Gay Rights

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, leaves a meeting with national intelligence inspector general Michael Atkinson about a whistleblower complaint, at the Capitol in Washington. As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, Rep. Chris Stewart is offering a proposal on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 that aims to achieve both goals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 06, 2019 - 11:52 am
As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, leaves a meeting with national intelligence inspector general Michael Atkinson about a whistleblower complaint, at the Capitol in Washington. As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, Rep. Chris Stewart is offering a proposal on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 that aims to achieve both goals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
December 05, 2019 - 11:12 pm
As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2015, file photo, Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, share a kiss as clerks take photographs in a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding in Beijing. LGBT activists in China are seeking to legalize same-sex marriage through a novel tactic: submitting opinions on a draft new civil code to the country’s legislature. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
November 28, 2019 - 9:52 pm
BEIJING (AP) — LGBT activists in China are seeking to legalize same-sex marriage through a novel tactic: submitting opinions on a draft new civil code to the country’s legislature. It’s one of the few options available as space for civil society and advocacy has shrunk. Human rights activists and...
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November 21, 2019 - 8:50 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman alleges the state is wrongly enforcing laws barring recognition of same-sex marriages, five years after a federal judge found such a ban to be unconstitutional. In a lawsuit, attorneys for Denali Nicole Smith say Smith was denied eligibility for the check paid...
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FILE - This July 19, 2012, file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain’s fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, that starting next year, it will focus its giving on three areas: hunger, homelessness and education. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
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November 18, 2019 - 8:02 pm
Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain’s fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday that starting next year, it will focus its giving on three areas:...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, White House lawyer Steven Menashi, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, appears for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee has endorsed him for a federal appeals court post despite complaints about his refusal to answer questions about his record at the Education Department and the White House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
November 07, 2019 - 5:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed a top aide to President Donald Trump for a federal appeals court post Thursday, despite complaints from lawmakers about his refusal to answer questions about his record at the Education Department and the White House. Steven Menashi,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, St. Louis County police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber returns from lunch break to the St. Louis County courthouse on the third day of his discrimination case against the county in Clayton, Mo. Some St. Louis County leaders are calling for a police leadership shakeup after a jury found that Wildhaber was discriminated against because he's gay and recommended that he be awarded nearly $20 million. Councilwoman Lisa Clancy says Police Chief Jon Belmar should resign because of what she described as a "culture of rampant racism and homophobia." (Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 10:38 pm
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The chairman of a St. Louis County police board has resigned and another board member said she is being replaced after a jury found that a sergeant was discriminated against because he's gay and recommended that he be awarded nearly $20 million. County Executive Sam Page said...
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Pro-choice activists take part in a photo call in the grounds of Stormont Parliament, Belfast, Monday Oct. 21, 2019. Abortion is set to be decriminalized and same-sex marriage legalized in Northern Ireland as of midnight, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the U.K. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)
October 21, 2019 - 10:45 am
LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the U.K. This is happening because British lawmakers voted last year in favor of changing these laws if Northern...
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October 18, 2019 - 6:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Wolf and her U.S. publisher have split up amid a dispute over her latest book, "Outrages." Wolf and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced separately Friday that they had "mutually and amicably agreed to part company." Neither Wolf nor Houghton immediately provided additional...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2018, file photo, Judy Shepard, left, and her husband Dennis Shepard, right, speak at a law enforcement roundtable on improving the identification and reporting of hate crimes at Department of Justice in Washington. The parents of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard have accused Attorney General William Barr of hypocritical stances on LGBT rights. The criticism came Wednesday, during a Justice Department ceremony focused on a hate-crimes law named after their son. Matthew Shepard was killed in 1998. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)
October 16, 2019 - 2:04 pm
The parents of murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard have accused Attorney General William Barr of hypocritical stances on LGBT rights. The criticism came Wednesday during a Justice Department ceremony focused on a hate-crimes law named after their son. Shepard was killed in 1998. Eleven...
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