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Gay Hotel Owner Apologizes for Hosting Ted Cruz

Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass face outrage over event

(Newser) - "I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake." These are the words of gay New York City hotelier Ian Reisner, who's taking no small amount of flak since hosting an unlikely... More »

Obama: Stop Trying to 'Convert' Gay Youth

White House backs ban on conversion therapy

(Newser) - Therapies that try to "cure" gay or transgender young people are wrong and harmful, and President Obama supports banning them, the White House says. In a statement released in response to a WhiteHouse.gov petition to ban so-called gay conversion therapies, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett says the administration shares... More »

Funds Still Pouring In for Memories Pizza: $840K

Co-owner's anti-gay comments in Indiana generates windfall

(Newser) - It's still not clear when or even if a small-town pizzeria will reopen after being caught up in the controversy over Indiana's religious freedom law, but the owners are getting a massive cushion in the meantime. The online fundraising campaign for Memories Pizza in Walkerton has now passed... More »

Boy Scouts Chapter Flouts Ban, Hires Gay Adult Leader

National organization is 'looking into the matter'

(Newser) - In what advocates are calling a "watershed moment," the Boy Scouts' New York chapter said yesterday that it has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national Scouting organization's ban on openly gay... More »

Indiana Pizzeria Hammered for Gay-Wedding Comments

Memories Pizza of Walkerton tells news station it wouldn't cater gay nuptials

(Newser) - We've heard plenty of public outcry about Gov. Mike Pence signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week. So who is cheering the law on? A family-owned pizza joint in Walkerton, Indiana. "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their... More »

Tim Cook Slams 'Dangerous' Indiana Law

Apple will stand up against discrimination, he says

(Newser) - Laws like the recently passed Indiana one allowing businesses to refuse gay customers on the grounds of religious freedom are bad for business and bad for America, Tim Cook warns. In a Washington Post op-ed, the Apple CEO says a "very dangerous" wave of legislation in more than two... More »

Indiana Businesses Could Now Refuse Gay Customers

Gov. Mike Pence signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law

(Newser) - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law—in a ceremony that was held behind closed doors for "no particular reason," says his rep . What it is, and what it means for Indiana, per the AP and Indianapolis Star :
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Ex-Bob Jones Prez: Sorry I Said Gays Should Be Stoned

Bob Jones III says comments feel like they were made by a 'stranger'

(Newser) - Bob Jones III, a former president and current chancellor of Bob Jones University, is apologizing for comments he made 35 years ago, NBC News reports. In a push against Civil Rights Act measures for gay people, Jones called at the time for "the swift justice … that was brought... More »

Presbyterian Church Redefines Marriage

It is 'between two people,' church constitution says

(Newser) - Another big victory for gay rights, this time outside the courts: The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted yesterday to redefine marriage in its constitution as a "unique commitment between two people" instead of "between a man and a woman," reports the AP , which notes that the move makes... More »

Barney Frank Recalls Decision to Come Out in 1987

In memoir, he writes he was tired of trying to hide it

(Newser) - Barney Frank is out with a memoir this month in which he writes about his decision to come out as the first openly gay member of Congress in 1987. The impetus? "I was ashamed of myself for hiding my membership in a universally despised group,” he writes in... More »

US Names 1st Global Envoy for LGBT Rights

Randy Berry will help fight discrimination overseas

(Newser) - The US named its first international envoy for gay rights today, tasking a veteran diplomat with leading the country's efforts to fight violence and discrimination against LGBT individuals overseas. Randy Berry, currently the consul general in the Netherlands, will promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,... More »

Pediatrician Won't Treat Baby With Lesbian Moms

Parents are 'dumbfounded,' but no rules were broken

(Newser) - A pediatrician in the Detroit area is now the center of a debate over gay rights after she refused to care for a newborn because the girl had lesbian parents. As the Detroit Free Press reports, when parents Jami and Krista Contreras brought their 6-day-old girl in for a check-up,... More »

Feds: Walmart Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

Retailer must make amends on health bills

(Newser) - A federal agency says Walmart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Mass., who... More »

Most Alabama Counties Buck Feds on Gay Marriage

More than two-thirds halt all marriage

(Newser) - In Alabama, county officials are caught between an order from the state's chief justice not to issue same-sex marriage licenses and a federal judge's ruling legalizing gay marriage—and most of them have decided to just stop issuing any marriage licenses. After the Supreme Court refused to keep... More »

Mormons Back LGBT Rights, but There's a Catch

Church thinks religious groups' beliefs should be protected

(Newser) - In what the Salt Lake Tribune calls a "major move," leaders of the Mormon church today declared that gays and lesbians across the country deserve better protection from discrimination when it comes to jobs and housing. But the church added a caveat that amounts to what CNN calls... More »

Gay Lawmaker to Critics: I'll Tell About Your Affair

Alabama's Patricia Todd is tired of hearing about 'family values'

(Newser) - If criticism of gay marriage in Alabama quiets down a bit, this might be why: A gay state lawmaker says she will expose "hypocrites" who talk about family values but don't live up to them, reports the TimesDaily . With the state poised to become the latest to allow... More »

Gay Marriage Arrives in Florida

Mass weddings held across state as ban expires

(Newser) - Florida's ban on same-sex marriage ended statewide at the stroke of midnight, and court clerks in some counties wasted no time, issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples overnight. But they were beaten to the punch by a Miami judge who found no need to wait until... More »

Judge Grants First Gay Divorce in Florida

But the milestone will likely be appealed

(Newser) - A judge in Florida made a little history today by granting the state's first divorce of a gay couple, reports the AP . But because the decision involves two different states and pending appeals, thing get convoluted in the way that only gay-marriage cases can. In today's court hearing,... More »

Advocates Push LGBT 'Civil Rights Act'

But it could take a decade

(Newser) - With same-sex marriage sweeping the country and analysts predicting the Supreme Court will soon legalize it in all 50 states, gay rights advocates are turning their attention to new legislation: the LGBT version of 1964's Civil Rights Act. It may take a decade or more to be put into... More »

Egypt Jails 8 Men Over Video of Gay Wedding

They get 3-year sentences after YouTube posting

(Newser) - Eight men in Egypt have to spend the next three years in prison for the crime of celebrating a gay wedding, reports Reuters . The men were convicted today of "inciting debauchery" over the video, which surfaced on YouTube in August and purported to show the nation's first gay,... More »

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