For the past few years, the anti-LGBT organization Focus on the Family has been trying to rebrand the event once known as the Day Of Truth so that it seems much less dogmatic than it was when it was controlled by the "ex-gay" organization Exodus International. This cosmetic change is reflected in the new name that Focus on the Family gave its event: Day of Dialogue.
The same day the Republican National Committee codified its opposition to marriage equality in a unanimous resolution, committee member Robin Armstrong referred to the GOP as "the party of tolerance" on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews Friday.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told Reuters in an interview on Sunday that President Obama is hoping to bolster his record on gay rights with a push for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), but congressional aides say there is little evidence to indicate his administration is prioritizing the legislation.
Transgender advocates Masen Davis and Christan Williams squared off with Arizona Rep. John Kavanaugh, the author of a bill that would allow businesses to forbid transgender people from using a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
President Barack Obama may have made a slow start on gay rights issues, but by the end of his first term his record was such that a news magazine dubbed him the nation's "first gay president." Now activists want more.
A Republican state representative in Illinois defended his opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday by comparing same-sex unions to polygamy and statutory rape.
“If one male and one female is discriminatory, then isn’t limitation of marriage to just two people discriminatory, too?” he wrote. “There are men who would like to marry two or more consenting females. Would you define their relationship as marriage, too? Could a man marry a consenting 9-year old girl? Why not? To refuse them would be discrimination. Again, where would you draw the line?”
The lack of legal protections in two-thirds of the states for members of the LGBT community means that more people live in poverty and have a harder time making it simply because their rights aren’t on an equal footing with other Americans. This is even more the case for LGBT women and people of color, where employment discrimination fuels an even broader economic crisis.