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Church of Scotland to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships

As Ireland prepares to vote on allowing gay marriages, progress on LGBT rights is also making headway in nearby Scotland. The Church of Scotland has voted to allow gay ministers in civil marriages to serve the church and its parishioners.

U.S. Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

The largest body of Presbyterians in the United States has voted to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

Federal judge strikes down Nebraska same-sex marriage ban

Lincoln - A federal judge has ruled that Nebraska's voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, raising the prospect of same-sex weddings beginning in the conservative midwestern state as soon as next week.

Roy Moore says he will defy Supreme Court on marriage equality

Montgomery - Striking a defiant tone, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore—who has already been removed from office once for unconstitutional action—vowed to defy the United States Supreme Court if it should rule in favor of LGBT marriage equality.

Gays marry in Alabama despite state chief justice's order

Montgomery - Committed same-sex couples began marrying Monday in the deeply Christian and conservative Southern state of Alabama, despite an attempt by the state Supreme Court chief justice to thwart such unions.

Federal judge rules Alabama gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Mobile - A federal judge on Friday struck down Alabama's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, declaring it a violation of LGBT individuals' constitutional rights.

'Canoodling' by lesbians in Austrian cafe sparks protests

Vienna - Kicked out of a posh Austrian cafe for "canoodling" stunned two lesbians last week, so much so that the LGBT community staged a kissing protest in front of the 1950s-themed restaurant today.

Jeb Bush softens tone as Florida legalizes gay marriage

Miami - While not fully embracing LGBT equality, Jeb Bush is softening his once staunchly anti-gay stance after a judge legalized such marriages in Florida, as its former governor prepares for a possible 2016 presidential run.

Apple CEO Tim Cook donating to LGBT rights campaign in South

Cupertino - LGBT advocates hailed Thursday's announcement that Apple CEO Tim Cook will help fund a major gay rights initiative in three southern states, including his native Alabama.

LGBT marriage equality victories in Kansas, South Carolina

Topeka - The seemingly inexorable march toward nationwide same-sex marriage equality continued this week, with Kansas becoming the 33rd state to legalize gay marriage and a federal judge striking down South Carolina's ban.

Wyoming becomes 32nd state to legalize same-sex marriage

Cheyenne - LGBT marriage equality has arrived in the 'Equality State.' Wyoming on Tuesday became the 32nd US state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining six other mostly conservative states which have done so this month.

Armagayddon - Irish PSA vid for marriage equality goes viral

With the referendum on a constitutional amendment for marriage equality coming in 2015, Ireland LGBTs are raising awareness on all fronts. Last week LGBT Noise released their PSA video, "ARMAGAYDDON" as part of that effort.

Homosexuality still listed as 'chronic problem' alleges lawsuit

Los Angeles - Matthew Moore is suing his doctor and his medical network after they allegedly ignored his complaint about notations in his medical records indicating that he was suffering from homosexual behavior.

Uganda court annuls anti-gay legislation introduced in February

Kampala - Uganda's Constitutional Court has annulled draconian anti-homosexual legislation cleared into law in February. The court found the bill was passed illegally and therefore has no place in Ugandan law.

Bayside offers a special edition t-shirt to benefit LGBT equality

What's more punk rock than representing for equal rights? Not much, and Bayside is doing their part to support the efforts to attain equality for the LGBT community.

Connecticut Supreme Court rules gay marriage rights retroactive

Hartford - In what LGBT rights advocates are hailing as the first decision of its kind, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that some legal rights of same-sex couples predate the state's 2005 approval of civil unions and 2008 legalization of gay marriage.

Same-sex couples rush to marry in Wisconsin after judge's ruling

Milwaukee - Hundreds of same-sex couples rushed to marry in Wisconsin's largest cities over the weekend after a federal judge ruled the state's voter-approved constitutional amendment banning gay marriage unconstitutional.

Texas Republicans push 'reparative therapy' to 'heal' gays

Fort Worth - The proposed platform of the Texas Republican party would endorse so-called 'reparative therapy' to "heal" gays and lesbians, a discredited 'treatment' that has been banned in two states because of the harm and indignity it can inflict.

Furore as male pupils invited to wear skirts to school in France

Nantes - Education authorities in the city of Nantes, western France are under fire after critics suggested a school's campaign against sexism meant 27 high schools in the Nantes area were inviting male pupils to wear skirts to classes Friday, May 16.

New Brunei penal code punishes gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei - The tiny, oil-rich southeast Asian nation of Brunei has implemented a harsh new Islamic penal code that punishes a range of "crimes" with execution, including death by stoning for individuals who engage in gay sex acts.

World Bank holds back $90m loan to Uganda over anti-gay law

The World Bank has halted a $90 million loan to Uganda, for now, over its anti-gay law that has drawn worldwide criticism from governments, the UN and civil rights groups.

Ugandan president signs law punishing gays with life in prison Special

Kampala - A highly controversial bill punishing LGBT Ugandans with up to life in prison has been signed by the East African nation's Christian president.

Utah takes fight against same-sex marriage to US Supreme Court

Washington - Utah has taken its fight against LGBT marriage equality to the highest court in the nation, asking Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to suspend a lower court's ruling permitting same-sex couples to legally wed in the staunchly conservative state.

CA schools prepare to implement new school transgender laws

Sacramento - The law allowing transgender K-12 students to choose what bathroom they want to use, what gender-specific sports they want to play, and what dress code they adhere to is set to go into effect, and public schools are gearing up to comply with the law.

Review: 'I Have A Secret' by Justin B-Terry Smith Special

A small voice of awareness can open up a world of acceptance. In the case of “I Have a Secret” it does more than aware kids about the importance of HIV acceptance.

Fox News airs false transphobic report

Fox News has been promoting a false story claiming a transgender student at a Colorado high school has been harassing female students in the girls' restroom, republishing word-for-word a bogus report from an anti-gay Christian 'news' site.

Campbell Mayor rejected from donating blood because he is gay

Campbell - Campbell Mayor Evan Low along with and Vice Mayor Rich Waterman were rejected from donating blood at a blood drive the city was hosting because they are openly gay.

Op-Ed: I cannot walk away from my own moral compass

Phoenix - I can't walk away from my moral compass and supporting the Defense of Marriage Act or any Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage would have me do just that. When you use laws to deny Americans their civil rights, you have some soul searching to do.

Lesbian couple finally marry 47 years after first meeting

Greensboro - After 47 years, almost to the day they met, lesbian couple, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin wed under the chuppah ignoring the North Carolina laws that disallow same sex marriage.

The Riddle: LGBT criminalisation throughout the world (video)

As many progressive politicians in Western countries focus on achieving equality between their citizens by supporting same-sex marriage, worldwide, gay people are still criminalised in 76 countries. Now a new video called The Riddle exposes this violence.
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A pro-equality rally.
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Marching for marriage equality in Ireland
Former Ontario MPP George Smitherman at Queer Rights Town Hall. Photo taken at The 519 Church Street...
Former Ontario MPP George Smitherman at Queer Rights Town Hall. Photo taken at The 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, ON.
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The pictures were taken in a gay bar in Montreal, Canada. Canada legalized same-sex marriage in July, 2005. Netherlands became the first country to legalize the union in 2001.