LGBT protesters arrested at Boehner office
June 13th, 2013
07:41 PM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
And then there were three: Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage
April 8th, 2013
02:20 PM ET
1 year ago

And then there were three: Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Sen. Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, on Monday joined the wave of senators from his party who are endorsing same-sex marriage for the first time.

The third-term senator, who's not seeking re-election next year, said in a statement his "views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation."
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Filed under: Gay rights • Senate • Tim Johnson
Poll: Majority support opening Boy Scouts to gays
February 6th, 2013
12:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Majority support opening Boy Scouts to gays

(CNN) – A poll released Wednesday showed a majority of American voters think the Boy Scouts of America should lift their ban on gay scouts and scoutmasters, the same day the group delayed a vote on the ban until May.

The Quinnipiac University survey indicated 55% of respondents said the ban should end, and 33% said it should remain in place. There was a gap among man and women in the poll – 61% of women supported allowing gay members, while 49% of men supported such a move.
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Filed under: Gay rights
August 31st, 2012
10:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Gay groups and "Homocon" welcomed to GOP convention despite platform

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A man hurrying to catch the light at a corner in muggy downtown Tampa carries a book with a rainbow of color on its cover.

Its title stands out, especially here, where the Republican National Convention has officially accepted a platform that a New York Times editorial called "more aggressive in its opposition to women's reproductive rights and to gay rights than any in memory."

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February 7th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Appeals court rejects California's Proposition 8

San Francisco (CNN) – A federal appeals court ruled against California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, arguing the ban unconstitutionally singles out gays and lesbians for discrimination.

In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the state's Proposition 8 "works a meaningful harm to gays and lesbians" by denying their right to civil marriage in violation of the 14th Amendment. Supporters of same-sex marriages cheered the decision when it was announced outside the courthouse Tuesday morning.

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Filed under: California • Gay rights
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