Author Archives: Lisa Keen

Houston rejects non-discrimination law; HRC predicts ‘tough battles ahead’

Sixty-one percent of Houston voters cast their ballots against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Tuesday. Mayor Annise Parker said opponents of the ordinance ran a “calculated campaign of lies designed to demonize a little understood minority.” But opponents said it

Prop 1: Houston bracing for another bloody ballot fight Tuesday

Houston, the fourth most populous city in the nation, is an old, bloody battleground for gays, something that has only intensified since it thrice elected lesbian Democrat Annise Parker as its mayor. But even as voters prepare to elect Parker’s

Ben Carson: “constitution protects everybody,” except in marriage

The Republican presidential field’s current frontrunner Ben Carson said Wednesday night he is not a homophobe and believes “our constitution protects everybody regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Then Comes Marriage: A rare glimpse into conflict civil rights attorneys are loath to acknowledge

A new book provides a rare glimpse into something LGBT civil rights attorneys are loathe to talk about: How much they bicker behind-the-scenes. And the personal journey Roberta Kaplan lays to bare –evolving from a painfully

GOP field: Moderates polling downward, while hostile conservatives holding on

The third Republican presidential debate is Wednesday, October 28, and here's a look at what's been learned about the candidates on LGBT issues since the second debate.

Biden won’t enter race for Democratic nomination

With the announcement Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden will not seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, LGBT voters are now spared a tough choice: Support the man who is credited with playing a pivotal role in putting

Democratic debate: A stark contrast to GOP debate’s open hostility

Although it was the first debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls, Tuesday’s debate on CNN was most notable to LGBT viewers in how the candidates differed from their Republican counterparts. There was no talk of defending the right of Christian business

How the Democratic candidates differ: longevity, courage, and electability

It’s showtime for the candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. The field’s first nationally televised debate is slated for 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday, October 13, on CNN, with moderator Anderson Cooper. The big question for everyone –including LGBT

Clinton promises to fight for LGBT Americans, Biden says the victories won in the past ensure the ease of future gains

There were some notable contrasts in the speeches of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and potential contender Joe Biden during their separate appearances before Human Rights Campaign events in Washington Saturday.

Political license: Rubio on “family”

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says the Obama administration should be faulted for doing three things regarding marriage and families; he was right on one.