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April 16, 2014

A bill that would have prevented same-sex attracted young people from being subjected to attempts to alter their sexual orientation has been voted down in Illinois

A bill that would have ended attempts to ‘cure’ gay and lesbian youth of their sexual orientations in the US state of Illinois has failed despite Democrats holding a majority in the state House of Representatives.

54 state representatives voted against the bill while only 44 representatives voted for it.

There are 108 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives and 71 of those are held by Democrats.

March 6, 2014

Democratic lawmaker inspired to come out publicly following controversy surrounding vetoed anti-gay bill

Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo came out publicly on Wednesday (5 March) in the wake of the furor over a vetoed bill that sought to make it legal for businesses to discriminate LGBTI people.

'I am gay, I’m Latino and I'm a senator and it’s OK,' Gallardo said at a news conference.

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.

February 19, 2014

Washington state may be about to become the next US state to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies as a bill heads to the state Senate after a successful vote in the House of Representatives

Washington state may join New Jersey and California in banning so-called reparative therapies that try to turn same-sex attracted persons straight after a bill passed the state House of Representatives.

The bill was sponsored by former Democratic state representative Marko Liias before he successfully ran for the state Senate.

Only four members of the state House of Representatives voted against House Bill 2451 – with many Republicans voting for it.

February 17, 2014

A controversial bill that would have allowed religious people to refuse to serve same-sex couples in Kansas has been blocked after even Republican state senators found it to be too extreme

A Kansas state bill allowing religious people to legally discriminate against same-sex couples has been blocked by Republican state senators after they found it to be too extreme.

Under the bill any business owned by a religious person or government employee who was religious would have been able to refuse goods and services to same-sex couples.

February 13, 2014

State Senate move results in process having to start all over - supporters were hoping for vote this year

A bill in Indiana that proposes a statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples was sent back to the starting line by the State Senate today.

The bill, known as HJR3, can not be placed on the ballot any earlier than 2016 because the senate did not reinsert a controversial provision struck by the House of Representatives that also banned civil unions.

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

February 12, 2014

Kansas state Republicans are moving to pass a law allowing any business or government employee to legally discriminate against same-sex couples so long as it's for religious reasons

Under a law being passed by Kansas state Republicans it will soon be legal for any business or government employee to legally discriminate on religious grounds against same-sex couples.

An initial vote on House Bill 2453 passed in the state House of Representatives in a vote of 72 to 42 and if it passes another vote on Wednesday will then go to the Republican controlled state Senate.

Under the bill hotels, restaurants and stores can legally refuse to serve gay couples if ‘it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.’

February 11, 2014

Bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman

A controversial bill that proposes a statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in Indiana advanced to the full State Senate after a committee vote on Monday (10 February).

Members of the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted along party lines to advance the bill. It was an 8-4 vote by the Republican-controlled committee.

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

January 31, 2014

Mike Pence: 'Let me say I support traditional marriage'

Indiana's Republican governor made clear on Friday (31 January) that he wants to see the state legislature pass a proposed constitutional marriage ban bill as soon as possible.

'I just think this is an issue that we would all do well to resolve once and for all this year,' Governor Mike Pence said in an interview with WISH-TV.

January 28, 2014

House of Reps removes most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships

A proposed constitutional marriage ban bill in Indiana suffered a major setback on Monday (27 January).

The state's House of Representatives voted 52-43 to amend the bill by removing its most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Representatives from both parties expressed concern about the language that prohibits any legal relationship that is 'identical or substantially similar' to marriage.

January 27, 2014

Chris Smith is ‘terribly disappointed’ in his father who chaired the committee responsible for pushing Indiana’s gay marriage ban proposal even ‘after all these years of knowing I am gay’

Indiana has moved a gay marriage ban to the House of Representatives, with the son of one of the supporting law makers publicly decrying his father's anti-gay position.

Chris Smith, the gay son of Indiana lawmaker Milo Smith, has taken to Facebook and news media to express his disgust and disappointment with his father for chairing the Election Committee that has moved the gay marriage ban forward.

January 14, 2014

Texan Republican Representative Randy Weber has introduced legislation which would effectively divorce same-sex married couples in the eyes of the US Government if they moved to a state that bans gay marriage

Texan Republican congressman Randy Weber has drafted what he calls a ‘State Marriage Defense Act’ that would ensure the US Government stops recognizing the marriages of legally married same-sex couples as soon as they move to a state that bans gay marriage.

Weber claims denying Federal Government benefits to same-sex married couples who move states is a states rights issue.

December 19, 2013

The Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a bill banning same-sex marriage, LGBTI gatherings and will even jail allies of gay people

Nigeria's parliament has approved the 'Jail All The Gays' bill, and could be signed by President Goodluck Jonathan at any moment. 

The Senate in Abuja unanimously adopted the report of its conference committee on banning gay marriage last night (18 December). 

After two years, the Senate and House of Representatives have reached an agreement to the wording of the legislation of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill.

And if the bill becomes law, it will ban same-sex marriage and outlaw anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights.

November 16, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner's office maintains getting meeting space for an anti-gay group 'does not imply endorsement'

The anti-gay group World Congress of Families held a meeting in the US Capitol complex because of help from House Speaker John Boehner's office.

Allan Carlson, president of the organization, thanked the speaker for permitting an event meant to teach elected officials about what can be learned from Russia's gay propaganda laws.

November 15, 2013

Emmy winning Scandal star tells GSN there's much more to do

Dan Bucatinsky may only play a journalist on ABC's Scandal but the out actor is quite informed about the big news stories of the day - especially those that effect the LGBTI community.

The actor and writer, who won an Emmy in September for his performance on Scandal, chatted last weekend with Gay Star News about a recent string of LGBTI victories.

In the span of five days, the House of Representatives in both Hawaii and Illinois approved gay marriage bills bringing the total of US states with marriage equality to 16.

November 14, 2013

US House Speaker: 'People are already protected in the workplace'

John Boehner insists he is against workplace discrimination but he sees 'no basis or no need' for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the US Senate last week.

Although there are still 29 states in the US in which LGBT people can be fired just for being who they are, the speaker of the House of Representatives says ENDA is not needed.

November 14, 2013

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales has failed in a narrow vote of 19 to 21

New South Wales (NSW) has backed away from becoming the first Australian state to legalize same-sex marriage with Members of the state Legislative Council (MLCs) voting narrowly to defeat the measure.

MLCs voted 21 to 19 against the measure which had been put forward by a cross parliamentary working group on same-sex marriage which included both Government and Opposition lawmakers.

November 13, 2013

Island state will become 16th in the US to have marriage equality

The Hawaii State Senate on Tuesday (12 November) passed a revised same-sex marriage bill in a 19-4 vote.

The vote came four days after the legislation was passed by the state's House of Representatives and sets the stage for Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign the bill in to law on Wednesday (13 November).

The Democratic governor, who called a special session to resolve the gay marriage issue, will do the signing at a special invitation-only event.

November 9, 2013

Tropical island state close to becoming the next part of the US to legalize gay marriage

Hawaii's House of Representatives has passed a third reading of a same-sex marriage bill. If passed in the Senate next week, the state will become the 15th (or the 16th if the governor of Illinois signs their law first) in the US to legalize gay marriage.

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 7, 2013

Same-sex marriage passed in Illinois after Democratic Representative Naomi Jakobsson rushed from her son’s death bed to vote on the bill

Illinois will be the 15th US state to allow same-sex couples to marry thanks to Democrat Naomi Jakobsson who left her dying son’s bedside to cast what could have been the deciding vote on the bill and returned to his bedside immediately afterwards.

Jakobsson’s son Garret died yesterday, just hours after Naomi had cast her vote on the historic bill.

November 7, 2013

'One house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do'

US President Barack Obama wasted no time Thursday (7 November) in putting pressure on the Republican-led House of Representatives to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

In a statement shortly after the full Senate approved the measure to protect LGBT employees in the workplace, Obama zeroed in on the House where Republican Speaker John Boehner is against the legislation.

November 5, 2013

Democratic leader Harry Reid says Boehner 'fails to take into account the heartbreak and suffering' by LGBTI employees

The US Senate is on the verge giving final passage to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act after nearly two decades of setbacks for the legislation seeking to protect LGBTI workers.

But GOP leader John Boehner is making clear ENDA will not have similar success when the legislation moves over to the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Boehner Michael Steel said in a statement this week: 'The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.'

November 4, 2013

Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to back the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, saying allowing LGBT people to be who they are at work is good for business

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has urged the US Senate to stop discrimination against LGBTI employees.

Writing an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, the highest paid CEO in the world has said allowing people to be free to be who they are is simply good for business.

He challenged the House of Representatives to bring the Employment Non-discrimination Act to the floor for a vote.