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National Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays In Sign Of Split

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. READ MORE.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. The ruling Friday (Oct. 17) by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage. READ MORE.

October Surprise At The Supreme Court

If state bans against same-sex marriages were a table, the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act last year was like the loss of a leg. The announcement last week that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear appeals to keep such bans on the books was like the loss of a second leg. The table has fallen. All that is left is for the Supreme Court to remove the final two legs - by declaring that such bans are unconstitutional and by ensuring that its declaration does not provide a way for any individual state to continue its ban. READ MORE.

Michigan Spirit Day Observed Oct. 16

Oct. 16 is this year's Spirit Day, an event created by GLAAD to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who have been bullied. READ MORE.

National Alaska Will Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on gay marriage - one of the first such prohibitions approved by voters in the U.S. READ MORE.

Bishops Say Gays Have Gifts To Offer Church

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married. READ MORE.

Oklahoma Gay Couples Can Now File For Benefits

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - State employees married to people of the same sex can now apply for benefits in Oklahoma, a spokesman for the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services said. READ MORE.

National Coming Out Day 2014

National Coming Out Day is Oct. 11. Throughout the country this week, LGBT people and their allies have celebrated the addition of 16 states to the number of states that offer legal same-sex marriage. It is a monumentous and historic week in American history. But so is National Coming Out Day. READ MORE.

Supreme Court Denies Seven Appeals In Five States

In a surprise development, the U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it would not accept for review any of the seven appeals on same-sex marriage bans from five states. The action means that the stays placed on lower court decisions in all five states-decisions that struck down bans on marriage for same-sex couples--are immediately lifted, making way for lower courts to issue orders requiring the states to stop enforcing their bans and begin issuing marriage licenses. READ MORE.

New York To Change Gender Options On Birth Certificates

"Having such a critical document that correctly reflects your gender identity is a basic human right that too many transgender people have been denied for far too long," said Council Member Corey Johnson who spearheaded the work and introduction of the policy. "Practically speaking, these measures will transform the lives of transgender individuals in so many ways that other people take for granted - from accessing government benefits and health coverage, to getting a job and using appropriate facilities." READ MORE.

Supreme Court Rejects Five Gay Marriage Appeals

(AP) Gay unions are now legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. URL The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday http:www.nola.comcrimeindex.ssf201410supremecourtgaymarriage.html from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. READ MORE.

MY2024 Declaration Calls For Online Conversation

To celebrate LGBT history month throughout October, many organizations are hosting events and engagements for the community and allies. For ten days starting Oct. 7, My2024, an online forum, game, national conversation and party, will ask LGBT people across the county how their lives and communities could change by the year 2024. READ MORE.

9th Circuit Strikes Down Bans, Adds Five More States

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday (Oct. 7) struck down state bans against marriage for same-sex couples in Nevada and Idaho, but the ruling will - if not appealed - affect bans in 9th Circuit states with similar bans: Alaska, Arizona and Montana. That means the total count on marriage equality states could well reach 35 this week. READ MORE.

Revisiting Annual Reminders, Nearly 50 Years Later

On July 4, 1965, John James traveled to Philadelphia to march among a group of gay and lesbian demonstrators calling for liberty for LGBT people. Nearly 50 years later, James is again surrounded by LGBT people in the City of Brotherly Love -- this time in a very changed world. READ MORE.

The Financial Penalty Of Being LGBT In America

The MAP released a promo-video today that discusses the financial burdens placed on a LGBT couple. The video explains how national, state and local laws contribute to significantly higher rates of poverty among LGBT Americans and create unfair financial penalties in the form of higher taxes, reduced wages and Social Security income as well as increased healthcare costs and much more. READ MORE.

Freedom To Marry Launches National TV AD

"The ad underscores the human costs of prolonging marriage discrimination," said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. "Every day of denial is a day of real and needless injury, indignity, and injustice for too many families across the country -- and time matters. America is ready for the freedom to marry, 40 lower court rulings have affirmed the freedom to marry, even opponents are saying it's time to bring the country to national resolution -- and it is, indeed, time." READ MORE.

LGBTQ Trailblazers Receive MacArthur Fellowships

The MacArthur Foundation announced the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows on Sept. 18 - providing a $625,000, no-strings-attached stipend to each fellow to support their creative endeavors. Among the list of 21 exceptional individuals chosen were two notable leaders in the LGBT community: Mary Bonauto and Alison Bechdel. READ MORE.

In Apology To Trans Community, HRC Pledges Push For Broad LGBT Bill

In a gracious and surprising move, the president of the nation's largest LGBT organization offered an apology to the transgender community at the same time he said the group would take a lead in advocating fully comprehensive federal LGBT civil-rights legislation."I want to cut right to the chase here today," said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin in Atlanta Sept. 5, addressing several hundred people at the annual Southern Comfort conference, a major gathering for transgender people. READ MORE.

Special Section: Pride Source Votes
Revealing Bigotry: Taking On Gary Glenn

In a Sept. 27 op-ed in the Detroit News, conservative Republican columnist Nolan Finley raised serious concerns about three Republican candidates running for the state house Nov. 4. Todd Courser of Lapeer, Cindy Gamrat of Plainwell and Gary Glenn of Midland -- all correctly identified by Finley as a "trio (who) seeks tea party tyranny." Nolan describes Glenn and Courser as "extremely anti-gay (who) would turn the Republican Party into a fundamentalist denomination of the Christian Church if given the chance." Finley warned that the trio's narrow views on the Legislature could cripple the government and its ability to work across the aisle to move the state forward. Their agenda also includes killing any expansion of the Elliot-Larsen act to include LGBT protections.

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