, 2014

Ruling only applies to Broward County and judge issued immediate stay

Florida's ban in same-sex marriages suffered another blow today when a state judge - the third in three weeks - ruled that the ban violates that US constitution.

The ruling by Broward County state Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen applies only to that particular county and the judge issues an immediate stay pending the expected appeal.

Cohen ruled in a lawsuit filed by Heather Brassner who had entered into a civil union with Megan Lade in Vermont and is seeking a divorce in Florida. 

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 9, 2014

WWE superstar Darren Young, actor Wilson Cruz and trans actress Candis Cayne join local political officials and activists for event

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had special privileges at Sunday's LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood.

He had his own microphone.

So the mayor, a longtime staunch ally of the LGBTI community, kept a running commentary going as he road atop a convertible along Santa Monica Boulevard.

'Happy pride!' he would yell out if the crowd seemed a bit too subdued.

Garcetti also showed off his Spanish skills in a fun exchange with a trio of drag performers known as Chico's Angels who were serving as commentators.

June 4, 2014

Plaintiffs, lawyers, Chad Griffin, Dustin Lance Black and Rob Reiner among those on hand to celebrate The Case Against 8

They all made history together overturning California's Proposition 8 and on Tuesday (3 June) in Los Angeles, they reunited for the premiere of a documentary film about their journey.

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were joined at the event by lead attorney Ted Olson as well as Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winning producer Bruce Cohen, and actor-director Rob Reiner.

May 26, 2014

Every remaining state ban on same-sex marriage in America will be tested in court after lawyers announced they would file a case against North Dakota over its ban on gay and lesbian couples marring

North Dakota will officially join 32 other states in having its ban on same-sex couples being allowed to marry challenged in the courts.

May 22, 2014

'We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws'

Utah Governor Gary Herbert chided politicians, in other US states, for not defending laws blocking gay marriage.

'For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws (they) will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy,' the Republican said at a 22 May news conference, according to the Associated Press.

May 11, 2014

Judge says his decision to retire early came after an 'inappropriate invasion of my privacy'

Judge David Audlin on Friday retired as Monroe County’s chief circuit judge – with four years left in his second six-year term – to return to private practice.

May 10, 2014

The couple's ceremony was witnessed by Cheryl Maples, an attorney who has worked for marriage equality in the US southern state

A lesbian couple were the first to get a same-sex marriage license in the southern US state Arkansas.

As reported by the Associated Press today, 10 May, Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo received their license from Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn.

May 3, 2014

In 2004 Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today, 3 May, that although he supports marriage equality he will defend the state's constitutional ban.

The Democrat, who was first elected in 2006, made the announcement at the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention.

According to the Associated Press, McDaniel is the first statewide elected official in the US southern state to back same-sex marriage.

April 19, 2014

Michael Egan claims he tried to repress memories of X-Men director until undergoing trauma therapy 11 months ago

Michael Egan, who is suing X-Men director Bryan Singer for allegedly sexually assaulting him when he was a minor, says he spent nearly a decade trying to repress the memory of the experience.

'I basically buried it in me as deep as I possibly could,' he said at a press conference (see video below). 'I developed a problem with drinking to numb that pain for years.'

'About two years ago, I decided to completely stop the drinking and 11 months ago, I walked into my first trauma therapy (session).'

April 17, 2014

Charles Cooper is helping to plan wedding, says his views on gay marriage continue to 'evolve'

Attorney Charles Cooper led the legal fight to have California's same-sex marriage ban Proposition  8 upheld by the courts.

He ultimately lost that fight in the US Supreme Court and now, ironically, finds himself helping to plan the wedding of his lesbian stepdaughter.

Cooper had argued to the nation's highest court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

April 17, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past director's attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’

Gay director Bryan Singer, about to release X-Men: Days of Future Past, is being accused of sexually abusing an underage teen.

The lawsuit filed in Hawaii yesterday (16 April) claims the director forced a former child model - when he was 17 - into sex in the late 1990s.

Singer’s attorney describes the claims as ‘absurd and defamatory’.

‘It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at the time when Bryan’s new movie is about to open in a few weeks,’ the attorney Marty Singer said.