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May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 19, 2015

'If I liked her before, I like her now amazingly more'

Hillary Clinton Monday (18 May) visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa.

The Democratic presidential hopeful met more than 60 supporters at the Mason City house of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who got married on the first day the state legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Clinton has positioned herself as an LGBTI ally since she announced her presidential bid last month. Two gay couples appeared in her announcement video and days later she urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of constitutional right for gay marriage.

May 5, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee previously ran in 2008

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced on Tuesday (5 May) that he is running for president odf the United States.

Huckabee, who ran unsuccessfully in 2008, joins an already crowded field vying for the Republican nomination.

May 4, 2015

'If this goes through, persecution is coming. I mean serious persecution'

Glenn Beck has predicted church attendance will half in the next five years if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

The radio host Thursday (30 May) said the government would start seizing church property and they would lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to perform same-sex weddings.

Beck made the prediction after interviewing Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of an Oregon bakery who are facing fines for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

May 3, 2015

'My comment affirmed Jenner as a person, made by God in His likeness as we all are'

Rick Santorum is not changing his mind on LGBTI issues, no matter the kind words offered to Bruce Jenner.

According to Mediaite, the possible 2016 White House candidate, used Facebook to remind he's still a conservative.

'Many of you may have read a story published by the website BuzzFeed where I was asked for my thoughts regarding Bruce Jenner,' Santorum began.

May 2, 2015

'My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody'

Former US Senator Rick Santorum is standing up for Bruce Jenner.

Today, 2 May, the marriage rights foe was part of a reporters roundtable discussion at the South Carolina Republican Party’s convention.

'If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,' Santorum said to a question from BuzzFeed News.

May 1, 2015

But 57% think businesses should not be allowed to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds

Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over LGBTI rights when the two come into conflict, a new poll has found.

But 57% think businesses should not be allowed to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

AP-GfK polled 1,077 adults online between 23 and 27 April, just before the Supreme Court started hearing oral arguments on whether state bans on gay marriage are constitutional,

On the case, 50% said the justices should rule that gay marriage must be legal nationwide, compared to 48% who said they should not.

April 30, 2015

Former congressman says: 'Michele Bachmann has left. She was it'

Retired US Congressman Barney Frank appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (29 April) and did not shy away from answering any questions from host Andy Cohen.

During the show's Please the Fifth segment, which allows guests to pass on one of three highly-sensitive questions, the openly gay Frank refused to take a pass.

First asked to say three nice things about ultra conservative Republican Newt Gingrich, Frank said: 'I can't. I don't plead the fifth, I plead the truth.'

April 30, 2015

The ‘Free to Believe’ site says some Christian business owners have had to deal with the ‘nightmare’ of gay people who wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

The conservative lobby group, Family Research Council, has launched a new website to share the stories of businesses and individuals who do not wish to provide certain services to LGBT people.

Arguing that the owners of the businesses concerned are merely expressing the right to religious expression, the website is called ‘Free to Believe’. 

Family Research Council states its aim as being ‘to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.’

April 28, 2015

The Presidential hopeful turned her logo rainbow-colored and posted two tweets about marriage equality while Supreme Court justices began to hear arguments in Washington

Democrat Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is among those who have posted their support for marriage equality today, ahead of the US Supreme Court hearing arguments in favour of same-sex marriage recognition across the US.

Clinton changed her Twitter image to a rainbow-colored ‘H’ and posted ‘Every loving couple & family deserves to be recognized & treated equally under the law across our nation. #LoveMustWin #LoveCantWait –H’

Shortly later, she tweeted a video of herself discussing marriage equality with a grandparent in Iowa.

April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 28, 2015

Likely deciding vote Anthony Kennedy: 'This definition has been with us for millennia. It's very difficult for the court to say, "Oh well, we know better"'

As expected, the US Supreme Court appeared sharply divided today during oral argument for marriage equality cases in four states that could make gay marriage legal throughout the country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who cast the deciding votes two years ago in rulings that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California, sounded cautious about doing so again.

April 27, 2015

US senator also charges that activists 'want to ostracize anyone who disagrees with them as haters'

US Senator Marco Rubio says it's 'ridiculous and absurd' for anyone to consider same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

Rubio, who announced earlier this month that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, reiterated his strong opposition to marriage equality over the weekend with Christian Broadcasting Network.

'There is no federal constitutional right to same sex marriage,' Rubio said.

April 26, 2015

'Today’s Democratic Party has become so radicalized for legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states that there is no longer any room for religious liberty'

US Senator Ted Cruz thinks liberal fascism is bringing about marriage equality and eroding religious liberty.

Yesterday, 25 April, the Republican made a speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.

The midwestern state is the first in the presidential primary, and Cruz is officially in the 2016 race for the White House.

April 20, 2015

The tech giant, which is currently expanding in Monroe, has spoken out against proposed legislation that would allow business to refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings

IBM has become one of the first global companies to publicly speak out against a proposed religious freedom law being considered in Louisiana.

Last week, GSN reported on how Governor Booby Jindal was hopeful that legislation, HB 707, would be passed.

April 18, 2015

Gay man tells Democratic party front-runner: 'That's our gal'

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received some positive reinforcement from a gay man she encountered on the campaign trail on Friday.

Mike Yowell, having coffee with Clinton during her visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa, said: "I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal. Yes.'"

Yowell clenched his fist and said: 'So thank you.'

April 18, 2015

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'

A Kentucky judge found the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate released his decision this past Thursday (16 April).

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right,' the judge wrote in his 33-page decision, according to The Courier-Journal.

April 18, 2015

'This is simply about protecting the essential religious freedom rights in the First Amendment'

A bill is working its way in Louisiana's state house that will eclipse anything in Indiana's freedom of religion law.

According to MSNBC HB 707, the Marriage and Conscience Act. is being considered by the state's congress.

If passed the measure would protect state workers from punishment who do not want to process papers for same-sex marriages.

April 17, 2015

Fellow Republican Marco Rubio says 'of course' he would 

Rick Santorum has said he will never attend a gay wedding – even a loved one's.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the statement Thursday (16 April) on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.

'Would you, Rick Santorum, attend a same-sex wedding of a loved one or a family friend or anyone you were close to?' the host asked.

'No, I would not,' he replied.

'Because I don’t — as a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith.

April 15, 2015

Presidential candidate makes strongest statement yet on marriage equality

Just three days after formally announcing her candidacy for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is calling on the US Supreme Court to give same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry.

'Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,' campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod tells Washington Blade.

April 15, 2015

'Most history is written by straight people, and they don’t have gaydar'

Gay author Larry Kramer has claimed that Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon all had affairs with men in his controversial new history of the United States.

His 775-page The American People: Volume 1: A Search for My Heart took nearly 40 years to write and is billed as a novel – so the lawyers will leave him alone – but the author says it is all based on fact.

April 14, 2015

'If Vladimir Putin can ride shirtless on a horse then I think we can hold hands'

Engaged couple Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were thrilled to be among the Americans featured in the official video kicking off Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.

But the couple, together since 2008, were not thrilled when they found out they are the reason why the video has been slapped with a warning label in Russia.

Russia's Dozhd TV channel put an age 18 and over label on the video because of Russia's anti-gay propaganda law which makes it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality to anyone under 18.

April 14, 2015

'Bottoming demands trust, admiration, confidence, loyalty, respect, enthusiasm and hope. Those feelings we have toward Hillary'

A gay man from San Francisco has launched the Bottom for Hillary campaign, which he describes as a fun way for LGBTI people to show their support for the presidential candidate.

Ryan, 23, said the campaign started as a tipsy conversation between friends – all gay men who support Clinton – that quickly escalated into an Instagram account and T-shirts emblazoned with 'I'd Bottom For Hillary.'

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.