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February 26, 2015

It mirrors a similar bill that controversially became law in Arkansas this week

The West Virginia House Committee on Government Organization have voted to advance a bill that would ban non-discrimination legislation.

If the bill becomes law, it will nullify the non-discrimination laws currently in place in a number of West Virginia cities, and would also place a ban on further anti-discrimination laws protecting the LGBT community from being created.

February 20, 2015

Did you know churches blessed gay marriages in the 'Dark Ages'? Discover and more

1. The world's oldest porn, which dates back over 3,000 years, features both male/male, female/female and male/female couples.

February 19, 2015

Model Kyle Roux had been featured - as an identical twin - in 'Nobody is Born Gay' billboard without his knowledge

Kyle Roux is back up on a billboard - only this time it's with his consent.

Late last year, Roux learned that photos of him were being used on a billboard erected in Virginia by an 'ex-gay' group.

The billboard on I-95 in Richmond by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) read: 'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Roux, who is gay, does not have a twin.

February 17, 2015

'I don't remember reading about nipple clamps in the Bible'

A pastor is using the publicity surrounding the Fifty Shades of Grey movie to protest against gay marriage.

He claims it is a result of divine intervention, that 'God dropped the idea' in his head.

Rick McDaniel, pastor of the Richmond Community Church in Virginia, has claimed this is the best way to respond to the popularity of EL James' BDSM novel adaptation.

'God just sort of dropped an idea in my head,' McDaniel told Christian Post.

February 12, 2015

As Supreme Court gets ready to rule on same-sex marriage nationwide, Reverend Irene Monroe pays tribute to Mildred Loving - the woman that proved love knows no race or gender

On this upcoming Valentine’s Day, many LGBTI activists continue to struggle for same-sex marriage in their states.

But as Alabama has become the 37th state to recognize marriage equality, I must pay tribute to the African American woman Mildred Loving who fought to marry her white male partner.

She is one of my heroes for Black History Month.

Back in 1958, the couple violated the nations rule that banned a couple of two different races from marrying.

February 2, 2015

State assembles LGBTI travel crack team following legalisation of gay marriage in October

The US State of Virginia has revealed a major new LGBTI tourism drive – with Governor Terry McAuliffe recruiting a 21-person strong gay task force to get the job done.

The move follows the legalisation of gay marriage in the Old Dominion in October 2014.

Charlottesville Pride Community Network president Amy Sarah Marshall will be part of the gay travel dream team, according to reports.

January 31, 2015

The bill would have allowed any business or professional including doctors in Virginia to discriminate against LGBTI people without any legal consequences

A House subcommittee in Virginia on Thursday vetoed a proposed 'conscience clause' bill that would allow anyone holding a state license, including business owners, lawyers and doctors, to legally deny services to gay men and lesbians, even those who are legally married as well as people who are perceived to be gay.

January 28, 2015

Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews join as new judges

RuPaul's Drag Race FINALLY has a launch date for season seven.

The draggiest day of the year will be 2 March, and there are two new surprises.

Queer Eye's Carson Kressley and TV personality Ross Matthews will be joining the judges table to read the queens alongside Michelle Visage and the mother herself RuPaul.

'Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus!' beams RuPaul. 'I asked for a new, wickedly funny, smart and experienced judge…and I got two!

January 25, 2015

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the state – and couples who wish to jointly adopt will have to get hitched if they want to both be parents

The Virginia Senate committee rejected a proposal on Friday to extend adoption rights to the partners of unmarried gay partners.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Virginia. However, not all same-sex couples wish to marry.

January 14, 2015

Makes it legal for business owners to deny service to LGBTI people under 'religious and moral convictions'

The US state of Virginia is today (14 January), considering a law that allows all companies to deny service to LGBTI people under the guise of religious or moral conviction.

The bill, which was introduced last month by Republican Delegate Bob Marshall, would make it legal for business owners to refuse service on the basis of religious opposition to gay marriage and ‘homosexual behavior.’

This would mean teachers could refuse to have gay students in their classes and movie theaters ban people they perceive to be gay.

January 11, 2015

The bill will allow businesses to discriminate on grounds of 'homosexual behavior' and against legally married Virginians in same-sex unions under the guise of religion

Republican Virginia State Delegate Robert 'Bob' Marshall has introduced a so-called 'conscience clause' bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people and individuals perceived to be LGBTI.

The lawmaker, who once said disabled children are God's punishment for women who have an abortion, is the co-author of the state's 2006 constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that was struck down last year.

December 29, 2014

Virginia teen Gavin Grimm was ordered by his school board to either use the girls’ bathroom or staff facilities despite his living as a boy since the start of the school year

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has come to the aid of transgender teenage boy in Virginia who has been told he must use the girls’ bathroom or private facilities or risk disciplinary action if he uses the boys’ bathroom.

Gavin Grimm has been living openly as a boy since the start of the 2014 school year but his school board voted 6-1 on 9 December to stop transgender students at Gloucester County Public Schools using their preferred bathroom.

December 16, 2014

And they fail miserably

The 'gay cure' group behind the debunked billboard in Richmond, Virginia has attempted to defend themselves, and have of course failed miserably.

The erected billboard showed what it claimed was a photo of identical twins, one gay and one straight, to prove 'nobody is born gay'.

It was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

But then, the stock-photo model in the poster came forward, saying he doesn't actually have a twin sibling and he is openly - and proudly - gay.

December 13, 2014

Model Kyle Roux: 'I was obviously quite shocked'

Imagine Kyle Roux's surprise when he learned photos of him are being used on a billboard erected in Virginia by an 'ex-gay' group.

The billboard on I-95 in Richmond by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) reads: 'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Roux, who is gay, does not have a twin.

Both images are from a portfolio shot of him about a decade ago for use in commercial and corporate ads and other materials. He signed away his rights to the photo and has had no control over how they are used.

December 11, 2014

'Identical twins. One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

December 3, 2014

The 10th Circuit appeals court has rebuffed the latest attempt by the state of Kansas to stop gay people from getting hitched

Kansas remains one of the US states where battles continue to be waged over same-sex marriage.

The US Supreme Court announced in early October that it declined to review pending same-sex marriage bans in several US states.

This paved the way for same-sex marriage in states such as Virginia and Wisconsin, among others, and sent out a clear signal to lawmakers elsewhere that should they continue to fight same-sex marriage in the courts, they would ultimately be disappointed should they get to the Supreme Court.

November 12, 2014

Stays decision for one week so no licenses will be issued to same-sex couples before then

A federal judge on Wednesday (12 November) struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage saying it is unconstitutional.

US District Judge Richard Mark Gergel stayed his ruling for one week so no licenses can be issued to same-sex couples before then.

Gergel based his decision on a recent ruling by the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the striking down of a same-sex marriage ban in Virginia.

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 11, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe – who yesterday officiated at a gay wedding – says decision will ‘open more doors for Virginia children who need loving families’

On Monday the US Supreme Court announced that it was not going to consider appeals from lawmakers in several states who wished to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

One of the States affected by this decision was Virginia.

On the day following the Supreme Court’s decision, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order directing state agencies to comply with the decision, paving the way for same-sex marriages to commence.

October 9, 2014

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin urges residents to 'uphold our statewide tradition of treating one another with dignity and respect'

Same-sex marriage is coming to the state of West Virginia sooner than anyone expected.

The state's governor and attorney general announced today that they will not longer defend challenges to the state's ban on gay marriage due to the Supreme Court's recent decision not to review the ruling overturning the ban in neighboring Virginia.

Same-sex couples are expected to be able to begin applying for marriage licenses by next Tuesday (14 October) at the latest, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

October 8, 2014

A court in Charleston County has issued a same-sex couple with a marriage license this morning – despite a state constitutional ban still being in place

The decision by Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon to issue the license follows Monday’s ruling by the US Supreme Court, in which it refused to take up appeals from five states that wish to uphold their bans on same-sex marriage.

These were Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage in those states.

October 7, 2014
Following the Supreme Court's historic decision, LGBTI people are ever more hopeful that full equality across the country is coming

The Supreme Court has made history in the United States, with three in five Americans soon able to say they live in states that believe in equal marriage for all.

On Monday (6 October), the high court declined to hear appeals from give five states that were challenging lower court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage.

By doing so, same-sex marriage is now legal in Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.

October 7, 2014

Decision comes a day after marriage equality comes to six additional US states

Same-sex weddings in Las Vegas?

It appears to be just a matter of time now that the Ninth District Court of Appeals has struck down gay marriage bans in the states of Nevada and Idaho.

The ruling comes a day after the US Supreme Court opted not to intervene in gay marriage appeals in Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin making same-sex marriage legal in those states. Colorado also began issuing licenses to same-sex marriages this week.

October 6, 2014

NOM President Brian Brown: 'We are not defeated or dispirited'

Monday was not a good day for the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage in the US.

The US Supreme Court's decision to pass on reviewing any of the seven same-sex marriage cases submitted to them has resulted in same-sex marriage immediately becoming legal in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana on the same day.

In addition, Colorado also announced it would begin issuing marriage licenses state-wide to same-sex couples with five more states likely to soon follow suit.