Senate to vote on LGBT discrimination bill
November 4th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
6 months ago

Senate to vote on LGBT discrimination bill

Washington (CNN) - The Senate will take up an anti-discrimination bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.

The Senate is set to vote on a key procedural measure Monday afternoon. It's the first time the Senate has moved to take up a comprehensive form of the bill.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Senate
Biden cancels LGBT keynote speech because of government shutdown
October 3rd, 2013
12:46 PM ET
7 months ago

Biden cancels LGBT keynote speech because of government shutdown

(CNN) – The government shutdown has caused Vice President Joe Biden to back out of a keynote address to the annual dinner of the national gay and lesbian group Human Rights Campaign, according to his office Thursday.

Biden had been scheduled to be speak at the Human Rights Campaign's national dinner in Washington Saturday night. An HRC spokesman confirmed that Biden had cancelled.
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Filed under: Gay rights • Government Shutdown • Joe Biden
New Jersey to outlaw gay conversion therapy for minors
August 19th, 2013
06:30 AM ET
8 months ago

New Jersey to outlaw gay conversion therapy for minors

Update 11:16 a.m. ET - Christie has signed the bill into law.

Washington (CNN) – New Jersey will become the second state to forbid gay conversion therapy for minors when Gov. Chris Christie signs legislation into law Monday banning the highly controversial practice, CNN has learned.

Gay conversion therapy is an effort championed by people who believe that you can change a person’s sexual orientation through counseling. The American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association are just a handful of professional organizations that oppose this practice, saying it is harmful.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Gay rights • New Jersey
August 7th, 2013
03:08 AM ET
9 months ago

President Obama: “No patience” for anti-LGBT laws in Russia

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”

Speaking to “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, the president was asked by the host about recent legislation in Russia that cracks down on gay rights.
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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama
LGBT protesters arrested at Boehner office
June 13th, 2013
07:41 PM ET
10 months ago

LGBT protesters arrested at Boehner office

(CNN) - Police arrested members of an LGBT group on Thursday during a protest outside of House Speaker John Boehner's district office on Capitol Hill.

The activists who were handcuffed and taken into custody are affiliated with GetEQUAL action, the same lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization that disrupted the first lady's DNC event last week.
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Filed under: Gay rights • John Boehner
June 4th, 2013
09:42 PM ET
11 months ago

First lady clashes with protester; threatens to leave event

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama had a rare run-in with an audience heckler Tuesday during a fund-raising event in Washington for the Democratic National Committee.

The outburst from the crowd distracted Obama at a point in her speech when she was speaking emotionally about children and their futures, prompting her to threaten to leave if the woman wanted to keep speaking.
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Filed under: Gay rights • Michelle Obama
Fate of immigration bill gay rights measures in doubt
May 21st, 2013
02:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Fate of immigration bill gay rights measures in doubt

Washington (CNN) - As the Senate Judiciary Committee neared completion of its consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, it remained unclear whether the panel's top Democrat would move forward with a pair of controversial gay rights amendments vehemently opposed by congressional Republicans.

The amendments, offered by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, would recognize same-sex marriages in which one spouse is an American, and also would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born same-sex partners for green cards given proof of a committed relationship.

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Filed under: Congress • Gay rights • Immigration
Gay rights on long list of proposed changes to immigration bill
May 7th, 2013
06:55 PM ET
12 months ago

Gay rights on long list of proposed changes to immigration bill

Washington (CNN) - A top Senate Democrat has offered a pair of amendments to an immigration reform bill bolstering rights for same-sex couples, a politically risky move that threatens to shatter Republican support for the sweeping legislation.

Vermont Sen. Patrick's Leahy's amendments would recognize same-sex marriages in which one spouse is an American, and also would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born same-sex partners for green cards as long as there's proof of a committed relationship.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Immigration
Delaware becomes eleventh state to approve same-sex marriage
May 7th, 2013
05:54 PM ET
12 months ago

Delaware becomes eleventh state to approve same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Delaware became the eleventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday after the State Senate approved the measure and the state's governor signed it into law.

Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, signed the bill following a 12-9 vote in the State Senate passing the measure. The State House approved the bill in April.
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Filed under: Delaware • Gay rights • Jack Markell • Same-sex marriage
Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects
May 1st, 2013
07:59 PM ET
12 months ago

Gay rights plan clouds immigration reform prospects

Washington (CNN) -- A prominent gay rights advocacy group says a key congressional Democrat will push for new rights for same-sex couples in the Senate's immigration reform bill - a move which could undermine the legislation's bipartisan support.

According to a spokesman for Immigration Equality, Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy intends to offer an amendment later this month allowing foreign-born individuals in committed same-sex relationships with Americans to apply for green cards.

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Filed under: Gay rights • Immigration • Pat Leahy • Senate
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