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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Business tycoon Branson calls for Uganda boycott over draconian anti-gay laws

Richard Branson

Richard Branson, the flamboyant, outspoken founder and CEO of Virgin Group, says there should be consequences for Uganda’s “dreadful witch hunt” of gays and lesbians. Branson refuses to invest in Uganda and wants others to do the same.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Federal judge keeps Utah’s same-sex marriages going, but battle to continue

Today U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby said same-sex marriage could continue in Utah as he rejected a request to put them on hold. So far, more than 300 gay couples have obtained marriage licenses in the state.

Gay columnist gets hate mail for criticizing Robertson's bigotry

Josh Barro

On Saturday, Josh Barro of Business Insider published a column that criticizes defenders of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson’s racist, homophobic remarks in GQ. Since then, he’s received plenty of ridiculous, laughable hate mail—check out some excerpts here. By the way, who else thinks Josh Barrow, who is openly gay and an occasional talking head on cable news shows (see unrelated clip), is totally hot?! 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Utah sees gay marriage rush after ruling

Frank E. Moss United States Courthouse, Salt Lake City

Utah, a state that is home to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and considered to be one of the most conservative in the nation, has joined the ranks of Massachusetts, New York and California. A judge overturned its gay marriage ban Friday, making it the 18th state where same-sex couples can legally marry. While gay and lesbian couples rush to say “I Do,” state officials are moving to put the decision on hold.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Could Indiana, a red state, be next for gay marriage?

Indianapolis at night

It looks like quite a battle is shaping up in conservative Indiana as same-sex marriage supporters push to amend the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Volunteers with Freedom Indiana are running phone banks and contacting lawmakers before the Legislature reconvenes next month, while big companies such as Eli Lilly & Co. and Cummins Inc. have each contributed $100,000 to the campaign.

Lockheed Martin stops Boy Scout support over anti-gay bigotry

Lockheed Martin headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland

According to a statement released Thursday by Lockheed Martin, the company is putting a stop to donations to the Boy Scouts of America over its ban on gay leaders. This year, the Boy Scouts began allow gay boys to participate, but it continues to ban gays from leadership roles. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Mexico Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico has become the seventeenth state to allow gay marriage. Some counties had begun to allow same-sex marriages earlier this year because no state law prevented it. Hooray for New Mexico!

Orlando says come here to play if you’re gay

Gay Day at Disney World, 2007

Central Florida's gay and lesbian travel bureau, Converge Orlando Inc., wants to attract more LGBT travelers and has established goals to meet those aims. Orlando is famous for its theme parks, but also offers plenty of great places to eat, shop, party and soak up some sun.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Obama skips Winter Olympics in Russia to send a message to its anti-gay leaders

Billie Jean King

“Oh hell no!” is the message President Obama has sent to Russia in the wake of anti-gay legislation enacted before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, he will send two high-profile gay athletes, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow, as delegates to take part in the ceremonies. Take that, Russian homophobes!