Tag: Gay Rights

GOP Blocks LGBT Rights Amendment Days After Orlando Shooting

A proposal that would protect LGBT employees from discrimination by federal contractors was rejected by House Republican leaders just days after GOP members publicly pledged their “support” for the LGBT community. For the third time, openly gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) proposed the amendment, attached to a Defense Department…

Judge Rules Against Florist for Refusing to Serve Same-Gender Couple

By Sheryl Estrada Photo by Shutterstock A Benton County judge ruled Wednesday that a Washington state florist violated anti-discrimination and consumer-protection laws in refusing to sell flower arrangements for a same-gender wedding, which she claims she did for religious reasons. Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in eastern Washington, hadservedRobert…

Conversion Therapy Is Fraud: N.J. Judge

By Albert Lin In what many are calling a landmark decision, a New Jersey judge has ruled that people who, in advertising conversion-therapy services, describe homosexuality as a disorder that can be cured are committing consumer fraud. It is the first time a United States court has found that homosexuality…

Tennessee Family Makes History

By Julissa Catalan Last month, Emilia Maria Jesty made history by being the first baby born in Tennessee to have a woman listed on the birth certificate as her “father.” Up until a few days prior to baby Emilia’s birth, her parent’s marital status was up in the air, according…

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Gender Marriage

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock The Supreme Court has overturned the federal government’s ban on the recognition of same-gender marriage written into the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and issued a ruling that allows same-gender marriages to resume in California. The 5-to-4 ruling on DOMA, authored by Justice Anthony…

Obama to Court: Overturn Prop 8, Gays & Lesbians Deserve Right to Marry

The Obama Administration yesterday evening filed a friend-of-court brief that boldly urged Supreme Court justices to strike down same-gender-marriage ban Proposition 8. Living up to the promises he made in his second inaugural address for gay and lesbian equality, the action makes Barack Obama the first president to publicly urge…

100+ GOP Leaders, 200+ Corporations Support Same-Gender Marriage

Has the GOP finally changed its stance on gay marriage Not as a whole, but more than 100 Republican officials are voicing their support for same-gender-marriage rights. This week, they signed a brief seeking to persuade the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)…