A conservative LGBT organization will be part of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference event in Washington, DC after long being banned from the event.
GOProud, a pro-gay group that holds several politically conservative views, will participate in CPAC next month as a guest organization.
The president of Uganda has signed into law a bill that expands the legal punishment for homosexuality in the East African nation.
Known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, President Yoweri Museveni signed it into law Monday, remarking that "there is something really wrong with" homosexuality.
"No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature … That man can choose to love a man ... is a matter of choice. After listening to the scientists, I got the facts," said Museveni, as reported by the AFP. more >>
Should government be able to force some business owners to either violate their conscience or shut down if they refuse service for a same-sex wedding? Joe La Rue, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, suggests the issue can be put in a clearer light by asking this question: should a baker be required to bake a cake for Westboro Baptist Church with icing that reads, "God Hates Fags," if it violates their religious conscience to do so?
A Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, was recently ordered by a state judge to stop declining to make cakes for same-sex weddings, even though the baker believes doing so would be in violation of their religious beliefs. Similar cases around the country have involved wedding photographers and florists.
He does not object to serving gays, Phillips added, but to serving a gay wedding, because he views that as a violation of his religious beliefs. more >>
Lamenting that the United States is losing its "decency as a nation," Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman announced Monday that he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the National Football League.
Burkman, who is CEO of Burkman LLC, told the Huffington Post that he began working on the measure after college football star Michael Sam announced he is gay and said he will be pushing Republican legislators in Washington to support it.
Already, he says, five members of the House of Representatives and a senator have expressed interest in co-sponsoring the measure but wouldn't reveal any names. He predicts that support for the bill would rise to 36 House members and five senators in three weeks. more >>
Arizona's two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, tweeted their opposition to a state bill which proponents have argued will protect residents' religious freedom, while opponents have criticized the bill as legalizing discrimination against the LGBT population.
In almost two identical tweets, McCain wrote "I hope Governor [Jan] Brewer will veto #SB1062," while Flake tweeted "I hope Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062." more >>
"Anti-gay" heterosexuals are more likely to die earlier than those who aren't, according to results of a recent study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
The study, Anti-Gay Prejudice and All-Cause Mortality Among Heterosexuals in the United States, was initiated and led by Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences who focuses on LGBT issues.
"Heterosexuals who reported higher levels of antigay prejudice had higher mortality risk than those who reported lower levels, with control for multiple risk factors for mortality, including demographics, socioeconomic status, and fair or poor self-rated health," noted researchers in the published abstract of the study. more >>