Category Archives: Politics

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

Crist apologizes for mistake on marriage ban

He's in a tight race for governor, but in an extraordinary interview, Florida’s former Republican Governor Charlie Crist apologized for having supported efforts to ban on same-sex marriage on the ballot in that state in 2008.

Some worry over amendments in new Defense funding bill

Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services committees announced Monday that they have reached an agreement on the defense authorization bill for the coming year, including some provisions LGBT activists have opposed.

Historic Senate vote: ENDA passes, 64 to 32

The U.S. Senate today approved the flagship piece of legislation that the LGBT community has fought for over the past 19 years and more. The vote of 64 to 32 marked the first time the Senate has approved the Employment

U.S. House gay caucus gets new member

In a surprise announcement, U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor next year, acknowledged that he is gay. Michaud (pronounced Mee-show), 58, said he was making the acknowledgement publically because of “whisper campaigns, insinuations and push-polls” by opponents

House LGBT caucus shows division during budget battles

As Congress continues to wrestle with a bitter partisan divide that has crippled its ability to set a budget, keep the federal government open, and enable the nation to pay its bills, a few openly LGBT members of the U.S.

Obama cancels one-on-one with Putin over various issues, including “human rights and civil society”

President Obama said Tuesday (August 6) that countries that participate in the Olympics “wouldn’t tolerate gays and lesbians being treated differently” during the 2014 Olympics in Russia.

Five nominees are cleared, others are snagged

The U.S. Senate has confirmed 75 candidates for various executive branch offices, including four openly gay ambassadors and the highest openly gay official at the Department of Justice.