Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine
March 23rd, 2014
08:46 AM ET
1 month ago

Biden links Russia’s anti-gay laws to incursion into Ukraine

(CNN) – Russia’s “gay propaganda” law that makes it illegal to tell children about gay rights is linked to the nation’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea, Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday night.

Speaking at a gala in Los Angeles for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, Biden suggested countries that don’t respect the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people also disregard borders.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Ukraine • Vice President Biden
February 26th, 2014
10:17 PM ET
2 months ago

Clinton lauds Arizona veto in speech targeting young voters

(CNN) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t wait long to applaud the veto of an Arizona law that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

In the first minutes of a speech at the University of Miami Wednesday night, Clinton lauded the fact that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer - a Republican - vetoed the legislation that supporters said protected religious liberty.

“Thankfully the governor of Arizona has vetoed the discriminatory legislation that was passed, recognizing that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about,” Clinton said to the 6,000 people who assembled at the south Florida institution.
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Filed under: 2016 • Arizona • Gay rights • Hillary Clinton • Jan Brewer
February 25th, 2014
01:42 PM ET
2 months ago

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto 'religious freedom' bill

(CNN) – All signs indicate Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will likely veto politically-charged legislation that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents contend discriminates against gays and lesbians.

Brewer did not signal her intention either way in an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gay rights • Jan Brewer
February 24th, 2014
09:33 PM ET
2 months ago

Gov. Jan Brewer to CNN: 'I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona'

Washington (CNN)- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tells CNN she will make her decision in the “near future” about whether to sign or veto a bill that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents call discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

“I can assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona,” Brewer told CNN in an exclusive interview at the site of the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gay rights • Jan Brewer
Poll: Same-sex marriage support at 50% in key state
February 24th, 2014
08:59 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Same-sex marriage support at 50% in key state

(CNN) - A new poll indicates a slight majority of Ohio voters support legalizing same-sex marriage in their state.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Monday morning, 50% of Buckeye State voters back the move, with 44% opposed to making same-sex marriage legal.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Ohio • Polls • Same-sex marriage
February 16th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Chelsea Clinton: LGBTQ rights 'unfinished business' of this century

(CNN) - Adapting a line from her mother, Chelsea Clinton said Sunday that shedding light on LGBTQ issues should be a major focus for human rights advocates this century.

"My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said of Hillary Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state. “That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBTQ rights the unfinished business of the 21st century."

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Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Gay rights • Hillary Clinton
December 27th, 2013
08:50 AM ET
4 months ago

Alabama lawmaker to propose legislation backing 'Duck Dynasty' star

Updated 12/27/2013 at 2:20pm ET

(CNN) - The controversial comments about homosexuality made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson have come up in conversations across the country in the past two weeks and may make its way to the Alabama state legislature next month.

Republican state Sen. Jerry Fielding plans to introduce a symbolic resolution in support of the Louisiana family's patriarch.
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Filed under: Alabama • Gay rights
Boehner: GOP should support its openly gay candidates
December 5th, 2013
01:34 PM ET
5 months ago

Boehner: GOP should support its openly gay candidates

Updated 4:17 p.m. ET, 12/5/2013

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he believes the GOP should support the party's openly gay candidates.

"I do," he said when asked by CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash if he backs such House hopefuls.
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Filed under: 2014 • Gay rights • John Boehner
Gay rights group hits Boehner for scheduling 'anti-LGBT' speakers on the Hill
November 15th, 2013
04:17 PM ET
5 months ago

Gay rights group hits Boehner for scheduling 'anti-LGBT' speakers on the Hill

Washington (CNN) - Gay rights group Human Rights Campaign is blasting House Speaker John Boehner for scheduling a room on Capitol Hill for a meeting of individuals the organization accuses of supporting Russia's anti-LGBT "propaganda" law.

Speakers from a variety of groups that support things like traditional marriage took part in a symposium on Friday by the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society – a traditional marriage group.

The event was called "Family Policy Lessons from Other Lands: What Should America Learn?"

Human Rights Campaign argued in a statement the event was used "to promote using Russia's anti-gay laws as a model for the U.S."
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Filed under: Gay rights • John Boehner
Senate passes LGBT anti-discrimination bill
November 7th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate passes LGBT anti-discrimination bill

Washington (CNN) - For the first time, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.

The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Democratic-led chamber on Thursday, 64 to 32.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Senate
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