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July 9, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law creating a gender neutral definition of marriage in California law and recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages one year after the defeat of Prop 8 in the US Supreme Court

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Monday that marks the final step on the road to marriage equality for the state of California.

SB1306 deletes language defining marriage as being only between a ‘man and a woman’ in state laws and also recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states in the same way that California recognizes opposite-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

July 9, 2014

Cites stay issued on federal judge's ruling that struck down state's gay marriage ban

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has ordered state agencies not to recognize any of the hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place last month in the Hoosier state.

The agencies have been directed 'to execute their functions' as though a federal judge had not struck down the state's gay marriage ban on 25 June - to proceed as if it 'had not been issued.'

The state appealed the ruling and a stay was issued by an appellate court but by that time hundreds of same-sex marriages had already taken place.

July 6, 2014

'If the 10th Circuit Court’s decision becomes the governing law, it will mean that Colorado’s marriage laws cannot stand'

The governor and attorney general of Colorado are looking for a definitive legal answer to the state's gay marriage question.

July 5, 2014

'Our plan is to file something with the US Supreme Court because we believe Theresa is a proper party and we believe that intervention is appropriate'

A Pennsylvania county clerk faces a difficult challenge in her attempt to uphold the state's defunct law against same-sex marriage.

On 3 July the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Theresa Santai-Gaffney's appeal of a lower court's rejection of her wish to defend the state's gay marriage ban.

In late May, US District Judge John E. Jones III struck down the state's prohibition against marriage equality.

July 5, 2014

Alex Walker served as a witness to the wedding of a lesbian family member, the cousin of his mother

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might no longer publicly announce his position on gay marriage, but one of his sons doesn't mind participating in one.

On 9 June Alex Walker, a rising University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore, was one of the two required witnesses to the marriage of Shelli Marquardt and Cathy Priem.

July 2, 2014

The Texas state Democratic Party has slammed Texas state Republicans for endorsing so-called reparative therapies that aim to turn people from gay to straight at the party’s state convention

Delegates to the Texas Democratic Party’s convention in Dallas on Saturday slammed their Republican rivals for approving a platform which includes support for attempts to turn gay people straight.

The Texas Democrats have instead put denying public funds to programs that attempt to alter a person’s sexuality in their platform and also want the Texas Department of State Health Services to investigate people who try to provide such services.

June 30, 2014

Justices decline to review appeal of law prohibiting licensed counselors and therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation or gender expression

The US Supreme Court today passed on reviewing a case challenging California's new law which makes it illegal for licensed therapists and counselors s to try and change the sexual orientation or gender expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

By declining to get involved, the high court leaves in place a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling which upheld the ban on what is known as 'conversion therapy,' 'reparative therapy,' 'ex-gay therapy,' or 'sexual orientation change efforts.'

June 30, 2014

'...Through this comprehensive strategy, we are decreasing new HIV infections to the point where by 2020, the number of persons living with HIV in New York State will be reduced for the first time'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used Gay Pride to announce an aggressive proposal to reduce HIV infections in the Empire State.

Called Bending the Curve, the project is meant to decrease new HIV infections so the number of recently developed infections is below the figure of HIV-related deaths.

June 30, 2014

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism

Emmy-winning actor Greg Rikaart ripped into Texas Governor Rick Perry while accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

At an awards dinner in New Orleans recently, Rikaart reflected on being a closeted gay kid and even bullying other kids in an effort to fit in and not be found out.

He remarked on the progress that still needs to be made: 'LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’

June 22, 2014

Democratic lawmaker Mike Michaud, who came out in 2013, was one of the grand marshalls of Maine’s 2014 gay pride parade

US Democratic candidate Mike Michaud, served as the Grand Marshall of Maine’s gay pride parade yesterday (21 June).

Michaud came out as gay in November 2013, and if he is elected he will be the first governor who is openly gay at the time of his election.

Michaud shook hands, posed for photographs and headed up the parade at gay pride in Portland, Maine yesterday. Excited crowds cheered ‘I Like Mike’ and held up posters as he made a speech at the parade.

June 21, 2014

'As long as this widespread misunderstanding in the straight world about homosexuality persists, that it is a choice or a "lifestyle", not only will we never be fully accepted by society, some of us will remain unable to accept ourselves'

John Paulk, a prominent poster boy for 'ex-gay' movement for over a decade who came out as gay last year, has hit out at Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent comments that compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

June 20, 2014

Rob Watson, a recovering alcoholic himself, tells Governor Rick Perry how wrong he is for thinking alcholism is the same as homosexuality

If you are gay, and you are wishing upon a star, it is probably not a good idea for it to be the Lone Star of Texas. 

This past week, that particular entity has been more than a little dim in terms of passing out bright news for gay people.

June 20, 2014

Pretend conservative Comedy Central talking head Stephen Colbert has pledged to stop talking about opposing same-sex marriage in solidarity with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who has said he will no longer state his opinion on the issue

The Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert has promised to no longer state what position he pretends to take on same-sex marriage, mocking politicians who ‘evolve’ on the issue by taking calculated steps towards going public with their support.

Colbert had been reacting to recent comments by Wisconsin state governor Scott Walker in which he said he will no longer have a public position on same-sex marriage after his state’s ban on gay couples marrying was struck down.

June 19, 2014

Brian Schweitzer: 'Men in the South, they are a little effeminate'

First Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his job in a stunning primary defeat and now he's apparently setting off the gaydar of the former governor of Montana.

Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who was governor of Montana from 2005 to 2013 was asked by a National Journal reporter this week for his thoughts on the Virginia congressman being ousted from his seat by a Tea Party candidate.

June 19, 2014

Perry is being widely criticized and ridiculed for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Texas Governor Rick Perry has admitted that 'I stepped right in it' when he made a recent comment comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

The remark has been widely criticized and ridiculed and even fellow Republican Chris Christie went on the record saying he does not agree with Perry's view.

June 18, 2014

Host of The Daily Show rips into Texas governor for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been mocked and criticized for his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

But leave it to The Daily Show's Jon Stewart to really tell Perry what's what.

'You know what’s sad? Being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is,' Stewart said.

June 16, 2014

CNBC's Joe Kernen: 'I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver, domestic violence, or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar'

Texas Governor Rick Perry was put on the hot seat Monday (16 June) over his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Joe Kernen, co-host of CNBC's Squawk Box, told Perry: 'In terms of comparing it to alcoholism, that's what got all the play, and I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me. I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver, domestic violence, or DWIs. I don't see how that's similar.'

June 13, 2014

The Nevada State Republican party has selected the first transgender Republican candidate to run against a Democrat in United States history

Military veteran and transgender woman Lauren Scott has become the first transgender person to be chosen to run against a Democrat after her party selected her to stand in Nevada Assembly District 30.

Scott received 58% of the vote over rival Republican primary candidate Adam Khan who only received the support of 42% of party members.

Khan had been endorsed by the Nevada Republican Assembly but Scott received endorsement from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval in her bid to be the candidate.

June 12, 2014

'Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that'

Anti-gay Texas Governor Rick Perry is now comparing being a homosexual to being an alcoholic.

Both, he believes, have the option to abstain.

Perry, a failed candidate for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for president, was asked at an event in San Francisco over the weekend whether he believed homosexuality was a disorder.

June 7, 2014

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez was nominated by Governor Alejandro García Padilla for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court, and she thanked her partner at the press conference

A lesbian lawyer has become the first openly gay person to be nominated for a seat in Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court.

Maite Oronoz Rodriguez made history as Governor of Puerto Rico Alejandro Garcia Padilla made the nomination on 4 June.

At the press conference after her nomination, she thanked her partner.

‘Thank you for your unconditional support through the hardest of times, and through the best of times, like today... I wouldn't be here without you,’ she said about her partner Gina Mendez Miro.

June 2, 2014

Jim Darby and Patrick Bova are finally able to make their relationship legal

Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking marriage for all same-sex couples in Illinois, were finally able to exchange vows on Monday (2 June).

Darby, 82, and Bova, 76. have been a couple for 51 years.

Among the guests at the ceremony held at the Museum of Contemporary Art was Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

All counties in the state began begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Sunday (1 June).

Lambda Legal, which filed the lawsuit on the couple's behalf, called the occasion 'a joyous day.'

June 1, 2014

US trans activist and author Janet Mock has written an open letter of support to a trans teenager being held in prison without charges

US transgender author and activist Janet Mock has written an open letter to a transgender teenage girl being held in an adult prison without charges.

The girl, given the name Jane Doe by the media because her real name cannot be disclosed as she is a minor, is reportedly being held in a Connecticut adult facility without any charges being pressed against her.

Doe wrote a letter to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy pleading for her release.

June 1, 2014

While some counties in the Midwestern US state have been issuing gay marriage licenses since February, 1 June is the date where all clerks must abide by the law

Marriage equality is now officially the law in Illinois.

Last November, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The Democrat's signature made the midwestern state the 16th in the US to recognize gay marriage.

May 24, 2014

Earlier this week a federal judge ruled the northeast US state's ban on  gay marriage was unconstitutional

Hotels in Philadelphia are reporting a flurry of phone calls about weddings ever since a judge struck down Pennsylvania's marriage ban.

On 20 May, US District Judge John E. Jones III ruled in a suit brought by 11 same-sex couples, a widow, and two teenage daughters of one of the couples.