A county in Florida is considering an ordinance that may allow for usage of public facilities, including bathrooms, regardless of gender identity.
Commissioners for Miami-Dade County will vote Tuesday on a measure that critics say will allow men who consider themselves female to use women's restrooms.
Introduced in September and cosponsored by five members of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, the proposed ordinance adds "gender identity" and "gender expression" to its list of groups that cannot be discriminated against. more >>
As many as 7,800 people have resigned from the Lutheran Church in Finland since the parliament approved a law legalizing same-sex marriages on Friday, which was backed by Kari Mäkinen, the Archbishop of Turku and Finland.
Mäkinen reportedly said that he was "rejoiced" by the passage of the law, YLE News reported on Sunday.
"I know how much this day means for rainbow people, their loved ones and many others. I rejoice with my whole heart for them and with them," the Archbishop said. "We are in the same situation as our neighboring Nordic churches: our concept of marriage needs a fundamental examination. Speaking for myself, I think it is time for reconsideration." more >>
A petition in support of the Duggar family after LGBT activists called for their program "19 Kids and Counting" to be canceled has passed the 200,000 mark for signatures.
Posted on Lifesitenews.com, earlier this week the petition reached and passed 200,000 signatories, outpacing the original change.org petition calling for "19 Kids" to be canceled.
The petition includes a letter meant for The Learning Channel, which carries the reality TV program "19 Kids." more >>
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended without pay for one month and will be forced to undergo sensitivity training after espousing his Christian beliefs in a religious book.
Earlier this week, City officials said Cochran had violated policy by self-publishing a book last year about his Christian values without their knowledge and then handing it out to employees. In the book titled Who Told You That You Are Naked? he calls homosexuality "sexual perversion" and likens it to "bestiality" which one city spokeswoman described as "alarming."
"One of the most alarming things is that we did not know about the book when it was published," said city spokeswoman Anne Torres. "We understand that he was distributing the book to other employees. We are still not sure what the circumstances surrounding them are." more >>
The co-founder of America's largest LGBT political advocacy organization, Human Rights Campaign, has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a teenage boy.
Terrence Bean, 66, was indicted last week in Oregon on two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sexual abuse after allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old boy he met online through a gay dating app last year.
Bean, who's a leading LGBT activist and also the co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, is a major donor to the National Democratic Committee and was major financial supporter in the campaigns of President Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats. more >>
Although Gallup polling from May indicates that American public opinion strongly favors legally recognizing same-sex marriage, 2014 midterm election exit polls found that voters were evenly divided on the issue of gay marriage.
According to NBC exit polling results, just 48 percent of those who voted in November's elections said they think same-sex marriage should be legally recognized in their home state, while the same amount of voters said they are opposed to legally recognizing gay marriage in their state.
The numbers show a significant decline in the percentage of Americans that support same-sex marriage, as compared to the results from a Gallup poll in May that found 55 percent of Americans feel that same-sex marriage should be "valid" and just 42 percent thought that same-sex marriage "should not be valid." more >>