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Former NAACP Chief Ben Jealous Declares Bid for Maryland Governor

Former NAACP Chief Ben Jealous Declares Bid for Maryland Governor

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former NAACP president Ben Jealous announced Wednesday that he’s running for governor of Maryland as a progressive Democrat, and in doing so he repeatedly tried to link popular incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to President Donald Trump.  Jealous, who is running in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, could face a […]

A Wyo. City, Known for Beating of Gay Man, Passes a Law

A Wyo. City, Known for Beating of Gay Man, Passes a Law

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead nearly 20 years ago, his murder became a rallying cry in the gay rights movement. Other states adopted stricter laws against violence and discrimination, and Congress passed hate crimes legislation bearing Shepard’s name. Yet in Wyoming, advocates have tried […]

Indiana Civil Rights Case Emboldens LGBT Activists in U.S.

Indiana Civil Rights Case Emboldens LGBT Activists in U.S.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. Facing widespread pressure, including from big businesses such as Apple and Walmart, lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas rolled back […]

Cheers Erupt Over Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage

Cheers Erupt Over Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Chanting “DOMA is Dead,” supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court’s decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage partners the same federal benefits heterosexual couples enjoy. Sarah Prager, 26, cried when she heard the news standing outside the court. Prager married her wife […]

Immigration: A Family Issue? Full Senate to Decide

Immigration: A Family Issue? Full Senate to Decide

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-reaching legislation to grant a chance at citizenship to millions of immigrants living without documents in the United States cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a solid bipartisan vote Tuesday night after supporters somberly sidestepped a controversy over the rights of gay spouses. The 13-5 vote cleared the way for an epic […]