Experts and Advocates Condemn Discrimination Disguised as Religious Freedom

Earlier today, experts, civil rights leaders and a member of Congress hosted a press call to condemn the “religious freedom” arguments used to justify discrimination in state-based legislation and in the upcoming Supreme Court arguments in Zubik v. Burwell. On the call, The Leadership Conference Education Fund released an update to its recent report Striking(…)

Kansas House Sends Legislative Attack on LGBT College Students to Governor

  The Kansas House of Representatives has passed SB 175 – a bill that would put LGBT college students at even greater risk of discrimination. Now headed to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk, the legislation would force public universities to fund student organizations that discriminate by restricting their membership and denying LGBT students from participating under(…)

HRC Announces First Round of House and Senate Endorsements

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that HRC’s Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from across the nation, voted Friday to issue the following Congressional endorsements focusing on incumbent members of Congress. “From supporting nationwide marriage equality, to co-sponsoring the Equality Act, these members of Congress have demonstrated a strong commitment to equality(…)

Bill Takes Aim at Homophobic Tyrants Who Persecute LGBT People

  A Democratic US Senator has introduced a bill that would deny visas to foreigners complicit in the persecution of LGBT people. Jeanne Shaheen, the Senator for New Hampshire and a close ally of Hillary Clinton, introduced the Global Respect Act in the Senate this week. The LGBT rights bill takes aim at people who(…)

Lambda Legal Wins Lawsuit Against Feds For Social Security Benefits For Lesbian Widow

  Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of its lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) brought on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee). “The Social Security Administration has finally adjusted Kathy’s(…)

Legal disputes increasing between couples who live together

Cohabitating couples are splitting up with the help of lawyers in a growing number of relationships.  According to 45% of members in a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), legal disputes between unmarried couples who had previously lived together are on the rise during the past three years.  A significant 70%(…)

Berlin Opens Germany’s First Major Gay Refugee Center

  Germany will on Tuesday open a shelter for homosexual refugees with space for more than 120 people, the association behind the project said. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Marcel de Groot, who runs the Schwulenberatung advisory centre which is responsible for the project, said the Berlin shelter will house gay, lesbian and(…)

Emails reveal Hillary Clinton ‘Pushed Obama Administration’ to Tackle Anti-gay Laws in Africa

  Newly-released emails from Hillary Clinton have revealed she pushed the Obama administration to take a harder stance on anti-gay laws in Africa – and reveal her excitement to be honoured at World Pride. Hillary Clinton served as US Secretary of State from 2008 until 2012. The State Department is continuing to release batches of non-classified emails from her(…)