Author Archives: Lisa Keen

Supreme Court denies stay in Kentucky clerk bid to refuse marriage licenses

In a significant blow to those who seek to use a free exercise of religion argument to discriminate against same-sex couples seeking to marry, U.S. Supreme Court on Monday evening denied an emergency request to stop enforcement of a federal

Cruz says gay florist should be able to refuse service to evangelical

Republican presidential hopeful told a gathering last Friday that a gay florist should be able to refuse service to an evangelical couple if the florist disagrees with the couple's faith.

For the record: Clinton: ‘Everything I can’

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton held a town hall style meeting in Las Vegas August 18. Two of the approximately one dozen questions fielded by the candidate concerned LGBT issues.

For the record: Trump on firing gays

NBC news reporter Chuck Todd asked Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump Sunday, "Should private companies be able to fire people because they're gay?"

Religion v. equal protection showdown reaches 6th Circuit

An important showdown between the constitutional rights to religious freedom and equal protection reached a federal appeals court Tuesday (August 18). A county clerk in Kentucky filed an appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in hopes of

Kasich gets a small boost, but debate does little to change GOP standings

Republican presidential candidates’ responses on LGBT questions during the August 6 debate appear to have had very little impact on the candidates’ overall standings in the polls. Ohio Governor John Kasich, who won some positive commentary for his remark that

First GOP debates: 17 candidates, one ‘humane’ response on LGBT issues

Only six of the 17 Republican presidential candidates fielded a question that hit upon an LGBT issue during last Thursday's debates. And only one of those six --Ohio Governor John Kasich— answered in a way that suggested a measure of

For the record…

White House press secretary says where he thinks the "real power" behind "some social progress" for LGBT people has come.

Initial snapshots of GOP candidates on LGBT issues: ‘Confuse everybody’

Studies have shown that only about one-third of LGBT Americans vote Republican, but there’s realistic chance a Republican will win the White House in 2016, so LGBT people need to pay attention to who might take the GOP nomination. The

EEOC decision gives concrete remedies for federal employees facing bias

A U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision Thursday could provide important remedies to thousands of federal workers who might face sexual orientation discrimination and may increase pressure on Congress to advance the ENDA.