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A Film That Premiered Today Holds Big Statement From Pope

In it, Francis endorses same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope

(Newser) - Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary Francesco, which had its premiere at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday. The papal thumbs-up came midway through the film that delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment,...

Fallout Continues From Gorsuch's Surprise Ruling

Trump appointee gives landmark victory to LGBTQ employees, and evangelicals are angry

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's conservative bloc split along unusual lines Monday as the court delivered landmark workplace protections to transgender and gay employees . Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts. Their frequent allies—Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh—dissented....

Supreme Court Delivers Big Victory for Gay Rights

Justices say LGBT people are protected from job discrimination

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a major victory to supporters of gay rights, reports the AP . In a 6-3 ruling, the justices decided that Title VII, a key provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protects LGBTQ workers from being fired because of their sexual orientation. Coverage:
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Putin Wants Constitution to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

He proposes amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman

(Newser) - Like George W. Bush before him, Vladimir Putin is supporting a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Unlike the American leader, the Russian president is highly likely to see the amendment become the law of the land. Russian lawmakers said Monday that Putin'...

Pageant Winner Gets Banned After Coming Out

Madison L'Insalata calls it 'frustrating'

(Newser) - Miss Staten Island 2020 Madison L'Insalata will take her marching skills elsewhere after the St. Patrick's Day parade banned her—apparently over her sexual persuasion. "This is definitely a curveball," L'Insalata tells the New York Post . "I was really looking forward to being there...

1st Miss Universe Contestant Comes Out

Swe Zin Htet is from Myanmar

(Newser) - She's known to fans as "Superman," and not for nothing. Swe Zin Htet of Myanmar just became the first openly gay Miss Universe contestant at a time when same-sex relations are illegal in her home country, People reports. "I have that platform that, if I say...

Chick-fil-A Halts Donations to 3 Christian Charities

Chain moves away from anti-gay marriage groups

(Newser) - Chick-fil-A is ending donations to three groups that oppose gay marriage in an effort to halt protests and broaden its customer base. But the move has angered some of the fast food chain's fans. The Atlanta-based company said Monday that starting next year, it will focus its giving on...

Chick-fil-A Just Opened First UK Restaurant. It's Already Closing

The Chick-fil-A in Reading is shutting down after protests related to LGBTQ+ issues

(Newser) - On Oct. 10, the first-ever Chick-fil-A in the UK opened its doors. On Oct. 18 , the announcement was made that it would not be staying there. After the US fast food chain opened a branch in the English town of Reading, the LGBTQ+ advocacy group Reading Pride started organizing protests...

Biden Makes Commotion With 'Gay Waiter' Comment

He tells supporters homophobic remarks would have been tolerated 5 years ago

(Newser) - An awkward moment for Joe Biden: At a Seattle fundraiser on Saturday, the 2020 hopeful, speaking about how far gay rights have come in America, suggested that it would have been acceptable just five years ago for somebody at a business lunch to make fun of a gay waiter, the...

Parades in NYC, Other Big Cities All Commemorate This 1969 Event

It's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which sparked modern gay-rights movement

(Newser) - As Pride Month comes to a close, New York threw a massive LGBTQ Pride March, as other cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle, also hosted parades commemorating the 50th anniversary of the clash between police and gay bar patrons that sparked the modern gay-rights movement. New York's Pride...

Welcome to Gay Hell, Literally

Elijah Daniel says he has bought Hell, Michigan, plans to add 'Gay' in front of name

(Newser) - About 15 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, lies the small town of Hell. For now. A YouTube celeb named Elijah Daniel says he has bought the 5-acre commercial parcel and plans to officially rename it—to Gay Hell, Michigan. The 25-year-old announced his plan on Twitter Tuesday, reports NBC News...

What Really Happened During Gay Pride Panic

Police say a man threatened someone with a BB gun

(Newser) - A man threatened another person with a BB gun during an LGBTQ pride parade in the nation's capital and set off a panic that sent hundreds of people, who mistakenly believed gunshots were fired, running in fear, police said Sunday, per the AP . Aftabjit Singh, 38, was arrested on...

United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup

LGBT policies are the sticking point

(Newser) - There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist, and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors, the AP reports. The differences have simmered for...

Activist Charged in House Fire Investigated as Hate Crime

Michigan police call hoax on 2017 blaze

(Newser) - A Michigan gay rights activist and former Citizen of the Year has been charged with setting his home ablaze in what was first investigated as a hate crime. The 2017 fire killed five pets, the Detroit News reports. Nikki Joly, a transgender man, had received death threats prior to the...

US to Lead Global Campaign to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Execution in Iran helps prompt the administration's effort

(Newser) - The Trump administration is launching a worldwide effort to decriminalize homosexuality. "Some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct," a US official involved in the campaign, which is kicking off Tuesday night with a strategy session in Berlin, tells NBC . It's being...

WV Lawmaker Likens Gays to the KKK, to Outrage

Republican Delegate Eric Porterfield's remarks have been denounced by both sides

(Newser) - Virginia isn't the only state where a lawmaker is being called upon to resign. There's a brouhaha within West Virginia's House of Delegates over anti-LGBT comments Republican Eric Porterfield has repeatedly made over the last week. CNN reports things started last Wednesday during a hearing about an...

'One of World's Oldest Bans' on Gay Sex Is No More

Colonial-era law banning homosexuality has been overturned by India's Supreme Court

(Newser) - Calling sexual orientation "one of the many natural phenomena," the chief justice of India's Supreme Court made a big announcement Thursday about one of the nation's colonial-era laws. The Guardian reports India's highest court has struck down a 160-year-old law banning consensual gay sex, with...

Twitter CEO's Restaurant Choice Ignites Controversy

After criticism, Jack Dorsey laments eating at Chick-fil-A during Pride Month

(Newser) - It started innocently enough: Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, tried to plug his latter company by tweeting that he'd saved money by using its mobile payment service. The problem, at least in some eyes, is that he saved that money while eating at Chick-fil-A. The fast-food chain...

'Take That, Trump!' Candidate Says as He Kisses Hubby in Ad

Richard Madaleno hopes to be Maryland's first openly gay governor

(Newser) - In what may be a political first, Democratic Maryland gubernatorial candidate Richard Madaleno is running a 30-second campaign ad that ends with him kissing his husband, Mark Hodge, reports the Hill . The state senator vows to stand up to President Trump and says, “Here are a few of things...

Gay Cake Case: How a 7-2 Decision Is 'Narrow'

Supreme Court sides with baker, but didn't settle big question of gay rights vs. religious liberty

(Newser) - In one of the most closely watched cases of its current term, the Supreme Court sided with a baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple. But even though the decision was 7-2 in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, the ruling is seen as a narrow...

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