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Feds: North Carolina LGBT Law Violates Civil Rights

State is at risk of a lawsuit from the Justice Department

(Newser) - A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights protections and can't be enforced, the US Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it's in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding, the AP... More »

Gay Rights Could Get First National Monument

Obama expected to approve Stonewall Inn as national park

(Newser) - The first national monument to the gay rights movement could be on its way. For years, advocates have been calling for the creation of a national park in the vicinity of Manhattan's Stonewall Inn, where a 1969 police raid sparked a protest by gay men, now considered the start... More »

China Court Rejects Gay Couple's Right to Marry

It's the nation's first case, but probably not the last

(Newser) - A court in China ruled Wednesday that two men should not be allowed to marry—but even the loss is being hailed as a big first step for gay rights advocates. A judge in the city of Changsha dismissed the lawsuit filed by 27-year-old Sun Wenlin, who argued that he... More »

Gay Student Sues China Over Textbooks

Many medical textbooks in China classify homosexuality as a curable disease

(Newser) - A Chinese student is suing her government over medical textbooks that classify homosexuality as a mental disorder that can be cured through shock therapy. Twenty-year-old Qui Bai—whose family turned away from her when they found out she was gay—was looking for answers about her sexuality two years ago... More »

Hundreds of Mormons Quit Over New Anti-Gay Policy

Church blocks kids of same-sex couples

(Newser) - At least 1,500 Mormons have resigned from the Church of Latter-day Saints over a new policy targeting same-sex couples and their kids. New guidelines state Mormons in same-sex relationships must face disciplinary councils and possible excommunication, while their "natural or adopted" children can't be baptized until they... More »

Man: I Lost Job at Catholic Home Because I'm Gay

He's filed a discrimination claim

(Newser) - A Virginia man says the bishop of a local Catholic diocese forced his removal from the top job at a diocese-owned assisted living home because he's gay and married to his partner of 30 years. John Murphy filed a discrimination claim against the Catholic Diocese of Richmond with the... More »

Sorry, Elton, Putin Didn't Invite You to Gay Parade

Phone call between singer, Russian president was a prank

(Newser) - "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" will probably be set to "Repeat" on Elton John's playlist after he gets word he won't be going to Moscow at Vladimir Putin's invite after all. The singer has publicly said in the past he wants to engage... More »

Ellen Page Confronts Ted Cruz on 'Gay Stuff'

Actress debates gay rights and religious freedom with presidential candidate

(Newser) - Here's something you don't see every day: a Hollywood star and a Republican presidential nominee debating gay rights and religious freedom with only a few dozen sizzling pork chops between them. CBS News reports Ellen Page, star of Juno and Inception, interrupted Ted Cruz's pork-related media event... More »

Baker Who Refused Gay Wedding Cake Loses in Court

A third Colorado court calls it discriminatory

(Newser) - A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple lost his third court case today when the Colorado Court of Appeals upheld two earlier rulings that he was guilty of discrimination, the Denver Post reports. Back in 2012, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to... More »

Boy Scouts Change Policy on Gay Leaders

Religious and LGBT groups alike criticize the decision

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America has lifted its long-standing ban against adult leaders who are openly gay—with one big exception, the New York Times reports. Today's vote by the Scouts' national executive board will also allow religious-sponsored units to choose leaders they prefer. Yet the Mormon Church, America'... More »

Obama Chides Kenya President on Gay Rights

But doesn't have much luck

(Newser) - President Obama pushed African nations today to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent. Obama's Kenyan counterpart responded by calling the matter a "non-issue" for his country. Obama tackled the sensitive matter on his first full day... More »

Philadelphia 'Gayborhood' Gets Rainbow Crosswalks

Move will show tourists city is LGBT-friendly, tourist rep says

(Newser) - In a move that had been planned for some time before today's historic Supreme Court ruling , rainbow-colored crosswalks have been painted in a gay neighborhood of Philadelphia known as the Gayborhood. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the walkways made up of six red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet stripes,... More »

Laramie Passes State's First Gay Protection Measure

Matthew Shepard was murdered in Wyoming town

(Newser) - The Laramie City Council has approved a local anti-discrimination ordinance in the college town where Matthew Shepard's death triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays 17 years ago. The council voted 7-2 Wednesday night in favor of the measure that prohibits discrimination based on sexual... More »

Critics: Glaring Problem With FDA's Blood Donation Plan

Those in relationships could still be unable to donate

(Newser) - In December, the FDA revealed it would be ending a lifetime ban on gay men who seek to donate blood, and today, the agency has released its proposal . The FDA will unveil its final guidance after 60 days of public comment, the Huffington Post reports. While gay rights advocates say... More »

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 »

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