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Kyrgyzstan: Reject anti-LGBT bill

BERLIN, Germany – Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary Committee on Law, Order and Fighting Crime approved a blatantly discriminatory anti-gay “propaganda” bill on February 17, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Kyrgyzstan’s parliament should resolutely reject the bill when it goes to a vote.

Ben Carson fact-checked on outrageous "prison makes you gay" comments

Homosexuality is a choice, just look at the prisons, Republican neurosurgeon Ben Carson said on CNN.

In a March 4 interview, the likely 2016 presidential contender said he believes that legalizing same-sex marriage is a decision that should be left to the states. He also argued that homosexuality is a choice, rather than biological.

Ben Carson: Being gay "absolutely" a choice, look at inmates

Dr. Ben Carson, a potential candidate in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, said Wednesday he "absolutely" believes being gay is a choice.

In an interview with CNN, Carson argued prisons prove people choose to be gay.

"Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay," Carson said. "So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

Pennsylvania: After marriage equality, still much to be accomplished

Last year, Pennsylvania made significant progress toward LGBT equality when a federal court overturned the State’s ban against same-sex marriage allowing same-sex couples to legally marry in the commonwealth. Notwithstanding this critical step forward, Pennsylvania still has a long way to go to protect LGBT individuals within its borders.

Jeb Bush to meet with anti-gay extremist Tony Perkins

That Jeb Bush is the putative “moderate” in the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential field says far more about the ever-rightward movement of the contemporary GOP than it does about Bush’s ideological proclivities. Although he bucks the tinfoil-hat crowd on Common Core and supports comprehensive immigration reform, Bush’s record on abortion rights, taxes, affirmative action, gun control, and Florida’s “stand your ground” law is that of a “head-banging conservative,” as he described himself in his first gubernatorial campaign.

Letter to the community: Pride at Work challenges Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons to tackle trade

This week, the U.S. State Department announced the appointment of Randy Berry as the first Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. In this role, Berry will be responsible for advancing US efforts to protect and defend the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people around the world. Pride at Work Executive Director Jerame Davis reacts:

Fox’s Richard Grenell reveals he was "uninvited" to speak at CPAC, possibly due to gay ban?

Late last night, Fox’s Red Eye broke a little news about next week’s 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference: Its organizers have uninvited former Romney advisor Richard Grenell for a speaking appearance.

Has the anti-gay Right found its gay "partial birth abortion" tactic?

The passage of a draconian, stealthily worded anti-gay bill set to become law in Arkansas, with little resistance from the national business community, and muted response from even national LGBT leaders and figures such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, raises two very important questions: 1) Have gay leaders become so cocky, so deluded by victories that they don't see the backlash organizing right in front of them (or do they see it, but have some foolish, toothless p

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Why gay marriage would have been embraced by our Founding Fathers

(Editor's note: This was first published by AlterNet and can be found HERE.)

"[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse."

--- Thomas Jefferson December 20, 1787

Alabama: State Supreme Court to consider request to stop gay weddings

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Alabama Supreme Court voted 6-2 Friday to consider a request by two conservative groups seeking to halt same-sex marriages in the state.

The organizations are asking the justices to join Chief Justice Roy Moore and direct state probate judges to stop giving marriage licenses to gay couples.

Gays and lesbians have been getting married since Monday in some Alabama counties after a federal judge declared Alabama's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.