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July 28, 2014

US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit is governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina

Calling civil marriage 'one of the cornerstones of our way of life,' a federal appeals court on Monday (28 July) ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel came from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is the  governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

June 25, 2014

Openly gay state Senator Richard Madaleno has won the battle to retain his seat against fellow Democrat and transgender woman Dana Beyer in what may be a historic first

The LGBTI community in the US state of Maryland found themselves divided in who to vote for in a historic state Senate election yesterday that pitted a gay man against a transgender woman in becoming a Democratic state lawmaker.

Openly gay incumbent Senator Richard Madaleno was fighting to retain his Montgomery County seat in the Maryland State Senate but with no Republican prepared to stand against him, he faced a primary race against a fellow Democrat and transgender woman to keep his job.

June 25, 2014

Openly gay state Senator Richard Madaleno has won the battle to retain his seat against fellow Democrat and transgender woman Dana Beyer in what may be a historic first

The LGBTI community in the US state of Maryland found themselves divided in who to vote for in a historic state Senate election yesterday that pitted a gay man against a transgender woman in becoming a Democratic state lawmaker.

Openly gay incumbent Senator Richard Madaleno was fighting to retain his Montgomery County seat in the Maryland State Senate but with no Republican prepared to stand against him, he faced a primary race against a fellow Democrat and transgender woman to keep his job.

June 24, 2014

The Moravian Church in North America’s Northern Province voted Sunday to allow gays and lesbians to become clergy and also to create a religious ceremony by which to bless same-sex unions

The 2014 Synod of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America has approved same-sex clergy and a new religious rite to bless same-sex unions in a vote of 181-62.

The province’s Book of Order will also be revised to reflect the new policy.

The Northern Province is the Moravian Church’s largest province in North America and covers churches in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, California, Ontario and Alberta.

June 11, 2014

Filmmaker writes book about his adventure and says: 'You don't need to go on a dating site, just go hitchhiking!'

Legendary filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray) says he learned a lot about America during the nine days he spent hitchhiking from Baltimore, Maryland to San Francisco, California.

Waters told Stephen Colbert Tuesday (10 June) that it took 21 rides to get him to his destination and along the way, he ride in the cars of a preacher's wife, a trucker, a police officer, a coal miner, a young politician and a rock band called Here We Go Magic.

March 27, 2014

Republicans, including one who said 'What this bill does is change nature,' fail in attempts to gut the legislation of protections

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is poised to sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday (27 March). the state Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month by a vote of 32-15.

SB 212 expands to all of Maryland's 23 counties protections that already exist for transgender people in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and the city of Baltimore.

March 27, 2014

Republicans, including one who said 'What this bill does is change nature,' fail in attempts to gut the legislation of protections

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is poised to sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday (27 March). the state Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month by a vote of 32-15.

SB 212 expands to all of Maryland's 23 counties protections that already exist for transgender people in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and the city of Baltimore.

March 10, 2014

'In another time, that might have been it. Phil (Robertson) would have stayed fired. But not now, not this time'

Sarah Palin surfaced at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over the weekend and used part of her speech to defend anti-gay Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson.

Robertson had been suspended from the A&E reality show after comparing homosexuality to bestiality in an interview with GQ Magazine but the suspension was lifted in less than two weeks.

'In another time, that might have been it,' Palin said to the ultra-conservative audience in National Harbor, Maryland. 'Phil would have stayed fired. But not now, not this time.'

January 17, 2014

John Arthur died in October a married man.

But the state of Ohio this week has filed a notice of appeal to a federal ruling that resulted in Arthur's death certificate recognizing that he was married to Jim Obergefell.

The couple went to great lengths to get married in July because Arthur was dying from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

They were forced to raise $12,700 to charter a private plane and get married in Maryland where same-sex marriage is legal. Their seven-minute ceremony took place on an airport tarmac.

January 9, 2014

Gay Senator Rich Madaleno and Delegate Jon Cardin have kicked off Maryland's 2014 Senate agenda by introducing bills to ban transgender discrimination and 'ex-gay' conversion therapies

The US state of Maryland is set to discuss bills banning gay conversion therapies and transgender discrimination this week.

If passed, the anti-'gay cure' bill introduced by state delegate Jon Cardin will follow legislation from New Jersey and California banning gay-to-straight conversion therapies used on minors.

January 9, 2014

Gay Senator Rich Madaleno and Delegate Jon Cardin have kicked off Maryland's 2014 Senate agenda by introducing bills to ban transgender discrimination and 'ex-gay' conversion therapies

The US state of Maryland is set to discuss bills banning gay conversion therapies and transgender discrimination this week.

If passed, the anti-'gay cure' bill introduced by state delegate Jon Cardin will follow legislation from New Jersey and California banning gay-to-straight conversion therapies used on minors.

December 31, 2013

A 17-year-old boy is hoping one of the largest youth organizations in the US will allow LGBTI adults to become scout leaders

On New Year’s Day, one of the largest youth organizations in the United States will finally open its doors to openly gay members.

Scout Pascal Tessier, 17, will be one of the first to break down the barriers.

The Maryland state teen has said he has always felt ‘not good enough’ to be in the Boy Scouts.

‘You’re openly gay and that’s never going to happen and because you’re gay, you’re not good enough,’ Tessier explained.

December 23, 2013

Federal judge opens the door to further challenges with his comments that the ban is unconstitutional

A week after gay marriage bans in New Mexico and Utah were struck down, a legal ruling in Ohio on Monday (23 December) may have paved the way for the end of a ban in that state as well.

Judge Timothy Black has ordered that gay marriages be recognized on Ohio death certificates. In his written opinion, he makes clear he believes the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional.

November 18, 2013

Jack Andraka, a 16-year-old prodigy, says being awarded by the Vatican proves how the world has grown to accept people who are gay

Pope Francis has honored a gay teen science prodigy for his work developing a cost-effective method to detect pancreatic cancer.

Jack Andraka, a 16-year-old teen from Maryland, is one of the most brilliant minds of his generation.

He was awarded the Vatican’s International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for his work.

But while he was won several accolades for his ground-breaking science, this award is special.

October 28, 2013

Gay Star Travel takes you behind the scenes of some of the freakiest films to discover where they were shot

Do you know where your favorite scary movies were filmed?

The forests, spaceships and cabins in these films might have scared you to death in the movies, but in real life these very real places can be downright charming.

Have a read through where the 11 scariest movies around actually took place, and see if you've been or will travel there soon.

We dare you not to see these places differently.

October 22, 2013

Judge ruled marriage of John Arthur and husband Jim Obergefell had to be legally recognized in their home state

John Arthur died in his home state of Ohio this week married to the man he loved.

His marriage to husband Jim Obergefell took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland last summer and the couple successfully fought to have the union legally recognized in Ohio where same-sex marriage is still banned.

Arthur died early Tuesday (22 October) after suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and had been in hospice care for several months.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein praised Arthur for using the final months of his life to fight for equality.

October 4, 2013

'It became apparent that Pennsylvania cannot continue to be stuck in the past'

An openly gay state representative from Philadelphia joined with a straight colleague on Thursday (3 October) to introduce a bill that seeks to bring marriage equality to Pennsylvania.

Brian Sims and Steve McCarter introduced the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act (H.B. 1686 at a press conference held at Love Park in Philadelphia.

Sims, who is gay, said a majority of the state's residents now support marriage equality and pointed out that such neighboring states as New York, Maryland and Delaware already have gay marriage.

August 22, 2013

An anti-gay Maryland Republican who claimed gays were a threat to children and then crashed his boat into a boat full of children has been arrested for drunk and dangerous driving just under a year later

The anti-gay Republican Maryland state lawmaker who injured four children in a drunken boating accident on 22 August of last year has been arrested while drunk and behind the wheel of an unlicensed motor vehicle almost a year later to the date.

August 15, 2013

Author Mark Brennan Rosenberg talks to Gay Star News about his book Eating My Feelings and the pitfalls of Grindr for gay men

When Mark Brennan Rosenberg was growing up in Maryland, he spent most of his summers at theater camp.

One year, his parents (father and stepmother) flipped the script.

August 12, 2013

LGBT app developer launches petition saying she is sure Apple will remove blacklisting of ‘bisexual’ once they are alerted

The lesbian behind an LGBT history app was shocked to discover Apple’s iTunes may reject her hard work if she used the word ‘bisexual’ in the description.

She says ‘bisexual’ is not a ‘dirty word’ and Apple should change their alerts accordingly.

Sarah Prager, from Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA, launched the Quist smartphone app two weeks ago to tell more people about LGBTQ history.

It was approved by Apple and has already been downloaded by 8,000 on iTunes and 2,000 on Android.

July 30, 2013
Col. Denise Lind, the presiding judge

Col. Denise Lind, the presiding judge in the trial gay Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, will announce her ruling on 30 July

The military judge in the court-martial of gay US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning announced she has made a verdict, which will be made handed down on Tuesday (30 July).

Manning is charged with leaking approximately 700,000 confidential documents to Wikileaks.

July 23, 2013

Newlyweds - one of whom is dying - are challenging Ohio's marriage ban with federal lawsuit

John Arthur and Jim Obergefell have gotten the wedding present they really wanted.

A federal judge has ruled that their marriage - which took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland last Friday - must be recognized in Ohio where same-sex marriage is banned.

'This order is a major step on the march toward marriage equality in Ohio,' the couple’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein, said in a statement.

Arthur suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and is not expected to live much longer. He is currently in hospice care.

July 22, 2013

They flew to Maryland last week and got married on airport tarmac

John Arthur and Jim Obergefell are an Ohio gay couple who went to great lengths to get married last week.

The couple was forced to raise $12,700 to charter a private plane and get married in Maryland where same-sex marriage is now legal. The seven-minute ceremony took place on an airport tarmac.

Arthur suffers from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, so they could not fly commercially.

Arthur and Obergefell have now filed a federal lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to not recognize their marriage.

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.