Obama goes global with gay rights push

Jun 29, 2014

Obama goes global with gay rights push

U.S. President Barack Obama has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world to promote a cause that still divides his own country. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to ...

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on gay marriage

A federal judge deemed Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional on Friday to the delight of gay couples who immediately began rushing to county offices to wed as word of the ruling spread. The ruling marked the latest in a string of decisions by ...

| May 28, 2014

U.S. legal wins bolster same-sex marriage

One after another, U.S. judges are declaring it’s too late to turn back on the topic of same-sex marriage. An unbroken string of state and federal court rulings in support of gay and lesbian unions covers every region of the country, including the conservative ...

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

May 13, 2014

Politics still on stage at Eurovision contest

It’s the beard that divided a continent. The victory of Austrian whiskered drag queen Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision Song Contest had celebrities from Nigella Lawson to Russell Brand posting bearded selfies on the Internet in tribute — and some conservative Russian men snapping ...

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

May 10, 2014

Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of ...

Elton John, longtime partner to wed

Mar 31, 2014

Elton John, longtime partner to wed

Pop icon Elton John says he will tie the knot with partner David Furnish now that his native Britain has legalized gay marriage. The top-selling artist told NBC’s “Today” show that “we’ll do it very quietly,” adding, “but we will do it, and it ...

Britain readies to usher in same-sex weddings

Mar 28, 2014

Britain readies to usher in same-sex weddings

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were to marry in London a stroke after midnight Friday, marking the culmination of a campaign to end a distinction many British gay couples say made them feel like second-class citizens. Saturday will be the first day gay couples ...

Feb 28, 2014

Same-sex marriage legally recognized in Kentucky

A federal judge signed an order Thursday directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries, capping a hectic 24 hours in the battle over gay rights that is raging across America. The Kentucky decision was just the ...

Arizona bill splits Republicans before election

Feb 28, 2014

Arizona bill splits Republicans before election

When Arizona’s governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays on religious grounds, she exposed a fracture within the Republican Party between social conservatives and pro-business moderates. Democrats hope to exploit it ahead of midterm elections in November ...