Author Archives: Dana Rudolph

New birth certificate lawsuit in Iowa

A state district court in Iowa heard arguments November 7 in a case to determine whether the child born to a lesbian couple married in that state has the right to have the names of both her parents on her

State marriage polls show language matters

New polls on marriage equality in seven states show mostly positive results for marriage equality advocates--but polls in two of the states indicate that the way the questions are asked can significantly affect the results.

Anti-bullying measures left out of education bill

In a blow to activists seeking to stop anti-gay bullying, two proposals to address bullying in schools were left out of an education reform bill approved by a U.S. Senate committee October 20.

“Significant” hiring discrimination, study shows

Openly gay men face “significant” hiring discrimination in several parts of the country, but there are wide differences from state to state. That’s the finding of a new, large-scale study—a study that also found that employers in areas where antidiscrimination

U.K. government announces move towards marriage equality

The government of the United Kingdom announced September 17 that it would begin a “consultation”--a formal process of soliciting input--on how to implement civil marriage for same-sex couples. But some LGBT activists have criticized what they see as delay over

DADT repeal benefits servicemembers’ children, though inequalities remain

When repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" goes into effect September 20, children of gay servicemembers will reap many benefits. But they will still lack many of the protections available to children with opposite-sex parents because of the federal Defense

North Carolina latest state to put marriage on ballot

The North Carolina legislature approved a ballot question this week that seeks to amend the state constitution to ban marriage of same-sex couples.

New guidelines for same-sex parenting and custody

Many contentious lawsuits involving the rights of LGBT people have occurred when a biological parent uses anti-LGBT laws to try and deny a child’s non-biological parent custody or visitation. Several LGBT organizations have published a revised set of standards aimed

LGBT students: Safer this year?

Anti-LGBT bullying took the national stage last fall after the highly publicized suicides of several teens bullied for being gay or perceived to be. The relentless bullying, many believe, may have been one of the contributing factors in their decisions