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October 16, 2014

Among those to wed are plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to overturning of the gay marriage ban

Gay marriage came to Idaho on Wednesday (15 October).

More than 100 same-sex couples showed up at the courthouse in Boise ready to apply for licenses as soon as the doors opened.

'It's been such a long time coming,' Boise Councilwoman Maryanne Jordan told the Associated Press. 'It's a historic day for Boise and Idaho.'

October 11, 2014

One Johnson County couple was able to marry before Kansas Supreme Court blocked any more licenses being issued

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday blocked the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples - but not before one lesbian couple was able to legally wed.

For now, they remain the only married same-sex couple in all of Kansas.

According to the Associated Press, the Johnson County newlyweds are identified only Kelli and Angela. The women asked to be identified only by their first names to help protect their privacy.

October 4, 2014

Oral arguments for the case will be heard at the end of October

The highest court in the United Methodist Church will hear an appeal of a minister who lost his position after officiating his son's same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer was pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township, for 11 years when he was defrocked.

September 27, 2014

'However, the State urges that residents of Alaska possess the same fundamental right to retain the traditional definition of marriage'

The US state of Alaska argues citizens, not courts, have the right to define marriage.

Yesterday, 26 September, the state filed papers in federal court for a suit five same-sex couples initiated this past May. The plaintiffs insist the state's ban on marriage equality, passed by voters in 1998, violates the Constitution.

Alaska counters such decisions by citizens are essential to democracy.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

September 7, 2014

In her 2012 book, Rivers wanted a funeral with 'a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's'

It was the type of ceremony Joan Rivers would have loved. Or made fun of.

The 81-year-old comic's funeral was held today, September 7, at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

The New York City Gay Men's Chorus performed Broadway tunes. Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald sang Smile and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played New York, New York.

August 30, 2014

'There's no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human being's ability to reach their full capacity'

Neil Abercrombie, the governor of Hawaii, thinks he lost a recent primary because he signed the bill that made gay marriage legal.

Earlier this month, the Democrat was defeated by state Senator David Ige, who also supports marriage equality.

'Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in,' Abercrombie said, as reported by the Associated Press.

August 30, 2014

If not selected by a team, the St. Louis Rams can put the rookie on its practice squad

Michael Sam was waived by the St. Louis Rams.

The team made the announcement  today, 30 August, the day National Football League squads are required to reduce rosters to the 53-player maximum.

August 29, 2014

'I’m going to sleep really well tonight'

Michael Sam will find out on Saturday (30 August) whether or not he has earned a spot on the St. Louis Rams final 53-man roster.

The openly gay defensive end has had a solid pre-season with the team but has strong competition as he hopes to find himself still with the team for the regular season.

'I’m very confident,' Sam tells the Associated Press.

August 2, 2014

Violet Palmer and wife, Tanya Stine, have been a couple for the past 20 years
 

Violet Palmer, the first woman to referee a National Basketball Association game, married celebrity hair stylist Tanya Stine, her partner of 20 years.

The pair were married in Los Angeles yesterday (1 August).

July 19, 2014

The data used span a decade, making this a larger and longer trend examination than any previous report

A new study shows the rate of HIV diagnosis in the US has reduced by a third in the past 10 years.

The survey was published today, 19 July, by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The investigation is part of the publication's HIV research report, made public ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference (held in Melbourne, Australia).

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.

June 28, 2014

But Lambda Legal vows that 'Greg Zoeller will not have the last word, justice will'

A federal appeals court put a halt to more than two days of same-sex nuptials in Indiana on Friday (27 June) by granting an emergency motion made by the state's attorney general.

Greg Zoeller asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to stay a ruling made Wednesday (25 June) by a federal judge who ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

June 25, 2014

US Vice President has joined White House national security adviser Susan Rice in calling out countries that criminalize LGBTI people - saying human rights must be universal and not trampled over because of culture and tradition

US Vice President Joe Biden has made one of the strongest statements to date by a US official in support of the worldwide protection of the rights of LGBTI people – saying they cannot be a secondary concern in the face of cultural taboos and traditions.

Biden made the comments Tuesday to a gathering of US and international LGBTI rights advocates, saying respect for LGBTI rights was a hallmark of a civilized nation.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 7, 2014

‘My blood was boiling but I was still silent,’ the 77-year-old actor and activist recalls what propelled him to become a vocal proponent of gay rights in 2005

LGBT people in Japan need to fight for their own rights and they need to be a bit angry, George Takei said during his visit to Japan this week.

The California-born actor, who is of Japanese ancestry, recounted his own experiences as having felt both courage and anger when he publicly came out as gay and joined the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the US.

Best known for his role as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the television series 'Star Trek,' the 77-year-old is also a prominent gay and civil rights activist.

June 7, 2014

The Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star is listed in critical condition

Tracy Morgan, the comic who came under intense scrutiny for a 2011 anti-gay joke, is listed in critical condition at a New Jersey hospital.

The star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock was critically injured in an early morning 7 June car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The six vehicle accident happened after he performed a standup show in Delaware.

May 24, 2014

Robert Gates has said he would have allowed gay adults in the Boy Scouts of America, but opening up the debate again now would be too problematic

The newly elected president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has said he would have supported gay adult members in the scouts.

Robert Gates, who was elected the new president of the BSA on 22 May, said he would have voted in favour of allowing openly gay adults in the scouts last year, but he won’t open up the issue again because of the problems it may cause.

May 23, 2014

'We have an obligation as a state to defend those laws'

Utah Governor Gary Herbert chided politicians, in other US states, for not defending laws blocking gay marriage.

'For elected officials, governors or attorney generals, to pick and choose what laws (they) will enforce I think is a tragedy, and is the next step to anarchy,' the Republican said at a 22 May news conference, according to the Associated Press.

May 19, 2014

'The stay prevents further confusion as the district court order required the (health) department to list same-sex parents as the legal parents of an adoptive child'

The US state of Utah's Supreme Court has called for a temporary halt of birth certificates for same-sex parental adoption.

According to the Associated Press the stay, issued on 16 May, 'appears to apply to a district judge's order requiring Attorney General Sean Reyes and two top health officials to explain the state's refusal to recognize a same-sex couple's adoption.'

May 14, 2014

Jailed US WikiLeaks mole could be allowed to transfer to a civilian prison in order to receive gender treatment

Chelsea Manning could finally be allowed to begin gender treatment, according to reports.

The Pentagon is reportedly considering transferring the US soldier jailed for 35 years for leaking classified documents to a civilian prison to allow her to take hormones.

Since after she came out as trans in August last year following her sentencing, she has been banned from gender treatment.

May 11, 2014

Traditional marriage advocates charge by striking down Arkansas' ban against marriage equality, Judge Chris Piazza has created havoc

Judge Chris Piazza

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he will appeal a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to the Associated Press, the state's top lawyer made the statement late last night (10 May).

May 11, 2014

Conchita's win gives Austria its second Eurovision Song Contest victory

Conchita Wurst, Austria's drag queen star, won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the Associated Press, her performance of Rise Like a Phoenix was a hit with the juries and European viewers.

Wurst is renowned for her ‘bearded lady’ look.

May 10, 2014

The couple's ceremony was witnessed by Cheryl Maples, an attorney who has worked for marriage equality in the US southern state

A lesbian couple were the first to get a same-sex marriage license in the southern US state Arkansas.

As reported by the Associated Press today, 10 May, Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo received their license from Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn.