Ohio Lawmakers Get Bill To Ban Ex-Gay Torture reports: A new bill in the Ohio House would ban conversion therapy — programs intended to end same-sex attraction and make a gay person straight. The conversion therapy bill is sponsored by Rep. Mary Lightbody, a Columbus-area Democrat. “Human beings are complex, and each individual is unique,” Lightbody said in a statement. “As children grow,(…)

Cop Told To “Tone Down Gayness” Gets $10M

ABC News reports: A gay Missouri police officer who won a “historic” $20 million judgment in a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit alleging he was told to “tone down your gayness” by a police commission board member has reached a settlement with St. Louis County for half the amount a jury awarded him. The settlement in the(…)

Federal Appeals Court Hears Ex-Gay Torture Challenge

Courthouse News reports: The constitutionality of South Florida bans on juvenile gay conversion therapy is hanging in the balance in the 11th Circuit, where attorneys jousted Tuesday over whether the bans violate therapists’ free speech rights. At issue is a lawsuit filed by two therapists challenging local laws that prohibit them and other licensed counselors from(…)

Same-Sex Marriage Begins In Northern Ireland

RTE news reports: Two Belfast women have become the first same-sex partners to get married in Northern Ireland. Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, tied the knot at 2pm in Carrickfergus, just outside Belfast, following the landmark law change last year championed by the Love Equality campaign. “We didn’t expect to be the first couple,(…)