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Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi Marriage Ban

Federal Judge Strikes Down Mississippi Marriage Ban

Today U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled in favor of equality, striking down Mississippi’s discriminatory constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Attorney Roberta Kaplan represented two plaintiff couples on behalf of Campaign for Southern Equality, arguing that Mississippi’s marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution.  Kaplan successfully argued United States v. Windsor against the federal Defense of Marriage Act […]

West Palm Beach City Commissioners  Vote to Support Marriage Equality

West Palm Beach City Commissioners Vote to Support Marriage Equality

WEST PALM BEACH, Fl.—At this evening’s meeting, West Palm Beach City Commissioners joined the statewide marriage equality debate by unanimously voting to sign on to court briefs opposing Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex-marriage. The action was taken at the request of the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, a local non-profit organization dedicated to ending […]

NY High Court Allows Retrial on Hate Crime Charge in Killing of Transgender Woman

NY High Court Allows Retrial on Hate Crime Charge in Killing of Transgender Woman

NEW YORK, NY—The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) yesterday renewed its call for justice in the case of a slain transgender woman after the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the hate crime conviction of the man accused of killing her but allowed the state to retry him on the disputed hate […]

Grand Jury Decision to Not Indict Michael Brown’s Shooter: NCLR Reacts

Grand Jury Decision to Not Indict Michael Brown’s Shooter: NCLR Reacts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Yesterday, a Ferguson grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, this summer in Ferguson, Missouri. The decision comes after months of deliberation where a grand jury was impaneled to consider possible criminal charges ranging from […]

Barilla Receives Perfect Rating in HRC's Corporate Equality Index

Barilla Receives Perfect Rating in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

By: Kelly Morris/The Seattle Lesbian— After Guido Barilla of Barilla pasta, the world’s largest pasta manufacturer, said he would never do a commercial with a gay couple, the company has made a complete turnaround and have now received a perfect rating in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index. Last September, Barilla told an Italian radio host, […]

Seattle Pride Mourns the Loss of HIVster Founder Brad Crelia

Seattle Pride Mourns the Loss of HIVster Founder Brad Crelia

The 29-year-old local pioneer was named to the 2014 POZ100 list one week ago SEATTLE, Wa.—Seattle Pride is saddened to have learned of the passing of Spokane, Washington native Brad Crelia, 29, on November 21st. Crelia co-founded HIVster.com with his friend Jesse James Kendall six months after learning he was HIV-positive himself. The beloved community member […]

Lambda Legal & Forum for Equality Ask High Court to Review Louisiana Marriage Case

Lambda Legal & Forum for Equality Ask High Court to Review Louisiana Marriage Case

Lambda Legal and the lawyers representing Forum for Equality Louisiana and seven same-sex Louisiana couples today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review September’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s discriminatory marriage ban. The groups are seeking U.S. Supreme Court review in advance of the hearing in the case, Robicheaux v. Caldwell, before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court […]

Iconic TV Host Ana Maria Polo Joins HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign

Iconic TV Host Ana Maria Polo Joins HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign

Yesterday, HRC released two web videos featuring Ana Maria Polo, host of the renowned Telemundo show “Caso Cerrado,” for the organization’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign. In the videos – one in English and one in Spanish – Dr. Polo speaks out in support of the right for committed gay and lesbian couples to marry nationwide, asking, “What […]