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January 30, 2015

State Rep. Patricia Todd: 'My friends are worried about my safety'

First Alabama State Representative Patricia Todd was the one making the threats - now she's getting them.

This week, the openly gay Todd said she would expose the affairs of her colleagues who oppose gay marriage in response to negative comments made after the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a federal judge.

January 29, 2015

And they do not hold back

Michelle Visage is in the Celebrity Big Brother house, and has been serving up plenty of looks for us to gag over.

Drag Race royalty Raven and Raja have looked through the judge's style choices, and they do not hold back.

On her ballgown look, Raven said: 'This is a Michelle Visage glare if I've ever seen one.'

And Raja said: 'I love that costume, but the ultimate accessory that I think really punctuates this outfit and really makes it amazing is that classic bitch face that we love so much.

January 29, 2015

Oscar winning pair used scene to help them decide who to make the film with

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won a screenwriting Oscar back in 1998 for Good Will Hunting - a movie that did not contain a gay sex scene.

But the original script they sent to prospective film studios did.

Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax at that time, beat out the competition for the highly-coveted script because he took exception to it with the young writers.

January 28, 2015

Roy Moore questions jurisdiction of court that struck down marriage ban

The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court claims a federal judge who struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban last week did not have the power to do so.

Roy Moore has sent a letter to Atlanta Governor Robert Bentley which stated: 'As you know, nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage.'

He also vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.'

January 28, 2015

Top court bars five other states from intervening

Malaysia's Federal Court Monday (26 January) allowed Negeri Sembilan state to challenge the Court of Appeal's ruling against its Islamic cross-dressing ban.

However, the five-judge panel said it would only rule on whether the Shariah enactment contravened the constitution and would not hear arguments about whether religious law can be repealed by a civil court.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has a dual-justice system that separates secular and Sharia law. The latter only applies to Muslims and is a state matter.

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 26, 2015

Same-sex couples were preparing to apply for marriage licenses on 26 January

A US federal judge issued a hold on the ruling that found Alabama's gay marriage prohibition unconstitutional.

On the night before same-sex couples were going to apply for marriage certificates in the southern state, District Judge Callie V.S. Granade placed a stay on last week's judgment that the state's marriage laws violate the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

January 24, 2015

In 1996, California's Supreme Court banned state judges from associating with groups that discriminate due to sexual orientation

California's Supreme Court voted to ban state judges from affiliating with the Boy Scouts of America.

As reported by the Associated Press, the seven judge court unanimously approved the decision on 23 January.

The justices are following a 2014 February recommendation by its ethics advisory committee.

In 1996, the state's highest court ruled judges could not belong to groups that discriminate due to sexual orientation.

January 24, 2015

Attorney General plans to appeal but marriages could begin Monday since judge did not place a stay on decision

A federal judge on Friday (23 January) struck down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade did not place a stay on the ruling which could mean couples can begin applying for marriage licenses on Monday. But the state's Attorney General Luther Strange plans to appeal the ruling and request a stay.

Granade wrote in her 10-page ruling: 'If anything, Alabama’s prohibition of same-sex marriage detracts from its goal of promoting optimal environments for children.'

January 23, 2015

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people'

Grammy nominee Miley Cyrus paid a surprise visit to homeless youth this week at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

'What is important to teach people is you can't judge other people,' the singer told Good Morning America which accompanied her on the visit.

Center CEO Lorri L. Jean met with Cyrus and was impressed with the young star.

January 21, 2015

In 2014 June, seven same-sex couples challenged the state's ban and its refusal to honor gay marriages from other states

A US judge put the brakes on a suit against North Dakota's prohibition against same-sex marriage.

According to local radio station KFGO, District Chief Judge Ralph Erickson issued his order on Tuesday (20 January).

January 20, 2015

'To get away from gay people, does your son also plan to emigrate to the moon?'

An advice columnist has written a perfect response to a heartbroken gay granny after her son married a homophobe.

Dear Abby, known for giving straight-talking advice and her support of LGBTI people, responded to the woman who is banned from seeing her grandkids because she's gay.

'I came out of the closet when my son was four,' the grandmother writes.

'I thought I had taught him not to judge because of a label. He’s now 30, with a wife and two adorable children who own my heart.

January 19, 2015

'It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter100 percent'

Adam Lambert has been mighty busy in recent years with his solo touring and his performing as frontman with Queen.

But Lambert, who was a guest judge on American Idol last week, has not released a studio album since Trespassing in May 2012.

That is about to change.

Lambert has announced a new multiple-album deal with Warner Bros. with the first album (his third overall) due out in early summer. He had split with RCA after two albums due to creative differences.

January 19, 2015

Feud continues in the Celebrity Big Brother house

Michelle Visage has branded fellow Celebrity Big Brother housemate Perez Hilton 'an embarrasment' who has set the LGBTI community back 50 years.

On Friday (16 January) night, Hilton, 37, gyrated in the garden topless while making sexually suggestive noises in a deliberate attempt to rile up the Rupaul's Drag Race judge.

Visage shortly after visited the diary room, where the crowd favorite slammed his attention-seeking behviour while holding back tears.

'Perez sets our community back 50 years. He’s an embarrassment,' she said.

January 16, 2015

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 15, 2015

Top court says the law contravenes the European Human Rights Convention

Austria's top court yesterday (14 January) lifted a ban on gay adoption, bringing the country into line with many other EU countries.

The Constitutional Court said the law contravened the European Human Rights Convention.

Explaining the decision, chief judge Gerhart Holzinger said there was 'no objective argument for a differing rule based solely on sexual orientation' of the parents.

Previously, only married couples were allowed to adopt but gay marriage is not legal in Austria.

January 15, 2015

Licenses were issues to same-sex couples during brief legal window in March

A federal judge ruled on Thursday (15 January) that Michigan must recognize the same-sex marriages of more than 300 couples who got married in the state last March.

US District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith (pictured) wrote in his opinion: 'Delaying judicial resolution of these issues would serve no useful purpose. To the contrary, such delay would compound the harms these Plaintiffs suffer each day that their marital status remains unrecognized.'

January 14, 2015

The Atlanta couple and their family came to international attention last year after a photo they posted on Instagram and Twitter went viral

One of our favorite images of gay parenting from 2014 was a Twitter photo posted by Kordale and Kaleb Lewis last January.

The image [shown in full below] depicted the Atlanta couple in the bathroom with their two oldest children (they have three kids now aged 8, 7 and 6 years).

It was early morning and the men were going through the daily ritual of doing their daughters’ hair before sending them to school.

January 12, 2015

Judge Karen Schreier places stay on her ruling pending expected appeal from state

South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down on Monday (12 January) by a federal judge who declared it unconstitutional.

But there will be no marriage ceremonies, for now, as US District Court Judge Karen Schreier placed a stay on her ruling pending an expected appeal from the state.

In her 28-page decision, Schreier ruled that 'plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification.'

January 10, 2015

Not known when three judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will issue ruling

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday heard oral arguments on marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

It dd so on the same day the US Supreme Court met in private conference to discuss which, if any, gay marriage cases to take on this term.

The oral arguments lasted for three hours and took place in New Orleans and before the same court that struck down racial segregation laws in the 1960s in the Deep South.

January 10, 2015

'Sometimes we just go with what is tradition. We don't second-guess it, we don't doubt it'

A former Florida A&M University band member was sentenced to over six years in prison for being the 'ringleader' in the 2011 hazing death of the band's drum major, Robert Champion.

On 9 January, Orange Circuit Judge Renee Roche announced the decision against Dante Martin.

In 2014 October, a jury took about an hour to find Martin guilty of Champion's (pictured) death.

January 10, 2015

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denies request from Butch Otter for review of gay marriage ruling by full court

Idaho Governor Butch Otter lost a legal round on Friday (9 January) when the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied his request for a review of its decision to struck down his state's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling was made by a three judge panel of the court in October. Otter wanted the case to be reheard by the full 30-member court.

The court stated: 'The matter failed to receive a majority of the votes of the non-recused active judges in favor' of rehearing the case.

Just three judges voted for a rehearing before the full court.

January 8, 2015

Katie Hopkins, you're about to receive an EDUCATION

She's just walked into the Celebrity Big Brother house, but already Michelle Visage is winning the hearts of the British public.

A lover of reality shows and the UK, the RuPaul's Drag Race judge is competing against such 'luminary' names like Perez Hilton, Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson (don't ask) and tattoo model Cami Li (we don't know either).

So in case you need a quick reminder of how ridonkulous she is, we've compiled a list of the many reasons why she should win.

January 5, 2015

Tomorrow, rest of Florida to become 36th state in the US with marriage equality

Same-sex couples began getting married today in Florida's Miami-Dade County with other counties in the state expected to follow on Tuesday (6 January).

Judge Sarah Zabel of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit got things rolling by lifting a stay on her ruling - issued last July - that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The courtroom erupted in cheers when Zabel asked if it would make a difference if she lifted the stay today or tomorrow. When told it would not make a difference she said: 'I'm lifting the stay.'