Author Archives: Lisa Keen

Speed Read: Big LGBT primary day

Ten openly LGBT candidates have primary races today --most in Maryland, including lesbian House Delegate Heather Mizeur who's running for governor. National Security Advisor Susan Rice will speak to an LGBT forum at the White House today. And U.S. Senator

Speed Read: Snags at SSA and VA

The Social Security Administation and Veterans Administration announced Friday that certain federal laws prevent them from recognizing same-sex marriages in all agency benefits. A transgender priest preached at Washington National Cathedral Sunday. And U.S. Rep. Sean Maloney married his long-time

Speed Read: Fixing ‘Family Leave’

The U.S. Department of Labor will propose today that regulations for the Family and Medical Leave Act be amended to clarify that employees are eligible for FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse even if they live in a

Speed Read: Eyes on exemptions

A federal judge in Pennsylvania denied a county clerk's request to serve as intervenor and appeal the judge's decision striking down the state's law against same-sex couples marrying. Senator Orrin Hatch says he hopes President Obama's executive order against discrimination

Speed Read: Passionate political moment

President Obama gave one of the most passionate speeches he's ever delivered to an LGBT audience, Tuesday night in New York City. The Senate confirmed two openly gay nominees for federal district court appointments. And the Republican Party is pouring

Speed Read: Senate votes today

President Obama is preparing to sign the long-sought executive order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors. The Senate will vote today on two openly gay nominees to the federal bench.

Obama prepares to sign executive order on federal contractors

In a sudden but not necessarily unexpected gesture, the White House indicated today that President Obama has “directed his staff” to prepare an executive order to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or

Speed Read: Wisconsin on hold

The U.S. Senate will take a vote today on whether to consider Darrin Gayles nomination to serve on the U.S. district court bench in Miami. A federal judge in Wisconsin granted a stay of her decision declaring the state's ban

Speed Read: Deceptive, radical, sneaky

A federal judge in Wisconsin may decide today whether to issue a stay against her decision that the state's ban on same-sex couples marrying is unconstitutional. Hillary Clinton responds to NPR host's suggestions that she's deceptive, radical, and sneaky. And

Speed Read: ‘Worst kind of stereotypes’

Wisconsin's attorney general has directed the state office for vital records to process the records of marriage licenses issued since last Friday for same-sex couples. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to two LGBT gatherings. And San Francisco and Seattle