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December 2, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott backs away from his election promise to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality

An Australian senator yesterday threatened to block legislation if the prime minister breaks his election promise to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm introduced a private bill to legalize gay marriage in parliament last week.

November 26, 2014

'I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path'

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm today (26 November) introduced his long-awaited gay marriage bill in parliament.

The straight Liberal Democrat told the upper house that he supported gay marriage 'because I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path.'

'To most people, marriage equality means the right to get married irrespective of gender or sexual preference,' he said.

'But it is much more than that; it is the right to live your life as you choose and not have the government impose a particular view on you.'

November 5, 2014

Maura Healey has been elected to be the next attorney general of the state of Massachusetts – making her the first openly gay or lesbian person in the United States to become an attorney general

Massachusetts Democrat Maura Healey has made history this week, becoming the first gay or lesbian person in the United States to become an attorney general.

Healey was previously the state’s assistant attorney general to Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and in 2013 announced she would run to replace her boss in 2014.

Healey was successful in a Democratic primary contest to be her party’s candidate for the job, comfortably defeating former Democratic state senator Warren Tolman by a margin of 62.4% to 37.6%.

October 24, 2014

'They’re going to use every lever of power the government has to keep this competition of ideas silent so they can win the argument'

Young people are generally more accepting of gay people than their elders and this has Rick Santorum crying foul.

The anti-gay former US senator from Pennsylvania alleges the LGBTI community has 'effectively silenced the church' to the degree that the younger generation is not aware of the arguments against homosexuality and equality.

October 16, 2014

Bam Aquino says the number of LGBTI murders will continue to rise if harsher punishments are not introduced

Philippine Senator Bam Aquino has called for harsher punishments for hate crimes against LGBTI people in the wake of the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude.

'We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,' Aquino said in a press statement.

Laude, 26, was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city last week.

October 9, 2014

Openly gay Nevada state Senator Kelvin Atkinson has made an impromptu proposal to his partner of six years at an event celebrating the Supreme Court’s striking down of his state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the crowd cheered him on

Democratic state Senator Kelvin Atkinson has proposed to his long term partner Sherwood Howard during a speech at a Freedom Nevada event celebrating the US Supreme Court’s decision to not hear further appeals against the striking down on Nevada’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Senator Atkinson had been speaking at the event and was talking about how he had not wanted to marry Howard in another state, acknowledging that his partner was in the room.

October 1, 2014

Senator David Leyonhjelm says the timing is not right now but he still aims to introduce the bill in the coming weeks or months

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm has said he will postpone his gay marriage bill but he is still committed to introducing the legislation 'in a matter of weeks or months.'

The Liberal Democrat told the Australian newspaper that he will temporarily delay his Freedom to Marry bill, which was due this week, because of advice from the major parties.

He said, ‘Both sides of politics have suggested to me that timing this week is not optimum at the ­moment and if I want to win, rather than just do something symbolic, I need to wait.

September 23, 2014

Lawmaker makes announcement during rally pushing for state hate crimes laws to include LGBTI protections

Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo was at a rally Tuesday (23 September) to push for his state's hate crime laws to be expanded to include LGBTI protections.

Then he shared with the crowd some information he had never shared publicly before: he is gay.

'Hundreds of people know I’m gay,' Ferlo said. 'I just never made an official declaration.'

August 22, 2014

People’s Party senator Luz Elena Sanín is facing calls for her resignation after she blamed Spain’s $1.3 trillion national debt on previous Socialist governments’ ‘subsidies for NGOs and homosexuals’

A ruling party Spanish senator has come under fire after she tried to blame Spain’s national debt on past Socialist governments cosying up to gay groups and NGOs.

Spain is experiencing an economic emergency which has left one-in-four Spaniards out of work and People’s Party Senator Luz Elena Sanin blamed spending on the LGBTI community for her country’s ‘gaping economic hole.’

Sanin said that former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero had put the country into debt by lavishing ‘his favors’ on ‘NGOs and homosexuals.’

July 25, 2014

Stonestreet's TV character recently married his male spouse on ABC hit

Eric Stonestreet plays one of the most high-profile gay characters on television while Rick Santorum is one of the most high-profile opponents of gay marriage.

So when the two men encountered each other at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year, Stonestreet was surprised to have the former US Senator from Pennsylvania ask to be in a photo with him.

The two-time Emmy winning actor just could not do it.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 14, 2014

Publisher Jon Goldwater: 'He could have saved Betty. He could have saved Veronica ... but metaphorically, by saving Kevin, a new Riverdale is born'

This week's issue of the comic book Life With Archie will include the shocking death of the title character.

Archie will die while protecting his gay friend, Kevin Keller, from an assassin's bullet.

Keller, a military veteran, is the first gay character in the comic book franchise about the students of Riverdale High. The Life With Archie series focuses on the characters of Archie Andrews, Veronica Lodge, Betty Cooper, Jughead Jones and Reggie Mantle as adults.

July 14, 2014

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm has said that he would be willing to give the Australian Government his support for its reintroduction of Temporary Protection Visas for refugees if it allows its MPs a conscience vote on his gay marriage bill

Newly minted libertarian Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm has said he is prepared to trade his vote to the Australian Government to pass one of its planned reforms if Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott allows his MPs to vote with their consciences on his marriage equality bill.

July 11, 2014

Freshly minted Australian micro-party senator David Leyonhjelm says he will put forward a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry after mentioning marriage equality in his inaugural speech

Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue.

Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties.

June 26, 2014

'Nearly 44 percent of Americans live in a state where same-sex couples can be legally married, and I believe this number will only continue to grow'

US Senator Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday (25 June) became the fourth Republican member of the Senate to publicly endorse gay marriage.

'A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision,' Collins told the Bangor Daily News.

She follows in the footsteps of Republican Senate colleagues Rob Portman of Ohio, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

June 23, 2014

'If the voters decide that they want gay marriage I’m not going to oppose it'

US Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, is personally opposed to same-sex couples getting married but he wants his political party to get over it.

Johnson, discussing ways for Republicans to be successful in the 2014 and 2016 elections, said today on CNBC's Squawk Box: 'I’m pretty traditional guy, almost 60 years old. I think marriage is between a man and a woman. But again if the voters decide that they want gay marriage I’m not going to oppose it.'

The senator suggested his party focus on economic issues and foreign policy instead.

June 20, 2014

Former US senator from Pennsylvania remains outspoken foe of marriage equality

There is certainly irony in the fact that the federal judge who struck down the state of Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage last month had his nomination to the bench supported by Rick Santorum.

Santorum was a US senator from Pennsylvania when US District Court Judge John E. Jones III was nominated and now regrets his support back in 2002.

June 18, 2014

Ohio's Rob Portman came out for marriage equality after his son came out as gay

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has been listed as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate in the past two presidential elections.

He doesn't think it will happen again in 2016.

Portman acknowledges that by coming out in support of gay marriage in March 2013 - after his son came out as gay - he may have doomed his chances of running for president or vice president.

'It puts me at odds with my party in many respects,' he said in an interview posted online this week with Hoover Institute fellow Peter Robinson.

June 16, 2014

A politician has written an incredible Father's Day message to his child, affirming his belief in gay rights

A Texas politician has written an incredible letter to his lesbian daughter.

Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa, a state senator, said it saddens him to know she lives her life in a society that views her as ‘different’.

‘You are my daughter — you deserve the same love and acceptance and to share in the same freedoms to marry the person you love,’ he said.

In 2013, Hinojosa sponsored a bill to legalize civil unions in the US state, but in the letter he declares he now supports full equal marriage.

Read the entire letter:

June 9, 2014

'Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone’s love, against anyone’s family, is just plain wrong'

There may be uncertainty in Wisconsin right now over who can get married in which county but one of the state's senators is celebrating the legal ruling that struck down the gay marriage ban.

Tammy Baldwin, the first openly lesbian member of the US Senate, issued a statement Monday (9 June) saying: 'Love is love, family is family, and discriminating against anyone’s love, against anyone’s family, is just plain wrong.'

May 29, 2014

'Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on'

A same-sex marriage opponent thinks it's time his side understands the battle is lost.

US Senator Orrin Hatch was a guest today, 28 May, on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show.

'Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,' Hatch said, according to the Human Rights Campaign blog.

April 23, 2014

'...In the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said'

in the city of San Antonio, if a pastor speaks on Romans 1, he could be even fined $500 a day until he retracts what he said.” - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/rafael-cruz-falsely-claims-san-antonio-banned-pastors-beaching-bible#sthash.LLEGzhvs.dpuf

Rafael Cruz, the father of US Senator Ted Cruz, is railing against San Antonio's anti-discrimination laws, which covers LGBTI citizens, with a falsehood about ministers facing fines.

This past September, the city council of Texas' second most populated city, voted to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status in the city's anti-bias statutes.

April 9, 2014

Alan Simpson says in new ad: 'I have had a wonderful married life, why shouldn’t somebody else have the joy of marriage'

Retired US Senator Alan Simpson became a political rarity this week: he is Republican who has come out very publicly in favor of gay marriage.

Simpson, who served in the Senate for 18 years before retiring in 1997, felt so strongly about the issue that he agreed to appear in a television ad for the group Freedom to Marry.

April 3, 2014

Olivia Cajero Bedford defends her comments on Steve Gallardo's sexuality as a joke

Steve Gallardo may be gay, but he's not acting gay enough in the opinion of one of his  Arizona State Senate colleagues.

During a closed door caucus meeting this week, Olivia Cajero Bedford remarked that Gallardo should 'act more gay,' according to Arizona Capitol Times.