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January 23, 2015

Cory Jobe is the (handsome) new face of tourism in the Midwestern state

The state of Illinois has a new director of tourism – the openly gay Springfield city council member Cory Jobe.

Jobe was formally the Deputy Chief of Staff for the state under both the late Judy Baar Topinka and Leslie Munger.

Jobe will juggle his commitments until May 31 before commencing his new job full-time in June, Governor Bruce Rauner announced earlier this week.

The 41-year-old politician was previously elected Ward 6 alderman in April 2011, with 95% of the total votes cast.

January 13, 2015

Legatus believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be 'cured'

Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise has pulled out of the annual conference of a Catholic business organization that believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be ‘cured.'

The Oscar-nominated veterans activist today (13 January) said he did not know about Legatus' 'views on personal matters' when he agreed to speak at the summit.

'For me, faith has been a catalyst for my mission to honor the men and women who serve in our nation’s military,' he said.

January 11, 2015

The grumpy Texan compares Christie and Jones to the famous duo Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson

Has a hug ever received more attention and scrutiny?

For those not paying attention, last week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones squeezed each other tight.

January 10, 2015

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denies request from Butch Otter for review of gay marriage ruling by full court

Idaho Governor Butch Otter lost a legal round on Friday (9 January) when the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied his request for a review of its decision to struck down his state's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling was made by a three judge panel of the court in October. Otter wanted the case to be reheard by the full 30-member court.

The court stated: 'The matter failed to receive a majority of the votes of the non-recused active judges in favor' of rehearing the case.

Just three judges voted for a rehearing before the full court.

January 6, 2015

'I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, eyeing a run for The White House in 2016, suffered some backlash this week when he said same-sex marriage is something that is voted on by the people.

Bush made the comment as Florida became the 36th state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage with couples getting married in Miami-Dade County on Monday (5 January) and in other counties starting today.

January 5, 2015

As same-sex couples begin getting married in Sunshine State, Bush says voters had already made feelings known

As Florida is poised to become the latest state in the US with same-sex marriage, its former governor says it's a decision that should not have never been left up to the courts.

Jeb Bush, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, said on Sunday (4 January): 'It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision. The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.'

January 5, 2015

Governor Butch Otter says that children are best raised by opposite-sex couples, and that’s why same-sex marriage should again be made illegal in the state

Same-sex marriage was made legal in Idaho last October. Since that time, dozens of gay couples have tied the knot.

However, Republican Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden – both staunch opponents of gay marriage – refuse to give up the fight.

Last week, they both filed petitions to the Supreme Court, asking it to overrule the decision made in October by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

January 4, 2015

In a 2014 November speech, the Republican claimed marriage equality threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture'

Mike Huckabee, an opponent to same-sex marriage, is leaving his Fox News television show to consider a 2016 run for the White House.

Arkansas' former governor made the announcement yesterday, 3 January, at the end of his show.

January 3, 2015

Idaho Governor and Attorney General say marriage is a state's-rights issue and that the state has been consistent in legalizing only hetrosexual marriage

A ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in October legalized same-sex marriage in Idaho after rejecting Idaho Governor CL 'Butch' Otter's argument to uphold the ban. He argued Idaho residents have the right to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

On Friday Otter filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court making good on his promise to take the fight against gay marriage to the highest court.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has also filed a separate petition to the US Supreme Court.

December 19, 2014

Matt Mead believed an appeal would be futile

Two months after he decided not to appeal a judge's ruling which struck down a gay marriage ban in his state, Wyoming Governor Mark Mead is under fire from some of his fellow Republicans.

GOP leaders in Wyoming's Goshen County have sent a letter to the governor ripping 'for not strenuously supporting and defending our platform planks on family and marriage.'

December 18, 2014

Butch Otter believes Idaho case is 'best vehicle' for same-sex marriage issue to be decided for the nation

Idaho Governor Butch Otter wants his state's gay marriage case to be decided by the nation's highest court.

On Wednesday (17 December), lawyers for the governor filed what is known as a friend-of-the-court brief with the US Supreme Court.

In it, they ask that the court - which is considering hearing several gay marriages cases this term - hear a case out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which includes Idaho.

December 12, 2014

Despite multiple legal setbacks, the state's governor and attorney general work to keep the ban in place

Same-sex marriage in Kansas has turned even more complicated.

While the state's governor and attorney general use every legal tactic to keep the ban in place, the state has issued gender neutral marriage certificates.

December 3, 2014

The 10th Circuit appeals court has rebuffed the latest attempt by the state of Kansas to stop gay people from getting hitched

Kansas remains one of the US states where battles continue to be waged over same-sex marriage.

The US Supreme Court announced in early October that it declined to review pending same-sex marriage bans in several US states.

This paved the way for same-sex marriage in states such as Virginia and Wisconsin, among others, and sent out a clear signal to lawmakers elsewhere that should they continue to fight same-sex marriage in the courts, they would ultimately be disappointed should they get to the Supreme Court.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 26, 2014

' ... The soul of America is in real trouble'

On a speaking tour in Europe, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee attacked gay marriage saying it threatens 'the foundation of our society and culture.'

November 13, 2014

State's governor and attorney general vow to continue legal fight to uphold ban

Same-sex couples began getting married in the state of Kansas on Thursday (13 November).

The marriages began after the US Supreme Court lifted the emergency stay it had issued earlier in the week.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who along with Governor Sam Brownback has vowed to continue the legal fight against gay marriage, had maintained that marriages should only be allowed in the two counties where successful lawsuits were filed.

But marriages were taking place across the state throughout the day.

November 6, 2014

Openly gay Mike Michaud has conceded defeat in his effort to be elected governor of the state of Maine

Democratic candidate Mike Michaud has lost his bid to become the first openly gay state governor in the United States of America, losing to Republican incumbent Paul LePage.

Michaud had been tipped to be a winner as LePage appeared to be among the more politically vulnerable state governors but the voters of Maine decided otherwise.

At last count Michaud had received 44% of the vote compared to LePage’s 47% while an independent candidate, Eliot Cutler, received 8% of votes.

November 5, 2014

‘I am widower. My husband loved Halloween but unfortunately he passed away last May and never got to enjoy the babies first Halloween, so in his memory I'm trying to enjoy as much as we can.’

Jorge Goytizolo and his partner Philip Parrish always loved dressing up at Halloween.

The two met in 1998 and got married in New York in 2013.

They became parents to twins Santiago and Ella in February of this year, through the use of a surrogate mom in Guatemala.

Overjoyed with their children, the Fort Lauderdale couple looked forward to enjoying their first Halloween as a family.

November 1, 2014

'State officials don't get to pick and choose what laws they need to follow,' says ACLU of North Carolina legal director Chris Brook

At least six magistrates in North Carolina have resigned rather than be forced to officiate same-sex weddings after a federal court decision legalized same-sex unions in the state on October 10, the Charlotte Observer reported this week.

When the federal decision was handed down, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said all state agencies would comply. State Senator Phil Berger however asked to the courts to grant protections to public officials who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies for religious reasons. It was denied.

October 23, 2014

Brian Sandoval is against effort to have recent striking down of ban heard by entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Brian Sandoval may personally believe marriage should be between a man and a woman but Nevada's Republican governor has still vowed to fight efforts to halt same-sex marriage in his state.

Sandoval on Wednesday (22 October) officially stated opposition to efforts by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage to reverse marriage equality.

The group is petitioning to get the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on a case recently which led to the state's ban on same-sex marriage being overturned as well as the ban in Idaho.

October 22, 2014

Butch Otter, up for reelection, wants entire 9th Circuit Court to re-hear case

Same-sex marriages have begun in Idaho but the state's governor is still hoping that will be a temporary thing.

Butch Otter, who is up for reelection, announced Tuesday (21 October) that he plans to ask the full 11-member 9th Circuit Court to re-hear the case which successfully challenged the state's gay marriage ban.

It was a three-judge panel from the Circuit Court who overturned the ban.

Otter maintains that errors when it struck down the ban on 7 October.

October 19, 2014

'The state of Kansas has voted on this, the people of Kansas have voted on this'


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article3000547.html#storylink=cp

Despite legal losses, the governor of Kansas continues to back the state's gay marriage ban.

Yesterday, 18 October, Sam Brownback joined a rally sponsored by the anti-gay Family Research Council.

Held in the parking lot of Summit Church in East Wichita, Brownback told the approximately 100 attendees  '70 percent of Kansans' approved the prohibition in 2005.

October 17, 2014

'It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed'

Same-sex marriages began taking place in Arizona on Friday (17 October) but one person not celebrating is the state's Republican governor Jan Brewer.

Brewer issued a blistering statement slamming a ruling by US District Court Judge John Sedwick who found that last week's decision by The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking down marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho also applies to Arizona.

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.