States that ban same-sex marriage either by law or by constitutional amendment made up the top 10 best states for business, according to CNBC.
In recently released numbers, the annual report found that in 2013 the top 10 states for business were, in order, South Dakota, Texas, North Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, Wyoming and Idaho.
The highest ranked state on the list for 2013 with legalized same sex marriage was Iowa, at number 11, and number 50 on the list, Hawaii, recently legalized gay marriage. more >>
Two United Methodist Church clergy of Washington state were recently suspended for a day for officiating same-sex marriage ceremonies, considered a violation of the denomination's rules.
The Rev. Cheryl A. Fear of Garden Street United Methodist Church in Bellingham and the Rev. Gordon Hutchins of The Bridge Church in Tacoma were suspended for 24 hours without pay for performing gay marriages in 2012.
Clergy are forbidden from officiating same-sex marriages even in states where the practice is legally recognized, according to the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline. more >>
Are gays born that way? New research presented Thursday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago looks at this question.
The findings were presented by Michael Bailey, a Northwestern University psychologist who has been sharply criticized by both conservatives and the LGBT community in the past for his research, writing and classes.
He reported that his research shows, according to The Telegraph's science correspondent Sarah Knapton, that some gay men share certain genetic characteristics on a region of the X chromosome called Xq28. more >>
A federal district court judge declared Virginia's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Areda Wright Allen declared the ban unconstitutional on the basis that it violates the plaintiffs' rights under the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. She also issued a stay on the ruling, however, which prevents gay couples from marrying in the state until the case is resolved.
Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage was incorporated into the state's constitution in 2006. The ban is being challenged by a gay couple, Timothy Bostic and Tony London, who were denied a marriage license by the Norfolk Circuit Court last summer. Carol Schall and Mary Townley, a lesbian couple who married in California, later joined the case as plaintiffs with the hope that their marriage would be recognized by the state. more >>
Do you remember the famous Paul Simon song "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"? Well, Facebook is now giving you 50 ways to describe your gender.
Several years ago, Harvard University's Business School changed the gender choices on its online application from "Female, Male" to "Female, Male, Transgender." But that was too limiting, so they changed it again to read "Female, Male, Undisclosed (specify below)."
And if this happened at Harvard, which was founded in 1636 "to train a literate clergy," you can be sure it has been happening on lots of other campuses as well. more >>
Star college football player and National Football League hopeful Michael Sam announced Sunday that he's gay and has since received support from Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen, but critics suggest that Sam's decision to come out is "selfish."
In recent comments made on ABC's Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate WFAA, Hansen explained that while he doesn't understand the world homosexuals live in, he understands that they live in his world and argued that Sam's sexuality should not be used to discriminate against him in the NFL.
"Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn't be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that's a man's world," said Hansen in his comments. more >>