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Holder announcement scrutinized

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Human Rights Campaign audience in New York Saturday that, beginning Monday, he “will – for the first time in history – formally instruct all Justice Department employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full

Olson: Judge in Virginia marriage ban case says she’ll rule ‘soon’

A federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, told attorneys in a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples marrying that she will render her decision “soon.” According to David Boies, one of the lead attorneys arguing against the ban, U.S. District Court

GLAD scores major victory in Maine supreme court for transgender students

In an historic first, a state supreme court ruled yesterday that a male-to-female transgender student who was accepted by school staff and students as a girl could not be barred from using the girls’ bathroom at school.

State of the Union: LGBT leaders disappointed in what was missing

In his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke of a nation working on issues such as marriage equality and earning the respect of other nations “because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being,

Movement status: ‘Unprecedented progress’ and ‘second-class’

An independent think tank that studies the progress of the movement on equal rights for LGBT people released its latest report Tuesday, and the assessment is a surprising “mixed.”

Virginia attorney general won’t defend marriage ban in court

The attorney general of Virginia announced this morning that his office will no longer defend the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Putin’s remarks continue to fan controversy over anti-LGBT law

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Tuesday on a number of issues facing both nations, including the threats being made on the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi. But they didn't talk about --at least not according

Prisoner with GID has right to accepted medical treatment, says fed appeals court

A federal appeals court Friday affirmed a district judge’s order that a state prison violated the constitutional rights of a prisoner with severe gender disorder when it refused to provide sex reassignment surgery.

Oklahoma ban ‘insulting’ to same-sex couples, says federal judge

In yet another stunning victory for marriage equality, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that the state’s ban on same-sex couples obtaining marriage licenses is unconstitutional.

DOJ says U.S. will recognize Utah marriages

LGBT legal activists applauded an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Friday that the federal government will recognize marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Utah despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court put a stay on enforcement