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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.

April 3, 2014

Olivia Cajero Bedford defends her comments on Steve Gallardo's sexuality as a joke

Steve Gallardo may be gay, but he's not acting gay enough in the opinion of one of his  Arizona State Senate colleagues.

During a closed door caucus meeting this week, Olivia Cajero Bedford remarked that Gallardo should 'act more gay,' according to Arizona Capitol Times.

April 2, 2014

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant indicated he will sign the bill

The southern US state of Mississippi is a signature away from having laws that will permit businesses to turn away gays.

Supporters of Senate Bill 2681, called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argue the proposal only keeps the state from administrating harsh burdens on the faithful.

March 27, 2014

Republicans, including one who said 'What this bill does is change nature,' fail in attempts to gut the legislation of protections

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is poised to sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations.

The state's House of Delegates passed a bill by a vote of 82-57 on Thursday (27 March). the state Senate had passed the legislation earlier this month by a vote of 32-15.

SB 212 expands to all of Maryland's 23 counties protections that already exist for transgender people in the counties of Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and the city of Baltimore.

March 18, 2014

The Juridicial Commission of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies has unanimously rejected a bill which would have created civil unions for both opposite and same-sex couples – with one MP declaring the proposal to be ‘cultural Marxism’

Non-married heterosexual couples and same-sex couples in Romania will not be allowed to enter into civil unions after the Juridicial Commission of the country’s Chamber of Deputies rejected a bill unanimously on 5 March.

The bill had previously failed in the Senate where only two senators out of 176 were prepared to vote for the bill – 105 voted against the bill while the remaining senators abstained.

March 18, 2014

The Australian Senate has passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to do more on the world stage to help end the criminalization of LGBTI people

Australian senators voted yesterday on a motion acknowledging the persecution of LGBTI people in many parts of the world and called on the Australian Government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to do more to combat the problem.

The motion was moved by opposition Australian Labor Party Senator Claire Moore on behalf of Labor Senator Louise Pratt and ruling Liberal Party Senator Sue Boyce at around 4.30pm in a bipartisan effort.

March 14, 2014

A Republican hopeful who wants to take Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s senate seat from has labelled him ‘ambiguously gay’ in attacking his service to constituents

South Carolina Republican hopeful and former police officer Juan ‘Dave’ Feliciano has implied that senior Senate Republican Lindsey Graham is gay as part of his bid to replace Graham as the Republican candidate for his senate seat.

Graham is only a two term senator for South Carolina and one of the more prominent faces of the Republican Party of the United States Congress but Feliciano believes South Carolinians deserve a better candidate next time around.

March 6, 2014

Democratic lawmaker inspired to come out publicly following controversy surrounding vetoed anti-gay bill

Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo came out publicly on Wednesday (5 March) in the wake of the furor over a vetoed bill that sought to make it legal for businesses to discriminate LGBTI people.

'I am gay, I’m Latino and I'm a senator and it’s OK,' Gallardo said at a news conference.

February 28, 2014

Australia’s Foreign Minister has written to her Ugandan counterpart to raise her concerns about the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gay repeat offenders for life

Australia has voiced its concern over the treatment of LGBTI people in Uganda but has limited leverage as it provides no development aid to the country’s government.

It was revealed in a Senate estimates committee that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had written to the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa on Wednesday to complain about the signing into law of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill by President Yoweri Museveni,

February 27, 2014

Says SB 1062 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve ... It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine'

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ended days of suspense by announcing she has vetoed the state's controversial 'turn away the gays' law.

Brewer said at an evening press conference Wednesday (26 February) that the proposed legislation 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve.'

The controversial SB 1062 was passed last week by the Republican controlled state Senate a day after it passed in the House chambers.

February 24, 2014

US Senator John McCain, business leaders, and even state senators who voted for it are among those now against legislation

As Arizona Governor Jan Brewer continues to offer no clues about whether or not she plans to sign a controversial anti-gay discrimination bill into law, other leaders in the state are stepping up urging her to veto it.

'I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062,' Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted this morning.

The state's other US Senator, Jeff Flake, had tweeted similar sentiments over the weekend.

February 19, 2014

Washington state may be about to become the next US state to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies as a bill heads to the state Senate after a successful vote in the House of Representatives

Washington state may join New Jersey and California in banning so-called reparative therapies that try to turn same-sex attracted persons straight after a bill passed the state House of Representatives.

The bill was sponsored by former Democratic state representative Marko Liias before he successfully ran for the state Senate.

Only four members of the state House of Representatives voted against House Bill 2451 – with many Republicans voting for it.

February 17, 2014

A controversial bill that would have allowed religious people to refuse to serve same-sex couples in Kansas has been blocked after even Republican state senators found it to be too extreme

A Kansas state bill allowing religious people to legally discriminate against same-sex couples has been blocked by Republican state senators after they found it to be too extreme.

Under the bill any business owned by a religious person or government employee who was religious would have been able to refuse goods and services to same-sex couples.

February 13, 2014

State Senate move results in process having to start all over - supporters were hoping for vote this year

A bill in Indiana that proposes a statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples was sent back to the starting line by the State Senate today.

The bill, known as HJR3, can not be placed on the ballot any earlier than 2016 because the senate did not reinsert a controversial provision struck by the House of Representatives that also banned civil unions.

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

February 12, 2014

Kansas state Republicans are moving to pass a law allowing any business or government employee to legally discriminate against same-sex couples so long as it's for religious reasons

Under a law being passed by Kansas state Republicans it will soon be legal for any business or government employee to legally discriminate on religious grounds against same-sex couples.

An initial vote on House Bill 2453 passed in the state House of Representatives in a vote of 72 to 42 and if it passes another vote on Wednesday will then go to the Republican controlled state Senate.

Under the bill hotels, restaurants and stores can legally refuse to serve gay couples if ‘it would be contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs.’

February 11, 2014

Bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman

A controversial bill that proposes a statewide constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in Indiana advanced to the full State Senate after a committee vote on Monday (10 February).

Members of the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee voted along party lines to advance the bill. It was an 8-4 vote by the Republican-controlled committee.

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

February 11, 2014

Nevada looks set to join the 17 US states that allow same-sex couples to marry after the state government announced it would no longer seek to defend its ban from legal challenge

Same-sex couples may soon be able to have drive-through weddings in Las Vegas after the Nevada government withdrew from a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the government would withdraw from the case which is before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying that with recent court victories the law is no longer defensible in court.

January 31, 2014

Respect After Death Act calls for authentic gender identity to be reflected on death certificates

California Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins introduced a bill on Thursday (30 January) that would ensure the authentic gender identity of a transgender person be reflected on their death certificate.

If passed into law, the Respect After Death Act would require that the authority responsible for completing the transgender person's death certificate adhere to documentation of their gender identity such as an updated birth certificate or driver's license.

January 29, 2014

HRC's Chad Griffin says US president also 'side-stepped' commitment to sign executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (28 January), US President Barack Obama had been expected to make some mention of the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

It did not happen.

Known as ENDA, the act would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination protections. It has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994 and never had enough support for passage.

January 28, 2014

House of Reps removes most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships

A proposed constitutional marriage ban bill in Indiana suffered a major setback on Monday (27 January).

The state's House of Representatives voted 52-43 to amend the bill by removing its most controversial provision which also banned civil unions and domestic partnerships.

Representatives from both parties expressed concern about the language that prohibits any legal relationship that is 'identical or substantially similar' to marriage.

January 23, 2014

Toni Atkins succeeds John Perez who was the first openly gay man in the powerful leadership role

The leadership of the California Assembly will be handed off from a gay man to a lesbian at the end of 2014.

Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego who is currently Assembly Majority Leader, has been chosen by her colleagues to succeed current speaker John Perez who has been termed out.

I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,' Atkins said in a statement Wednesday (22 January).

January 13, 2014

 Garden State Equality leader tells Gay Star News: 'It was very vindictive'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have allowed transgender residents of that state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match the gender they identify as.

Because of the veto, transgender citizens will still be required to have undergone surgical procedures in order to obtain the accurate birth certificate.

LGBTI activists in the state are furious.

January 13, 2014

With President Goodluck Jonathan’s signature, new bill becomes law punishing not just gay sex but all gay people

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is reported to have signed a bill containing the most draconian new anti-gay legislation in the world for years.

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, also known as the ‘Jail All The Gays’ law bans gay and lesbian marriage, outlaws anyone from forming organizations supporting LGBTI rights, and sets up prison terms of up to 14 years.

Openly gay people risk being imprisoned whether or not they have sex.

Anybody who knows somebody who is gay will have to tell the authorities or go to jail for five years.