Gay & Lesbian Rights. Legal news and articles for March 11 - 12, 2013

Knights of Columbus: Standing on the Wrong Side of History, for a ChangeJamaican gay rights advocate visits DCCoalition organizes gay marriage rallies at US Supreme CourtGay and lesbian couples deserve equal rightsPro-equality Christians saddened by misinformationDemocrats, Gay Rights Activists Push Florida Bill That Would Set Up Domestic ...Kentucky bill could protect discrimination as "religious freedom"Queen Elizabeth 'Stands Up' For Gay Rights Without Mentioning ThemChinese Parents Fight for Gay Children's Marriage RightsQueen supports gay rights in the Commonwealth?Immigration reform: Gay, lesbian couples want to be includedImmigration reform: Gay, lesbian couples want to be includedQueen 'Fights' For Gay Rights Without Mentioning ThemClaims about religious freedom bill lack evidenceSame-Sex Marriage Debate: Rogue Conservatives Mull Pro-Gay Petition

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Report: DOJ to ask Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage in California — and ...
Hot Air (blog)March 1, 2013

The Obama Administration is expected to take a strong stand Thursday in favor of marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples Thursday, filing a legal brief urging the justices to striking down Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned ...more »

End gay and lesbian discrimination: ACOSS
The AustralianMarch 1, 2013

AS Sydney prepares for the 35th Mardi Gras parade, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has called on the federal government to better address legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people ...more »

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Knights of Columbus: Standing on the Wrong Side of History, for a Change
Huffington PostMarch 12, 2013

Surprisingly, the Knights has not only actively battled against gay and lesbian civil rights, but has over the past several years become one of the nation's largest funders of discrimination against gays and lesbians. In fact, between 2004 and 2011 ...more »

Jamaican gay rights advocate visits DC
Washington BladeMarch 12, 2013

J-FLAG statistics note one third of Jamaicans feel the government has not done enough to protect their LGBT countrymen. Lewis said the Nov. 2012 incident and others like it help “generate the conversation” about gay and lesbian rights in the country.more »

Coalition organizes gay marriage rallies at US Supreme Court
Washington BladeMarch 12, 2013

The Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Marriage Equality USA, the Family Equality Council, the New Organizing Institute, GetEqual and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation are among the groups that will ...more »

Gay and lesbian couples deserve equal rights
Billings GazetteMarch 12, 2013

The writer states that she lived in San Francisco for years and had gay and lesbian friends she liked, including a much-loved co-worker who died of AIDS. What I don't understand is how she can justify denying these "friends" the same basic human rights...more »

Pro-equality Christians saddened by misinformation
Gay NZMarch 11, 2013

It's urging all MPs to allow gay, lesbian and transgender New Zealanders to fully access the social, cultural, legal and spiritual right to marry, when the Bill has its second reading tomorrow night. Christians for Marriage Equality says the ...more »

Democrats, Gay Rights Activists Push Florida Bill That Would Set Up Domestic ...
NBC 6 South FloridaMarch 11, 2013

Democrats, attorneys and gay rights activists gathered on the fourth floor of the state Capitol Monday trying to change minds about same-sex couples. Nadine Smith is the executive director of Equality Florida, a gay and lesbian rights group that is ...more »

Kentucky bill could protect discrimination as "religious freedom"
SalonMarch 11, 2013

Opponents contend that the bill could be used to circumvent fairness ordinances approved by Lexington and three other Kentucky cities that ban discrimination against gay, lesbian and other populations not covered by federal civil rights laws. Among ...more »

Queen Elizabeth 'Stands Up' For Gay Rights Without Mentioning Them
Advocate.comMarch 11, 2013

But as Zack Ford at ThinkProgress LGBT points out, the queen didn't actually use the words "gay" or "lesbian" in her much-touted commitment to civil rights and gender equality. "We are implacably opposed to all form of discrimination," the charter reads.more »

Chinese Parents Fight for Gay Children's Marriage Rights
ABC NewsMarch 11, 2013

The letter was published by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), a gay rights group based in the southern China city of Guangzhou. The group helps parents to communicate with their gay children. In the open letter, the parents ...more »

Queen supports gay rights in the Commonwealth?
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsMarch 11, 2013

Not once has she visited or supported a gay charity. For the last four years, I've been pressing Buckingham Palace over the Queen's failure to acknowledge the existence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people - and got nowhere. More of ...more »

Immigration reform: Gay, lesbian couples want to be included
Long Beach Press-TelegramMarch 11, 2013

Even as they brace for the U.S. Supreme Court's looming deliberations on same-sex marriage, thousands of gay and lesbian couples are looking to another civil rights battle -- equality in immigration law. About 48,000 same-sex couples in the United ...more »

Immigration reform: Gay, lesbian couples want to be included
North Adams TranscriptMarch 11, 2013

Even as they brace for the U.S. Supreme Court's looming deliberations on same-sex marriage, thousands of gay and lesbian couples are looking to another civil rights battle -- equality in immigration law. About 48,000 same-sex couples in the United ...more »

Queen 'Fights' For Gay Rights Without Mentioning Them
ThinkProgressMarch 11, 2013

Astonishingly, since she became Queen in 1952, the words 'gay' and 'lesbian' have never publicly passed her lips. There is no record of her ever speaking them. Even when she announced government plans for gay law reform in her Queen's Speeches, she ...more »

Claims about religious freedom bill lack evidence
Hopkinsville Kentucky New EraMarch 11, 2013

(AP) — Some lawmakers and liberal groups say a bill to bolster legal protections for religious freedom in Kentucky will undermine civil rights protections and other laws. Among their claims: Landlords could turn ... For example, Cothran wants stronger ...more »

Same-Sex Marriage Debate: Rogue Conservatives Mull Pro-Gay Petition
Spiegel OnlineMarch 11, 2013

The party's general secretary, Alexander Dobrindt, told the Welt am Sonntag Sunday newspaper that small interest groups cannot be allowed to drive the debate on gay and lesbian rights. "We have 17 million marriages in Germany and 30,000 same-sex ...more »

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