Same-Sex Marriages Proceed in Alabama as State Judge’s Order Is Defied

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amid conflicting signals from federal courts and the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, some Alabama counties began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday in a legal showdown with echoes of the battles over desegregation in the 1960s. In major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville, gay couples lined…

2015 LGBT Lobby Day

2015 LGBT Lobby Day Event Date: Feb 9, 2015 Join LGBT Coloradans and our allies at the State Capitol for our annual LGBT Lobby Day on February 9, 2015! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/LGBTLobbyDay2015 When: Monday, February 9, 2015 Time: 8am-3pm Where: Central Presbyterian Church 1660 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203 The only way we can…

Federal judge strikes down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge in Mobile on Friday struck down Alabama’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that a woman could not be denied her desire for a second-parent adoption of a 9-year-old boy whom she has helped raise since birth. U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade ruled that the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and the amendment…

Transgender rights arrive at Capitol

DENVER – With gay marriage gaining acceptance in America, advocates in Colorado have set their sights on a new frontier – transgender rights. The entire legal conundrum facing gay couples is not fully settled. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to tackle whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, with a ruling…

High court to hear gay marriage cases in April

WASHINGTON (AP) – Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. The case will be argued in…

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Support Their Kid Wearing Suits

**It shouldn’t take “celebrity” to raise awareness to these issues, but it does help to elevate the conversation to a level of consciousness. Brangelina’s oldest biological child prefers suits to dresses, and wants to be called John. And the famous couple is totally cool with it. The oldest biological child of Brad Pitt and Angelina…

U.S. Supreme Court denies stay; same-sex marriage in Florida begins Jan. 6

Same-sex marriage will begin Jan. 6 in Florida — the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay preventing the state from recognizing the marriages of eight gay and lesbian couples. “The application for stay presented to Justice Thomas and by…

40 People Who Show 2014 Was a Year for Breaking Gender Rules

Ask anyone in LGBT media and they’ll you: Trans visibility is on the upswing in a huge way. Last year The Advocate established a dedicated Transgender channel on this site to better capture how much was and still is going on in the lives and art of trans movers and shakers. The result has been…