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October 20, 2014

Known as 'The Equality State,' Wyoming will become 32nd state in the US with marriage equality

The state of Wyoming does not plan to fight a judge's decision to strike down its gay marriage ban so same-sex couples can begin marrying in the state at 10 am on Tuesday (21 October).

The state's decision comes three days after US District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl found the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

In making his ruling, the judge cited two recent decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down Utah’s and Oklahoma’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples.

October 20, 2014

The wave of US states with marriage equality could spread across the entirety of the country in one go

President Barack Obama has said he believes same-sex couples should be able to marry in all 50 US states under the Constitution.

The president of the US says he believes gay marriage should come under the Equal Protection Clause.

Speaking to The New Yorker, Obama said the best Supreme Court decisions since he took office was the recent rejection of gay marriage appeals from five states.

He described it as a 'consequential and powerful signal of the changes that have taken place in society and that the law is having to catch up'.

October 20, 2014

After playing dysfunctional couple in film, Harris nixed doing it again during first season of TV series that has become huge hit

Neil Patrick Harris has made no secret lately that he'd like a have some kind of a role in the enormously popular American Horror Story anthology series.

What the newly-named Oscar host had not made known until recently is that he and husband David Burtka had been asked to play a couple during the show's first season - the roles eventually played by Zachary Quinto and Teddy Sears.

The AHS couple died in an apparent murder/suicide and that's a big reason why Harris passed on it despite Burtka's wanting to do it.

October 18, 2014

'It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed'

Same-sex marriages began taking place in Arizona on Friday (17 October) but one person not celebrating is the state's Republican governor Jan Brewer.

Brewer issued a blistering statement slamming a ruling by US District Court Judge John Sedwick who found that last week's decision by The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking down marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho also applies to Arizona.

October 18, 2014

'We will not delay in fulfilling our responsibility to afford every eligible couple, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, the full rights and responsibilities to which they are entitled'

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages in the seven states affected by the Supreme Court's decision not to hear marriage appeals.

October 17, 2014

Governor Matt Mead does not think state should appeal the ruling

A federal judge on Friday (17 October) struck down Wyoming's ban on gay marriage.

US District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl made the ruling then placed it on hold until next Thursday (23 October) in order to give state officials time to prepare an appeal.

But that may not even happen.

The state's Republican governor, Matt Mead (pictured, said at a debate Thursday (16 October) that the legal handwriting is on the wall.

October 17, 2014

High court rejects state's request for a stay with one line order

The US Supreme Court has weighed in on marriage equality in Alaska: same-sex marriages can resume.

The high court needed just one line to respond to the state's request for a stay on a judge's ruling this week which declared Alaska's ban in gay marriage unconstitutional.

The ruling issued Friday (17 October) stated: 'The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.'

But marriages cannot not resume until Monday (20 October) because state offices are closed for Alaska Day.

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 16, 2014

Police suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton became angry when he found out the victim was transgender

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton yesterday was charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude, 28, was found dead on Sunday with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city. An autopsy report found she died due to strangulation and drowning.

Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim when they checked into the hotel after meeting in a nearby bar.

October 15, 2014

'To just hear his voice, to see his smile ... For me, that would be an extraordinary thing'

While Anderson Cooper's famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, remains active at 90, the CNN anchor lost his father when he was only 10.

Author Wyatt Cooper died of a heart attack in 1978 at the age of 50.

During a conversation on CNN this week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. about family genealogy, Cooper was asked which of his ancestors would he want to meet with today if he could.

October 15, 2014

Can you see same-sex marriage from your house, Sarah Palin?

A remote Arctic town has hosted Alaska's first ever legal same-sex marriage.

In an outpost that cannot be reached by road, a loving lesbian couple have been allowed to wed three days before their ceremony could technically be held.

Kristine Hilderbrand, 30 and Sarah Ellis, 34, obtained their marriage license on Monday afternoon. As they were unable to have their friends and family fly out to them later that week, magistrate Mary Treiber waivered the three-day waiting period.

October 15, 2014

After hosting the Emmys and the Tonys, he will be the first openly gay man to host Academy Awards

Neil Patrick Harris has finally landed the Holy Grail of award show hosting gigs: the Oscars.

Harris cleverly revealed the news himself in a video link on Twitter in which he can be seen on the telephone saying, 'I'm in.' Then he follows up by saying, 'Nice.'

That is followed by panning down to a 'bucket list' that has such things as 'write an autobiography' and 'get married.' At bottom of the list is 'host Oscars' and he places a check before that item.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 15, 2014

State's governor and attorney general accused of 'playing politics with our families'

The state of South Carolina was sued Wednesday (15 October) by two LGBTI groups for continuing to block same-sex marriages from taking place there.

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality claim that last week's decision by the US Supreme Court’s to let stand a 4th Circuit ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban also applies to South Carolina because it is in the same jurisdiction.

They want the marriages to begin immediately.

October 14, 2014

The US Embassy to the Kyrgyz Republic has warned the central government in Bishkek that it would be a backwards move for the former Soviet state to pass a Russia style ban on public discussion of LGBTI issues

The Embassy of the United States in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan has issued a strong statement against the Kyrgyz Government passing laws that would curtail freedom of speech by banning the expression of ‘positive attitude[s] to untraditional sexual relations among minors or in mass media.’

‘The US Embassy notes with deep concern the advancement in the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyz parliament) of legislation that fundamentally threatens human rights, Kyrgyzstan’s democratic gains and constitutional guarantees,’ the statement reads.

October 13, 2014

Governor Sean Parnell: 'I have a duty to defend and uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution'

Same-sex couples began getting married in Alaska today but one person not celebrating is the state's Republican governor who is up for reelection next month.

Governor Sean Parnell is vowing to fight a ruling issued Sunday (12 October) by a federal judge which struck down the state's 1998 ban on gay marriage.

October 13, 2014

In a brief filed with the Firth Circuit Court of Appeals, Greg Abbott also said that – in relation to legal arguments – the fact such unions may benefit children with same-sex parents ‘doesn’t matter’

At the beginning of the month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said that part of the reason he was opposed to gay marriage was because he’d been married to his wife for 33 years.

Now, Abbott – a Republican who is currently running for the position of Governor of Texas – has voiced another reason why the Lone Star State should maintain its ban on gay marriage: Maintaining such a ban reduces out-of-wedlock births.

October 13, 2014

The woman was found with her head in a hotel toilet

A US marine has been detained in the murder of a Philippine transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck, 26, was found dead on Saturday night with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city.

Media reports say she checked into the hotel at 11pm with a 'male, white foreigner' and her body was discovered by a cleaner at 11.45pm.

Police said there were signs of strangulation.

October 13, 2014

Unions took place in June during a brief legal window

More than 500 same-sex couples who got married in Wisconsin last June are no longer in legal limbo.

Governor Scott Walker issued a statement Monday (13 October) announcing that it would recognize that marriages of the couples who were married in the state during the week between a district court’s decision to overturn the state's gay marriage ban and a judge's subsequent stay of that ruling.

The announcement comes a week after the US Supreme Court let stand the striking down of gay marriage bans in five states, including Wisconsin.

October 12, 2014

Today (12 October) marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard. His parents have spoken out about homophobia, hate, their son's death and the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal gay bashing that shocked the world.

He was abducted and tortured by two men, before being left to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

Discovered 18 hours later, he was taken to hospital but died six days later on 12 October 1998 from the severe head injuries that he had suffered. He was 21.

His attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for the crime.

October 11, 2014

'Homo[sexuality] is a problem for us'

Twenty-one years ago, when Bill Clinton was in the White House, the Democratic president formed a military policy called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

The code permitted gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops to serve in the US military as long as they were not out. Yesterday, 10 October, the Clinton Library released documents chronicling the debate in creating the plan.

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 11, 2014

Licenses issued after federal judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina.

Shortly after US District Judge Max Cogburn struck down the state's gay marriage ban, licenses were being issued in the state's Buncombe County.

Cogburn declared the ban unconstitutional and wrote in his ruling: 'The issue before this court is neither a political issue nor a moral issue. It is a legal issue.'

October 10, 2014

The Nevada city’s Marriage License Bureau says that it issued 40 licenses on the first day it was legally allowed to do so – with many couples rushing to tie the knot

Following the decision taken earlier this week by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down Nevada's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, same-sex weddings have begun to take place in Las Vegas.