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March 19, 2014

A large group of Congressional Democrats have asked US President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning businesses who have contracts with the US Government from discriminating against LGBTI people

195 Democratic members of the US Congress have written to US President Barack Obama asking him to ban federal contractors from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation or transgender status.

The group includes 47 senators and 148 members of the US House of Representatives and the initiative has been lead by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis.

March 11, 2014

New Research by the non-partisan Pew Research Center has found a clear majority of US Republicans aged 18 to 29 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage

61% of Republicans aged under 30 now support the legalization of same-sex marriage according to new research released by the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center published the results yesterday which also showed 43% of Republicans aged 30 to 49 to be supporters and 30% of those aged 50 to 64.

Support was lowest among Republicans aged over 65 where only 22% were supporters.

Overall 39% of Republican voters supported same-sex marriage.

March 1, 2014

A poll released on Friday found a record majority of US citizens believe gay marriage should be legal, although 64% think each state should be able to decide for itself
 

A new poll published yesterday (28 February) has found strong support for gay marriage in America, with 56% of respondents believing it should be legalized.

A telephone poll of 1,644 US adults was commissioned by The New York Times and CBS News, to compile data on citizens’ beliefs on a wide range of political and economical issues including marriage equality, gun crime and immigration.

February 27, 2014

Religious Jewish Americans are the biggest supporters of marriage equality, new research finds

Religious Jewish Americans are the biggest supporters of same-sex couples having the civil right to marry, new research shows, in a blow to those who cite religion in opposing the reform.

83% of practicing Jewish Americans surveyed by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute told researchers they supported same-sex couples being allowed to get married – more even than religiously unaffiliated Americans.

February 27, 2014

Unofficial US presidential hopeful tells Florida college students that 'inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about'

Hillary Clinton is praising Arizona's Republican governor for vetoing the wildly controversial SB 1062.

The bill would have made it legal for businesses to discriminate against gay people for religious reasons.

February 21, 2014

This past Tuesday Maine's Senate also voted Bill LD 1428 down, 19-6

A 'religious freedom' bill that could have had an impact on Maine's gay marriage law failed in the state's House of Representatives, effectively killing it for this legislative session.

January 15, 2014

Co-founder of LGBTI Republican group GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia announced Monday he was no longer a Republican because of the party’s tolerance for anti-gay bigotry

GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia has quit the US Republican Party over the party’s tolerance for homophobia and a leadership that he says is controlled by ‘big government conservatives.’

GOProud was founded in 2009 by former Log Cabin Republicans Christopher R Barron and LaSalvia because they felt that group was not conservative enough.

But on Monday LaSalvia posted on his blog, ‘So I changed my voter registration today – “No Party”’

December 4, 2013

13 mayors, both Republicans and Democrats, from cities across Indiana have gone public with their opposition to the HJR-6 effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution

13 mayors, including a large group of Republicans, have gone public with their opposition to efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.

The mayors include 6 Republicans and 7 Democrats and represent the cities of Lafayette, Evansville, Angola, Kokomo, West Lafayette, Anderson, Bloomington, Hammond, Valparaiso, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Carmel and Indianapolis.

11 of the mayors have joined forces with Freedom Indiana to form a group called Mayors for Freedom, while another two made their support known to the media on Tuesday.

November 17, 2013

Luxembourg is set to become the world’s first country with both an openly gay leader and deputy leader after Prime Minister Xavier Bettel named Socialist leader Etienne Schneider as his Deputy Prime Minister

The constitutional monarchy of Luxembourg is set to become the first ever country to have both a gay leader and deputy leader.

Incoming Democratic Party Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has announced that openly gay Socialist Workers Party leader Etienne Schneider will be his Deputy Prime Minister.

Schneider was Minister for the Economy and Foreign Trade in the previous government in a previous coalition with Luxembourg’s Christian Social People’s Party.

November 14, 2013

Luxembourg City mayor Xavier Bettel will become the world’s third openly gay or lesbian national leader after his Democratic Party did unexpectedly well in October elections

Luxembourg City mayor Xavier Bettel looks set to become the world’s third openly gay or lesbian national leader after he was picked to negotiate the next governing coalition by ruling monarch Grand Duke Henri.

Bettel’s centrist Democratic Party did unexpectedly well at elections last month, putting him in position to negotiate to form government in coalition with Luxembourg’s Greens and Socialists parties.

November 7, 2013

After 64-32 vote, attention now turns to House where Republican leadership expected to let legislation die

After nearly 20 years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has finally passed the US Senate.

The legislation, known as ENDA, has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994. It was last voted on by the full senate in 1996 when it fell one vote shy of passage.

In the end, the 64-32 vote had every Democratic senator and 10 of their Republican colleagues voting in favor of passage.

Surprisingly, among the Republicans supporting ENDA was Arizona Senator John McCain who was a vocal opponent of ending the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

November 5, 2013

Lesbian Senator Tammy Baldwin speaks passionately for bill before procedural vote

After nearly two decades of setbacks, the Employment Non-Discrimination Employment Act (ENDA) survived a key procedural vote in the US Senate on Monday (4 November) and appears assured of passage later this week.

ENDA passed what is known as a cloture vote by a 61-30 margin with all Democrats in support and three Republicans.

The nation's first lesbian senator, Tammy Baldwin, spoke passionately about ENDA's merits before the vote.

'I realize that for some, this is not an easy vote,' Baldwin told her fellow senators.

October 17, 2013

Newark New Jersey mayor will have to run again next year to retain his seat

Staunch LGBT ally Cory Booker has become the first African-American elected to the US Senate since Barack Obama in 2004.

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, is a rising political star in the Democratic party who won a special election against Republican candidate Steve Lonegan. They were running to fill what remains of the term of the late Democrat Frank R. Lautenberg, who died in June.

Booker, 44, will be up for reelection again next year.

October 9, 2013

The openly gay vice-chairman of the Republican Party in California has warned that his party will try to use transgender students’ access to the bathrooms and changing rooms of their choice to wedge state Democrats and mobilize political donors

California Republican Party vice-chairman Greg Gandrud has warned that conservatives and Tea Party Republicans are set to go after recently passed protections for transgender students as an issue to wedge state Democrats on.

State Republicans voted to back the campaign to repeal California’s AB 1266 law, ensuring transgender students are treated as their preferred gender in school activities, at their state convention in Anaheim over the weekend.

October 2, 2013

Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes told GSN he believes his party must vote as one to preserve the legislative independence of the Australian Capital Territory as it moves to become the first Australian jurisdiction to allow same-sex couples to wed

Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes, a key power broker in the right wing of the Australian Labor Party, has told GSN that it is vital that his party defend the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from any attempt by the Australian Government to interfere with it’s ability to pass its own laws.

‘Labor has always been the party that has supported self government in the territories,’ Howes said, taking a question from GSN.

August 20, 2013

Kim Catullo, wife of New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, talks about the anti-gay violence happening in 'a place that is the most tolerant'

The wife of lesbian New York City mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, revealed the candidate has received anti-gay threats.

Kim Catullo is getting prepared to join her wife on the last stretch of the campaign trail (the Democratic Party primary election is in three weeks). While Catullo did not describe the nature of the remarks, she is concerned.

August 8, 2013

The soon to be former president of the Young Democrats in America calls his coming out 'some unfinished business'

Before leaving his post as president of the 81-year-old political group Young Democrats of America, Rod Snyder came out.

'...I’ve never taken the opportunity to tell my own story – that I am a Christian, an American, a West Virginian, a Young Democrat, a rural advocate, a singer-songwriter, a brother, a son, a grandson, a nephew, an uncle, and a gay man,' he wrote on the YDA website.

August 2, 2013

Independent voters will be an important bloc if Michigan's gay marriage constitutional ban is to be overturned at the ballot box

According to a recent poll, marriage equality advocates have work to do if they hope to make gay marriage a reality in the Midwestern US state Michigan.

In a Detroit News article, the survey showed 51% of likely state voters were against bringing gay marriage up to a vote, as compared to 42%.

In 2004, Michigan voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage.

July 25, 2013

Journalist Tommaso Cerno says: 'This is going to be a homophobic law, nobody wants it'

The Italian parliament is going to vote on a bill banning gay hate crimes, but the LGBT community has called it the 'worst law ever'.

The bill to reform existing antidiscrimination legislation is scheduled for debate in the lower chamber tomorrow (26 July).

According to Italian activists, opinion leaders and reporters, the law being discussed is possibly the worst solution for the recent homophobic attacks.

July 23, 2013

Italy's lower house is debating a bill that would criminalize homophobia

Italy's Chamber of Deputies (lower house) began debating a bill that would criminalize homophobia this afternoon.

Yesterday the bill was given approval to be debated and voted on by a parliamentary commission, with support from Prime Minister Enrico Letta's center-left Democratic Party (PD), center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party and the Left Ecology Freedom party (SEL), Ansa reports.

July 23, 2013

Italy's lower house is debating a bill that would criminalize homophobia

Italy's Chamber of Deputies (lower house) began debating a bill that would criminalize homophobia this afternoon.

Yesterday the bill was given approval to be debated and voted on by a parliamentary commission, with support from Prime Minister Enrico Letta's center-left Democratic Party (PD), center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party and the Left Ecology Freedom party (SEL), Ansa reports.

July 17, 2013

Heather Mizeur wants to succeed outgoing governor Martin O'Malley

The US could have its first openly gay governor if Maryland State Delegate Heather Mizeur succeeds in getting elected to the highest office in her state.

Mizeur announced today that she will seek the Democratic Party nomination for governor to succeed Martin O'Malley who cannot run again due to term limits.

She would also be the first female governor in Maryland history.

July 10, 2013

ENDA still faces tough fight to achieve full Senate passage

Is the long fight to pass ENDA going to soon end?

The long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act was easily approved this morning by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions by a vote of 15-7.

The bill will next go before the full Senate for a vote and is going in with some bipartisan support. This will be critical in getting enough Republicans to join the Democratic majority for passage.

July 8, 2013

Anti-gay televangelist keeps up steady stream of homophobic remarks

US televangelist Pat Robertson was asked by a viewer of his The 700 Club show if it was 'sinful' to push the Facebook 'like' button on a photo of a same-sex couple.

Robertson, 83, had this response: 'To me, I would punch "vomit," not "like."'

Although he says he's not one to be on Facebook, if 'you've got a couple of same-sex guys kissing, you like that, that makes me want to throw up.'

He said pushing 'like' is condoning behavior.