November 27, 2012
Uganda's ignominious anti-gay bill is back in play. After being deservedly relegated to legislative limbo last year, the bill, which would expand the definition of what constitutes a homosexual "crime" in the country's statute books, is once again under consideration in the Ugandan parliament. In its original form, the anti-homosexuality bill would have allowed for the death penalty against serial offenders. Now, a legislative committee has apparently recommended that the bill be brought before the full parliament for debate, but with the death penalty replaced with life imprisonment.
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June 5, 2012 |
Well before the national gay-rights movement sprang from the Stonewall riots, West Hollywood Presbyterian Church started Los Angeles' first gay men's rap group. The year was 1965. The congregation launched the Lazarus Project in 1977, sending gay men and lesbians into Presbyterian churches across the country to share their stories of faith and family at a time when the denomination was poised to declare that "homosexuality was not God's wish. " The small church just off the Sunset Strip was the faith's first to hire an openly gay pastor — 27 years before the Presbyterian Constitution allowed homosexuals to be ordained.
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September 4, 2009 |
The legacy of Harvey Milk has had a very good year. Three decades after California's first openly gay elected leader was gunned down in San Francisco City Hall, Milk has been celebrated by an Oscar-winning film, named to the state Hall of Fame and lauded by President Obama. But despite those posthumous accolades, a legislative push to create a day of recognition for Milk became one of the most contentious issues in the Capitol this year. The proposal, which passed the Legislature on Thursday, is among more than a dozen gay rights bills offered in the aftermath of Proposition 8, last November's ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California.
August 15, 2013 |
Friction over Russia's new anti-gay legislation and the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics has reached ground level, with athletes entering the fray. The issue has become a hot point at the track-and-field world championships in Moscow, where Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva won her third title. Isinbayeva criticized fellow competitors for painting their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays. She spoke out against gay rights. "If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva was quoted as saying Thursday by the Associated Press. "We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys.
June 6, 2012 |
No two ways about it, it's terrific that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been a longtime, unwavering and vocal supporter of gay rights , including same-sex marriage, as The Times reported Wednesday. That's also the day when the mayor's office sent out a press release announcing that for much of this month, the movie-star-famous face of City Hall would be bathed in lavender light in acknowledgment of LGBT Heritage Month. Lavender? Opinion seems divided on whether that's a firmly adopted color of the gay rights movement or a derogatory reference to homosexuality.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a victory for gay rights activists just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples. Three Republicans - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois - voted for the bill, which passed on a 15-7 vote. The Republican support gave the perennial bill called the Employer Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, some hope of passage in the Senate, though its prospects in the House were less certain.
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March 27, 2013 |
The U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, a gay rights lawyer said Wednesday. Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said after attending the court's hearing that she believed there were five justices willing to rule on the constitutionality of the federal law. “By June, DOMA will be history,” Kendell said. FULL COVERAGE: Same-sex marriage ban She said the justices appeared more relaxed during the hearing on the federal law than they had been Tuesday in the arguments over Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.
November 8, 2012
It took a long time for same-sex marriage to win at the ballot box, but when it finally happened Tuesday, it happened in a big way. In the states where voters considered measures to recognize gay marriage rights - Maine, Maryland and Washington - all three won approval. In Minnesota, voters rejected a Proposition 8-like measure that would have embedded a ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution. Let's not fool ourselves: This nation has a long way to go before all gay and lesbian couples enjoy full marriage rights.
November 18, 2012
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita's Tie the Knot bow ties are not the first product to emerge from the intersection of fashion and the marriage movement. Here's a brief timeline of other recent occasions when the fashion industry showed its support for gay rights: May 2009 Mannequins at Levi Strauss stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco sport White Knots, a symbol of support for same-sex marriage. April 2011 Marc Jacobs releases a limited-edition T-shirt to support the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group.