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April 12, 2014

'Loving teaches that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, even if the way in which it is practiced would have surprised the Framers or made them feel uncomfortable'

The attorney general of Virginia submitted a brief supporting a judge's decision the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

In papers filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Attorney General Mark Herring maintained blocking gay marriage mirrored the prohibition against interracial marriage.

April 11, 2014

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us'

National Basketball Association legend Bill Russell sees little difference in the concerns gay athletes face now and what black ball players faced when sport leagues were integrated.

'It seems to me, a lot of questions about gay athletes, were the same questions they used to ask about us,' Russell said, as reported by the Associated Press.

April 6, 2014

'While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not'

A leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints repeated the church's opposition to gay marriage.

Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke today (5 April) at the church's Salt Lake City biannual general conference.

April 4, 2014

Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay Family Research Council, attended the small signing ceremony for the legislation

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant held a small ceremony for the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill LGBTI advocates see as a step toward state approved anti-gay discrimination.

March 31, 2014

'...If the definition of marriage is no longer based on procreation and the ability to procreate naturally, then what is the purpose in prohibiting marriage between persons of close kinship'

An attorney for court clerks from Virginia filed the first brief in the appeal of a judge's ruling that found the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

David B. Oakley, representing clerks from Norfolk and Prince William County, submitted his arguments, on 28 March, to the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The clerks are appealing the mid-February opinion of Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen.

March 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 22, 2014

'I figured in my lifetime it would happen'

Two lesbians who have been together for 27 years, became the first same-sex couple to marry in Michigan.

Today, at 8am, Glenna DeJong, 53, and Marsha Caspar, 51, were married by Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum in Mason.

The couple, who hail from Lansing,  have been together for 27 years.

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.

March 9, 2014

'It feels so schizophrenic not to be recognized for who you are'

Four Indiana gay couples are suing to have their out of state marriages recognized.

The suit, filed in federal court on Friday (7 March), seeks to overturn Indiana's Defense of Marriage Act, which views same-sex marriages illegal even if recognized by other states.

March 4, 2014

'Basically, it's OK to hate now and you can get away with it'

Reflecting in her whirlwind trip to the Olympics in Sochi last month, sports icon Billie Jean King left inspired by the athletes but worried about the gay people who live in Russia.

King, 70, spent three days in Russia and attended the closing ceremonies as part of the official US delegation to the games.

While there, she met with a Russian teen who is gay and is getting bullied in an atmosphere where an anti-gay propaganda law has led to an increase in violence.

February 18, 2014

Italian trans former MP was taken away by police then later released in the Russian countryside  

Trans activist Vladimir Luxuria was arrested for the second time in two days on Monday - this time for trying to enter an arena where an Olympic hockey game was being played.

Luxuria, a former member of the Italian parliament, was wearing a rainbow colored outfit and a large rainbow headdress when she was detained by police as she entered the Shayba Arena.

February 4, 2014

Senegalese police have arrested 4 men over a spate of vigilante attacks on alleged homosexuals last Thursday but local Muslims have marched calling for their release

Four Senegalese men have been arrested after they attacked five men they alleged were homosexuals with stones and batons on Thursday but protests have been held urging authorities to release the men.

The four men were arrested by Senegalese police in the city of Rufisque after they stoned and bludgeoned the five men in what they said was a campaign to rid their community of homosexuals.

February 1, 2014

A gay couple admitted to having sexual relations in court yesterday and were sentenced to six months in jail under Senegal's penal code which forbids 'unnatural acts with a person of the same sex'

Two gay men in Senegal have been sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of committing ‘an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex’.

The Associated Press reported the men were arrested after neighbours alerted police to their home address in the country’s capital, Dakar. They confessed their sexual relationship in court on Friday (31 January), and Judge Racky Deme sentenced the pair under Senegal’s penal code.

January 24, 2014

'I don't hate him at all. I still think he's cute'

Juan Pablo Galavis, the current star of ABC's The Bachelor, may have lost some fans after making some anti-gay comments but Lance Bass is not one of them.

'I don't hate him at all,' Bass told the Associated Press this week. 'I still think he's cute.'

Galavis has apologized for saying a gay version of the show would not be good for kids. He also said gays are 'more "pervert" in a sense. And to me the show would be too strong… too hard to watch.'

January 23, 2014

Thousands of protesters in Bauchi, Nigeria, have hurled stones into a sharia court trying 11 men accused of belonging to gay organizations, urging the court to speed up their convictions and executions

A Bauchi, Nigeria, sharia court has been surrounded by thousands of stone throwing protesters baying for the conviction and execution of 11 men accused by authorities of belonging to gay groups.

Security forces were forced to fire in the air to disperse the crowd so that the accused could be return to prison unharmed after Judge El-Yakubu Aliyu closed the court after stones began being pelted into the building.

January 19, 2014

A man who unfurled a rainbow flag at the Olympic torch relay in Russia has reportedly been detained and taken to a police station on Saturday

The man, who has been identified as Pavel Lebedev, is said to be an activist from Voronezh was protesting in his hometown located some 560 miles north of Sochi, the Associated Press reported.

January 19, 2014

Law authorities arrest Mitchell Munro Taylor on suspicion of cyberstalking and harassment against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

A suspect is being held for leaving threatening posts on the Facebook page of Ed Murray, Seattle's first openly gay mayor.

Mitchell Munro Taylor was arrested this past Thursday (16 January), two days after Murray's staff discovered approximately 20 anti-gay notes.

'Mayor, meet Harvey Milk,' one of the Facebook posts said, according to the Associated Press.

December 29, 2013

As the day gets nearer for open gay troop membership, Boy States of America expect a boring transition

On 1 January, the Boy Scouts of America will begin to accept openly gay members. While the policy change is historic, BSA representatives expect little change.

'My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,'  Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member, who also chairs the policy implementation committee, said to the Associated Press. 'It's business as usual, nothing happens and we move forward.'

December 25, 2013

More than 700 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses since last Friday

The 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday (24 December) rejected the state of Utah's request to halt the same-sex marriage ceremonies that have been taking place at a rapid pace since last Friday.

The federal appeals court was the last legal option for the government before requesting an emergency stay from the US Supreme Court.

The Utah Attorney General's Office tells the Associated Press that it is prepared to file with the high court.

December 15, 2013

Transgender US activists point to the pitfalls of the movement when compared to the successes for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals

While gays and lesbians in the US can point to a string of recent political successes, the transgender community lags behind in recognition and rights.

In an Associated Press article, activists pointed to the outright hostility the community faces.

November 21, 2013

Four women who were arrested in Senegal earlier this month after they were accused of kissing in public have been set free because of insufficient evidence by police, while the fate of another remains to be seen

Four of five women who were arrested 11 November at a restaurant in Dakar’s Yoff district have been freed by a judge after he found police had presented insufficient evidence to prove the women had committed a crime.

Justice Adama Traore announced his verdict Wednesday morning according to the Associated Press, freeing the women.

October 31, 2013

Two studies are being described as 'revolutionary' as doctors believe they could find the evolution to today's drugs that can suppress HIV for good

A new HIV study is being called ‘revolutionary’ after a test on monkeys has proved successful.

In monkeys, doctors injected swarms of germ-fighting antibodies to fight off a cousin of HIV.

The results sharply reduced the blood levels of HIV, and even gave hints that it could help destroy the AIDS virus.

In the journal Nature published this week, the study’s author claims the results could ‘revolutionize efforts to cure HIV’ if the approach is found to work in people.

October 20, 2013

Anti-gay protestors throw stones and firecrackers at police who were protecting the first gay pride parade in Montenegro's capital

The police in Podgorica used tear gas against opponents of the city's first ever gay pride parade.

According to the Associated Press, dozens of attackers tried to push through the hundreds of police who were protecting participants in Sunday's (20 October) march.

October 13, 2013

The Puerto Rican featherweight dedicated tonight's fight to Emile Griffith, a boxer from the 1960s

Orlando Cruz, the first out gay professional boxer, lost his bid for the featherweight crown.

According to The Guardian, it was a knock out in the seventh round.

'An overhead right to the head followed by a left uppercut knock Cruz down by the ropes,' the paper wrote.