As the White House pushes legislative action, many others are looking for executive action to protect LGBT employees of federal contractors. “It seems like most people can do more than one thing at a time. So, let’s hope he does,” former NAACP chair Julian Bond says.
The head of the Human Rights Campaign tweeted “thanks” to the Utah Attorney General’s Office — which is defending the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying — on Thursday night. “He’s owed our thanks for his general incompetence,” an HRC staffer said of the acting attorney general.
Virginia has become a battleground for lawyers from multiple legal organizations and major law firms aiming to take a marriage equality case back to the Supreme Court.
Statement comes after a week of heavy criticism about the anti-LGBT “propaganda” law passed in Russia this June, months ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. “Mere verbal assurances from the Russian government that foreigners will be exempt from their repressive laws are not enough,” a leading American LGBT advocate says.
“NBCUniversal … has a unique opportunity — and a responsibility — to expose this inhumane and unjust law to the millions of American viewers who will tune in to watch the Games,” HRC president writes to the company that will broadcast the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“I recognize that it is an area that, as a Republican, I will be criticized for,” Murkowski says.
Many outcomes are possible in the challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act that are due to be decided by the justices in the coming weeks. A complex path got the cases — and the country — to a moment of waiting.
“The LGBT community will not stand for Congress placing the blame of their own dysfunction on our shoulders,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin says.
After transgender and immigrant rights activists criticized exclusion from this past week’s Supreme Court rally, the Human Rights Campaign apologizes. “We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future,” HRC’s vice president says.
Ken Mehlman tells BuzzFeed he is pushing for same-sex couples’ marriage rights “because we are conservatives, not in spite of it.” Here’s how he got 80 prominent Republicans to join him in the fight.
Originally formed to repeal DOMA in Congress, a coalition of LGBT rights organizations, unions and other civil rights groups is going to be fighting to “secur[e] the freedom to marry nationwide.”
OutServe-SLDN seeks records of Fort Bragg leaders’ discussions regarding the spouses group that meets at the base. The Human Rights Campaign is asking Defense Secretary Panetta for action now to help address the situation.
“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural,” an inaugural committee spokeswoman says.
The possible defense secretary nominee’s apology “shows just how far as a country we have come when a conservative former Senator from Nebraska can have a change of heart on LGBT issues,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin says. UPDATE: Hormel is less satisfied than HRC is with the apology.
Although marriage equality advocates have found recent success, anti-LGBT job bias measures have been stalled in Congress and at the White House.
Of the November votes on gay couples’ marriage rights, the Human Rights Campaign says in a new television ad that there is a “mandate for full equality.” The ad uses images of women’s suffrage and Martin Luther King Jr.
Marriage equality–related campaigns won in four states this month. The victories, in part, came after a yearlong, behind-the-scenes national research effort.
Following this week’s electoral successes, the Human Rights Campaign looks ahead — to the Supreme Court, in the administration, to the Hill, and to the states. Also in the works, an HRC ranking of cities for LGBT equality measures.
Hoping for further advances, the influential LGBT group also is calling for Obama to issue new protections for employees of federal contractors.
Obama senior adviser spoke to the nation’s leading LGBT political group, praising victories for marriage equality and the election of Tammy Baldwin to the Senate.
After decades of fits and starts, Tuesday’s election results were unambiguous: The LGBT rights movement is winning.
Republicans supportive of gay rights — and at least one prominent Democrat — are backing New York Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in her challenge from an out gay candidate, Sean Patrick Maloney.
A watershed moment in the LGBT rights movement. “The fight is not over,” says OutServe-SLDN’s new chief, Allyson Robinson.
“I am … inclined to think that they’re called the Log Cabin club because their role model is Uncle Tom,” out gay Rep. Barney Frank said. LGBT organizations distance themselves from the remarks.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach opposed an amendment to end GOP support for DOMA, saying the language was “too broad” and would mean endorsing drug use and polygamy. The Human Rights Campaign has called him out for the comments.