ALLIANCE, Ohio (AP) — A university in Ohio has ended its affiliation with the United Methodist Church over the denomination's renewed bans on LGBT clergy and same-sex marriage.
Polish schools cancel LGBT tolerance day under govt pressure
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Several schools in Poland have canceled activities promoting tolerance for gays and lesbians following government pressure and threats in some places.
More than 200 schools had planned to take part in "Rainbow Friday," an anti-discrimination event that a civic rights group, the Campaign Against Homophobia, had promoted in hopes of building greater acceptance for LGBT students.
Private broadcaster TVN reported that some schools pulled out of the event following an outcry.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's child welfare agency has launched an initiative to actively recruit members of the state's LGBT community to become foster and adoptive parents, bucking recent efforts in some states to curtail gay adoptions.
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A church in West Virginia has been voted out of its local Baptist association because its pastor says gays and lesbians should be welcomed.
The Times West Virginian reports the Fairmont Baptist Association voted to disfellow the First Baptist Church in early April.
By Christopher W. Schmidt
Special To The Washington Post
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it was creating a new division within its Office of Civil Rights to handle complaints from health-care workers who believe they have faced religious discrimination. Its aim is to protect people who refuse to perform certain medical procedures that conflict with their religious commitments, such as abortions, sterilization or assisted suicide.
Alabama lawmakers could abolish marriage licenses
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Wednesday inched closer to abolishing judge-signed marriage licenses, a change that would let conservative probate judges avoid issuing them to same-sex couples.
A few Alabama probate judges for years have refused to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to grant them to gay couples.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the bill on a 9-5 vote. The measure cleared the Alabama Senate in a 19-1 vote last week.
Police probe racist banners found outside Indiana church
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Police are investigating after banners with racist and anti-gay messages were erected outside a northwest Indiana church known for its progressive stands on racial and social justice issues.
West Lafayette police said the banners were found Sunday attached to a fence outside the Unitarian Universalist Church in the city about 70 miles (112 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.
The Latest: Senate confirms Trump judicial pick Grasz
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation battle over one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees. (all times local):
The Senate has voted along party lines to confirm another of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees despite a rare "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association.
The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
Supreme Court appears skeptical of Colorado baker’s refusal to make cake for gay couple
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a mostly skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Colorado baker’s claim that he had a free-speech right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
What about a jeweler? A hair stylist? A make-up artist, asked Justice Elena Kagan. “How do you the draw the line?”
She and other justices said they did not see how the court could set a legal rule that would allow some business people, but not others, to refuse to serve all customers.
There is no constitutional right to refuse service to a person based on his race or sex or religion or sexual orientation.
This seems obvious and well established, yet that is precisely the issue in an important case to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court today: Does a business have the right to violate state law and refuse to serve gays and lesbians based on the business owner’s beliefs?
CHADRON — The Chadron State College Theatre Department will present “Stop Kiss,” a play for mature audiences by Diana Son, at Memorial Hall’s Black Box Theatre Thursday, Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 19.
Evening performances on Nov. 16-18 for “Stop Kiss” begin at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday, Nov. 19, matinee begins at 2 p.m.
Tickets are free for CSC students and employees and $5 for the general public. To reserve tickets, call CSC’s Box Office at 308-432-6207 or email email@example.com.
GOP candidate for Kansas governor backs anti-gay bias policy
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Kansas governor supports restoring a ban on discrimination against gays and lesbians in state employment and hiring.
Former state Sen. Jim Barnett said Thursday that as governor, he would make it clear "there will not be discrimination."
NEW YORK (AP) — In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.
The Pew Research Center survey found that for the first time, a majority of blacks and baby boomers support allowing gays and lesbians to wed. It said Republicans are now split almost evenly, a marked shift from 2013, when 61 percent opposed gay marriage.
With tens of thousands of children lingering in foster care across the United States, awaiting adoption, Illinois schoolteachers Kevin Neubert and Jim Gorey did their bit. What began with their offer to briefly care for a newborn foster child evolved within a few years into the adoption of that little boy and all four of his older siblings who also were in foster care.
With tens of thousands of children lingering in foster care across the United States, waiting for adoption, Illinois schoolteachers Kevin Neubert and Jim Gorey did their bit. What began with their offer to briefly care for a newborn foster child evolved within a few years into the adoption of that little boy and all four of his older siblings who also were in foster care.
Houston’s LGBT community honors Orlando victims, call for political action
Houston Pride Week has officially begun and with "Wonderland," as this year's theme, it's a chance to revel in fantasy. But last Monday the mood was far from merry and the reality of anti-homosexual violence was all too real.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of LGBT rights marched and rallied in the nation's capital and dozens of other U.S. cities on Sunday, celebrating gains but angry over threats posed by the administration of President Donald Trump.
The centerpiece event, the Equality March in Washington, was endorsed by virtually every major national advocacy group working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
Las Vegas to host Equality March for LGBT rights
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas' Equality March supporting LGBT rights is being sponsored by two county commissioners.
The Equality March for Unity and Pride starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater.
Organizers say it's being sponsored by Clark County commissioners Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Chris Giunchigliani.
The Last Vegas event is among a dozen being held Sunday in cities across the U.S.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people marched and danced down the streets of central Warsaw on Saturday to show their support for gay rights, calling for stronger defiance of discrimination and greater acceptance for same-sex unions and marriages.
The 17th annual "Equality Parade" took place with a deeply conservative government that opposes marriage rights or civil unions for same-sex couples ruling Poland.
China's government has ruled out any move to legalize same-sex marriage, and many Chinese gays and lesbians remain in the closet, yet there are multiple signs of greater awareness and acceptance of LGBT people in the world's most populous nation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, the DNC says.
DNC Chair Tom Perez says the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award for his advocacy on behalf of gays and lesbians at the June 21 dinner.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice and gay marriage opponent Roy Moore announced Wednesday he is running for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The fiery Republican jurist, who was suspended from the bench on accusations that he urged defiance of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gays and lesbians to marry, made the announcement in a news conference on the steps of the Alabama Capitol.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Roy Moore's run for US Senate. (all times local):
A gay rights group says suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore is seeking to capitalize on the name recognition he gained "for harming LGBTQ people" in Alabama.
Eva Kendrick of the Human Rights Campaign Alabama made the statement Wednesday shortly after Moore announced he is running for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lost his effort to regain his job on Wednesday as the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension for urging defiance of federal rulings allowing gays and lesbians to marry.
The fiery jurist lashed out at Wednesday's decision, saying he considers his lengthy suspension to be both illegal and a "clear disregard of the will of the people who elected me chief justice."
Bill protects adoption agencies that turn away gay couples
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies, including those that care for state foster children, could turn away gay couples on religious grounds without risk of losing their state license, under a bill advanced Wednesday by the Alabama Senate Health Committee.
Jacksonville passes historic LGBT protection
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville City Council has voted to update the city's civil rights laws to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Tuesday's 12 to six vote was a victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Mayor Lenny Curry said he will let it become law without his signature.
The discrimination protections mark a historic moment for the LGBTQ community and a hard fought battle that has taken about five years.
Retired bishops say Church of England ignores gay Christians
LONDON (AP) — Fourteen retired Anglican bishops are criticizing the Church of England's attitude to homosexuality, saying the church is not listening to the voices of gay Christians.
They are responding to a report from the church's House of Bishops, which calls for a "fresh tone and culture of welcome and support" for gays and lesbians, but says the church should not lift its opposition to same-sex marriage.
Activists cheer exit of Gambia leader, an anti-gay ‘icon’
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — In August 2014, Jamu Camara was at home with her girlfriend in the Gambian resort town of Kololi when police arrived for a surprise raid, taking both women in for questioning.
"They just said they heard we are lesbians, blah blah blah," the 21-year-old soccer player recalled. "I told them, 'You have no right to detain me here. I'm not going to say anything because you don't have your evidence.'"
North Dakota lawmakers again mull sexual discrimination bill
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A woman who described herself a "proud mom of a young gay man" told North Dakota lawmakers Wednesday that failure to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation discourages people from living in the state, including her own son.
"The world is changing and North Dakota must change also," a tearful Kim Riedlinger Wassim told the House Human Services Committee. "Please stand on the right side of history."
DeGeneres says her show is no place for anti-gay advocates
NEW YORK (AP) — Pharrell appeared as scheduled on Thursday's "Ellen DeGeneres Show" without fellow singer Kim Burrell. But the gospel star, who DeGeneres had disinvited days earlier, didn't go unmentioned.
"I didn't think that it was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform," said DeGeneres, citing the church sermon in which Burrell referred to gays and lesbians as perverted. A tape of Burrell preaching that message had circulated online.
Arkansas court to hear arguments over LGBT protections
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court will hear arguments next month in a legal battle over whether a whether a city's ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity conflicts with a state law aimed at blocking local protections for gays and lesbians.
Kim Burrell under fire for comments about gays and lesbians
NEW YORK (AP) — Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.
A tape of Burrell preaching at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church began circulating online. She said that "the perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women." She referred to specific homosexual acts as perverted.
Orlando shops designate themselves ‘safe places’ for gays
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials in a Florida city are launching a program allowing businesses to designate themselves as safe places for gays and lesbians if they feel threatened.
Orlando officials will begin distributing decals Monday to local businesses to post in their windows identifying them as places members of the LGBTQ community can go if they feel they are in jeopardy.
Orlando shops designate themselves ‘safe places’ for gays
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orlando officials are launching a program that allows businesses to designate themselves as safe places for gays and lesbians if they feel threatened.
Orlando officials on Monday will begin distributing decals to local businesses to post in their windows identifying them as places members of the LGBTQ community can go if they feel they are in jeopardy.
Federal court weighs key decision on LGBT-workplace bias
CHICAGO (AP) — A rare full-court session of a U.S. appeals court in Chicago heard arguments Wednesday on whether protections under a 1964 Civil Rights Act should be expanded to cover workplace discrimination against LGBT employees, as hopes dim among some gay rights activists that the question will be resolved in their favor following Republican election victories.
Mormons preach love for LGBT members, but no doctrinal shift
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leaders told gay and lesbian members Tuesday that attraction to people of the same sex is not a sin or a measure of their faithfulness and may never go away, but reminded them that having sex violates fundamental doctrinal beliefs that will not change.
Iran official: Gay Utah senator watched during recent trip
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's intelligence minister is defending his agents' handling of a visit by a gay Utah state senator after hard-liners alleged it represented a security breach.
Mahmoud Alavi made the comments on Tuesday in an open session of Iran's parliament.
Slur in video exposes racial rifts in an iconic gay enclave
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Long-simmering racial tensions in one of the country's iconic gay neighborhoods have reached a boil after the release of a video clip in which a club owner repeatedly utters a racial slur, leading to calls for action, including the replacement of Philadelphia's liaison to LGBT residents.
Juneau says she would change discourse on gays and lesbians
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's first openly gay federal candidate said Wednesday that electing her to Congress would be a historical event that could change the discourse about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people.
Denise Juneau, a Democrat, made her comments near the end of a debate against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge that also touched on issues such as gun rights and agriculture.
Chief justice Moore heads to court this week
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore the fiery Deep South jurist has been here before.
Moore was removed as chief justice over a decade ago for refusing to obey a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Moore faces removal from office again, this time on accusations that he urged 68 probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
There she is: Out of the closet, and ready for Miss America
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — After competing in pageants for generations in the closet or working behind the scenes, gays and lesbians finally get to see one of their own take one of pageantry's biggest stages.
Miss Missouri, Erin O' Flaherty, will compete for the Miss America crown this weekend as the first openly lesbian contestant.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on efforts an effort to remove Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore from office and an impeachment investigation against Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (all times local):
A judicial ethics panel wants Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore swiftly removed from office for urging the state's probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage.
Alabama's Judicial Inquiry Commission wrote Friday that Moore's unremorseful...
DETROIT (AP) — A woman whose same-sex relationship ended before gay marriage became legal doesn't have parental rights to a child born to her partner in 2008, the Michigan appeals court said Wednesday.
The decision, which comes a year after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage across the country, will stand as a key precedent in similar disputes in Michigan involving children who were raised by gays and lesbians in relationships that...