A Texas district court judge has rejected the Mayor of Houston's motion to forgo a jury trial in the "Houston pastors" lawsuit, which seeks to force the city to allow voters decide whether or not to overturn a transgender rights ordinance, which allows self-identified transgenders to use bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.
The lawsuit looks to require Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the city to act on a petition, started by conservative Houston-area pastors and activists, calling for a voter referendum to allow the people of Houston to decide whether the ordinance, which passed last May, should stay or go.
Although the city's secretary Anna Russell verified that the petition had exceeded the amount of signatures needed to force the referendum, Parker refused to put the initiative on the ballot during last November's election. more >>
A bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that if enacted would strip the salary of any Texas-government employee who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
Known as House Bill 623, the recently introduced bill declares that no state funds will go to the distribution of gay marriage licenses.
An ex-gay organization is planning legal action against the District of Columbia for its recent banning of conversion therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts therapy, for minors.
Voice of the Voiceless, an organization focused on ex-gay rights and recognition, is in the early stages of planning to bring legal action against the government of the nation's Capital over the recently passed bill.
A set of miracle quadruplets were born to Ashley and Tyson Gardner on Sunday, bringing the start of one journey and the end of a hard-fought battle to bring the baby girls into the world.
Indie, Esme, Scarlett, and Evangeline Gardner made their debut on Sunday, after doctors decided that it would be too risky to let them stay in Ashley's womb any longer. All four were delivered by Cesarean section on Dec. 29, 2014.
Ashley and her doctors worked hard to ensure that the babies would have the best chances possible. The couple struggled with infertility for eight years before undergoing fertility treatments that resulted in the quadruple pregnancy. more >>
An Oklahoma abortionist who was recently arrested for scamming women who were not pregnant into purchasing and taking abortion-inducing drugs has lost his state medical license.
Naresh G. Patel, the 62-year-old head of the Outpatient Services for Women of Warr Acres who was arrested earlier this month, had his license revoked on Monday.
Patel met with Oklahoma's Medical Licensure Board and agreed to stop working pending an investigation into his practices, according to Graham Lee Brewer of newsok.com. more >>
The governor of New York recently approved a new policy that will allow the state's tax dollars to fund sex change operations for indigent New Yorkers who identify as transgender and have been medically diagnosed with gender identity disorder.
The new regulation will permit the state's $55 billion Medicaid program, which is already the largest in the nation, to fund gender reassignment surgeries as well as other medical treatments, such as hormone therapy for transgenders enrolled in the program.
Officials in the state estimate that the new provision in the Medicaid policy will expand the program by nearly $6.7 million a year. According to the New York Post, there are approximately 661 transgender residents enrolled in the state's Medicaid program who've been diagnosed with gender dysphoria who would qualify for the reassignment surgery. more >>