The Rev. Steve Heiss presided at his first same-sex marriage ceremony in a field in upstate New York on July 7, 2002. At the time, gay marriage was not legal in New York, and it remains illegal in the United Methodist Church.
Prosecutors said there isn't enough evidence to pursue hate crimes charges against a against the man accused of fatally stabbing a 69-year-old man in a Queens subway station after claiming the victim blew kisses at him.
Four states have denied spousal military benefits to LGBT National Guard service members, in a move that contradicts the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down section 3 of DOMA and a Pentagon directive to treat all military members equally.