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Michigan Pence Signs Indiana Religious Freedom Act

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed SB101 March 26, which was authored with the intent of ensuring that the government cannot force a citizen to violate their religious beliefs. In spite of overwhelming opposition from corporations, civil rights advocates and major convention organizers, Pence signed in to law a sweeping bill that will allow individuals to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against the LGBT community and minorities. READ MORE.

National HIV Outbreak In Indiana To Be Declared Public Emergency

Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the cases. READ MORE.

Presbyterians Approve Gay Marriage In Church Constitution

NEW YORK (AP) - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition of marriage to include a "commitment between two people," recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships. READ MORE.

Puerto Rico Seeks To Recognize, Allow Gay Marriages

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico's Justice Department announced March 20 that it will not defend the U.S. territory's laws banning gay marriage in a major turnaround for the socially conservative island that surprised many. READ MORE.

Hard-right Sen. Cruz 1st To Announce Presidential Candidacy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the Republican Party's most conservative members, announced on Monday he is running for the party's 2016 presidential nomination, making him the first among what is expected to be a crowded field of White House hopefuls to officially enter the race. READ MORE.

Alabama Probate Judge Asks Court To Amend Gay Marriage Order

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A probate judge is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to concede that gay couples can marry in Alabama if the U.S. Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional later this year. READ MORE.

Protesters Rally Against Ga. 'Religious Freedom' Bill

ATLANTA (AP) - Demonstrators gathered at the Georgia Capitol building to rally against a bill critics say could lead to discrimination of gays, lesbians and others. READ MORE.

Idaho House Panel Backs Federal Judge Impeachment Resolution

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Republican lawmakers upset with federal judges overturning same-sex marriage bans across the country are pushing Congress to impeach judges who fail to uphold the U.S. Constitution. READ MORE.

Gay Therapy Ban Passed Illinois House Committee

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gay conversion therapy opponents say the treatment causes harm to teenagers struggling with their sexuality and should be banned in Illinois. READ MORE.

Indiana House Passes Religious Freedom Bill

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana House Republicans passed a sweeping religious freedom bill, in a 63-31 vote, that allows private parties -- including businesses open to the public -- to invoke a religious defense in legal cases. READ MORE.

Kansas Senate Passes Bill Protecting Campus Religious Groups

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate approved a bill March 19 designed to protect religious groups on public college campuses that want to restrict their memberships to people who share their beliefs. READ MORE.

Marriage Lawyers At Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Just six weeks before April 28 arguments, the chief lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who are challenging marriage bans in four states asked the high court for divided argument time. READ MORE.

Transgender Students At School Can Choose Cap, Gown Color

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - Students at a New Hampshire high school will now be able to choose between black and white for their graduation gowns, after a group representing transgender students asked the school board to allow that. READ MORE.

Texas Attorney General Sues Over Same-sex Benefits

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas attorney general is suing the federal labor department over a plan that would extend family and medical leave benefits to married same-sex couples. READ MORE.

Utah OKs Bill For Officials To Refuse To Officiate Marriages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah's Republican governor has signed a bill allowing government officials to refuse to marry couples, including same-sex couples, for religious reasons. READ MORE.

Marriage Lawyers At Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Just six weeks before April 28 arguments, the chief lawyers for gay and lesbian couples who are challenging marriage bans in four states asked the high court for divided argument time. READ MORE.

Text Of Obama's Remark At Selma Anniversary Commemoration

It is a rare honor in this life to follow one of your heroes. And John Lewis is one of my heroes. Now, I have to imagine that when a younger John Lewis woke up that morning 50 years ago and made his way to Brown Chapel, heroics were not on his mind. READ MORE.

32 Gay Rights Activists Arrested In Idaho House And Senate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - More than 30 gay rights activists have been arrested after protesting in the Idaho House and Senate chambers in an attempt to pressure lawmakers into passing anti-discrimination protections. READ MORE.

Federal Judge Blocks Nebraska's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A federal judge blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban on Monday, and the attorney general's office immediately appealed the decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE.

Special Section: Marriage
LGBT Wedding Expo Embodies Hope

SOUTHFIELD - This year the BTL Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo was held on the anniversary weekend of Judge Friedman's decision in DeBoer v. Snyder. That decision struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, for less than 24 hours, allowing 323 couples to become legally married in the state.

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