Author Archives: Lisa Keen

Judge dismisses most of NOM lawsuit against IRS over disclosure to HRC

A federal district court judge on June 3 dismissed most of a lawsuit by the National Organization for Marriage that claimed an employee of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service deliberately leaked a confidential tax document from NOM to the Human

Speed Read: Supreme Court says no

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the National Organization for Marriage's request to stay a federal court ruling in Oregon that allowed same-sex couples to marry. More church groups have joined the United Church of Christ's lawsuit in North Carolina. And

Speed Read: Bathroom battle cry

Opponents of Houston's newly passed non-discrimination ordinance are going for the jugular: focusing on fears that respecting the rights of transgender citizens means opening up women's bathrooms to "predators, pedophiles, and rapists." At the same time this second-round is underway,

Houston: Celebrating new law and bracing for the next battle

In a battle she characterized as “very personal” and “about me,” Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of the fourth most populous city in the United States, won a victory last Thursday. She convinced the Houston City Council to establish

Speed Read: Zero not low enough

Idaho has asked the Ninth Circuit to let it skip the first round three-judge panel in its appeal regarding its state ban on same-sex couples marrying. GOProud says news of its shutting down is greatly exaggerated. GLAD sues the maker

Speed Read: Strange travel companions

Illinois' new marriage equality law went into effect officially Sunday, though more than 1,600 same-sex couples had already been married since February. And Equality Maryland is breathing easier since an anti-LGBT group failed to turn in enough signatures Saturday night

Gallup Polls show significant gains for LGBT community in public support

More than any other controversial issue involving ideas of morality, "gay and lesbian relations" has seen the most dramatic improvement in terms of the public's acceptance. Three recent Gallup Polls show significant gains for the LGBT community when it comes

Speed Read: Preserving history

The number of LGBT-related hate attacks stayed relatively consistent between 2012 and 2013, according to a report released yesterday. The Secretary of the Interior will announce a new campaign today to identify places and events in the LGBT civil rights

Speed Read: NOM at Supreme Court

The National Organization for Marriage is seeking U.S. Supreme Court intervention in its effort to defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. The Houston City Council passed Mayor Annise Parker's proposed non-discrimination bill. Senator Orrin Hatch says anybody who doesn't think

Speed Read: Houston vote today

The Houston City Council votes today on whether to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Maine's commission on campaign ethics votes today on whether to penalize the National Organization for Marriage for failure to comply with the